July 2022 Governor's Message Benjamin Bauer 2022-07-06 05:00:00Z 0 News

$25,000 Ukrainian Disaster Response Grant

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The Rotary Foundation has approved Rotary District 6250 application for a $25,000 disaster response grant!
Several Rotary Districts in our area are coming together to work with UMANA (Ukraine Medical Association of North America) to gather donated supplies and ship to Ukraine via Poland. The donations have largely come from Pharmacies, Hospital Supply Manufacturing, Healthcare Distributors, Hospitals, and clinics. They have a published list on their Facebook page  and will only accept these items that have been identified as needed by Ukrainian clinicians, including Rotarians. The items are sorted by front-line emergency care, hospital needs, and surgical needs. Rotarians and community members have been donating tourniquets, blood clotting gauze, blood clotting mixtures, etc. as unlike many other wars, many injured are civilians. 
Rotary International Director-Elect Pat Merryweather-Arges, a PDG from Rotary District 6450 has been a key resource to ensuring that these funds are being put to good use. Pat is a gifted and incredibly experienced medical professional and you can see her at TriCon, our District Conference coming up in April (register today!).
$25,000 Ukrainian Disaster Response Grant Benjamin Bauer 2022-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Promoting Peace

TriCon 2022

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Join Rotarians from Districts 6220, 6250 & 6270

April 29 - 30, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

The Rotary Western Great Lakes District Conference, intended for any Rotarian, not just leadership, is set for Friday April 29 and Saturday April 30, 2022. Attendance will be in person at the The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, WI. Attendees from Districts 6220, 6250 and 6270 will have the opportunity to gain useful skills that can be used in their Rotary club, and inspiration that will motivate them to embrace Rotary even more.

Internationally-known featured speakers will provide keen insights about their passion projects during the addresses on both days.

For more information and to register, please go to: www.rotarytricon.com


TriCon 2022 2022-01-25 06:00:00Z 0

May Interact Instant

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Always excited to help, and always energized with creative ideas!  Enjoy District 6250’s sampling of all things Interact.
  • Fort Atkinson Interact continued their international exchange with the Philippines virtually despite having to cancel their service trip due to COVID-19. Follow on Instagram Interact_fort_atkinson
  • Baraboo Interact Club is holding a Food 4 Kidz event May 15th.  After a whole years delay they are excited to be back on track with this great event. Follow on Instagram interact.baraboo
  • Milton Interact held a pet drive and collected bedding for pets located at shelters such as the Humane Society. Follow on Instagram miltoninteract
  • Lake Mills Interact Club raised funds for Heifer International a NGO working to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way by supporting and investing alongside local farmers and their communities. Follow on Instagram: lmhs.interact
  • Onalaska Interact has been busy collecting shoes and school supplies for those in need. The shoes will help women in developing countries start their own business. Follow on Instagram at onalaska.interact
  • Mount Horeb Interact Club is collecting cleaning supplies for Neighbors Helping Neighbors.  In addition they are raising funds via Penny Wars at their school.  Follow on Instagram: madison_interact
Read more for some posts and photos of all the great work!
May Interact Instant Carol Hermann 2021-05-10 05:00:00Z 0 Interact,Youth Programs

April Interact Instant

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Virtual Exchange, park cleanup, food drives, little libraries and more! Check out the great work of our Interact Clubs in the March Interact Instant! yes
  • Lodi Interact Club created an 8 week virtual exchange with 15 interact clubs based in District 4170 Mexico. Follow on Instagram: lodi_interact
  • Madison Interact Club spent their day in fellowship by doing a park cleanup! Follow on Instagram: madison_interact
  • Lake Mills Interact Club created a fun way for each class to participate in a food donation drive. Follow on Instagram: lmhs.interact
  • Verona Interact Club is always in pursuit of books to fill up their local free libraries. Follow on Instagram: interactverona
  • Baraboo Interact Club had a ton of fun collecting personal hygiene and bath products for community members in need. Follow on Instagram: interact.baraboo
  • Mount Horeb Interact Club participated in Neighbors Helping Neighbors by collecting and delivering food to the essential needs pantry. Follow on Instagram: moho_interact
Read more for some posts and photos of all the great work!
April Interact Instant Carol Hermann 2021-03-19 05:00:00Z 0 Interact,Youth Programs
February Interact Instant Carol Hermann 2021-01-26 06:00:00Z 0 Interact,Youth Programs

