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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!
Carmen Davis Named Rotarian of The Month Nate Burnham 2017-07-11 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
Chamber Presents Check to Rotary Nate Burnham 2017-07-11 05:00:00Z 0
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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.  A sign up sheet will be available at the next several meetings.
Rotary Family Picnic August 1st Nate Burnham 2017-07-11 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Meeting at Albaugh's July 18th Nate Burnham 2017-07-11 05:00:00Z 0
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Now that the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta is history, it is time to start making plans to attend the 2018 Rotary Convention.  It will be in Toronto, Canada, June 23-27, 2018.  Early registration is now available on line at the RI web site.  Register prior to December 15, 2018 to get the early registration discount.   You may also want to put the 2019 RI Convention on your calendar which will be Hamburg, Germany, June 1-5, 2019. Or maybe you would prefer the 2020 convention which will be in Honolulu June 6-10, 2020.
2018 Rotary Convention To Be In Toronto Nate Burnham 2017-07-11 05:00:00Z 0
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The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905.  The fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution of $1,000 to the Humanitarian and educational programs of The Rotary Foundation.  The following Ankeny Rotarians were recognized for their support of the Foundation at the July 12, 2017 meeting:
 
Rich Job - New Paul Harris Fellow
Shar Dunlap - Paul Harris Fellow Plus 2
Steve SchraderBachar - Paul Harris Fellow Plus 6
Nate Burnham - Paul Harris Fellow Plus 7
 
Congratulations to Rich, Shar, Steve and Nate and thank you for supporting the Rotary Foundation!!
Paul Harris Fellows Recognized Nate Burnham 2017-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
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Carmen Davis completed her term as President of the Rotary Club of Ankeny when she passed the gavel and President's pin to new President Sally Schroeder.  Sally then presented Carmen with a past presidents pin and a plaque containing a golden gavel and thanked her for her outstanding leadership to the club.  The plaque read, "Presented to Carmen Davis for your dedication and leadership while serving as President 2016-2017".
Past President Carmen Davis Received Golden Gavel Nate Burnham 2017-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
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Thank you to The Bridges At Ankeny for hosting the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny at their new facility in Ankeny.  Not only did they provide a room for us to meet but they also provide lunch, the program and a tour of their beautiful new facility.
Thank You Bridges!! Nate Burnham 2017-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
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The Summerfest golf ball drop was held on Sunday evening, July 9th.  The balls were dropped from the Ankeny Fire Departments ladder truck from about 60 feet up towards a hole in the grass below.  One ball went in the hole with three others close by.   The winners were:
 
1st Place - $1,000 - Scott Murray
2nd Place - $375 - Tim Cox
3rd Place - $250 - Connor Gocke
4th Place - $125 -   Brad Harrison
 
A total of 572 balls were sold.  Thank you to Monsanto for donating the prize money, Leaning Tower of Pizza for putting the "free mini pizza" on the tickets and to all Rotarians that sold tickets.  Also, a big thank you to Tom Friedman for coordinating the golf ball drop again this year.  Your efforts will result in $3,334 being donated to the Ankeny Service Center and $2,222 for the Rotary Club of Ankeny to donate to other Ankeny organizations or service projects.
And The Winners Are... Nate Burnham 2017-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has been in charge of checking entries and lining up the participants for the Summerfest Parade each year since at least 1994.  The earliest record of the club participation was found in the minutes of the June 9, 1994 Board meeting when "Several people volunteered to assist Shar Dunlap the day of the parade. She could still use more volunteers."   This year 25 Ankeny Rotarians arrived at the Northview Middle School parking lot at 5:45 AM and went to work.
                
Rotarians Set Up Summerfest Parade Nate Burnham 2017-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
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Forty-one golfers participated in the golf outing held prior to the Rotary Club of Ankeny's annual meeting on June 29th.  Tim Cox presented several awards for some outstanding shots and for some not so outstanding.  The winners of the awards were:
 
Men's Longest Drive on #1 - Terry Peter
Women's Longest Drive on #1- Lauri Stilwill
Men's Longest Drive (Left handed) on #2 - Terry Peter (It helped that he is left handed.)
Women's Longest Drive (Left handed) on #2 - Jacquelyn Duke
Longest Putt make on #3 - Jacquelyn Duke
Farthest From hole #6 - Trent Murphy
Men's Shortest Drive on #7 - Trent Murphy
Women's Shortest Drive on #7 - Jacquelyn Duke
Closest to the Rotary sign on #8 - Trent Murphy
Water Hole #9 - Anne Porter & Tammy Botos
Lowest Team Score - Carmen Davis, Lane Davis, Jim Gocke, Jacquelyn Duke
Most Fun Team: Kathy Sibbel, Troy Boelman, Teri Goins, Anne Porter
 
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to Tim Cox for coordinating the golf outing.  Also thank you to our prize sponsors, Tim's BP/Amoco Service, Great Western Bank, Dave's Jewerly, Lamberti, Gocke, & Luetje, Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce, Ankeny Golf & Country Club and Ankeny Park and Recreation Department.
Golf Outing Winners Nate Burnham 2017-07-05 05:00:00Z 0
Each year District 6000 recognizes the spouse of a Rotarian to be recognized for the contributions they have made to Rotary.  Colleen Welch was presented this award by District Governor Chris Knapp at the 2017 District Conference in May.  He presented it to her again at the club's annual meeting so the entire club could recognize her for this outstanding award.
Colleen Welch Receives District Spouse Award Nate Burnham 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation recognizes clubs that make a significant contribution, $1,500 or more, in the support of the Foundation's "End Polio Now; Make History Today Campaign".  This award comes out after year so was for the 2015-2016 year and presented to Past President Daman Miller when the club contributed $5,000 towards PolioPlus.  The club has also contributed $4,900 in the 2016-2017 year.
 
Certificate of Appreciation for PolioPlus Nate Burnham 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Ankeny grew from 82 to 92 members during the 2016-2017 year.   This moved the club into the "Large Club" category , clubs with over 80 Active members.   The club's growth of over 12% was the most of any other large club in District 6000.
 
District Membership Award for Large Clubs Nate Burnham 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Each year the District Governor establishes several goals for clubs that must be satisfied for them to qualify for a District Governors Citation.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny was one of 11 clubs in District 6000 that qualified for this award during the 2016-2017 year.
 
District Governor's Citation Nate Burnham 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundations presents a banner to any club that has 100% of its members making a donation to the Rotary foundation and also having an average donation of at least $100 per member.   Ankeny Rotarians contributed $12,266.50 to the Annual Fund and $4,900 to Polio Plus for a total of $17,166.50 to the Foundation.    Every Active member made a contribution and the average for the club was $202 per Active member.  
100% Member Participation in Rotary Foundation Nate Burnham 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
At the annual meeting, Kathy Sibbel, the "2016 Ankeny Rotarian of the Year" had the honor of introducing Terry Peter as the "2017 Ankeny Rotarian of the Year".   Terry has been a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny for 19 years and has had perfect attendance for the past 6 years.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow + 1and has been active in numerous other local organizations.   His most recent noteworthy accomplishment has been acting as the chairman of the Ankeny Market Pavilion fundraising committee.   The idea for AMP originated in 2011 with a goal of raising $1.5 million.   Now, 6 years later, over $2.2 million has been raised, the construction of both pavilions is complete and the restrooms should be completed this fall and the Saturday morning farmers market is thriving.   Congratulations Terry!!
 
Terry Peter Named Ankeny Rotarian of the Year Nate Burnham 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Abbi Rickelman, the "2016 New Member of the Year" for the Rotary Club of Ankeny introduced Ryan Bach as the "2017 New Member of the Year".  Ryan joined Rotary Club of Ft. Dodge in December, 2015 then transferred his membership to Ankeny in July 2016.   He has had perfect attendance during his first year in Ankeny, and has participated in several service projects and socials including Rotary Ring Day, Mardi Gras, Christmas social, and Dollars for Scholars.   He was the first volunteer to assist with taking attendance and was named Rotarian of the month for September 2016.   President Carmen Davis also surprised Ryan by announcing the club had contributed to the Rotary Foundation in his name to make him a Paul Harris Fellow.
  
Ryan Bach Named New Member of he Year. Nate Burnham 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
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For the second week in a row there have been no reported cases of polio anywhere in the world, according to figures released by the World Health Organization!  The positive news gives strength to the hard work our Rotarians have carried out to make this a reality in polio stricken countries. Areas that have reported no new cases of polio include Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Syria and Iraq.
 
But the battle is not over.  According to official guidelines, an outbreak is considered to be stopped only following a period of 12 months without the detection of any new polioviruses detected from any source.  This is assuming that disease surveillance meets certification standards.  Once experts are confident that there are no immunity or surveillance gaps that could allow the virus to hide, the World Health Organization removes the country from its list of re-infected or endemic countries.  Only when no case of polio has been detected anywhere in the world for more than three years will the Global Certification Commission for the Eradication of Poliomyelits meet to make a decision on whether the virus is truly gone from the world.
 
The battle is not over and your generosity and commitment to end polio is needed more than ever.  Immunization must still continue, testing of water systems are imperative and necessary. And so is your continued support.  Thank you. 
 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
                             
The Rotary Club of Ankeny will not be meeting on Tuesday, July 4th.  Have a great holiday!!
 
Also, remember the meeting on July 11th will be at The Bridges, 3510 Northwest Abilene Rd., Ankeny.
No Meeting July 4th! Nate Burnham 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
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At the conclusion of the annual meeting on June 29th, Carmen Davis passed the gavel and president's pin to Sally Schroeder.   Sally then assumed the leadership of the Rotary Club of Ankeny for the 2017-2018 year.
Sally Schroeder Assumes Presidency for 2017-2018 Nate Burnham 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
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District Governor Chris Knapp and his wife Vernette attended the Rotary Club of Ankeny's annual meeting on June 29th to present some awards the club earned during the past year.   These awards included:
  • Colleen Welch named District 6000 Spouse of year
  • District Governor's Citation
  • Certificate of Appreciation for support of PolioPlus
  • District Membership Award for Large Club
  • Rotary Foundation Award for 100% of club members contribution to the Foundation and over $100 per member contributed
Congratulations Ankeny Rotarians!!
DG Knapp Presents Awards to Rotary Club of Ankeny Nate Burnham 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
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Thirty-one members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny were recognized during the annual meeting for achieving perfect attendance during the 2015-2016 year.   They were:
  • 1-Year - Ryan Bach, Justin Carlton & Anne Porter
  • 2-Year - Carmen Davis & Ben Digmann
  • 3-Years - Rich Job
  • 4-Years - Kristofer Orth & Steve Wieneke
  • 5-Years - Jim Ramsey, Steve SchraderBachar & Todd Wehr
  • 6-Years - Damon Miller, Terry Peter & Jody Savage
  • 7-Years - Kathy Sibbel
  • 8-Years - Doug Beech, Mary Cochran, Julie Todtz, Teri Crist & Tim Hawkins
  • 9-Years - Sally Schroeder
  • 11-Years - Dave Mercer
  • 12-Years - Pat Timmons
  • 13-Years - Nate Burnham & Tom Friedman
  • 18-Years - Gary Welch
  • 21-Years - Jim Gocke
  • 27-Years - Shar Dunlap
  • 28-Years - Mike Lydon
29 Recognized for Perfect Attendance Nate Burnham 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
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The Summerfest parade is one of the greatest annual events Ankeny has to offer for its citizens and those from surrounding communities and Rotarians have assisted with the set up for the parade for the past several years.  We will meet in the parking lot of Northview Middle School, the old high school at 6:00 AM (a few volunteers are needed at 5:45 AM) on the morning of the parade, Saturday July 8th.  Coffee and donuts will be provided.   A few more volunteers are needed.  If you have not signed up yet and are available, please contact Carmen Davis, cdavis@bank-northwest.com or Stacey Koeppen, skoeppen@mchsi.com. 
Summerfest Parade Set Up Nate Burnham 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
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The July Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

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

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

July Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in July:
 
2nd - Pat Stilwill
3rd - Brad Botos
5th - Doug Johnson
9th - Jim Ramsey
19th - Jason Gassmann
20th - Angi Bright
22nd - Gerry Bair
23rd - Todd Eipperle
July Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0

During their regular meeting time on Tuesday evening, June 20th, the evening club, with some help, collected 261pounds of food, 11 pounds of paper products, and $11 cash for the Holy Trinity Lutheran Food Pantry, all in about 90 minutes!!  

Evening Club Collects 261 Pounds of Food! Nate Burnham 2017-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Ankeny will again be the primary sponsor for the golf ball drop at Ankeny Summerfest.  At sunset on Sunday night, July 9th, just outside the Leisure Garden, watch hundreds of golf balls drop from over six stories high in an attempt to become the big winner.  First ball in or closest to the hole wins $1,000!  Second ball in or closest wins $375, third ball in or closest wins $250 and the fourth ball in or closest wins $125.  Tickets are $10 each.  Sixty percent of the net proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Ankeny Service Center.  The Monsanto Company has agreed to donate the prize money!  Plus every ticket has a coupon for a free mini pizza from Leaning Tower of Pizza! - A savings of $9.00 for a $10.00 ticket!!  Our goal is to sell 1,000 tickets.

Contact Tom Friedman, 515-238-4005 if you need tickets.  All proceeds from ticket sales should be turned into Tom at First National Bank, 1205 N. Ankeny Blvd.

Golf Ball Drop Tickets For Sale Nate Burnham 2017-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
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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!
Justin Carlton Named Rotarian of the Month Nate Burnham 2017-06-19 05:00:00Z 0
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The Rotarians that are scheduled to be the "Greeter" and "Sheriff" for the next several weeks are as follows:
 
7/18 - Stacey Koeppen
7/25- Mark Land
8/1 - CLUB PICNIC - No Noon Meeting 
8/8 - Andrew Larson
8/15 - Jon Lowman
8/22 - Mike Lydon
8/29 - Dick Marshall
Rotary Meeting Greeter & Sheriff Nate Burnham 2017-06-19 05:00:00Z 0
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Special guests attending the Rotary Club of Ankeny regular meetings during the past couple weeks have been:
 
July 11th - Paul Bray, guest of Del Mohler
Rotary Club of Ankeny Guests Nate Burnham 2017-06-19 05:00:00Z 0
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.
RI Board Modifies Position on Guns & Weapons Nate Burnham 2017-06-18 05:00:00Z 0
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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."
Rotary International Convention in Atlanta Sally Schroeder 2017-06-17 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
No Regular meetings on June 27th and July 4th Nate Burnham 2017-06-17 05:00:00Z 0
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,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.                                
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2017-06-11 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
Register for Annual Meeting & Golf Outing Nate Burnham 2017-06-11 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
New Logo For Rotary Club of Ankeny Nate Burnham 2017-06-10 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
Board Approves Donation Request to Boy Scouts Nate Burnham 2017-06-10 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
Water - More Than What We Drink Nate Burnham 2017-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2017-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
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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!!
Welcome New Corporate Member Lincoln Savings Bank Nate Burnham 2017-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
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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!!
Sally Schroeder Joins Paul Harris Society Nate Burnham 2017-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
Clean Up Days Donations Set Record Nate Burnham 2017-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
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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!

June Rotary Board meeting Nate Burnham 2017-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
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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
 
 
 
Thank You From Dollars For Scholars Winner Nate Burnham 2017-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
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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!!
We Are Almost There! Nate Burnham 2017-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
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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
 
June Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2017-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
Evening Club Adopts City Flower Plot Again Nate Burnham 2017-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
Root Beer Float Sales Set Record - Again!! Nate Burnham 2017-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
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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". 
Board Acts On Rotary Gun Policy Nate Burnham 2017-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
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Doug Parker has been a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny since May 2015.  He is now proposing to convert his membership to a corporate membership for Lincoln Savings Bank.   Doug would be the Primary Member.  Derek Baker, Branch Manager, Jameson Hudson, Assistant Branch Manager, and Cameron Fitzgerald, Trust Management Officer would be the Secondary Designees.  Comments regarding this change and the proposed memberships of Derek, Jameson and Cameron may be forwarded to any Board member.
Proposed New Corporate Member Lincoln Savings Bank Nate Burnham 2017-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Ankeny has been using ClubRunner since late 2009 to generate our website, maintain all member profiles, create and distribute our newsletter, accept online registrations for events, send e-mail messages and manage attendance information.  The attendance module has recently been updated by adding some new features.  In addition to the ability to generate attendance history and additional reports, this "Module 3.0" allows for banking make-ups.   Instead of keeping a separate spreadsheet to keep tract of make-ups and then periodically matching them up with missed meetings, make-ups can be entered into the system and are automatically applied to a missed meeting.  If there are no missed meetings, the make-up is banked to be applied to a later missed meeting. 
 
With this new attendance module, the maximum setting for number of days a make-up can be used is 366.  This means, if a banked make-up is not needed and used within a year after it was earned, it is lost.  In the past with our manual system, unused makeups have been carried over to the next year.
 
Each member can check their own attendance history by logging on to our website and going to "Member Area" and clicking on "Attendance" under "My ClubRunner".  You will see a report listing all the meetings for the current year and indicating if you were in attendance or if you have made up the meeting.  It will also list any make-ups that you have "Banked".  If when checking your attendance record, you see and discrepancies or missing make-ups, please contact Nate Burnham.   Remember, except for socials and group events, Nate may not know when you complete a make-up unless you report it to him.
ClubRunner Enhances Attendance Module Nate Burnham 2017-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
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Rich Job has agreed to assume the presidency of the Rotary Club of Ankeny for the year 2019-2020 following Sally Schroeder, 2017-2018, and Ben Digmann, 2018-2019.   In this position, Rich will be in charge of coordinating speakers for the new year beginning July 1, 2017.   Congratulations Rich!!   
Rich Job Named President Elect 2019-2020 Nate Burnham 2017-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
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Each year District 6000 recognizes the spouse of a Rotarian to be recognized for the contributions they have made to Rotary.  Colleen Welch was presented this award by District Governor Chris Knapp at the 2017 District Conference.
Collen Welch Receives Spouse Award At District Conference Nate Burnham 2017-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
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Steve Wieneke participated in a panel on "Stories of Engaging & Growing Membership" during the 2017 District Conference.  Steve talked about the challenges and gave some observations with starting a new satellite club.
Steve Wieneke Presents at District Conference Nate Burnham 2017-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
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Judge Paul Hellwege was a Boone Rotarian and Past District Governor.   After he passed away in 2010, District 6000 established the "Guardian of Integrity Award" to be presented annually to Rotarians who have exemplified the attributes and passion for ethics and integrity in their vocation, business and personal lives.  Each of the 64 clubs in District 6000 may nominate one person to receive this award.  Gary Welch was nominated by the Rotary Club of Ankeny and was one of 13 individuals to receive this award at the 2017 District Conference on May 6th.
Gary Welch Named Guardian Of Integrity Recipient Nate Burnham 2017-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
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the Ankeny Gold & Country Club is not able to host our meetings on July 11th and 17th due to other commitments.  The Bridges at Ankeny Retirement Community has agreed to host the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny on July 11th.  The address for The Bridges is 3501 NW Abilene Road, Ankeny.  Albaugh, LLC has offered to provide meeting space for our meeting on July 18th.   Their address is 1525 NE 36th Street, Ankeny.
Meeting Locations for July 11th and 18th Nate Burnham 2017-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
Date Set for 2018 Fundraiser - February 24th Nate Burnham 2017-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
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It is with sadness that we recognize the death of Past District Governor, 2011-12, Don Patterson on Wednesday May 3, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer.   Visitation will be at the Jones Eden Funeral Home in Washington, IA from 5-7 on Saturday, May 6 and on Sunday, May 7 from 1-1:45 PM at the church.  Services will be held at the United Presbyterian Church, Washington, IA on Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 PM.   Memorial may be sent to the Hospice of Washington County, the United Presbyterian Church or the Rotary Club of Washington.   Condolences can be sent to: Becky Patterson, 1024 South Avenue B, Apt. 4 D, Washington, IA 52353.
Past District Governor Don Patterson Nate Burnham 2017-05-04 05:00:00Z 0

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

When: Thursday, May 11th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

May Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2017-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in May:
 
