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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!


Service Above Self

Tuesdays at 11:45 AM at AG&CC & 6:00 PM at Wig & Pen
Ankeny Golf & Country Club
314 SW Irvinedale Dr.
Ankeny, IA  50023
United States
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Corliss Klaassen, Chairman of the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund for District 6000, attended the May 23rd meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny to recognize Sally Schroeder as a new member of the Paul Harris Society.  Members of the Paul Harris Society have committed to donate $1,000 per year to the Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations and thank you Sally!!
Seventeen Ankeny Rotarians assisted City of Ankeny employees in unloading cars and pickups during Ankeny Clean Up Days May 20th and 21st.  Donations collected was the most ever and totaled $2,118.22.  This compares to $1,932, $1,953 and $1,880 collected the past three years.   There were also a record number of vehicles, 1,219 that were unloaded during the two days.  That is an average of 101/hour despite the cool rainy weather.  Thank you to all the Rotarian that helped and to Justin Carlton for his leadership on this project.
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in June:
6th - Ben Norman
14th - Sue Gibbons
17th - David Mercer
20th - Steve Van Oort
21st - Mike Lydon
26th - Carmen Davis

The June Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

When: Thursday, June 8th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!

The Rotary Club of Ankeny presented scholarships to two seniors at Ankeny High School and two seniors at Centennial High School at their recent Senior Spotlight night.  Each of these scholarships was in the amount of $500.  The following is a letter received from one of the recipients:
My name in Hannah Shrader and I am the humbled recipient of the Rotary Club of Ankeny Scholarship.  I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity in helping me pay for my education!   My family and I are so appreciative of your kindness.  I look for ward to meeting some of your members at Centennial's Senior Spotlight Night ceremony!   Someday, I would like to be a part of a Rotary club - their service worldwide is inspiring and I an honored to be awarded a scholarship from the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  thank you again and I am excited to meet you and thank you in person!  Have a great day!
P.S. - I plan on going to med school in the future and I have been admitted into the Honors Program at the University of Iowa which will help to prepare me for med school.   This scholarship will aid in reducing my student loans as I work towards med schools. 
For the fourth consecutive year, the Evening Rotary Club has adopted a flower bed from the City of Ankeny.  This year's plot is located directly south east of the City Hall building facing 1st street.  The club has planted the flowers and will also be responsible for weeding and watering through the summer and clean up in the fall.
Only five cases of polio have been reported in the world this year!!  And last week not one single case has appeared on record!!  But many are still working to eradicate the disease.  In Pakistan a polio surveillance network provides a silent force behind the eradication efforts.  In a small health facility in Pakistan's Punjab province, Dr. Ujala Nayyar, a World Health Organization's Surveillance Officer, reviews all doctors' appointments in recent months.   She checks every record to look for symptoms that could be signs of polio, like a sudden floppiness in arms, legs or any part of the body that would indicate acute flaccid paralysis. She makes sure the doctors and the hospital staff working at the clinic know what symptoms of polio are and what they need to do if a child with polio appears.  
Dr. Nayyar is part of a network of 47 Polio Eradication Officers in 36 districts of Punjab who work with just one aim - to eradicate polio.   More than 47,000 health, religious leaders, traditional healers and over 10,000 doctors in Punjab help her team to identify paralyzed children.   Surveillance if one of the key activities of the polio eradication effort in Pakistan.  Many innovative approaches are being introduced to help detect where the virus is circulating surveillance reviews and regular orientation sessions for medical officers and consultants on how to report cases.  Your commitment and generosity to the Rotary's goal of eliminating this horrific disease is appreciated.  We still need help, so please consider a generous donation to The Rotary Foundation for this purpose.   We are almost there!!
The Rotary Club of Ankeny sold root beer floats at both the North HyVee and the South, Prairie Trail, HyVee on Saturday May 13th to aid Special Olympics.  In total they used 50 - 2 liter bottles of A&W Root Beer and 15.5 gallons of ice cream.  Sales and donations that will go to Special Olympics totaled $1,220.19 compared to $1,057 last year and 723.50 in 2015.  The North team took in $688.32, the most ever at one store, compared to $531.87 for the South team which was second only to the South team's total last year and this year's North total.   Thank you to Rotarians Ben Digmann, Carmen Davis, Mary Cochran, Amy Miller, Kristofer Orth, Tim Hawkins, Nate Burnham and Tom Friedman for working the booth.   Also, thank you to Ben Digmann's and Kristofer Orth's kids, Silver Chord Student, Sam Eichhorn, Special Education teacher, Heather Lynam and all the Special Olympians that assisted at the booths.  And, of course, a big thank you to Tom Friedman for coordinating this great service project.
