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

Dear Rotarians,

As I write this month's newsletter, Rotary has joined in the promotion of World Polio Day on October 24. In all of Rotary's history, no single achievement is as significant as our efforts, through our foundation and through the efforts of our fellow Rotarians to eradicate polio. Polio Plus, the most ambitious program in Rotary's history, has been leading the world in ending the disease for more than 25 years. Rotary and its partners focus on the strategies of routine immunization for children, initiating National Immunization Days and providing more surveillance of health workers, pediatricians and others investigating the debilitating effects of polio. On a small scale, Rotary also seeks volunteers to work on a smaller, often "house-to-house" scale.  Our District has a significant number of Rotarians who have actively participated in National Immunization Days in India and Africa and each of them has his or her own personal story of the impact that his or her participation had on attaining a greater understanding of the impact that the disease has upon the children in those countries where polio is or was endemic and the importance of the effort to eradicate the disease entirely.  I appreciate the goals that our clubs have set for contributions to the ongoing Polio Plus campaign. 

Of course, that is a lot more to our Foundation than our Polio Plus campaign.  As a expect all of you know by now, the Rotary Foundation is making some dramatic changes in its structure and operations.  There are currently 100 pilot districts around the world who are operating under the Future Vision model that will be the standard for all of Rotary beginning on July 1, 2013. Our District has been actively preparing for the changeover.  We have had a number of foundation committee members meet with knowledgeable Rotarians in a neighboring pilot district to learn what they have done under Future Vision.  Most of these same Rotarians have attended a grants management seminar and are gaining familiarity with all of the requirements for obtaining and managing matching grants under the revised foundation operating rules.  We had planned to conduct the required grants management seminars in our district this fall, but when I attended the Rotary Zone Institute in September with our District Governor Elect, Dean Ryerson, District Governor Nominee, David Warren and District Foundation Chair, Joe Ruskey, we all were advised that we should wait until after the Rotary International Assembly (which will be held in San Diego in January) because final changes to the foundation rules and procedures are still being made and the newest and (hopefully) final product will be rolled out to all of the District Governors Elect and District Foundation Chairs at the same time. 

It is our Foundation that enables us to do so many good works around the world. Our District has been generous in its support, but I am anticipating that our level of support will grow following the introduction of Future Vision. I believe that more clubs will be applying for grants for both local and international projects and nothing promotes giving more effectively than seeing the results of our giving. Our Foundation is unique in that half of the money that the Rotarians in our district donate to the Foundation are returned to us after three years for us to spend in the ways that we determine will best bring about the improvements we seek in our communities and in our world. Although we have postponed the grants management seminars, our Foundation Committee is currently planning a foundation training session, to be held on December 1, 2012, in Wisconsin Dells. The exact time and location will be posted on the District Calendar shortly. This will be a great opportunity for club presidents, presidents-elect , club foundation chairs and other interested Rotarians to learn more about what is in store for us this year and next year, after the transition to Future Vision.  Please mark the date on your calendar because it is entirely possible that the demand will exceed capacity and you will want to register soon.

This being Foundation Month, it would be a great time for each of us to consider our annual gift to the Rotary Foundation and help our respective clubs reach their foundation goals. There are so many different ways to give and Rotary has done its best to make it as easy as possible.  You can give a check to your club secretary or treasurer to send in on your behalf; you can arrange for automatic payments from your checking or savings account on an annual, quarterly or monthly basis; or you can pay on line here:

Club Visits and the District Bell
On October 22, I finished my round of official club visits. The hospitality of our clubs is truly wonderful. I look forward to visiting some of you again, now that I've finished the required visits, and this time, you won't have to hear me speak. As I've stated in previous newsletters, we all share a common challenge – the recruitment and retention of members.  This challenge is not unique to our district.  Rotary International recognizes the importance of meeting this challenge and recently released a helpful guide referred to as "The North American Membership Plan" which can be read as a PDF file here:  If any of you reading this newsletter would like to have me send you this plan electronically, please contact me and I will be happy to oblige.  The Plan contains some great ideas, for those of you looking for new strategies.

The District Bell has changed homes again.  On October 10, a group of Gophers from La Crescent captured the bell from Columbus/Fall River Rotary and crossed the Mississippi with it. La Crescent meets each Friday for breakfast and the club would love to have you visit them.  If you haven't heard about the District Bell, click on the bell icon on the home page and read up.

