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

iFeed 11-5-16
Granton Paul Harris Fellows
Rotary Lights

Fellow Rotarians:
We have so much to be thankful for in our District.  November 5th the La Crosse area Interact students, with help from Kids Against Hunger, put together an amazing second annual iFeed event.  With help from 24 community food packing teams, over 60,000 meals were packaged to send to Nicaragua.  The community food drive held in conjunction with iFeed yielded over 30,000 food items to help stock local food pantry shelves.  What a tremendous impact both locally and internationally!
November 12th, over 50 Rotarians from around our District came together for One Rotary Summit in Wisconsin Dells.  Rotarians rotated among 8 groups for 3 different sessions of brainstorming on the issues of membership, public image, and foundation.  Attendees will have many ideas to bring back and share as we work to make our clubs stronger, more attractive, and more vibrant to our current and prospective members.  
I attended a meeting at the Granton Rotary Club that should remind us of how great work can and is being done even in our smallest clubs and smallest towns.  This tiny community of 350 people has 18 Rotarians!  In addition, most of them are Paul Harris Fellows as shown in the Paul Harris photo taken at the event.  They display their Rotary Pride with Rotary tshirts, hats, and vests both at club meetings and at local events.  They are a true testament to how Rotary Friends and Rotary Ways come together to serve a community.
Rotarians from around the La Crosse area came together on November 25th for the ceremonial lighting of Rotary Lights for this year.  Representatives from La Crosse, La Crosse After Hours, La Crosse Valley View, La Crosse East, Onalaska, Onalaska Hilltoppers, Holmen, and La Crescent Rotary clubs all participated.  There was a parade of lighted floats and a visit by Santa Claus for the young families of the area.  The even runs nightly through year end.  Each local Rotary club and dozens of other local charitable organizations will assist again this year in set up and take down, as well as nightly cash and food donation collections. 
Don't forget District Conference 2017 in La Crosse is getting closer and closer.  Hotel information is already on the District webpage at  We encourage out of town guests to book rooms early as demand will be high with other events in town that weekend and our room blocks are at very reasonable prices.  We expect early reservation information for District Conference 2017 to be up on the website as well later this month.  Watch for an email from District when registration opens.
Although official club visits finish up this month, I hope to continue hearing about the good things being done in your communities and the special events your clubs are involved in.  December is Rotary Family Month.  I hope you are able to find a way to involve your family, especially this month. as you continue to serve your community and your world through Rotary.

Dean McHugh
District Governor 2016-2017
Rotary District 6250

District News, Events and Announcements

Join us in Atlanta

The Atlanta Convention is only 6 months away and the excitement is building. Already, there are almost 30,000 Rotarians and guests from all over the world who are registered for the BIG event celebrating the 100th Anniversary of OUR Rotary Foundation. This will truly be a "once-in-a-lifetime" convention and I know that you will want to be part of the FUN!  We are already 2/3 of the way to our goal of 100 registrants from District 6250 and we'd love to have you join us.

Please note that the registration fee will increase $75 on December 16th. If you are not yet registered, click on the registration link - - and register NOW! The current registration fee is just $340 per person and it will allow you to participate in all of the General Sessions, as well as entrance to the Hall of Friendship. Hotel information, host committee events, and other optional events are all available on the website. Book it all there and then all you need is a plane ticket. 

See you in Atlanta!


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What's the Million Dollar Journey All About?

District 6250 is undertaking a very special promotion to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation.  Please click here for a video explanation by District Foundation Chair Dave Warren of our Million Dollar Journey.  

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Short Term Youth Exchange Program for Summer 2017

Spread the word to high school students in your community – the new, simplified RI application form is available ( and due no later than Feb 1. Share the 2017 flier with school counselors and teachers.

This is an exchange program where a student from the US is matched with a student abroad and the two students spend a month at each other’s home, for a total of two months together. It is a great alternative for students who are unable to participate in the long term program. There is no cost to the club, and minimal costs to the student – a $250 application fee plus the flight and spending money.

Encourage applicants to complete their application over Christmas break to allow your club time to complete the interview process and have the application validated by the STEP committee.

