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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

As I write this, I have just finished wrapping Christmas presents for a dozen family members, and I’m thinking of the joy of giving.  I get a kick out of doing an extra-special wrapping job on that special present for that special someone.  But it’s the giving that brings the joy.  It’s the smile on the face of the recipient that stirs the heart of the giver.  I hope each of you had time sometime this year to contemplate that – and how that sentiment relates to us as Rotarians. 
Worldwide, Rotary has the power to give so much.  But we cannot do it without each individual Rotarian making their contribution.  I had the pleasure this week of celebrating the 95th anniversary of the Menomonie noon Rotary Club.  The folks at my table were talking about how much we all in America take for granted.  I think we Rotarians generally are less apt to do that.  We know how we can help folks around the world – and many of us have seen the need for that help first hand. 
So as we start 2019, I have a request of you to do two things.  The first is to look yourself in the mirror and seriously decide how much you can contribute to the Rotary Foundation to make that need a bit smaller.  Personally, I would like to think than in twenty years we will be celebrating some incredible accomplishments – the end of Polio, the end of the effort to give all the world’s peoples clean safe water and sanitation.  There are lots of great gift our clubs can give to our communities, and I applaud each and every one of them.  The greater gift, I would submit, is the one you make knowing that you will never get a thank you.  Your neighbor will never know the difference you made.  You will, and that’s enough.
The second gift you can give is the gift of vocational service.  January is Vocational Service Month.  You can serve in your chosen vocation, or help shine the light on the value of all vocations.  I am pleased beyond measure at the continued healthy growth of Interact clubs in District 6250.  We may break the 40 club level this year!  One thing we need to show these young people is the true value of any vocation.  They are in that part of their lives when they sense all kinds of pressures on the choices they may make for their careers in life.  They need to know that in some schools, the most valuable staff member is the custodian.  The fulfillment and joy of a skilled trades person can be every bit that of a medical doctor, or college professor.  Help where you can to foster the attitude of gratitude for all good work!       
Make a date now to come to La Crosse June 7 and 8 for District Conference 2019.  We have some speakers who will be unforgettable.  You will hear more very soon, as registration opens next month.
With Rotary pride,

Bill Hoel
District Governor 2018-2019
Rotary District 6250


District News, Events and Announcements

Update on our District Peace Fellow: Melissa Diamond

Below is an update on Melissa Diamond, our District Peace Fellow that was sent to Lyn Kenney.

I hope this message finds you well. I am speaking at a Rotary District Conference today at the Dead Sea in Jordan (Zone 20B Institute) and was thinking about you during the session this morning and wanted to send over a quick note with greetings and some updates.
Rotary Highlights
Over the past four months A Global Voice for Autism has been collaborating with the Rotary Club of the Amman Citadel to implement an autism parent and teacher training and awareness-raising program in northern Jordan. We have seen some exciting outcomes and are preparing for Phase II to launch in February. Would your club or district be interested in getting involved and collaborating with us as we move forward with this project? I could send some additional information if you or any club is interested. 
I am currently at the Dead Sea to present about the Peace Fellowship (and to give a shout out to your district!) at the Zone 20B Institute. I will be traveling to Cairo at the end of the month to present at a Rotary Foundation conference as well.
Other Highlights
Things have been going well in Jordan and I am really enjoying living here. I presented my artwork in a gallery opening with the Jordanian Ministry of Culture in Kufr Som, Jordan last week, have a meeting with a Jordanian Prince about disability rights scheduled for December, and am approaching fluency in Arabic. 
If interested in this exciting project, please direct your e-mail to:  Melissajdiamond@gmail.com

End Polio Now Newsletter

World Polio Day was a big success, with more than 4,000 events organized by Rotary clubs in communities around the world. The annual observance recognizes efforts to eradicate polio.
Click here to view the December End Polio Now Newsletter. 


Short Term Youth Exchange Program for Summer 2019

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 2019 flier with students, 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  https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50254/page/short-term-youth-exchange.
Click here to download a PDF of the flier above.

