Speakers
Melisa Cox and Jamie Anderson
May 28, 2024
Ankeny Area Chamber: Upcoming Events
Jeff Reed - Momentum Studios
Jun 18, 2024
New collaborative business workspace in The District - takeaways from time in Africa
Annual Celebration & Awards Banquet
Jun 25, 2024
No Noon Meeting
Shannon Booth with MADD
Jul 02, 2024
Mothers Against Drunk Driving : Shannon will share some education and resources available in Iowa
RYLA Students
Jul 23, 2024
Our RYLA students will share about their experience
Fall Picnic
Aug 06, 2024
Sunrise Park
 
Club Information
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!
Ankeny

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m.
Ankeny Golf & Country Club
314 SW Irvinedale Dr.
Ankeny, IA 50023
United States of America
Club Information
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!
Ankeny

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m.
Ankeny Golf & Country Club
314 SW Irvinedale Dr.
Ankeny, IA 50023
United States of America
Home Page Stories
The Ankeny Rotary Clubs, Noon and Evening, held their 12th major fundraiser, "Rotary Runs For the Roses", on Saturday evening, May 4th.  The only disappointment was that Albaugh Family Stables entry in the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby, Catching Freedom, did not win the race.  Thanks to Amy Ratekin, the main hall was decorated beautifully with red roses, bows, napkins, and hats.  We cannot thank Amy enough for all her hard work and assistance with making this a very festive event and successful event.  Most of the guests were dressed in typical "Derby" attire including too many fancy ladies hats to count.  
 
Preliminary numbers for the event show income will be slightly less than last year primarily because that was no live dessert auction or 50/50 raffle.  A highlight was the donations for our two paddle raisers setting a new high with a total of $30,000 being donated.   Starts Right Here and the Ankeny Service Center will each be receiving $15,000.  Preliminary income numbers compared to last year are as follows:
 
                                2023               2024
Silent Auction          $19,921         $16,855
Live Auction              38,275           35,450
Paddle Raiser             28,390           30,000
Heads/Tails Beads         --                    640
Mystery Bags                --                    650
Race Raffle                    --                1,880
Cash Donations              50                 350
     Total                 86,586        $85,825
 
Desserts                      4,975                --
50/50 Raffle                9,900                --
                            $101,461       
 
Expenses are expected to be be less that last year and net income only slightly less.  A final number will not be available until all invoices have been paid and ticket sales accounted for.
 
Special thank you to each of our co-chairs Brian Tiernan and Noel Fiscus, to our MC Tim Cox, and everyone that sold tickets, donated auction items, served on a committee, and attended the event.  It took everyone to make the event enjoyable for all our guests and be a financial success.  Congratulations and thank you to everyone!!
Jenny Fields had agreed to become the Club's President Elect Nominee but had a change of jobs which will make it difficult for her to continue her membership in the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  President SchraderBachar introduced Andy Schnurr as the Club's new President Elect Nominee during the meeting on April 30th.  He will follow Kent Patterson and Brandon Converse as the Club President for the Rotary year 2026-2027.  Thank you Andy for agreeing to step into this leadership role.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny committed to provide two $1,000 scholarships at each Ankeny high school through "Dollars for Scholars" for 2024 for a total of $4,000 in scholarships.  One scholarship at each high school was to be named the "Gary Welch Memorial Rotary Scholarship".  The winners of the Rotary scholarships will be as follows:
     Ankeny High School - Gracie Block - Iowa State University with a major in Medicine
     Centennial High School - Thomas Gilbert - The University of Minnesota with a Major in Spanish
 
The winners of the Gary Welch Memorial Rotary Scholarships will be:
     Ankeny High School - Miranda Geest - Iowa State University with a Major in Elementary Education
     Centennial High School - Abigail Fickbohm - Roosevelt University with a Major in Music Performance
 
The scholarship will be presented at Ankeny High School on  May 15th and at Centennial High School on May 21st.  Both Steve SchraderBachar and Colleen Welch plan to be present to assist with the scholarship presentations. 
Bryce Whitaker was a member of the Club through corporate member First Interstate Bank.  About a month ago Bryce left First Interstate and went to work for Wells Fargo Advisors.   He has now submitted an application to rejoin the club as an individual member.  The Board has approved his application.
 
