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Brenda McBride, Director of DSAOC presented to Rotary on Monday outlining that agency's programs and to advertise the upcoming Cake Auction.  The agency has federal and state contracts to work within a 20 county North central Iowa service area providing emergency shelter for abused spouses through a large house (9 bedrooms with 20 beds) in Fort Dodge, three half-way houses in Fort Dodge, and use of hotel rooms in many communities as the need develops.  Last year the agency served 114 consumers, 90 kids.  The base program is:
  • Provide respite in a safe environment for clients to consider future options;
  • Provide education to clients for them to consider their options to returning to an abusive spouse;
  • Unfortunately, a client will choose 7-9 times to return to their spouse before finally making the decision to locate elsewhere;
  • Provide food, clothing, and other needs to clients;
  • 'Provide child advocacy and education for youth caught up in a splitting of a home;
  • Provide transportation;
  • Provide alternative housing when the decision is made to leave an abusive spouse;
  • Use safe houses and hotels under secrecy to help keep clients safe;
The agency's budget is composed of federal, state, and local fund raising.  The cake auction to be held on April 13th at the ICCC East Campus provides a community night of fun and raises significant funds for the agency.  In addition to the silent auction and cake auction this year a raffle will be held for four tickets to Disney World and a $500 cash prize.  During the meeting Brenda introduced Mary Hayes and Monica Harmon of the agency's staff.  Monica will soon be staffing a new Homicide/Other Violent Crimes Survivors Support Program in Waterloo.  This program will work primarily with children helping them to adjust to a violent situation in their family.
Rotarian Ulrich was pictured on the cover of the Tuesday "Messenger" with an article announcing excellent news for the Fort Dodge Community Schools.  This year's graduating senior class will have the  highest percentage of graduates since 2013.  Congratulations to Dr. Ulrich and the staff of FDCS.
The Second Opinion section of the Sunday "Messenger" contained an excellent article composed by Teresa Naughton showcasing how Iowa has more then 350,000 individuals with a disability and further how many of those are beginning to function within the community in jobs, etc.  LifeWorks is a critical piece of the puzzle of service to those with disabilities teachng life and ob skills.  Perhaps the toughest job is to screen applicants to determine what the person is capable of.  A Rotary Well Done Teresa.
Amy Bruno, program chair has announced that the 44th Annual Academic Achievement Banquet will be held on May 22nd beginning at 5:30 P.M. at the Starlight Best Western in Fort Dodge.  This program honors the top 10 percent of the graduating classes of Saint Edmond and Senior High.  Amy also requests that you contact her with a willingness to assist with this program.  The need is for greeters and individuals to sit with the students and their parents at the various tables. 
Monday's guests were Ben Wagner, Choral Director of Saint Edmond High School and Halle Ehn and Rene Cazares.  The trip attended to promote the upcoming musical, but please be aware that several shows have already "sold out" and tickets are going rapidly.  Go tot he Saint Edmond High School offices to get tickets.  Hallie sang "Over the Rainbow" and Rene sang "if I Only Had a Heart" from his role of the tin man.  Ben assisted with the voice of the crows given that they were required back at the school.  Thank you to Liz Stanek for arranging the wonderful presentation.
Rotarian Jerry Schnurr appeared in the Sunday "Messenger" as he participated at Saint Edmond High School discussing with students how the Judiciary works in America.  He was assisted by Iowa Supreme Court Justice Mark Cady (former Rotarian) and other local attorneys. 
Rotarian Nelson was pictured in the Monday "Messenger" showing a potential client the features of a new car during the "Messenger's" Home, Garden, and Lifestyle Show. 
Rotarian Jesse Ulrich was pictured in the Sunday "Messenger" providing a Second Opinion regarding proposed changes in school funding in which Districts would be responsible for determining whether they would provide a school nurse and librarian.  Dr. Ulrich provided a very professional analysis of the issue involved.
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 either Don Woodruff or Janet Secor, who have said they can be a fill-in alternate.)
March 25 - Teresa Naughton
April 1 - Mel Schroeder
April 8 - Rhonda Fitchett
April 15 - Cameron Nelson
April 22 -
April 29 - Michael Devine
May 6 - Cameron Nelson
May 13 -
May 20 -
May 27 - Memorial Day (No Meeting)
June 3 - Kraig Barber
June 10 - Michael Devine
June 17 -
June 24 -
Minutes and/or Financial Reports for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year have been posted to the members only section of the Website and are available for viewing by accessing the Members Only Section. 
The latest addition is from a meeting of the Club on March 11th. 
Kraig Barber passed around a copy of the latest Master Plan for Snell-Crawford Park.  The latest version incorporates some of the suggestions by Rotarians of leaving the road into the interior of the Park.  Kraig noted that within the near future the Fort Dodge Parks, Forestry, and Recreation Commission will be reviewing this issue.  A picture is included for your knowledge.
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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