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Bill Pritchard, Rotary 6250 District Governor Aug 04, 2020 7:15 AM
Meet the 2020-2021 District Governor
Meet the 2020-2021 District Governor
The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware… joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware
Henry Miller
For Bill Pritchard, his awareness of Rotary did not truly begin until after he had already been a Rotarian for several years.  A district governor-elect asked for a cup of coffee meeting.  During the meeting Bill was asked how many District Conferences he had been to?  Bill’s answer was none, which prompted this follow-up question:  Why would you join an organization that you obviously care enough about to attend meetings with your busy schedule, but not care enough to give even one days-worth of investigation into the ways they serve and give back to their local communities? 
Bill did not have a good answer.  So, he attended his first District Conference in 2010.  And he became AWARE… 😊
That awareness quickly grew to involvement.  Since 2010, Bill has held numerous club and district posts and responsibilities – starting with becoming a Youth Exchange Counselor in his club in 2010 (still active) and the first Ethics Committee chair for District 6250 in 2011.  He has served as the District 6250 Membership Chair, the District 6250 Youth Exchange Inbound Coordinator, and was President of the Rotary Club of La Crosse in 2014-2015.  His worth at the district level expanded to the Zone and Multi-Zone levels – serving as Curriculum Director for the 19 districts of Central States Rotary Youth Exchange as well as the Assistant Rotary Zone Coordinator for Zone 28. 
It is well known that Rotarians do not get involved for accolades (or the pay 😊), but Bill has been honored as Rotarian of the Year by both his Rotary Club (2012-2013) and District 6250 (2011-2012).  He has been recognized for his efforts in the area of Membership (2016) and in assisting with the local area Interact Clubs (2016), and most recently was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Rotary Works Foundation (2015-2016).

When not involved in a Rotary project, Bill is the Branch and Portfolio Manager for Stifel Financial.  When he can, he enjoys finding moments to chase small white golf balls around a golf club near his home in Holmen, Wisconsin when not on his boat on the Mississippi River.  Bill is blessed with two wonderful daughters, hundreds of Youth Exchange Sons and Daughters around the world, and a wife who he adores.
Dan Woll, Author Aug 11, 2020 7:15 AM
UW-Madison Campus Bombing, 50 years ago
UW-Madison Campus Bombing, 50 years ago

Dan Woll, a former School Administrator and author of Death on Cache Lake. ..a literary thriller that includes the famous bombing on the UW-Madison campus in 1970.  He is relaunching his book this summer to tie in with the 50th anniversary of this historic time.


August 2020 marks the tragic 50th anniversary of the Sterling Hall bombing on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The book Death on Cache Lake re-imagines that fateful night. 

Today, the campus bomber Leo Burt is still a fugitive and wanted by the FBI. The book gives readers a fictionalized idea of what happened to him. 

Anyone who has ever paddled a canoe on a wild river, climbed a mountain, cycled lonely country roads or sat by a roaring campfire while a loon cries on a moonlit lake will find much to love in this book.

Set in the tumultuous days of 1970 as the University of Wisconsin campus imploded after a deadly campus bombing, the book takes the reader on a dark odyssey through the lake wilds of Ontario, and the woods and small towns of Wisconsin. A fishing trip in Quetico Provincial Park turns tragic when two friends cross paths with a former acquaintance who is running for his life.

This spellbinding tale of political intrigue and conspiracy will also captivate history buffs who share the authors’ fascination with American crimes that seem solvable but remain mysteries. Caleb and John’s adrenaline-filled flight through Ontario to unravel the conspiracy and save their lives takes them on trains, hitch-hiked rides on trucks, cross-country skis, and canoes, all at a breakneck pace.

Héctor Colón, M.S., O.T., President & CEO, Author Aug 18, 2020
Incredible Journey -- From Boxing Ring to Boardroom
Incredible Journey -- From Boxing Ring to Boardroom


Growing up with poverty and racism on Milwaukee’s Southside, faith and perseverance led him to becoming an internationally acclaimed boxer, and President-CEO of Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, one of the largest non-profits in the Midwest.

There’s an old adage that says a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Sometimes the starting line begins in childhood, during very challenging times.

The Hector Colón story, detailed in the author’s memoir, From Boxing Ring to Boardroom-5 Essential Virtues for Life & Leadership (August, 2020), began in a broken home, punctuated with gang violence -the Latin Kings and Spanish Cobras were never far away. As a young Latino in Milwaukee he experienced the ever-present challenges of bullying and prejudice.

All of these experiences played a part in igniting his interest in helping others in his work today as a servant leader.

“If you want inspiration then you owe it to yourself to read Héctor Colón’s life story. From humble beginnings to a champion boxer to the boardroom. Héctor weaves a wonderful story about life’s challenges and rewards.”—Howard Behar, Retired President of the Starbucks Coffee Company

Earlier this year Colón’s leadership was recognized when Gov. Tony Evers appointed him to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

“The Héctor Colón story is one that would capture anyone’s heart. Whether a teacher or preacher, boxer or CEO, Héctor’s story is an inspiration. Despite what would seem insurmountable odds, this is a captivating story of someone who had the grit, determination, and altruism to make a difference despite growing up in poverty, a broken family, and living through the challenges arising from prejudice. —Dr. Mary Meehan, University president emerita and honorary alumna, former healthcare executive, and life fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives

Colón’s personal and professional path had an unlikely beginning ---in the boxing ring.

Héctor’s first book, “From Boxing Ring to Boardroom” is set to release in August 2020.

Vivian Probst, Author Aug 25, 2020 7:15 AM
Compelling Story -- She's Changing Up the English Language
Compelling Story -- She's Changing Up the English Language



Since 2000, Vivian Probst has been writing and publishing stories as instructed by characters who ‘show up and tell her what to do’. Previous books include her award-winning romantic comedy, Death by Roses, and her love-affirming memoir, I Was a Yo-Yo Wife…Until I Learned THIS, or as Probst likes to call it, “How to Save Your Relationship in Ten Minutes”.

Since 1984, Probst has been a national consultant to the affordable housing industry and is the President and Owner of TheoPRO Compliance & Consulting. 

Erin Sadler, Founder of The Rooted Family Sep 01, 2020 7:15 AM


There’s a better way. Growing up, parenting and living in community can be easier, more peaceful and fulfilling to our souls, brains and bodies.

Erin Sadler, founder of The Rooted Family, partners with teachers, parents and communities to make mindful self-regulation skills and brain-boosting techniques a part of everyday life. These practices increase academic potential, self-awareness and resiliency.

In addition to a masters degree in education, Erin is a certified life coach, meditation practitioner and health coach. She will help you and the kids in your life find their roots. 


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