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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
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During the meeting on February 13th, President Sally Schroeder presented Abbi Rickelman with a certificate naming her "Rotarian of the Month" for February.  This was primarily in recognition of the work she did for the club in arranging to the art work and printing of the save the date postcards for the Rotary Olympics fundraiser.   Congratulations Abbi!!
Several additional volunteers are still needed to help set up and assist during our fundraiser, Rotary Olympics.  Please sign up at this week's meeting.   If everyone does a little, no one has to do a lot.
"Rotary Olympics", the 2018 fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be this Saturday, February 24th, at the FFA Enrichment Center on the Ankeny DMACC campus.   Check in begins at 6:00 PM.  Dress is business casual or wear your favorite winter Olympics attire.
There is still plenty of space available for more guests.  If you have not registered yourself or your guests, please do so as soon as possible so we can get a head count for our caterer.  Any last minute sales will be appreciated since ticket numbers are down significantly from prior years.


All auction items have been entered on our web site and the silent auction is now open for bidding!  You won’t want to miss this chance to view the items being offered and to place early bids.  To start bidding now, please visit:  bidpartner.net/rotary.  If you have not already registered a credit card, go to “Credit Card Registration”.  You will be asked to put in your email address and then follow the instructions to enter your credit card information.  Now you are ready to go to “Auction Bidding”.  You should have previously received an email with your Bidder Number or you can login using your email address.  You can also bid from your smart phone or tablet by typing in bidp.co and then choosing "Rotary (02/24/18)" and log in to bid. 


When bidding, you will have a choice of three bidding options: “By Picture”, “By Item”, or “By Category”.   Note when bidding on an item you can also put in “Set a Maxbid”.   All items you bid on will go into your “My Items” folder so you can keep track of your items throughout the auction. 


If you are attending the event, be sure to bring your fully charged smartphone or tablet to assist you in making your bids.   Also, please note silent auction bids may not be submitted on Items #101 through #120 since these items will be sold during the live auction.


Finally, if you are unable to attend "Rotary Olympics" but would like to bid on some auction items, go to bidpartner.net/rotary and go to "Register As New Bidder".  You will be assigned a bidder number and asked to provide your credit card information.

