District Governor

Joe Ruskey

Serving Western Wisconsin & Southeast Minnesota


INDEX

District Governor's Message

June is Rotary Fellowship Month

District News, Events and Announcements

Rotary International President 2014-2015 visits Madison

Report on the 2013 Council on Legislation

Moore Tornado Relief Fund

Rotary District Conference Summary

Zone 28 News for Districts and Clubs

 

Club News, Events and Announcements

 

RI News

The Rotarian Magazine

 

The Rotary Foundation - Update on Annual Giving

NEW - Rotary Foundation Donation Forms

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- Update on Annual Giving
- Polio Plus Updates
- More

 

Attendance Report

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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

June is "Rotary Fellowship Month" according to the Rotary Calendar. This Fellowship month is not new. However, until recently, I thought that the fellowship that the theme was focused on was the fellowship we enjoy within our clubs. In the last few weeks, in Rotary discussion groups, the Rotarians commenting on the theme of Fellowship have almost all commented that the "Fellowship" upon which this month's theme is focusing is that of the Rotary International Fellowships.

Rotary Fellowships are autonomous, international groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses, and Rotaractors who join together to:

Share a common interest in worthwhile recreational activities (sports, hobbies, etc.)
Further their vocational development through acquaintance with others of the same profession
Make new friends around the world
Explore new opportunities for service
Have fun and enhance their Rotary experience.

To learn more about Rotary Fellowships, try this link:
 
My own experience with Rotary Fellowships goes back almost 20 years when I first joined the International Fellowship of Rotary Scuba Divers on a trip to the Galapagos Islands. Since that time, my wife and I have enjoyed diving around the world with some of the friendliest groups I've ever traveled with. To add to the dive experience, our Fellowship always finds a Rotary Club at our dive destination and contributes to a service project supported by that local club. The list of Rotary Fellowships exceeds 60, with new fellowships being formed regularly. They are as varied as Rotarians, with everything from chess to yachting. I urge you to look at the list and explore membership in one or more of them.

Turning to club fellowship, I think many of you would agree that, apart from service, it is probably the aspect of Rotary that we value the most. Fellowship in Rotary is more than just networking or socializing; it is also business and personal relationships that make it possible for all of us help each other and our communities. It was for fellowship and networking that Paul Harris first proposed the creation of Rotary. Fellowship remains the key to club success. Fellowship is essential for recruiting and retaining members.  It is often the most important consideration for prospective members when they decide whether or not to join us and if there isn't an abundance of fellowship at our club and committee meetings, at our social events and during our service projects, chances are that we will not retain the members we've worked so hard to recruit.

Our District Conference which was held on May 31 and June 1 featured numerous fellowship opportunities.  For many of us, District Conference was an opportunity to greet old friends and meet new ones.  We learned about what our clubs are doing and what they might want to consider doing in the future.  I was delighted with the results of the efforts of the District Conference Committee. Those of us who planned the conference hope that all of you who attended enjoyed your time at Monona Terrace and that you learned from the speakers and your fellow Rotarians things that you can use to strengthen and improve your respective Rotary Clubs.
 
As the Rotary year draws to a close, I can't help but think of all of the fellowship I have enjoyed this year while serving as your District Governor. While every club is unique, all of our clubs share common characteristics, among which the most prevalent is a friendly atmosphere that promotes fellowship. I have enjoyed meeting with every club. Certainly, the club visits are the highlight of serving as District Governor.
 
We had our RYLA weekend on May 17-19 in Wisconsin Dells at Upham Woods. For those of you who are not acquainted with it, RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards . Each year, we invite our member clubs to nominate one or more high school students to be participants in this three-day training session. The clubs sponsor their candidates so that the cost to those attending is minimal. Once they have completed the RYLA training, the students return home with new leadership skills that they can immediately put to use in their schools and communities. The reports from our District RYLA co-chairs (Jeff Odom and Michelle McGrath) and from those students who gave us their thoughts on the RYLA weekend were entirely positive. The students who wrote to us about their experiences all wanted to volunteer to return next year to help as junior counselors. If you didn't send a student this year, you missed an opportunity, but you can make up for it by sending one or more next year.

