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


What a year this has been!!  As the 2015-2016 Rotary year roars to a close and the time for reflection comes, I have so much pride in being a Rotarian in District 6250.  Each District Governor leaves the office with a myriad of experiences and images in mind that define the year.  I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to know and work with so many incredible individuals in all of the communities we serve who have made life better for someone else and in so doing, have made their own lives richer. Your enthusiasm, drive, creativity and passion have been inspiring and worked as a catalyst to make the footprint of Rotary even bigger in our schools through mentoring, Interact, RYLA and Rotaract, in our communities as we share the mission of Rotary in our fundraisers and our community service projects to provide a higher quality of life to those around us and all around the world as we have shared our time, talents and resources in providing cleaner water, improving literacy, providing better opportunities for children and families to live lives of self-sufficiency and respect.  If you could see through my eyes all that our 63 Clubs are accomplishing in fulfilling our mission of Service Above Self, you too would have an overwhelming sense of pride in who we are as a Rotary family.  Indeed, we have been A Gift To The World each and every day and will continue this spirit through our lives.  Thank you for your friendship, goodwill and the honor of working with you over the past year.
And so a new Rotary year begins, full of new opportunities to embrace the task of making our world better.  Rotary Serving Humanity defines our challenge to continue our efforts to shine our light and make a difference.  I know District 6250 is up to the challenge!


We Are Rotary!  We Are A Gift To The World!

Mary Van Hout
District Governor 2015-2016
Rotary District 6250

District News, Events and Announcements

RI Presidential Message

K.R. Ravindran
President 2015-16
June 2016

British writer and Royal Air Force pilot Roald Dahl was also an avid photographer who carried his beloved Zeiss camera on his many adventures. At a time when each photograph had to be laboriously developed by hand, on film or glass plate negatives, he amassed a collection of hundreds of images. In later years, these photographs served as a visual record of his travels, a way to document his experiences and share them with others. Yet he always spoke of his memories as being far more vivid than the photographs could ever reflect. So many events and experiences, he said, were simply impossible to capture; they could not be adequately conveyed in images or words.

Language may fail, and photographs fade; minds are fallible, and details are lost. But some experiences, as Dahl said, never dim; they stand out in our memories, even after decades, as a wall of flame. They rear up forever over the landscape of our past, dividing our lives into what came before and what came after.

That metaphor has stayed with me throughout the past year as I have traveled the world for Rotary. For indeed, this entire year has stood, and will always stand, as a wall of flame in my mind, dividing my life into before and after.

When I think back over these 12 months, I see a bright kaleidoscope of images cascading before my eyes, day after day, week after week. The anxious parents in Chandigarh, India, hovering at the bedside of the child recovering from lifesaving heart surgery. The bright flags of Nepal fluttering over an entire village that had been rebuilt after the devastating earthquake. The feeling of awe in St. Peter’s Square at the Jubilee of Rotarians celebrated by Pope Francis. Joyful gatherings around the world, in so many countries, in so many languages – with friends I had never before met, my brothers and sisters in Rotary.

To serve as president of Rotary International is a colossal undertaking, one that cannot be truly conveyed in images or words. It is a wall of flame that will burn forever in my memory, dancing with light, shifting in shadow. A thousand images jostle together in my mind, a thousand recollections, a thousand emotions. Together, they form a great mosaic; together, they show the bright and glorious work of your hands.

As this Rotary year draws to a close, I am prouder than ever to be part of this great organization: one that makes the world not poorer, but richer; replaces despair with hope; raises up those whom fate has brought low; and is a gift to so many, while allowing each of us to Be a Gift to the World.

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Foundation Minute for Week of June 6

As of May 27, 2016, only sixteen cases of polio have been reported in the world – five in Afghanistan and eleven in Pakistan.  The eradication of polio is clearly in site.  So why contribute to PolioPlus any further:   

According to David Green, Rotary Foundation’s Coordinator for PolioPlus:
“Our funds are not only working to interrupt the transmission of the wild poliovirus in the two remaining endemic countries (Pakistan and Afghanistan), but also to keep the rest of the world polio-free. For example, there are up to 60 countries still conducting large-scale immunization campaigns this year, many at risk of the virus returning due to conflict, weak health systems and other emergencies. As we get closer to the end, we also need to increase surveillance, to ensure the virus is truly gone from other parts of the world. Given that only one in 200 cases of polio result in paralysis, we rely on the program’s extensive surveillance/laboratory network to tell us where polio does (and does not) exist.  Furthermore, until polio is eradicated, the risk of resurgence remains. Failure to eradicate polio could result in global resurgence of the disease, with 200,000 new cases every single year, within ten years, all over the world.” 

Let’s keep up the fight for a Polio Free World.  Thank you for your continued support!



Chapter 3: Yemen, Rotary and Mixed Feelings

By Sakhr Munassar
In about a month I will be leaving the United States to New Zealand, to a new beginning.  I have been in the US now for about a year, I came here two months after I graduated from the American University of Beirut and what was once “the new beginning”. In this year I interned with the Human Rights Watch for 6 months, had my share of master’s applications stress and worked a little, all away from home. My family and loved ones are safe, they have had loses and made many sacrifices but their safety now is what matters the most and I am very thankful for that. Do I miss them? Of course I do, not a day passes by where I don’t think of my mother who was always there for me as a mother, a father and a friend! Always understanding and loving. My sister is only 4 years younger than me but I haven’t been there for her for about 5 years now with university and all that has happened. However, every time I see the fine lady she has grown to be I can’t help but be proud of what she has become and sad at the same time for all the things I missed and all the times I wasn’t there for her. Click Here to for full blog post 

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District 6250 Rotarian to be Congratulated

Please congratulate PRID (Past Rotary International Director) Mary Beth Growney Selene as she has been asked to be one of two lead facilitators on the 2017 Regional Leaders
Training Institute planning team.  She truly is Rotary in Action!!

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June is Rotary Fellowship Month

Have you wondered how to connect with Rotarians around the world but not know quite how to explore new options?  We have great opportunities to develop friendships with our own Club members and District Conference and International Convention expand these options.  We have RAG's - Rotary Action Groups to further interact with other Rotarians.  You also may want to become involved in Rotary Fellowships.  Books, stamps, running, dolls, wine, chess, birding........there's something for everyone so read more about how you might become involved!!   June is Rotary Fellowship Month!!  Click Here for the Rotary Fellowship Flyer

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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 



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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