12th - Damon Miller
14th - Amy Miller
15th - Jim Tillotson
17th - Beth Burke
26th - Jon Lowman
May Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2017-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
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The Iowa Association of Water Agencies will be hosting the Iowa Children's Water Festival on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the DMACC campus.  Over 2,000 fifth-graders are expected to attend this annual event that educates Iowa students about the importance of clean and abundant sources of water in our daily lives.   This event offers two service opportunities for metro-area Rotarians to expand youths' understanding of the water cycle, the importance of water quality to overall health, and supporting helping others access clean water.  These opportunities include: working a 2-hour shift at a Metro-area Rotary club table in the Exhibit Hall in the FFA Enrichment Center which will have materials describing the Rotary Club of Ames Tanzania water projects, and/or to sign up to be a volunteer for the day from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM as about 200 adults are needed throughout the day.  Contact Todd Kielkopf at todd_kielkopf@msn.com if interested in volunteering or Rich Job for more information.
Iowa Children's Water Festival Nate Burnham 2017-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
Each year the Ankeny Golf & Country Club has a conflict on two Tuesdays in July and we need to find another location to meet.  This year the dates are  July 11th and 18th.  If you have been thinking it would be great to show off your business to your fellow Rotarians, this would be a great opportunity to host our noon meeting.  The club will pay for catering the meal.   If you would like to host the meeting or have an idea for a place for us to meet, please contact Sally Schroeder or Carmen Davis. 
Meeting Place Needed for July 11th and 18th Nate Burnham 2017-04-28 05:00:00Z 0
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The 2017 Rotary International Convention will be held June 10-14 in Atlanta where the Corporate Headquarters of Coca-Cola is located.   We have been challenged in District 6000 to send a picture of some of our members with some Coke items.   In Ankeny we have the Coca-Cola lady, Colleen Welch.  Sally Schroeder and Nate Burnham stopped at the Welch's home this week and took pictures of some of Colleen's Coke items.   A collage of pictures has been submitted and will be featured on one of the screens in the "Tasting Room" at the World Headquarters of Coca-Cola during the Zone party at the International Convention.  If you are attending the RI Convention, be sure to look for it.
Colleen's Coke Items to be on Display at RI Convention Nate Burnham 2017-04-27 05:00:00Z 0
The date has been set for the Rotary Club of Ankeny's Annual Meeting & Golf Outing.  It will be on Thursday June 29th at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club.   More details will be provided later but put the date on your calendar and plan to attend to see President 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.  The meetings for both the noon and evening clubs on Tuesday, June 27th, will be canceled.
Annual Meeting & Golf Outing - June 29th Nate Burnham 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
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At the club's 2017 fundraiser, Mardi Gras, Renee Murphy won the raffle for the spring yard clean up by the Evening Rotary Club.  The club went to the Murphy home on Tuesday evening, April 25th and trimmed trees and bushes, raked leaves, pulled weeds and spread mulch. 
Evening Club Helps With Spring Clean Up at Murphy's Nate Burnham 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
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There was still 36 cards in the deck on April 25th but Steve SchraderBachar drew the "Ace of Hearts" and won the $250 in the pot.   Congratulations Steve!
Steve SchraderBachar Wins the Pot. Nate Burnham 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
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President Carmen Davis named Jim Ramsey the "Rotarian of the Month" at the meeting on April 25th.  Jim has been the Treasurer of the club since January 2011.   He has rarely missed a Board meeting and has always had a financial report ready to present to the Board each month.   Congratulations Jim!!
Jim Ramsey Named Rotarian of the Month Nate Burnham 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
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A thank you letter has been received from the Puppy Jake Foundation that read as follows:
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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!!"
Thank You from Puppy Jake Nate Burnham 2017-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
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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. 
How's Your Attendance? Nate Burnham 2017-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
AMP Receives $200.65 from Chipotle Nate Burnham 2017-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
Board Approves Donation Requests Nate Burnham 2017-04-15 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
Ankeny Well Represented at 100 Year Foundation Celebration Nate Burnham 2017-04-15 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
Ankeny Clean Up Days - May 20th & 21st Nate Burnham 2017-04-15 05:00:00Z 0
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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 Dictionary Project Update Nate Burnham 2017-04-15 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
Club to Sell Root Beer Floats for Special Olympics Nate Burnham 2017-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
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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.    
Sally Schroeder Named Member of Month for April Nate Burnham 2017-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
Welcome New Designees For The Bridges Nate Burnham 2017-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
Donation to Ankeny Service Center Completed Nate Burnham 2017-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
AMP Fundraiser at Chipotle Nate Burnham 2017-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
 
Club Visioning Wrap Up Sally Schroeder 2017-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
Mayor to Read Rotary Foundation Proclamation Nate Burnham 2017-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
Rotary Vision 2020 - April 19, 2017 Nate Burnham 2017-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in April:
 
16th - Dean Lange
17th - Rocky Anderson
18th - Sara Martin
20th - Ron Bode
22nd - Julie Todtz
April Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2017-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
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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!

April Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2017-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
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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.

 

Rotary Foundation Minute - Polio Update Nate Burnham 2017-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
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 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.
 
Root Beer Float Sales May 13th Nate Burnham 2017-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
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Nate and Annette Burnham visited relatives in Evanston, Illinois over the weekend of March 31st to April 2nd.  While walking to a local restaurant for breakfast, they discovered the hotel they were staying in was only a couple blocks from One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Street, the world headquarters for Rotary International.  They took a brief tour of the lobby and agreed the next time they return to Evanston they will call ahead for a full tour of the building.
 
Burnhams Visit Rotary Headquarters. Nate Burnham 2017-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
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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!!!
Welcome New Member Jacquelyn Duke Nate Burnham 2017-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
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District Governor Elect Mike Ruby and his Rotary Partner, JoAnne visited both the noon and evening Rotary Clubs of Ankeny on March 21st.  Since Mike and JoAnne would be celebrating their 48 wedding anniversary on March 22nd, Colleen and Gary Welch surprised them with an anniversary cake.  All the members of the club were delighted to be able to share the cake with them. 
DG Elect Mike Ruby Visits Ankeny Nate Burnham 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
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During the 7th annual fundraiser on the evening of Saturday, February 25, the Rotary Club of Ankeny had three “paddle raisers” with the funds designated to a specific cause.  One of these causes was a police officer’s memorial wall which is being sponsored by the Ankeny Leadership Class of 2017.  The class chose as their class project to honor the Ankeny Police Department through a tribute wall honoring retired and fallen officers.  The tribute wall will feature Ankeny Police Officers that have retired from the Ankeny PD after a certain number of years of service and those that were killed in the line of duty.  The wall will be in the atrium of the Ankeny Police Station.  The header on the wall will feature the quotation: These proud individuals helped form the foundation of our community, and gave all to courageously serve this city.   For that, we honor their legacy.”
 
Rotary president-elect Sally Schroeder presented a check in the amount of $1,940 to members of the Leadership Class representing the proceeds of this paddle raiser.   Pictured from the class are:  Aaron Rickelman, Abbi Rickelman, Seth Sparks, Abby Bogaards, Melissa Johnson, and Frank Alampi.
 
Rotary Donates to Police Memorial Wall Nate Burnham 2017-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
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One of the paddle raisers at the Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2017 fundraiser, "Mardi Gras", was the Puppy Jake Foundation.  This Foundation provides service dogs to perform tasks and provide companionship for American veterans with disabilities, all at no cost to the veteran or their families.  The estimated cost of each service dog is between $18,000 to $20,000.   A check in the amount of $4,530 was presented to Amy Miller and Tim Cox during the noon meeting on March 7th for the proceeds of this paddle raiser.   In the picture, from left to right is "Warner", his foster parent, Amy Miller, Rotary Club of Ankeny President, Carmen Davis, and Tim Cox, also a foster parent for a Puppy Jake dog.
Donation Completed to Puppy Jake Nate Burnham 2017-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
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The 2017 District 6000 Conference will be held May 4-6 in Coralville Marriott Hotel.   To receive the "Early Bird Discount" you must be registered by Saturday, April 1st or have your envelope with the registration form postmarked by April 1st.   Registration is available on line through the District 6000 website at http://rotary6000.org.  The highlights of the conference include Xicotepec project reports, a pre conference kick-off reception at the Iowa Car Museum and Johnson County Historical Museum, the all club luncheon on Friday with author David C. Forward speaking on "A Century of Service: The Story of Rotary International" and "Doing Good in the World", and the District Governor's reception and dinner with keynote speaker Richard Roland, Rotary International Representative.  Make your plans now to attend this rewarding event.
 
2017 District Conference - May 4-6 Nate Burnham 2017-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
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District Governor Elect Mile Ruby and his wife Jo Anne are planning to visit both the noon and evening Ankeny Rotary meetings on March 21st.     He plans to take 4-5 minutes to simply bring greetings from District 6000 and learn a little more about our club.    Other than that, he just plans to sit back and enjoy our meetings.
 
DG Elect Ruby to Visit Ankeny Nate Burnham 2017-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
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Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.   These areas of focus are: "Promoting Peace", "Fighting Disease", "Providing Clean Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene", "Saving Mothers and Children", "Supporting Education", and "Growing Local Economies".
 
Rotary's Six Areas of Focus Nate Burnham 2017-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Foundation's district and global grants support Rotarian's efforts to change lives and serve communities within their own neighborhoods and throughout the world.  In 2015-2016, the Foundation approved 494 district grants, and the program awards totaled $25.5 million.  These grants supported smaller scale, short-term projects related to the Foundation's mission.  And during the same year the Foundation approved 1,165 global grants, which totaled $70 million.  These grants fund large-scale international activities with sustainable and measurable results that support Rotary's six areas of focus.  Activities include humanitarian projects, scholarships and vocational training teams.
 
Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you.
 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2017-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
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President Carmen Davis recognized Luke Nelson for the work he did as Chairmen of the 2017 Fundraiser by naming him "Rotarian of the Month" at the March 7th noon meeting. Congratulations Luke!!!
 
Luke Nelson Named Rotarian of the Month Nate Burnham 2017-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
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The Board has received an application from Corporate Member, The Bridges of Ankeny to add Mark Walker as an additional Secondary Member.   Mark is the Administrator for the Bridges and joins LeAnn Larson and Beth Burke as secondary members and Doug Johnson as the Primary member for the Bridges.
 
Comments regarding Mark's proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board member.
Proposed New Member - Mark Walker Nate Burnham 2017-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
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During their meeting on March 9th, a Rotary Club of Ankeny's Board approved a donation to the AGAPE Garden in the amount of $1,500.  The funds will be used to assist in the purchase of a used tractor, tiller and front-end loader for cultivating the garden.  Each year the garden produces thousands of pounds of produce for the DMARC food pantries and homeless meal sites.
 
 
Board Approves Donation to AGAPE Garden Nate Burnham 2017-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
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The next sessions, Parts 1, 2 & 3 of the Rotary Leadership Institute will be held at Shive-Hattery Inc., 4125 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA on April 1, 2017.  The session runs from 8:30 to 3:30.   This is the only course offering in the Des Moines area this year.  If you have an interest in attending, you need to register by March 27th.  Registration is available on line at the District 6000 web site.  RLI will help expand your knowledge of Rotary and see the many opportunities we offer.  All members are invited to attend.  If you have questions or would like more information regarding RLI, contact Steve Wieneke, swieneke@iastate.edu, or Terry Geiger, tlgeiger@grm.net .
 
Rotary Leadership Institute Nate Burnham 2017-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
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On Saturday, March 4th, 14 Ankeny Rotarians completed a "Club Visioning" course under the guidence of Dave Cook from the Rotary Club of Boone.  The focus was on what we wanted the club to look like in five years.   Numerous ideas were suggested and discussed regarding our Vision, Membership, Service, Youth, and Public Relations.   You can expect to be hearing more about some of the ideas generated in the near future.
 
Club Visioning Completed Nate Burnham 2017-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
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Did you know the contact information for every Ankeny Rotarian, including phone numbers and email addresses, is available to all Ankeny Rotarians through our web site?   If you need to contact another member, all you need to do is go to our web site, www.ankenyrotary.org and log in.  Then go to "Member Area" and look under "My ClubRunner".  You will see both "View Club Directory" and "View Club Photo Directory."  The Club Directory is a list of all members with their phone number and email address.  The Club Photo Directory, in addition to the member's phone number and email address, has a photo of the member and their address and spouse/partner's name.  If you want to send them an email, just click on their email address.
 
Need to Contact Your Fellow Rotarians? Nate Burnham 2017-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
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The Board has received an application for membership from Jacquelyn Duke.   Jacquelyn is a Realtor and her business name is Selling Central Iowa.  She will be joining the evening club.
 
Comments regarding Jacquelyn's proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board member.
 
Proposed New Member - Jacquelyn Duke Nate Burnham 2017-03-03 06:00:00Z 0
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The first mass inoculation of the Salk vaccine against polio began in February, 1954, at the Arsenal Elementary School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The year before, there had been 35,000 reported cases of the highly contagious disease and by 1962, after the vaccine came into general usage, there were 161.
 
Did You Know?? Nate Burnham 2017-03-03 06:00:00Z 0
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Over 122 million children in the world are illiterate.  After decades of investing in literacy projects, experts around the world have come to realize that simply getting children into the classroom - either by removing attendance barriers or providing supplies - isn't enough to solve illiteracy.  According to Carolyn Johnson who designed the Guatemala Literacy Project, the teachers need to be taught how to teach children to read - the quality of teaching in the classroom needs to improve.  Rotary along with the United Nations, USAID and other organizations are shifting their focus to helping teachers plan lessons that ensure that students will actually learn.  The Guatemala Literacy Project still supplies textbooks, but also equips two computer centers where students get hands-on experience using standard business software like windows, Word, Excel for an hour a week.   Fees collected by school administrators and managed by CoEd are used to replace books and equipment when they wear out.
 
Each year, a new global grant from The Rotary Foundation extends the effort to another 40 or so primary schools and a dozen middle schools selected after meetings with community leaders, parents, teachers, and administrators.  More that 480 clubs in Guatemala, the United States, Canada, Cayman islands, and Japan have provided financial support.  Every year, about 50 Rotary volunteers take part by delivering materials and visiting classrooms.  Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank You!! 
 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2017-03-03 06:00:00Z 0
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The preliminary results are in and the 7th annual Rotary Club of Ankeny's fundraiser, "Mardi Gras" was another great success.   The total income from the auction, silent, live, and desserts, raffle, and paddle raisers was $41,875 which was $3,890 more than last year.   A big plus was the three paddle raisers brought  in $9,860 which was more than twice last year.  Expenses are higher primarily due to the cost of the two items acquired from Winspire and income from ticket sales will be very similar to last year.   Net income will be approximately $33,161, slightly less than the $35, 270 we made last year.  Here are the details:
 
                                         2015                  2016                 2017
Silent Auction Items         $8,110               $11,895            $11,060
Live Items                         9,560                 17,385              18,070   
Desserts                            2,210                   2,415               1,585
Raffle                                 1,090                  1,660                1,300
Paddle Raisers
  Puppy Jake                                                                           4,530
  Police Officer’s                                                                      1,940
  Service Center                                                                      3,390
Total Paddle Raisers          $3,450                $4,630                $9,860
 
Total Auction                   $24,420              $37,985              $41,875
Ticket Sales                      $8,925              $11,090              $10,900
Total Income                $33,445            $49,365              $52,955
 
Total Expenses                 $10,615              $14,095             $19,794
 
Net Income                  $22,830              $35,270             $33,161
 
Thanks to everyone that helped acquire or donated auction items, bought and sold tickets, attended Mardi Gras and purchased auction items.  And a big thank you to Luke Nelson for chairing this year's fundraiser.   Great job Luke!!!
 
While it is still fresh in everyone's mind, let Luke Nelson, luken@woodruffcompanies.com know of any concerns or issues you observed this year and suggestions you may have for next year.
 
Mardi Gras Results Nate Burnham 2017-03-03 06:00:00Z 0
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The March board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

When: Thursday, March 9th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

March Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2017-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in March:
 
7th - Andrew Larson
8th - Craig Block
9th - Trent Murphy
11th - Kendall Sather
12th - Zane Smith
18th - Stacey Koeppen
21st - Troy Boelman
23rd - Brian Weber
27th - Raj Reddy
28th - Jen Schuller
 
March Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2017-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
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More than 300 Rotarians are anticipated to come together on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in proclamation and celebration of 100 years of Rotary Foundation contributions to improving the human condition in our local communities and around the world.  The celebration will kick off with multiple metro area Mayor Proclamations of April 11th as "Rotary Foundation Day" followed by a fun-filled evening with food, fellowship and live music.
 
The event will be held at the Kum & Go Theater (Des Moines Social Club), 901 Cherry Street, Des Moines.  The noon and evening meetings for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be cancelled on April 11th and all members are encouraged to attend the celebration.  The club will pay the $15 registration fee for each member that attends.  Contact Sally Schroeder or sign up at a Rotary meeting if you plan to attend.
 
 
Rotary Foundation Day Celebration Nate Burnham 2017-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
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During their meeting on February 9th, the Board for the Rotary Club of Ankeny approved the following donations:
 
Ankeny Family YMCA - $1,500 - Donation for their annual "Partner in Youth" campaign.
 
Epilepsy Foundation of Iowa - $500 - Bronze sponsorship for the 2017 Iowa Walk for Epilepsy to be held April 22nd inside Jordan Creek Mall.
 
Ankeny High Schools Dance Marathon - $500 - Request from Aaron Hoang, 2017-2018 Rotary Exchange Student.
 
Board Approves Donations Nate Burnham 2017-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
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President Carmen Davis named Nate Burnham "Member of the Month" during the noon meeting on February 14th.  She said this was in recognition of his work on the fundraiser auction and brochure.   Congratulations Nate!!!
 
Nate Burnham Named Member of the Month for February 2017-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
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The club's 2017 fundraiser, "Mardi Gras" is only a few days away.   All auction items have been packaged, the brochure is being printed, and our website has been activated.  Total value of items, which includes the larger items from Whinspire, is about the same as last year but we have a few less items.  Tickets sales appear to be  less than last year.   Any last minute sales this week would be appreciated.
 
"Mardi Gras" - Saturday Feb 25th Nate Burnham 2017-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
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Forty-five years ago, Tulsi R. Maharjan came to America from Nepal with hope and a chance for an opportunity.  Now and for the past 25 years he along with his son Anil are giving back in the form of humanitarian projects.  His club – the Rotary Club of Branchburg and District 7510 in Pennsylvania and New Jersey provides scholarship funds, micro-credit loans and training programs through international grants.  These projects partner with many community organizations to create a new network of hope. 
 
In response to the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal they traveled to Nepal with the goal of rebuilding homes.  He realized that house building was not enough.  For a country that has spent decades dealing with political turmoil and economic instability, they recognized that simply resetting life to what it was like prior to the earthquake, was only a beginning.  In response they created The Asha Project; which builds homes to help create stronger families, creates microcredit loans to provide individuals with a prosperous future and provides scholarships for under–represented ethnic groups.  With collaboration from other organizations, they sent eight Rotaract students to volunteer in Nepal and recently welcomed a student from Nepal to complete his master’s program in health management funded by a global grant scholarship.  They are presently working on several digital divide computer projects to connect students with the outside world.  Patience and persistence have enabled Dr. Maharian, his son, their clubs and their district to complete many humanitarian projects in Nepal.  With such support, hard work and dedication, many children in Nepal will have the opportunity to be what they wish. 
 
Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation provides hope and opportunities for millions of people around the world.  Thank you.
 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2017-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
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The Board has received and approved a request from The Bridges to add Leanne Larson and Beth Burke as Secondary Designees for their Corporate membership to The Rotary Club of Ankeny.   Leanne is the Director of Business Development and Beth is in Community Relations. Doug Johnson will continue to be the Primary Designee.
 
Comments regarding Leanne Larson and Beth Burke's proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board member.
 
Proposed New Members Nate Burnham 2017-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in February:
 
    2nd - Mike Goedeke
    5th - Eric Hockenberry
    6th - Doug Parker
    8th - Terry Peter
   21st - Ryan Bach
   26th - Jody Savage
   26th - Steve SchraderBachar
 
February Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2017-02-06 06:00:00Z 0
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The club has chosen two items from Winspire to add to the live auction at "Mardi Gras".  They are:
 
Classic Wrigley Field Rooftop Experience - For two to enjoy a Chicago Cubs baseball game from a nearby rooftop including ballpark food and ice cold beverages.   Also includes hotel accommodations for 2 nights.
 
