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 Education and Literacy Month in Rotary and all of the research is clear.   In environments where literacy is encouraged, we find not only better readers and kids doing better in school but higher standards of living with people able to live sustainably.
New findings show that, in countries where literacy rates are high with little access to actual books, more and more people are using mobile access to read books and stories on small screen devices.
Worldwide 774 million people, which includes 123 million youth, cannot read or write and often this is traced to a lack of books.  For instance, most people in Sub-Saharan Africa do not own a single book and schools do not have the means to provide textbooks to learners.  Because of the basic need to communicate, 6 of the 7 billion people on earth have access to a working mobile phone.
UNESCO’s study of mobile reading was conducted in seven developing countries, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda and Zimbabwe.  Drawing on the analysis of over 4,000 surveys and corresponding qualitative interviews, the study found that: 

  • large numbers of people (one third of study participants) read stories to children from mobile phones; 
  • females read far more on mobile devices than males (almost six times as much according to the study); 
  • both men and women read more cumulatively when they start reading on a mobile device; 
  • many neo- and semi-literate people use their mobile phones to search for text that is appropriate to their reading ability.

The study is intended as a roadmap for governments, organizations and individuals who wish to use mobile technology to help spread reading and literacy. The report recommends improving the diversity of mobile reading content to appeal to specific target groups such as parents and teachers; initiating outreach and trainings to help people transform mobile phones into portals to reading material; and lowering costs and technology barriers to mobile reading.
As Rotarians we can enhance education and literacy in our communities and around the world.   Around District 6250 so much is being done on this front and we need to remind ourselves that there is much more that can be done.  Book Around the World does so much to promote education and literacy year round as does our involvement in schools.  Keep up the great effort!!
 Please watch this video to see a very creative way that enhanced education in Guatemala due to the initial efforts of one  Rotarian!!


​​We are Rotary!!    We Are A Gift To The World!!

Mary Van Hout
District Governor 2015-2016
Rotary District 6250

District News, Events and Announcements


District 6250 Leadership Academy
October 24th - Wisconsin Dells 

Better meetings.
Better decision making.

Better results.

Better boards of directors.

More confidence.
A few of the 15 topics you will address:
  • Purposes of a meeting
  • Agendas: Who sets, how, significance, uses
  • Minutes: Preparation, content, uses
  • Motions
  • Working with Volunteers: organizing for success, selecting, motivating
  • Cultivating better directors
  • Meeting format and frequency
  • Dynamic decision-making 
To foster a wealth of experience 
and dynamic discussion this seminar is designed to include participants from 5 to 7 Rotary Clubs. To create within each Club a core of leaders with a shared understanding of leadership, the District will favor applications from Clubs wishing to enroll 3 to 5 members. These preferences are -- well, preferences -- not ironclad regulations, but we expect them to be the norm. Only if spaces remain will we fill in with others.

Click Here for More Information & Registration

November 7, 2015

Kalahari Resort, WI Dells
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

There is no fee to attend, but please register by October 31st so that we can be sure to have enough food and materials for all attendees. 

"A Gracious Plenty" - The RI Foundation's Endowment Fund
By: Alan Strohschein, Columbus Fall River Rotary Club

This year’s Rotary theme is “Be a Gift to the World”.  As your District’s chair for giving to the Endowment Fund of the Rotary International Foundation, I will be periodically writing about ways you, and your club, can establish a Permanent Gift to the World by including, for instance, the Rotary International Endowment Fund in your estate planning or donating $1,000 outright to the Endowment Fund (Benefactor), or by becoming a member of the Bequest Society by giving $10,000 or more to the Fund via your estate plan.  Permanent Fund contributions are forever invested by our Rotary International Foundation.  A part of this money is NOT coming back to our district in three years, like a contribution to the Annual Programs Fund.  This is not money contributed toward your recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow.  This is an endowed fund, and it grows and grows with time.  It is building our ability to permanently sustain contributions to global grants that meet the areas of focus our Rotary leadership establishes.

