The District Dispatch


The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

December 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 Rotary District 6250.  It's been an exciting fall, with numerous Rotary Club service projects, fundraisers, and local and international grants being awarded to clubs.  In addition, members continue to be generous in their support to the Rotary Foundation especially during the month of November, Rotary Foundation Month.

The Rotary International theme for December is, "The Family of Rotary."  Our video newsletter will provide you with the background for this theme, and will give you some ideas how you and your club and celebrate "The Family of Rotary" during the month.

Best wishes to you from Rotary District 6250 for a Joyous Holiday Season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Dean Ryerson
District Governor 2013-2014
Rotary District 6250

District Video Message 



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District News, Events and Announcements

District 6250 to Help Fund Typhoon Haiyan Relief

Our District 6250 Charitable Trust has created  the Typhoon Haiyan Relief fund to help with  relief efforts in the Philippines. Contributions from Rotarians are tax deductible and will be sent to the Rotary District in the  Philippines where the typhoon disaster struck. Thanks to Rotarians from all over Wisconsin, our District generously responded to the natural disasters in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the Moore Oklahoma tornado. Our donations will go directly to the area of need and handled by other Rotarians.

Contributions from clubs or individual Rotarians should be made payable to “ The Rotary District 6250 Charitable Trust” and sent c/o Treasurer Bob Trussoni at :  
                                907 Martin Drive
                                Marshfield, WI 54449

Please indicate on the memo section of your check “ Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.” If you have any questions please contact Chuck Hanson at  or Bob Trussoni at

Please announce this effort in your clubs and  put this In your newsletters ,club facebook pages and websites from now until the end of December 2013. We have another opportunity to serve others in a time of great need in the remarkable Rotary way of “Service Above Self.”  This is yet another way to Engage Rotary and Change Lives.

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Dean McHugh to be District Governor in 2016-2017

Dean McHugh, of the Rotary Club of Holmen, was selected by the District’s Nominating Committee to serve as District Governor Nominee-Designate.  As such, Dean will become the Governor of District 6250 on July 1, 2016.

Dean has served his club as President, Vice-President, and International Service Committee Chairman.  He currently serves as Foundation Annual Programs Chair for District 6250.  He has been active in helping his club establish a clean water project in Lima, Peru.

President of McHugh Excavating and Plumbing in Onalaska, Dean is active on a number of area boards.  Dean also serves as an adjunct professor at Globe University teaching courses in management, supervision, accounting, and general business.

District 6250 welcomes Dean to its leadership team.

Summer 2014 Youth Exchange 

Help spread the word to recruit strong candidates age 15-18 for Rotary’s short-term summer exchange program. Interested candidates Click Here to learn more.  Applications (downloadable from the district website) are due February 28th for next summer.

There are many country options in Europe, South America, and now in Japan too! Help us grow the program to 25 participants in District 6250. Help your club RYE Officer identify one or more participants for 2014.

Janine O’Rourke, STEP Chair
Fitchburg/Verona Rotary

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Support Your Rotary Foundation All Year Round

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Zone 28 News for Districts and Clubs

Greetings all,
This newsletter contains very new information that is significant.  Please read and share with others in your District.  There will be Zone 28 webinars planned to share more on membership.  Watch for email announcements.  Happy Holidays to all.

Thank you for all you are doing for Rotary!

Tamie Koop, PDG District 6270
Zone 28 Rotary Coordinator

Click Here to view the latest Zone 28 Newsletter

Club News, Events and Announcements

Madcity Rotary Holiday Party - Sunday, December 15 at 6:30pm

 Join the Rotary Club of Madison - After Hours for a Holiday Party Fundraiser to benefit our upcoming international project with the Chaeli Campaign and Newlands Rotary Club in South Africa. Funds raised during the event will be put towards our $5,000 goal which will be matched by grants from Rotary International in support of a $35,000 grant project!!!

The project we are raising funds for will be to help expand the Chaeli Campaign's Early Childhood Development Centre to accommodate more young children with disabilities into their existing programs. For more information about the Chaeli Campaign, please visit their website.

The evening's festivities will include:

  • Special presentation by Mike Victorson, President and CEO of M3
  • Live music!
  • Executive Date Auction
  • Ugly Sweaters!

Cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door and will include a drink ticket and appetizers!

Pay in advance with any credit card via PayPal or bring cash or check to the event.

To RSVP and Buy Tickets:
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Books for the World Recognized by UW Library

 Since early 2010 the Madison Breakfast Rotary has received book donations from the University of Wisconsin Library for the Books for the World program.  Program Coordinator, Carol Dombroski, said "Over the past four years the UW Library donated over 60 tons of books mainly because of the dedication of Jim Dast, a senior academic librarian emeritus, and a strong proponent of Books for the World.  The UW Library featured the partnership between the university and Books for the World in a recent newsletter article.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL ARTICLE

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Dodge County Parenting Project
By Mickale Carter

 The Rotary theme for 2012-13 was Peace Through Service.  In late 2012, then Beaver Dam Rotary President, Stacy Braaksma assigned me the task of developing Beaver Dam Rotary's Peace Through Service project.  As a Guardian ad Litem, the unrest/fighting/conflicts/wars that I see in Dodge County are between feuding parents—parents fighting over their children.  The children then become the collateral damage in the parent wars.

Dodge County Parenting Project grew out of discussions with Dodge County Social Workers, Dodge County Family Court Counseling, Lutheran Social Services (LSS), Church Health Services and Dodge County Guardian ad Litems.  Its purpose is to provide assistance to parents.  Beaver Dam Rotary contributed nearly $1400, which allowed the launch of the project.  Click Here to Read More

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Sauk Prairie Rotary Does Their Part by Adopting a Park

 Recently, the Sauk Prairie Rotary Club partnered with the Village of Prairie du Sac by adopting Blanchard Park under the Adopt-a-Park program.  A newly installed sign at the park recognizes the Rotary Club for its service. Rotary members will conduct two or more workdays each year.  The club’s first workday was Saturday, October 26. Rotarians and their spouses trimmed shrubs, removed nuisance trees and shrubs, and removed grass from the sandy play areas. In the future, the club will work to raise $2500 for swings for Blanchard Park. 

Pictured:  Front row left to right: Judy Ray, Karen Volker, Margo Zeman, Troy Pakyz.  Back row left to right:  Tammy Seiler, Patrice Luer, Director of Public Works/Utilities Pat Drone, and Bill Knickmeyer.

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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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