Speakers
EVENING - Club Service Project
Jun 15, 2021 6:00 PM
Food Drive for local Pantry
NO NOON MEETING
Jun 22, 2021
Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
Jun 22, 2021 5:30 PM
Ankeny Golf & Country Club
EVENING - Club Assembly
Jun 29, 2021
Discussion of vision and plan for the next Rotary year
Noon -- Board of Directors
Jul 06, 2021
Kickoff -- Two Minute Tuesdays
Evening Club Comm. Service Proj.@ Mistress Brewing
Jul 06, 2021 6:00 PM
Toiletries Drive for TAKE
Happy Hour Social at B & B Theaters Patio
Jul 13, 2021 5:00 PM
Social for Noon & Evening Rotary Members 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Noon -- John Jesse "JJ" SchraderBachar
Jul 20, 2021
Adventures in Chile: My Rotary Youth Exchange Experience
Evening Club Service Project
Jul 20, 2021 6:00 PM
Bandshell Cleanup for Concert
Noon -- RYLA Attendees
Jul 27, 2021
RYLA Recap
Evening Club Guest Speaker @ Wig & Pen
Jul 27, 2021 6:00 PM
Engage Iowa Speaker
Evening Club Comm. Service Proj.@ Mistress Brewing
Aug 03, 2021 6:00 PM
Backpack Buddies
Picnic with Noon Club & Evening Club Members
Aug 10, 2021 6:00 PM
Picnic at Sunrise Park
Noon - Dr. Blessman - Rotary Presentation
Aug 17, 2021 12:00 PM
Rotary International funding application for our EnviroLoo project
Evening Club Service Project
Aug 17, 2021 6:00 PM
TBD
Noon -- Megan Ihrkle -- One With Life
Aug 24, 2021
Stroke Rehabilitation Program
Evening Club Guest Speaker @ Wig & Pen
Aug 24, 2021 6:00 PM
Freedom Coffee
Evening Club Planning Session @ Wig & Pen
Aug 31, 2021 6:00 PM
Club Asembly/ Planning Session
Evening Club Comm. Service Proj.@ Mistress Brewing
Sep 07, 2021 6:00 PM
Assemble Literacy Kits
Happy Hour Social at Benchwarmers Party Room
Sep 14, 2021 5:00 PM
Social for Noon & Evening Rotary Members 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Evening Club Service Project Agape Garden
Sep 21, 2021 6:00 PM
Harvest/Gardening @ Agape Garden
Evening Club Guest Speaker @ Wig & Pen
Sep 28, 2021 6:00 PM
Guest Speaker from Kirkendall Public Library
District Governor Visit - Evening
Oct 12, 2021 6:00 PM
District Governor Visit
Oct 19, 2021 12:00 PM
 
Club Information
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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The Rotary Club of Ankeny has submitted a "Community Service Grant" to District 6000 to benefit new Horizons Adult Day Center.  The total grant request will be in the amount of $9,800.  It is proposed the club will contribute $4,900 which will then be matched by funds form District 6000.  The fuds will be used to purchase equipment needed by New Horizons for their operation due to their relocation of their operations.
The Board has approved a new corporate membership application from Northwest Bank.   Jim Ramsey's membership will change to the Primary Designee.   Richard Bergez, President and Amber Weger, Vice President will become new members of the club and "Secondary Designees".  They both work out of the Ankeny office.
 
Comments regarding these proposed new members may be referred to any board member. 
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in July:
 
           1st - Justin Morgan
           3rd - Brad Botos
           9th - James Ramsey
         10th - Allison Ver Steegt
         18th - Rachel Panzi
         19th - Jason Gassman
         22nd - Gerry Bair
         23rd - Timothy Burns
 
Happy Birthday Rotarians!
In his current commentary on The Rotary Foundation, Foundation Trustee Chair, K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran assures Rotarians that the future is bright.  "In a year when people were unable to meet, families stayed secluded, and businesses struggled to flourish, we still managed to go forward together in many areas through Rotary Grants, clubs and districts brought creative solutions to their pandemic-hit communities.  Since March 2020, the Foundation has awarded over $34,000,000 in grants to initiates related to COVID-19."
President Todd Wehr, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Ankeny, presented four $500 scholarships at Ankeny's Dollars for Scholars awards night at Centennial High School on May 25th.  The recipients of these scholarships were Jordan Su, Allison Su, Jaclyn Carlson, and Katlyn Carlson.   The following thank you's have been received from Jordan and Allison both of whom attended RYLA in 2019:
 
