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The front cover and lead story of this month's "Fort Dodge Business Review: goes to none other than Rotarian Ross Nemitz.  The story is excellent and outlines Ross's climb from obscurity to fame.  But, we are sure that Ross would attribute much of his success to wife Deb.
Also in the current edition is the monthly article by Randy Kuhlman on the Greater Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way.
Monday's guest was Mike Biedenfeld of United Bank of Iowa who outlined a litany of things to consider/do to protect your assets from scams/identity theft/etc.   This is a growing problem for everybody as the "bad guys" are becoming more computer savvy and ingenious in devising ways to access your money.  A summary of key points follows:
  • Do not open emails from somebody you may not know.  If you suspect something place your cursor over the address and see if it is a familiar email.  Some thieves are using legal email addresses and names to deceive you;
  • Google your name and see what is on the world wide web about you.  If key items of your history such as mother's maiden name, etc., do not use those items in developing secondary challenge questions with password protection.    Be especially careful of obituary information that is associated with your search as that information must be avoided in passwords;
  • Assure that passwords are not simple four letters or numerals - use a combination of capital letters, numbers, symbols, and small letters.  Make it difficult.  Also, work with your services to use phone confirmation of significant items in your account.  Credit cards and banks are becoming very good in this regard;
  • Consider contracting for a web scrambler to disguise your information when you search on the web;
  • On April 25th from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. United Bank of Iowa will be providing free services of a heavy duty shredding service.  This is a good chance to remove old files from your home;
  • Back-up computer files regularly and do not save the back-ups in the same facility as your computer;
  • Look for data skimmers whenever you use your Credit Card and/or debit card.  If something is suspicious contact the merchant;
  • On financial accounts work with your bank/credit card to set use parameters for which you will receive notification;
  • Computers need both antivirus and anti-pfishing software.  Do not go onto the web without it;
  • Do not save your passwords on your computer.  It is easy and convenient for computers to ask if you want to save your password - do not do so;
  • New schemes are the Secret Shopper; please cash a check to gain money for both you and the criminal, Facebook Dating services, contracting to advertise on your car.
Rotary was honored to have as our guest Gale McKinney of the Iowa Outdoors Store and Hardware Hank.  What Gale began his presentation with is that his company has been the publisher of several well known outdoor magazines (including Iowa Sportsman) for many years.  He is one of about 7-9 publishers in Fort Dodge.  From the publishing business it became natural for his business to expand to include one of the largest sales outlet of outdoor equipment in Northcentral Iowa.  Gale began with a very interesting overview of current gun purchase law as follows:
  • You need a permit to purchase and carry a handgun beginning with completion of a 4473 application and approval by the County Sheriff.  Once this step is complete and you have answered the 13 simple questions and a permit has been issued by the Sheriff Gale can sell you a handgun;
  • If you are over 18 one can purchase a Long Gun with no background check, including an AR15.  The AR stands for Army Lite, and is a semi-automatic as contrasted to the Tommy Gun and Browning Automatic Rifle, which are banned from private ownership.  The debate is whether the near automatic capability of the AR15 should also be banned. 
  • There are 1,200 licensed gun dealers in Iowa, but most sell from their cars.  Many use gun shows for their sales, which eliminates the payment of taxes.
  • There is no national data base of who owns a gun.  What exists is a county registry of gun permits issued, and a dealer inventory (most often hand written logs) of gun sales. 
  • Gun shows have a gun sale loophole as no 4473 forms are required.  Also, the registry is not kept.  This is the major loophole that Congress is working to potentially close, among others.
Within the last month the Iowa Outdoor Store was restructured by moving the archery range to a new building and in its place opening a Hardware Hank.  In making this decision Gale touted the need for small businesses (who provide 65% of all sales).  Small businesses return the greatest "bang for the dollar" to their local communities.  However, he provided the following cautions:
  • Before starting a new business carefully assess the location and need for the product(s) being sold.  In his case it would make no sense to place a hardware store on 5th Avenue South close to Menards.  As an example, West Fort Dodge has people who would choose a local sales option to driving across town for a small need. 
  • The option chosen of incorporating a Hardware Hank with the current outdoor business and also partnered informally with JRG and their products makes a northwest intersection collection of businesses that can survive provided they:
    • The businesses must be service oriented beginning with a clerk that can greet the customer and help direct them to the aisle containing their needs.  Also, the clerks must be knowledgeable of the most often cited needs and suggestions of products and how to install the items.
    • The business must provide repair services, beginning and ending with pick-up and delivery of larger items.
    • Provide hurried customers with the ability of a quick entry and quick out.
    • Help with special projects and unique products.
Amy Bruno announced that the current year's Scholarship Appreciation Dinner honoring the top 10% of graduating seniors from Fort Dodge Senior High and Saint Edmond High School will be held on May 9th beginning at 5:30 P.M. at the Starlite Best Western.  Please consider helping Amy and Randy to coordinate this award program for our outstanding scholars.   This event has been the domain of Rotary for 43 years and is an event that is very much appreciated by the scholars and their parents/guardians.
The following have volunteered to provide the weekly invocation as our meetings start.  If you are unable to make your assigned schedule please contact a substitute that will then check-in with the President prior to the meeting. (Also please note that you can call Don Woodruff, who said he can be a fill-in permanent alternate.)
April 23 - Laurie Hendricks
April 30 - Brandon Hauck
May 7 - Ross Nemitz
May 14 -
May 21 -
May 28 - John Daniel
Rotarian Ann Lenox appeared in picture in the Tuesday "Messenger" with an article covering the open house for the new Williams Bend Housing Development.  Ann is pictured with a counterpart from another financial institution in Fort Dodge.  Are they comparing rates for CDs????
Rotarian Laurie Hendricks appeared in the Second Opinion section of the Sunday "Messenger" with a very good article outlining how the united forces of ICCC and Unitty Point Health cooperated to provide a "state of the art" nurses training center to Fort Dodge.  This successful program also included donations from a wide variety of sources, including contributions from Rotary clubs in the local area. 
Minutes and/or Financial Reports for the 2018 Rotary Year have been posted to the members only section of the Website and are available for viewing by accessing the Members Only Section. 
Rotary is a service organization comprised of community leaders of various professions dedicated to humanitarian causes locally and throughout the world.  The club budgets funds annually for a variety of local causes that may be made available for requests made throughout the year for which the Board of Directors may want to support.  To make application for funds please use the following application format found over two sections of this applet.  When completed please scan your application narrative and send to Fort Dodge Rotary, Box 935, Fort Dodge, Iowa  50501 .  The first page of the application appears below and the second is found by clicking on the "read more" applet. 
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