The District Dispatch


The Monthly Newsletter of Rotary District 6250

April 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

It is April!  Can you believe it?  The year is ¾ of the way over.  Time flies when you are having fun and Making a Difference.  We have so many examples of both local and International projects going on throughout the district.  Having a front row seat to all of this is so amazing.  I have tried to share this throughout the year on our district Facebook site(  I hope you have been along the journey with me.  If not, check it out and catch up.  It shows the power of working with 1.2 million friends!

A lot has happened during the month of March.  President-elect Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the Inspiration.  This is a great theme!  District Governor Elect, Bill Hoel, trained his President Elect team March 2-4 in Itasca, IL.  They will be inspiring us all not only in Rotary year 18-19, but for many years to come.  As one leadership team plans the end of the year, the incoming team prepares for July 1.  In Rotary, our work is never done.  There is more need today then there has ever been.  I look forward to continuing the works of Rotary along with these new leaders for many years.

In March, I had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala with my wife, son, and a team of Rotarian’s from all over the US.  While I have travelled internationally many times, I have never travelled internationally for Rotary.  This was an amazing experience.  While the country and the people of Guatemala were truly beautiful, I also experienced poverty, corruption, and abuse at levels I didn’t know existed.  While I have read about these things, experiencing them with my own eyes and senses is a totally different experience.  It reinforced my belief of how much Rotary is needed in this world.

April is Maternal and Child Health Month.  Our members improve access to essential medical services for mothers and their children. These efforts are aimed at reducing the number of children under age five who die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation – a figure that is currently estimated at 7 million.  According to another estimate, more than 80 percent of maternal deaths can be prevented with access to reproductive health services and trained health care workers. Our members provide education, immunizations, birthing kits, and mobile health clinics to support these causes. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.  So, please join me in focusing on what we can do as Rotarians to Truly Make a Difference.

As mentioned last month, our district has seen an increase in membership.  Great Job!  Don’t stop telling your story and getting those members and giving them the gift of Rotary.  If there is anything that we can do to help, please let me know.  Also, don’t forget about the membership grants that are available to you.  We need to not only get the numbers up but get all our Rotarian’s engaged. 

Don’t forget to register for Tricon 2018.  Registration for Rotarians and guests is only $30 for standard registration, which includes access to all sessions, speakers and events. Registration for Rotaract members is $10. 

Powerful speakers are slated for the conference
  • Thom Cody, Making a Difference … Why YOUR Life Matters.
  • Shirley Grace, past District Governor 5230.
  • Marilyn Ann Fitzgerald, Ph.D.
  • Ed Futa, Past General Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.
  • Brian King, Director of Membership Development | Rotary International
  • Ina Pinkney, Chef/Polio Survivor.
A special Regional Membership Seminar will be held at TriCon 2018 Rotary District Conference, on May 5, at The Wilderness in the Wisconsin Dells.

TriCon 2018 has enlisted the services of BrightStar Care out of Baraboo WI, a nationwide home care and medical staffing agency that also provides childcare, to provide childcare on site at the Wilderness Resort just for the evenings of May 4th and May 5th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  Parents must complete the Childcare Services Assessment  for EACH child that would require care and return to: Barb Senn, Conference Chair.  Deadline to return the Childcare Services Assessment to Barb (for BrightStar) is April 16.

Don’t wait.  Register now at

Thank you all for your dedication and service! Thank you for helping District 6250 be the best it can be!  Now, let’s go Make a Difference and continue to have a great Rotary year.



Joe Ruskey
District Governor 2017-2018
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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Register now for Tri-Con 2018

May 4-6, 2018
Glacier Canyon Conference Center at the Wilderness

TriCon 2018 Wisconsin is a Rotary District Conference for Rotarians in District 6220, District 6250 and District 6270.  All Rotarians from Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and eastern Minnesota, with their significant others and families, and other Rotarians and friends of Rotary are welcome.

Deadline to reserve a hotel room is April 3, 2018. CALL the Wilderness to book your hotel rooms (Reservations 800-867-9453).  The Conference Discount Code and information is on your Conference Registration e-mail confirmation.  Rooms are First Come - First Served.  

Check out the conference schedule at a glance here.

Tri-Con House of Friendship

A prime source of learning is from sharing and viewing the exhibits of projects and activities in the Rotary House of Friendship.  What was done?  Who did it?  How did they do it?  Where did they do it?  With whom did they work?  Who did they serve?
This is YOUR opportunity to share a project done by your club.  Let others know about your experience.  Be a leader in exchanging ideas with others.  Only through everyone’s sharing will we learn about what others are doing.  Exhibit in the TriCon House of Friendship.
What do we encourage you to share?
  • A club service project
  • A Rotary Fellowship – e.g., Flying Rotarians, Health Professionals
  • A Rotarian Action Group – e.g., ESRAG, RAGP, WASRAG
Complete this form by March 31, 2018 to exhibt in the 2018 House of Friendship.

RI Convention - Toronto - June 23-27, 2018

Registration is now open for Toronto -2018!    Next Early Bird deadines is March 31, 2018!



