Club Information
Welcome to the Fort Dodge Noon Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 11:45 AM
Pizza Ranch
3311 5th Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
United States of America
Effective July 5th
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Rotary Foundation
Board Member to June 31 2023
Board Member to June 31 2023
Treasurer Assistant
Board Member to June 31 2022
Child Protection Officer
Board Member to June 31 2024
Immediate Past President
Steve Roe
Oct 04, 2021
Beacon of Hope
Deb Davis
Oct 11, 2021
The Lord's Cupboard
Cameron Nelson
Oct 18, 2021
Candidate for Ward 2
Jeff Hassman
Nov 08, 2021
District Goverenor 5970
Meeting of Board of Directors
Nov 08, 2021
With Jeff Hassman, District Goverrnor
Savation Army
Nov 15, 2021
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Rotary Club of Fort Dodge
Teresa Naughton, President
Home Page Stories
Rotarian Joel was pictured in the Saturday "Messenger" which was reporting on an updated position of the Fort Dodge Community Schools.  Masks will now be required of all grade school and early education children.  Middle School and Senior High students are urged to obtain a COVID shot, but that is not required, not wearing of masks for this group.
Rotarian Joel was pictured in the Monday "Messenger" with an article covering the latest meeting of the Fort Dodge Community Schools Board.  A specific outline was included that discussed the various options the District may use to spend ESSER III COVID relief funds.  Specifically, the program is designed to design programs to help students with hearing loss and other disabilities recover from the isolation of COVID.
Josh Porter, Fort Dodge Community Schools Activities Director for grades 9-12 was the guest of Rotary on Monday.  Josh has been in his position for less than a year and outlined for the Club his family history and goals for his position.
  • Josh is an Otho native who graded from Fort Dodge Community Schools in 1999, attended ICCC for two years, and completed his undergraduate degree at Central College in Pella.  He spent one year in North Mahaska Schools as a teacher/coach/any job needing done, and later at Clarinda for 15 years as Activities Director, Teacher, Transportation Director, Bus Driver, and any other job that needed done. At Central College his degree specialized in P.E and Exercise Science with a teaching certificate.
  • This year he moved his family of wife and three grade school age children back to Fort Dodge and assumed the job of Activities Director for the 9th to 12th grades.  This job includes:
    • Oversee all school sanctioned clubs, sports, music groups, etc.  His goal is to provide cohesiveness to all for one system.  The attempt is to work toward funding opportunities and professional leadership for each group and to eliminate "playing one group or team against another  for resources."
    • Fort Dodge is the smallest of the 5A schools and is entering into a new athletic conference where all schools will be of a similar size and will limit competition against the very large Des Moines suburban schools (Fort Dodge, Mason City, Ames, Marshalltown, Ottumwa, North, Roosevelt, Lincoln, East, and Hoover).  
    • Challenges will be to provide support to all squads and groups, help build up the weaker programs, make all activities fun, better invite the community to outings, and secure the best possible mentors/coaches/moniters.
    • The Go Big for Fort Dodge Kids fund raiser will become a primary partnership between the community and educators to provide additional funding.
    • A real problem outlined was the difficulty in securing coaches and a funding balance for all activities. 
    • The solution to staff is to hire quality teachers with competitive pay and working environments who also can coach a team.
    • Fort Dodge has some of the best sports venues in Iowa and we need to showcase such.
    • Fort Dodge Community Schools needs to work closer with ICCC on use and development of the venues. 
    • A real need exists for referees and officials for sporting events.
Richard and Joan Stark were pictured on the front page of the "Messenger" with Athletic Director Jamie Pollard and ISU President Wendy Wintersteen.  The Starks were instrumental as the lead donors for the new $90 million Stark Performance Center to enhance the athletes at Iowa State University by greatly improving the overall care, tranning, and education of students. 
Congratulations to Cameron Nelson and Jesse Ulrich who were chosen to be included in the Fort Dodge "Messenger's" "10 Under 40" who provide substantial public service to the community in addition to their regular jobs.  Well done Rotarians.  In addition, member Ann Zwink is the daughter of Rotarian Bill Secor and niece of Janet Secor. 
Minutes and/or Financial Reports for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year have been posted to the members only section of the Website (Found under Folder Organization and then Subfolder Documents) 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 August 16th 2021 Meeting of the Board of Directors
  • Financial Reports for Month Ending July 30, 2021
  • Proposed Budget for Rotary Year July 1, 2021 to June 30 2022)
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 - Derrick Joel
October - Jim Knight
November -
December - David Fierke
January -  David Fierke
February - Kraig Barber
March - Randy Kuhlman
April - Elizabeth Stanek
May - Teresa Naughton
June - Cameron Nelson
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.