Sip & Soar Through Napa Valley - Includes round trip airfare for 2, hot air balloon ride above the Napa Valley wine country and majestic mountains surrounding the valley, private wine tasting at Jessup Cellers, 6 hours of chauffeured luxury service, and a 3 night stay at the Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa Valley.
 
Oh Canada!! - A week of fishing with Jim Gocke & Dave Mercer at White Sands Camp on Lake on Sturgeon Lake, Ontario, Canada.
 
Vintage Warbird Plane  - Ride for two over central Iowa plus dinner afterwards with pilot.
 
In addition some other major items that will be part of the live auction includes:
  • Two weekly passes to the Solheim Cup at the Des Moines Golf & Country Club
  • DMACC Culinary Arts dinner for 6
  • Sunset cruise on 60 foot Watercraft house boat for up to 16
  • Cubs skybox tickets for 10
  • Admission for two to Pepsi's Suite for the first ISU game at the Big12 Tournament in Kansas City
Larger Auction Items for Mardi Gras Nate Burnham 2017-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
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Due to a heating problem at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club, the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny was held at District 36.   Thank you to Managing Partner, Justin DeVries, for accommodating us on short notice.
January 17th Meeting Held at District 36 Nate Burnham 2017-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
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First American Bank was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny as a corporate member on January 17th by President Carmen Davis.  Adam Boeding, Market President, is a former member of the Rotary Club of Fairfield, Fort Madison, and Ames and will be the Primary Designee.  Chad McDonald, Senior Vice President will be the Secondary Designee.  First American bank's office in Ankeny is at 210 N. Ankeny Blvd.   
Welcome New Corporate Member First American Bank Nate Burnham 2017-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
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The votes were counted at the meeting on January 31st and the three selected for the for Mardi Gras "Paddle Raisers" were:
 

Puppy Jake - Provides service dogs to perform tasks and provide companionship for American veterans with disabilities, all at no cost to the veterans or their families.  The estimated cost of each service dog, from birth to placement, is between $18,000 and $20,000.

Ankeny Service Center -The ASC has helped countless individuals and families in need.   They work with clients to identify solutions, utilize qualified partners and make the appropriate referrals.   Programs they operate include: Holiday Assistance, emergency rent and utility assistance, transportation assistance for seniors, food assistance, and prescription assistance.

Ankeny Police Officer's Tribute Wall - The Ankeny Leadership Class of 2017 has chosen as their class project to honor the Ankeny Police Department through a tribute wall.  The wall will feature Ankeny Police Officers that have retired from the Ankeny PD after a certain number of years of service and those that were killed in the line of duty and will be in the atrium of the Ankeny Police Station.  The header on the wall will feature the quotation: “These proud individuals helped form the foundation of our community, and gave all to courageously serve this city.   For that, we honor their legacy.”

 
Paddle Raisers Selected for Mardi Gras Nate Burnham 2017-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
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It is now less than 3 weeks until our 2017 fundraiser, "Mardi Gras".   Work has begun on the brochure which will need to go to the printer the week before the event and, of course, the committee must finish selecting which items will be sold live and which will be on the silent auction.   Also, pictures need to be taken of all items to put on-line.   With that in mind, we would like all auction items turned into Rich Job by Tuesday, February 7th.  Also, please bring a bottle of wine or 6-pack of beer for the wall of wine. 
 
Bring Auction Items & Wine Nate Burnham 2017-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Ankeny had five members donate tickets to the Polio Plus Night at the Iowa Energy game on January 28th.  The club gave these tickets to On With Life which allowed 8 residents and their chaperones to attend the game.  A thank you has been received with comments as follows:
 
"Thank you so much for the Basketball tickets!  It was a great outing for Trevor and me.", "We appreciate the tickets for the game!  Thank you for helping us have a great evening at the game.", Thank you for the tickets to the Iowa Energy game.  All the persons served had a great time getting out on a Saturday night.", "Thank you so much!!", Also, on behalf of Ken, Tammy, & Bhim - THANK YOU! They loved the outing."
 
On With Life Thank You Nate Burnham 2017-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
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On the evening of January 31st, the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny hosted several residents of Mosaic at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Most of the night was spent playing Bingo with Rotarians calling the numbers and assisting Mosaic clients and staff.   Everyone won a prize and were served beverages and treats.   All had a great time.
 
Evening Club Entertains Mosaic Nate Burnham 2017-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
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The Polio Plus Night at the Iowa Energy was completed on January 28th.  A total of 1,233 tickets to the game were sold by the Des Moines area clubs.  Six clubs participated in the BBQ cook-off which collected $1,134.78 from 218 people that signed waivers (there may have been more tasters than signers).  An additional $416.14 was collected in direct donations.  In total $11,285.75 will be divided among the participating clubs to donate to Polio Plus.
 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny sold 27 tickets and will be receiving $225.11 to donate to Polio Plus.  Donated tickets were given to On With Life to send 8 residents and their chaperones to the game.   
Iowa Energy Wrap Up Nate Burnham 2017-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
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Amy Miller brought a special guest to the noon Rotary Cub meeting on January 24th.   She is training a puppy for "Puppy Jake" and brought Warner to meet us.  The Puppy Jake Foundation purchases high quality purebred puppies from reputable breeders to be trained and eventually placed with a veteran.  Volunteers such as Amy raise the puppies with the majority of expenses paid by donations to the Foundation.  Additionally, Puppy Jake Foundation has begun to work with rescue and shelter organizations to identify dogs that may be able to enter the service dog training program.
 

The puppies have a very structured training environment and schedule.  All puppies, with their puppy raiser, attend regular and mandatory training classes. Puppies are evaluated every month to ensure they have met their goals and milestones.  Trained medical professionals, in conjunction with military organizations, conduct the selection of veterans that receive a service dog. The veteran and trained service dog attend a 10-14 day camp to ensure the bond between the two is strong.  The training of the veteran/service dog team continues regularly for the first year of placement.  Follow up and training continues for the life of the service dog.

The waiting list for service dogs for our veterans is growing, as is the number of US Armed Services members suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or physical mobility issues.  Service dogs assist veterans in performing tasks, and are proven to help cope with anxieties or loneliness.

Warner Visits Rotary Nate Burnham 2017-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
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The February board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

When: Thursday, February 9th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

February Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2017-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
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The club's Foundation Chairman, Steve SchraderBachar, presented Jon Landon and Tim Cox with Paul Harris pins each containing one sapphire stone representing that they had become Paul Harris Fellows + 1.  Steve also announced that when Gary Welch worked as Santa last fall, he received some donations which he in turn gave to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.   The club gave Gary recognition points of an equal amount which moved him to the Paul Harris Fellow +3.  Steve presented Gary with a pin containing three sapphire stones to represent this achievement.
 
Welch, Landon, & Cox - Add to Paul Harris Nate Burnham 2017-01-25 06:00:00Z 0
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On January 24th, President Carmen Davis inducted Todd Eipperle and Brian Weber into the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Todd is a former member of the Rotary Club of Marshalltown and Ankeny and is currently a member of the Des Moines AM club.   He is Field Director for Central Iowa for the Mid-Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America. 
 
Brian is the owner of Interstate All Battery Center in Ankeny.
Welcome New Members Todd Eipperle and Brian Weber Nate Burnham 2017-01-25 06:00:00Z 0
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After a more than 6-month absence, Damon Miller was able to return to Rotary for the first time on January 24th.  He thanked the club for all the support and prayers given to him and his family during his illness.   He also delivered a card which read:
 
"As we reflect on 2016, we are so grateful that we are able to spend the holidays as a family.   We want to take a moment to thank each of you for sharing gifts of time, money, resources, and prayers over the past year.   We wish you and your families only the very best of happiness and health in the New Year.  The Miller Family."
 
Damon Returns to Rotary Nate Burnham 2017-01-25 06:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Ankeny donated $750 to the Ankeny Service Center to aid with their Holiday Assistance program.   The following thank you letter was received:
 
Thank you for your thoughtful contribution to the Ankeny Holiday Assistance Program.  Whether you sponsored a family or made a donation, without your help we would not have been able to serve Ankeny families and bring a little extra joy to them during this holiday season.  Your contribution helped us provide assistance to over 245 Ankeny families, including over 670 children.  You truly helped us touch a lot of lives and make a difference during this special time of the year.   It's easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the season, so it's really special that you took the extra time to help a family in need through your sponsorship or donation.  So thank you for all you've done. 
 
Thank You for Holiday Assistance Nate Burnham 2017-01-21 06:00:00Z 0
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During the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego on January 18th, 2017-2018 Rotary International President Elect, Ian Riseley announced his theme.   It will be:  "Rotary: Making a Difference". 
2017 Rotary Theme Nate Burnham 2017-01-19 06:00:00Z 0
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During the noon Rotary meeting on January 17th, we will be selecting which larger auction items we will select from Winspire for our during our Mardi Gras fundraiser.   We plan to choose a few items and then allow the members to vote on which to select.  If you would like to look at some of the options prior to the meeting, go to http://www.winspireme.com/packages.  We also plan to select the charities to receive the proceeds from this year's paddle raisers.
Major Auction Items for Mardi Gras Nate Burnham 2017-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
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Due to the success of the "Wall of Wine" at last year's fundraiser, it has been decided to have a wall of wine again this year at Mardi Gras.    Each Ankeny Rotarian is asked to bring one bottle of wine or a case of beer to be added to the wall. The "Wall of Wine" will then be one of the raffle prizes to be given away during our fundraiser.   Your bottle should be brought to a Rotary meeting with your other auction items and given to Rich Job.
Wall of Wine for Mardi Gras Nate Burnham 2017-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
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Dave Cook, from the Rotary Club of Boone, will be conducting a "Visioning For Clubs" strategic planning session for the Rotary Club of Ankeny at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club on Saturday March 4th from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM.  The objective of visioning is to help clubs develop a vision and framework to sustain and increase membership, implement successful service projects, develop leaders and build support for The Rotary Foundation. 
 
There is no charge, lunch is included, and all members are welcome and encouraged to attend.    Plan to attend and help plan the future of  "Your Rotary Club".  Topics to be discussed include: Annual Budgeting, Charities We Should Be Donating To, Donations to International Projects, Leadership Succession, Membership Goals, Our Next Big Project and more.  Sign up at a Rotary meeting.
 
Strategic Planning - March 4th Nate Burnham 2017-01-13 06:00:00Z 0
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For 100 years The Rotary Foundation has been supporting Rotarians' work to create sustainable solutions to our world's most pressing needs.  But there is still much more to do, and we need your help!  Rotary gives in countless ways, focusing our service efforts in six areas: Promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economics.  We're also working hard to end polio once and for all.  Giving a gift to The Rotary Foundation, you become part of the positive change that Rotarians are making in your community and the world.  Every gift makes a difference.  A gift of $10 provides bed nets that prevent malaria in Uganda;  $15 can protect children in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan against polio; $50 provides personal water filters which prevent waterborne diseases in Guatemala;  $85 can be used to teach business to low-income entrepreneurs in the United States and $500 helps communities create a safe and positive atmosphere void of bullying where children can thrive.  Your contribution large and small makes this happen!
 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2017-01-13 06:00:00Z 0
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President Carmen Davis announced at the January 10th noon meeting that Gary Welch has been selected as the club's nominee for the District 6000 Paul E. Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award which will be presented at the 2017 District Conference on May 4th in Coralville.  
 
This award is named for Past District Governor and Boone Rotarian Paul E. Hellwege and recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions that foster the development of integrity.   It honors individuals who have made contributions in business, media, academia or government and who have by their actions, writings, policies, and public pronouncements strengthened and fostered development of integrity and ethical practices and who have made sacrifices and/or undertaken risks to uphold Rotary's Core Value of Integrity.  Congratulations Gary!!
Gary Welch Nominated for Guardian of Integrity Award Nate Burnham 2017-01-13 06:00:00Z 0
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Applications have been received and approved by the Board for Todd Eipperle and Brian Weber.   Todd is a former member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny and is currently a member of Des Moines AM club.   He is Field Director for Central Iowa for the Mid-Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Brian is the owner of Interstate All Battery Center in Ankeny.
 
Comments regarding Todd and Brian's proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board member.
 
Prospective New Members Nate Burnham 2017-01-12 06:00:00Z 0
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President Carmen Davis announced that Tim Cox was her selection for member of the month for January on January 3rd.   Tim planned and made of the arrangements for the club's Christmas social at the Temple of Performing Arts.  Everyone that attended enjoyed the great meal and the performance of Triple Expresso.  Thank you and congratulations Tim! 
Tim Cox named Member of Month for January Nate Burnham 2017-01-12 06:00:00Z 0
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At their meeting on January 12th, the Board for the Rotary Club of Ankeny approved a donation in the amount of $500 for the Heroes Hunting Foundation.   The Foundation is a Grimes based charity with a mission to utilize the peace of the outdoors, the comfort of an understanding peer, and a media outlet, if desired, to assist veterans with the reintegration process after returning home from deployment.  This donation will aid in financing a spring snow goose hunt for 8 veterans. 
Donation to Heroes Hunting Foundation Approved Nate Burnham 2017-01-12 06:00:00Z 0
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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in January:
 
      2nd - Luke Nelson
      3rd - Travis Carlsen
      6th - Jack Pennington
     20th - Sally Schroeder
     25th - Justin Carlton
     25th - Bruce Kimpston
     27th - Jeff Damman
     28th - Roger Spahr
January Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2017-01-05 06:00:00Z 0
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Several years ago at the International Conference in Australia, two members from the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery and Trafficking gave a presentation about slavery in India and around the world.   They specifically talked about a village in Pradesh, India.  The total population of the hamlet was 400, 132 of them were enslaved and others were at risk of debt bondage because of dire poverty.  Only 203 individuals in the community knew how to write their own name and most were illiterate and innumerate.  Five children were enrolled in school but did not attend as they work with their parents instead.  Their economic condition was dire.  People were landless, and enslaved in debt bondage at the slaveholder's farm doing construction projects or working in brick kilns.  Some family members including children have been trafficked to other states. 
 
After the conference, representatives from the Rotary Club of Binghamton met with Carol Metzger, one of the presenters at the conference and with the help of an organization called School4Freedom, was able to apply for a district international grant to help the village two years ago.  The following report was recently sent: 

 

The School4Freedom in India process is now underway – a school is built, kids are attending (some from families who are illiterate and innumerate), a solar streetlamp has been installed, hot lunches are being served and six kids were rescued from slavery in a brick kiln and are now attending the school. The rest of the village is slowly being educated so they are ready to demand their own freedom and be self-sufficient at the end of the 3-year process.

 

Your Rotary Donation made this possible.  Thank you.
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2016-12-31 06:00:00Z 0
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It is now less than eight weeks until the 2017 fundraiser, "Mardi Gras", for the Rotary Club of Ankeny.   Hopefully, each member is working on obtaining auction items.  As they are collected, give them to Rich Job or bring them to any Rotary meeting.  The sooner we have them in hand the sooner we can add them to our list of items which will be posted on our auction web site.  We will be using Bid Partners which will allow for online bidding again this year.
 
Auction Items Needed for Mardi Gras Nate Burnham 2016-12-31 06:00:00Z 0
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This update was posted by Amy Miller on December 22nd:
 
Yesterday went pretty well for Damon.  He's not excited about the drain staying in but the good news is the doctor saw signs of the colon healing itself this time.  The colonoscopy didn't show anything surprising either. A follow up appointment will take place in 2 weeks to re-evaluate the drain placement.  We have much to be thankful for this year...God bless you & your families & Merry Christmas! The Miller 5 ate at Jethros, watched Elf & Played a mean game of UNO tonight!
Damon Miller Update Nate Burnham 2016-12-31 06:00:00Z 0
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Every year for the past 37 years Rotary has had a float in the Rose Bowl Parade.  On January 2, 2017, the float was seen by an estimated 83 million people in more than 200 countries.  Rotary International President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran rode on this year's float.  Although the float is not a project of Rotary International, the success of the float is a tribute to the dedication of the Rotary Rose parade Committee supported entirely by voluntary financial contributions from Rotary clubs across the United States and Canada.
 
The theme for this year's float was "Doing Good in the World" and was depicted by a friendly Dragon, named "Archie", that has the world at his feet.  The globe trotting "gentle" creature has eyes that blink and smoke that radiates from it's nose as it welcomes 2017 across the globe.  The dragon carries a 100 year medallion that hangs off its bit celebrating the Rotary Foundation's Centenial as the Dragon begins it's worldwide journey at Orange Grove and Colorado Blvd in Pasadena.  Archie is named after Arch C. Klumph, Rotary International President 1916-1917 who promoted the idea of creating a Rotary Foundation to promote the idea of "Doing good in the world". 
Rotary's Float in Rose Bowl Parade Nate Burnham 2016-12-30 06:00:00Z 0
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The January board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

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

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

January Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2016-12-27 06:00:00Z 0
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Each club in District 6000 is encouraged to participate in "Visioning For Clubs", a strategic planning session being facilitated by leaders from District 6000.  The objective of visioning is to help clubs develop a vision and framework to sustain and increase membership, implement successful service projects, develop leaders and build support for The Rotary Foundation.   Dave Cook, from the Rotary Club of Boone, has agreed to facilitate a session for Ankeny on Saturday, March 4th.   Tentatively, the session is scheduled to begin at 9:30 AM and will be completed by 1:30 PM.  It will be held at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club with lunch being provided.   There is no charge and all members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
 
Strategic Planning For Ankeny Rotary Nate Burnham 2016-12-26 06:00:00Z 0
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The Ankeny Prairie Trail Hy-Vee has been chosen to cater the 2017 fundraiser, Mardi Gras, for the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  The menu will include: 
 
Appetizers: Shrimp, Crab Cakes & Stuffed Mushrooms,
Entrees: Slow Smoked Beef Brisket, Blackened Chicken Breast & Stuffed Eggplant Ratatouille,
Sides:  Creole Seasoned Roasted Potatoes, Seasoned Greenbeans with Toasted Pecans, & Bourbon Glazed Baby Carrots
Plus: Assorted Breads & Dinner Rolls.
 
Hy-Vee will also be donating nine different desserts to be auctioned and a separate auction item of a dinner for six with a Hy-Vee Chef, including appetizer, main course, and dessert. 
 
Menu for Mardi Gras Announced Nate Burnham 2016-12-26 06:00:00Z 0
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On December 20th, the last meeting for 2016, President Carmen Davis presented the AG&CC staff that served us all year, Cindy and Brian, with a Christmas card, each with a $100 bill in it, as a thank you for taking such good care of us.  Thank you Cindy and Brian!
 
Thank You Cindy & Brian Nate Burnham 2016-12-26 06:00:00Z 0
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Santa took a break from his busy schedule to attend the Rotary Club of Ankeny's noon meeting on December 20th.  While there, he presented the club with some checks totaling $485 that he had received as thank yous for appearances he had made at the library and at some family gatherings in Ankeny this fall.  Thank you Santa and also thank you to Gary Welch for his assistance! 
Santa Attends Rotary Nate Burnham 2016-12-26 06:00:00Z 0
To All Rotarians, Friends, & Family: 2016-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
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At least seven million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation.  To help reduce this rate, Rotarians provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children.  According to the World Bank, 310 women die in Uganda for every 100,000 live births, compared with just 21 in the United States and 12 in the United Kingdom.  Infants fare even worse.  In Uganda, 45 out of 1,000 infants never reach the age of one, compared with six in the US and just four in the UK.  Tanzania's infant and maternal mortality rates are also disturbing.   Add in the HIV/AIDS crisis, poverty and inadequate - or nonexistent - clinics and it's clear that programs like these are needed more than ever in East Africa. 
 
To address this challenge, The Rotary Foundation and AgaKhan University are working together to provide nursing professionals the skills and education they need to improve the lives of mothers and their children in East Africa.  Twenty-four students were given Rotary scholarships to advance their nursing education in Uganda.  They graduated with either a Registered Nurse or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  Thanks to the Rotary Foundation these students now carry out programs to teach health care to men and women in their communities, and are taking part in outreach to reduce the deaths of infants.
 
