The District Dispatch


The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

September 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,

The theme for September is New Generations.   I looked at Rotary’s publication entitled “An Introduction to New Generations Service” and found this definition:

“New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth
and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in
community and international service projects, and exchange programs that
enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.”

I am pleased to report that District 6250 and its 60 clubs have New Generations service in abundance. There are three New Generations clubs in the district; one chartered in 2011 and two that are provisional but will be chartered soon.  These three clubs serve as examples of how clubs can structure themselves to be more appealing to younger business and professional people and community leaders.  These three clubs have recognized several factors as being of importance for their members and prospective members.  They recognize that weekly meetings during working hours can be a deterrent to regular attendance; they recognize that meal costs add significantly to the cost of membership; and they recognize that a club hands-on service project can make an attractive alternative to our traditional meeting with a meeting agenda and a speaker.  Both the La Crosse After Hours Club and the Madison After Hours Club alternate between a traditional meeting and a service or social meeting.  Both of these clubs have found that the social and service alternatives to a traditional meeting are wonderful recruiting tools. I have described this model to the more traditional clubs that I have visited, and several of these more traditional clubs are now considering having one meeting a month or one meeting a quarter be either a social event or a service project in lieu of their regular meeting. We’ll have to see how this effects their membership recruitment and retention. While it may not work for every club, it bears consideration.

We’re in the process of recruiting a team leader and team members for our Group Study Exchange Team which will visit Brazil in the spring of 2013. If you or a Rotarian in your club might be willing to serve as the Team Leader, you should get your Team Leader Application to GSE Chair Tom Marshall on or before September 15 so we can conduct team leader interviews before the end of September. Tom’s e-mail is By the end of September, we’d like to have the Team Member Applications in. Look for business and professional people between the ages of 25 and 40 who are not Rotarians or family members of Rotarians who could participate in this 4-week vocational and cultural exchange. There is no better example of a program that enrichs the participants and fosters world peace and cultural understanding for both the team members and their hosts than GSE.


There are a number of clubs in our district who have expressed an interest in adding to the number of Rotaract and Interact clubs in the district.  LaCrosse, Richland Center, Eau Claire, and Baraboo are looking at starting or reviving Rotaract clubs while others are exploring Interact in their high schools.   Our Rotaract Chair (Dan Larson – and Interact Chair, Scott Ryan ( have a wealth of information and would love to help with the formation of new clubs. We’re finding that there is a growing interest in RYLA, thanks largely to our two energetic co-chairs, Jeff Odom ( and Michelle McGrath ( There are more communities with returning RYLA participants who are excited to bring what they learned at RYLA to their high schools and, in turn, getting classmates to participate.
Youth exchange continues to enrich all of the participating clubs in our district. This important program changes lives. The inbound and outbound students add immeasurably to the high schools and communities that host them and the students gain a level of cultural awareness, maturity and self sufficiency that they could never achieve without leaving home. Many clubs report that finding a sufficient number of qualified host families is a challenge, but the rewards more than offset the challenges.  I hope we can interest more of the clubs in our district to host inbound students and sponsor outbound students.  Our Youth Exchange chair, Judy Levine ( would be delighted to respond to any club that might be interested in participating in Rotary Youth Exchange.  Somehow, Judy is continuing to chair this committee, even while serving as the president of her club, Madison Breakfast Rotary.
Finally, most clubs that I have visited recognize the importance of extending Rotary to younger business an professional people in their communities and most of them have an effort in place to try to attract these younger potential members into their clubs. More and more clubs have recognized that they need to be more proactive in getting their message out.  They see the importance of being better at letting the community know of all of the great service that is being done by Rotary for youth and with New Generation Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, RYLA students and other youth in their communities, in our district, and around the world.

Peace Through Service

Rob Stroud
District Governor 2012-2013
Rotary District 6250    

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District News, Events and Announcements

Making a Difference in Bolivia

As appeared in SEH Insight Volume 12

Mark Broses, PE, vividly remembers his first trip to the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia. “It was shocking to see people in outer ring communities using old industrial barrels to store drinking water,” recalls Broses, SEH Co-Director of Energy and Sustainability.

Cochabamba, site of the infamous water wars, is one of the fastest growing cities in Bolivia. “Twenty years ago Cochabamba had a population of 125,000, and now it is almost 1 million,” explains Broses.

“When I traveled there a few years ago with the Chippewa Falls Rotary Club, the outer ring residents didn’t have access to clean water infrastructure for drinking or sanitation. This was linked to high illness and mortality rates for children and the elderly.”

SEH’s Andrew Dane helped start the humanitarian project that involves bringing clean water or sanitation infrastructure to these communities when he was a member of the Chippewa Falls Rotary Club in Wisconsin. “I’ve enjoyed getting involved because I know I’ll meet interesting, energetic people who care about building a better world,” says Dane, a Senior Community Development and Sustainability Specialist in the Appleton, Wisconsin SEH office.

Dane enlisted SEH colleagues Broses and environmental engineer Amy Pranger, PE, to help him raise money to travel to Bolivia to work on projects like this. “It feels good to use my engineering skills to help make such an important impact on the quality of human life,” observes Broses, who is currently planning another Rotary trip to Bolivia this September.

