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

It is probably no coincidence that Rotary Foundation month and Thanksgiving both occur in November!
In our Rotary family, we use this month to remind ourselves what the Foundation is and how it helps Rotarians do good in their communities and around the world.     
In this year of Being A Gift To The World, our gifts to the Rotary Foundation are transformed into sustainable projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  This charitable arm of Rotary taps into the global network of Rotarians who, like you, invest their time, wisdom, compassion and expertise into projects that make a real and lasting difference. 
Poverty…Literacy…Malnutrition…Polio Eradication….Microloans…Peace Centers…Clean Water…Health Centers…Nutrition…Sanitation…Community Development…Promoting Peace…
Our support of the Rotary Foundation helps us tackle some of these enormous challenges locally and globally.  In District 6250 this year we are challenged to raise $300,000 to help support these areas of need.  Please consider a gift now as we reflect on all that we are thankful for. 

Doing Good: Intro from Rotary International on Vimeo.

The mission statement of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.  In this season of Thanksgiving, we have much to be thankful for as we collectively join forces to fulfill the mission of our Foundation.  Wishing you and yours the opportunity to gather with grateful hearts!


​​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


RI President Ravindran’s message for iFEED project

Password:  Rotary123

Ravi Ravindran Interact Message from Rotary International on Vimeo.


A Warm Welcome & Invitation From the Scottsdale Rotary Club

Winter is coming.   The Scottsdale Rotary Club would like to invite members of all the clubs of District 6250 to Make Up at the Rotary Club of Scottsdale when they visit Arizona this winter.  We meet at noon on Mondays at the McCormack Resort on Scottsdale Road.   Our meetings are especially friendly, we always give a warm welcome to winter visitors, we have an excellent buffet lunch and the club is known for its outstanding programs.  Who knows, visiting Rotarians might even find a friendly golf partner among us.  On the last Tuesday evening of each month we have a social time which is free to all guests with complimentary appetizers.  Check out our programs at

Max Rumbaugh, President, Scottsdale Rotary Club 


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Return on Your Investment

By Steven Solomon
A gift to The Rotary Foundation is an investment. Gifts to the Annual Fund enable Rotarians to change people’s lives and communities while creating lifelong relationships. Like financial investors, Annual Fund donors have the potential to receive returns far greater than their initial investment. Sometimes these returns occur immediately but often the returns occur over time.

I would like to share a story with you to demonstrate the global impact that results from your gifts to Annual Fund-SHARE. Of the many of students awarded scholarships from The Rotary Foundation to study abroad and expand cultural understanding there was one sent from the United States to South Africa. South Africa, a country characterized by a history of deprivation and impoverishment, changed his life forever. His scholarship experience reaffirmed his belief that making a difference in someone’s life can be life-changing for all people involved in the exchange – those receiving and those giving.  Click here for full article

Read more about Steven's experience as a Rotary Scholar and recipient of a Vocational Scholarship and his tie to District 6250:

Rotary Reconnection Article (2006)
Spertus Nonprofit Newsletter (2007)

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Club News, Events and Announcements 

Polio Awareness day for Janesville Noon Rotary

During our Monday Noon Meeting we did a few things to increase public and club member awareness about polio.  As members checked in they were greeted by our Inbound Exchange Student Ana Eppert from Germany.  She had set up a small display and collection box for $5 or more donations from members to get a Purple Pinkie.  She was wearing the Purple "Give Polio the Finger" Tshirt that was later auctioned off.  She raised $305 for the Polio Plus fund.

Dave McGrath, a
localrealtor and businessman, gave the club a 10-minute talk about his personal experiences as a polio survivor.  He was diagnosed with polio at the age of 2 months in 1956.  He had received the Salk immunization as an infant, but developed a strain of the virus that wasn't preventable at the time.  Dave related the difficulties with having his left leg 2 1/2" shorter  than the right, and not having normal flex of the ankle.  Growing up with 4 brothers, he was not spared the usual torments, but it made him tough enough, and adaptable to play high school football and basketball.  He gave a heart felt thank you to Rotary for preventing this disease from causing other children to experience the pain and difficulties he endured.  President Drozdoiwcz presented him with a Be a Gift to the World theme pin.

Dan Drozdowicz
Janesville Noon President
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"Giving Polio the Finger" Makes Front Page of Baraboo News Republic

Giving polio the finger: Rotary leads vaccination campaign

Ben Bromley, 608-356-4808 x237
Wednesday was hardly the first time Dave Ament gave polio the finger.

The retired Baraboo educator has defied the disease for 70 years, ignoring limitations doctors,
coaches and his mother tried to enforce.

“I did everything kids do, and for me it worked out OK,” Ament said.

On Wednesday, he joined Rotary International’s campaign to Give Polio the Finger. He and wife Deri made a donation to help fund polio vaccinations overseas, and in exchange, local Rotarian Heather Wood-Wegner painted their pinky fingernails purple.

Click here for full article
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Madison Breakfast Rotary Unique Holiday Gift Sale

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Fitchburg / Verona Rotary Club Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Come and join the Fitchburg/Verona Rotary Club for our annual wine-tasting fundraiser.  Appetizers will be served along with a variety of white and red wines.
We are also having an amazing Silent Auction, which will include a set of 4 WISCONSIN MEN’S  BADGER BASKETBALL tickets -  two for kids and two for adults.  The two kids will become BADGER BASKETBALL BALL KIDS for the game.  the two adults will be sitting right behind the Badger Bench and will view the game just as the players and coaches see it.  The two Ball Kids , who must be in grades 2 - 6  will have the important duty of wiping player’s sweat off the court and being on call from under the two hoops to keep the game moving along.  They will be chaperoned by student managers.  Each ball kid will receive a Badger T-shirt and after the game, will visit with the players and coaches and have their T-shirts autographed!  The starting bid for this very prestigious item will be $300.
Tickets are available for $25 at the door or $20 in advance at The Wine Cellar in Verona.  Tickets are also available from any Fitchburg/Verona Rotary Club member.
Remember the date————November 19th - 6:30 - 8:30 PM————at the Holiday Inn Express in Verona.  We hope to see you there!
For purchase of advanced tickets or for more information, please contact Tom Marshall PDG,    715 213 3046

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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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