Your contribution to the Rotary Foundation allowed this to happen.
 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2016-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Ankeny's annual Christmas Social was held at the Temple Theater on the evening of December 15th.  After dinner, approximately 64 Rotarians and guests attended a performance of Triple Expresso.  By the end of the evening, everyone was exhausted due to laughing so much.  Also, our exchange student is still covered in string, Brad Botos is more familiar with the words to "My Home's in Montana and Sally Schroeder will not be singing any solos soon.  Thanks to Tim Cox for making all the arrangements.   
Dinner & Triple Expresso Enjoyed by All Nate Burnham 2016-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
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Here is an update from Amy on December 16th:
 
"Just realized I haven't updated since 12/1...sorry everyone.  Damon has been slowly getting stronger and is enjoying his freedoms of driving and eating almost anything he wants.  He even went to his work holiday party last night which I applauded!  He's having trouble gaining weight so will have to see what the plan will be to beef him up.  Next Wednesday he will undergo a colonoscopy and another drain study/CT scan to figure out the next steps. The only drain he still has is not getting much output so we're not sure if that's good or bad, but we'll find out.  Damon has enjoyed the visits from those of you here in the Ankeny area and the trips out to lunch! He is anxious to get the ok to return to work hopefully at least on a part-time basis in the new year. I'm back to work and that transition has gone very smoothly.  The kids are great and its so nice to have such a supportive team of teachers to work with everyday.
  
God bless all of you and please take advantage of time with your families this holiday season. God has challenged us in 2016 but we also know we will all be stronger because of it.  Love and hugs from the Millers!"
 
Damon Miller Continues to Make Progress Nate Burnham 2016-12-16 06:00:00Z 0
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The Board has received and approved a corporate application for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny from First American Bank.   Adam Boeding, Market President, is a former member of Rotary clubs in Fairfield, Fort Madison, and Ames and will be the Primary Designee.  Chad McDonald, Senior Vice President and Barb Agena, Branch Manager, will be the Secondary Designees.   First American Bank's office in Ankeny is at 2010 N Ankeny Blvd.   Stacey Koeppen proposed First American Bank for membership.
 
Comments regarding First American Bank's application may be forwarded to any Board member.
Proposed New Corporate Member - First American Bank Nate Burnham 2016-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
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With only one card left in the pot, everyone knew there would be a 50/50 pot winner at the meeting on December 6th.   Luke Nelson was the lucky Rotarian that had one of his ticket numbers, he bought 60, drawn out of the pot making him the instant winner.  Congratulations Luke!!
 
Luke Nelson Wins the Pot Nate Burnham 2016-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
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Mark Densmore was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on December 6, 2016.  Mark is an insurance sales representative for Densmore Insurance Strategies, Inc. in Bondurant, Iowa.  He was proposed for membership by Art Moeller.
 
Welcome New Member Mark Densmore Nate Burnham 2016-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
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The 9th annual "Rotary Polio Plus Night" at Wells Fargo Arena will be held on Saturday, January 28th at 7:00 PM.    The Iowa energy will be playng the Northern Arizona Suns.  Tickets are $16 each and the Iowa Energy will donate $8 back to the club for polio eradication.   If you are unable to attend but would like to help support this project, tickets can be purchase and donated to a local charity.   Contact Nate Burnham if you would like to purchase or donate tickets.
 
Polio Plus Night at the Iowa Energy Nate Burnham 2016-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
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Several members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny took turns ringing the bell for the Salvation Army on Saturday December 10th at the Prairie Trail HyVee in Ankeny.  We collected $310.95.  The majority of this amount likely was donated while Ryan's daughter, Rayan, was ringing the bell.  Thank you to Mary Cochran for coordinating this project.   Also, thank you to our ringers, Mary Cochran, Dan Cochran, Sally Schroeder, Kathy Sibbel, Ryan Bach, Rayan Bach, Nate Burnham, Carmen Davis, and Rich Job. 
 
Thank You Rotary Ringers Nate Burnham 2016-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
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Most members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny have chosen to include quarterly contributions to the Rotary Foundation in their quarterly invoices.   The club then forwards these contributions on to the Foundation in December and May each year.   The contribution being made this December is $5,795.  In addition, the club matches the contributions made by members that have not as yet become Paul Harris Fellows with Foundation Recognition points.  This match equals an additional 1,345 points this December.  Thank you to all Rotarians that have contributed to the Foundation.
 
Ankeny Rotarians Donate $5,795 To Foundation Nate Burnham 2016-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
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During the noon meeting on December 6, 2016 the revised By-Laws for the Rotary Club of Ankeny were reviewed and discussed by the members present at the meeting.   The revisions had previously been approved by the Board.  With a quorum present the revisions to the By-Laws were unanimously approved.   A copy of the newly revised By-Laws are available on the club web site.
  
Revised By-Laws Approved Nate Burnham 2016-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
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As we enter our season of giving, reflect upon and celebrate all that Rotarians have accomplished within our communities and the world.  Your selfless contributions of time, talent and treasure are making a true difference in the lives of people around you and those on earth.  Your continued support enables The Rotary Foundation to pursue its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.  Because of the commitment of Rotarians like all of us, Rotary has made significant progress toward achieving a polio-free building peace, providing clean water, supporting material and child health, promoting education and growing local economics.  Together we are providing sustainable solutions to "do good in the world".
 
Your financial contribution is so important for the continuance of Rotary's mission.  Please consider a gift this year - if you haven't already - and perhaps one larger than last year's in celebration of The Rotary Foundation's 100th year.  Your contribution is so important.
 
 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2016-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
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A few more Ankeny Rotarians are needed to help ring bells for our local Salvation Army units on Saturday, December 10th.   The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be ringing bells at the Ankeny Prairie Trail Hy-Vee from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  Contact Mary Cochran if you can help.
More Bell Ringers Needed Nate Burnham 2016-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
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Kathy Sibbel had the pleasure of presenting Ankeny Rotarian, Mike O'Connor with the Dr. Clifford Dochterman Award at the noon Rotary meeting on November 29th. 
 
Cliff Dochterman served as the President of Rotary International during 1992-1993 and his professional career in higher education included 20 years at the University of California and 20 years at the University of the Pacific.  Cliff earned his Eagle Scout award in 1939 and has been awarded three of the highest honors of the Boy Scouts of America, the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and Distinguished Eagle awards.  As President of Rotary International he created the theme, "Real Happiness is Helping Others".  The International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians created this award I the name of Dr. Clifford L. Dochterman to recognize exemplary Rotarians and Scouters.    Congratulations Mike!
Mike O'Conner Receives Award Nate Burnham 2016-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
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The December board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

When: Thursday, December 8th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

 

December Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2016-12-02 06:00:00Z 0
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During their meting on November 22nd, members of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny, with additional help from the Kristofer Orth family, assembled 34 reading packets.  The materials were purchased by the club from the United Way of Central Iowa.  Kathy Sibbel delivered these packets to the Head Start teachers on December 1st.  Each child was given a packet for them to take home.
Evening Club Completes Reading Packets for Project Head Start Nate Burnham 2016-12-02 06:00:00Z 0
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What are the odds???   For 51 consecutive meetings, one card has been drawn from the 50/50 deck without the "Ace of Hearts" being drawn.  That means there is only one card left in the deck and it is the jack pot winning Ace of Hearts and who ever owns the ticket with the number drawn by our speaker at our next meeting on December 6th will be the winner of the $250 jackpot.   We anticipate a few more tickets than usual being sold at this meeting.
 
One Card Left in 50/50 Deck!! Nate Burnham 2016-12-02 06:00:00Z 0
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The 2017 Rotary International Convention will be June 10-14 in Atlanta.  This is a great opportunity to attend an RI Convention without the expense of traveling overseas.   There are at least a couple Ankeny Rotarians that have already registered.  The club has agreed to pay the registration fees for any Rotarian and their spouse that attends the convention.  The registration fee is $340 but goes up to $415 on December 15, 2016.   Registration is available online.
 
Register For RI Convention Nate Burnham 2016-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
Erna Morain Named DG Nominee Designate 2019-2020 Nate Burnham 2016-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
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Ankeny Rotarian, Gerry Bair has been selected to receive the 2016 Linda S. Weindruch Award by the Iowa Taxpayers Association, the state's leading nonpartisan tax policy resource.  The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding accomplishments and contributions in promoting and protecting the principles and policies of fair business taxation.   The Iowa Taxpayers Association offers this award in memory and in recognition of Linda S. Weindruch who passed away after a long battle with multiple sclerosis in October 2004.  The award was presented to Gerry on December 2, 2016 at The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona.
 
Gerry is a retired director of the Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance with over 30 years of executive-level responsibility for administration of tax laws and financial requirements for the state of Iowa.  His is being recognized for his ability to focus on the customer, bringing diverse factions together to problem-solve while enhancing the customer's ability to interact with the Department.   He is nationally recognized in his leadership in the areas of technology and innovative management.   Congratulations Gerry!!
 
Gerry Bair to Receive Award Nate Burnham 2016-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
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During his visit to Ankeny this fall, District Governor Chris Knapp reviewed with the Board changes approved by Rotary International's Council on Legislation and the impact these changes may have on a club's By-Laws.   In light of these changes, he asked the Board to review the club's By-Laws.  At it's November 10th meeting, the Board approved some changes to the Club's By-Laws.   Each member received an email with a red-lined version of the By-Laws showing these changes.
 

To complete the implementation of the revised By-Laws, a two-thirds vote of the membership at a regular meeting is required.  Assuming a quorum is present, this vote will take place during the noon meeting at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club on December 6, 2016.  Please plan to attend and be prepared to vote on the revised By-Laws.

 

Vote on Revised By-Laws December 6th Nate Burnham 2016-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
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The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual award for Outstanding Foundation.  This award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs.  Some of the boldest names in American giving, Kellog, Komen, MaacArthur, among others are past honorees.  The award will be presented in early 2017 at the AFP's annual conference in San Francisco.  AFP's committee of judges cited Rotary's comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as a major driver of the selection.  They also mentioned that Rotary applies a methodical, purposeful approach to support a wide variety of causes, from providing clean water to education the next generation of peace professionals.
 
As Rotarians we can each take pride in our Foundation receiving this award which gives us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation's centennial year. 
 
The Rotary Foundation Named World's Most Outstanding Nate Burnham 2016-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
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The letter stating the following has been received from Becky McKim at the Ankeny Service Center:
 
"I am writing to thank you for your donation of $750 to the Ankeny Service Center Holiday Assistance Program.  Once again our generous gift and support is greatly appreciated and will help us as we continue our services to low income individuals, families and seniors in the community.  Thank you so much."
 
Thank You from Ankeny Service Center Nate Burnham 2016-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
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On behalf of the Project Fresh Start Staff, Ankeny Community Schools, the Ankeny Service Center and the students and parents of our school district, we would like to express our appreciation for your support and assistance with the 2016-2017 Project Fresh Start's Faith and Education Warm Donations program.  Your generous tax deductible gifts are very instrumental in the delivery of this program. 245 people of all ages were able to receive winter clothing donations during the Days of Giving for the third annual project FEWD.   Additional clothing was presented to Ankeny's Project TAKE at the conclusion of our last night of giving.  Sincerely, Dave Kissinger, Project Fresh Start
Thank You From Project Fresh Start Nate Burnham 2016-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
Rich Job has ben representing the Rotary Club of Ankeny at meetings of the Des Moines area Rotary multi-club.  The committee is looking for a few more members.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Rich Job.  
Multi-Club Committee Members Needed Nate Burnham 2016-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
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Scott Andreas, who has been the auctioneer at the Rotary Club of Ankeny's fundraiser for the past six years, now has a relationship with Winspire.  Winspire is a company that provides highly sought after, hard to find, unique experiences for use in charity auctions and fundraisers.  This allows exclusive travel packages to be sold at a charity auction without any upfront cost to the organization.   If the item sells for more than the cost, the club, keeps the profit.  If it does not bring the cost there is no sale or any other obligation to the club.  There is also the opportunity to sell more than one of the items.  Auction items include award shows, major sporting events, VIP access, family vacations, international trips, cruises, adventure travel, golf trips and more.   Generally, the items are all inclusive including airfare, event tickets, ground transportation, and hotel accommodations.  
 
The auction committee plans to select a couple items from Winspire to auction at our 2017 fundraiser.  There is also the option for an individual member or business to sponsor one of these items.  For more information and a listing of items that are available, check out Winspire's web site www.winspireme.com or call Scott Andreas at 515-681-7735.  
 
Winspire Auction Services Nate Burnham 2016-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
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In the 2015-2016 year, The Rotary Club of Ankeny became a "100% Club".   This was because all of it's members made a contribution to the Rotary Foundation during the year.  In recognition of being a 100% club, District 6000 awarded President Damon Miller 500 Foundation recognition points.  This allowed Damon to become a Paul Harris Fellow.   Carmen Davis and Sally Schroeder visited Damon at his home last week and had the honor of advising Damon that he had become a Paul Harris Fellow and presented him with the certificate and pin.
  
Damon Miller Becomes Paul Harris Fellow Nate Burnham 2016-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
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Community State Bank was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny by President Carmen Davis on November 15th.   Current Rotarian, Damon Miller will be the Primary Designee and Angi Bright and T. J. Brand will be Secondary Designees.  Angi's classification will be Credit Administration and  T.J.'s will be Commercial Loan Officer.
 
Welcome New Corporate Member Community State Bank Nate Burnham 2016-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in December:
 
2nd - Chuck Stewart
12th - Rich Job
14th - Tim Cox
17th - Marcia Carr
21st - Doug Brand
25th - T. J. Brand
 
December Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2016-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
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The Des Moines Metro-Wide Rotary Clubs are planning a "100 Year Foundation Celebration Social" on April 18, 2017.   It will be held at the Rotary Park in Des Moines.  It will begin at 4:00 PM with a social including a cash bar and appetizers.  A program will follow beginning at 6:00 PM.  Regular Rotary club meetings will be cancelled that week to promote greater attendance.
 
100 Year Foundation Celebration Social Nate Burnham 2016-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
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During their meeting on November 10th, the Board for the Rotary Club of Ankeny approved the following donations:
 
Ankeny Service Center's Holiday Assistance - $750 - Funds to be used to purchase gift cards for items such as food and gasoline to be added to donations for families in need in the Ankeny community.
 
Ankeny Head Start - $204 - The evening club will purchase 34 literacy kits for children at $6 each from the United Way of Central Iowa.  They will assemble and donate them to the Ankeny Head Start Program.
 
Donations Approved by the Board Nate Burnham 2016-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
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Rotarians throughout District 6000 will be ringing bells for our local Salvation Army units on Saturday, December 10th.   The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be ringing bells at the Ankeny Prairie Trail Hy-Vee from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  We would like two members to work each two hour shift.  Sign up sheets will be available at future meetings.
 
Rotary Ring Day December 10th Nate Burnham 2016-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
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Two thank you have been received for donations from our club.  They were:
 
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - I would like to thank you for your generous contribution of $500 in 2016 on behalf of the Iowa Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and for joining us in our fight against blood-related cancers.  Your donation goes to assist our mission which is to find cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for patients and families......  Thank you again for your donation and support of our organizational cause.  It is deeply appreciated.
 
 
On With Life - Thank you for your recent contribution to the On With Life Foundation and for being a part of the On With Life giving family.  What a thoughtful way to help those who have been impacted by brain injury.   Every act of generosity to On With Life ultimately support persons we are privileged to serve in their goal of getting "on with life"  As you already know, your donation helps the people we currently serve, in addition to those who will need our help and yours, in the future.  Your gift will be applied where it can have the most significant and positive impact on the lives of those we serve.  Thanks again for your gift and for being part of the On With Life family.  You truly are changing lives. 
 
Thank You to Rotary Club of Ankeny Nate Burnham 2016-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
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About a year ago, we started with 52 cards in the deck.  Each week the person that bought 50/50 tickets and had their number drawn has picked a card from the deck but has failed to pick the $250 jackpot winning "Ace of Hearts".  We are now down to only 4 remaining cards with one being the "Ace of Hearts" and another being a $10 winner.  Tickets are $1 each, 3 for $2, 10 for $5, 25 for $10, or 60 for $20.   There will be a winner soon.  Remember, you can't win if you do not buy any tickets.
 
Only Four Cards Left in 50/50!! Nate Burnham 2016-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
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Sue Gibbons was recognized at the November 8th meeting for having become a Paul Harris Fellow Plus 2 contributor to the Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations Sue!
Sue Gibbons Named Paul Harris Plus 2 Nate Burnham 2016-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
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Damon Miller required several blood transfusions while he was in the hospital.  Rotarian, Anne Porter, will sponsor a blood drive in Damon's honor at her business, A Plus Home Care Services on Saturday, November 26th from 8:00 AM to 11:00 Am.   To scheduled a blood donation appointment contact Anne Porter at 515-964-7297 or go online at www.lifeservebloodcenter.org.
Blood Drive for Damon Nate Burnham 2016-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
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As of October 31, the club had a total of 89 members.   Twenty six, 29%, of the members are female.  Not counting honorary members, 32% of the "Active" members are women. 
Club Now 32% Women Nate Burnham 2016-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
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At the November 1 noon meeting, Foundation Chair, Steve SchraderBachar presented Pat Timmons with a pin containing 3 sapphire stones in recognition of her becoming a Paul Harris Fellow plus 3.   Congratulations and thank you Pat.
Pat Timmons Named Paul Harris + 3 Nate Burnham 2016-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
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President Carmen Davis presented Jeff Dammon with the "Member of the Month" pin for November during the meeting on November 1st.   This was in recognition of Jeff's work in coordinating Boy Scout Troop #413 in placing stickers in the dictionaries and on the back of the calculators for distribution to Ankeny 4th Graders.    Scout Troop 413 is sponsored by Ankeny United Church of Christ. Scoutmaster is Jason Godfrey.
Jeff Dammon Named Member of the Month for November Nate Burnham 2016-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
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Journal entry by Amy Miller - October 31
Well... Today we received the frustrating news that the hospital has not even received the paperwork/instructions from the insurance company for the third appeal. Unbelievable! The appeal process has not even begun & we find this out a week later?  I have just about reached my boiling point.  In the meantime, Damon has been getting stronger slowly & has felt good. He will still have IV feedings for 3 more weeks in hopes of the colon fistula healing. His spirits are ok, but obviously frustrated & needing a change.  Please pray for SOMETHING to happen in the next couple of days...this holding pattern is getting old. 
Damon Miller Update Nate Burnham 2016-10-31 05:00:00Z 0
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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
 
November Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2016-10-31 05:00:00Z 0
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During the week of October 17-21, members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny distributed dictionaries and calculators to 965 4th graders in 12 elementary schools in Ankeny including St. Luke's and Ankeny Christian Academy.  This was the 11th consecutive year for the distribution of dictionaries and the club has now donated a total of approximately 9,000 dictionaries.   Thank you to Mark Land for coordinating the distribution with all the schools, Jeff Dammon for working with Boy Scout Troop #413, sponsored by Ankeny United Church of Christ and Scout Master Jason Godfrey, for helping to place a Rotary sticker in each dictionary and on each calculator and to Trent Murphy for providing the warehouse space for the dictionaries and calculators.    Also, thank you to the 23 Ankeny Rotarians that helped with the distribution.
 
As the dictionaries were being distributed, each student was told to put their name inside the front cover and then to look up the word "service". They were then told of some of the service projects the Rotary Club of Ankeny participates in the Ankeny area and around the world.    They also were asked to look up the longest word in the English language and were asked to share what other things they could find in their dictionaries.
 
Distribution of Dictionaries Completed Nate Burnham 2016-10-28 05:00:00Z 0
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Dave Kissinger, Project Fresh Start Coordinator, was in attendance at the noon Rotary meeting on October 25th to accept a check from the club in the amount of $1,000.   The donation will be used to purchase snow pants to be distributed with the coats to needy children in the Ankeny  community.   
Donation for Snow Pants Nate Burnham 2016-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
Prospective New Corporate Member - Community State Bank Nate Burnham 2016-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
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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!

 

November Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2016-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
November is Rotary Foundation Month Nate Burnham 2016-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
Barbeque Anyone? Nate Burnham 2016-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
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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 sounded and looked a lot like Sally Schroeder except for her face. 
Hillary Seen at Noon Club Meeting Nate Burnham 2016-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
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The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny adopted a flower bed from 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.
Evening Club Clears Flower Bed Nate Burnham 2016-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
District 6000 Rotary Ring Day Nate Burnham 2016-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
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"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.
 
