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


Have you wondered where the saying “It Takes A Village To Raise A Child” comes from?  While the true origin may remain unknown, many think it originated in Nigeria to reflect the belief that child upbringing is a communal effort and the responsibility for raising a child is shared with a larger, extended family.  It’s not unusual for African children to stay for long periods of time with grandparents, aunts uncles as these “blessings” are shared with whole communities, therefore the proverb.
Regardless of its origin, the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child” is not only relevant, it is true.  In this Rotary month of Youth Service, we can look inward in our District to acknowledge the village that is a part of all of our youth programs and see it in action!
We can be grateful for the strong leadership shown by Jan Bonsett-Veal who chairs the Youth Exchange program.  Along with Judy Steinhauer, Brenda Weiss and Toni Pabon, they work tirelessly to oversee a complex program that provides the best experience possible for students.  PDG Rob Stroud acts as liaison to assist in keeping all the youth programs connected.
Sending our students to other countries and receiving students from around the world is a complex process that is made to seem simple by those Rotarians who work with our Inbound, Outbound and Rebound students.  Doug and Sharon Richmond, Emy Andino, and Bill Pritchard help orient and prepare outbound students and assist with all of the placement scheduling issues of Inbounds.  Janine O’Rourke and Aaron Frank make Short Term Youth Exchange Work and Mike Ripp keeps them all on the straight and narrow as Youth Protection Chair.
The RYLA village has grown over the years and is closing in on capacity as we all recognize the opportunity it presents for leadership development for high school students.  Thanks Ben Bauer and Michelle McGrath for helping make this an event that fills up even before the actual application deadline.
Our appreciation goes to Scott Ryan who leads the Interact team.  We’ve added 10 Clubs this year so we collectively sponsor 28 Interact Clubs!!  Think of all the “villages” involved!!  Rotary’s impact in their lives will provide them with wonderful leadership and service opportunities.  The Interactors impact on our lives serves to instill energy, enthusiasm and fresh ideas that help make Rotary relevant in all of our collective lives.
Dan Larson assists the District with Rotaract Clubs.  Currently there are three and we have interest in the development of two additional Clubs for these students aged 18-20.  Perhaps you would have an interest in expanding your village in working with them!
Last but by no means least, are the efforts of all of our Clubs who provide the opportunity for all of these programs to be so successful because without the Clubs, none of this could be possible.  You are the driving force behind every one of these offerings.  Each of you opens your hearts and homes to be sure that in District 6250, we are all proud to be a part of the village that raises each child!  


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

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Support The Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus at District Conference


District Conference 2016 provides several opportunities for supporting Your Foundation in fun and easy ways!  Proceeds raised during the following events will be donated to the Polio Plus fund.
Pictures with Bucky!
For a donation, get your picture taken with the one and only Bucky Badger!
Friday, May 20 from 6:00-7:00
Pianos for Polio!
All tips and $$ to ‘encourage’ the dueling piano musicians to play your favorite song will be donated to Polio Plus.
Friday, May 20 from 8pm-10pm
Pies for Polio!
Vote with your dollars for District 6250 Rotarians to receive a pie in the face.  Donations can be made in the House of Friendship all day and into the evening on Saturday. 
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of La Crosse, After-Hours
Ongoing on Saturday, May 21, with the main event at 9:30 Saturday evening
Purple Pinkies for Polio!
Youth Exchange students will be painting pinkies purple for a donation to Polio Plus.
Ongoing throughout the conference 

Learn More about 2016 District Conference

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District 6250's Contribution to Rotary Global Rewards

A big  THANK YOU   to Ellis Waller from Madison Downtown Rotary!! Ellis serves as the Rotary Global Rewards Chair.
Rotary International is working to implement an idea he shared with them to expand the reach and use of the Global Rewards program.  Ellis suggested The Rotarian include a credit card sized flyer marketing the program.  You know, those small flyers that drop out of magazines when you open them!!  Well, Ellis thought this would be a helpful way to remind Rotarians to use this great Rewards program that provides discounts for products and services and helps Rotary International also.  RI thought it was a great idea too!!
So watch for the implementation of this great idea!  And when you see Ellis, thank him!



