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 Friends,

It’s hard to believe this is the last monthly letter (and video) I’ll be sharing as your District Governor.  Where has the time gone? 

Before I focus on any other subject, I’d really like to highlight the one thing that has kept me energized and focused throughout this year -- YOU.  I have had the unique privilege to visit every one of our 63 clubs at least once (some many more) and have met and interacted with hundreds of who I believe to be the finest Rotarians anywhere in the world.  This is all because you and our District’s leadership took a chance on naming a small town hardware store owner as your District Governor.  For that I will be eternally grateful.    

Special thanks to all of you who have stepped up to leadership positions within your club or at the district level.  Without your time and dedication, Rotary would be just another ordinary service organization.   For those of you who are just starting out your Rotary journey, please know your willingness to serve in the future would be greatly appreciated.  There are really so many great opportunities and all you have to do is ask. 

Our annual district conference is history now.  TRI-CON 2015 was a success and I’m so proud to share that District 6250 had more attendees than either District 6270 or even District 6220 (the host district)!  I hope you had even half as much fun as Lori and I.  Please mark May 20 – 22 on your calendars now for our upcoming 2016 Conference which will be held in Madison at the beautiful Union South.  DGE Mary Van Hout has some outstanding ideas you’ll not want to miss.

If you or your club’s treasurer has not yet done so, please submit all contributions to our Rotary Foundation’s Annual Programs Fund now.  Gifts received after June 30 will not count towards this Rotary year.  Keep in mind also that clubs wishing to apply for District Grants (other than their first) in 2016 – 17 must attain at least a $100 per capita giving level. Don’t let a simple bookkeeping or mail delay derail your club’s grant plans!

June is recognized as Rotary Fellowship month.  Please take a look at my video to learn more about how you can take advantage of the many opportunities Rotary Fellowships can offer.  In addition, I’ve included just a few of my favorite memories of this year.  I hope you’ll enjoy watching as much as I enjoyed making it.  As always, thanks for all you do.

Kind regards,

Dave Warren
District Governor 2014-2015
Rotary District 6250

District Video Message 



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District News, Events and Announcements

Join us in Welcoming
Mary Van Hout
Our next District 6250 Governor
  Sunday, June 28, 2015

  Beverages and Munchies at a
Family Friendly Outdoor Event
Contributions to Polio Plus Welcomed
  Mary’s Home
6812 Maywood Avenue
Middleton, Wisconsin
  or email
For additional information, contact:  
Val Schroeder
(Mary’s daughter)
RC of Madison After-Hours
Cheryl Mader
(Mary’s sister)
RC of Prairie du Chien
Jeannine Desautels
RC of Madison WT-Middleton


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The Ethical Life - Hospitality

We have all recited the Four Way Test many times, but how often have we paused to consider what the implications really are for the things we think , say , and do in our everyday lives? The District Ethics Committee will be offering brief articles on a wide range of situations for you to think about and you can respond with comments , questions, or interesting postings of your own on our District 6250 Facebook page.
Chuck Hanson, District Ethics Chair


A few years ago my wife and I were eating lunch at a café when a precocious little girl of about four years old greeted us from a nearby table.  As she chatted away happily her mother interrupted: “Mary, didn’t I tell you not to talk to strangers?”  “Oh,” replied the little girl, “they’re not strangers; they’re nice people!” 

It is a sad commentary on our society that so many parents emphasize the harm strangers may cause but neglect to teach their children the blessings of the chance encounter, a lesson that is at the heart of hospitality.   

In many countries around the world, the virtue of love (or charity) is demonstrated through acts of hospitality.  Early Christians valued hospitality both because it expressed the love of others as beings created in the image of God and because it furthered development of all the other virtues.  Hospitality, in short, was regarded as the form of the virtues: each of the virtues comes to fruition in the practice of hospitality.
Hospitality is traditionally understood as taking care of the needs of strangers, which in most cultures requires inviting the stranger into one’s home.  In the United States today, we speak of the “hospitality industry”—principally hotels and restaurants—which, ironically, allow the needs of strangers to be met without actually entering into anyone’s home.  A traveller may visit the local attractions, have dinner, and stay the night, exchanging no more than a handful of words with residents of the city.    

