The District Dispatch


The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

November 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 November:  the month that we concentrate on perhaps the major “muscle” of Rotary, outside of our 35,000 clubs around the world.  This muscle allows clubs to come together from opposite sides of the world and accomplish great things that would otherwise be impossible for each club to do on their own.  I’m referring, of course, to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

With this year’s theme, “Be the Inspiration”, I can’t think of a more inspiring part of Rotary.  Our contributions have helped build one of the top 3 or 4 foundation in the world!  Charity Navigator, a widely respected independent organization that rates charities, rates our foundation higher than the American Red Cross, St. Jude Children’s Hospital Foundation, or the Smithsonian Institution!   
It’s not the ratings that should make us proud.  It’s not that we hold over one billion dollars in the foundation’s coffers.  What should make us proud – and what makes the Rotary Foundation different than most others – is that the donors get to decide how the money gets spent!  When I give to a hospital foundation, I may be able to designate my money for a specific fund.  But some anonymous committee then decides how the money is actually allocated.  As a Rotarian, I have a voice that helps elect the Trustees of our Foundation.  And all of them are Rotarians, who share our values.
Almost every club in District 6250 has a member who has participated in a global grant that had a match from the Rotary Foundation.  You may not know who in your club has had that experience.  Find out.  Sit with them at your next meeting and hear their story.  Through our Foundation, you and I change lives for the better, all around the world.  And by doing so, we are the inspiration – in the world, in our communities, and in our clubs.  Show your Rotary Pride by giving a healthy donation – at least $100 per year.  The need is great, and you can look all over, and not find a better cause, or a more accountable and responsible place to invest in charity.
I’d like to take just a few words to say a humble thank you to all the clubs who welcomed me with open arms and great fellowship.  Special thanks to those Rotarians who took time during a weeknight this last month to participate in the One Rotary Summit meetings.  Last year, with only a single Summit meeting in Wisconsin Dells, we had about 55 people participate.  This year, we tripled that participation by holding five meetings around the district, making it less of a drive.  Every club was represented.  Next year I am positive participation will be even stronger, judging from the feedback we’ve heard.  Thanks to all!
With Rotary Pride,

Bill Hoel
District Governor 2018-2019
Rotary District 6250


District News, Events and Announcements

Support the District 6250 Charitable Trust by SHOPPING?

What if I told you that with every purchase you make on Amazon, a donation could be made to the District 6250 Charitable Trust?  It’s possible with AmazonSmile!  When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same prices as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to a charitable organization of your choice.  It costs you nothing and is simple to set up.  Follow these easy steps:

  1. Click here and login with your existing Amazon account, or create an account if you don’t have one yet!
  2. Press the “Select” button next to “Rotary District 6250 Foundation Inc” (Note: this is the legal name of the District 6250 Charitable Trust.)
  3. You can verify you have selected our Trust by confirming "Supporting: Rotary District 6250 Foundation Inc" is shown right under the Amazon search box.
  4. Make sure to use from now on whenever shopping on Amazon — shop to your heart’s content! All the prices are the same, but every purchase will support Rotary!


Rotary Foundation Month

As Rotarians celebrate the success and impact of our Foundation during November, we are reminded that The Rotary Foundation just two years ago.  That recognition during our Rotary Foundation’s centennial year highlighted the leadership Rotarians provide for local, regional and global humanitarian need.
Closer to home, generous Rotarians in District 6250 gave $636,929 in outright gifts and another $900,000 in commitments from estate gifts during the last Rotary year.  We also achieved a new high in District Grants this year issuing $82,475 for 17 projects sponsored by clubs in our District.
Here’s why that makes a difference.  We are helping to improve parks, schools and services for families in need around the District.  Some of our clubs sponsoring projects in other countries in need of fresh water, sanitation, education and health care.  And we are involved in eradicating Polio from the earth.  And that summary is only the beginning of the many things we accomplish through our Rotary Foundation.
As you consider your support for our Rotary Foundation, challenge yourself to give as generously as possible.  Our gifts are the means by which The Rotary Foundation has so much impact around the world.  When Rotarians give, peace in our world becomes a possibility one project, one community or one country at a time.  Together, we make a difference.      

