Posted by Amy Bruno on Nov 12, 2018
Rotary's own Amy Bruno was the guest presenter on Monday with an excellent overview of the impact of United Way on the very low income of Webster County.  The agency intends to raise approximately $425,000 (100% to remain n Fort Dodge Area) to fund approximately 40 human service agencies engaged in the following categories:
  • Fighting Hunger - Backpack Buddies, Lord's Cupboard, Salvation Army, Food Panties, United Way Humanitarian Fund
  • Preventing Homelessness - Beacon of Hope, Bridging the Gap, FD Housing Agency, LOTUS Women's Homeless Shelter, United Way Homelessness Fund, Upper Des Moines Opportunities
  • In-School Education - AFES, Bridges Mentoring, Early Childhood Center Dodger Academy, FDSH Credit Restoration, Foster Grandparents, Joy of Reading, St. Edmond After School, Vision to Learn
  • Emergency Assistance - D/SAOC, United Way Humanitarian Fund, Wheels for Work
  • Medical ad Mental Health Services - Community Health Center, Catholic Charities, Children ad Families of Iowa, CFR, Hope for Healing, Prescriptions for Kids, Lutheran Social Services, Webster County Health Dept.
  • Enrichment Programs - Blanden Youth, Character Counts, Fort Dodge Rec Youth Sports, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Youth Enrichment Fund, Youth Musical Programs
  • Supporting Our Seniors - Meals on Wheels, Senior Emergency Assistance Program
Some interesting statistics:
  • 42% of children live with a one parent.  Most likely to be in poverty
  • 50% of kids in rural schools ted to stay in the area after graduation.  Thus it is imperative that we provide these youth with maximum help and training for jobs
  • The key is now basic assistance for basic existence, which many very low income families do not.
Amy Bruno and United Way Amy Bruno 2018-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Teresa Naughton on Nov 12, 2018
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 they6 can be a fill-in alternate.)
Nov 19 - Mel Schroeder
Nov 26 - Gary LeValley
Dec 3 - Hans Nielsen
Dec 10 - Janet Secor
Dec 17 - David Fierke
Dec 24 - Holiday
Dec 31 - Holiday
Schedule of Invocations Teresa Naughton 2018-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Schnurr on Nov 12, 2018
Rotarian Jerry Schnurr appeared on the front page of the Monday "Messenger" series of interviews with influential men in and around Fort Dodge.  Jerry is very "up" on Fort Dodge and outlined his reasons why.
Picture of Rotarian in the "Messenger" Jerry Schnurr 2018-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Fierke on Nov 06, 2018
Rotarian David Fierke appeared on the front page of the Tuesday "Messenger" with a summary of the Monday Council Meeting at which the vote was to raise a sanitary sewer initiative fee by $2.50 on January 1st of each of the next three years.  The money will substantially improve the system that was largely neglected for many years. 
Picture of Rotarian in "Messenger" David Fierke 2018-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Hoesel on Nov 05, 2018
The "Paint the Silo" project is well underway and is generating considerable interest from the public.  The project became the signature element from the Northwest River District Planning Effort to improve the entrance corridor into the downtown from the Northwest corridor.  City staff reviewed various options and formed a think tank with the Blanden Art Museum, Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association, the Deardorf Foundation, and etc.  The chosen project became a "paint the silo" concept that was submitted to public comment and suggestions.  Through that process a Public Arts Coalition was formed to secure funding, implementation, and consideration for future projects.  Over 40 entities have become sources of funding to hire Guido van Helten of Australia to do the painting.  The Artist is well known and is/have done similar projects in the Midwest.  Specifically, he is using a mineral based paint that is projected to have a 30 year lifespan.  The paint adheres into the concrete base.  A warranty is also provided.  The best kept secret is who the paintings represent/are.  All will be revealed by the artist one the project is complete.  All he will say is that a review was made of Fort Dodge history and the images are well documented in our history. Substantial progress has been made to two sides of the silo within a relative short period of time.  We anxiously await the final project.
Carissa Harvey and the Silo Project Stephen Hoesel 2018-11-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephen Hoesel on Nov 04, 2018
Minutes and/or Financial Reports for the 2018 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 2018-11-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joseph Tofilon on Nov 04, 2018
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.
November 27th (Tuesday)  - Rotary Night at Shiny Top Brewery.  Time:  5:00 to 7:00 P.M.  Partnership with Daybreak Rotary and Young Professionals.  Costs:  You pay for what you drink and eat.
December 31st. (Monday) Family lunch and Game Activities at Fort Frenzi.  Time:  Noon to 1:30 P.M.  Cost:  Meal - $9.00 per person and $7.00 for a one hour play card if wanted.
February TBD.  A Tuesday Rotary Night at Soldier Creek
March TBD – International Project
Save the Date Notice Joseph Tofilon 2018-11-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kraig Barber on Nov 04, 2018
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 2018-11-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheryl O'Hern on Nov 04, 2018
Rotarian Cheryl O'Hern was pictured in the "Messenger" with a business note that she was recently elected President of the Dental Connection Advisory Board.  The organization works with Dentists throughout the country to secure professional services to help run their businesses.
Rotarian in the "Messenger" Cheryl O'Hern 2018-11-04 05:00:00Z 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