The Coolest Rotary Club in the World!
Zor Shrine Place
Madison, WI 57319
United States


Speaker Intro
Outstanding Speakers
Every Meeting


District Governor
Sep 20, 2019
Edwin Bos

Our new District Governor will talk about all things Rotary.  He'll be updating us on changes and initiatives to keep Rotary growing and vital.

Healthy Household Air
Sep 27, 2019 12:12 PM
Mark Marchillo
Exchange Students
Oct 04, 2019 12:12 PM
Donna Brendemuehl and Connie Smith
Rotary At Work!!
Oct 11, 2019 12:12 PM
Dawn Frank

Speaker/Program Coordinator

To schedule programs and/or speakers, please contact:
Jim Olmsted
                    Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Club
                                      At Work in the World
What is the Orphan Train Project?
The Orphan Train Project is made possible by the Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation, Inc.  It seeks to assist children living in foreign orphanages in a variety of ways, and has been doing so for twenty-two years.  Over the past two decades, more than fifty children’s homes, in ten different countries, have been helped. Some of the assistance has been for a number of years. However, help has sometimes been given once, with a single goal in mind.
                            Children of TLC Orphanage, South Africa
The Orphan Train Project matches foreign orphanages to service clubs, schools, businesses, churches, other organizations and individuals, in hopes of forming an ongoing relationship. Groups or individual donors, who climb aboard the Orphan Train, are referred to as “conductors.” An Orphan Train Conductor receives (a) a profile of their orphanage; (b) a list of current needs and approximate costs and (c) the attention of an Orphan Train Intermediary, usually in the other country, who typically handles translations, transfer of funds, and receipting, with an accounting and photographs. 
Each year, working with Mooseheart, the famed “Child City and School,” in Illinois, the Orphan Train Project sponsors one or more “Glenn Koepp Scholars,” who are brought to the States for multiple days of training at Mooseheart, followed by several days in Wisconsin. To date, these scholars have come from Bulgaria, Romania, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Granada, India, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda and India. In Wisconsin, the visitors are shown other models of childcare and given opportunities to present their orphanage to various audiences. Approximately forty people have attended classes at Mooseheart, and more than double that number have participated in three-day seminars held in overseas locations. To date, these overseas educational opportunities have been held in Tanzania, Bulgaria and Romania.
Travel with a Purpose
Many conductor groups have traveled abroad to visit “heir” orphanages and to volunteer on site.
Assistance Given by Conductors
Aid by Conductors has included a regular supply of milk to a home that lasted several years, scholarships, vision screening, livestock, a solar system, a staircase, books, an electrical system upgrade, washing machines, fencing, security items, clothing, shoes, medicines, mattresses, furniture, computers, seeds, entertainment systems, sporting goods, a sponsored art competition, etc.
If you wish to learn more about the Orphan Train Project, schedule a speaker or get involved, contact Ed Fink (Chair) at or 608-833-1134.
Those simply wishing to donate to the Foundation should make their checks payable to the Madison West Towne-Middleton Rotary Foundation, Inc. (Note on the memo line of the check “Suggested Orphan Project.”) Checks should be mailed to the Foundation at P.O. Box 620312, Middleton, WI 53562-0312 (Attn. Orphan Train Project).

Established as a Rotary Structured Program in 1971, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA is being held this year from May 17-19 at Camp Upham Woods in Wisconsin Dells. The Rotary District 6250 RYLA program is a camp designed to build future leaders and Rotarians who exemplify the four-way test. If you know a high school sophomore who would benefit from leadership training, please refer them to RYLA!!  Please contact Mary Van Hout at for more information.
Welcome Ludovica
          Our Newest Exchange
           Student Has Arrived
On August 8, Ludovica from Italy was greeted at Dane County airport by her host families and Youth Exchange Counselor Connie Smith and Youth Exchange Office Donna Brendmeuhl.


Rotary Youth Exchange

Exchange Programs - Inbound & Outbound
  • One year coincides with school year
  • Students live with three families typically
  • Opportunity to learn a new culture and language, to be an ambassador & to make friends for a lifetime
  • It's a year of adventure
  • Rotary District 6250 sends and receives students to/from 40 countries
  • RYE plays an important role in world peace & understanding. Once you have experienced another culture, judgment of others & their culture diminishes
"If every 17 year old were a youth exchange student, we would have no wars." Karl-Wilhelm Stenhammer, RI Past President
  • Youth Exchange Officer (YEO) Focus on administration & finding/orienting host families
  • Youth Exchange Counselor (YEC) Focus on student's interaction with families, school & Club
  • Youth Protection Officer (YPO) Focus on student's wellbeing
Candidates For The Program
  • Not YOUNGER than 15.5 on August 1
  • Not OLDER than 18.5 on August 1
  • A minimum 2.75 GPA or student ranking in top 50% of class
Ways Club Members Can Help/Participate
  • Host a student
  • Transportation to meetings, events, etc.
  • Include student in your plans
  • Invite to dinner
Rotary District 6250, as part of the Central States Rotary Youth Exchange program, sends and receives students to/from 40 countries:
Donna Brendemuehl
Club Youth Exchange Officer
Connie Smith
Club Youth Exchange Counselor
(C) 608-719-9411
Mick Faulhaber
Youth Protection Officer