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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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Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, made a surprise visit at the noon club's meeting on October 25th.  Some people thought she looked a lot like Sally Schroeder except for the her face. 


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

When: Thursday, November 10th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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


During the 1917 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, then President Arch C. Klumph stated "It seems eminently proper that we should accept endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world."  Yet at the time, support for the idea was far from unanimous and some thought an endowment fund would create more trouble than it was worth.   But his idea received the support it most need in the form of an initial donation of $26.50 from the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri.  This year is the 100 year of the Foundation and we recognize Klumph's idea as not only visionary, but revolutionary since it set in place the mechanism that allowed Rotary to become the vast force for "Doing good in the World" that it is today. 
November is Rotary Foundation month.

The Board recently approved a corporate application for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny from Community State Bank.   Current Rotarian, Damon Miller, Commercial Banker, would become the Primary Designee.  Angi Bright, Portfolio Managing Officer and T. J. Brand, Commercial Loan Officer would be Secondary Designees.  Angi was a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny from 2006 to 2009 when she left to be a stay at home mother.
Comments regarding Community State Bank's application may be forwarded to any Board member.

The Iowa Energy will be sponsoring a "Barbeque Cook-off" for Des Moines area Rotary clubs in conjunction with Polio Plus night at an Iowa Energy basketball game on Saturday January 28th.  Contact Carmen Davis if you would like to represent the Rotary Club of Ankeny in this cook-off.

The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny adopted a flower bed form the City of Ankeny again this year.  Now that the growing season is over, the club met at the flower bed on the evening of October 25th to trim bushes and remove all the annual plants.  After the work was done, Kathy Sibbel hosted the group at her home for snacks and wine.

Rotarians in District 6000 will be ringing bells all across the District for local Salvation Army units on Saturday, December 10, 2016.  Contact Carmen Davis if you would like to help with this project.  You can also go to http://tinyur.com/rotaryringday for more information.

"Rotary Serving Humanity" through the Rotary Foundation has been successful for the past 100 years.  The work of the Rotary Foundation becomes a privilege for Rotarians.  Thanks to your generous contributions and those of many others in District 6000, The Rotary Foundation has much to share with the world as we celebrate its 100th year.   Each Rotarian in District 6000 is invited to attend the 5th annual Rotary District 6000 Foundation Dinner, Saturday November 5th at the Radisson Hotel, Coralville with a social hour beginning at 6:00 PM and dinner at 7:00 PM.  The district will be recognizing many Foundation milestones in giving by District 6000 members.  The keynote speaker will be Michael McGovern the current RI PolioPlus Chairman.
If you are interested in attending, contact Nate Burnham, nfburnham@gmail.com for a registration form. 

The date for the Ankeny Rotary Christmas social has been changed to Thursday, December 15th.   This was to avoid a conflict with the ISU vs. Iowa men's basketball game which is scheduled for December 8th.  We know we have several fans of both Iowa State and Iowa in our membership that would like to watch the game.  If you have already registered and still plan to attend you do not need to register again.   If you find the new date does not work for you, you can respond to the on-line registration that was sent to you through ClubRunner by clicking on the "Attend or Decline" and you will be able to unregister.  Also if you had previously declined but are now able to attend, you can use the on-line registration to register.  If you have not registered please do so as soon as possible.

The following Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in November:
3rd - Steve Wieneke
4th - Nate Burnham
11th - Laura Luetje
24th - Linda Bradbury
25th - Jan Franck
25th - Del Mohler
26th - Kathy Sibbel

The distribution of dictionaries and calculators to Ankeny 4th graders began on October 17th and will continue through Friday, October 21st.  Thank you to everyone that has volunteered to help.   Remember the first name on the list at each school is responsible for picking up the dictionaries from CJM Financial's warehouse.

Construction has begun on the second pavilion at the site of the Ankeny Market Pavilion.   Dirt has been moved and footings poured.   The plan is to complete the construction of the second pavilion yet this fall.     

10/17 Update from Amy:
Damon is really suffering emotionally right now. He's had enough & is struggling to find the strength to get better. Dr Franko will be back tomorrow & I pray he can offer some advice and alternatives to what we were told today by the social worker. Basically, she told me that they have found two (sub-par) skilled nursing facilities in the Des Moines area that would take him with TPN. Our insurance company feels like he is ready for this next level of care so they will force him to go to one of these when a bed opens. This IS NOT what Damon needs...basically a retirement home where he would lose the small amount of motivation he has right now. Why can't insurance companies do what's best for the patient? So unbelievably sad & maddening! 
10/14 Update from Amy:
Please pray for Dr Franko to save the day tomorrow...he's our only hope right now as I was told. Damon needs a positive step right now in the worst way. Dr Franko's partner called to try to convince the insurance company with zero success. Their comments were that he needs to go to a skilled nursing facility or home. There is only one skilled nursing facility in Waterloo that will take patients with TPN feedings. Damon will be on TPN for another 5 weeks. What a corner insurance has pushed us into. Unreal. 

The membership social held at Ankeny Golf & Country Club on October 11th was attended by 14 Rotarians and 7 prospective new members.  It was a pleasant evening with wine and beer tasting and appetizers.    This was a great opportunity to learn about Rotary and our club.   Hopefully, it results in some additional members to our club.   If you had a guest in attendance, be sure to follow up with them in case they have questions and to invite them to attend one of our meetings.   Also, several members invited guest that were not able to attend.   We need to make sure these prospective new members know they are welcome to attend a meeting and consider joining our club.


