"All you need is love.  But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."
Charles M. Schulz
 
Welcome to February, the month most of us associate with LOVE and in the RI world, the focus is on PEACE.  Both important.  Both necessary to create HOPE in our world.  And if you're a Packers fan, LOVE did create HOPE, even if it didn't end like we wanted.   
 
 
Thank you for all you are doing in your communities and clubs to promote peace and spread the LOVE of Rotary.  My hope for you today is that the month ahead finds you enjoying an abundance of it all – peace, love & hope.  AND.....may there also be a little chocolate because life could always use a little of unexpected sweetness.
As you lean into days ahead, pay particular attention to your self-care and the mental health for those around you. February can be a challenging month for us all. The looming days of darkness, cold weather, and isolation can really affect the pep in our step.  Check in with your fellow Rotarians, share messages of inspiration and hope, and get outside to take in the extra minutes of sunlight we are given. You can also find an abundance of resources on our website thanks to our partnership with NAMI.  
 
There are so many things to look forward to as well as you prepare for the months ahead.  
 
Megs is coming to District 6250!!  We are so excited to welcome our AMAZING administrative consultant, Megs Lunn, this upcoming February 11 - March 4th.  She will be traveling throughout the district meeting with clubs and offering her insight and expertise.  Aaron Frank is leading the logistics of her visit and if you'd like to get involved, please reach out to him at: aaron@madisontop.com
 
Join us at Tri-Con this April. Tri-Con is the perfect opportunity to LEARN through our Plenary Speakers and Workshops, CONNECT with other Rotarians from around the State of Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota AND an opportunity to BE INSPIRED to serve our local and international communities. We have over 24 workshops to help Rotarians Create Hope in the World, Create Hope in our Communities and Create Hope in our Clubs. 
 
Finally, registration for our District RYLA Camp is open, as is our need for Rotarian staffers. RYLA or Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is a weekend youth leadership experience at Camp Upham Woods in Wisconsin Dells for sophomores in high school. Clubs sponsor these students and coordinate their transportation to and from the camp. Each student registration is $250 and the experience they receive in return is a life changing one full of strong connections, inspiring activities, an introduction to Rotary and a weekend of memories. RYLA delegates make a great club program and are a great example of the awesome youth programs that we offer here in District 6250. Click HERE for more information on how to register a student, or how you can get involved as a counselor or volunteer.
 
Love, peace and hope sent your way my Rotarian friends!
 
Michelle McGrath, Ed.D
Governor
RY 2023-2024