District Administrator
Some of you may not know of a resource that we have in our district.  When your District Board of Directors last met (on October 25) we talked about many of the administrative functions which would be difficult for us to accomplish without the capable assistance of Morgan Data, our district administrator.  We asked Heather Dyer to introduce herself to all of you by posting a picture of herself and her staff, together with all necessary contact information. I trust that when Heather reads this newsletter and prepares to post it to the district website that she will insert a convenient link right about here.

Peace Through Service

Rob Stroud
District Governor 2012-2013
Rotary District 6250    

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District News, Events and Announcements

District Nominating Committee
Call for Nominations - District Governor 2015-2016

A story before I share the details of our District Call for Nominations.  On Sunday evening, October 28th, the Rotary Club of Viroqua celebrated the 25th anniversary of their club charter.  It was a nice event as Rotary fellowships always are.  As I readied myself to attend I transferred  my Past District Governor pin from one jacket to the one I intended to wear and in in doing so  paused and considered that pin in a way that I had not before.  It is a simple pin.  It was a gift to me from the district and cost the district less than $100 but the real value of the pin can only be measured in terms of what it means to me.  The pin is a representation of everything that was a part of my year as your District Governor.  It reminds me that it was a privilege to serve you, to be able to visit each of our clubs and to share in the wonderful service you are doing in your communities and, in and through international service, to those whose needs are so great.

The district nominating committee has sent an invitation to our clubs inviting them to nominate someone to the office of District Governor for Rotary year 2015-2016.  I would share some information that might help a prospective candidate in deciding to submit an application.

In the past few years several things have been put in place that makes the work of the District Governor easier.  We have a district office that supports the work of the District Governor.  We have a district conference committee that will work with the District Governor in planning and implementing the district conference. Because our district has joined in a multi-district PETS (President Elect Training) much of the burden of training has been lifted from the District Governor Elect and is now shared with several other districts.  The training that is provided in the two years prior to assuming the office of District Governor is comprehensive and sufficient to prepare the District Governor for assuming the responsibilities of the position.  Our district budget provides adequate funding for the offices of the District Governor Nominee, District Governor Elect and District Governor.

I hope that the clubs will take this invitation to nominate seriously and will recommend to the committee someone they think merits our consideration.  Any Past District Governor will tell you that their year of service was a privilege and a great pleasure and at the end of it all…someone will put a little pin on your lapel.

The Details...

The District Nominating Committee, at the direction of District Governor Rob Stroud, is announcing the call for nominations to the position of District Governor for Rotary year 2015-2016.  Each club in the district is entitled to nominate one or more of its members following the nomination procedures listed here.

At the time of selection a governor-nominee must:
• Be a member in good standing of a club in the district 
• Have served as a president of a club for a full term  
• Demonstrate willingness, commitment, and ability to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the office of governor    
• Demonstrate knowledge of the qualifications, duties and responsibilities of the office of governor

The current line of governors for Rotary District 6250 and their respective years of service are as follows:

  • 2012-2013  Rob Stroud  Madison     
  • 2013-2014  Dean Ryerson  Madison West Towne Middleton  
  • 2014-2015  Dave Warren  Janesville

Each club in the district will receive from the District Office a set of nomination papers which must be completed and returned to the chair of the district nominating committee, at the below listed address,  not later than 15 November 2012.

Dean Dickinson
W5370 Boma Road
La Crosse, Wisconsin  54601-2437
608-788-1003 (H)  or 608-397-5888 (C)                            

Interviews of the candidates will take place not later than 15 December 2012 and the governor informed of the decision of the nominating committee.  Any questions concerning either procedure or the completion of the forms can be directed to the chair of the nominating committee:

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District Trainer Position Needed

An important district leadership position will be opening up July 1, 2013.  Because our clubs and district experience changes in leadership every year, preparing our leaders for their terms of service is essential.  For this reason our district has an important position called the District Trainer.

This Rotarian is responsible for:


  • Chairing the district training committee
  • Working with the District Governor and Governor-Elect to
    • Develop and implement effective annual Presidents-Elect Training
    • Develop and implement effective annual District Team Training
    • Develop and implement effective annual District Assembly training
    • Assist with developing the District Rotary Foundation Grant Management Seminars
  • Attending annual Rotary Zone Training for Trainers
The District Trainer should be an active member of their club, be or have been involved in a profession or vocation related to training or education and also be passionate about the goals and mission of Rotary.

