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

Besides continuing to “Light up Rotary”, this month many of us may also be lighting a menorah, an advent candle or even a Christmas tree.   December is recognized on the Rotary calendar as Family month which seems especially appropriate, considering the opportunities many of us will soon have to spend quality time with our own families and friends.

Rotary is not (or at least shouldn’t be) an activity that takes away from our families but rather something that encourages us all to join together with friends, family members and others, who like us, care deeply about improving the lives of others.  Is your club “family friendly”?  Would making it more so have a positive effect on your membership?  This holiday season we all can take comfort knowing our family members are safe, warm and well fed but regrettably, around our world, not everyone’s family is so fortunate.

The projects our clubs support are making a positive difference in the lives of many.  Several of you made the decision last month to begin making automatic recurring contributions to our Rotary Foundation through a program called Rotary direct.  Our district continues to lead Zone 28 in the numbers of generous Rotarians who have made this personal commitment.  If you’d like to join them, please complete the form which can be found on our website.

The December 15 deadline for clubs to return the official proposed enactment ballots is fast approaching.  The four initiatives, each endorsed by clubs within our district are important and could potentially lead to changes in our Rotary governance.  Those who do not exercise this right will have little reason to question the outcome.  Every vote could make a difference!

As we near the end of 2014, my family and I would like to wish you and yours the happiest and healthiest holiday season ever.  Thank you for all you’re doing to Light up Rotary.

Dave Warren
District Governor 2014-2015
Rotary District 6250

District Video Message 



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District News, Events and Announcements


Club Innovation Increases Efforts During Foundation Month 

Each November we highlight The Rotary Foundation and remind members that our individual donations to our foundation become the matching dollars from Rotary International that help make the local and global projects of individual clubs around the world so successful.  Since contributions did not flow through the District this year, we do not have aggregate totals to report for our District.  However, two clubs reported innovative ways their club members were encouraged to donate and shared their success stories.
La Crosse Rotary After Hours encouraged donations among club members by offering matching points to any member who was not previously a Paul Harris Fellow and gave a donation large enough to achieve that status with the match.  The club also promoted District Governor Dave Warren's matching for recurring giving, making it possible for members to receive matching points from both sources.  The result will be 8 new Paul Harris fellows in the club through the donations and recurring commitments.  A total of $6,098, $115 per capita, was raised for the Rotary Foundation by La Crosse Rotary After Hours during Foundation Month.
Holmen Area Rotary offered its club members the opportunity for a 2 to 1 match of the club's Paul Harris recognition points for any contributions over $100 during Foundation Month.  The club also offered a raffle where each member who contributed at the $100 level in November received a ticket and a chance to win a $250 Best Buy gift card.  The Holmen club responded with donations of $4,776, $159 per capita, during November.  Holmen Area Rotary will have 5 new Paul Harris Fellows and 5 previous Paul Harris Fellows who will receive a multiple Paul Harris level award as a result of the November donations and matching.  In all, 19 of Holmen Rotary's 30 members now have at least one Paul Harris award.
Thanks to all who helped as we celebrated and promoted Foundation Month in our District during November.

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2015 Grant Managment Seminar Schedule and Registration Now Available 

In order to be eligible for a foundation grant, clubs must attend a Grant Management Seminar for the current Rotary year.  Even if somebody from your club attended one in 2014, you still must have at least one, preferably 2, of your club members go through the annual training if you want to be eligible for a district or global grant.  We have our dates for these trainings.  They are as follows –


New! GMS Refresher
for those that have attended a GMS in past 1 year

Saturday, January 24, 2015 Thursday, March 19, 2015 Saturday, April 25, 2015
9a-1p 5p-8:30p 9a-11a
Tomah Madison Wisconsin Dells
More Information & Registration More Information & Registration More Information & Registration

Space is limited, so please don’t wait to register.  Our district will not be doing a training at the conference as we have done in the past.  We will only offer the 3 trainings mentioned above, so don’t miss out.  If you have any questions, please reach out to me at  Thank you.

Joe Ruskey
District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair


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110th Anniversary of Rotary




65 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604

Host by ROTARY/One, the world's first service club, founded
February 23, 1905

Entertainment and dance music provided by the 12-piece band, the
Chi-Town Showstoppers

Register for the event at
Overnight accomodations available at the Union League Club

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For More Information Check Out These Links!

