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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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A thank you letter has been received from the Puppy Jake Foundation that read as follows:
Thank you for helping a wounded combat veteran.   And thank you for the generous contribution to Puppy Jake Foundation.  We are proud to share that because of supporters like you, we have placed 14 service dogs with their wounded military veterans.  The service dogs and wounded veterans are doing great as a team.  The goal is for 15 service dogs to graduate in the next year.  Your financial support assists PJF in raising well-bred, professionally trained service dogs for our wounded military veterans.  We currently have 31 dogs in various stages of training and look forward to continuing to add more puppies and dogs to our program in the coming months.
Thank you once again for your financial support of Puppy Jake Foundation, as we strive to make a positive difference in the lives of veterans that have given so much to our freedom and country.  Be sure to say "Hello" when you see the dogs in the red vest around town!!"
Several Rotarians and guests participated in the Chipotle fundraiser on April 4th to benefit the Ankeny Market Pavilion.   The amount raised for AMP was $200.65.   Thank you to everyone that had dinner at Chipotle and had 50% of your bill will be donated to AMP.
Now that the third quarter of the 2016-2017 year is over, this is a good time to check on how you are doing on attendance so far for the year.  Attendance at meetings and make-ups have been entered through April 4th.   You can check you attendance by going to our web site, ankenyrotary.org.   Then click on "Member Area" in the upper right corner and login.   Then under "My ClubRunner" click on "My Attendance".  Let Nate Burnham know if you notice any discrepancies or have any unreported make-ups. 
About 25 Ankeny Rotarians and guests attended the "Rotary International 100 Year Celebration" at the Kum & Go Theater at the Des Moines Social Club.  In total over 300 Rotarians from the Des Moines area were in attendance.  Thank you to Sally Schroeder for representing the Ankeny club at committee meetings in the planning of this event.
Spring "Clean Up Days" in Ankeny will be Saturday, May 20th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday, May 21st from noon to 4:00 PM.   The Rotary Club of Ankeny will again provide volunteers to assist with city workers with unloading vehicles and will be able to collect donations.  A sign up sheet to work two hour shifts will be available at the next several Rotary meetings.   Contact Justin Carlton with any questions.
During their meeting on April 13th, the Board for the Rotary Club of Ankeny approved two donation requests.   They were:
American Cancer Society, Relay for Life - $500 - Rich Job sponsored a request from the robotics team he sponsors.   Des Moines FRC Team 4646 will be participating as a team in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life on June 10th.  The club has supported this event in each of the past 5 years.
Des Moines Area Multi Club Water Project - $1,000 - The Board agreed to commit $1,000 towards an international water project yet to be determined.   The other Rotary clubs in the Des Moines area will also be participating in this project.   The multi-club committee is looking at the possibility of completing a project to bring clean water to an entire village.
A thank you and year end update has been received from The Dictionary Project.   It read as follows:
Thank you for your generous donation of $2,520 to The Dictionary Project which was received on September 8, 2016.   Your support makes it possible for students to receive a dictionary for their own personal use that they will be able to use for a lifetime.  For some children, this may be the very first book that they have owned.  You are truly making a difference in their lives by giving them such an important reference tool.
Our goal is to reach every third grade student in the United States and you are helping us make this possible.  So far this school year, we have reached an estimated 1,129,088 students.   Cumulatively, we have been able to reach an estimated 27,556,261 students.   Of these, 8,880 were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
The Club will again be partnering with HyVee to make and sell root beer floats this year.  The ice cream and root beer is being donated so 100% of the proceeds can go to Special Olympics.  Last year, the club's sales totaled $1,057.  The event will be on Saturday May 13th from 10:45 AM to 4:00 PM at both HyVee stores in Ankeny.   Sign up sheets to volunteer to work a shift will be available at meetings for the next few weeks.   Contact Tom Friedman for more information.
Corporate member, The Bridges applied to change their Secondary Designees due to some change in staffing.   Three new Secondary Designees were inducted into the club on April 4th.  They are Leanne Larson, Director of Business Development, Beth Burke, Community Relations, and Mark Walker, Administrator.  Doug Johnson will continue to be the Primary Designee.
President Carmen Davis surprised Sally Schroeder by naming her "Member of the Month" for April during the April 4th meeting.  Sally was recognized for all the work she has done recently for organizing the Club Visioning work session and representing our club on the committee planning the "100 Year Celebration" of the Rotary International Foundation.    
In anticipation of the 100 year celebration of the Rotary Foundation on April 11th, Ankeny Mayor, Gary Lorenz, will read a proclamation declaring April 11th as Rotary Foundation Day.  The reading will be the first item on the agenda during the City Council meeting on April 3rd beginning at 5:30 PM.   Any Rotarian that is available is welcome to attend.
Ankeny Service Center board members Kathy Sibbel and Tom Friedman accepted a check in the amount of $3,390 from President Carmen Davis during the meeting on April 4th.   This check represented the proceeds of one of the paddle raisers the club held during its fundraiser, "Mardi Gras" last month.
During the noon Rotary meeting on March 28th, Sally Schroeder presented a wrap up of the "Visioning For Clubs" session that several members of the club completed on March 4th.  Club Visioning is a strategic planning session for what the club will look like in five years with the objective of helping clubs develop a vision and framework to sustain and increase membership, implement successful service projects, develop leaders and build support for The Rotary Foundation.  The areas discussed and the most popular ideas generated included the following: 
Vision - The Rotary Club of Ankeny is the  premier service organization making a positive impact on the community through service of time and money; Meet with other service clubs for the benefit of community needs; Members of the club are community leaders.
Club Size - 130-135.
Attributes - Broad diversity; All members are engaged in activities.
Club Service - Back Up positions for chairs; Have social media presence; 25% of meetings devoted to planning, organizing, projects.
Community service - Annual summit with other clubs; Engage Ankeny schools & City managers to define community needs.
Youth Services- Increase RYLA from 10 to 30;  Support non-sport students.
International Service - Water projects;  Allocate % of annual budget; Vision in line with RI.
Public Relations - Bring in chamber, Ankeny Young Professionals; Community-wide ice cream social.
In the next few weeks, Sally plans to meet with the evening club to make a similar presentation and get their input into their vision for the club.
Rotary District 6000 will be sponsoring a Vision 2020 Membership Event on April 19th from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Shive-Hattery Inc., 4125 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines.  The only focus of this event will be on how best to increase club membership and club member engagement.  There will also be discussion having more fun as Rotarians.   District Governor Chris Knapp, District Trainer John Schultz and District Membership Vice Chair Steve Wieneke and Chair Wayne Steen will facilitate this event.
Check in is at 6:00 PM along with a very light meal with the meeting beginning promptly at 6:30.   Registration is required to plan for food and sufficient seating.   To register, go to the District 6000 website, and click on  "Vision 2020 - West Des Moines" under District Events.  Then click on “Members” on the left.  From that page, if you don’t know your user name and password, click New and existing users: retrieve login and /or reset password and they will be emailed to you, or email dis6000admin@Lisco.com with your name and the event date to register.   Registration Closes: 3 days before the event.
Chipotle at 2125 SE Delaware Ave in Ankeny will be hosting a fundraiser for the Ankeny Market Pavilion on Tuesday, April 4th between 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM.  To participate, bring in a flyer, show it on your smart phone or simply tell the cashier you're supporting AMP and 50% of your bill will be donated to AMP.

