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

“What is our club doing to learn more about our Rotary Foundation?” If the answer is “not enough,” now might be a very good time to start. 

Dear Rotarians,

One of the pillars of the strategic plan for Rotary International is to focus on and increase humanitarian service.  We all belong to Rotary International.  When you think of Rotary International and humanitarian service, what comes to mind?  For many of us, we think about eradicating polio or perhaps clean water, sanitation, maternal health, literacy, hunger relief, or disease prevention.  All of this is possible because of The Rotary Foundation. 

We need to remember that it is not just The Rotary Foundation.  It is OUR Foundation and it is truly remarkable.  Charity Navigator is a website that checks on the effectiveness of foundations worldwide.  If you go to Google and type in Charity Navigator, you will find that Rotary is in the top ten of its class.  How is it possible that virtually all of the money that you give to The Rotary Foundation goes to the project for which it is intended?  The answer is that we are all volunteers and volunteers like you are Rotarians in Bolivia, Ghana, Pakistan, and around the world.  They are committed to the same Rotary ideals and determined to make sure the money is wisely and effectively used for the project for which it was intended.

Three years from now, the District will receive one-half of all monies donated this Rotary year to The Rotary Foundation by Rotarians in our District so that that money can be used for projects within our District and Internationally.  You have all heard of the campaign for Every Rotarian Every Year. We have approximately 3,200 Rotarians within our District and if everyone gave $100 a year (approximately $ .28 a day), we would be making a donation of $320,000 to The Rotary Foundation.  Three years from now, we would receive $160,000 back to the District.  Can you think of any other foundation, church, or other organization that gives you half of your money back in three years?  This is a great deal for our Rotary District .Under the Future Vision Plan that will be implemented starting July 2013, we will have much greater flexibility on the use of those funds.  This means that we will not only be able to support international projects as in the past, but we can have greater resources available for Rotary projects within our District.

The goal of the Rotary Foundation and our District is that every member contributes at least something to the Annual Programs Fund of The Rotary Foundation.  There are members of every Rotary Club that have never given to The Rotary Foundation, or not given on a regular basis.  I believe this is because we have not made clear the breadth and depth of the good being done in your name worldwide because of The Rotary Foundation.  I encourage all clubs to be discussing our Foundation with their membership and finding creative and easy ways for people to participate at whatever giving level they are comfortable.  Together we can do great good in the world through The Rotary Foundation.  Please join me in making a contribution to the Annual Programs Fund so we can make a positive difference in the world.

All the best,

Chuck Hanson
District Governor 2011-2012
Rotary District 6250    

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District News, Events and Announcements

Give to the Foundation Without Spending a Dime Extra

Prairie du Chien Rotarian, Jay White, recently came to his club with a proposition.  The first statement out of his mouth was that since the PDC Rotary club has a foundation, we were eligible for the Kwik Trip Cards that can be purchased at a 10% discount and resold.  Before he even finished his sentence, Rotarians began to reject the idea.  Most of us simply had visions of knocking on our neighbors doors trying to sell them Kwik Trip Cards.  However, Jay didn’t waver and finished his proposal.  He explained to us closed minded Rotarians(Yes I was one of them) that we wouldn’t have to sell them.  Our members would simply have to buy them.  We all buy gas as well as milk and pop and other items from Kwik Trip.  So, why not allow the club to purchase the cards at a discount and we then purchase them from the club at face value and spend the exact same amount that we normally would on our gas and groceries?  This started to make sense.

Rotarian Michael Higgins (left) purchases Rotary Cards from Rotarian Jay White.
Rotarian White then went on to state that if we bought $50 cards, for every card the club sold, they would make $5.  He would keep track of who purchased the cards and how much they purchased.  That Rotarian would get the credit for that $5 and it would be donated to the local foundation or the RI Foundation, whatever the Rotarian requested.  Over the year, each Rotarian would most likely spend $1000 on gas.  If they utilized this program, they would have $100 that they could request be sent in to RI, thus matching the EREY $100 goal. 

The club approved an original pre-purchase of the cards of $2000 hoping that if the project failed, we could at least sell $2000 worth of cards.  However, in less than 2 months, Rotarian White has sold over $14000 worth of cards.  That is over $1400 that can now be sent to RI, to the local foundation, and to projects that truly needed the funds.  We found that it is not only the individuals buying the cards, but some Rotarian business owners that have multiple company vehicles are purchasing close to $1000/month of cards.  They are not spending a single dime extra on gas, yet they are now able to significantly give to the RI Foundation.  This is a situation in which everybody wins!

