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

Three months done!  One quarter of the Rotary year gone already!  The time of year where you feel that you and your club has focus.  You
know what you hope to accomplish over the next 9 months. We are all inspired and ready to go!  We are prepared, aren’t we?  Isn’t it ironic
that it seems that October seems to be the month of training?  Well, the truth of the matter is Rotary has trainings throughout the year
because we can all use that extra piece of information to make our projects that much stronger to ensure that they are truly Making a Difference. It starts
right here in our own district with One Rotary Summit being held Oct. 7th at the Wilderness in the Dells.  At this event, we join other Rotary leaders from our District as we EXCHANGE IDEAS and TAKE ACTION on actual proven ways on how to energize and bolster your club for growth, service and public interaction.  It is going to be a great day that will truly help energize and prepare us for the rest of the year.  In addition to this training, for those in District leadership, Oct. 25th – 29th we will be travelling to Itasca, IL as we attend the Zone Institute to help prepare us for the challenges we will face this year as well as inspire us with Rotary stories!  Two events that will truly energize and inspire.  If you aren’t signed up yet, please do so before it’s too late!

As many know from following me on Facebook, I have visited 38 clubs so far.  I continue to be amazed to hear about the thousands of volunteer hours we are putting in around our district and the hundreds of thousands of dollars we are spending.  I am proud to serve as your DG and you should be proud of all you are accomplishing in your clubs and our district!

October is not only our start to our training ‘season’, but it is also Economic and Community Development month.  As you know, each month Rotary takes on
a difference focus.  If you want to learn more about this, please check out -

October 24th is also World Polio Day.  As you know our district will be celebrating this in multiple locations.  Many clubs are having different celebrations and special speakers talk about Polio and our eradication efforts.  If your club doesn’t plan on having an event, we encourage you to joint with other Rotarian’s around the district.  I will be celebrating at the state capital.  We will meet at the Wisconsin State Capitol - State Street Steps for World Polio Day from 4 – 6 PM. This is followed by a social at the Great Dane Pub. District 6250 Clubs are encouraged to make this your weekly meeting. Together we can End Polio Now!

As my year has only started, I’d like to ask you and your club members’ assistance in identifying potential candidates for our District’s 2020 – 2021 Governor. 
I know that seems like a long way into the future but to comply with Rotary International’s Manual of Procedure, this is the required protocol.  If you are interested in learning what the position ‘officially’ entails, click here.  Our District’s Nominating Committee Chair, PDG Mary Van Hout has previously asked for potential candidates’ names and we again ask that you send them to her by October 15, 2017 at

Finally, I want to thank you all for making my journey so amazing.  I truly love Rotary and what we stand for.  Being able to see it firsthand all over our district is such an amazing and humbling experience.    Thank you all for your dedication and service!  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



First Ever Group One New Member Training Photos




A Note From Your District Treasurer

The annual dues statements were email to your club in August.  The annual District dues amount remains at $40 per club member.  Club officers are reminded that the District’s policy is to use the same membership number that Rotary International has on file for your club as of June 30th, and therefore cannot be changed by the club at the time the dues assessment is paid.  Also, the statement includes the PETS registration fee for your club’s president-elect.  This also is a mandatory assessment.
Again, at this time of year we remind Club officers that all clubs are required to file with the IRS, some version of Form 990 no later then November 15th.   Clubs with receipts of less then $50,000 are eligible to complete Form 990-N online.  If the Club’s receipts are between $50,000 and $200,000 they need to complete and file Form 990-EZ.
To follow the practice that the District’s Board instituted last year, the financial statements for the District’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2017 are now available for your review on the District’s website here.
As we have mentioned at the District’s annual meeting, for the past several years, the goal of the District’s annual budgets of revenue and expenditures have been intended to basically be breakeven, or even to have expenses slightly exceed revenue by a small amount.  However, certain expenses never seem to materialize to the level budgeted, often because Rotarians serving the District choose not to seek reimbursement for their eligible expenses.  Since that is never a certainty, the budgets need to anticipate that all eligible expenses are to be reimbursed.  So at June 30, 2017, although we had allowed for District expenses to exceed revenue by approximately $20,000, the District ended up being about a $12,000 addition to the District’s reserves.
The District attempts to maintain reserves (Total Equity) of approximately 30% to 50% of annual budgeted expenditures.  This is necessary since most of the District’s revenue is received just once during the year, but expenses (non-youth exchange program related) occur throughout, with the majority actually being incurred in the latter part of the fiscal year.  Additionally, the youth exchange program creates much of the reserved balance at June 30th, due to the timing of program receipts in the spring, but with the significant expenses occurring in the summer/fall time period.
If your club has any question about the District’s finances, or even individual club financial matters, please feel free to contact the District Treasurer at