For questions, please contact:
Janine O’Rourke


Grant Management Seminars Announced

Is your club interested in applying for a District Grant to help fund a service project to be completed in the 2019-20 Rotary year?  Attending a Grants Management Seminar (GMS) is one of the basic requirements to qualify for a District Grant.  Two opportunities are available in 2019 to attend a GMS.
Saturday, January 26:  9 a.m. – noon
The Ground Round, Tomah
Wednesday, February 6, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sheraton South, Madison
Attendees will receive the most recent information about the District Grant process and be provided with materials that can be shared among Club members working on a grant application.  District 6250 GMS is focused on helping you understand how to complete an application that meets our District’s grant guidelines.
Check the District 6250 website to get more information about District Grants and sign up for one of our 2019 Grant Management Seminars.  Any Rotarian is welcome to attend on behalf of your Club and to learn about the application process. 

RYLA Announced - May 17-19, 2019 Upham Woods, Wisconsin Dells

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.

  • Is it the Truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build good will and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Who Can Attend?

  • Each year Rotary Clubs can sponsor students from local high schools to attend (it is strongly suggested sophomores be chosen, however this is not a requirement)
  • Adult Rotarians are always welcome and needed to help facilitate the Conference (and to come have fun!)

RYLA 2019 Forms Now Available

Support the District 6250 Charitable Trust by SHOPPING?

What if I told you that with every purchase you make on Amazon, a donation could be made to the District 6250 Charitable Trust?  It’s possible with AmazonSmile!  When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same prices as amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to a charitable organization of your choice.  It costs you nothing and is simple to set up.  Follow these easy steps:

  1. Click here and login with your existing Amazon account, or create an account if you don’t have one yet!
  2. Press the “Select” button next to “Rotary District 6250 Foundation Inc” (Note: this is the legal name of the District 6250 Charitable Trust.)
  3. You can verify you have selected our Trust by confirming "Supporting: Rotary District 6250 Foundation Inc" is shown right under the Amazon search box.
  4. Make sure to use smile.amazon.com from now on whenever shopping on Amazon — shop to your heart’s content! All the prices are the same, but every purchase will support Rotary!


Club News, Events and Announcements

Lake Mills Rotary Club Beer & Wine Tasting Event

The Lake Mills Rotary Club is excited to announce it will be holding its fifth annual Craft Beer & Wine Tasting event at Lakeside Lutheran High School on January 26th, 2019. The event will feature a large variety beers and wines for sampling, some non-alcoholic beverage options, and heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts.  There will be a silent auction with some very high-quality items, and an always fun 50-50 cash raffle.

Rotary has been able to raise approximately $25,000 from this event over the last couple years. The proceeds were used to fund Lake Mills Rotary’s various other projects.

Over 500 people attended this event last year and we expect to have an even larger crowd this year, however the number of tickets sold will be limited, so be sure to purchase yours today! Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.

To purchase tickets, go to this link:
Check in begins at 5:30, and the tasting starts at 6pm. Brown Cab will be available during the event to provide a safe ride option.
Many thanks for helping promote this fun fundraiser!

For questions, contact:
 Ann Lee, President Rotary Club of Lake Mills

 Rotary Club of Lodi, WI
Third Annual Beer & Wine Event
February 9th 2019  5-8pm
At Waddle Inn   N1430 Hwy 113, Lodi, WI
Ticket Price: $35.00 per person
Tickets available at www.eventbrite.com
Includes:  Beer, Wine, Spirit tastings, appetizer pairings with the Beer, Wine, Spirits and a souvenir glass
Brewery, Winery and Distillery representatives:
Port Huron, Vintage, Lone Girl, Hubbleton, Hillsboro, Fawn Creek, Drumlin Ridge, Fisher King, Rock N Wool, Wollersheim, Old Sugar & Wollersheim
Contact Doug Richmond at 608-370-1135
                  Proceeds to benefit Local Community Projects  

Jefferson Rotary Club  2019 Beer & Wine Tasting

When:  Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time:  6 - 9 pm
Where:  Woolen Mills, 222 Wisconsin Drive, Jefferson, WI
Tickets:  $40 in advance / $45 at the door

Tickets available through Facebook or your favorite Rotarian!