January 2021 Governors Message

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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.
January 2021 Governors Message William Pritchard 2021-01-01 06:00:00Z 0 Foundation

Global Grant Update - Guatemala Water and Sanitation Project

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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.
    Global Grant Update - Guatemala Water and Sanitation Project Lyn Kenney 2020-11-29 06:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Global Grants

    Michelle McGrath - District Governor Nominee Designate

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    Madison Rotarian Dr. Michelle McGrath Selected as District Governor Nominee Designate

    Michelle McGrath, a member of the Rotary Club of Madison has been selected as the next Rotarian to serve as District Governor for Rotary District 6250 upon approval at our upcoming annual meeting, this spring. As District Governor, Michelle will provide strong leadership skills and decision making to strengthen and support the 60 clubs that reside in Rotary District 6250. During her year in office (2023-2024), Rotary clubs will look to her for leadership, support, and motivation as they carry out service projects and participate in Rotary programs.
    Dr. Michelle McGrath has been a long time educator for 25 years; high school teacher, coach, advisor, administrator, college professor, and for the past decade in her role as Executive Director at the Wisconsin Association of School Councils (WASC). She has been published and spoken nationally about her research on “The Urgency of Youth Leadership”.  Her leadership extends both nationally and in her community of Madison. She has served as the President of the National Association of State Student Council Executive Directors (NASSCED).
    Her previous Rotary service has included Rotary District 6250 Trainer, and Chair of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) youth leadership camp. She’s served in multiple roles including Club President of the Rotary Club of Madison. She is married with four beautiful teenage kids.
    Congratulations, Michelle!
    Michelle McGrath - District Governor Nominee Designate Benjamin Bauer 2020-11-03 06:00:00Z 0 News

    Fort Atkinson Interact Supports Phillippines Club's Blood Drive

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    A group of Fort Atkinson High School students from the Interact Club had planned to travel to the Philippines in March to carry out their second humanitarian project in District 3850.  Needless to say COVID-19 got in the way.  Instead the Interact club donated the monies they had raised and the Metro Kalibo Rotary club used the funds to buy aprons and other serving equipment used in conjunction with the local Red Cross blood drives that the Rotary club actively supports.  Does your Rotary Club sponsor an Interact Club?  For more information contact District 6250 Interact Co-Chairs: Carol Hermann or Andy Bakkum.
    Fort Atkinson Interact Supports Phillippines Club's Blood Drive Edwin Bos 2020-11-02 06:00:00Z 0 Interact,Youth Programs
    November Interact Instant Carol Hermann 2020-11-02 06:00:00Z 0 Interact,Youth Programs

    November 2020 Governors Message

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    Greetings Fellow Rotarians. Welcome to Rotary Foundation Month!!
    Back in 1956, The Rotary International Board of Directors designated a week in November urging all clubs “to devote a program to the Rotary Foundation.”  In 1982, the Board determined that the entire month of November should be dedicated to the Foundation.
    When one looks back at the momentous 1917 Rotary Convention (held in Atlanta, GA), it is difficult to see what could have been contentious about the words of then-Rotary President Arch C. Klumph: “It seem eminently proper that we should accept endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world.”  Yet, at the time, support for the idea was far from unanimous.  Some thought an endowment fund would create more trouble than it was worth.  But Klumph’s idea received the support it needed in the form of an in initial donation of $26.50 from the Rotary Club of Kansas City, MO.
    103 years later, we recognize Klumph’s idea as not only visionary, but revolutionary:  It set in place the mechanism that allowed Rotary to become the vast force for “doing good in the world” that it is today.
    I’ll take a risk here – I think our Rotary Foundation is the foundation of Rotary as we know it.  It has created a mechanism for cooperation and partnership among clubs and between Rotary and other organizations; it has enabled us to be ever more ambitious in our work and to reach for goals of historic proportion, such as the eradication of polio.  It is impossible to quantify the good that has been done over the last century as a result of The Rotary Foundation.  All we can know for sure is that Arch Klumph, if he could see us, would be proud.
    November 2020 Governors Message William Pritchard 2020-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation

