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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!
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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Steve SchraderBachar recognized several new and multiple Paul Harris fellows during the Annual Awards and Recognition banquet on June 21st.  The recipients included; Brian Tiernan - PHF, Heidi Kramer - PHF, John Biga - PHF, Brodey Hanson - PHF, Laura Luetje - PHF+2, Steve Wieneke - PHF+4, and Tim Hawkins - PHF+6.    Congratulations Paul Harris Fellow and thank you for supporting the Rotary Foundation.
 
During the 2022 Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet, the Club recognized two Outstanding New Members.  They were John Biga for the Evening group and Heidi Kramer for the noon group.  Both have been served on several committees and have been willing workers.  Congratulations Heidi and John!
  
Todd Eipperle the "2021 Ankeny Rotarian of the Year" had the honor of introducing Kristofer Orth as the Club's "2022 Ankeny Rotarian of the Year".  Kristofer joined the satellite club as one of the original members in 2004.   He served as their President for its first five years and has had perfect attendance for all nine years since he joined the Club.   He is always one of the first to volunteer to serve in whatever way he can.
  
Congratulations Kristofer!!
The July Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
 
When:  Thursday, July 14th
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 Rotarains will celebrate birthdays in July:
 
1st - Justin Morgan
3rd - Brad Botos
7th - Marie Kading
9th - Jim Ramsey
10th - Allison Ver Steegt
19th - Jason Gassman
22nd - Gerry Bair
23rd - Todd Eipperle
25th - Shannon Maher
27th - Victoria Ogier
The Rotary Club of Ankeny's Evening Group met at Mistress Brewing Tuesday, May 3, 2022.  The group conducted a drive for Cornerstone Counseling.  Diapers, wet wipes, art supplies, etc. were collected for the center.
 
 
Matthew Joseph Niewoehner was born on April 10th and weighed in at 9 pounds 11 ounces.   This is the third child for Jordan and Erica Niewoehner.   President Eipperle presented Jordan with a gift from the club at the noon meeting on May 24th.  The gift included two children's books and a onesie that had "Future Rotarian" on it.  Congratulations Jordan and Erica!
 
  
A fundraising event to support the Mid-Iowa Council, Boy Scouts of America will be held at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club on WednesdayJune 8th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.   The cost is $75 per person with 100% of the proceeds being used for local scholarships and programs for local Scouting Youth.  There will be plenty of bourbons, whiskeys, and moonshines to sample, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a prize for the best bowtie, and various auction items including a wheel barrel of whiskey.   Advance registration is available at www.scoutingiowa.org/bourbonbowties. or just come that night and pay at the door.  Contact Todd Eipperle at todd.eipperle@scouting.org with any questions.
 
Three students each received a Rotary Club of Ankeny Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 during Senior Spotlight Night in May.  President Todd Eipperle attended the presentations at Ankeny Centennial High School and Doug Beech, Community Service Chair, attended the presentations at Ankeny High school to represent the Club.   The recipients were:
 
Madison Carleton, Ankeny Centennial - Madison will be attending the University of Northern Iowa this fall and will be majoring in Science, Math & Technology.
Abby Mayo, Ankeny Centennial - Abby will be attending Des Moines Area Community College and will be majoring in Performing Arts.
Clara Freese, Ankeny High - Clara will be attending the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and will be majoring in Science, Math, & Technology.
 
Dollars for Scholars has presented scholarships to Ankeny students in every year since 1984 when 13 scholarships were given totaling $3,250.   Two of these scholarships were from the Rotary Club of Ankeny in the amount of $300 each.  This year, 139 students received scholarships totaling $90,750.   This makes 3,388 scholarships issued in the past 39 years totaling $1,449,287 through Dollars for Scholars.
2nd - Joe Ruddy
6th - Ben Norman
7th - DuWayne McDaniel
8th - Xena Jolly
11th - Noel Fiscus
12th - Heather Schmidt
14th - Sue Gibbons
15th - Andy Pollock
17th - Dave Mercer
20th - Steve Van Oort
21st - Mike Lydon
The June Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
 
When:  Thursday, June 9th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome, and it counts as a make-up!
The "2022 Ankeny Rotary Annual Recognition Banquet" for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held on Tuesday evening of June 21, 2022 at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club.  The evening will begin at 5:30 PM with a social hour including drinks and appetizers and the meal, will be served at 6:15.  The program will begin at approximately 7:00 PM and will include some Paul Harris presentations, perfect attendance awards, the naming of the "Outstanding New Members 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. 
 
