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District Governor

Bill Hoel

Serving Western Wisconsin & Southeast Minnesota




District Governor's Message

District 6250 Governor's Message


District News, Events and Announcements

Update on our Global Grant Scholar in New Zealand: Sakhr Munassar

Stamp Out Polio!

Update on one of our District Peace Fellows: Elizabeth Nigere

Grant Management Seminar - Final 2019 Event

RYLA 2019 - Deadline April 1st  


Club News, Events and Announcements

Madison Breakfast Rotary Club Food & Beer Pairing Event

2019 Rotary International Convention


RI News

The Rotarian Magazine

Friendship Exchange News


Zone News


The Rotary Foundation - Update on Annual Giving

Rotary Foundation Donation Forms

Check Here for the Latest Foundation Reports Including -
- Update on Annual Giving
- Polio Plus Updates
- More


Attendance Report

View the Latest Attendance Reports


The District Dispatch


The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

March 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

My wish for all Rotarians in District 6250 this month is that the depth of the snow around your home has at least begun to go down a little.  Winter snow is clearly not completely a curse, but like so much in life, is best enjoyed in moderation.  When you get too much of it, you can’t even get to the ski hill!  And last month was one of those.
But even as we wish all that frozen water would disappear, we should remember that some folks in the world would be happy to have water as clean as our snow – and I am not advocating eating or drinking of our snow.  But March is the month Rotary highlights Water and Sanitation as an area of focus for our worldwide efforts.  And District 6250 has a long history of pitching in for this cause.  District clubs have done water projects in Mexico, Peru, Guatemala Uganda and other areas.  Sometimes it’s as simple as a bunch of water filters that let a school, or a village, have clean water.  Other times it’s drilling wells to serve many villages with clean water.
And when you consider sanitation, the need to have this focus is even more important.  Polio is spread by poor sanitation.  Young girls are deprived of an education because of poor sanitation that doesn’t allow them to stay school when they reach menarche.  Here again, Rotarians of District 6250 have answered the call. 
What amazed me, after considering the enormous challenge of providing safe water and sanitation to all the poor areas of the world, was the fact that Rotary doesn’t just support projects.  We have a plan, and a goal, with an end date.  By 2039, Rotary plans on being finished with providing clean water and sanitation to the world!   Last month, we lost someone who was positively in love with Rotary Club projects.  Sue Halambeck oversaw the Grant Committee for our district, as well as worked on projects with her own club in Sun Prairie.  Thanks to so many of you for your thought and prayers for Sue’s family.  Sue had many brothers and sisters, and they learned quickly about the “family of Rotary”, with District Secretary Debbie Fox Schroeder being their main contact and helping them make preparations for the funeral.  Debbie says a couple of the brothers and sisters actually expressed an interest in Rotary after learning a lot about it in a very short time.
I hope more clubs are thinking about ways to celebrate World Rotaract week this month.  It’s the second week of March – the 11th to the 17th.  The only other deadline to be aware of is this:  If you are going to Hamburg for the International Conference, after this month ends, so do all the preregistration discounts.  Finally, don’t forget we as clubs have goals to achieve in the fund raising area so we can truly end polio in the world.  Show your Rotary Pride, and inspire your fellow Rotarians!
With Rotary pride,

Bill Hoel
District Governor 2018-2019
Rotary District 6250


District News, Events and Announcements

Update on our Global Grant Scholar in New Zealand:  Sakrh Munassar

Below is an update on Sakhr Munassar our Global Grand Scholar in New Zealand sent to Lyn Kenney.

I hope you and your family had a great holiday and new year! 
I had a great time and finished one of NZ 4 great walks, we hiked the Able Tasman 52 kilometers. I have also attached a link of our regional news papers, where they featured me in it. I thought you would like to see it. https://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/summer-times/working-children-former-refugees-amazing?fbclid=IwAR2uew_aGxDzNPT1MN1bQcDGnC9Xok4siXxBtND_pfP315Bo0abguEvYNZk 

Stamp Out Polio!

