EVENING - BBQ from Boone Rotary Club
May 18, 2021
Amendment to By-Laws Review & Vote
Noon - Tony Dickinson - President of NCMIC
May 18, 2021 12:00 PM
NCMIC / Boys & Girls Club
Evening - TAKE
May 25, 2021
The Ankeny Clothing Exchange
Noon - Lacie Navin - CPD Store
May 25, 2021 12:00 PM
Introducing CBD products to Ankeny
May 25, 2021 6:00 PM
NOON - PDG Jacque Andrew & Bill Koellner
Jun 01, 2021
The impact of The Rotary Foundation Globally & in District 6000 & Recognition of Paul Harris Fellows
EVENING - Club Service Project
Jun 01, 2021 6:00 PM
Agape Garden
Jun 08, 2021 5:00 PM
Uptown Garage Happy Hour 5-7 p.m. - NOON & EVENING Members
EVENING - Club Service Project
Jun 15, 2021 6:00 PM
Food Drive for local Pantry
Jun 22, 2021
Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
Jun 22, 2021 5:30 PM
Ankeny Golf & Country Club
EVENING - Club Assembly
Jun 29, 2021
Discussion of vision and plan for the next Rotary year
District Governor Visit
Oct 19, 2021 12:00 PM
District Governor Visit - Evening
Oct 26, 2021 6:00 PM
Club Information
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Ankeny Golf & Country Club
314 SW Irvinedale Dr.
Ankeny, IA 50023
United States of America
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The June Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held in-person at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
When:  Thursday, June 10th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in June:
6th - Ben Norman
7th - DuWayne McDonald
11th - Noel Fiscus
14th - Sue Gibbons 
15th - Andy Pollack
17th Dave Mercer
20th - Steve Van Oort
21st - Mike Lydon
RYLA 2021 is for high school sophomores and juniors (during the 2020-2021 school year) and will be held July 18-23, 2021 at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  The purpose of RYLA is to assist potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership.  A subtext of the RYLA program is the development of confidence and self esteem.   Many participants have said, "It was the best week of my life."
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has committed to pay the $350 registration fee for up to eight students, but as of May 3rd, five applications have ben received.   We are pleased to announce the deadline for students to submit applications for RYLA has been extended to May 31, 2021.  If you have a child or know of a student that would have an interest in this unique opportunity, please encourage them to complete the application which can be found at - http://www.iowaryla.org/rotarian-resources/rotarian-application-process/   
Questions - contact Ben Digmann, ben@caliberiowa.com 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny donated $4,000 in support of a Rotary Global Grant to provide feminine hygiene kits to women and girls in South Africa.  The Rotary Club of Haenertsburg is the Host Club and is providing the local oversight.  The following thank you letter has ben received from Anne Harman, the Convenor for this project:
"I want to thank The Ankeny Rotary Club for sponsoring the/our Femkit project.  10,000 schoolgirls will be receiving re-usable sanitary towels.  They can be re-used for three years. Many of these school pupils miss up to a week of schooling every month as they are unable to cope with menstruation.  These towels can be re-used for up to three years.  Last year, I did attend a handing out session of these kits.  These were kits made by a church in the USA.  The girls were quite emotional on receiving them.  It means so much to them and will change their lives.
At this stage, the selection of the ladies who are being trained by Blessman International on how to make the kits has almost been completed.  They will then be taught sewing skills as well as other entrepreneurial skills.  They will be guided on how to run a small business.  This is a skill that they can use for the rest of their lives.  Each month, a report of the developments as well as a summary of invoices linked to the budget will be sent to each sponsor.  It is important to us to keep you informed on how the money which you have so generously given, is being used. 
Thank you very much for your sponsorship, as well as your interest in trying to uplift the lives of all 10,000 girls in the Limpopo Province, South Africa.
Yours in Rotary,  Anne Harman, Convenor of the Femkit Project,  Haenertsburg Rotary Club"
The Rotary Club of Boone will be having a fundraiser, "No Dirty Dishes Day Dinner" on May 18, 2021 from 5-7 PM.   It will be a bar-b-que dinner but drive through only.  The adult meal will consist of a smoked pork loin sandwich, pasta salad, fresh fruit, chips and dessert - all for $12.00.    There is no charge for a kids meal which includes a hot dog, chips, fresh fruit, and dessert.   
Eduardo A. Arias M. and Juan A. Arias M., sons of Juan Angel Arias and Patty Munguia, became new Paul Harris Fellows when Juan transferred 1,000 Foundation Recognition points to each of them.  Juan presented the certificate and pin to Eduardo at the Evening Club meeting on April 20th.   Since Juan A. is still in Honduras, Eduardo will deliver the certificate and pin to him when he returns to Honduras. 
