The District Dispatch

 

The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

February 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

In what he called the “most significant moment in my life”, Rotary International President-elect K.R “Ravi” Ravidran told the incoming class of District Governors (including our own DGE Mary Van Hout), "All of you have been given so many gifts.  And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World,"  revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting in San Diego, California, USA.  He also added, “You have one year to take that potential and turn it into reality.”

February is Rotary’s “World Understanding Month” and I believe President-elect Ravi, a member of the Rotary club of Colombo, Sri Lanka really understands and embraces the many ways Rotarians can promote tolerance and compassion with our global neighbors.  In this month’s video address I (with a little help from Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris) share some information on opportunities we have in our own clubs and district to make a significant difference.

Speaking of making a difference, please join me and my wife in Wisconsin Dells on Saturday, March 21 to “Celebrate the Magic of our Rotary Foundation”.   This first annual event will bring entire families together to reflect on the positive changes we’ve made through our great foundation over the years and will include myriad fun activities for all.  Additional details and registration information can be found at our district website.

On a more serious note I’m sorry to report that one of our district’s inbound youth exchange students has suffered a serious medical emergency.  Jan Bonsett-Veal, our Rotary Youth Exchange chair explains:
 
“ Maike came to Wisconsin in August 2014, a young lady excited to begin her Rotary exchange year as an inbound student from Germany.  On January 19th her dream ended when she was rushed by med flight to a hospital in Madison to repair a bleed on her brain.
 
She spent 3 weeks in pediatric intensive care in critical condition and has just recently stabilized enough to be moved out of intensive care.  She faces at least one more surgery with a 2-3 week recovery period before she can be released to travel back to Germany.  The prognosis is that Maike will likely be paralyzed on one side but with 2-3 years of rehabilitation may regain her ability to speak, read and write.
 
Her family has traveled from Germany to be with her during this difficult time.  They are so very appreciative of offers of support and the wonderful care their daughter continues to receive.  The Ronald McDonald house has provided the family with meals and a place to stay when they are not at the hospital”.

 
As I’m sure you can imagine, this situation has had a profound impact on our exchange student, her biological family, her host family, her club and our entire district community.  Rotarians have asked repeatedly what they can to done to help.  I’m pleased to announce that our District 6250 Charitable Trust has now established a special fund to receive financial contributions to assist Maike’s family.   This fund will be used to help pay travel, medical or other personal expenses the family has or will incur.  All donations will be tax deductable as allowed by the fund’s IRS status.  Checks can be made out and sent to:
 
Rotary District 6250 Charitable Trust
c/o Bob Trussonni
907 Martin Drive
Marshfield, WI  54449
 
Please include “RYE Medical Emergency Fund” in the memo.
 
I hope you’re all planning to join us at this year’s District Conference.  TRI-CON 2015 will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced.  Excellent speakers, first class entertainment, opportunities to learn and plenty of time to meet with old and new friends will ensure your time is well spent.  Both program and discounted earlybird registration information can be found at our district website.   Nothing would make me happier than to have you and your family join Loir and me as we gather to celebrate all we’ve done this year to Light up Rotary together!

 

Dave Warren
District Governor 2014-2015
Rotary District 6250
 

District Video Message 

 

 

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District News, Events and Announcements

 

Interact Mini Conference - March 14th!

 

Development of a Sustainable Model for Treatment and Prevention of Malnutrition With the Help of Rotary

When PowerFlour began in 1995, the goal was to provide a cost effective method for supplying a sterile non-diluted food source to infants in the developing world who did not have breast milk available to them. porridges and gruels, the usual family fare, are too pasty and sticky for infants to ingest.  By cooking the porridges and gruels with enzyme active malt (PowerFlour), the meals are liquified. Adding water to make the meals more liquid diluted the caloric and nutrient value of the food and often caused contamination. Cooking the meals with Power Flour results in liquefaction due to the presence of a specific enzyme, avoiding dilution and contamination. As a result of a 20 year Rotary supported process, the world will now have available a model by which every country or region in the developing world can create their own safe, affordable and easily prepared products to prevent and treat malnutrition. Click Here to Read More
 

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German Youth Exchange Student Remains in Serious Condition

Several weeks ago, one of our district’s inbound youth exchange students suffered a serious medical emergency.  Jan Bonsett-Veal, our Rotary Youth Exchange chair explains:
 
“Maike came to Wisconsin in August 2014, a young lady excited to begin her Rotary exchange year as an inbound student from Germany.  On January 19th her dream ended when she was rushed by med flight to a hospital in Madison to repair a bleed on her brain.
 
She spent 3 weeks in pediatric intensive care in critical condition and has just recently stabilized enough to be moved out of intensive care.  She faces at least one more surgery with a 2-3 week recovery period before she can be released to travel back to Germany.  The prognosis is that Maike will likely be paralyzed on one side but with 2-3 years of rehabilitation may regain her ability to speak, read and write.
 
