The District Dispatch


The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

August 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 to this month's District newsletter.  I hope you will make sure that your club shares news of special events, fund-raisers, or projects with us so that we can include those items on our web page and in our newsletter.  Send those items, with pictures if possible, to

As we are about being Rotarians this year, let's remember to "Engage Rotary, and Change Lives."

Dean Ryerson
District Governor 2013-2014
Rotary District 6250


District Video Message 

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District News, Events and Announcements


Upcoming Polio Immunization Trip to Togo, West Africa

Have you ever heard a Rotarian speak about their personal experience participating in a polio eradication exercise, a cleft lip/cleft palate mission, or work on a humanitarian grant?  These trips have a profound effect upon the individual.  For those of you who have gone on one of these trips you know, and for those of you who have yet to enjoy this experience, you should.  Click Here to learn more about the West Africa Project Fair Trip October 15-24, 2013.

Best regards,
Bradford R. Howard, PDG
North American Coordinator
West Africa Project Fair Committee


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Upcoming Friendship Exchange with District 9110 - Southwest Nigeria

I am excited to announce a Friendship Exchange with District 9110 which includes Lagos and Ogun States in Southwest Nigeria.  The travel dates are February 13-23, 2014.  We anticipate 8 to 10 travelers on the trip.  My friends in District 9110 will attempt to involve the team in local polio immunization efforts if they are occurring during that time, as well as visits to projects sites that have been supported by our two districts.  This would include The Wheel Schools (Rotary-supported schools for the children of beggars’) and other projects like microlending or water projects.

Our district’s relationship with Nigeria goes back to 2002 when we exchanged Group Study Exchange teams.  Since then clubs in our district have partnered with District 9110 in 7 matching grant projects including the donation of a reverse matching grant from District 9110 to the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne Middleton to support a homeless family project at the YWCA.

Our friends in Lagos are excited to host our Rotarians.  Travel costs for this trip are estimated at $2000-$3000, and would include airfare ($1300-$1600), visas costs, and other incidental travel expenses.  You will generally be hosted by Rotarians who will show you the same warmth, family spirit and love that my husband and I have experienced on our visits there.  After your return, it is my personal wish that you engage your club and community in support of a project in Nigeria, like the Wheel Schools.

Please let me know if you are interested in this friendship exchange.

Best wishes,

Mary Kessens PDG
Cell:  608-516-1306

PS  Please feel free to share this information with your Rotary Club and Rotary friends.

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Where Will You Be June 1-4, 2014?



The End and the Beginning of a Wonderful Rotary Youth Exchange Year

Our district’s inbound and outbound exchange students are slowly returning home. We will miss them and we welcome home our students that have been away for eleven months.  It is also the beginning of a new year. We will have twenty students arriving soon and will be saying, “Have a great year” to those leaving soon for a great adventure. Students’ lives are greatly changed by participating in the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

Last year’s our inbounds were an exceptional bunch. They were so much fun and very thoughtful of others. All during the year, they collected over sixty pounds of toiletries that were given to homeless shelters. If you weren’t at the District Conference, you missed seeing our Inbound students and those getting ready to leave as they collected a record $1,900+ for Polio Plus through their Purple Pinkie project. That was all done in two days! We hope you enjoyed their presence.
The Youth Exchange Year ends with a wonderful conference of eighteen districts held in Grand Rapids, Michigan in July. The attendees include Rotarians, District Governors, returning Outbound students (we call them Rebounds), current Inbound students and students preparing to go on exchange (Outbounds) and the parents of Inbounds and Rebounds. In the group picture from the conference you see all the people representing our district. See if you can find our DG Dean Ryerson. He was the most involved District Governor at the conference. Our students loved having him there. 
I want to thank all the people who made our exchange year great. Our district committee was made up of Doug and Sharon Richmond as our Outbound Coordinators, our Inbound Coordinator Margo Zeman, our assistant chair Linda Buchs Hammonds, our Rebound Coordinator Bill Pritchard, our Administrative Coordinator Jan Bonsett Veal, and Toni Pabon was our Registrar and Information Manager. They are an exceptional bunch of Rotarians who realize the difference that an exchange year can make to so many people. Linda Buchs Hammonds and Margo Zeman will be stepping down from their roles on the district team but, I am told, they will still be involved with their club’s youth exchange program. Jan Bonsett-Veal will take over as Assistant Chair and David Cush will be our new Inbound Coordinator and Joy Berg will be our Youth Exchange trainer.
If your club is interested in hosting or sponsoring a student, please contact me. You have no idea how many lives you touch when you are involved in youth exchange. I am available to present to your board or your club to answer any questions they might have about the program.
Judy Levine, District 6250 Rotary Youth Exchange Chair

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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:  Click to view  Club Events Calendar

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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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