Congratulations Eduardo and Juan A. and thank you to Juan and Patty for supporting the Rotary Foundation.
For the second year in a row the Rotary International Convention will be virtual and registration is now open for the 2021 virtual Rotary International Convention which will take place from June 12-16.  The early registration fee of $49 runs through May 7th and increases to $65 after that date.  The 2021  Virtual Rotary Convention is open to all Rotary members and includes access to the virtual House of Friendship.
If you wish to plan ahead, the tentative schedule for future Rotary international conventions is as follows:
2022 - Houston, Texas
2023 - Melbourne, Australia
2024 - Singapore 
3025  -Calgary, Canada
2027 - Honolulu, Hawaii
District Governor, Steve Dakin visited both the noon and evening Ankeny Rotary Clubs on April 27th.   He wanted to thank the club for our support and participation in the District Conference on April 24th.  The Ankeny clubs had 19 members in attendance at the conference and contributed more than any other club in the District towards the PolioPlus campaign and Tom Friedman was one of eleven recipients of the Paul E. Hellwege Guardian of Integrity.   Steve also brought the sign which will be placed on the Sukup Safe T Home to be built in Haiti.  
Jacquelyn Duke proposed Victoria Ogier to membership into the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Her application was approved and she was inducted into the club on April 27th.  Victoria owns a travel agency that specializes in family travel.  She is a former Rotarian having joined the Decatur County, Iowa club in 2007 and later a club in Leavenworth, Kansas. 
Congratulations Victoria and welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!
Allison Ver Steegt was referred to the Rotary Club of Ankeny by her cousin, Sarah Simon, President of the Rotary Club of Winterset.   Allison is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and was inducted into Rotary on April 27th.
Congratulations and welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny, Allison!
Past District Governor Jacque Andrew will be our guest speaker at our Noon Rotary meeting on June 1, 2021.   Jacque is a member of District 6000 Foundation committee and will be presenting a special program on the Rotary Foundation.  This will include the recognition of several new Paul Harris Fellows, members that have recently achieved an additional multiple Paul Harris level and new major Donors.  Plan to attend help show the Club's support of the Rotary Foundation. 
Part of the fun that took place during the "Living the 5-Way Test" Rotary District Conference on April 24th was DG Steve Dakin's offer to allow a representative from the Club that donated the most money to the PolioPlus campaign to throw a pie in his face.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny was the top club with contributions of $6,630.   President Wehr was prepared to throw the pie but Dave Cook, a Boone Rotarian offered to donate an additional $250 to let Steve off the hook and take the pie in his face instead.  After Todd threw the pie, more money was raised for PolioPlus and the Rotary Club of Boone's president threw the pie in Steve's face.
During the "Living the 5-Way Test" District Conference on April 24th, Tom Friedman was named one of eleven Rotarians in District 6000 who were nominated by their clubs to receive the Paul Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award.  This award honors individuals who have made contributions in business, media, academia or government and who have by their actions, writing, 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. 
Tom is a banker who is deeply engaged in his community.  He coaches youth athletic teams, serves on several local and state boards, moderates the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce Committee forum, organizes fundraisers for Special Olympics and service projects for the Ankeny Service Center, and he writes a bi-weekly column entitled "Small Business Today"  about building a culture for employees to create and deliver exceptional service to clients.  His devotion to his community has earned him many honors as Tom "Exemplifies the meaning of the Rotary motto Service Above Self".
Each of the 65 clubs in District 6000 may nominate one member each year to receive the Guardian of Integrity award.   Ankeny is one of only three clubs in the District to have a recipient of this award in each of the past three years. 
Congratulations Tom!
Maternal and Child Health is one of Rotary International's Seven Areas of Focus. The Foundation Minute will begin this month by reminding us all of what the month means.  Rotary International makes high quality healthcare available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.  An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of 5 die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate healthcare, and poor sanitation which are all preventable.
This is where TRF comes in.  As of 2018, the Foundation has spent over $8,000,000 in grants to projects aimed at improving the lives of mothers and children around the globe.  TRF provides education, immunizations, birth kits and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.  Over the past few years, TRF has contributed immensely to the overall healthcare of needy mothers and children from all regions of the planet.  For example, Rotary Clubs in Japan and Brazil used a RF Global Grant to fund a lifesaving neonatal equipment.  Not only that, in Poland, 26 children traumatized by violence got a chance to be kids again at a Rotary Camp where psychologists “mixed escape and therapy”.  Generally, Rotary, through TRF, funds programs that improve women’s access to skilled health personnel: doctors, nurses, midwives or community healthcare workers.
