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


Fellow Rotarians,

Each July 1 we start a new Rotary year.  We look back and thank Past District Governor Mary Van Hout for her fabulous year leading our District.  Many of the goals and initiatives that were priorities last year will continue this year.  We have a new Membership Chair in Mark Broses who will look to continue the success that Bill Pritchard had as our District held steady or slightly improved in membership numbers the last few years.  Joe Ruskey has been integral in assisting clubs and individual members as our Foundation Chair.  As he transitions to District Governor Elect, the foundation role returns to the capable hands of Dave Warren.  I won’t spill the beans yet, but Dave will soon be rolling out a major initiative we will be working on over the next year to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.   

We are fortunate to have over 50 Rotarians who volunteer to serve in District leadership in various capacities.  Our 12 Assistant Governors each oversee and assist with four to six clubs.  The chairs of District committees from youth to grants to club extension, and many areas in between, all work to be valuable resources both at the District level and to individual clubs when needed.  We have been successful at the District level through continuity and collaboration of leadership.  Future District Governors Joe Ruskey and Bill Hoel will be an integral part of decision making this year as they prepare for their upcoming years.  We hope this is a model being followed at the club level as well.  Those clubs that are the most successful are those who are forward thinking with continuity of leadership.
Rotary International President John Germ has chosen as the Rotary theme this year “Rotary Serving Humanity”.  He reminds us that everything we do in Rotary serves others and looks to make the world a better place.  Whether we are talking polio eradication, international projects, local projects, youth exchange, peace scholars, or any one of the other areas where we serve, Rotary Serving Humanity is a great way to describe what we do.

As this Rotary year begins, we reaffirm some of our ongoing priorities.  We need to continue our focus on engaging existing members and bringing more Rotarians into our clubs.  At our District Governor visit, you will hear my story of how sharing Rotary with a lifelong friend has changed his life.  We all know someone who would benefit from the gift of Rotary if we choose share it with them.  Our Polio Plus goal will also continue.  We are truly down to just a handful of cases in only two countries so far this year.  With Rotary’s commitment, we will soon rid our planet of this horrible disease.  I look forward to the day soon where we can all proclaim that we were part of making this happen.  
At the recent International Convention in Seoul, we heard many inspiring messages and stories of people who make a difference in the lives of those around them.  One person can make a difference.  I am privileged in my time in Rotary to have met many of these folks throughout the world, and right here in our own District.  Through Rotary we join leaders, exchange ideas, and take action.  Simply put, we provide a vehicle for like-minded capable people to get things done.
I’m looking forward to this Rotary year.  The projects that originate in our clubs, by our District’s Rotarians just like you, will continue to impact the lives of people in our communities as well as communities around the world.  Find a way to individually be a part, and to help your club be a part of Rotary Serving Humanity.


Dean McHugh
District Governor 2016-2017
Rotary District 6250

District News, Events and Announcements

Rotary International Convention in Seoul

Rotary 6250 was well represented at the recent International Convention in Seoul, South Korea by 26 of our Rotarians.  Highlights included programs from several world renown speakers including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.  Attendees also enjoyed fellowship with Rotarians from around the world and entertainment by K-pop superstar Psy.  Next year's convention will be in Atlanta so we expect an even larger number of District 6250 Rotarians to be able to share in this incredible experience.

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Clubs to Mark Milestones  

Rotary International has informed us of two clubs in our District who will be celebrating special anniversaries in the 2016-17 Rotary Year.  The Rotary Club of Madison South will be celebrating 50 years as a club this year.  Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Neillsville will celebrate it's 75th year.  Congratulations to both clubs and all of the members.  We appreciate all your good work that has been done in the name of Rotary through the years, and that which will continue in the years ahead.


Essential Changes for Club and Districts

2016 Council on Legislation
Ability to change rules. Clubs may relax or tighten attendance requirements and termination policies for non-attendance. However, clubs are still expected to forward attendance reports to the governor. Any club that wishes to continue adhering to the traditional attendance requirements may do so. (16-21)
Rule of 85. Rotarians can be excused from attendance if the combined total of their years of membership in one or more clubs plus their age equals at least 85, with their years of membership totaling at least 20. (16-35)
Club Board
Board meeting minutes.

