The District Dispatch


The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

July 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

Dear Rotarians,

July 1 marks the beginning of a new Rotary year in all of the 34,000 + Rotary clubs in all 534 Rotary Districts around the world.  I am delighted to be following the path laid by Immediate Past District Governor Chuck Hanson as the leader of the District 6250 team.  I’m confident that, with the leadership team that is in place, we are certain to build upon the good works that our 60 clubs and approximately 3,100 Rotarians have accomplished in their communities.  To support you, our district clubs and Rotarians, we have eleven knowledgeable Assistant Governors, an even larger number of Committee Chairs, Officers and Board Members, along with a district office and website.  We are fortunate to have some active and supportive Past District Governors and a District Governor Elect and District Governor Nominee who will ensure the strong future of our District.

The President of Rotary International, Sakuji Tanaka, has given us a theme- "Peace Through Service” that will serve as a sound foundation for all the service projects that our clubs plan to carry out in our district and beyond. Sakuji has asked every club to sponsor some type of event within its community that highlights his theme of Peace Through Service. Our District Ethics Committee has some program suggestions for you, if your club is interested but not quite sure how to proceed. As Rotarians, we quite naturally believe that sharing our core values with others will help make our communities safer, friendlier and better. 

The District Goals include strengthening clubs, increasing membership, enhancing our public image and continuing to promote the teaching of high ethical standards. The specific elements of our goals are posted on this District website.  My goal for the year is to help every club in the District achieve its goals, whatever they may be.  However, if we are to provide you with the help that you may need to reach your goals, we need to communicate.  One venue for communication is my club visits. I’ve already started visiting clubs and am looking forward to visiting all of the clubs in the district by early October.  My schedule of club visits may be found here:, or by clicking on the tab marked “Leadership” at the top of this page, and then choosing “Governor’s Club Visit Schedule” from the drop down menus. Of course, if you’re reading this newsletter, you probably already know where to find my schedule.  I’d like to hear from you during my visits and at any time via email, phone or personal visits. 

We have some work to do this year.  The Rotary International Foundation selected 100 districts around the world as “pilot districts” to introduce its new grant structure and test it before rolling it out to all of the district and clubs in the Rotary world.  That new structure, known as “Future Vision,” is going to begin everywhere on July 1, 2013. The Rotary Foundation is determined to make itself more responsive to local needs, more flexible, and simpler. However, in order to reorder itself, more responsibility is being pushed down to the districts. It is incumbent upon us to learn everything we can about Future Vision so that we will be able to take full advantage of the new structure on July 1, 2013.  We have already started.  Members of our District Foundation Committee have been attending grant management seminars in a neighboring pilot district and have begun planning for our district to conduct its own seminars early in 2013, as soon as Rotary International releases training materials.  All that we have seen and heard about Future Vision is positive.  Change always brings challenges, but we are confident that we, as a District, will be poised to take advantage of the increased flexibility and responsibility that will be coming our way. Be sure that, when Future Vision training is offered, your club signs up.  No club will be eligible to receive a grant unless at least one of its members has successfully completed a RI-approved grant management seminar.

Finally, I am hoping that we can continue to build on some of the district initiatives.

  • I hope clubs that have not yet tried visioning will do so and that those clubs that have already tried it will follow through on their shared vision. We would like clubs to continue their ethics programs or commence one this year.  If you ethics program can include the message of Peace Through Service, so much the better. 
  • We’ll have at least one leadership institute this year, where Rotarians can develop the skills required to successfully lead an organization of volunteers, like a Rotary Club. This institute will include public speaking, running a meeting and working with volunteers.  Dates and locations will be announced soon.
  • We’ll have a Group Study Exchange Team, exchanging with District 4620 São Paulo- Brasil.  We’ll be looking for a team leader and four team members for our outbound team and at least five or six clubs to host an inbound team next May
  • We’ll be sending a Friendship Exchange Team to Uganda and Kenya in early January and receiving a team from Uganda in May.

I’m looking forward to working with all of you in the District this year and then joining with you in Madison next May 30 and June 1 to celebrate at our District Conference at Monona Terrace.

Rob Stroud
District Governor 2012-2013
Rotary District 6250    

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District News, Events and Announcements


A Successful District Conference

Thank you to the 2012 District Conference Committee and Chairman Bill Hoel for a fantastic conference and District Governor Chuck Hanson for a wonderful year of service.


