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
President Nominee
Board Member to June 31 2022
Board Member to June 31 2021
Board Member to June 31 2023
Board Member to June 31 2021
Child Protection Officer
Board Member to June 31 2023
Treasurer Assistant
Secretary Assist
Board Member to June 31 2022
Immediate Past President
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Rotary Club of Fort Dodge
Cameron Nelson, President
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Found in the second opinion section of the Wednesday "Messenger" was a tribute written by Randy Kuhlman in memory of long-time Rotarian Don Schnurr.  As part of Don's legacy to the community two scholarships have been established with the Fort Dodge Community Foundation - United Way to assist students wishing to enter college to pursue accounting degrees.  This year's winners were Grant Heldorfer (University of Iowa) of Saint Edmond and Kate Irving (ICCC) of Fort Dodge Senior High.  The community and Rotary congratulates Don on his wisdom to leave this legacy to the community.
In lieu of a program, President Nelson provided updates/information to members: 
  • Beginning July 5th, the club will hold its weekly meetings at Pizza Ranch.  Please tell the person at the counter that you are there for the Rotary Meeting.
  • The club members are asked to volunteer for a Meals on Wheels Route.  Cameron has signed up for a route for July  6, 7, 8 & 9.  Members will be contacted by Cameron to sign up for a slot.  Members will committ to approximately an hour of service.  The route starts at 10:45 a.m.
  • A thank you note from Rylie Steinkamp was received by the club.  Steinkamp thanked the club for putting on the Academic Achievement Banquet and for selecting her as the Outstanding Student.  
  • Members for the program committee are needed as the task is falling on a small group of people.  Please contact Cameron if you are interested.
Webster County Conservation Director, Matt Cosgrove, reported that park use increased dramatically during the pandemic.  Gypsum City had a 100% increase over the year prior in reservations.  The growth of the region is benefiting parks and recreation initiatives including: 
  • Hike & Bike Trails in Webster County
    • Kennedy Park Lake Loop
    • Fort Dodge to Badger
    • Gowrie Trail
    • Dayton Trail
    • Nature Trail Improvements
    • N. 22nd Street Trail Connection
  • Riverfront Projects
    • Little Dam Enhancements
    • Riverfront Development - Webster County Nature Center
Matt noted that the Children's Forest Story Trail was recently completed, though more will be added in the near future. Henderson Landing has been completed providing access to the water trail and improvements have been completed on Lizard Creek.  Check out the Webster County Conservation Program Guide.
Rotarian Kuhlman provided the monthly editorial in the "Business Connection" insert to the Friday "Messenger."  The editorial was from the point of view of the Fort Dodge Community Foundation/United Way and the impact of trails, parks, and other major entertainment venues the area has to provide to the "quality of life" that businesses need to attract a quality workforce and encourage new people move to the area.   A health recreation amenity is also very important to the mental well-being of our citizens and our attitudes toward society.
Club member Randy Kuhlman has found in the "Messenger" archives from May 16, 1917 an article providing the Organization of the first Rotary Club meeting in Fort Dodge.  Also included are listings of the first officers, Board of Directors and Charter Members.  A copy of the article is attached to this insert and is also included under Club Documents in the Members Only portion of the Club Runner Web Site.
Minutes and/or Financial Reports for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year have been posted to the members only section of the Website 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 April 30, 2021
  • Proposed Budget for Rotary Year July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021
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.