RY 2023-2024                                                                                          Issue #1

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Welcome to the

2023-24 Rotary Year!

 
I want to first extend the warmest of greetings from district leadership and incredible gratitude for the great work that you do in your clubs, communities, and our world. Congratulations to all outgoing club and district officers and congratulations to those of you that are just starting, especially our club presidents.   It has been an amazing journey over the past year filled with so many WOWS and an equally vibrant one on the horizon.
 
A few short weeks ago, I was in the LaCrosse area and was looking for a morning hike.  My decision was made quickly, when I saw this one in particular – The Rotary Vista Trail. As I made my way on the trail, I pondered my journey in Rotary; proud member of The Rotary Club of Madison, a long time RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Co-Chair,  a former District Trainer, and now at the starting line of my role as District Governor. The journey has been nothing short of fantastic, filled with some of the most incredible humans, inspiring experiences, and impactful service.
 
When I finally reached the top and looked out on the beautiful vista before me, I was filled with excitement, enthusiasm, and so much hope for the year ahead. One of my favorite quotes is from Nelson Mandela. I used it to end my dissertation defense over a decade ago and always go back to it when I have something big on the horizon. I kept thinking about it as I soaked up that vista on the Rotary Trail.
 
“I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one finds more hills to climb.  I have taken a moment to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back at the distance I have come.  But I can rest for a moment, for with my freedoms comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended yet”
 
Rotarians, we have an incredible vista ahead in the distance for us.  RI President Gordon has charged us to create a vista where peace prevails, the power of women is unlocked, mental wellness is a priority, and hope brings it all together. Like any good hike, there will definitely be some challenges to maneuver through before reaching the vista ahead. On the horizon already, a new administrative services team, a refreshed website, club visioning opportunities, a mental wellness/leadership series, an abundance of youth programs, and so MUCH MORE.  I am eager to roll up my sleeves and forge ahead on this very important journey TOGETHER. 
 
It is an honor to be on this journey with YOU District 6250 Rotarians!  I look forward to serving beside you as we create hope in our clubs, communities and our world.
 
Michelle McGrath
D6250 Governor
RY 2023-2024

ri President gordon R. Mcinally

Gordon R. McInally, a member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry, Scotland, has been selected as the President of Rotary International for 2023-24 by the Nominating Committee. He is a graduate of dental surgery and has served in various academic positions, and has been a member of Rotary since 1984. McInally has held various positions within Rotary International, including president and vice president, and is currently an adviser to the 2022 Houston Convention Committee. He and his wife are also Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation.

 

ABOUT HIS JULY 2023 MESSAGE

Rotary International President Gordon McInally seeks to create hope in the world by prioritizing mental health and building lasting peace. Through acts of kindness and fostering personal connections, we become more capable of bringing peace to the world. Rotary aims to create inclusive, welcoming environments where everyone can be their authentic selves, and we will continue our journey in diversity, equity, and inclusion. The goal is to ensure that Rotary reflects the communities we serve and continues to take significant steps toward accessing the full range of human talents and experiences.

President Gordon McInally 6-Point Agenda for RY 2023-2024
  • Prioritizing mental health
  • Promoting peace
  • Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Empowering women
  • Encouraging storytelling
  • Forming partnerships   
 
Best team ever to Create Hope in the World with RI Pres Gordon McInally and Tom Farley as an inspiration. 3/6/23
OUR DISTRICT'S GOAL RY 2023-2024

Build connection and team mentality across district leadership and beyond

  • Create work/collaboration groups with like-minded committees
  • Create opportunities for club members to socialize
  • Share leadership opportunities available in the district
  • Intentional about getting a diverse group of voices to the table

Improve our reach through marketing/PR/public image

  • Website refresh
  • Create stories to post on social media and District website
  • Utilize various social media platforms (explore new channels)
  • Support club resources with PI Pyramid of best practices and reasonable expectations based on resources available

Increase education and engagement strategies

  • New Member Onboarding Initiative
  • Increase resources available
  • Mental Health Focused resources
LATEST UPDATES
2022-23 Rotary Foundation Highlights
 

We extend our gratitude for your great generosity! During the 2022-23 Rotary year, District 6250 Rotarians contributed a total of $529,042 to The Rotary Foundation.

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Rotary Clinic in the Cloud, a Game Changer
The Rotary Clinic in the Cloud Hub, located in Brgy. Rosario, Malinao, Aklan, Philippines, is utilizing telemedicine technology to connect patients with healthcare professionals remotely. This innovative clinic has become an invaluable resource for the local community. 
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Outbound & Inbound Youth Exchange 2024-2025
The Rotary Youth Exchange program helps participants gain confidence, broaden their perspectives, and make a positive impact in the world. We are beginning to identify our Outbound Class of 2024-2025. 
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Why stories move us, change us, and stay with us.
 
Since there have been people to tell them there have been stories.  Stories that connect us, teach us, remind us, inspire us, call us to action. Stories are social and cultural. Stories preserve our history and instill our values. Stories use emotion to stick to our brain cells and live in our neural libraries.
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MEET  YOUR GOVERNOR
Welcome District Governor Michelle, McGrath, Ph. D.
 
July 1, 2023, Michelle McGrath, Ph. D. joined 528 Rotarians around the globe when she became District Governor of District 6250. A member of the Rotary Club of Madison Dr. McGrath is an educator and community leader with more than twenty-seven years of professional experience. Currently the Executive Director of the Waunakee Community Cares Coalition, she has been a teacher, coach, administrator, college professor and a non-profit executive.  Michelle is a published author and speaks nationally about her research on “The Urgency of Youth Leadership”. Recently selected by Brava Magazine as one of Madison’s Women to Watch she encourages all of us, especially youth, to live a fearless and fulfilled life.
 
DG Michelle has previously served as District trainer, RYLA Chair, as well as President of her home Club, Rotary Club of Madison, one of the largest in the Rotary world. She is married and is the mother of four grown children.
 
new administrator

Meet Rtn. Megs Lunn, from the Philippines. With a proud Rotary journey spanning nearly 19 years, she has actively contributed to various roles within both District 3850 and her beloved Rotary Club of Metro Kalibo. Currently, she dedicates her time remotely as our district administrator during this Rotary year, while also engaging in part-time work.

Beyond Rotary, Megs imparts her knowledge and expertise by teaching in a private school and managing numerous humanitarian, civic and religious organizations. Her vibrant personality and unwavering enthusiasm for life make her a joy to be around.

For any administrative inquiries (rosters, District events, website, newsletter, social media, etc.), connect to admin@rotary6250.org

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