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

Welcome Rotarians... our April District 6250 newsletter.  As the temperatures finally begin to warm up, we find that much is happening in the clubs of our District.  Recent our District's leadership team joined other Rotarians and guest in La Crosse for the annual fundraising auction by the Rotary Club of Holmen.  What a tremendous evening it was as the club celebrated the work of Rotary while raising in the neighborhood of $15,000 to support the club's work and Polio Plus. This event was one of so many ways in which Rotarians in our District work together to Engage Rotary and Change Lives.

Of course, we are gearing up for our annual District Conference.  We hope that you will find time to join us in the Wisconsin Dells for a fun and informative weekend on May 3-4, with pre-conference activities including a golf outing and our annual Training Assembly for club leaders on May 2. If you have not already registered, you are invited to do so at your earliest convenience.

Thanks for taking time to explore the work of our District through this month's newsletter!

Dean Ryerson
District Governor 2013-2014
Rotary District 6250

District Video Message 



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District News, Events and Announcements

Registration is open for our Annual District 6250 Conference. To be held May 3-4 in Wisconsin Dells, this conference will focus on celebrating the work of Rotary Clubs in their local communities, in District 6250, and in the World.  We are going to have a special focus on Polio Plus with our guest speaker Wisconsin Author Jerry Apps sharing his own experiences with Polio.

Click Here for More Information and Registration

Get Ready for Youth Exchange!

This is a time where the students who will be going on exchange in August are preparing for their exchange. These students and their parents just spent two days going through their orientation. Getting a student ready for exchange is not just learning about the country or what it is like to live with another family. Students and parents need to learn about visas, currency exchange, special travel arrangements, different cultures and how to handle unexpected situations.

Also consider sponsoring a student to go out during the 2015-2016 school year. It is just the right time to start talking to schools and encouraging students to go on exchange. Interviews start with the clubs in September so it is important for school guidance counselors, language teachers and intercultural teachers to be aware of the Rotary Youth Exchange program. If you would like to promote the exchange program in your city, please contact Doug and Sharon Richmond. Their email address is They can help you with promotional materials. It doesn’t have to cost a club anything but a little time to sponsor a student and it can make the world of difference to a student.

It is also the time for clubs to find out what exchange students they will be hosting come August. We will be hosting twenty students next year. Yes, we plan way ahead. That means that clubs need to plan way ahead too. Many clubs are starting to plan their budget for next year. Please consider hosting an exchange student for the 2015-2016 school year. You might even consider hosting a student that arrives in January. Yes, students from the southern hemisphere can arrive in January and then leave the following December. The Rotary Club of Oregon has hosted a “winter” exchange student for the last two years and it had be a great experience.

If your club would like to explore being involved with the youth exchange program, they can attend the Youth Exchange Officer annual training on April 12. Please contact Joy Berg at or Toni Pabon at for more information. If that date does not work for you or you want an overview of the program, consider attending the Rotary Youth Exchange program at the District Assembly. You won’t believe what an impact your club can have on an individual.

ROTARY WORK DAY - Saturday, April 26, 2014

All Clubs in District 6250 are encouraged to involve your members in a community service project to observe Rotary Work Day. This is a great opportunity to be visible in your community and showcase Rotary and the great impact it has in your town!
You are encouraged to get local press coverage and to submit a picture and short article about your project for the District 6250 neweletter.
Plan now to make this another great Rotary event!!

          SERVICE           FUN           FELLOWSHIP

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Future Vision Grant Managment Seminars Scheduled 

Under the provisions of the Rotary Foundation’s Future Vision program, club’s desiring to participate in the grant program must be certified.  Part of that certification process is attendance at a Rotary Future Vision Grant Management Seminar (GMS). District 6250 will offer three Grant Management Seminars:

The three sessions will be identical in terms of the content that will be delivered.  Clubs need only have representation at one of the three sessions.  It is recommended that the club president-elect and foundation chair attend the GMS meeting.

The remaining session:

WI Dells, WI - Friday, May 2, 2014 6:30pm-9:30pm


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Zone 28 News

Zone newsletter articles include:
Club Secretaries and Treasurers regarding membership data, March 4th Zone membership report, Date Changes on Summer Success Seminars, Zone Membership Goals, Story from ARC Carlos F.

Please do enjoy and forward questions to any Member of the Rotary Coordinator Team.
Tamie Koop, PDG
Zone 28 RC

Club News, Events and Announcements

Rotary Club of Southwest Wisconsin/Platteville Charter Night Celebration

Saturday, April 26
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Platteville Golf and Country Club, Red’s on the Course
6729 N. Water St.
Platteville, Wisconsin  53818

6:00 Cocktails and Fellowship (Cash Bar)
6:45 Dinner
7:45 Program

$40 per ticket includes light appetizers, dinner, dessert, coffee and tea
RSVP and payment to Platteville Rotary Club, P.O. Box 54, Platteville, WI  53818 no later than Wednesday, April 16.
Please include names of those attending.

In keeping with the Rotary tradition of “Service Above Self,” we will be collecting donations of canned goods for the Platteville Food Pantry.

Contact Marie Whisenant at 608.348.3596 or with any questions

Madison Rotary Club of Madison West Towne Middleton Orphan Train

Last May, the Orphan Train Project, facilitated by the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton, asked the orphanages it works with to submit artwork for exhibition and competition.  Sixteen homes from around the world submitted entries. Art exhibits were held at the District Conference, Middleton’s Wine Walk and St. Jerome School in Columbus. Medals were awarded based on votes of the exhibitions’ visitors and by a committee which selected several pieces for a set of greeting cards.  Pictured here are Siddhartha Kumar (in sport jacket) and the medal winners from the Niranjana Orphanage in India, the home that won the most medals. Kumar is the founder of the orphanage.

Thank you,
Leo Edelstein
Rotary Club of Madison West Towne Middleton



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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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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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