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

At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, Rotary International provides immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Their projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs.
Maternal and Child Health is one of Rotary’s six Areas of Focus so grant funds are available for local and international projects.  While many international developing nations are in desperate need of assistance, locally there is much that can be done as well.  We can encourage education about immunizations, injury prevention and protection from disease.  We can teach healthy eating habits and the importance of good hygiene as well as proactive health care.  From health screenings to dental clinics to maternal education………the opportunities to improve the lives of others waits for us. 

We Are Rotary!  We Are A Gift To The World!

Mary Van Hout
District Governor 2015-2016
Rotary District 6250

District News, Events and Announcements

"Children are the worlds most valuable resource and its best hope for the future" - John F. Kennedy

"Rotary youth exchange is where my new life and my new beginnings have started and I can't thank Rotary enough" - Jon 
Experience Youth Exchange

Rotary Youth Exchange helps young adults experience the world, embrace new cultures and fosters global understanding. More than 8,000 students take part in this opportunity of a lifetime each year. Watch Jon’s story from his Youth Exchange in New Zealand.

Posted by Rotary International on Sunday, April 5, 2015
By volunteering just a few months out of the year you are helping to shape the future!

The Youth Exchange committee is looking for Rotarians to become involved in helping Outbound Coordinators Doug and Sharon Richmond. For years the Richmond’s have managed the entire Outbound program on their own and would like to work with you in a few select areas.  Please consider these opportunities.  Great on the job training is available!!


  • Gather names from Clubs
  • Start them on filling out applications


  • Organize Interviews
    • Use:
    • Rotarians
    • Rebounds
  • Accept students into program
  • Set calendar
  • Finish applications


  • District Orientation
    • Use:
    • Outbound Parents
    • Rebound Students
  • Organize schedule & materials to cover

 Assisting with communication with the Outbound Students
Interested?  Have questions? Doug and Sharon look forward to hearing from you: 

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Families Love Rotary!!
District Conference 2016 provides a perfect opportunity to involve your family in Rotary.  Here's how:
  • Meet Bucky Badger and sing along with the Band on Friday night
  • Enjoy the Art & Game Room throughout the day on Saturday
  • Be Part of the Friday Afternoon Hike or Bike
  • Enjoy reduced price Children's meals for Friday and Saturday evening
  • Additional onsite restaurants available with family friendly fair - including Babcock Ice Cream!
  • Dance to Great Entertainment
  • Participate in the Service Project 
Experience the Gift of Rotary in All of our Lives

Hear all of these great speakers!
  • Mary Herness,  a Whitehall Wisconsin woman whose polio diagnosis changed her life!  Writer, teacher, mother, grandmother, farmer………..a woman who has a wonderful story to tell us!
  • The Distinguished Dr. Jonathan Overby,  lyric baritone extraordinaire to learn what an ethnomusicologist is!
  • Kelly Sheffield, who led the Badger Women to back to back NCAA volleyball tournament appearances.  He is all about TEAMWORK!
  • Mary Beth Growney Selene, our own past Rotary International Director – who better to help us understand all that Rotary is!!
  • Dick Leinenkugel, a man who has done it all!  With careers in the military, State Government and presiding over the family business, he has stories of service to inspire us!
  • Nicki Scott, Past District Governor from district 6450 who will help us Be A Gift to the World!

Learn More about 2016 District Conference


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RI Director/District Governor Letter

All Rotary International District Governors have received this important information from our own Past RI Director Mary Beth Growney Selene. Please read it carefully so that you are well informed and current about the workings of our great organization.

March 22, 2016

Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Last year, I was proud to help District 6250 forward Proposed Enactment 16-98 to "support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate the humanitarian crisis of global warming" to the 2016 Council on Legislation. I am asking your district's clubs to support this proposed enactment and ask your district's delegate to the 2016 CoL to vote
yes, and speak in support of its passage. I am joined in that request by the undersigned fellow PDG's and other concerned Rotarians.

In my opinion,all of the rationales in the attached Purpose and Effect statement are still true and even more compelling. 2015 was Earth's warmest year by the widest margin on record; []. At the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21, held in Paris, December 2015, 193 countries came together to affirm the dangers of climate change and commit to greenhouse gas reduction strategies to keep temperature rise below 2 degrees centigrade. The Paris Agreement even anticipates a role for Rotary International as a "non-party stakeholder of civil society . . . to support actions to reduce emissions and/or build resilience and decrease vulnerability to the adverse effects of climate change . . . " Sections 134 & 135.

Climate change's profound impacts will adversely affect Rotary projects in all of the Areas of Focus, impeding and frustrating current efforts, including completing the eradication of polio, and undoing much of our past service legacy. Additionally, the very existence of dozens of Rotary Clubs in the Small Island States is threatened by sea level rise.