Rotary District 6000 Foundation Dinner Nate Burnham 2016-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
Rotary Christmas Social Nate Burnham 2016-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
Distributions of Dictionaries has Begun Nate Burnham 2016-10-17 05:00:00Z 0
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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.

 

Registration Available for Christmas Social Nate Burnham 2016-10-17 05:00:00Z 0
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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.     
More Construction at AMP Site Nate Burnham 2016-10-17 05:00:00Z 0
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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. 
Damon Update Nate Burnham 2016-10-17 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
Scouts Complete Dictionary Prep Nate Burnham 2016-10-14 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
Board Approves Donations Nate Burnham 2016-10-14 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
Ankeny Rotarians Attend Multi-Club Event Nate Burnham 2016-10-14 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
Prospective New Members Attend Membership Social Nate Burnham 2016-10-14 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
 
 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2016-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
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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! 
Mark Land - Member of the Month for October Nate Burnham 2016-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
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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!
 
Damon Miller Update Nate Burnham 2016-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
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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!

October Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2016-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
Board Approves Donation for Coats & Snow Pants Nate Burnham 2016-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
Donation Completed to Dorothy's House Nate Burnham 2016-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be celebrating Christmas with dinner 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.  More information will be coming soon but be sure to reserve the date on your calendar and plan to join your fellow Rotarians in celebrating the holiday season.
 
Rotary Christmas Social - December 8th Nate Burnham 2016-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
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Over 1,000 dictionaries have been delivered to Trent Murphy's warehouse.  Labels have been printed by Luke Nelson and will be put in the dictionaries and on the calculators in the next few days.  Distribution to Ankeny 4th graders is planned for the week of October 17th.   A signup sheet for volunteers to help with the distribution will be available at both Rotary meetings on October 4th.
 
Dictionaries Distribution Week of October 17th Nate Burnham 2016-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
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Past District Governor Terry Geiger was in attendance at the noon Rotary meeting on September 20th to talk to the club about the Rotary Leadership Institute.  While there he also, presented Steve Wieneke with a certificate recognizing that he has completed all three sessions of the leadership classes.
 
Steve Wieneke Completes Leadership Training Nate Burnham 2016-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in October:
 
1st - Eric Pasanchin
4th - Dick Marshall
4th - Kraig Vry
5th - Mary Cochran
10th - Mike O'Connor
16th - Art Moeller
16th - Abbi Rickelman
20th - Kristofer Orth
24th - Sharlene Dunlap
25th - Diane Lynch
 
 
October Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2016-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
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During the meeting on September 6th, President Carmen Davis named Ryan Bach as the "Member of the Month" for September.  This was in recognition of his volunteering to help take attendance during August.   Congratulations Ryan. 
Ryan Bach - Member of Month for September Nate Burnham 2016-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
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During their meeting on September 8th, the Board approved the following donations:
 
On With Life - The noon club held their meeting at On With Life on July 19th and was served a very nice lunch by their kitchen staff.   As a thank you for hosting our meeting, the Board approved a donation of $300 to be used by On With Life as they choose in their therapy garden.
 
Dorothy's House - A request for $300 to install a security system in a second residence including wireless monitors and cameras was approved.
 
Warm Coat Project - The club has participated in a Rotary District grant in each of the past two years to provide coats to Ankeny school children in cooperation with Project Fresh Start.   The grant is not available this year but the Board did approve to provide $2,000 for coats again this fall.  This should purchase 110-120 coats.
 
Board Approves New Donations Nate Burnham 2016-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
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John Peterson, President of the Ankeny Service Center attended the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny on September 6th to receive a check from the club in the amount of $3,390.34.  This represented 60% of the net proceeds from the "Golf Ball Drop" held during Summerfest this past July.   The remaining 40%, $2,260.23, will be used by the club in the various other service projects and donations made throughout the community. 
Golf Ball Drop Proceeds to Ankeny Service Center Nate Burnham 2016-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
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Amy's Journal entry mid afternoon on Monday, Sept 19th:

Dr Franko was just in. Damon's nutrition is lacking so the feeding tube will be put back in. But, he plans to send Damon home early next week after a week of tube feeding!! He thinks this is the jump start his body needs to heal faster right now & Damon is fine with it. Whatever gets him home the fastest. 😉 The lung doctor was out today but if Dr Franko has his way, the chest tubes will be removed in the next couple days as well as one of his 3 drains. He's fine sending him home with the other 2 drains and said that the output of those is about half of what it used to be so signs that the colon fistula is healing as well. At this point, they do not believe he will need surgery to remove fluid from lungs either. Prayers for the feedings to give him the strength he needs to make a BIG step in the recovery process this week! So thankful that Dr Franko understands the importance of getting our guy back home and that he is willing to make it happen ASAP. ❤️
 
Damon Miller Update Nate Burnham 2016-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
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The "Multi-Club" committee for the Des Moines Rotary Clubs will be hosting a speaker in coordination with the World Food Prize on Thursday, October 13, 2016.   The speaker will be Margaret Catley-Carson a world renown expert on water issues which is an important issue in Iowa and the world.   The event will be held at the Johnston Hilton Garden Inn from 7:15 - 9:00 AM and will include a continental breakfast.   The cost to attend is $15 per person which will be paid by the club for those attending.  
 
Both the noon and evening meeting that week on Tuesday, October 11th are cancelled to encourage members to attend the membership social on the evening of the 11th and this multi-club event on the 13th. 
   
DM Area Rotary Club Event Nate Burnham 2016-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
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Every Rotarian has the privilege and obligation to seek qualified members.  In this way, all club members can help our club achieve a full representation of the business and professional life of the community and membership is the means to accomplish Rotary's mission and goals.
 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be having a membership social on Tuesday evening, October 11th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.  Each member is encouraged to invite a prospective new member or two or more to the event.  The social will be held at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club and will include wine and beer tasting, appetizers and plenty of information about Rotary.  Keep in mind we are able to accept corporate members.
 
Membership Social October 11th Nate Burnham 2016-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
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When District Governor Chris Knapp made his official visit to Ankeny, he advised the Board of some recommendations made by the Rotary Council on Legislation.  One of these recommendations was a increased emphasis on transparency.  Minutes of our Board meetings have been available to all members on the web site for several years.  The Board has now decided to also make the monthly treasurer's reports also available on the web site.  The Board meeting minutes and the treasurer's reports are not available to the general public and are only available to members after they log on to the web site.  We will have a goal of having these reports on the web site within 30 days following each Board meeting.
 
Treasurer's Reports Now On-Line Nate Burnham 2016-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
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The noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny scheduled for October 11th has been cancelled to encourage all members to attend the prospective new member social that evening and to also attend the multi-club event on Thursday, October 13th at the Johnston Hilton Garden Inn beginning at 7:15 AM.
 
No Noon Meeting on October 11th Nate Burnham 2016-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.   In the most recent ratings, released on September 1, 2016, The Rotary foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency.  The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness.
 
Rotary Foundation Earns Top Rating  Nate Burnham 2016-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
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Ankeny Rotarian, Steve Wieneke was one of seven Rotarians from District 6000 that completed a Rotary Leadership Institute class in West Liberty on August 27th.   Steve completed part 3 and be presenting an overview of the program with Terry Geiger during the noon meeting on September 20th.
 
Wieneke Graduates From Rotary Leadership Institute Nate Burnham 2016-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
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It has now been more than a year since Gregary "Wade" Franck was killed by a drunk driver while riding his bike on Grand Avenue in Des Moines.  His parents, Greg and Ankeny Rotarian, Jan are planning to use donations they have received and hope to still receive to build a bike hub at the Ankeny Market Pavilion.   The "Wade Franck Memorial Plaza" will include bathrooms, bike racks, a bike maintenance station, places to take a rest from riding and a map of central Iowa's trail system.  It will cost about $100,000 and the Franck's are offering to match funds donated until the first of November up to $25,000.  
 
To make a contribution you can visit ankenyamp.com/donate.php or mail your check payable to the Ankeny Foundation and mail it to Greg & Jan Franck at 410 W. First St., Ankeny, IA 50023.  Please note "bike hub" on the check.
 
Wade Franck Memorial Plaza Nate Burnham 2016-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
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Here are the last couple journal entries posted on CaringBridge by Amy Miller:
 
Sept. 4 - Sorry for not posting an update yesterday. Damon got moved to the 8th floor today. It's not the rehab floor but rather just a normal floor of the hospital. We knew he'd need to go here to mend before starting rehab & it's a good thing for him to see his "graduation" to a regular floor. I know he's also fearful because the two previous times we've been upstairs, we've ended up back down in ICU. Praying the third time is a charm! Damon is exhausted today and has lost a lot more fluid. He's having trouble swallowing so can only drink liquids that are thickened. They think he just needs to learn how to swallow again because it's been so long since he's eaten. An ENT doc should be in to see him in the next few days to rule out any other reasons for the trouble swallowing. Hope everyone is having a good Labor Day weekend. 
 
Sept. 2 - Another great day! Walked twice as far & looks like he's lost even more fluid. His breathing is so much better as well. So happy for his progress & I know he is so glad he is feeling better & getting stronger each day. Happy Friday everyone & again so thankful for such amazing support system! Thank you all.
 
Damon Miller Continues to Show Improvement Nate Burnham 2016-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
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Bailey Caskey and Megan Primrose two of the 12 students the Rotary Club of Ankeny sponsored for 2016 RYLA attended the August 30th Evening Ankeny Rotary Club meeting which was held at District 36 Wine Bar and Grille. They presented pictures and talked about their experiences.   
RYLA Students Speak to Evening Club Nate Burnham 2016-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in September:
 
7th - Teri Crist
7th - Tom Friedman
7th - Mark Martin
16th - Todd Wehr
20th - kevin Brooks
20th - Lewis Todtz
22nd - Tom Rice
25th - Jim Hudson
29th - Tim Hawkins
29th - Anne Porter
 
September Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2016-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
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The 2017 fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be Saturday, February 25th and will again be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC campus.   This year's theme will be "Mardi Gras" Make sure the date is on your calendar and plan to attend.   Also, it is not too early to begin collecting auction items.  
2017 Fundraiser Theme to be "Mardi Gras" Nate Burnham 2016-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
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The September board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

When: Thursday, September 8th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

September Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2016-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
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Did you know as a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny you can send an email to all other members through our ClubRunner website?   Here is how you do it:
 
  • Go to our web site at www.ankenyrotary.org
  • "Log on" using your log in "Name" and "Password"
  • Click on "Member Area" in upper right corner of "Home Page"
  • Click on "Email Message Centre" under "My ClubRunner"
  • Click on "Compose New Message"
  • Step 1 - Check "Active & Honorary Members" - Note, you can click on the "+" sign and "Expand List" to view the entire list of members and select the ones you wish to send the email to if you do not wish to send it to all members.
  • Step 2 - Enter a "Subject"
  • Then type your message.
  • Upload attachments if any
  • Click on "Send"
There are some other options such as scheduling when the email is to be sent and creating your own custom email list but sending an email is pretty easy.  Let Nate Burnham know if you have any questions.
 
How to Send Emails Through ClubRunner Nate Burnham 2016-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
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As a thank you for visiting Ankeny, the club presented DG Chris Knapp and Vernette with a large gift basket full of items form Ankeny.   Thank you to everyone that donated to the gift basket and to Colleen Welch for putting it all together.
 
Club Present Gift Basket to DG Knapp Nate Burnham 2016-08-25 05:00:00Z 0
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District Governor Chris Knapp and his Rotary Partner Vernette made their official visit to both the noon Rotary Club of Ankeny and the Evening club on August 23rd.   Prior to the noon meeting they met with the Board.   During the meeting DG Knapp reminded everyone of training opportunities for officers and all Rotarians and presented his goals for the year.  He also suggested we review our By-Laws in light of some changes implemented by the Rotary Council on Legislation.  These include more flexibility on member classifications, attendance guidelines, and increased transparency. 
District Governor Knapp Makes Official Visit to Ankeny Nate Burnham 2016-08-25 05:00:00Z 0
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Rockford Anderson was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on August 23rd by President Carmen Davis.  Rocky and his wife, Megan, are both Pharmacists and own Ankeny Pharmacy located at 1325 Oralabor Road.   They also own the adjoining Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt shop.  The Andersons are both Drake University graduates and also own pharmacies in Polk City, Clear Lake and Clarion.    Rocky was proposed for membership by Pat Stilwill.
Welcome New Member Rocky Anderson Nate Burnham 2016-08-25 05:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be hosting two exchange students for the 2016-2017 school year.  They are Elinor Sagemo from Sweden and Katya Sanches from Mexico.  Elinor will be attending Centennial High School and Katya will spend one semester in both Ankeny High and Centennial
2016-2017 Exchange Students Visit Rotary Nate Burnham 2016-08-25 05:00:00Z 0
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Baily Caskey was one of the 12 RYLA students sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  On August 23rd, she made a very emotional talk to the club to thank them for sponsoring her and "changing her life".
RYLA Student Baily Caskey Thanks Club Nate Burnham 2016-08-25 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Knapp Visits Evening Club Nate Burnham 2016-08-25 05:00:00Z 0
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A total of 582 balls were sold for the 2016 golf ball drop during Summerfest.  Thank you to Monsanto for donating $2,000 for the prize money and other expenses, First National Bank for the printing and cutting the tickets, and Leaning Tower of Pizza for the coupon on the tickets.  Also, a big thank you to Tom Friedman for coordinating this project.
 
Sales and donations totaled $7,820.   After prize money and expenses, $3,390.34 will be given to the Ankeny Service Center and $2,260.23 will be retained by the Rotary Club of Ankeny to be used for service projects in the Ankeny community.
 
Golf Ball Drop Final Numbers Nate Burnham 2016-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
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The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny will hold their regular Tuesday evening meeting at District 36 Wine Bar & Grill.  The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM and the speakers will be the RYLA students.   Tuesdays are "all night happy hour" at District 36 which includes half price appetizers, wine and beer and flatbreads for $6.  All members are welcome to attend.   This would be a great opportunity to check out this new Ankeny restaurant and support the evening club.
 
Evening Club to Meet At District 36 on August 30th Nate Burnham 2016-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
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Following the Rotary picnic on August 9th, the Rotarians and their guests stopped by the Ankeny Market Pavilion and had their picture taken with the new Rotary Club of Ankeny canopy.
 
Rotarians Get Photographed at AMP Nate Burnham 2016-08-12 05:00:00Z 0
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The third annual Rotary picnic was held at Ankeny's Sunset Park Tuesday evening, August 9th.   Thanks you to Steve Wieneke and Kristofer Orth for grilling the hamburgers and hot dogs.  I think everyone in attendance would agree it was a beautiful evening and there was plenty of great food and good conversation. 
 
Rotary Picnic Nate Burnham 2016-08-12 05:00:00Z 0
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Richard Job was named the recipient of the 2016 Evelyn E. Rosentreter Standards award at the annual meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers which was held in Orlando, Florida July 17-20, 2016.   This award is given annually to encourage and recognize individuals who have contributed exemplary leadership and service toward the generation, maintenance, and administration of ASABE standards activities.   Rich was named to receive this award in recognition of his outstanding leadership and contributions in the development and harmonization of national and international agricultural equipment and tractor standards.
 
Rich retired fro AGCO Corp in 2005 as engineering manager for tractors.  In this role, he was responsible for ensuring that tractors imported from Europe met the safety standards requirements for the North American market.  This led to his active involvement on standards committees in the Society of Automotive Engineers the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the International Organization for Standardization and ASABE.
 
Congratulations Rich!!!
 
Rich Job Wins Evelyn E. Rosetreter Award Nate Burnham 2016-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
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During the noon meeting on August 2nd, President Carmen Davis named Tim Hawkins as the "Rotarian of the Month" for August in recognition of all the work he did in coordinating the volunteers for the parade set up at Summerfest.    Tim will be able to wear the Rotarian of the Month pin to all August meetings.
 
Tim Hawkins Named Member of the Month for August Nate Burnham 2016-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
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The August Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at 10:30 AM at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club prior to our regular meeting on Tuesday, August 23rd.  District Governor Chris Knapp and his Rotary partner, Vernette, will be present.  All service chairs should be prepared to report on the activities for the past year.  

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

 

August Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2016-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
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District Governor Chris Knapp and his Rotary partner Vernette will make their official visit to Ankeny, both the noon and evening clubs on Tuesday, August 23rd.  The Board will be meeting with DG Knapp at 10:30 AM prior to the noon meeting.  All members are welcome and it will count as a make up.
 
Chris was born in Ithaca, New York, moved to Iowa City and graduated from Iowa City West High School.   After graduating from Iowa State with a degree in history and teaching certification in social studies he was, for a short time, advisor to fraternities at the University of Iowa.   In 2002, while working full time, Chris earned his EMBA from the Tippie School of Management, University of Iowa.  In 1977, Chris began his banking career at First National Bank Iowa City, which subsequently became U.S. Bank N.A.  During his banking career he advanced through Bank Club Director to Trust Officer.  As Bank Club Director he designed and led tours for customers throughout the United States and Europe.  Vernette was also in banking with stops in Iowa City, Chicago, Louisville, and back to Iowa City.  She has taught banking supervision and management at Kirkwood Community College.  Chris and Vernette were married in 1990 and they have two sons both living in Iowa City.
 
Chris has been a Rotarian for over 25 years and is a charter member of the Rotary CLub of Iowa City A.M.  In addition to being club president in 2000-2001, he has served as treasurer, Youth Exchange Counselor, Club YEO counselor to four Ambassadorial Scholars and the club's inbound GSE team liaison.  In 1991, Chris joined the District Youth Exchange Committee and served as chair for eight years.   Chris and Vernette are Paul Harris Society, Bequest Society, and Major Donors.
 
District Governor Knapp to Visit Ankeny on August 23rd Nate Burnham 2016-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
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We have received news that Damon Miller will most likely remain in the hospital for another three weeks.  He has been in and out of intensive care and has had a procedure to drain fluid in the pockets of his stomach.  This has allowed him to breath better and his oxygen level has improved.  Keep the  prayers and well wishes coming for Damon and has family.  Caringbridge.org is the site to receive updates on Damon's progress.

The Rotary Club of Ankeny's Board has approved a $500 gift certificate for a home cleaning service for the Miller family.   If they already have a cleaning service, we can help with the cost or they could choose to increase the service.  Also, on Tuesday, August 2nd, we will be collecting gift cards for meals, restaurants, and gasoline to be delivered to the Miller family.   If you would like to donate, please bring a gift card, or two, to next Tuesday's meeting or bring cash and we will purchase the cards.
 
Damon Miller Remains in Hospital Nate Burnham 2016-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
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A Rotaract project in Uttar Pradesh, India, is liberating women who emptied dry toilets with their hands by teaching them skills that enabled them to earn a living for their families.  Although, manual scavenging was banned in India in 1993, it persists in many parts of the country.  The women who engage in this provide the sole wage for their families and make a meager income for their efforts.   Through collaboration with Project Azmat, the Rotaract club of SRCC Panschshilla Park partnered with the international nonprofit Enactus to organize women who had been doing this work into a cooperative, teaching them basic literacy skills and training to make and market detergent.  This project is also replacing dry latrines with two-pit toilets, which require no maintenance and use only a small amount of water to convert human waste into manure improving sanitation and preventing the spread of disease.  More than 120 new toilets have been installed, enabling over two dozen women to earn a living through the sale of detergent.
 
Your contribution to the Rotary Foundation helped make this happen.
 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2016-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
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The third annual Rotary Club of Ankeny family picnic will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2015.   Due to construction at Sunrise Park, the picnic will be held at Sunset Park, 1320 SW 3rd, this year.   A social time will begin at 5:30 PM with hot dogs and hamburgers, provided by the club, being ready to eat at 6:30 PM.  Everyone should bring their own beverage of choice and a side dish to share.  The club will provide water and lemonade.  Both the noon and evening Rotary meetings are cancelled for that day and all members are encouraged to attend the picnic and bring all family members, guests, and prospective new members.   After dinner we are planning to go to the Ankeny Market Pavilion to get a picture of the group.
 
A sign up sheet will be available at our next couple club meetings where you can indicate if you plan to attend, bring a guest, and what side dish you can bring to share.  We will need to have a final count by August 6th prior to placing the order for the meat.
 