The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be celebrating Christmas with dinner in the Recital Hall at the Temple for Performing Arts, 1011 Locust Street, Des Moines, on Thursday December 8th.  There will be a social time from 5:30 to 6:15 with dinner to be served at 6:15  Following dinner, we will attend, "Triple Expresso" at 7:30 t the Temple.  The cost for members and one guest will be $45 per person for the dinner and show.   If you do not wish to join us for the show, dinner only is $30 per person.   Registration is now available on line.  Please register as soon as possible since tickets to the show are limited. 

"Triple Expresso" is a highly caffeinated comedy that tells the story of the three guys whose bid for showbiz fame and fortune ended in 4-minutes of magnificent failure on national television. Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean tell their rags-to-rags story earnestly, with hysterical results. The laughter is infectious and the comedy appeals to everyone from first graders to college students to baby-boomers to grandparents.



Approximately 25 boy scouts and leaders met at CJM Financial on October 10th to put stickers on 1008 dictionaries and calculators.    These items are now ready to be distributed to 4th graders in Ankeny during the week of October 17th.  Thanks to Jeff Dammon for directing the placement of the stickers.    Also, thank you to Trent Murphy for allowing the club to use his warehouse to store the dictionaries and calculators.

in During their meeting October 13th, the Board approved donations to:
Dollars for Scholars: The club has contributed to Dollars for Scholars for at least the past 10 years including $1,000 last year for a $500 scholarship to a student in each high school.   This year the club will be donating a total of $2,000 to fund two $500 scholarship at both Ankeny High School and Centennial High School next spring. 
Ankeny Community Chorus:  $500 to aid with the purchase of copyright sheet music for three concerts in 2017.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:  The club will be sponsoring Stacey Koeppen in a half marathon in support of this organization.

Nine members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny attended a Des Moines area Multi-Club event on October 13th in Johnston.  The speaker was Margaret Catley-Carlson who talked about "Water Quality and Sustainability".   The next Multi-Club event will be June 9, 2017 when a several recognized experts will present a forum panel on water.  Thank you to Rich Job for representing Ankeny on the planning committee.

Amy's Journal entry about noon on Monday, October 3rd:
I apologize for taking a few days off from updating. It's been an adjustment getting Damon back home but definitely worth it! He's doing well & can I tell he's much more comfortable here. The home nurse came for the first time on Thursday and checked him out and helped change drains & dressings. She will come back again today for the same thing & will continue the Monday/Thursday routine. Physical therapy came on Friday & will be here 2 days a week as well. He's getting up & walking quite a bit and spending time sitting in different places of the house. This afternoon we plan to go outside to get some fresh air on the deck. Damon's feeding tube got clogged on Saturday. The on call nurse & I tried all the tricks to unclog but no luck. So, the doctors said to eat, eat, eat and he's done pretty well. He enjoyed some chicken & noodles, hamburger, cheesy potatoes, ham sandwiches & some eggs this am. We've also been supplementing with protein shakes. Overall, he's doing well at home. It's so great to have him here & the boys love having their dad around. Please keep sending those prayers for strength & patience as we are taking small steps. We love all of you & are so thankful for your support!

Rotary clubs around the world are always supportive of projects that truly create an impact on the lives of the people that they serve. One such project comes from the Rotary Club of Ortigas Center in the Philippines.  They initiated a sight-saving project for children with special needs. At least 350 children were diagnosed for visual impairment, and free eyeglasses were given.  In cooperation with the Asian Eye Institute these children were also pre-screened for cataracts.  With improved vision, they will be able to develop their own capabilities to their fullest potential.  In India smart canes for the visually impaired were donated.  These special canes contain an attachment, which is embedded with ultrasonic sensors. They have a range of ten feet and make the user aware of obstacles from the knee up to the head.  The club in India donated 200 such canes to the needy.  
Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables the visually handicapped around the world to live a better and more productive life.  Thank you for giving.

During the meeting on October 4th, President Carmen Davis named Mark Land as the "Member of the Month" for October.  This was in recognition of his assuming responsibility for contacting all the elementary schools in Ankeny to make arrangements for the delivery of the dictionaries and calculators to all 4th graders.  He also has been coordinating the volunteers for the delivery of the dictionaries and calculators to the schools later this month.   Congratulations Mark! 

In 2014 and 2016, the Rotary Club of Ankeny donated $2,000 and also obtained a matching Community Service Matching Grant for the purchase of winter coats.   This year a matching grant is not available but the club has committed to donate $2,000 for the purchase of coats.   In addition, at the request of Dave Kissinger, the club will be donating $1,000 to project Fresh Start for the purchase of snow pants which will be distributed with the coats to needy families in Ankeny.


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

When: Thursday, October 13th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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


Brooke Charleston of Dorothy's House was in attendance at the noon Rotary meeting on September 27th to accept a check in the amount of $300 from the club.  The funds will be used to install a security system at a second residence owned by Dorothy's House.   Also pictured are Mary Cochran the club sponsor, President Carmen Davis and Donation Committee Chairman Mike O'Connor.

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