The District Dispatch


The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

June 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 Rotarians,

 "We are fast approaching the finish line for the District 6250 Iditarod of Service." 

We are fast approaching the finish line for the District 6250 Iditarod of Service.  Throughout the course of the year, the clubs of our district have found success in service in their local communities and the world beyond.  When I visited each of your clubs, I asked you to mark your calendars reserving June 8 - 9, 2012, to join Rotarians from around the district in La Crosse for our District Conference.  I promised that we would Celebrate What’s Right With The World - you, your club, our district and the wider world of Rotary.  A great District Conference has been prepared for you.  Cheryl and I are looking forward to welcoming you to La Crosse and celebrating this exceptional year for Rotary in our district.  

Thanks to the good work of many Rotarians, we have accomplished much this year.  The District Ethics Initiative was successful in helping Rotary Clubs throughout the District to bring the Rotary message to classrooms that character does count and that the business and professional people of our communities support the Four-Way Test.  The District 6250 Charitable Trust was created providing a means for Rotarians to support emergency humanitarian aid, as well as provide the benefits of a local foundation to smaller clubs that would not otherwise be able to afford such a fundraising incentive.  The District Social Media Committee was established and has provided support to clubs throughout the District in implementing club facebook accounts to improve communication within and between clubs of our District.  Our website has been significantly improved, making it easier for Rotarians throughout the district to access key Rotary information.  

We implemented the Positive Athlete Initiative recognizing high school athletes in cooperation with Rotary Districts 6220 and 6270, which will likely result in an ongoing annual recognition event with the help of Green Bay Packer star, Greg Jennings.  The Future Vision Task Force was established and has developed necessary plans to help our District make the transition from the current structure of The Rotary Foundation to the new operating structure that will take effect in July, 2013.  The District Leadership Academy has been implemented to provide practical leadership opportunities for Rotarians to develop and enhance skills in running meetings, working with volunteer boards and committees, public speaking, and team building.  Moreover, the District has provided expanded support for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), as well as Interact and Rotaract.  

For the first time, our Group Study Exchange, which this year is with Australia, was organized to have the two teams develop a project in preparation for the exchange that would benefit people in a developing country, and this project became the focus of the exchange between our two districts.  Monies raised by both teams during the course of their exchange will directly benefit fire protection for slums in Bangkok, Thailand.  We have seen expanded support for Club Visioning, providing direct benefit to our clubs.  In addition, Club Extension has been active with the addition of the Onalaska - Hilltopper Rotary Club and the recognition of two provisional Rotary Clubs, Madison After Hours, and the Platteville area.  We continue to have a strong long term and short term Youth Exchange Program and we are delighted this year to be enjoying two Rotary Friendship Exchanges, one with India and one with Brazil.  

All of this remarkable work has been possible because you have been willing to “Reach Within To Embrace Humanity”.  By touching your passion for the service of others and connecting with other Rotarians, you have greatly enhanced the mission of Service Above Self, both locally and internationally.  Thank you for all that you have done.  You have made this happen.  It has been both an honor and a privilege to serve you.  Together we have charted and run the course of the District 6250 Iditarod of Service.  The success is yours.  Now it is time to celebrate.  See you at the District Conference June 8-9, 2012 in La Crosse.

Please click here for more Conference details and the registration form.

All the best, 

Chuck Hanson
District Governor 2011-2012
Rotary District 6250    

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District News, Events and Announcements

Still Time to Register!


Submitted by Bill Hoel, Chair, 2012 District Conference

Hello Rotarians!

If I asked you to find me someone who fit this description, could you do it?:  A Holocaust Survivor, who would never have told anyone he was a Holocaust Survivor, if not for his Rotary Club.

