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Rotary's guest was the Saint Edmond Chamber Choir who provided an excellent mix of traditional Christmas Songs.  Included was a more difficult Latin language version of a song. 
Rhonda Fitchett appears in the Tuesday "Messenger" as she and her friends of the Trolley Center will host a Jolly Trolley Christmas to reestablish a lost tradition within the Trolley Center. 
Fort Dodge Middle School is a very important element of the local community schools as it greets a group of students that have special social assimilation problems that are becoming more difficult as years go by.  Ryan summarized the challenges in four major programs that are underway:
  1. Safe, Welcoming, and Inclusive School Environment - particularly in regard to 5th graders, the school environment must make every student feel welcome and safe from the outside world of bullying, intimidation, etc.  This year a Therapy Dog has been employed with great success as she has become a "magnet" for collections of students and discussions of mutual interest;
  2. Restore to Justice - This program attempts to work in a one to one situation where something paced on social media has aggrieved a student.  The concept is to begin discussions in which students can talk to each other than not about;
  3. Link Program - Career education alternatives begin in the lower grades in which employers bring their worker needs to the Middle School to inform students of the types of jobs and skills required;
  4. Club Studies - Not all students are successful in the traditional reading writing and math, but often excel in a Cub setting where specific skills are taught, such as design, cooking, sewing, etc.
When asked what is the most challenging item now facing school administration Ryan quickly said Cell Phones and social media.  He left the club members with much to think about.
On Monday Rotary hosted students from Fort Dodge Senior High and Saint Edmond High School.  The students introduced themselves to the membership by identifying their families, honors in high school, and future plans.  Rotary provided each with a certificate of participation, a four-Way Key Chain, and a brochure on Rotary in Fort Dodge.  From Senior High were:  Olyvia Selby.  From Saint Edmond were:  Colin Croonquist, Preston Derrig, Jack McEvoy, and Devyn Scott.   
Rotarian Julie Thorson was pictured in the Sunday "Messenger" announcing that she had received a national award at the LeadingAge Fall Conference.  LeadingAge is a national organization comprised of nonprofit communities for aging adults. 
Rotarian Ann Meyer was pictured in the Sunday "Messenger" announcing that the Republican Caucus has placed her on the House Human Resources Committee which deals with a wide variety of health issues for the State.  This is where Ann had hoped to be placed and is the second ranking Republican on the committee. 
This is a "save the date" notice of an upcoming Club Social event for all members and their families.   Please note that some details have recently been added.
December 31st. (Monday) Regular meeting to include family lunch and Game Activities at Fort Frenzi.  Time:  Noon to 1:30 P.M.  Cost:  Club to cover your lunch and one one-hour play card.
February TBD.  A Tuesday Rotary Night at Soldier Creek
March TBD – International Project
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. (Also please note that you can call either Don Woodruff or Janet Secor, who have said they6 can be a fill-in alternate.)
Dec 17 - David Fierke
Dec 24 - Holiday
Dec 31 - Holiday
Jan 7 -
Jan 14 - Michael Devine
Jan 21 - John Daniel
Jan 28 - Amy Bruno
Feb 4- Kraig Barber
Feb 11 - Bill Thatcher
Feb 18 - Teresa Naughton
Feb 25 - Connie Lind
Kraig Barber passed around a copy of the latest Master Plan for Snell-Crawford Park.  The latest version incorporates some of the suggestions by Rotarians of leaving the road into the interior of the Park.  Kraig noted that within the near future the Fort Dodge Parks, Forestry, and Recreation Commission will be reviewing this issue.  A picture is included for your knowledge.
Minutes and/or Financial Reports for the 2018 Rotary Year have been posted to the members only section of the Website and are available for viewing by accessing the Members Only Section. 
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 use the following application format found over two sections of this applet.  When completed please scan your application narrative and send to Fort Dodge Rotary, Box 935, Fort Dodge, Iowa  50501 .  The first page of the application appears below and the second is found by clicking on the "read more" applet. 
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