"I am honored to be the recipient for the Rotary Club of Ankeny Dollars for Scholars Scholarship.  Thank you for your generosity, which will go towards my education at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  At CWRU, I am planning on majoring in biomedical engineering on a Pre-Med Track.  This scholarship will have reduced my financial burden and help me to focus more on school!  Thank you so much for your help. Jordan Su"
 
"My name is Allison, and I am the student who received your generous donation for Dollars for Scholars!  I wanted to say thank you so much for the support, and I plan to use the money to help me achieve my goals in college!  Right now, I plan to attend Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland!  I will most likely major in public health and molecular biology, and pursue a pre-meical tract.  Hopefully, you'll see me as a surgeon after a few years!!  Once again, thanks so much for your support and thank you for caring about the students in Ankeny.  Have a great rest of the year!  Sincerely Allison Su."   
The following thank you note has been received form DG Steve and Lesley Dakin:
 
Ankeny Rotarians, We want to thank you for your support of Rotary District 6000's Conference held April 24.  Because of your sponsorship, Rotarians around the District gathered online and in person to celebrate!  That night we raised about $12,000 for our continued commitment to rid the world of Polio.  We also collected almost $12,000 to build Sukup Safe-T-Homes in challenging areas around the world.  We appreciate your $400 sponsorship so much!
 
Thanks again. Steve and Lesley. 
The Board has received and approved a membership application from Ron Matthews.
 
Ron is the plant manager for Bridgestone in Des Moines  He and his wife Lauri recently relocated to Ankeny from South Carolina.   His mother is a past Rotary District Governor in District 7770 in South Carolina.  She did some research of Rotary clubs in the Des Moines area and suggested he consider the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Ron would like to join the Evening Club and has attended several meetings and social events.
 
Comments regarding this proposed member may be submitted to any Board member.
The responsibilities of the Secretary of the Rotary Club of Ankeny have increased significantly during the past few years.  This prompted the appointment of a committee, by the President Wehr, to review the responsibilities of the secretary position for our club.  Their recommendation to the Board was to amend the Club’s By-Laws to change the club’s secretarial position to a committee of a paid secretary and up to three assistants.  This will help to divide the work of the secretary, provide backup, and ultimately assist with the transition to a new secretary.  The Board agreed with this recommendation.  Any amendment to the By-Laws requires a vote of the entire membership. 
 
The vote took place at both the noon and evening club meetings on May 18th with a quorum of members present and the amendment was approved by unanimous vote.  The Board will decide the amount of compensation to be paid to the secretary at the June Board meeting.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny donated $2,000 to Ankeny Dollars for Scholars to be distributed as four $500 scholarships to Ankeny seniors.  Rotary President Todd Wehr had the privilege of presenting these four scholarships at Ankeny Centennial High School Senior Spotlight Night on May 25th.  The recipients were Jaclyn Carlson and Katlyn Carlson who were both French exchange students in 2019 and Allison Su and Jordan Su who both attended RYLA in 2019. 
In early January, we received word that our Assistant Governor and former member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny, Corinne Lambert had a stroke and was Hospitalized.  After an extended stay in the hospital, she is now under Hospice care at Every Step located at 3000 Easton Boulevard, Suite 3, Des Moines, Iowa 50317.   Corinne can not take a call but the general phone number is 515-333-5810.
 
She is able to receive visitors, two at a time.  Shar Dunlap visited her recently and found her to be bedridden due to paralysis on her right side.  Her mind is still sharp but she is not able to talk.   She is not expected to ever be able to leave the care facility.
Dianna Tran was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on May 18th.  She will be a Secondary Designee for "Corporate Member" Central Bank where she is a Retail Branch Supervisor.   Damon Miller proposed her for membership and will continue to be the Primary Designee for Central Bank. 
 