Plan to attend, bring your spouse or a guest, and celebrate all the accomplishments of the club during the past year.  Registration is now open.   If you have not as yet registered, please do so by responding to the invitation each member has received by email.  We need to provide the AG&CC with a meal count by June 10th.  When registering, under comments, please indicate your choice of entree, top sirloin, salmon, or chicken Parmesan, or if you have any special dietary needs.  Also, when registering a guest, you will need to enter an email address for them and don't forget to click on "Save" after entering their information.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has reserved three sky boxes to enjoy watching the Iowa Cubs play the Buffalo Bisons on Tuesday, July 12th.  The gates will open at 5:00 PM and the game time is 6:08 PM.   The Club will be providing hors d’oeuvres.  Drinks and other items will be available for purchase.  Bring the entire family.  Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth, age 17 and under.  
 
Sign up at a meeting or contact Todd Eipperle, 515-250-5539 or todd.eipperle@scouting.org by June 9th to reserve your seat.   Also, contact Todd if you would like to throw out the “First Pitch” for a $100 donation to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!
During the May Board meeting, President Eipperle, recognized Jacquelyn Duke as the Rotarian of the month for May.  This is in recognition of her leadership of the Evening Group this past year plus her coordinating the collection of sewing machines for Afghan refugees, traveling to Kentucky to assist with clean-up from the spring tornados, and numerous other activities.  Congratulations Jacquelyn!
The following new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on May 3rd:
 
Kelly Lally is a Chiropractor and works at The Health Clinic, P.C. in Ankeny.  She is a former member of the LakeView- Chicago, Illinois Rotary Club. 
 
Joe Ruddy is a Commodity Broker with Market Wise Ag Services.   He also serves on the Ankeny School Foundation and the Ankeny City Council.  He was proposed for membership by Laura Luetje.
 
Brandon Converse is transferring his membership from the Rotary Club of West Des Moines to Ankeny.   Brandon is a Loan Officer with Luana Savings Bank in Polk City.  He is currently the President of the Polk City Chamber of Commerce and is also on the Board of the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce.  He was proposed for membership by Brian Tiernan.
 
Congratulations and welcome Kelly, Joe, and Brandon!!
Ankeny Rotarian, Laura Luetje, was honored to be recognized as one of eight Rotarians in District 6000 to be named a "Paul Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award Recipient" at the All-Iowa District Conference on April 24th.  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.   Laura was unable to attend the conference, but President Todd Eipperle presented her with the certificate at the noon meeting on May 3rd.  
 
Congratulations Laura!
The Rotary Club of Ankeny is now 7 months from completing 50 years of service to the Ankeny Community and will be celebrating with a gala on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at the FFA Enrichment Center.  Here is a moment from the history of Rotary and the Rotary Club of Ankeny:
 
During the first year of the Rotary Club of Ankeny, the Club charged an initiation fee for new members of $30.  The Club kept $20 in their treasury and $10 was sent to Rotary International.  They also charged $2.20 per meeting for meals which also covered District dues.  Visiting Rotarians were charged $2.50 for lunch.   In 1975, district dues went up by $1.00 for the year, so the Club increased the meal charge by $.05 to $2.25.   This covered the cost of the meal which was $1.80 and $.45 was for the District Dues.  
 
In 1981, dues were set at $65 per quarter which was an increase from $52 per quarter.  By 1983, dues had been raised to $125 per quarter and then to $150 per quarter in 2004.  The last change in dues came on January 1, 2011 when dues were increased to the current $175 per quarter for Active members.  Dues for Evening Club members is currently $60 per quarter but does not include any meals.
 
Dave Cook, Rotary Club of Boone, was selected by the District 6000 Nominating Team to be District Governor 2024-25. The announcement was made at the District Annual Meeting held April 2.  Dave is currently serving as one of our District Membership Action Team Co-Chairs and is active in his Rotary club and community.  Dave and his wife Lisa, make their home in Boone.  Congratulations Dave!!
Ankeny's Summerfest Celebration will return will a full slate of activities in 2022!   This includes the Parade which will require volunteers from the Club.
 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has assumed the responsibility for the parade staging every year since at least 1994, with the exception of 2020 & 2021 when there was no parade.  The Chamber is asking our Club to assume this responsibility again this year and has agreed to donate $750 to our Club for our services.  This is an activity that both the Noon and Evening groups will work together on and will require a total of approximately 30 volunteers to meet at 6:00 AM at the staging area the morning of the parade.   Coffee and donuts will be provided.  Rich Bergez has attended the initial planning meeting on behalf of the club.  Volunteers will have the opportunity to sign up in the next few weeks but for now put Saturday July 9th on your calendar and plan to help.
   
 
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