Club Assembly
Oct 28, 2019
Work Group Session
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Nominee
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Board Member to 2022
Board Member to 2021
Board Member to 2020
Board Member to 2021
Board Member to 2022
Board Member to 2020
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Monday's guest speaker was Beth Shelton, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa who gave an honest overview of Girl Scouting in Iowa and an excellent description of a modern proactive management style.   Girl Scout councils in Iowa have undergone tremendous restructuring to cut costs and to be able to provide improved service.  The current format is a governing body for 67 counties in Central and Western Iowa, one county in Nebraska and one in South Dakota, both near Sioux City.  The Council has 52 full time employees, four offices, four camps of approximately 1,000 acres and 71 buildings, and a current 13, 500 Girl Scout participants.  The last number is very impressive in that additional scouts could be accommodated if more volunteer leaders could be found.  Essentially, Girl Scouting is alive and well in Iowa and there is no intent to incorporate boys within the near future. 
  • The goal is to prepare girls for the path, not prepare the path for them.  
  • The culture must be to energize the teams to do with the concept of alternatives being OK.
  • New Program areas are:  STEM, Life Skills Outdoors and Entrepreneurship.  200 badges are awarded in Entrepreneurship alone.
  • The future may lie with Artificial Intelligence.  Girls must be exposed to this concept at an early age.
  • Fight anxiety and depression through a three step process:  1) Find a solution; 2) Get over it; and 3) Remove yourself from the troubling arena.
  • Improve management through a three step process:  1) Define a solid mission; 2) Work within the culture to fit enhancements to the corporation; and 3) Move to implementation.
In addition to Clubs, the leadership team under Beth's guidance has been one of flexibility and innovation to meet the needs of the  non traditional workforce.  An example given was the use of flexibility in letting new mothers bring newborns to work for three months after a three month family leave.  Such support for employees has greatly improved satisfaction surveys, reduced turnover, and improved productivity.  This system of management is being touted across the Nation.
Three Rotarians appeared in the Monthly edition of the "Fort Dodge Business Review."
Randy Kuhlman appeared with an article about how "Poverty Can Destroy Hope" in which he argued that we can not afford to let it happen.  The programs of the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way work toward that aim.
A lead story was about the Johnson family's ownership of Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota.
Mary Ludwig was pictured with an article she authored listing a variety of scholarships available to Iowa Central Community College students. 
The Club agenda on Monday was a healthy Club Forum of Issues including the following:
  1. Snell Crawford-Park:  For many years the Club has worked to improve Snell-Crawford Park.  The Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Commission recently commissioned a new Master Plan for the facility that will change several long-term focus projects of the Club.  It was announced that a Council Workshop will be held within the near future to review the Master Plan and recommendations of the Consultant Study.  Kraig Barber was drafted to prepare a letter for all Council Members to explain the Club's opposition to the removal of road access into the interior of the park and closing of the low water fjord.  After the Council makes a decision the Club will review our options for continuing with this project, or pursuing other options of service.
  2. One Rotary Summit in Rockwell City.   Club member Steve Hoesel attended this summit on improving Rotary meetings and Clubs and presented a brief summary of major findings in the areas of Membership, Social Functions, and Public Image.  It is noted that many of the following points being considered by area Rotary Clubs are also being considered by our Select Committees as we develop our Future Plan of Service:
  • Develop a strategy to contact fallen-away members to attempt to reengage them into the club.  Find a job for them when they return
  • Use  member minutes to let new/old members know each other.  Could be done with “Happy Dollar” roundtable.  People will not move from table to table, so we need to introduce each member to the club so old know new and new know old.
  • Implement alternative membership types
  • Emphasize our projects to members often – regularly have committee chairs update club on their projects.
  • Develop an orientation session for new members as a requirement of membership.
  • Use Social Outings and work projects as a way to attract new members to the club.
Emphasize Social Functions:
  • We need to have fun – at least bi-monthly have one meeting be a social function outside of the normal setting.  Clubs need variety and events at which one can just have a fun time. 
  • Showcase our projects at social functions (handouts, boards, etc.)
  • Have members tell “Special Rotary Stories” at social functions where prospective members are present
  • Keep it simple
Public Image:
  • Club purchase one Rotary shirt for each member to wear during meetings and at project work
  • Designate a member to become a “Public Image specialist” to take eBulletin pictures and etc. and get then into the Messenger
  • Through social media (Facebook, eBulletin, Messenger, etc) let public know what Rotary is doing
  • Emphasize your projects in social media
  • Make sure Rotary signs are up around town
  • Place park benches with the Rotary label
  • Brag about your club
  • Collaborate whenever possible with other clubs, including non Rotary clubs.
  • Work with Mike Devine to discuss our projects over Devine’s Show or Dodger Daily
Within the future these items will be revisited by our Committee Structure as we continue to develop our long-range Plan of Service.
Rotarian Dee Murman appeared in the Sunday "Messenger" announcing that she has achieved the professional rank of "Preferred Lender Designation" from the Iowa Finance Authority.  Dee works for Northwest Bank.
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.
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 -
February - Kraig Barber
March - Elizabeth Stanek ???
April - Michael Devine
May - Teresa Naughton
June - David Fierke
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.
October 28 - Cameron Nelson
November 4 - Mike Devine
November - 11 - Dave Beekman
November 18 - Teresa Naughton
November 25 - Bill Thatcher
December 2 - Janet Secour
December 9 - Kraig Barber
December 16 - Jesse Ulrich
December 23 -
December 30 -
Minutes and/or Financial Reports for the 2019-2020 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 will be posted by Tuesday late:
  • Minutes for the October 21st  Board of Directors meeting
  • Financial Statements for Month Ending September 31, 2019.
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.