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

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

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

The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in April:
16th - Dean Lange
17th - Rocky Anderson
18th - Sara Martin
20th - Ron Bode
22nd - Julie Todtz
A PolioPlus update: Children in the three endemic countries of Pakistan, Nigeria, and Afghanistan where testing shows the virus is present, are continuing to be inoculated.  400 million children in 60 countries are also being inoculated where there hasn't had a recent outbreak, but testing samples show that the virus is present in certain areas of the country.  As all of us know, Polio is an incurable virus and inoculation leading to eradication is the only way to rid the world of this virus, and progress is being made every single day.  The current "Campaign" to eradicate polio is scheduled to end in 2020 following the three year waiting requirement imposed by the World Health Organization, if the last reported case is in 2017.  So far we are on track but the final weeks, months, and years of this campaign are very expensive and we need your continued advocacy as well as district and club funding raising, if we honor the commitment Rotary has made more than three decades ago.

To date, March 17, 2017, there has been only 4 cases reported in the world.   Your contribution to the PolioPlus has enabled this to happen.  Thank you.


Jacquelyn Duke was inducted as the newest member of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny on March 21st.   Jacquelyn is a Realtor and her business name is Selling Central Iowa.  She was proposed for membership by Kathy Sibbel.   Congratulations on becoming a Rotarian and welcome Jacquelyn!!!
 The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be selling root beer floats again this year to support Special Olympics.   The date is Saturday, May 13th and the club will be responsible for both HyVee stores in Ankeny.   The stores will provide the straws, spoons, cups, napkins, Wells Blue Bunny ice cream, and A&W root beer.  Tom Friedman will coordinate this service project again this year.   More information and a sign up sheet will be available soon.
Website Sponsors
Ankeny City Manager - David Jones
Apr 25, 2017
Update on May 2nd Bond Referendum, Library and Fire Station
Sherrie Starr, Meg Honeck & Katie Hansen
May 02, 2017
Uptown Ankeny and Farmers Market
Liz Hall with AMOS
May 09, 2017
Organizing People within Communities to Address Urgent Needs
"Evening" - Social
May 23, 2017
"Evening" - Food Drive
Jun 13, 2017
"Evening" - Social
Jun 27, 2017
"Evening" - Social
Jun 27, 2017