Posted by Stephen Hoesel on Feb 18, 2019
Monday's guests were Terry Cook and Laura Crowl.  Terry spoke on the upcoming Frontier Days Event just over three months away.  Laura outlined recent changes at the Fort in an effort toward sustainability. 
Frontier Days:
  • The event will be held on May 31st, June 1st, and June 2nd;
  • This year the intent is to take the event back to the past and recreate some of the items that made it great.  This year's line-up will include:  Nashville Recording Artist; 50s to 60s bands; Rock and Roll band; Blues Band; Large horses with Wagon; Kids Games; Guns and Garters; Chain Saw artist; Reenactment Team; Church Service; Bill Riley Talent Search; Magic; Juggler  etc.  The event will have a definite "kids flavor."
  • Mike and Cindy Muroney have agreed to chair the Saturday Morning Parade, with some added attractions included;
  • The event has a $20,000 budget, with innovative ways to secure additional funding;
  • The Chain Saw Artist will donate six items to be auctioned off to raise funds for the event;
  • The intent is to establish a $5 entry fee.
Fort Museum and Opera House:
  • Several years ago the Opera House was spun away from the Fort Museum, but has been brought back together recently.  The intent is to make the Opera House the fundraising arm of the Fort Museum to "keep it afloat."  To do this Laura has bee actively recruiting weekly events of concerts and seminars.  Attendance has been increasing and profits are becoming evident;
  • A Fort Bingo has been started as a fundraiser for the Fort Museum.  The endowment/foundation left to operate the Fort Museum has been used and other funds must be acquired;
  • A 150th year anniversary is planned for later in the year, with considerable activity centered around the Cardiff Giant;
  • A 50s and 60s era music venue will be established.
Terry Cook and Laura Crowl - Frontier Days and Fort Happenings Stephen Hoesel 2019-02-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Hoesel on Feb 18, 2019
President Tofilon asked for comments, questions, and further nominations from the floor for the following issues.  Motion by Schroeder, second by Garton to agree to the By-Law Change and to finalize the slate of officers/board members outlined below (given no nominations from the floor) and cease nominations and forward to a full vote on February 25th.  Ayes All - Motion Carried.
President:  Elizabeth Stanek
President Elect:  Janet Secor
President Elect, Elect:  Cameron Nelson
Immediate Past President:  Joseph Tofilon
Treasurer:  John Nielsen/Kraig Barber
Secretary:  Steve Hoesel
Board Directors Term Ending 6/31/2020 (Hold Over Members)
David Beekman
Susan Ahlers Leman
Board Directors Term Ending 6/31/2021 (Hold Over Members)
Cameron Nelson
Elizabeth Stanek
Board Directors Term Ending 6/31/2022 (New)
Eric Knox
Dee Murman
Article III establishes the number of Board of Director members to be 9, with three each serving staggered three-year terms. This by law was implemented when the club had over 100+ members, and with the current 65 it is becoming virtually impossible to get volunteers to begin serving a three-year term. Therefore, the proposal is to officially amend Article III of the By-Laws by reducing from 9 to 6 the membership of the board and to elect 2 rather than 3 new members for three-year terms. 
Election of 7/1/19 to 6/31/20 Club Officials and By-Law Change Stephen Hoesel 2019-02-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Teresa Naughton on Feb 17, 2019
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. (Also please note that you can call either Don Woodruff or Janet Secor, who have said they can be a fill-in alternate.)
Feb 25 - Connie Lind
March 4 - Kraig Barber
March 11 - John Daniel
March 18 - Steve Hoesel
March 25 - Teresa Naughton
April - Mel Schroeder
Invocation Leader for 2/25 is Connie Lind Teresa Naughton 2019-02-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Kinney on Feb 15, 2019
Rotarians Dan Kinney and Randy Kuhlman were pictured in the recent issue of the "Fort Dodge Business Connections" section of the Messenger."  Randy provided an update for the Greater Fort Dodge Community Foundation-United Way while Dan Kinney was pictured with an article touting the success of the ICCC College Collect Career Academies.  The Career Academies center on area students who want to work toward certification in a trade, such as welding.  The college ad local businesses/industries design the innovative courses of study. 
