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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Ankeny Golf & Country Club
314 SW Irvinedale Dr.
Ankeny, IA  50023
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The Board has approved an application for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny from Laura Meeker.  Laura is currently a member of the Rotary Club of West Des Moines and would like to transfer her membership to Ankeny.   She is the Regional Branch Manager for the University of Iowa Community Credit that recently opened in Ankeny at 2610 SW White Birch Rd.  
Comments regarding Laura's proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board Member.
Two new Secondary Designees for corporate member, The Bridges at Ankeny were inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on September 18th.  They were: Kris baker, Community Relations Director and Brodey Hanson, Administrator.    Doug Johnson will continue as the Primary Designee. 
A vote was taken at the noon Rotary meeting on September 18th to decide the theme for the 2019 fundraiser.  "Casino Night" received the most votes and will be this year's theme.   It is anticipated there will be a number of casino type games to play.  Any suggestions for these games should be directed to co-chairs Laura Leutje or Stacey Koeppen.
Through academic training, study and practice, The Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who become catalysts, for peace and conflict prevention and resolution in their communities and around the globe.  Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are chosen to participate in a master’s degree (lasting 2 years) program or a certificate program (lasting 3 months) at one of our partner universities.  Fellows study subjects related to the root causes of conflict and explore innovative solutions that address real-world needs.  As of 2016-17, there were 1247 Rotary Peace Fellows working around the world.  Peace centers can be found in Bangkok, North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tokyo, England, Australia and Sweden. 
Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you!
the 6th annual Rotary Foundation  Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 3rd at the Sheraton in West Des Moines from 6:00 - 9:00 PM.  The keynote speaker will be Carl Chinnery, a polio survivor and Past District Governor of District 6040.  We will join in Rotary Fellowship and "Be the Inspiration" through the Rotary Foundation!  Registration will open on October 1st.
Former Iowa Hawkeye quarterback Chuck Long is scheduled to speak to the noon Rotary Club of Ankeny on October 8th.  Chuck is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and played professionally in the NFL for the Detroit Lions and Los Angles Rams.  After his professional career, he served as an assistant coach at Iowa and Oklahoma and head football coach at San Diego State.  Long is the CEO and Executive Director of the Iowa Sports Foundation, the organization that runs the Iowa Games, the Senior Games and the Live Healthy Iowa challenge. 
Chuck will be talking about his recently published biography “Destined for Greatness – The Story of Chuck Long and Resurgence of Iowa Hawkeyes Football.”  It relives his life and career as one of the Hawkeyes' greatest players and the resurgence of Iowa football under Coach Hayden Fry.  The book also includes perspectives from Fry, Kirk Ferentz, Hap Peterson, Mark Vlasic and Jonathan Hayes and their reflections on a variety of topics including the farm depression that impacted Iowa in the 1980s.  Chuck plans to share his memories of taking a snap in a record five college bowl games, claiming a last-second win over No. 2 Michigan in 1985, finishing runner-up to Bo Jackson for the 1985 Heisman Trophy and being selected in the first round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. This would be a great opportunity to invite a guest and prospective new members to attend a Rotary meeting!!
At their meeting on September 13th, the Board approved a donation to Meals From the Heartland in the amount of $100.  This donation is to help pay for the cost of the food ingredients, packaging, and transportation costs for the meals the Evening club packaged on August 23rd. That evening they packaged 756 bags.  Each bag will provide 6 meals which equals a total of 4,536 meals packaged by Rotarians and guests.. 
The meals that are packaged contains rice, soy protein, minerals, and dried vegetables including carrots, onions, tomatoes, celery, cabbage, and bell peppers.  The packages are distributed globally, most commonly to orphanages and schools.  Oftentimes, children in developing areas will only eat one meal a day and when these meals are distributed at schools it ensures they get nutrition and an education.  The cost of each package is $1.20 which equals $.20 per meal.  A total of 3,626,208 meals were packaged during the 4-day period of Meals From the Heartlands 11th annual hunger fight.
A few years ago the club acquired about 25,000 small solar powered calculators from past District Governor John Ockenfelds.  These calculators were destined to be trashed if Gary Welch had not said our club would take them.   For the past 3 years, we have been giving a calculator with each dictionary that we distributed annually to 4th graders.  A few of the calculators found there way to Cozumel with Dean Lange and others some have been donated to churches for mission trips to Africa but we still have over 14,000 in storage in a warehouse being provided by CJM Financial.  
The club has now been contacted by a representative of Samaritan's Purse about our club donating some or all of the remaining calculators to their organization.  Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to victims of war, natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty, and persecution in more than 100 countries.  They are headquartered in Boone North Carolina with affiliate offices in Canada, the United kingdom, Germany, and Australia as well as field offices in 16 developing countries.  Their President and CEO is Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham.  
Samaritan's Purse has a project, Operation Christmas Child, that collects gift wrapped shoeboxes filled with gifts such as school supplies, hygiene items, and fun toys and delivers them to children in need around the world.  For many of these children the gift filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.  We believe a small solar powered calculator will make a great addition to the gifts in the shoeboxes.  At their September meeting, the Board for the Rotary Club of Ankeny agreed to donate all remaining calculators to this project.  A local volunteer from Operation Christmas Child will be the speaker at our noon meeting on September 25th to provide us with more information regarding this project.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has distributed dictionaries to Ankeny 4th graders in each of the past 12 years.  This has amounted to a total of 9,912 dictionaries. This service project has been one of the club's most popular activities with great participation from members to help facilitate the distribution and the dictionaries have always been well received by the students and their teachers.  However, we now understand each Ankeny 4th and 5th grader has received a Chromebook which would mean the dictionaries would be used very little.  The Board has, therefore, decided to discontinue distributing dictionaries to Ankeny 4th graders.  
During the meeting on September 4th, President Ben Digmann named Carmen Davis the "Rotarian of the Month" for September.  This was in recognition of her coordinating the volunteers for the parade set up at Summerfest.
Lowell Vine took the opportunity to attend the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club in Estes Park, Colorado while traveling recently.   On September 1st, he presented a banner that club gave him in exchange for a banner from the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
Our club has a supply of banners that are available for any member to take when they are traveling and planning to attend a meeting of another Rotary Club.  Just ask Nate or Ben for a banner before you leave and they will get one for you.
The Rotary Foundation has a unique funding cycle that utilizes contributions for programs three years after they are received.  The three-year cycle gives districts time for program planning and participant selection, and allows The Rotary Foundation to invest the contributions.  The earnings from those investments help pay the Foundation's administration, program operations, and fund development costs.  At the end of the three year period - say in 2021-22, 1/2 of district's contribution made in Rotary year 2018-19 is returned to the district for district projects while the other half is placed in the World Fund which is used to match project expenses and support the fight to eradicate polio.
This approach of using donations wisely has won a four star rating from Charity Navigator for many years.  Please consider supporting The Rotary Foundation now and get involved in planning future projects.  Thank you.
The Board has approved a request from The Bridges at Ankeny to add Kristina Baker and Brodey Hanson as Secondary Designees to their corporate membership in the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  The original Secondary Designees are no longer employees of The Bridges and have terminated as members of Rotary.  Doug Johnson will continue as the Primary Designee.  Kristina is the Community Relations Director and Brodey is the Administrator. 
Comments regarding Kristina and Brodey's proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board Member.
Members of the Evening Club, along with some guests, participated in the packaging of meals for Meals from the Heartland at HyVee Hall on August 30th.  A total of 21 cases, 756 meals were packed during their 2-hour shift.