Rotary Fall Family Picnic to be August 9th Nate Burnham 2016-07-15 05:00:00Z 0
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The club is looking for 12 Rotarians to assist with taking attendance at noon Rotary meetings.  Each volunteer would be asked to assist the secretary at each meeting for one month out of the year and be responsible for the following:
  • Arrive by 11:45
  • Sit by the entrance and check off names as members arrive
  • Guests - Make sure they sign in on the registration sheet
  • Visiting Rotarians - Collect payment for the meal and provide a make-up card
  • Introduce visiting Rotarians and ask members to introduce their guests
  • Put 50/50 and fine money in bank bag
  • Assist with returning bell, gavel, badge box, & 50/50 container to the closet
Please let Nate Burnham know if you would like to volunteer to help.  This would be a great way for new members to get to know the names of other members.
 
Wanted - Rotarians to Take Attendance Nate Burnham 2016-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
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In the Rotary year of 2014-2015, the Rotary Foundation approved 487 district grants which totaled $23.8 million.  They supported smaller-scale, short term projects related the Foundation's mission.  The Foundation approved 1,078 global grants totaling $64.9 million.  Rotary's global grants support large-scale international activities which are sustainable, and have measurable outcomes that support humanitarian projects, scholarships and vocational training teams.  And in 2013-2014 $235 million were distributed through Rotary's grant process to the world.  This is more than the Rockefeller, JB Morgan, and MacArthur Foundations combined!

 

Thank you Rotarians for "Doing good in the world!!"

 

Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2016-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2016-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
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Thirty golfers participated in the golf outing at Ankeny Golf & Country Club prior to the 2016 annual meeting.   Thank you to the following for providing sponsorships and prizes: Tim's BP/Amoco Service, Great Western Bank, Lamberti Gocke & Luetje, Ankeny Chamber of Commerce, Dave's Jewelry, Ankeny Parks & Recreation, Casey's General Stores and Ankeny Auto Body.  Also, thank you to Tim Cox for coordinating the event.
 
Thank You Golf Sponsors Nate Burnham 2016-07-13 05:00:00Z 0
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Ryan Bach was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on July 12th by President Carmen Davis.   Ryan is a Home Mortgage Consultant with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Ankeny.  He was a member of the Fort Dodge Daybreak Rotary club prior to moving to Ankeny.   Ryan was proposed for membership by Ben Digmann.
 
Welcome New Member - Ryan Bach Nate Burnham 2016-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in August:
 
6th - Patty Hoffman
6th - Renee Murphy
12th - Dale Port
16th - Mark Land
16th - Pat Timmons
18th - Gary Welch
23rd - Liz Wilson
28th - Ben Digmann
 
August Rotarain Birthdays Nate Burnham 2016-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
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The noon meeting on July 19th will be held at On With Life, 715 SW Ankeny Road.  We will be back at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club next week on July 26th.
 
 
July 19th Meeting at On With Life Nate Burnham 2016-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
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DROP THOSE BALLS!!  This was heard at the conclusion of Summerfest again this year.   Kevin Brooks had the honor of dumping the balls towards a hole in the grass 60 feet below and one ball went in the hole with many other balls close by.   The winners were:
 
1st Place - $1,000 - John Peterson
2nd Place - $375 - Linda Brooks
3rd Place - $250 - Diana Hawkins
4th Place - $125 - Pat Timmons 
 
A total of 579 balls were sold.  Thanks to Monsanto for donating the prize money and to Tom Friedman for coordinating the golf ball drop again this year.
 
Golf Ball Drop Results Nate Burnham 2016-07-11 05:00:00Z 0
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Twenty- one Ankeny Rotarians arrived early at the Northview Middle School parking lot to check in and line up the floats and other participants for the 2016 Ankeny Summerfest Parade.  Thanks to Tim Hawkins for coordinating the volunteers for this project.
 
Rotarians Set Up Summerfest Parade Nate Burnham 2016-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
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The Bridges at Ankeny was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on July 5th as the newest corporate member of the club.  Doug Johnson, Owner, will be the Primary Designee and Diane Lynch, Administrator, Melissa Winter, Community Relations, and Susan Richards, Community Relations, will be the Secondary Designees.  Their classification will be Senior Services Providers.
 
The Bridges of Ankeny is a member of the Hawkeye Care Center Group.  They offer a wide range of senior living services that include independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, memory care, respite care, outpatient therapy and comfort care.  They are in the process of building a new facility in Ankeny which should be open later this summer.
 
Welcome New Member - The Bridges at Ankeny Nate Burnham 2016-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
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Abbi Rickelman was recognized at the meeting on July 5th as the Rotary Club of Ankeny's "New Member of the Year".  Stacey Koeppen, the 2015 "New Member of the Year" made the presentation.  Abbi joined the Rotary Club of Clayton, North Carolina on February 3, 2014.   She transferred her membership and joined the Rotary Club of Ankeny on March 24, 2015.   Since then, she has been active in service projects including Ankeny Clean Up Days, Biker Night, Friday morning coffees, and the new member social.  She has been a volunteer assistant golf coach for both the Centennial and Ankeny High schools and has volunteered for several local charities.
 
Congratulations Abbi!
 
Abbi Rickelman Named "New Member of the Year" Nate Burnham 2016-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
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Next week's, July 12th noon meeting will be held in the party room of the new Fletcher Full Service Kitchen & Bar.  The Fletcher opened on June 28th and is located at 1802 N Ankeny Blvd in the old Dahls store.
 
Also, remember the noon meeting on the 19th, we will be at On With Life, 715 SW Ankeny Road.
 
Meeting July 12th at Fletcher's Nate Burnham 2016-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
More Help Needed for Summerfest Parade Set Up Nate Burnham 2016-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
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Unsold golf ball drop tickets and funds from ticket sales need to be turned into Tom Friedman by Saturday, July 9th.  Also, see Tom at this week's meeting or at First National Bank, 1205 N. Ankeny Blvd, if you need more tickets to sell.   The balls will be dropped at sunset on Sunday night, July 10th, just outside the Leisure Garden.  A few Rotarians are needed to help pick up the balls after they are dropped.   Just look for the Ankeny Fire Department's ladder-truck.

 

Turn In Money From Golf Ball Ticket Sales Nate Burnham 2016-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
Thirty-one members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny were recognized during the annual meeting for achieving perfect attendance during the 2015-2016 year.   They were:
  • 1-Year - Carmen Davis, Ben Digmann & Mike O'Connor
  • 2-Years - Rich Job & Stacey Koeppen
  • 3-Years - Kristofer Orth & Steve Wieneke
  • 4-Years - Tim Cox, Jim Ramsey, Steve SchraderBachar & Todd Wehr
  • 5-Years - Damon Miller, Terry Peter & Jody Savage
  • 6-Years - Patty Hoffman & Kathy Sibbel
  • 7-Years - Doug Beech, Mary Cochran, Julie Todtz, Teri Crist & Tim Hawkins
  • 8-Years - Brad Botos & Sally Schroeder
  • 10-Years - Dave Mercer
  • 11-Years - Pat Timmons
  • 12-Years - Nate Burnham & Tom Friedman
  • 17-Years - Gary Welch
  • 20-Years - Jim Gocke
  • 26-Years - Shar Dunlap
  • 27-Years - Mike Lydon
 
31 Recognized for Perfect Attendance Nate Burnham 2016-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be sending 13 students to RYLA in 2016.    Six of these students attended the noon meeting on June 21st.  They were Rachel Leon, Jenna Jenson, Megan Primrose, Austin Moeller, Abbi Denner, and Adriana Gunn.  Each student was presented with a certificate recognizing their award.
 
2016 RYLA Students Attend Rotary Nate Burnham 2016-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
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At the conclusion of the annual meeting on June 30th, Damon Miller passed the president's pin to Carmen Davis.   He then handed her the gavel and she assumed the leadership of the Rotary Club of Ankeny for the 2016-2017 year.
 
Carmen Davis Assumes Presidency Nate Burnham 2016-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
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At the conclusion of the annual meeting, Carmen Davis named Damon Miller as the "Rotarian of the Month" for July in recognition of all that was accomplished by the club during his presidency.  Sally Schroeder, the Rotarian of the Month for June passed the pin on to Damon.
 
 
Damon Miller Named July Rotarian of the Month Nate Burnham 2016-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
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Rich Job, Ankeny's 2015 Rotarian of the Year, had the honor of introducing the "2016 Ankeny Rotarian of the Year".   He stated this year's winner came from a small town out in the boondocks but now everyone knows her.  The winner, Kathy Sibbel, was described by a collegue as:
 
"one of the most positive people I know among the plethora of talented leaders across Ankeny.  She is the current President of our YMCA Board, currently sits on our Community Education Advisory Council, and is the new President of the Neveln Center, Inc. that is merging with Ankeny Rotary's favorite charity, the Ankeny Service Center.  Despite her time and needed focus as a cancer survivor and as a grandmother of a growing clan, she is engaged in numerous meaningful services across our community that are in significant transition requiring her significant time and leadership efforts."
 
Congratulations Kathy!!!
 
Kathy Sibbel Named Ankeny Rotarian of the Year Nate Burnham 2016-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
During the 2016 annual meeting, President Damon Miller, highlighted a few of the accomplishments of the club during his year as president.   These included:
  • Our 6th annual fundraiser, “Biker Night”, grossed $49,365 and net income of $35,270 was 54% more than last year.
  • Implemented a Corporate Membership Program.
  • Added 14 new members and only had two resignations for the year, increasing current membership to an all-time high of 84.
  • Distributed dictionaries to 4th graders for the 10th consecutive year - 975 dictionaries this year.   Also gave out calculators.
  • Raised $1,057 for Special Olympics by selling root beer floats.  This was the most ever!
  • Purchased and helped distribute 258 coats to Ankeny students.
  • Purchased 3 computers and sent them to Jorge Mexico Primary School.
  • Was one of 19 clubs in District 6000 to receive District Governor's Citation.
  • Qualified for Rotary Presidential Citation for 2015-2016 year.
  • Was one of 22 clubs in District 6000 to receive Polio Plus - "End Polio Now: Make History Today Campaign".
  • Implemented program to give 200 recognition points to all members that agree to be “Paul Harris Sustaining Members” and donate at least $100 per year.
  • Qualified to be a 100% club for 2015-2016 with all Active members donating to the Foundation.
  • Sponsored Rotary Exchange Student this school year.
  • Will be sending 13 students to RYLA next month.
  • The club donated $5,000 to Polio Plus and members donated $12,915 to the Foundation for a total of $17,915 to The Rotary Foundation.
  • Total donations for the year to the Foundation and to other organizations was $59,880.
 
A Great Year for The Rotary Club of Ankeny Nate Burnham 2016-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
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President Damon Miller recognized Sally Schroeder at the annual meeting for having completed contributions to the Rotary Foundation to make her a Paul Harris Fellow Plus 4.   Congratulations and thank you Sally!
 
Sally Schroeder is Paul Harris Plus 4 Nate Burnham 2016-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
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The deadline to obtain a match for additional donations from Ankeny Rotarians was June 15th.   Damon Miller was able to report at the annual meeting this campaign brought in an additional $6,895 from Rotarians including 18 that had not previously made a donation.  An anonymous donor donated $1,000 and the club matched all of these donations.   In total, an additional $15,790 was contributed to the AMP project.  This brings the total contributed by the Rotary Club of Ankeny and its members to $106,572.   Thank you Rotarians.
 
AMP Donations Total $106,572 Nate Burnham 2016-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
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President Damon Miller announced at the annual meeting that donations made by the Rotary Club of Ankeny for the 2015-2016 year totaled $59,880.  These donations included $17,915 to the Rotary Foundation including $5,000 for PolioPlus, and donations to over 20 local and international organizations projects.
 
Donations Total $59,880 for Year Nate Burnham 2016-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
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After Kathy Sibbel was announced as the winner of the Ankeny Rotarian of the Year, President Damon Miller surprised her husband, Dr. Rick Sibbel, by presenting him with a pin and certificate naming his a Paul Harris Fellow.  The Club made the donation of recognition points in Rick's name as a thank you to him for all the support he has given Kathy and the club over the past several years.  Congratulations Rick!
 
Dr. Rick Sibbel Named Paul Harris Fellow Nate Burnham 2016-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
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Tim Cox again assumed responsibility for the golf outing prior to the annual meeting.   Unfortunately, he could not control the weather and the start was delayed by a brief downpour prior to the scheduled start.  Once play began, the 30 golfers participating had a great time and Tim did his usual great job of working through last minute changes and distributing prizes.  He even modeled new pants that he proposes we adopt as part of a new Ankeny Rotary uniform.
 
Tim Cox Displays New Rotary Uniform Nate Burnham 2016-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
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Incoming President, Carmen Davis, presented outgoing President, Damon Miller, with a golden gavel at the annual meeting on June 30th.  The plate in the box with the gavel stated, "Presented to Damon Miller for your dedication and leadership while serving as President 2015-2016 The Rotary Club of Ankeny".  Thank you Damon.
 
Damon Miller Receives Golden Gavel Nate Burnham 2016-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
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The July board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

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

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

 

July Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2016-06-27 05:00:00Z 0
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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in July:
 
2nd - Pat Stilwill
3rd - Brad Botos
9th - Jim Ramsey
19th - Jason Gassman
22nd - Gerry Bair
31st - Matt Klein
 
July Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2016-06-27 05:00:00Z 0
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For decades, the small pastoral communities in northern Kenya have been caught in a cycle of violence.  Tribes have shed blood over distrust, scarce resources, and the theft of livestock.  Former Rotary Scholar Monica Kinyua and her sister Jane, founded the Children Peace Initiative Kenya to end the fighting by building friendships between children from different tribes.  The sisters used a Rotary global grant sponsored by Rotarians in San Diego, California and the Rotary Club of Nairobi to conduct one of several peace camps for children and teachers in Baragoi, Samburu County, a highly dangerous area.   The peace camps have helped reduce violence in the region.  Monica states, "Through the program, children are directly participating n intercommunity peace and coaching their parents and influencing the communities to live peacefully with each other."
 
Your contribution to Rotary makes this happen.  Thank you.
 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2016-06-27 05:00:00Z 0
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The monthly Rotary morning coffee at Cafe Diem, 2005 S. Ankeny Blvd., will be Friday, July 15th from 7:30 to 8:30 AM.  
 
This is a make up opportunity and all members are welcome.
 
Monthly Rotary Coffee - July 15th Nate Burnham 2016-06-27 05:00:00Z 0
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The Board recently approved a corporate application for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny from The Bridges at Ankeny.  At that time they designated Doug Johnson, President of Hawkeye Care Center, to be the Primary Designee and Diane Lynch, Administrator to be a Secondary Designee.  They said they would be identifying additional Secondary Designees at a later date.  They are now proposing Melissa Winter and Susan Richards as additional Secondary Designees.  Both work in their Community Relations area. 
 
The Bridges of Ankeny is a member of the Hawkeye Care Center Group.  They offer a wide range of senior living services that include independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, memory care, respite care, outpatient therapy and comfort care.  They are in the process of building a new facility in Ankeny which should be open later this summer.  
 
Comments regarding The Bridges of Ankeny's proposed additional Secondary Designees may be forwarded to any Board member.
 
Prospective New Member - The Bridges at Ankeny Nate Burnham 2016-06-23 05:00:00Z 0
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The new canopy ordered by the club was received last week.   Terry Peter and Nate Burnham set it up for the first time at the Ankeny Farmer's Market on Saturday, June 18th.   The plan is to set it up each Saturday to provide information on the Rotary Club of Ankeny and AMP.    Let Terry know if you can work a two hour shift any Saturday.
 
Rotary Canopy Set Up at Ankeny Farmers Market. Nate Burnham 2016-06-20 05:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Ankeny will again be the primary sponsor for the golf ball drop at Ankeny Summerfest this year.  At sunset on Sunday night, July 10th, just outside the Leisure Garden, watch hundreds of golf balls drop from over six stories in the air in an attempt to become the big winner.  First ball in or closest to the hole wins $1,000!  Second ball in or closest wins $375, third ball in or closest wins $250 and the fourth ball in or closest wins $125.  Tickets are $10 each.  Some other Ankeny service clubs will also be selling tickets.  The proceeds from ticket sales will be split between the club selling the ticket and the Ankeny Service Center.  The Monsanto Company has agreed to donate $2,000 towards the prize money!  Plus every ticket has a coupon for Leaning Tower of Pizza coupon good for  - " buy any medium pizza and get a second, one topping medium for $5.00!" - A savings of $9.00 for a $10.00 ticket!!  Our goal is to sell 1,000 tickets.

Tickets will be available at the noon and evening Rotary meetings or from Tom Friedman at First National Bank, 1205 N. Ankeny Blvd.  All proceeds from ticket sales should be turned into Tom or at a future Rotary meeting.  Remember the Rotarian selling the most tickets gets to go up the firetruck ladder six stories to drop the balls.

 

Golf Ball Drop Tickets Now Available Nate Burnham 2016-06-16 05:00:00Z 0
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At the Board meeting on June 9th, a motion to pay the registration fee for any member that attends the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta was approved.  The convention will be June 10-14.   This is a great opportunity to attend an RI convention without the expense of traveling overseas.   At least a couple Ankeny Rotarians have already registered.  The registration fee is $340 prior to December 15, 2016 and is available on line.
 
Club to Pay Registration Fee to 2017 RI Convention Nate Burnham 2016-06-16 05:00:00Z 0
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Soon to be installed District Governor Chris Knapp and his Rotary partner Vernette will make their official visit to Ankeny, both the noon and evening clubs on August 23rd.  Chris has been a Rotarian for over 25 years and is a charter member of the Iowa City AM club.  We anticipate the Board will be meeting with DG Knapp prior to the noon meeting.  Plan to attend.
 
DG Chris Knapp to Visit Ankeny August 23rd Nate Burnham 2016-06-16 05:00:00Z 0
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Meeting sites for July 12th and 19th when the Ankeny Golf & Country Club is not available have been finalized.  The noon club will be meeting in the party room of the new Fletcher Full Service Kitchen & Bar on the 12th.  The Fletcher is scheduled to open on June 28th and is located at 1802 N Ankeny Blvd in the old Dahls store.   On the 19th, we will be meeting at On With Life, 715 SW Ankeny Road.  Mark you calendar and plan to attend.
 
Sites for July 12th & 19th Finalized Nate Burnham 2016-06-16 05:00:00Z 0
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In rural South Africa, clean water doesn't come with the twist of a tap.  On average, women spend four to six hours a day collecting and transporting the water supply for their family's daily need.  The Rotary Club of Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada, provided 50 Hippo Water Rollers to a village in South Africa.  The barrel-shaped device holds 25 gallons of water – enough to meet five peoples’ daily needs – and can be pushed like a lawn mower back and forth from water sources!  The device also prevents the need for carrying heavy 5-gallon buckets on the head, which can result in injuries over time.  And it reduces the number of trips to collect water, giving women and children more time to pursue educational and economic opportunities.  According to Luke Vostermans, member of the Rotary Club of Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada, “ It’s a simple flick-the-switch technology that frees women from the daily chore of hauling water for their households.”
 
Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation helps make this happen.  Thank you.
 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2016-06-16 05:00:00Z 0
Four of the twelve students the Rotary Club of Ankeny is sending to RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, this year attended the noon meeting on June 14th.  They were Claire Weatherwax, Bailey Caskey, Madeline Volk, and Ryan Gross.  Each student was presented with a certificate recognizing their award.
 
2016 RYLA Students Attend Rotary Nate Burnham 2016-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
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The Interact Club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ankeny made a donation to Blessman Ministries that was used to purchased 24 soccer balls, two sets of cones and a new net cage for kids in Africa.   A note from Rene' Blessman stated:  "The children were so excited about it today!  The girls were just as excited to use the new balls for netball.  They will be used by 200+ kids."
 
Ankeny Interact Students Donate Soccer Balls Nate Burnham 2016-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
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In 2012, the Rotary Club of Ankeny made a donation to the Ankeny Garden of Hopes and Dreams to purchase the materials for several vine structures.  The structures were then built by Ankeny Rotarian Rich Job.  The clematis planted around these structures are now in full bloom.   The Garden is located north of Oralabor Road on the west side of the DMACC campus.
 
