Greg Darling
Jan 23, 2018
Robert Myott
Jan 30, 2018
Dr. Dan Kinney, President Iowa Central Community College
Jeff Gargano
Feb 06, 2018
Brad Emick
Feb 13, 2018
Gary Peyton
Feb 20, 2018
Joe Alvarez
Feb 27, 2018
Gabe Pettit
Mar 06, 2018
Tony Christensen
Mar 13, 2018
Travis Fuller
Mar 20, 2018
Ross Sleiter
Apr 03, 2018
Jared Johnson
Apr 10, 2018
Jana Bratland
Apr 17, 2018
Bruce Watnem
Apr 24, 2018
Vic Meyer
May 01, 2018
Aaron Olson
May 08, 2018
Clifton Kalafatich
May 15, 2018
Brett Legvold
May 22, 2018
Kevin Marso
May 29, 2018
Carl Mattes
Jun 05, 2018
Gary Peyton
Jun 12, 2018
Brad Emick
Jun 19, 2018
John Raine
Jun 26, 2018



We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Miller's Landing
600 13th St S
Humboldt, IA  50548
United States
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Brook Hjelmeland is the daughter of Ron and Jodi Hjelmeland.  She is active in Student Senate, Interact Club, HHS Yearbook, Spanish Club, Individual and Large Group Speech, National Honor Society, and the JOBS Program.  She has also organized several blood drives for Life Serve Blood Center.  In addition to her school activities, Brook has worked at Hy-Vee in Humboldt.  Her future plans are to obtain a degree in either elementary education or business.  She is undecided on where to pursue her college degree.
Meg Grice is the daughter of Jon and Teresa Grice.  Some of the activities she has been involved in include band, jazz band, chorus, jazz choir, large group and individual speech, fall musical and spring play, National Honor Society, and Battle of the Books.  She has also helped as a TAB at the Humboldt Public Library.  Currently Meg is working at the Humboldt Hy-Vee as either a checker or in the produce department.  Previously she was a lifeguard at the Humboldt Family Aquatic Center.  Meg's future plans are to attend Iowa State University and major in Public Relations and possibly minor in International Studies and Business.
Rachel Darling is the daughter of Greg and Sandi Darling.  Her activities include volleyball, basketball, track, softball, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Rotary Interact Club, musical, the church youth group and the church bell choir.  In her "spare" time she works at the Humboldt North and South Care Centers as a CNA.  She has also been a lifeguard at the Humboldt Family Aquatic Center.  Her future plans are to attend a four year university and major in pre-med and minor in Spanish.
Abigail Collins is the daughter of Carol and Joel Collins.  She is involved in golf, student senate, Rotary Interact Club, National Honor Society, 4-H, Battle of the Books and church activities.  She has worked at Hy-Vee, as a lifeguard at the Humboldt Aquatic Center and various babysitting jobs.  She also has four sisters.  Abigail's future plans are undecided at the present time, but she is leaning toward attending ICCC for two years before transferring to a university.  Her current interests are veterinary medicine, nursing, social work and education.
On August 6, 2017 the Humboldt Rotary Club hosted their 17th Annual Rotary Fly In/Drive In Breakfast at the Humboldt Municipal Airport.  Gronbach's Grillers served scrambled eggs, pancakes and sausage to 840 people.  The Rotary Club members served the milk, orange juice and coffee as well as providing assistance with seating and clearing of tables.  Rotarian Dave Dodgen arranged for pilots to offer plane rides to 128 individuals.  The guests in attendance were able to view the landing and take off of 38 planes.  Several Model A cars were also on hand for viewing.  The Fort Dodge Life Flight Helicopter and crew joined us for breakfast and allowed guests to view first hand the inside of the helicopter. 
Special guests this year was the Humboldt Rotary Interact Club.  Members from the Humboldt High School had a bake sale to raise money for their service projects.  The Humboldt Rotary Interact Club sponsor is Heather Nielsen.  It is awesome to have these young students learning about Service Above Self.
The Humboldt Rotary Club members would like to thank Dave and Deb Dodgen for organizing the event, Jim Gronbach and his crew for cooking the breakfast, Tom and Julie Olson for the egg donation, Hy-Vee for the syrup donation, the parks department for the delivery and use of the picnic tables, Joel Dodgen for taking charge of the plane rides, and the Humboldt Airport Commission for the use of the facility.  The proceeds from the fly in have been designated for the Kiddie Cat Daycare.
Thanks to all for attending this fun event.  The weather cooperated and a good time was had by all.  Hope to see everyone again next year!  Mark your calendar for the first Sunday in August, 2018.
The Humboldt Rotary Club honored the Top 20 academic seniors from Humboldt High School at Zion Lutheran Church on Wednesday, May 17th. This is the 56th year for the Rotary Top 20 banquet. Pictured in front from left to right are: Marie Sexe, Kate Curran, Ashley Grainger, Kelsey Peters, Elise Dunscombe, Elizabeth Duffield, Sophia Luu and Jessica Kelley. Second row: Ryan Courtney, Johnathon Wergeland, Abigail Zaugg, Madison Smith, Dillon Kirchhoff, Amanda Ferry, Gus Arnold, Quinton Christensen, Avery Terwilliger, Olivia Hildreth, Kody Harris and Ivan Rasmussen.