This is a fundraiser that any club with a 510c3 leg, such as a local foundation, can easily get involved in.  The major work is the original paperwork and then having an individual keep track of who is buying the cards. The treasurer simply has to find out where those funds are designated for, fill out the forms, and send in the money.  How often do we have a chance to send in thousands of dollars to the foundation without spending an extra dime?  Let’s not miss this opportunity.

Joe Ruskey
PDC Rotarian

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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.
    Rotary District 6250
    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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Zones 28-29 Director Nominee Named

District 6250 is delighted to announce that PDG Mary Beth Growney Selene has been selected as Rotary International Director Nominee from Zones 28-29 and her term on the Rotary International Board of Directors will begin on July 1, 2013.

Congratulations Mary Beth!  We are very proud of you . You will do a great job and we want you to know your Home District will help you anyway we can.

Charles E. Hanson
District Governor 2011-2012                     

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Club Information Needed for District Website

Attention Club Presidents and Secretaries!

We are missing a lot of club information on the District Website. Why do we need updated information?  Rotarians in our district depend on the accuracy of the information for planning club visits and contacting club officers.   A certain District Governor arrived at the wrong meeting place because the club had not updated its location in its Club Profile!  Please take a look at it this month and let us know if corrections are needed.

To view you club profile, go to the district website,
Click on the tab ‘Our Clubs’, then Club Profiles.   Scroll down to find the name of your club.
Click on the ‘Web site’ link, and confirm that it is a valid link to your club’s web site.
Click on one of the profiles, either the Word or pdf format.
If you like, print it out,  mark it up with corrections, and mail it to Morgan Data  (see their address at the bottom of the web page.)
Or email the changes to MorganData at  and copy Bob Pulvermacher at
While you are there, check the Social Media by Club, and confirm that we have the correct FaceBook and LinkedIn addresses for your club.  Send these corrections to Morgan Data also!

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Rotary International Convention, Bangkok

From May 6 through May 9, 2012, members of Rotary International will be attending the 103rd Rotary International Convention in Bangkok, Thailand. Those of us who attend will have the chance to see the broader family of Rotary.  Nothing brings home the internationality of Rotary quite like the Rotary Convention.  The RI Convention offers unparalleled opportunities for networking in person with Rotarians who share a commitment to Service Above Self. 


Rotary Welcomes You to Bangkok 2012 from Rotary International on Vimeo.

I hope you will consider joining me and a number of other Rotarians from our district. From now until December 1, the registration fee is $160, which is as lower than it has been in years. You can register on line (visit for information and discount codes) and you can take advantage of a special airfare promotion on Cathay Pacific from Chicago to Hong Kong to Bangkok, leaving May 1 and returning to Chicago on May 11, following an overnight stay in Hong Kong. Our zone has also arranged for a half-day city tour, boat ride and dinner during the convention. Past District Governor Dean Dickinson is the contact person for this event.

If you have never attended an RI Convention, talk to someone who has.  I'm confident that he or she will tell you how inspiring and exciting it was, no matter which RI convention he or she attended.  I encourage you to experience an RI convention for yourself and this one promises to be one of the best.

If you have never visited Asia, this is a wonderful opportunity to experience a fascinating culture with friendly people, wonderful cuisine and exotic scenery. Thailand happens to be the only country in the world ruled by a king born in the United States. It is a country that caters to tourists and a city that is as cosmopolitan as any in Asia. Combine the speakers, fellowship, workshops inherent in a  Rotary convention with an exotic destination and you have a compelling opportunity coming up next May.  Sign up soon and make your plans to join me and thousands of Rotarians from around the world in Bangkok.

Rob Stroud, DGE

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Bangkok Convention Airfare and Dinner Cruise Packages

Savat-di-khap!  Welcome to Bangkok!

The 2012 Rotary International Convention will be held May 6-9, 2012 in Bankgkok, Thailand.  In addition to a very low registration fee of $160, there are special airfare packages to get you there and Zone events once you are there!

Click here for special airfare information (pdf).

Click here for information on the Bangkok City Tour and Dinner Cruise on the "River of Kings" hosted by Zones 28 & 29 (pdf).

