Greeter/Sheriff Schedule
7/7 - Doug Beech
7/14 - Julie Todtz
7/21 - Lewis Todtz
7/28 - Brian Tiernan
8/4 - Ron Bode
8/11 - Kevin Brooks
8/18 - Justin Carlton
8/25 - Mary Cochran
NOON - Club Assembly
Jul 14, 2020
EVENING - Operation Head Start
Jul 14, 2020 6:00 PM
Assemle literacy kits for kids
NOON: - Sally Schroeder, Speaker - Callista Gould
Jul 21, 2020
Online Networking That's Personal and Profitable
EVENING - Social - Noel Fiscus
Jul 21, 2020 6:00 PM
NOON - Chris Knapp, District 6000 Foundation Chair
Jul 28, 2020
The Rotary Foundation
EVENING - Chris Knapp, District Foundation Chair
Jul 28, 2020
The Rotary Foundation
EVENING - Video Training
Aug 04, 2020 6:00 PM
EVENING - Juan Arias
Aug 18, 2020 6:00 PM
Honduras COVID-19 Project
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
Home Page Stories
The club's "Annual Meeting and Awards Night" held on June 30th at the AG&CC concluded with the Rich Job turning over the leadership of the club to Todd Wehr.  After being sworn in, Todd presented Rich with a golden gavel as a token of the club's appreciation for his leadership during the past year.  Thank you Rich and good luck to Todd as we look forward to his leadership in the 2020-2021 year.
A District 6000 gavel passing, which was to be held during the District Conference, was held virtually on June 26th.  Rich Job, President of the Noon Club, Todd Wehr, President Elect of the noon club, and Steve Wieneke, President of the Evening Club gathered at home of Juan Arias, President Elect of the Evening Club to participate in the gavel passing ceremony.  They were joined by approximately 175 District 6000 Rotarians.  After a brief program, gavels were passed and the incoming Presidents were sworn in.   Also present at Juan's house were Brenda Powell, Cindy Wehr, and Patty Munguia.
Juan Arias was named the "New Ankeny Rotarian of the Year" during the "Annual Meeting and Awards Night" on June 30th.   Although Juan is no stranger to Rotary, having been a Rotarian in Honduras since 1994, he has made a significant impact on the Rotary Club of Ankeny since he transferred his membership in 2018.  Since then he maintained perfect attendance, completed session 3 of the Rotary Leadership Institute and graduated from this program, attended RLI facilitator training, volunteered to serve on the District RLI committee, assisted with set up and tear down of meeting equipment and paraphernalia, participated in nearly all evening club service projects, including the clean up and replanting of the Band Shell flower beds, and coordinated and conducted weekly virtual meetings.  In addition, Juan was elected by Evening Club members to serve as President for 2020-2021 year and in that capacity attended PETS in Rochester earlier this year.
In addition to a plaque, the club made a donation to the Rotary Foundation in Juan's name to elevate him to the Paul Harris Fellow+4 recognition level.  Congratulations Juan!!
The following message has been received from 2019-2020 District Governor Erna Morain:
Thank you to everyone who attended the first virtual District 6000 Historic Gavel passing event on June 26th.  What a great way to celebrate the success of the 2019-2020 Presidents and their clubs and a great send off for 2020-2021Governor Steve Dakin and his great team of Presidents.  If you missed the celebration, or if you want to see it again, just click on this 52 minute recording.

OOPS, in my haste to publish our last and final edition of the RD6000 NEWS, I failed to include the link to the "In Memoriam" honoring those District Rotarians who passed away during this Rotary year.  Sorry for the omission, I am including it here.

