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

November is here.  Wow! 1/3 of our year in the history books.  If you are a president, hopefully it has been an amazing start to one of the best years of your life.  This is a good time to review those goals that you have set for your membership, foundation, and Polio donations.  Are you on track?  Perhaps is it time to make adjustments to get back on track?  Is there anything that you need help with that I or perhaps one of our many volunteers at the district level can assist you with? Remember that you have a large team at the district who are there to serve you.  If there is anything we can do, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

I am currently writing this on my return trip from Zone Institute.  As my wife, Tina, drives, I figured it would be an opportune time to share some of my thoughts with you while the training and inspiration was still fresh.  First, I guess I should start with the fact that while we have a district that consists of 62 clubs, there is another level of Rotary called Zone.  We happen to be a part of zone 28 and our sister zone is 29.  At the Zone level, there is another group of Rotary experts that we can go to for assistance in membership, foundation, public image, or anything else Rotary.  While it is true that we are a volunteer organization, Rotary makes sure that we are well supported to make sure we can be the most effective service organization in the world. We spent the past 5 days in Itasca, IL training and celebrating Rotary.  We celebrated the fact that we have seen only 12 cases of Polio since January! Wow!  When we started this journey, there was over 325000 cases per year.  Amazing.  We also celebrated that our district and others in our zone are starting to see the membership numbers increase!  With the flexibility at the meeting level that Rotary has allowed and the fact that we are starting to reach out to younger generations and professionals, we are seeing our numbers rise.  Great Job!  If there is anything that we can do to help, please let me know.  Also, don’t forget about the membership grants that are available to you.  We need to not only get the numbers up but get all our Rotarian’s engaged.  Finally, we discussed the new Public Image Campaign, Rotary – People  of Action.  If you haven’t learned about this yet, please go to My Rotary and log in and look at the media center.  Each day they are adding more print, radio, and television ads that can be customized for your club and truly show that Rotary is not a bunch of people sitting around a table for a meal to simply have a weekly get together.  We are a group of individuals focused on Making a Difference.  We are People of Action!

As many know from following me on Facebook, I have visited 46 clubs so far.  In addition, I have had the honor of going to many special events.  Whether it is visiting a club somewhere in WI or MN, helping Viroqua celebrate their 30th club anniversary or celebrating with Rotarian’s from all over our district on the stairs of the state capital on World Polio Day, I continue to hear all the good we are doing in our own back yards and around the world.  I am humbled to serve as your DG and you should be proud of all you are accomplishing in your clubs and our district!

November is Foundation Month.  We are so lucky to have the premier foundation in the world.  Check out to see that we rate a 97.87 out of 100.  We are rated 100 out of 100 for our transparency.  We are given the highest rating of 4 stars.  Every dollar we give is stretched to its fullest capacity ensuring that it will help as many people as possible.  I am proud to announce that about 18 months ago, PDG
and DRFC Dave Warren set a lofty goal to get our district members to commit 1 million dollars of new donations through cash and bequest.  Some thought this goal was a dream.  PDG Warren and his team knew it could be a reality.  They were right!  Our membership has committed over $1.3 million in new donations to Our Foundation!  Wow!  Thank you PDG Warren, your team, and District 6250 Rotarians that contributed to this campaign.  We will celebrate this accomplishment with those that committed at least $10k in new donations on November 4th with Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko as our Keynote speaker.  This will surely be a special night.  If you want to learn more about our foundation, please check out  I would encourage you to have a speaker this month talk more to your club about Our Foundation and all the good we are doing around the world.  Also, don’t forget to share the Rotary Minute videos and stories with your clubs on a weekly basis just to make sure we are all aware of Rotary’s good works. 

As stated earlier, I realize that our Rotary year is only 1/3 of the way over.  That means that we still have 2/3 of the year left!  However, time flies when you are having fun.  I would encourage you all to start thinking about the succession of the leadership in your clubs.  Whether that is at the President level, board level, committee level, or any other level in your club, continue to think about succession.  We not only need to get fresh eyes and ideas in our clubs, we want them to have the training and understanding that they will need to be successful.  So, as you identify these individuals, please make sure your club is mentoring and preparing so as they take over in July 2018, they are ready.  The district will start offering trainings as well for many of these positions starting in January and continuing through the end of June.  Make sure you take advantage of these to make sure that we have prepared leadership in our clubs.
Thank you all for your dedication and service! Thank you for helping District 6250 be the best it can be!  Now, let’s go Make a Difference and have a great Rotary year.



