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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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District Governor Elect Mike Ruby and his Rotary Partner, JoAnne visited both the noon and evening Rotary Clubs of Ankeny on March 21st.  Since Mike and JoAnne would be celebrating their 48 wedding anniversary on March 22nd, Colleen and Gary Welch surprised them with an anniversary cake.  All the members of the club were delighted to be able to share the cake with them. 
The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny inducted Jacquelyn Duke on March 21st.  Jacquelyn is a Realtor and her business name is Selling Central Iowa.  Kathy Sibbel proposed Jacquelyn for membership.   Congratulations Jacquelyn!!
During the 7th annual fundraiser on the evening of Saturday, February 25, the Rotary Club of Ankeny had three “paddle raisers” with the funds designated to a specific cause.  One of these causes was a police officer’s memorial wall which is being sponsored by the Ankeny Leadership Class of 2017.  The class chose as their class project to honor the Ankeny Police Department through a tribute wall honoring retired and fallen officers.  The tribute wall will feature Ankeny Police Officers that have retired from the Ankeny PD after a certain number of years of service and those that were killed in the line of duty.  The wall will be in the atrium of the Ankeny Police Station.  The header on the wall will feature the quotation: These proud individuals helped form the foundation of our community, and gave all to courageously serve this city.   For that, we honor their legacy.”
Rotary president-elect Sally Schroeder presented a check in the amount of $1,940 to members of the Leadership Class representing the proceeds of this paddle raiser.   Pictured from the class are:  Aaron Rickelman, Abbi Rickelman, Seth Sparks, Abby Bogaards, Melissa Johnson, and Frank Acampi.
One of the paddle raisers at the Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2017 fundraiser, "Mardi Gras", was the Puppy Jake Foundation.  This Foundation provides service dogs to perform tasks and provide companionship for American veterans with disabilities, all at no cost to the veteran or their families.  The estimated cost of each service dog is between $18,000 to $20,000.   A check in the amount of $4,530 was presented to Amy Miller and Tim Cox during the noon meeting on March 7th for the proceeds of this paddle raiser.   In the picture, from left to right is "Warner", his foster parent, Amy Miller, Rotary Club of Ankeny President, Carmen Davis, and Tim Cox, also a foster parent for a Puppy Jake dog.
District Governor Elect Mile Ruby and his wife Jo Anne are planning to visit both the noon and evening Ankeny Rotary meetings on March 21st.     He plans to take 4-5 minutes to simply bring greetings from District 6000 and learn a little more about our club.    Other than that, he just plans to sit back and enjoy our meetings.
Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.   These areas of focus are: "Promoting Peace", "Fighting Disease", "Providing Clean Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene", "Saving Mothers and Children", "Supporting Education", and "Growing Local Economies".
The Rotary Foundation's district and global grants support Rotarian's efforts to change lives and serve communities within their own neighborhoods and throughout the world.  In 2015-2016, the Foundation approved 494 district grants, and the program awards totaled $25.5 million.  These grants supported smaller scale, short-term projects related to the Foundation's mission.  And during the same year the Foundation approved 1,165 global grants, which totaled $70 million.  These grants fund large-scale international activities with sustainable and measurable results that support Rotary's six areas of focus.  Activities include humanitarian projects, scholarships and vocational training teams.
Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you.
The Board has received an application from Corporate Member, The Bridges of Ankeny to add Mark Walker as an additional Secondary Member.   Mark is the Administrator for the Bridges and joins LeAnn Larson and Beth Burke as secondary members and Doug Johnson as the Primary member for the Bridges.
Comments regarding Mark's proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board member.
During their meeting on March 9th, a Rotary Club of Ankeny's Board approved a donation to the AGAPE Garden in the amount of $1,500.  The funds will be used to assist in the purchase of a used tractor, tiller and front-end loader for cultivating the garden.  Each year the garden produces thousands of pounds of produce for the DMARC food pantries and homeless meal sites.
President Carmen Davis recognized Luke Nelson for the work he did as Chairmen of the 2017 Fundraiser by naming him "Rotarian of the Month" at the March 7th noon meeting. Congratulations Luke!!!
The next sessions, Parts 1, 2 & 3 of the Rotary Leadership Institute will be held at Shive-Hattery Inc., 4125 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA on April 1, 2017.  The session runs from 8:30 to 3:30.   This is the only course offering in the Des Moines area this year.  If you have an interest in attending, you need to register by March 27th.  Registration is available on line at the District 6000 web site.  RLI will help expand your knowledge of Rotary and see the many opportunities we offer.  All members are invited to attend.  If you have questions or would like more information regarding RLI, contact Steve Wieneke, swieneke@iastate.edu, or Terry Geiger, tlgeiger@grm.net .
On Saturday, March 4th, 14 Ankeny Rotarians completed a "Club Visioning" course under the guidence of Dave Cook from the Rotary Club of Boone.  The focus was on what we wanted the club to look like in five years.   Numerous ideas were suggested and discussed regarding our Vision, Membership, Service, Youth, and Public Relations.   You can expect to be hearing more about some of the ideas generated in the near future.
Did you know the contact information for every Ankeny Rotarian, including phone numbers and email addresses, is available to all Ankeny Rotarians through our web site?   If you need to contact another member, all you need to do is go to our web site, www.ankenyrotary.org and log in.  Then go to "Member Area" and look under "My ClubRunner".  You will see both "View Club Directory" and "View Club Photo Directory."  The Club Directory is a list of all members with their phone number and email address.  The Club Photo Directory, in addition to the member's phone number and email address, has a photo of the member and their address and spouse/partner's name.  If you want to send them an email, just click on their email address.
The Board has received an application for membership from Jacquelyn Duke.   Jacquelyn is a Realtor and her business name is Selling Central Iowa.  She will be joining the evening club.
Comments regarding Jacquelyn's proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board member.
The first mass inoculation of the Salk vaccine against polio began in February, 1954, at the Arsenal Elementary School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The year before, there had been 35,000 reported cases of the highly contagious disease and by 1962, after the vaccine came into general usage, there were 161.
Over 122 million children in the world are illiterate.  After decades of investing in literacy projects, experts around the world have come to realize that simply getting children into the classroom - either by removing attendance barriers or providing supplies - isn't enough to solve illiteracy.  According to Carolyn Johnson who designed the Guatemala Literacy Project, the teachers need to be taught how to teach children to read - the quality of teaching in the classroom needs to improve.  Rotary along with the United Nations, USAID and other organizations are shifting their focus to helping teachers plan lessons that ensure that students will actually learn.  The Guatemala Literacy Project still supplies textbooks, but also equips two computer centers where students get hands-on experience using standard business software like windows, Word, Excel for an hour a week.   Fees collected by school administrators and managed by CoEd are used to replace books and equipment when they wear out.
Each year, a new global grant from The Rotary Foundation extends the effort to another 40 or so primary schools and a dozen middle schools selected after meetings with community leaders, parents, teachers, and administrators.  More that 480 clubs in Guatemala, the United States, Canada, Cayman islands, and Japan have provided financial support.  Every year, about 50 Rotary volunteers take part by delivering materials and visiting classrooms.  Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank You!! 
The preliminary results are in and the 7th annual Rotary Club of Ankeny's fundraiser, "Mardi Gras" was another great success.   The total income from the auction, silent, live, and desserts, raffle, and paddle raisers was $41,875 which was $3,890 more than last year.   A big plus was the three paddle raisers brought  in $9,860 which was more than twice last year.  Expenses are higher primarily due to the cost of the two items acquired from Winspire and income from ticket sales will be very similar to last year.   Net income will be approximately $33,161, slightly less than the $35, 270 we made last year.  Here are the details:
                                         2015                  2016                 2017
Silent Auction Items         $8,110               $11,895            $11,060
Live Items                         9,560                 17,385              18,070   
Desserts                            2,210                   2,415               1,585
Raffle                                 1,090                  1,660                1,300
Paddle Raisers
  Puppy Jake                                                                           4,530
  Police Officer’s                                                                      1,940
  Service Center                                                                      3,390
Total Paddle Raisers          $3,450                $4,630                $9,860
Total Auction                   $24,420              $37,985              $41,875
Ticket Sales                      $8,925              $11,090              $10,900
Total Income                $33,445            $49,365              $52,955
Total Expenses                 $10,615              $14,095             $19,794
Net Income                  $22,830              $35,270             $33,161
Thanks to everyone that helped acquire or donated auction items, bought and sold tickets, attended Mardi Gras and purchased auction items.  And a big thank you to Luke Nelson for chairing this year's fundraiser.   Great job Luke!!!
While it is still fresh in everyone's mind, let Luke Nelson, luken@woodruffcompanies.com know of any concerns or issues you observed this year and suggestions you may have for next year.