An important district event that occurred in May was the chartering of our newest club – The Madison After Hours Rotary Club. We had a wonderful chartering event on the evening on Wednesday, May 22 at River Food Pantry on Madison's east side.  The food pantry was an ideal setting for this chartering dinner. It fit the personality of the Club and made me proud to present them with their club charter.  This club doesn't just talk about service; they emphasize it as an integral part of their club. They recognize the connection between fellowship and service. The food pantry director, Andy Czerkas, welcomed us and spoke about how well Rotary's mission of Service Above Self is aligned with the mission of the food pantry.  We had a great turn out and a wonderful evening.

As we enter the last month of the Rotary year, I am happy to report that our collective contributions to our Rotary International Foundation have been steady, but we still have a ways to go to reach our goal. Please join me in supporting our Foundation.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Rob Stroud

 

District Governor 2012-2013
Rotary District 6250    

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District News, Events and Announcements
 

Rotary International President 2014-2015 visits Madison

This exciting opportunity will occur on July 17th when District 6250 will host Gary Huang, who will be the Rotary International President in 2014-2015, succeeding President Burton.

Please mark your calendars to be in Madison, at the Inn on the Park at noon for his presentation.  This is the regularly scheduled  Madison Downtown Rotary meeting time.  Registration will soon be available on the District website.

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR JULY 17!!

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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”.
 

 

Rotary District Conference Summary

More than 500 Rotarians from all but three of our District’s clubs, gathered at Monona Terrace on May 31st and June 1st, in a celebration of all that is right in our world.

District Assembly was followed by our Annual Business Meeting, where among other business Mary Van Hout was unanimously elected District Governor Nominee, putting her on track to be Governor of our District in 2015-16, following Dean Ryerson in the coming year and Dave Warren in 2014-15.

At lunch we were welcomed to Monona Terrace by Rich Lynch, Chair of J.H. Findorff, our Platinum Sponsor, and the Project Manager for the building of Monona Terrace. In his welcome address, Rich shared the story of the collaborative effort over several decades that enabled Monona Terrace to be built, sixty years after Frank Lloyd Wright first envisioned it.

After a look back at Monona Terrace, we looked forward with Linda Gorchels, Futurist, and Todd Ondell, Strategist, as we considered Probable Tomorrows. Linda brought present trends into clear focus, as she challenged us to open our minds to the realities of our changing world. And she gave us choices; reminding us that while we may be anxious about Possible and Probable Tomorrows, with good information as our guide, we can develop strategies to create a Preferable Tomorrow that embodies the aspirations and values that are important to us. Aided by leaders from our district, Todd challenged us to consider the opportunities before us, as Rotarians gathered in small groups to discuss questions that sprang from Linda’s words. A great exercise for a club meeting, many thought!

All 61 clubs in the district participated in a celebration of every clubs chartering, as we celebrated a century of Service Above Self. As club representatives assembled in front of the podium, we were struck by how many of them would not have qualified to join Rotary one hundred years earlier., and we were reminded that it took powerful, visionary, persistent leadership over time to bring into being the inclusiveness of today’s Rotary experience. We were wowed by young artists from the Tommy and Jimmy Award programs who prompted many in the audience to think about the young performers in their own school district, and how to connect to them as part of our fifth avenue of service. At dinner, Larry Lunsford, RI Director 2013-2015, delivered a message from RI President, Sakuji Tanaka about the importance of our individual leadership in helping to maintain and grow our organization to be resilient and relevant over time. Then 270 of us walked across the square to Overture Center for The Arts, to enjoy the evening’s performance of WICKED.

We gathered on Saturday morning, for what was probably our most innovative program, an International Food Fare hosted by our Youth Exchange Students. We breakfasted on the foodstuffs of five different countries, with recipes from the kitchens of our students’ homes. Kudos to Monona Terrace for creating dishes that months earlier they had never heard of, and even more kudos to Rotarians for enthusiastically tucking into them! Pastry, rice, fish, fruit and tacos; spicy, sticky, sweet and chocolaty… our taste buds were teased as Joe Ruskey tugged our heart strings and our wallets with updates regarding how our dollars are doing important work around the world in the hands of the Rotary International Foundation.  Only 44 cases of Polio in the world at June 1st. Well done Rotarians!

