The District Dispatch


The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

October 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

Dear Rotarians,

Rotary has designated the month of October as Vocational Service month.  As I talk to clubs around our district, I find that, when I ask what Vocational Service a club performs, often there isn't an activity that the club can identify as a Vocational Service activity. Fortunately, there are exceptions.  One of the most rewarding aspects of my service as your governor this year is hearing what clubs are doing in each of the five avenues of service.  The vocational activities described to me included a number of clubs that hold a career day or career fair at the local high school.  The event typically involves Rotarians from various businesses and professions explaining to high school students what their vocation requires by way of education, training and experience.  Some of the events involve panel discussions; others have booths for each profession represented that allow students to interact one-on-one with various Rotarians and ask specific questions of them. The Rotarian of some clubs volunteer as mentors for scholars selected by their club. We have a growing number of Rotaract and Interact Clubs in our district and a number of our clubs find vocational opportunities speaking to or working with these clubs.

There are a few clubs that plan events to allow their members to showcase their businesses.  One that harkens back to the formation of Rotary back in 1905 is having a Rotarian host a meeting at his or her place of business, so that the other club members learn what their fellow club member does professionally.

Rotary explains this avenue of service this way: "Through the Avenue of Vocational Service, Rotarians contribute their professional expertise and skills to address societal problems and needs, promote high ethical standards in the workplace, support career planning and other vocational activities, and represent the dignity and value of their profession."

Rotary provides each of us with two benchmarks to follow for promoting professional integrity. The Four-Way Test and the Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions.  If the Four-Way Test isn't familiar to you, you have probably stumbled upon this newsletter by accident. Most Rotarians can recite the Four-Way Test to you. The Declaration may not be as familiar; it reads as follows:

Rotary Code of Conduct

As a Rotarian, I will

  1. Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviors and activities;
  2. Use my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary;
  3. Conduct all of my personal, business, and professional affairs ethically, encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others;
  4. Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings;
  5. Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society;
  6. Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community;
  7. Honor the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything that will bring disfavor or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians; and
  8. Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship.

Our five avenues of service are one of the means by which Rotary reminds us of the various forms that Rotary service can take and it is the avenue of service that best reminds us of two unique aspects of Rotary, namely our classification system of membership and our code of ethics embodied in our four-way test.


Club Visits and the District Bell
As I finish up my round of official club visits, I am delighted with all that I have heard.  Our clubs share their fellowship freely, making me feel welcome at every meeting I've attended. The community and international service generated by our District 6250 Rotarians is impressive.  Club visits are the rewards that keep me energized.  I love hearing of all of the projects that we are undertaking, all the money we are raising and using to better our communities, and all of the leadership we provide to our local communities.  The only distressing note is how, when we're doing so much and helping so many, we're still facing declining membership.  I've been sharing what I've heard from clubs about techniques that have been successful for recruiting new members and retaining existing members. Both recruiting and retention require our continuing efforts.
The District Bell has changed homes again.  As of September 25, it is residing in Columbus, after a brief stay in Sun Prairie. Columbus/Fall River Rotary has a pretty darn good lunch at the Columbus County Club every Wednesday at noon and they love visitors- tell them that Rob sent you! If you haven't heard about the District Bell, click here or on the on the bell icon at the top of the district home page to read up.



Peace Through Service

Rob Stroud
District Governor 2012-2013
Rotary District 6250    

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District News, Events and Announcements

Call for Nominations - District Governor 2015-2016

The District Nominating Committee, at the direction of District Governor Rob Stroud, is announcing the call for nominations to the position of District Governor for Rotary year 2015-2016.  Each club in the district is entitled to nominate one or more of its members following the nomination procedures listed here.

At the time of selection a governor-nominee must:
• Be a member in good standing of a club in the district 
• Have served as a president of a club for a full term  
• Demonstrate willingness, commitment, and ability to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the office of governor    
• Demonstrate knowledge of the qualifications, duties and responsibilities of the office of governor

The current line of governors for Rotary District 6250 and their respective years of service are as follows:

  • 2012-2013  Rob Stroud  Madison     
  • 2013-2014  Dean Ryerson  Madison West Towne Middleton  
  • 2014-2015  Dave Warren  Janesville

Each club in the district will receive from the District Office a set of nomination papers which must be completed and returned to the chair of the district nominating committee, at the below listed address,  not later than 15 November 2012.

