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


Welcome to this month's District 6250 Newsletter.  This month's Rotary theme is "New Generations."  Many of our clubs are celebrating this theme by welcoming student Rotars to club meetings with the beginning of the new school year.  Others are getting to know new Rotary Youth Exchange students who have arrived from other countries.  You are encouraged to focus on youth programs this month as you continue to "Engage Rotary; Change Lives!


Dean Ryerson
District Governor 2013-2014
Rotary District 6250


District Video Message 

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District News, Events and Announcements


What's new about the Rotary International website?

Everything! We’ve heard from many corners that Rotary needs a faster, improved website that makes it easy to find what you’re looking for and helps you get your Rotary business done. We listened – and we hope you’re as excited as we are about its clean, modern look and state-of-the-art features.


Nine years ago the Rotary Club of La Crosse determined to do an every member enrollment for foundation support….an ask!  The club had been including an assessment in the dues statement of every member that amounted to $15 dollars a year in support of the Rotary Foundation.  With the enrollment per capital giving rose to something in excess of $60…a four fold increase.

During this past May and early June the Foundation Committee for the Rotary Club of La Crosse, as a part of the bi-annual enrollment of its members, made a case for the support of the Rotary International Foundation, our local Rotary Works Foundation and for the Polio Eradication Fund with the following results:

    Per Contributing Member
Rotary International Foundation $ 15,856.50 $ 100.36
Rotary Works Foundation $ 21,477.50 $ 135.93
Polio Eradication Fund $ 8,803.00 $ 62.04
Total Support $ 46,137.00 $ 292.00

This represents an 8.7% increase in support over the previous enrollment.  These numbers are the front end of a bigger story.  World peace begins with the key elements of social justice, adequate housing, clean water, good food, health-care and education opportunities.  That is the work of the Rotary Foundation.   Our support of the Polio Eradication Fund will provide 17,600 children with the polio vaccine that will impact their lives forever.  The Rotary Works Foundation, supported by the nine area Rotary Clubs of our area, will continue to impact quality of life issues in our communities.

Does every member participate…no but every member is asked and in the case of the Rotary Club of La Crosse, 97% were able to make a contribution.  The pledges are billed on a quarterly basis and sent to the respective foundations.

Bear in mind that the total support represents a nearly five fold increase in giving since 2005. Do enrollments of members work?  I leave it to you to decide.

Dean Dickinson PDG
Area Foundation Coordinator

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Upcoming Friendship Exchange with District 9110 - Southwest Nigeria

I am excited to announce a Friendship Exchange with District 9110 which includes Lagos and Ogun States in Southwest Nigeria.  The travel dates are February 13-23, 2014.  We anticipate 8 to 10 travelers on the trip.  My friends in District 9110 will attempt to involve the team in local polio immunization efforts if they are occurring during that time, as well as visits to projects sites that have been supported by our two districts.  This would include The Wheel Schools (Rotary-supported schools for the children of beggars’) and other projects like microlending or water projects.

Our district’s relationship with Nigeria goes back to 2002 when we exchanged Group Study Exchange teams.  Since then clubs in our district have partnered with District 9110 in 7 matching grant projects including the donation of a reverse matching grant from District 9110 to the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne Middleton to support a homeless family project at the YWCA.

Our friends in Lagos are excited to host our Rotarians.  Travel costs for this trip are estimated at $2000-$3000, and would include airfare ($1300-$1600), visas costs, and other incidental travel expenses.  You will generally be hosted by Rotarians who will show you the same warmth, family spirit and love that my husband and I have experienced on our visits there.  After your return, it is my personal wish that you engage your club and community in support of a project in Nigeria, like the Wheel Schools.

Please let me know if you are interested in this friendship exchange.

Best wishes,

Mary Kessens PDG
Cell:  608-516-1306

PS  Please feel free to share this information with your Rotary Club and Rotary friends.

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Where Will You Be June 1-4, 2014?


Hoping your Labor Day weekend was what you wanted it to be!  Feel free to share, copy and reprint  the September issue of the Zone Newsletter as needed.  The Rotary Coordinator team is ready and willing to assist you.  Please do call upon us.