Club Finances
Admission fees
Club dues increased. 

Club Meetings
Ability to change meeting schedules
Canceling a meeting
In-person and online meeting participation
Council on Legislation
Proposed legislation.
Council representatives.
Council on Resolutions
District Changes
Moving clubs into adjacent districts. 
Two years for districting changes to take effect. 
District Leadership
Vice governors. Having a vice governor is no longer mandatory.  
Procedures for failing to adopt the annual statement and report of district finances
Mishandling of district finances.
E-clubs and Rotary clubs.
Concurring with a governor selection challenge. 
Special elections nominating procedure streamlined. 
Joint magazine subscriptions. 
Rules and qualifications
New membership types
Dual membership in Rotary and Rotaract clubs
Transferring member statement

New Clubs
Charter member minimum.
Suspension of membership.
Suspension or termination of clubs because of litigation.
These are just a few of the items changed at the 2016 Council on Legislation.  Click Here For the complete listing with full detail.

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8' High Inflatable Rotary Logo for Sale


Welcome, District Governor Dean McHugh!

Rotarians from around the District gathered to welcome incoming District Governor, Dean McHugh.  After some food and fellowship, PDG Dean Ryerson, on behalf of Madison West Towne-Middleton, passed on the "Home of the District Governor" banner to the President of the Holmen club.

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Nepal Friendship Exchange This Fall

Our district will participate in a Friendship Exchange with Nepal this fall.  They are happy to have a group of 10-14 come for two weeks.  They will not come to the USA(I believe it costs too much), but they are happy to host our group.

Our trip will be September 27 to October 10.   They would like for us to create an education project with them.  They have a national education program occurring at the time we will travel there. 

If anyone is interested in participating, make contact with our district Friendship Exchange chairman, David Clemens.  The best way to contact him is by email,

Dr. David Clemens
245 W. Munroe Ave.
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965




Club News, Events and Announcements 

A summer night to remember!  

Cheese, Chocolate & Wine Tasting
 Saturday, August 13th 2016

Join us as we celebrate "the fabric of Wisconsin" at the Lake Mills Rotary's First Annual Cheese, Chocolate, and Wine Tasting.

Our event will take place both inside and out of the historic Greenwoods State Bank in Lake Mills at 117 N. Main Street.

Watch as we produce handcrafted fresh mozzarella! Enjoy an abundance of fresh cheese - taste some old Wisconsin favorites and try some new ones! 

Try a local favorite James J. Chocolate along with many others!  Relax and enjoy a variety of Award Winning Wisconsin wine!

All proceeds will be used for local scholarships and improvements to Wallace Park.

Beaver Dam Rotary Club - Dodge County Fair Food Booth

The Beaver Dam Rotary Club will be selling Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers and other food and drinks at it's food booth located at the Dodge County Fair Grounds, WI-33, Beaver Dam, WI 53916. This is a major fundraiser and supports many non-profits in the Dodge County area. The fair is being held August 17 – 21, 2016. Please help us support this worthy cause.
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La Crescent Rotary to sponsor their fourth annual Apple Blossom Bike Tour

The Rotary Club of La Crescent is proud to announce they are sponsoring their fourth annual Apple Blossom Bike Tour.  Enjoy the rolling hills and scenic vistas of biking along the Mississippi River bluffs in La Crescent and the surrounding communities.  Our club is partnering with local LIZFEST organizers to provide an entire day of fun, live music, food and family activities, in addition to the bike rides.  Joining us this year for the rides is three-time Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond.  With several rides to choose from, all of which Greg will lead, there is something here for everyone…5 mile family ride in town, 15 mile, 30 mile,54 mile and 64 mile.  This is an event you will not want to miss with proceeds to Polio Plus and lung cancer research.

The event is Saturday, August 13
Veterans Park in La Crescent – 509 North Chestnut Street
Rides begin at 8:00am
Register at or online registration is available at

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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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