Changemakers Rotary Club

September bonus issue
Hi all,
There were so many articles last time I couldn't fit them all into the September newsletter.  Here are a few more that we didn't have room for, or came in since then.
Don't forget our club meeting at 7:30 am on October 6th. Keep a lookout for a short article explaining the October social and suggested (optional) prep.
Enjoy the last remains of summer,

Corn Hole Challenge
Madison Breakfast Rotary Club would like to invite you to our Cornhole Challenge fundraiser to benefit our ongoing service projects supporting literacy and youth. This fun and free event on Saturday, September 30 from 11-3 at Wisconsin Brewing Co. in Verona will include a Cornhole competition (with prizes for the top 3 teams), live music by Dig Deep, food, beer and soft drinks for purchase, and a 50:50 raffle. Competition in the Cornhole Challenge is not required to attend, but we do have openings left for teams of two, so we would love to have some of you sign up. The QR code on the attached flyer will take you to the website where you can register (or go to The registration fee is $35/team. 

Memorials for Cheryl
Cheryl is dearly missed, it's impossible to forget someone who gave so much.
Anyone interested in making a donation in memory of Cheryl can do so through the District 6250 Foundation.  The funds are tax deductible, and will be used toward our next service project, a cause which Cheryl was deeply involved with.
Click on Donate Now, and then select Cheryl Mader Memorial - Changemakers.
By Check:
Rotary District 6250 Foundation
(memo Cheryl Mader Memorial -Changemakers )
c/o Treasurer Val Schroeder
1723 Chadbourne Ave
Madison, WI  53726

World Polio Day 23.10.24
Rotary is an international community that brings together leaders who step up to take on the world’s toughest challenges, locally and globally. The eradication of polio is one of our longest standing and most significant efforts. Along with our partners, we have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. We have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide and we won't stop until we end the disease for good.
Polio is a debilitating disease that causes paralysis and death in children aged 5 and under. There is no cure. But vaccination can and does stop this disease from maintaining its foothold. It will be only the second time in human history that we eradicate a disease from the face of the earth.
Currently, only 7 cases of wild polio exist in the world - 5 in Afghanistan and 2 in Pakistan. In 1985, Rotary promised the children of the world we would eradicate this disease. We are so close and need to see this promise through.
October 24, 2023 is Rotary’s annual World Polio Day. It’s a reminder that working together as Rotarians and with our international partners, we can change the world to be a more peaceful and healthier place to live. Please do what you can to help us keep the promise to eradicate polio.
  • All donations are matched $2:$1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Changemakers is offering a special incentive: Donate any amount by October 31 and receive 100 Paul Harris Recognition Points. 
  • Polio Plus Society recognition for donating $100 or more during the year.
Get Involved & Create Awareness:           #EndPolioNow  #WorldPolioDay              
Thank you for participating in Rotary’s World Polio Day!

Prairie Enthusiasts Seed Harvest
Time to Harvest Prairie Seed!
Looking to start your seed-collecting journey? Now is the time! Work party leaders are eager to have you join and pass along this valuable skill. 
Collecting prairie seed is one of the most pleasurable and accessible volunteer activities. You make a considerable impact on restoration work with no previous training required while enjoying mild temperatures. Our chapters have several upcoming opportunities to join in on this rewarding activity.
Upcoming Seed Collecting Work Parties 


Saturday, September 30 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon 

Lulu Lake State Natural Area 



Saturday, October 1 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.   

Schurch-Thomson Prairie 

There are even more opportunities within this chapter! Check out our events calendar!  


Prairie Bluff 

Wednesday, October 11  

York Prairie State Natural Area 

Coulee Region 

Specifics are still being determined, but volunteers will start collecting mid-October through November. Updates will come through chapter emails soon. Not receiving Coulee Region Chapter emails? Send us a message!  

Other Exciting Events


Saturday, September 30 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon 

Field Trip: Wildlife, Unique Soils & Geology  

Join us at Weaver Dunes Scientific and Natural Area in Wabasha County for an early fall walk through a unique sand prairie. 



Saturday, October 1 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Is Green Burial For You? 

With the interest in green burial growing across the country, we are excited to invite everyone to a presentation and an exploration of the Driftless Area’s very own certified green burial cemetery.  



