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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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During the meeting on June 6th, President Carmen Davis named Justin Carlton the Rotarian of the month for June.   This was primarily in recognition of his work in coordinating the Ankeny Clean Up Days service project.  Congratulations Justin!
In January, the RI Board passed a resolution that would prohibit all Rotary clubs, districts and any other Rotary entity from transferring ownership of weapons or to participate in any activity where weapons are sold, given away or raffled.  At its May meeting, the Rotary Club of Ankeny's Board authorized President Carmen Davis to execute a petition asking the Rotary International Board of Directors to modify their position on the Rotary Policy on Guns, Weapons, and Armament.  A response has been received from John P. Hewko, General Secretary of Rotary International in which he states the RI Board had reviewed the policy again and at its June meeting, decided to modify Rotary's policy on club and district activities related to guns and weapons to include the following:
  • The policy allows clubs and districts to hold gun raffles and sponsor gun shows, as long as no club or district ever takes ownership of the weapons and all transfers of firearms are conducted by licensed third parties.
  • The policy does not prohibit sponsorship by companies that manufacture or sell guns.
  • The policy also provides guidance on the depiction of weapons with the Rotary Marks.  Specifically, the Rotary Marks may not be shown along with images of guns or other weapons but it would not prohibit the incidental appearance of a gun or other weapon, for example, in a photo of a police officer being honored at a club function.
Since the annual meeting and golf outing will be on Thursday June 29th, the regular meeting on Tuesday, June 27th for both the noon and evening clubs is cancelled and the meetings, noon and evening, on Tuesday, July 4th is also cancelled for the holiday. 
Also, remember the meeting, on July 11th will be at The Bridges, 3510 Northwest Abilene Rd., Ankeny.
Sally Schroeder, Gary Welch and Steve Wieneke attended the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta on June 10-14.  Sally submitted th efollowing report:
"My first experience at a Rotary convention was one of exceeding expectations and a renewed energy of what can be accomplished locally and globally.   Gary Welch and Steve Wieneke were also present and we happened to see each other among the estimated 40,000 attendees.   The opening ceremony with over 130 countries was impressive.  During the first general session. $1.4 million was donated for polio eradication.   Bill Gates donated $450 million, France kicked in $61 million etc.!  The grand total raised was $1.2 billion!   As of last week, there were only 5 reported cases of polio in the world since January 1, 2017.
Ashton Kutcher spoke of human trafficking.  My favorite was a former UN ambassador, former mayor of Atlanta, congressman and civil rights leader, Andrew Young.   At age 85, his message was humorous and full of hope for the world.  He didn't really know the 4-way test but he sure knew about what Rotary had accomplished by using our 4 guiding principles.  The concurrent sessions were informative and I know we can use some of the tips. 
I thank our club for the opportunity to meet so many Rotarians and I look forward to next year in Toronto."
The 2017 Annual Meeting & Golf Outing for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be on Thursday, June 29th at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club.  Registration is available on line on our web site.  Register for the event and see Carmen Davis pass the leadership of the club to Sally Schroeder as well as the announcement of the Ankeny "2017 Rotarian of the Year", "New Member of the Year", and "Perfect Attendance" awards,  for the 2016-2017 year.  

Each member is receiving this email asking them to "Register on Line" for this event.  The golf is designed to be a fun-oriented event with no skill required.  Here are the details: 

Check In for golf:  5:00-5:30 pm 
Shotgun Start:  5:30 pm 
Format:  Four-person best shot, designate your foursome or sign up individually and you will be assigned to a team.
Cost:  $20 per person for golf. 
Dinner:  After golf, at approximately 7:45 pm.  Dinner is free to members and one guest.  Additional guests are $15 each. 
Sponsors:  Sponsorships are available at $50. Donations for prizes are welcome.

All charges for golf, dinner and sponsorships, if any, will be included in your July quarterly Rotary invoice.  When registering, please indicate the name of your guest(s), if any, and if you and/or your guest will golf.  Also, indicate if you are willing to sponsor a hole or provide some prizes.

