Fort Dodge Women’s Club donates $50,000 to Foundation

by Josh Sandin
Posted on 11/5/2012


FORT DODGE - The Fort Dodge Women’s Club made a very generous $50,000 donation to the Iowa Central Community College Foundation this fall. Beginning in the fall semester of 2013, the donation will fund two $2,000 scholarships per year for traditional and non-traditional female students who live in Webster County and are enrolled in the Health Science, Science or Education fields at Iowa Central.

“This is a very generous gift,” said Iowa Central Vice President of Development and Alumni Laurie Hendricks. “This will help many young women with their dreams of obtaining a college education.”

The idea for the donation came after several members of the club read an article on Joni Kellen’s study, The Impact of Iowa Central Community College’s Foundation Scholarships on Graduation Rates, Retention and GPA. That study detailed how students at Iowa Central that receive Foundation scholarships typically outperform their peers when it comes to graduation rates, retention and grade point average. On average, Foundation students have 30 percent higher graduation rates, 10 percent higher retention rates and GPAs nearly a whole grade point better than students that do not receive Foundation scholarships.

The funds for the donation came predominately from the sale of the Women’s Club Building, located at 915 Second Ave South, in May. The building sold for $60,000 at auction and shortly after, the decision to donate $50,000 to the Iowa Central Foundation was made.

“I believe they were looking to reinvest back into the community,” said Hendricks, “these women realize the importance of getting a college education.”

The Fort Dodge Women’s Club – which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year – formed in 1912 originally for the purpose to make each member a happier, more interesting, worthwhile person. The group was re-designated as a service club in 1986 with the goal of helping others. They have been very active in the community ever since, supporting the Lord’s Cupboard, Ronald McDonald House, Webster County Care Facility, Salvation Army, Boy’s Ranch and the Fort Museum.

The Fort Dodge Women’s Club officially donated the money to the Foundation at their October monthly lunch meeting. The Foundation values the partnership between the Fort Dodge Women’s Club and the Foundation.

“They are a great group and the camaraderie they have is amazing,” said Hendricks.  The remaining members of the club are:  Irene Adams, Marguerite Cassen, Dawnie Danner, Milly Netland, Irene Porter, Doris Sanck, Mina Landes, Arlene Mathey, Marcella Winninger, Barb Dixon, Lucy Larson, Donna Gutknecht, and Janet Habhab.  “These amazing women have left a legacy that will benefit women for years to come and we can’t thank them enough.”