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

Fellow Rotarians:

District Conference Live Registration is Here!!!!!

Join us in La Crosse May 12-13, 2017 for the Rotary District 6250 District Conference.  We will celebrate Rotary programs and the clubs within our District.  Friday afternoon District Assembly sessions will be presented for club leaders and other interested Rotarians on topics like Membership, Critical Issues Forum, and Communicating our Club Story.  Friday evening there will be a happy hour to meet new Rotary friends and reconnect with old friends.  Then we will have dinner and our first keynote speaker on the topic of Service.  Saturday we will have spotlights on Friendship Exchange, Youth Programs, and Our District's Club projects.  We will also have powerful speakers on Philanthropy, Youth Exchange, and Polio.  There will be two workshop sessions on Saturday afternoon where you can choose from topics like Successful Fundraising, Innovative Membership and Meeting Ideas, and District Resources.  After another happy hour fellowship opportunity, we'll top it all off with a Saturday night dinner and presentation by a personal representative of our Rotary International President.  Both Friday and Saturday night we will be providing several entertainment options in the downtown La Crosse area tailored to the varied and diverse interests of all Rotarians.  For a full listing of the agenda, topics and speaker bios check out the Schedule & Program.  You don't want to miss this.  Go to the Registration & Fees section of the conference webpage to register.  Also, if you haven't already done so, go to the Accommodations Page to reserve your hotel room for the weekend.  Please join me in La Crosse May 12-13 as we gather to learn, network, collaborate, and celebrate.


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. 

District 6250 Welcome to Atlanta Event!

Who: Atlanta Convention District 6250 Attendees and Guests
What: District 6250's Welcome to Atlanta!
Where: Stats Sports Bar
When: Saturday, June 10th,  5 to 7 p.m.
District 6250 Rotarians – As you know we have a unique opportunity to get a large representation of our district to the Rotary International Conference since it is in Atlanta this year.  We want to make sure that those of us coming have a chance to get together and perhaps plan together for the week.  Since the conference officially starts on Sunday, June 11th, we have decided to host a welcome reception.  This will be held at STATS, 300 Marietta Street NW ( Stats is close to the conference center in downtown Atlanta.  It is a very large sports bar, but we have reserved a room just for our district.  We will be in the Bridge Room.  The district is providing hors d'oeuvres.  This will give us a chance to see a familiar face, perhaps make plans for the week, and simply celebrate Rotary together as a district.  If you are interested in coming, please email  All are welcome - including your significant others.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you and we look forward to celebrating with you in Atlanta!

See you in Atlanta!

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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 2019-20 is Edwin Bos from the Fort Atkinson Rotary Club.  

Edwin joined the Fort Atkinson Rotary club in 2003 and has served on the board of directors, as youth exchange officer, as the chair of several club construction projects and as President in 2012-13.  Currently he serves as the District’s Assistant Governor for Group 8. 

Edwin has participated in several District 6250 Friendship Exchanges including India, Phillippines and Nepal.

Read Edwin's full bio here.
We thank and congratulate Edwin on his willingness to serve!

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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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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.
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 Conference 2017 Returns to La Crosse!  

District 6250 Conference
May 12-13, 2017
La Crosse, WI

Celebrate Rotary friendship and Rotary progress with your fellow Rotarians in La Crosse.  At District Conference 2017 we will learn about some of the outstanding projects happening as a result of the efforts of our District's clubs and assistance from The Rotary Foundation.  We will have opportunity to learn more about specific Rotary roles and programs at District Assembly and at workshops.  We will hear from several young people whose lives have been changed forever by Rotary Youth programs.  We will hear inspiring messages about service and philanthropy from Rotarian and non Rotarian keynote speakers.  Probably most important of all, we will meet and talk with Rotarians from all around our District, taking home new ideas to improve our clubs.  

Join us in La Crosse to renew old friendships and make new ones in Rotary.

Important Conference Links:

  • Accomodations  -  Make your reservations early/now!  La Crosse is a busy town this time of year so dont miss out on our preferred conference hotels!
  • Registration & Fees  -  This year there is no registration fee (meal registration fees apply)!  Advanced registration is required - Attendees must select the meals/programs they wish to attend.  Meal registrations must be completed by May 1, 2017 to be assured of being served.
  • Schedule & Speakers  -  Check out the schedule of activities and engaging speakers for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


RYLA Announced - May 19-21, 2017 Upham Woods, Wisconsin Dells

We are very excited to announce that the dates are set, venue is booked and information is ready and available for clubs to use to register students for this year’s RYLA Camp.
All information on RYLA (including registration forms) is available to download/print at For your convenience, the 'Student Camp Packet' and 'Youth Leadership Toolkit for Student Selection' are also attached.
Info on this year’s camp:
When and where does it take place?
The RYLA Conference takes place at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
The 2017 RYLA Conference will take place Friday, May 19 through Sunday May 21.
What do we need from your Rotary Club?
- Each year Rotary Clubs can sponsor high school sophomores from local high schools to attend.
- The cost per attendee is $200 if registered by April 1st, 2017 ($225 after April 2nd - Firm Deadline: April 15th, 2017)
- Adult Rotarians are always welcome and needed to help facilitate the Conference (and to come have fun!), if you or a member of your club are interested in helping or attending, please contact Ben Bauer at 715-650-1060 or
A few quick facts about RYLA:

  • What is the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Conference?
    The RYLA Conference is a 3-day leadership training opportunity that focuses on the personal and professional development of high school students. Leadership skills, concepts, and metaphors are explored through participatory outdoor-based activities that include trust building exercise, problem solving initiatives, and low and high challenge course experiences.
  • Who exactly is it for?
    The RYLA Conference is for sophomores in high school.
  • Why does it exist?
    Strong leaders are made, not born. Leadership principles are learned not inherited. RYLA Conference participants, the “leaders of tomorrow,” deserve the opportunity to be exposed to many facets of leadership. The RYLA Conference provides an enjoyable and valuable experience for those who chose to meet the challenge.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you so much for your time.

Ben Bauer

Club News, Events and Announcements 

Join Jefferson Rotary for Mid-Winter Fundraiser Beer & Wine Tasting

Saturday February 11th

6:00-9:00 pm

At Jefferson Area Business Center
222 Wisconsin Drive
Jefferson, WI

$35 Advance Tickets
$40 At the Door
Price includes a sampling of Wine, Beer, Cheese, Chocolate, a variety of Appetizers, and entry into a drawing for $1000 Cash

Download the flier

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 Join Lodi Rotary Club for 1st Annual Beer & Wine Fundraiser 

1st Annual Beer & Wine Fundraiser

February 16, 2017
7 p.m.

Lucky's on the Lake
W11579 Hwy V
Lodi, WI

Tickets $45.00
Includes: Beer, wine, appetizers, wine & beer pairing, and souvenir glass.
Details & Info

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Chippewa Valley After Hours St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser



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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 Zone News


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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