          Rotary President Aaron Olson opened the ceremony and Rotarian and Superintendent of Schools Greg Darling introduced the speaker.
Guest speaker was Kevin Dresser, a 1981 HHS graduate and now the head wrestling coach at Iowa State University.  His message to the graduates was “How to Be Great.”
          “You’re already good in the classroom. As you move forward, find something you like and be great at it,” Dresser said.  It’s also important to have a plan.   He told the graduates they need to be tough.  “As you go to college, it’s going to get tougher. Are you tough when it gets tough? “I had a coach tell me adversity weakens the weak and strengthens the strong. That translates into anything in life. The hard things you do teach you more,” Dresser said.  He said a lot of young people want to make a lot of money.  “The only way to make a lot of money is by doing something you love. I challenge you to keep that attitude,” Dresser said.
          The Top 20 Banquet included music provided by students of Mike Blair, and an invocation by Pastor Shonda Deranleau of the Congregational United Church of Christ. The meal was served by the Zion LWML.  Principal Lori Westhoff talked about each honoree and assistant principal Greg Thomas handed out certificates.
The Humboldt Rotary Club was chartered on February 12, 1925 and the charter meeting was held on March 19, 1925 with 23 members forming the club.  The club was sponsored by the Eagle Grove Rotary Club.  The Rotary Club has served the Humboldt area for 89 years and perhaps is the oldest service club in Humboldt and Dakota City.
Humboldt Rotary Club is a part of Rotary District 5970 and Rotary International.  Rotay International is composed of over 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs in 200 countries.  The motto for Rotary is "Service Above Self".
Over the years, the Rotary Club has been very active in the community.  Proceeds from our fund raisers have supported the Humboldt High School Athletic Field entrance, Frank Gotch Memorial Statue, Liberty Fountain, Humboldt Fire Department, Taft Park Ball Diamond Renovation now known as Rotary Field, Drill Team, Spanish Club, Aquatic Center and Humboldt County Memorial Hospital projects. The club also supports the Rotary International program to eradicate polio in the world. 
Student recognition, scholarships and low interest loans have been provided by the Humboldt Rotary Club for many years.  Annual scholarships totaling $1,500 have been awarded to four seniors based on their school and community involvement, academic achievement, leadership, citizenship, character, service, and financial need.  The late Rotarian Harold Grebe has also added two $1,000 scholarships.  In 1962 the Top 20 Honors Banquet began through the leadership of the late Rotarians Del Cram and Dr. James Coddington.  This banquet honors the top 20 Humboldt High School graduates for academic achievement.  The late Rotarian Ray Lindhart started the Lindhart Education Trust in 1972.  In addition memorial gifts have been added by the late Rotarians Lester Moffitt and Del Cram.  Low interest loans are provided to Humboldt County graduates seeking to continue their education.  Through 2013 approximately 311 students have borrowed $481,175 from this program. 
Currently the Humboldt Rotary Club sponsors two fundraisers.  In June we serve a chicken or pork dinner with all the fixings.  Then in August we host the Fly In/Drive In Breakfast at the Humboldt Municipal Airport.  This breakfast is prepared by Gronbach's Firefighter Crew and plane rides are provided by the Humboldt Flying Wildcats.  Pilots from all over the midwest join us for Sunday morning breakfast.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Rotary Foundation Chairman
Club Administration Chairman
Service Projects Chairman
Membership Chairman
Public Relations Chairman
Program Chairman



Low interest rate loans are available to graduates of Humboldt County high schools.  These loans are being provided by the Lindhart Education Trust which has been administered by the Humboldt Rotary Club since 1972.


The Lindhart Education Trust was established to honor former Rotarian Elmer Lindhart and his wife, Ruth.  It was recently enhanced by former Rotarian Lester Moffitt and his wife, Phyllis, in memory of their son, Mark, and former Rotarian Delmar Cram and his wife, Ruth.


Approximately 322 loans have been made totaling over $508,278 since 1972.  The Humboldt Rotary Club encourages any of the high school graduates in the county to apply for financial assistance to attend any approved college or vocational/trade school.


You may copy an application form by clicking on the donwloadable form above. 


For more information, students or parents may contact Humboldt Rotarian Jana Bratland at 515-332-3457 before June 1st of each year.  They may also contact their local high school guidance counselor.


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