    Rotary & Rainworks


    The Eau Claire Morning Rotary Club recently organized a project called R&R: Rotary and Rainworks in our community in Eau Claire. Rainworks is a super awesome invisible (and magical) street art that only appears when wet, most often on a rainy day. The designs are meant to make people smile and provide pure joy. The club got plenty of inspiration out of the project and many believe that it can change lives everywhere.
    Rotary & Rainworks Benjamin Bauer 2020-10-30 05:00:00Z 0 News

    October 2020 Governors Club President Message

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    Welcome to October! It may be difficult to believe, but you are now 25% thru your year as Club President. As you look back over the past three months, what have been some of your highlights? How is the club doing in regards to the goals that you have set for the year?

    Quarterly turns make great opportunities to review where you stand. You are at the first quarter poll. Take the opportunity to visit Rotary.org – go to your “My Rotary” page, and visit goal center section of Rotary Club Central. Update your goals while you are there – are there any that you have already achieved? There is some really low hanging fruit here… has your club had a discussion on your club’s Strategic Plan? Have you made an update on your clubs Facebook page? Have you had any social activities during the first quarter? Have you made a post on Facebook using Rotary promotional materials? All of these goals are found under the “Public Image” tab within the Goal Center. I’d bet that at least 2/3rds of you would be able to achieve at least two or three goals on this tab alone!

    October 2020 Governors Club President Message Bill Pritchard 2020-10-06 05:00:00Z 0

    Club President Membership Update - October

    Dear Club Presidents,

    I have thought quite a bit about what makes Rotary so special and it always comes back to the people who make up the club’s membership. I continually meet new dynamic people in Rotary who broaden the friends I can learn from. It is the people involved with the club that come up with the great projects that make long lasting impacts in the communities. The millions of dollars raised for these projects all come from the members of club. Membership is the heart of this great organization.

    Club President Membership Update - October John Locke 2020-10-06 05:00:00Z 0 Membership

    Angling for a Better Tomorrow: Al's Musky Challenge

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    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.
    Angling for a Better Tomorrow: Al's Musky Challenge Sarah Arendt-Beyer 2020-10-06 05:00:00Z 0 News
    October Interact Instant Carol Hermann 2020-10-01 05:00:00Z 0 Interact,Youth Programs

    October 2020 Foundation Highlights

    "In 1985 Rotarians made a promise to the children of the world."
    Saturday, October 24th is World Polio Day. Looking for a fun and inspiring way to make an impact on the push to End Polio Now and wipe this disease from the face of the planet?! Check out this campaign idea that your club can use in October - or any time of the year - to help you achieve your club Polio giving goal.
    "Since 1985 Rotarians have raised over 1.8 billion dollars for this noble cause."

    Need some more inspriation?

    Check out these videos which are both inspirational and informative presentations. One features our own Randy Sproule where he shares his passion and talks about why we need to finish the job of eradicating polio. The other is presented by Carrie Ronnander, Director of the Chippewa Valley Museum and she discusses the many aspects of living in a pandemic and the correlations between the times of Polio and COVID-19.
    Josh Mansee
    La Crosse Rotary - After Hours, President-Elect 2020-2021
    District 6250 Foundation Chair
    October 2020 Foundation Highlights Josh Mansee 2020-10-01 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation

