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 - Economic and Community Development Month
The impact of Rotary Clubs all around District 6250 in improving our communities is dramatic.  From Adopt A Highway to Habitat for Humanity to Paint A Thon, Rotarians are busy making a difference.  Wisconsin Rapids Noon builds handicapped accessible ramps, Mayville is involved with alcohol treatment programs, Jefferson has bike trail clean up, Lodi is part of Reach Out-Lodi, La Crosse’s Rotary Lights helps feed the hungry as does Eau Claire Morning’s Community Table.  Beautiful Rotary Parks fill the state.  At every 
Club Rotarians look around their communities and determine what needs to be done and then turn those ideas into success stories, making everyone’s life better.
Around the world, Rotary is involved in economic and community development.   Please watch this video about a community project in India:


 Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day.  Rotarians promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in underserved communities through training, well-paying jobs and access to financial management institutions.
In our communities and around the world, we can make sustainable and measurable impacts to alleviate poverty.


​​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


District 6250 Leadership Academy
October 24th - Wisconsin Dells 

Better meetings.
Better decision making.

Better results.

Better boards of directors.

More confidence.
A few of the 15 topics you will address:
  • Purposes of a meeting
  • Agendas: Who sets, how, significance, uses
  • Minutes: Preparation, content, uses
  • Motions
  • Working with Volunteers: organizing for success, selecting, motivating
  • Cultivating better directors
  • Meeting format and frequency
  • Dynamic decision-making 
To foster a wealth of experience 
and dynamic discussion this seminar is designed to include participants from 5 to 7 Rotary Clubs. To create within each Club a core of leaders with a shared understanding of leadership, the District will favor applications from Clubs wishing to enroll 3 to 5 members. These preferences are -- well, preferences -- not ironclad regulations, but we expect them to be the norm. Only if spaces remain will we fill in with others.

Click Here for More Information & Registration
You have the opportunity to be involved in your choice of great Rotary activities on November 7th!!  One Rotary Summit will be an energetic, informative and fun event where we will meet in small groups and talk about three case studies which connect three topics that are important to all Rotarians:
Membership.Foundation.Public Image
We’re incorporating a service project,”Spread the Warmth”, into this event and will be collecting hats and mittens/gloves to be distributed among our 12 District Groups, so please bring items for those less fortunate. And we’ll cap the afternoon off with a Foundation Celebration, complete with complimentary appetizers and
cash bar.
You can attend iFeed, sponsored by the Interact Clubs of Aquinas, Central, Logan, Holmen and West Salem and the La Crosse Area Rotary Clubs.  The goal is to have over 50,000 dried meals ready for shipment to alleviate hunger in our communities and in our world.  Or bring a food donation or have a food drive
to benefit the event.  Be a part of the season’s largest food drive.
Mark your calendars now to show your Rotary spirit as we continue to “Be A Gift To The World”!

Get ready for World Polio Day

Join us on 23 October for our third annual End Polio Now: Make History Today event. We’ll be streaming live from New York City, so tune in at 18:30 New York time (UTC-4) to watch a global update on the status of the fight to eradicate polio, and take part in the conversation. Guests will include representatives from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, celebrity polio ambassadors, and polio survivors.

What Can We Do to Honor World Polio Day - October 24th?

24 Opportunities for Awareness:
  • Have a press release in your local paper
  • Put an ad in your local paper
  • Get a speaker to talk about polio
  • Attend a meeting of a Polio Survivor Support Group
  • Put purple ribbons around trees
  • Get yard signs saying “End Polio Now!”  Ask me how!
  • Change your profile picture on Facebook for the whole week  
  • Wear “Give Polio the Finger” t-shirts at events
  • Share updated Polio graphic
  • Throw a concert
  • Have a fundraising picnic
  • Sponsor a Club event focusing on polio awareness
  • Develop a club fundraiser
  • Sponsor a bike ride/walk
  • Throw an Irish wake
  • Tell a non-Rotarian about Polio
  • People, Places & Things at radio show
  • Flash Mob
  • Get familiar with the End Polio Now website
  • March around Capital or other public building with Rotarians/friends for awareness
  • Group trip to community event ie farmers market, wearing the Finger or End Polio Now shirt
  • Talk to someone who had Polio on what they remember about Polio
  • Purple streak in your hair/die your hair purple
  • Fund Me Now Campaign to donate to Polio and have everyone share it
  • Raffle proceeds, happy/sad bucks to Polio Plus
  • Bike ride on mobile bikes at a gym
  • Wear purple nail polish on pinky for a week
  • Paint purple pinkie at Club meeting for a donation
  • Challenge others to do the same
  • Add your great ideas to this list!!


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WANTED:  Clubs to participate in Youth Exchange!!

For the Rotary year 2016-17 we are fortunate to have more than 24 Youth Exchange students from around the world come to the Clubs of District 6250.  They bring a fresh outlook on life as well as an energy that fortifies our Clubs. 
But so far, we only have 17 Clubs participating in the Youth Exchange Program!!  This is a 1:1 exchange so we are in need of as many Clubs willing to host as those willing to send students outbound.
Please be sure your Club makes a commitment to host a student in 2016-17.  You and your Club will benefit  so much and you will make a difference in the life  of a student from another part of the world.  Contact Youth Exchange Chair Jan Bonsett-Veal now at
BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD!!      Be involved in Youth Exchange!! 

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Do You Want To Improve Your Rotary IQ?

September’s Rotary focus is Education and Literacy so it makes sense to think about how each one of us might become more Rotary literate.  Consider the following opportunities available to you:
October 24 Leadership Academy – learn how to be a leader
November 7 One Rotary Summit - case study discussion on membership, public image and foundation
May 20  District Assembly provides training on being your Club Secretary or Treasurer, Grant Management Seminar and Rotary 101

These opportunities are open to all and are designed to help you become a more knowledgeable Rotarian.  Look for more details as they become available on the District 6250 webpage, on our Facebook and from your Assistant District Governor.


Club News, Events and Announcements 


Enjoy an evening of Vegas-style entertainment while supporting Sunrise Rotary's scholarship & mentoring program (and other charities) helping students facing barriers to higher education, many of the recipients have been the first in their family to attend college.

What:  Elvis Tribute Artist Tony Rocker & Comedy Magician James Sanden
Who:  People with a compulsive desire for excitement & adventure
Where:  Hotel Mead, Grand Ballroom
When:  Friday, October 30
6:00pm Cocktail Hour (cash bar) & light hors d'oeuvres
7:00pm Show
Cost:  $50 per ticket, tables of eight available for reservation
For tickets contact or 715-570-9390


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The La Crosse Area Interact Clubs' iFeed Event

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Madison South's Hygiene and Sanitation Project in Kémérida, Togo

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Waupun Rotary Club - 2015 Fall Chocolate Sale

Waupun’s famous “End of the Trail Candy Shoppe” is once again partnering with the Waupun Rotary Club to offer delicious treats for your special events this Fall and Holiday Gift Giving!  As a non-profit organization, our local Rotary Club will use the proceeds from this sale to provide scholarships for local youth, sponsor our annual Easter Egg Hunt at Tanner Park, and donate to various worthy causes in the community. Click Here for Order Form

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Fitchburg / Verona Rotary Club Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Come join the Fitchburg / Verona Rotary Club for our annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser. Appetizers are served along with a variety of white and red wines. A Silent Auction allows you to get a start on your holiday shopping. Tickets are available for $25 at the door, or $20 in advance at The Wine Cellar (Verona) or from any Rotarian in the club.

Thursday, November 19th
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 515 W Verona Ave, Verona 

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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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