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

October is Vocational Service month.  Since Rotary was first formed in 1905, the occupations of its members have been recognized as being valuable to the club and the community too.   When the object of Rotary refers to the “recognition of the worthiness if all useful occupations” I am reminded of one of the original reasons I was attracted to my club.

Walking into my first meeting as a guest I was so impressed at the friendly welcome I received by people who I had great respect for; doctors, lawyers, accountants, educators, business entrepreneurs and other community leaders.  These were people who I, as a simple hardware store owner, didn’t typically get to interact with and remarkably, they all seemed genuinely happy to have me there!  As time went on I began to understand that each of our members (me included) had something unique to contribute to the success of our club.  Through our individual occupations and positions, each of us has an opportunity to serve society.

Ethics in our personal and professional life is also an important focus and the Four-Way Test which many of us recite weekly serves as a guide to Rotarians everywhere.   How does your club promote these ideals in your communities?

In this month’s video address I share some thoughts about the history of Rotary’s Vocational Service and also some suggestions on how you and your club can put a spotlight on this important aspect of our Rotary  experience.  I’ve learned that several clubs have begun sharing these short monthly videos at their weekly meetings.  I may be biased, but think this could be a great way to add about 10% more fun to our gatherings!   Thanks for watching and sharing. 

Dave Warren
District Governor 2014-2015
Rotary District 6250

District Video Message 



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District News, Events and Announcements

District 6250 MEMBERSHIP SUMMIT - Saturday, November 1st

WHAT IS A MEMBERSHIP SUMMIT?  Register and find out!!

It’s a fun-filled, no cost, event for all Rotarians who are interested in the topic of membership!  

We know that in North American we need to work on our ability to attract and engage members in our organization. The biggest question clubs have is, “how do we do this?”

tThe membership summit will allow Rotarians to exchange ideas with their peers, interact with engaging content and walk away with some new tools and tactics! Oh, and it’ll be fun too! 

Click Here for More Information and Registration

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Interested in learning more about the District Leadership positions available?

District Governor Elect Mary van Hout  at     
District Governor Elect Nominee Dean McHugh at



Where Will You Be June 6-9, 2015?

Brittany Maupin from the United States (in a white shirt) and other attendees at the New Generations Celebration: Connect for Good session. Rotaract Preconvention Meeting, 31 May 2014, Sydney, Australia. © Rotary International

In the field: Rotary’s regional leaders Blog - The Benefits of Multi-generational Membership
By Katie Ehlis, assistant Rotary Coordinator, Zone 28

I often speak to Rotarians about the importance of embracing the reality of a multi-generational membership. There are so many great things that come from clubs leveraging the different generations that make up their membership. I believe that when a club has an engaged, multi-generational membership, it has access to numerous perspectives about how to do things within your club. Some of these ideas and perspectives may have never been thought of or discussed before; all of them have the potential to make your club stronger.

Members from all different generations have varying life experiences. Here are some tips on how to encourage cross-generational idea exchange and collaboration in your club:  Click Here to Read More


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Club News, Events and Announcements

Fitchburg / Verona Rotary Club for our annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser 

Come join the Fitchburg / Verona Rotary Club for our annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser for the Casa Hogar Orphanage (Orphan Train) in Peru. Proceeds from this event support 20 girls age 5-18 with educational supplies, kitchen equipment and basic living support.

Thursday, November 13: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 515 W Verona Ave, Verona

Tickets are available at the door for $20. Appetizers are served along with a variety of white and red wines. There will also be a silent auction with lots of great holiday gift ideas! Contact Janine O’Rourke with any questions (; 608-577-6395).

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Left to right: Ahmed Musallam - club foundation chair, Jerry Cleveland - ADG, Todd Cour - past president

The Wisconsin Rapids Noon Club Approved for TWO Grants!

Assistant Governor Jerry Cleveland presented WI Rapids noon with 2 checks for approved grants.  With this money, they will sponsor a horse for to help kids with disabilities at Jeremiah's Crossing as well as build wheelchair ramps for disabled individuals in the area that struggle to reach the doors of their own homes.  Great work being done by the WI Rapids Club and with our Foundation dollars, the projects will be strengthened.



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Left to right: Jerry Cleveland, Roxie Wetterau, Jane Wagner

Marshfield Sunrise Rotary Receives $4000 Grant

Assistant Governor, Jerry Cleveland, hands off a $4000 check for a district grant to project chair Jane Wagner and club President Roxie Wetterau at the Marshfield Sunrise Rotary Meeting.  Through an innovative partnership between Wisconsin Conservation Corps, Marshfield Noon and Sunrise Rotarians, they will create a safe, handicap accessible trail system through the Marshfield Outdoor Learning Sanctuary.  This project is estimated to be over $10000 when complete.  However, due to the Rotarians generous donations to our Rotary Foundation, they were able to apply and get assistance from the district for 40% of the cost.  This is a great example of the dollars we contribute to the foundation simply coming back to us 3 years later.  Help Marshfield celebrate!



Rotary Club of Southwest Wisconsin Platteville Receives $2500 Grant 

The newly-chartered Rotary Club of Southwest Wisconsin (Platteville) is wasting no time in making their mark on the local community.  Chartered in April of this year, they recently received news that they’ve already been awarded their first district matching grant. The $2500 Rotary Foundation grant will be matched by the club and combined with other organizational and community donations to help pave and light the Rountree Branch Trail. The trail is used by walkers, runners, and bikers in the Platteville area and beyond, and has recently become part of a new initiative, “Moving Platteville Outdoors. ” MPO aims to encourage community members to embrace a more active lifestyle while appreciating the beautiful natural setting in which we live.  Many thanks go out to club member Angie Wright, whose grant-writing expertise, commitment to Rotary as well as the Rountree Branch Trail, and hard work made this grant possible!

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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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