Janine O’Rourke & Melissa Frank, STEP Co-Chairs
Fitchburg/Verona Rotary 


Rotary Friendship Exchanges - District 6250 and Western India

Group from our area travels to India Jan. 21 – Feb. 5, 2017
Group from India hosted by our district for 10 days in May/June 2017 (dates tbd)

-  Interested in global travel?
-  Want to travel in a way that doesn't break the bank?
-  Hoping to experience a new culture with local guides who share our Rotary values?
-  Looking for warm temperatures when we're in the middle of the big freeze?​

Then the upcoming Rotary Friendship Exchange is something you should definitely consider. From February 1 to February 15, a group of Rotarians, spouses and SO's (and maybe some non-Rotarians) from D6250 will visit Gujarat, India, northeast of Mumbai. It's part of District 3060, the home district of the Rotary Club of Prairie du Chien's 2014-15 RYE student Vrushti Shah.
The group is quickly being assembled. We already have some Rotarians interested, but would like to find a few more. If you've already experienced a RFE, you know how good this will be. If you've never been on a Rotary Friendship Exchange, you're in for a treat! 

For more information contact Dr. David Clemens at 608-408-8941, or or Cheryl Mader at 608-778-4246 or

Grant Management Seminars

Under the provisions of the Rotary Foundation’s program, club’s desiring to participate in the grant program must be certified.  Part of that certification process is attendance at a Rotary Grant Management Seminar (GMS). District 6250 will offer three Grant Management Seminars:
The first two sessions will be identical in terms of the content that will be delivered.  The third session will be a refresher GMS for anyone that has attended a GMS in the last year.  Clubs need only have representation at one of the three sessions.  It is recommended that the club president-elect and foundation chair attend the GMS meeting.
At the GMS you will learn:
  • How to successfully manage a Rotary Foundation grant.
  • Foundation stewardship expectations
  • How to prepare clubs to implement the memorandum of understanding
  • How to qualify your club to receive Rotary Foundation grant funds.
January 21, 2017

The Ground Round
Tomah, WI

9:00 am - 12:30 pm
March 23, 2017

Madison, WI

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
May 12, 2017

Convention Center
La Crosse, WI

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm



District 6250 Team Training Seminar

Please join us as we prepare for the 2016-2017 Rotary Year in District 6250!

Join us for th annual DTTS – District Team Training Seminar – where District committees come together to report on what they are doing now and what their plans are for the future.  You will hear reports from all District committees like Youth Programs, Visioning, Foundation, Membership and Friendship Exchange just to name a few.  This will help update the Board and generate awareness  on all that is happening in our District and the resources available to help.  With so much change in Rotary and the District in the last few years, this is certain to be time  well spent.  

Saturday, February 4, 2017
Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells

District Conference 2017 Returns to La Crosse!  

May 12-14, 2017
This is a going to be a busy busy weekend in La Crosse with several other events in town taking up hotel rooms.  We strongly urge you to book early to be sure that you'll have a room for the 2017 Rotary District Conference!

Room Block Information:

Radisson Hotel - Conference Venue
200 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601

Standard King Room: $149
Standard 2 Queen room: $159

(608) 784-6680 or (800) 333-3333
Ask for the Rotary District 6250  Conference Rate   Enter promo code:  RD6250
Room block deadline: April 14, 2017

Home2 Suites by Hilton
210 Jay Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

King Studio Suite with complimentary breakfast: $149

(608) 881-6666
Reservation Code: Rotary District 6250

Room block deadline: April 21, 2017

The Charmant Hotel - upscale boutique hotel
101 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Standard King or Double Queen Room: $249

(608) 519-8800
Ask for the in-house reservations:  Rotary District 6250 Rate

Room block deadline: March 27, 2017


Club News, Events and Announcements 

Gus Myran presented with Rotary International Avenues of Service Citation (Menomonie Sunrise)

Rotary International has recognized a member of the Menomonie Sunrise Rotary Club for outstanding service carried out through all five Rotary "Avenues of Service":  Club, Community, International, Vocational,  and Youth Services.  

Gus Myran was presented the "Avenues of Service Citation" on November 17th by President Kaye Krave and District Governor Assistant Karen Herbert. The Citation commends the service carried out by an individual Rotarian in the club, thereby reinforcing the importance which Rotary places on personal involvement of each club member in Rotary service activities. We are proud to recognize Gus for the amazing work he has done for our club, Rotary International and our community. 

Only a few members cover the requirements of personal involvement and service needed under each of the "Avenues" in their Rotary career.  Gus Myran exemplifies Service Above Self, and the best attributes of Rotary.  Thank you Gus!

Join Lake Mills Rotary for 3rd Annual Craft Beer & Wine Tasting

3rd Annual Craft Beer & Wine Tasting

Saturday January 28th

6:00-9:00 pm

At Lakeside Lutheran High School
231 Woodland Beach Road
Lake Mills, WI

$40 Advance Tickets
$45 At the Door
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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