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

Caledonia Brewfest
Moon Tunes at Reverside Park with
La Crosse  area Interact students
Madison Breakfast Rotary 30th Anniversary Celebration
Thom Weiss, club president; Dean McHugh, District Governor; Mrs. McHugh and Brenda Weiss.

District Rotarians:
Now about half way through the club visits, I continue to marvel at all the good being done in the name of Rotary in every community and club I visit.  Every club, big and small, has projects and impact to be proud of.  We know we are each part of 1.2 million members worldwide in about 36,000 clubs.  But seeing and hearing about these individual projects in person, in so many clubs scattered around Wisconsin, is a great reminder of why I am so proud to be a Rotarian.  I look forward to the remaining club visits, where we can continue to share ideas on membership, publicity, fundraising, and other topics.  
I was also able to attend several special club events this past month.  The Madison South Rotary crew was in their familiar spot selling Brats, Beers, and other tailgate fare at the Badger football game as they raise funds for their club projects.  I shared fellowship with Caledonia Rotarians at their Brewfest fundraiser too.  Nancy and I joined Madison Breakfast members for a fabulous night aboard the Betty Lou boat on Lake Mendota as we celebrated their club's 30th Anniversary.  I enjoyed a dinner and evening with Mt. Horeb Rotary as they bestowed several Paul Harris Fellows among their members.  I was even able to join La Crosse area Interact Students, including my daughter Maria, as they sold concessions at Moon Tunes concerts in Riverside park.  
I'm excited to learn that many communities served by our District's clubs either already have active Interact clubs in the high school or are looking into creating them.  Several of these Interact clubs are looking at ways to piggyback on the Second Annual iFeed event of the La Crosse area Interact clubs to put a dent in hunger in their own communities.  It's not too late to get involved.  There is a link and email address on the District website for more information.     
Don't forget the One Rotary Summit event coming up on November 12th.  There will be opportunity to network and share ideas with Rotarians and clubs from around the District related to the "Big Three" topics...membership, foundation, and public image.  My conversations with Boards of Directors at club visits so far this year confirm that discussion and new ideas on these three topics are relevant and necessary for continued club viability and vitality.  Be part of the solution by making sure your club has a few representatives attend.  Registration is open on the District website.
Thanks for all you do in helping our clubs, our District, and Rotary International as we serve humanity.

Dean McHugh
District Governor 2016-2017
Rotary District 6250

District News, Events and Announcements


Year End Financials - District 6250

At the August District 6250 board meeting a new initiative was adopted in an effort to provide clubs, and their members, with more information relative to the financial status and operations of the District.  In the past, other then the annual budget being presented at PETS, and at the District annual meeting, we recognized that there has been a lack of transparency relative to the finances of the District.

Beginning this month we will be posting on the District’s website the balance sheet, and profit and loss statement compared to budget, for the District’s latest fiscal year which ends June 30th.    These internally prepared financial statements are a summarized version of statements the District’s board of directors receives and reviews on a monthly basis.  Going forward, the District's financial statements will be posted/updated on a quarterly basis to the District’s website.  Any Club that deems it necessary, may request a copy of the detailed version of the District's financial statements simply by submitting a written request to the District Treasurer.
Any questions or comments regarding this new initiative, or the financial information provided, are certainly welcomed.

View 2016 Year End Financial Summary
Dick Spencer, Treasurer
Rotary District 6250

Million Dollar Journey Announced

We are currently in the 100th year of our Rotary Foundation.  Founded in 1917 under the direction of Rotary’s sixth President Arch Klumph with $26.50 as an endowment “to do good in the world”, its assets have now grown to over $1 billion.  Rotary International is planning celebrations in Cleveland, where Klumph was a distinguished Rotarian, as well as Atlanta for the International Convention, to celebrate 100 years of The Rotary Foundation. 

To mark this important milestone, our district has set a goal to raise a minimum of $1 million in new major gifts of $10,000 or more for The Rotary Foundation.  Gifts can be spread over 3 year pledges of at least $3,333 per year, or new or increased bequests of $10,000 or more.  According to District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair Dave Warren, “early pledges and gifts have already exceeded a quarter of a million dollars with over 14 months left in a campaign…and it hadn’t even been officially been announced!”

A celebratory dinner has already been scheduled for the evening of Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the beautiful Trappers Turn Golf Club in Wisconsin Dells for all who make major gifts toward this goal.  There will be a special address from a major Rotary International dignitary.   For more information on how you can be a part of this special effort, please contact Dave Warren at


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Our District Global Grant and Peace Fellow Scholars

The past year has been exciting for our District with the addition of three Global Grant Scholars, one Peace Fellow and currently two Peace Fellow candidates.  All are studying for Masters Degrees in their respective areas. Melissa D’Orio, our first GG scholar, will soon graduate from the University College of London in Peace and Conflict Resolution. Many have followed her blog.  Sakhr, our GG scholar from Yemen has recently started school at the University of Otago in New Zealand in Peace and Conflict studies.  He was suppose to start school in Italy the beginning of this year but was unable to obtain a visa due to the bombings in Paris.  We started over with his other choice of a school. Some of you were fortunate to meet him at the District Conference in Madison.  Our third GG scholar is Jeremy O’Brien who has recently departed for College in London in Global Health and Disease Prevention.

