The District Dispatch


The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

October 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 you read this I am nearly done visiting all the clubs in District 6250.  I must say it has been an inspiring and exhilarating experience.  I have felt welcomed.  I have received positive feedback on the message President Barry Rassin charged all District Governors with delivering.  I have delighted in seeing Rotarians “Rotary IQ” go up a point or two.  Perhaps the central point in my message is this:  Rotary is quite an inspiring organization.  I don’t know of any other volunteer group that lets anyone dream dreams quite as large as Rotary.  And if we make sure our friends and potential Rotarians get this piece of the picture, the odds go up they will want to participate! 
October is not technically a “theme month” on the Rotary calendar.  But I would suggest to you two themes that fit pretty well:  Polio and service.  It is through polio that Rotary truly grew into an internationally recognized and respected organization that could truly “deliver the goods”.  Your service, whether it be simply donating faithfully, or travelling to another country to join in an immunization effort, is respected by all.  But this month is also time for another kind of service:  club service.  Time to devote some “think time” to how you can make your club a little better.
Rotary is, after all, a team sport.  You work together with others – as the often used slogan says “Join leaders, exchange ideas, take action.”  Well, this month you truly have that chance.  In an effort to give more Rotarians the chance to participate, the One Rotary Summit has moved from a Saturday morning in Wisconsin Dells to a venue near you!  Check the district web page for registration information, and join in.  All this year’s meetings (six of them!) are on weekday evenings.  District Trainer Martha Klatt has worked hard to boil down the meetings to a very small amount of folks talking in front of you, and a much larger amount of time for you to exchange ideas with members of other clubs on a range of topics.  We surveyed all Rotarians in District 6250, and tabulated the results by area.  So the One Rotary Summit in your area will aim to cover things in which you and your fellow Rotarians are interested.
Finally, circle back to polio.  When we truly put this disease to bed for the last time, it will be a crowning accomplishment.  And one way we can all help bring awareness to this battle is by doing something – anything – to mark World Polio Day October 24th.  There are several clubs staging larger events.  But your club can do something as well.  Chances are still pretty good you have a polio survivor living somewhere close to the club.  Have them in to speak.  Make sure the local newspaper covers the story.  If you can’t find a survivor, talk with the nearest hospital.  Chances are someone there will know a retired doctor who can remember treating polio patients.  The stories are very compelling.  People need to know what’s at stake:  freedom from a disease that crippled millions.  As I write this, we have recorded 18 cases so far this year.  Winning this battle – and we will – is a true source of Rotary Pride.  Let it shine so your whole community can see!
In Rotary Spirit,


Bill Hoel
District Governor 2018-2019
Rotary District 6250


District News, Events and Announcements

World Polio Day Resources

October 24 is World Polio Day.  What will you do to help your community know “that we are this close?”
We have eradicated 99.9% of the polio in our world.  We can’t slow down until we can declare the earth polio free.  Any Rotarian can work with your club to feature a message about this important work during October.  Here are a few helpful resources. is a good place to start.  Look for End Polio Now resources under Take Action.
The October 2018 issue of the Rotarian has an excellent infographic titled “The Annotated Guide to Ending Polio.”  This 10 page article is easy to read and explains the science, collaboration and funding that goers into Polio Eradication.
The September 2018 issue of the Rotarian included a one page article about last year’s event at the State Capitol.  That model could be used in your own community.  PDG Mary Van Hout’s article is a quick read and gives good insight to the goals for that event.
You Tube is a good resource for a variety of short videos that can be shown at a Club meeting.  Search “Rotary this close” to see some options.

No matter what you do, make sure to highlight Rotary’s Polio eradication program this month in your Club.  The one thing every Rotarian can do is make a donation to the End Polio Now fund of our Rotary Foundation.  60 cents vaccinates a child.  You’re gift of $25 can vaccinate a small village.  Combining the contributions of your entire Club can vaccinate a small city.  Let’s make October a month to celebrate kids living polio free.     

Your Support Brings Peace to Our World

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.  That’s why we remind District 6250 Rotarians about the importance of supporting our Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund/SHARE program.

Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting our service projects around the world.

35,000 Rotary clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.

