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The District Dispatch


The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

January 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

January has come.  2017 has slipped away.  The start of the year is a new beginning and a reflection of the past all at the same time.  It is an interesting time of year that allows us to look back on our past accomplishments, think about our challenges, and focus on our future goals.  I personally have so much to look back on as I have travelled to 61 of our 62 clubs in 2017.  What an amazing experience.  I have seen clubs and Rotarian’s all over D6250 Making a Difference in so many lives locally and throughout the world.  I saw clubs focused on the eradication of Polio, focused on feeding the hungry, focused on providing scholarships to give young adults opportunities that they normally wouldn’t have, and so much more.  Regardless of the focus that the club has, there is one thing in common that I have seen, which is the true desire to serve others with nothing in return expected.  This is truly humbling to experience.  We have so much to be proud about in D6250.  Just remember, however, that not everybody gets to visit 62 clubs and 3000 Rotarians.  So, please join me in telling our stories of what we have done, what we are doing, and what we plan on doing.  Once we tell our stories, I promise you that others will want to join with us. 

January is Vocational Service Month.  Vocational Service is one of Rotary’s Avenues of Service.  Vocational Service calls every Rotarian to:
-Aspire to high ethical standards in their occupation;
-Recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations, and;
-Contribute their vocational talents to the problems and needs of society.

Rotarians have the dual responsibility of representing their vocation within the club and exemplifying the ideals of Rotary within the workplace.  One of the central goals of Vocational Service is to promote and advance Rotary’s high ethical standards.  In my opinion, this is needed now more than ever.  We can’t turn on the TV, pick up the paper, or listen to the radio without people yelling, arguing, and talking in ways that are disturbing, hurtful, and unethical.  We need children and adults around the world to know that there is a group of people that base their decisions and actions on ethical beliefs, behaviors, and decisions.  We need to lead by example.  Please make sure that you and your club members take some time to think about this not just in January, but throughout the Rotary year.

As many have heard, the district nominating committee has selected Sue Halambeck from the Sun Prairie Rotary Club to serve as our District Governor during the 2020-21 Rotary Year.  I think this is an excellent choice, and Sue will lead us well.  We at the district know the importance of leadership succession.  We ask that you and your club leaders follow our example.  Please make sure that you are not only selecting your President Elects and President Nominees, but continue to develop your leadership for many years to come.  Our clubs are only as strong as the leadership.  Please make sure that your clubs are strong today and well into the future. 

I wanted to share the great news that 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. 

I hope that you had an amazing holiday season.  I hope that you were able to enjoy your time with friends and family as you celebrated the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. Tina and I wish you all a very blessed 2018.  We hope your dreams and goals are achieved not only in 2018, but for all your years to come.  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


Register for the District Team Training Seminar 

Register 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

RYLA Dates for 2018: May 18-20, 2018 at Camp Upham Woods, Wisconsin Dells, WI

What Is RYLA

Established as a Rotary Structured Program in 1971, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people.

The Rotary District 6250 RYLA program is a camp designed to build future leaders and Rotarians who exemplify the four way test.

What is the cost?

  • The cost to attend the camp is:
  • $200 if complete paperwork is submitted by April 1, 2018 and is paid by the local Rotary Club.
  • $225 for any registrations with paperwork arriving after April 2, 2018 - April 13, 2018
    • Please Note:  Due to club response and camp limits we will be at a a maximum occupancy this year.  Availability will be on a first apply, first filled basis.  All paperwork must be submitted to guarantee a spot.  
    • Please note that transportation is the local Rotary Club’s responsibility.  
Learn about RYLA 
Click here to learn more about RYLA.


Just what is Rotary Global Rewards?

Rotary International’s Global Rewards program benefits Rotary members with discounts on travel, hotels, dining, entertainment, products and services. When you purchase these items the vendor will make a contribution to Rotary International and often a discount to you, the member. Recently Rotary International has teamed up with Amazon. Amazon donates up to 6 percent of the sales price to Rotary International on purchases made through Rotary Global Rewards.  This is in addition to the attractive prices that Amazon normally offers. The average Amazon donation to Rotary to date is 4 ½ to 5 percent.

Compare this 4 -5 % donation with Amazon Smile that donates only ½ of one percent to the users charity of choice, whether it is Rotary, or another not for profit.

