The District Dispatch

The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

September 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,

In every edition of The Rotarian Magazine you will find the “Object of Rotary” and the “Four-Way Test”.  This is no accident.  The encouragement of high ethical standards in business and professions is central to Rotary.  The Four-Way Test is a pledge we make to one another as Rotarians, to our colleagues in our business and professional lives and to the community as a whole.  No one can claim to have always lived up to the Four-Way Test, but at least Rotarians aspire to this goal.  Wouldn’t you rather do business with a Rotarian who actually tries to live by the Four-Way Test?  Wouldn’t you agree that as Rotarians, we have an important message to our youth and to our communities as a whole that character counts?

The Four Way Test

The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions: 

  1.  Is it the TRUTH?

  2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?

  3.  Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER    FRIENDSHIPS?

  4.  Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

We are bombarded daily with examples of ethical breakdown.  Bad decisions are made in the name of expediency and without thought to larger consequences.  Indeed, some very smart people were willing to bring this nation and indeed the entire world to the brink of financial ruin because of their greed.  Whenever profit is the only motive, we are in trouble.  Integrity need not be a casualty in pursuit of a successful business or professional career. 

This Rotary year in District 6250, we have a major Ethics Initiative.  Every club is being asked to provide a program on ethics based on the Four-Way Test in a local middle school or high school.  To implement such a program, clubs can work with other Rotary clubs or organizations if they wish.  The District Ethics Initiative Committee under the leadership of Bill Pritchard and Rick Kite has developed the curriculum for seven different options that clubs can consider.  Clubs are free to modify these options or develop their own program.  Now is the time to explore the best option for your club with your local school district so that later in this Rotary year you can achieve this goal.

Having local and professional people talking about ethical issues to a civics class or an ethics class sends a very powerful message.  First, high ethical standards in our business and professional lives are important to the community and central to Rotary.  Second, we care enough about the next generation to be present and set an example.  Your efforts will also satisfy one of the requirements of the Changemaker Award, which I hope many of the clubs in the District will achieve as we participate in the District 6250 Iditarod of Service.

By the time you read this, I will have visited over half of the clubs in our District.  Most of those clubs are already working on their plans for the Ethics Initiative.  Thank you for your support for this effort.  This is not only an opportunity for vocational service to our communities, but also a wonderful way to share Rotary’s core value of integrity.

All the best,

Chuck Hanson
District Governor 2011-2012
Rotary District 6250    


District News, Events and Announcements

Call for Nominations, District Governor 2014-2015

The District Nominating Committee, at the direction of District Governor Chuck Hanson, is announcing the call for nominations to the position of District Governor for Rotary year 2014-2015.  Each club in the district is entitled to nominate one or more of its members who meet the following criteria 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:
2011-2012  Chuck Hanson  La Crosse     
2012-2013  Rob Stroud  Madison     
2013-2014  Dean Ryerson  Madison West Towne Middleton

Each club in the district will receive from the offices of Morgan Data a set of nomination papers which must be completed and returned to the office not later than 15 November 2011.
    Morgan Data Solutions
    2830 Agriculture Drive          
    Madison, WI  53718

Interviews of the candidates will take place not later than 15 December 2011 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:
Dean Dickinson, 608-788-1003 (H) or 608-397-5888 (c), email:

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Member Retention Webinar

It’s every Rotarians responsibility to recruit and retain members for your club.  Leaders of RI adopted the following slogan for membership: 

Each Rotarian:  Reach One-Keep One.

Yes, you, that’s right, YOU, must take it upon yourself to recruit and retain Rotarians!!

Sign up for this wonderful Webinar to “retain” those Rotarians in your club who have been making a difference and YOU want them to continue making a difference.

Free Webinar on Member Retention  -  An upcoming webinar will focus on the importance of "closing the back door" so that all members - both new and longstanding Rotarians - remain involved and active in the club.

All club leaders are invited to participate in "Closing the Back Door," a free webinar on member retention - one of the greatest challenges to our clubs. During this webinar, you will discuss challenges that clubs are experiencing with keeping members and learn about resources, solutions, and best practices available to clubs to combat these challenges.
The webinar, to be offered in an English-only session, is scheduled for the following time (click on date to register):
    Tuesday, 13 September, 1100-1200 (Central Daylight Time)

Rotary Coordinators Dean Rohrs and Judi Beard-Strubing will faciliate each session. Join other Rotarians in this webinar and share your experiences. 

