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


On July 9th through the 12th our District participated in Central States Rotary Youth Exchange at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Eighteen Districts were represented which included Inbound, Outbound and Rebound Students and parents.  In addition to this were all of the Youth Chairs, many from District 6250  – Jan and John Bonsett-Veal, Judy Steinhauer, Brenda Weiss, Toni Pabon & Frank, David Cush & Daniela, Emy Andino and Sharon & Doug Richmond. About 1200 in total attendance.  Imagine the energy level of this group of YE kids and the commitment and passion shown by the YE leadership!  It was inspiring to be a part of this event and a great reminder of the importance of our Youth Programs all around the District.  

 So why mention Youth Exchange when we all know it’s Membership month?
Our Youth Programs offer students fabulous opportunities.  They also offer incredible opportunities to Rotarians and our Clubs to be energized because of our interactions with these students.  Clubs with Youth Programs are most often very healthy, vital Clubs whose membership is engaged. Without leaving our communities we have the opportunity to experience other cultures, planting the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.   It’s difficult to imagine a better way to improve our membership than to enhance our Club’s Youth options.  Any Club, old or new, will benefit.  You can be creative like three Rotary Clubs of La Crosse - After Hours, East and Valley View who collectively are sponsoring a new Interact Club in their community.  From RYLA to Youth Exchange to Rotaract and Interact – opportunity is knocking on your door.  District 6250 has great leadership in all of these areas to show you how our Youth Programs engage our members! 




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

Nigeria on the brink of becoming polio-free!

Nigeria has gone a whole year — longer than ever before — without a case of wild poliovirus. The last case was reported on 24 July 2014 in Kano state. Once the gateway to polio in Africa, Nigeria is paving the way to eradicating the disease on the continent.

But reaching the milestone is only one step on the final road to ending polio and it is too soon to celebrate victory. Until polio is eliminated everywhere, it can return to Nigeria and the rest of Africa. Less than a decade ago, in 2006, polio paralyzed 1,000 people in Nigeria.

For the African region to be certified polio-free, including Nigeria, there must be no polio cases for two more years. To do this, all children in Nigeria and throughout Africa — including those in hard-to-reach and underserved areas — must continue to be protected against the disease. 

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Club News, Events and Announcements 

Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton - Horsing Around

The Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton has involved itself in a unique fun and fundraising opportunity over the last three years. Each year, member Mary Ruth Marks holds a horse driving competition at her Notara Farm, just outside of Verona. This year’s event, held on the 4th of July, brought 29 competitors from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.  Participants compete in three events, dressage, cones and a marathon (which takes drivers and their horses through an obstacle course).

Rotarians and their friends helped out in a variety of ways in support of drivers and the nearly 100 spectators attending this year’s event.  In the first year of competition, Rotarians even built a state-of-the-art outhouse!  Over the past three years, the club’s foundation has been enhanced by several thousand dollars.  

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Books for the World Sea Containers Converted to Polio Vaccination Clinics in Pakistan

In early May, the Wisconsin Operations of Books for the World shipped two semi-truck loads of books and desks to The Second Wind Foundation (supervised by the Rotary Club of Seabrook Texas).  These books and desks were destined for Pakistan where educational materials are needed desperately.  Not only did this shipment assist with the Rotary International are of focus, “Supporting Education”.  It had the added benefit of converting the sea containers in which the books were shipped to polio vaccination clinics.

The Wisconsin Operations of Books for the World is coordinated by the Madison Breakfast Rotary Club, and supported by many clubs in our district through volunteer hours and contributions.  Thanks to all who contribute to this project.
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If You Build It, They Will Come

In 2001, the Horicon Rotary Club had a discussion about building a new park.  In 2002, the club received approval and thanks from the Park Board for a 5-year development plan to build and equip a neighborhood park.  In August 2002, ground was broken for the new park.  A flower bed was planted and a Rotary sign identifying the park was erected.
In 2004 things really got rolling.  Four trees and two picnic tables were purchased.  Rotarian Don Mayo cemented in a grill the city gave us, and the sand box was marked off and dug.  Foundations were poured for rocker toys and Rotarian Tim Galvin built two park benches.
The next year, 2005, three more trees were planted, the swing area was dug out and the swing set erected by Rotarians.  On September 10 of that year, we had a Rotary Park Dedication. 

The following year the city crew dug out a place for a play structure with a climbing wall, slide and a tire swing.  In 2008, another toy was added to the sand box area. Since then, the club has had one or two work days every year to clean up the playground and flowerbed.
It has been the club’s dream to erect a shelter so families could have some shade while they picnic or watch their children. This past year, with the help of a Rotary Grant, the Horicon Area Foundation (the Horicon Chamber) and money the club has raised, the Horicon Rotary Club was able to build this shelter.  A dedication of this shelter was held on July 29.  We are grateful to all those who through the years have helped in any way to create this beautiful park.  We are proud of the effort our Horicon Rotary Club has put into this park and hope children and their families will be able to enjoy it for years to come.

Right:   Members of the Horicon Rotary Club work to assemble a shelter this spring at Rotary Park in Horicon.
Far Left:  Rotarian Rita Clavadatscher shares the history of Rotary Park during the dedication of the shelter on July 29.
Left:  This plaque, attached to the shelter, was unveiled during the dedication.


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Madison Rotary After Hours & Habitat Young Professionals wine tasting!

You are cordially invited to join the Madison Rotary After Hours and Habitat Young Professionals clubs on August 20th, 2015 for a wine tasting! The event will take place from 5:30-8pm at the Boardman and Clark Atrium on 1 South Pinckney Street, Madison. Hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine will be served and there will be a raffle for different prizes from our sponsors.  Please see the Habitat Young Professionals website for more details about the event and to register! Tickets are $15 for Madison After Hours members and $30 for non-members. We look forward to seeing you there!

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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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