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Sep 11, 2017
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Dec 11, 2017
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The guest of Rotary at its June 26th meeting was Toria Jones of Crisis Intervention Services.  This new program is housed at Suite 305 in the Old Boston Building in Fort Dodge and serves not only Webster County, but an approximate 15 county service area.  The program is funded by State, Federal, and local donation funding to do:  1) Provide referral and intermediate intervention services to victims of domestic and sexual assault; and 2) Provide referral and immediate intervention services to persons in Human Trafficking.  The services of this new agency coordinates very closely with the programs of DSOC (in-house services) and Teens Against Human Trafficking at Fort Dodge Senior High.  In all cases, services are free to the consumer and are confidential.
The application submitted to justify federal/state grants for the agency lists over the last year within Webster County five human trafficking occurrences and 876 clients of Domestic and Sexual Assault.  Within the 15 county service area 5,726 incidences of domestic/sexual assault.  It is believed that these numbers will be consistent, or slightly higher after the first full year of the program's implementation. 
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.
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Minutes and/or Financial Reports for the 2017 Rotary Year have been recently been posted to the members only section of the Website and are available for viewing by accessing the Members Only Section.  In addition, a very preliminary budget proposal is included which will be discussed at the next Rotary Club Meeting.
Rotarian and Superintendent Doug Van Zyl appeared on the front page of Tuesday's "Messenger."  The occasion was the summary of the recent meeting of the Fort Dodge Community Schools Board of Directors. 
Rotarian Lucas Palmer was pictured in the Sunday "Messenger" as CJ Bio has again assumed the major corporation sponsorship for the upcoming Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash. 
Rotarian Laurie Hendricks provided the monthly article on Iowa Central Community College for the "Fort Dodge Business Review."  This month's article was about the upcoming (September 16th) Homecoming activities and the accompanying Triton Hall of Fame production.
Amy Bruno appeared in the latest edition of "The Fort Dodge Business Review" as she provided the monthly update for activities of the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way.  The article dealt with ways in which the programs can help children succeed.
Rotarian Teresa Naughton received kudos in a second lead story in the "Fort Dodge Business Review."  LifeWorks Community Services fills an important niche was the title of the article.  Teresa has now led Lifeworks for over a decade. 
The cover story for this month's "Fort Dodge Business Review" was about Friendship Haven and the new programs now being offered.  Of special interest in the Memory Support Center for those with emerging and developed Alzheimer Disease. 
Rotarian Dr. Kinney was pictured on the front page of the Friday "Messenger" as part of a team of Fort Dodge officials that will travel to Gjakova, Kosovo as part of the new Sister Cities Program. 
Rotarian Steve Kersten appeared in the Wednesday "Messenger" as he attended the grand opening of the Hazardous Materials Collection Center at the Recycling Center.  Steve iss looking over the various bins to determine which he should dump his hazardous materials into.
Rotarian Dan Kinney appeared on the front page of Sunday's "Messenger" with an article announcing a $3 million gift to ICCC by the Bill Greehey Family Foundation.  The money will be applied toward the estimated $9 needed to construct a Students Support Services Center on the campus where all student support services will be located, eliminated the current scattered site distribution throughout the campus.  This action is needed to provide an enhanced service to the students of ICCC.
Roger Porter will soon become the Chief of Police for Fort Dodge.  On Monday he appeared before the Club to provide an introduction for us.  Roger is a Fort Dodge native who graduated from FDSH in 1986 and then ICCC and UNI, and then returned to the City in 1996 where he lives with wife Amy and three children.  After a post college stint in the National Guard he has been engaged in law enforcement his whole professional life.  The excellent discussion outlined his overall qualifications and goals for the department:
  • Roger began with the department in 1996 as a Patrol Officer working the night shift and "pounding the streets," the base activity for any police officer;
  • Through continual promotions through the ranks Roger became the focal point for the City's Narcotics and Regional Drug Task Force programs, which are credited with many successful operations;
  • The Department, with Roger's leadership, established a "SWAT" type team for a larger regional area named the Emergency Response Team.  Hopefully, it will not be used, but is there if needed;
  • Leadership Training is a major goal of the Chief to Be as he attended the 10 week FBI National Academy at Quantico.  This training reaches approximately 1% of world police numbers (a very elite group and program);
  • Outgoing Chief Doty has agreed to remain behind in an advisory capacity for a period of time.  Roger welcomed this gracious act by Chief Doty.  Continuity of the Department is one of Roger's major goals;
  • An immediate problem to be faced by the Chief is finding a replacement for the Assistant Chief of Police and the filling of three to four upper level retirements.  The Force is currently down several positions from its authorized 40.  Two new officers are currently at the Iowa Police Academy;
  • A heavy emphasis on training will continue into the future;
  • Body Cameras will be acquired but the funding source is uncertain.  The cameras protect both the Department, Officer, and the Public;
  • Networking opportunities will be an emphasized program for the Department.  These will include contacts with neighboring Police Departments, Neighborhood Watch Groups, A variety of local partnerships, continuation of the School Review Officers, creating of business watches, sharing of information between all possible contacts, etc.;
  • The web site will be redone;
  • Two K-9 officers are now on the force. 
Welcome Roger to his new position.
What happens when you send a High School Senior girl to a foreign country through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program - she returns as a very self-assured and much wiser young lady.  Those experiences were expressed by our outbound exchange student Caryn Dawson during Monday's Meeting.  Caryn's very appropriate slogan was:  It is not just a year in your life:  it's a life in a year.  A very appropriate phrase.
Caryn spent the last year in northern Argentina where that country borders Brazil and Paraguay.  Her experiences were world class, she became more than proficient in Spanish, and is now ready to attend ISU and progress toward a professional career.  The Rotary jacket worn by Caryn is evidence of her very busy year as it is covered by pins from various people she met and places she has seen.  She visited Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, and spent a two week bus trip from the Northern to Southern tips of Argentina.  From these experiences she would describe the experience in eight critical items:
  1. The desire to make future connections, some of which will last her whole life;
  2. Develop proficiency in Spanish sufficient to "test-out" with a minor at ISU;
  3. Secure an outsider's look at America and obtain a "global" view;
  4. Secure growth in independence and self confidence;
  5. Gain an appreciation for another culture;
  6. Experience "living in the moment:"
  7. Develop leadership and ambassadorial skills;
  8. Gain experiences through traveling that will spur the desire for more travel.
Caryn has met all of the above goals and would offer the following comments on the Argentine people:
  1. Argentinians are very open and welcoming;
  2. People south of the Equator tend to operate on a different schedule, one of early to rise, afternoon siesta, evening social gathering with dancing, and very late to bed;
  3. People can be described by an American to be quite "laid-back" but do not let this fool yourself that they are anything but.  Things get done on their schedule;
  4. The people love to have festivals and dancing;
  5. The Argentinian people are very tradition centered.
Thank you Caryn for being our latest outbound Rotary Exchange Student.  We are happy that your experiences greatly outweigh the items you sacrifices by not being with your school mates for a year.
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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