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

Some Rotarians like to consider this song as the unofficial Rotary theme song:

Let there be peace on earth    And let it begin with me!

Rotary's goal of worldwide peace and tolerance has been an unwavering pursuit: conducting global forums, hosting international peace symposiums, advancing peace through its 60-year collaboration with the UN, as well as grassroots initiatives such as the Rotarian Action Group for Peace.

But Rotary's most significant effort to wage peace is the Rotary Peace Centers program, established in 2002. Each year, the program trains some of the world's most dedicated and brightest professionals, preparing them to promote national and international cooperation and to resolve conflict. They include graduates of a two-year master's degree program and a three-month professional certificate program at Rotary's partner universities.

Today, more than 900 peace fellows are applying their expertise in various fields. They're settling border conflicts in West Africa, developing aid programs at the World Bank, drafting legislation to protect exploited children in Brazil, providing security for U.S. diplomats, and many other career paths devoted to peace.

Our District is proud to currently sponsor a Peace Scholar, Melissa Diamond who was an “at large” candidate from Minnesota.  She is one of only 100 who were accepted into the program in October and studies in London.  We are grateful to Rotarian Lyn Kenney for her diligent recruiting efforts to bring this opportunity to our District.

As we mark February’s theme of Peace and Conflict Resolution,
Let There Be Peace on Earth,
And Let it Begin With Us!


​​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


The Impact of "iFEED" is Felt Around the World!

Imagine Five Interact Clubs dreaming of holding the largest one-day food collection in the La Crosse area’s history!!  Then imagine that the dream came true!!
Rotary International’s Program for Young Leaders recently sent the following email to the Interact Clubs of Aquinas, Central, Holmen, Logan and West Salem High Schools along with their sponsoring Rotary Clubs:  La Crosse, La Crosse East, La Crosse-After Hours, La Crosse-Valley View and Holmen Area:
            Congratulations!  Your video, iFEED, was selected as the Best Video in the
            2015 Interact Video Awards!  Your video was chosen from among 87 entries
            From 25 countries around the world.  The judges were impressed by your
            creativity, dedication to teamwork, and ability to activate an entire community
            in service.

We are inspired by these Interactors dedication to improving the lives of those in need and congratulate all involved in making this event such a resounding success.  So many lives have been made better because of your efforts. 

You truly are a gift to the world!


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Announcing the new Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group – ESRAG!!

There are 25 Rotarian Action Groups – RAGs – and District 6250 has added to this list. These important groups allow any committed Rotarian around the world to participate In critical, life-changing initiatives that interest them via their Club/District, nationally or Internationally.  These RAGs are important vehicles to leverage the resources of Rotary effectively in key areas of need.
The purpose of ESRAG is to assist Rotarians in implementing service projects, building awareness and inspiring action toward environmental sustainability – particularly reducing greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate the global warming humanitarian crisis. At Rotary International Assembly President Elect John Germ has challenged every Club
In every District to have at least one member enrolled in at least one RAG.  Please consider joining ESRAG at today!
Rotarians Paul Riehmann and Karen Kendrick-Hands of the Rotary Club of Madison Downtown have lead the charge to bring this new RAG to fruition.  Thank you!!
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Meet the District Governor Nominee Designate!!

The Nominating Committee recently met with and interviewed several very talented and impressive candidates for District Governor Nominee Designate.  We are fortunate in District 6250 to have so many qualified and dedicated Rotarians interested in leadership.   The special person who will become the District  Governor in Rotary year 2018-19 is Bill Hoel from the Rotary Club of La Crosse Downtown.  His nomination will be confirmed by membership at the District Annual meeting on May 21st.

Bill joined Rotary in October of 1992 and quickly became involved in chairing committees.  By 2003 he was President of the La Crosse Foundation.  He currently chairs the Rotary Lights Committee, is on the Fruitbasket Project and is on the Board of Directors of the Brain Game project. 
With  his Rotary Pride evident in all he does, we congratulate Bill on his willingness to serve!

