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Rotarian Don Woodruff appeared in the Sunday "Messenger's Business Review Section" announcing that he had received an Outstanding Alumnus award from the College of Engineering and Science, Florida Institute of Technology.  Don is from a very successful business and is actively involved in community service.
Rotarian Randy Kuhlman was pictured on the Opinion Page of the Sunday "Messenger."  The article was about the current United Way Campaign - Hope 4 Kids with an overall goal of $425,000. 
Rotarian and District Associate Judge Joseph Tofilon is pictured in the Sunday "Messenger in what it is certain Joseph would say is one of his favorite court cases.  The Judge was able to complete the adoption of a one year old to Billie and David Long.  Joseph was an attorney when he worked with the Longs to become a foster home for the youth at one day of age.
Rotarian and Magistrate Steve Kersten had the pleasure as pictured in the Friday edition of "The Messenger" to "swear in" three new reserve members of the Fort Dodge Police and Webster County Sheriff's Departments.  The reserves are paid $1 per year and perform valuable assistance to local officers in various ways including large public events and major crime scene control.
In mid July Heather Jensen was hired as the Curator for the Fort Museum and Frontier Village.  Since then the organization has embarked on a challenging and very interesting sequence of events to raise local and national awareness of the facility including:
  • October 16th -- 150 birthday of the Cardiff story;
  • October 19th - Partnership with ICCC to host the STEAM fest;
  • Late October - Period Halloween;
  • November 2nd - White Sidewalls Concert'
  • October 10th - Volunteer Appreciation;
  • Upcoming - Cast Iron Cooking using period pots/pans and heat source;
  • Continuation - Wild Flower/Prairie Garden/Monarch Butterfly Stop-Over;
  • November 23rd - Dickens of a Christmas in Period Gear;
  • December 8th - Ben Ahlers Concert;
  • December 31st - Saucy Jack Concert;
  • January 31st to February 1st - Four Men in Plaid Concert;
  • Fall/Winder/Spring - Ice skating at the Fort.
New Activities to begin soon:
  • A variety of innovative fundraising opportunities;
  • Analysis of immediate maintenance for all 19 buildings;
  • Placement of Public Art at the Fort;
  • Shift some of the static displays to interactive formats to attract more youth;
  • Pump period smells into buildings;
  • Attract more volunteers;
  • Search for sponsors for events;
  • Develop a process for community donations.
Heather is a very dynamic and energetic individual and her presence has already and will be felt into the future. 
Monday's guest program was provided by Randy Kuhlman and Amy Bruno who introduced the current United Way Fund Drive for Fort Dodge and Webster County,  Why invest in United Way?  To this question Randy provided the following statistics:
  1. 1 in 4 kids live in a poverty household;
  2. 1 in 6 kids have hunger issues where food outside of the school system may not be available;
  3. 42% of households with dependent kids are headed by a single parent, with 90+% of those being female;
  4. There are an average of 100 homeless kids in Fort Dodge living with friends, out of cars, shelters, etc. 
The United Way uses 40 partner agencies that work in the following emphasis areas:
  • Fighting Hunger
  • Preventing Homelessness
  • Achieving in School
  • Providing Emergency Assistance
  • Accessing Medical and Mental Health Services
  • Engaging Youth in Enrichment Programs
  • Supporting our Seniors
Fort Dodge has one of the 10 cities in Iowa with the worst crime statistics.  To help counter this issue a new emphasis will be placed on Public Safety, Drug Abuse, etc.  Drugs are a source of further criminal behavior and no neighborhood in Webster County is immune to this problem.
Randy and Amy closed with the statement:  "We need to invest in our kids because 50% are likely to remain in the city as adults.  We therefore work on one life at a time."  A graphic visual is often worth many words and The presenters closed by showing the life history of Olivia's Challenge, where a young girl in preschool began to cope with her dysfunctional family through help of a United Way Mentor to work through multiple issues to become a productive member of society.   
During the Monday meeting at Willow Ridge Rotary hosted three students from Fort Dodge Senior High:  Kane Freeman, Abigail Adams, and Chloe Cathcart.  Each student provided a brief message about their family, major awards earned in school, best memory of high school, and goals for their post high school career.  Rotary provided to each a Certificate of Attendance, a 4-Way key chain, and a brochure on Rotary in Fort Dodge.
Rotarian David Fierke appeared on the first page of the Monday "Messenger" with an article outlining the proposed redevelopment of the Crossroads Mall Area.  The Council will "take-up" the potential use of TIF financing funds to help in the redevelopment in a special meeting on Wednesday.
Two Rotarians were pictured while attending the annual Fundraiser for Life Works Charitable Foundation.  Rotarian Casey Johnson served as a judge to the talent show and Executive Director Teresa Naughton was found wandering throughout.  It would appear the night was a success.
Rotarian David Flattery and  wife Debbie are found in the "Messenger"  on Sunday .  Dave and Debbie were honored by St. Edmond as being this year's honored family.
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.
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.