Club Information

Welcome to the Fort Dodge Noon Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 11:45 AM
Willow Ridge Golf Course
1788 Madison Avenue
Fort Dodge, IA  50501
United States of America
District Site
Venue Map
Chad Schaeffer
Mar 01, 2021
Fort Dodge Retail Development
Tracy Trotter
Mar 08, 2021
Marion Home and COVID
Brent Hagan
Mar 15, 2021
Amazon & Iowa Fulfillment Centers
Kathy Pfiffner
Mar 22, 2021
Pathfinders Strategic Partners
David Fierke
Mar 29, 2021
Broadband Development
Laura Alllen
May 03, 2021
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Nominee
Board Member to June 31 2022
Board Member to June 31 2021
Board Member to June 31 2023
Board Member to June 31 2021
Child Protection Officer
Board Member to June 31 2023
Treasurer Assistant
Secretary Assist
Board Member to June 31 2022
Immediate Past President
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Rotary Club of Fort Dodge
Cameron Nelson, President
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Kelly Halsted, Economic Development Director of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, spoke to the club providing updates on economic development in the Fort Dodge area.  Halsted reported that Koch Nitrogen will embark on a expansion project in the spring 2022 that will result in additional jobs and bring in approximately 1500 contractors to the area during the construction process.  These contractors will have a sizeable impact on our economy as they will rent housing, stay at hotels and/or utilize campgrounds as well as purchase groceries, gasoline and dine out at restaurants.   She noted that AML Riverside, soon to be renamed to Argenta, will be expanding and increasing 12 positions in research and development.  
Halsted gave updates on housing projects that are in process and discussed the need for workforce, stating that currently the unemployment rate is 3.3%, meaning that approximately 600 people are unemployed.  Current Indeed listings identify 875 open positions in Fort Dodge.  The area needs more people to fill the available jobs, so the Growth Alliance will be restarting their digital/social media campaign to recruit people to the area.   For more information please contact Kelly at
Rotarian Lind appeared in the February insert edition of the "Fort Dodge Business Connection" to the "Messenger."  Connie was pictured with an article outlining the services, agendas, goals, etc. of the Fort Dodge Convention and Visitors Bureau.  The program is "gearing-up" for a potentially busy summer of activity as the country begins to recover from COVID isolation.
Rotarian Kuhlman appeared in the February edition of the "Fort Dodge Business Connection" insert to the "Messenger,"  Randy provided the monthly update on the current program fund drive to provide assistance to a variety of human service needs within our community.  Because of COVID the need for funds is especially critical to many very low income persons this year. 
Rotarian Todd McCubbin spoke to our club providing an update on the effect COVID has had on his businesses.  He reported that at Shiny Top they were able to stay open, adjust quickly and move to online ordering/carry-out, which helped the business, while Fort Frenzy shut down as families didn't feel safe going out.  Currently Fort Frenzy is open by appointment, which has helped with staffing.  He also noted that the impact on Northland Travel has been sizable as they suspended group travel until May 2021.  Brookstone and The Starlite have kept going during the pandemic and Buffords has done a lot of work on rebranding and offering some different menu items.  McCubbin stated that while the businesses have been hurt or have maintained, real estate has really done well.  People are deciding to move to have more space especially as they are working from home more.  There  are only 80 properties currently listed, which is extremely low, so it will be nice to have more inventory available as the existing housing projects are completed.
McCubbin stated that he feels that in 2021 travel will pick back up, real estate sales will continue to increase and Fort Dodge will grow. - Some good news after this past year!
Minutes and/or Financial Reports for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year have been posted to the members only section of the Website and are available for viewing by accessing the Members Only Section.  Please contact Steve if you need to refresh your password.
The latest addition:
  • Minutes for the January 29th 2021 Meeting of the Board of Directors
  • Financial Reports for Month Ending January 31st 2021
  • Proposed Budget for Rotary Year July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021
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 -
October - Cameron Nelson
November - Amy Bruno
December - David Fierke
January -  David Fierke
February - Kraig Barber
March - Elizabeth Stanek
April -
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.