Our first Peace Fellow, Melissa Diamond is just beginning school at one of Rotary’s 5 Peace Centers, the University of Bradford in England. The Rotary Clubs in the London area act as International hosts for about 30 GG and Peace scholars in any given year. Melissa was selected in June of 2016 from our District and was then selected by Rotary International as only one of 50 in the world for a Peace Fellow scholarship.  Another 50 are selected for the Peace and Conflict Professional Development Certificate, a 3-month program in Thailand.  These scholarships involve a much longer process than the Global Grant scholarships and are no cost to the district.  In June of this year, our District endorsed two candidates for the Peace Fellow program and they will learn in October if they made it through the entire selection process.  Linh Vo is a famous journalist from Vietnam who has written 10 books and started Volunteer Vietnam House. She recently visited Madison and spoke at the Madison South Rotary Club.  Nawar Jacob is an engineer from Syria who is working with refugees in Turkey.  I encourage everyone to follow our scholar’s blogs: 

In the future, I will write about various aspects of these scholarship programs and feature a different scholar in each of our District newsletters. 

Lyn Kenney


Rotary Friendship Exchanges - District 6250 and Western India

Group from our area travels to India Jan. 21 – Feb. 5, 2017
Group from India hosted by our district for 10 days in May/June 2017 (dates tbd)

Our Rotary District 6250 Friendship Exchange Committee has just received information from Gujarat, India (western India), where their Rotary District has six couples interested in traveling to our Rotary district for about 10 days in May/June of 2017. 
India would like a group of Rotarians from our district to travel to their district from January 21 - February 5, 2017 (last 3 days would be their district conference). 
Travelers pay their own airfare, first hotel night and perhaps any rental car fees. 
Hosts on each end of the exchange program support the visitors with room, board, entertainment and perhaps transportation while in the country.
Our district is seeking four clubs to host our Rotarian guests in their homes during the ten-day visit in May/June 2017 (dates tbd yet) and have around 12 people from our district to travel to Gujarat, India in January/February 2017.
Contact the David Clemens (Friendship Exchange chairman) at 608-408-8941 or for more details or if you are interested in traveling to India or hosting some of the group members when they visit our district.

One Rotary Summit Registration Opens!

Growing club membership, finding ways to enhance the image of the work of our clubs, and deepening member involvement in The Rotary Foundation are three critical themes facing our clubs.  To think more about where your club is and where your club wants to be regarding these themes and to learn new ideas to strengthen your club, plan on attending the “One Rotary Summit.”

Saturday, November 12, 2016
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells


District Conference 2017 Returns to La Crosse!  

May 12-14, 2017

This  is a going to be a busy busy weekend in La Crosse with several other events in town taking up hotel rooms.  We strongly urge you to book early to be sure that you'll have a room for the 2017 Rotary District Conference!

Room Block Information:

Radisson Hotel - Conference Venue
200 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601

Standard King Room: $149
Standard 2 Queen room: $159

(608) 784-6680 or (800) 333-3333
Ask for the Rotary District 6250  Conference Rate   Enter promo code:  RD6250
Room block deadline: April 14, 2017

The Charmant Hotel - upscale boutique hotel
101 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Standard King or Double Queen Room: $249

(608) 519-8800
Ask for the in-house reservations:  Rotary District 6250 Rate

Room block deadline: March 27, 2017


Club News, Events and Announcements 

Fitchburg/Verona Rotary Annual Wine Tasting Event

Come join the Fitchburg / Verona Rotary Club for our annual Wine Tasting event. Proceeds are used to support local and international programs such as high school scholarships and shipping costs for Books for the World.

Thursday, November 17: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Ten Pin Alley, 6285 Nesbitt Rd, Fitchburg

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.


Tailgate with Madison South Rotary!



Madison West Town Middleton Rotarians Enjoy Time at Pope Farm Conservancy

On September 16th, Madison West Town Middleton Rotarians are treated to a delightful lunchtime history of a local treasure --- Pope Farm Conservancy, preserving the land and its stories. Mel Pope, son of the grounds' founder Art Pope, a former UW Animal Science Professor, gave a brief history of the sacred grounds... the Indians' trails winding from Lake Mendota into Middleton...up to today when carloads of families come out for each summer to see thousands of colorful sunflowers.

Pope Farm Conservancy is 105 acres that sits on top of three recessional moraines in the Town of Middleton, Wisconsin, where three different watersheds come together. A 360-degree panoramic view of Lake Mendota, the Capitol and Madison’s west side can be seen to the east, the Black Earth Creek valley to the North, and the terminal moraine to the South and West.

We're anxious to come back often, to enjoy the blissful views and quiet of this oasis. And we'll google "Ted Kennedy skiing at Blackhawk Ski area" to learn about his 1960 campaign stop at this future park for brother John F. Kennedy.

Thank you Mel Pope and the Pope family for preserving this land for all to enjoy, and never an admission charge.


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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