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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!

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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The Rotary Club of Ankeny received a $500 donation for volunteering again this year at Ankeny Chamber's Summerfest Grand Parade.  This marks the 23rd year the Rotary Club of Ankeny has been a key partner in bringing the parade to the city.  Each year, approximately 30 Rotarians arrive at 5:45 AM on parade day to check in, organize, and release floats on to the two-mile parade route.  Each year, more than 18,000 residents and their guests gather to watch the parade.
At the meeting on July 11th, President Sally Schroeder named Carmen Davis the "Rotarian of the Month" for July.  Not only did Carmen lead the club as president for the 2016-2017 year but she also chaired the Summerfest parade committee. This included coordinating 30 volunteers and the early morning set up for the parade.   Congratulations Carmen!
The fourth annual Rotary Club of Ankeny family picnic will be held on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at the shelter in Sunrise Park, 506 SE Peterson in Ankeny.   A social time will begin at 5:30 PM.  The main course, including some salmon will be provided by the club and everyone should bring their own beverage of choice and a side dish to share.  Both the noon and evening Rotary meetings are canceled for that day and all members are encouraged to attend the picnic and bring all family members, guests, and prospective new members.  ‚ÄčA sign up sheet will be available at the next several meetings.
The noon Rotary meeting on July 18th, will be at Albaugh LLC's headquarters at 1525 NE 36th Street, Ankeny.  Also, remember NE 36th Street is closed from Ankeny Blvd.  To get to Albaugh's use NE Delaware or I-35 to the 36th Street exit.  Our meeting will be in the lower level of their main building.
Thank you to The Bridges At Ankeny for hosting the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny at their new facility in Ankeny.  Not only did they provide a room for us to meet but they also provide lunch, the program and a tour of their beautiful new facility.
The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905.  The fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution of $1,000 to the Humanitarian and educational programs of The Rotary Foundation.  The following Ankeny Rotarians were recognized for their support of the Foundation at the July 12, 2017 meeting:
 
Rich Job - New Paul Harris Fellow
Shar Dunlap - Paul Harris Fellow Plus 2
Steve SchraderBachar - Paul Harris Fellow Plus 6
Nate Burnham - Paul Harris Fellow Plus 7
 
Congratulations to Rich, Shar, Steve and Nate and thank you for supporting the Rotary Foundation!!
Now that the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta is history, it is time to start making plans to attend the 2018 Rotary Convention.  It will be in Toronto, Canada, June 23-27, 2018.  Early registration is now available on line at the RI web site.  Register prior to December 15, 2018 to get the early registration discount.   You may also want to put the 2019 RI Convention on your calendar which will be Hamburg, Germany, June 1-5, 2019. Or maybe you would prefer the 2020 convention which will be in Honolulu June 6-10, 2020.
The Summerfest golf ball drop was held on Sunday evening, July 9th.  The balls were dropped from the Ankeny Fire Departments ladder truck from about 60 feet up towards a hole in the grass below.  One ball went in the hole with three others close by.   The winners were:
 
1st Place - $1,000 - Scott Murray
2nd Place - $375 - Tim Cox
3rd Place - $250 - Connor Gocke
4th Place - $125 -   Brad Harrison
 
A total of 572 balls were sold.  Thank you to Monsanto for donating the prize money, Leaning Tower of Pizza for putting the "free mini pizza" on the tickets and to all Rotarians that sold tickets.  Also, a big thank you to Tom Friedman for coordinating the golf ball drop again this year.  Your efforts will result in $3,334 being donated to the Ankeny Service Center and $2,222 for the Rotary Club of Ankeny to donate to other Ankeny organizations or service projects.
Forty-one golfers participated in the golf outing held prior to the Rotary Club of Ankeny's annual meeting on June 29th.  Tim Cox presented several awards for some outstanding shots and for some not so outstanding.  The winners of the awards were:
 
Men's Longest Drive on #1 - Terry Peter
Women's Longest Drive on #1- Lauri Stilwill
Men's Longest Drive (Left handed) on #2 - Terry Peter (It helped that he is left handed.)
Women's Longest Drive (Left handed) on #2 - Jacquelyn Duke
Longest Putt make on #3 - Jacquelyn Duke
Farthest From hole #6 - Trent Murphy
Men's Shortest Drive on #7 - Trent Murphy
Women's Shortest Drive on #7 - Jacquelyn Duke
Closest to the Rotary sign on #8 - Trent Murphy
Water Hole #9 - Anne Porter & Tammy Botos
Lowest Team Score - Carmen Davis, Lane Davis, Jim Gocke, Jacquelyn Duke
Most Fun Team: Kathy Sibbel, Troy Boelman, Teri Goins, Anne Porter
 