Her family has traveled from Germany to be with her during this difficult time.  They are so very appreciative of offers of support and the wonderful care their daughter continues to receive.  The Ronald McDonald house has provided the family with meals and a place to stay when they are not at the hospital.”

 
In an effort to ease some of the unreimbursed financial burden, our District 6250 Charitable Trust has established a fund to accept donations.  These contributions are 100% tax deductable and can be made by clubs or individuals.  Since the family will most likely return to Germany sometime in the first part of March, time is of the essence.  Checks may be sent to:

Rotary District 6250 Charitable Trust
c/o Bob Trussonni
907 Martin Drive
Marshfield, WI  54449
 
Please include “RYE Medical Emergency Fund” in the memo.  Greeting cards may be sent to:
 
Maike
c/o Jan Bonsett-Veal
357 N Main Street
Oregon, WI  53575-1425
 
On behalf of Maike and her family, thank you sincerely for your gifts, cards, kind thoughts and prayers.  
 


 

Foundation Celebration!

 

 

Rotary clubs Can Apply For the Innovative and Flexible Club pilot

The RI Board of Directors is expanding the Innovative and Flexible Club pilot from 200 to 1,000 clubs beginning 1 July 2015 through 30 June 2017.
 
Feedback from Rotary surveys and focus groups has shown that prospective and current members wish for flexibility to become or stay involved with a Rotary club. The Board would like more supporting data on how allowing clubs flexibility affects membership and club operations.
The Innovative and Flexible Club pilot, will evaluate the impact of various changes to meeting format, leadership structure, membership qualifications and requirements on a club’s ability to sustain and increase membership, implement successful programs and service projects, and support The Rotary Foundation.

To participate in this pilot, clubs must:
  • Have chartered before 30 June 2010
  • Be in good financial standing
  • Have at least 20 members
  • Not be participating in the 2011-17 membership pilots  
The deadline for submitting a pilot application form is 31 March 2015.  District and club officers will be notified of clubs selected to participate in June 2015.

Please contact us at ripilotprograms@rotary.org with any questions.



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2015 Grant Managment Seminar Schedule and Registration

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 –

GMS

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

Thursday, March 19, 2015 Saturday, April 25, 2015
5p-8:30p 9a-11a
Madison Wisconsin Dells
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 jruskey@dpndbl.com.  Thank you.


Joe Ruskey
District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair

 

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The Ethical Life

We have all recited the Four Way Test many times, but how often have we paused to consider what the implications really are for the things we think , say , and do in our everyday lives? The District Ethics Committee will be offering brief articles on a wide range of situations for you to think about and you can respond with comments , questions, or interesting postings of your own on our District 6250 FaceBook page.

Chuck Hanson, District Ethics Chair
 
A New Year’s Reflection on the Roots of Character
By Rick Kyte

When the allies liberated Mauthausen on May 6, 1945, Martin Weiss found himself, along with a half dozen other Jewish survivors of the camp, walking out the gates and down the road, sick, malnourished, without possessions and with no idea where to go or what to do.  They came across an overturned truck and searched it, finding a small tub of lard and an assortment of cow hides.  They took the lard, and they took the hides, thinking they might be able to have some shoes made from the leather.  None of them had shoes. 
A little further down the road they saw a farmhouse.  They knew that Germans lived inside.  They regarded all Germans as Nazis, and they hated the Nazis for what they had done to them and their families.  They were ready to kill any German they saw. 
They walked up to the farmhouse and knocked on the door.  When a woman answered they asked her for eggs and flour, which she gave them.  Then they went to the barn, found a kettle, started a fire, and cooked some dumplings with the lard, eggs and flour.  After they finished eating one of the men suggested they should take some of their hides and give them to the woman as payment for the food.  Years later, Weiss reflected on that moment: “To this day I have a hard time understanding why we behaved so ethically.  I could tell you it was because we were nice guys . . . baloney! We were mad.  Yet, without any discussion, we all agreed to do the same thing.”
This story illustrates the significance of character.  The survivors didn’t believe they owed the German woman anything.  In fact, they believed that all Germans owed them a debt greater than could be repaid, and yet, faced with a particular situation in which they had asked for something and received it, they responded the way they had been brought up to respond, by paying the woman for what she had given them. 
Character does not conform itself to our beliefs.  It is deeper than that.  It is formed through repeated actions, often beginning at a very young age, until the behaviors become habits, and the habits shape the very way in which we perceive ourselves and others.  Aristotle called character our “second nature.” It is not who we are born to be, or even who we wish to be, but who we become over time. 
Character is not necessarily good.  It consists of virtues, which are positive traits, and vices, which are negative traits.  Virtues are regarded as positive because they tend to lead to happiness, at least in the long run.  Vices lead to unhappiness in the long run, though they are often thought to be positive in the short run.   
In western culture there are seven “classical” virtues, each with corresponding vices: four cardinal virtues (justice, wisdom, courage, and moderation) and three theological virtues (faith, hope, and love).    
It is interesting to note that we tend to speak of “values” rather than “virtues” when talking about ethical traits.  But the term “value” was imported into ethics fairly recently from the field of economics.  “Value” is a term implying relative worth whereas “virtue” refers to a behavioral trait.  My used car has value—whatever someone is willing to pay for it, but courage, or justice, or moderation are not values; they are ways of perceiving and acting in various situations. 
Values language has become popular because it is fairly easy for most of us to say what we value.  It is what we believe to be important.  The problem is, we often don’t act according to our values.  We act according to our virtues and vices—according to the traits that have become part of who we are, through our habits and upbringing.  Martin Weiss didn’t value the Germans after he was liberated.  But he still acted with justice, despite the injustice done to him, because that’s the kind of person he had become. 
At the time of year when we naturally turn to a reassessment of our lives, bringing new energy and enthusiasm to becoming better selves, it’s good to remember that the only way to change our character is through the repeated actions that turn into habits.  There is no short-cut to virtue.


