The District Dispatch


The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

March 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

Welcome to the District 6250 March newsletter.  Our video this month discusses Rotary’s theme for March: Literacy.  Rotarians are reminded of the May 3-4 District Conference, and the May 2 District Training Assembly and golf outing.  Clubs are encouraged to submit newsletter items about club activities and events.  Those submissions can be sent to

March is a month to think about upcoming Rotary events.  Registration is now open for our annual District Conference.  In addition, our RYLA leadership team is preparing registration information for this important youth leadership opportunity.  Clubs are encouraged to support the youth of their communities by sponsoring students at the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference in Wisconsin Dells in May.
Thanks to all those in our District who are Engaging Rotary, and Changing Lives!

Dean Ryerson
District Governor 2013-2014
Rotary District 6250

District Video Message 



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District News, Events and Announcements

2014 District Conference Registration Now Open!

Registration is open for our Annual District 6250 Conference. To be held May 3-4 in Wisconsin Dells, this conference will focus on celebrating the work of Rotary Clubs in their local communities, in District 6250, and in the World.  We are going to have a special focus on Polio Plus with our guest speaker Wisconsin Author Jerry Apps sharing his own experiences with Polio.

Click Here for More Information and Registration

District Governor Ryerson, Joe Ruskey & Randy Sproule Take the Polar Bear Plunge for Polio!


Picture from Polar Bear Plunge of Neillsville Rotary Club President Patty Zieher with DG Dean Ryerson, Foundation Chair Joe Rusky, and Polio Plus Chair Randy Sproule.  On February 22 the three District leaders made the Plunge in 15 degree weather.  The Neillsville Club president presented DG Ryerson a check for $2,000 for Polio Plus.  Clubs in the District have pledged $100,000 for Polio Plus by June 30, 2014.


ROTARY WORK DAY - Saturday, April 26, 2014

All Clubs in District 6250 are encouraged to involve your members in a community service project to observe Rotary Work Day. This is a great opportunity to be visible in your community and showcase Rotary and the great impact it has in your town!
You are encouraged to get local press coverage and to submit a picture and short article about your project for the District 6250 neweletter.
Plan now to make this another great Rotary event!!

          SERVICE           FUN           FELLOWSHIP

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Rotary Youth Exchange Has Been Busy

Since I last wrote, we have had a lot going on in youth exchange. Our students who will go out on exchange (Outbounds) got together with those our district is hosting (Inbounds) for a weekend in Baraboo, WI. Thanks to the Baraboo club for hosting us. We all had a great time visiting the Circus World Museum, the Ringling Theatre and the Clown Museum in Baraboo. The students even learned to juggle! The weekend also added a bit of Rotary service as the students helped the Circus World staff organize their costumes and equipment. This weekend was the first time the new Outbounds had a weekend together and it occurred just after they found out their country assignments.

We have just begun to get applications of students who will join us next August as students that our clubs will host (Inbounds). It is an exciting time.
If you are interested in hearing how you can become involved with Rotary Youth Exchange, please contact me at We are looking for people to join our district committee.
Judy Levine
District 6250 Youth Exchange Chair
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District Club Liability Insurance 

Worried about the need for liability insurance for your club's project or fund-raising activity?  It is important to remember that your club is covered for such events through Rotary International.  To learn more about the U.S. Rotary Club & District Insurance Program, as well as review copies of the actual insurance policies, summaries, loss control documents, and the certificate of insurance, please visit the Insurance Information Portal:

Username:         Rotarian
Password:          Resources#1

Note: Username and password are case-sensitive.  If you enter the username or password incorrectly you could lock yourself, and your fellow Rotarians, out of the portal for 30 minutes.  If you do find that the portal is not working please call 1-800-921-3172 or email

This portal is for U.S. Rotary club/district use only. Never give access to the portal to a non-Rotarian.

Please feel free to share this link/login to the Insurance Information Portal with those in your Club.

For certificates of insurance:
Please include in the Certificate Holder box:

Certificate Holder Name & Address and
RE: Rotary club/district name, Name of event /Date of event

PLEASE NOTE: The document you issue on the portal is your actual certificate of insurance.  It is not a request for a certificate.  Please hit SUBMIT FORM, print off or save a copy for your records and give a copy to the third party requesting proof of your club’s/district’s coverage. 

ADDITIONAL INSURED ENDORSEMENTS:           If you need the second page additional insured endorsement please send a copy of your signed contract, permit or completed application and the third party insurance requirements to  If a third party just needs to be listed as additional insured, additional insured status is conveyed in the Description of Operations box on the Certificate of Insurance.  DO NOT enter “additional insured” in the Certificate Holder box because that will invalidate your certificate.


If you are at work and you are unable to access the Insurance Information Portal your company’s firewall is likely blocking your access.  Please try from home or have another member of your Rotary club access the portal.  If you are trying from home and are unable to access the portal make sure you are entering the Username and Password exactly as they appear above.  If you are using a search engine other than Internet Explorer (i.e. Mozilla Firefox or Safari) you will not be able to access the portal.  Please have another member of your club access the portal for you.

If you still have questions/issues please call 1-800-921-3172 or email

The July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014 Certificate of Insurance will not be available until mid-June.
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Future Vision Grant Managment Seminars Scheduled 

Under the provisions of the Rotary Foundation’s Future Vision program, club’s desiring to participate in the grant program must be certified.  Part of that certification process is attendance at a Rotary Future Vision Grant Management Seminar (GMS). District 6250 will offer three Grant Management Seminars:

The three sessions will be identical in terms of the content that will be delivered.  Clubs need only have representation at one of the three sessions.  It is recommended that the club president-elect and foundation chair attend the GMS meeting.

The two remaining sessions are:

Madison, WI - Thursday, March 20, 2014 5:00pm-8:15pm
WI Dells, WI - Friday, May 2, 2014 6:30pm-9:30pm


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Club News, Events and Announcements

Madison Horizons Rotary Club Turns 25!

District Governor, Dean Ryerson, with incoming Horizons President, Jason Salus
From left to right: Melissa and Jim Sirianni, Ted Tibbitts
President, Ron Phelps
From left to right: Bev Klumph, Joan and Mark Helfrich
District Governor, Dean Ryerson (far left) and Horizons President, Ron Phelps (far right) with Paul Harris Fellows:
Jim Sirianni, Paul Matzke, Mark Helfrich, Nancy Winter (Lynn Bodi standing in for Nancy).

Madison Madison Horizons Rotary recently turned 25 years old. To celebrate, they recognized charter members who shared some great stories, and District President, Dean Ryerson inducted nine Paul Harris fellows, nearly 1/3 of its membership. This was due in large part to the generosity of the District's matching funds program, and the diligence of Horizons's president, Ron Phelps, to reach out to the individuals in the club who were nearing their Fellowship requirements.

Madison Horizons has played an instrumental part in numerous local projects from Habitat for Humanity, Hammer for Hope, Paint-A-Thon, Highway Cleanup (to name a few), as well as International endeavors to Bolivia to assist in building an addition to a Red Cross Building and Guatemala on two separate trips to build Pre-Natal facilities.  Its membership is comprised of many academics and professionals in many fields, and they meet at the Radisson, in Madison, on Tuesdays from 12:10 – 1:10pm. You can visit them online at and
District Governor Dean Ryerson with More Paul Harris Fellows:
Ron Phelps, John Pinger, Bev Klumph, Melissa Carlson and Steve Harms.
Charter members Robert Lorenz, Don Novotny, Bev Klumph, John Pinger and Steve Harms.


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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 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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