2016 Council on Legislation Report

The governance of Rotary is similar in its form to that of our own federal government.  Rotary has an executive branch in the office of the president and secretary general.  It has a judicial branch in the constitution and by-laws committee and a legislative branch comprised of senators, our directors, and a house of representatives that is comprised of the council on legislation.
The council on legislation convenes every three years.  Representatives from the 534 Rotary districts gather in Chicago for a week of deliberations on proposed changes to the policies that govern the organization and our member clubs.  The council met April 10-15, 2016 and considered and adopted 48 enactments and 14 resolutions.  An adopted enactment requires positive action by the board.  A resolution is less strenuous in that it represents a council opinion that is presented to the board for further consideration.
The 2016 council will be remembered as one of the most progressive in Rotary history.  The council approved two key measures that will give clubs greater flexibility in how they conduct meetings and establish membership requirements.  In the first place, clubs will have greater latitude in when and how often they meet, what constitutes a meeting while requiring that clubs meet at least twice a month.  Secondly, clubs will appreciate simplified qualifications for membership as six membership criteria have been removed from the RI Constitution and replaced with a simple requirement that “a member be a person of good character who has a good reputation in their business or community and is willing to serve the community.”
In the interest of
economy the council approved the creation of a Council on Resolutions, a separate governing body that will consider only resolutions and will do so in on-line meetings. The anticipated cost savings could amount to upwards of $300,000.
Enactment 16-17, to amend the Object of Rotary, sponsored by the Rotary Club of La Crosse, considered and passed at the 2014 business meeting of the district conference, was referred to the board without a recommendation from the council. 
Enactment 16-98, to support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Madison, duly vetted and voted on in a paper ballot by the clubs of D6250, was moved to postpone consideration indefinitely…without debate by the council.
After strenuous
debate the council approved three $4 increases in the annual per capita dues.  The increase sets the dues at $60 in 2017-18, $64 in 2018-19 and $68 in 2019-20.  Your representative to the council spoke in opposition to the dues increase suggesting that there are a number of areas of expense that could yield significant cost reductions rather than raising the dues.  Subsequent to the vote to approve it was pointed out to the board that they should be sensitive to the fact that over 40% of the representatives were not in favor of the increase.
Each of the clubs in the district will be provided, either at the business meeting of the conference, or by mail, a synopsis of enactments that will, or could, have a bearing on our clubs.  Sometime after 1 July
2016 the secretary general will forward to every club a comprehensive report on the council and recommendations for the amending of the
by-laws of the club.
I want to thank you for the privilege that was accorded me to represent District 6250 at both the 2013 and 2016 Council on Legislation.  It is a responsibility not taken lightly, that of representing what is in the best interest of Rotary in general and our members and clubs in particular.
In Rotary Service:
Dean Dickinson, PDG
2016 Delegate
Council on Legislation

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The Rotary Foundation and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education Offering 10 Graduate Scholarships

The Rotary Foundation and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education are working together to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis and are offering up to 10 scholarships for graduate study at UNESCO-IHE's Delft campus in the Netherlands. The partnership aims to increase the number of trained professionals who can devise, plan, and implement water and sanitation solutions in developing areas. The scholarships also are designed to promote long-term productive relationships between Rotarians and skilled water and sanitation professionals in their communities.

Scholars will receive a Master of Science degree in urban water and sanitation, water management, or water science and engineering. Graduates work with their Rotary club sponsors on a related project to benefit their local community. The application deadline is 15 June. For more information, review the application toolkit and scholarship terms and conditions.

If you have questions, please contact

Club News, Events and Announcements 

Rotary Club of Madison West Towne Middleton Annual Charity Golf Outing

Madison West Towne-Middleton is pleased to once again provide a golfing opportunity for all skill levels.

Click Here for the flyer including all the details for our 2016 golf outing.

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Rotary Strive Program is Still Alive and Doing Well After 20 Years

On Tuesday evening, April 19, the Horicon Rotary Club and the Horicon Marsh Kiwanis Club sponsored the 20th Annual STRIVE Recognition Banquet.  At that banquet, Don Mayo was recognized for bringing the program to Horicon and his continual interest in the program.  As Kim Dezeeuw presented the certificate she said, “Don believed in the potential of students who may be considered at-risk academically.  He understood the importance of second chances and saw the value in providing scholarships to students who weren’t likely to earn them from other sources.  Don has supported the program financially as well, funding a scholarship to honor his wife Janet, who also was very involved in Rotary. Don, on behalf of the Horicon Rotary Club, the Horicon community, and all the students who have benefitted from the Strive program over the past 20 years, I would like to thank you for the vision you had 20 years ago and your ongoing dedication and commitment to the Strive program. “
Horicon STRIVE Program
In the mid-nineties, Vocational Education once again was becoming a priority in high schools.  The Avenue emphasis in Horicon had always been International Youth Exchange, and the club began to search for a Vocational project. 

In 1994, then District Governor Donald B. Mayo, returned from a Conference in Dearborn, MI.  He brought back with him information on a program called STRIVE which was started by a club in Minnesota.  A Rotarian met with a group of under-motivated students on a regular basis and at the end of the year provided one of them with a scholarship.  Mayo asked for and received permission to introduce and modify the program to meet the needs of Horicon students.

In Horicon, Mayo interested the Kiwanis to join Rotary in sponsoring STRIVE.  Horicon modified STRIVE by limiting student eligibility to juniors in the lower one- third of their class and assigned each a mentor from within the business community.  Scholarships would be awarded on the basis of competition.  The student with the greatest increase in grade point average over three semesters would receive the largest scholarship.  The first year Rotary offered an $1800 scholarship and Kiwanis offered an $800 scholarship.  Currently, nine scholarships are awarded totaling $9500.00 each year.  Over 100 recipients have been eligible and over $110,000 has been made available.  The current STRIVE Coordinator is Horicon Rotary Past President, Kim Dezeeuw. 
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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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