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Great Information from the Zone 28 Foundation Newsletter

The Zone 28 Rotary Foundation Newsletter can be downloaded here!


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Ambassadorial Scholars Attend University of Wisconsin 

Did you know that the Ambassadorial Scholarship started in 1947 and has served more than 40,000 men and women?  More than $16.2 million has gone to recipients of this program whose aim is to further international understanding and friendly relations among different countries and geographical areas. 

District 6250 is currently hosting two Ambassadorial Scholars, both attending the University of Wisconsin in Madison. 

Maiko Yoshizawa’s home town is Yokohama city and her sponsoring Club is The Rotary Club of Yokohama Kanazawa East.  She is in the Graduate program in Landscape Architecture having completed her Bachelors Degree in Environmental Policy at Tokyo City University.  Before coming to Madison, she has been involved in field surveys in vegetation, marine and wetland, environmental impact assessments, environmental policy in Indonesia and research of environmental education in Japan. 

Shigeharu Itagaki is part of the Graduate School of Law.  For five years he has worked with Nippon Seiki managing corporate law, business law and lawsuit issues.  He’s helped develop defense procedures for hostile M & A’s, debt collection negotiation and given lectures on labor law, contract law, anti-trust law and insider trading to other employees.  He is married and has a two year old daughter who he describes as “really energetic”.  Shige is from Yamagata, is sponsored by The Rotary Club of Murayama Rose and has studied at the University of Alberta (Canada) and Niigata University (Japan).

Maiko and Shige serve as goodwill ambassadors and are anxious to tell you about their homeland as well as their experience here in Wisconsin. 

Please show them a warm Rotary Welcome by asking them to visit your Club and speak about their country.  You’d also benefit from spending time with them individually and showing them Wisconsin Rotary hospitality!   Maiko’s email address is and Shige’s is

They’re waiting to hear from you!

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Rotary Foundation Impacts Around the World 

Rotarians from Rotary Club of Janesville Morning came together last year to support a matching grant to multiply Schools for Beggars’ Children in Lagos, Nigeria.  The project was started in 2003 with a matching grant between the RC of La Crosse North and RC of Falomo, Nigeria.  The initial school was expanded through a District 6250 Matching Grant and continues to serve over 300 children.  Some of these children are now being fostered by members of RC of Falomo as they continue their secondary and post secondary educations.  Following the success of the first school, PDG Somo Omoniyi, or District 9110, worked with PDG Mary Kessens and Larry Barton of the RC of Janesville Morning to develop a third matching grant to expand the school to two new locations.  The following article details the opening of the third school in Idi-Araba, Nigeria.

The partnership between Rotary Districts 9110 Nigeria and District 6250 started in 2002 with a group study exchange.  Since then matching grants between our district’s clubs and Nigerian Rotary Clubs have fostered clean water/sanitation projects, book and medical shipments and a micro-lending project.  These grants and the friendships between the two districts have impacted thousands of people in Nigeria to date.
Follow this link to read the article from The Guardaian, Lagos Edition - At Falomo, Agege And Now Idi-Araba… Rotary Wheels Children Of Beggars To Schools. 

Submitted by Mary Kessens, PDG

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Ethics Committee Update 

Monthly Greetings from the District 62590 Ethics Committee!  We continue to hear great success stories from around the district as clubs embrace the idea of getting into local area schools and youth groups to raise awareness of the Ethical Issues we all face every day, as well share the message of Rotary and our Ethical approach to decision making.  Here is a sampling from this past month:

• Darla Leick and her Marshfield Sunrise club, along with the Noon Rotary club, have been reviewing The Parable of the Sadhu and Common Sense Ethics for implementation into local area schools.

• Dennis Schulte and the Reedsburg Rotary have requested materials and are looking at various programs to use in an Ethics Seminar.

• Michael Linse and the Holmen Rotary Club have made great inroads into helping create a presentation done by local students on solving Ethical issues that will be shared with local area high school students.

• Finally, Jodi Widuch and her committee of Rotarians from the La Crosse area (Downtown, East, Valley View) are working with Youth Frontiers to put on a city-wide workshop for area high school students, with the goal of having this seminar in the first or second quarter of 2012.

I am sure there are other great success stories happening in District 6250 – be sure to send your success stories (along of course with any questions or needs) to us at

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Friendship Exchange (RFE) to India 

ROTARY FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE team from D1240 in Essex, England at the UW Arboretum with Greg Armstron (Retired Director and Rotarian) in front of the Paul Harris Oak Tree in Madison. The team was hosted by Rotarians in La Crosse, Prairie du Chien, and Madison following a D6250 team visit to Essex last Spring. 

