Purple ink on the pinkie finger tells both volunteers and the child’s neighborhood that one more person is safe from the horror of polio.

It is more than a way to identify who has been immunized. It is a symbol of defiance against a crippling disease and a symbol of hope for a polio-free world. No one is safe until all are safe. End Polio Now. Polio has been reduced by 99%. We are closer than ever to ending this crippling disease forever. For as little as 60 cents, a child can be vaccinated against polio for life.


WORLD POLIO DAY Awareness Event

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 4 pm to 6 pm

Madison State Capitol Steps

Rotary District 6250 will host an event at the Madison Capitol from 4 pm to 6 pm. We will be meeting at the State Street side of the Capitol to create awareness of Rotary’s impact on the eradication of Polio. 

Rotary members in Wisconsin are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds, and support to end polio – a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

Come join us! Contact Mary Van Hout at maryevanhout@gmail.com 

Mike Edlinger told us about some unique uses for dogs. Taking the animals from shelters, the Working Dogs for Conservation train them for all sorts of unusual tasks: helping locate rare wild animals to protect them from poachers, assisting in identifying poachers in Zambia by uncovering ivory and weapons, monitoring population of animals in the wild through their scat, helping determine the impact of infrastructure projects on local animal populations, and spotting invasive plant colonies. Their sense of smell is extraordinary, they enjoy the work, and they avoid potential euthanization. The organization was founded and is headquartered in Bozeman, Montana. Their highly-trained dogs have worked on five continents in dozens of projects.


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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Sarah Ornst Bloomquist CFLE, CLC
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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!


Alicja Kaznica, Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student

L to R: Tony Burns, President, Connie Smith, Youth Exchange Officer, Alicja Kaznica, Rotary Youth Exchange Student, and Dan Fose, Youth Exchange Counselor.

Alicja and Kathy Siebert, visiting from Madison South Rotary Club enjoying lunch.

Alicja Kaznica is from Bydgoszcz, Kuyavian-Pomeranian,  Poland.

Alicja is our Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student and she was welcomed at our Club meeting. 


What is Rotary Youth Exchange?

We are looking for new Rotary Youth Exchange Outbounds for going abroad next year.  

Not YOUNGER than 15.5 on August 1, 2018
Not OLDER than 18.5 on August 1, 2018
A minimum of 2.75 GPA or student ranking in the top 50% of class
Rotary Youth Exchange is
  • 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
Plus much more
List is subject to change
Toni Pabon
District Youth Exchange Information Coordinator & Registrar
Rotary Club of Sun Prairie