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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!

Ankeny

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Ankeny Golf & Country Club
314 SW Irvinedale Dr.
Ankeny, IA 50023
United States of America
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Cabaret Sports Bar & Grill at 2785 N. Ankeny Blvd. has agree to donate $2 of each "Fish & Chips" they sell on Fridays.   On March 20th, the first Friday they hosted this event, they sold 73 which resulted in a $146 for Rotary.  Plus the owner matched this amount which resulted in a total donation of $292 for Rotary.  The club has agreed these funds will be in turn be donated to the Ankeny Service Center.  After Easter and through June 30th, Cabaret plans to donate $2 of each Hamburger basket to The Rotary Club of Ankeny.   Thank you Cabaret for supporting Rotary and the organizations we support.
In light of the current circumstances, we unfortunately are unable to hold our “Raise the Stakes for Community” event as originlly scheduled on April 18, 2020.   We have rescheduled this event to take place on October 3, 2020.  Please update your calendar with the new date.   Tickets are still available for the new date.   If you have already purchased a ticket(s) it(they) will be transferred to the new date, but if for any reason you are unable to attend, donate your ticket, or invite someone to attend in your place, please reach out to Laura.luetje@ankenylaw.com to request a refund.   Thank you for your understanding and your continued support.
 
All vendors are online for the new date with the exception of the Magician and DJ who had conflicts.  Tim Cox has agreed to act as the DJ.  Requests have been made of donors of time sensitive auction items for them to extend the expiration dates of their items.  Essentially, all have agreed to the extension except for several items including tickets to events such as concerts and ML baseball games where the event is scheduled to take place prior to October 3rd.  The current plan is to conduct an online auction for these items but no date has yet been set.  We will use the next few weeks to identify which items should be put in an online auction prior to October and determine the best date for the auction.  Thank you to Laura Leutje and Stacey Koeppen and all the members of the fundraiser committee for all their work in rescheduling this event.
During this season of Easter, in the middle of the COVID -19 pandemic, as Rotarians, let us remember in our prayers and service:
  • All those who have contracted or has a loved one that has contracted the coronavirus,
  • All the health workers and first responders risking their lives to care for others,
  • Anyone that is suffering financially due to the loss of a job or sales,
  • All those who may not have adequate health insurance,
  • Anyone facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
  • All those who are afraid to access health care due to immigration status,
  • Anyone suffering from depression and loneliness,
  • All public officials and decision makers.
Noon Club - The meeting for April 7th at noon has been cancelled.
 
Board Meeting - The April Board meeting for the Club, will be held virtually using Zoom on Thursday, April 9th.  All members will be receiving an email invitation with instructions on how to join the meeting.  All members are welcome to participate.
 
Evening Club - Members will be meeting virtually at 6:00 PM on April 7th.  Darius Potts, Ankeny Police Chief will be the guest speaker.  Evening members will be receiving a invitation by email with instructions on how to join.  Contact Juan Arias, arias@ariasmunguia.com if you are a noon club member but would like to be included in the invitation.
 
Future Meetings - All members will be notified by email, periodically, of the schedule for future meetings.

In light of the current circumstances, we unfortunately are unable to hold our “Raise the Stakes for Community” event as originlly scheduled on April 18, 2020.   We have rescheduled this event to take place on October 3, 2020.  Please update your calendar with the new date.   Tickets are still available for the new date.   If you have already purchased a ticket(s) it(they) will be transferred to the new date, but if for any reason you are unable to attend, donate your ticket, or invite someone to attend in your place, please reach out to Laura.luetje@ankenylaw.com to request a refund.   Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

The Rotary Club of Ankeny's tenth annual Dinner/Auction/Fundraiser, "Raise the Stakes for Community" will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on the campus of DMACC in Ankeny on Saturday, October 3, 2020.   Similar to last year, the evening will begin with appetizers and professional Las Vegas style gaming tables open for action at 5:00 PM.  Everyone purchasing a ticket will receive chips to play the games which will include Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Poker, Three Card Poker, and Let It Ride.  Complimentary beer and wine will be available throughout the evening and a buffet dinner will be provided.

Individual tickets are $60 each or reserve a table of 8 for $440.  Sponsorships are also available including:
  • Full House Sponsorship - $2,000: Includes listing as a photo booth sponsor, prime event promo, table for eight guests, and table-side champagne/wine service.
  • Double Diamond Gaming Table Sponsorship - $750: Includes listing as a gaming table sponsor, prime event promo, signage at a gaming table, and a table for eight guests.
  • Single Diamond Gaming Table Sponsorship - $250: Includes listing as a gaming table sponsor, signage at a gaming table, and two tickets.
The web site to purchase tickets is https:bidpartner.net/rotary/.  To donate an auction item please bring the item to any Rotary meeting or give it to any member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  For more information contact Laura Luetje at laura.luetje@ankenylaw.com or Stacey Koeppen at stacey.koeppen@edwardjones.com.
Team Beech challenged Team Tiernan to a fundraiser to benefit the food banks that serve the Ankeny community. This challenge has generated $1,800 and the Club has agreed to add an additional $300 to the total.  This resulted in a $700 cash donation to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Impact Community Action Programs and Lutheran Church of Hope Ankeny.  Ultimately, the challenge was determined to be a draw.
 