Club News, Events and Announcements



Habitat for Humanity Home dedicated February 3, 2018

La Crosse Area Rotary clubs helped dedicate the 43rd Home built by La Crosse Area Habitat for Humanity at 5th and Mississippi in the City of La Crosse.  In cooperation with many other volunteers, area Rotarians helped to complete one of three Habitat homes on one site. 
Over six build days three area clubs (Downtown, Holmen and After Hours) at least 50 Rotarians volunteered their time to help paint, caulk, landscape, install trim and doors to help complete the home last fall.  Volunteers from several other clubs joined in as well.
The project was funded in part with a $5,000 District 6250 matching grant along with $5,000 from the local Rotary Works foundation.  These two grants funded a specific project for the cost of the Drywall, Paint and Doors within the house. 
This home is part of a much larger development addressing the need for affordable quality owner occupied housing in the City of La Crosse.  This home is part of redeveloping a challenged corner in the Washburn Neighborhood and convert it into a well-designed, mixed-income development. The overall project will replace three blighted rental properties that have a combined tax base of $150,000 and replace them with eight, high-quality owner-occupied homes with a tax base of more than $1.1 million.


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Help Promote Rotary During Young Professionals Week with Madison After Hours!


“Sustainable Suds,” Madison Young Professionals Week 2017

Any Rotarians in the Madison area are invited to represent Rotary during Madison Young Professionals Week, April 20th – 28th, especially during any of the following three events co-sponsored by the Madison After Hours Club.

Sustainable Suds Brewery Tour, April 21st
This is not your average brewery bus tour as you will be awed by the multiple facets and levels of sustainability of our Madison breweries.  Learn how one brewery utilizes a composting program or how a Brewery focuses on energy reductions, with free beer/cocktail at each location.  Tickets are going fast so register now!

Little Libraries Habitat Project, April 22nd
Funded in part through a Rotary District Grant, help us to construct several Little Libraries at the Madison West Habitat Restore for installation at Habitat Homes throughout Dane County.

Laughs and Drafts Comedy Show, April 26th
Join the Rotary Club of Madison After Hours and Habitat for Young Professionals for a night of curated comedy!

Additional event and registration details and the full 2018 Madison YP Week calendar are available here. –

Email any questions to


8th Annual Madison Breakfast Rotary Benefit for Youth and Literacy Projects


Host:  Madison Breakfast Rotary Club
Date:  Wednesday April 25th, 5 – 8 pm
Location:  Craftsman Table & Tap, 6712 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave, Middleton, WI 53562
Cost:   $30 in advance / $35 day of event (ticket includes beer and appetizers plus 1 raffle ticket)

Food:  4 stations each with a delicious hearty appetizer that is paired with a complimenting beer
Raffle:  Raffle assortments valued at approximately $300
To benefit our Youth and Literacy Projects, Madison Breakfast Rotary is hosting the 8th Annual Food and Beer pairing at Craftsman Table & Tap.  Please, come and enjoy some tasty bites and generous samples of some of Wisconsin’s finest brews.
If you cannot attend our event and would like to make a donation please click here


Wisconsin Dells Rotary Club Spring Fling

Wisconsin Dells Rotary Club is holding their big fundraiser for the year.  Spring Fling will be at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells on May 4 at 6 pm. Come and join us, contribute to great causes and enjoy great food, lots of door prizes and jokes.
Each ticket includes choice of Prime Rib or Roasted Chicken entrée; 2 top-shelf drink tickets; a cavalcade of fabulous prizes; 1-in25 chance to win up to $1,000 cash; endless laughter and good cheer!

Click here for the ticket order form.


Fitchburg/Verona Rotary Club $10,000 Raffle Fundraiser

SUNDAY, MAY 2OTH, 2018      
There are several ways to join us, win some prizes and money and be involved with our fundraiser.
1) Purchase a raffle ticket for $100 AND win $10,000  (only 250 tickets will be sold so the odds of winning are excellent!)
2) Put together a bowling team (4 bowlers per team)  $25 per bowler and win prizes.
3) Donate cash or raffle items.
The goal is to fund our numerous projects in the area snd throughout the world!
Please contact PDG Tom Marshall at 715 213 3046 with questions.

La Crosse East Gathers Ringside to Cheer-On New Member

Truth, Fairness, Goodwill, Friendships, and Beneficial are key words in the world of Rotary International. They are words that best describe who we are and what we stand for.  Gator Suplex, Short-Arm Forearm into Half-Straight Jacket Submission, Godsmack (Spinning Fireman’s Carry Stunner) are the key words in the world of AC Riley, Professional Wrestler, and newest member of the Rotary Club of La Crosse East. These describe Alex’s signature moves.  Soon, Alex will decide if his classification in the club will be as a Professional Wrestler or Volunteer Coordinator for the local Salvation Army!!

Riley is based out of La Crosse, WI and wrestles primarily for Wisconsin promotions such as River City Championship Wrestling (La Crosse, WI), Brew City Wrestling (West Allis, WI) and Wisconsin Professional Wrestling (De Pere, WI). He is currently looking to branch out more into Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. His goals in wrestling are to get on the road and wrestle as much as possible, as well as to wrestle in a country outside the United States, such as Canada or Germany.

AC Riley, Professional Wrestler, Volunteer Coordinator for Salvation Army and new member of La Crosse East

A “cheering team” consisting of members from La Crosse East rallied around the wrestling ring at the American Legion on Friday evening, March 9, 2018 to spur Alex on.  Their presence was obviously felt, as several in the audience asked if they were related to Alex. Two were asked, “Are you Riley’s parents?”  The team even made signs to show support for "The Life of Riley.” Alex's next match in La Crosse will be on April 13th at the Legion.   

AC Riley (white shirt) getting ready to grapple with opponent.


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

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

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, or Mark Moody at, 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, 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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