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

By now most of you have probably read the latest edition of your Rotarian Magazine but did you know Rotary has designated April as Magazine Month?  As obscure as that may seem, there are a lot of reasons to celebrate this monthly publication that keeps us informed, entertained and connected to fellow Rotarians from around the world.  In this month’s video I share a few thoughts about magazine month, some stories about how others have used theirs and some suggestions on how best you might use your own.

In just over a month, hundreds of Rotarians, families and friends from throughout the Midwest will gather in Appleton, Wisconsin to celebrate at TRI-CON 2105.  Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Districts 6220, 6250 and 6270, this conference will be like no other in recent history.   Information, registration and hotel details are all available at our district’s website.  As a side note (since I know how competitive some of you are), thus far more registrations have been made from D6250 than either D6270 or even D6220 (the host district).  Your strong support this year and especially at TRI-CON 2015 really does mean the world to me!

On May 8 – 10, our District’s RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) will be held once again at Upham Woods in Wisconsin Dells.  This event is hosted for high school students (typically sophomores) who are sponsored by our Rotary clubs.  This program helps develop leadership skills and promotes ethics in personal and business situations.  Past attendees have raved about the experience and for only $200; your club can sponsor one or more deserving students.  Available spots are limited and fill up very quickly so please don’t delay.  Information can be found on our district website.

So let’s all keep working hard to Light up Rotary in our communities and in our world.  Thanks for all you do! 


Dave Warren
District Governor 2014-2015
Rotary District 6250

District Video Message 



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District News, Events and Announcements


National Brain Injury Awareness

The month of March was National Brain Injury Awareness month. But if there is one thing that I have learned from Rotarians, is that they don’t need a national month to rally around a cause. Last month many Rotarians throughout the district supported a young lady who could be the poster child for National Brain Injury Awareness.
In January, one of our district's inbound exchange students suffered from bleeding in her brain due to a malformation which is believe to have been present since birth. Emergency surgery was required and she spent a month and a half at the American Family Children’s Hospital before they were able to transport her back to her home country where she will undergo extensive therapy.
Her parents and sister traveled to the United States to be with her. During this time the family was supported by our district youth exchange chair, Jan Bonsett-Veal, who spent countless hours at the hospital providing support and comfort to the family during this difficult time. Host families and Rotarian members from the student’s club provided support as well.
After hearing the story of this exchange student, a District 6250 Charitable Trust was established in order accept contributions to assist the family. Clubs throughout the district made contributions to the fund and ???? was collected to help the family with travel expenses, medical bills, and other personal expenses.

I believe in the power of positive thoughts and prayers, so lets continue to send our positive power toward our young lady in Germany and her family. For more information brain injuries, check out National Brain Injury Awareness online.

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The Ethical Life - Divisiveness

We have all recited the Four Way Test many times, but how often have we paused to consider what the implications really are for the things we think , say , and do in our everyday lives? The District Ethics Committee will be offering brief articles on a wide range of situations for you to think about and you can respond with comments , questions, or interesting postings of your own on our District 6250 FaceBook page.
Chuck Hanson, District Ethics Chair
Is our society's divisiveness over issues such as abortion, capital punishment, stem cells, health care reform and climate change due to the fact that we have different values, or is it that we tend to see things differently? Or, perhaps, is our tendency to see things differently what we mean by having different values?

In "Life on the Mississippi," Mark Twain recounts his youth, when he learned to pilot a steamboat on the river. During his first time at the helm, he steers the boat sharply toward shore to avoid what he thinks is a bluff reef and nearly crashes the boat into some tree branches. Mr. Bixby, the pilot, orders him to turn the boat back on course and run over the reef. Twain questions the order, but Bixby is insistent. "I'm taking responsibility," he says. So the young Twain turns the boat toward the reef.

I ... made a straight break for the reef. As it disappeared under our bows I held my breath; but we slid over it like oil.
"Now don't you see the difference? It wasn't anything but a wind reef. The wind does that."

"So I see. But it is exactly like a bluff reef. How am I ever going to tell them apart?"

"I can't tell you. It is an instinct. By and by you will just naturally know one from the other, but you never will be able to explain why or how you know them apart."

It turned out to be true. The face of the water, in time, became a wonderful book - a book that was a dead language to the uneducated passenger, but which told its mind to me without reserve.

Many people believe that ethics consists mainly in having good values. But most people's values don't differ all that much. Just as every riverboat pilot thinks that you should steer away from dangerous structures, just about every person thinks you should avoid doing things that cause harm to others. Just about everybody in our society believes we should protect innocent lives, provide affordable, quality health care, and have clean air and water.

But just as the most important part of learning to pilot a boat is recognizing what's happening on the river, the most important part of moral education is learning to recognize what's going on in life. If two people can't agree about what's going on, they won't be able to agree on how to act.

We learn about what's going on in the world only partly from direct experience. Most of what we learn is from others, sometimes through conversation, but often mediated by newspaper, television, radio or Internet. That's why our most significant moral obligation to one another as citizens is to speak the truth.

Truth-telling is hard because it requires not only that we want to tell the truth but also that we know what we are talking about, and usually we don't have enough information, or we don't know how much of the information we do have is reliable enough, to be justified in our judgments.

I have known few liars but many people who did not tell the truth. It is easy to resolve not to tell lies; it is difficult to become the sort of person who can tell the truth consistently. It takes patience, experience and courage, but mostly it requires humility.

When I listen to the diatribes that pass for political discourse on our most divisive issues, I wonder how many "uneducated passengers" we have on our ship of state, ready to praise or blame the crew, but unable themselves to tell a wind reef from a bluff reef.

Dr. Rick Kyte is the Director of the D. B Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wisconsin and co-chair of the District Ethics Committee.  This article originally appeared in the La Crosse Tribune

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Why Attend Your District Conference?          

