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

G'Day from Sydney, Australia and from the 105th International Convention of Rotary International.  Rotarians from District 6250 have joined over 18,000 other Rotarians from over 150 countries to celebrate the work of Rotary and to learn more about how to further that work.

Yesterday the Australian Prime Minister John Abbott thanked Rotarians for our work in the world.  In his welcoming address he announced that his government will be giving $100 million to help eradicate Polio.  You will read more about the Conference in future issues of The Rotarian.

As we continue our work to eliminate Polio, I want to thank those who attended our recent District Conference for their generous contributions of over $10,000 for Polio Plus.  Wow!  It appears that by the end of the Rotary Year on June 30 Clubs and Rotarians in our District will have contributed    $110,000 to Polio Plus, well beyond our $100,000 goal.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our District Conference as we celebrated the work of our clubs, our District, and of Rotary in the World. Thanks also to those who presented, who volunteered in so many ways, and who served on our Conference Planning Committee.

Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Madison which has recently been named a recipient of Rotary's Significant Achievement Award. The Award was given in recognition of the club's annual Ethics Symposium for high school students in Dane County.  The award noted that the program met a significant community need, that it involved a significant number of the club's members, and that the program can be replicated by other Rotary Clubs.  For mor information abut the Ethics Symposium, go to:  rotary madison.org/?page_=398


As I close out this year as your District Governor, I want offer my sincere thanks to so many for making this a terrific year for our District...our District Board, our District leadership team, the Assistant Governors, our committees and committee chairs, and our District Office staff.  Even though we now move on to another Rotary Year under the leadership of Governor-elect Dave Warren, I know we will continue to Engage Rotary and Change Lives.
 

Dean Ryerson
District Governor 2013-2014
Rotary District 6250
 

 

 

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District News, Events and Announcements

You Can Change Lives Through Rotary Youth Exchange

We, as Rotarians, have changed lives. Each person connected to a Rotary Exchange student has had his or her life affected. Visiting a country is not the same as living with families for a long period of time. At our district conference, we heard from a student whose life was changed because of her Rotary Youth Exchange experience. Dr. Tabatha Williams came from humble beginnings but her eyes were opened by exchange experience. She went on to become a doctor and now helps so many people. Some people think that the cost of hosting an exchange student could be better spent elsewhere but think of how Dr. William’s exchange changed her. Think of an exchange student as an investment in the future.

Exchange students are just beginning their lives. By sponsoring (which does not have to cost the club anything) or hosting a student, you can touch so many lives. Exchange students affect the clubs who host them, the families that host them, as well as their own families as all the people they meet. Not only have they been influenced and impact others but the quality of those influences has improved. If we add social networking to this and student talk about their experiences and Rotary, we can affect so many lives.  Our exchange students learn about other cultures, about maturity, about service above self, about dealing with adversity. The experience shapes them into much better people.

Our exchange program is a true exchange. Our district can sponsor as many students as we receive. If your club is sponsoring students, and we hope you will, you should be hosting a student as well. Commitment letters have been sent to club presidents along with a basic idea of what it costs to host a student. Please support the program by sponsoring a student and hosting one.

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It Takes a District to Have a Successful Youth Exchange Program

Thank you to all of you who have supported Rotary Youth Exchange this year. We had several clubs who hosted weekends for the students. Special thanks go to the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians- Chicago Fleet, the Rotary Club of Baraboo, the Madison Breakfast Club, the La Crescent Rotary Club, and the West-Towne Middleton Club. These clubs provided wonderful times for our students that they will never forget. We had wonderful support from so many people providing food, housing and transportation. I hope they all enjoyed being with our students as much as the students enjoyed their time with them.

I give huge thanks to the club Youth Exchange Officers and the club Youth Exchange Counselors. They put in countless hours preparing their clubs, communities and host families for their students and preparing students to go on their exchanges. They arranged housing, driving, counseling and friendship to our students. These people truly understand the value of the program.

This is especially hard for me to write as it is the last time I will be writing an article as the chair of the district Rotary Youth Exchange program. As most of you know, I will be stepping down from this position that I have held for about seven years. I have been involved in Rotary Youth Exchange since 1991 in one way or another. I still stay in touch with the students my husband and I have hosted. I have been so fortunate to have district governors who have believed and supported the program. I have been blessed with wonderful district team members. Theirs is a labor of love for the program and students.

