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District 6250 Friendship Exchange & Global Grant, Kalibo, Philippines.
(shout out to AG Group #8 participants: Jefferson, Lake Mills, Stoughton, Watertown and Fort Atkinson
District Governor's Message
Lift Off into Your New Rotary Year!  Check out the video link below!
Fellow District 6250 Rotarians,
Hi!  I'm Edwin Bos and I’m looking forward to the upcoming Rotary year as we engage, engage, engage and find ways to make your families feel welcome in all parts of the Rotary experience!  A special thank you to District Governor Bill Hoel for his year of service and to all the Assistant Governors, District Specialists, Club Presidents and Others who suddenly find themselves with some extra time on their hands!  Your vast experience and service will be missed although many of you have already enthusiastically jumped into new Rotary roles at either the Club, District or Zone levels.  Finally, a special thank you to the Portage Rotary Club for its brutally honest answer to my question on who had read the July newsletter.  Answer ... no one.  That's on the District.  The District is you and only exists to serve it's nearly 3,000 members; so we have a new eBulletin that we hope you will find more engaging and fun to interact with!  Some familiar stuff from the July newsletter at the top (since most haven't seen it) and a lot of new stuff at the bottom.
Rotary Connects the World!
Our Rotary theme this year is Rotary Connects the World.  Soon I'm going to have a new nephew by marriage.  His name is Ivan and he and my niece met in the same way that I met my wife Joanna and in the same way that my father first came to the United States … thanks to exchange programs.  One of the things we focus on at this time of year is getting Club Youth Exchange commitments for students arriving in August 2020.  I'm happy to report that our Inbound numbers are looking very strong and that many 6250 Clubs and Rotarians are still looking to jump on the Youth Exchange bandwagon this year or in the years ahead.  Ivan is originally from Mexico City and is now a filmmaker in Washington DC.  He made this short Rotary Year Lift-Off and Introduction video for us … hope you enjoy it.  (
Hamburg - Rotary International Convention
Alex Riley, Rotary Club of La Crosse East, live at Rotary International Convention In Hamburg, Germany ... he's in the foreground ... not the guy with the camera :)  All the District 6250 Facebook reporting coming out of Hamburg was done by Alex.  Disappointed that you missed it?  Just follow the District 6250 Facebook page ... no time like the present!  Some thoughts from Alex if you Read More below and here a Link to RI President Mark Maloney's talk at the International Convention.

RotaryFest & Conference 2020

District 6250 will be having a RotaryFest / District Conference in Fort Atkinson from June 19-21, 2020.  This will be unlike any District Conference you’ve ever been to!  Something for everyone as we mix a lot of the new with a lot of the traditional.  Check out the RotaryFest video below starring Conference Chair Bob Jonas.  (



Registration will open in November and we expect many events such as the Friday afternoon golf outing ( and the special edition Rotary Friday Night Fireside Dinner Show (What Happens in Vegas) ( to sell out quickly.  In the July newsletter readers were offered a free fish fry for four at the Fireside in Fort Atkinson with Joanna and I.  We have a winner winner fish fry dinner!  Stay tuned for future offers ... maybe even buried in this eBulletin!

Rotary Friendship Exchange - the Netherlands
By: Julia & Tom Behrenbeck, La Crosse Downtown Rotary

At the end of May, the train station in Groningen, the Netherlands was the gathering point for a group of 12 Rotarians from District 6250 to meet their respective Dutch hosts of clubs in northern the Netherlands. It was the culmination of much planning by the RFE organizers and anticipation by the participants. As we came off the train we were welcomed and quickly paired with our hosts to travel for lunch at a cozy restaurant on the dike of the Wadden Sea, a Unesco world heritage site. The Wadden Sea is one of the last remaining large-scale, intertidal ecosystems where you find sand and mud flats in a relatively flat coastal wetland environment. What a beautiful northern border to the historically and culturally rich area where we would spend the coming week in fellowship with our new Dutch Rotary friends.
Dutch RFE:  6250 Rotarians on a private tour of an operating windmill 
Dutch RFE:  Lisa Kobs, LaCrosse A.H. Rotary, being brought back to her home for the week.
Dutch RFE:  Dutch host Rotarians showing 6250 Rotarians the North Sea dike.
Dutch RFE:  Nothing like a Heineken before touring the dairy farm of Rotarian Pieter Scholten
For Information on Upcoming Rotary Friendship Exchanges Always Read the District 6250 eBulletin!
Rotary Happenings
Officially Rotary International lists August as Membership Month.  In District 6250 we take a slightly different approach.  We're #1 in terms of the number of Inbound Exchange Students we bring in as part of the 19 District Central States Rotary Youth Exchange program.  We are also #1 in terms of the number of Interact Clubs that we have and we are rapidly ramping up the number of Rotaract Clubs in the District.  Why do we do so well?  Because we have extremely dedicated Rotarians involved in each of these programs but also because we focus on these programs in the summer so that we hit the ground running when the kids are back in school.  District 6250 will be focusing on Membership in October as we get together for the many Pints for Polio events taking place in the District as well as the One Rotary Summits that are being planned for various locations.  In 6250 we do it bigger, better and smarter!

Pints for Polio - Thursday October 24, 2019 - Save the Date - Is Your Club Holding an Event?

Piggyback off other Rotarians hard work!  The Madison Area Rotary Clubs are holding a Pints for Polio event on October 24th to coincide with World Polio Day.  Feel free to contact Eric Gormanson of the Fitchburg / Verona Rotary Club to get quick details on how to set it up a similar even in your area ...
Here's one detail.  Pints for Polio shirts can be ordered directly via Madison Top's website at a cost of $15 each. A portion of the price will cover production and the remainder will go back to the clubs.  Clubs should consider donating proceeds to The Rotary Foundation designating the funds for "Eradicating Polio." The shirts, when ready, will be sorted by club and delivered for further distribution.  Clubs from outside the Madison area will need to arrange for pickup of the shirts or pay for shipping to the club.  Shirts will be bulk shipped to each club and they will handle distribution to their individual members. The deadline to order shirts is September 27th.
2018-19 Rotary District 6250 Foundation Giving ... The Top Three's!
Start making your club and individual giving plans for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.  Nearly half of our District clubs are giving champions in one category or another.  If your club isn't on the list ... make it happen next year!  Contact your Club President or Foundation Chair to help.
6250 Mission Control Center - How can you use the Swiss Army Knife that is Rotary to make your life and the lives of your Family and Friends more Fulfilling?
6250 Mission Control Center

Lake Mills Rotary - 4th Annual Cheese, Chocolate & Wine Tasting - August 3, 2019 - 5 to 8 pm

Location: Lake Mills City Hall, 200 Water Street, Lake Mills, WI 53551

This fantastic event features tasting local cheeses, chocolates, and wines. This is one of the Lake Mills Rotary Club's flagship fundraisers to support local projects in Lake Mills, as well as international partnerships. We are so happy to have this be our fourth year doing the event, with last year having over 200 attendees. We expect over 10 Wisconsin wineries, 10 chocolate producers, and 10 cheese producers to be serving samples at the event. There will also be non-alcoholic options and fresh sushi!  Advance tickets $35, tickets at the door $40.  Join us at the beautiful Lake Mills City Hall building!

Russell Hampton
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