Greeter/Sheriff Schedule
2/4 - Scott Port
2/11 - Jessica Reynolds
2/18 - Steve SchraderBachar
2/25 - Sally Schroeder
3/3 - Kathy Sibbel
3/10 - Andrew Stumbo
3/17 - Andy Testino
3/24 - Sara Thompson
3/31 - Brian Tiernan
"Evening" - Charis Creighton-Lewis
Feb 25, 2020
MLK Scholarship Foundation
Jenna Lanning
Feb 25, 2020
TYH - Tim Yates Heggen Humanitarian Foundation
Cassie Riley
Mar 03, 2020
Metro Waste Authority
"Evening" - Zano Sibisi
Mar 03, 2020
Iowa Resource for International Services Exchange Student from South Africa
"Evening" - Service Project
Mar 10, 2020
Ice Cream Social at DOM Veterans Center
Youth Day
Mar 10, 2020
Scott Gervis - Ankeny CHS Athletic Dr & Holly Anderson Ankeny MS Athletic Dr
Dan Hoy-NASA/Space
Mar 17, 2020
Our Solar System - Ten Billion Miles of Wow!
Kristin Hanson
Mar 24, 2020
Owner - Axis ABA Therapy and Support Services
Troy Peterson & Jesse Sage
Mar 31, 2020
ValorFit ; REBOOT Recovery & Wounded Hereos
"Evening" - Jill Haupts
Apr 07, 2020
Children & Families of Iowa
Rotary Assembly Meeting
Apr 07, 2020
Rotary Assembly Meeting
Doug Parker - Rotarian Responsible
Apr 14, 2020
Doug Parker - Rotarian Responsible
"Evening" - Darius Potts
Apr 14, 2020
Tour of Ankeny Police Station
Greg Spooner
Apr 21, 2020
Des Moines Scottish Rite
Julie Todtz and Sharlyn Estrem
Apr 28, 2020
Ankeny Chamber of Commerce
Club Information

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
United States of America
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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, April 18, 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  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 or Stacey Koeppen at
The Board reviewed and approved two new applications for membership into the Rotary Club of Ankeny at their meeting on February 18th.  These applications were from:
Patty Mungia - Patty works for Wells Fargo and is an Inbound Sales Specialist.  She is also a former member of the Rotary Club of San Pedro Sula, Honduras and the wife of Evening club member Juan Aris. He was proposed by Juan and will become an Evening club member. 
DuWayne McDaniel - DuWayne works on HVAC with Bryant Iowa Heating & Cooling.  He will likely be converting his membership to a corporate membership as soon as he identifies the Secondary Designees.  He was proposed for membership by Laura Leutje. 
Tammy Heckert -   Proposed by Dave Mercer.  Tammy is a Realtor with ReMax Concepts.
Valerie Armington – Desiree Claypool is no longer employed by The Bridges.  Valerie is the Community Relations Representative replacing Desiree at the Bridges.  She is being proposed by Kris Baker.
Comments regarding these proposed new members may be directed to any Board member.
Kathy Sibbel was recognized by Rich Job on February 4th by naming her "Rotarian of the Month" for February.  this is in recognition of everything she does for the club and the community including attending Evening club meeting when ever she is in town and working endlessly for the Ankeny Service Center.  Congratulations Kathy!!
The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny has elected their officers to serve for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year.   Those elected were:
President (2020-2021) - Juan Arias
President Elect (2021-2022) - Jacquelyn Duke
President Elect Nominee (2022-2023) - Nick Testino
Secretary - Brenda Powell
Other members have signed up for various committees.
The two Rotary Youth Exchange students for Copan, Mexico, Luz Amanda Alcocer Saldana and Melisa Valle Y Reyes were the guest speakers at the noon Rotary Club of Ankeny on January 28th.   They showed pictures of their home town in Mexico and their families.  They also talked about their experiences since coming to Iowa last fall, their favorite foods and the first time they saw snow.
Juan Arias a member of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny completed a donation to the Rotary Foundation to honor his wife, Anna Patricia Munguia Godesky.  This donation not only made her a Paul Harris Fellow but also a Paul Harris Fellow + 1.   Congratulations Patty and thank you Juan!!