We experienced the impact of our districts dollars when student leaders from our Rotaract Clubs put us to work to think through some tough ethical dilemmas. The young leaders created and delivered an interesting and challenging program, that encouraged participants to work together to find the questions and answers necessary to act when forced to tackle real world issues unfolding in front of them. Our thanks to the Rotarians who work with students at the club and district level to develop these bright young people to be leaders for tomorrow.

Before a fun tailgate lunch, we learned about the exploits of our Friendship Exchange to Uganda and Kenya, and were inspired by the stories of the participants. What a great way to make meaningful connections around the world! After lunch we reveled in the exploits of our Group Study Exchange participants to and from Brazil. We were particularly moved by our Brazilian guests as they lead us in singing The Star Spangled Banner, which had taken them 7 months to perfect! The delight in sharing the experiences of both inbound and outbound groups was matched measure for measure by the audience, and no-one cared that the GSE reports blew apart the afternoon schedule… we were having a party, with singing and dancing and story-telling, and we were not quitting just because we were out of time!

After months of speculation, Bob and Bryan led us through our first Rotary Pecha Kucha. Six courageous pioneers each stepped to the podium to deliver a 6 minute and 40 second presentation on a club project. With all slides automated and no chance to catch breath or reorient thoughts, they ranged from some very fast and breathless delivery trying to cram it all in, to chit chat when there was more time than words to share. Most importantly we heard about six very distinctive club projects, which inspired one in the audience to remark that she “Had no idea of the international impact of individual clubs in our district. It’s amazing what some very small clubs manage to accomplish.”  It sure is. As we headed to the bar and pre-dinner drinks on the terrace, Rotarians were surprised by and justifiably proud of what their fellows were up to.

By the time we assembled in the ballroom for our final meal and program of the conference we had refreshed many existing friendships and begun yet more new ones. We had a deeper appreciation for all the work that Rotarians do, in their own neighborhoods and further afield. We raised almost $3,500 from the silent auction and $10,000 in RI Foundation Donations. The RYE students Purple Pinkie Campaign broke all past records with receipts of  $1800, and more than one hundred people had volunteered in creating and delivering a conference that celebrated all that was good in the world.

Before we departed Monona Terrace, Michael Perry reminded us of the frailties of the human condition; Larry Lunsford reminded us to respect and serve without fear of our differences but in celebration of them; outgoing District Governor Rob Stroud and incoming District Governor Dean Ryerson reminded us that leading in the community is a whole lot easier when we do it with our friends. It was a very good time.

 

 

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Zone 28 News for Districts and Clubs

Click here for the latest edition of the Zone 28 Coordinator Newsletter!

Happy Memorial Day.  I hope this note finds you all doing well and enjoying the long weekend.  Yes, the beginning of "summer" is about 50 degrees here.  What a crazy spring we have had!

As we near the beginning of the 12th month of our 2012-2013 Peace Through Service Rotary year.  Many things we will do in June will be "lasts".  Your last District Governor's newsletter, the last Club Board meeting, final contributions to OUR Rotary Foundation (must be dated by June 30), and last Club meetings of the year.  Finalizing plans for 2013-2014 is also our focus at this time of year.  The culmination of this year  are our District Conferences, truly a celebration of all of our Club's projects, programs and engagements.

I have long believed that each of us should have the goal to leave our Club or District better than we received it.  I hope you feel the same way.

It has been a privilege to serve with all of you this year.  Thanks to all of you, I think our Clubs are Bigger-Better-Bolder, and we are leaving Rotary stronger.

Thank you for including your Zone 28 Rotary Coordinator Team in your Districts and Clubs.  We appreciate the opportunities.

Best Regards,

MB

Mary Beth Growney Selene
Zone 28 Rotary Coordinator, 2010-2013
Rotary International Director, 2013-2015
 
 

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: rotarydistrict6250@morgandata.com.  Click view a Calendar of Club Events.

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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 Rotary.org 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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