All things being equal whether you purchase from Amazon’s website directly or through Rotary Global Rewards it makes sense to shop where Rotary will benefit. Our District goal for this Rotary year is 250 members using Rotary Global Rewards.

Some members will search the web to find the best possible price on an item. If that describes you then be sure to check the price from Amazon by going through Myrotary.org. You may be surprised that the prices are not that different and for a few dollars difference why not let Rotary International benefit from your purchase.

To sign up for Global Rewards you need to be registered with Rotary International through Myrotary.org. This is a simple process and you may find that you have already registered.  Once you have registered scroll down to Featured Links and then Rotary Global Rewards. You will see your club name pop up with a list of the offers available. At the top of the list is Amazon. Click on it and you will be taken to the Amazon website. If you have shopped at Amazon previously you will be recognized.

If you are looking for a car rental, hotel, restaurant, or other services you can type in the city you are traveling to and the offers available in that city will pop up. You can also sort offers by type such as car rentals, travel, restaurants etc.

If you have your own business you too can participate in Rotary Global Rewards by offering discounts to members and making a small donation to Rotary International at the same time.  Learn more by going to myrotary.org.

Take a few minutes to browse the Rotary Global Rewards site. It is quite intuitive. Check out the offerings in Timbuktu.


Rotary Insurance Update

Questions about insurance coverage? There is a new broker this year!
RI Insurance Coverage for Clubs 

2017 - A Year to Celebrate

Thank you for participating in our Rotary Foundation’s Centennial celebration.  100 years of doing good in the world is a big achievement.  Your support, the projects implemented by your clubs and your advocacy to bring in new members are all part of this success.
It will make you feel proud as a Rotarian to spend a few minutes with our Rotary Foundation’s Annual Report.  It is filled with stories, videos and graphics that tell the story of Rotarians doing good in the world.  Just follow this link:  https://www.rotary.org/en/annual-report-2017
When you are done, make your New Year resolution to promote peace in our world through your support of our Rotary Foundation.

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What is Your Rotary New Year Resolution?

Happy New Year!  If you want a resolution that is easy to keep, make Rotary Direct your preferred method for supporting our Rotary Foundation.
Start your Rotary Direct contributions in January.  It’s as easy sending in a simple form, singing up online or a phone call to Rotary International.  Once you are set up, your gifts continue at the amount and timing you prefer.  Please remember that gifts directed to the Annual Fund/SHARE will produce District Designated funds which can be used by your district to match both District and Global Grants.
You already participate in Rotary Direct?  Thank you.  Resolve to increase your contribution to Annual Fund/SHARE.  Move your contribution from quarterly to monthly, or increase the dollar amount.  The process is the same and the result is increased funds available as matching grants to clubs in District 6250.
Log on to My Rotary:
  • Search for “ pdf Rotary Direct ” to download a simple form.

  • Hover your mouse over The Rotary Foundation header and click on Give.

  • Please remember that gifts directed to the Annual Fund/SHARE will produce District Designated funds which can be used by your district to match both District and Global Grants.  

Or, you can call Rotary International at (866) 976-8279.  Have your credit card on hand to set up your recurring donation. 
If you have questions, reach out to your Club Foundation Chair or Dwight Heaney.  Wishing you success with all of the 2018 resolutions you have for service as a Rotarian.

Rotarians help feed students in Nicaragua

Dave Warren, past Governor and current district foundation chair returned from Nicaragua last month to assist Kids Agaist Hunger.  Click here for the article published in the Milton Courier.

District 6250 New Peace Fellows: By Lyn Kenney, District Chair GG and PF Scholars

Our district is proud to announce that we have two new Peace Fellows that were selected by our district as well as various Rotary International committees and University personnel. Only
50 applicants for the Master’s program in Peace and Conflict Resolution and 50 for the Professional Development program in Thailand are selected. District 6250 accepts applicants
from both our district and at –large candidates assigned by Rotary International that do not have a Rotary Club or Rotary District to sponsor them. Some come from countries at war and
they have overcome major hardships. Unlike the Global Grant Scholar program, the Peace Fellow Scholarship program is no cost to our district and we can endorse as many applicants as
we think are good candidates. All Rotarians play a part in spreading the word about this great Scholarship opportunity. For more information go to:

