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

Dean with Venezualian exchange student Maria Victoria
Jefferson's Annual Brat and Burger Fry
La Crescent Apple Blossom Bike Tour
La Crosse Avenues of Service Dinner 
La Crosse Avenues of Service Dinner 
KornFest Parade float

Rotary Friends,

As we start the third month of this Rotary year, I share an unfortunate setback in the polio eradication fight.  Two polio cases were recently reported in Nigeria, a country which hadn’t had a single case in over two years.  Rotary and World Health Organization are responding and hope to prevent any further cases in Nigeria.  To date there have been just 21 total cases of polio worldwide this year.  Rotary remains committed to complete eradication, a goal we hope to see completed very soon.

Elsewhere in this newsletter, please make sure to read the details of the upcoming One Rotary Summit.  This is a great opportunity for club members to pick up ideas and skills to help their club perform at a higher level.  You will also find an article on the Million Dollar Journey.  This challenge is an exciting opportunity for our District to do something we’ve never done as we celebrate the 100th year of The Rotary Foundation.

I have now visited 22 of our District’s 63 clubs.  I continue to be amazed by all the great things that are being done in these clubs in the name of Rotary.  The theme I hear over and over as I meet with club boards is concerns about maintaining or growing membership.  Membership is a challenge that we all must own.  It is not the job of your club president, or even your membership chair to single handedly bring in the members to maintain or grow your club. It is every one of us.  I am sharing with each club, strategies that have worked for others.  But just talking about it won’t change a thing. Commit to doing your part to make a change.  Accept the challenge that I am laying out at every club as I visit.  Personally bring in one guest to a club meeting over the next 12 months.  I guarantee if all or most of the members of your club do this, your membership numbers will improve. 

I’ve also been privileged over the last month to attend a number of club fundraisers and special events.  I joined La Crescent Rotary as they had Tour de France champion Greg LeMond ride in their bicycle tour to raise funds for polio eradication. I walked in the Korn Fest parade with Holmen Rotary members.  I attended Jefferson Rotary’s annual Brat and Burger Fry where four lucky individuals split the $10,000 raffle grand prize.  I went to the Avenues of Service Dinner where members of the 9 La Crosse Area clubs were honored, as well as outstanding club projects in each of Rotary’s avenues of service.  I was a guest at Edgerton Rotary's summer picnic where we shared a nice summer evening together and I met Janesville Rotary's new inbound exchange student Maria Victoria from Venezuela. Between club visits of the two Menomonie clubs, I was able to have a nice dinner with members from both clubs.  It has been so great to see so much fun and fellowship in our clubs.

May Rotary friends and Rotary ways continue to help you serve.

Dean McHugh
District Governor 2016-2017
Rotary District 6250

District News, Events and Announcements

Million Dollar Journey Announced

We are currently in the 100th year of our Rotary Foundation.  Founded in 1917 under the direction of Rotary’s sixth President Arch Klumph with $26.50 as an endowment “to do good in the world”, its assets have now grown to over $1 billion.  Rotary International is planning celebrations in Cleveland, where Klumph was a distinguished Rotarian, as well as Atlanta for the International Convention, to celebrate 100 years of The Rotary Foundation. 

To mark this important milestone, our district has set a goal to raise a minimum of $1 million in new major gifts of $10,000 or more for The Rotary Foundation.  Gifts can be spread over 3 year pledges of at least $3,333 per year, or new or increased bequests of $10,000 or more.  According to District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair Dave Warren, “early pledges and gifts have already exceeded a quarter of a million dollars with over 14 months left in a campaign…and it hadn’t even been officially been announced!”

A celebratory dinner has already been scheduled for the evening of Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the beautiful Trappers Turn Golf Club in Wisconsin Dells for all who make major gifts toward this goal.  There will be a special address from a major Rotary International dignitary.   For more information on how you can be a part of this special effort, please contact Dave Warren at


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Recent Vocational Team Training (VTT) Trip

Rotary District 6250, Rotary District 2201, and the Rotary Foundation awarded a global grant application for funding for a Vocational Training Team (VTT) to work in drug prevention and treatment in Spain. The award was in the amount of $30,250.00.  Dr. Anthony (AJ) Ernst, past president of the Madison Breakfast Rotary Club, led the VTT consisting of fellow Rotarian Krissa Hinzman and three other members with expertise in the disease of addiction and recovery. The VTT partnered with the Rotary Club of Valladolid, Spain, District 2201 and Spain’s Ministry of Health to train more than 100 professionals including physicians, psychiatrists, and other behavioral health professionals on recent U.S. advances in addressing the disease of addiction. Trainings addressed Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) practices and Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC) approaches. 