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

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

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

About one year ago the Rotary Club of Ankeny agreed to participate with other Rotary Clubs in a Rotary Global Grant for the Blessman International.   The grant will fund a project called "Teach a Man to Fish".  A total of $10,000 was committed with $4,00 being disbursed last year and $2,000 disbursed this year and the next two years.  Dr. James Blessman, founder of Blessman International was the guest speaker at the noon meeting on August 28th and provided an update on this project and other activities of Blessman Ministries in South Africa.  He will also be the speaker for the evening club on September 25th.
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in September:
7th - Teri Crist
7th - Tom Friedman
7th - Mark Martin
8th - Kent Patterson
9th - Jacquelyn Duke
13th - Adam Boeding
16th - Todd Wehr
20th - Kevin Brooks
20th - Lewis Todtz
25th - Jim Hudson
Two new exchange student from Kopan, Mexico arrived in Ankeny on August 15th and attended their first Rotary meeting on August 21st.  They are Jesus Esteban Rojas and Sorio Portillo Haaks.
Vicki Engh Executive Director for the New Horizon Adult Day Center was attended the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny and accepted a check from the club for a Sponsorship to the annul golf fundraiser in the amount of $1,000.
President Digmann named Tom Friedman "Member of the Month" for August 2018.   This is in recognition of all the work he did to organize and complete the golf ball drop during Summerfest.  This project resulted in $5,315 being raised to benefit the Ankeny Service Center and the Rotary Club of Ankeny. 
"Evening" - Dr. Jim Blessman
Sep 25, 2018
Blessman Ministeries
Heather Rowley
Sep 25, 2018
"Operation Christmas Child", Samaritan's Purse International Relief
"Evening" - Sheryl Dale
Oct 02, 2018
Terrace Elementary Information Literacy
Matt Frandsen
Oct 02, 2018
Keen Project Solutions
"Evening" - Social
Oct 09, 2018
Chuck Long
Oct 09, 2018
“Destined for Greatness" – The Story of Chuck Long and the Resurgence of Iowa Hawkeyes Football.
Matthew Voohees
Oct 16, 2018
YSS Residential
Jody Jenner
Oct 23, 2018
Broadlawns Medical Center
Nate Burk
Oct 30, 2018
Miracle Travel Works
Chris Knapp, Rotary District 6000 Foundation Chair
Nov 13, 2018
The Rotary Foundation
Aaron Houng
Nov 27, 2018
Exchange to France last year
Dec 11, 2018
Christmas Party
Dec 25, 2018
Jan 01, 2019