Speakers & Entertainment!!
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District Assembly ,
District Business Meeting,
World Class Speakers,
Show Stopping Entertainment

This is your Tri-Con 2015!

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Room Block at the Raddisson Paper Valley closes April 30th - To make sure you get the best rate for a room right in the conference facility - book before April 30, 2015.
Friday Night...  176 KEYS DUELING PIANOS
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Saturday Evening...  GEROGE SAWYN
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Leadership Academy - June 6, 2015 in Wisconsin Dells, WI

Better meetings

Better decision making.

Better results

Better boards of directors.

More confidence.
A few of the 15 topics you will address:
  • AGENDAS: Who sets, how, significance, uses
  • MINUTES: Preparation, content, uses
  • WORKING WITH VOLUNTEERS:  Organizing for success, selecting, motivating

2015 Rotary International Convention Update

Click Here for more information from Rotary International Director Mary Beth Growney Selene about  the special Zones 28-29 social event - Northland Event - Friday Night LIghts

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2015 Grant Managment Seminar Schedule and Registration

The last GMS will be Saturday, April 25th in Wisconsin Dells - This is a GMS refresher(2 hours) if you attended a GMS within the last year.  If you haven’t attended in the past year and you need the full course(3.5 hours), we will be offering this as well.  Click Here for More Information

Space is limited, so please don’t wait to register.  Our district will not be doing a training at the conference as we have done in the past.  We will only offer the 3 trainings mentioned above, so don’t miss out.  If you have any questions, please reach out to me at  Thank you.

Joe Ruskey
District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair


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Club News, Events and Announcements 

Kids Against Hunger - Rock County Rotary Inc.

Kids Against Hunger –Rock County Rotary, Inc. a project of the Edgerton, Beloit and two Janesville Clubs will be hosting the largest humanitarian service project in Rock County’s history when they bring over 3,000 volunteers together on Sunday, May 3 to package 1,000,000 meals (4 semi trailer loads) for hungry people both locally and around the world.  One quarter million meals will be sent to the Philippines, Haiti and Guatemala and another quarter million will be kept locally for use by area food pantries and the Salvation Army of Beloit and Janesville.

The entire project will cost around $125,000 and is being financed with funds from the four clubs, local businesses and organizations, individuals and possible a district grant.  For learn more about how you or your club could volunteer or contribute, go to 


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Waunakee Rotary becomes Dementia Friendly

Waunakee Rotary club became the first “Dementia Friendly” Rotary club in Dane County recently.  At its March 12th weekly meeting, club members heard a presentation by Joy Schmidt from the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance.  Joy informed the club of ways to recognize those struggling with Alzheimer and dementia symptoms, how to make them feel more at ease, and how to better communicate with them.  Joy’s organization is also working with businesses in Waunakee in an effort to make Waunakee a Dementia Friendly community.  With information and coping tools in place, Waunakee Rotary hopes its club events are supportive to those who may be suffering with Alzheimer’s or dementia and to their care-givers.
For information about how your club or community might become “Dementia Friendly”, please contact:

Joy Schmidt, BSW
Community Education Specialist
Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of WI
608-232-3400 main
608-232-3404 direct
608-698-2408 cell
Submitted by:
Linda Olson, President
Waunakee Rotary Club

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Rotary Club of Madison West Towne Middleton Golf Outing 

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Janesville Taste of Derby 2015

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Janesville Rotary in the News

The Janesville Noon Rotary Club awarded 6- $500 grants to local organizations in  Rock County.
1.  ECHO, Jessica Shaefer: Has been providing assistance to members of our community for 40 years, 12 at the current location. They provide 31 services to over 3,500 different households. The Suds of Hope program gives laundry money to families using short term lodging- last year ECHO provided 4,881 nights of lodging for 143 different households. 

2.  Project 16-49, Tammy DeGarmo: The Grant money will be used for the School-Work Access Fund. Helping our area's unaccompanied and homeless youth with whatever they need to help them move through School and into their future covers a multitude of things, from obtaining a birth certificate to crucial application and enrollment fees. 
3.  Rock Communities Youth Network, Shari Faber: The Truancy Prevention Program and RCYN helps students at risk to get back on a path to a successful future. Through assessment and referrals they help truant youth work community service instead of fines and get them materials that will help them be successful in School. 

4.  Rock County 4-H Leaders Council, Sierra Baumer: Sierra is a Senior in Clinton and President of the Leaders Council. 4-H serves 1000 youth from 26 Clubs, and this Grant will help fund the Cloverbud day Camp for children 5K- 2nd grade this summer. They also have a four-day, three-night 4-H Camp held at Camp Rotamer where grades 3-8 can have a full camping experience while learning about agriculture and leadership skills. 
5.  Homeless Student Donation Fund, Carrie Kulinski: The School District of Janesville created this fund to assist the more than 440 homeless students in our Schools, 40% of whom are unaccompanied youth. While the District pays for much of the costs associated with School for these students, their immediate needs can fall outside what the District can provide. Carrie mentioned a student wanting to run in Track without a pair of size 14 shoes- this program can fill the gap for specific needs. 

6.  Rock County Cancer Coalition, Bruce and Bridget Thomas: This couple started RCCC as a 401.3C in June 2011 to address specific needs for people undergoing cancer treatments. They allocate $750 per year per patient and this covers what the patient needs help with. Since 2011, they have allocated $260,000 to around 360 people. 
With 32 applications , the Grants Committee had many programs to consider. Thanks to John Wickhem, Bill Boyd, Jodi Anderson, Bob Cullen, Dee Smith, Harris Thatcher, Abigail Scieszinski and Hal Robb for selecting the Grant recipients this year.

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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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