The February Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:
When:  Thursday, February 13th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
There will be three paddle raisers for the 2020 annual fundraiser, "Raise the Stakes for Community".   It was decided two will be local organizations and one will be international.   A total of 12 organizations were proposed by club members and all members had the opportunity to vote on their favorites.  The votes have been counted and the paddle raisers for the 2020 fundraiser will be:
Ankeny Service Center/TAKE - The ASC which includes The Ankeny Klothing Exchange, TAKE, provides assistance to underserved people in the Ankeny area for support for food, clothing, and transportation.  Holiday gift baskets for Thanksgiving and family support at Christmas has given hundreds of individuals comfort.  They provide referral to human services agencies to put people in contact with appropriate resources. 
Family Cancer Network (Formerly Blood, Sweat, & Beers of Iowa) - This organization was started in 2016 by two men with their own family blood cancer stories.  Their goal is to raise funds to help offset the extra costs that Iowa families incur when dealing with blood cancer treatments. 
Timothy Heggen Yates Humanitarian Foundation - This foundation was founded in 2002 after Tim lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at age 18.  The Foundation continues his legacy of caring and compassion for others facing life adversities locally, nationally and globally.  At the international level, THY has partnered for 14 years with the Save the Rain, to provide Tanzanian children with a sustainable water source by building rain collection systems at primary schools.  THY is one of three organizations chosen by Save the Rain and Rotary International to participate in the Food Farming and Forestation Project which will secure midday meals for 90,000 primary students a year, help 70 primary schools create gardens and also build rain collection systems to free these communities of hunger ad inevitable poverty.  Rotary International will provide a 5.8 to 1 match for contributions through the THY Foundation.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has committed $2,000 to Ankeny Dollars for Scholars to be used for four $500 scholarships, two each at Ankeny High and Ankeny Centennial High schools.  A condition of the club's donation was that first priority be given to a student with a connection to Rotary.   This could be a student that has attended RYLA or one that has a parent or grandparent that is a Rotarian.  If you have a child that is a graduating senior or know of a deserving student with a connection to Rotary, please encourage them to apply for one of these scholarships.  The deadline for submitting their application is March 24, 2020 at 11:59 PM.
Ankeny Dollars for Scholars is in its 37th year of serving the Ankeny Community School District's graduating seniors and their families.  In 2019, they awarded 107 scholarships totaling $61,157.   To be eligible to apply, the applicant must:
  • Be a resident of the Ankeny Community School District.
  • Be a graduating senior of Ankeny Centennial or Ankeny High schools.
  • Plan to attend an accredited college, university, or post-secondary institution (not limited to a four year school)
  • Demonstrate meaningful involvement in school, community, and citizenship opportunities.
For more information and to create a profile for submission of an application go to
Each year the incoming District Governor for each district throughout the world gather in San Diego, California to the Rotary International Assembly.  At the conclusion of the event the incoming Rotary International President announces his theme for his year as President.   Holger Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Molln, Germany will become president on July 1, 2020.  He announced his theme for 2020-2021 will be Rotary Opens Opportunities.  This theme is symbolized with 3 open colored doors, red, yellow and blue.  Through Rotary, there are endless opportunities to serve.
The Board approved a donation to the Ankeny Area Historical Society at their January meeting.  On January 21st, Terry Adamson, Kathy Straton, and Lois Thorson attended the noon meeting to receive the donation.  The donation of $200 was for an annual membership, of $100, in the Society for the club and an additional $100 for an extra donation.   The museum is open from 2:00 - 4:00 PM the first Sunday in Janaury - May and September - November and every Sunday in June-August.  The web site for the Ankeny Historical Society is .
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in February:
2nd - Mike Goedeke
6th - Doug Parker
8th - Terry Peter
12th - Kris Baker
26th - Steve SchraderBachar
Abbi and Aaron Rickelman became the proud parents of a baby boy on January 13th.  Here is what Abbi said on her Facebook page:
“Our sweet boy has arrived and he arrived quickly! Meet Tripp Eli everyone! He weighed in at 9 lbs., is 20.5 inches long, and sleeping/eating/pooping like a champ! Tripp, Mom, and Dad are healthy and so incredibly in love! This mom thing is pretty much the best”.
The Board has approved an application for membership to the noon Rotary Club that was submitted by Shannon Maher.  Shannon is a consultant with Retail Success and does pricing for credit card processing for their software customers.  They have customers in all 50 states but Shannon works out of his home in Ankeny.   He is a former member of the Newton Rotary Club.
Comments regarding Shannon's proposed membership may be submitted to any Board member.
