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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Ankeny Golf & Country Club
314 SW Irvinedale Dr.
Ankeny, IA  50023
United States
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Claudio Sanchez, Andrea Rodriguez and Marie Hanoire, the three inbound Rotary Exchange students to Ankeny, were the guests of Nate and Annette Burnham, Jacquelyn and Jason Duke, and the Rotary Club of Ankeny at the Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State football game in Ames on November 11th.  It was a cool morning for tailgating but with plenty of hot chocolate, extra sweatshirts and blankets, everyone enjoyed everything but the final score as the Cowboys edged the Cyclones 49-42.
The theme for the Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2018 fundraiser will be "Olympics".  The fundraiser will be on February 24th at the FFA Center on the Ankeny DMACC Campus.   The 2018 Winter Olympics Games will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea form February 9-25. 
The Ankeny Mayor’s third annual tree lighting will offer residents a new experience this year – the event is moving outdoors to the Ankeny Market & Pavilion (AMP), 715 W. First St.  It will feature the lighting of the 15 foot Concolor white fir tree that was donated by the Rotary Club of Ankeny and a fireworks finale.  The event will be held on Friday, Dec. 1st, 6 – 7 p.m
The Mayor’s Tree Lighting is an opportunity to come together as a community to kick off the holiday season. Mayor Lorenz and the Ankeny City will welcome guests at AMP starting at 6 p.m.  There will also be kids’ activities, an ice carving demonstration, music, Iowa Wild slap shot hockey and more.  At 6:50 p.m., Santa will arrive to help the Mayor with the official tree lighting and the event will close with a spectacular fireworks finale.  After the fireworks, Santa will travel to Porch Light Coffeehouse, 417 SW Third St., for a meet and greet until 8 p.m. 
The city of Ankeny has completed the construction of a skating rink on the Ankeny Market Pavilion.  Assuming we have some colder weather, the City hopes to open the rink around the first of December.
The foundation for the restrooms should be complete in the next few days and the building is to be delivered December 7th.
Rotary has added two service partners that offer clubs new ways to collaborate with other organizations and strengthen their projects.   They are Habitat for Humanity and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. 
Habitat for Humanity has a long history of working with Rotarians and Rotaractors to build homes for families in need, and provides opportunities for hands-on community service.  Their values are closely aligned with that of Rotary, and the desire to help others run deep in both organizations.  This is very much the same with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.   Both Rotary and the Agency bring together government and non-governmental agencies, academics and private providers to plan and implement sustainable eye care programs.  They promote greater awareness of the need for eye clinics and blindness prevention activities.
Working together and networking accomplish Rotary's theme of "Making a Difference".  Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you for your generosity.
There are more than 35,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny was one of 5,034 worldwide to attain status as an "Every Rotarian, Every Year Club" for th2016-2017 Rotary yearTo achieve this status a club must contribute an average of at least $100 per member with every Active member personally making a contribution to the Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund. 
The certificate read:  Ankeny is presented a certificate of appreciation for its financial support of End Polio Now; Make History Today Campaign.  Together, we will fulfill our promise to the children of the world and eradicate polio.
Gary Welch, representing the Rotary District 6000 leadership, had the honor of presenting to past president Carmen Davis with a certificate indicating the Rotary Club of Ankeny had received a Presidential Citation for the Rotary year 2016-2017.   This recognition is given to clubs that successfully achieve goals in the areas of Membership, Foundation Giving, Online Tool Adoption, Humanitarian Service, New Generations and Public Image.  The certificate reads:
"2016-2016 Presidential Citation awarded to the Rotary Club of Ankeny for helping Rotary make a difference in the lives of people all over the world."
This is the second year in a row the Club has achieved this distinction.  In 2015-2016 the club was one of only 3 in District 6000 to qualify.  Last year, 2016-2017, the Rotary Club of Ankeny was the only club of the 66 clubs in District 6000 to qualify for the Presidential Citation.
Scott Port became a newest member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny with his induction on November 14th.  Scott is a Civil Engineer with JEO Consulting Corp. in Ankeny and was proposed for membership by his father Dale Port.  Scott's mother, Marty, also attended the induction ceremony.  Congratulations and welcome Scott!!
During their November meeting the Board approved the following donation requests:
The Ankeny Service Center coordinates the distribution of gift certificates, toys, gifts, and food to families in need in the Ankeny community during the holiday season.  A donation of $750 will assist with the purchase and distribution of thee items.
Dollars for Scholars has distributed over $1,078,240 in scholarships over the past 35 years to Ankeny high school seniors.   The club approved a donation of $2,000 to be divided into four scholarships of $500 each to be given to two students at each Ankeny High school.  As part of the criteria for winning the scholarships, at least one scholarship in each high school must have attended RYLA been a Rotary Youth Exchange student or have a connection to a Rotarian such as a child or grandchild of a Rotarian.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will be having their annual Team in Training bike ride in Tucson on November 18th.  Mark Martin and his family will be participating in this event.  The club agreed to support them with a $500 contribution.
To allow all members to enjoy the holidays, both the noon and evening meetings for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be cancelled on December 26th and January 2nd.   Also, there will not be any meetings on December 12th since the Christmas social will be that evening at The Fletcher.
Bill Konnath the President of the Ankeny Community Chorus attended the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny to accept a check from the club in the amount of $500.  This donation will be used by the chorus to purchase copyrighted music.  The Ankeny Community Chorus is in its 17th year of organization and currently has 80-85 members. They will have four major performances this year including their annual Christmas concert on Friday, November 17th at Prairie Ridge Church.
The 5th Annual World Polio Day was October 24th.  President Sally Schroeder challenged club members during the regular meetings on that day to make a contribution to the Rotary Foundation and designate it to go to PolioPlus.  On that day contributions totaled $520.  These contributions will be matched 2-1 by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Thank you to those that contributed.
Foundation points are awarded to donors who contribute to The Rotary Foundation through the Annual Program Fund or PolioPlus.  Donors are recognized by being named “Paul Harris Fellows” or “Multiple Paul Harris Fellows” at increments of 1,000 Foundation points.  In addition, a donor receives one Foundation “recognition” point for every U.S. dollar contributed.  These Foundation points are then available for the Rotarian to gift to a family member, another Rotarian, or non Rotarian.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny currently has 22 members with more than 1,000 Foundations recognition points.   Contact Steve SchraderBachar if you would like to know how many points you have or if you would like to make a gift of some of your recognition points to another person. 
On Halloween Day some strange characters attended the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
The Board has approved an application for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny from Scott Port.  Scott is a Civil Engineer with JEO Consulting Group in Ankeny.  He is being proposed for membership his father and current member, Dale Port.
Comments regarding Scott's proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board Member.
Approximately 1,000 dictionaries and calculators will be delivered to Ankeny 4th graders by Ankeny Rotarians the week of October 16-20.   Volunteers need to check in at the school's office 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time and you will need to show identification and get a visitor's name tag.   School coordinators need to pick up the dictionaries and calculators from Tom Rice at CJM Financial.  Contact Damon Miller with any questions.

