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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Ankeny Golf & Country Club
314 SW Irvinedale Dr.
Ankeny, IA  50023
United States
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Nearly 20 years ago, Ignacio Holtz was suffering from chronic kidney disease and in need of a transplant.  His wife, Beatrice, made the lifesaving donation of a healthy kidney.  When he joined a Rotary club a few years later, he talked with fellow members about how to help less fortunate patients in the same situation.  Working with the Heart 2 Heart program, a decade long collaboration among clubs in Mexico and the United States, Hottz led efforts to provide 10 disadvantaged young people with kidney transplants.  The program has since saved more than 500 lives, with the help from six global grants from The Rotary Foundation and matching funds from a local nonprofit.  Holtz and members of his club work with local hospitals to screen potential donors and ricipients, negotiate rates, and offer logistical support to participating families.
The inspiring stories of recovered patients motivated Holtz to keep going.  Holtz is still in touch with the first patient they helped, then a 15-year old girl whose uncle donated a kidney to keep her alive.  The project covered the fees for the operations and today she is the healthy mother of a young daughter.  "It took me some time to discover the miracles that Rotary can achieve.  By multiplying what we give, The Rotary Foundation gives us the opportunity to make a better world," says Holtz.
Your continued support of the Rotary Foundation enables such things to happen,  Thank you.
The dictionaries have been received and will soon be ready to deliver to Ankeny 4th graders during the week of October 16-20.   Local boy scouts will again be helping to put the labels in the dictionaries and on the calculators that will also be given to the 4th graders.  There will be a sign up sheet available at meetings for the next few weeks or you can contact Damon Miller at to let him know when and where you would like to help distribute the dictionaries and calculators.  Thank you to CJM Financial for receiving the dictionaries and storing them for us and also to Mark Densmore for agreeing to print the labels.
One of the special obligations of membership in Rotary is regular attendance at the weekly meetings; it is the basic method of fulfilling the principle of fellowship as well as a way of representing your vocation.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny has regularly ranked in the top 15 among clubs in District 6000 in the percent of its members attending meetings however our attendance has dropped during the first couple months of this year.  During 2015-2016 our average attendance was over 76%.  This dropped to 72% last year and is 63% so far this year and we have several Active members that have fallen below the Rotary International guideline of attending at least 60% of all meetings. 
The 2018 Rotary International Convention will be in Toronto, Canada June 23-27, 2018.  A tentative agenda and other information, including the registration site, is available on the Rotary International web site.  The registration fee is $335 per person if you register prior to December 15, 2017, $410 if you register between December 16th and March 31 and $495 thereafter.  However, the Board has agreed to pay the $335 registration fee for any member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny and their spouse if they attend the convention.  If you are considering attending, you should at least reserve a hotel room as soon as possible since many are already sold out.
Rotary 6000 District Governor Mike Ruby and his wife Jo Anne will be making their official visit to both the noon and evening clubs in Ankeny on Tuesday, September 26th.  The Board will be meeting with DG Ruby at 10:15 AM prior to the noon meeting at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club.   All members are welcome and it will count as a make up.