Five Tips For a Women:
1.  It is important that a man helps you around the house and has a job.
2 . It is important that a man makes you laugh.
3.  It is important to find a man you can count on and doesn't lie to you.
4.  It is important that a man loves you and spoils you.
5.  It is most important that these four men don't know each other. 
Gary Welch, being a high ranking elf with Santa Claus, was able to arrange several appearances for Santa during last year's holiday season.   Donations received for those appearances totaled $1,665 which Gary donated to the club.   Thank you Gary!!
Tyler Howe became the newest member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny when he was inducted on January 7th.  Tyler is a field Coordinator with GTG Construction and was proposed for membership by Jessica Reynolds.  Welcome Tyler!
Past District Governor and Iowa City Noon Rotarian, John Ockenfels and Cedar Rapids Rotarian, Peter Teahen, are preparing to fly around the world to raise awareness of Rotary's campaign to achieve a polio-free world. Their goal is to fly eastward from Cedar Rapids, raising money and awareness around the world to for Rotary International's 2 for 1 dollar match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Their goal, with the match, is to raise $1million.
Their plan is to leave on March 24th and the trip will take them 7 weeks, 135 flight hours and 19,601 miles.   The cruising speed of their six-cylinder, 300 horsepower, single-engine, six-passenger Piper Lance II will be 171 mph.   The plane will burn 16.5 gallons of fuel per hour.   Besides the 94 gallons in each wing, the seats behind the front row will be removed to make way for a 165-gallon reserve tank, as well as luggage and supplies.  They plan to drink only enough liquid to stay hydrated and eat very few solids to keep their inflight, in place toilet needs to a minimum, relying on disposable, environmentally correct bags in their confined space. When flying over water, they will wear a special kind of wet suit that will keep them warm in case of an emergency water landing and will have a life raft on board if they need it.  Each day's flight will end at an airport that allows them to refuel and leave the craft overnight but finding these airports has been difficult since most will be outside the United States.  Weather, changing time zones, airport hours of operation, and visas, all have to be taken into consideration. 
For more details on their flight, check out the article in the Des Moines register on Janaury 6, 2020 on page 7A.
During the 2018-2019 Rotary year, with the assistance of a matching District 6000 Community Improvement Grant, the Rotary Club of Ankeny purchased laptops, a laptop cart and a virtual reality system for the Ankeny Kirkendall Library.  Here is a report form the library on how these items are being used.
Laptops and Laptop Cart - The additional laptops have expanded the number of participants in our popular STEM workshops for children and classes for adults.  The laptops allow us to teach coding, 3D modeling, scanning, photo editing, and more.  The laptop cart gives us flexibility to quickly store and set up laptops in any room.   Additionally, the laptops are used by staff for training and meetings. 
Virtual Reality System - The HTC Vive is used in our STEM workshops to teach participants about technology and provide virtual reality experiences.  The virtual reality system teaches students about rockets, human biology, coding, and astronomy.  The virtual reality system is used in several other library programs, including the "Where Is?" Book Club and the Teen Harry Potter Night.
In the annals of Rotary International, December was "Disease Prevention and Treatment Month".  To this end, The Rotary Foundation is funding open heart surgeries for children age 15 and younger in India.  These surgeries will be in collaboration with Gift of Life India, and two Rotary districts: D-3170 (Central West, India) and D-7255 - (Long Island, New York).  This Global Grant costing $55,000 (US), will provide free surgeries to no less than 16 beneficiaries.  The founder and chairperson of Gift of Life India and the global coordinate of this project is Rayishanker Bhooplapur.  Bhooplapur said all the surgical operations will be "free of charge to children of the poor and needy" and performed in India at the KLES Dr. Prabhakar Lore Hospital.   Gift of Life India has operated on and improved the lives of over 6,000 children suffering from various heart diseases and defects. 
Last year, Bhooplapur was engaged in another Global Grant project that raised $100,000.  That sum was then matched by The Rotary Foundation, through a Rotary Global Grant, in the amount of $94,750.  This grant is to build low-cost housing units in the flood ravaged state of Kerala, India.
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Evening Club President
President Elect
Evening Club President Elect
President Nominee
Rotary Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Social Chair
Public Relations Chair
Club Service Chair
Youth Services Chair
Multi Club Rep
Fundraising Co-Chair
Fundraising Co-Chair
Evening Club Secretary
Immediate Past President