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What's the Million Dollar Journey All About?

Rotarians are people of action and our Rotary Foundation has always transformed your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  When you donate to our Rotary Foundation your gift makes a difference to those who need help the most.  More than 90% of funds donated go directly to supporting our chosen projects around the world. 
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of our Rotary Foundation, our District has set a goal of raising $1 million in new major contributions ($10,000 or more) and bequests.  For many Rotarians, a commitment of this magnitude may require some thoughtful consideration and planning, hence the “Journey” description. 
A bequest is simply a promise to leave a gift upon your or your and your partner’s passing.  Setting up a bequest is oftentimes done with the assistance of an attorney but signing up to be a part of our Bequest Society is as simple as filling out a short form.  Once your intention has been shared with our Rotary Foundation, you will be recognized with a personally engraved crystal display piece and a special pin and/or pendant.  Couples may be recognized jointly.  As of today, our district has 40 Bequest Society members.
A major gift can be made in one or multiple payments over the course of three years (with as few as 3 -$3,333.34 or as many as 36 - $277.78 installments).  For those wishing to take advantage of extended payments, a personalized pledge form would be drafted and upon making the initial payment, Major Donor status would be received.  Major Donor recognition includes a personally engraved crystal and a special pin and/or pendant.  Couples may be recognized jointly.  As of today, 68 of our district’s Rotarians have achieved Major Donor status.
In celebration of reaching our goal, an intimate dinner will be held for all who have made a new major gift or bequest or have increased an existing bequest by $10,000 or more.  This celebration will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Trappers Turn Golf Course in Wisconsin Dells. Those who attend will be treated to an exclusive and intimate dinner including fellowship and a special keynote address by Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko.  This event is unlike any we’ve ever hosted.
For additional information on being a part of this historic effort, please contact District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair David Warren or Rotary Foundation Major Gifts Officer Rachel Greenhoe.  The time to take action is now.  Your gift can truly change or even save a life.   Thank you for your generosity and commitment to our Rotary foundation!

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District Governor 2020-2021

Our District 6250 believes that a strong leadership succession plan helps keep our Clubs strong and vibrant and we encourage all Clubs to have succession plans. 
It is now time to work on the selection process for the 2020-2021 Rotary year District Governor year.  The nominated person must have been a Club President and be in good standing with the Club.
Please give serious thought to the Rotarians in your Club who you believe have the qualifications to lead our District and notify Nominating Committee Chair Mary Van Hout at or 608 836 1603 before the end of September.  The committee can provide all details of the position and answer questions that may arise .  In addition, visit the District Nominations web page for a description.  Working together, we can build a better District and stronger Clubs today and in the years to come!!

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World Polio Day - October 24, 2017

Mark your calendar World Polio Awareness Day on October 24, 2017!  Rotary District 6250 will host an event at the Madison Capital from 4 pm to 6 pm. We will be meeting at the State Street side of the Capital to create awareness of Rotary’s impact on the eradication of Polio. 
Rotary members in Wisconsin are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio – a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.  
WHAT: Polio Awareness Day
WHEN:  October 24, 2017 4 pm to 6 pm
WHERE: Madison State Capital Steps

Let us know your coming! 


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About Rotaract

Join the global movement of young leaders who are developing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take action through service. From big cities to rural villages, Rotaract is changing communities like yours.