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to Tim Cox for coordinating the golf outing.  Also thank you to our prize sponsors, Tim's BP/Amoco Service, Great Western Bank, Dave's Jewerly, Lamberti, Gocke, & Luetje, Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce, Ankeny Golf & Country Club and Ankeny Park and Recreation Department.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has been in charge of checking entries and lining up the participants for the Summerfest Parade each year since at least 1994.  The earliest record of the club participation was found in the minutes of the June 9, 1994 Board meeting when "Several people volunteered to assist Shar Dunlap the day of the parade. She could still use more volunteers."   This year 25 Ankeny Rotarians arrived at the Northview Middle School parking lot at 5:45 AM and went to work.
                
At the conclusion of the annual meeting on June 29th, Carmen Davis passed the gavel and president's pin to Sally Schroeder.   Sally then assumed the leadership of the Rotary Club of Ankeny for the 2017-2018 year.
Carmen Davis completed her term as President of the Rotary Club of Ankeny when she passed the gavel and President's pin to new President Sally Schroeder.  Sally then presented Carmen with a past presidents pin and a plaque containing a golden gavel and thanked her for her outstanding leadership to the club.  The plaque read, "Presented to Carmen Davis for your dedication and leadership while serving as President 2016-2017".
                             
The Rotary Club of Ankeny will not be meeting on Tuesday, July 4th.  Have a great holiday!!
 
Also, remember the meeting on July 11th will be at The Bridges, 3510 Northwest Abilene Rd., Ankeny.
Abbi Rickelman, the "2016 New Member of the Year" for the Rotary Club of Ankeny introduced Ryan Bach as the "2017 New Member of the Year".  Ryan joined Rotary Club of Ft. Dodge in December, 2015 then transferred his membership to Ankeny in July 2016.   He has had perfect attendance during his first year in Ankeny, and has participated in several service projects and socials including Rotary Ring Day, Mardi Gras, Christmas social, and Dollars for Scholars.   He was the first volunteer to assist with taking attendance and was named Rotarian of the month for September 2016.   President Carmen Davis also surprised Ryan by announcing the club had contributed to the Rotary Foundation in his name to make him a Paul Harris Fellow.
  
At the annual meeting, Kathy Sibbel, the "2016 Ankeny Rotarian of the Year" had the honor of introducing Terry Peter as the "2017 Ankeny Rotarian of the Year".   Terry has been a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny for 19 years and has had perfect attendance for the past 6 years.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow + 1and has been active in numerous other local organizations.   His most recent noteworthy accomplishment has been acting as the chairman of the Ankeny Market Pavilion fundraising committee.   The idea for AMP originated in 2011 with a goal of raising $1.5 million.   Now, 6 years later, over $2.2 million has been raised, the construction of both pavilions is complete and the restrooms should be completed this fall and the Saturday morning farmers market is thriving.   Congratulations Terry!!
 
The Rotary Foundations presents a banner to any club that has 100% of its members making a donation to the Rotary foundation and also having an average donation of at least $100 per member.   Ankeny Rotarians contributed $12,266.50 to the Annual Fund and $4,900 to Polio Plus for a total of $17,166.50 to the Foundation.    Every Active member made a contribution and the average for the club was $202 per Active member.  
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 in May.  He presented it to her again at the club's annual meeting so the entire club could recognize her for this outstanding award.
Each year the District Governor establishes several goals for clubs that must be satisfied for them to qualify for a District Governors Citation.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny was one of 11 clubs in District 6000 that qualified for this award during the 2016-2017 year.
 
The Rotary Foundation recognizes clubs that make a significant contribution, $1,500 or more, in the support of the Foundation's "End Polio Now; Make History Today Campaign".  This award comes out after year so was for the 2015-2016 year and presented to Past President Daman Miller when the club contributed $5,000 towards PolioPlus.  The club has also contributed $4,900 in the 2016-2017 year.
 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny grew from 82 to 92 members during the 2016-2017 year.   This moved the club into the "Large Club" category , clubs with over 80 Active members.   The club's growth of over 12% was the most of any other large club in District 6000.
 
 
 
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