The District Dispatch


The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

April Edition

Important Note: Deadline for district newsletter submissions is the 25th of each month.
The newsletter will be distributed by the first full week of the month.

District Governor's Message

Dear Rotarians,

Please click the image above for more detailed information and the registration form.

All the best, 

Chuck Hanson
District Governor 2011-2012
Rotary District 6250    

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District News, Events and Announcements

Presidential Citation Deadlines

Presidential Citation

2012 Rotary International Convention
Bangkok, Thailand

Watch the 2012 Convention video above! For more information visit the Rotary Convention Website.

Deadline: 6 April 2012

To qualify for the Presidential Citation clubs must achieve goals in both Foundation giving and membership development.  Only Rotary clubs will be eligible for this award.

Information about the Presidential Citation can be found at

The Citation guidelines are currently posted to this page.  The club and district certification forms will be posted to this page on or before 15 March.  Club presidents should submit certification forms to my attention by 6 April.  Do not send these forms directly to Rotary International, they will not be processed.

Questions about the Presidential Citation can be sent to

Thank you for your hard work this year.  These two award programs are a great way to guide and evaluate our efforts and I look forward to sharing our district’s accomplishments with President Banerjee in March and April.

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YOUR Rotary District Conference

Submitted by Bill Hoel, Chair, 2012 District Conference

Within a few days of reading this, you should be receiving the materials to register for this year’s Rotary District Conference in La Crosse.  Why would you want attend this event?  First, because it will be fun.   We will celebrate Rotary – Oktoberfest Style, with Gemutlichkeit for all.  We have some fun speakers that will make you think and laugh – a lot.   Second, it will Celebrate What’s Right With the World.  As you may know by now, Governor Chuck has asked all the clubs in the district to select a Rotary Hero from their club members.  We will celebrate them at our conference. 

We have some absolutely awe-inspiring Rotary speakers.  The youngest Holocaust survivor.  The man whose family wasn’t allowed to pick him up when he was a child!.  The only woman Director of Rotary International, who will tell you how the “family of Rotary” got her through cancer.  The woman who has travelled the world with Rotary, looking in from the outside, who will report to us how she sees Rotary’s works. 

In addition, for non-Rotarians attending, we have arranged a Mississippi River backwaters cruise, a tour of La Crosse’s International Gardens (just a couple blocks’ walk along the riverfront from the conference site), and a tour of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, an exquisite shrine constructed in just the last decade.  All can join in the remarkable “Cultural Fair”.  Get your passport stamped by our ambassadors from many different countries!

In other words, this is a district conference not to be missed.  On the beautiful banks of the Mighty Mississippi, with a great venue and memory making speakers and activities, we think you will take away a lot of value for the time you spend with us.

Once again , there is no registration fee, but you do need to register. All you have to do is click here, let us know you are coming and choose the meals you wish to attend.

Visit the District Conference Information Page and register today!


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The Rotary Foundation Zone 28 News

Click here to read important Foundation news!  Updates and tips on Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY), Polio Challenge, Grant Management and more.

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Group Study Exchange Team Has Website During Exchange with Australia 

You may wish to tune into the website of our District 6250 Group Study Exchange team that is currently in Australia.  They are having an awesome time and are learning so much about the country, the culture and their respective careers and professions.

Don't miss this opportunity!  Here it is:  WWW.GSE-6250-AUSTRALIA.ORG

Questions about our Group Study Exchange program can be directed to

Tom Marshall
Group Study Exchange Chairman
District 6250    

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Rotarians at Work

Two years ago we initiated Rotarians at Work into our district as we joined with over forty other districts in one united day of community service.  In those two years over 1600 Rotarians have participated and each year thirty or more clubs have been involved.  Has your club identified a community service project that you can work on as a part of Rotarians at Work Day on Saturday, April 28th, 2012?  If you read the articles provide by the President of Rotary International, Kalyan Banergee, in both the October and the December issues of The Rotarian you will recall that he pointed out how important it is to Rotary that we include our families in the Rotary experience.  With that in mind let’s ask our non-Rotarian spouses and children to join with us as we provide community service and promote the presence of Rotary in our respective communities.  This is the second call for involvement.  It won’t be the last.  Please, once your club has committed to participate, has identified a project and determined the number who will be participating, send that information along to the District Chair for Rotarians at Work.

Dean Dickinson

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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Program Dates Announced

The 2012 RYLA Camp for high school students is set for May 11 - 13 at Upham Woods Environmental Learning Center in Wisconsin Dells. Visit  for registration forms and information.

RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to
• Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
• Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
• Encourage leadership of youth by youth
• Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities
"RYLA gave me the opportunity to participate in a character building program which focused on leadership, effective communication, trust and cooperation. Utilizing adventure, personal commitments and shared insights, I gained an increased sense of confidence in myself and learned how to work as a team. It Was A Life-Changing Event!" .... 2011 Student Participant.