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Team Leader Needed - GSE to Sao Paulo, Brazil

Our Group Study Exchange Team will be going to Sao Paulo, Brazil during this Rotary Year.  They will be visiting District 4620.

The GSE Committee is looking for a Rotarian Team Leader who will lead the Team of four non-Rotarians. Rotarians who are interested in becoming the Team Leader for our Group Study Exchange with a District in Sao Paulo Brazil are still eligible to apply for the position.
Applications are due on September 15 and interviews will be held on September 29.  Applications may be obtained by going on line to
Any Rotarian in District 6250 who is interested in this exciting opportunity, should contact Tom Marshall, Group Study Exchange Chairman
608 665 3084 (H)
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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Zone 28 News for Districts and Clubs

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

AUGUST is Membership and Extension (New Club Development) Month in the world of Rotary.  I hope that you continue to encourage all of your Clubs to review the membership goals they set at PETS.  If a Club has yet to set an aggressive yet realistic goal for the 2012-2013 Rotary year, in conjunction with their Board of Directors, Membership Team Chair and most importantly, their entire membership, please encourage them to do so…now. 

The two critical pieces of the North American Membership Plan are ATTRACTION and ENGAGEMENT.  Interesting, they have a common theme.  We need to ASK prospective members to join us and we need to ASK our new members to join in on the vibrancy and relevance of their Clubs. 

We work so hard to introduce Rotary to a prospective member, yet many times we seem to drop the ball when it comes to keeping our members.

We all have the opportunity this year to change the culture in our Clubs and encourage all Rotarians to be engaged.

Thank you for all you have done, are doing and will do to make Rotary more exciting for all of our members.

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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Rotary Foundation Zone 28 Final Figures

Thank you for your year of Rotary leadership and in your support of our foundation, The Rotary Foundation.  Your leadership resulted in another year with an overall increase of giving to The Annual Fund by Zone 28 Rotarians even as the US economy continues to struggle.

Click here to view the Zone 28 chart with giving by district.

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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.


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Columbus/Fall River Club Hosts Pancake Extravaganza Breakfast

There will also be a Bake Sale and 50/50 raffle at this event.The Rotary Club of Columbus / Fall River will be hosting its 4th annual Pancake Extravaganza Breakfast on Sunday, September 9th from 7:30am until 1:00pm at the Fall River High School 150 Bradley Street, Fall River WI 53932. 

For a Rotarian advance ticket purchase special contact Paul Sukenik at 608-347-9576



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Need a Fish Bowl?

The Rotary Club of Madison South needs your help!  We have approximately 800 new small fish tanks available for free.  There are approximately 80 per pallet.  Perhaps your Rotary Club, local scout troop, or community boys and girls club would have a use for them.  The only stipulation is that they can not be sold!  If you are interested or know someone who might be, please have them contact Alan Selene at 608-271-7979 in Madison.  We need to move them so do not delay.

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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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The Ocean Seesaw was installed on Tuesday, June 26th.

Kids Coulee - Community Working Together - La Crosse Rotarians

Kids Coulee - A community-built playscape for children of all abilities.  Kids Coulee was completely funded by donations of more than $190,000 and built by over 3,700 volunteers in 1994 spearheaded by La Crosse Rotarians.

Kids Coulee is a special multi-leveled playscape with a number of play structures that challenges children of all abilities and an amphitheater that is unique in the county. Each spring area Rotarians have a Rotary Work Day at Kids Coulee and volunteer to spruce up Kids Coulee.  In April they swept and washed the wooden structures, trimmed bushes, raked leaves and spread yards of wood chips.  This fall they plan to finish sprucing it up by painting and staining.

The La Crosse Rotary Downtown Annual Service Committee headed by Kurt Schroeder obtained funding to purchase and install an Ocean Seesaw that accommodates all children including those with disabilities.  They received funding from the La Crosse Community-Foundation-Mary Grace Sieber Fund, Rotary Works Foundation (includes all area Rotary Clubs) and the City of La Crosse.  We thank all three organizations for working together with the area Rotary Clubs to continue to keep Kids Coulee a safe play area for our children and grandchildren.

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Rotary Ramp Project in Wisconsin Rapids


Wisconsin Rapids Noon Rotary Club has partnered with Wood County Department of Aging and the Central Wisconsin Home Builders Association (CWHBA) to build wheel chair ramps for qualified individuals.  The Dept. of Aging screens individuals for financial need and longevity, the CWHBA provides builder expertise to draw up the plans, order materials and provide on site expertise.  The Rotarians provide the funding for the materials and also volunteer labor to assist in constructing the ramps. 

On August 11, 2012 the three organizations built their fourth collaborative ramp.  Rotarian Al Bardole, Treasurer of the Wis. Rapids Rotary Club, has organized all of the Rotary Ramp projects.  Twelve Rotarians were involved in working under the guidance of the builder to build this ramp.  

The three organizations are planning another ramp project for later this summer or fall.

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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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