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

August is Rotary Membership and Club Extension month and like Rotary International President Gary Huang, one of my primary focuses this year is to share the gift of Rotary with more prospective members.  RIP Huang has an impressive track record of membership development.  When he was a district governor for Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, 19 new clubs were added!  His ambitious goal for 2104-15 is to increase Rotary’s worldwide membership to 1.3 million members (an increase of more than 100,000)!

Our District 6250 goal of ending the year with 3,050 members is a little less dramatic but very challenging nonetheless.  This would bring us back to levels not seen since 2011.  As long as our meetings are fun and relevant to our members’ needs, there’s no reason why all our clubs can’t grow.

In this month’s video address I share some thoughts about gaining and retaining members and why it might be a good idea for some of us to take an honest look at our clubs before we begin inviting everyone we know to join.

Last month I pledged to keep these videos lighthearted and brief.  At 12 seconds less than last month’s I think I’ve kept my promise!  Let’s have fun and keep Lighting up Rotary together!

Dave Warren
District Governor 2014-2015
Rotary District 6250

District Video Message 



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District News, Events and Announcements

Rotary Friendship Exchange

The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotarians (including spouse or significant other) the opportunity to host and visit Rotarians around the world. In addition to experiencing other cultures and making lasting friendships, an exchange provides a strong foundation for carrying out other international activities and service projects.
District 6250 currently has two RFE opportunities in 2015! 
Outbound Dates Location Contact Inbound Dates
Jan 10-21, 2015 D3850 The Philippines
(Current itinerary includes visiting Bacolod, Iloilo, Kalibo and Boracay)
Darla Leick
(715) 506-0044
March, 2015 D9600 Eastern Australia
(includes Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands)
Jack Haase
September, 2015


RI President Gary C.K. Huang is urging all Rotary members to Light Up Rotary by organizing a Rotary Day in 2014-15. The concept is simple: hold a fun, informal event in your community to introduce the public to your club and Rotary. You’ll not only improve Rotary’s image in your community, you’ll also boost interest in joining your club.



Any club, big or small, can host a Rotary Day. Neighboring clubs can pool their resources and co-host an event -- even entire districts can come together for a large-scale Rotary Day. Here are some ideas for your Rotary Day:

  • An outdoor picnic or barbecue
  • A sporting event or concert
  • An event associated with a public parade or festival
  • An event at a museum, art gallery, or cultural center
  • A reception or buffet dinner
Find more tips for planning a Rotary Day in the Rotary Days brochure.
Click Here for more information about Rotary Days

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Host Your Own Ethics Event

We all have ideas about what it means to be “ethical” and what an “ethical” school, community, business, or government should be like. “Ethics” applies to all these levels.

The Rotary Club of Madison will host their 15th annual Ethics Symposium in February. This club effort attracts Rotarians, school leaders, and, most importantly, high school juniors. Why? Because it has memorable impact for all involved.

This year, Rotary Club of Madison invites clubs in our District to inquire about “Ethics Symposium In-A-Box” — a selection of scalable concepts to host your own version of the Ethics Symposium in your hometown. This project introduces students to the ROTARY framework for ethical decision-making.

Here is an example of a situation where ethical decision-making comes into play. Think about this as if you were 17 years old:

You’ve been best friends with Chris since 3rd grade and you just saw her take some of your mom’s prescription painkillers from your parent’s medicine cabinet.  Chris has done this before and now you fear your best friend has a serious problem.  She begs you not to say anything – she’s leaving for college in a month and promises to stop.

What do you do?

Students face ethical dilemmas every day. Some, can be life threatening.  Others, while less ominous, are no less important:

You’re running late for class.  If you’re tardy again it will mean detention but you see a person in a wheelchair struggling to get over the sidewalk curb due to the mound of snow left by the plow just moments ago. 

Do you risk being late for class by helping…or, pretend you don’t see the person struggling and hurry off to class?

These are tough situations. The purpose of the Rotary Ethics Symposium is to foster a reflective community with concern for the ethical dimensions of everyday life.

Would your club be interested in hosting an ethics event? If so, please email the Rotary Club of Madison at and a volunteer on the “In-A-Box” subcommittee of the Rotary Ethics Symposium Committee will be in touch. 

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Culture:  Beyond Borders
September 2014 | Rotarian Magazine

Exchange programs make the world more peaceful, one student at a time.