9,522 Rotaract Clubs
291,000 Members
177 Countries

What’s involved?
Rotaract clubs decide how to organize and run their club, manage their own funds, and plan and carry out activities and service projects aligned with causes that are important to your community. Rotary club sponsors offer guidance and support and work with your club as partners in service.
Celebrate the global impact of Rotaract by getting involved in:
                  World Rotaract Week
                  Rotaract district and multidistrict events
                  The Interota conference
                  Rotary Day at the United Nations
                  Global Youth Service Day
How do I join?
Check with your university or contact a local Rotary club to find out if there’s a Rotaract club in your area. Contact the Rotaract club to find out how you can join its next meeting, service project, or social event.

Can I start a Rotaract club?
Yes. If your university or community doesn’t already have a Rotaract club, you can start one. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • A sponsor Rotary club to provide support and partnership

  • A faculty or sponsor club adviser to guide and mentor you

  • People ages 18-30 from your school or community who are interested in joining the club

  • Leaders to organize your club, find other members, and plan successful projects

Can my Rotary club sponsor a Rotaract club?
Help young adults in your community develop leadership skills, build lasting friendships, and create positive change through Rotaract. Not only will Rotaract make a difference in their lives, it will also energize and inspire your Rotary club and connect you with enthusiastic and capable partners in service.
What are the benefits?

  • Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:

  • Take action locally and internationally to create sustainable change

  • Expand your professional network and exchange ideas with proven leaders

  • Develop your professional skills through leadership training

  • Save money on travel, hotels, and supplies with Rotary’s member benefits program, Rotary Global Rewards

  • Have fun and make new friends from around the world

  • Connect with the global community of Rotaract at the annual Rotary International Convention and Rotaract Preconvention

Twin clubs
Connect with a Rotaract club in another country by developing a twin club relationship. Not only will it expand your knowledge of another country and its cultures, you’ll also increase your club’s global impact.
Rotarian Action Groups
Connect with Rotaract and Rotary members and their families who are experts in a particular field by joining a Rotarian Action Group. Group members share their expertise by collaborating with clubs and districts on service projects.  
Rotary Fellowships
Share your hobby or vocation with fellow club members, their spouses, and Rotary members. Some Rotary Fellowships are purely social, and others use their common interests and skills to carry out service projects.
District connections  
Your district offers a variety of ways to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in your area. You can also contact Rotaract clubs outside your district using the Worldwide Rotaract Directory.
Multidistrict information organizations
Rotaract multidistrict information organizations help connect Rotaract clubs across several Rotary districts. Working within a country or region, these organizations bring members together to exchange ideas, share information, and meet other young leaders. 
Rotaract clubs worldwide are using their energy, experience, and education to address issues that are important to them.
Please contact Dan Larson,  at (608) 469-8036 ( or Mary Van Hout at 608 836-1603 ( CoChairs if you would like more information or assistance in starting a Rotaract Club.

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Update on Global Grants

Any Rotarian can find and recommend young folks who are looking to complete a masters degree in one of Rotary’s 6 areas of focus. Just look to Bruce Swanwick from the La Crosse Club who mentioned this program to Kate Shepardson who was a waitress (while going to school) in a restaurant Bruce Frequented. She was put in touch with our district, met the requirements, interviewed in May for our one scholarship and she was selected. The La Crosse Club now has a scholar who just began her studies in London in Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution. All you have to do is spread the word about this program, find a potential candidate and all the work of mentoring the applicant and writing the Global Grant for the scholar is done for you. In
the next newsletter, there will be a review of the requirements.