Thank you to all the members that participated in the challenge.  If you have not participated yet but would like to, send Nate Burnham, nfburnham@gmail.com, an email and the amount you pledge will be added to your next quarterly invoice and your contribution will be donated to the food banks.
During the March 31 virtual meeting, club members agreed to present the two Rotary Youth Exchange students and their host families with some gifts to let them know we are thinking of them.  Each of the families was given a $50 gift card from Casey's, $50 gift certificate to Wig & Pen, a box containing 12 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts.  The cookies had previously been donated to the club's fundraiser by Laura Leutje.  Both families stated they are doing well at this time.  Amanda's host family is now also hosting an exchange student form France.  The family that was previously hosting this student in Nevada had taken a trip to Costa Rica over spring break and is now in quarantine. 
The Club was scheduled to sell root beer floats again this year to aid Special Olympics on April 25th.  Due to the coronavirus, Special Olympics Iowa has suspended all fundraising, competitions, training and gathering until the end of May.   Also, HyVee has suspended all food sampling until further notice.  Since this is their only big fundraiser, they do hope to reschedule this fall.
Included in the 880 pages of the CARES, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act is a section on "Enhanced Tax Benefits for Charitable Gifts. These benefits include:
  • $300 Deduction of Cash Contributions:  Allows up to $300 of cash contributions to charities, regardless of whether the individual itemizes deductions.
  • Changes to Limits on Charitable Contributions:
    • Individuals:  For those who itemize their deductions for charitable giving, the 50% of adjusted gross income limit is suspended for 2020.
    • Corporations:  The 10% limit on charitable contributions is increased to 25% of taxable income. 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be meeting virtually tomorrow.  The noon club's meeting will start at 12:00 and the evening meeting will start at 6:00.  Everyone should have received an email from Juan Arias with instructions on how to join the meeting.  If you did not receive the email, contact him at arias@ariasmunguia.com
The 2020 annual meeting and awards banquet for the Rotary Club of Ankeny has been scheduled for the evening of June 30th  at the Ankeny Golf  & Country Club.   Unless it becomes necessary to change this date, the evening will consist of a social hour beginning at 5:30 PM including drinks and appetizers.  A meal will be served at 6:30 with the meeting beginning at approximately 7:00 PM.  The program will include some Paul Harris presentations, perfect attendance awards, the naming of the "Outstanding New Member of the Year", and "Rotarian  of the Year", and the passing of the gavel to next year's president.
 
Save the date and plan to attend to celebrate the accomplishments of the club during the past year.
The date has been set for Rotary's annual Fall Family picnic.  It will be Tuesday, August 11th at Sunrise Park and will begin at 6:00 PM.  More details to come later but for now "Save the Date".
Rotarians have always been concerned about urban and community health, way before the dreadful Coronavirus necessitated a global emphasis on incessant hand washing.  Through The Rotary Foundation (TRF), Rotarians have supported projects aimed at improving water purification, hygiene education, latrine construction and waste management all over the world.  Clean Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) is a new project being undertaken by members of District 7910, comprising Rotary Clubs from Central Massachusetts and Metro West.  Twenty-one volunteers are heading to Guatemala for a 7-day WASH mission on a project funded by a $318,000 Global Grant from TRF.  Twenty-three primary schools in nine communities in Guatemala will benefit from this global grant.  The grant will provide a comprehensive hygiene and menstrual education for both students and teachers.   In addition, the grant will fund wash stations, adequate toilets, bathrooms, and safe water for drinking and cooking school meals.
 
The WASH project in Guatemala is hosted by the Rotary Club of Nueva Guatemala, with participation by Rotary Clubs in Canada and The United States; and with the collaboration of four Guatemalan organizations.   Speaking about the project, the Past District Governor and Chair of the District 7910 Foundation Committee, Steve Sager, explained that “working on international service projects like this is one of the best aspects of belonging to Rotary - come to help communities that seem disadvantaged by our standards, but we end up helping ourselves, making lifelong friends, and doing our part to make the world a better place.”

Since 2013, The Rotary Foundation has invested in more than 1,000 WASH projects in more than 100 countries through its global grants. 

The April Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held virtually at noon on Thursday, April 9th.  All members are welcome to join and will be receiving an email with instructions on how to join the meeting.  
The Rotary Club of Ankeny welcomed three new members to the club on March 3, 2020.    They are:
 
Tammy Heckart - Tammy is a realtor with ReMax Concepts in Ankeny and was proposed by Dave Mercer.
Valerie Armingtom - Valerie is the Community Relations Representative at the Bridges.  She was proposed by Kris Baker and is joining under The Bridges corporate membership.
Marie Kline - Marie is transferring her membership from the Rotary Club of Parker, Colorado. She is a residential realtor with Keller Williams in Ankeny.
 
The Club now has 105 members which includes 18 in the Evening Club.
Over the past couple months, Nate & Annette Burnham took Melisa Valle, the Rotary exchange student from Copan, Mexico to four ISU women's games and one ISU men's game.  She was considered a good luck charm, since ISU won all five games including an improbable win over the number two ranked Baylor women snapping their 58 game conference winning streak.  They also took Zano Sibisi from South Africa to one men's game but she was not so lucky as the men lost that game.
President Rich Job presented Dave Mercer with a certificate during the meeting on March 3rd, naming him the club's Rotarian of the month for March.   Dave has been representing the club at District Grant Management training for the past several years and he has sponsored three new members in the past two months.  
March 10th was declared "Youth Day" at the noon Rotary meeting and three Rotary Exchange Students took charge of the meeting.  The students were Melisa Valle and Amanda Alcorcer both from Copan Mexico and Grace Griesheim, 2020-2021 out bound student. 
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in April:
 
9th - Juan Arias
16th - Dean Lange
18th - Sara Thompson
20th - Ron Bode
20th - Brodey Hanson
22nd - Julie Todtz
 
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