Dean Dickinson
W5370 Boma Road
La Crosse, Wisconsin  54601-2437
608-788-1003 (H)  or 608-397-5888 (C)                            

Interviews of the candidates will take place not later than 15 December 2012 and the governor informed of the decision of the nominating committee.  Any questions concerning either procedure or the completion of the forms can be directed to the chair of the nominating committee:

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District Trainer Position Needed

An important district leadership position will be opening up July 1, 2013.  Because our clubs and district experience changes in leadership every year, preparing our leaders for their terms of service is essential.  For this reason our district has an important position called the District Trainer.

This Rotarian is responsible for:


  • Chairing the district training committee
  • Working with the District Governor and Governor-Elect to
    • Develop and implement effective annual Presidents-Elect Training
    • Develop and implement effective annual District Team Training
    • Develop and implement effective annual District Assembly training
    • Assist with developing the District Rotary Foundation Grant Management Seminars
  • Attending annual Rotary Zone Training for Trainers
The District Trainer should be an active member of their club, be or have been involved in a profession or vocation related to training or education and also be passionate about the goals and mission of Rotary.

If you or someone you know would be interested in applying or obtaining additional information for this important position, please reply directly to DGE Dean Ryerson at or DGN David Warren at   The candidate selected will have an opportunity to work and learn with our current District Trainer, Michelle McGrath until her term expires on July 1, 2013.


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Group Study Exchange to Sao Paulo, Brazil Looking for Team Members

The Group Study Exchange Committee is currently looking for team members who would be interested in traveling to Sao Paulo, Brazil for an experience of a life time!  The team will leave on approximately April 28 and return approximately May 28.

Group Study Exchange (GSE) is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business people and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40.  The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries.  For four weeks, team members experience the host country's (Brazil) culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships and exchange ideas.

The Rotary Foundation provides the most economical round-trip airline ticket between countries.  Rotarians in the host country (Brazil) provide for meals, lodging and group travel within the Rotary District.

Candidates must be between the ages of 25 and 40, reside or work in our District and must not be directly related to a Rotarian.

Please help us to get the word out to qualified candidates.  Questions can be directed to the following address:

Tom Marshall

Group Study Exchange Chair
608 665 3084 (L)
715 213 3046 (C)



Looking for Potential Rotary Youth Exchange Students

District 6250 Rotary Clubs, it is time to start recruiting outbound students for the 2013-2014 Exchange year.  The outbound application can be found at the website and is anticipated to be available around August 25.  As you all know, Rotary Youth Exchange is a fantastic program and investment in our young people. Please help us find interested students.

Applications must be prepared online.  Outbound interviews will be November 4, 2012, and will be held in Baraboo, Wisconsin.  Interviews need to be scheduled with the district Outbound Coordinators so that we can accommodate all students.  Students and their parents are interviewed by a team consisting of Rotarians and rebound students. Completed applications should be submitted before the interviews on November 4, 2012, so they can be reviewed and any corrections can be discussed at that time. This allows time for corrections to be made before our deadline of December 1 when we submit to our governing body, Central States Rotary Youth Exchange.  Late applications affect the ability of the applicant be placed in one of their top ten country choices.

Please let your interested students know that this is a three year commitment.  The first year is the application, interview and orientation period.  The second year is spent in the assigned county and the third year is the Rebound adjustment period.  Help a student have an experience of a lifetime.  Please contact Doug and Sharon Richmond, District 6250 Outbound Coordinators at or Doug Richmond at 608-370-1135. 

Please let us know when you have a student interested in the Outbound Program. We have an outline to aid in preparing the application, thus avoiding common errors that delay the submission of the application.  We are also available to help you answer any questions the student and parents have regarding the Program.  Feel free to give our contact information to students or parents if they need additional information. 

Doug and Sharon Richmond
District 6250 Outbound Coordinators

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District Club Helps Install 3 Cisterns in Kenya


Do you have any idea what the most frequently asked question is about my recent Journey to Kenya?  You can probably guess, friends and family want to know, "why did you go to Africa?"!!  They're expecting me to answer, "to go on safaris and see wild animals!!!"  Instead, I excitedly tell them, "we went on a Rotary mission type trip, to help install 3 water cisterns that are used to harvest rain water from roofs that can be used for pure drinking water.