I wish to thank the people who have supported the program with enormous amounts of caring and time. In recent years, Linda Buchs-Hammonds and Margo Zeman were wonderful members of our team. I have missed their counsel, ideas and humor. Luckily, I still have their friendship. I was so lucky to have another great district team this year.

Doug and Sharon Richmond are the longest members of the team as leaders of our students that go abroad (Outbound students). They do such a thorough job of preparing our students and counseling them while they are on their exchanges.

David Cush has been in charge of the students that we host (Inbound students). He is fun, energetic and shows the leadership that the students always need during their year here.

Bill Pritchard wears so many hats in our district and we have been so fortunate to have him improve the program for our students abroad and when they return from the exchange.

Joy Berg has been our trainer this year. She jumped in with both feet and learned so many skills. She has been devoted to training the club youth exchange teams and the students. I cannot thank her enough.

Toni Pabon has worn many hats over the years in the Youth Exchange team. She is a wiz at technology and loves to interact with the students as much as they love to be with her.  The past few years she has been the Registrar and the Information Coordinator for the program. She has streamlined the data entry process and I have so valued her assistance.

Jan Bonsett-Veal will be taking over as our District Chair. She has been the Administrative Assistant and the Assistant Chair. She has many valuable skills. I know she will do an excellent job as chair. She has provided a great calming perspective for me when I have so many things to think about.

So, I may be stepping down but I will still be involved somehow. It gets in your blood. Thank you all for allowing me to be part of such a wonderful program and believing that I could help run and improve the program. It has been a wonderful ride. I have so many friends world-wide. I am blessed.

Judy Levine
 

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Welcome Reception for 2014-2015 District Governor Dave Warren

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Zone Success Seminars

Ladies & Gentlemen,

Welcome back to those of you who traveled to Sydney for the Rotary Convention.  We hope you had a wonderful time and have recovered from any lingering jet lag.

Linked her for your information and use are the Registration Form and Agenda for our four Zone 28 Success Seminars.  Please distribute this information to your District leadership team, and encourage them to participate.  Someone asked, “Who should be invited?”  We suggest all current, future, and past Governors, District Officers and District Chairs, and any Club Leaders or interested Rotarians who could benefit from their participation in these Seminars.

To register electronically, click on the following link or enter RotarySeminars.org in your browser’s address line.  Alternatively you can print the linked registration form and mail us a check.  You can see the agenda on that same website, or simply open the Agenda Link in this email. 
We look forward to seeing each of you at one of these Seminars.  Please remember your Zone 28 One Rotary Coordinator teams are here to support you, your Districts, and your Clubs at these Seminars and throughout the Rotary year.

Dick Galitz, Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator
Tamie Koop, Regional Coordinator
Debbie Stacey, Regional Public Image Coordinator

 

Club News, Events and Announcements

Going Green Fellowship of the Rotary Club of Madison

The Going Green Fellowship of the Rotary Club of Madison has created a Facebook page to enhance our ability to connect with others and build a base interested in discussing and acting round global warming and other environmental issues. It’s a work-in-progress, but would you click on the link below and 'like' the page?  We can use this webpage district wide to share information as it evolves https://www.facebook.com/pages/Going-Green-Fellowship-Rotary-Club-of-Madison-Wisconsin/247678595355768

Meeting with other Madison Area Service Clubs
The short version of the story is that Paul ran into a friend from Middleton that (little did Paul know) is a District Governor for Kiwanis.  They got talking about our GG group and global warming and he was interested in our Statement on Water.  This led to the idea of working with the Madison Area Service Clubs Council (MASCC) that puts on the fall luncheon.  Upshot: a special meeting has been scheduled for June 10 to share GG work and to have a dialogue about ways we may be able to work together.  Very much to their credit, check out this Lions Clubs International link  Environmental Issues: Climate Change (we've got some catching up to do).  Perhaps there are other service clubs in your town that would make logical partners.

Karen is in Sydney at the RI Convention right now.....listening to others on environmental issues, particularly global warming, and sharing an abbreviated version of our Statement on Water - attached.  A card that can be handed out is being created - will forward when complete. Look for a report of how things went. 

if your club is interested in a speaker, please contact Karen, with your meeting day and time and so Karen can develop a schedule that allows for “trip chaining.” Karen Kendrick-Hands <kdkhands@me.com>


Thanks!

in service,
Paul and Karen

 

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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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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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