The District Dispatch


The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

January 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

With over half the Rotary year in our rearview mirror, it’s time to begin mapping our next year’s route.  In just a few short weeks, Rotary International President Elect (RIPE) K.R. Ravi Ravindran will unveil a new theme to replace “Light up Rotary”.  The first Rotary theme of “Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve” was introduced in 1947 by RIPE S. Kendrick Guernsey.  Since then many, but not all RIPEs have shared a theme.  In recent years, the theme has been introduced amid great fanfare at the International Assembly, a sort of “boot camp” held in January for District Governors Elect including our own, Mary Van Hout.  

Rotary is an amazing organization with a rich history, vast resources and broad reach.  For many Rotarians the sheer number and intricacies of its programs are sometimes difficult to comprehend.  For that reason, January has been declared Rotary Awareness Month.   This is a time when we and all our clubs should strive to learn more about the wonderful organization we’re all a part of.  Whether it’s taking a few extra minutes to review our Rotarian Magazine, reading an article online at, attending a Grant Management Seminar or presenting a Rotary educational program at your club’s next meeting, let’s all make a special effort to learn and celebrate.

An easy and fun way to increase our Rotary Awareness is to watch the monthly videos I share.  Most are very short, light hearted and educational and all can be found here.  I know of several clubs that begin one meeting a month with a showing.   Could doing so help add a little more fun (maybe 10%) to your meetings?  In this month’s film I share several Rotary facts, some of which may surprise you.

One final suggestion to improve your Rotary IQ is to attend a district conference.   This year’s event promises to be one for the record books.  With three great districts combining resources, TRI-CON 2015 will offer more opportunities to learn, interact with others and reenergize your spirit.  Information and early bird discounted registration is available here (landing page link).  Nothing would make me happier than to have you and your family join Lori and me as we gather with others to celebrate all we’ve done 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


Club Feb 1 deadline: Short Term Rotary Youth Exchange for Summer 2015

Applications for students participating in the summer 2015 STEP (Short Term Exchange Program) are due February 1. This is a 1 month exchange program where a student from the US is matched with a student abroad. Each of the two students spends a month abroad at each other’s home, enabling the two students to spend 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.

Help spread the word to recruit strong candidates age 15-18. If you know any of the foreign language or social/world studies teachers at your local high school, please direct them to our website  and encourage them to contact me for more information. Applications can be downloaded from this web page.

Janine O’Rourke
STEP Chair

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Council on Legislation Voting Results

December 17th, the District 6250 ballotting committee tabulated the votes received for and against the four proposed enactments for the 2016 Rotary Council on Legislation (COL).  With 48 clubs participating, the vote totals were as follows:

Enactment 151 to revise attendance requirements and allow clubs to establish attendance obligations:

78  For     23  Against

Enactment 161 to allow clubs flexibility in their weekly meeting structure:
78  For     23  Against

Enactment A to officially initiate the discussion of global warming within the greater Rotary community:
55  For     45  Against  

Enactment B to officially initiate the discussion of global warming within the greater Rotary community and support of a revenue neutral carbon tax as a means of reducing greenhouse emissions:
27  For      70  Against

Please note the total votes for and against may vary by enactment due to ties and/or abstentions.
The proposed enactments that received more votes for than against are now classified as “endorsed” by District 6250 and will be presented for consideration to the 2016 Rotary COL by PDG Dean Dickinson, our COL representative.

This exercise in Rotary Governance has once again confirmed that everything that happens in Rotary is not only initiated, but also decided by our clubs.  Thank you for your leadership in this matter.  If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Dave Warren
District Governor

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Midwest PETS - Why You Should Register!

Planning for Rotary Year 2015-16 is already underway and all Club Presidents Elect are registering for the mandatory PETS.  Midwest PETS will be held March 6-8.  Please watch the following videos from past attendees and you'll hear why they believe Midwest PETS is so great at informing, motivating and inspiring Club Leaders.


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 –


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

Saturday, January 24, 2015 Thursday, March 19, 2015 Saturday, April 25, 2015
9a-1p 5p-8:30p 9a-11a
Tomah Madison Wisconsin Dells
More Information & Registration 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  Thank you.

Joe Ruskey
District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair


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110th Anniversary of Rotary




65 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604

Host by ROTARY/One, the world's first service club, founded
February 23, 1905

Entertainment and dance music provided by the 12-piece band, the
Chi-Town Showstoppers

Register for the event at
Overnight accomodations available at the Union League Club

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For More Information Check Out These Links!

Sao Paulo Zones 28-29 Newsletter Issue 1

Letter from President Gary                                           Convention Brochure

Rotarian Magazine Article - October                          Convention Registration Form

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Club News, Events and Announcements



The Mt. Horeb Rotary Club Working to Reverse Blindness in India

In 2001, Shawn Bollig had the opportunity to travel to India as part of a GSE team. While there she visited a Rotary sponsored eye hospital in Osmanabad. For roughly $30 per surgery, this facility was able to provide cataract replacement lens surgery for patients who had lost their sight. Moved by the life changing procedures she'd seen, upon return to Mt. Horeb she became a Rotarian herself. Since then she and her club have participated in a Rotary Foundation matching grant project that raised over $50,000 and saved over 1,400 eyes! This is just one example of what our contributions to our Rotary Foundation accomplish.

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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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