Take this opportunity to change a young student's life in your area today!
Call or e-mail Jeff Odom. RYLA Chair.  608-792-7084 or

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Club News, Events and Announcements

Do you have an upcoming Club Event or accomplishment that you would like to announce? Send your pre-written article to:


West Towne Middleton Loves to Play Bingo!

Nestled in a forested hillside on Madison’s west side,  Oakwood Assisted Living provides a scenic and peaceful home for hundreds of the greatest generation.  Nearby,  Dr. George Warren and his fellow West Towne Middleton Rotarians decided to bring some joy to these Oakwood neighbors,  and around 1972 started organizing “Oakwood bingo.”   WTM-Rotary was just chartered in late 1971 and was looking for projects to “give back” to the community.  George proposed running bingo games at Oakwood,  as many of his dental patients lived there.  Thus Oakwood bingo was born and it thrives to this day! 

Come the third Thursday of the month from October to May, four or five Rotarians arrive after supper to round up players in the Hebron Oaks wing and set-up bingo in the dining room.   Many of the players get courtesy wheel-chair rides from their rooms to bingo,  and by 6:45 we’re calling out “B-7’s” and “O-66’s!” It’s anyone’s guess as to who has more fun,  the Oakwood residents or the volunteers?  It’s a fast hour of calling the numbers and “BINGO!”,  rewarding the winners with candy bars and bananas,  socializing with our new friends,  enjoying some togetherness and light-hearted banter.  

John Gerold took over organizing Oakwood bingo about 1999.  He says “one thing I proposed,  and it was accepted by the Board,  was to give meeting ‘make up’ credits for those working a bingo session,  to encourage members’ participation.  Over the years,  I’ve found that members enjoy this brief time they come to Oakwood,  and some look forward to doing it again each year.”

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Madison Breakfast Rotary Hosts Beer Tasting Fundraiser

Madison Breakfast Rotary is having a Beer Tasting at Sprechers at 1262 John Q. Hammonds Dr. in Middleton (across from the Marriot West on Thursday, May 10 from 5-8pm. Proceeds go primarily to the youth exchange program for the club. Sprechers will do pairings of appetizers with different beers. They will also have Root Beer Floats. Event tickets can be purchased at the door. This is a very fun event. Hope to see you all there. 

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Medford Morning Rotary Club Presents Tour Taiwan 

Join the Medford Morning Rotary Club on May 3, 2012 at the Veranda for their Annual Live and Silent Auction and Tour Taiwan!  

Music Starts at 5:30pm

Sit Down Dinner at 7:00pm

Tickets are $15 and available at:
 -  The Filling Station
 -  REMAX New Horizons Realty




RI News

The Rotarian Magazine

The Rotarian Magazine is our link to the greater Rotary world. The pictures and stories tell us of the wonderful work that is being done, in and through Rotary, to make the world a better, safer and a more peaceful place…all because we are advancing the key elements of social justice, health projects, and educational opportunity and alleviating the dire effects of poverty.

A person is not free if they are hungry. A man is not free when he has to watch his children die because of the lack of clean water or adequate food. A mother will not be free if her sick child cannot receive medical care and when people are not free they will seek social justice even if it means going to war to achieve it.

Our magazine, paid for in our RI dues, is not junk mail. It makes you and me “literate” in the great story of Rotary. Read it. Share it with others. Drop it off in a public area where literature is offered, a dentist's reception area, the waiting room at your local hospital or when you go to your accountant's office to pick up your tax filings. Plant the seeds of Rotary by sharing our great story.

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Update on Annual Giving

New RI Foundation Donation Forms

Club executive members can now download a Multiple Donor Form that is pre-populated (filled out) with details of club members including their ID number. This form is on at member access. Club presidents and club secretaries have access to this form. Also club treasurers and club Rotary Foundation chairs can get this form if they have been registered on member access by the president or secretary. Select the club members who have donated and add the amount of each donation. The new form makes it easy to forward donations from a group of club members who contribute weekly, quarterly, etc. More Info.


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Foundation Reports

Each club in District 6250 has established a foundation goal and the question is how are the clubs going about the achieving those goals? Have each of the clubs done an every member enrollment? Successful clubs take the time to ask each member to make a pledge commitment to the Rotary Foundation. Fulfilling that pledge might involve a quarterly billing by the club secretary/treasurer or participating in the direct deposit transfer from the Rotarians checking account to the RI Foundation account or it might mean a monthly charge to a credit card. Successful clubs establish a process that allows their members to both make and fulfill the commitment.

Click here to view the updated Club Goals Report!

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Attendance Report

Reporting Tool for District Attendance

Check out the reporting tool for District Attendance!

Clubs can view each month’s attendance in a visual graph. Also Club Secretary’s can request access to update their information directly online!

Click here to submit your club's attendance report

Click here to see the full Attendance Report.


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