A Busy Ending to the Rotary Youth Exchange Year

Students participated in the Kids for Hunger project and had a great time. 

They also raised almost $1,400 for Polio eradication with their Purple Pinkie booth at the conference. 

Well, it is the end of another Rotary year and that means it is also almost the end of the Rotary youth exchange year. So many memories… Some of the students have already gone home and some will go home in less than a month. It is hard to say goodbye. I hope those of you who have gotten to know our inbound exchange students have found their friendship an enriching one. We learn so much from our students and about their cultures. It makes us realize so many things about our own culture and about ourselves.

We also welcome back our returning students. It is amazing to see the difference a year away has made in their maturity. We can be proud that Rotary had such a wonderful program. Some students have had a very tough year adapting to the culture where they lived. All have learned so much.

District conference was as busy as ever for our students. I hope you all enjoyed the culture fair. They love to share their culture and the student who will be leaving in August found it helpful and interesting to see the display.

This year, by combining two funds, a new fund was created to financially help a student who is going on exchange in August. The first ever McKinney-Marshall fund was given to Sawyer Theil. She will be going to France. The fund is named after Jeremiah McKinney and Tom Marshall. Jeremiah McKinney was an outbound Rotary exchange student to Japan several years ago. He raised all the money for his exchange and had a wonderful year. Tragically, he and his father were killed a few months after his return. A fund was raised by the La Crosse Valley View Rotary club in his honor. That was combined this year with the Tom Marshall Fund. Tom Marshall, one of our past district governors, has a long standing history with Rotary Youth Exchange. A fund was created several years ago to help outbound students.  

This year there have been so many helpers to the youth exchange program. A very warm thank you goes out to the team that runs the program for our district: Linda Buchs-Hammonds, Margo Zeman, Dough and Sharon Richmond, Jan Bonsett-Veal, Toni Pabon, Kim Rusalen and al the club youth exchange officers and youth exchange counselors.  

It is not too late to have your club commit to hosting a student during the 2013-2014 Rotary year. Please consider participating in this long standing program.

Judy Levine

District 6250 Youth Exchange Chair.


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Effective Rotary Clubs

How do we objectively consider how our club is doing?  There is a simple test that is provided by Rotary International and which is found within the Manual of Procedure.   Effective Rotary Clubs:

  1. Sustain or increase their membership base        
  2. Implement successful service projects in their community and in communities of the world
  3. Support the Rotary Foundation with contributions and through program participation
  4. Develop leaders capable of serving Rotary beyond the club level

So….how is your club doing?  None of this seems be unreasonable nor is any of it difficult to achieve.  In each case there is a rather simple answer to becoming effective. If every club set out to become effective it would make a tremendous difference, not only in the life of the club, but in the attitude of members toward their club.  Don’t we all want to be a part of something that is successful…something to which we can point with pride and say…this is my club, the Rotary Club of____________________.  Each of us has the responsibility of supporting our club and district leadership in making the effort to become effective.


Peace Through Service 

On July 1st Sakuji Tanaka, from Japan, become the President of Rotary International.  Our theme for this year will be Peace Through Service and what follows are excerpts from his presentation of the theme to the Rotary Governors Elect at the International Assembly in San Diego last January.

“We hear the word peace every day.  We hear it in the news, we use it in conversation and we talk about it a great deal in Rotary.  But most of us spend very little time thinking about what peace is, and what that word means. 

Peace can be defined by what it is not.  It is a state of no war, no violence and no fear.  It means that you are not in danger of hunger or persecution or suffering in poverty.  We can also define peace by what it is.  Peace can mean freedom of thought and of speech, freedom of opinion and of choice, and the ability for self-determination.  It can mean security, confidence in the future; a life and home in a stable society.

No matter how we use or understand the word peace, Rotary can help us to achieve it.  Rotary helps us to meet the basic needs of others:  to provide health care, sanitation, food and education when and where it is most needed.  It helps to meet the inner needs as well, friendship, connection and caring.  Rotary helps us to build peace in its most traditional sense, by reducing the causes of conflict. 

Through our Rotary service we learn to value each other as human beings with human strengths and weaknesses.  To me, Service Above Self is more than a motto, it is a way of life.

This is why, in this Rotary year our theme will be Peace Through Service.  Because however we define peace, whatever peace means to us, we can bring it closer through Rotary service”.