 Dr. Rick Kyte is the Director of the D. B Rienhart Institute for Ethics and Leadership, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wisconsin and co-chair of the District Ethics Committee.  This article originally appeared in the La Crosse Tribune

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Rotary Convention — Cultures in Concert
     
LEARN MORE REGISTER NOW  

BE RECHARGED

VOCÊ QUER UM CAFEZINHO?

Connect with Rotary members over your favorite blend. It’s the Brazilian way! And when São Paulo locals invite you for coffee, simply answer, "Sim, por favor (Yes, please)” and enjoy. It could be the start of a beautiful friendship.
Rotary Convention — Cultures in Concert. Register today and be recharged.

 
A Message from RID Mary Beth

Dear Fellow Rotarians;

Our 2015 Rotary International Convention is right around the corner. June will be here before we know it. The first deadline for registration passed on December 31. Please don’t miss the next deadline. We would hate for you to miss this outstanding convention!

The Plenary sessions always bring us great speakers and entertainment. The break-out sessions will be shared with us shortly, and, as is the tradition of our great organization, they promise to be inspiring, motivating, and above all, interactive. In short, there is something for everyone at our conventions, not the least of which is fun and fellowship.

Our fellowship will begin with FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS in Sao Paulo. Please be sure that when you register for the convention, you go to our Zones 28-29 website at www.zones28-29.org to ensure that you are part of a great evening of food, fun, and most importantly fellowship with the greatest Rotarians in the world.

We can't wait to see you in Sao Paulo.

Best Regards,

MB Growney Selene and Alan Selene
Rotary International Director 2013-2015

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Zone 28-29 ZONEWS!

Club News, Events and Announcements 

Bethesda trip opens up new world for Jefferson Rotarian
Dailyunion.com by Pam Chickering Wilson Union staff writer

Kimber Beyer describes herself as a homebody who likes her things and schedule “just so” and who never envisioned herself doing international travel.

That all changed when she traveled to India recently through Bethesda Lutheran Communities to work with children with developmental disabilities and other disadvantaged youths at the “Happy Home.”

Now she’s excited about the idea of reaching out internationally — whether in India again or somewhere else in the world where there’s a need.

A project member for Bethesda, Beyer shared her experience with fellow members of the Jefferson Rotary Club on Wednesday.  Click Here for Full Article

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Menomonie Sunrise Check Presentation

Pictured to the right is Joe Ruskey presenting Steve Faulhaber from Menomonie Sunrise a district grant matching check for $5000 on 2/5/15.  Menominee Sunrise is supporting a homeless shelter that is just starting up (beds, furniture, volunteer hours) in Menomonie and a battered women's shelter in Menomonie that is growing. Dunn County is the poorest county in the state and they have a disproportionate number of people that are in need of assistance. The homeless shelter is looking for fixtures, volunteers, and getting the shelter off the ground. This need was identified by the local food pantry and the local police department. The battered women's shelter is busier than in the past and they in no way want to turn away anyone. Rotarian Gus Myran from the club states, "The intended beneficiary is the homeless, for whatever reason, be it battered women, or loss of jobs, or any other of life's tragedies that inflict us at some point.  This is but a stopping off point where a person can get back on their feet, gain back their self-respect and move back into society. It is not a band aid, it is a booster shot." Rotarians have been trained and will spend evenings at the homeless shelter as volunteers.
 

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West Towne-Middleton Rotarians Learn About Rotary Exchange Program

Former Rotary District 6250 Governor, Dean Ryerson, educates Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotarians about Rotary Exchange Program.  Ryerson explains how Rotary members visit foreign countries and are hosted by fellow Rotary members and their families.

MWT-Middleton's Jim Emerick and is leading a group of 12 Rotarians to Australia in March. In turn,  the Aussie Rotarians will be making a return visit to Wisconsin in the near future. For more information, see www.rotary.org.  MWT-Middleton Rotary meets every Friday at 12:12pm at Zor Shrine Temple.

 

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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 Rotary.org 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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