Congratulations and welcome Dianna!
The June Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held in-person at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
 
When:  Thursday, June 10th
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 Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in June:
 
6th - Ben Norman
7th - DuWayne McDonald
11th - Noel Fiscus
14th - Sue Gibbons 
15th - Andy Pollack
17th Dave Mercer
20th - Steve Van Oort
21st - Mike Lydon
RYLA 2021 is for high school sophomores and juniors (during the 2020-2021 school year) and will be held July 18-23, 2021 at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  The purpose of RYLA is to assist potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership.  A subtext of the RYLA program is the development of confidence and self esteem.   Many participants have said, "It was the best week of my life."
 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has committed to pay the $350 registration fee for up to eight students, but as of May 3rd, five applications have ben received.   We are pleased to announce the deadline for students to submit applications for RYLA has been extended to May 31, 2021.  If you have a child or know of a student that would have an interest in this unique opportunity, please encourage them to complete the application which can be found at - http://www.iowaryla.org/rotarian-resources/rotarian-application-process/   
 
Questions - contact Ben Digmann, ben@caliberiowa.com 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny donated $4,000 in support of a Rotary Global Grant to provide feminine hygiene kits to women and girls in South Africa.  The Rotary Club of Haenertsburg is the Host Club and is providing the local oversight.  The following thank you letter has ben received from Anne Harman, the Convenor for this project:
 
"I want to thank The Ankeny Rotary Club for sponsoring the/our Femkit project.  10,000 schoolgirls will be receiving re-usable sanitary towels.  They can be re-used for three years. Many of these school pupils miss up to a week of schooling every month as they are unable to cope with menstruation.  These towels can be re-used for up to three years.  Last year, I did attend a handing out session of these kits.  These were kits made by a church in the USA.  The girls were quite emotional on receiving them.  It means so much to them and will change their lives.
 
At this stage, the selection of the ladies who are being trained by Blessman International on how to make the kits has almost been completed.  They will then be taught sewing skills as well as other entrepreneurial skills.  They will be guided on how to run a small business.  This is a skill that they can use for the rest of their lives.  Each month, a report of the developments as well as a summary of invoices linked to the budget will be sent to each sponsor.  It is important to us to keep you informed on how the money which you have so generously given, is being used. 
 
Thank you very much for your sponsorship, as well as your interest in trying to uplift the lives of all 10,000 girls in the Limpopo Province, South Africa.
 
Yours in Rotary,  Anne Harman, Convenor of the Femkit Project,  Haenertsburg Rotary Club"
The Rotary Club of Boone will be having a fundraiser, "No Dirty Dishes Day Dinner" on May 18, 2021 from 5-7 PM.   It will be a bar-b-que dinner but drive through only.  The adult meal will consist of a smoked pork loin sandwich, pasta salad, fresh fruit, chips and dessert - all for $12.00.    There is no charge for a kids meal which includes a hot dog, chips, fresh fruit, and dessert.   
Eduardo A. Arias M. and Juan A. Arias M., sons of Juan Angel Arias and Patty Munguia, became new Paul Harris Fellows when Juan transferred 1,000 Foundation Recognition points to each of them.  Juan presented the certificate and pin to Eduardo at the Evening Club meeting on April 20th.   Since Juan A. is still in Honduras, Eduardo will deliver the certificate and pin to him when he returns to Honduras. 
 
Congratulations Eduardo and Juan A. and thank you to Juan and Patty for supporting the Rotary Foundation.
For the second year in a row the Rotary International Convention will be virtual and registration is now open for the 2021 virtual Rotary International Convention which will take place from June 12-16.  The early registration fee of $49 runs through May 7th and increases to $65 after that date.  The 2021  Virtual Rotary Convention is open to all Rotary members and includes access to the virtual House of Friendship.
 
If you wish to plan ahead, the tentative schedule for future Rotary international conventions is as follows:
 
2022 - Houston, Texas
2023 - Melbourne, Australia
2024 - Singapore 
3025  -Calgary, Canada
2027 - Honolulu, Hawaii
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