Your Rotary D6250 invites you to become part of an outbound Friendship Exchange to Tamil Nadu, India, February 1-10, 2012. This RFE “cultural immersion” experience is like a “GSE for Rotarians”. 

Our RFE group (5 to 10 Rotarians/partners) will be hosted by Indian Rotarians in their homes with very interesting local experiences in each community visited. The cost is approximately $2,000 (air travel plus incidentals). We will meet as a team later this fall to answer all questions.

TIME IS SHORT, so if interested please contact PDG Bob Bendiksen at (608) 788-0268; Cell: (608) 386-6194; Email:

We are looking for several more Rotarians (partners welcome) to join our “outbound” RFE team to India on February 1-10, 2012. YOU ARE INVITED!


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Social Media Committee Update

The District Social Media committee encourages every club to designate a social media contact or committee to improve communication among club members, attract younger members and create an awareness of Rotary in the larger community through social media, including but not limited to, the development of a club Facebook page.  The District will provide to clubs tools, resources and training to support this effort through the District Social Media Committee.

To support this effort, we’ve split the committee into three sub committees:  District Website,  Webinar use and Social Media tools.   Each of these subcommittees has created goals for the year. 

Already this year,  the website sub committee has assisted Morgan Data with new innovations on the district website.  Have you noticed  that information is easier to find, and more accurate?  There’s an RSS Feed from Rotary International on the home page.   In the near future there will be a website for uploading club photos – so we can create a ‘library’ of images to use on the website and in other Public Relations initiatives. 

The Social Media subcommittee is working on training for clubs – now that you have a FaceBook page, how to you get club members to join the conversation?  Some clubs are doing a great job of this, and others are struggling.  Wendy Soucie and Justin Garvey are Social Media professionals on the committee, and are leading this effort. Check out the FB pages for Rotary Club of Menomonie and Medford Morning Rotary.

Have you wondered how to use webinars to facilitate ‘virtual’ meetings?  The District Foundation committee and Youth Exchange Committee have been very successful in using this tool.  It’s saved a lot of time and energy.  If you have questions about how your committee can use this tool, contact Dave Warren or me.

If you have an interest in any of these topics, the Social Media committee would welcome your help.We are especially in need of committee members from the northern areas of the district – so how about it?  Give us a ‘shout out’ on the district FaceBook page, and we’ll connect you to the committee!

Remember, to follow us on FaceBook

Julie Keitel

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STEP -  Short Term Exchange Program Summer 2012

Time to start thinking "Short Term Exchange" for Summer 2012

District 6250 relaunched the STEP (Short Term Exchange Program) for youth in 2011, with three high school students in the district participating this past summer. Please help us growth this program by encouraging strong candidates to apply. High school students, age 15-19 are paired with a student abroad where they will spend one month together here in their home and one month together in their host sister/brother's home.

The program is quite affordable to the student: a $250 application fee plus flight and spending money. The only obligation from the Rotary Club is to screen the candidate and family, and then endorse their application form. Visit the Study/Youth Program section of the website to download a flier and pass out at your next club meeting.

Applications are due February 28th, 2012.

Janine O'Rourke
Rotary District 6250 Short-Term Youth Exchange Coordinator




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:


Fitchburg Verona Club Hosts Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Come join the Fitchburg / Verona Rotary Club for our 2nd annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser for our Orphan Train orphanage in Peru. Last year we raised $1800 to support the 20 girls at Casa Hogar Orphanage. Come join us as we try to raise even more in 2011. 

     Thursday, November 10,  6:30 – 8:30 pm
     Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 515 W Verona Ave, Verona

Tickets available at the door for $15. Appetizers served along with a variety of white and red wines. There will also be a Silent Auction. Contact Janine O’Rourke with any questions; 608-577-6395.

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Valley View Club Finds Success in Car Raffle

A man from Westby drove away with Valley View Rotary's car after his name was drawn in the club's second annual raffle. The winner purchased his ticket back in May. The club raised more than $13,000 to give to area charities. Among them: Freedom Honor Flight, Operation Homefront, RI Polio Plus, La Crosse Children's Museum and WAFER food pantry. Here's the full story:

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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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