Comments regarding this proposed membership may be directed to any Board member.
The Ankeny Rotary Clubs will be hosting a special farewell party for Sofia Aberturas, our Rotary youth exchange student. The party will be Tuesday, May 28 beginning at 5:30 at Sunrise Park in Ankeny.  All Ankeny Rotarians are invited.  There will be a sign-up genius soon where people can RSVP.  The plan is to serve  pulled pork sandwiches with a few sides and then cake.  Save the date on you calendar and plan to attend to give Sofia a special farewell.
The Rotary Club's social committee has reserved the indoor left field lounge all-you-can-eat-buffet and full cash bar to watch the Iowa Cubs take on the St. Paul Saints on July 30, 2024.  The package also includes outdoor seats near the home bullpen for each guest.  Save the date and reserve your spot by contacting Todd Eipperle by July 12, 2024 at todd.eipperle@gmail.com.
During the meeting on April 30th, President SchraderBachar thanked Kevin Brooks for his support of the Rotary Foundation.  Kevin was presented a pin to signify that he has achieved the level of Paul Harris Plus 3 for his contributions to the Rotary Foundation and also a certificate acknowledging his commitment to the PolioPlus Society.  Thank you Kevin!
At the meeting on April 23rd, President SchraderBachar recognized Terry Peter for achieving the level of Paul Harris Fellow + 3 and Brad Botos for achieving the level of Paul Harris + 2..  Congratulations Terry and Brad and thank you for supporting the Rotary Foundation.  
On With Life became a corporate member of the Club April 23rd.  The primary member will be Jean Shelton,  Chief Executive Officer, who is currently a member of the Downtown Des Moines Rotary Club and will be an Honorary member of our club.  Other members are Angie Jackson, Director of Referrals Admissions, Tammy Miller, Director of Outpatient Services, and Sara Wilson, Development Director
 
Welcome On With Life, Jean, Angie, Tammy, and Sara!
The May Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
 
When:  Thursday, May 9th 
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome, and it counts as a make-up!

The Board has received and approved a new corporate member application from On With Life.    Jean Shelton is currently a member of the Downtown Des Moines Rotary Club and will become and Honorary member of our the Rotary Club of Ankeny and the primary contact for On With Life.  Other members will be Angie Jackson, Director of Referrals Admissions, Tammy Miller, Director of Outpatient Services and Sara Wilson, Development Director.  

Comments regarding this proposed membership may be directed to any Board member.

The Rotary Club of Ankeny and Rotary Club of Ankeny Evening's 13th annual Dinner/Fundraiser/Auction “Rotary Runs for the Roses” will be held on Saturday, May 4th at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC campus in Ankeny.
 
The event will begin at 4:00 PM with social time and the opportunity to watch live racing on the big screen, 17' x 10', including the Kentucky Derby at approximately 5:35 PM.  Complimentary wine and beer and specialty drinks will be available throughout the evening as well as feeding stations for all guests.  Guests will have the opportunity to pick their favorite horse and have a chance to win prizes.  In addition to a silent auction, a program including Heads or Tails”, paddle raisers to benefit two local non-profit organizations, and a live auction will begin at 7:00 PM.
 
The proceeds from this event will be utilized by the Ankeny Rotary Clubs in their continued support of local and international projects.  Each year, the Ankeny Rotary Clubs provide hundreds of hours of volunteer support for numerous local events and fundraisers and contributes $50,000 - $60,000 to local charities and service projects. Their web sites are  Ankenyrotary.org and Ankenyeveningrotary.org.
 
Individual tickets are $75 each or reserve a table of eight for $550.   Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased from any Ankeny Rotarian or on-line at https://bidpartner.net/rotary/.  The available sponsorships are:
  • Triple Crown Sponsorship – Two tables each for eight guests. priority seating, table side champagne/wine service, photo booth sponsor, priority recognition on the on-line bidding platform and on the marketing and event signage, full-page ad in program booklet - $5,000
  • Winner’s Circle Sponsorship - Two tables each for eight guests, priority seating, recognition on the on-line bidding platform and on the marketing and event signage, half-page ad in program booklet - $2,500
  • Garland of Roses Sponsorship – One table for eight guests with priority seating, recognition on the on-line bidding platform and on the marketing and event signage - $1,000
Auction items small or large may also be donated by contacting any Ankeny Rotarian or emailing Ann at annwright7@msn.com or Nate at nfburnham@gmail.com.  Larger items will be sold during the live auction and smaller items will be sold during the silent auction or packaged with other items.   All donors will be recognized in the auction program.
As a member of Rotary, you join over 1.2 million other individuals in 346,914 clubs in over 200 countries that call themselves Rotarians.   These Rotarians include many famous people.  Here is a list of just a few:
 
