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

Happy New Year to All Rotarians in District 6250!!
The past year saw so many wonderful events, projects and fellowship all around our District that it boggles the mind to think that this New Year can bring even more meaningful opportunities to us.  As our Clubs ring in the New Year we reflect on what we have learned in 2015 that keep the mission of our Founders a strong part of our guiding values.   
Rotary’s official mottoes, "Service Above Self" and "One Profits Most Who Serves Best", trace back to the early days of our organization.

In 1911, "He Profits Most Who Serves Best" was approved as the Rotary motto at the second convention of the National Association of Rotary Clubs of America, in Portland, Oregon. It was adapted from a speech made by Rotarian Arthur Frederick Sheldon to the first convention, held in Chicago the previous year. Sheldon declared that "only the science of right conduct toward others pays. Business is the science of human services. He profits most who serves his fellows best."   Through the years, modifications have been made leaving us with today's wording "One Profits Most Who Serves Best".  This same convention also inspired the motto "Service Above Self".  It’s noteworthy that these words remain so relevant today.

Whether you incorporate resolutions into your New Year planning or not, keeping our mottos freshly in mind reminds us all of the opportunities we have each and every day as Rotarians.  In the video below, we hear that we are provided with the vision to see, the faith to believe and the courage to act.  Please watch with me:



January is now Vocational Service month!!  Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of our world.
The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the Second Object, which calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster”:
• High ethical standards in business and professions
• The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
• The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve  



Mark your calendars for May 20-22 to be on the campus of the University of Wisconsin at Union South for District 6250 District Conference.  Be inspired by gifted speakers, learn from fellow Rotarians, trade successes, share fellowship with Rotarians who make a difference every day!   Registration will open in February!!

Planning to attend the RI Convention? Connect on Facebook with other District 6250 Rotarians that will be attending!


​​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


Follow the activities of Rotary District 6250's Rotary Global Grant Scholar!

This year District 6250 is privileged to have a Rotary Global Grant Scholar, Melissa DeOrio who is studying in London. She is sharing a blog of her experience with us so please follow her activities by clicking on this link.
Maybe you know someone to recommend to your Club for future Global Peace Scholarships!!

In addition, our District also has our first Peace Scholar, Melissa Diamond, who will be attending school in London in August of 2016.  

For  additional local information please contact either Lyn Kenney at or 925-518-4444 or Joe Ruskey at or 608-326-4324

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2015 Grant Management Seminar Schedule and Registration Now Available 

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

Saturday, January 30, 2016 Thursday, March 24, 2016 Friday, May 20, 2016
9a-12:30 pm 5p-8:30p District Conference 3pm-6pm
Tomah Madison Union South, Madison
More Information & Registration 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 

Richland County Rotary Club's Fourth Annual - Rotary Lights in the Park!

The Mega Tree - 40 feet tall made from 65 strands of lights
Club president, Sherry Hillesheim & Rich Neumann, working on the 65 strands of lights of the very popular Mega Tree
One of 90+ sponsored trees on display - this one decorated by the RCHS band kids.
Magic happens every night in Krouskop Park when the switch is thrown to turn on the thousands upon thousands of Christmas lights to illuminate every inch of the park with color and festivity.  Since early October, the Rotary Lights in the Park committee has been dedicated to provide a spectacular display of joy and cheer to the people who visit the park during the Christmas season between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.  We feel we have been successful in providing such a place.  Come often as scenes can change!  In case of bad weather, listen to WRCO for current information. 

“Wow! Look at that!”  “Awesome! Beautiful!”  “It's difficult to believe that the park has been transformed into such a delightful place.”  These, among other wonderful comments, come from people who have just walked or driven through the light display.  “Do you know what I liked best?” said a little boy who was walking with his spellbound parents.  When asked what that might be, he replied, “That great big Christmas tree!”  He was referring, of course, to our newest addition to our awesome display … the Mega-Tree!  Click Here to read the Full Article 

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Wisconsin YES!

By: Marsha Bushman, Marshfield Sunrise Rotary, District 6250
Wisconsin YES! (Youth Entrepreneurs in Science) is a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest.
The mission of the contest is to help young people learn how science and technology innovations can be developed into solid business plans. Rotary’s Vocational Avenue is in perfect alignment by helping to create sustainable change through strength, knowledge and skills of individuals and communities, thereby improving their capacity to serve. 

In a show of support, Marshfield Sunrise Rotary has developed a scholarship fund for students who participate in middle school and high school technology development and business coursework, and then use that submission on the Wisconsin YES! Competition. Students can win up to $1,000 from Marshfield Sunrise in addition to other supportive services and tools.   Click Here to read more
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Think Rotary Shop Locally - with Madison Breakfast Rotary!

Beautiful purses, handmade felted soaps, ceramics, earrings and more!
Handcrafted wood
Hand turned bowls, cutting boards, platters and Lazy Susans created from finest cherry, maple and other woods by Gene Hintze.
All artists and businesses will donate 20% of in person and online purchases (when you designate our sale) to support our youth related projects.

When:  Friday, February 5th 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Where:  The Nordstrom Home - 7847 Noll Valley Road, Verona 608-798-3229

Complimentary wine & beverages with quiche, soup, sandwiches and desserts available for purchase.  Click Here for Flyer

Beautiful jewelry crafted from lustrous stones and manipulated metals. 
totally wired
Accent your table with Cheryl’s artfully adorned serving pieces.
Fused glass pieces for your home.
Try before you buy from Madison’s largest Silpada collection!

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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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