    October 2020 Governors Message

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    Greetings District 6250 Rotarians!
    Welcome to October – Where we Focus on Economic and Community Development… along with celebrate World Polio Day!
    Rotary’s long-term, sustained battle against Polio has defined our organization for decades.  We have a right to be proud of all that we have accomplished through the years.
    Our progress is real and noteworthy. In 1988, polio was endemic in 125 countries, with more than 350,00 new cases a year worldwide.  Since then, Rotary and our Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners have reduced the incidence of polio by more than 99.9%, vaccinated more than 2.5 billion children against the virus, and prevented 18 million cases of paralysis.  Over the years, Rotary has helped country after country move into the polio-free column.  This includes India, which some considered impossible not long ago.  Of the three types of poliovirus, type 2 has been eradicated and type 3 could soon be certified as eradicated.  As we celebrated last month, Africa has been declared polio free, we are now down to just one type of wild poliovirus in only one section of the world – Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    World Polio Day is a time for Rotarians to come together, recognize the progress we have made In our fight against polio, and plan the action we must take to end polio forever.  The key word is action, because we still have important work to do.
    October 2020 Governors Message William Pritchard 2020-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

    A Big Thank You From Southern Greece

    Thanks to the Dental Care in the Isolated Municipalities program organized and implemented as a Global Grant by Districts 2470 (Southern Greece) and 6250 (Wisconsin, USA) of Rotary International, several thousand citizens in isolated areas of the Southeastern Aegean Sea in Greece can now enjoy dental care. So, instead of going to other larger islands and wasting time, especially in times of difficult climatic conditions, they now have the possibility to have dental care in their place. Specifically...
    A Big Thank You From Southern Greece Kosmas Choutouriadis, Past District Governor and Rotary Foundation Chair District 2470 (Southern Greece) 2020-09-29 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Global Grants

    September 2020 Governors Message

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    Greetings District 6250 Rotarians!
    Welcome to September, where we Rotarians turn our attention to the good works surrounding Basic Education and Literacy.  We also look forward to our district’s upcoming Vibrant Club Workshop, our Interact Clubs firing up in schools across the district,  and an unusual opportunity for all to become involved in our Rotary Zone activities at the Rotary Zone Institute from September 8-13.
    More on that in a few moments… but I first want to return to the groundbreaking, earth shaking news of August 6th
    On May 4, 1987, the US Supreme Court ruled that Rotary Clubs could no longer exclude women from membership on the basis of gender.  At the first gathering of the Rotary Council of Legislation following the decision, Rotary moved to admit women into Rotary Clubs worldwide.  This remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.
    The response to the decision was overwhelming:  By June 1990, the number had skyrocketed to over 20,000.  By July 2016, the number of women worldwide had surpassed 250,000.  Women immediately embraced the leadership opportunities provided by their clubs and have been making an impact in communities around the world.
    District 6250 embraced the moment as well.  Sharon K. Imes of La Crosse became our first female District Governor in 1997-1998.  Mary Beth Growney-Selene of Madison followed soon after as District Governor in 2000-2001, and was then selected to join the Rotary International Board of Directors from 2013-2015, and then a Rotary Foundation Trustee in 2016-2017.  We have been ably led by 6 female District Governors, and Karen Hebert will become our 7th in 2021-2022.  Women now represent over 36% of our membership in District 6250.
    Which brings me to the present now.  On August 6th, The Rotary International Nominating Committee selected Jennifer E. Jones of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario Canada to serve as Rotary International President for the 2022-23 Rotary year, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold the office of President in Rotary’s 115-year history.
    September 2020 Governors Message William Pritchard 2020-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

    Social Kitchen Global Grant Update - Follow up from RotaryFest

    With this report we would like to update you with the current status of the Social Kitchen project.
    Thanks to your financial support this project could kicked off in 2019.

    RC Olsztyn Varmia worked hard together with Food Bank in Olsztyn to renovate the venue and buy the
    gastronomy equipment to open Social Kitchen. As reported last time, just after the opening in September 2019, fire destroyed 2/3 of the building, where Social K itchen is placed. The losses were estimated at about €1 million. With great support from local, regional and countrywide communities and also insurance coverage (80% of the losses) the venue has been restored again. It was ready to re open in March 2020.  Then, COVID 19 stroke in Poland and Olsztyn, which paused the launch of the face to face trainings.
    Finally in May 2020 the first gastronomy vocational trainings were initiated. Together in May and June, 6 trainings took place, which engaged 80 participants and lasted 48 hours.
    Yours in Rotary Service,
    Edwin Bos
    Social Kitchen Global Grant Update - Follow up from RotaryFest Edwin Bos 2020-08-31 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Global Grants