Sao Paulo Zones 28-29 Newsletter Issue 1

Letter from President Gary                                           Convention Brochure

Rotarian Magazine Article - October                          Convention Registration Form

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Club News, Events and Announcements


Madison West Towne Middleton - Partnering With Other Service Organizations
By: Ed Fink (Orphan Train Project Chair)

From left to right: Ed Fink, Pres. Jeannine Desautels, Mary Van Hout, Sister Elena Martina Castro Aguare, Steven Alonso Brenes Alvarado and Dean Ryerson. The Glenn Koepp Scholars are holding plaques given in recognition of their scholarship

The For the past 17 years, The Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton and its Orphan Train Project have been pairing foreign children’s homes with service clubs, schools, churches, businesses and other groups. In addition to matchmaking, the Orphan Train Project facilitates continuing education for overseas childcare workers.  The main aspect of this effort is the “Glenn Koepp Scholars Program,” named for Rotarian Glenn Koepp, one its deceased members.  All of it is made possible by the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne Middleton’s long-standing partnership with Mooseheart Child City and School, which sits on a 1000 acre campus 38 miles west of Chicago.

Those selected as Glenn Koepp Scholars are typically orphanage directors or other employees of foreign orphanages.  Over these many years,  Mooseheart has housed and educated the Orphan Train’s Glenn Koepp Scholars in their staff training program, which consists of two weeks of classroom study, with evenings spent with children and staff at the various homes on campus. During the existence of the partnership,  Mooseheart has taught nearly 30 Orphan Train invitees, the most recent from Costa Rica. Other Scholars have come from Bulgaria, Romania, India, Grenada, Tanzania, Peru and Guatemala.
As an outgrowth of the Scholars program, and again with the help of Moosehart and the expertise of its training staff, Rotarians and their Orphan Train Project have facilitated three-day short courses in Bulgaria, Romania and Tanzania, with hopes of more overseas collaboration in the future. To date, these three overseas outreach courses have touched nearly 90 childcare workers and educators.
For Mooseheart’s children and staff, the cooperative undertaking of Rotary and Moose provides an opportunity to learn about children and their caregivers, somewhat similarly situated in far off places. For members of Moose International, whose members have provided care for children since the founding of Mooseheart in 1913, it is an opportunity to share the lessons they’ve learned in 90 plus years of looking after children.
Mooseheart trainer Kelly Baker recently wrote: “It’s been a pleasure playing a small part in the Orphan Train mission, and I appreciate the opportunities to learn more through these professionals from around the world…”  From Steven Brenes and Sister Elena Castro, orphanage  personnel from Costa Rica the following was received: “…We learned a lot from the model of care at Mooseheart, which seems to be very successful and useful. And, we also enjoyed the time at Wisconsin. It was great to get to know the people of your Rotary Club. In every single house we went to, it felt like home. Therefore, we want to emphasize on the fact that every single one did their best to make us feel comfortable and welcome, and for that we are more than thankful…….And now, we are back in our country, ready to work and use what we have learned….”  (Last quote mildly edited by author).
The Orphan Train Project would love to partner with more clubs in Rotary District 6250!


Take a look at what the Marshfield Noon and Sunrise clubs are doing in their community!

The City of Marshfield has a population of 19,442 with an increasing number of residents over the age of 65. The Marshfield Outdoor Learning Sanctuary (MOLS) is located adjacent to the Tiny Tiger Intergenerational Center, an innovative multi-generational center that provides “Learning for All Ages – Caring for All Stages” with senior adults, children and high school students. The Sanctuary is near a residential neighborhood and across the street from Marshfield High School (MHS) and Madison Elementary School. Through an innovative partnership with the Wisconsin Conservation Corps, Marshfield Noon and Sunrise Rotarians will create a safe, handicap accessible trail system through the MOLS. A priority will be removal of invasive buckthorn, reed canary grass and purple loostrife. The ground surface will be leveled, treated lumber raised walkways will be constructed and installed by MHS Building Technology students and weeds will be controlled under the walkways. Rotarians will volunteer to work with the WisCorps team to provide educational and recreational opportunities for preschool children through senior adults and community members resulting in greater awareness and respect for wetland habitat.

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The Beaver Dam Rotary Club joined forces with Kids Against Hunger-Rock County Rotary, Inc.

The Beaver Dam Rotary Club joined forces with Kids Agains Hunger-Rock County to help Wayland Academy's Rotary Interact Club package 2177 nutritious rice casserole meals. This is for a program called Kids Against Hunger. The meals will go to the Beaver Dam Food Pantry. The following individuals where present: Rotary District Governor Dave Warren, Beaver Dam Rotary President Ben Shier, his two children Barret and oliver & Dennis Levenhagen. Those present from Wayland Academy where Vinny Duenes, Jazzy Benes, Madison Jewell, Savannah Warren, Ray Ren, Cristina Frances Satrustegui, Jenny Ingabire, Alec Waugh, Marco Silva, Khristian Jones, Riane Wilkie,Sarah Ehrardt, Dr. Keely Lake

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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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