Too often, we as Rotarians don't appreciate the esteem in which Rotary is held around the world, the pivotal role we can play in responding to global crises, and what a difference it will make to have Rotary proactively leading the effort to support action on climate change. Rotary is the ideal forum to lead the depoliticization of responses to the looming humanitarian crises that climate change will bring. Implementing solutions is consistent with advancing our efforts in all the Areas of Focus.

PE 16-98 is not a change in policy, but an expansion of opportunity for Rotary to lead. No Club or District will be compelled to act, but PE16-98 does clarify that Clubs and Districts will be allowed to act under the Rotary Banner to work to mitigate and adapt to climate change if they choose.

Rotary's leadership on climate change embodies Rotary's finest value of Service above Self and will increase our relevance and value to the next generation of Rotarians, the young professionals who are vital to our organization's future.

As Paul Harris has challenged us: "Whatever Rotary means to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves." Supporting Climate Change action is wholly consistent with the values at the bedrock of Rotary International. For additional details, please contact Paul Riehemann, and Karen Kendrick-Hands,, members of the RC Madison, WI, USA and co-founders of the Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group.

Thank you in advance for your support of PE 16-98.

Best Regards,
Mary Beth Growney Selene, PDG, Past Rotary International Director, 2013-15

Additional Signatories:
Mary Van Hout, DG 6250, Wisconsin & Minnesota, USA 2015/16
Dean Dickinson, PDG 6250, USA CoL Delegate 2013-16
Dick Stevens, PDG 5340, California 2012/13
Abdulla Salih, President, RC Male, Maldives 2015/16
David Brawn, PDG 9675, Australia 2010/11
Peter L Moralée, PDG District 1220, Great Britain 2013/14. Vice Chair of  The
   Sustainability Trust
Rodney Huggins, PDG 1090 Great Britain, 1987/88, Member-at-Large, CoLs
   2005-08, 2009-13
Terry Knowles, PDG 1040 (then 104), Great Britain 1981/82
Gabrielle Back, Ass't DG1060, Great Britain, 2015-16
David Warren, PDG 6250, USA, 2014/15
Robert R. Stroud, PDG 6250, USA 2012/13
Chuck Hanson, PDG 6250, USA. 2011/2012




The Beginning of the End

By Melissa DeOrio, DIstrict 6250 Global Grant Scholar

As of today I have officially completed my last course of my degree at UCL. Although I am relieved to have more freedom in my schedule and be finished with long lists of required readings, I find the moment to be bittersweet. I have really enjoyed each of my courses so far and wish that they didn't have to end so soon. However, it is very exciting to begin my final dissertation project and to have the flexibility to pursue other opportunities outside of my normal coursework.

From this point forward, I will be working on completing my final essays for this term, which is unfortunately three of them, preparing for two exams in May and beginning to work on my dissertation.

This week has proven to be one of the most exciting and crazy weeks I have had in a long time. In addition to the conclusion of my second term, last weekend I moved out of my first flat into student accommodation. I was lucky enough to have a friend working at a student hall 10 minutes from my flat that could alert me to the opening of a position as Vice Warden. So from now until August 1, I get to live in the city rent free. Which, to anyone familiar with the prices of the London housing market is beyond an incredible opportunity! In exchange for my rent I will agree to remain on call around halls roughly two days per week.

Furthermore, I interviewed for and was accepted to a position at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) that will begin this Tuesday! IISS, is one of the leading think tanks in the world, and considered a leading think tank on issues of global security. I will be working as a Production Assistant for the Publications team and helping them to maintain two of their ongoing projects, the Armed Conflict Database and the Strategic Comment.

Primarily this will mean checking for grammar and style and uploading content to their website, but I will also be responsible for fact checking content.  I am really excited to be able to work with such an esteemed organization and know that it will be an amazing learning opportunity, because everything I edit will relate to current conflicts and the analysis of current events by experts in the field.

I am so honored and thankful to have been chosen for such a great opportunity and am really looking forward to getting experience with such an esteemed organization.


Club News, Events and Announcements 

Madison Breakfast - Food and Beer Pairing with Raffle - TONIGHT at Sprecher's Madison 

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Waunakee's Recently Completed Kenya Project

This $30,000 project included construction of a water tower & drip irrigation system, fencing of a plot of crop land, purchase of equipment & supplies needed to plant a first crop & purchase a school van for the SOAR Kenya Academy located in the Great Rift Province, near Nakuru, Kenya. The school serves approximately 390 children.  The crops supplement the school’s nutrition program and the van is being used for supply procurement & transportation, not only for the school but for the community at large. Return to Top

Waunakee Rotary Holds Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Waunakee Rotary held its Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 19th.  About 300 area children enjoyed finding 3,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes.  

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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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