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Rotary was honored on Monday to host Steve Pederson and Jill Nelson who presented the basics of the new Fort Dodge Mainstreet program.  In the early 1980s Fort Dodge was a member of the Mainstreet program, but subsequently backed-out when funds became tight during the farm crisis.  Fortunately, the City was able to reengage with the blessing of the state oversight agency, the Iowa Department of Economic Development.  On September 19th state officials will be working in Fort Dodge with local officials to host an Evening Community Convention to discuss goals, objectives, and projects.  Also, on the 19th through 21st state officials will be providing Mainstreet tutoring and training to local officials of the program.   Finally, there will be an on-line survey for those interested to address.
In summary the Federally sponsored program will provide:
  • Building design, especially in the most appropriate and cost effective means to rehabilitation;
  • Marketing assistance to business development (beginning business training and advanced assistance to existing businesses)
  • Assist the SSMID to become a "Voice for the Downtown"
  • Training in a variety of modes and avenues.
Within the near future the Mainstreet Program will:
  • Hire a Director
  • Conduct community input meetings
  • Track success and failures
The Mainstreet program will be an independent 501(c)3 organization with its own board and funds.  The SSMID will provide initial assistance and housing in cooperation with the Greater Fort Dodge Area Growth Alliance.  The program boundaries will be the same as with the SSMID.  We welcome Mainstreet back to Fort Dodge.
The Club has two major fund raiser activities each year.  The first appears on Sunday October 1st when the Applefest Run/Walk will be held.  In the coming weeks your club will be soliciting assistance in securing sponsors for the event, encouragement of runners to sign-up, and for the acquisition of volunteers to help organize the event.  Specifically, we will need volunteers to guard the various city street intersections the race route will cross.  The race begins at 3:00 P.M. and your task should be completed within one hour. 
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.
August 21 - David Fierke
August 28 - Linda Smith
September 4 - Labor Day - No Meeting
September 11 - Dave Beekman
September 18 -
September 25 -
Minutes and/or Financial Reports for the 2017 and 2018 Rotary Years have been posted to the members only section of the Website and are available for viewing by accessing the Members Only Section. 
The Fort Dodge Business Review Section of the "Messenger" included several Rotarians.  Todd McCubbins was pictured in a grand opening picture for Shiny Top Brewery.  Randy Kuhlman was also pictured with his monthly article about information from the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way.
Rotarian Steve Kersten was pictured in the Tuesday "Messenger" as he was caputured discussing the grand opening of the renovated Community Health Center. 
Jennifer Crimmins Rotarian, and program manager of Unity Point at Home was pictured in the Sunday "Messenger."  The section of Unity Point that Jennifer directs is moving to the former Hy-Vee Drugstore site just west of the Crossroads Mall.  The intent is to bring together several scattered site locations into a better coordination that will benefit the customer.
Rotarian Dave Flattery was pictured on the cover page of the Wednesday "Messenger."  The reason was the reactivation of Fort Dodge in the National Main Street Program.  Dave was part of a city delegation accepting the Main Street banner from State of Iowa coordinators.  Steve Pederson of the Main Street initiative will be the presenter to Rotary next Monday.
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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