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Club Information
Welcome to the Fort Dodge Noon Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 11:45 a.m.
ShinyTop Brewing
520 Central Avenue
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
United States of America
Invocation Leaders
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President
Secretary
Treasurer
Rotary Foundation
Treasurer Assistant
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Youth Protection Officer
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Board of Director
Immediate Past President
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Fort Dodge Noon Rotary Club
James Knight, President
 
Home Page Stories
Rotary's guest Monday was Police Chief Dennis Quinn supported by Rotarian David Fierke, and former Police Captain Quinton Nelson.  The team presented an overview of "the Case for 8" which will appear on a special election scheduled for September 10th.  The initiative would place a 5% franchise fee on Mid American Electric and Gas bills to fund the following:
  • Add 8 total officers which would provide 3 each for an additional patrol shift.  This action would be adding a Community Action Team that would patrol, interact with the community, investigation, and deliver official papers.  The current force has 38;
  • The additional shift will assist in gaining the initiative within the community of becoming more proactive with issues rather than staying reactive;
  • Assist in recruitment of new officers as the current concept of understaffed will be alleviated;
  • Assist in retention of current trained officers as they experience less stress;
  • The Iowa Legislature has been lowering property taxes on Commercial, which prohibits the City to fund the initiative from tax dollars - The City lost approximately $200,000 in tax monies from this legislative action;
  • All of the proposed levy (franchise fee) will be dedicated to the Police Department and is projected to raise $2.4 million during a full year of implementation;
  • Increased police will help the community to protect/insure the vast community development and infrastructure recently added;
  • As as side note, the 5% franchise fee would also eliminate the current City LOST levy of 1% levied on current gas and electric bills.
Rotarian Kuhlman of the Community Foundation was pictured with a lead article in the Wednesday "Messenger" discussing how a funding package has been put together to add another person to the Webster County Sheriff's Department specifically to work with investigations for drugs within the area.  This move is a response to the escalating presence of drugs in the area.
Friday, July 19th will be the second "Lunch on Central" sponsored by the "Mainstreet" and the Downtown business district.  The event will be held on the small park area East of the Messenger building.  
During the Monday meeting John Daniel, Mel Schroeder, and Steve Hoesel were honored with the next step Paul Harris Foundation recognition pin.  John and Mel received their Paul Harris +2 pin, and Steve received his Paul Harris + 6 pin.  When a person contributes $1,000 to the Foundation they are classified as an initial Paul Harris Fellow.  After that a step is added for each $1,000 contribution.  The funds can be in lump sum, or on a non-specified schedule of smaller amounts.  The pin contains stones that represent the number of steps beyond the original $1,000 contribution.
The following Rotarians volunteered to secure programs for these months. When a Rotarian is approached by an individual requesting to present to the Club, please refer the individual to the program coordinator for the requested month.
 
As of this posting the Club is still looking for Program Chairs for April and June.  If you are willing to take on that task please contact Renee McDonald.
 
Overall Chair for Programs - Renee McDonald 
 
August - Justin Mikos
September - Renee McDonald
October - Jim Knight
November - 
December - Casey Johnson
January - David Fierke
February - Kraig Barber
March - Randy Kuhlman
April - Phyllis Thesier
May - Teresa Naughton
June - 
July - Cameron Nelson
 
 
 
Secretary Teresa Naughton has been uploading Minutes and Financial Reports for the 2022-2023 Rotary Year 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.
 
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 (Elizabeth Stanek) 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 contact Treasurer Elizabeth Stanek or Foundation Chair Bill Kent.