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

Fellow Rotarians:

As April begins, there are just three months left of the current Rotary year.  It is a busy and exciting time as we continue to demonstrate this year's theme of Rotary Serving Humanity.  Our Club Presidents are working hard to meet the goals of their clusb and finish the Rotary year off strong.  The Presidents Elect of our clubs have attended PETS training and are starting to assemble their teams and goals.  We have our District Conference in La Crosse next month.  We also have the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta in June.

In the video accompanying this newsletter, I am again asking you to join your Rotary friends in La Crosse on May 12th and 13th for our District Conference.  You'll enjoy spotlights on our clubs' projects, fast paced presentations on youth programs and friendship exchange, optional workshops on fundraising and membership, and top notch speakers on service topics.  I guarantee you will go back to your club with new ideas and energy, plus some new Rotary friends.  Full agenda information and the link to register are at

I will be visiting District 4455 in Peru the week of April 8th.  Several of our District's clubs have partnered with clubs in Peru on international projects.  Unfortunately recent torrential rains and mudslides have caused the deaths of over 100 people and over 100,000 homes destroyed in Peru.  I hope to be able to visit some of the previous Rotary projects to check on our friends in the villages we served and see what can be done to make sure those projects remain sustainable.  I'm sure after visiting with my friend District Governor Jorge Joels in Lima, I will return with opportunities for any of our clubs who would wish to pursue international projects to help with clean water, disease, maternal and child health, or other focus areas in Peru.  Our District will have a friendship exchange with Peru later this year.  Peruvian Rotarians are set to visit us here in Wisconsin late summer.

Keep up the great work in your clubs and in your communities as we continue to show Rotary as a premier service organization.



Dean McHugh
District Governor 2016-2017
Rotary District 6250

District News, Events and Announcements

Join us in Atlanta

The Atlanta Convention is only 6 months away and the excitement is building. Already, there are almost 30,000 Rotarians and guests from all over the world who are registered for the BIG event celebrating the 100th Anniversary of OUR Rotary Foundation. This will truly be a "once-in-a-lifetime" convention and I know that you will want to be part of the FUN!  We are already 2/3 of the way to our goal of 100 registrants from District 6250 and we'd love to have you join us.

Please note that the registration fee will increase $75 on December 16th. If you are not yet registered, click on the registration link - - and register NOW! The current registration fee is just $340 per person and it will allow you to participate in all of the General Sessions, as well as entrance to the Hall of Friendship. Hotel information, host committee events, and other optional events are all available on the website. Book it all there and then all you need is a plane ticket. 

District 6250 Welcome to Atlanta Event!

Who: Atlanta Convention District 6250 Attendees and Guests
What: District 6250's Welcome to Atlanta!
Where: Stats Sports Bar
When: Saturday, June 10th,  5 to 7 p.m.
District 6250 Rotarians – As you know we have a unique opportunity to get a large representation of our district to the Rotary International Conference since it is in Atlanta this year.  We want to make sure that those of us coming have a chance to get together and perhaps plan together for the week.  Since the conference officially starts on Sunday, June 11th, we have decided to host a welcome reception.  This will be held at STATS, 300 Marietta Street NW ( Stats is close to the conference center in downtown Atlanta.  It is a very large sports bar, but we have reserved a room just for our district.  We will be in the Bridge Room.  The district is providing hors d'oeuvres.  This will give us a chance to see a familiar face, perhaps make plans for the week, and simply celebrate Rotary together as a district.  If you are interested in coming, please email  All are welcome - including your significant others.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you and we look forward to celebrating with you in Atlanta!

See you in Atlanta!

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What's the Million Dollar Journey All About?

District 6250 is undertaking a very special promotion to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation.  Please click here for a video explanation by District Foundation Chair Dave Warren of our Million Dollar Journey.  

