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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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Amy's Journal entry mid afternoon on Monday, Sept 19th:

Dr Franko was just in. Damon's nutrition is lacking so the feeding tube will be put back in. But, he plans to send Damon home early next week after a week of tube feeding!! He thinks this is the jump start his body needs to heal faster right now & Damon is fine with it. Whatever gets him home the fastest. 😉 The lung doctor was out today but if Dr Franko has his way, the chest tubes will be removed in the next couple days as well as one of his 3 drains. He's fine sending him home with the other 2 drains and said that the output of those is about half of what it used to be so signs that the colon fistula is healing as well. At this point, they do not believe he will need surgery to remove fluid from lungs either. Prayers for the feedings to give him the strength he needs to make a BIG step in the recovery process this week! So thankful that Dr Franko understands the importance of getting our guy back home and that he is willing to make it happen ASAP. ❤️

Every Rotarian has the privilege and obligation to seek qualified members.  In this way, all club members can help our club achieve a full representation of the business and professional life of the community and membership is the means to accomplish Rotary's mission and goals.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be having a membership social on Tuesday evening, October 11th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.  Each member is encouraged to invite a prospective new member or two or more to the event.  The social will be held at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club and will include wine and beer tasting, appetizers and plenty of information about Rotary.  Keep in mind we are able to accept corporate members.

During their meeting on September 8th, the Board approved the following donations:
On With Life - The noon club held their meeting at On With Life on July 19th and was served a very nice lunch by their kitchen staff.   As a thank you for hosting our meeting, the Board approved a donation of $300 to be used by On With Life as they choose in their therapy garden.
Dorothy's House - A request for $300 to install a security system in a second residence including wireless monitors and cameras was approved.
Warm Coat Project - The club has participated in a Rotary District grant in each of the past two years to provide coats to Ankeny school children in cooperation with Project Fresh Start.   The grant is not available this year but the Board did approve to provide $2,000 for coats again this fall.  This should purchase 110-120 coats.

When District Governor Chris Knapp made his official visit to Ankeny, he advised the Board of some recommendations made by the Rotary Council on Legislation.  One of these recommendations was a increased emphasis on transparency.  Minutes of our Board meetings have been available to all members on the web site for several years.  The Board has now decided to also make the monthly treasurer's reports also available on the web site.  The Board meeting minutes and the treasurer's reports are not available to the general public and are only available to members after they log on to the web site.  We will have a goal of having these reports on the web site within 30 days following each Board meeting.

The noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny scheduled for October 11th has been cancelled to encourage all members to attend the prospective new member social that evening and to also attend the multi-club event on Thursday, October 13th at the Johnston Hilton Garden Inn beginning at 7:15 AM.

The "Multi-Club" committee for the Des Moines Rotary Clubs will be hosting a speaker in coordination with the World Food Prize on Thursday, October 13, 2016.   The speaker will be Margaret Catley-Carson a world renown expert on water issues which is an important issue in Iow and the world.   The event will be held at the Johnston Hilton Garden Inn from 7:15 - 9:00 AM and will include a continental breakfast.   The cost to attend is $15 per person which will be paid by the club for those attending.  
Both the noon and evening meeting that week on Tuesday, October 11th are cancelled to encourage members to attend the membership social on the evening of the 11th and this multi-club event on the 13th. 

John Peterson, President of the Ankeny Service Center attended the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny on September 6th to receive a check from the club in the amount of $3,390.34.  This represented 60% of the net proceeds from the "Golf Ball Drop" held during Summerfest this past July.   The remaining 40%, $2,260.23, will be used by the club in the various other service projects and donations made throughout the community. 

The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.   In the most recent ratings, released on September 1, 2016, The Rotary foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency.  The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness.

Ankeny Rotarian, Steve Wieneke was one of seven Rotarians from District 6000 that completed a Rotary Leadership Institute class in West Liberty on August 27th.   Steve completed part 3 and be presenting an overview of the program with Terry Geiger during the noon meeting on September 20th.

Here are the last couple journal entries posted on CaringBridge by Amy Miller:
Sept. 4 - Sorry for not posting an update yesterday. Damon got moved to the 8th floor today. It's not the rehab floor but rather just a normal floor of the hospital. We knew he'd need to go here to mend before starting rehab & it's a good thing for him to see his "graduation" to a regular floor. I know he's also fearful because the two previous times we've been upstairs, we've ended up back down in ICU. Praying the third time is a charm! Damon is exhausted today and has lost a lot more fluid. He's having trouble swallowing so can only drink liquids that are thickened. They think he just needs to learn how to swallow again because it's been so long since he's eaten. An ENT doc should be in to see him in the next few days to rule out any other reasons for the trouble swallowing. Hope everyone is having a good Labor Day weekend. 
Sept. 2 - Another great day! Walked twice as far & looks like he's lost even more fluid. His breathing is so much better as well. So happy for his progress & I know he is so glad he is feeling better & getting stronger each day. Happy Friday everyone & again so thankful for such amazing support system! Thank you all.