Mara Egherman, a college librarian, was sitting at her desk when she saw an email pop up: Ryan Ahmad, a Muslim exchange student in Iowa from the Philippines, needed a place to stay. There had been trouble at his school, and he’d been beaten up by a fellow exchange student.

Egherman flashed back to her 16-year-old self, alone in a foreign country. “I knew I had to take this kid in,” she says. As a high school student, Egherman had applied for an exchange program in South Africa. But after arriving in Johannesburg in 1982, she discovered that her host family had racial notions that dovetailed with those of the apartheid regime. Egherman was forbidden from speaking to the help. The family considered Nelson Mandela (then still in prison) a terrorist. And they kept a cache of weapons in a closet for protection. For a teenager from the Midwest, this was disorienting – and eye-opening. Egherman saw people being treated in ways she’d never imagined. Click Here for Full Article

A Pakistani health worker vaccinates a child in Islamabad

Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Battle to Eradicate Polio in Pakistan
Jeffrey Kluger | Time Magazine

Political unrest in Pakistan has been a gift to the poliovirus, with 99 cases reported there so far this year. But Rotary International, which has already vaccinated 2 billion children in 122 countries, is hitting back hard.

Epidemiology can be all about geography—and that’s especially true when it comes to polio. If you live in the U.S., where polio was eradicated in 1979, the specter of the disease has faded almost entirely, though pockets of infections can occur among the unvaccinated. In Pakistan, however, things are moving in precisely the opposite direction, and have been for a while now.

One of only three countries in the world where polio remains endemic (the other two are Nigeria and Afghanistan), Pakistan had been close to joining the world’s polio-free nations, with only 58 infections in 2012. But thanks to bans on vaccinating—and deadly attacks on polio fieldworkers—by the Pakistani Taliban, the caseload rose to 93 in 2013. In 2014, the total reached 99 by July 18—a figure all the more alarming compared to this point last year, when there had been just 21 cases. Click Here for Full Article

Club News, Events and Announcements

McAdow's Miles for Rotary

Jerry bikes a lot … on average, more than 3000 miles per year. He has biked across the country, the northern half of the Mississippi River, throughout most of the states of the Midwest, in Ireland and Switzerland and back and forth to work about 9 months of every year. He has been a biking “enthusiast” since the early 1970's. Against this backdrop, we in Rotary are combining this great activity with an opportunity to make a per mile pledge for the year 2014 with the proceeds going to fund ongoing Rotary activities. We will keep you advised of the miles Jerry accumulates in 2014 and the places he goes (with pictures). His mileage goal for this year is 3500 miles. Jerry himself has pledged $.05/mile with no maximum amount. The more he bikes, the more support he gives to Rotary. Click Here for More Information or to Pledge

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Rotary Club of Madison to host Global Warming/Climate Change Webcasts

Join us for Webcasts:  Water, Polio and Global Warming and a Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax

The Rotary Club of Madison, Wisconsin is hosting two webcasts to club discussions around the world about Global Warming/Climate Change. On August 20, 2014, Dr. Jonathan Patz, Director of the Global Health Institute of the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and a lead author on Global Public Health for the IPCC Reports, will address the relationship between water, global public health, polio eradication and Global Warming, to set the stage for a call to service.

On September 3, 2014, Dick Smith, of the Citizens Climate Lobby, will explain the economic and CO2 reduction benefits of a revenue neutral carbon tax as a solution to mitigate Global Warming. 

Join us live for both presentations at the URL broadcast both dates at 12:50 pm CDT (US Central Daylight time; UTC - 5 hours), or view later from the same link. 

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What do Parisian Rotarians discuss at their weekly meetings?

Ingrid Danler, member of the Madison After Hours Club, took the opportunity to find out on a recent trip to Paris!  "I found it comforting that around the world we are all concerned with the same things:  world politics, good restaurants, running our businesses, our families and children, and, of course, the fellowship that Rotary offers!"

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Waunakee Rotary Club's "Rotary Day" event - Community "Seniors Picnic in the Park"

The Waunakee Rotary Club held a picnic for all area seniors in our community at Centennial Park in Waunakee on Wednesday, July 9th.  The picnic was blessed with wonderful weather and was well received and well attended. Approximately 120 area seniors were provided with, and served, a traditional picnic lunch- combined with great community fellowship. The lunch was setup and served by twenty-five (25) Rotary Club members and volunteers.




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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