What is a webinar?   Short for Web-based seminar, a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar that is transmitted over the Web.
A key feature of a Webinar is its interactive elements -- the ability to give, receive and discuss information.  All that is needed is a computer or laptop with internet connection, and if you want to ask questions, you can type them in.

Submitted by Tom Mickelson, Chair
District 6250 Membership Development and Retention Committee
RC of La Crosse East

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Great Information from the Zone 28/29 Newsletter

The Rotary Zone 28/29 Newsletter provides great information on club and leader resources, member retention and more.  Click here to view the latest edition.

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European Effort Raises $893,000 for Rotary Foundation 

To learn more about this effort and other Rotary Foundation news, click on the image below for the September Foundation Newsletter.


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Get Excited About our Youth Exchange Program - Host Clubs and Rebound Coordinator

This is the most exciting time of the year for those involved in Rotary Youth Exchange. Outbound students are leaving for their assigned countries and we are welcoming new students to our district. We have eighteen students who have just arrived from all over the world. Please make them feel welcome. Invite them to do things with you and your family. It is a wonderful way to share our culture and find out more about theirs. The early part of a student’s year can be difficult. Keeping them busy can be very helpful when they are battling language struggles and being homesick. Invite the student and the student’s host parents to your meeting, social and service events.

Our outbound students have just left. Please stay in touch with them. You will love hearing of their adventures. You have given them a very special gift by sponsoring them. You will be amazed at the maturity they gain during their year. You will hear even more by inviting the student’s parents to attend some meetings.

It is also the time when current district high school students are thinking about becoming Outbound students that will leave next August or September. Seek out potential students from your local high school. Information about the Outbound program may be found on our district website at

A very important thing to keep in mind is that the number of students who may go out from our district is limited to the number of students our district hosts. It is not too late to commit to hosting a student for the 2012-2013 year. Hosting an inbound student can make such a difference to so many people including your club. Please contact me if you wish to commit to hosting. We sorely need more host clubs.

This summer we had a successful restart to our short term exchange. Janine O’Rourke has resurrected the Short Term program. We look forward to having more students involved next year.

Our district has students who have been outbound students. They are full of enthusiasm about their year abroad whether it was this past year of years way past. That enthusiasm is not just about their year abroad or the country where they lived, it is also about Rotary. The want to be involved. Please let them do that by keeping in touch with them. Invite them to every event you have.

I love to talk about youth exchange. If you need a speaker for your club, feel free to contact me.

Judy Levine
District 6250 Rotary Youth Exchange Chair

Host clubs needed to host our inbound students for a weekend event. Our students love to get together. We are looking for clubs to host the students for a weekend. Typically, clubs provide host families for one night and then find a place like a school, a gym, YMCA, athletic club to host the students for a night. We chaperone them along with any members from the club. There is no cost to the club. We can help plan the weekend activities and all the registration. Please consider this even if your club is not hosting an inbound student. We are looking for a weekend in November and in January or February.

Rebound Coordinator Needed: Sadly, our district Rebound Coordinator has had to step down. Clare Gromoll has done a wonderful job in organizing our Rebound students (those who have been exchange students). We are looking for an enthusiastic person who loves to keep our former outbound students involved. The coordinator must be able to use social media to communicate with students and be available for district events a couple of weekends a year and for a meeting in Grand Rapids, MI the second weekend in July. A Rotarian who is a former exchange student is preferred.

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Club Liability Insurance Information

Please find below links to important information posted on the website regarding the general liability (GL) insurance coverage and directors & officers/employment practices liability (D&O/EPL) insurance coverage provided to your Rotary club/district through the U.S. Rotary Club and District Liability Insurance Program (Program). Please share this information with fellow U.S. Rotarians.

2011-12 Letter to Insured U.S. Rotary Clubs and Districts:

General Liability Insurance Summary:

Directors & Officers/Employment Practices Liability Insurance Summary:

This information can also be found on the Insurance Information Portal at:
Username: Rotarian        Password: Resources#1

Note: Username and password are case-sensitive.  This portal is for U.S. Rotary club/district use only.

