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  • Manna Meal
    First United Methodist Church
    Dec 21, 2019
    1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
St. Edmond Choir
Dec 16, 2019
Club Out of Willow Ridge Session at Fort Frenzy
Dec 23, 2019
Tentative Schedule
Dec 30, 2019
Jen Leiting
Jan 13, 2020
Tour Nestle Purina
Board Meeting
Jan 13, 2020
Shelley Bottoff
Jan 27, 2020
Preview of upcoming Stage Door Production
Club Executives & Directors
President Nominee
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Board Member to 2022
Board Member to 2020
Board Member to 2021
Board Member to 2022
Board Member to 2020
Board Member to 2021
Youth Protection Officer
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Cameron Nelson appeared on the cover of the Thursday "Messenger" as he participates with a volunteer group (Our Community Honoring Veterans) to raise money for those in need during the Christmas Season. 
At Monday's meeting a Club Forum was held to discuss the following areas of development:
  • Membership:  1) the club needs to do a better job of inviting prospective members to our social functions; 2) the club should purchase Rotary Shirts to be worn at Rotary functions so pictures can be submitted to the "Messenger's" Social Section; 3) Attendance is trending upward, but is not certain that efforts to contact non attending Rotarians has worked or not.
  • Service:  The immediate concern is the upcoming Mana Meal on December 21st for which several additional workers are needed.  Ringing Bells for Salvation Army was a success.  Finally, the club needs to better inform its members of service activities when they occur - suggestions were to begin now with securing helpers at the Scholarship Appreciation Dinner and review of annual Scholarship awards.
  • Programs:  This committee is looking at ways to involve additional club members in determining our weekly programs and etc.  A specific recommendation being discussed is to have Rotary go to community industries/businesses (an initial example is our upcoming visit to Friskies in January), perhaps on a quarterly basis.
  • Social:  This committee has just completed two highly successful sessions, one at Shiny Top Brewery, and one at the Ringland-Smelter house for a Christmas function.  At least two additional events are in the planning for the next six months.
Prior to committee work President Stanek had four Rotarians demonstrate how to best empty a box of tissues in the fastest time.  Rotarian OK'Neill won the event.
According to Club procedures the President announced at the first Club session in December a proposed slate for Officers/Board Members for the next Rotary Year beginning July 1, 2020.  At the December 9th session on a motion and a second nominations were ceased.  At the December 16th meeting an official club vote will be held on the following.
Proposed Officers/Board Members for 7/1/20 to 6/31/22
President – Cameron Nelson
Immediate Past President – Elizabeth Stanek
President Elect – ______________________
President Nominee – Dave Beekman
Treasurer – John Nielsen/Kraig Barber
Secretary – Steve Hoesel/Elizabeth Stanek
Board of Directors to Term Expiring on 6/31 2020     
                David Beekman
                Janet Secor
Board of Directors to Term Expiring on 6/31/2021    
                Cameron Nelson
                Elizabeth Stanek
Board of Directors to Term Expiring on 6/31/2022
                Eric Knox
                Dee Murmann
Rotarian Fierke appeared on the cover of the Tuesday "Messenger" with an article outlining steps by the City Council to remove people still living in a severely burned apartment complex that had been condemned. 
Jolene Hays, FDH Coordinator of the Kosovo Youth Exchange Program brought with her four students who attended Camp Toka to discuss their experiences and notes on temporarily living in a foreign country. Participation at Camp Toko for the four students was financially under writen by Rotary.  The students were:  Cayci Bidleman, Caden Elliott, Emma Alstott, and Isabel Gruver.  Consistent comments about Camp Toka can be summed up as follows:
  • Personal Growth;
  • Leadership Development Skills;
  • Become awareness of working with others;
  • Understanding alternate points of view and consensus building;
  • Living in a country where you do not know the language (in this case Albanian, but many speak some English);
  • Working from partners from other countries with different views (multiple countries represented at Camp Toka).
Students are selected for Camp Toka through the following method (Next year Kosovo kids will come to Iowa and in the following year Iowa kids will go to Kosovo):
  • Completing an application;
  • Completing a video of your goals, desires, etc. of approximately one minute;
  • Agreeing to work on fund raising;
  • Participating in a 4H Council training titled "We Connect" so the culture shock is not substantial in the first critical days of becoming acquainted.  The training will require at least monthly meetings through the first year.  The sessions are tailored to help students fine their own identity and how to mix with new cultures.
In the words of Mark Twain:  "Travel is fatal to bigotry, narrow mindedness, and Prejudice."
On Monday Rotary hosted Seniors from our local High Schools.  From Fort Dodge Senior High appeared:  Nathanial Madden, Geoffrey Astor, and Alicia Reed.  From Saint Edmond High School appeared:  Isabel Woodhouse, Olivia Kolacia, Jack Stackhouse, and Josie Huss.  Each student introduced themselves, provided a brief overview of the success during High School, identified their parents, and briefly gave their future plans after high school if known.  Rotary provided each with a Certification of Attendance/Appreciation, a Four-Way Test key chain, and a brochure on Rotary in Fort Dodge.
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.
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 November 18th  Board of Directors meeting
  • Financial Statements for Month Ending October 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.