Linh Vo, age 27, is from Vietnam and is an at-large candidate from our district.  This was her second attempt for this scholarship prompted by a lot of encouragement to improve her English and try again. Some of you met her and heard her speak at Madison South Rotary more than one year ago when she was “couch surfing” around the US and Central America writing articles for a newspaper in Vietnam. She is a famous journalist with 43,000 followers on face book. She first rose to national prominence writing about surviving an avalanche and saving a porter’s life on Annapuma Mt. in Nepal. At least 45 were killed. She has since written 10 books and 1 novel. Linh has numerous accomplishments in Vietnam. She started Volunteer House Vietnam, a non-profit organization which provides free accommodation for travelers in exchange for free English lessons for underprivileged kids.  There are now 15 teaching locations in Ho Chi Minh and Ha Noi City; built 3 schools for poor children worth $45,000.; attracted 5,000 volunteers from Vietnam and overseas; partnered with Life Project 4 Youth and Crimson to bring international volunteers to local schools for cultural exchange and is expanding this to other cities in Vietnam. She has done a documentary and secured a film maker on The Bomb Sawyers, where villagers earn their living by looking for bombs left over from the war resulting in many injuries or death. She has also found funding for washers and dryers in schools. I could go on and on about her many awards and achievements, but want to close with something she stated in her application: “As a journalist and writer, I intend to continue to write and reflect on conflicts and societal realities to increase awareness of prospects for the peaceful resolution of current conflicts and restorative justice strategies to help heal the wounds of the past in Vietnam”. Linh will start at Duke University in September.


Elizabeth is married, has several children and lives in the slums of Kenya. She lost all her property in an uprising in 2007. She was sent to camps where she received 1 meal every 3 days. “Poverty makes people angry”, she stated, as she observed atrocities too gruesome to mention in this article. Out of all that, Elizabeth elevated herself to be a respected community leader. She attended an Empowerment program that gave her the knowledge to organize women against domestic violence. Many in the village look to her for support in knowing how to deal with neighbors and tribes killing one another. She even organized women to collect trash and make things out of the trash to sell at markets and in the village. She has volunteered at the Allied Orphans Home and actively speaks for the oppressed in the African community through the World Pulse organization. She has a leadership role in her church where she is committed to ensure peace in her community by always trying to reconcile broken homes and violence through the available organizations dealing with the same issues. Elizabeth pursued this scholarship to equip herself with the skills and leadership training needed to bring peace in her slum dwelling where violence is a common occurrence. Our District committee was especially impressed with the level of commitment and determination that Elizabeth exhibited in her Skype interview. When she found out she got the scholarship, and would be attending the 3-month training in Thailand this January, she wrote: “Lyn: my husband is very happy for me too. I am lucky to have a very supportive husband unlike many men in my community who think that nothing good can come out of a woman. It’s going to be the first time I will be away from home for that long but he is ready to take the challenge. My children are also excited simply because their mother will be the first woman in the neighborhood to board an aeroplane. They tell this to all their friends”. This is Elizabeth’s first time traveling out of the country. She said further: “I feel in my spirit that this trip is going to change my life for better”.

Update on Global Grant Scholar Jeremy O’Brien:
I am excited to share, after an intensive interview process (I actually cried leaving the building), I was offered the Hepatitis C Project Coordinator position at the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) https://www.finddx.org/
FIND is an Organization that spun out of an identified need in the early 2000s World Health Assembly to address infectious diseases in impoverished communities. FIND works across a wide range of diseases, developing accurate, low cost and easy access to market diagnostic tools, and supports governments and ministries of health in implementing infectious disease surveillance, diagnostic and treatment programmes. 
My role will be assisting the Hep C team in managing a $38 million grant from UNITAID, supporting currently 6 country programs in Myanmar, Malaysia, India, Georgia, Viet Nam and Cameroon, and potentially more to come. 
I am very excited about this new role, it will be both pressing and exciting. I am due to start January 8, and most likely re-locating to Geneva first week of January (this time as a real staff person :). 
I owe a huge amount of thanks to Rotary in Wisconsin and London, as this role in supporting a major global health initiative was only made possible with Rotarys support. 

I look forward to becoming involved again with Rotary in Geneva. 

So again, thank you both and the rest of Rotary. 

RI Convention - Toronto - June 23-27, 2018

Registration is now open for Toronto -2018!    Next Early Bird deadines is March 31, 2018!



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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