Even more, your support for Annual Fund/SHARE makes it possible for our district to grant matching funds for your local club’s projects.  If you haven’t given this Rotary year, we would love to have you join all of the Rotarians who give to make sustainable lasting change for a more a peaceful world through Rotary.   

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Achieving Your Charitable Goals with The Rotary Foundation

Our Rotary Foundation transforms your charitable gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

Because of the support from Rotarians in District 6250, we will provide matching grants totaling $82,475 for local and international projects this year, provide scholarships for peace scholars, continue the battle to eradicate polio, and so much more.

No matter what your passion for Rotary’s work in the world or your community, our Rotary Foundation can help you make a gift that fits your financial and estate goals.  Rotary Direct can help you budget your donations.  Gifts of stock can eliminate capital gains tax.  Gifts from your estate can further secure your legacy as a Rotarian.  There are numerous options for giving to help meet your charitable goals for Rotary.

For more information, explore The Rotary Foundation’s website at or reach out to your Club Foundation Chair to get connected with our District Foundation team.  

Rotary's Tomorrow Depnds on What We Do Today

In District 6250, sixty-six Rotarians have informed our Rotary Foundation about a gift in their estate plan.  These Rotarians are recognized as members of the Foundation’s Bequest Society.  Thank you to each Rotarian who has made this commitment.
You can be an important part of the Foundation’s next century of serving humanity by including a gift to Rotary’s Endowment in your estate plan. Your gift will be carefully stewarded to provide funding for the programs you know and love, year after year. The Foundation is known for its commitment to effective programs that make a lasting difference in people’s lives.
A gift from your estate will provide ongoing financial support, just as your annual contributions do today. Join the many Rotarians and friends who have made commitments to improving and enriching lives around the globe by creating your personal legacy with The Rotary Foundation.
When you have your estate gift planned, please let our Rotary Foundation know.  You will be recognized as a member of our Bequest Society. And most importantly, you can rest assured that your donation will be used for Rotary programs most meaningful for you.
To inform Rotary about your bequest, go to My Rotary and search for Your Rotary Legacy.  A convenient link is provided to enroll in the Bequest Society.

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Club News, Events and Announcements

Rotary Partnerships Pay off for Young People

Each month the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction sends out updates about great things happening at schools around around the state. The month of October will feature Oregon Middle School (OMS) and their work with environmental sustainability and the nexus between that and student health and wellness. The article is entitled STEAMing Ahead with New Standards at OMS. You can find the article here. Within the article there is a link to another site featuring Environmental Education in WI and OMS is the topic. The article describes the partnership between OMS and the Rotary Club of Oregon. I think it is something about which the club should take a lot of pride so I would like to call it to your attention. You may find it here.
Meghan Mapes and MaryKay Gillespie of Brooklyn Elementary and Nate Mahr and Dan Howard of OMS recently traveled to Washington DC to accept the National Green Ribbon award on behalf of their staff. Their picture is below. I believe Rotary played an important role in supporting the good work of both schools. Also, we still have a hoop house to build at Brooklyn Elementary school before May of this year!




Fitchburg-Verona Wine Tasting Fundraiser

The Fitchburg-Verona Rotary Club will have a Wine Tasting Fundraiser on Thursday, November 15 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. See below for details.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

6:30pm - 8:30pom

Ten Pin Alley
6285 Nexbitt Road

$25 In advance Online through EventBrite
$30 At the Door

Sponsored by:
Verona Wine Cellar
Miller & Sons
State Bank of Cross Plains
LSM Chiropractic
Linda's Angels

Polios Plus Benefit Dinner - Lodi Rotary Farm to Table Gala - October 9, 2018

Lodi Rotary is hosting a sophisticated Farm to Table dinner sure to delight all palates. This gourmet five course dinner, with wine pairing, will be prepared by distinguished chefs Grayson Altenberg and Maria Jaramillo. Be prepared to indulge yourself and loved one(s) for the sake of a good cause, Rotary’s fight to end polio. Dinner proceeds to go to PolioPlus.

For every $1 raised for PolioPlus the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match $2!

Tickets are $65.00 per person and can be purchased online at Just search for Lodi Farm to Table Gala on the Eventbrite website.