The Rotary Foundation Zone 28 News

Click here to read important Foundation news!  Updates and tips on Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY), Polio Challenge, Grant Management and more.

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Zone 28 News for Districts and Clubs

With the London Olympic Games about to start, "Let the Game Begin" sounds like a fitting send-off for all of you as you begin your Official Club Visits.

Not too long ago, someone asked me what I thought about the "Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs" document.  Are they still relevant or are they just a waste of time?  I would like to suggest that these planning guides can be a useful tool for a (new) Club President to better understand where their Club has been as they plan to move it forward.  This truly can become a strategic planning tool for all of our Club leaders.  Let's also assume that the Club's Board of Directors is included in the completion of the planning guide.  Then, prior to your visit, or, in conjunction with your visit, the planning guide is shared with the entire membership.

I would like to think that the Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs is not only a truly useful tool, it can actually be a road map on the way to being as relevant and vibrant a Club as is possible.

Best wishes on your Club Visits.  I know you will all do a great job as you continue to motivate, educate and inspire those Rotarians you are serving.  And, don't forget to have fun!

Best Regards,

Mary Beth Growney Selene
Zone 28 Rotary Coordinator, 2010-2013
Rotary International Director, 2013-2015

Click here for the latest edition of the Zone 28 Coordinator Newsletter!

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New Rotary Year Means Background Checks Need to be Updated - Especially for Clubs Hosting Youth Exchange Students

A reminder to all clubs that as of July 1st, new background checks need to be completed by your Club Youth Protection Officer for the 2012-13 Rotary Year.  Information related to background checks and the Youth Protection Policy can be found on the District 6250 website here

Of particular importance are clubs who will be hosting exchange students starting in August.  Prior to your exchange student arriving, YEO’s and YEC’s must have a completed background check on file for the 2012-13 Rotary Year.  This is vital in keeping our district certified for youth exchange with Rotary International.

Questions regarding the process should be directed to District Youth Protection Office Mike Ripp, email or District Youth Protection Committee Chair Al Steevens, email

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Club News, Events and Announcements

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


Valley View Rotary Club Announces Fly-In Drive-In Waffle Breakfast!

Breakfast in an airplane hangar! All-You-Care-To-Eat Dad’s FAMOUS Belgian Waffles with all the trimmings! (Waffles, syrup, fruit toppings, butter, whipped cream, coffee, orange juice, and milk!)

Mid-morning air show featuring Bill Blank in his Super Decathlon!

Many displays and exhibitors, including:
MedLink Helicopter, Bearcat Assault Vehicle, Army Equipment, Homebuilt aircraft, EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) booth, La Crosse Area Flyers booth, 1966 Mustang Pony raffle and more!

Date: Sunday, August 12, 2012

Time: 7:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Place: Colgan Air Hangar #4
Address:  2713 Fanta Reed Road in La Crosse, WI 54603
Breakfast price: $6.00 in advance, $7.00 at the door. PIC (Pilot in Command) $4.00

Tickets available from any Valley View Rotary member or at Colgan Air Services, or by contacting us at the email address below.

For more information, contact: Becky at
Sponsored by the La Crosse Valley View Rotary Club and La Crosse Area Flyers.

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Madison West Rotary Hosts C-SPAN Bus Tour Stop Televised by WIsconsinEye

WisconsinEye recently filmed the C-SPAN Bus Tour’s stop at the Madison West Rotary meeting,  yesterday. Below you will find a link to view the program online at

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Madison Rotary After Hours Chartering Event! This event has been rescheduled as of 7/31/2012.  

The Madison Rotary After Hours will be having it's Chartering Event on Sunday, August 26th from 5:00 - 8:00 and at Warner Park; 1625 Northport Drive, Madison, WI.  The event is $25 per person and registration is available online at  There will be great food, fun music and inspirational speakers, don't miss it! 

Also, don't forget to "like us" on facebook- Madison Rotary After Hours to get all the updates on our club!

We hope to see you there!

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Help Madison West Town-Middleton Raise $3000 for the Rotary Foundation

Jerry bikes a lot … on average, more than 3,000 miles per year.  He has biked across the country, the northern half of the Mississippi River, throughout most of the states of the Midwest, in Ireland and Switzerland and back and forth to work about 9 months of every year. He has been a biking “enthusiast” since the early 1970s. Against this backdrop, we in Rotary are combining this great activity with an opportunity to make a per mile pledge for the year 2012 with the proceeds going to fund ongoing Rotary activities. We will keep you advised of the miles Jerry accumulates in 2012 and the places he goes (with pictures). His mileage goal for this year is 3,500 miles and as of the end of June, he has biked close to 1,000 miles. Jerry himself has pledged $.05/mile with no maximum amount. The more he bikes, the more support he gives to Rotary. WE URGE YOU TO SUPPORT ROTARY BY PLEDGING MCADOW MILES. 

