Area Rotary clubs and Rotarians were honored by members of the La Crosse area’s nine Rotary clubs during the 24th annual Avenues of Service banquet on Aug. 13 at the Lunda Center at Western Technical College. Among the recipients was Caledonian Mike Werner, who received the Rotarian of the Year award from the Caledonia Rotary Club.
Werner is past president of the Rotary Club of Caledonia and is current chair of the club’s Vocational Service Committee. He participates faithfully in all of the club’s activities.
A Paul Harris Fellow, Werner is area branch manager of Bank of the West in Caledonia and Mabel and Protivin in Decorah, Iowa.
He has been a leader in the community with the Caledonia Area Convention & Tourism Bureau, Caledonia Economic Development Authority, Caledonia Area Chamber of Commerce and Warrior Mat Club. Werner has faced significant health challenges in the past year. His fellow Rotarians have been inspired by his strength and courage — and he remains more of a giver than a taker.
Werner is a member of St. Mary’s Parish in Caledonia. He and his wife, Michelle, are parents to Luke, 18; Brenna, 16; and Austin, 14.
The annual Avenues of Service Banquet allows Rotarians from throughout the region to recognize those who exemplify Rotary’s motto of “service about self.” The nine area Rotary Clubs that participate include: Caledonia, Holmen, La Crescent, La Crosse, La Crosse After Hours, La Crosse East, La Crosse Valley View, Onalaska, and Onalaska Hilltopper.
Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs in 167 countries.