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In the early years of World War II Marshall Tito came to leadership of a group of highly nationalistic tribes living within an area that became known as Communist Yugoslavia in November, 1945 and continued until his death in 1980.  He was followed by Slobodan Milosevic, not a good leader, and after violent civil wars strong nationalistic tendencies saw the division of Yugoslavia into Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Slovenia.  During the Civil Wars atrocities were documented on the part of Serbia and Milosevic was deposed and executed before he could be brought to trial by the World Court.  The United Nations stepped in and provided peace keepers to stem the slaughter with most skirmishes ending in 1995 with the Dayton, Ohio Peace Agreement.  Even though Kosovo declared its independence in 2008  at this time Kosovo is still a recognized part of Serbia by 2/3 of the World's Countries, including Serbia.  Because of this number Kosovo is doubtful for inclusion in the prestigious European Union, which will make reconstruction and the search for capital most difficult.   Independence fighting continued in Kosovo and the United Nations sent in peace keepers, of which 700 came from Iowa.  Those military personnel developed friendships with the people of Kosovo and with the end of the fighting and official recognition of Kosovo by the United States friendship tours have become common.  Through this activity Iowa (through Governor Terry Brandstad) entered into a U.S. State Department Sister State program with Kosovo that now includes three Sister Cities Agreements:  Fort Dodge with Gjakova, Johnston with Peja and Norwalk with Vushtrri. 
Through the Sister City program Fort Dodge will begin to see the following initiatives:
  • Youth exchange and culture sharing.  There have been preliminary exchanges which are sure to grow in the future.
  • Assistance to Gjakova schools to secure textbooks and computer equipment.  The students excel at technology, entrepreneurship, problem solving, etc.  Potential exists for Fort Dpdge service clubs to partner in this process.
  • Assistance to work through a maze of land ownership agreements.  Before World War I land was owned by the King with Serf squatters.  After Communism all land was owned by the state, and now people want to own land, but so much uncertainty exists as to ownership or purchase potential investment capital is not present.  Many land records are also held in Belgrade, which is less than forthcoming to release documents.  Unemployment is near 40% but vacant factories exist and businesses want to develop industries.  However, the land ownership problem keeps facilities vacant. 
  • Education needs to be restructured as now the system is European Based with an emphasis on academic growth to a Doctor's degree.  However, what is needed is job training through programs offered in our community colleges.  ICCC is beginning to work on sharing for this problem.
On Monday Cheryl O'Hern introduced Joseph Tofilon as the Club's newest President.  Joe addressed the membership by outlining his intentions for the coming year in regard to programs and activities.  He also stressed that he is always open to discussion with any member about issues before the club.  To assist in the transition Treasurers Nielsen and Barber reviewed the June 30th 2018 Financial Report and proposed budget for the coming Rotary Year.  Members asked questions and commented about the proposed work plans.  Additional information will be forwarded as events unfold. 
During Monday's meeting Cheryl O'Hern rang the Rotary Bell for the last time as her reign of approximately one and one-half years came to an end.  Incoming President Joe Tofilon presented Cheryl with her outgoing gifts of a plaque, Past President's Pin, and New Badge.  The Club thanks Cheryl for her service during the period. 
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 Don Woodruff, who said he can be a fill-in permanent alternate.)
July 23 - Dave Beekman
July 30 - Don Woodruff
Rotarian Mel Schroeder appeared in the Thursday "Messenger" announcing that the St. Olaf Foundation has contracted to demolish the old "Bottling Plant."  The space will be deeded to St. Olaf Lutheran Church and retained for future expansion of that church.  Mel stated that they would attempt to save a mosaic of the old Pepsi sign.
Club members have received significant recognition because of the high school exploits of their children.  The latest was the son of Teresa Naughton receiving the prestigious Saint Edmond Terry Griffey Sports Award.  Congratulation to Cade and the Naughton family.
Rotarian Murman was pictured with her Husband and Daughter on the front page of the Friday Sports Section of the "Messenger."  Her daughter Beth was named the winner of the Florence Nordman sports award given to the outstanding Senior Athlete at Fort Dodge Senior High.  Congratulations to Bruce, Dee, and of special note to Beth. 
Rotary hosted a cook-out at Kennedy Park to welcome the Kosovo Exchange students who paused for a meal through their busy multi-day journey through Fort Dodge.  Pictures are found on the Home Page under Club Photo Album.  Fun was had by all and the hamburgers cooked by the Willow Ridge staff were very good.  A good delegation of Rotarians were present.
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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