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

When: Thursday, November 9th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

November is Rotary Foundation Month and is a good time to review your personal commitment to the Rotary Foundation and its programs.   The Rotary Club of Ankeny presently has a total of 48 Paul Harris Fellows.  Included in this number are fifteen PHF+1s, five PHF+2s, three PHF+3s, one PHF+5, one PHF+6, and one PHF+7. 
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in November:
3rd - Steve Wieneke
4th - Nate Burnham
11th - Laura Luetje
21st - Lowell Vine
25th - Jan Franck
25th - Del Mohler
26th - Kathy Sibbel
The 2017 Christmas Social for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held Tuesday, December 12th at The Fletcher, 1802 N. Ankeny Blvd.  The evening will begin with a social hour beginning at 5:30 and dinner served at 6:30.  Following dinner, at approximately 7:30, busses will be available to take us on a tour of holiday lights in the area.  The cost to members and guests will be $45 per person for the dinner and tour.  Sign up sheets will be available at future Rotary meetings.
Ms. Ashley Mori
Nov 28, 2017
Behavioral Health Children & Families of Iowa
Susan Callison
Dec 19, 2017
Alzheimers Association mission, vision and volunteer opportunities.
No meeting
Dec 26, 2017
No meeting
Jan 02, 2018
Jim Patton
Jan 23, 2018
Ames Rotary Global Water Grant
Club Assembly
Feb 13, 2018
Final Preparation for Fundraiser