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

Water is an essential requirement in our life.  After air, the importance of water takes the second place as an essential requirement for survival.  The average US family uses 300 gallons of water each day for drinking, bathing, cleaning, toileting.  300 gallons each day.

Water is life.

But when water is unsafe and sanitation non-existent, that same water can kill. Globally, waterborne illnesses are a leading cause of death for children under five, killing nearly 1,000 children every day.

Poor sanitation, water and hygiene have lots of serious repercussions. Children – and particularly girls – are denied their right to education because their schools lack private and decent sanitation facilities. Women are forced to spend large parts of their day fetching water. Poor farmers and wage earners are less productive due to illness, health systems are overwhelmed and national economies suffer. Without WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), sustainable development is impossible.

As Rotarians, we are reminded during the month of March of the importance of clean water and sanitation.  Often we take these for granted and fail to remember that one in 10 – 663 million people -lack access to safe water and 1 in 3 – 2.4 billion - lack access to a toilet.   And every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4 economic return. 

We can and should be mindful of how we use this precious resource. 

We can and do make a difference in our water and sanitation projects in Uganda, Bolivia, Peru, Ghana and other countries around the globe.  


​​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


We Need You!!

Do you like working with kids?  Are you looking for a way to get involved?  Would you be interested in volunteering for just a few months of the year?

The Youth Exchange committee is looking for Rotarians to become involved in helping Outbound Coordinators Doug and Sharon Richmond. 
For years the Richmond’s have managed the entire Outbound program on their own and would like to work with you in a few select areas.  Please consider these opportunities.  Great on the job training is available!!

  •  October
    • Gather names from Clubs
    • Start them on filling out applications
  • November
    • Organize Interviews
      • Use:
        • Rotarians
        • Rebounds
    • Accept students into program
    • Set calendar
    • Finish applications

  • March
    • District Orientation
  • April
    • Use:
      • Outbound Parents
      • Rebound Students
    • Organize schedule & materials to cover

                Assisting with communication with the Outbound Students

Doug and Sharon look forward to hearing from you:  Call now!!

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Order Your Give Polio The Finger Gear Today!

Available sizes: XS - 4XL!

Our District-wide Polio eradication campaign has gone nationwide! Rotarians in Wisconsin and around the country are grabbing on to the catchy initiative developed by District 6250 and making their own mark on the fight against Polio. Check out the great event being held by our very own Lake Mills Rotary Club at Hundreds of items have been sold so far generating thousands of dollars which will be multiplied by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help with the final efforts to eliminate Polio from this planet! There is stock of many items left including t-shirts, ladies t-shirts, and hooded sweatshirts but don't wait, order yours today! Order online at or if you're looking for a large order for your club or your event, email

Thank you all for your efforts and let's End Polio Now!

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 Come enjoy yourself at your Rotary District Conference.

Mix and mingle with your Rotary friends and make new ones.
Savor fine food and fun in one of Wisconsin's premier locations.
Expand your Rotary superpowers through insightful presentations and dynamic speakers.

Join the Celebration!
This is one District Conference you DON'T want to miss!!

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ESRAG visit to RI HQ

Please join your fellow Rotarians in a visit to Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston Illinois on March 31.  We will tour the Headquarters and then hear discussion of ESRAG - Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group and hear what the RI Green Group is doing to further sustainability of our planet.

Carpooling arrangements will be made.

Please email Rotarian Karen Kendrick-Hands at if you'd like to join in a fun and informative day.


2016 Grant Management Seminar Schedule and Registration

In order to be eligible for a foundation grant, clubs must attend a Grant Management Seminar for the current Rotary year.  Even if somebody from your club attended one in 2015, you still must have at least one, preferably 2, of your club members go through the annual training if you want to be eligible for a district or global grant.  We have our dates for these trainings.  They are as follows –


GMS & GMS Refresher
The GMS Refresher will be held from 3pm to 4:30pm.  Those that need a full session will continue on until 6:00pm

Thursday, March 24, 2016 Friday, May 20, 2016
5p-8:30p District Conference 3pm-6pm
Madison Union South, Madison
More Information & Registration Registration available in early 2016

Space is limited, so please don’t wait to register.  We will only offer the 3 training sessions mentioned above, so don’t miss out.  If you have any questions, please reach out to me at  Thank you.

Joe Ruskey
District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair


Club News, Events and Announcements 

Give Polio The Finger 5K - Lake Mills

The Lake Mills Rotary Club is excited to announce their newest International fundraiser supporting Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign to help eradicate Polio from this planet!

 On APRIL 30TH, 2016 @ 9:30AM Keeping with the tradition of dyeing fingers purple to show the child has received the polio vaccination, the Give Polio the Finger 5K is our tribute to these children as well as a way the Lake Mills community can help eradicate this terrible disease.  Runners at the Lake Mills event will be able to join other runners throughout the world during the virtual 5K race to show their support to eliminate polio.  Funds raised will be matched by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative—a public-private partnership that also includes the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

For more information and registration go to: 
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McHugh takes on Rotary leadership role

Published by the Onalaska Holmen Courier Life News
Rotary District 6250 Governor-elect Dean McHugh (second from left) and his fiancee, Nancy Luedtke, meet with Rotary International President-elect John Germ and his wife, Judy, during a recent traiing session in San Diego, CA.  McHugh will serve as Governor for the 63 Rotary clubs in Wisconsin's southern and west central district during the 2016-17 term.
By: Pat McKnight, Special Correspondent
Dean McHugh believes serving as a Rotary International district governor for District 6250 will give him the opportunity to encourage others to explore their potential for making a difference in the world as well as making a difference in their communities. A Holmen resident, McHugh will serve as the governor for the southern and west central Wisconsin district in 2016-17.

“Serving as district governor gives me an opportunity to share my passion and encourage others to find theirs,” said McHugh. “I truly believe every person has a skill or ability that can be put to use to improve the lives or living situations of others less fortunate. Rotary lets us join with other leaders, exchange ideas and take meaningful action.”
 Click Here to read the Full Article
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YPWeek Zoo Takeover hosted by Madcity Rotary

Please join the Rotary Club of Madison After Hours as they host the YPWeek finale at the Zoo Takeover. YPWeek is a weeklong platform for discovery, adventure, and meaningful conversations about the issues that matter among young professionals in Wisconsin.
All are invited on April 30th from 5:30 – 8:30 at the Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S Randall Ave, Madison, WI 53715. Get ready to enjoy Live Music, Madison Food Carts, Wisconsin beer, train and carousal rides, and of course the Lions, Tiger Fish, and Polar Bears! Tickets are $10 in advance, so check soon to purchase your ticket.
YPWeek is an opportunity to showcase how awesome Wisconsin is, and with Madcity Rotary getting the opportunity to host the finale, a great chance to showcase how awesome Rotary is. The Zoo Takeover is an event you will not want to miss! 

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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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