    Rotary Club of Mayville Supports P.A.V.E. with Disaster Relief Grant

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    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.
    Rotary Club of Mayville Supports P.A.V.E. with Disaster Relief Grant Josh Mansee 2020-08-24 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Saving Mothers & Children
    Rotary Club of Sun Prairie Disaster Grant 2020 Bill Pritchard 2020-07-28 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation

    August 2020 Governors Message

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    Twenty years ago a man named Chuck Hanson, an attorney that worked in downtown La Crosse, invited me to join Rotary.  Back then, that was the common practice.  A business person invited you to join Rotary because he thought it would be good for business and good for the community, and you said yes.
    If It was not for Chuck (yes… that one – our past District Governor) it is unlikely I would be a Rotarian.
    August is Membership and Extension month.  In District 6250, our Membership Committee thinks every month is August – they are continually focused on helping clubs grow and thrive.  More to come from John Locke and the membership team later.  Be sure to use this valuable district resource to make your club stronger and more vibrant.
    Growing a vibrant membership was my entrance into Rotary at a beyond-my-club level.  For three+ years, I was the District Membership Chair. I focused on traveling around our district with my sidekick Joe Ruskey (yup – also a past District Governor) on how strong clubs create a strong Foundation… and vice-versa.  During my travels, I crafted ten tips to attract and retain members. These tips proved effective: our District had growing membership during two of these three years – and the third year was flat.  So If you’re looking to add members to your club, consider taking a page from these 10 tips...
    August 2020 Governors Message Bill Pritchard 2020-07-28 05:00:00Z 0 News

    Foundation Highlights August 2020

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    Highlights from the Foundation

    On behalf of the Rotary District 6250 Foundation Committee, thank you all for your service and gifts of time, talent and treasure this past Rotary year!
    While there are always obstacles, this year has been particularly challenging with the pandemic. While we work to adapt to limited social interactions, travel and in many ways a new lifestyle, our District continues to do its good work in our communities and abroad almost without pause.  This is only possible because of the efforts of each of our committee members, and our many amazingly generous Rotarians in District 6250. 
    Read a few highlights of our Foundation team's accomplishments in the past Rotary year.
    Foundation Highlights August 2020 Josh Mansee 2020-07-27 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation

    Rotary Magazine Highlight August 2020

    Our own Karen Kendrick Hands talking about the new 7th area of focus - the Environment. 5 Questions on Environmental Projects  https://www.rotary.org/en/5-questions-about-environmental-projects-karen-kendrick-hands

    1. How does the environment fit into Rotary’s areas of focus?

    Any project in any area of focus will benefit from having environmental sustainability as one of its watchwords. It’s a lot harder to supply clean water to people if your watershed is compromised— if your river is full of industrial, human, and animal waste. Basic education and literacy is a challenge when kids are sick because the school well is contaminated. Health is affected when insects carrying diseases expand their geographic range due to changing climate patterns. Water wars and climate refugees will make achieving peace and conflict resolution more complicated. Economic development is slowed when there’s not adequate energy. Rotary would do a huge service to the world if it moved every water project from a diesel pump to wind or solar. That’s a project that’s scalable.

    Rotary Magazine Highlight August 2020 Diana Schoberg 2020-07-27 05:00:00Z 0 News,The Rotarian Magazine
    Supporting the Environment becomes a new area of focus Bill Pritchard 2020-06-29 05:00:00Z 0 Supporting the Environment

    July 2020 Governors Message

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    Welcome to the 2020-2021 Rotary Year! This year, the Rotary theme is “Rotary Opens Opportunities”.
    Each month, District Governor Bill Pritchard will share some thoughts and goings on from around the district.  Click on the link below to read Bill's July message.
    July 2020 Governors Message Bill Pritchard 2020-06-28 05:00:00Z 0