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Brooklin Border was the guest of Rotary for the May 21st meeting.  Brooklin is the reigning Webster County Fair Queen, past contestant in the Fair Queen competition (One is chosen from a pool of 103 entries - one from each local fair) for the Iowa State Fair, and a long-time participant in the 4-H program.  She also thanked Rotary for its long-time contribution to the Webster County Fair, which was renewed this year.  A summary of her comments were:
  • 4-H began in Clarion, Iowa many years ago and has a model based upon Heart, Head, Hand, and Health.  The program begins for boys and girls from 4th grade to graduation.  Brooklin was a nine-year participant and audience participation identified several who also were in the program for nine years.  A common misconception is that 4-H is for rural farm kids, but that is anything but true.  In her nine years Brooklin conducted studies in Chiffon Cakes, Communications, Photography, Visual Arts, and Sewing/Clothing.  There is also the solid base of animal of all sizes and shapes.
  • 4-H is now a world-wide organization, with a Fort Dodge Troop beginning to work with Kosovo to develop a 4-H program in that country.
  • 4-H is a marvelous program that helps to build leadership, character, interpersonal skills, and self development/capabilities in prescribed skills.
  • One of the fun duties of the reigning Fair Queen is the training of girls in grades 1-3 wanting to enter the fair queen competition in future years.
  • To be eligible for the queen competition for Webster County the candidate must be between 16 and 18 years of age, and must be a current participate in a 4-H program within Webster County.
  • A former 4-H participant from the audience asked whether the old style Record Books were still used?  Brooklin answered that they are, but digital versions will soon be on the horizon.  And yes they are tedious to maintain.
Scholarship Chair Neil Gadbury introduced six students that will receive $750 ICCC Scholarships that they can apply to logical school expenses of tuition/books/materials.  The Students were:  Brooklin Border (St. Edmond), Tyreike Mericle (FDSH), Dakota Ganzeveld (FDSH), Kira Albright (FDSH), Makayla Johnson (FDSH), and Kaden Pederson (FDSH).  Rotary congratulates our 2018 ICCC Scholarship winners.
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.)
May 21 -  John Daniel
May 28 - Memorial Day
June 4 -Laurie Hendricks
June 11 - Gary LeValley
This year the 4th of July falls on a Wednesday which provides some difficulties with beginning of summer vacations and school schedules.  Therefore, the Board of Directors has voted to not have a meeting on July 2nd.
Rotarian Van Zyl appeared in the Tuesday edition of the "Messenger" with the notice that the school district has agreed to contracts with several bargaining units. 
Rotarian Jennifer Crimmins appeared in the Sunday Second Opinion section of the "Messenger" as part of a group organizing the "Lighting of the Luminaries."  The partnership between Unity Point Hospice and Trinity Foundation  will be held between 6 and 8 P.M. on June  14th at the Paula J. Baber Hospice House.  Anyone who has lost someone in Hospice Care is invited to light a luminary.
Rotarian Randy Kuhlman appeared twice in the May edition of the "Messenger's" Fort Dodge Business Review.  He first appeared with an article highlighting the REC, and second in his monthly article about the Fort Dodge Community Foundation, United Way.  Rotarian Rob Gunderson appeared in a picture helping to decorate an alley during the Better Build festivities in April.
Rotarian Amy Bruno was chosen as one of five Iowa Women highlighted for service to Fort Dodge.  The ovation award was given by the Iowa Women's Foundation. 
Rotarian Cheryl O'Hern appeared in picture in the Sunday "Messenger" announcing her participation at a major conference of the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities.  The conference was on broadband potentials for small utilities and how to market through electronic means.
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 hosted the current year's Scholarship Appreciation Dinner honoring the top 10% of graduating seniors from Fort Dodge Senior High and Saint Edmond High School on May 9th.  Five students from Saint Edmonds and twenty-seven students from Senior High were honored.  Amy Bruno and Randy Kuhlman were program committee chairs ad a number of Rotarians were on hand to welcome and shepherd guests.  The Starlite provide an excellent venue and meal for all.  This year's guest speaker was Fort Dodge's own Molly Nelson whose presentation centered upon being aware that corrections to your life will be needed, but you have controls you can exert to make corrections along the way.  It was well received. 
Rachael Peterson provided a very interesting and lively discussion during Monday's meeting.  Rachael is the Dietician for the Marion Home and a nursing home in Gowrie, and also works through Active Health Chiropractic.  A general summary of comments from her 20+ years of experience were:
  • Weight is an indicator of many future health issues and diseases.  However it is no longer a hard and fast rule as some people are naturally heavier than others.  Perhaps, a body mass index may be more appropriate;
  • Stress management is a key element in good health as often stress leads to unnecessary overeating;
  • Good sleep is important to good health and eating habits are a key to restfulness;
  • Hydration is very important in that a person needs to consume 6-10 glasses of water per day as hydration helps to burn fat.  Soda is not good, but diet drinks are better than full sugar varieties;
  • Activity is perhaps one of the most important thing a person can do to maintain weight, outside of eating healthy;
  • For nutrition a person should eat healthy and with as few processed foods as possible.  Carbs need to be limited, especially if a person has potentials for diabetes.  When review food choices attempt to find those with five or fewer ingredients;
  • Eat smaller, but frequent meals - do not have one large meal each day as this encourages the body to store excess.  Also, the body tends to "shut-down" if it is starved of food;
  • Consider avoiding low fat/fat free foods as the body needs have and process fats.  Proteins and vegetables in bulk are excellent for you.
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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