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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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The following thank you was received from Jim Ramsey:
"Thank you for the contribution to my father's memorial fund.  Your thoughtfulness and generosity are greatly appreciated.  I am grateful to be a member of the Ankeny Rotary.  Respectfully, James H. Ramsey"
As a thank you to The Bridges for hosting the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny, the club gave them a check for $250.   The following thank you was received from The Bridges:
"Dear Sally & The Rotary Club of Ankeny - Thank you for your generous donation!  We plan to put the money to good use in our newly implemented Dementia Program in our Assisted Living Memory Care.  Your thoughtful contribution will help to enhance the quality of life for those suffering from Alzheimers and dementia.   Kind regards- Beth & Mark"
AMOS is a nonpartisan advocacy group composed of 33 churches and nonprofits in Ankeny and the surrounding area.  They have completed a needs and services assessment to look at the past, present and future of the Ankeny community including research on demographics, economic security, mental health, substance abuse, housing, public safety, public schools, transportation and senior population.  The report will be presented on Thursday, August 31st from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church, 510 East 1st Street, Ankeny.  The entire Ankeny community is welcome to attend this important discussion.
During the August meeting, the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Ankeny approved the following donation requests:
Blessman International - The request is to participate in a "Rotary Global Matching Grant" in a project named "Teach a Man to Fish".  The projected total cost of this project, over a 5 year period, is over $134,000.  The project will include a needs assessment and teach local schools, children, and adults to farm so they may feed themselves. Other clubs in the District, including Waukee, will be participating.  The funds will finance the needs assessment and provide meals for the trainees, purchase tools, hire teachers, and purchase seedlings.  Blessman International will be providing oversight and Dr. Blessman will personally be matching our donation.  The club agreed to contribute $4,000 this year and $2,000 in 2018, $2,000 in 2019, $2,000 in 2020 for a total of $10,000.


The Dictionary Project - The Board agreed to again distribute dictionaries to the Ankeny 4th graders.  It is estimated this will require 1,000 dictionaries at a cost of $2,500.
Warm Coats & Snow Pants - The Board allocated $3,000 to be split between the purchase of coats through the District's "Warm Coat" project and snow pants through Project Fresh start.  This will be the fourth year the club has participated in the Warm Coat project.
Meals from the Heartland - The evening satellite club will be packaging meals on August 24th for Meals from the Heartland.  A donation of $100 was approved to help cover the cost of the meal for the volunteers and the overseas transportation of the packages
M.O.S.T. - The Board agreed to contribute $425 to "Iowa Miles of Smiles Team" to assist them in their continued efforts to provide needed surgeries to individuals with cleft lip and cleft palate deformities.
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President Sally Schroeder attended the Evening Rotary club meeting on August 8th and presented Steve Wieneke with a certificate naming him a the Rotary Club of Ankeny's Rotarian of the month for August.  This was in recognition for everything he did in purchasing the meat and supplies, preparing the salmon, and manning the grill.   Congratulations Steve!!
The Rotary Club of Ankeny made a donation to purchase 5 bikes and several individual members donated funds to purchase an additional 7 bikes, one tool kit, and one wheel set.  The total amount donated by the club and its members was $1,839.  With the 1:1 match from World Bicycle Relief 25 bikes will be purchased.
The following thank you was received from District Governor Mike Ruby:

"WOW!!  A million thanks for the very generous support the Rotary Club of Ankeny has given to our district project, World Bicycle Relief.  Many members of the club have donated individually to the project and the club has stepped up to the plate with an additional gift of $735.  That donation buys 5 more bikes, and with the July match, the club’s donation purchases 10 bikes, changing the economic family tree for about 50 people (10 families).  That is huge.


The RC of Ankeny clearly is showing a Service Above Self spirit of giving and you are helping to live out this year’s theme of Rotary:  Making a Difference.  You are a very special Rotary club and we are proud to have you as members of our District 6000 Rotary Family.  Even though the bike project continues for another 11 months, you have stepped up to the plate in a big way in July.  Way to go!"


Sincerely, Mike Ruby, District Governor


In total, Rotarians and Clubs in District 6000, donated $58,729 which will purchase approximately 800 bikes with the match which will have a significant economic impact on approximately 800 families and 4,000 people.  Thank you to everyone that helped make this project a such a great success. 

