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
Aug 02, 2021
Meeting of Board of Directors
Aug 09, 2021
After Normal Meeting
Aug 09, 2021
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Board Member to June 31 2023
Treasurer Assistant
Board Member to June 31 2022
Child Protection Officer
Board Member to June 31 2023
Board Member to June 31 2024
Immediate Past President
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Rotary Club of Fort Dodge
Teresa Naughton, President
Home Page Stories
The next Rotary Meeting is on schedule for August 2nd following this week's cancellation because of RAGBRAI.  That event has come and gone and it would appear to have been a great success.  Congratulations to Rotarian Nelson and the rest of the event's organizers.
Doug Passow, founder of The Gene Giraffe Project, started the non-profit to provide hope and inspiration to families that have children with rare or inherited diseases.  The Gene Giraffe Project was inspired by his niece Ava Passow, who passed away from an inherited disease, GM1 Gangliosidosis, at age 3.  The disease later took away his nephew, Jackson, age 2. 
Passow understands the hardships of families that have children with rare diseases, which is why the organization sends out care packages to families that often include financial support for gas and food.  The packages are individualized and provide support that families and the children need, always including a giraffe, which was Ava's favorite toy.   While Gene Giraffe is a small organization, it has provided care packages to families in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio.  They have also donated equipment, rare bears, ADA accessible picnic tables, burp cloths, toys and craft materials to local hospitals, pediatric practices and the hospice house, as well as, funded college scholarships.   These items are supported through donations and the fundraisers they have each year,  which include a golf outing, fun runs and movie nights.  For more information, visit GeneGiraffe.
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 May 24, 2021 Meeting of the Board of Directors
  • Financial Reports for Month Ending June 30, 2021 (This report is also End of Year Financial Report for period July 1, 2020 to June 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 -
October - Cameron Nelson
November - Amy Bruno
December - David Fierke
January -  David Fierke
February - Kraig Barber
March - Elizabeth Stanek
April -
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.