If you or someone you know would be interested in applying or obtaining additional information for this important position, please reply directly to DGE Dean Ryerson at or DGN David Warren at   The candidate selected will have an opportunity to work and learn with our current District Trainer, Michelle McGrath until her term expires on July 1, 2013.


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Promoting Rotary Foundation Month

Did you know that November is Rotary Foundation Month? Of course you do!  This wonderful Foundation began in 1917 when the RI President Arch Klumph announced the acceptance of endowments for doing good in the world – and The Rotary Foundation was born! With the help of Rotarians like you, Rotary continues to do good by building peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, supporting mothers and children, promoting education and growing local economies.

I thought you might find the below resources useful as you promote our Rotary Foundation to fellow Rotarians, family and friends:

I look forward to celebrating Rotary Foundation Month with you.  Please consider making a gift to our foundation this month.  Don’t forget about the national day of giving on November 27th, 2012, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and “Cyber Monday,” called “Giving Tuesday.” Aligning with the holiday shopping season, ”Giving Tuesday” will bring about a national day dedicated to giving. Let’s spread the word as Rotarians to support The Rotary Foundation always with a special focus on November 27th!
In his November letter to all of us, Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka writes, “Today, I tell you that there is nothing at all separating us from the people we help. We are all the same. Only the circumstances surrounding us are different.  Through OUR Foundation, we have the power to live the words of our Foundation’s motto: Doing Good in the World. Through it, we can do so much more good than we could ever do alone. And it matters so much – to people just like us.”
Thank you for all that you do for Rotary. Let’s make November 2012 Rotary’s best Foundation Month in History!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Joe Ruskey

Rotary Youth Exchange Builds Leaders Internationally

This is the busiest time of the year for the Youth Exchange Program. Applicants for the Outbound program are busy getting their applications complete for the November 4th district interviews. We currently have fifteen outbound students and all seem to be having a great year.

The inbound students have been here a little over two months and have had a busy time again this month. While the inbound students should be helping their clubs with service projects, the district youth exchange team also has them have their own service projects. This year, one of their projects is helping with supplies for homeless families. THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN ALL HELP. We are asking our inbound students to collect any toiletries they can. This would be soaps, lotions, deodorants, shampoos, basically all hygiene products. I (Judy) will turn them over to a The Road Home of Dane County that serves homeless families with children in the Dane County area. You can learn more about the program at Last year the Road Home served 113 families with 256 children.  Please consider giving toiletry items to an inbound exchange student. This past weekend the students donated over 20 pounds of items.

The students had a great weekend together hosted by the Menomonie club. Members of the club hosted students overnight on Friday. Saturday it was off to the UW Stout Challenge Ropes course for team and leadership building. The students spent four hours working together, problem solving and challenging themselves as the pictures will attest. The evening provided them a wonderful Halloween party hosted by the Menomonie exchange student’s host family. Each student got to carve a pumpkin, have great food and watch the Legend of Sleepy Hollow while sitting outside on a perfect night. The movie was climaxed by the host mom arriving right at the end of the movie on horseback dressed as the Headless Horseman. We extend a huge thank you to the Menomonie club and Davi’s host parents for providing an unforgettable weekend.


Judy Levine
Rotary Youth Exchange District Chair

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Zone 28 News for Districts and Clubs

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

If every Rotarian supported our Rotary Foundation with a gift of $100 every year, our Annual Programs Fund would see contributions exceeding $120 million…each year.  Currently, our support is at about $100 million per year.  Imagine the difference that another $20M would do to help us achieve our goal of World Peace and Understanding.  How can we bring OUR Rotary Foundation to life in our Clubs?  Click here to learn more...

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


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.

Rotary After Hours LaCrosse Focus on Literacy

The District's newest Rotary club has formed a partnership with the School District of La Crosse to focus on literacy.  Click here to read more about thier program.

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Fitchburg Verona Rotary Club Hosts Wine Tasting November 8th

The Fitchburg/Verona Rotary club has their annual wine tasting event from 6:30 – 8:30pm on Thursday, November 8th at the Holiday Inn Express, 515 West Verona Avenue, Verona. This is a fundraiser with all proceeds going to support the Casa Hogar orphanage in Peru. $20 admission includes unlimited tastings of over 20 different wines along with appetizers. A silent auction and raffle are also available for participation. 
Click here for more information.

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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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