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

September is New Generations month when we celebrate all the ways Rotary can help develop young leaders.  Through clubs like Interact and Rotaract and programs like Youth Exchange and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), young people are able to strengthen their leadership skills, serve their communities, increase their world understanding and build lasting friendships.

We are fortunate to have many successful examples of these clubs and programs throughout our district and leaders willing to share relevant information on how your club can increase their participation in these areas too.  Please refer to our district website or contact me for additional information.

Over the years, my family has participated in many levels of New Generations services from hosting several exchange students to last year sending our own daughter on a short term youth exchange.  My wife Lori is a member of the Madison After Hours Club and also the Interact advisor at the school where she teaches and we have both participated in RYLA the past two years.  We’ve learned these opportunities are not only beneficial to the participants but have been real gifts to us as well. 

In this month’s video address I share some thoughts about the benefits these programs offer to the youngest members in the family of Rotary.  Some of you may notice the duration of this film appears to have exceeded my self-imposed five minute limit.  This is due to the addition of a commercial message.  Please feel free to fast forward through this segment if you wish.  Thanks for watching and sharing with your Rotary club and friends.

Dave Warren
District Governor 2014-2015
Rotary District 6250

District Video Message 



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District News, Events and Announcements

Rotary Friendship Exchange

The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotarians (including spouse or significant other) the opportunity to host and visit Rotarians around the world. In addition to experiencing other cultures and making lasting friendships, an exchange provides a strong foundation for carrying out other international activities and service projects.
District 6250 currently has two RFE opportunities in 2015! 
Outbound Dates Location Contact Inbound Dates
Jan 10-21, 2015 D3850 The Philippines
(Current itinerary includes visiting Bacolod, Iloilo, Kalibo and Boracay)
Darla Leick
(715) 506-0044
March, 2015 D9600 Eastern Australia
(includes Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands)
Jack Haase
September, 2015


RI President Gary C.K. Huang is urging all Rotary members to Light Up Rotary by organizing a Rotary Day in 2014-15. The concept is simple: hold a fun, informal event in your community to introduce the public to your club and Rotary. You’ll not only improve Rotary’s image in your community, you’ll also boost interest in joining your club.



Any club, big or small, can host a Rotary Day. Neighboring clubs can pool their resources and co-host an event -- even entire districts can come together for a large-scale Rotary Day. Here are some ideas for your Rotary Day:

  • An outdoor picnic or barbecue
  • A sporting event or concert
  • An event associated with a public parade or festival
  • An event at a museum, art gallery, or cultural center
  • A reception or buffet dinner
Find more tips for planning a Rotary Day in the Rotary Days brochure.
Click Here for more information about Rotary Days

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Host Your Own Ethics Event

We all have ideas about what it means to be “ethical” and what an “ethical” school, community, business, or government should be like. “Ethics” applies to all these levels.

The Rotary Club of Madison will host their 15th annual Ethics Symposium in February. This club effort attracts Rotarians, school leaders, and, most importantly, high school juniors. Why? Because it has memorable impact for all involved.

This year, Rotary Club of Madison invites clubs in our District to inquire about “Ethics Symposium In-A-Box” — a selection of scalable concepts to host your own version of the Ethics Symposium in your hometown. This project introduces students to the ROTARY framework for ethical decision-making.

Here is an example of a situation where ethical decision-making comes into play. Think about this as if you were 17 years old:

You’ve been best friends with Chris since 3rd grade and you just saw her take some of your mom’s prescription painkillers from your parent’s medicine cabinet.  Chris has done this before and now you fear your best friend has a serious problem.  She begs you not to say anything – she’s leaving for college in a month and promises to stop.

What do you do?

Students face ethical dilemmas every day. Some, can be life threatening.  Others, while less ominous, are no less important:

You’re running late for class.  If you’re tardy again it will mean detention but you see a person in a wheelchair struggling to get over the sidewalk curb due to the mound of snow left by the plow just moments ago. 

Do you risk being late for class by helping…or, pretend you don’t see the person struggling and hurry off to class?

These are tough situations. The purpose of the Rotary Ethics Symposium is to foster a reflective community with concern for the ethical dimensions of everyday life.

Would your club be interested in hosting an ethics event? If so, please email the Rotary Club of Madison at and a volunteer on the “In-A-Box” subcommittee of the Rotary Ethics Symposium Committee will be in touch. 

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Culture:  Beyond Borders
September 2014 | Rotarian Magazine

Exchange programs make the world more peaceful, one student at a time.

