The District Dispatch


The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

May 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 our District's May Newsletter.  In our video newsletter, we welcome to our District our newest Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Southwest Wisconsin (Platteville).  Our thanks to the Rotary Club of Prairie du Chien for its sponsorship of this new club.

Our District Conference 2014 is now history.  What an experience it was for Rotarians from around our District to share stories of how our clubs and our members work to Engage Rotary and Change Lives.

At the Conference, over $10,000 was raised for Polio Plus and the Rotary Foundation.  My thanks to everyone who participated, who presented, and who assisted in the planning of another outstanding District 6250 tradition.

Dean Ryerson
District Governor 2013-2014
Rotary District 6250

District Video Message 



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District News, Events and Announcements

District Conference 2014

Dean Ryerson, Rotary District 6250 Governor, welcomes attendees to opening plenary session on may 3rd,  Rotary District 6250's annual conference,  at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells.  
Mary Beth Growney-Selene, RI International Director and proud member of the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne Middleton, addresses District 6250 members May 3rd at their annual conference in Wisconsin Dells.  Ms. Growney-Selene epitomizes rotary's call to action: service above self.  
A sunny (finally!) Saturday may 3rd...rotary international  district 6250 annual conference opens!  District governor dean ryerson welcomes rotarians as emcee extraordinaire terry siebert (rotary club of west towne madison middleton) on far left, and mac dempsey (madison after hours rotary) observe proceedings at the wilderness resort in wisconsin dells.
May 3, Wisconsin Dells, WI - Rotary District 6250 hears UW professor emeritus Jerry Apps at their annual conference.  Mr. Apps recent book "Limping Through Life" chronicles his life living and overcoming polio.  Rotary International works worldwide to eradicate polio.


Rotary Friendship Exchange to Sweden is Underway!


Charter Night of the Rotary Club of Southwest Wisconsin (Platteville)

Charter members of the new Rotary Club of Southwest Wisconsin Platteville
Reading of the charter by DG Dean Ryerson

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Peace Corp and Rotary Kickoff Historic Collaboration - "More Than Just a Game"

John Osterlund (far left) and Ron Burton watch as Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko sign a letter of collaboration on a one-year pilot program in the Philippines, Thailand, and Togo.
Photo Credit: Rotary International/Alyce Henson
Picture includes: Rob Gooze - Rotary Club of Madison South, RI President Ron Burton, RI General Secretary John Hewko, Peace Corp Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Rodelet, RI Chief Development Officer John Osterlund.

The “More Than Just A Game” project was initiated by David Gooze, the son of Madison South Rotarian, Robert Gooze, who is a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo. It was funded $3,300 by the Madison South Rotary Foundation with a District 6250 matching grant of $3,300 and some money from a Peace Corps grant. Even thought the entire project costs less than $7,500 USD it will affect thousands of people throughout the country. The main reason for all the attention for this project is that it is one of the first in Africa that has partnered the State Department, Peace Corps, Rotary, a country's Ministry, and local NGO’s into one country wide campaign.

So after over a year of planning, on April 22nd, 2014, David and three other Peace Corps Volunteers embarked on a tour throughout the small West African Nation of Togo to engage students in the fight against Malaria. They travelled to 5 villages in Togo, one village in each region of the country, distributing some of the 5,460 indestructible soccer balls coinciding with a 3 day training session on Malaria Awareness, Treatment and Prevention, to be held with middle school-aged students. The volunteers employed the Grassroots Soccer Curriculum, which uses soccer as a medium to engage students in the fight against Malaria, making for interactive and fun training sessions for the students, while also employing more practical methods of teaching than merely lecturing in a classroom.

Each school nominated 40 students, all identified as leaders in the classroom, to participate in the training. Upon completion, each participant received one of the indestructible soccer balls; 10 more will be donated to the host school. The remaining balls will be distributed among other volunteers throughout the country, as they will host their own training sessions in their own villages, again using the balls as a medium to engage and motivate people for a cause that is, most simply, “More Than Just A Game”.

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Welcome Reception for 2014-2015 District Governor Dave Warren

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Zone 28 News

Zone early Bird registration fee deadline ends today, May 15th.

I received notice just this week, as to which classes (DG,  DGE,  DGN) had numbers of registered and un-registered Rotarians. Please encourage your colleagues to get registered for Wisconsin Zone, this includes GETS training days in September.  Don't forget your Membership Chairs, and young leaders.  Also please remind people about the Zone program, including PDG's.


Tamie Koop,
Zone 28 RC

Club News, Events and Announcements

Rotary Curling Team Takes Second Place

A Rotary curling team from Madison won silver medals for their second place finish in the 22nd International Curling Fellowship of Rotarians in Aberdeen, Scotland March 29-April 4. This was a round robin competition with 11 teams from Canada, Scotland, England, and the United States. The team consisted of Paul Matzke, Jim Sirianni, Bridget Matzke and Ted Tibbitts from Madison Horizons and Rich Lepping from Madison Downtown. 

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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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