Ministry of Health is the ministry in the Government of Spain that is responsible for proposing and implementing the Government's guidelines on health policy, planning and health care. The Ministry of Health and the VTT are reviewing system changes that would integrate SBIRT in primary health settings and other settings. SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use and misuse of alcohol and drugs.  SBIRT settings in the U.S. include primary care centers, hospital emergency rooms, trauma centers, and schools.

Dr. AJ Ernst



District 6250 Friendship Exchanges

We have an exchange with Nepal, where eleven travelers from our district will visit five clubs over a two week period from September 26 - October 10.  No Rotarians from Nepal plan on visiting us, stating that the cost of travel is beyond their individual budgets. 
There is another exchange planned to travel to the Philippines in mid January.  Edwin Bos is arranging the details, with 20 travelers from our district visiting areas of the Philippines where they are already involved in Rotary projects.  The Rotarians from the Philippines plan on visiting our district as well, but this is based on ongoing projects, so we are not looking for host clubs.
The next trip being planned will occur between our district and a district in Gujarat, India.  They have six couples selected to travel here in May/June of 2017.  We are accepting clubs who are interested in hosting these twelve visitors.  We are also looking for participants from our district to travel to Gujarat from January 21- February 5, 2017.   If you, or your club, are interested in getting involved in this exchange, let our Friendship Exchange chairman, Dave Clemens, know.  Any questions, or interest, should be expressed to him.  Any travelers are expected to pay their air fare, first hotel night and some rental car costs.  Food, lodging and entertainment are the responsibility of the hosts.
Preferred contact - email cell phone - 608-408-8941
Dr. David Clemens
245 W. Munroe Ave.
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

One Rotary Summit Announced

Growing club membership, finding ways to enhance the image of the work of our clubs, and deepening member involvement in The Rotary Foundation are three critical themes facing our clubs.  To think more about where your club is and where your club wants to be regarding these themes and to learn new ideas to strengthen your club, plan on attending the “One Rotary Summit” in Wisconsin Dells on Saturday, November 12, 2016.  Mark your calendar now.  More specific information will be provided in the next couple of weeks.


District Conference 2017 Returns to La Crosse!  

May 12-14, 2017

This  is a going to be a busy busy weekend in La Crosse with several other events in town taking up hotel rooms.  We strongly urge you to book early to be sure that you'll have a room for the 2017 Rotary District Conference!

Room Block Information:

Radisson Hotel - Conference Venue
200 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601

Standard King Room: $149
Standard 2 Queen room: $159

(608) 784-6680 or (800) 333-3333
Ask for the Rotary District 6250  Conference Rate   Enter promo code:  RD6250
Room block deadline: April 14, 2017

The Charmant Hotel - upscale boutique hotel
101 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Standard King or Double Queen Room: $249

(608) 697-7300
Ask for the in-house reservations:  Rotary District 6250 Rate

Room block deadline: March 27, 2017




Club News, Events and Announcements 

Chippewa Valley After Hours in the Spotlight

The Chippewa Valley After Hours Rotary Club was in the featured in the following news piece published by WEAU 13 News

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- After a memorable runner-up season in the Northwoods League this summer, the Eau Claire Express took time Sunday to give back to the community.

The Express teamed up with the Chippewa Valley After Hours Rotary Club to help support Feed My People Food Bank. Members of the Express, staff, host families, and season ticket holders gathered on Carson Park's fan deck to assemble and package six thousand meals.

All part of the 'Kids Against Hunger' program, a mission to help reduce the number of hungry children in the Chippewa Valley and around the U.S.

Click Here for the video and full article

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Tailgate with Madison South Rotary!


Celebrate 30 years with Madison Breakfast Rotary!

Celebrate and enjoy Lake Mendota on the Betty Lou on September 20 from 6 to 8 pm with a Mexican Fiesta. (Please be there at least 15 minutes before sail time). Celebrate 30 years of Madison Breakfast Rotary. In addition, we want to celebrate our Rotarian of the Year, welcome our new inbound student, thank our host parents, welcome our new board and thank last year’s board. That’s a lot to celebrate. Lake Mendota sights include: Governor’s Mansion, State Capitol, UW Campus, natural areas & lakefront estates - See more at the MBR Website.

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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