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

December is a time of planning, anticipation, celebrating, giving.  While we may spend some time worrying about the perfect gift, stress out a bit about the baking that needs to be done or the entertaining that can be a part of our celebration, at its heart, December provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the year that’s passing and celebrate rebirth.
During this special Holiday Season, we can consider giving the gifts that really matter.  Gifts of patience, understanding, and time to those special people in our lives whose presence makes a difference, sharing the blessings of the season in nonmaterial ways.   The richness of our lives depends on what we are willing to notice and what we are willing to believe.

Over the past several months, I’ve been gifted by the opportunity to travel around our beautiful state, seeing some areas for the very first time and revisiting others I’ve been away from for too long.  At each Club, I’ve been given the incredible gift of friendship as we’ve talked and shared ideas on how to best fulfill our Rotary goals.  I’ve seen the commitment, energy, camaraderie and ingenuity that defines us as Rotarians.  The 63 Clubs of District 6250 have shared so many gifts within our communities that it’s easy to feel proud of our accomplishments.  Thank you for sharing your gifts with me and making these last few months ones full of treasured memories and friendships.

December is Family Month on the Rotary calendar.  Let’s embrace all of the opportunities we have to be an example to our families of Service Above Self. Let’s be sure our families understand and are involved in our own Rotary experience so they can benefit, first hand, from the incredible feeling we get from being of service to our families, our communities, our world. Maybe we can expand our families by spending time or resources on those who may need our help. 
Rotary International President Ravi has said in the December issue of The Rotarian:

“By sending joy out into the world, we do not sacrifice it for ourselves – we only multiply it.  As we enter thi  season of giving, let us multiply the gifts we have been given by sharing them with others.  Through acts of caring, kindness and generosity, in our clubs and through our Foundation, we become and remain a gift to the world.”

Give the Gift of Rotary from Rotary International on Vimeo.

​​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


Rotary International Database Updated Needed by January 1

Before RI produces the January 2016 invoice, please make sure the membership data in Rotary International’s database is current. Any updates must be made by 1 January. Invoices cannot be adjusted after that date. The Invoice Detail summary report will only be available in My Rotary.
To check your membership:

  1. Sign into your My Rotary account and choose Manage, then Club & District Administration, Club Administration, and Club & Member Data.
  2. Review your membership data.
  3. Make any necessary updates by 1 January.

Even if you report membership changes using an RI-approved data integration software provider, verify the membership data in Rotary’s database is current.

If you are unable to report membership online, print and complete the Member Data Form and submit in one of these ways:

  • Scan and email to
  • Mail to your local Rotary office or fiscal agent.
  • Fax to 1-847-556-2207.

You can find more information, including FAQs and handy “how to” guides on the Club Administration page. Please direct specific questions about membership to


2015 Grant Management 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 2015, 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 –


GMS & GMS Refresher
The GMS Refresher will be held from 3pm to 4:30pm.  Those that need a full session will continue on until 6:00pm

Saturday, January 30, 2016 Thursday, March 24, 2016 Friday, May 20, 2016
9a-12:30 pm 5p-8:30p District Conference 3pm-6pm
Tomah Madison Union South, Madison
More Information & Registration More Information & Registration Registration available in early 2016

Space is limited, so please don’t wait to register.  We will only offer the 3 training sessions 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

World Health Organization Wild Polio Virus Update

Polio Headlines
  • Polio surveillance continues to improve in Afghanistan. Strengthening the surveillance networks to ensure that any poliovirus transmission is detected remains vital to the success of the polio endgame.
  • In Afghanistan in the year 2015, until 21 November, stool specimens from a total 2,399 children were tested. By then, 16 of these children had been found to be infected with wild poliovirus. In 2015, wild poliovirus transmission is at the lowest levels ever, with fewer cases reported from fewer areas of fewer countries than ever before.
  • In 2015 so far, 60 wild poliovirus cases have been reported from two countries (Pakistan and Afghanistan), compared to 316 cases from nine countries during the same period in 2014.
One new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in the past week, in Kunar province, with onset of paralysis in 3 November.  This is the first case in Kunar province since January 2014.  The total number of WPV1 cases for 2015 is 17

Two new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week, the first with onset of paralysis on 30 October in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the second with onset on 2 November in Sindh province.  The total number of WPV1 cases for 2015 is now 43.

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Rotary International Convention, May 28 - June 1, 2016

First Registration Deadline(lowest registration fee) is December 15

Planning to attend the RI Convention?
Connect with other District 6250 Rotarians that will be attending on Facebook:

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Rotary & Peace Corps Sign Service Partnership Agreement

By working together with active and returned Peace Corps Volunteers, we can continue addressing Rotary’s six areas of focus while enhancing goodwill, international understanding, and building capacity to address the most pressing community concerns.