So why title this first article on the Permanent Fund, “A Gracious Plenty”, which the American dictionary of idioms translates to an “elegant sufficiency”?   It is a term from my childhood that my grandmother used time and time again, especially around the holiday dinner table when someone was filling her plate.  Minnie Augusta Wilhelmina
Joch Strohschein was a little German lady with a lot of grit.  She realized long ago that all we need is a gracious plenty, and the rest can be set aside permanently for good works.  Learn more about the Permanent Fund from contacting me at or 1-920-382-7355.  I can help you find a contact in your area of the district.   There are helpful folks in Evanston at RI headquarters that can also assist.  The forms for contributing to the Permanent Fund are available at the web address.  I am happy to share the story of the Permanent Fund of the Rotary international Foundation, and coincidentally that of Grandma Minnie, at one of your meetings or events.  Watch for more articles in the months’ ahead.

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Rotary Global Rewards Program - Benefiting Members AND the Rotary Foundation

Rotary's new Global Rewards Program offers members discounts on Travel, Entertainment, Car Rentals, Merchandise, Restaurants and hundreds of other products and services worldwide. Members receive discounts on these items and the Rotary International Foundation receives a portion of the cost of many of the transactions..  
Soon after the program was introduced at the Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo I used Global Rewards to rent a car in Atlanta. I did some comparative shopping on line and found that the Hertz 15% discount rate was the most attractive.  The rental car cost $ 30 per day. Rotary will get 2% of that or about ,60 per day. That is not a lot of money but when the discounts of thousands of Rotary International members are added the sum can be substantial. It is a Win-Win situation.
As an active Rotary member you are eligible to receive these discounts and special offers. You must first register for My Rotary on the Rotary International site. You may have done this already. To access the products and services offered click on "Rotary Global Rewards" under Featured Links. You will find about 40 categories of offers ranging from Hotels and Car Rentals to Restaurants and Online Shopping. The total list of offerings fills 17 single spaced pages. You can sort by city, type, or country.  The site is easy to navigate. You can easily comparison shop to find the most attractive offers. And remember the Rotary International Foundation benefits when you use Rotary Global Rewards.
Submitted by Ellis Waller
District 6250 
Rotary Global Rewards Lead Person

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Rotary Peace in Action - What are your Peace Day plans?

Each year, an International Day of Peace is observed on 21 September. Here are just a few of the ways you can join millions of individuals and organizations to mark this day of global ceasefire and nonviolence:
  • Engage co-workers, students, and your community in Peace Day events. Find ideas for events on the International Day of Peace website.
  • Show us your peace sign! Draw a picture, create art with found objects, or make a human peace sign with members of your Rotaract or Rotary club and post the photo to your Facebook or Instagram page using #rotarypeace and #peaceday. We’ll share what peace means to you on 21 September.
  • Share your table by organizing a Global Feast for Peace. Cook a meal together or have a potluck event with foods from different cultures.
  • Organize friends, co-workers, or community members to observe one minute of silence at noon local time on 21 September, uniting in solidarity with millions around the world.

Do You Want To Improve Your Rotary IQ?

September’s Rotary focus is Education and Literacy so it makes sense to think about how each one of us might become more Rotary literate.  Consider the following opportunities available to you:
October 24 Leadership Academy – learn how to be a leader
November 7 One Rotary Summit - case study discussion on membership, public image and foundation
May 20  District Assembly provides training on being your Club Secretary or Treasurer, Grant Management Seminar and Rotary 101

These opportunities are open to all and are designed to help you become a more knowledgeable Rotarian.  Look for more details as they become available on the District 6250 webpage, on our Facebook and from your Assistant District Governor.


Club News, Events and Announcements 

The Great Rotary Oktoberfest – Middleton, WI September 26, 2015

The 2nd Annual Great Rotary Oktoberfest at Fireman’s Park (near Middleton High School) from Noon to 10:00 pm. Good Music, Good Beer, GREAT Cause.  Entertainment for the whole family will include a variety of food, 16 beers on tap,  live performances from Peter Kish, Pat McCurdy, and our headlining band Cherry Pie. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton’s charitable efforts. $10 admission for ages 18+. $5 admission for ages 14-18. Children 13 and under are free.

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The La Crosse Area Interact Clubs' iFeed Event

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Columbus/Fall River Pancake Extravaganza Breakfast

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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