Please post this in our District newsletter for clubs.  It is a great deal for $75 and $25 goes to the shoes and $50 to the world Polio fund in the person’s name that orders them.  They even use the club runners for your address to send the shoes.
v2.0 is Here!
Due to high demand, this Rotarian could not keep up with orders and decided to have new and improved Stomp Out Polio kicks professionally custom-made. There's a limited quantity of pairs and sizes for $75 each (this includes shipping). Provide your Rotary ID at checkout and the purchase amount will also be applied to your '18-'19 PolioPlus donations!
What's new in v2.0? In addition to the End Polio Now logo from the sold-out v1.0 (which in v2.0 is more precise and durable), there is now a Rotary cog on the heel and we've added an insole for comfort, which says "Be the good you want to see in the world." to remind us daily that we've got to be People of Action to achieve our vision. 
Here's a breakdown of where your $75 will go:
Pair of high-tops ($17.04) + Shipping and supplies ($5) = Total shoe overhead ($22.04)
So, Purchase price ($75) - Overhead ($22.04)  = $52.96 to PolioPlus
Which means...
PolioPlus donation ($52.96)  +  Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2:1 match ($105.93) = Total amount of funding to PolioPlus per pair of shoes: $158.98
Please note that this production run will be the only one. While it has been amazing raising money for a great cause and getting an equally great response, being a shoe distributor isn't on my bucket list!

Rotary is 1.2M members strong, but its reach is only effective when Rotarians take action. Stomp Out Polio not only generates funds for PolioPlus, it also allows Rotarians to bring awareness to the fight against Polio. 

Many non-Rotarians aren't aware of the fact that Polio still exists. By wearing these vibrant shoes out and about, we can start conversations, create allies and grow the effort towards Polio eradication.


Update on one of our District Peace Fellows: Elizabeth Nigere

Elizabeth studied for 3 months in Thailand under the Professional Development Certificate program.  
Here is a recent email from her to Lyn Kenney that I felt all the district should read and know what a difference we make!   

Dear Lyn,

Receive my greetings after a long silence and I sincerely apologize about that. Hope you have enjoyed your holiday seasons. I also want to wish you a very happy new year 2019.

My family is all fine and looking forward for a better happy year ahead. Just to give you a little update of how I have been doing, I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was in Thailand
for the training and it has taken better part of the year to undergo treatment since I came back. I'm also glad to tell you that I got immense support from all my classmates
that I met in Rotary training, my director and all the staff.
Apart from knowledge received from this training I also received a gift of life and good health because without their financial support, I could have not made it.

I also got a partnership with one of the classmates who has an organization in Huston and we are already working on some projects. She will be visiting me in Kenya next year.

Thank you for being part of my journey.


Grant Management Seminars Announced

March 24, 2019

Final event prior to the Grant Application deadline

Great Rivers United Way
1855 East Main Street
Onalaska, WI  54650

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

Club News, Events and Announcements

 Madison Breakfast Rotary Club Food and Beer Pairing


 Madison Breakfast Rotary Club  2019 Food & Beer Pairing

When:  Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Time:  5 - 7:30 pm
Where:  Craftsman Table & Tap, 6712 Frank Lloyd Wright Avenue, Middleton, WI

Tickets:  $30 in advance / $35 at the door
Purchase tickets today at: www.madisonbreakfastrotary.org

2019 Rotary International Convention
Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Dear Fellow Rotarians,
The Rotary International Convention in Hamburg is fast approaching!  If you haven’t already registered, please plan to join us for an unforgettable experience and register today!
Attached is our Zones 28 & 29 convention newsletter.  As you will see, we are having our annual Northland event on Friday, June 1.  This is the final opportunity for us to join together in celebration as our current Zones 28 and 29.  The link is in the newsletter or click here to register for this special evening:  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 so that they may join in the celebration too.  Share on your district website and in your newsletters and other communications.  Thank you so much!
On to Hamburg as we “Capture the Moment!”  Join our Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/2548702711822407/

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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