Special guests attending the Rotary Club of Ankeny's meetings last month included:
4/6 - Dean Hemphill, Speaker
4/6 - Sheri Hemphill, Speaker
4/6 - Angelina Hemphill, Speaker
4/6 - Domonic Hemphill, Speaker
4/6 - Todd Jacobus, BSA, guest of Todd Eipperle
4/6 - Allison Ver Steegt, Edward Jones, Prospective New Member
4/6 - Shannon Magner, guest of Jeff Magner
4/6 - Susan Orth, guest of Kristofer Orth
4/6 - Eddie Arias, guest of Juan & Patty Arias
4/6 - Aiden Orth, guest of Kristofer Orth
4/6 - Maya  Duke, guest of Jacquelyn Duke  
4/13 - Cooper Rinehart, guest of Jessica Rinehart
4/13 - Jessica Rinehart, Speaker
4/13 - Allison Ver Steegt, Edward Jones, Prospective New Member
4/13 - Katrina Burns, guest of TJ Burns
4/20 - Daniel Lopez, Lopez Ministries, Speaker, Evening
4/20 - Molly Lopez, Lopez Ministries, Evening
4/20 - Eddie Arias, guest of Juan & Patty Arias, Evening
4/20 - Victoria Ogier, prospective new member, Evening
4/20 - Daniel Beitelspacher, guest of Steve Wieneke, Evening
4/20 - Maya Duke, guest of Jacquelyn Duke, Evening
4/20 - Stella Ogier, guest of Victoria Ogier, Evening
4/27 - Steve Dakin, District Governor
4/27 - Anna Bernard, guest of Sally Schroeder
4/27 - Ken Butters, guest of Jim Blessman
4/27 - Stacy Martin, Speaker
4/27 - Elisha Doss, Speaker
4/27 - Jonathan Cerna, Speaker, Evening
4/27 - Maya Duke, guest of Jacquelyn Duke, Evening
4/27 - Savannah Potts, guest of Renee and Darius Potts, Evening
4/27 - Steve Dakin, District Governor, Evening
4/27 - Laurie Matthews, Evening
4/27 - Ron Matthews, prospective new member, Evening
5/4 - Cody Gebauer, ALI, Speaker
5/4 - Aimee Grahm, ALI, Speaker
5/4 - Dustin Blessman, guest of Doc Blessman
5/4 - Chris Anderson, YESS, Speaker, Eveninig
5/4 - Zach Rus, YESS, Speaker, Evening
5/11 -  Laurie Matthews, Evening
5/11 - Ron Matthews, prospective new member, Evening
5/11 - Annette Burnham, guest of Nate Burnham
5/11 - Julie Eipperle, guest of Todd Eipperle
5/11 - Danny Nance - guest of Shar Dunlap
5/11 - Daniel Beitelspacher, guest of Steve Wieneke, Evening
5/11 - Susan Orth, guest of Kristofer Orth
Noon club President, Todd Wehr, attended the Evening club social at Mistress Brewing on April 6th.   While there, he presented Juan Arias with a certificate naming his the Ankeny "Rotarian of the Month" for April.  This is in recognition of not only his leadership as the Evening club President, and helping with the technology for the noon club, but also for stepping up to assume the role of Assistant District Governor when Corinne Lambert became ill.   Congratulations and thank you Juan!!   
The 2021 annual meeting and awards banquet for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held on the evening of Tuesday,  June 22nd at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club.  The evening will begin at 5:30 with a social hour including drinks and appetizers and the meal will be served at 6:30 and the meeting will begin at approximately 7:30 PM.  More information will be provided soon but mark your calendar and plan to attend.  The evening will include "Perfect Attendance Awards", the naming of the "New Member of the Year" and "Rotarian of the Year" and the "Passing of the Gavel" to next year's president for both the Noon and Evening clubs.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be hosting a social on May 24th for prospective new members.  It will be held at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club beginning at 6:00 PM.  All members are encouraged to invite a friend, neighbor, business associate, or anyone they think will make a good addition to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.   There will be appetizers and drinks provided.
The Club's Board has approved donating 500 Paul Harris recognition points to any current member that proposes a new member that ultimately joins either the noon or evening club.   
Please let Sally Schroeder, ssschroeder@dmacc.edu, know if you will be attending and how many prospective new members you will be bringing.
The May Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held in-person at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.  A Zoom link will also be provided for those who would like to attend but are not as yet comfortable with an in-person meeting. 
When:  Thursday, May 13th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
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