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

Fellow Rotarians:
This past month there has been a lot going on in the Rotary world with many clubs hosting membership events and fundraisers.  In just the past ten days my home club Holmen Rotary held its annual Service Auction, Onalaska Hilltoppers had their Spring Gala, and Fitchburg-Verona had their 10k raffle.
Earlier in April I was able to spend 9 days in Peru with my family.  We were able to do some Rotary and service related items while we were there.  We reconnected with Rotary Friends from prior service projects and learned about present needs in their country.  The photos accompanying the newsletter are from a visit to an orphanage and from a combined meeting of two clubs with their District Governor.  I was also able to meet with members of their Friendship Exchange team that will visit Wisconsin late this summer.
As you read this, we are less than two weeks away from District Conference in La Crosse.  May 12 and 13.  NO, IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER.  Great speakers and informative breakout sessions to help ignite your passions that can be served through Rotary, as well as ideas to take back to improve your club.  Clubs from around our District will tell the story of their community and international service projects, other clubs will talk about the success of their signature fundraising event, and still others will describe alternative meeting types and membership strategies they have tried.  Even if you can make just Friday or just Saturday, you won't want to miss this year's District Conference.  Go to for complete agenda information, free registration, and to select any optional meals you wish to participate in.  See you there!


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 third session will be a refresher GMS for anyone that has attended a GMS in the last year from 1 -3 pm and a full course for those that need it from 1 - 4:30pm.  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.
May 12, 2017

Convention Center
La Crosse, WI

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (refresher)
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm (full course)



 Register Now for District Conference!

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

Have you registered for District Conference? There is still time to join other Rotarians in La Crosse and hear educational speakers, experience nightlife in downtown La Crosse, and make connections by sharing new ideas and information with other attendees. Don't miss the opportunity to join us in La Crosse to renew old friendships and make new ones!

Important Conference Links:

  • Accomodations  -  Make your reservations now!  La Crosse is a busy town this time of year so don't 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.

District Conference Silent Auction 

Once again, we will be having a silent auction at the District Conference. Governor Dean is asking each club to consider donating some kind of item for the auction.  He would like the value to range anywhere from $50 to $100. Items can be brought to the Conference on Friday or Saturday - preferably Friday. All proceeds will be contributed to the Polio Plus program.  We sure hope that your club will participate.
Any questions can be directed to PDG Tom Marshall at 715 213 3046 or email.

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RYLA - May 19-21, 2017 Lake Lucerne Camp, Wauatoma, WI

Very Important Note - RYLA has a new venue:
Due to a last minute scheduling conflict, we had to change the venue of this year's camp and that new venue is Lake Lucerne Camp which is located Southeast of Wautoma, WI. There are other camps/programming happening at our original venue.  We thank you in advance for your flexibility and can tell you that we're certain that your RYLA experience will be just as great if not better than previous years! 

There is one additional form that will be needed for the camp. Please complete the following Form found here.
When and where does it take place?
The RYLA Conference takes place at
Lake Lucerne Camp, Southeast of Wautoma.
The 2017 RYLA Conference will take place Friday, May 19 through Sunday May 21.


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

Ben Bauer

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Club News, Events and Announcements 

 Updated Information on 2017-2018 Insurance Policy for Clubs

Note the new exclusions:
Fireworks:  There is very limited coverage as relates to fireworks. Fireworks are considered a high risk activity by insurance underwriters; the Program’s coverage is limited to liability arising out of selling pre-wrapped fireworks purchased from a licensed third party or a fireworks display that is part of an event where a third party (not the Named Insured i.e. your local Rotary club) has contracted with a pyrotechnic company.  If the Rotary Club is a sponsor of an event where there are fireworks, the pyrotechnics company should include the Rotary Club as an Additional Insured on their policy (in addition to the party contracting with the pyrotechnics company).  
Club sponsored events with attendance of 25,000:  If your club is organizing an event that draws 25,000 or more attendees, your club is required to purchase a primary special events liability policy.  Include liquor liability if liquor is being served at the event.  When your club is a vendor at the State Fair, this requirement does not apply – but it does apply if your club organizes, sponsors or is putting on the large event.
NOTE:  Just as you cannot “lend” your health insurance coverage to another person you cannot “lend” the Club’s liability insurance to another nonprofit or an organization your Club is working or partnering with on an event.  Always confirm that the other organization has insurance coverage in place.

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Rotary Club of Wisonsin Dells to Host Spring Fling

The Rotary Club of Wisconsin Dells will hold their annual Spring Fling the first Friday night of May. That will be May 5th, at Chula Vista Resort.  There is food, drink and fun, with many valuable door prizes.  A large percentage of the attendees receive prizes.  Come and join the fun.  It is the biggest fund raiser of the year for our club, and all Rotarians are welcome.
Feel free to contact Wally Czuprynko for tickets. 

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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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Philippines Water Project Article

Rotarians from Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, and Lake Mills traveld to the Philippines to assist with a project. Click here to read the news article from the Daily Jefferson County Union on the Philippinews Water Project. 

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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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Friendship Exchange News

Click here to read the February article descibing the frienship exchange from District 6250 to District 3850 in the Philippines.

District 6250 Friendship Exchange Committee has received information from Lima, Peru, where they are willing to host 10 individuals for 16 days in November of 2017.
Anticipated expenses per person for participants:
Round trip airfare to/from Peru
Travel insurance
Additional $1,400 for transportation and tour fees while in Peru
Tips for tours, etc., and personal expenses not included in estimated costs 
Hosts on each end of the exchange program support the visitors with room, board and some entertainment and perhaps transportation while in the country.
Itinerary for the trip (detailed description for each day available from Rotary office):
Day 1-2 in Lima
Day 3-4 in Paracas, Ica
Day 5-9 in Arequipa
Day 9-13 in Cusco
Day 13-15 in Lima
Day 16 Return home
Contact the Rotary office at 255-9164 or email for more details or if you are interested in traveling to Peru or hosting some of the group members when they visit the Madison area.

Twelve Rotarians from Gujarat, India will soon come to visit us, from May 27 to June 8.  
We have completed a wonderful Friendship Exchange to Gujarat in January and February.  The first days will be spent in the Dells area, followed by four days in Madison and five in Lacrosse and Prairie Du Chien.  The group that traveled to India will coordinate stays in the communities they will come to enjoy. David Clemens is working with these individuals to determine our itinerary.  Please let him know if you are interested by emailing David Clemens.


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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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