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District Grants – Why you should attend the yearly training

The Lodi Rotary Club is a small club of under 20 members, so when the District grant training became mandatory in order to be part of the District Grant process, we looked hard at whether we would or could qualify.  After attending a couple of grant training sessions, we saw the possibility of being able to help the Reach Out Lodi organization in our Community in their quest to have a community center in Lodi.  This center would bring together the Community’s food pantry, personal essentials, clothing and school supplies under one roof.   It would also have a meeting room with a commercial kitchen for community use.  With a District Grant of $5,000, Lodi Rotary was able to present Reach Out Lodi support for their project in the amount of $14,800 in September of 2015.  This support helped them purchase three furnaces, shelving and refrigeration equipment for the facility.  Lodi Rotary continues their support through regular volunteering activities.  

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2016-18 UNESCO-IHE scholarship applications available

The Rotary Foundation and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education are working together to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis and are offering up to 10 scholarships for graduate study at UNESCO-IHE's Delft campus in the Netherlands. The partnership aims to increase the number of trained professionals who can devise, plan, and implement water and sanitation solutions in developing areas. The scholarships also are designed to promote long-term productive relationships between Rotarians and skilled water and sanitation professionals in their communities.

Scholars will receive a Master of Science degree in urban water and sanitation, water management, or water science and engineering. Graduates work with their Rotary club sponsors on a related project to benefit their local community. The application deadline is 15 June. For more information, review the application toolkit and scholarship terms and conditions.

If you have questions, please contact

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Share the Gift!


Share Ideas, Stories & Successes with Rotarian Friends 
See Bucky & the UW Band 
Be Inspired By Great Speakers 
Game & Activity Room for Kids 
Share Your Rotary Pride 
Have Fun!!!

At District Conference

May 20-22


Union South

On the Campus of the University of Wisconsin
1308 W Dayton Street Madison, WI

Close Parking at Lot 17 is free on Saturday & Sunday

Registration Open Soon!
Rotary District 6250


2016 Grant Management 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 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

Thursday, March 24, 2016 Friday, May 20, 2016
5p-8:30p District Conference 3pm-6pm
Madison Union South, Madison
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


Club News, Events and Announcements 

Rock River Bierfest Fundraiser

Mayville WI at Mayville Park Pavillion starting Saturday, February 20,2016 at 3:00 PM. For signing up and other information call: 920-296-9279 or see: Rock River Bierfest  
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Rotary Club Van Put to Good Use

Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News
By: Hillary Gavan, Senior Staff Writer - Beloit Daily News
What’s 22-and-half feet long, 9-and-a-half feet high and 7-and-a-half feet wide?

It’s the Rotary Club of Beloit’s 1984 GMC. Officially known as “The Rotary Mobile,” it was a loyal friend to Rotarians who thrived under their rehabilitative wings.

On Tuesday, the loyal lass was heading on her next voyage to Rotary Lights, a collection of nine Rotary Clubs in the La Crosse, Wis. area. She will be used to collect and distribute food for pantries and to show off in parades. Always a van for the people, only $1 was paid for transferring the title. Click Here for Full Article
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Lodi Rotary Fresh Smeilt and Chicken Dinner

Serving 5 to 9 pm

All You Can Eat at Lake Wisconsin Country Club
$13.00 in advance
$15.00 at the door 
6-12 years - half price
UNDER 6 - No charge
Advance Tickets at Vern’s Appliance, Lodi and Lake Wisconsin Country Club Or Call 608-370-1135

Also includes Baked Beans, German Potato Salad, French Fries, Coleslaw, Fresh Baked Bread, Milk or Coffee

Click Here for Poster
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Interact Club starting at Jefferson High

By: Pam Chickering, Daily Union

Two Jefferson High School juniors who attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp last year are working to establish a Rotary-affiliated Interact service club at the high school.

Interact, a youth organization supported by Rotary International, is aimed at students from age 12-18 (in this case, high-schoolers) who want to make a difference in their local communities as well as in the world.[Havill Spoerl 300x250 ROS In Story]Each Interact club is expected to carry out two service projects per year, one that benefits their high school or community and one with an international focus.

Jefferson High School students Helen Gittrich and Tim Felton, who were nominated by the school to attend the RYLA leadership camp as sophomores, led the initative to get the service club started in Jefferson.

Craig Gerlach, superintendent of the Jefferson Schools and the president-elect of the Jefferson Rotary Club, will serve as the advisor for the new school club. Click Here for Full Article

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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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