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The District Dispatch


The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

December 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

December is here.  Holiday parties, celebrations with friends and family, and reflecting on the past year.  Having visited more than 50 clubs, my reflection of the past year will focus on what we do as Rotarians.  I will also be thinking about all the good that we do as clubs and individuals in December.  I know many clubs adopt families, provide Christmas presents to those that normally wouldn’t have any, provide meals, and do so much more.  While I feel that all months truly reflect what we believe in, December is one of my favorites because I think we make a loud statement in our communities.  If we tell our story, then I believe we will solve our membership challenges. 

As we look back at November, we have so much to celebrate and be Thankful for.  We started the month with the iFeed project. This Interact
led project collected almost 30000 items donated to the local food pantries. On top of that, over 77000 meals packed. 20000 will be heading to Puerto Rico and the remaining will head to Nicaragua to help the schools feed the children and encourage school attendance.  That same day, we headed to the Dells to celebrate that D6250 Million Dollar Journey.  This Journey started about 18 months ago when PDG and DRFC Dave Warren challenged the district to raise $1 million dollars of new money for the Rotary Foundation to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Our Rotary Foundation.  Many thought that this goal was going to be very hard to reach and that PDG Warren’s confidence that this could be done was perhaps a bit inflated.  Well, I am happy to say that Dave was wrong – but in a very positive way.  Dave and his team helped our District Rotarian’s raise over $1.5 million new dollars to the foundation and this number may grow beyond that as they final dollars come in!  Wow!  That is amazing!  What a story to tell.  Another amazing story to tell is that On the 99th anniversary of the end of World War I, more than 1,200 people gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, for Rotary Day at the United Nations to push peace from concept to reality.  Along with this, we had clubs serving Thanksgiving dinners, holding fundraisers for scholarships and international projects, and Making a difference with all their good works.  We ended the month with the selection of our District Governor Nominee Designate being Selected.  Sue Halambeck from the Sun Prairie Rotary Club was selected by the nominating committee and will be voted on at the annual district conference on May 4th, 2018. 

December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month.  I would encourage you to share what Rotary is doing to eliminate disease throughout the world and in your own back yard.  Don’t forget to share our story of Polio, which is the greatest example of this.  we have seen only 15 cases of Polio since January in only 2 countries! Wow!  When we started this journey, there was over 325000 cases per year in 125 countries.  Amazing.  That is a story that only could have happened with Rotarians at the helm.  I would encourage you to have a speaker this month talk more to your club about all the good we are doing around the world especially in Disease Prevention and Treatment.  Also, don’t forget to share the Rotary Minute videos and stories with your clubs on a weekly basis just to make sure we are all aware of Rotary’s good works. 

I wanted to share the great news that once again, our district has seen an increase in membership.  Great Job!  Don’t stop telling your story and getting those members and giving them the gift of Rotary.  If there is anything that we can do to help, please let me know.  Also, don’t forget about the membership grants that are available to you.  We need to not only get the numbers up but get all our Rotarian’s engaged. 

As many know from following me on Facebook, I have visited 53 clubs so far.  In addition, I have had the honor of going to many special events.  Whether it is visiting a club somewhere in WI or MN, helping with iFeed, or celebrating with Rotarian’s from all over our district at Trappers Turn in Wisconsin Dells, I continue to hear all the good we are doing in our own back yards and around the world.  I am humbled to serve as your DG and you should be proud of all you are accomplishing in your clubs and our district!  Even though most if not all my visits will be done by the
end of December, I still am here to serve through June 30th.  If there is anything that I can do for you, or the district can do for you, please let us know!

I hope that you have an amazing end of the year and a blessed new year.  Enjoy your time with friends and family as you celebrate the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018.  Thank you all for your dedication and service! Thank you for helping District 6250 be the best it can be!  Now, let’s go Make a Difference and have a great Rotary year.

Joe Ruskey
District Governor 2017-2018
Rotary District 6250

District News, Events and Announcements


Registration Open - District Team Training Seminar 

Registration is now open for the February 2018 District Team Training

Saturday, February  10, 2018
Chula Vista Resort
Wisconsin Dells, WI


Please join us as we prepare for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year in District 6250!

The morning is the annual DTTS – District Team Training Seminar – where District committees come together to report on what they are doing now and what their plans are for the future.  You will hear reports from all District committees like Youth Programs, Visioning, Foundation, Membership and Friendship Exchange just to name a few.  This will help update the Board and generate awareness  on all that is happening in our District and the resources available to help.  With so much change in Rotary and the District in the last few years, this is certain to be time  well spent.  

Who Should Attend?

  • ALL Assistant Governors
  • ALL District Committee Chairs
  • ALL Interested District Committee members
  • ALL Area Membership Coordinators
  • District Governor-Elect
  • District Governor-Nominee
  • District Governor-Nominee Designate
  • District Governor
  • District Training Committee
  • ALL Past District Governors

Schedule and more information available here


Giving:  A Rotary Tradition

American’s value the tradition of giving during the holiday season for a variety of reasons. No matter which religious or cultural traditions from which your personal giving stems, the sentiments of hope and peace are common to all Rotarians.  A year-end gift to our Rotary Foundation is an excellent way to achieve many goals. 

