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

Fellow Rotarians:

For my last newsletter message, something different I did seek.
To summarize the month, a poem special and unique.
With showers and flowers, we've completed the month of May.

So much to talk about, so much to say...

District Conference was awesome, two amazing​ days.
Speakers, education, fun....Rotary Friends and Rotary Ways.
This time of the Rotary year, we can sometimes feel tired.
But I hope attendees went back to their clubs, energized and inspired.

Connecting with students is important, that's a fact.
In Viroqua we chartered, another new Interact.

​Then ​130 sophomores, were trained by RYLA volunteers.
A weekend of leadership, and team building with peers.

Our Youth Exchange Students, one more month​ here ​they will roam.
The​y'll​ remember their host families and our country, forever their second home.

Presidents Elect are compiling, next year's committees and goals.
Our current club presidents, are oh so ready to relinquish those roles.

It's been a successful year, as we continue to build the Rotary brand.
The first of July Joe Ruskey, will be the new leader of the District 6250 band.
Then I'll be Past District Governor, it's coming very soon.
But I hope to see many of you, at International Convention in Atlanta in June.

A better life​ for those ​less fortunate​, is every Rotarian's dream.
By demonstrating "Rotary Serving Humanity", we all lived up to the annual​ theme.
This year I visited all 63 clubs, and marveled at all that you do.
Rotary changes our communities and our world, because of regular people like me and ​like ​you.



Dean McHugh
District Governor 2016-2017
Rotary District 6250

District News, Events and Announcements


Join us in Atlanta


District 6250 Welcome to Atlanta Event!

Who: Atlanta Convention District 6250 Attendees and Guests
What: District 6250's Welcome to Atlanta!
Where: Stats Sports Bar
When: Saturday, June 10th,  5 to 7 p.m.
District 6250 Rotarians – As you know we have a unique opportunity to get a large representation of our district to the Rotary International Conference since it is in Atlanta this year.  We want to make sure that those of us coming have a chance to get together and perhaps plan together for the week.  Since the conference officially starts on Sunday, June 11th, we have decided to host a welcome reception.  This will be held at STATS, 300 Marietta Street NW ( Stats is close to the conference center in downtown Atlanta.  It is a very large sports bar, but we have reserved a room just for our district.  We will be in the Bridge Room.  The district is providing hors d'oeuvres.  This will give us a chance to see a familiar face, perhaps make plans for the week, and simply celebrate Rotary together as a district.  If you are interested in coming, please email  All are welcome - including your significant others.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you and we look forward to celebrating with you in Atlanta!

See you in Atlanta!

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What's the Million Dollar Journey All About?

District 6250 is undertaking a very special promotion to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation.  Please click here for a video explanation by District Foundation Chair Dave Warren of our Million Dollar Journey.  

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District Conference Recap

District Conference was held May 12-13 in beautiful La Crosse, WI. Approximately 300 Rotarains and guests has the opportunity to network, hear educational speakers, and enjoy late night La Crosse. We hope the conference gave you some new ideas to bring back to your clubs.


Club News, Events and Announcements 

Updated Information on 2017-2018 Insurance Policy for Clubs

Note the new exclusions:
Fireworks:  There is very limited coverage as relates to fireworks. Fireworks are considered a high risk activity by insurance underwriters; the Program’s coverage is limited to liability arising out of selling pre-wrapped fireworks purchased from a licensed third party or a fireworks display that is part of an event where a third party (not the Named Insured i.e. your local Rotary club) has contracted with a pyrotechnic company.  If the Rotary Club is a sponsor of an event where there are fireworks, the pyrotechnics company should include the Rotary Club as an Additional Insured on their policy (in addition to the party contracting with the pyrotechnics company).  
Club sponsored events with attendance of 25,000:  If your club is organizing an event that draws 25,000 or more attendees, your club is required to purchase a primary special events liability policy.  Include liquor liability if liquor is being served at the event.  When your club is a vendor at the State Fair, this requirement does not apply – but it does apply if your club organizes, sponsors or is putting on the large event.
NOTE:  Just as you cannot “lend” your health insurance coverage to another person you cannot “lend” the Club’s liability insurance to another nonprofit or an organization your Club is working or partnering with on an event.  Always confirm that the other organization has insurance coverage in place.

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Waupun Rotary Club Golf Outing

June 23, 2017
Rock River Country Club


Waupun Rotary Club is holding a golf outing June 23, 2017 at the Rock River Country Club in Waupun. They are raising funds for their scholarships. Please fill out this form and return to the address shown on the form. Entries are due June 14th.


Rock N Ribs

June 23-24, 2017
Oktoberfest Grounds
La Crosse, WI

The Rotary Clubs of La Crosse Valley View and Holmen present their third annual Rock-N-Ribs. Enjoy the wonderful aroma and tasting of great food from Big Boar BBQ, Mr. Tony's BBQ, Ole's Pizza, Pop's Kettle Corn and Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream.

$5 admission and includes first beverage (17 and under - free admission).

More information and the complete weekend schedule:


Join Us in Welcoming the next District Governor . . . Joe Ruskey


Sunday, June 25, 2017
1:00-5:00 p.m.

Historic Villa Louis - On the Lawn
521 Villa Louis Rd.
Prairie du Chien, WI

Beverages and munchies at a family friendly outdoor event. Contributions to Polio Plus welcomed!
Please RSVP to For additional information, contact Roxie Shipley at or Tina Ruskey at


Join Rotary Club of Southwest Wisconsin/Platteville for the 2017 Wine Walk

Friday, June 9, 2017
5:30-8:30 pm

Tickets go on sale April 3rd.
$30 Advance Tickets
$35 At the Door
Price includes wine sampling from all over WIsconsin, food, and souvenir wine glass.
​NEW THIS YEAR - beer tasting!

​The day of the event, participants will bring their tickets to the check in.

Download the flyer

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Philippines Water Project Article

Rotarians from Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, and Lake Mills traveld to the Philippines to assist with a project. Click here to read the news article from the Daily Jefferson County Union on the Philippinews Water Project. 

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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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Friendship Exchange News

Click here to read the February article descibing the frienship exchange from District 6250 to District 3850 in the Philippines.

District 6250 Friendship Exchange Committee has received information from Lima, Peru, where they are willing to host 10 individuals for 16 days in November of 2017.
Anticipated expenses per person for participants:
Round trip airfare to/from Peru
Travel insurance
Additional $1,400 for transportation and tour fees while in Peru
Tips for tours, etc., and personal expenses not included in estimated costs 
Hosts on each end of the exchange program support the visitors with room, board and some entertainment and perhaps transportation while in the country.
Itinerary for the trip (detailed description for each day available from Rotary office):
Day 1-2 in Lima
Day 3-4 in Paracas, Ica
Day 5-9 in Arequipa
Day 9-13 in Cusco
Day 13-15 in Lima
Day 16 Return home
Contact the Rotary office at 255-9164 or email for more details or if you are interested in traveling to Peru or hosting some of the group members when they visit the Madison area.

Twelve Rotarians from Gujarat, India will soon come to visit us, from May 27 to June 8.  
We have completed a wonderful Friendship Exchange to Gujarat in January and February.  The first days will be spent in the Dells area, followed by four days in Madison and five in Lacrosse and Prairie Du Chien.  The group that traveled to India will coordinate stays in the communities they will come to enjoy. David Clemens is working with these individuals to determine our itinerary.  Please let him know if you are interested by emailing David Clemens.


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Zone News


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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