While abroad, Peace Corps Volunteers support sustainable change by working with local stakeholders invested in improving communities. Returned volunteers, those who have completed their in-country service and are back in the U.S., offer a wealth of service project knowledge, interesting community insights from living abroad, and often maintain strong relationships with their host communities and local partners which can include Rotary and Rotaract clubs. In fact, a number of U.S. Rotarians and Rotaractors are Peace Corps alumni and many of our clubs and districts around the world have already worked with local Peace Corps Volunteers in their local communities.  Click Here to read full article

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A beautiful Rotary Van to a good home for ONE DOLLAR

    1984 GMC "Value Van", model 35, VIN# GTJP32M6E3502647, 5.7 Liter, 350 cubic inch gasoline V-8 engine, automatic transmission
  • Van size:22 1/2 ft long, 9 1/2 ft high, 7 1/2 ft wide.  Cargo bay 15 ft, Rear axle: 11,000 lbs.
  • Originally purchased and used by Oshkosh Correction Institution, #09609 (Truck #57 and #17 on van).
  • The Rotary Club of Beloit purchased the van from Mr. Ken Bagan of Mt. Horeb.
  • There were 48,244 miles on its odometer at the time (2004). 
  • It has been lightly used since then and is currently in indoor storage. We can visit the van in storage and verify the current mileage reading.
  • A Beloit Rotary board member was the generous benefactor for the purchase, writing a donation check to the Rotary Club of Beloit Foundation in the amount of $1,500 on April 27, 2004.
  • The van was then completely cleaned and re-painted with Rotary colors and logo.  It has been in numerous parades and has served as a proud, colorful mobile billboard and Rotary ambassador for local events.

PRICE: The Board of Directors of Rotary Club of Beloit has authorized selling this van to another Rotary club for ONE DOLLAR.  Beloit Club recognizes that this van could be a great asset to another club for club promotions and used with imagination.

Note: that this price only applies to a prompt sale to another Rotary club.  If there are no prompt Rotary Club takers, Rotary Club of Beloit reserves the right to withdraw the offer at any time and sell the van by alternate means.

TERMS: Sold WHERE-IS, AS-IS for ONE DOLLAR to the first Rotary Club that makes a prompt definite commitment. 

Rotary Club of Beloit cannot "hold" the van on tentative status.  License transfer fees, transportation, insurance, any and all related expenses are the responsibility of the buyer.

CONTACT: Don Ferguson, President, Rotary Club of Beloit, e-mail: ;    Cell phone: 815-262-4694.

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Club News, Events and Announcements 

Madcity Rotary Holiday Party - December 22

Greetings from Madcity Rotary!
It's time once again for our annual holiday party!  Join us for an evening of appetizers, drinks, and goodwill on Tuesday, December 22 at the Brink Lounge.  This year, proceeds will benefit PolioPlus.
Click Here for more information.  RSVP by December 17 here and pass this invitation along to anyone who would be interested in joining. 

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Nine Dane County Area Rotary Clubs Support Literacy Effort

On Saturday, November 14th, nine Rotary clubs from Dane County helped sort and pack educational materials for the Rotary-supervised Books for the World program.  Over 50 Rotarians from the Madison Breakfast, After Hours, Waunakee, Madison East-Monona, Fitchburg-Verona, Reedsburg, DeForest, Sun Prairie, and West Towne-Middleton clubs packed more than 15 tons (9 pallets) of elementary, secondary and library books.  The pallets of books will soon be shipped to Houston, Texas, and Rotarians there will load them into sea containers destined for schools in over 25 countries where students are taught in English.  These resources, donated by schools and libraries across Wisconsin, will be used by students in these countries for an additional 5 to 8 years.  The Wisconsin Operation, which has been supervised by the Madison Breakfast Rotary since 2005, is the second largest Books for the World processing site in the USA (Texas being the largest).  Since the Wisconsin program began, the club has also shipped school desks (more than 1,000), classroom tables, and library shelves.  The sea containers, which are purchased by the Houston-area Rotary clubs, remain with the schools to be converted to teaching space and health clinics.
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Madcity Rotary Welcomes First Patients in Hemodialysis Project in Aundh, Pune, India

These are the 2nd and 3rd patients at Medipoint Hospital, Aundh, Pune (6 Nov 2015, Friday at 5pm). The 1st patient was done earlier on 2nd Nov 2015 (Monday) without any pictures. Each dialysis cycle takes 4 hours per patient.

Janesville Noon Rotary Lights up the Season

Janesville Noon Rotary hosted the first Annual Holiday Lights Show and Social for area Rotarians on November 30th at the Rotary Botanical Gardens.  118 Rotarians, spouses, friends, and children from the Janesville Noon, Janesville Morning, Beloit, Edgerton, and Fort Atkinson Clubs gathered in the pavilion for appetizers, an array of chocolate deserts, coffee, hot chocolate, and a cash bar, District Governor Mary Van Hout was able to drive down to meet with the group and stroll through the gardens.  Light rain did not dampen the spirits as Rotarians viewed over 370,000 lights and displays illuminated in a special preview evening.  It was a great kickoff for the holiday season.  Looking forward to expanding invitations to the clubs in Dane County next year.

Dan Drozdowicz
Janesville Noon President



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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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