The Rotary International Board of Directors voted last January to Clarify the Rotary Policy on Guns, Weapons, and Armament.  The position they took was to prohibit all Rotary clubs, districts and any other Rotary entity from transferring ownership of weapons or participate in any activity where weapons are sold, given away or raffled.  Although not a unanimous vote, the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Ankeny voted to authorize President Carmen Davis to execute a petition to be sent to the Rotary international Board requesting reconsideration of their policy.  The suggested change would allow the sale of weapons provided a licensed weapons dealer handles the transaction and all applicable laws are followed.   A major consideration for the authorization of this petition by the Board was the feeling the RI Board was taking a political stand on guns when it has always been a policy of Rotary to take "no position on politics". 
Doug Parker has been a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny since May 2015.  He is now proposing to convert his membership to a corporate membership for Lincoln Savings Bank.   Doug would be the Primary Member.  Derek Baker, Branch Manager, Jameson Hudson, Assistant Branch Manager, and Cameron Fitzgerald, Trust Management Officer would be the Secondary Designees.  Comments regarding this change and the proposed memberships of Derek, Jameson and Cameron may be forwarded to any Board member.
Rich Job has agreed to assume the presidency of the Rotary Club of Ankeny for the year 2019-2020 following Sally Schroeder, 2017-2018, and Ben Digmann, 2018-2019.   In this position, Rich will be in charge of coordinating speakers for the new year beginning July 1, 2017.   Congratulations Rich!!   
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has been using ClubRunner since late 2009 to generate our website, maintain all member profiles, create and distribute our newsletter, accept online registrations for events, send e-mail messages and manage attendance information.  The attendance module has recently been updated by adding some new features.  In addition to the ability to generate attendance history and additional reports, this "Module 3.0" allows for banking make-ups.   Instead of keeping a separate spreadsheet to keep tract of make-ups and then periodically matching them up with missed meetings, make-ups can be entered into the system and are automatically applied to a missed meeting.  If there are no missed meetings, the make-up is banked to be applied to a later missed meeting. 
With this new attendance module, the maximum setting for number of days a make-up can be used is 366.  This means, if a banked make-up is not needed and used within a year after it was earned, it is lost.  In the past with our manual system, unused makeups have been carried over to the next year.
Each member can check their own attendance history by logging on to our website and going to "Member Area" and clicking on "Attendance" under "My ClubRunner".  You will see a report listing all the meetings for the current year and indicating if you were in attendance or if you have made up the meeting.  It will also list any make-ups that you have "Banked".  If when checking your attendance record, you see and discrepancies or missing make-ups, please contact Nate Burnham.   Remember, except for socials and group events, Nate may not know when you complete a make-up unless you report it to him.
The 8th annual fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held on February 24th and will again be at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC campus.
Steve Wieneke participated in a panel on "Stories of Engaging & Growing Membership" during the 2017 District Conference.  Steve talked about the challenges and gave some observations with starting a new satellite club.
the Ankeny Gold & Country Club is not able to host our meetings on July 11th and 17th due to other commitments.  The Bridges at Ankeny Retirement Community has agreed to host the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny on July 11th.  The address for The Bridges is 3501 NW Abilene Road, Ankeny.  Albaugh, LLC has offered to provide meeting space for our meeting on July 18th.   Their address is 1525 NE 36th Street, Ankeny.
Each year District 6000 recognizes the spouse of a Rotarian to be recognized for the contributions they have made to Rotary.  Colleen Welch was presented this award by District Governor Chris Knapp at the 2017 District Conference.
Judge Paul Hellwege was a Boone Rotarian and Past District Governor.   After he passed away in 2010, District 6000 established the "Guardian of Integrity Award" to be presented annually to Rotarians who have exemplified the attributes and passion for ethics and integrity in their vocation, business and personal lives.  Each of the 64 clubs in District 6000 may nominate one person to receive this award.  Gary Welch was nominated by the Rotary Club of Ankeny and was one of 13 individuals to receive this award at the 2017 District Conference on May 6th.
It is with sadness that we recognize the death of Past District Governor, 2011-12, Don Patterson on Wednesday May 3, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer.   Visitation will be at the Jones Eden Funeral Home in Washington, IA from 5-7 on Saturday, May 6 and on Sunday, May 7 from 1-1:45 PM at the church.  Services will be held at the United Presbyterian Church, Washington, IA on Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 PM.   Memorial may be sent to the Hospice of Washington County, the United Presbyterian Church or the Rotary Club of Washington.   Condolences can be sent to: Becky Patterson, 1024 South Avenue B, Apt. 4 D, Washington, IA 52353.
At the club's 2017 fundraiser, Mardi Gras, Renee Murphy won the raffle for the spring yard clean up by the Evening Rotary Club.  The club went to the Murphy home on Tuesday evening, April 25th and trimmed trees and bushes, raked leaves, pulled weeds and spread mulch. 
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in May:
12th - Damon Miller
14th - Amy Miller
15th - Jim Tillotson
17th - Beth Burke
26th - Jon Lowman
Website Sponsors
"Evening" - Sam Mitchell
May 30, 2017
Ankeny Public Library
Jonathan May - Mr. Magic Productions
May 30, 2017
Comedy Magician
Ronald Hansen with Iowa Division of Banking
Jun 06, 2017
Consumer Protection in Financial Services
"Evening" - Food Drive
Jun 13, 2017
Angela Saak & Lee Holmes
Jun 13, 2017
Blessman International Global Farm Grant
Annual Meeting & Golf Outing
Jun 29, 2017
Ankeny Golf & Country Club
Meeting at The Bridges
Jul 11, 2017
Meeting at Albaugh's
Jul 18, 2017