 
Vine Sturctures at Garden Of Hopes & Dreams in Full Bloom Nate Burnham 2016-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
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Earlier this year Gary and Colleen Welch traveled to Cozumel to check on the possibility of the Rotary Club of Ankeny assisting the elementary schools in Cozumel in the installation of a filtration system for drinking water.   While there, they stayed with Dean and Gina Lange and made a number of friends.  The Langes recently returned to Iowa and brought with them several gifts for Colleen (Coke) including a coco cola ornament and a hand painted mini surf board.
 
Colleen Welch Receoves Gift From Cozumel Nate Burnham 2016-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
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Corporate member Lamberti, Gocke & Luetje, PC had 18 tickets in a suite to the Iowa Cubs vs Round Rock Express baseball game on Saturday, June 11th that they were not going to be able to use.   They agreed to give these tickets to an Ankeny Rotarian that would make a donation to the Ankeny Market Pavilion project.   Stacey Koeppen submitted the best offer of $200 for these ticket.    Jim Gocke presented her with these tickets after the meeting on June 7th.  Thank you Stacey and to Lamberti, Gocke, Luetje, PC for their donation of the tickets.
 
Stacey Koeppen Wins I-Cub Tickets Nate Burnham 2016-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
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During the noon meeting on June 7th, President Damon Miller introduced Sally Schroeder as the Ankeny Rotary "Member of the Month" for June.   He recognized her for the great work she did in managing the speaker schedule for the past year.   Nate Burnham, the Member of the Month for May is pictured passing the "Member of the Month" pin on to Sally.
 
Sally Schroeder Named June Member of the Month Nate Burnham 2016-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
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The Board has received and approved a corporate application for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny from The Bridges at Ankeny.  Bridges is a member of the Hawkeye Care Center Group.  They offer a wide range of senior living services that include independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, memory care, respite care, outpatient therapy and comfort care.  They are in the process of building a new facility in Ankeny which should be open later this summer.   Doug Johnson will be the Primary Designee.  He is the President of Hawkeye Care Centers and the owner of The Bridges of Ankeny. 
 
Comments regarding The Bridges of Ankeny's proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board member.
 
Prospective New Corporate Member - The Bridges at Ankeny Nate Burnham 2016-06-08 05:00:00Z 0

The 2016 annual meeting and golf outing for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club on Thursday, June 30, 2016.  Plan to attend and see President Damon Miller pass the leadership of the club to Carmen Davis as well as the announcement of the Ankeny "2016 Rotarian of the Year", "New Member of the Year", and "Perfect Attendance" awards,  for the 2015-2016 year.  The meetings for both the noon and evening clubs on Tuesday, June 28th, is canceled.

Every member will be receiving an 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 $10 each. 
Sponsors:  Sponsorships are available at $50. Donations for prizes are welcome.

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.

 

2016 Annual Meeting & Golf Outing Nate Burnham 2016-06-06 05:00:00Z 0
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While waiting in the rain to assist with the set up of last year's Summerfest Parade, someone suggested that the club should have a canopy with the Rotary logo on it.  The Board approved this purchase last month and the canopy was ordered and has now been received.  
 
The AMP committee would like to be the first to use the canopy by setting it up on a few Saturday mornings at the Ankeny Farmers Market.  Volunteers are needed to help set it up and be available to answer questions about AMP and Rotary.  Let Terry Peter know if you are available and willing to help.
 
Rotary Canopy Purchased by Club Nate Burnham 2016-06-06 05:00:00Z 0
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A unique way to promote Rotary and help support The Rotary Foundation is to carry a Rotary International credit card.  Just by using it you’ll be helping the Foundation do good in the world! A portion of each purchase you make will be returned to the Foundation at no additional cost to you.  The Foundation received more than $8.6 million from the program since it was launched in 2000 including $3.6 million to support polio eradication.  In the US a royalty of 0.25% is paid on all purchases made with the card.  Outside the US, the royalty percentage fluctuates.  The Foundation is not only the one that benefits. As a card carrier you enjoy 1% cash back on every purchase and 2% cash back at grocery stores and 3% cash back on gas for the first $1500 in combined purchases in those categories each quarter.  Bank of America donates $75 toward polio eradication with every activated account.  For information click onto Bank of America Apply and refer to the disclosures accompanying the online credit application. 
 
Thank you for supporting The Rotary Foundation.
 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2016-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
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As we begin the final month of the 2015-2016 Rotary year, it is time to check on you attendance, especially if you wish to achieve perfect attendance for the year.   The web site is up to date through May with attendance for all meetings and all make-ups.   To check your attendance, go to our web site, www.ankenyrotary.org, log in by clicking on "Member Area".  Then under  "My ClubRunner", click on "My Attendance".  Let Nate Burnham know if you have any unreported make-ups.
 
If you are in need of some makeups, plan to attend the Board meeting on June 9th, the morning coffee on June 17th and/or complete an on-line makeup.  To complete an on-line makeup, click on "On-Line Make-Ups - eClubOne" under "Links" on the "Home Page" of our web site and follow the instructions.  After viewing an online program, complete the makeup request form.  Use nfburnham@gmail.com for the email address for the club secretary and a copy of your makeup will automatically be sent to Nate Burnham.
 
How is Your Attendance? Nate Burnham 2016-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
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Ankeny Summerfest will be July 7-10.   The Rotary Club of Ankeny will again be responsible for the parade set up on Saturday, July 9th.  Tim Hawkins will be coordinating the parade set up.  Please indicate on the sign up sheet at meetings if you will be available to help or send him an email at tim@mastersgroupinc.com.
 
Sign Up for Summerfest Parade Set Up Nate Burnham 2016-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
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The deadline established for Ankeny Rotarians to make additional contributions to the Ankeny Market Pavilion project and receive the match from the anonymous donor and the club is June 15th.  
 
If you have not as yet contributed or plan to make an additional contribution please bring your check to the meeting this week.   Remember, an anonymous donor has agreed to match the first $50 of the contribution, for up to 20 members that have not as yet contributed and the club will match all contributions up to a total contribution by the Club of $15,000.  Checks should be made payable to The Ankeny Foundation and given to Terry Peter or Damon Miller.
 
Deadline for AMP Contributions June 15th Nate Burnham 2016-05-28 05:00:00Z 0
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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in June:
 
6th - Ben Norman
6th - Kim Scavo
14th - Sue Gibbons
17th - Dave Mercer
20th - Steve Van Oort
21st - Mike Lydon
26th - Carmen Davis
 
June Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2016-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
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The June board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

When: Thursday, June 9th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

 

June Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2016-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
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In cooperation with Dollars for Scholars, the Rotary Club of Ankeny presented two $500 scholarships to Ankeny seniors during the High School Senior Spotlight nights.  Rachel Kerger was the recipient at Ankeny High School and John Hollinrake was the recipient at Centennial High School.   Thank you to Sally Schroeder and Patty Hoffman for representing the Rotary Club of Ankeny at these events.
 
A thank you has been received from both Rachel and John.  Rachel's stated:  "Thank you for the scholarship that you awarded me for five hundred dollars in 2016.   In the fall, I will be attending the University of Northern Iowa, and I plan to participate in volunteer organizations like the Rotary Club in the future.  Although have yet to decide upon a major, your generous contribution to my education will aid my college career."
 
John's stated: " Thank you for awarding me a scholarship of $500.  This scholarship is greatly appreciated and will be put to good use helping to fund my studies at George Mason University next fall.   With the incredibly high costs of tuition, room, and board, and books having this $500 brings me one step closer to paying for college without incurring overbearing student debt.  While attending George Mason University, I intend to study government and international affairs.  This area of focus is exciting to me because I am very interested in politics and public policy.  By pursuing a degree in this field I get to learn about macroeconomics (one of my favourite courses from high school) learn about the creation of new laws, and also study a foreign from college.   I hope to work at either the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, or the Federal Reserve.  By awarding me this scholarship, you have shown you believe in my promise and my potential a gift worth much more than $500, thank you.
 
Rotary Scholarships Presented to Students Nate Burnham 2016-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
Due to a conflict at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club, we need to find another location to meet on July 12th and 19th.  If you have been thinking it would be great to show off your business to your fellow Rotarians, this would be a great opportunity to host our noon meeting.  The club will pay for catering the meal.   If you would like to host the meeting or have an idea for a place for us to meet, please contact Damon Miller or Carmen Davis. 
 
Meeting Sites Needed for July 12th & 19th Nate Burnham 2016-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
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Over 20 Ankeny Rotarians assisted City of Ankeny employees in unloading cars and pickups during Ankeny Clean Up Days May 14th and 15th.  Donations collected totaled $1,932.05.  This is comparable to the $1,953 and $1,880 collected the past two years.   Thank you to all the Rotarian that helped and to Justin Carlton for his leadership on this project.
 
Rotarians Assist With Clean Up Days Nate Burnham 2016-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
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During the meeting on May 17th, President Damon Miller recognizes Jim Gocke for achieving the Paul Harris Fellow plus 3 level by presenting him with a PH pin containing three sapphire stones.   Kathy Gocke was than recognized for becoming a Paul Harris Fellow and was given a certificate and pin.   Kathy's recognition was the result of Jim transferring recognition points to her.
 
Gockes Become Paul Harris Fellows Nate Burnham 2016-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
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Are you thinking of attending the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, June 10-14, 2017?   If so, an early discounted registration price of $265 is available until June 6th this year.  To register, go to riconvention.org.  The registration fee goes up to $340 after June 6th until December 15th, then up to $415 until March 31, 2017 and finally to $490 until the last day to register on June 14, 2017.

 

Early Registration Avaialble for 2017 Rotary International Nate Burnham 2016-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
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At their May meeting, the Board approved making an additional donation to the Rotary Foundation for PolioPlus in the amount of $4,440.  This will bring the total amount donated by the club for the 2015-2016 year to $5,000.
 
Board Approves Donation to PolioPlus Nate Burnham 2016-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
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Tom Peterson, President of the Ankeny Service Center attended the May 10th Rotary meeting to thank the club for a donation the club made to the Service Center in the amount of $1,560.   These funds represented the proceeds of one of the paddle raisers at the club's "Biker Night" fundraiser.  Pictured are:  Tom Friedman, Ankeny Rotarian and Service Center Board member, John Peterson, and Julie Cooper, Rotary Club of Ankeny past president.
 
Donation Completed to Ankeny Service Center Nate Burnham 2016-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
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The Board has received an application for membership from Sara Martin.  Sara is the owner of phClean, a home cleaning service in Ankeny and Ames.  She is being sponsored for membership by Renee Murphy.
 
Comments regarding Sara's proposed application of may be forwarded to any Board member.
 
Prospective New Member - Sara Martin Nate Burnham 2016-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
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The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.  The Rotary Foundation helps fund humanitarian activities in all corners of the world regardless of political leanings.  This can be demonstrated in the projects that have benefited countries in the Middle East. Operating room equipment has been given to the Saint-Vincent de Paul Hospital in Israel.  Badly needed milk powder has been donated to the children of Iraq – Food, books and toys have been given to the children in Syria.  Rotarians helped initiate hands on projects to help Syrian refugees.  They have implemented water filtration systems in Lebanese public schools.  Food packages have been given to the people of Lebanon; public schools have been renovated and ambulances have been given to the Lebanese Red Cross.

 

The activities of Rotarians in the Middle East have met the mission of The Rotary Foundation.  With your continued financial donations Rotary will continue to make a difference throughout the world.

 

Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2016-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Des Moines will be hosting an International Summit at the American Red Cross, 2116 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, on June 14, 2016, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.   The key note speaker will be Ambassador Ken Quinn, the former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia who became the President of the World Food Prize Foundation on January 1, 2000, following his retirement from the State Department after a 32 year career in the Foreign Service.  The purpose of the event is to bring together non-profits and corporations providing humanitarian services to inspire collaboration and cooperation.  So many organizations in central Iowa are doing great work.  Let's share the highlights, create synergy and consider the possibilities.   Mark your calendar and plan to attend this event for some thoughtful conversation.
 
Rotary International Summit in Des Moines Nate Burnham 2016-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
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Rotary’s tomorrow depends on what we do today!!  Promote a better world beyond your lifetime by including The Rotary Foundation’s Endowment Fund in your estate plan.  The principal of a gift to the Endowment Fund is never spent, so a portion of the earnings will always be available for foundation programs. The Foundation is known for its commitment to effective programs that make a real difference in people’s lives. A gift from your estate to the Endowment fund can provide ongoing financial support for one or more Rotary service areas, as if you were continuing to make annual contributions in perpetuity. 
 
Join those who have already committed to improve and enrich the lives of people around the globe through a gift to the Endowment Fund.  Thank you. 
 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2016-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
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President Damon Miller and incoming President Carmen Davis have decide to implement a new award to recognize outstanding service and achievements of Ankeny Rotarians.   Each month, they will name a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny as the "Rotarian of the Month".   The member recognized will be given a "Rotarian of the Month" pin to wear for that month.   At the beginning of each succeeding month, a different member will be recognized and the pin will be passed on the them to wear. 
 
At the meeting on May 3rd, Damon recognized Nate Burnham as the Rotarian of the month of May and the first recipient of this award.
 
Nate Burnham Ankeny's May Rotarian of the Month Nate Burnham 2016-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
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Each Ankeny Rotarian is given a navy Rotary polo shirt when they join the club.   Many members prefer not to wear this shirt during Ankeny Clean Up Days or other Rotary service projects when they may get it dirty or torn.  This led to the club ordering navy blue 50/50 cotton/poly t-shirts with "ROTARIAN AT WORK" on the back and the Rotary logo on the front left chest in yellow gold for those members that wanted to purchase one.   The club paid about half the cost of the shirt leaving a cost to the member of $6.00.  We still have a few shirts remaining.    If any member would like to purchase one, see Nate Burnham.
 
Also, if any new member did not receive a FREE polo shirt when they joined, please let Nate know.
 
Rotary T-Shirts Nate Burnham 2016-05-02 05:00:00Z 0
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The Board has received an application for membership from Dale Port.  Dale has requested to transfer his membership from Cedar Falls where he has been a member for over 37 years.   He served as president in the 1988-1989 year and as a District Governor's representative for three District Governors.  He and his wife, Marty, are both Paul Harris Fellows.    Marty‘s father, Paul McNutt, from Iowa City, was District Governor in our district in 1984-1985.  Dale is a retired Architect and former owner of Structure Architects in Cedar Falls.  Both Dale and Marty, as well as their three children, are graduates of Iowa State University.  Dale is applying for membership to the noon club as a “Senior Active” member since they plan to travel to Florida each winter. 
 
Comments regarding Dale's proposed application of  may be forwarded to any Board member.
 
Prospectrive New Member - Dale Port Nate Burnham 2016-04-27 05:00:00Z 0
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The May board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

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

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

 

May Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2016-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in May:
 
12th - Damon Miller
14th - Amy Miller
15th - Jim Tillotson
22nd -Ray Crammond
26th - Jon Lowman
 
May Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2016-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
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DRC Real Estate Services was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on April 5th as a corporate member.  The Primary Designee is Liz Wilson, Owner and the Secondary Designees will be Marcia Carr, Office Manager, and Jen Schuller, Realtor.   DRC was proposed for membership by Carmen Davis.
 
Welcome New Member DRC Real Estate Services Nate Burnham 2016-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Ankeny has coordinated the golf ball drop at Summerfest for the past 5 years.   During their April meeting, the Rotary Board agreed to participate with the Neveln Board in the golf ball drop again this year.     Monsanto has agreed to donate up to $2,000 towards the prizes and and the net income will be split 60% to the Ankeny Service Center and 40% to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Summerfest will begin on July 7th with the golf ball drop on Sunday July 10th.
 
Board Agrees to Sell Golf Ball Drop Tickets Again Nate Burnham 2016-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
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President Elect, Carmen Davis attended PETS, President Elect Training, in Rochester, Minnesota on March 6-8.  While there, she received a banner with 2016-2017 Rotary International President, John F. Germ's theme, "Rotary Serving Humanity", on it.   During the noon Rotary meeting on March 22nd, Carmen presented the banner to President Damon Miller.
 
President Elect Carmen Davis Presents Banner Nate Burnham 2016-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
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Judge Paul Hellwege was a Boone Rotarian and Past District Governor.   After he passed in 2010, District 6000 established the "Guardian of Integrity Award" to be presented annually to Rotarians who have exemplified the attributes and passion for ethics and integrity in their vocation, business and personal lives.  Nate Burnham was nominated by the Rotary Club of Ankeny to receive this award which was presented to him by District Governor Loring Miller at the 2016 District Conference on April 2nd.
 
Nate Burnham Named Paul Hellwege "Guardian of Integrity" Recipient Nate Burnham 2016-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
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Twenty-one Rotary clubs in District 6000 were recognized at the District Conference for having contributed $1,500 or more to the Polio Plus - "End Polio Now: Make History Today Campaign" during the 2014-2015 year.    The Rotary Club of Ankeny was one of these clubs.  The actual amount contributed by the club was $4,200.  Steve Wieneke accepted the award on behalf of the club.
 
Ankeny recognized for support of "End Polio Now" Nate Burnham 2016-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
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There are 64 Rotary clubs in District 6000.   District Governor Loring Miller presented 19 of these clubs including, The Rotary Club of Ankeny, with a "District Governor Citation" during the 2016 District Conference.  Some of the activities required to receive the DG Citation include: The Club President and Secretary must utilize "My Rotary" on the Rotary International web site, achieve a net gain of at least two members including one female, attain a minimum contribution of $100 per member to the Rotary Foundation, have club records integrated with Rotary International records, have at least one member attend a grant management seminar, sponsor an Interact Club, update our club web site, and share our club achievments utilizing local media.   Nate Burnham accepted this award on behalf of the club.
 
Rotary Club of Ankeny Receives DG Citation Nate Burnham 2016-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
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Our Rotary Exchange student from Japan, Kinuka MIWA had the opportunity to introduce her parents at the Rotary District 6000 Conference on April 2nd.  They flew in from Japan the previous night and were able to attend the conference with Kinuka.
 
Kinuka Introduces Parents at District Conference Nate Burnham 2016-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
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During the District 6000 conference on April 1-2, Ankeny Rotarian, Gary Welch participated on a YOUTH Programs Panel to talk about the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.   Later in the day, Gary received a "Club Builder Award" from District Governor Loring Miller for all the work he has done for RYLA.
 
Gary Welch Talks RYLA at Disterict Conference Nate Burnham 2016-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
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Compared to twenty cases of Polio last year at this time, only ten cases have been reported in the world to date: one in Afghanistan, six in Pakistan and three in Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Rotary is on its way to eradicating this horrific disease.  It is important that Rotarians around the world continue their financial support!  Why?  Because:
·      Polio anywhere is a risk to children everywhere. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is committed to fighting the disease until every child is safe.
·      This is our chance to make history by wiping out the second human disease ever.  Globally, we are “this close” to ending polio.
·      If we don’t end polio now, experts say the disease could rebound to ten million cases in the next 40 years.
·      It’s Achievable: There is no cure for polio, but the polio vaccine successfully prevents cases. Success in polio eradication sets the stage for the next big global health initiative. 
·      It’s a Good Investment: The world has invested $9 billion dollars toward polio eradication and an independent study published in the medical journal Vaccine estimates the net economic benefits at US $40 to 50 billion over the next 20 years – a savings that can be put towards fighting other diseases.
 
And the infrastructure for polio immunization also strengthens the systems for other health interventions. Since the global initiative began more than 25 years ago, Rotary and its partners have reduced polio cases by more than 99 percent worldwide.  It has raised more than US $1 billion dollars and committed countless volunteer hours to fight the disease.   Thank you Rotarians for making this happen!!
 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2016-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
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As we begin the fourth quarter of the Rotary year, this would be a good time to check your attendance.  The club has 24 members that achieved perfect attendance last year. 
 
To check your attendance, go to our web site, click on "Member Area" and log on.   Then go to "My Attendance" under "My ClubRunner".  All make-ups through March have been entered.   Let Nate Burnham know if you have some make-ups that have not been entered.
 
How's Your Attendance? Nate Burnham 2016-03-24 05:00:00Z 0
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June 30, 2016 has been selected as the date for the annual meeting and golf outing for the Rotary Club of Ankeny.   More details will be available soon but the plan is for a fun golf outing followed by dinner and the annual meeting which will consist of awards and the passing of the gavel from Damon Miller to Carmen Davis.    Put the date on your calendar and plan to attend
 
Annual Meeting & Golf Outing - June 30th Nate Burnham 2016-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
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The April board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

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

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

 

April Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2016-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
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Carmen Davis attended the PETS, (President Elect Training Session) in Rochester, Minnesota on March 11th and 12th.   Carmen will be the president for the Rotary Club of Ankeny for the 2016-2017 year which will begin on July 1, 2016. 
 
