The District Dispatch


The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

November 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

District Video Message 

I am pleased to introduce you to a special guest video as part of this month's newsletter.  Our District 6250 Foundation Chair Joe Ruskey, from the Rotary Club of Prairie du Chien, is featured in a video that outlines not only the work of one of the best non-profit foundations in the United States, but also the many foundation grants in which clubs in District 6250 are engaged. 

The Rotary world celebrates the work of the Rotary Foundation during the month of November.

By supporting YOUR Rotary Foundation, you’re able to:

  • Send volunteers with skill and expertise to part of the world in need
  • Align your project with our strategic partners for double the impact
  • Educate and train those you work with- the key to sustainability
  • Donate items that are too costly or not available in certain parts of the world
  • Inspire others to join you in Rotary- increase membership and in turn, support of YOUR Rotary Foundation
  • Provide life-changing experiences both for the volunteer and the recipient
Rotarians are encouraged to CLICK HERE to view the work about our Foundation.
During this Rotary Foundation Month, our District extends it's congratulations to three of our clubs for their outstanding contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  Those clubs are among the 1,550 of Rotary's 34,644 clubs worldwide to achieve the recognition for being one of  the top three clubs in our district in Per Capita Annual Giving to the Foundation.  Our thanks to:
First Place:  Rotary Club of Madison South, $324.06 AF Per Capita
Second Place:  Rotary Club of Prairie du Chien, $238.89 AF Per Capita
Third Place:  Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton, $214.23 AF Per Capita.
Thanks for all you do as you Engage Rotary and Change Lives.
Dean Ryerson
District Governor 2013-2014
Rotary District 6250

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District News, Events and Announcements

Register for the webinar, Lifecycle of a Service Project (Part 2): Planning and Organizing.

Rotary International is pleased to present this five-part webinar series to support the Rotary family in producing sustainable service projects.

The series will highlight different strategies, best practices, and Rotary resources available to help clubs and districts undertake successful, sustainable service initiatives, using real-life examples from Rotarians.

In this webinar (part 2 in the series):

  • Learn how to conduct a community needs assessment, and how to select a service project
  • Evaluate how the service project ties into your club or district's goal
  • Understand the importance of building measurement, evaluation, and sustainability into your service project

Space is limited to 500 attendees, so register today! Please note these times are in US Central (Chicago) time. 

*Click on one of the blue hyperlinks below to register for the webinar!*

EN1:       19 Nov, 2013      10am  US Central
EN2:       19 Nov, 2013      6pm US Central

All webinars will be recorded and made available to you to view and share afterwards.
Please forward this message to other Rotarians who might be interested in attending.

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Thoughts of a Youth Exchange Student

Rotary Youth Exchange is off to a great start. We have wonderful inbound students and we are gearing up to interview next year’s outbound students. So far, our current outbound students seem to be doing just fine. They are adapting pretty well to their new environment.

I want to mention that if your club needs volunteers, it is easy for us to communicate to our rebound students (past outbound students) as well as our inbound students to see if they can help. Students love to help with service projects. Please let me, David Cush or Bill Pritchard know if you have projects when you need help. You may reach us at:
Judy Levine –
David Cush –
Bill Pritchard -

On another note, I want to share with you a poem that a former outbound student wrote. It is not just about youth exchange students. It is about all of us sharing in a wonderful program that affects so many people, perhaps you included. She presented it at our annual conference at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan in July. I hope it speaks to you and gives you a feel of what youth exchange is all about.

Calvin Conference July 11th-14th, 2013
Variety Show, Claudia Toro District 6290, Was a 07-08 OB to Brazil, Now a Rotex for 6290

Five years ago, I was 17.
Five years ago, I was sitting in those same exact seats.
Five years ago, is when I should have started saying “thank you” to all of the people who made it possible to be sitting in those seats.
There could have been 100 “thank you’s”, but I settled on seven.
This is “Thoughts of a Youth Exchange Student”

I have memories which hang from me,
I provide strength in unexpected moments,
I have pins that mean family and friends,
I have been stuffed, packed, scanned, and worn through airports both foreign and domestic,
I am a Rotary Blazer.

I am a leader,
I signed you up for this talent show,
I am called wagon-master and grandpa,
I have two adopted grandchildren in the program,
I am a District Chair.

I coordinate your safety,
I love golf carts and registration tables,
I can tell you to “get” somewhere, how to get there, and that yes; you’re already late for the session,
I trusted my child to this program,
I am the Chief Sergeant at Arms.

I volunteer my time,
I dream of paperwork and trips,
I become inspired at every conference because of you,
I am a YEO.
I am a Coordinator.
I am a Rotarian.
I am the most well versed on Inbound paperwork,
I know everything about you before you even land,
I convinced this student, my granddaughter, to fill out an application,
I am loved by my granddaughter,
I am a committee member, and I am Grandpa.

I love 6290,
I speak many languages but my first is Fun,
I am prepared for the unexpected by expecting it,
I say “see you soon” and never “goodbye”,
I am a Central States Rotary Youth Exchange Student.

I believe in youth and service above self,
I want to end polio one purple pinkie at a time,
I am a wheel that keeps turning,
I am Rotary, and so are you.

Thank You.

District 6250 Polar Plunge for Polio Challenge



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Club News, Events and Announcements


Qdoba Night to Support Madison After Hour's Newland South Africa Preschool Project

Tuesday, November 19th, 5pm-9pm, bring THIS FLYER in to Qdoba at 6650 Mineral Point Rd, Madison, WI 536705, eat some delicious food, meet some of the Madison After Hours club members, and support their Newland South Africa Preschool Project!

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Fitchburg/Verona Rotary Club Host's Their Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser - November 21, 2013

Come join the Fitchburg / Verona Rotary Club for our annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser for our Orphan Train orphanage in Peru
Thursday, November 21 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Verona
Each year we raise approximately $2000 to support the Casa Hogar Orphanage. Appetizers are served along with a variety of white and red wines. There will also be a Silent Auction. Tickets are available ahead of the event at the Verona Wine Cellar or at the door for $20. Contact Janine O’Rourke with any questions at 608-577-6395.

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Shedding Pounds for Charity
By Hillary Gavan - Beloit Daily News

Rotary President Elect Jim Olson has been on the lookout for big bellies. He finds them, pats them down and then suggests their owners reduce them to raise money for charity.

After reading the health book “Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It,” by Gary Taubes and then losing 20 pounds, Olson challenged his fellow club members to shed pounds for good causes. He’s committed to paying Rotarians Jim Van De Bogart and Fred Buggs up to $2,000 on behalf of the Beloit Rotary Foundation if they lose weight by Oct. 22, and will give Tom Lasse $2,000 on behalf of Rotary International Foundation’s contribution toward Polio Plus if he can shed pounds by Dec. 10.  Read More

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Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar from Switzerland

November, 2013 - Madison West Towne Middleton Rotary welcomed 22-year-old Urban Zihlmann to a recent meeting!

Urban's recent update:  "The university has started again and I am taking five very interesting linguistic courses. The first one deals with the phonology of English, and as I am trying to lose my accent, the things which I learn there come in very handy. In the second course, we are dealing with different dialects and sociolects of English within the United States. The third one deals with the English syntax in a very detailed way, which is really helpful for me as a non-native speaker of this language. Furthermore, as I intend to teach English as a second language abroad, I am taking a class on Second Language Acquisition. I can apply the knowledge which I gain in that particular course to myself as I am adding a seventh language to my repertoire (i.e. Dutch). I am very much enjoying myself here and I am sure that my last two months here in the United States will also be a tremendous experience."

Good luck Urban in your studies and Madison/USA visit!

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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