The meetings for both the noon and evening clubs on Tuesday, June 27th, will be canceled.
,The daughter of a Macedonian foreign service officer, Anja Nikolova, grew up in London, New York and Venice.   Her globe-trotting childhood gave her a gift for languages, she is fluent in five, but also a passion for international environmental issues.  With the aid of global grants, funded by Rotary districts in Texas, Oklahoma and Connecticut, Nikolova is presently working towards her master's degree in environmental management at Yale University.  She is interested in tying together the environment and economics on a large scale in order to understand the feasibility of certain environmental projects.  She states, "In the end, if whatever you pursue doesn't make sense, it's probably not going to work.  That has been acknowledged and seen as an opportunity rather than a threat."
When in Ghana, she worked on a community agricultural and forestry project where villagers were empowered to farm the products that were in a National park and sell them.  They did not have the technical support to sell the projects at a scale that was profitable , so  Nikolova connected this project with Rotarians and together they managed to raise more than $100,000 to move forward.  Your dollars to The Rotary Foundation to support scholars, such as Nikolova, enables this to happen.  Thank you.                                
During their meeting on June 8th, the Board for the Rotary Club of Ankeny approved a donation requests for the Mid Iowa Council of Boy Scouts of America.  The request was approved in the amount of $1,250 to support their 2017 Friends of Scouting campaign.  The funds from this campaign will be used to help support new programs, recruiting materials, the purchase of equipment, staffing summer camp, and providing scholarships for camp.  This is the 6th consecutive year the Rotary Club of Ankeny has contributed too the Scouts campaign.
At their meeting on June 8th, the Board adopted a new logo to be used by the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  It was designed by using a template available on the Rotary International website.  The new logo has "Rotary Club of Ankeny" on the left side the Rotary wheel in the middle and "Service Above Self" on the right side.  The logo is available on the club's web site or contact the Club's secretary for a copy.
The Rotary Club of Madras Coromandel has been rebuilding toilets in government schools now for three years.  The projects have been to replace dilapidated facilities or create new ones where none existed.  The projects support mainly girls after sixth grade because they do not want to relieve themselves in the open.  Also included are sanitary napkin dispensers and incinerators.  Interact clubs are being started in all these schools to make sure the administration maintains the newly created facilities. Last year, partnering with ten Rotary clubs in their district, fourteen schools in Chennei, South India, were given new or rebuilt schools, a project that cost $170,000 in US Dollars.
In addition, this year, partnering with ten more Rotary clubs from their district, schools are getting new or rebuilt toilets for $120,000 and partnering with eight other Rotary clubs for the purchase of new or refurbished toilets in thirty-two schools.  Partnerships, a dedication to improve the lives of young people and contributions to The Rotary Foundation allow this to happen.  Financial support is a necessity; your generosity is a must - the world is smaller and its people are our neighbors.  Please give to The Rotary Foundation if you haven't already.  Thank you.
The Des Moines Rotary Multi-Club Committee is sponsoring a Forum on water quality and sustainability at the Hilton Garden Inn, West Des Moines (Just east of Jordan Creek Mall) on Friday, June 9th.  The speakers include Matt Helmers the Dean's Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University, Roger Sylstra a farmer from Jasper County, Richard Leopold, Director of Polk County Conservation, and David Courard-Harari, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at Drake University.  Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 7:00 AM followed by a program at 7:30-9:00.  The cost of $20 per person will be paid by the club.  All net proceeds from this event will benefit an International Service Water Project in Tanzania, Kilimanjaro Region as part of a Rotary global program.  Please contact Rich Job at rich.w.job@icloud.com if you plan to attend.
Lincoln Savings Bank was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny as a  new corporate member on May 30th by President Carmen Davis.  Doug Parker has been a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny since May 2015 and will now be the Primary Designee for Lincoln Savings Bank.  Derek Baker, Branch Manager, Jameson Hudson, Assistant Branch Manager, and Cameron Fitzgerald, Trust Management Officer will be the Secondary Designees.  Congratulations and welcome Derek, Jameson and Cameron!!
Corliss Klaassen, Chairman of the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund for District 6000, attended the May 23rd meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny to recognize Sally Schroeder as a new member of the Paul Harris Society.  Members of the Paul Harris Society have committed to donate $1,000 per year to the Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations and thank you Sally!!
Seventeen Ankeny Rotarians assisted City of Ankeny employees in unloading cars and pickups during Ankeny Clean Up Days May 20th and 21st.  Donations collected was the most ever and totaled $2,118.22.  This compares to $1,932, $1,953 and $1,880 collected the past three years.   There were also a record number of vehicles, 1,219 that were unloaded during the two days.  That is an average of 101/hour despite the cool rainy weather.  Thank you to all the Rotarian that helped and to Justin Carlton for his leadership on this project.
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in June:
6th - Ben Norman
14th - Sue Gibbons
17th - David Mercer
20th - Steve Van Oort
21st - Mike Lydon
26th - Carmen Davis

