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Rotarian Julie Thorson appeared in picture twice in the "Messenger," once on Thursday ad once on Friday.  Both pictures were with articles on COVID-19 in Webster County as the numbers have increased over the last week with increased testing.  Friendship Haven experienced its first case of the Virus, which is an excellent record as compared with care facilities throughout the country where the virus has been especially active.
Monday's guest via Zoom was Charles Clayton, Director of the AFES program in Fort Dodge.  The purpose of the program is to provide after school sports and mentoring to help youth "Be Successful in Life."  Began in 2004 the core group of grade schoolers are now graduates of AFES are now entering college and the social fabric of their communities with great success.  An ounce of mentoring and prevention at the youth level is substantially cheaper than the cost of incarceration and more intensive intervention later in life.  The concept of AFES works.
CPOVID-19 has significantly affected AFES, but the program has continued with youth only attendance with deliveries and pick-ups at the door.  No adult not directly involved with the staff in providing services are permitted.  In addition, the program has cancelled all summer traveling sports but are still working on sport skills in the gym.  Kids are using social distancing/spacing and assist in cleaning.  All participants are subject to temperature tests twice during their stay.  All prior staff members are still employed and/or volunteer services.  Day care services have dropped from prior levels, but still averaged 15 to 30 kids. Over 50% of client parents were put out of work by COVID-19.   The number is increasing to 50 as parents are beginning to return to work.  In addition to the regular sports and mentoring program, COVID-19 related new projects are:
  • Assisting with the Back Pack Buddies (they are now the primary delivery system for 25-50 units) with the schools no longer involved;
  • On-line and phone mentoring for youth getting in minor trouble with authorities and to work with crisis moments to prevent more severe issues;
  • Wash hands regularly and use sanitation stations around the gym;
  • Delivery of food to elderly shut-ins.
This coming school year AFES will work with local law enforcement authorities (plus assistant in Butler Elementary School) in a Redirection Program initiative.  Kids who get in limited trouble with authorities will be directed to AFES where the staff will counsel, redirect, and assign community service punishments.  This program, in preliminary trials is successful in keeping the child's name out of the legal system as well as avoiding future issues.  
In response to the recent national scene with protests, looting, burning, etc., Charles said AFES with partner with community leaders and the Fort Dodge Police Department to begin:
  1. Outreach to troubled youth having issues with processing what is happening;
  2. Development Focus Groups of parents, youth, and law enforcement personnel to sit in round tables to discuss issues;
  3. Development of on-line discussion forums for youth to use.
Rotarian Bennett O'Connor appeared in the Sunday "Messenger's" Life Style section as a special spotlight on area businesses.  This week the business was Town and Country Insurance picturing Bennett.  The article outlined the struggles and successes of the company in adjusting its 50 employees to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Rotarian Jesse Ulrich appeared in the Friday "Messenger" outlining his report to the School Board on a variety of projects.  The Administration Building (Old HyVee building) is ahead of schedule, the turf at Dodger Stadium is being placed, and designs for the PK-K Education Center is ongoing with a proposal to be available soon. 
On Monday, June 8th our presenter via Zoom will be Shelly Bottoff of the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association.  To take part in the meeting all you need to do is to click on the hot link sent to you on a weekly basis by President Stanek.  You may need to wait for your computer/phone to download a small program app to operate Zoom.  It is a harmless app and we have found little, if no problems with having it on your devices.  When logging in you will have options to use the audio and video of your device, but you can log-in with no video if that is your choice.  However, you will be missing a key part of many presentations, the shared videos/programs.  We would urge you to give the Zoom meetings a chance.
Finally, the next District Governor for District 5970 comes from neighbouring Rockwell City.  On June 28th between 2:00 and 4:00 P.M. Lowell Stoohlman will be installed as our next District Governor.  The session will be held at the Twin Lakes Country Club and a nominal and very cheap fee of $5 is payable at the door.  The District is sending each Rotarian a computer link to register.  We have members that live at Twin Lakes and its closeness to Fort Dodge provides a very unique opportunity to partake in a Rotary ceremony of importance.  Please come.
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:
  • Minutes for the May 18th  Board of Directors meeting
  • Financial Statements for Month Ending April 30, 2020.
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.