Supporting Safe Birth Rotary Global Grant

Please read about the proposed global grant submitted by Nancy H. Comello for Supporting Safe Birth. The International Sponsor is: Madison West Towne - Middleton Rotary Club.

 Click here to view the PDF.

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Club News, Events and Announcements

Madison East Monona Rotary Annual Cheese Sale

The holiday's are right around the corner. Support the Madison East Monona Rotary Annual Cheese Sale by purchasing cheese as gifts or for yourself!

There are 2 product options:

1) Assorted Gift Box – Includes 8oz 1 and 2 year sharp cheddar, 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese spread and 7 oz summer sausage.
2) Aged Cheddar Sampler – Includes 8 oz of each 1 year, 3 year and 5 year cheddar.
All product is produced in Wisconsin.  Our source is Gile Cheese Factory in Cuba City.
All orders are due by November 30th.
Cost is $30 per box.  Our club will deliver in the Madison area.  There is an option to have Gile Cheese ship to whomever you wish.  There is an additional $10 charge for this service.  Addresses and payment for this is due in advance by November 27th. 
Orders can be placed through me at or 608-837-2116.  Please provide contact information with the order so that we can make arrangements for delivery  Delivery will after December 8th.

Click HERE to download the Order Form.


Fitchburg-Verona Wine Tasting Fundraiser

The Fitchburg-Verona Rotary Club will have a Wine Tasting Fundraiser on Thursday, November 15 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. See below for details.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

6:30pm - 8:30pom

Ten Pin Alley
6285 Nexbitt Road

$25 In advance Online through EventBrite
$30 At the Door

Sponsored by:
Verona Wine Cellar
Miller & Sons
State Bank of Cross Plains
LSM Chiropractic
Linda's Angels

Waunakee Rotary club - New aeration system to improve Village Center Pond water quality

The following article appeared in the Waunakee Tribute on September 24, 2018.
A new aeration system is going in at the Village Center Pond. It is the latest in a series of improvements designed to clean and beautify the area.  ​Due to be installed by the end of September, it’s probably not something that will immediately stand out to visitors. It is expected to have a big impact on water quality, however. “You probably won’t even notice it’s there,” said Linda Olson, a member of the Waunakee Rotary Club, who wrote two grants to help pay for the system. “There will be just a slight bubble on the surface.”
The Rotary Club adopted the pond 10-15 years ago, said Ken Pesik, who spearheaded the effort to get the aerator. On Aug. 8, the Waunakee Parks Committee approved the project, which had a total budget of roughly $12,000. Rotarians have donated to the project, and donations are still being sought for future maintenance of the aeration system.  Pesik said that the Rotary Club began discussing an aeration system for the pond several years ago. Pesik is happy to see it come to fruition.  “It’s a special project,” said Pesik. “It will make that whole pond area better for the community.”  Along with improving water quality, some of the benefits of an aeration system include: the likely reduction of excessive algae growth; removal of foul odors; an enhanced fish habitat; and decreased mosquito activity.  In the spring, a group of interested junior high students from Waunakee conducted a water sampling of pond water. Pesik explained that the pond’s water quality would be greatly enhanced by the oxygen it will receive from the aeration system.  The system will include eight diffusers strategically placed all over the pond, with each one allowing oxygen into the water. The hope is that this will free the area of algae growth. Aeration adds oxygen to convert phosphorus to forms that algae cannot use as food.
Some aeration systems have a fountain. This one won’t. It’s not feasible because of the sediment at the bottom of the pond, according to Olson. A fountain could cause the sediment to be sprayed around and get into the watershed, she said.
Water flows into the pond from and disperses out into Sixmile Creek, which feeds into Lake Mendota.  Once a retention pond for the Stokely Canning Factory, the pond was referred to for years and years as the “stink pond.” The factory once sat on the property where Cannery Row Senior Community now stands.  “You could really smell it,” said Olson.  A number of other improvements have been made at the site. Walking trails have been added. A floating dock is expected to be installed as well, and there is a move to get lighting to the area as part of the aeration project. Recently, a kiosk for life vest storage was recently added at the pond as an Eagle Scout project for Waunakee’s Scott Frost. And two years ago, the Girl Scouts put in a butterfly garden with natural plants and flowers that attract butterflies. A bench was also installed as a gift from Russian Rotarians during an exchange program with the Waunakee Rotary Club.
The pond is place where kids go to have fun. Also, some senior residents at Cannery Row walk over to it to fish. The pond has pan fish and largemouth bass. Residents have reported catching largemouth bass in the pond that range from 3 to 5 pounds.
Improving handicap accessibility at the pond is another goal for the Rotary Club.  In the winter, all but one of the diffusers of the aeration system will be shut off. One will be kept turned on to prevent fish kill in the pond.
The aeration system at the Village Center Pond will be similar to the one in the Meadowbrook area in Waunakee. Pesik said it’s the same system.  Seeing the bubbles on top of the water will indicate that the aerator is doing its job and keeping the scum off the surface. It just won’t make for dramatic viewing.  “It’s like blowing them through a straw,” said Olson.  Pesik added, “It’ll just be a nice quiet bubbling. 