Social gathering 5pm to 6pm.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT

Fitz's On The Lake
W11602 County Road V
Lodi, WI 53555

About the Chefs
Lodi Wisconsin Rotary Club is pleased to host 2011 Lodi graduate Chef Grayson Altenberg who has worked at Madison's nationally acclaimed L'Etoile, Michelin star restaurants in NYC and California, as well as, opening a restaurant in Los Angeles. Chef Maria Jaramillo hails from Mexico City. Her culinary expertise has taken her to prestigious restaurants across Mexico and the United States. Grayson and Maria met while working at The French Laundry, ranked one of the top 50 restaurants in the world for the past 14 years. Anthony Bourdain proclaimed it "the best restaurant in the world, period".

Madison Breakfast Rotary - Think Rotary Shop Locally - October 2018





2019 Rotary International Convention

Dear Fellow Rotarians,
As we all plan for the upcoming international convention next June, please enjoy this month’s newsletter.
We are looking forward to celebrating with you in Hamburg.  Please take this opportunity to forward this information to Rotarians throughout your district.
On to Hamburg as we “Capture the Moment!”

Click here to read the Hamburg Volume 1 No 2 issue.

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

NEW for 2019!!! Two Rotary Friendship Exahcnges Planned for 2019: India & Australia

1) An exchange between our Rotary District 6250 and District 2981 in India. 

Our Rotary District 6250 Friendship Exchange Committee has arranged an exchange with Rotary District 2981 in India. This district is on the southeast coast of India and includes the city of Pondicherry. We will travel to their District 2981 from Jan. 5 – 20, 2019.  We expect to travel with no more than 10 people. Our Rotary District 6250 will host an inbound group from this district in May of 2019 for approximately 14 days.
Anticipated expenses per person for participants:

  • Round trip airfare to India
  • In-country air, rail or bus travel
  • Meals when not at host homes
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal costs, such as gifts and souvenirs
  • Admission charges to museums or events
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.
Detailed in country itineraries will be determined closer to the travel dates
Contact the one of our chairpersons, either Dave Clemens at, or Mark Moody at, if you are interested in hosting or traveling.

Rotary Friendship Exchange for 2019 – Australia
With Our Rotary District 6250 and District 9640 in Australia
Our Rotary district has arranged 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.  This exchange will be no larger than 10 people per group.  A group from Australia will visit our district from July 12 to 26, 2019.
Anticipated Expenses for travelers:
  • Round trip airfare to Australia
  • In-country air, rail or bus travel
  • Meals when not at host homes
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal costs, such as gifts and souvenirs
  • Admission charges to museums or events

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.
Detailed in country itineraries will be determined closer to the travel dates
Contact the one of our chairpersons, either Dave Clemens at, or Mark Moody at, if you are interested in hosting or trave


Rotary Friendship Exchange for 2018 – Argentina
With Our District 6250 and District 4920 Located Argentina
Group from District 4920 in Argentina will be hosted by our District 6250 for 14 days—June 6-22, 2018.
Group from our Rotary District 6250 travels to District 4920 in Argentina for 14 days—October 6-18, 2018.

Our district has arranged a second Rotary Friendship Exchange for 2018 with District 4920 in Argentina. This is the area just below Buenos Aires, including Mar De Plata, and above Bahia Blanca. We expect to host a group from June 6-22, so they can attend the International Convention in Toronto directly after visiting us. We will travel to Argentina from October 6-18. This exchange will be no larger than 8 persons per group.
Anticipated Expenses for travelers:

  • Round trip airfare to/from Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Costs associated with side visit to Iguazu Falls
  • Personal expenses such as gifts
  • Travel insurance
  • Some meals or room costs at the beginning and end 

Hosts on each end of the exchange program support the visitors with room, board and some entertainment and perhaps transportation while in the country.
Preliminary Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrive in Buenos Aires and enjoy the city
Day 2 Travel to our first hosts
Day 3-12 Visit clubs within the district
Day 13 Visit Iguazu Falls on Brazil border
Day 14 Fly home
Contact the one of our chairpersons, either Dave Clemens at, or Mark Moody at, if you are interested in hosting or traveling.

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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 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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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  


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