The cisterns (tanks as the Kenyans call them) eliminate the need for water filters or the need to burn their precious wood for purification of their polluted water sources.  We helped install the cisterns working with Nicholas Syano and the villagers of Maiuni Village (a very rural farming community without electricity and plumbing.)  The attitude and atmosphere of the people was always "hopeful" (for their future) and filled with gratefulness that the cisterns were provided.  They were joyful in being able to actually work together installing life saving and life changing tanks.

The villagers have learned to trust in God to provide for them.  In order to be eligible to have their name added to the list of names drawn to receive a cistern, a family must give up part of their fields that were originally used for food to plant trees for reforestation.  The planting of trees is crucial to bringing Kenya back to it's original balanced eco-system.

If the people take good and proper care of their woodlots and plant seedlings of fruit, lumber and shade trees, their names will be added to the list to be considered in the drawing from a hat.  After a name is chosen, the cistern, which is black, made of fiberglass and holds 10,000 liters of water,  is delivered to their door and a date is set for the villagers to help.  The men dig the hole, mix the cement & tap it down, while the women haul sand, stones, and water from the dried up river beds.  Meanwhile the woman recipient of the new cistern and her neighbors cook a huge meal for all of the helpers.  It is so festive, with the women singing and dancing and the men beaming from ear to ear.

Even as I write this article, my Sunrise Rotary Club of Wisconsin Rapids, is funding another cistern for Maiuni Village.  It costs $1200 to fund a cistern that will provide water for ten to twenty family members for a year.

I have a wonderful presentation and would be more than happy to share my experiences with your Rotary Club.

Joanne Marshall
608 665 3084 (L)
715 459 4212 (C)

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Zone Youth Exchange Update Our New Inbounds Have Arrived

Nineteen clubs have graciously accepted students from all over the world. Our district has a phenomenal group of students.  Your district youth exchange committee just finished a fun orientation weekend with our new students. If your club is not hosting one of them, you are missing out on a great opportunity. If you are a member of one of those clubs, please make every effort to get to know your student. You won’t regret it. Share the United States culture with them and learn about their cultures.

Each club still has the chance to host a student next year. Just contact me, Judy Levine your district outh exchange chair, at I will be happy to help you through the process, answer your questions, and speak to your club or board. Rotary is about service and understanding other cultures to help build understanding among cultures. Let Rotary Youth Exchange be one of your international service projects.

This is also the time when students apply to be exchange students for the 2013-2014 school year. If you know of a student who would be a good candidate for an outbound student, please have them check our district website ( under Study and Youth programs/Outbound for information about applying and a link to the outbound application. District interviews are November 4th in Baraboo. Please contact Doug or Sharon Richmond at if you have a candidate.

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District Club Ships 16 Pallets of Books to Schools in Afghanistan

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Since 2005, as part of the international Books for the World program, the Madison Breakfast Rotary has been collecting used textbooks and other educational materials from across Wisconsin for shipment to schools in third-world countries for use by impoverished children.  Many of the children the program helps typically have few resources.  This is an on-going program which serves over 20 countries.

In cooperation with the 115th Fighter Wing of the Wisconsin Air National Guard at Truax field and the Lamia Foundation of Nashville, Tennessee, the Madison Breakfast Rotary has assembled 16 pallets of elementary and secondary school text books along with children’s reading books for shipment to Kabul, Afghanistan.  This fourteen-ton payload will be loaded onto a military transport aircraft by 115th Fighter Wing personnel.  The Lamia Foundation will accept delivery in Kabul and will distribute the books to schools in that country.  Air transport is sponsored by USAID/Denton Program.

This is the first such shipment by air transport for the Madison Breakfast Rotary and is unique because of the participation of the 115th Fighter Wing and the special preparation and packaging needed to withstand the rigors of outdoor storage in Afghanistan until the books are finally distributed to schools there.

Members of the public interested in supporting the Rotary Books for World program locally are invited to contact Carol Dombroski at or (608) 575-1415.  Carol Dombroski welcomes the prospect of media interviews about this effort.


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Zone 28 News for Districts and Clubs

Click here for the latest edition of the Zone 28 Coordinator Newsletter!