Yours in Rotary,

Tamie Koop, PDG
D 6270,  2008-09 Make Dreams Real
Zone 28 Rotary Coordinator


Club News, Events and Announcements


Whether it's a Barbershop Quartet or Calf Wrangling, District Governor Dean Ryerson doesn't miss an opportunity to get involved!

District Governor Dean Ryerson and Edgerton Rotarian Jim Raymond hang on to Dean the Calf during the Edgerton Rotary Club's annual District Governor's visit at the Jim Raymond farm. Rotarians and their families gathered at the farm for an evening of fellowship, food, music, and a presentation by DG Ryerson.        DG Dean Ryerson and La Crosse Barbershop Singers at La Crosse Area Rotary Clubs "Avenues of Service Dinner" on 13 August 2013

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Madison West Towne-Middleton and the Orphan Train Project’s Art Exhibits 

For the past fifteen years, the Orphan Train Project, facilitated by the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton, has matched service clubs, schools, churches, businesses and other groups to needy orphanages around the world.

Recently, the Orphan Train Project reached out to those orphanages, asking them to submit children’s works of art for a series of art contests.  Sixteen orphanages agreed to participate, with drawings and paintings arriving from homes in Bulgaria, Peru, India, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Grenada and Uganda.  As expected, the work varied in style and complexity. The pieces numbered more than two hundred.  One of the most unique entries was submitted by a South African orphanage. It was a photograph of a child and his sand sculpture. His creation was a bust of the child’s friend who was murdered near their compound.  Quite obviously, a sand sculpture could not be sent by mail.

The first exhibit of the artwork was at the Middleton, Wisconsin Wine Walk, a downtown Middleton fund raiser for the merchants association and their designated charity. The second showing was at the Rotary District Conference, held at Madison’s Monona Terrace, earlier this summer.  At each exhibit, the people attending the event enthusiastically voted for their favorites, and medals were awarded the top five people’s choices.  The Orphan Train art committee selected ten entries for inclusion in a set of greeting cards. The card sets are being sold to support the work of Rotary.  Pieces selected for the card set also received medals. In addition, a few “Rising Star” certificates were given to several children. Currently, St. Jerome School in Columbus is hosting the exhibit.  St. Jerome is a long-time “conductor” organization, a term used by the Orphan Train Project to identify a group that has created an ongoing relationship with an orphanage.  Clubs wishing to host the artwork, or become a conductor on the Orphan Train Project, are encouraged to contact the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton.  Upon receiving the medals and certificates, reports and photographs of the winners with their awards are coming in from overseas. Medalists from one Bulgarian orphanage, for instance, were recently honored at a presentation by the Mayor of Bregovo, Bulgaria, who saluted their achievements. In attendance were the Orphan Train Project’s Bulgarian Intermediary (herself a member of the Lady Lions), a representative of the local Rotary Club, a member of the press and others. Both boys are graduating from high school next spring and were promised support in finding jobs in the community.

In this country, our children’s achievements are constantly applauded and awarded.  For those living in orphanages, we suspect that doesn’t happen quite as often!   Now, that recognition has come their way from Rotarians and others who marveled at their artistic abilities.

By Ed Fink


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Help Support the Fundraising Effort for the Awareness of Veterans Issues

The Madison West Rotary Club and Club President Ron Phelps invites Rotarians to join the club and others in raising funds for the awareness of Veterans issues.  For information on how to support this project, go to:

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Madison West Towne Middleton Champions RYLA

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people.  Wisconsin Heights High School’s Kayleigh Pauley, Julia Wolf and Angelia Blair are recent RYLA attendees.  They presented their May RYLA camp experiences at our July 26th meeting.

RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to

  • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities

Madison West Towne Middleton Rotary sponsors four kids each year. Kevin Welton does the leg work for our club in grand fashion…and the kids are the beneficiaries!

Do you have an upcoming Club Event or accomplishment that you would like to announce? Send your pre-written article to:  Click to view  Club Events Calendar

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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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