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 the first newsletter of the new Rotary year!  For 2014 – 15, Rotary International President Gary Huang has asked us all to “Light up Rotary”.  I believe this new theme has two distinct but equally important meanings.  First, together we need to bring focus to and illuminate the good works of Rotary clubs throughout our district and around the world.   And second, some of us and our clubs need to “Lighten up Rotary”.   In other words, just like the Rotarians in Paul Harris’ original club, we need to celebrate fellowship and make meeting attendance even more fun!

PDG Dean Ryerson began a tradition last year that I’m planning to continue.  Each month I’ll be sharing a video address.  In honoring RIP Gary Huang’s theme, I’ll try to keep them lighthearted and fun.  Based on my sometimes short attention span, I’m also limiting them to five minutes or less.  As my wife Lori keeps reminding me, “The District Governor’s speech was too short, said no one ever!”  I hope you’ll take the time to watch and share it with your friends too.

As I make the rounds of visits, I’m looking forward to learning more about all our great clubs and meeting as many Rotarians as possible.   Thank you for your continued efforts to Light up Rotary!

Dave Warren
District Governor 2014-2015
Rotary District 6250

District Video Message 



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District News, Events and Announcements

District 6250 Rotarians Visit RI Headquarters in Evanston, IL

 on June 13th over 40 Rotarians from throughout District 6250 boarded a coach bus bound for Evanston, IL to tour Rotary International Headquarters and speak to Rotary International staff.  The hours spent aboard the bus were full of fellowship, fun and snacks courtesy of District Governor Dave Warren.  The time spent at RI Headquarters included a tour of the facility in addition to presentations by several staff members including John Hannes, Club & District Support Coordinator.
Past District Governor Dean Ryerson points out current RI International Board of Directors photo picturing Mary Beth Growney-Selene hanging in RI President Ron Burton's office District Governor Elect, Mary Van Hout, shakes the hand of Paul Harris.  
The two boys were very excited about what might be in their very first box lunch! RI President Ron Burton had several items on display in his office, one of which was this Four Way Test soccer ball.  


Club News, Events and Announcements

Waunakee Rotary Club selected as co-winner of the 2014 Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association’s   “Partnership Award” 

The Waunakee Rotary has been a partner with the Village of Waunakee in providing leisure services to the community.   The club has left their imprint on the Waunakee park system in many different ways.  The Rotary Club has long been a partner in many of the village’s recreation programs through their donations of time and money.  Click Here to Read More...

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Rotarian Konrath Given Award
By:  Megan Sheridan | Beaver Dam Daily Citizen 

HORICON | At the Horicon Rotary club meeting on May 14 David Konrath was named a Paul Harris Fellow.

Konrath is the owner of Hardware Hank. He was elected to receive this recognition because the Horicon Rotary Club believes his life exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation.  Click Here to view article...

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Dedication of Rotary Club of Madison Centennial Plaza on June 11

Led by members of the Hiking Fellowship Group, Rotary Club of Madison members trekked from Inn on the Park to the Rotary Club of Madison Centennial Plaza (corners of Hamilton & Mifflin Streets) to witness a special moment capping the first Rotary century and inaugurating the second century. Club members participated in the official dedication of the Rotary Club of Madison’s Centennial Plaza.  John Bonsett-Veal and Uriah Carpenter arranged a creative aerial photo of Rotarians fresh from their post-lunch constitutional. This indisputable visual evidence of Rotary pride was summarized by Mayor Paul Soglin who read a proclamation commemorating June 11, 2014, as a day to celebrate Rotary and one of Madison’s newest landmarks. Click Here to see full article...

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Notara Farms Horse Driving Trial

The Rotary club of Madison West Towne Middleton's Mary Feldt and Svein Morner flank rider Chad Rhinehart at july 5th's Notara Farm Horse Driving Trial in Verona.  Rotarian Mary Ruth Marks hosted and organized the trials and thanks all sponsors.  Many rotarians helped out, led by work horses Ruth Domack and Jeannine Desautels!

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Onalaska "Pause" Project Receiving Local and National Recognition

Onalaska utilized a district 6250 grant for Rotary Year 13/14.  They created a professionally produced video about teen drinking/driving and trying to get kids to ‘pause’ and think before acting.  This is becoming quite well received and recognized locally and even nationally now with some insurance companies.  If you click the link below, you will see that the City of Onalaska has a proclamation to honor them and create a ‘Pause’ week in Onalaska forever.  If you want to know more about the project, click here –

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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