The District Dispatch

 

The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

August 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


Greetings Fellow Rotarians!  As I write this I am approaching the end of the first quarter of club visits around the district.  I have been to both the north and south ends of the district, and my Rotary pride increases constantly.  I have seen clubs doing really amazing work with a small number of Rotarians.  I have seen larger clubs growing in enthusiasm.  I haven’t had a bad meal!
 
As many of you realize, Rotary picks several months during the year as “theme” months.  They did not have a theme for last month, because I think they realize we all need to get started on our club and district business as we complete the handoff of the many gavels.  But August is Membership Month!  I think this is a great choice in the calendar, because membership is something we concentrate on all year long, and that concentration will pay off.  Again in 2018-19, our district is offering membership incentive grants.  The program is simple:  If your club brings in four new members, and keeps them for at least four months, notify our Membership Chairs Mark Broses or Kaylynn Stahlbush.  If you’re one of the first five, we’ll give $1,000 to your club.  The club gives control of that money to those new members, who pick a project to do, and get involved.  We believe this will help them become super-engaged in Rotary, and in your club.
 
If you want to look ahead, September is Literacy Month.  Specifically, September 8th is Literacy Day.  Perhaps your club could partner with the local library or school to find a way to mark the occasion.  You might even get some media attention for the project.
 
As I have visited clubs so far, I have had several questions like: “How do other clubs raise their funds?”  In response, I have sent to all club Presidents a copy of a list of fund raisers we have gathered from participants at PETS the last few years.  That means you’re getting ideas from seven districts – not just ours.  And remember if you have a project that needs hands helping, and are at all short of help, let your fellow Rotarians know!  Our district can list the need, and you never know how many might show up just because they enjoy helping.
 
Finally, a plug for this year’s One Rotary Summit.  We’ll have final dates times and places soon.  The Summit is a chance for all Rotarians to get together and exchange ideas.  In past years, we staged ORS as one Saturday morning event in Wisconsin Dells.  This year, a big difference:  We’re bringing ORS to you!  We’re having six separate Summits around the district, so you don’t have to drive so far to reach one.  AND we’re surveying the district area by area.  So when we stage the Summit in your area, we’ll be discussing things you said you want to discuss.  I hope you will all join in this activity, which can truly help clubs grow and prosper, as well as raise your Rotary IQ a couple points!
 
With Rotary Pride,
 



Bill Hoel
District Governor 2018-2019
Rotary District 6250

 

District News, Events and Announcements

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 MyRotary.org or reach out to your Club Foundation Chair to get connected with our District Foundation team.  

Your Rotary International Membership Dues in Action

Please read letter below from Ian Riseley, Rotary International President, 2017 - 2018

Dear Rotary Leaders,

At our last Council on Legislation, your Council members approved an increase in Rotary International dues of US $4 per year in the 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20 Rotary years. As a result of that decision, the yearly per capita dues that clubs pay to RI for each member is now US $60, increasing to $64 next year and $68 the year after that.

Historically, Rotary International has been very reluctant to institute increases to RI dues, and the dues increases have been extremely small. Rotary’s first dues were set in 1910 at the rate of $1 per member per year — the equivalent of about $26.90 today. Even at that time, then-Secretary Ches Perry protested that the amount was insufficient to cover expenses of office rent, stenography, telephone, postage, and the occasional purchase of a necessary item such as a typewriter.

Today, of course, our far larger organization, engaged in much more complex activities in a far more complex world, requires a vastly larger budget to run. Our global staff supports 1.2 million members around the world. It is largely thanks to the good work of that staff that we are able to carry on with the service that we do, on the level that we do it — fully supplied with the materials, club services, training events, international meetings, language services, IT, Foundation support, leadership support, and everything else we have come to expect as Rotary members.

In recent years, it became clear that the services RI was able to provide to Rotarians with the available budget were no longer in line with what Rotarians needed and expected. Nine out of 10 Rotarians wanted Rotary to provide more services, but given Rotary’s current and projected income, the rate of global inflation, and the ongoing volatility of world financial markets, we had only two fiscally prudent options: either cut back RI services, or increase dues. Essentially, we had to decide whether or not we wanted Rotary to continue to grow and thrive.

As an accountant, I take fiscal responsibility and long-term financial planning extremely seriously. It was and remains abundantly clear that a modest increase in dues was our only viable path forward. Our five-year forecast at the time of the Council on Legislation projected that a dues increase of just $1 would have resulted in only a 1.8 percent increase in revenues—far below the 2.5 percent impact of global inflation. A $2 increase would have resulted in reserve levels falling below the Board target by 2019, and a $3 increase would have resulted in reserve levels only marginally above the target by 2018. None of those options would have allowed us to do what our members wanted: increase and improve our services, to allow Rotary to increase and improve its service.

I am pleased to report that, as a result of the still modest dues increases that were approved in 2016, Rotary is now not only on a firm financial footing, but able to invest in our future. I would like to let you know how RI is spending your dues this year, and what we have planned for the years ahead.