Joe Ruskey
District Governor 2017-2018
Rotary District 6250

District News, Events and Announcements


Annual Fund

This summer, Rotarians throughout District 6250 indirectly made contributions to the clubs receiving District Matching Grants.  By participating in the Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) annual fund program of The Rotary Foundation, you are a partner in the projects of 13 clubs in our District this year.

Annual Fund-SHARE is the primary source of funding for a broad range of local and international Rotary Foundation activities. Through the SHARE system, contributions to The Rotary Foundation are transformed into grants for projects that change lives.
At the end of every Rotary year, contributions to the Annual Fund-SHARE from all Rotary clubs in our district are directed into two funds:

  • Fifty percent is credited to the World Fund.

  • Fifty percent is credited to the District Designated Fund.

The Foundation uses the World Fund portion to pay for the worldwide grant and program opportunities available to all Rotary districts. Our district uses the District Designated Fund portion to fund matching grants for projects chosen by local Rotary clubs.
Please join me in supporting the Annual Fund-SHARE program of the Rotary Foundation this year.  As your Club prepares for Rotary Foundation Month in November, let me know if you want to know more about EREY and how you can encourage and/or increase contributions from your members.  I’d also enjoy hearing your club’s success stories about appeals for our Rotary Foundation.
Dwight Heaney
Annual Fund Chair 2017-2018


Short Term Youth Exchange Program for Summer 2018

Spread the word to high school students in your community – applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Short Term Exchange Program, and due no later than Feb 1, 2018. Share the 2018 flier with school counselors and teachers.

This is an exchange program where a student from the US is matched with a student abroad and the two students spend a month at each other’s home, for a total of two months together. It is a great alternative for students who are unable to participate in the long term program. There is no cost to the club, and minimal costs to the student – a $250 application fee plus the flight and spending money.

Encourage applicants to complete their application over Christmas break to allow your club time to complete the interview process and have the application validated by the STEP committee. Full details available at

Rotary Advanced Academic Scholarships

ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Rotary provides two types of advanced academic scholarships. As stated in our last District newsletter, it is up to all of us to spread the word and locate potential scholars. There is no limit to the number of Peace Fellows we can sponsor from our District and there is no cost to us for those scholarships. For the Global Grant Scholarships, however, our District usually sponsors one and sometimes two scholars and there is a cost of $15,000. from DDF funds which is matched by Rotary International Global Funds. The following (taken from RI guidelines) spells out more information about the requirements for each scholarship. If you have any questions or have a potential applicant, please contact Lyn Kenney at:

**Eligibility requirements for a Peace Fellowship
  • The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for professionals with work experience in international relations or peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Our fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace.
  • Applicants must also meet the following requirements:
  • Proficiency in English; proficiency in a second language is strongly recommended
  • Strong commitment to international understanding and peace as demonstrated throughprofessional and academic achievements and personal or community service
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Master's degree applicants: minimum three years of related full-time work or volunteerexperience, bachelor's degree
  • Certificate applicants: minimum five years of related full-time work or volunteerexperience, strong academic background

Eligibility restrictions
Rotary Peace Fellowships may not be used for doctoral study. And the following people are not eligible for the master's degree program:

  • Active Rotary members
  • Employees of a Rotary club or district, Rotary International, or other Rotary entity
  • Spouses, lineal descendants (children or grandchildren by blood or legal adoption),spouses of lineal descendants, or ancestors (parents or grandparents by blood) of any
  • living person in these categories
  • Former Rotary members and their relatives as described above (within 36 months of theirresignation)
  • Recipients of Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships or professional development certificate fellowships must wait three years after completion of the scholarship or fellowship to apply for the master's degree program.
  • Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the master's degree program must wait five years to apply for the certificate program. 

**Requirements for a Global Grant Scholarship
The Rotary Foundation funds scholarships with global grants and district grants. Through global grants, Rotarians can support future leaders in fields related to the areas of focus

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution · 
  • Disease prevention and treatment 
  • Water and sanitation 
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development

Global grant scholarships fund graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years. Our district usually restricts that to whatever is achieved within the one grant awarded. A key feature of global grants is the partnership between the district or club in the study location (host sponsor) and the district or club in the scholar’s home country (international sponsor). Both sponsors must be qualified before they can submit an application.

FINDING AND INTERVIEWING ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES Global grant scholars plan to pursue a career in an area of focus, and their graduate-level educational goals should support this career interest. Pursuing a career in an area of focus means the scholar has a long-term commitment to measurable, sustainable change. Be sure that a candidate’s previous work or volunteer experience, academic program, and career plans are strongly aligned with one of the six areas of focus. Consider working with universities to identify potential scholars (for example, outstanding graduates of a water engineering program who are seeking funding for graduate study in that field). Universities can also connect local Rotary clubs with international students who have been accepted into their graduate programs. 