If you have any questions, please contact Lockton (insurance broker) toll-free at (800) 921-3172 or e-mail


Julita Brzozowska
Assistant Risk Manager
Rotary International

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Diveheart Story Featured on CNN

Many District Rotarians will remember Jim Elliott, Founder/President of Diveheart & Diveheart Military Wounded from his keynote presentation and live demonstration at our 2011 District 6250 Conference held in Madison.  Jim was recently featured by CNN.  Click on the image at right to view the YouTube clip.






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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:


Horicon - Small Club That Gets Big Things Done

Horicon Rotary is a club of 19 members.  We are proud of the fact that we are a small club that gets big jobs done.  However, with only 19 members that usually means that every member has to work at every project and every fund raiser. 

For the last five years we have held a Friday Night Fish Fry on Father's Day weekend in conjunction with Marsh Days....or as it has been called the last few years, Rock'n River Jam.  We also worked at "Taste of Horicon" Thursday.  That meant two full afternoons and evenings.   We are a "mature club" as opposed to a "young club" with the majority of Rotarians over 40 and also most of the members at full-time jobs. 

We suddenly came to the realization that just five miles down the road was another club; the Mayville Rotary Club. Why don't we ask them if they would like to help with the fish fry?  We could meet in the middle and hold our fish fry at the beautiful Horicon Marsh International Education Center. 

After a lunch meeting and several discussions of how to do this together, we decided to go ahead.  It turned out to be a wonderful evening.  We sold more tickets this year and we met and worked together with some wonderful new Rotarians friends.  We are looking forward to another project together.

If you are a small club and have trouble getting members to work every project and fundraiser, try working together with  another club in a nearby town.  It may take some extra planning, but in the long run, having more bodies to work really helps.

La Crosse Area Rotary Clubs and Members Honored at Annual Event

Area Rotary clubs and Rotarians will be honored by members of the La Crosse area’s eight Rotary clubs during the 22nd annual Avenues of Service banquet. The event is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Cargill Room at Logistics Health.

Clubs receiving recognition for their “Avenue of Service” projects include:

Club Service Award — The Rotary Club of the Holmen Area for its Service Auction Fundraising Event.

Community Service Award — The Rotary Club of the Holmen Area for funding a K-9 unit for the Holmen Police Department. 

International Service Award — The Rotary Club of Holmen for the fourth phase of its BioSand Clean Water Filtration System project in Lima, Peru; and the Rotary Club of La Crosse Valley View for Helping Out in Solapur, India.

New Generations Award — Rotary Club of La Crosse for chartering the La Crosse After Hours Club.

Vocational Service Award — Rotary Club of La Crosse Valley View for Career Day for Area 8th Graders.

Individual Rotarians selected by their clubs as their 2011 Rotarian of the Year include:
Caledonia —  Steve Reiman
Holmen — Scott Ryan
La Crescent — Ben Barton
La Crosse After Hours — Johnny Brevik and Caitlin Lyga
La Crosse Downtown  — Mary Stanek
La Crosse East  — Jeremy Novak
La Crosse Valley View — Laurie Tweten
Onalaska — Lori Raabe

The Rotarian selected by all area clubs to receive the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award is —
Dean Dickinson, La Crosse Downtown

The annual Avenues of Service Banquet allows Rotarians from throughout the region to recognize those who exemplify Rotary’s motto of “service about self.” The nine area Rotary Clubs include — Caledonia, Holmen, La Crescent, La Crosse, La Crosse After Hours, La Crosse East, La Crosse Valley View, Onalaska and Sparta — include nearly 450 members.

Watertown Club Hosts Beer & Wine Tasting

The Watertown Rotary Club will be having a Beer and Wine tasting on Saturday, October 29th  from 1-4:30.  Beer, wine and appetizers will be served.  There will be a silent and live auction.  This is our biggest fund raiser of the year.   Venue is Watertown Country Club  1340 N Water St.  Watertown, WI  Price is $35.  Contact: Sandee Macht 920-988-0452 or 414-256-1159.  Email  

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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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