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

When: Thursday, June 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 Rotary Club of Ankeny presented scholarships to two seniors at Ankeny High School and two seniors at Centennial High School at their recent Senior Spotlight night.  Each of these scholarships was in the amount of $500.  The following letters were received from the recipients:
My name in Hannah Shrader and I am the humbled recipient of the Rotary Club of Ankeny Scholarship.  I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity in helping me pay for my education!   My family and I are so appreciative of your kindness.  I look for ward to meeting some of your members at Centennial's Senior Spotlight Night ceremony!   Someday, I would like to be a part of a Rotary club - their service worldwide is inspiring and I an honored to be awarded a scholarship from the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Thank you again and I am excited to meet you and thank you in person!  Have a great day!  Sincerely Hannah Shrader
P.S. - I plan on going to med school in the future and I have been admitted into the Honors Program at the University of Iowa which will help to prepare me for med school.   This scholarship will aid in reducing my student loans as I work towards med schools. 
I was happy to learn that I was a recipient of the Rotary Club of Ankeny Scholarship.  I am writing to thank you for your generous financial support towards my higher education.  I will be majoring in Health Sciences while completing my pre-med requirements at Drake University in the fall.  After graduation, I hope to attend medical school and become a Neonatologist.  By awarding me this scholarship, I am better able to concentrate on what will get me to that goal, my education.  It is my hope that I will one day be able to pay forward your generosity to someone else.  Thank you again. Sincerely, Meredith Cornwell
Dear Rotary Club of Ankeny, Thank you a lot for the scholarship!  I plan to use the money for furthering my education at Iowa State University.  At ISU, I plan to double major in computer engineering and music.   It is very thoughtful and generous of you to provide this scholarship for graduating high school seniors.  Thank you again for the scholarship.  Sincerely, Chris Lopez
My life long dream of attending medical school is moving forward thanks to generous educational scholarships like yours.  Since being named one of the recipients of the Rotary Club Scholarship, my dream is becoming a reality at the University of Iowa.  The $500 award gives me an opportunity to earn skills what will serve the medical community following graduation.  Thank you personally for your generosity.  Without scholarship patrons willing to support medical education, students such as myself would be unable to pursue advanced health care degrees.  I personally understand that I have at least eight years ahead of me regarding my endeavours.  Once again, thank you for your vote of confidence and the scholarship.  I am committed to my education and to the healthcare field, and one step closer to becoming a doctor, thanks to your continued generosity and the Rotary Club Scholarship.  Sincerely, Makenna Dunlavey
For the fourth consecutive year, the Evening Rotary Club has adopted a flower bed from the City of Ankeny.  This year's plot is located directly south east of the City Hall building facing 1st street.  The club has planted the flowers and will also be responsible for weeding and watering through the summer and clean up in the fall.
Only five cases of polio have been reported in the world this year!!  And last week not one single case has appeared on record!!  But many are still working to eradicate the disease.  In Pakistan a polio surveillance network provides a silent force behind the eradication efforts.  In a small health facility in Pakistan's Punjab province, Dr. Ujala Nayyar, a World Health Organization's Surveillance Officer, reviews all doctors' appointments in recent months.   She checks every record to look for symptoms that could be signs of polio, like a sudden floppiness in arms, legs or any part of the body that would indicate acute flaccid paralysis. She makes sure the doctors and the hospital staff working at the clinic know what symptoms of polio are and what they need to do if a child with polio appears.  
Dr. Nayyar is part of a network of 47 Polio Eradication Officers in 36 districts of Punjab who work with just one aim - to eradicate polio.   More than 47,000 health, religious leaders, traditional healers and over 10,000 doctors in Punjab help her team to identify paralyzed children.   Surveillance is one of the key activities of the polio eradication effort in Pakistan.  Many innovative approaches are being introduced to help detect where the virus is circulating, surveillance reviews, and regular orientation sessions for medical officers and consultants on how to report cases.  Your commitment and generosity to the Rotary's goal of eliminating this horrific disease is appreciated.  We still need help, so please consider a generous donation to The Rotary Foundation for this purpose.   We are almost there!!
The Rotary Club of Ankeny sold root beer floats at both the North HyVee and the South, Prairie Trail, HyVee on Saturday May 13th to aid Special Olympics.  In total they used 50 - 2 liter bottles of A&W Root Beer and 15.5 gallons of ice cream.  Sales and donations that will go to Special Olympics totaled $1,220.19 compared to $1,057 last year and 723.50 in 2015.  The North team took in $688.32, the most ever at one store, compared to $531.87 for the South team which was second only to the South team's total last year and this year's North total.   Thank you to Rotarians Ben Digmann, Carmen Davis, Mary Cochran, Amy Miller, Kristofer Orth, Tim Hawkins, Nate Burnham and Tom Friedman for working the booth.   Also, thank you to Ben Digmann's and Kristofer Orth's kids, Silver Chord Student, Sam Eichhorn, Special Education teacher, Heather Lynam and all the Special Olympians that assisted at the booths.  And, of course, a big thank you to Tom Friedman for coordinating this great service project.
The Rotary International Board of Directors voted last January to Clarify the Rotary Policy on Guns, Weapons, and Armament.  The position they took was to prohibit all Rotary clubs, districts and any other Rotary entity from transferring ownership of weapons or participate in any activity where weapons are sold, given away or raffled.  Although not a unanimous vote, the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Ankeny voted to authorize President Carmen Davis to execute a petition to be sent to the Rotary international Board requesting reconsideration of their policy.  The suggested change would allow the sale of weapons provided a licensed weapons dealer handles the transaction and all applicable laws are followed.   A major consideration for the authorization of this petition by the Board was the feeling the RI Board was taking a political stand on guns when it has always been a policy of Rotary to take "no position on politics". 
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