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Grant Management Seminars

Under the provisions of the Rotary Foundation’s program, club’s desiring to participate in the grant program must be certified.  Part of that certification process is attendance at a Rotary Grant Management Seminar (GMS). District 6250 will offer three Grant Management Seminars:
The third session will be a refresher GMS for anyone that has attended a GMS in the last year.  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.
At the GMS you will learn:
  • How to successfully manage a Rotary Foundation grant.
  • Foundation stewardship expectations
  • How to prepare clubs to implement the memorandum of understanding
  • How to qualify your club to receive Rotary Foundation grant funds.
May 12, 2017

Convention Center
La Crosse, WI

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm



District Conference 2017 Returns to La Crosse!

District 6250 Conference
May 12-13, 2017
La Crosse, WI


Celebrate Rotary friendship and Rotary progress with your fellow Rotarians in La Crosse.  At District Conference 2017 we will learn about some of the outstanding projects happening as a result of the efforts of our District's clubs and assistance from The Rotary Foundation.  We will have opportunity to learn more about specific Rotary roles and programs at District Assembly and at workshops.  We will hear from several young people whose lives have been changed forever by Rotary Youth programs.  We will hear inspiring messages about service and philanthropy from Rotarian and non Rotarian keynote speakers.  Probably most important of all, we will meet and talk with Rotarians from all around our District, taking home new ideas to improve our clubs.  

Join us in La Crosse to renew old friendships and make new ones in Rotary.

Important Conference Links:​

  • Accomodations  -  Make your reservations early/now!  La Crosse is a busy town this time of year so dont miss out on our preferred conference hotels!
  • Registration & Fees  -  This year there is no registration fee (meal registration fees apply)!  Advanced registration is required - Attendees must select the meals/programs they wish to attend.  Meal registrations must be completed by May 1, 2017 to be assured of being served.
  • Schedule & Speakers  -  Check out the schedule of activities and engaging speakers for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

District Conference Silent Auction 

Once again, we will be having a silent auction at the District Conference. Governor Dean is asking each club to consider donating some kind of item for the auction.  He would like the value to range anywhere from $50 to $100. Items can be brought to the Conference on Friday or Saturday - preferably Friday. All proceeds will be contributed to the Polio Plus program.  We sure hope that your club will participate.
Any questions can be directed to PDG Tom Marshall at 715 213 3046 or email.


RYLA - May 19-21, 2017 Lake Lucerne Camp, Wauatoma, WI

Very Important Note - RYLA has a new venue:
Due to a last minute scheduling conflict, we had to change the venue of this year's camp and that new venue is Lake Lucerne Camp which is located Southeast of Wautoma, WI. There are other camps/programming happening at our original venue.  We thank you in advance for your flexibility and can tell you that we're certain that your RYLA experience will be just as great if not better than previous years! 

All information on RYLA (including registration forms) is available to download/print at For your convenience, the 'Student Camp Packet' and 'Youth Leadership Toolkit for Student Selection' are also attached.  Additionally, a communication will be going out to Club Officers with one additional form that will be due for the camp.  Form found here. Watch for it in the next couple of days.
Info on this year’s camp:
When and where does it take place?
The RYLA Conference takes place at
Lake Lucerne Camp, Southeast of Wautoma.
The 2017 RYLA Conference will take place Friday, May 19 through Sunday May 21.
What do we need from your Rotary Club?
- Each year Rotary Clubs can sponsor high school sophomores from local high schools to attend.
- The cost per attendee is $200 if registered by April 1st, 2017 ($225 after April 2nd - Firm Deadline: April 15th, 2017)
- Adult Rotarians are always welcome and needed to help facilitate the Conference (and to come have fun!), if you or a member of your club are interested in helping or attending, please contact Ben Bauer at 715-650-1060 or
A few quick facts about RYLA:

  • What is the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Conference?
    The RYLA Conference is a 3-day leadership training opportunity that focuses on the personal and professional development of high school students. Leadership skills, concepts, and metaphors are explored through participatory outdoor-based activities that include trust building exercise, problem solving initiatives, and low and high challenge course experiences.
  • Who exactly is it for?
    The RYLA Conference is for sophomores in high school.
  • Why does it exist?
    Strong leaders are made, not born. Leadership principles are learned not inherited. RYLA Conference participants, the “leaders of tomorrow,” deserve the opportunity to be exposed to many facets of leadership. The RYLA Conference provides an enjoyable and valuable experience for those who chose to meet the challenge.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you so much for your time.