Approximately 53 members and guests attended the fourth annual fall picnic on August 1st at Sunrise Park in Ankeny.  Guests included members of the Ankeny Optimists and Kiwanis Clubs and the host families for our club's three exchange students for the 2017-2018 school year.   Thank you to the members of the picnic committee and a special thank you to Ryan Bach for setting up, Tim Cox for the music and sound system, Jacquelyn Duke for arranging for the purchase of the salmon, Kristofer Orth for assisting with the grilling, and to Steve Wieneke for purchasing the meat and supplies and being in charge of the grill.
The following message has been received on July 27th from Pat Timmons:
"To My Rotary Family,

Thank you so much for the beautiful plant.  Words cannot express how important your support, caring and friendship has been through this journey of mine.  We have many "families" but Rotary has always had and will always have a special place in my heart.  On an update, surgery went very well and I was home the next day but the best news was that the lymph nodes came back cancer free.   Can't ask for anything better than that.  Saw the Doctor yesterday and the nurse said go home and do nothing for the next 7 days.  Guess, I've overdone it a bit, surprise, surprise.  So it's eating and napping for me and walks only from the couch to the kitchen.


So looking forward to being back full time!!"

Global Grants have often taken place in developing countries outside the United States.  It is very interesting however to note that many global grants have materialized within our own country.  The Rotary Club of Seattle was awarded a grant that will conduct peacemaking circle training for immigrants and refugees in the Seattle, Washington area.   Their international partner was the Rotary Club of Tokyo Atago.  The West Oklahoma City Rotary Club with the help of the Rotary Club of Cluj Napoca, Romania was able to provide high quality equipment to perform eye exams necessary to identify diseases of the eye in uninsured or medically underserved patients in their community.   The Rotary Club of Chicago Little Village was awarded a grant that will develop an integrated approach to support Chicago youth and provide them with tools and strategies to achieve inner and outward peace and to successfully address conflict situations in two Chicago schools.  This grant was accomplished through its international partner The Rotary Club of Goioere in Brazil. 
These are examples of the many accomplishments that can be found in our country as well as the world as a result of the global grants process.  Your continued financial support enables this to happen.  Thank you. 
During the meeting on July 13th, the Rotary Club of Ankeny's Board approved a donation in the amount of $1,000 for the New Horizon Adult Day Center.  This donation will be a sponsorship for the New Horizon's annual golf outing to be held on August 19th.  The funds raised at this event will help to pay for software required to do mandated documentation.  New Horizons Adult Day Center serves the Ankeny and surrounding communities and their mission is to enhance the quality of life for adults who are physically and/or cognitively challenged by providing compassionate day services.  They are dedicated to helping adults of all ages maintain their level of independence, remain in their own homes and be active members of their communities.

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

When: Thursday, August10th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

Tom Friedman presented the check for $1,000 to Scott Murray for winning the golf ball drop during Summerfest on July 9th.  Scott's ball, #401 was the only one in the hole.  The other winners were 2nd Place - Tim Cox, $375, 3rd - Connor Gocke, $250, and 4th - Brad Harrison, $125. 
President Schroeder, an obvious Cubs fan, led the club in a resounding version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the noon meeting on July 25th. 
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in August:
6th - Renee Murphy
12th - Dale Port
16th - Mark Land
16th - Pat Timmons
18th - Gary Welch
23rd - Liz Chesney
28th - Ben Digmann
During the meetings on July 25th, a short video was played regarding District 6000's global project to support World Bicycle Relief and President Sally explained that World Bike Relief will match 1:1 all donations (up to a maximum of $250,000) for all donations received in July, 2017.  Bikes are $147, including shipping.  Thank you to the Ankeny Rotarians that have already purchased a bike.  If anyone else would like to make a donation, you can still do it, but it must be done by the end of the day on Monday, July 31st to receive the match.  If you do not wish to purchase a bike for $147, you can donate $25 for a wheel set, $50 for a tool kit, or any amount you wish including more than one bike.
Since time is of the essence, the best way to donate is to go on line to the following web site. 

Simply click on "Donate" and choose a contribution level, hit "Continue" and fill in the blanks.   You will be asked to provide your name, address, and provide a credit card.   Contributions made by individuals are tax deductible and you will receive a receipt.  The second method to contribute, if you prefer, is to just send and email to Nate Burnham by Monday, July 31st, at and confirm that you would like to purchase a bike or make a donation in another amount and he will make the contribution for you using the Rotary credit card.  You will then need to give the club a check for the donation amount.
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.
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.
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