Mike & Jo Anne were married in 1969 and lived in Atchison, Kansas for several years.  Mike taught high school business classes and Jo Anne was a consumer and family science instructor at Benedictine College.  While living in Atchison they both earned a master's degree in education.  In 1978 they moved to Muscatine.  Mike taught at Muscatine High School and Jo Anne was a Christian Education Director for a local church.   In 1986 they became the Administrative Staff Couple for the Marriage Encounter Support Foundation, an international Christian ministry to strengthen marriages, where they were employed for 24 years.
Mike joined the Rotary Club of Muscatine in 1979 and served as President in 2004-2005 and 2011-2012.  For several years he chaired the District Membership Committee, served as an Assistant Governor for Area 9, and was active on several district committees.  Mike is a member of the International Skiing Fellowship of Rotarians, attended several Rotary International conventions, participated in a Rotary Friendship Exchange in New Zealand and Australia and was a Rotary volunteer for RYLA. Last year he was part of a team who went to Haiti to meet with residents who are directly benefiting from a District 6000 global grant that built 9 water wells.
Since retiring in 2010, Mike and JoAnne have made travel a high priority.  They have visited most parts of the United States and 25 countries.   They have two married children and one grand child.  Mike writes a monthly newspaper column and would like to author a book. He had ridden RAGBRAI five times, plays the piano, is active in his church and for some odd reason prefers to eat popcorn with chopsticks.
The Rotary Club of Copenhagen, Denmark, initiated the first Rotary Youth Exchange in 1927 and the Rotary Club of Nice, France followed suit soon after in 1929.  Although exchanges today usually last ten months, the first exchanges took place during school vacations for only a couple weeks.  The year-long Rotary Youth Exchange program was created in 1958 in Lake Placid at a Rotary Governors assembly.  Here many rules and procedures were established that still exist today.  The first exchange students to travel to the U.S. arrived in 1962 with seven students from Europe and Scandinavia including District 6000 hosting a girl from Sweden.  This year, approximately 9,000 students will travel between 80 countries including 30-40 to and from District 6000.  
The host club is responsible for many of the student's expenses while they are being hosted.  Gary Welch presented an estimate of these expenses to the Board at their September meeting.  These expenses include:
School Expenses:
  • $75 - Book fees
  • $55 - Activity Fees
  • $783 - Lunch for 180 days
  • $60 - Year book
  • $50 - Birthday gift
  • $50 - Christmas gift
  • $675 - Monthly Stipend ($75 x 9)
  • $384 - Phone Reimburse ($32 per month)
  • $200 - Graduation Party
  • $450 - RYLA (If completed)
Total estimated cost for hosting an exchange student - $2,782
We are now into the third month of my term as president.  It's been a productive time and the goals for the year are moving along.  Here are four of my goals and the progress on each.   1.) Begin to use Facebook.  Thanks to Renee, we have joined the evening club with a presence on Facebook.  2.) Plant a tree for each member.  Art and his committee have been in contact with the city regarding the possibility of beginning this fall after Board approval.  3.) Use Rotary Minute at 2 meetings per month.  Members have used a variety of resources to present at most meetings.  4.) Host a city-wide summit.  Julie Todtz has facilitated a planning meeting with representatives of all service clubs and a date of March 22, 2018 has been set for a meeting of all service clubs.  City and school representatives will also be invited.  The purpose will be to share calendars, learn about each club and how we may collectively determine and assist with community needs. 
In addition to the above club goals, I also have a few personal goals.  Have you received a note from me?  I've been reaching out to members to say thank you for your active participation, inquire about being on a committee and if there is anything else I can do to help you have a meaningful Rotary experience. Have you noticed the singing?  It’s a start and I promise we won’t do it every meeting!