Greetings,  Erna

District 6000 has announced the names of nine Rotarians who were nominated by their clubs to receive the Paul Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award.  These individuals were to be recognized during the District 6000 Conference however the pandemic got in the way.  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. 
The recipients included Jim Ramsey from the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Jim is a former bank examiner and currently Vice-President of Commercial Lending at a West Des Moines bank, so he is a prime candidate to be the treasurer of an organization.  It's a position he has filled for nine years for the Rotary Club of Ankeny and also for The Morning Club, Des Moines's oldest breakfast club.  But his life is not all numbers.  It's also people!  Jim serves breakfast twice weekly to 800 homeless folks, sings in his church choir, is a consummate Rotary volunteer, and "an active contributing donor" for the Blood Center of Iowa where he has donated 9 gallons of blood to save people's lives.
Congratulations Jim!
The Rotary "Presidential Citation" recognizes Rotary clubs that support Rotary's strategic priorities by completing certain activities during the year.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny received a Presidential Citation for the 2018-2019 year when Ben Digmann was the president.  This marks the fourth consecutive year that Ankeny has received this honor.  Of the 65 clubs in District 6000, the Rotary Club of Ankeny is the only club in the district to have received this honor in each of the past four years.
Here is another thank you from a Rotary Dollars for Scholars winner.
Hi Rotary Club!  Thank you so much for choosing me for your scholarship!  I am incredibly grateful for your support!  I plan to attend Central College in pursuit of a degree in Elementary Education I.  However, this fall I have decided to go on a nine-month gap year mission trip across the world serving and helping others.  I will be going to Swaziland, Ethiopia, Cambodia, and South Africa in those nine months.  I am so excited to be able to help in other nations and connect with the people I meet.  When I get back, I plan to pursue my education at Central in hopes of working with young students in my career.  Ever since our family adopted my little brother from Ethiopia, Africa, I have found tremendous joy in spending time with him.  This encouraged me to get involved in other opportunities working with kids, and I have enjoyed every minute of them.  I love to be able to support young students as they grow in their knowledge and to be a positive role model.  Your donation is much appreciated in pursuing this passion and I thank you again for your generous support!   
Sincerely, Samson, Densmore (Son of Ankeny Rotarian Mark Densmore)
Central Bank was inducted as a new corporate member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny on June 2, 2020.  Current member Rotarian, Damon Miller, Senior VP, will be the Primary Designee and Jeff Damman, Senior VP, another current member of the club who recently began working with the bank, will be a Secondary Designee.   Jordan Niewoehner, Junior Lender, and Katelyn Mateer, Talent Development Specialist, will be additional Secondary Designees.   Congratulations to Central Bank and welcome Jordan and Katelyn!
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in July:
1st - Justin Morgan
3rd - Brad Botos
9th - Jim Ramsey
18th - Rachel Panzi
19th - Jason Gassman
22nd - Gerry Bair
23rd - Todd Eipperle
25th - Shannon Maher
During the meeting on June 11th, the Rotary Club of Ankeny Board approved several donation requests.  They included:
Mid-Iowa Council BSA - $1,500 - Due to the pandemic, the Boy Scouts have had difficulty with their usual fundraising and are selling hand sanitizer to raise funds.  Each case contains 28 bottles and costs $150.  Ten cases will be purchased and one case donated to the each food bank and assisted living facilities in Ankeny and On-With-Life.  
Ankeny 2gether -  The Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce started a campaign, Ankeny 2gether to support local businesses that may be experiencing hardships as a result of the pandemic.   The committee has raised over $11,000 through sales of t-shirts and private donations.  Fourteen businesses have received grants from this project but the need continues.  The Ankeny Chamber makes the award and determination of those eligible.  The Board approved a donation of $2,500 for this project and a separate donation to go specifically to On-With-Life.
ECD Sanitation - $1,000 - In South Africa there have been eight news reports in the past three years of a small child falling into a pit toilet and drowning in human waste.  The club agreed last month to be the US host for a Rotary Global Grant to construct about 40 new Enviro Loo waterless toilets to replace some of these old pit toilets at Early Childhood Development centers in the Limpopo province of South Africa.  Blessman International will do the site selection and oversee cthe construction of the toilets..  Most of the funds  for this project will be donated to the Rotary Club of Ankeny by a major donor and the club will in turn forward these funds to RI for this grant.  $23,288 will come from District 6000 Designated Funds and approximately $61,000 from Rotary International and $3,750 from the local host club, the Rotary Club of Polokwane, South Africa.  The total grant is in the amount of $200,000.
Rotary District 6000 Governor, Erna Morain, has confirmed the District's RI Disaster Grant application in the amount of $25,000 for Food and Nutrition items has been approved by the Rotary Foundation.  The funds will be funneled through the Food Bank of Iowa and its sister organizations, HACAP and River Bend Food Bank to insure that all communities in the district where our clubs are located will receive an equitable portion of the food purchased by the grant. 
In addition, District 6000 clubs and embers contributed over $39,000 in cash to the District Humanitarian and Educational Foundation after DG Morain put out the plea a few weeks ago.   Another $32,000 came from the District's unused DDF funds from the 2019-2020 year and clubs, contributed about $50,000 to their local food pantries and spent a great number of hours handling and distributing the supplies in their own communities.  In total, with the grant, nearly $150,000 was provided to the food banks.  Since the food bank network can generate four meals for every dollar donated, District 6000 Rotarians will be providing over 500,000 meals for Iowans in need in Iowa due to the pandemic.

Thanks to all Rotarians that contributed to make this possible.   District 6000 really does believe in "Service Above Self".

District Governor, Erna Morain, has announced the Rotary Club of Denison is officially now a part of District 6000 and has become the 66th club in our District.  The Rotary International Board did approve the boundary line shift with the adjoining District 5610 to the Northwest of District 6000.  This places Denison within the boundaries of our District.  This was done at the request of the Denison club and will become effective on July 1, 2020.
We are hopeful the club can hold it's annual meeting and awards banquet on June 30 at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club.  Their restaurant is open but, unless guidelines are revised, there could be a limit on the number of guests they can serve.  There are also still concerns regarding the meeting as a larger group.  Other possibilities are to have the meeting using Zoom or postponing the meeting until a later date.  A final decision regarding the annual meeting can hopefully be made during the Board meeting on June 11th.

Both the noon and evening Rotary Clubs of Ankeny have been meeting virtually since March 10, 2020.  The first in-person noon meeting was held at the AG&CC on June 23, 2020.   This means there were 14 Tuesday luncheons missed.  The dues for noon Active and Corporate members include a meal charge of approximately $130 per quarter or $10 per meal.  During their meeting on June 11th, the Board approved offering each Active and Corporate member the option of choosing one of the following:

  • To receive a credit of up to $140 to be applied to their next quarterly invoice to be sent in early July OR
  • Allow this $140 to be considered a donation to the club and receive no credit adjustment on their July invoice.

If you wish to receive this credit, you must email or call Nate Burnham, at, or 515-238-6589, to confirm that you wish to receive the credit adjustment and the amount you wish to receive.  You can request any amount up to $140.  If we do not hear from you prior to our sending out the July invoices, we will assume you do not wish to receive any credit.

Note – Since there is no meal charge included in the dues for Evening club, Honorary, On Leave, or Senior Active members, there is no adjustment being offered on their invoices.

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