Janesville Noon Club Celebrates 100 Years - You’re Invited!

On Thursday, December 6, 2018, the Janesville Noon Rotary Club will be hosting a celebratory event in honor of its first 100 years of service.  All District Rotarians are cordially invited to join them for a cocktail reception followed by a plated dinner at the Pontiac Convention Center in Janesville.  A special keynote address will be presented by Past Rotary International and Foundation General Secretary Ed Futa.  Space is limited so please reply as soon as possible.  Please click here for the invitation/information and RSVP.


2019 Rotary International Convention

Dear Fellow Rotarians,
As we all plan for the upcoming international convention next June, please enjoy this month’s newsletter.
We are looking forward to celebrating with you in Hamburg.  Please take this opportunity to forward this information to Rotarians throughout your district.
On to Hamburg as we “Capture the Moment!”

Click here to read the Hamburg Volume 1 No 2 issue.

Nicki Scott and Chris Etienne
Hamburg Promotions Committee
Rotary International Zone 28 & 29 



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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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Friendship Exchange News

The India Friendship Exchange has 2 additional openings for Rotarians in January 2019.  If interested, please contact Dave Clemens right away at
NEW for 2019!!! Two Rotary Friendship Exahcnges Planned for 2019: India & Australia

1) An exchange between our Rotary District 6250 and District 2981 in India. 

Our Rotary District 6250 Friendship Exchange Committee has arranged an exchange with Rotary District 2981 in India. This district is on the southeast coast of India and includes the city of Pondicherry. We will travel to their District 2981 from Jan. 5 – 20, 2019.  We expect to travel with no more than 10 people. Our Rotary District 6250 will host an inbound group from this district in May of 2019 for approximately 14 days.
Anticipated expenses per person for participants:

  • Round trip airfare to India
  • In-country air, rail or bus travel
  • Meals when not at host homes
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal costs, such as gifts and souvenirs
  • Admission charges to museums or events
Hosts on each end of the exchange program support the visitors with room, board and some entertainment/activites and local transportation while in host city.
Detailed in country itineraries will be determined closer to the travel dates
Contact the one of our chairpersons, either Dave Clemens at, or Mark Moody at, if you are interested in hosting or traveling.

Rotary Friendship Exchange for 2019 – Australia
With Our Rotary District 6250 and District 9640 in Australia
Our Rotary district has arranged Rotary Friendship Exchange for 2019 with District 9640 in Australia which is in the State of Queensland, south of Brisbane.  A group from our district will travel to Australia from Feb. 15 to March 4, 2019.  This exchange will be no larger than 10 people per group.  A group from Australia will visit our district from July 12 to 26, 2019.
Anticipated Expenses for travelers:
  • Round trip airfare to Australia
  • In-country air, rail or bus travel
  • Meals when not at host homes
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal costs, such as gifts and souvenirs
  • Admission charges to museums or events

Hosts on each end of the exchange program support the visitors with room, board and some entertainment/activites and local transportation while in host city.
Detailed in country itineraries will be determined closer to the travel dates
Contact the one of our chairpersons, either Dave Clemens at, or Mark Moody at, if you are interested in hosting or trave



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Zone News


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 is now in Club Runner.  All Secretaries automatically are designated to update the data in club runner.  If you are having trouble accessing the Club Runner screens or just don't know where to go, please contact the Rotary District 6250 Office at 608.204.9835 or  


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