Thank you for coming to our meetings!  I look forward to every week and I’m having fun – are you?

The Ankeny Service Center has a part-time position available.  The pay will be $15-$17 per hour.   Computer skills and working with people is a big part of this position.  Anyone interested or wanting more information may contact Kathy Sibbel at or 515-249-4873.
One of the goals of the Rotary Club of Ankeny's satellite, evening club is to complete a at least one service project each month.  In August, they participated in the preparation of "Meals from the Heartland".   On September 5th they helped harvest peppers and raspberries and pull weeds at AGAPE Garden in Ankeny.   They also got to see the tractor and loader the club helped purchase earlier this year in action. 
AGAPE Garden is located on the grounds of Faith Chapel Methodist Church in Ankeny and is the church's ministry to provide fresh produce for area feeding ministries. From spring planting through fall harvesting all work is completed by volunteers.  Last year, 23,750 pounds of produce was raised and donated to area agencies.  So far in 2017, 14,000 have been harvested.  This puts AGAPE Garden over 110,000 pounds in the last 8 years.
The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny completed a service project on Thursday, August 31st by preparing meals for Meals from the Heartland.   During the evening the group prepared and boxed approximately 500 meals. Each meal contains rice, soy protein, minerals and dried vegetables.  These meals will be distributed globally, most commonly to orphanages and schools.  Oftentimes, children in developing area will only eat one meal a day and when these meals are distributed at school it ensures they get nutrition and an education.  A total of 4,525,200 were packaged by volunteers during the week which put Meals from the Heartland over 100 million meals packaged since they held their first "Hunger Fight" in 2008.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny's Board has approved the purchase of a 12-14 foot Christmas tree to be placed at the AMP location.  Art Moeller had contacted the City of Ankeny regarding a possible tree planting project in Ankeny.   The city quoted a price of $150 per tree for 1 1/2" - 2" caliper tree for 90 trees to be planted around the city.  The city would locate, provide a machine to dig holes and a post.  The Board will be discussing this project at the September Board meeting.
The city also asked if the club would be willing to help with the cost of placing the Christmas tree at the AMP location.  This will be a live tree that will be spaded in between the two pavilions.  This tree will be decorated each year going forward and several Christmas activities are planned for the AMP facility.   The total cost to purchase and move the tree is $1,500 which the Board has approved.  The city will place a sign near the tree indicating it was donated by "The Rotary Club of Ankeny".  Thank you to Art Moeller for making this contact with the city and leading this project.
Steve SchraderBachar presented Dave Mercer with a Paul Harris pin with one sapphire stone representing that he has become a Paul Harris Fellow plus one.  An individual becomes a Paul Harris Fellow when his contributions to the Rotary Foundation total $1,000 or more.  With each additional contribution of $1,000 the individual is recognized as a plus one, two, etc. depending on the level reached.  Congratulations Dave!
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in September:
7th - Teri Crist
7th - Tom Friedman
7th - Mark Martin
9th - Jacquelyn Duke
13th - Adam Boeding
16th - Todd Wehr
20th - Kevin Brooks
20th - Lewis Todd
22nd - Tom Rice
25th - Jim Hudson
29th - Tim Hawkins
29th - Anne Porter
Happy Birthday Rotarians!!
The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be hosting three exchange students in 2017-2018.  All three arrived on August 14th.  They are:
Claudio Sanchez Zertiche from Mexico City, Mexico.  He will be staying with Andrew and Dawn Martin.  Claudio will be attending Ankeny High School.
Andrea Ivana Rodriguez Negrete also from Mexico City, Mexico.  She will be staying with Jason and Patrisia Rottinghaus.
Marie Hanoire is from France and will be staying with Jacquelyn and Jason Duke.

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

When: Thursday, September 14th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

Marie Hanoire, our exchange student from France, attended her first Rotary meeting in Ankeny on August 15th.   During the meeting, she exchanged a banner from her home club with President Sally Schroeder.  Marie's host for the first semester is Jacquelyn and Jason Duke.
Eight students that attended District 6000's 2017 RYLA camp reported their experiences to the club during the noon meeting on August 22nd.   All indicated it was a life changing experience and they would like to go back again next year as councilors.
Northwest Rotary's 5th annual golf tournament will be held Friday, September 15th at the Urbandale Golf & Country Club.  The entry fee is $100 per player and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and a free gift.  The lunch will be served at 11:30 with a shotgun start for golf at 12:15.  Raffles and awards will follow the golf.  You can register a foursome, as a single , twosome or threesome by emailing or calling 515-276-2983 or Ed Arnold at 515-979-6215.
The Rotary International Nominating Committee has selected Mark Daniel Maloney, of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama to be the President of Rotary International for 2019-2020.  He will be declared the President-Nominee on October 1, 2017 if no challenging candidates have been suggested.   Mark, a Rotarian since 1980, is a principal in the law firm of Blackburn, Maloney, and Schuppert LLC, with a focus on taxation, estate planning, and agricultural law.
Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selectin of the Nominating Committee or President of Rotary International for 2018-2019, and will be declared President-Elect on September 1, 2017 if no challenging candidates have been suggested.   Rassin's nomination follows Sam Owori's death in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary International President-Elect.   Barry recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as an adviser.
Eric Summers, President, Team Logic
Oct 03, 2017
Cyber Security Survival
"Evening" - Social
Oct 10, 2017
Scott Helverson NFL Official
Oct 10, 2017
Gary Welch
Oct 17, 2017
Rotary Youth Exchange Students
Gary Welch
Oct 24, 2017
Rotary Youth Programs
"Evening" - Social
Nov 14, 2017
Club Assembly
Nov 14, 2017
Fundraiser & Committee Meetings
Club Assembly
Feb 13, 2018
Final Preparation for Fundraiser