Amy Bruno and Randy Kuhlman
Nov 20, 2017
United Way Issues and Valuable Programs
John Bruner and Roger Porter
Nov 27, 2017
Ann Meyer - Unity Point/ICCC Simulation Lab
Dec 04, 2017
Out of Willow Ridge and at Unity Point - Second Floor, Room 3
Monthly Board Meeting
Dec 11, 2017
Saint Edmond Choir
Dec 18, 2017
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Monday's program was provided by Officer Paul Samuelson and Ozzie (a four-legged officer of the K-9 Program).  Ozzie was born in Poland (answers the Polish language commands he was responding to) and received his early training there.  At approximately 10 months old Ozzie was purchased for $6,500 and assigned to officer Paul Samuelson of the Fort Dodge Police Department.  Since then Paul and Ozzie have developed as a team to help protect the citizens of the city.  Ozzie is a Passive Police Dog and is one more tool in Paul's arsenal to complete his job.   Five tasks that Ozzie can do are:
  • A well qualified ability to sniff-out drugs;
  • Help in tracking down suspects;
  • Assistance to help protect the officer when he/she comes under attack by a suspect;
  • Search of buildings when alarms sound;
  • Agency P.R., especially with school age children.
Officer Samuelson and Ozzie demonstrated the above abilities during the meeting.  Officer Samuelson has been in police work for over 20 years, many of them in cooperation with a police dog.  The police dog is assigned to an officer who then assumes control, training, and use on an intensive basis.  Ozzie is one of two service dogs now being used in fort Dodge.  A service dog will generally perform from age two until retirement near nine years of age.
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.
November 20 - Elizabeth Stanek
November 27 - Kraig Barber
December 4 - Dave Beekman
December 11 - Gary LeValley
December 18 - Amy Bruno
December 25 - Christmas Day - No Meeting
January 1 - No Meeting
Minutes and/or Financial Reports for the 2017 and 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. 
Now that a substantial part of the state and local financial incentives have been granted by permitting agencies (State of Iowa, Webster County, and ICCC) it is hoped that CJ Bio's proposed $81 million expansion will proceed shortly.  CJ proposed to construct a second product line at its current West Fort Dodge location as announced in the "Messenger" article quoting Site Manager and Rotarian Luke Palmer.
Rotarian Dan Kinney appeared on the front page of Saturday's "Messenger" with an article outlining the intent by the Jefferson (Green County Schools) to incorporate a Career Academy in a proposed new high school.  The Career Academy concept was first started in Eagle Grove to tremendous success as another way that ICCC strives to better help the area and its economic vitality
The monthly edition of the "Fort Dodge Business Review" section of "The Messenger" contained twos Rotarians in featured articles.  Laurie Hendricks provided the ICCC update stressing the value of the two-year education and a connection to the Iowa workforce.  Statistics highlight that over 81% of the graduates of Iowa's Junior Colleges end up staying in Iowa.  ICCC is very aware with working with area industries to help provide a "qualified" workforce.  Randy provided his monthly update on the activities of the United Way as it attempts to "come to grips" with the vast community needs of programs that work with kids and low income residents.
Rotarian Kinney appeared on the cover page of the Wednesday "Messenger" with an article announcing that ICCC will ask the voters of its nine county area to approve a $25.5 million bond issue.  The funds will be used at all four sites within the College's trade area to make improvements to continue a commitment to excellence for the economics of the area.
Rotarian Dan Kinney appeared on the cover of the Tuesday "Messenger" with an article about Samir Zajmi, a visitor from Kosovo who has worked in reestablishing art within the country.  Samir was in Fort Dodge as part of the cultural exchange between Iowa and Kosovo, where Dr. Kinney visited with an exchange group late this past summer. 
Two Rotarians appeared in the same article on the front page of the Sunday "Messenger" announcing the proposal to develop a new corporation in Fort Dodge.  The new Corporation (Webster County Wellness and Cultural Authority) will be formed by Fort Dodge and Webster County to build and manage the proposed Wellness/Cultural enter as a component to, but not part of the renovation of the Warden Plaza.  This announcement is good news for the long-term economic and social vitality for the area. 
Rotarian Rick Hamelund has returned from his late summer Hurricane Relief Effort and appeared in the Saturday edition of "The Messenger" announcing the beginning of the "Red Kettle" initiative of the Salvation Army.  This effort provides much of the organization's operating budget and is very important to many people.  Rotarians will be helping with the "Red Kettles" one Saturday in early December. 
Friday's front page "Messenger" honors go to Rotarian Luke Palmer of CJ Bio.  His company has announced that depending upon a cornucopia of federal, state, and local incentives may be adding a major expansion to their current facility. 
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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