Saturday, October 7 – 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Snakes & Stewardship 

ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT! We will learn about snakes native to Wisconsin and how to manage and monitor snake populations on your properties. We also will have a chance to get up close and personal with some of Dr. Rebecca Christoffel’s live snakes. 



Sunday, October 8 – 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

Chapter Meeting with The Prairie Enthusiasts President, Jim Rogala 

Enjoy a drink, snacks and conversation about the organization's initiatives and direction. All chapter members who want to learn more about The Prairie Enthusiasts and the chapter are welcome to attend.  



Saturday, October 14 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Brush Cutting Work Party 

There isn’t much seed to collect in the area due to the drought, so we’re doing brush work instead. 

Our Contact Information
The Prairie Enthusiasts
P.O. Box 824
Viroqua, WI 54665
(608) 676-0985

Tour to India around 2024 Rotary International

Ride for Rotary in India - January 2024

Dear Rotarian,

Greetings from RID 3181!

As you might be aware, RID 3181 organizes an International Motorcycle Ride / Drive event - Ride for Rotary, in India. The aim of the event is to promote International fellowship and exchange of Rotary views.

The last 7 editions of the event have been an overwhelming success. More than 150 participants from 18 different countries have attended the event and have had wonderful experiences to take back home.

The proceeds from this event go to The Rotary Foundation. We have contributed close to $150,000 to TRF from the last 7 editions.

This year’s event will be held from 5th to 20th January, 2024. The 15 days event will start-off from Udaipur (India) and can either be a motorcycle ride, or a four wheeler drive.

The ride will cover multiple Rotary Districts and many Rotary Clubs. Route map will be - Udaipur - Ahmedabad - Statue of Unity - Surat - Nashik - Pune - Kolhapur - Goa - Mysore

Below are the Event Highlights:

  • "Ride for Rotary" is an event involving motorcycle riding and four-wheeler driving across India.
  • This initiative is organized by Rotary District 3181 to support and strengthen The Rotary Foundation while celebrating Rotary Fellowship.
  • The journey will encompass visits to various Rotary Clubs, insights into Rotary Projects, enjoyable fellowships, and opportunities to meet new people.
  • Participants will have the chance to experience diverse cultures, cuisines, and lifestyles along the route.
  • Cultural activities and a Gala Dinner will be featured throughout the journey.
  • Accommodation will be provided in 3-star hotels or higher.
  • The meticulously planned route will showcase diverse landscapes, including palaces, beaches, hill stations, temples, and churches, covering approximately 1600 km across 5 Indian states.
  • The ride will be supported by medical staff, helpers, mechanics, and support vehicles.
  • A MiniBus will transport participants' luggage.
  • The bike and four-wheeler convoy will be under the guidance of experienced crew members.
  • Participant food and accommodation will be covered only from January 5th to January 20th, 2023 (from 12 noon to 12 noon). Anything before or after these dates must be arranged by participants.

Participation Fee ( Early Bird):

  • For Individual: 3500 USD + 18% Tax
  • For Couple: 5500 USD + 18% Tax
  • Participation Fee includes:
  • For Motorcycle: Food, Stay, Riding gears, Motorcycle with fuel, Flight Ticket (From Goa to Mysore)
  • For 4 Wheeler: Food, Stay, Vehicle with fuel, Flight Ticket (From Goa to Mysore)

We request you to register for this event and make the event a greater success. Please visit our website: for more details

September 30, 2023 will be the last date for Ealry Bird Offer.


Team Ride for Rotary 8

Volunteer Opportunity LCEC Food Pantry
Title:  LCEC Food Pantry
When: Recurring - Second Saturday of the month from 10:30-12:30 
Where: 55 N. Gammon, Madison
Contact: Brad Matthiesen    608-469-9555
Description:  We should be there by 10:30 a.m., and our shift ends at 12:30 pm.  The food pantry is now providing in-person shopping.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you can make it, and I’ll confirm with you.  
Changemakers Rotary Club
Oct 06, 2023
Budapest Friendship Exchange
Nov 03, 2023
Rotary Foundation Month
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Club Meeting
Oct 06, 2023
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Board Meeting
Oct 10, 2023
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Happy Hour Social Time
Oct 19, 2023
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2023
Service Project Committee
Oct 31, 2023
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Club Meeting
Nov 03, 2023
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
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