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TriCon 2023 - Register Today
There's still time to register for TriCon and be a part of a great event with amazing speakers, inspirational and informative workshops, and load of Rotary Fun! Don't miss some of these fast approaching opportunities:
End Polio Now
Be a part of the final push to eradicate Polio. For polio eradication efforts, 2022 brought good news. Fewer genetic strains of the virus are circulating than ever before. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries where polio remains endemic. And support from political, medical, and community leaders in those areas has strengthened vaccination efforts during the past year. Global support for polio eradication also reached new heights, as was proven at the World Health Summit in October, when Rotary and international partners and donors pledged a combined US$2.6 billion to eradicate the disease. Here's a few ways you can get involved:
  1. Join the District 6250 Polio Plus Society
  2. Learn about how efforts in 2022 paid off in a big way
  3. Make your donation online at and select the Polio Fund
Keep reading for more info and ways you can help.
You're Invited - Rotary Orientation

Once you’ve chosen a travel destination, what do you do next? Learn a bit of the language? Get a list of area highlights? Check out a map? Anticipate a warm welcome?

Our Rotary District will be hosting new member orientation throughout 2023. On every fifth Wednesday (March 29, May 31, August 30, November 29) at 7 a.m. or 7 p.m., new Rotarians – and Rotarians who feel new – can join others for an easy-going hour designed to give everyone a great start to a great Rotary experience. We will offer a warm Rotary welcome, Rotary language acquisition, Rotary highlights, and a Rotary map.  This is not a series, it is a single opportunity, offered four days a year, at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. each of the four days.

Grant  Management Seminars New Session  April 14th

Under the provisions of the Rotary Foundation’s program, club’s desiring to participate in the grant program must be certified.  Part of that certification process is attendance at a Rotary Grant Management Seminar (GMS). District 6250 will offer three Grant Management Seminars:

Clubs need only have one representation at one of the two sessions however it is recommended that the club president-elect and foundation chair both attend the GMS meeting.
At the GMS you will learn:
  • How to successfully manage a Rotary Foundation grant.
  • Foundation stewardship expectations
  • How to prepare clubs to implement the memorandum of understanding
  • How to qualify your club to receive Rotary Foundation grant funds.
Global Grant Recipient Karissa Bjonstad
Please meet Karissa Bjornstad, who will be presenting on a Global Scholar’s Panel at TriCon!
Karissa is District 6250’s Global Scholar for the 2022-2023 year.  She is studying at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, completing a Master’s Degree there.  The Holmen Rotary Club is her sponsor club here in the US.  She is sharing her latest information here.
Telling Powerful Rotary Stories
We hear so much about storytelling today, but how do you start?  Click here and learn from local Rotarians who are also professional storytellers.
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Midwest PETS 2023
The 2023 Midwest President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) was vibrant, engaging, and the first step towards a successful journey ahead.  Over 400 Rotarians from 6 Rotary Districts in the Midwest gathered in Itasca, IL, on March 3-5th for a weekend of learning, inspiration, and fun.  District 6250 had 72 participants representing Club and District Leadership.  Club President Elects and Nominees spent their time learning from Rotary International experts, as well as, our very own District leaders - the Assistant Governors, Committee Chairs, and the DG team.  
The weekend was kicked off with a special visit from the Rotary International President Elect, Gordon McInally.  Gordon had a chance to speak individually to each district, as well as share his inspiring message from the main stage.  He shared his vision of hope and peace for the upcoming Rotary year.  Other speakers included, Greg Podd, Rotary Foundation Trustee, and PRIVP, Valarie Wafer.  Our plenary sessions were filled with inspiring messages from leaders across the country sharing stories about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, leadership, and mental health.  Tom Farley and John Williams closed out PETS with an uplifting message about the importance of connecting with others and creating an ensemble for success.
Friendship Exchange - Budapest 2023
Rotary Friendship Exchange to Budapest Hungary April 9 to 19, 2023.
Initial Details:
  • We're probably staying in a central Hotel in Budapest, some homestays possible.
  • 9 Rotary clubs in Budapest will be taking turns showing us the city and important historical Stories and locations. 10 maximum team members.
  • The cost will be Airfare, probably hotel, meals, and incidentals. We would coordinate the flights with the team members if possible, so if you are a bit nervous don’t be, the team will take care of you!
If you have not been on one of these they are an amazing experience of seeing the sights, experiencing local culture and making real Rotarian friends
Group Leader will be Mark Etrheim,, 608-769-7200.  Any questions, please contact me directly.
Friendship Exchange - Croatia 2023
Your very own Rotary District 6250 is known for having the most robust Rotary Friendship Exchange Program in North American … take advantage of these once in a lifetime opportunities!
Background: Currently, the Rotary Club of Beloit is the primary international sponsor on a large Rotary “Digital Literacy” Global Grant that is benefitting schools in various parts of Croatia.  The relationships Beloit has established over the past 3 years has led to this Rotary Friendship Exchange opportunity.  Members of the Rotary Club of Beloit were given first “dibs” on this exchange, however, there are several spots remaining.
What: Rotary Friendship Exchange with Rotary Clubs and Rotarians in Croatia.  Stay with local Rotarians, city and business tours, local food and drink, Rotary meetings and plenty of time for fellowship and discussion.  Prepare to be surprised by the activities and tours organized for you.  Return leg will bring Croatian Rotarians to Wisconsin in 2024.  See also:  Rotary International Website RFE Information and District 6250 Friendship Exchange Page
When: District 6250 travel to District 1913 in Croatia will be from September 7-18, 2023.  District 1913 travel to 6250 is TBD in 2024.  No visa requirements in either direction, just a passport. Keep reading for a more detailed itinerary and to learn how to sign up!
President Jennifer Jones invites you to the
2023 Rotary International Convention!
Register now for the upcoming Rotary International Conference set for Melbourne, Australia - May 27-31, 2023. Melbourne, the sparkling second city of Australia, is a vibrant hub of art, sports, and cuisine. Rotary members, participants, and supporters from around the world are invited to Imagine What's Next and explore the possibilities for Rotary's future.

Grant Management Seminar Session #3
Apr 14, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
TriCon 2023
La Crosse Convention Center
Apr 27, 2023 – Apr 29, 2023
Annual Meeting 2023
La Crosse Convention Center
Apr 28, 2023
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary 6250 | Board Meeting | May
May 10, 2023
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
RYLA 2023
Upham Woods
May 12, 2023 – May 14, 2023
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