Joyce C. Hall - Rotary Club of Kansas City, MO - Founder of Hallmark Cards
Raymond F. Firestone - Rotary Club of Akron, OH - Chairman & CEO of Firestone Tire & Rubber
Dr. Charles Mayo - Rotary Club of Rochester, MN - Co-Founder of Mayo Clinic
Heinrich Nordhoff - Rotary Club of Braunschweig, Germany - President, Volkswagon
J.C. Penny - Rotary Club of New York, NY - Founder of J.C. Penny stores
The 'Colonel' Harland Sanders - Rotary Club of Jeffersonville, ID - Founder, Kentucky Fried Chicken
Sam Walton - Rotary Club of Bentonville, AK - Founder of Wal-Mart
Neil Armstrong  - Rotary Club of Wapakoneta, OH - Astronaut & First man to walk on the moon
Richard Byrd - Rotary Club of Winchester, VA - Arctic explorer
Charles Lindberg - Rotary Club of Edinburgh - American aviator
Thomas Edison - Rotary Club of Orange, NJ - Inventor
Orville Wright - Rotary Club of Dayton, OH - Co-Inventor of the first successful airplane
King Charles III - Rotary Club of Banchory-Ternan - King of England
Sir Winston Churchill - Rotary Club of London - Prime Minister of England
Gerald R. Ford - Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, MI - President, USA
Warren G. Harding - Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. - President, USA
John F. Kennedy - Rotary Club of Hyannis, MA - President, USA
Woodrow Wilson - Rotary of Birmingham, AL - President, USA & Nobel Prize laureate in peace
Franklin D. Roosevelt - Rotary Club of Albany, NY - President, USA
Pope Francis - Rotary Club of Buenos Aires - Pope
Luciano Pavarotti - Rotary Club of Modena - Italian opera singer
Walt Disney - Rotary Club of Palm Springs, CA - Animation filmmaker
And many more!!
It is now only 32 days until the Rotary Club of Ankeny and Rotary Club of Ankeny Evening's 13th annual Dinner/Fundraiser/Auction “Rotary Runs for the Roses” which will be held on Saturday, May 4th at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC campus in Ankeny beginning at 4:00 PM.
 
Here is what each member needs to do as soon as they can:
  • Go on-line at https://bidpartner.net/rotary/ to reserve their table(s) or individual tickets.
  • Submit the names and email addresses of any guests that have not already been entered, submitted to Nate Burnham.
  • Turn in any additional auction items to Rich Job. The auction order needs to be finalized and pictures taken by April 17th.
  • Bring a bottle of wine and/or 6-pack of craft beer to a Club meeting.
The 2024 District 6000 annual conference will be a Celebration of Creating HOPE here in Iowa and across the world this Rotary year.  The celebration will be held in Pella on April 20th from 10AM until 9PM.  It will be a day filled with activities including hearing from our Tom Narak Memorial Four Way Test Speech Contest winners, awards presentations, and speakers on a variety of subjects.  Additional highlights of the day will be the flag ceremony featuring our International Exchange Students and live, silent, and dessert auctions to raise money for The Rotary Foundation. 
 
More information and the registration form is available at: DISTRICT CELEBRATION | Rotary District 6000 (rotary6000.org)
At the meeting on March 19th, Sally Schroeder was the greeter and sheriff and donated a half dozen roses to be used in the 50/50 drawing instead of the $10 gift card. Todd Wehr had the lucky number when the first ticket was drawn.  Todd chose the roses since the next day, March 20th was his wedding anniversary.    The second number drawn was one of John Foster's but John had to leave early.  He left his tickets with Damon Miller in case his number was drawn and told him if he won, he would "split the pot" with him.   Sure enough, his number was drawn and Damon out of about 30 cards left in the deck, drew the jocker and won the pot.  There were several witnesses to John leaving his tickets with Damon and that he promised to split the pot, so each will be receiving $125 from the Club.. 
Todd Eipperle made his wife, Julie, a Paul Harris Fellow by donating recognition points to in her name.  Foundation Chairman Tim Hawkins presented her with the certificate and pin during the Club's meeting on March 5th.   
 
Congratulations Julie and thank you Todd for this donation and your support of the Rotary Foundation.
On March 5th, Ankeny Sanitation became the newest corporate member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.   Andrew Larson, a previous member of the Club and the Owner of Ankeny Ankeny sanitation, is the "Primary Contact", Juli Accola, Sr. Commercial Sales Representative, Dave Massey, General Manager, and Michelle Bowden, Commercial Sales Representative will be three additional members.
 
Troy Boelman was also inducted on March 5th.  Troy was a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny from 2006 - 2022 and served as the Club's president in 2009-2010.  He left the club due to a job change.  Now after another another change, he is able to rejoin the Club.   He is the VP of Commercial Lending at American Bank & Trust.
 
Welcome Juli, Michelle, Dave and Troy.
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