Your membership dues are our organization’s largest single source of revenue, accounting for about $74 million out of a $103 million budget in 2017-18. Of the $60 you currently pay in dues, $32.58 goes directly to member support, in the form of RI events, online training, and digital tools such as the recently improved 
rotary.org website and updated Rotary Club Central, along with Rotary Ideas, Rotary Showcase, and RI’s social media feeds.
 
Rotary’s operations extend to 220 countries and territories worldwide, using 29 different currencies. This year, RI is applying $14.43 of your $60 toward administration and compliance. That money pays for staff and services at the Secretariat and regional offices, who provide translations, support Rotarians on a regional level, and ensure that we are keeping pace with global security and privacy regulations.
 
We all know that enhancing Rotary’s image in the world is vital to our future success. RI is earmarking $12.99 of your RI dues this year for resources to help promote Rotary in your community, and beyond. This includes not only the postcards, brochures, and other materials available on your Brand Center, but also our People of Action campaign, external relations, and our ongoing outreach and public relations work around the end of polio.
 
Within the next year, look for news about an improved technology infrastructure for your data, streamlined online giving, more timely online club reporting resources, and a more user-friendly My Rotary — all funded by the dues each of us pays. For more information on RI’s budget and the value of your RI membership, I invite you to watch 
this presentation on Your Dues at Work.
 
For all of us, Rotary is an investment — not only of money, but of time, energy, and effort. As with any good investment, the more we put in, the greater our returns. None of it would be possible without the international association that unites us, and which we all support. I thank you all for that support, and for the good work each of you do, as you make a difference in our world.

Yours in Rotary,

Ian Riseley
Rotary International President, 2017-18


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Club News, Events and Announcements

Madison Area Rotary Clubs at the Mallards Game THIS SATURDAY August 11th!

Mark your calendar for this Saturday August 11th for the Madison Area Rotary Clubs at the Madison Mallards game. We have ordered 50 tickets at the $10 level to save people the fee of $2 per ticket if they were to order online. Please encourage your members to  commit to going to the game and supporting Rotary. We will be able to have a 30 second video about Rotary, 2 announcements on the radio and a 50/50 raffle that will go to Polio Plus. If you would like to help with this event, please let me know. This should be a fun event and help promote Rotary. If any of your members want tickets at the $10 level, please let me know and I will reserve them.
 
Thanks for all you do for Rotary.
 
Judy Levine
Cell: 608 220-2949


Click image above to view full flier.
 

4th Annual Tomah Rotary Beer & Sausage Fest

Get ready for the 4th Annual Tomah Rotary Beer & Sausage Festival on Saturday, September 8th from 4:00 - 8:00pm at the Tomah Ice Arena at Recreation Park. Tickets are $30 for General Admission and $50 VIP tickets that includes Exclusive Early Entry from 4:00 - 5:00pm, unlimited food, Klaus T-Shirt, tasting glass and a special event pint glass!

You must be 21 years of age to enter, unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  Prizes, raffles and drawings will also be part of this great festival.

The After Party is from 8:00 - 11:45pm and is free and open to the public. Enjoy the beer bar, bean bag tournament and karaoke!

Thank you to our generous sponsors: Magnum.Media, Mix 96.1, 94.5 FM, KoolGold 16450 WBOG and Festival Foods.

For more information, log onto www.tomahrotary.org or visit us on facebook.



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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 drdave@dellsdental.net, or Mark Moody at moodymb@charter.net, 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 drdave@dellsdental.net, or Mark Moody at moodymb@charter.net, if you are interested in hosting or trave


2018 Note from the Friendship Exchange Committee
The Friendship Exchange Committee is looking for clubs to host nine Rotarians and friends from Latvia.  They will be in our district from May 12-24.  There are three couples and three individuals.  The club should agree to host them for a minimum of two days, providing transportation, food, home, and entertainment.  If interested, please contact Dave Clemens at drdave@dellsdental.net.


Rotary Friendship Exchange for 2018 – Latvia/Sweden
With Our District 6250 and District 2410 Located in Latvia and Southeast Sweden
 
Group from District 2410 Latvia/Sweden will be hosted by our District 6250 for 14 days--May 10-24, 2018. Group from our Rotary District 6250 travels to Latvia/Southeast Sweden for 14 days—Aug. 10-24, 2018.
 
 

Our Rotary District 6250 Friendship Exchange Committee has arranged an exchange with Riga, Latvia, and Kalmar, Sweden areas. We will host a group of 8-10 persons from May 10-24, 2018 and then travel to their District 2410 from August 10-24, 2018.  We expect to travel with no more than 10 persons. 
 
Anticipated expenses per person for participants:

  • Round trip airfare to/from Riga, Latvia
  • Meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Ferry travel across the Baltic Sea
  • Personal costs, such as gifts 

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 1-7 in Riga, Latvia
Day 8 Ferry travel to Sweden
Day 9-14 in Kalmar region of Sweden
 
Contact the one of our chairpersons, either Dave Clemens at drdave@dellsdental.net, or Mark Moody at moodymb@charter.net, if you are interested in hosting or traveling.
 



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 drdave@dellsdental.net, or Mark Moody at moodymb@charter.net, 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 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 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 rotarydistrict6250@morgandata.com.  

 

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