Club Information
Welcome to the Fort Dodge Noon Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 11:45 AM
Pizza Ranch
3311 5th Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
United States of America
Effective July 5th
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Secretary
Treasurer
Rotary Foundation
Board Member to June 31 2023
Board Member to June 31 2023
Treasurer Assistant
Board Member to June 31 2022
Child Protection Officer
Board Member to June 31 2024
Immediate Past President
Speakers
Terry Moehnke
Oct 25, 2021
Council Canadate
David Flattery
Nov 01, 2021
Council Candidate
Jeff Hassman
Nov 08, 2021
District Goverenor 5970
Meeting of Board of Directors
Nov 08, 2021
With Jeff Hassman, District Goverrnor
Savation Army
Nov 15, 2021
Keith Dencklau
Dec 06, 2021 12:15 PM
Webster County Board of Supervisors
Mike Larson
Dec 13, 2021 12:15 PM
Great Western Bank
Dennis Plautz
Dec 20, 2021 12:15 PM
Greater FD Growth Alliance
Rhonda Chambers
Dec 27, 2021 12:15 PM
Fort Dodge Regional Airport
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Rotary Club of Fort Dodge
Teresa Naughton, President
 
Home Page Stories
Rotarian and Past President, Cameron Nelson, is a candidate for City of Fort Dodge Council in Ward 2.  He shared that he would like to see the mall project completed, is very interested in public safety/law enforcement and would like to see 2-3 more officers hired.  He feels that the top issues for the city are housing, workforce and child care.  He shared that he has been meeting with a number of people to learn more about the history and current projects that are in the works.  Overall, Nelson is supportive of the current direction that the city is in.  
 
Cameron is interested in hearing from his potential constituents, as well as, hearing from other Chicago Bears fans that would like to commiserate with him after their loss to Green Bay this weekend.  ;)   Nelson is a member of Webster County Crime Stoppers, Young Professionals and Rotary and is running unopposed for City Council in Ward 2.  In parting, Nelson noted that he is wanting to give back and move the city forward.   Follow him on Facebook at https://facebook.com/people/Cameron-Nelson-for-City-Council-Ward-2
 
 
Melanie Fierke, Director of the Lord's Cupboard, in Fort Dodge. The organization is a non-profit that is faith-based and volunteer-run.  They partner with the Iowa Food Bank and the USDA.  It started in 1974 in the basement in First United Methodist Church and has grown to an inter-faith effort to provide for area citizens that are food insecure.  In 2019, $250,000 was raised to remodel the 1st floor of their current operation offering handicap access to the pantry's services.  They recently became a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit.    
 
Upon entry to the Lord's Cupboard, there is rescue food...past expiration date items that people can just take as many times as they need.  Those needing a pantry will have to fill out a short form and will get a pre-packaged pantry (thanks to COVID-19).  A pantry for a family of 4 has an estimated value of $250/wk and should provide the family for a week. The food pantry will help someone as many as 10 times per year.   Last month, September, the Lord's Cupboard helped 151 households, helping 455 people.
 
The Lord's Cupboard also has local partners like the Master Gardeners Club as well as local farmers, who donate eggs, sweet corn and other local produce.  They purchase food from the Food Bank of Iowa at 16.1 cents/lb.  There is also a partnership with DNR, which allows deer hunters an extra deer tag so they can donate the venison to the Iowa Food Bank.
 
How can people help the Lord's Cupboard?  Make a monetary donation.  With their partnership with the Iowa Food Bank, the Lord's Cupboard can purchase items as a significantly lower price than what a consumer can purchase them for (consumer price = $22; Food Bank of Iowa price = $.58).  For more information contact Melanie at (515) 576-7586.
Rotarian Dennis Milefchik appeared in the Monday "Messenger" in a group picture of PICA placing a memorial bench in memory of Day Lychwick in front of St. Edmond.  PICA is a wonderful organization that does much for the beautification of our City.  More times than not it is difficult to distinguish people in group pictures, but in this one Dennis stands out.
Minutes and/or Financial Reports for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year have been posted to the members only section of the Website (Found under Folder Organization and then Subfolder Documents) and are available for viewing by accessing the Members Only Section.  Please contact Steve if you need to refresh your password.
 
The latest addition:
  • Minutes for the October 18th 2021 Meeting of the Board of Directors
  • Financial Reports for Month Ending July 30, 2021
  • Proposed Budget for Rotary Year July 1, 2021 to June 30 2022)
The following are 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 - Derrick Joel
October - Jim Knight
November - Jim Knight
December - Casey Johnson
January -  Cameron Nelson
February - Kraig Barber
March - Randy Kuhlman
April - Elizabeth Stanek
May - Teresa Naughton
June - Cameron Nelson
 
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.