2019 Rotary International Convention
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Our celebration at the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany is fast approaching.  There are only a few days left to register and save money! 😊  The registration fee will increase on December 16.  Please join us and register today!
Attached is our Zones 28 & 29 newsletter.  As you will see, we are having our annual Northland event on Saturday, June 1.  Please join us!  Registration is now available.  The link is in the newsletter or click here to register: https://zones28-29.org/sitepage/hamburg-beer-fest/welcome
We are looking forward to celebrating with you in Hamburg.  Please forward this information to all Rotarians throughout your district.
On to Hamburg as we “Capture the Moment!”
Nicki and Chris
Nicki Scott and Chris Etienne                                                                                                         
Hamburg Promotions Committee
Rotary International Zone 28 & 29

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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

Four Rotary Friendship Exchanges Planned for 2019: India, Australia, Netherlands and New Mexico

Contact the one of our chairpersons, either Dave Clemens at drdave@dellsdental.net, Mark Moody at moodymb@charter.net, or Mark Etrheim at mark@mchlax.com  if you are interested in hosting or traveling.

Four Rotary Friendship Exchanges Planned for 2019: India, Auistralia,Netherlands and New Mexico

Contact one of our chairpersons, either Dave Clemens at drdave@dellsdental.net, Mark Moody at moodymb@charter.net, or Mark Etrheim at mark@mchlax, if you are interested in hosting or traveling.

 Rotary Friendship Exchange between our District 6250 and District 2981 in India. 

Our Rotary District 6250 Friendship Exchange Committee has arranged an exchange with Rotary District 2981 in IndiaThis district is on the southeast coast of India and includes the city of Pondicherry. We will travel to their District 2981 from Jan. 3 – 18, 2019.  Our Rotary District 6250 will host an inbound group from this district from May 5-19, 2019. Host families will be needed.
Hosts on each end of the exchange program support the visitors with room, board and some entertainment/activites and local transportation while in host city.


Rotary Friendship Exchange between our District 6250 and District 9640 in Australia

Our Rotary district has arranged a Rotary Friendship Exchange for 2019 with District 9640 in Australia which is in the State of Queensland, south of Brisbane.  A group from our district will travel to Australia from Feb. 15 to March 4, 2019.  A group from Australia will visit our district from July 12 to 26, 2019.

Rotary Friendship Exchange between our District 6250 and District 7680 in Holland  

Our District Governor Elect, Edwin Bos, has arranged an exchange with Holland in 2019. Our group will travel to Hoogeland, Warfflum, Holland, as seen on the map midway between Amsterdam and Hamburg, Germany.  This exchange will take place just before the annual Rotary International Conference. Our group will travel to Holland from May 24 to June 1, then go to the International Conference from June 1-5.  We expect a group from Holland to visit our district in the fall, with dates to be determined later.  More details can be found on our District web site. If interested in this trip, contact edwin@bosdesignbuilders.com. We expect to determine who will go by the end of January. We expect to get more interested persons than number that will travel together. Only firm commitments to travel will be accepted.






Rotary Friendship Exchange between our District 6250 and District 5520 in New Mexico
Our District has arranged an exchange with New Mexico. This will be the first Friendship Exchange within the United States, so language will not be a barrier. We expect a group from New Mexico to visit us for two weeks from October 3-11, 2019.  Host clubs and families will be needed.  A group from our district will travel to New Mexico from October 28 – November 5.  Please send a request to drdave@dellsdental.net if you are interested in taking this trip. There will be more interested applicants than we can send, so only serious applicants should apply.


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 information about the Foundation can be found at Rotary.org.

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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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