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

Dear Friends,

July 1 starts the new Rotary year and so it seems fitting that we use that time to reflect, to evaluate the past and to make plans for the coming year.  Like New Year’s Day on January 1st, it’s a time of setting goals, revisiting priorities and developing initiatives.  In District 6250 we can look back with a good measure of pride on our previous year.  Governor Dave more than fulfilled his commitment to “have more fun!” and his monthly videos took us to another level of creativity.  We met our Foundation goals in no small part thanks to the commitment of Foundation Chair/DGN Joe Ruskey with assistance from DGE Dean McHugh as Annual Programs Chair.  And we’ve reversed the membership drain as Bill Pritchard has worked tirelessly to remind us to engage our current members even as we bring more into the fold.  There are over 50 Rotarians who volunteer to serve on District committees and each one has brought great value to you over this past year.  Each one, from our 12 Assistant Governors to the chairs of all of our many youth programs gives generously throughout the Rotary year.   They’ve given of their time and talent with enthusiasm and passion.  We have developed a history of great continuity in District 6250 leadership and I hope your Club also has a model of collaboration, working together for the good of your organization.  It does take a village, a collective group of committed Rotarians, to make our Clubs vibrant, proactive and of course just plain fun! 
As we transition from “Light Up Rotary” to “Be A Gift To The World”, Rotary International President K R Ravindran, “Ravi” reminds us that our time is now. We have the opportunity to use this time to leave our mark by doing good in our world – now.  I hope you will take a few minutes to watch this video of RI President Ravi announcing this wonderful theme for this Rotary year.  Our world needs Rotary in it and our core values of Leadership, Fellowship, Integrity, Diversity and Service are a model for all to follow.
Rotary has developed Strategic Plans and our District goals parallel them while still reflecting our own unique culture.  Please take a few minutes to become familiar with them.  Click Here for District Goals In particular, know that we are committed to assisting Clubs in any way possible because the 63 Clubs of District 6250 are the focus of our commitments.  In representing the District, we all know that our job is to serve our Clubs in any way we can.
As this new year begins, some of our ongoing priorities continue - like our focus on engaging existing members and bringing more Rotarians into our Clubs.  The great news is, we’ve stopped the decline and now can focus on encouraging our friends, acquaintances and family to join us.  If there is a business who has been a friend to your Rotary Club they may be interested in a corporate membership. Or maybe a family member is just waiting for your encouragement to get involved.  Do remember to Just ASK!  If each of us does this, our membership goals will easily be attained.
Our Polio Plus goal will need all of our efforts  as we’re all looking forward to making eradication of this dreadful disease a reality.  Having been to Nigeria and knowing the commitment of the Nigerian people to eradication, I am hopeful that this July marks the end of polio in that nation.  With much progress being made in Afghanistan and Pakistan, we truly are this close.
A new Rotary benefit will be available to you on July 1.  Rotary Global Rewards will offer discounts on many products and services at a discounted price.  Some of the participating companies will also provide revenue back to Rotary International with our purchases.  We will get more information to you as it becomes available.
At the recent International Convention in Sao Paulo, we heard so many inspiring messages and stories of people who make a difference in the lives of those around them.  It reminds us that one person can make a difference and people join Rotary because they want to make a difference. They stay because they quickly learn that making a difference with Rotarian friends at our sides is easier and more productive.  And it’s lots more fun too!
I’m looking forward to this New Year and to achieving the goals and priorities we have established that will make us stronger and even more relevant in our communities and around the globe.   My hope for you, my wish for you for this New Year, is that Rotary is a Gift in Your World!
We’re Rotary!!  We’re A Gift To The World!!

Mary Van Hout
District Governor 2015-2016
Rotary District 6250

District News, Events and Announcements

Welcome, District Governor Mary Van Hout!

Sunday, June 28th over 100 Rotarians from throughout the District attended the Governor's Welcome party at the home of District Governor Mary Van Hout.

International Convention - Sao Paulo, Brazil

If you weren't there, these are sights you missed!  
District 6250 attendees gather for a dinner in Sao Paulo

Presidents elect who were at International Convention gathered for a photo session at dinner in Sao Paulo
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Club News, Events and Announcements 

Books for the World - helping to put reading and educational materials in the hands of teachers and children that need them

Books for the World is a global literacy project coordinated by the Madison Breakfast Rotary Club.  This project collects used library and school books from throughout Wisconsin, and ships them overseas to countries where educational materials are severely lacking.  Many clubs throughout our District participate in this project including:
Madison After Hours
Madison Breakfast
Madison East-Monona
Madison South
Mount Horeb
Sun Prairie

Below is the monthly report of the Books for the World program for May 2015 which demonstrates the extensive reach of this project.

Books for the World - Wisconsin Operations - May 2015 Report  
Click Here to view full report

  • 1020 boxes of books were donated click here for more detail
  • 35 pallets were packed by 59 volunteers donationg 175 hours during 3 packing events click here for more detail
  • Two truck-loads with a total of 55 pallets were shipped during May click here for more detail
  • Fifth truck-load shipped Monday, June 1st.
  • 6 packing events scheduled in June and July with 3 more in August as part of United Ways Days of Caring
  • St. Maria Goretti is donating 50 desks
  • 300+ boxes of math books will be collected from Madison School District middle schools
Click Here to view the full May Report
Click Here to view historical and YTD numerical data

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Rotary's Moon Tunes - La Crosse Valley View

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Jefferson Rotary Club 80th Celebration

The Jefferson Rotary Club, club #2689 chartered in 1935, will be holding an 80th celebration on Thursday evening, July 23, 2015 at Rotary Waterfront Park in downtown Jefferson.  Live music, food and many other interesting things will be present for everyone to enjoy – cost to get in is $0.

We would like to extend and invitation to all club members in district 6250 and district office personnel to come celebrate and enjoy the evening of activities with us.

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Madison Rotary After Hours & Habitat Young Professionals wine tasting!

You are cordially invited to join the Madison Rotary After Hours and Habitat Young Professionals clubs on August 20th, 2015 for a wine tasting! The event will take place from 5:30-8pm at the Boardman and Clark Atrium on 1 South Pinckney Street, Madison. Hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine will be served and there will be a raffle for different prizes from our sponsors.  Please see the Habitat Young Professionals website for more details about the event and to register! Tickets are $15 for Madison After Hours members and $30 for non-members. We look forward to seeing you there!

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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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