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Rotarians Randy Kuhlman and Amy Bruno appeared on the cover of the "Fort Dodge Business Connections" announcing the "kick-off" for this year's United Way Fund Drive.  The cover page and lead story highlighted one of United Way's agencies - AFES and its Director Charles Clayton. 
Rotarian Jesse Ulrich, Superintendent of Fort Dodge Community Schools, appeared on the front -age of the Thursday "Messenger."  Unfortunately the article was about the District discovering potential money fraud on the part of an employee.  However, it is good to know that the District is diligent in securing public funds through improved audit techniques.
Monday's Rotary Guest Speaker was District 5970 Governor Neil Fell.  Neil presented an informative and well received message with the following highlights:
  • Webster County is #25 in the number of Child Abuse cases in Iowa.  His suggestion is to have at least one Rotary presentation in the future on this issue;
  • The Rotary International Theme for this year is:  "Be the Inspiration," which meets with needs of the clubs as we re-energize ourselves.   The Fort Dodge Noon club is 101 years old and it is normal to expect that we begin to look at what we do and what we are about.  Neil challenged all members to have ready a quick "elevator speech" as to what our club does for the community.  Competition for members within a community is very keen and if we can not articulate our purpose and message in quick succession we will have difficulties finding new members;
  • The District average membership loss is 10% of each year.  Our club is "beating the odds" but we are also getting older.  Thus, our club needs on average seven new members each year to maintain stability;
  • 53% of District Club membership is female.  Our club has greatly increased its percentage of females;
  • World Rotary has contributed over $4 billion to the Foundation.  Since the goal to eradicate Polio was announced by Rotary in 1988 over $1.7 billion of Rotary funds has been matched by over $7.2 billion in leverage funds toward that goal.  We are very close to eliminating Polio as a health threat to children.  Also, the infrastructure that Rotary installed to combat Polio is now being used to combat other diseases, such ad Ebola;
  • The core values of Rotary are:  Is it the truth, Is it fair to all concerned, Will its build good will and better friendships; and Will it be beneficial to all concerned - our "Four Way Test."  The Four Way Test was developed by Herbert Taylor in the early 1930s when he thought what should be the model for a new company (Rubbermaid) to replace the Club Aluminum Company whose failure was brought on by poor leaders who did not have the Four Way Test principles in their daily activities. 
 
At Monday's meeting District Governor Neil Fell awarded three Paul Harris Fellowships to club members Kraig Barber, Janet Secor, and Joseph Tofilon.  Each had reached an award milestone in contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  Neil thanked the recipients and the Fort Dodge Rotary Club for its commitment to the Foundation.
 
 
Kraig Barber announced before the weekly meeting that a Rotary Golf Challenge is on.  Approximately eight golfers had signed up and six actually took to the course in the 93 degree heat.  Next update will hopefully let you know the winning scores.
 
This is a "save the date" notice of an upcoming Club Social event for all members and their families.   Please note that some details are beginning to be added.
 
October 1st, Confirmed for  5:30 to 7:00 at Godfather’s Pizza's Party Room.  A collective order will be placed approximately 30 minutes prior to expected need.  (Rotary to pay for this event in lieu of holding a noon meeting)
November TBD - Possible discussion being our International Project)
January TBD (Lunch and activities at Fort Frenzi for a winter break)
February TBD.  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 Don Woodruff, who said he can be a fill-in permanent alternate.)
 
Sept 24 - John Daniel
Oct 1 - Cameron Nelson
Oct 8 - Connie Lind
Oct 15 - Linda Smith
Oct 22 - Bill Thatcher
Oct 29 - Cameron Nelson
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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