Sakhr Munassar: Sakhr, from Yemen, has completed his masters at Otago University in New Zealand in Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution where he was President of the Rotaract Club. He not only gave the graduation address for his school but was invited to give one at the Polytechnic International Campus in Auckland. A staff member from the organizing committee wrote: “I found his speech moving and it obviously resonated with many in the audience, the
graduates themselves, their families and our staff. It is the first time I have seen our staff, who was sitting in the choir stalls behind the official party, give a guest speaker a standing ovation”. He recently started a full time job as Youth Coordinator at the Red Cross in the Otago Region of NZ. He remains involved with Rotary and since he cannot return to either Yemen or the US, the Rotarians are hoping to make him a Kiwi!
Sakhr Sakhr working at the Red Cross in NZ  


Melissa DeOrio: Melissa, was sponsored by the Fitchburg Rotary Club. She completed a Masters degree in 2016 in Security Studies (Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution) from the University College of London. Melissa previously taught in Turkey where some of her students were refugees from nearby countries. After leaving London, she relocated to Washington,DC. where she had an internship with Congressman Brad Sherman on the House Foreign Affairs
Committee. She now has a full time position as Exiger Diligence where she conducts Turkishlanguage investigations for the company, helping companies to comply with international laws and regulations by identifying various risk factors and financial crimes. She is working on becoming an official member of Rotaract DC.
Melissa with Congressman Brad Sherman in DC  


Jeremy O’Brien: This was straight from Jeremy…..”This past year has been quite the year to remember. Arriving London exactly one year ago today, I was picked up from the Heathrow airport by a fellow Rotarian and brought to my new home. Fast forwarding, I pursued a Master's of Science in Global Health and Development at University College London, attended three United Nations Conferences in Geneva and Paris related to Peace & Conflict Resolution, Malaria and Anti-Corruption/Economic Development. I also completed an internship with the Strategic Policy Directions team at UNAIDS in Geneva. All throughout this time, I also made an effort to be involved with the Rotary Scholars Program. My first couple months in London, I partook in the Great Britain and
Ireland Rotary Scholars Weekend in Warwick, UK, and attended the district 1130 Conference in Eastbourne, UK. I also attended seven rotary meetings throughout the year, five in London and two in Geneva. It was with only Rotary's help that I was able to transition to London and Geneva, as both districts welcomed me with open arms and were a huge help along the way (and of course the Madison district as well). Fast forwarding again, I am now in New York working for the British Government as a Life Sciences Trade & Investment Associate, where I am working closely with US and UK healthcare and health sciences companies that are interested in working overseas, and also interested in either selling or donating products to United Nations programs. We
also work very closely with companies interested in expanding health research in the UK. This week, we will be quite busy at work with the United Nations General Assembly taking place in New York. I very much look forward to staying connected and involved with Rotary, as I not only am thankful for everything they do for the world and how they have supported me, but I have made so many lifelong friends across the globe and it is truly an amazing organization.”
Jeremy at his first day of work in N.Y.​  

For further information on the scholarship program or referrals of potential scholars, contact Lyn Kenney at: or at 925 518-4444


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 

Viroqua Rotary 30th Anniversary 

The Viroqua Area Rotary Club is celebrating its 30th anniversary on October 12 at 5:30 pm  at Bogens' in Westby.  All Rotarians are invited.  RSVP for details.

Lake Mills Club - International Flag Exchange

While on a recent family vacation in South Eastern Ireland, Rotary Club of Lake Mills, WI President-Elect Ann Lee attended a meeting of the Rotary Club of Wexford.  She was greeted with nothing less than warm welcomes and gracious hospitality by her fellow Rotarians. Club Flags/Banners were exchanged as well. Shown (L to R) are Maura Bell, President; Ann Lee, and Thomas Huelswitt, Vice President of the Rotary Club of Wexford Ireland. 

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La Crosse Valley View Summer Music Series Review

Is your club looking for a neat project?
The  La Crosse Valley View recently wrapped up its annual summer music series called “Moon Tunes”.  The club presented $13,000 for the renovation of the existing band shell.  Every Thursday night they have a different band or bands – culminating with a tribute to Woodstock featuring many bands.  Check out the crowd!  In the same park as Rotary Lights later on in the year, this series promotes Rotary every week to – literally – thousands.  No admission fee, and people throng to the park to enjoy the concerts.

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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

Jefferson & Fort Atkinson Rotary Clubs hosted a Friendship Exchange with Rotary Clubs from the Philippines from 9/5 - 9.


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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

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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