The March board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

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

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

More than 300 Rotarians are anticipated to come together on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in proclamation and celebration of 100 years of Rotary Foundation contributions to improving the human condition in our local communities and around the world.  The celebration will kick off with multiple metro area Mayor Proclamations of April 11th as "Rotary Foundation Day" followed by a fun-filled evening with food, fellowship and live music.
The event will be held at the Kum & Go Theater (Des Moines Social Club), 901 Cherry Street, Des Moines.  The noon and evening meetings for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be cancelled on April 11th and all members are encouraged to attend the celebration.  The club will pay the $15 registration fee for each member that attends.  Contact Sally Schroeder or sign up at a Rotary meeting if you plan to attend.
The 2017 District 6000 Conference will be held May 4-6 in Coralville Marriott Hotel.   To receive the "Early Bird Discount" you must be registered by Saturday, April 1st or have your envelope with the registration form postmarked by April 1st.   Registration is available on line through the District 6000 website at http://rotary6000.org.  The highlights of the conference include Xicotepec project reports, a pre conference kick-off reception at the Iowa Car Museum and Johnson County Historical Museum, the all club luncheon on Friday with author David C. Forward speaking on "A Century of Service: The Story of Rotary International" and "Doing Good in the World", and the District Governor's reception and dinner with keynote speaker Richard Roland, Rotary International Representative.  Make your plans now to attend this rewarding event.
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