Your gift will be used to: Promote peace; Fight disease; Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; Save mothers and children; Support education; Grow local economies.  That’s a meaningful way to express your caring for people here and around the globe.

The American tradition of charitable giving is also rewarded at tax time.  There are a variety of ways you can make maximize this benefit. Consider
the following options for giving assets other than cash to make gift,

Gifts of appreciated securities:  A gift of stock provides a tax deduction equal to the fair market value on the date it is received by our Rotary Foundation.  You also avoid capital gains tax that would be due of sold.

Charitable IRA Rollover:  A direct transfer from your IRA or other tax-deferred retirement plan can help to meet your required minimum distribution.  You also avoid income tax on the rollover withdrawal.  This is an asset that will also be heavily taxed when passed to your heirs.

Assets you no longer need:  A gift of assets such as life insurance, real estate or other valuable assets also qualify for charitable tax deductions and can bypass other taxes that would be due upon sale.

If you want to learn more about the options and benefits associated with giving to our Rotary Foundation, it’s as easy as a phone call or email.  You can contact our District 6250 Annual Fund Chair at dwight.heaney@forthc.com or contact the Foundation directly at 866-976-8279.


Short Term Youth Exchange Program for Summer 2018

Spread the word to high school students in your community – applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Short Term Exchange Program, and due no later than Feb 1, 2018. Share the 2018 flier with school counselors and teachers.

This is an exchange program where a student from the US is matched with a student abroad and the two students spend a month at each other’s home, for a total of two months together. It is a great alternative for students who are unable to participate in the long term program. There is no cost to the club, and minimal costs to the student – a $250 application fee plus the flight and spending money.

Encourage applicants to complete their application over Christmas break to allow your club time to complete the interview process and have the application validated by the STEP committee. Full details available at http://www.rotary6250.org/STEP.

News Story: Rotary Clubs Go the Extra Mile in Million Dollar Journey

WXOW, La Crosse wrote a  news story on how Rotary District 6250 marked a milestone of the Million Dollar Journey.

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 Rotary District 6250 Membership Committee live on Facebook - learn about My Rotary.

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RI Convention - Toronto - June 23-27, 2018

Registration is now open for Toronto -2018!    Key Early Bird deadines is December 15, 2017!



Club News, Events and Announcements

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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

Rotary Friendship Exchange for 2018 – Latvia/Sweden
With Our District 6250 and District 2410 Located in Latvia and Southeast Sweden
Group from District 2410 Latvia/Sweden will be hosted by our District 6250 for 14 days--May 10-24, 2018. Group from our Rotary District 6250 travels to Latvia/Southeast Sweden for 14 days—Aug. 10-24, 2018.

Our Rotary District 6250 Friendship Exchange Committee has arranged an exchange with Riga, Latvia, and Kalmar, Sweden areas. We will host a group of 8-10 persons from May 10-24, 2018 and then travel to their District 2410 from August 10-24, 2018.  We expect to travel with no more than 10 persons.
Anticipated expenses per person for participants:

  • Round trip airfare to/from Riga, Latvia
  • Meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Ferry travel across the Baltic Sea
  • Personal costs, such as gifts 

Hosts on each end of the exchange program support the visitors with room, board and some entertainment and perhaps transportation while in the country.
Preliminary Itinerary:
Day 1-7 in Riga, Latvia
Day 8 Ferry travel to Sweden
Day 9-14 in Kalmar region of Sweden
Contact the one of our chairpersons, either Dave Clemens at drdave@dellsdental.net, or Mark Moody at moodymb@charter.net, if you are interested in hosting or traveling.
Rotary Friendship Exchange for 2018 – Argentina
With Our District 6250 and District 4920 Located Argentina
Group from District 4920 in Argentina will be hosted by our District 6250 for 14 days—June 6-22, 2018.
Group from our Rotary District 6250 travels to District 4920 in Argentina for 14 days—October 6-18, 2018.

Our district has arranged a second Rotary Friendship Exchange for 2018 with District 4920 in Argentina. This is the area just below Buenos Aires, including Mar De Plata, and above Bahia Blanca. We expect to host a group from June 6-22, so they can attend the International Convention in Toronto directly after visiting us. We will travel to Argentina from October 6-18. This exchange will be no larger than 8 persons per group.
Anticipated Expenses for travelers:

  • Round trip airfare to/from Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Costs associated with side visit to Iguazu Falls
  • Personal expenses such as gifts
  • Travel insurance
  • Some meals or room costs at the beginning and end 

Hosts on each end of the exchange program support the visitors with room, board and some entertainment and perhaps transportation while in the country.
Preliminary Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrive in Buenos Aires and enjoy the city
Day 2 Travel to our first hosts
Day 3-12 Visit clubs within the district
Day 13 Visit Iguazu Falls on Brazil border
Day 14 Fly home
Contact the one of our chairpersons, either Dave Clemens at drdave@dellsdental.net, or Mark Moody at moodymb@charter.net, if you are interested in hosting or traveling.

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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 Rotary.org 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 rotarydistrict6250@morgandata.com.  


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