Now, how about finding two people that fit that description??  It’s an intriguing story that will bring you an absolutely thrilling speaker at our district conference. 
Find me a non-Rotarian (never a member) who is a five-time Paul Harris Fellow!  She will speak at our conference. If you think you know what Rotary is about – or especially if you’re not sure you know what Rotary is all about,  Penny LeGate will make you know why you are a Rotarian. 
Registration is open online, and you should have received a registration flyer, or you should very shortly receive one. 
Great speakers, good fellowship, the chance to raise some money for our district’s first multi-district project, all on the beautiful banks of the Mighty Mississippi.
See you in soon in La Crosse!

Visit the District Conference Information Page and register today!


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Look for Our District’s Exchange Students at the District Conference!

You will have plenty of chances to meet our current inbound students and those who will be going on exchange in August at the district conference. Help donate to Polio Plus by getting your “purple pinkie” from one of our students. All money they collect at the conference will be donated to Polio Plus. Students will also be packing food to help fight hunger at the Kids Against Hunger booth. And, you don’t want to miss talking with them at the Friday night Culture Fair. Last year’s culture fair was a highlight of the conference. The students are so interesting to talk to. You don’t want to miss them.

So, why wouldn’t your club want to host one of these wonderful students in a year. It’s that time of year again for clubs to commit to hosting an exchange student for the 2013-2014 school year. Clubs can also host students January, 2013-2014 arriving from southern hemisphere countries. These commitments must be made by July 1, 2012. Yes, that’s right, we plan that far ahead to receive and send students. Rotary Youth Exchange is a wonderful program. It helps students and all of us learn about other cultures. It builds leaders out of these students. Show students what Rotary is all about by having your club host and send a student.

Please contact Judy Levine at  or  by calling 608 220-2949 if your club is interested in hosting. If your club finds it too expensive or time consuming, think about sharing the responsibility with another club in your area. If your club cannot commit to the financial obligation but are willing to host or if your club is willing to pay for a student but cannot physically host a student, contact Judy Levine also. We will try to match you up with another club.



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Rotary Heroes to be Honored at District Conference 

Honoring Rotary Heroes will be a meaningful and motivating part of this June’s District Conference and every club is strongly encouraged to participate.  To date, the Rotary Heroes project has garnered tremendous excitement.  However, we have not yet heard from every club.  If your club has not yet selected a Rotary Hero, the following guide lines may prove helpful in your club’s decision making process.  Look for Rotarians that model “Service above Self” both in their club and in their community. You may want to honor a Rotarian who has recently outdone themselves. Perhaps you want to honor a senior member for many years of service. The only requirement is that your honoree be a Rotarian.

Submission of your club’s Rotary Hero selection or requests for additional information can be made to the Rotary Heroes District Conference Planning Committee via Todd Restel at 608-791-3699 or TRESTEL@1SUPPLY.COM.



Australian GSE Team Visiting Our District 

The Australian Group Study Exchange Team of five members has arrived in La Crosse and is on a 30 day tour of various clubs in our District.  The team consists of a Rotarian Team Leader who is a consultant with a variety of management systems, an accountant, an attorney, an architect and a retail sales assistant.

They will be hosted by ten Rotary Clubs in our District,  Here are the clubs they have visited and on their schedule as outlined below:
May 9 – May 13------Rotary Club of La Crosse
May 14 – May 16------Rotary Club of Eau Claire
May 17 – May 18------Rotary Club of Wisconsin Rapids
May 19 – May 20------Rotary Club of Wisconsin Dells
May 21 – May 23------Rotary Club of Madison
May 24 – May 27------Rotary Club of Prairie Du Chien
May 28 – May 31------Rotary Club of Marshfield
June 1 – June 4------Rotary Club of Edgerton
June 5 – June 7------Rotary Clubs of Horicon and Mayville

June 8 – June 9------District Conference in La Crosse
June 10------Departure and Return to Australia

Rotarians throughout the District are encouraged to become involved with their abundance of activities in our District.  Details and further information can be obtained from District Chair Tom Marshall at 715 423 1921 or


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Rotarians at Work - Clubs Share Success Stories

West Towne Middleton Rotary Club Works With Habitat for Humanity- Saturday, May 5th in Madison WI dawns gray and cool and perfect.  An absolutely perfect day for helping single-mom Shelly build her new home on North Pine Street in Sun Prairie!  This is a Habitat for Humanity home, one of several under construction in our area.