Through the efforts and expertise of The Rotary Foundation our clubs and districts have accomplished a great deal around the world.  There is still much to be done and many of our clubs labor with the problem of funding these projects.  Some clubs and districts are able to pay entirely for the project through fundraising events, such as charity dinners, walkathons or online auctions.  These events will not only help you raise money for your project, but build awareness for Rotary and The Rotary Foundation.  Some other ideas are: Hold a raffle, skip a meal at your club meeting and donate the cost; organize a walkathon, bike-a-thon or skate-a-thon.  Honor a special person in your life or your community.
And many clubs struggle to find an international partner.   To help TRF has created an International Service Chair.    Zone 28 & 29's chair is Craig Leiser from Distict 5960.  Don't hesitate to contact him at Craig@RotaryCraig5950.com.  He will be happy to help.  And don't forget, "When you focus on making a difference in people's lives, your life is the one that improves the most".  (Quote by Roxanne Emmerich).  Thank you for your support.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny's eight annual Dinner/Fundraiser/Auction, “Rotary Olympics”, will be held, at the FFA Enrichment Center on the campus of DMACC in Ankeny on Saturday, February 24, 2018 beginning at 6:00 PM.  This event will include a catered dinner with complimentary wine and beer and both a silent and live auction.
The proceeds from this event will be utilized by the Rotary Club of Ankeny in their continued support of local and international projects.  Each year, the Rotary Club of Ankeny provides hundreds of hours of volunteer support for numerous local events and fundraisers and contributes $35,000 - $40,000 to local charities and service projects.
We would appreciate your giving consideration to supporting this event and your community in one or more of the following ways:
·  Donate an item for the auction such as merchandise, a gift card or an unusual item that may not be easy to find in a local store.  Larger items will be sold during the live auction and smaller items will be sold during the silent auction or packaged with other items for the live or silent auction.  
·  Purchase tickets and attend the event.  Tickets are $50 each or reserve a table with your name on it by purchasing a table for 8 for the discounted price of $360.  You may purchase tickets online at https://bidpartner.net/rotary or by contacting any member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
·  Purchase an ad to be placed in the auction brochure.  These may be a quarter page, (3.75” x 2.25”) for $100, ½ page, (3.75” x 4.5”) for $150 or a full page, (7.5” x 4.5”) for $200.
All donors will be recognized in the auction brochure and at the fundraiser.  To make a donation, purchase tickets, or place an ad, please contact a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny or Nate Burnham at nfburnham@gmail.com or 515-238-6589.
During the February meeting the Rotary Club of Ankeny's Board approved the following donation requests:
Epilepsy Foundation of Iowa - $500 - For a Bronze sponsorship for the 2018 Iowa Walks for Epilepsy.
Ankeny Family YMCA - $1,500 - In support of their annual campaign to provide scholarships for income members.
Easter Seals of Iowa - $500 - To support their Walk for Independence at the bronze level. 
The Board has approved an application for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny from Jim Foreman.  Jim is the CFO for On With Life in Ankeny.  
Comments regarding Jim's proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board Member.
During the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner on February 1, 2018, Kathy Sibbel was named the "2017 Outstanding Citizen of the Year"!!  She was given this award by JoAnn Kochheiser the 2016 Outstanding Citizen.   Congratulations Kathy!!
RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, for 2018 will beheld at Grinnell College July 15-20, 2018.  Applications are now available for students finishing their sophomore or junior year of high school.  If you know of a student that has an interest in RYLA, please refer them to the Iowa RYLA web site, http://www.iowaryla.org/  They will find the application there as well as other details.
It is now only 18 days until our 2018 fundraiser "Rotary Olympics".  Here are a couple reminders:
The auction brochure needs to go to the printer by Friday, February 16th, and it cannot be assembled and completed overnight. That means for the committee to package and put the auction in order, it would be preferable to have all auction items in hand by Friday, February 9th.  We may be able to add a few items early the following week, but they may not make it into the brochure.
We will be needing to give a head count to our caterer the week before the event.  Please register yourself and your guests as soon as you can.  We plan to ask members at this week's meeting how many guests they epect to bring to the fundraiser.   Hopefully this will give us an indication of the approximate number planning to attend.  Remember, each active member is responsible for purchasing or selling at least two tickets.  If they do not purchase or sell two tickets, they will be invoiced for two tickets.  So, everyone should plan to attend or find someone to use their tickets.
To purchase tickets go to https://bidpartner.net/rotary/ and click on "Ticket Purchasing" in the banner at the top.  Enter the quantity of tickets, Individual and/or tables of 8 and click on "Add to Cart" and then "View Cart".  Enter your Name, Address, and Contact information and the Name and email address for your guests.  If you have any questions or need to fill in the name of a guest after registering you may contact Leigh Murry at BidPartner, murray@bid-partner.com or 612-716-1091 and she will assist you.  If you used your credit card to purchase your tickets, you will not need to complete the “Credit Card Registration”.  Your guests will need to complete the “Credit Card Registration”, preferably prior to the night of the event.

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

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

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

According to Mark Little, founder of the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery, the Rotary Foundation has just approved a global grant for the biggest anti-trafficking project to date.  Two District 5180 Rotarians from California masterminded the project.  They partnered with districts in the Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and Argentina.  The project addressed the need for education both for those who were most vulnerable and also for the general community population. The grant will consist of a sex trafficking education program rolled out to selected teachers, administrators and students in 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades within their district as well as a 30 month human trafficking public awareness campaign aimed to make their communities aware of these atrocities. 


Raising awareness of the existence and extent of human trafficking and slavery is the raison d’etre of the California project.  As Matt Friedman (CEO of the Mekong Club and author of his book “Where Are You?”) states,  “ If we don’t know about a problem, we can’t care about it.  If we don’t care about it, we will never act!  If we don’t act, it is inevitable that the problem will continue to exist or more likely get worse.  So we need to raise awareness on this issue of modern slavery to increase the number of those people who care …”


With the help of The Rotary Foundation, and your contributions, Rotarians - People of Action- have taken on the responsibility of opening the eyes of as many people as possible to the unseen world where millions languish in slavery everywhere because of poverty, corruption and greed.  As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. “ Thank you