Mara Egherman, a college librarian, was sitting at her desk when she saw an email pop up: Ryan Ahmad, a Muslim exchange student in Iowa from the Philippines, needed a place to stay. There had been trouble at his school, and he’d been beaten up by a fellow exchange student.

Egherman flashed back to her 16-year-old self, alone in a foreign country. “I knew I had to take this kid in,” she says. As a high school student, Egherman had applied for an exchange program in South Africa. But after arriving in Johannesburg in 1982, she discovered that her host family had racial notions that dovetailed with those of the apartheid regime. Egherman was forbidden from speaking to the help. The family considered Nelson Mandela (then still in prison) a terrorist. And they kept a cache of weapons in a closet for protection. For a teenager from the Midwest, this was disorienting – and eye-opening. Egherman saw people being treated in ways she’d never imagined. Click Here for Full Article

A Pakistani health worker vaccinates a child in Islamabad

Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Battle to Eradicate Polio in Pakistan
Jeffrey Kluger | Time Magazine

Political unrest in Pakistan has been a gift to the poliovirus, with 99 cases reported there so far this year. But Rotary International, which has already vaccinated 2 billion children in 122 countries, is hitting back hard.

Epidemiology can be all about geography—and that’s especially true when it comes to polio. If you live in the U.S., where polio was eradicated in 1979, the specter of the disease has faded almost entirely, though pockets of infections can occur among the unvaccinated. In Pakistan, however, things are moving in precisely the opposite direction, and have been for a while now.

One of only three countries in the world where polio remains endemic (the other two are Nigeria and Afghanistan), Pakistan had been close to joining the world’s polio-free nations, with only 58 infections in 2012. But thanks to bans on vaccinating—and deadly attacks on polio fieldworkers—by the Pakistani Taliban, the caseload rose to 93 in 2013. In 2014, the total reached 99 by July 18—a figure all the more alarming compared to this point last year, when there had been just 21 cases. Click Here for Full Article

Club News, Events and Announcements

The Oktoberfest You've Been Waiting For!

Saturday, October 11th: 11am-11pm
Wisconsin Brewing Company
1079 American Way
Verona, WI 53593
  • Ages 13 and under – Free 
  • Ages 14-18 – $5
  • Ages 18 and over – $10 
  • Oktoberfest Special: Adult Admission, one glass beer mug, plus one free beer for $20

Click Here for Printable Flyer
Click Here for Sponsor Packages






Save the Date!

October 11th is Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton's inaugural Oktoberfest at Wisconsin Brewing Company in Verona, WI.   We will have live music, food, and good beer. Come out and see The Blue Olives, The Mike Schneider Band, and The Love Monkeys.









To learn more visit:

We are also looking for sponsors for this great event.  If you would be interested in sponsorship, please see our sponsor packages.

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Two Upcoming Rotary Club of Tomah Events

September 13th- Beer and Sausage Fest
Come and enjoy a Saturday afternoon at Winnebago Park in Tomah and sample different types of sausage and craft brews from vendors from all over the area! $20 admission gains you access to sample from every booth. There will also be prizes, raffles, and drawings and a chance to win free brats for a year from Holmen Meat Locker! Proceeds to go towards Tomah Rotary Holiday Lights and towards Tomah Dog Walk Park.

Date: Saturday, September 13th. 2:00PM - 6:00PM
Place: Tomah Recreation Park, Tomah WI.
Contact: Marty Murphy, 608-343-5537

October 23rd-3rd annual Wine Into Water Event! 
Sample great African Wines, local cranberry wines, gourmet chocolates, artisian cheeses, and fantastic hors d'oeuvres. Amazing silent and live auction items provided by local artists. Proceeds will help Tomah Rotary, partnering with Remembering Jesse Charity, to provide clean water to 16,000 people in Uganda. 
Your $20 donation will provide 20 years of clean water for a child.
Date: Thursday, October 23rd. 5:30-8:00
Place: Three Bears Lodge, Warrens, WI
Contact: Jenny Parker, 

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The Perks of Being a District Governor

According to past president Mark Broses, no trip to Chippewa Falls is complete until you've visited the Leinenkugel Brewery and tasted at least four brews. District Governor David Warren seems quite pleased with this special perk.

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Platteville Rotary "Party in the Park"

Platteville area Rotarians recently participated in Platteville's annual Party in the Park, which recognizes community volunteers for their contributions. 


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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