September is New Generations month.  While I am a little late in getting this month's newsletter to you, I hope that you will agree that New Generations programs are relevant year-round.  Let's all continue to encourage all of our Clubs to take advantage of the opportunities to include service opportunities to the next generation of Rotarians.

Best Regards,
Mary Beth Growney Selene
Zone 28 Rotary Coordinator, 2010-2013
Rotary International Director, 2013-2015

District Leadership Academy Announced

  • What are the key elements needed to lead a volunteer organization such as your Rotary club?  
  • How do you motivate volunteers?  
  • What are the strategies necessary to conduct an effective Rotary or organizational meeting?  
  • How does a leader face challenges in working with a diverse group of people who are members of the organization?


In addition to the above the Saturday, October 27 Leadership Academy program will cover such topics as: leadership succession planning, how to build consensus in making decisions, setting goals, and keeping focus on the bigger mission of the organization without letting the little things get in the way.
These and other related topics will be addressed in District 6250’s first Leadership Academy. Participants will receive a number of resources to assist them in leading volunteer organizations. The program will be interactive, providing time for participants to share cheers and challenges from their own leadership experiences.
This program is designed for those who may not have had experience leading a volunteer organization.  However, it is open to all interested Rotarians in the District.
This initial program will be limited to the first 24 registrants.  If interest exists the program may be repeated to accommodate that interest.
The registration fee of $30.00 per person includes materials, lunch, and morning coffee; afternoon sodas, and snacks.  If a club sends two persons the cost is $25.00 per person; three persons $20.00 per person.
Register deadline is October 5, 2012.  Click here for more information.

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Club News, Events and Announcements

Do you have an upcoming Club Event or accomplishment that you would like to announce? Send your pre-written article to:  Click view a Calendar of Club Events.

Waunakee Rotary Club is Celebrating its 40th Anniversary!

The Waunakee Rotary Club is celebrating its fortieth (40) year as a club this year.  The club is celebrating the milestone with several new community promotions.  Forty club members were asked to, and volunteered, to record short YOUTUBE   video clip testimonials about why the joined Rotary and about their Rotary experiences:       A shorter summarized printed version of these 40 testimonials  will also being printed in the local newspaper (Waunakee Tribune) each week for forty weeks.  The video clips are also posted on the Waunakee Rotary Club Facebook page: With several being made available on the club page at the same time.   Each week a different testimonial video will also be featured on the Waunakee Rotary Club Website:         

The Waunakee Club also is celebrating its forty year anniversary by conducting a  “Rotary Question of the month” contest.   The goal of the contest is to make people in the community more aware of the local club and about rotary in general. Twelve different club, or rotary questions, will be published in the local newspaper, club Facebook page, Waunakee Village Blog, and on the club’s website- with the first person submitting the monthly winning answer receiving a $ 25 dollar chamber gift certificate (2nd= $ 10 certificate).   The club membership committee is also hoping that the anniversary promotions and new publicity will help in identifying and encouraging new membership.

The Waunakee Rotary Club encourages  you to check out our YOUTUBE member testimonial videos, and our Facebook and  website… and to share in our 40 year anniversary as a Rotary Club.


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Madison South Brat and Beer Stand Set for Badger Gameday 

Football Fans!  Another Wisconsin football season is fast approaching.  You may or may not be aware that the Rotary Club of Madison South will again be operating our pregame Beer and Brat stand directly south of Camp Randall Stadium on Monroe Street, next to the fire station.  Please stop by and see us.  If you need a make-up we will be glad to put you to work for an hour or so.  If you like the service, your tip will go toward Rotary’s effort to rid the world of polio.  We have given in excess of $2000 in tip money in each of the last three years.  We hope you and your friends will plan to join us!  See you on Gameday!

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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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Foundation Reports

Each club in District 6250 has established a foundation goal and the question is how are the clubs going about the achieving those goals? Have each of the clubs done an every member enrollment? Successful clubs take the time to ask each member to make a pledge commitment to the Rotary Foundation. Fulfilling that pledge might involve a quarterly billing by the club secretary/treasurer or participating in the direct deposit transfer from the Rotarians checking account to the RI Foundation account or it might mean a monthly charge to a credit card. Successful clubs establish a process that allows their members to both make and fulfill the commitment.

Click here to view the updated Club Goals Report!

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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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