The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in February:
2nd - Mike Goedeke
5th - Eric Hockenberry
6th - Doug Parker
8th - Terry Peter
21st - Ryan Bach
22nd - Derek Baker
26th - Jody Savage
26th - Steve SchraderBachar
there will be again be a raffle at this year's fundraiser, "Rotary Olympics" and the grand prize will again be a "Wall of Wine".  Another prize will be the "Tower of Beer"To fill the tower and the wall, we ask each member to bring a bottle, or two, of wine or a six pack of beer to one of our next Rotary meetings.
All the proceeds from the Raffle will be donated to the Ankeny Service Center.
All unsold tickets to the 6th annual PolioPlus Night at the Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, February 3, 2018 will need to be turned back in to the Wolves by January 26th.  If you wish to purchase tickets, please plan to pick them up at the Rotary meetings on January 23rd or contact Nate Burnham.  If you are unable to attend the game, please consider purchasing tickets to be donated to On With Life in Ankeny.  
As in past years, tickets are $16 each with the Wolves refunding $8 per tickets sold back to the club.  It will be "Hoops & Hounds" night at the game and you are welcome to bring your dog to the game!!  The Wolves will be playing the Oklahoma City Blue and the halftime entertainment will be a special performance by the K9's in Flight.
The 6th annual PolioPlus Night at the Wells Fargo Arena will be Saturday, February 3, 2018.  The Iowa basketball team is now owned by the Minnesota Timberwolves and known as the Wolves.   As in past years, tickets will be $16 each with the Wolves refunding $8 per tickets sold back to the club.  It will be "Hoops & Hounds" night at the game and you are welcome to bring your dog to the game!!  The Wolves will be playing the Oklahoma City Blue and the halftime entertainment will be a special performance by the K9's in Flight.
Tickets will be available at the next several meetings or contact Nate Burnham to let him know how many tickets you would like to purchase.  If you are unable to attend the game, please consider purchasing tickets to be donated to On With Life in Ankeny.  As an additional incentive to sell tickets, the Minnesota Timberwolves will give 10 tickets to a Timberwolves game of their choice, in Minneapolis, to each Rotary club that purchases tickets to the PolioPlus game.
According to Rotary International, the African country of Nigeria has only one physician for every 2,500 individuals.  In rural communities, people seeking health services had to made long, arduous trips to find treatment which results in many not receiving care.   While it would be ideal to get more doctors in remote regions, it would take years.
To solve this problem, Dr. James Gude of Sebastool, California and Mikel Cook of the Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise brought technology to bear by using telemedicine.  This is the use of information technology to provide health care from a distance - virtually bringing doctors to patients.  Thanks to a global grant from TRF, a team of health care professionals from Nigeria has been trained in this process.  Telemedicine allows physicians to connect with patients remotely as well as consult with colleagues all over the world.  At its simplest, it consists of a chat via online video, but it can also allow a physician to examine a patient remotely using a robot.
Telemedicine technology and training is used in several hospitals around the world, allowing health care for the underprivileged, for the underscored, in remote areas.  Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you.
Tim Cox was named the "Member of the Month" by President Sally Schroeder at the January 9th meeting.  This was primarily in recognition of all he did to plan the Christmas social.  Congratulations and thank you Tim!
It is now less than five weeks until our fundraiser, "Rotary Olympics".  For the fundraiser to be a success, each member must do their part by helping to obtain auction items and selling tickets. As of January 22nd, only 22 guest have registered and the value of auction items donated so far is only about a quarter of last year's total.    
If you have an auction item, please bring it to a meeting as soon as possible or at least send an email to Nate Burnham to let him know what to expect.  If you have not obtained an auction item yet, please consider obtaining one.  Please note that each Active member and Corporate member is responsible for selling or purchasing at least two tickets.  If a member does not purchase or sell at least two tickets, they will have the cost of two tickets added to their next Rotary invoice.
Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization to incoming district governors at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California on January 14th.  He said he wanted the incoming district governors to inspire Rotarians and the community at large for something greater.  To drive to do more, to be more, and to create something that will live beyond each of us.  Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, then unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, "Be the Inspiration"
Rassin stressed the power of Rotary’s new vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” This describes the Rotary that leaders must help build, he said.  To achieve this vision, the president-elect said, Rotarians must take care of the organization: “We are a membership organization first. And if we want to be able to serve, if we want to succeed in our goals — we have to take care of our members first.”
Claudio Sanchez & Andrea Rodriguez
Feb 27, 2018
Youth Excahnge
Marcy Davis
Mar 06, 2018
Melanie Shellenberger
Mar 13, 2018
Safe at Home
"Evening" - Social
Mar 13, 2018
Leanne Vander Streek
Mar 27, 2018
Kids Hope USA
Barb Wiedenman
Apr 03, 2018
FUEL Program, Eat Out Fundraiser