Click here to view and download the Pledge Form!

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Fort Rotary Club Marks 75th Year

Printed with permission of Christine Spangler, Managing Editor, Daily Union, Fort Atkinson

Members of the Fort Atkinson Rotary Club invited the community to join them last Monday, July 2, in celebrating the 75th anniversary of the civic organization's founding.

The Rotarians, whose club's roots trace back to 1937, served free hotdogs, chips and orange drink at Barrie Park during the Fort Atkinson Community Band concert on Monday evening.

Outgoing Club President Greg Mode said he was pleased to be at the helm of Rotary during this milestone year and to share the club's anniversary "party" with the public.

"I would like to encourage local residents to stop down at Barrie Park Monday to help our club celebrate three-quarters of a century of 'Service Above Self,' Mode said, referring to Rotary's motto.

He noted that Rotary International was formed in 1905, when Chicago attorney Paul P. Harris called a meeting with three business acquaintances. They named their gathering Rotary because they rotated weekly meetings to each other's place of business; however, within a year, a regular location was established.

It would be a little more than three decades later when Rotary came to Fort Atkinson.
Mode said that the first Rotary Club in Jefferson County was the Watertown group, which in June 1935 sponsored the Jefferson Rotary Club. Two years later, the Jefferson Club, in turn, sponsored the Fort Atkinson organization.

"Those were busy days for us, just organizing our new club," Stanley Schafer, then the only living charter member of the Fort Atkinson Rotary Club, recalled during a Daily Union interview on the occasion of Rotary's half-century in 1987.  Schafer credited members of the Jefferson and Madison Rotary clubs for laying the groundwork. Most instrumental were Ray Fischer and Paul Widmann of Jefferson.

"There were 19 of us businessmen who gathered in the First Congregational Church that Wednesday night (Feb. 10, 1937) to elect directors and officers," Schafer continued. "We had a good group though, representing many areas of business."

Mode reported that during the subsequent 75 years, Rotary grew not only as a venue for networking among businesspersons, but also as a major provider of support for various projects and people at home and abroad.

"Since 1937, the Fort Atkinson Rotary Club has helped build a better Fort Atkinson, as well as a better world," Mode said.
He emphasized that the club has done so by contributing to more than 100 community improvement projects, the expansions of the Hoard Historical Museum and Dwight Foster Public Libraries being among the more recent ones.

Members also have enhanced Rock River Park with a bridge restoration, directional signs, swimming pool/aquatic center improvements and playground equipment. In 1999, the Rotarians built the $150,000 Rotary Pavilion, a popular picnic shelter at the park.  Rotary also restored the Jones fountain now located in Barrie Park, and most recently pledged $15,000 toward building restrooms in that park through a fundraiser spearheaded by the Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce's Project LEAD class. Rotary's gift was matched by the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation.

"Rotary also built the depot-like shelter alongside the Glacial River Trail in Fort Atkinson, providing an oasis for walkers, bicyclists and others enjoying the beautiful walkway through the city," Mode said.

"There have been many other projects, both large and small, supported by Rotary through the years," Mode continued, citing as an example a $15,000 culpascope purchased for Fort Memorial Hospital jointly by Rotarians in Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Lake Mills and Whitewater.

In addition, the organization has lent major support to youth through contributing toward vocational scholarship programs and recognizing student academic achievement, sportsmanship and teaching excellence.

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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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Foundation Reports

Each club in District 6250 has established a foundation goal and the question is how are the clubs going about the achieving those goals? Have each of the clubs done an every member enrollment? Successful clubs take the time to ask each member to make a pledge commitment to the Rotary Foundation. Fulfilling that pledge might involve a quarterly billing by the club secretary/treasurer or participating in the direct deposit transfer from the Rotarians checking account to the RI Foundation account or it might mean a monthly charge to a credit card. Successful clubs establish a process that allows their members to both make and fulfill the commitment.

Click here to view the updated Club Goals Report!

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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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