Club Information
Welcome to the Fort Dodge Noon Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 11:45 AM
ShinyTop Brewing
520 Central Avenue
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
United States of America
Invocation Leaders
Club Executives & Directors
Rotary Foundation
Board Member to June 31, 2024
Board member to June 31, 2023
Treasurer Alternate
Board Member to June 31, 2025
Youth Protection Officer
Board Member to June 31, 2023
Immediate Past President
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Rotary Club of Fort Dodge
Teresa Naughton, President
Home Page Stories
-Messenger photo by Kelby Wingert
Community members, starring Rotarian Steve Hoesel (left) and Rep. Ann Meyer (right), packed the conference room at Iowa Central's Triton Cafe on Tuesday evening for a Webster County Supervisors candidate election forum.
Our very own Rotarian and travel extraordinaire, Steve Hoesel, was back with more of the best of Europe, as he spoke of his travel through Italy and the history of the land.  Hoesel flew over the Artic Circle, witnessing a beautiful sky during the period of 24 hours of light, then over Paris, France and into Rome, Italy.  He travelled to the Italian cities of Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Stresa, Assisi, Isle of Capri, and to Lugano, Switzerland, and many beautiful places in between. He shared lots of beautiful pictures of the impressive, historical buildings and statues for which the country is known, including St. Peter's Basilica, Treva Fountain, Castello  Angelo, Trajan Column and the Pantheon.  Hoesel remarked that visiting Pompei and Mt. Vesuvius was one of the most impressive sights he'd seen, especially the ruins, carriage track grooves seen in the stone streets, the, ahem, murals of what was for sale and the casts made from the shell of human remains found during excavation.  
Hoesel shared many tidbits throughout his presentation, such as: 
  • Pick-pockets work in teams, so it is important to be cautious and only take what you need (cash, credit cards, etc.)
  • Italy's statues are now being taken down from outdoor public spaces and being put in museums to ensure they are maintained for posterity.
  • The Coliseum used to be covered in marble.
  • Many towns are built on hills.
  • Housing is an issue for the population.
  • The railroad in the Cinque Terre is 80% tunnel and 20% trestle, as it is in a very rugged area.  
  • Northern Italy is known for its industry.
  • Venice was built on an island and it is sinking.
  • There are albino peacocks - who knew?!
Until next time...keep on travelling Steve! Chow.
Secretary Elizabeth Stanek has been uploading Minutes and Financial Reports for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year 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 following are 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 - Volunteer Needed
October - Jim Knight
November - Jim Knight
December - Casey Johnson
January -  David Fierke
February - Kraig Barber
March - Randy Kuhlman
April - Elizabeth Stanek
May - Teresa Naughton
June - Cameron Nelson
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.