It has now been more than a year since Gregary "Wade" Franck was killed by a drunk driver while riding his bike on Grand Avenue in Des Moines.  His parents, Greg and Ankeny Rotarian, Jan are planning to use donations they have received and hope to still receive to build a bike hub at the Ankeny Market Pavilion.   The "Wade Franck Memorial Plaza" will include bathrooms, bike racks, a bike maintenance station, places to take a rest from riding and a map of central Iowa's trail system.  It will cost about $100,000 and the Franck's are offering to match funds donated until the first of November up to $25,000.  
To make a contribution you can visit ankenyamp.com/donate.php or mail your check payable to the Ankeny Foundation and mail it to Greg & Jan Franck at 410 W. First St., Ankeny, IA 50023.  Please note "bike hub" on the check.

Bailey Caskey and Megan Primrose two of the 12 students the Rotary Club of Ankeny sponsored for 2016 RYLA attended the August 30th Evening Ankeny Rotary Club meeting which was held at District 36 Wine Bar and Grille. They presented pictures and talked about their experiences.   

An application for membership to the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny has been received from Linda Bradbury.   Linda is a massage therapist and her business is Inspired Guided Motion.   She is being proposed for membership by Anne Porter.  Comments regarding her proposed membership may be submitted to any Board member.

The 2017 fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be Saturday, February 25th and will again be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC campus.   This year's theme will be "Mardi Gras" Make sure the date is on your calendar and plan to attend.   Also, it is not too early to begin collecting auction items.  

Did you know as a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny you can send an email to all other members through our ClubRunner website?   Here is how you do it:
  • Go to our web site at www.ankenyrotary.org
  • "Log on" using your log in "Name" and "Password"
  • Click on "Member Area" in upper right corner of "Home Page"
  • Click on "Email Message Centre" under "My ClubRunner"
  • Click on "Compose New Message"
  • Step 1 - Check "Active & Honorary Members" - Note, you can click on the "+" sign and "Expand List" to view the entire list of members and select the ones you wish to send the email to if you do not wish to send it to all members.
  • Step 2 - Enter a "Subject"
  • Then type your message.
  • Upload attachments if any
  • Click on "Send"
There are some other options such as scheduling when the email is to be sent and creating your own custom email list but sending an email is pretty easy.  Let Nate Burnham know if you have any questions.

Rockford Anderson was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on August 23rd by President Carmen Davis.  Rocky and his wife, Megan, are both Pharmacists and own Ankeny Pharmacy located at 1325 Oralabor Road.   They also own the adjoining Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt shop.  The Andersons are both Drake University graduates and also own pharmacies in Polk City, Clear Lake and Clarion.    Rocky was proposed for membership by Pat Stilwill.

District Governor Chris Knapp and his Rotary Partner Vernette made their official visit to both the noon Rotary Club of Ankeny and the Evening club on August 23rd.   Prior to the noon meeting they met with the Board.   During the meeting DG Knapp reminded everyone of training opportunities for officers and all Rotarians and presented his goals for the year.  He also suggested we review our By-Laws in light of some changes implemented by the Rotary Council on Legislation.  These include more flexibility on member classifications, attendance guidelines, and increased transparency. 

The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be hosting two exchange students for the 2016-2017 school year.  They are Elinor Sagemo from Sweden and Katya Sanches from Mexico.  Elinor will be attending Centennial High School and Katya will spend one semester in both Ankeny High and Centennial

As a thank you for visiting Ankeny, the club presented DG Chris Knapp and Vernette with a large gift basket full of items form Ankeny.   Thank you to everyone that donated to the gift basket and to Colleen Welch for putting it all together.

Baily Caskey was one of the 12 RYLA students sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  On August 23rd, she made a very emotional talk to the club to thank them for sponsoring her and "changing her life".

District Governor Chris Knapp and his Rotary Partner Vernette made their official visit to the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny on August 23rd. 

A total of 582 balls were sold for the 2016 golf ball drop during Summerfest.  Thank you to Monsanto for donating $2,000 for the prize money and other expenses, First National Bank for the printing and cutting the tickets, and Leaning Tower of Pizza for the coupon on the tickets.  Also, a big thank you to Tom Friedman for coordinating this project.
Sales and donations totaled $7,820.   After prize money and expenses, $3,390.34 will be given to the Ankeny Service Center and $2,260.23 will be retained by the Rotary Club of Ankeny to be used for service projects in the Ankeny community.

The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in September:
7th - Teri Crist
7th - Tom Friedman
7th - Mark Martin
16th - Todd Wehr
20th - kevin Brooks
20th - Lewis Todtz
22nd - Tom Rice
25th - Jim Hudson
29th - Tim Hawkins
29th - Anne Porter


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

When: Thursday, September 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 Rotarians that are scheduled to be the "Greeter" and "Sheriff" for the next several weeks are as follows:
9/20 - Raj Reddy
9/27 - Abbi Rickelman
10/4 - Jody Savage
10/11 - NO MEETING
10/18 - Sally Schroeder
10/25 - Steve SchraderBachar
11/1 - Kathy Sibbel
11/8 - Chuck Stewart

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