Charles Clayton
Sep 28, 2020
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Cameron Nelson, President
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Jennie Zwagerman, Director of the Agricultural Law Center & Assistant Professor of Law at Drake University, spoke to the group on the effects of COVID-19 and the Derecho on Iowa’s agriculture industry.  Zwagerman stated that farmers have had a several tough years.  Crop prices are low, ethanol production is down, trade troubles with China and Mexico have put farmers in financial bind.  Coronavirus and the recent derecho compounded the issue.
The August derecho damaged approximately  43-50% of the farm land in Iowa.   The timing of the event could not have been worse. Crops in August are nearing maturity and will not “bounce back” like the would have in spring or early summer.  The derecho also damaged silos, grain bins and elevators across the state reducing storage capacity by approximately 57 million bushels.  This will negatively affect a farmers’ bottom line. With less grain storage available, farmers will be forced to sell at a lower price or look at shipping grain out of state.
Behind the health care industry,  the agriculture industry has the most “essential” workers during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Zwagerman stated that, as an industry, the coronavirus exposed a number of things that need to be improved, especially worker safety and food safety at the retail level.  The impact of coronavirus on farmers can be seen through a reduced demand for their products and the cancellation or modification of their contracts.  Pork producers have been hit hardest due to the pork production cycle.  Transportation costs and the shut down of railroads have also had a major impact on the ag. industry.  Zwagerman reported that while stimulus payments are helping; everyone in agriculture is suffering and the future is uncertain for all. 
For more information contact: jennifer.zwagerman@drake.edu
Rotarian Amy Bruno appeared in the September edition of the "Fort Dodge Business Connection" insert to the "Messenger."  Her appearance accompanied information regarding the area's new United Way Fund Drive and listed many of the charities where the money will be used.  As always there are more needs than money and all contributions are welcomed to this annual event.
Rotarian Dr. Maggio was pictured in the Tuesday edition of the 'Messenger" in response to his presentation before a Council Subcommittee on Monday night.  Dr. Maggio and Kraig Barber spoke for keeping the park road fjord over Soldier Creek open as part of the proposed Master Plan for Snell-Crawford Park.  The Council will vote in approximately two weeks on which option to pursue, or leave both options (creek crossing or road termination prior to the interior creek crossing) within the master plan.  Rotarians are urged to transmit their opinions to your councilperson.
Kevin Astor, Fort Dodge Community Schools Activities Director, spoke to the club about the mitigation strategies put in place to keep students safe while participating in school activities.  He reported that every student is being screened prior to participation each day.  Screenings include questions and a temperature check; results are track via an app.  Coaches and teachers have restructured practices to decrease close contact, with the goal to limit it to 15 minutes at a time and students are encouraged to use face coverings when not participating directly in their activity or sport.  Use of the locker rooms have also been limited as an approach to protect students. 
Overall, efforts have been successful.  Equipment and surfaces are being sanitized often and masks have been provided for students which has been added, but necessary cost.  Conversely, gate revenues are lower due to the reduced attendance at events.  Astor provided updates on the following groups:
  • Band, Cheerleaders, Color Guard, Football - each participant receives 3 tickets to the game.  Maximum tickets per game is 2000.  Tickets are available on a first come/first served basis to the public
  • Swimming - parents only.  Some school pool's seating is limited so no audience is allowed
  • Volleyball - each player is provided two admission tickets.
  • Chorus - students are physically distancing and using special singing masks - singing outside whether permitting.
  • Dramatic Arts - students are trying out for the play virtually.  An outdoor venue is being considered for performances.
Minutes and/or Financial Reports for the 2020-2021 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:
  • Minutes for the August 24th  Meeting of the Board of Directors
  • Financial Reports for Month Ending July 31st 2020
  • Proposed Budget for Rotary Year July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021
The following are tentatively identified as the key person each month that will schedule club meetings for that month.  Please contact the appropriate person to ask for a program to be scheduled.
July - Cameron Nelson
August - Cheryl O'Hern
September - Rhonda Fitchett
October - Cameron Nelson
November - Amy Bruno
December - David Fierke
January -  David Fierke
February - Kraig Barber
March - Elizabeth Stanek
April - Michael Devine
May - Teresa Naughton
June - David Fierke
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, complete the application online by clicking HERE.
Fort Dodge Noon Rotary Club Grant Guidelines
Mission: Rotary is a service organization comprised of community leaders of various professions dedicated to humanitarian causes locally and throughout the world. Simply put, Rotary is an organization that is out to do "good" in the world. 
Vision: It is incumbent upon the Fort Dodge Noon Rotary Club and its Board of Directors to be good stewards of available resources.  The club budgets dollars annually.  The budget may fund identified programs.  The club also has a small “Special Fund” available for requests made throughout the year for unbudgeted causes, which the club and Board may want to support. 
Eligibility for the Special Fund:  Grants must have the support of one or more members of the Fort Dodge Noon Rotary Club. Funds are granted in support of humanitarian causes.  Causes may relate to youth, poverty prevention/intervention, community betterment, health care, human services, and more.  There are many, many good causes.  There are also limited dollars.  Grant awards will not exceed the dollars available in the special fund.   Preference may be given to one-time projects or to programs that are deemed to have sustainability.  For example, grants may be given to a building projects to provide some seed money to start an educational program that the schools will fund in the long term.  Collaboration with other funding sources is encouraged.
Process: A Fort Dodge Noon Rotary Grant Application must be completed for consideration utilizing the on-line application form.   
  • Once received, the Club President will present the Grant Application to the Board at the next regular Board meeting.  The President will also communicate the balance of the Special Fund.
  • The Board will consider the Grant Application and vote on the request, deciding one of three outcomes:
    • The request will be fully funded
    • The request will be partially funded
    • The request will not be funded.
  • The Club President will communicate the decision with the grant requestor. 
  • If dollars are to be awarded, the Grant Application, with approval note, will be given to the Club Treasurer to pay and the treasurer will cut a check.  
Your Rotary Club provides an easy way for you to contribute to the Rotary Foundation, the major financial arm of Rotary that does Polio Plus and Foundation Grants.   The program permits you to ask the Treasurer to add an amount each quarter to your quarterly dues statement as a contribution to the R.I. Foundation.  The Treasurer then collects these amounts and writes a joint check to the Foundation for all funds contributed by members.  If you are interested please complete the following form and provide to Treasurer John Nielsen.