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

Fellow Rotarians:
Happy New Year.  I hope 2016 was a great year for you and that 2017 will be even better.
In this time of resolutions, pause to think what you might be able to do to improve your Rotary club.  Here are five simple ways that you can make a positive difference in the coming year:  
1.  I asked at each club visit that every club member commit to bringing just one guest to a meeting in the next 12 months.  Have you committed to that personally?  If we all do it, we will certainly increase our membership, the greatest challenge in most of our clubs.  Commit today to doing your small part.  
2.  Another idea shared at the club board meetings was to gather a list of all the various projects your club has been involved in over the past few years and put it on a colorful flyer to use both at club meetings and events where non Rotarians attend.  I sent a sample to all the club presidents.  If you haven't seen this show up in your club yet, ask your club president if this is something you can help put together.
3.  If your club doesn't yet sponsor an Interact club at a local high school, maybe this is something you could help organize.  We have grown to almost 30 Interact clubs in our District.  Clubs that sponsor an Interact club report a closer connection with their school, a new pool of volunteers for club service projects, and opportunities to meet parents of the high school kids who just happen to be in the 35-45 year old age demographic that we'd like to have consider joining our clubs.  District Interact Chair Scott Ryan would be happy to help you get started:
4.  I've mentioned it before, but details are starting to come together for District Conference.  Please mark your calendars for May 12-14, 2017 in La Crosse.  District Conference is a wonderful way to learn more about Rotary and the impact of clubs in our District.  It also gives you a chance to celebrate and network with Rotary friends, old and new, taking ideas back to your club.  The preliminary agenda and information on featured topics and speakers can be found at this link:

5.  It's also not too late to consider a trip to Atlanta for the International Convention June 9-14.  International Convention is also a great way to meet and make Rotary friends; this time from around the world.  You can join District Governor Joe Ruskey, District Governor Nominee Bill Hoel, and me, as well as another 75 Rotarians from our District who have registered so far.  Check out the details on this link:
So please, make it your New Year's resolution to do one or more of the above, or an idea of your own this year to strengthen your Rotary club.  That will be your part in keeping your club vibrant and viable.


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. 

See you in Atlanta!

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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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Short Term Youth Exchange Program for Summer 2017

Spread the word to high school students in your community – the new, simplified RI application form is available ( and due no later than Feb 1. Share the 2017 flier with school counselors and teachers.

This is an exchange program where a student from the US is matched with a student abroad and the two students spend a month at each other’s home, for 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.

Encourage applicants to complete their application over Christmas break to allow your club time to complete the interview process and have the application validated by the STEP committee.

Janine O’Rourke & Melissa Frank, STEP Co-Chairs
Fitchburg/Verona Rotary 


Rotary Friendship Exchanges - District 6250 and Western India

Group from our area travels to India Jan. 21 – Feb. 5, 2017
Group from India hosted by our district for 10 days in May/June 2017 (dates tbd)

-  Interested in global travel?
-  Want to travel in a way that doesn't break the bank?
-  Hoping to experience a new culture with local guides who share our Rotary values?
-  Looking for warm temperatures when we're in the middle of the big freeze?​

Then the upcoming Rotary Friendship Exchange is something you should definitely consider. From February 1 to February 15, a group of Rotarians, spouses and SO's (and maybe some non-Rotarians) from D6250 will visit Gujarat, India, northeast of Mumbai. It's part of District 3060, the home district of the Rotary Club of Prairie du Chien's 2014-15 RYE student Vrushti Shah.
The group is quickly being assembled. We already have some Rotarians interested, but would like to find a few more. If you've already experienced a RFE, you know how good this will be. If you've never been on a Rotary Friendship Exchange, you're in for a treat! 

For more information contact Dr. David Clemens at 608-408-8941, or or Cheryl Mader at 608-778-4246 or

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.
January 21, 2017

The Ground Round
Tomah, WI

9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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 6250 Team Training Seminar

Please join us as we prepare for the 2016-2017 Rotary Year in District 6250!

Join us for th annual DTTS – District Team Training Seminar – where District committees come together to report on what they are doing now and what their plans are for the future.  You will hear reports from all District committees like Youth Programs, Visioning, Foundation, Membership and Friendship Exchange just to name a few.  This will help update the Board and generate awareness  on all that is happening in our District and the resources available to help.  With so much change in Rotary and the District in the last few years, this is certain to be time  well spent.  

Saturday, February 4, 2017
Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells

District Conference 2017 Returns to La Crosse!  


District Conference Agenda,  Schedule and Activities released for the upcoming District Conference! Take a look

May 12-14, 2017
This is a going to be a busy busy weekend in La Crosse with several other events in town taking up hotel rooms.  We strongly urge you to book early to be sure that you'll have a room for the 2017 Rotary District Conference!

Room Block Information:

  • Radisson Hotel - Conference Venue
    200 Harborview Plaza
    La Crosse, WI 54601

    Standard King Room: $149
    Standard 2 Queen room: $159

    (608) 784-6680 or (800) 333-3333
    Ask for the Rotary District 6250  Conference Rate   Enter promo code:  RD6250
    Room block deadline: April 14, 2017

  • Home2 Suites by Hilton
    210 Jay Street
    La Crosse, WI 54601

    King Studio Suite with complimentary breakfast: $149

    (608) 881-6666
    Reservation Code: Rotary District 6250
    Room block deadline: April 21, 2017

  • The Charmant Hotel - upscale boutique hotel
    101 State Street

    La Crosse, WI 54601

    Standard King or Double Queen Room: $249

    (608) 519-8800
    Ask for the in-house reservati
    ons:  Rotary District 6250 Rate
    Room block deadline: March 27, 2017

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 

LaCrosse Rotary Welcomes 3rd Generation Rotarian

La Crosse Rotary welcomed a new member...Matt Durtsche.   Matt is a 3rd generation of Rotarians.  

Matt's father and mother, Tim (1982) and Sue Durtsche (2014) and his grandfather Lindy Saline(1984) are members of our club. 


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Join Lake Mills Rotary for 3rd Annual Craft Beer & Wine Tasting

3rd Annual Craft Beer & Wine Tasting

Saturday January 28th

6:00-9:00 pm

At Lakeside Lutheran High School
231 Woodland Beach Road
Lake Mills, WI

$40 Advance Tickets
$45 At the Door

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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 smpling 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 Mayville Rotary for Rock River Bierfest Fundraiser

Mayville, WI Rotary Club will be hosting the Rock River Bierfest fund raiser to be held January 28th, 2017. It will feature Live entertainment, food and delicious beers. General admission starts at 3pm and the event lasts until 6pm. VIP admission starts at 2pm and includes a T-shirt. Tickets can be purchased on line at Some tickets may be purchased at the door if not sold out. 

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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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 Zone News

Membership Chairs, Presidents, Presidents Elect, and District Leadership:
On Wednesday February 1st at 7:00pm Nikki Scott will be presenting a one hour webinar on Membership, including new ideas and flexibility for clubs from the recent Council on Legislation.  Please save the date and time, making sure at least one person from each club is able to participate.  Additional information and how to participate in the webinar will be forthcoming.

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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