Club Information

Welcome to the Fort Dodge Noon Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 11:45 AM
Willow Ridge Golf Course
1788 Madison Avenue
Fort Dodge, IA  50501
United States of America
District Site
Venue Map
Ben Garrett
Jan 18, 2021
Corridor Plaza Development
Julee from Crisis Intervention Services
Jan 25, 2021
Domestic/Sexual Violence & Sex Trafficking
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Nominee
Board Member to June 31 2022
Board Member to June 31 2021
Board Member to June 31 2023
Board Member to June 31 2021
Child Protection Officer
Board Member to June 31 2023
Treasurer Assistant
Secretary Assist
Board Member to June 31 2022
Immediate Past President
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Rotary Club of Fort Dodge
Cameron Nelson, President
Home Page Stories
Rotarian and Superintendent Jesse Ulrich appeared in picture in the Tuesday "Messenger" with a very serious article outlining how overall test scores of Fort Dodge students have dropped while using the various instruction methods of COVID.  The drop is significant and could well post issues for the hoped for fall "return to somewhat normal education" as some students in the same grade will significantly lag behind others.  What this all means is yet to be determined, but our excellent staff will soon have a strategy to combat it.
Rotarian and State Representative Ann Meyer appeared in picture in the Thursday "Messenger" as she reacted to the Governor's "State of the State" speech.  The Governor outlined several priorities of interest to individual Rotarians and recent speakers.  The article was fairly non-partisan, but now the negotiations must begin that could become partisan.  Time will tell.
Matt Ott, Project Developer at MidAmerican Energy, spoke about wind energy and the investments MidAmerican has made.  The company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, has 3097 employees and 791,000 customers in four states (IA, IL, NE, & SD).  It put up its first wind turbine in 2004 and has invested $11.9 billion overall.  Ott stated that wind energy is the largest source of renewable energy in the United States at 7.2% (2019), however in Iowa it accounts for 41.9% of energy utilized, making Iowa the leader in wind energy.  Iowa is second in the nation for number of wind turbines and installed wind capacity (2019) but has continued its investment in additional wind farms and turbines.  Iowa is a prime location for wind farms due to the rural nature of the land and because it has many transmission lines already installed.  County regulations, tax abatements, landowner interest/cooperation  and government funding for the projects are also important factors in the increase and location of wind farms/turbines.  
According to Ott, it takes about 3 weeks to put up one wind turbine, so to put up a wind farm takes most of the non-winter months, though construction does at times happen in the winter months.  MidAmerican's goal is to have 100% of its retail sales be generated by renewable energy.  They currently own half of the wind energy of Iowa, are continually increasing the number of turbines and are also investing in solar energy.  For more information visit:
Rotarian David Fierke appeared on the cover page of the Thursday "Messenger" with an article outlining city council discussion regarding economic development within the city.  Specific mention was made of the redevelopment of the old Mall and possible city involvement in helping to attract and retain stores. 
Rotarian and member of the Iowa House of Representatives Ann Meyer appeared on the cover page of the "Messenger" in a nonpartisan information format.  Ann announced that her committees are:  Chairwoman of Iowa Human Resources Committee; Member of Transportation, State Government, and Appropriations Committees.  In addition she will serve on a Subcommittee of the Health and Human Services Budget Committee.  It will be a busy year for Ann and Rotary hopes she will bring updates back to her club.
Rotarian Elizabeth Stanek provided a presentation about Linking Families and Communities (LFC), the non-profit organization for which she serves as the Executive Director.  Linking Families and Communities' focus in on young children, prenatal to age 5, and their families in Calhoun, Pocahontas and Webster County.   LFC plans with and for the community regarding early childhood services, sets priorities, goals and objectives, works with community partners to advance those plans and provides funding for programs and services that impact young children and families.  Stanek stated that they seek opportunities that positively impact children, families and the community such as grants, donations, etc.  The organization has been working on helping to increase the amount of child care spaces available.  Stanek reported that a new community plan was completed in September 2020 in which the following goals were set:
• Increase the quality and supply of Child Care.
• Increase supply and access to Mental Health Supports.
Support Parents to meet and exceed health, care and educational goals for their children.
• Increase Access to Resources, collaboration among agencies and communication.
Ms. Stanek shared information on programs targeting young children, parents and early care providers (child care and preschool), including mental health.  More information can be found at
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 December 28th Meeting of the Board of Directors
  • Financial Reports for Month Ending November 30th 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.