The District Dispatch


The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

December 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

Happy Winter!  As I write this, it certainly looks like winter has made a somewhat early entrance into District 6250.  Perhaps for reasons relating to weather, winter is often the time some folks worry more about getting sick.  For Rotarians, it can focus our attention on another year-end factoid:  How many cases of polio did we have this year?  At this time, with figures through the week of November 20, that number is 27 cases of wild polio virus – 12 more cases than this same week in 2017, and five more than all of last year.
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month, so it’s appropriate to focus on Rotary’s most important international project – the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  You still have time to make a donation to The Rotary Foundation’s Polio fund.  Help make 2019 a year when those numbers go down instead of up.
Polio is far from the only focus Rotary has when it comes to disease prevention and treatment.  We don’t have to look far to see that.  One of our clubs (Madison West Towne – Middleton) is putting together an international project involving a Vocational Training Team to Guatemala, to train midwives there in resuscitation of newborns and ways of keeping new moms healthier. 
This year the La Crosse After Hours club has a project training Nicaraguan medical staff in the screening and treatment of cervical cancer.   Last year our district trainer Spanish professionals in drug abuse prevention and treatment.  In 2016 another club sent four kidney dialysis machines to India.
And that’s just in Disease Prevention and Treatment!
We have much to be proud of in District 6250.  Last month Past District Governor Joe Ruskey and I and our wives had the pleasure of joining the Rotary Club of Granton in celebrating its 75th anniversary.  A few days ago we celebrated the centennial of the Janesville Noon Rotary Club.  That’s a lot of years of service in just two clubs.
Even though World Interact Week was last month, I am happy to announce two new Interact Clubs are starting.  One will be in Janesville Craig High School; the other in Black River Falls High School.  Congratulations to the Janesville – Morning and Black River Falls clubs for creating some new engines of Rotary!
Enjoy the coming holiday season.  Be generous.  Be proud of what a wonderful bunch of folks can accomplish together.  My favorite activity this month is helping to staff La Crosse’s Rotary Lights.  On the 23rd, our entire family will completely staff the park.  I hope you get a Rotary Moment as good as this, and have the time to enjoy it fully.
With Rotary pride,


Bill Hoel
District Governor 2018-2019
Rotary District 6250


District News, Events and Announcements

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

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, you’ll find the exact same prices as, 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 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

Meet the Rotary Club of La Crosse Global Grant Scholar: Mitch Paquette


The Rotary Club of La Crosse is thrilled to introduce Mitch Paquette to the District. Mitch is a current Global Grant Scholar in the area of Peace and Conflict Resolution. He is studying at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom pursing a Master’s of Law in International Human Rights Law.  If you have ever wondered about Global Grant Scholars check out Mitch’s blog.
The post from October 28th is eye-opening. Mitch describes his course work and the people he will be learning from which includes a list of current and former United Nations Special Rapporteurs. Follow his blog to learn about his journey in this program and the international impact of Rotary’s Global Grant Scholar program.


Janesville Noon Club Celebrates 100 Years - You’re Invited!

On Thursday, December 6, 2018, the Janesville Noon Rotary Club will be hosting a celebratory event in honor of its first 100 years of service.  All District Rotarians are cordially invited to join them for a cocktail reception followed by a plated dinner at the Pontiac Convention Center in Janesville.  A special keynote address will be presented by Past Rotary International and Foundation General Secretary Ed Futa.  Space is limited so please reply as soon as possible.  Please click here for the invitation/information and RSVP.

No Longer Considered “TRASH” By Lyn Kenney

When staff from Libre Infancia, a school for children living at the dump in Guatemala City, ask for help with purchasing basic music instruments, a district grant provided the funding.  Madison South Rotary submitted and was awarded a grant in 2017.  Rotarians visiting the school and other projects in March of 2018, accompanied Guatemalan teachers from the school and purchased the instruments. A Rotary contact arranged for a discount.  The staff and children at the school set a goal of marching in the national parade each September so it would show citizens of Guatemala that they were not “trash”.  The parade is televised to more than one million viewers.  Not only did they march in the parade this year and carry a banner with the Rotary emblem and District 6250, they did a remarkable job while proud parents followed along on the street.  About 10 girls from the school also did a routine with colored sticks. This January, I will be bringing a number of batons and parade flags down to Guatemala and plan to teach the girls some basic baton twirling for the next parade.  Watch out Wisconsin Badger Band……….here comes your competition!

Rotary Club of Madison - Change HERstory: everyday in School, Period!

The education of girls in Ghana is our priority.  We have partnered with other Rotary Clubs and we invite you to join us in this rewarding endeavor. Members of our International Project and Program Committee are available to present a program to your Rotary Club. 
The background of this project brings us to understand its importance.  In Ghana, all academic learning is taught in the classroom.  Beginning at puberty, due to the stigma and embarrassment of managing menses, girls begin to miss one-week of school each month.  They begin to fall behind in their studies, and eventually drop out of school.  Without an education, many girls in search of security become young mothers which keeps them and their children in poverty.
This project requires us to raise $125,000 for each of the 3 years. We expect to distribute 15,000 reusable menstrual hygiene kits in 3 years: 3,000 in the first year, 6,000 in each sequential year.  In our first year, we distributed 4,629 kits, nearly 55% more than our goal. 
Kenya and Uganda have similar projects with this Days for Girls program and the girls’ school drop-out rates have plummeted.  In one year, in Uganda the drop-out rate was reduced by 28% and 21% in Kenya.  We are looking forward to having our project results added to these success stories.

Our goal to extend the education of girls in Ghana beyond puberty begins with classes in holistic health education provided by Days for Girls’ locally trained instructors. At the end of the class, girls receive reusable menstrual hygiene kits.  These kits will last 3-years, long enough for a girl to complete her high school education.

The breadth of this project includes instructions to boys in puberty and parents of students in participating schools.  The extension of teaching beyond the girls normalizes the understanding of reproductive health.  Boys learn to be “Men who Know.”  They learn good general hygiene practices, reproductive responsibilities, and how to help erase the stigma of menstruation by supporting the needs of girls.  Parents’ involvement is essential for the success of the program. Parents are informed about what their daughters and sons are being taught, and parents help to identify myths that can be dispelled. 
The knowledge these students obtain is sustainable and will be passed from generation to generation. 
Rotarian’s commitment to partnerships makes projects like this possible.
For more information, contact the Rotary Club of Madison by post at 2 South Carroll Street, Suite 255, (53703); by telephone 608-255-9164, or by email at

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

The India Friendship Exchange has 2 additional openings for Rotarians in January 2019.  If interested, please contact Dave Clemens right away at
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


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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