Ben Bauer

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Club News, Events and Announcements 

 "Four Way Test is a Key to Integrity"

I am hopeful about America’s future.

Despite the voices of doom and gloom that dominate the national news, I am hopeful because I spend much of my day with young people just starting out in their careers. The students in my classrooms during the past four or five years have been the most engaged, the most thoughtful, the most committed to the common good I have ever seen.

These are students who have grown up in the shadow of massive ethical failures by businesses like Enron, Tyco and WorldCom. They have grown up with predictions of catastrophic consequences from climate change, a state of perpetual war in the Middle East, combative political rhetoric and distrust in core institutions. All of this, I believe, has led them to be determined to improve the world, to be agents of goodness in a time when many of their elders have surrendered to despair and cynicism.

Something similar happened in the 1930s, when the “greatest generation” burst onto the scene, a group of young people emerging from the excesses of the Roaring Twenties to find themselves faced with starting families and careers amid the suffering of the Great Depression and World War II.

At that time, like today, there was a movement to forge a more ethically responsible approach to public life, to be part of the solution, not part of the many problems that had led to social and economic instability both at home and abroad. One of the people leading that movement was Herbert J. Taylor.

In 1932, Taylor — a young executive at Jewel Tea Co. — chose to leave his lucrative position in order to help Club Aluminum, a cookware manufacturer based in Chicago, avoid bankruptcy. He took an 80 percent cut in pay and invested more than $6,000 of his own money in the struggling business.

He knew that turning the company around would take more than financial investments. In his autobiography, he wrote: “What we needed was a simple, easily remembered guide to right conduct – a sort of ethical yardstick—which all of us in the company could memorize and apply to what we thought, said and did.”

Taylor, a devout Methodist, sat down at his desk and prayed. “Then I wrote down the twenty-four words that had come to me:

Is it the truth?

Is it fair to all concerned?

Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

He called those 24 words “The Four-Way Test,” and it became the centerpiece of Taylor’s effort to rebuild morale among employees and trust among dealers and customers. Every advertisement, every sales pitch, every policy was subjected to the test. The company stopped making exaggerated claims about its products. When a large sale to one dealer threatened to undercut the prices other dealers were charging, they canceled the sale.

The effort succeeded. Within five years ,Club Aluminum had returned to profitability, paying off its debts and rewarding investors with dividends. Taylor understood that trust is built incrementally, by setting a high standard and then consistently working to live up to it through daily practice.

The word that appears most often in the core values of Fortune 500 companies today is “integrity.” The original meaning of the word is “wholeness” or “strength.” It contains the notion that anything divided is thereby weakened.

The Four-Way Test reminds us that there are four ways of evaluating whether any particular action is right or wrong: truth, fairness, character and consequences. When we try to justify behavior by focusing on just one or two ways of evaluating an action, we are exercising moral partiality. Integrity is compromised whenever we selectively choose the kind of evaluation that works best for our favored position.

This can be seen in politics when conservatives emphasize the positive consequences of improved security from a travel ban while liberals insist the ban would be unfair to those adversely affected by it. It can be seen at home when parents impose a curfew out of concern for their teenager’s safety and the teenager protests that she is old enough to make her own decisions. In such cases, more talk does not help to resolve the conflict, it just leads to anger and frustration. Each side is committed to just one way of thinking about the issue and is blind to any other way of evaluating. The two sides are talking past each other.

The Four-Way Test gives us a way out of such impasses, if we are willing to take it. Instead of taking a position and then looking for a way to defend it, we should step back and carefully evaluate potentially controversial topics using all four ways of ethical thinking. That is the path of integrity.

Taylor’s Four-Way Test was developed during the Great Depression and adopted by Rotary International in the midst of World War II. It was embraced by a generation who understood that difficult times require us to raise our standards, not lower them.

