Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
 
 
Welcome to Rotary District 6250!  Our District consists of 60+ Rotary clubs and 3,000 Rotarians in western Wisconsin.  Rotary is the oldest service organization in the world.  Everyday our members work to make the world a better place – in our communities, our country, and around the world.  We also work on ourselves; developing leadership skills and expanding our networks.  If you join a Rotary club, you will find why so many of us agree that Rotary has been among the best decisions we’ve ever made.  Contact us today and we'll help get you started!
 
If you're a District Rotarian, your District website has the resources to help you learn more about Rotary, to help you keep your club strong and healthy, and to assist you in working with the Rotary Foundation.  You will find our calendar of events; containing of both club and district-wide events.  There is a directory of district leadership to help you track down needed information, and an archive of documents you may need in working on training or projects.  
 
District Governor 2020-2021
Bill Pritchard
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
Feb 12, 2021 5:00 PM Feb 13, 2021 2:30 PM
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Feb 13, 2021 3:00 PM 6:00 PM
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Mar 11, 2021 Mar 13, 2021
Virtual
Mar 17, 2021 5:30 PM 8:30 PM
Zoom
Apr 13, 2021 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
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Latest News
Greetings Fellow Rotarians.  Welcome to January 2021!
 
It has been some time since the turning of the calendar has felt so good!  Goodbye 2020! 
 
January is Vocational Service month on the Rotary calendar.  Vocational service can be hard to define, but it is easy to describe:  It is simply the point where our Rotary lives and our professional lives Intersect.  When we put our Rotary ideals to work through our work, that is vocational service.
 
As I have traveled on my Rotary journey, I am again and again reminded of how often our work and Rotary intersect.  Here in La Crosse, a few Rotary leaders had an interesting thought:  If I asked area organizations what they would do with $250,000… what would their answer be?  The results of this simple question, asked of the many incredibly talented and well meaning charitable causes around the Coulee Region, resulted in some truly remarkable ideas.  From those discussions emerged an idea – to collaborate with the St. Claire Health Mission, Gundersen Health Systems, Mayo Clinic Health Systems, the La Crosse County Health Department and the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration to support a Mobile Medical Clinic that can travel throughout the region.  The vehicle will provide family practice clinical services, preventative care, flu vaccine clinics, youth sports physicals, lab draws, mental health and pharmacy services to adults and children without health insurance.  My work in finance puts me in a unique position to have an impact.  I knew I could turn my professional path to good and help make this project a success and improve health care for those not covered by our systems throughout our district.
Chronic childhood malnutrition is a problem all over Guatemala. Almost 50% of children aged 5 and under are malnourished.  In the highland villages of Tecpan, however, the number is as high as 95%.
 
In 2019, Madison South Rotary wrote a Global Grant for a Water and Sanitation Project in two villages in the highlands of Tecpan, Guatemala. We partnered with ABPD (Association Behrhorst Partners for Development), the Antigua RC in Antigua, Guatemala, District 7750 in South Carolina and clubs in Florida and Maine. At the same time, Deb Walters from District 7790 (Maine and Quebec) wrote a Global Grant for Maternal and Child Health for one of the same villages plus one other that had been assessed to need this type of help. The “ask” comes from the village leaders themselves then a detailed assessment is done by ABPD.
    With a gleam in his eye, Rotarian Al Louis deftly set the hook on Musky #7; minutes later, he and his friend A.J. hauled it from the cold waters of Minnesota’s Lake Vermilion into their boat. This musky was special, not only because it takes, on average, 10,000 casts to land just one musky, but because this musky—all 41½” and 22 lbs. of it—represented more than $41,000 raised for five nonprofits in Al’s hometown, La Crosse, Wisconsin.
     
    It wasn’t easy.
     
    Al battled the elements, a lake crowded with 85 bass boats thanks to a two-day bass tournament, tedious hours without a strike, muskies that tracked the lure to the boat only to break away at the last second, the fog of a bizarre insect hatch, and a sinking boat (yes, really). Not to mention, raising money during a pandemic is ... challenging, to say the least.
    Imagine living in the same home as your abuser. The pandemic hits, escalating stress and tensions. A bad situation becomes untenable, and you know: you MUST get out. You MUST find a safe place to stay. For residents of the Beaver Dam area, that safe place to stay might be P.A.V.E, an organization that provides services and shelter to survivors of violence.

    Unfortunately, the pandemic brought not only rising cases of violence, but with it, additional challenges in keeping the shelter a safe and healthy place:
    • Additional cleaning and sterilization processes needed to be put in place. 
    • More personal hygiene and protection supplies, like masks, were needed. 
    • Additional entertainment supplies were needed to help keep shelter residents occupied.
    Dedicated Rotarians in the Rotary Club of Mayville saw a need in their community, and being People of Action, stepped up. With the help of a Disaster Relief Grant from Rotary District 6250, the Rotary Club of Mayville provided needed cleaning and personal hygiene supplies— including 35 handmade face masks—along with entertainment items, to P.A.V.E for use in their shelter.

    We are Rotarians. We are People of Action. We believe in Service Above Self. Together, we EMPOWER.