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World Polio Day Recap

Rotarians worked together to help make the community aware of Rotary's impact on eradication on October 24, 2017.  Several clubs and Distict Leaders participated in an event in the Madison Area.  A proclamation was read from the Governor and the Mayor of Madison. Miss the event - it's ok - watch it on Facebook.
Facebook Live Video

Thank you to our speakers and all those that braved the windy cold weather!

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Facebook Live

November 29, 2017
5 p.m.

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RI Convention - Toronto - June 23-27, 2018

Registration is now open for Toronto -2018!    Key Early Bird deadines are below.



Club News, Events and Announcements

Fitchbury/Verona Rotary Club Wine Tasting Event

Thursday, November 16: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Ten Pin Alley, 6285 Nesbitt Rd, Fitchburg 

Come join the Fitchburg / Verona Rotary Club for our annual Wine Tasting event. Proceeds are used to support local and international programs such as VAHS scholarships and Books for the World.
Tickets available at the door for $25, or $20 in advance at The Wine Cellar or Ten Pin Alley. Appetizers served along with a variety of white and red wines. Fantastic silent action items just in time for the holidays.  

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Madison Breakfast Annual Shopping Event

Friday, December 1: 12:30-7:00 p.m.
The Nordstrom Home, 7847 Noll Valley Rd., Verona

Shop, snack. and socialize in a home brimming with holiday cheer. All artists and businesses will donate 20% of their sales to support the youth and literacy related projects of Madison Breakfast Rotary.

Flyer with more information available here

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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

Friendship Exhange with the Philippines Recap

Click here to read the article describing the recently completed Friendship Exchange with the Philippines.

Rotary Friendship Exchange for 2018 – Latvia/Sweden
With Our District 6250 and District 2410 Located in Latvia and Southeast Sweden
Group from District 2410 Latvia/Sweden will be hosted by our District 6250 for 14 days--May 10-24, 2018. Group from our Rotary District 6250 travels to Latvia/Southeast Sweden for 14 days—Aug. 10-24, 2018.

Our Rotary District 6250 Friendship Exchange Committee has arranged an exchange with Riga, Latvia, and Kalmar, Sweden areas. We will host a group of 8-10 persons from May 10-24, 2018 and then travel to their District 2410 from August 10-24, 2018.  We expect to travel with no more than 10 persons.
Anticipated expenses per person for participants:

  • Round trip airfare to/from Riga, Latvia
  • Meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Ferry travel across the Baltic Sea
  • Personal costs, such as gifts 

Hosts on each end of the exchange program support the visitors with room, board and some entertainment and perhaps transportation while in the country.
Preliminary Itinerary:
Day 1-7 in Riga, Latvia
Day 8 Ferry travel to Sweden
Day 9-14 in Kalmar region of Sweden
Contact the one of our chairpersons, either Dave Clemens at, or Mark Moody at, if you are interested in hosting or traveling.
Rotary Friendship Exchange for 2018 – Argentina
With Our District 6250 and District 4920 Located Argentina
Group from District 4920 in Argentina will be hosted by our District 6250 for 14 days—June 6-22, 2018.
Group from our Rotary District 6250 travels to District 4920 in Argentina for 14 days—Nov. 25-Dec. 8, 2018.

Our district has arranged a second Rotary Friendship Exchange for 2018 with District 4920 in Argentina. This is the area just below Buenos Aires, including Mar De Plata, and above Bahia Blanca. We expect to host a group from June 6-22, so they can attend the International Convention in Toronto directly after visiting us. We will travel to Argentina from November 25-December 8. This exchange will be no larger than 8 persons per group.
Anticipated Expenses for travelers:

  • Round trip airfare to/from Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Costs associated with side visit to Iguazu Falls
  • Personal expenses such as gifts
  • Travel insurance
  • Some meals or room costs at the beginning and end 

Hosts on each end of the exchange program support the visitors with room, board and some entertainment and perhaps transportation while in the country.
Preliminary Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrive in Buenos Aires and enjoy the city
Day 2 Travel to our first hosts
Day 3-12 Visit clubs within the district
Day 13 Visit Iguazu Falls on Brazil border
Day 14 Fly home
Contact the one of our chairpersons, either Dave Clemens at, or Mark Moody at, if you are interested in hosting or traveling.

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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 is now in Club Runner.  All Secretaries automatically are designated to update the data in club runner.  If you are having trouble accessing the Club Runner screens or just don't know where to go, please contact the Rotary District 6250 Office at 608.204.9835 or  


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