 
Carmen Davis Attends PETS Nate Burnham 2016-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

District Training Assembly for Rotary District 6000 will be held on Saturday, April 16, at the DMACC Newton Conference Center, 602 N. 2nd Avenue West, in Newton with check in starting at 8 am.  This training is the springtime event for all Club Officers (current and incoming), all Club Board members (current and incoming), district committee members and any Rotarian interested in learning more about our wonderful organization.  It is the official District Training session when planning and preparations for the next Rotary year with Rotary leaders from across the District.  There is no charge and dress is business casual. 

 

All club members and officers are welcome to attend this training event, as this training will immensely help clubs during the upcoming Rotary year.  Our District Governor Elect will summarize the Rotary Theme and goals and our District Governor Nominee and District Governor Designee will be introduced.  There will be sessions designed specifically for areas of Club Development.  This is a great opportunity to learn, network and have some fun with your fellow Rotarians from across the District.   Registration is available on the District 6000 web site.

 

District Training Assembly - April 16th Nate Burnham 2016-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
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On March 15th, the speaker at the noon Rotary Club of Ankeny was Kinuka Miwa.  Kinuka is a Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Takaoka, Toyama, Japan that is attending Ankeny Centennial High School this year.
 
Kinuka Presents to Noon Club Nate Burnham 2016-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
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While on a recent trip, Steve Wieneke had the opportunity to attend a Rotary meeting in Destin, Florida.  Upon his return he presented Kristofer Orth, President Elect of the evening club with a banner he exchanged with the Destin club.
 
Wieneke Makes Up in Destin, Florida Nate Burnham 2016-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
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The common perception of the physically disabled throughout Mexico was that they are incapable of being productive members of society.  Unable to work or provide for their families, they face discrimination, must be taken care of, and are kept at home.  But an organization called Autonomy, Liberation Through Movement (ALEM) is working to change all that.  Founded in 2007, ALEM provides vocational training, in such areas as painting, welding and upholstery work.   It encourages and empowers people with motor disabilities to find meaningful employment.  In addition, the group is providing a service that was sorely needed throughout central Mexico:  wheelchair repair.  With the help of the Rotary Club of Cuernavaca-Juarez and the Rotary Club of Paoli-Malvern-Berwyn, Pennsylvania, USA, ALEM has been able to provide low-cost repairs for wheelchair users in their community.   

 

A Rotary Foundation grant is funding a mobile repair clinic that travels to neighboring central Mexican cities.  Local Rotary clubs arrange accommodations, meals, publicity, and a central local location where the ALEM team can set up its mobile repair shop.  ALEM and the Rotary clubs joined efforts and have made a difference in the world of these handicapped people.  This has happened thanks to your donation to The Rotary Foundation.

 

Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2016-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
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The following was received from the staff at On With Life:
 
Dear The Ankeny Rotary, Thank you for selecting On With Life and our therapeutic grounds project as the recipient of your Biker Night raffle!  The funds raised will be very beneficial to our project and we are very grateful for your support!  Thank you!
 
On With Life Thank You Nate Burnham 2016-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
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The following Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in April:
 
16th - Dean Lange
20th - Ron Bode
22nd - Julie Todtz
 
April Rotarain Birthdays Nate Burnham 2016-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
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Assistant District Governor, Tom Downs, has the responsibility at this year's Rotary District Conference for Sgt of Arms duties (basically helping participants in knowing where to go during the conference sessions) and is in need of securing some Rotarians to volunteer to assist him.
 
The volunteers would help with the morning and/or afternoon sessions on Friday and Saturday of the event, April 1st & 2nd, at Des Moines Airport Holiday Inn for approximately a 4 hour time period.  It isn't necessary for volunteers to register for the conference.  If you can help contact Tom at tdownsep@gmail.com or 515-238-2685.
 
Volunteers for District Conference Nate Burnham 2016-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
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We believe all income and expense items have been accounted for and the net income from "Biker Night" is $35,170 which is over $12,340 more than last year.   Thanks again to everyone that helped make our 6th annual fundraiser a great success.
 
$35,170 Net from Biker Night Nate Burnham 2016-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
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The FFA Enrichment Center has been reserved for the 2017 Rotary Club of Ankeny fundraiser.   Mark your calendar to save the date of Saturday, February 25, 2017 for our 7th annual fundraiser and plan to be there.
 
2017 Fundraiser - Save the Date Nate Burnham 2016-03-13 06:00:00Z 0
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The Ankeny Market Pavilion was one of the three recipients of the proceeds from paddle raisers at the Biker Night fundraiser.   Andy Moffit, and Josh Miltenberger of the Ryan Companies and Nick Lenox, Ankeny Parks & Rec attended the noon March 8th meeting to pick up a check in the amount of $1,580.  Also pictured are Rotary Club of Ankeny President Damon Miller, Terry Peter, Dave Mercer, Todd Wehr, and Doug Beech all members of the Rotary AMP committee.
 
AMP Receives Biker Night Donation Nate Burnham 2016-03-13 06:00:00Z 0
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We are pleased to announce that Ben Digmann has agreed to be the club's President fort the 2018-2019 year.   As the President Elect Nominee he will also be responsible for coordinating the speaker schedule for the 2016-2017 year.   Congratulations Ben!
 
Kathy Sibbel has agreed to replace Ben as Co-Chair with Stacey Koeppen on the Membership Committee.  Also, Mike O'Connor has agreed to Co-Chair the Service committee with Luke Nelson next year.   Other committee chairs for 2016-2017 will remain the same.
 
Ben Digmann - 2018-2019 President Elect Nominee Nate Burnham 2016-03-13 06:00:00Z 0
The Urbandale Community Action Network, the Urbandale Lion's Club and the Rotary Club of Northwest Des Moines are partnering to present the Fifth Annual Urbandale Mayor's Bike Ride.   The ride will be held on May 15, 2016 and will explore Urbandale's streets and bike trails.  Proceeds will help provide directional signage ans 911 emergency signage on the Urbandale bike trails to improve safety. Registration is $20 per individual plus $5 for each additional family member.  You may register on line at http://urbandalenetwork.orp/events/ or contact Nate Burnham for a registration form.
 
Fifth Annual Urbandale Mayor's Bike Ride Nate Burnham 2016-03-13 06:00:00Z 0
The following was received from Elizabeth Overberg:
 
Dear Ankeny Rotary,
Thank you so much for the donation of $500.  Thanks to that money I could buy t-shirts for my project and none of the money from the shirt sales had to go to buying more t-shirts, it all could be donated to the P.E.O.P.E.L.P.E.'s overall.  I raised almost $1,900 and sold almost 190 shirts.   Thanks again, Elizabeth Overberg.
 
Thank You Fom Elizabeth Overberg Nate Burnham 2016-03-13 06:00:00Z 0
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In May 2014, the construction of a trade school for plumbers and electricians in the country of Haiti began.  With the help of a Rotary grant from the Rotary Club of South Anne Arundel County in Maryland and additional funding, the school was completed this past fall.  It holds a total capacity of 90 students and enables Haitians to enroll in a two-year program to learn these important trades and skills.  The small businesses and skilled laborers that are created will help Haiti towards a new and hopeful future.  Your contribution to the Rotary Foundation helped make this happen.
 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2016-03-13 06:00:00Z 0
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The Ankeny Rotary Board has approved the application for a new corporate membership from DRC Real Estate Services, 213 N. Ankeny Blvd.   The Primary Designee will be Liz Wilson, Owner.   The Secondary Designees will be Marcia Carr, Office Manager, Jen Schuller, Realtor, and Rick Chesney, Broker. 
 
Comments regarding the proposed application of DRC Real Estate Services may be forwarded to any Board member.
 
Proposed New Corporate Member - DCR Realty Nate Burnham 2016-03-12 06:00:00Z 0
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Ankeny Rotary President Damon Miller presented Mike O'Connor, District Director for the Hawkeye District Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America with a check in the amount of $1,250 for their Club Scout Day Camp.  Also pictured are Rotarians Brad Botos and Tim Cox.
Donation to BSA Completed Nate Burnham 2016-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
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The March board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

When: Thursday, March10th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

 

March Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2016-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in March:
 
7th - Andrew Larson
8th - Craig Block
9th - Trent Murphy
11th - Kendall Sather
12th - Zane Smith
18th - Stacey Koeppen
21st - Troy Boelman
27th - Raj Reddy
 
March Rotarain Birthdays Nate Burnham 2016-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
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District 6000 Rotarians have been given an opportunity to "Be a Gift" to Iowa Public TV by helping with their Annual Fund Raising Festival.  Volunteers will answer phones and accept pledges at the I.P.T.V. Station at 6450 Corporate Drive, Johnston.  Our date is Saturday, March 19 beginning at 5 PM and may go until 11:30 PM.   We will be wearing a Rotary shirt, preferably not white, since we will be seen in the background.  We will be helping a great supporter of Rotary and having fun!  Please go to the Rotary District 6000 web site if you would like to volunteer.
 
Volunteers Needed for IPTV Fundraisisng Nate Burnham 2016-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
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In May 2014, the construction of a trade school for plumbers and electricians in the country of Haiti began.  With the help of a Rotary grant from the Rotary Club of South Anne Arundel County in Maryland and additional funding, the school was completed this past fall.  It holds a total capacity of 90 students and enables Haitians to enroll in a two-year program to learn these important trades and skills.  The small businesses and skilled laborers that are created will help Haiti towards a new and hopeful future.   Your contribution to the Rotary Foundation helped make this happen.
 
 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2016-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
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The preliminary numbers for "Biker Night" are in and they are fantastic!!!!  Income will be approximately $15,730 more than last year.   Thanks to everyone that provided auction items, sold tickets, volunteered, and attended the event.   Special thanks to Tim Cox for doing a great job of emceeing, Pat Timmons for taking pictures, Rich Job for storing the auction items, all the committee chairs including Doug Beech - Lagistics, Teri Crist - Decorations, Shar Dunlap - Tickets, Sally Schroeder - Auction, and Ben Digmann and Luke Nelson for acting as Co-chairs.  Also, a special thanks to Carmen Davis for coordinating our relationship with BidPartners.  Here are the preliminary numbers:
 
                      "Hollywood Night"      "Biker Night"
Ticket sales              $8,925                $11,090
Raffle                        1,090                    1,660
Silent Auction            8,110                   11,895
Live Auction              9,560                   17,385
Desserts                   2,210                     2,415
Paddle Raisers          3,450                      4,630
  Total Income    $33,445                 $49,175
 
Expenses will be higher but we should still net about $35,500 which will be over $13,000 more than last year.   We should have final numbers in a few days.
 
A Record Setting "Biker Night" Nate Burnham 2016-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
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The evening club hosted about 20 individuals and volunteers from Mosaic on January 26th at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for games and snacks.  Mosaic is a faith-based organization serving people with intellectual disabilities in Des Moines.  A thank you note was received from Katie Flippen of Mosaic that stated:
 
Many thanks for hosting us for an evening of dessert & games - but more so for your kindness, partnership and support of Mosaic!  Thank you for your ongoing connection and help in creating full lives for those we serve!  You have a great team and put on a mean game of BINGO!
 
Mosaic Thank You Nate Burnham 2016-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
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Kraig Vry accepted a check at the noon Rotary meeting on February 16th in the amount of $1,000 for the YMCA's annual campaign.   Pictured are President Damon Miller, Kraig Vry, Ankeny YMCA Director, and YMCA Board members and Ankeny Rotarians, Justin Carlton, Stacey Koeppen and Sally Sibbel (In front).
 
Donation Completed to YMCA Nate Burnham 2016-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
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Nate Burnham delivered a check in the amount of $500 to the Iowa Epilepsy Foundation.  This will make the Rotary Club of Ankeny a bronze sponsor for the Iowa Walk for Epilepsy to be held April 30th in the lower level of Jordan Creek mall.  Registration is 8:00 AM with the fun walk beginning at 9:00 AM.    In addition to the fun walk, there will be music by CW Hobbs, face painting, a silent auction, mascots, snacks and a kids area.  Pictured from left to right are Jessica Hunnell, Des Moines Walk Chair, Roxanne Cogil, Director of Iowa Epilepsy Services, Annette Burnham, Walk Committee volunteer, and Nate Burnham, Rotary Club of Ankeny.
 
Check Presented to Epilepsy Foundation Nate Burnham 2016-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
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Through an International District Grant,the South Metro Minneapolis Evening Rotary Club with a membership of twelve was able to purchase musical instruments for an all-female orchestra in Antiqua, Guatemala.  The goal of this project was to draw attention to the issues faced by girls and young women in Guatemala, and to offer solutions that involve active participation by all sectors of society.  Those girls who participate will be trained to become professional musicians and will enable each female member to be more impactful in their Guatemalan society.  Your donation to The Rotary Foundation helped make this happen.  Thank you.
 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2016-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
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During the Board meeting on February 11th, the following donations were approved:
 
Ankeny Family YMCA - $1,000 for their annual campaign
Hawkeye District Mid-Iowa Council BSA - $1,250 for their Club Scout day camp
Iowa Epilepsy Foundation - $500 for a sponsorship for the 2016 Iowa Walk/Run for Epilepsy
 
Board Approves Donations Nate Burnham 2016-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
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A ping pong ball drop will be held during the 2016 District 6000 Conference with DG Loring Miller, DG Elect Chris Knapp and DG Nominee Mike Ruby participating in what should be both a unique and entertaining event.  Numbered balls can be purchased for $5.00 each and will be dropped in mass on Saturday, April 2nd.   Three balls that land within a cup will be declared winners.   First place wins $1,000 cash and 1,000 Paul Harris recognition points, second place wins $500 cash and 500 Paul Harris recognition points, and third place wins $250 cash and 250 Paul Harris recognition points.   The recognition points are only awarded if the winner is registered for the conference.  A sign up sheet will be available for members wishing to purchase a ping pong ball.
 
Ping Pong Ball Drop for ClubFoot Disability Nate Burnham 2016-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Both the noon and evening meetings of the Rotary Club of Ankeny for March 29th is being canceled to allow members to attend the Friday luncheon for the District 6000 Conference.  The conference is being held at the Holiday Inn  - Airport Conference Center in Des Moines.  The featured speaker for the luncheon will be Ann Lee Hussey.  She is a past district Governor and was inflicted with polio as a child. 
 
Early registration for the conference and the luncheon ends on February 29th.  There will be a sign up sheet for those wishing to attend at future meetings.  The club will pay for the lunch for those attending.
 
March 29 Meeting Cancelled Nate Burnham 2016-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
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The 2016 District 6000 conference will be held at the Des Moines Holiday Inn - Airport from Thursday, March 31st through Saturday, April 2nd.  The agenda includes an evening social at the Botanical Center on Thursday, all district luncheon on Friday, and evening ending festivities on Saturday April 2nd. Registration is available on the District 6000 web site.  The discount for early registration will end on February 29th.
 
Early Registration for District Conference Ends February 29th Nate Burnham 2016-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
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Members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny donated ten tickets to On With Life for them to take some of their residents.   While there, they had their picture taken in front of the Rotary logo.   The following thank you message was received from one of those in attendance:
 
Dear Ankeny Rotary Club,  Thank you for the Iowa Energy tickets.  My favorite part was the lemonade chase.  Molly
 
On With Life at Iowa Energy game Nate Burnham 2016-02-10 06:00:00Z 0
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The February board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

When: Thursday, February 11th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

February Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2016-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in February:
 
2nd - Mike Goedeke
5th - Eric Hockenberry
6th - Doug Parker
8th - Terry Peter
11th - Drew Corpstein
26th - Jody Savage
26th - Steve SchraderBachar
 
February Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2016-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation stands at the forefront of humanitarian service, having supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, and provide basic education as well as the historic project dedicated towards the eradication of polio worldwide.   he seed for The Rotary Foundation was planted by Rotary President Arch Klumph at the Atlanta Convention in 1917. From the first gift of $26.50, the Foundation's assets have grown significantly, and more than $3 billion has been spent on programs and projects — transforming millions of lives around the globe.  In a letter to Rotary Club President on February 5, 1929, Arch C. Klumph wrote, “WE SHOULD NOT LIVE FOR OURSELVES ALONE, BUT FOR THE JOY IN DOING GOOD FOR OTHERS."     
 
Thank you for making your contributions to The Rotary Foundation today and in the future.

 

Rotary Foundation Turns 100 in Rotary Year 2016-2017 Nate Burnham 2016-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
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Construction of the first pavilion at the site of the Ankeny Market Pavilion has been completed.  Terry Peter will be giving the club an update on this project during the noon meeting on March 8th.
 
Construction Completed on First AMP Pavilion Nate Burnham 2016-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
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The meal for our fundraiser, "Biker Night" will be served again this year by the Ankeny Prairie Trail HyVee.  The menu will be as follows:
 
Appetizers at Tent Stations - Sausages rolled in mini pancakes, watermelon slices and fruit kabobs, fruit pie, and build your own salad
Buffet - Giant smoked turkey legs, pork chop on a stick, mini corn on the cob, coleslaw, baked beans, and corn bread
Beverages - Water, assorted sodas, lemonade, coffee, wine and beer
 
HyVee will also be providing assorted desserts to be auctioned and dinner for six in your home prepared by their gourmet chef also to be auctioned.  The wine and beer will also be provided by HyVee.
 
"Biker Night" Menu Announced Nate Burnham 2016-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
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Registration is now open for the 2016 Rotary District Conference.  The conference will be March 31- April 2 at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport Conference Center.  Registration is on line at the District 6000 web site or just click on https://www.regonline.com/2016DistrictConference.  Early bird registration is $165 for the entire conference or $195 after February 29, the end of the early bird registration period.  There are also options for attending a portion of the conference.
 
Early Registration for District Conference Now Open Nate Burnham 2016-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
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Jim Tillotson was inducted as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny on January 26th.   Jim is the new President of Faith Baptist Bible College.  He was previously the senior pastor of Meadowlands Baptist Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, from 1997-2015.  Jim and his wife Joan live in Granger.  He was proposed for membership by Del Mohler.
 
Welcome New Member Jim Tillotson Nate Burnham 2016-01-28 06:00:00Z 0
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Elizabeth Overberg and her mother, Katie, attended the noon Rotary meeting on January 26th to receive a check in the amount of $500.   The funds would be used to design and print t-shirts for "Hands Are Made For Helping" to be sold at school events at Centennial, Northview and Prairie Ridge Schools.   The proceeds from the sales will be shared between “People PE” and “Circle of Friends” programs for students with disabilities.   These are outstanding programs that assist moderately and more severely challenged students to fulfill their PE requirements.   The program has received special recognition statewide.  Moreover, through these programs, the student body learns to embrace fellow students who need a little help.  With this donation, 100% of the proceeds fom the sale of the shirts will go to assist these programs.
 
Rotary Donates to Hands Are Made For Helping Nate Burnham 2016-01-27 06:00:00Z 0
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RI President-elect John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17.  Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”
 
2016-2017 Rotary Theme Nate Burnham 2016-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
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During the January 19th meeting, Foundation Chair Steve SchraderBachar presented presented Mark Land with a pin containing one sapphire stone representing that he has reached the level of Paul Harris Fellow plus one.  As is the custon in our club, all members of the club that are Paul Harris Fellows congratulated Mark.

 

Mark Land Becomes PHF Plus One Nate Burnham 2016-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
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Unsold tickets for the eighth annual Rotary Polio Plus / Iowa Energy Basketball game must be turned in next week.   The game will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM against the Canton Charge at Wells Fargo Arena.  Tickets are $16.00 to Rotarians and their friends and the Iowa Energy will give back to our club $8.00 for each ticket we sell to this event.  It will be $2.00 beer night and half time entertainment will be a performance by the Sandou Trio Russian Bar where two men hold a balance beam type board and throw their partner high into the air while she does front and back flips and twists then lands on the board with incredible accuracy.

 

If you would like to support PolioPlus but are unable to attend the game, tickets can be purchased and will be donated to On With Life and Mosaic a faith based organization serving people with intellectual disabilities.  Contact Nate Burnham if you would like to purchase or donate tickets.

 

Final Call for Iowa Energy Tickets Nate Burnham 2016-01