Will Harris, Rotary World Peace Fellowship alumnus, enlightened us on Capital for Communities Fund (WCCN). Will studied in Nicaragua for two years while working on his masters degree in international relations and peace studies. He traveled Latin America interviewing bank presidents about micro-financing.

Upon returning to Madison, will got involved in a non-profit group started in 1984: Capital For Communities Fund. They find investors willing to make Latin America "micro finance" small business loans to someone who has nothing. This gives working poor people a chance to build a business. It's turned out to be a "panacea for poverty alleviation." 400 USA investors --- individuals, religious organizations and foundations --- give loans to women and men in six Latin American countries.

Many businesses are run out of the home, so a loan could buy new, energy efficient stove to bake more tortillas and eliminate smoke danger for the inhabitants.

Investors earn interest rates from zero to 4.25% and make a positive impact!


We were treated to a stirring presentation by our DG on reasons why we should be proud to be Rotarians -- Rotary’s impact around the world, its partnerships with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on PolioPlus, the UN’s reliance on Rotary advice, and RI’s ongoing commitment to match local Clubs’ grants to maximize impact. He encouraged us to tell the Rotary story to more people, to give our neighbors a chance to pay back the community. Too many people don’t know about Rotary. Our District is filled with potential Rotarians if they hear our story. He also told us of the TriCon 2018 Conference in the Dells May 4-6, 2018. There will also be a District Summit on Oct 7, 2017:

Rotarians are people of action and on Saturday, October 7 from 9 am – noon, you and your club’s leaders are invited to join members from across our district at our third annual One Rotary Summit.  This event will provide an opportunity to share and receive useful information relating to Public ImageMembershipFund Raising and our Rotary Foundation that may be exactly what your club needs to reinvigorate itself to become even more impactful within your community and throughout the world.

For more information please contact District Governor Elect, Bill Hoel at hoelb@centurytel.net  or the District office at rotarydistrict6250@morgandata.com or 608-204-9835

To Register Click Here

The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotarians (including spouse or significant other) the opportunity to host and visit Rotarians around the world. In addition to experiencing other cultures and making lasting friendships, an exchange provides a strong foundation for carrying out other international activities and service projects.
The primary goal of a Friendship Exchange is to build greater international understanding and goodwill. In addition, exchange participants can learn how their vocations are practiced in other parts of the world, observe new customs and cultures, and promote an appreciation of cultural diversity worldwide.
Rotary District 6250 
Friendship Exchange
Upcoming trip November 2017 Peru

David Clemens
District Friendship Exchange Chairman
Contact information
Email drdave@dellsdental.net
Cell phone 608-408-8941

The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.

The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.

The announcement came on 15 November, known to industry professionals since the 1980s as National Philanthropy Day. The award was presented 2 May at the AFP’s annual conference.

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair-elect Paul Netzel accepted the award on Rotary’s behalf, and Eric Schmelling, Rotary's chief philanthropy officer, also attended the conference. The event drew more than 3,400 senior-level fundraising professionals from 33 countries.

“In our Centennial year, we are deeply honored to receive this recognition from the Association of Fundraising Professionals,” said Netzel.

AFP’s committee of judges cited Rotary’s comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as a major driver of the selection.

“With the generous support of our members and partners, we’ve taken on some of the toughest humanitarian challenges in the world, none more so than the devastating disease of polio,” said Netzel. “We will defeat polio, and it will be a landmark achievement for global public health.”

The committee also mentioned that Rotary applies a methodical, purposeful approach to support a wide variety of causes, from providing clean water to educating the next generation of peace professionals.

“This award helps to spread our belief that service to humankind truly changes our world, and for that reason, it is the greatest work of life,” said Netzel.

Rotary News   15-Nov-2016    Photo Credit: Rotary International/Alyce Henson


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Alicja (Al-Les-ya) Inbound Rotary Exchange Student From Poland

Posted by Connie Smith

The welcoming committee at Dane County airport.

Her name is Alicja (Al-Les-ya) Kaznica.  She is from Bydgoszcz, Kuyavian-Pomeranian,  Poland.  She is 18 years old.  She is Catholic and does not like cheese.  She has a 15 year old sister.  She arrived here late on August 29.  She will be attending James Madison Memorial High School instead of Middleton High School as previously posted.  She will stay with three different host families during her stay in the USA.

We will learn more about her along the way!

What is Rotary Youth Exchange?
  • Opportunity to learn a new culture and language
  • Opportunity to be an ambassador
  • Opportunity to make friends for a lifetime
  • It’s a year of adventure
Rotary District 6250, as part of the Central States Rotary Youth Exchange program, sends and receives students to/from 40 countries:
South Korea
+ many more
(List is subject to change)