West Towne Middleton Rotarian Stan Koenig spearheads a Habitat workday each year.  Joining Stan this fine morning were Jim Olmsted, Ray Holloway, Kevin Welton, Jim Emerick, Frank Pabon and Leo Edelstein.  Each prospective home owner puts in at least 300 work hours on their project, so Shelly greeted us at 8:15 as we arrived, and Tom from Habitat gave us our instructions and plans for the day.

Cool temps in the 50s are great for hanging siding!  More adventurous and agile team members did the climbing and scooted up scaffolds to pound in panels of vinyl siding.  Others listened closely for dimensions and handled the sawing down below.  Jim Olmsted moved his truck nearby and cranked down the windows so we’d have music to make the day merrier!

You always learn something new on these work days.  This time:  how to dismantle and re-mantle scaffolding.  Just takes a little teamwork hooking and unhooking metal supports,   moving pieces to their new location and putting the pieces back together!  Wow, so that’s how it’s done!

The day flew by, and by 3 o’clock we were cleaning up scraps and sweeping out the garage.  Looking up at the almost-completed two story corner home, what a great feeling!  Lending a hand to a family building their castle, enjoying the day with your fellow Rotarians, it doesn’t get much better than this!


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The Rotary Foundation Zone 28 News

Click here to read important Foundation news!  Updates and tips on Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY), Polio Challenge, Grant Management and more.

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Zone 28 News for Districts and Clubs

Your link to valuable news and great ideas to help your club succeed!

Click here for the latest edition!

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New Rotary Year Means Background Checks Need to be Updated - Especially for Clubs Hosting Youth Exchange Students

A reminder to all clubs that as of July 1st, new background checks need to be completed by your Club Youth Protection Officer for the 2012-13 Rotary Year.  Information related to background checks and the Youth Protection Policy can be found on the District 6250 website here

Of particular importance are clubs who will be hosting exchange students starting in August.  Prior to your exchange student arriving, YEO’s and YEC’s must have a completed background check on file for the 2012-13 Rotary Year.  This is vital in keeping our district certified for youth exchange with Rotary International.

Questions regarding the process should be directed to District Youth Protection Office Mike Ripp, email or District Youth Protection Committee Chair Al Steevens, email

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Club News, Events and Announcements

Do you have an upcoming Club Event or accomplishment that you would like to announce? Send your pre-written article to:  Click view a Calendar of Club Events.


Eau Claire Morning Rotary Hosts Charity Golf Outing June 7th

Join us Thursday June 7th, 2012 for an afternoon of golf at Hillcrest Golf & Country Club, one of the areas premier courses in the Chippewa Valley.
Registration includes golf, cart , lunch, dinner, prizes and refreshments while you play.

Registration and more information available  at

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Clubs Host Friendship Exchange International Gala in Waunakee

Join the Rotary Clubs of Waunakee, Madison West Towne -Middleton and Fitchburg - Verona for a program including presentations by the RFE Delegates of District 2980 from India & District 4420 from Brazil.

Tuesday Evening, June 5th
At Rex’s InnKeeper, 301 N. Century Avenue, Waunakee, WI

Cocktail Hour 6:30-7:30
Dinner 7:30
Program 8:00

Please RSVP to:
Linda Olson – (608-235-6323)
Janine O’Rourke –
Dean Ryerson –

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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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Foundation Reports

Each club in District 6250 has established a foundation goal and the question is how are the clubs going about the achieving those goals? Have each of the clubs done an every member enrollment? Successful clubs take the time to ask each member to make a pledge commitment to the Rotary Foundation. Fulfilling that pledge might involve a quarterly billing by the club secretary/treasurer or participating in the direct deposit transfer from the Rotarians checking account to the RI Foundation account or it might mean a monthly charge to a credit card. Successful clubs establish a process that allows their members to both make and fulfill the commitment.

Click here to view the updated Club Goals Report!

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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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