We are living in difficult times today. And the generation coming of age now is not going to be satisfied with empty platitudes. They are ready to embrace integrity in all that we think, say, and do.

It is a good time to remember, and put into practice, the Four-Way Test.

Published in the La Crosse Tribune, March 19, 2017.
Richard Kyte is the director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University and a member of La Crosse Downtown Rotary Club.  

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Join Fitchburg/Verona at $10K Raffle Fundraiser

Sunday, April 23, 2017
1 p.m.

Ten Pin Alley
6285 Nesbitt Rd.
Fitchburg, WI

The Fitchburg/Verona Rotary Club will be having a fund raiser on April 23rd at Ten Pin Alley on Nesbitt Road in Fitchburg.  All are invited to come and participate.  There will me many rifles for a variety of wonderful prizes!  The biggest raffle will be for $10,000.  Tickets are being sold for $100 apiece and we are only selling a maximum of 250 tickets.  What great odds for winning $10,000!!!
There will also be a bowling tournament.  The winning team will win $500, second place $300 and third place $150.  Put together a team and have a lot of fun!!
To buy a raffle ticket or enter the bowling tournament, contact Tom Marshall PDG at 715 213 3046 or
Tom Marshall.

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Food and Beer Pairing with Raffle

Madison Breakfast Rotary Club is hosting the 7th Annual Food and Beer pairingon April 27 at Sprecher’s from 5-8 p.m.  Please, come and enjoy some tasty bites and generous samples of some of Wisconsin’s finest brews. More information here.

Rotary Club of Wisonsin Dells to Host Spring Fling

The Rotary Club of Wisconsin Dells will hold their annual Spring Fling the first Friday night of May. That will be May 5th, at Chula Vista Resort.  There is food, drink and fun, with many valuable door prizes.  A large percentage of the attendees receive prizes.  Come and join the fun.  It is the biggest fund raiser of the year for our club, and all Rotarians are welcome.
Feel free to contact Wally Czuprynko for tickets. 

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Join Rotary Club of Southwest Wisconsin/Platteville for the 2017 Wine Walk

Friday, June 9, 2017
5:30-8:30 pm

Tickets go on sale April 3rd.
$30 Advance Tickets
$35 At the Door
Price includes wine sampling from all over WIsconsin, food, and souvenir wine glass.
​NEW THIS YEAR - beer tasting!

​The day of the event, participants will bring their tickets to the check in.

Download the flyer

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Philippines Water Project Article

Rotarians from Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, and Lake Mills traveld to the Philippines to assist with a project. Click here to read the news article from the Daily Jefferson County Union on the Philippinews Water Project. 

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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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Friendship Exchange News

Click here to read the February article descibing the frienship exchange from District 6250 to District 3850 in the Philippines.

District 6250 Friendship Exchange Committee has received information from Lima, Peru, where they are willing to host 10 individuals for 16 days in November of 2017.
Anticipated expenses per person for participants:
Round trip airfare to/from Peru
Travel insurance
Additional $1,400 for transportation and tour fees while in Peru
Tips for tours, etc., and personal expenses not included in estimated costs 
Hosts on each end of the exchange program support the visitors with room, board and some entertainment and perhaps transportation while in the country.
Itinerary for the trip (detailed description for each day available from Rotary office):
Day 1-2 in Lima
Day 3-4 in Paracas, Ica
Day 5-9 in Arequipa
Day 9-13 in Cusco
Day 13-15 in Lima
Day 16 Return home
Contact the Rotary office at 255-9164 or email for more details or if you are interested in traveling to Peru or hosting some of the group members when they visit the Madison area.

Twelve Rotarians from Gujarat, India will soon come to visit us, from May 27 to June 8.  
We have completed a wonderful Friendship Exchange to Gujarat in January and February.  The first days will be spent in the Dells area, followed by four days in Madison and five in Lacrosse and Prairie Du Chien.  The group that traveled to India will coordinate stays in the communities they will come to enjoy. David Clemens is working with these individuals to determine our itinerary.  Please let him know if you are interested by emailing David Clemens.


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Zone News


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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