In wealthy societies, the needs of the stranger—the traveller, the homeless, the sick, the mentally ill, the disabled, and the elderly—are provided mainly by institutions.  Wherever there are needs, there are professionals dedicated to meeting those needs.  But this institutionalization of care, which is intended to make sure no one’s needs are left unmet, comes at a cost that is more than financial.  It greatly diminishes the opportunities for hospitality among the general population.   
Without the regular practice of hospitality, which requires outwardly directed actions of loving kindness, people begin to think that love is no more than private emotion.  Love changes from gift (something done for the sake of others) to feeling (something one desires).  Moreover, as soon as meeting people’s needs becomes a commercial transaction, those who cannot pay for their needs become a burden to society, and those who are required to pay taxes to meet the burden begin to feel resentment.

Over the past fifty years or so, as the traditional practice of hospitality has been replaced by publicly funded social services, the promotion of love as a virtue has been abandoned in favor of the less demanding public values of civility and tolerance.  Thus, teachers and parents encourage children not to love their neighbors, but instead to “appreciate diversity” and “respect differences.”  Such contemporary values are not unworthy, but they do no more than set minimal standards for social conduct. 

Civility and tolerance express respect for people whose relationships to our own lives are distant and will likely remain so, but hospitality invites strangers into deeper relationship.  While civility and tolerance respect other peoples’ beliefs, hospitality welcomes actual people into one’s life.  If we tolerate one another, you can go your way and I can go mine; we simply agree not to harm one another.  If we show hospitality to one another, we enter into genuine relationships.  And genuine relationships are essential to a flourishing life. 

What we really value in others is neither sameness nor difference but complementarity.  We are born partial, and only in relationship with others do we discover wholeness.  We need to practice hospitality, not because it is a more efficient way to meet the needs of others, but because loving service is itself a need. 
If we really love our children, and wish them to have rich, meaningful lives, we should start them out on the right path by encouraging them to talk to strangers.

Dr. Rick Kyte is the Director of the D. B Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wisconsin and co-chair of the District Ethics Committee.

This article originally appeared in the La Crosse Tribune           


Club News, Events and Announcements 

Stoughton Rotary Food Trailer

Syttende Mai, the celebration of Norwegian independence May 17th, has beed the main fund raising festival for the Stoughton Rotary club.  In years past, the club would raise a tent, gather kitchen equipment and have volunteers prepare and serve food over the 3 day event.

Health dept. concerns about food preparation and service for all food stands got the Stoughton Rotary club thinking about how they could best serve the community with greater safety and a larger menu selection.  In 2011, talk of purchasing a food trailer began to take traction and members formed as "food committee" as all good clubs would do.  Over time, the committee investigated how and where we could purchase a trailer and what the expenses would be.  This was discussed over many months and eventually, after greater realization that the old tent system just was not going to work out, the Board gave approval to move ahead. 

The committee began working with Custom Concessions, a builder of food trailers and trucks, to get a specialy designed interior layout. This contains a 24" grill, 24" griddle, 2 gas burners, an oven, a 3 tray steam table, a 60" "cold prep" table with a 18 cu ft fridge underneath, a 22 cu ft freezer and large beverage cooler.  There is a sink for hand washing and a 3 sink station and dish washing and sanitizing.

This trailer now meets all health code requirements.  With that goal completed, the food committe is busy tasting new menu options to offer the community not only at Syttende Mai, but now we have the abilities to attend outdoor concerts at the Rotary pavillion, fairs, sporting events and to have the traileer available to rent out to other clubs to use.

The Stoughton Roatry club now has a fully operational food kitchen which was built with the efforts of many Rotary club members. We have had a wonderful first few events and feel that this commitment will attract new club members and keep the younger Rotarians involved. Look for us in Stoughton, but keep an eyeout as we continue to evolve and grow.

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La Crescent Rotary to host Third Annual Apple Blossom Bike Tour

The La Crescent Rotary Club is pleased to host their third annual Apple Blossom Bike Tour the last Sunday of June. 
Apple Blossom Bike Tour
– 6 routes –
  • 5 mile family free ride
  • 16, 30, and 60 mile rides atop the bluffs for amazing vistas of the Mississippi River Valley and the apple orchards in the area
  • 56 mile mixed road route and the 67 mile Tschumper Road Challenge.
Cost is $30 after June 1

Register at or at

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Sun Prairie Rotary Foundation Annual Golf Outing



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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