Club Assembly
Aug 26, 2019
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A very funny video about Rotary and the need to continually let the public know about us.
Copy and paste the link above into your browser to view the video.  It is a Youtube production.
Mat Maggio has proposed Dr. Shaun O'Neill as a new club member.  Dr. O'Neill works with the Clay Dental Office and his application has been accepted by the Board of Directors.  Therefore, according to our rules any Club member has 7 days to protest this proposed member by contacting President Stanek and reporting such objection.
Bruce Shimkat forwarded the attached picture of Rotary History in Fort Dodge.  Those in the picture are:  Bruce Shimkat, District Governor Walt Eschen, Dick Lindeberg, Bob Kurtz, Dr. LeRoy Larson, and Jim Van Gundy (father of a current Rotarian).  The picture was taken in 1983 when Bruce became Club President.
Monday's guest was District Governor Michelle Bell who engaged the membership in a give and take discussion that was well received.  General concepts presented were:
  • District 5970 is putting forth a Global Grant initiative to support the Community Health Centers within the District.  Fort Dodge can be included and that potential was noted by Michelle;
  • As to why Rotary she responded that no other club provides the best opportunity to permit a member to make a difference in the world with a commitment that can be matched to ability, wealth, and desires;
  • There is a comrade between Rotarian throughout the World.  Nowhere has she felt other.  Rotary connects the world as used in our current Theme from R.I. President;
  • Rotary International is applying for a national 501(c) designation.  If received Rotarians in Iowa may be eligible to apply for Rotary license plates;
  • Clubs must reinvent themselves to become more adaptable to current needs of members.  Examples are Corporate Memberships, Family Memberships, and alternative meeting times and dates.  In all cases there musts be a value for membership;
  • Flat Paul was devised as a marketing tool to tout Rotary when one is visiting across the country.  Numerous examples are being seen on websites, etc.;
  • A rule change may permit clubs to sponsor an outgoing exchange student without accepting an inbound student.  The old rule has hindered our club from sponsoring exchange students in the past.
The Rotary International Foundation is 102 years old and has put forth approximately $4 billion in grants.  It has been rated as one of the  best run foundations in the world which is critically supported by the Paul and Melinda Gates Foundation which partners with it for Polio eradication.  On Monday District Governor Michelle Bell and President Elizabeth Stanek presented to Steve Hoesel his Paul Harris plus 4 pin.  In addition a Paul Harris plus 3 pin was awarded to former club member Linda Smith.  The Club thanks Steve and Linda for their support of the Foundation.
Rotarians Cheryl O'Hern and Todd McCubbin appeared in the Sunday "Messenger" as both recently graduated from the prestigious Goldman Sachs Small Business Program. 
Rotarian David Flattery appeared in the Friday "Messenger" with another installment of the "Floyd of Rosedale" story.  Dave wants to emphasize the story behind the event in addition to celebrating "the pig" in the middle of the roundabout by Rosedale Rapids.  For Fort Dodge history, Floyd is not just another Division I tdrophy to be won on the gridiron, but a wonderful background story of Iowa. 
Mark Dohms, District 5970's Assistant District Governor met with the Club on Monday to review the operational policy of International President Mark Maloney and District Governor Michelle Bell (Who will meet with the Club on August 19th).  The general theme is:  Together we see a world where people unitee and take action to make a lasting change."  To accomplish this task it is suggested that Clubs:
  • Promote flexibility in operating the club in such issues as alternative membership and flexibility in programs and meeting protocols;
  • Make Rotary a "family of Rotarians in Meetings" by promoting social events with family units;
District 5970 will provide the following resources:
  • Provide image grants of up to $250 to permit clubs to advertise in local media;
  • Encourage participation in District and Global Grants;
  • Encourage the use of "Flat Paul" in your travels and uploads to our social websites;
  • Provide training in:  Leadership, Public Image, Membership Recruitment; the Foundation, and Officer Training;
  • Promote the status of the Rotary Foundation's 4 Star rating from Charity Navigator (one of best managed and least bureaucratic charity in the world);
  • Host a Rotary Summit Round table of Discussion in Rockwell City on October 8th.  the event will begin at 5:30 and end at 8:00 P.M.;
  • Host a yearly Leadership Summit;
  • Encourage attendance at the International Conference to be held on June 6-10 next summer in Honolulu.
Mark closed with the thought that the District has reengaged the Assistant Governors to become a Club resource to Rotary.  Use him to our needs.
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 26 -Teresa Naughton
September 2 - Labor Day - No Meeting
September 9 - Kraig Barber
September 16 - Joe Tofilon
September 23 - Mel Schroeder
September 30 - John Daniel
October 7 - Rhonda Fitchett
October 14 - Randy Kuhlman
October 21 - Jesse Ulrich
October 28 - Cameron Nelson
November 4 -
November - 11 -
November 18 - Teresa Naughton
November 25 - Bill Thatcher
December 2 - Janet Secour
December 9 -
December 16 - Jesse Ulrich
December 23 -
December 30 -
Minutes and/or Financial Reports for the 2019-2020 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 will be posted by Tuesday late:
  • Minutes for the August 19th  Board of Directors meeting
  • Financial Statements for Month Ending July 31, 2019.
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 download the application template.  When completed please scan your application narrative and send to Fort Dodge Rotary, Box 935, Fort Dodge, Iowa  50501
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: 1. A Fort Dodge Noon Rotary Grant Application must be completed for consideration. 2. No less than one club member will sign as indicated on the application, to show the support of a club member. 3. The completed Grant Application will be given to the Club President, to present at the next club Board meeting. 4. The Club President will determine how much money is available from the Special Fund. 5. The Club President will present the Grant Application to the Board at the following Board meeting.  The President will also communicate the balance of the Special Fund. 6. The Board will consider the Grant Application.  The Board will vote on the request, deciding one of three outcomes: a. The request will be fully funded b. The request will be partially funded c. The request will not be funded. 7. The Club President will communicate the decision with the grant requestor.   8. 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.