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

Fellow Rotarians:

As we start March, a reminder that March 22 is World Water Day.  Water is a basic necessity of life.  Almost 10% of the world's population, or 660 million people, do not have access to clean, safe water.  Almost 900 children die in our world every day, 315,000 per year, due to diseases brought on by lack of safe water.  Water is one of the six areas of focus for Rotary International.​  Many clubs in our District and around the world have participated in projects through The Rotary Foundation to help tackle this problem.  Wells, filters, and centralized treatment systems are just some of the technologies being used.  Please consider something your club can do this month to raise awareness for World Water Day and our efforts in Rotary to bring clean, safe water to all people.


District Conference registrations are starting to come in.  As a reminder, Conference is May 12-13 in La Crosse.  Great speakers, workshops, as well as spotlights of Rotary projects and programs.  Plus an opportunity to share ideas with Rotary friends and make new ones.  Go to for complete agenda information as well as a link to the super easy registration process.  Come join us.


Several clubs in our District have reported successes over the past month in the areas of membership and public awareness.  Inviting non members to socials, printing flyers highlighting past and current club projects, experimenting with new types of memberships, and contests within clubs to encourage guests are all ideas that have show positive results in some of our clubs.  As we enter the last third of the Rotary year, what is your club doing to increase membership and promote public awareness of your club?  If you are doing what you've always done, you are probably not getting the results you would like.  Brainstorm within your club and try something new.


As always, thanks for all you do in making the world a better place through Rotary.


Dean McHugh
District Governor 2016-2017
Rotary District 6250

District News, Events and Announcements

Join us in Atlanta

The Atlanta Convention is only 6 months away and the excitement is building. Already, there are almost 30,000 Rotarians and guests from all over the world who are registered for the BIG event celebrating the 100th Anniversary of OUR Rotary Foundation. This will truly be a "once-in-a-lifetime" convention and I know that you will want to be part of the FUN!  We are already 2/3 of the way to our goal of 100 registrants from District 6250 and we'd love to have you join us.

Please note that the registration fee will increase $75 on December 16th. If you are not yet registered, click on the registration link - - and register NOW! The current registration fee is just $340 per person and it will allow you to participate in all of the General Sessions, as well as entrance to the Hall of Friendship. Hotel information, host committee events, and other optional events are all available on the website. Book it all there and then all you need is a plane ticket. 

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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Grant Management Seminars

Under the provisions of the Rotary Foundation’s program, club’s desiring to participate in the grant program must be certified.  Part of that certification process is attendance at a Rotary Grant Management Seminar (GMS). District 6250 will offer three Grant Management Seminars:
The first two sessions will be identical in terms of the content that will be delivered.  The third session will be a refresher GMS for anyone that has attended a GMS in the last year.  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.
At the GMS you will learn:
  • How to successfully manage a Rotary Foundation grant.
  • Foundation stewardship expectations
  • How to prepare clubs to implement the memorandum of understanding
  • How to qualify your club to receive Rotary Foundation grant funds.
March 23, 2017

Sheraton Hotel
Madison, WI

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
May 12, 2017

Convention Center
La Crosse, WI

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm



District Conference 2017 Returns to La Crosse!  

District 6250 Conference
May 12-13, 2017
La Crosse, WI

Celebrate Rotary friendship and Rotary progress with your fellow Rotarians in La Crosse.  At District Conference 2017 we will learn about some of the outstanding projects happening as a result of the efforts of our District's clubs and assistance from The Rotary Foundation.  We will have opportunity to learn more about specific Rotary roles and programs at District Assembly and at workshops.  We will hear from several young people whose lives have been changed forever by Rotary Youth programs.  We will hear inspiring messages about service and philanthropy from Rotarian and non Rotarian keynote speakers.  Probably most important of all, we will meet and talk with Rotarians from all around our District, taking home new ideas to improve our clubs.  

Join us in La Crosse to renew old friendships and make new ones in Rotary.

Important Conference Links:

  • Accomodations  -  Make your reservations early/now!  La Crosse is a busy town this time of year so dont miss out on our preferred conference hotels!
  • Registration & Fees  -  This year there is no registration fee (meal registration fees apply)!  Advanced registration is required - Attendees must select the meals/programs they wish to attend.  Meal registrations must be completed by May 1, 2017 to be assured of being served.
  • Schedule & Speakers  -  Check out the schedule of activities and engaging speakers for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


RYLA Announced - May 19-21, 2017 Upham Woods, Wisconsin Dells

We are very excited to announce that the dates are set, venue is booked and information is ready and available for clubs to use to register students for this year’s RYLA Camp.
All information on RYLA (including registration forms) is available to download/print at For your convenience, the 'Student Camp Packet' and 'Youth Leadership Toolkit for Student Selection' are also attached.
Info on this year’s camp:
When and where does it take place?
The RYLA Conference takes place at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
The 2017 RYLA Conference will take place Friday, May 19 through Sunday May 21.
What do we need from your Rotary Club?
- Each year Rotary Clubs can sponsor high school sophomores from local high schools to attend.
- The cost per attendee is $200 if registered by April 1st, 2017 ($225 after April 2nd - Firm Deadline: April 15th, 2017)
- Adult Rotarians are always welcome and needed to help facilitate the Conference (and to come have fun!), if you or a member of your club are interested in helping or attending, please contact Ben Bauer at 715-650-1060 or
A few quick facts about RYLA:

  • What is the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Conference?
    The RYLA Conference is a 3-day leadership training opportunity that focuses on the personal and professional development of high school students. Leadership skills, concepts, and metaphors are explored through participatory outdoor-based activities that include trust building exercise, problem solving initiatives, and low and high challenge course experiences.
  • Who exactly is it for?
    The RYLA Conference is for sophomores in high school.
  • Why does it exist?
    Strong leaders are made, not born. Leadership principles are learned not inherited. RYLA Conference participants, the “leaders of tomorrow,” deserve the opportunity to be exposed to many facets of leadership. The RYLA Conference provides an enjoyable and valuable experience for those who chose to meet the challenge.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you so much for your time.

Ben Bauer

Club News, Events and Announcements 

Chippewa Valley After Hours St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser


 Join Fitchburg/Verona at $10K Raffle Fundraiser

Sunday, April 23, 2017
1 p.m.

Ten Pin Alley
6285 Nesbitt Rd.
Fitchburg, WI

There are several ways to get involved:
- Purchase a ticket for $100 (only 250 sold)
​- Put together a bowling team (4 bowlers per team) at $25 per bowler
​- Donate cash or raffle item

​The goal is to help fund our numerous projects in the area and throughout the world.

Please contact PDG Tom Marshall with questions.

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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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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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 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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