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Rotary Club of Fort Dodge
Cameron Nelson, President
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Rotarian Jesse Ulrich appeared in the Friday edition of the "Messenger's" Sports Section.  Dr. Ulrich was pictured greeting the Fort Dodge Senior High's Softball Squad who had recently completed a very successful season.  Their prize was the Class 4-A runner-up trophy from the just completed State Tournament.
Linking Families and Communities' Executive Director, Elizabeth Stanek, contends that child care is an overlooked, essential service to families and the earliest education provider for children outside their family home.  Child care is a necessary service that enable parents to attend work and is a basic consideration for families of young children when choosing a community in which to live.  90% of brain development occurs by age 5 so it is very important for children that we have accessible quality child care in our community, which is is currently not the case.  In Webster County, there is roughly 1600 child care spaces, yet there is need for almost 3 times as many spaces.  Child care is not highly profitable industry, it difficult to staff due to low wages and is not publicly funded. 
To date, a child care market analysis and feasibility study, architectural designs for a new center and the expansion of Community Early Childhood Center as well as a capital campaign feasibility study have been completed in an effort to increase the number of child care spaces in Fort Dodge.  Stanek stated that the area needs all types of child care, from home providers to centers.  Linking Families and Communities has and continues to provide support for existing providers, from incentives for improving quality, professional development and consultation for health, safety and mental health.  However that is not enough, which is why plans to renovate CECC are moving forward after receiving a $600,000 grant, an existing building is being sought for child care purposes and a new website www.childcare-connections.com and campaign is being launched to raise awareness and funds for both projects.  
Rotarian William Thatcher appears in the "Saturday/Sunday Messenger" announcing his retirement from the Iowa Court System after beginning in 1973.  Bill states that he has done virtually every job that could be assigned and is proud leaving when the Iowa Court System is now better than anytime in the past.  The Legislature Court Unification Law became effective on July 1, 1973, the same date that Bill became a Webster County magistrate judge. 
Rotarian Amy Bruno was pictured in the Sunday "Messenger" providing information on a program of the Greater Fort Dodge Foundation/United Way.  The program accepts donations of vehicles which a local dealer will put in a safe to operate condition.  The vehicle is then given to a family needing transportation to and from work and other basic necessities.  A tax certificate is given to the donor in the value of the vehicle.
The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia and provides roughly $200 million in research funding in 30 countries according to Greg 
Woods, Program and Research Specialist for the Association.  Woods serves as the contact for this area and much of state for education programs, support groups and care consultation with family members.  He is is also part of a small team that tracks Alzheimer's research in the mid-west.   Investments are also being made in cutting edge research, as they search for better treatments, early detection and prevention of the disease.  They have learned that diet, exercise, keeping your brain active and staying social are factors that can reduce your risk for Alzheimer's disease by approximately 20%.  
Woods also noted that the terms dementia and Alzheimer's are often confused.  Dementia is a general term to describe symptoms of brain impairment, but not a disease itself; Alzheimer's disease is the disruption/death of brain cells and not a normal part of aging.   Due to the pandemic, his work with individuals, families and communities is now being done by telephone or online.   The Alzheimer's Association continues fund raising, awareness/support events such as the Walk to End Alzheimer's and the Longest Day.  For more information contact. www.alz.org or call the free helpline: (800) 272-3900.
The Sunday edition of the Lifestyles section of the "Messenger" contained a well-done full page section on the plight of service clubs in Fort Dodge.  Rotary was prominently acknowledged through references to both the Noon and Daybreak clubs.  Cameron Nelson and Steve Hoesel of the Noon Club were sourced in the article. 
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. 
The latest addition:
  • Minutes for the July 20th  Board of Directors meeting
  • Financial Statements for Month Ending June 30th, 2020
  • 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 - Rhonda Fitchett
October - Cameron Nelson
November - Amy Bruno
December - David Fierke
January -  David Fierke
February - Kraig Barber
March - Elizabeth Stanek
April - Michael Devine
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.