Rotarians in "Fort Dodge Business Connections" Daniel Kinney 2019-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Kersten on Feb 14, 2019
Rotarian steve Kersten appeared in the Thursday "Messenger" as he was swearing-in Brittni Nelson, the newest member of the Webster County Reserves.  The Reserves provide valuable service to the Sheriff's office in helping reduce the load of the regular staff. 
Picture of Rotarian in the "Messenger" Stephen Kersten 2019-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Hoesel on Feb 11, 2019
Rotary Districts 5970 and 6000 partner to sponsor one of the premier youth leadership development programs in the nation (RYLA from a Rotary International Format).  The event this year will be held between July 14th and 19 on the Grinnell College campus.  Cost is $450 (Which our club will pay).  In past years the two Fort Dodge Rotary Clubs have been well represented, with several of our participants later becoming counselors and frequent guest speakers in posts attendance years.  The program is designed to provide to campers:  Leadership skills, Citizenship considerations for improving their community, and Personal development and interaction with others. Associated benefits become:  Networking, Conflict Solving Tools, Consensus Building, Community Issues, etc  Recently the program has expanded from the traditional Sophomore/Junior age group to a new 7th and 8th grade Young RYLA program.  The younger kids experience a similar camp as the older group, but with less intensity. 
On Monday Dave and Betsy Kutter of the District 5970 Office visited with the club to provide an overview of the program and to encourage potential enrollments.  The hands on and group activities are designed to take a somewhat shy kid and return them as a polished self-assured leader.  The Kutters provided a variety of testimony to this fact.  The camp will accommodate 240 Sophomores/Juniors and some spots are still available.  If you have a student/young adult/relative that may be interested please have them contact a club official to voice that interest.  During a round-table after the speakers several good targets were identified.  Last year nobody from Fort Dodge attended other than a former graduate that served as speaker/advisor, but in past years Daybreak/Noon have sent as many as 4.  It is a very cheap cost to invest in our future leaders and it is hoped we can again send several. 
RYLA Stephen Hoesel 2019-02-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joseph Tofilon on Feb 11, 2019
Rotary's own Joe Tofilon appeared on the cover of the Monday "Messenger" in a near full-page spread announcing his arrival as ours newest Associate District Judge for the Flrt Dodge zone.  The article was an excellent description of Joe's philosophy and his past legal experiences.  Rotary wishes Joe the best in "weighing  justice" on a growing clientele.  However, with "tongue in cheek," Rotarians should beware that the "book" could be thrown at them if they appear before the newest Judge.
Picture of Rotarian in the "Messenger" Joseph Tofilon 2019-02-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Hoesel on Feb 10, 2019
Minutes and/or Financial Reports for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year have been posted to the members only section of the Website and are available for viewing by accessing the Members Only Section. 
Minutes and Financial Reports Stephen Hoesel 2019-02-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joseph Tofilon on Feb 10, 2019
This is a "save the date" notice of an upcoming Club Social event for all members and their families.   Please note that some details have recently been added.
February TBD.  A Tuesday Rotary Night at Soldier Creek
March TBD – International Project
Save the Date Notice Joseph Tofilon 2019-02-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kraig Barber on Jan 01, 2019
Kraig Barber passed around a copy of the latest Master Plan for Snell-Crawford Park.  The latest version incorporates some of the suggestions by Rotarians of leaving the road into the interior of the Park.  Kraig noted that within the near future the Fort Dodge Parks, Forestry, and Recreation Commission will be reviewing this issue.  A picture is included for your knowledge.
Snell-Crawford Master Plan Kraig Barber 2019-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Hoesel on Jan 01, 2017
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 please use the following application format found over two sections of this applet.  When completed please scan your application narrative and send to Fort Dodge Rotary, Box 935, Fort Dodge, Iowa  50501 .  The first page of the application appears below and the second is found by clicking on the "read more" applet. 
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Club's Application for Funds for Various Projects Stephen Hoesel 2017-01-02 00:00:00Z 0