The District Dispatch


The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

July 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

 Welcome to District 6250 and our monthly on-line newsletter.  Beginning this month, we welcome you to view a video newsletter.  This first video edition features District Governor Dean Ryerson and Immediate Past District Governor Rob Stroud.  We hope you enjoy this new attempt at communicating with you.  We want to improve each month's edition.  Each month we will address various District programs and initiatives.  We hope to also interview other Rotarians as part of our video newsletter format.  Feel free to contact me with suggestions or comments on our new newsletter format.  Thanks to Rob Stroud for his technical support in producing this video newsletter. 

Yours in Rotary Service,

Dean Ryerson

District Governor 2013-2014
Rotary District 6250

District Video Message 

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District News, Events and Announcements

Rotary International President 2014-2015 visits Madison

On July 17th, Rotary District 6250  will be hosting a lunch with a presentation by Rotary International President Elect Gary Huang.  

Huang says his goal is to increase Rotary membership, particularly increasing female and younger members as well as encouraging former Rotarians to once again rejoin our Rotary family.

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Report on the 2013 Council on Legislation

The Council on Legislation convened in Chicago during the week of April 20-26.  The council meets every three years to consider legislation that has been proposed to add to or amend the constitution, the by-laws or the standard club constitution of Rotary International. This year 199 pieces of legislation were considered and sixty were passed.  Click here for a brief synopsis of the eight most consequential for our clubs and our district.

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Moore Tornado Relief Fund

Rotarians are responding to the Moore, Oklahoma tornado tragedy. Anyone interested may make a tax deductable contribution payable to The District 6250 Charitable Trust, which was set up for these situations. You can send your checks to The Rotary District 6250  Charitable Trust  c/o Bob Trussoni , 907 Martin Drive, Marshfield WI 54449.
Please note in the memo section of your check “ Moore Tornado Relief fund”.


Club News, Events and Announcements


Madison West Towne Middleton Rotarians Host Visiting Friendship Exchange Nigerians

Friendship Exchange visitors from Nigeria, Rotary District 9110,  were guests of three Rotary clubs from June 14-21.  Their Wisconsin tour went from LaCrosse to Columbus to Madison.  Lynne (and husband Ken) Spielman handled the arrangements magnificently despite changes in arrival and departure dates.  Madison West Towne Middleton Rotarians met their new Nigerian friends Friday, June 21 for lunch and enrichment.  Toyin Violet Ohwara, Tonia Tayo Taiwo, Lanre Adedyin, Sina Ojemuyiwa,  Mercy Ojemuyiwa and Jaiye Alabi took turns telling us about their land, their clubs and professions,  and eloquently expressed their wishes of service, peace and friendship. 
Leo Edelstein
Madison West Towne Middleton Rotary
Photo caption: June 21,2013 Madison West Towne Middleton Rotarians Lynne Spielman (top row) and Jeannine Desautels (bottom row) flanked by visiting Friendship Exchange Nigerians Toyin Violet Ohnwara,  Tonia Tayo Taiwo, Lanre Adedoyin, Sina Ojemuyiwa, Mercy Ojemuyiwa and Jaiye Alabi.


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La Crosse Area Rotary Clubs Manned the Paddles in the Big Blue Dragon Boat Race


The RotaryWorks Foundation, consisting of all La Crosse Area Rotary Clubs sponsored an entry in the Big Blue Dragon Boat Race held this July 4th weekend as part of La Crosse’s Riverfest Celebration! Rotarians and friends of Rotary manned the paddles!

Equal parts sporting event and spectacle, dragon boating is a team sport that has its roots in ancient China. In the last 25 years, dragon boating has been revitalized, and is one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world. A dragon boat is a long, colorful boat, similar to a racing canoe. Each boat is propelled by a crew of 18 paddlers, a drummer, flag catcher and steer person. Races take place in heats on courses ranging from 250 to 1,000 meters. 

The community’s collective paddle power will support the Center for Breast Care at Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse. Area women served by programs on breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship will benefit from the funds raised.

Twenty years ago, women who had breast cancer surgery were often told to be careful how they used the arm on the affected side to avoid lymphedema (chronic swelling of the arm). In 1996, Canadian doctor and professor, Don McKenzie, decided to test this advice by forming the first breast cancer survivors’ dragon boat crew.

He believed the teamwork could provide emotional support while the upper body exercise would help prevent lymphedema. McKenzie was proven correct. None of the women in the study developed lymphedema, all experienced greater health and well-being, and those who had lymphedema when the study began found their symptoms had improved.

As news of McKenzie’s findings spread, women living with breast cancer, as well as those who support them, began forming dragon boat crews. The movement has helped propel dragon boat racing into one of the world’s fastest-growing water sports.


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Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton Iris Bulb Sale

The Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton will be hosting an Iris Bulb Sale on July 20th from 9am-3:30pm.  Bearded bulbs will sell for $3 each or 2 for $5 and will be available in Miniature Tall Bearded, Boarder Bearded, and Intermediate Bearded.  All other bulbs will sell for $5 each or $12 for $50.  The sale will be held at the US Bank Building at 402 Gammon Place, Madison, WI 53719.

Click Here to order online

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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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