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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
United States of America
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The Club will meet on July 2nd at the AG&CC as usual.   However, the AG&CC is not available on July 9th and 16th.  The meeting on July 9th will be hosted by The Bridges, 3410 NW Abilene Road and the meeting on July 16th will be hosted by B&B Theaters,1580 SW Market Place.  We will be back at the AG&CC on July 23rd.
President Ben Digmann joined the Centennial Rotary Club of Littleton, Colorado in 2005.  He was proposed for membership by Randy Pote.   Randy is currently a member of the Las Vegas WON (Where Opportunity Knocks) Rotary Club  and a past District Governor of Rotary District 5300 which is located in the Los Angeles, California and Southern Nevada area.   He is also the chair of the Rotary International's Rose Bowl parade float committee for this year.   Randy did not want to miss Ben's "Demotion Celebration"  and came to Iowa to surprise him and Rachel, which he did.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny currently has 68 Paul Harris Fellows of which 37 are multiple PHF's.  Seventeen individuals were recognized at the annual meeting for becoming new PHF or for being a multiple PHF and reaching the next level.   In addition, Mary Cochran and Todd Wehr made a donation in the name of their spouses to make Danny Cochran and Cindy Wehr new PHF's.   Others that were recognized included:
New PHF - Andrew Larson, Doug Parker, Chuck Stewart, & Sara Thompson
PHF+1 - Mary Cochran, Renee Murphy, Laura Luetje, & Stacey Koeppen
PHF+2 - Stacey Koeppen, Jim Ramsey, Mike Goedeke, & Tim Hawkins
PHF+3 - Del Mohler & Roger Spahr
PHF+5 - Gary Welch
PHF+7 - Sally Schroeder
During the 2018-2019 Rotary year, the Rotary Club of Ankeny and it's members donated $12,850 to the Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund and $4,620 to PolioPlus for a total of $17,470 to the Foundation.  This is an average of  $198 per Active member  for the past year.  The club's all time contributions now total $274,745 to the Annual Fund and $55,550 to PolioPlus.
Jim Ramsey, the Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2017-2018 "Rotarian of the Year", had the honor of introducing the "2018-2019 Rotarians of the Year" at the club's annual meeting on June 25th.  In past years, the club has usually recognized only one member for their outstanding contribution to the club as the Rotarian of the Year.   For this year, the club decided to recognize the co-chairs for the 2019 fundraiser, Laura Luetje and Stacey Koeppen, for the overwhelming success of this event.  Not only was there nearly twice the number of guests in attendance as in previous years, but the event generated over $72,000 in net income for the club to distribute within the community to other non-profit organizations and service projects.  This was also more than twice the amount generated in previous years.    Congratulations Laura and Stacey!    
"One of the special obligations of membership in Rotary is regular attendance at the weekly meeting; it is the basic method of fulfilling the principle of fellowship as well as a way of representing your vocation". 
No member is expected actually be in attendance every week but there are numerous ways of completing a make-up such as attending the meeting of another Rotary club, attending a Board meeting or Friday morning coffee, participating in a club sponsored service project or social event or  completing an on-line make-up.   During the 2018-2019 Rotary year, the member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny completed 553 make-ups.   This enabled twenty-six members to be recognized during the annual meeting for achieving perfect attendance during the past year.  They were:
     1-Year - Todd Eipperle & Stacey Koeppen
     2-Year - Jacquelyn Duke
     4-Years - Carmen Davis & Ben Digmann
     5-Years - Rich Job
     6-Years - Tim Cox, Kristofer Orth & Steve Wieneke
     7-Years - Jim Ramsey, Steve SchraderBachar & Todd Wehr
     8-Years - Damon Miller
     9-Years - Kathy Sibbel
   10-Years - Doug Beech, Mary Cochran, & Tim Hawkins
   11-Years - Sally Schroeder
   13-Years - Dave Mercer
   14-Years - Pat Timmons
   15-Years - Nate Burnham & Tom Friedman
   20-Years - Gary Welch
   23-Years - Jim Gocke
   29-Years - Shar Dunlap
   30-Years - Mike Lydon
The final duty that 2018-2019 President Ben Digmann completed at the end of the "Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet" on June 25th was to pass the gavel to 2019-2020 President Rich Job and give him the president's pin that he will be wearing for the next year.  Rich then gave Ben a past president's pin and a framed golden gavel.   Thank you Ben for leading the club for the past year and we look forward to Rich leading the club for the next year!
Everyday Rotarians continue to "Do Good In the World!"  They look for ways to make a difference in their communities and in communities around the world.  They use their knowledge of local issues to identify areas of need, then apply their expertise and diverse perspectives to find solutions.  In Korea they established a mentoring project to prepare students with autism and intellectual and emotional disabilities for careers in horticulture.  In Brazil, Rotarians offered judo classes for youth to funnel their energy avoiding violence in the slums.  In Canada, a Rotary club is helping Syrian refugees start new lives, and in Australia clubs are helping to end domestic violence.
Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Giving to the Foundation is much easier - just go to rotary.org/donate,  Thank you.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny recently delivered a check in the amount of $500 to the Ankeny Chapter of Days For Girls International.   These funds will assist this group of ladies from Ankeny with the purchase of materials used in the making of feminine hygiene kits.  After the kits are assembled, they are given to Blessman International for delivery to women in South Africa.  The ladies will make about 200 kits including washable, reusable pads for young women in Africa.  Included in the picture, left to right, are Sandy Schmitt, Bonnie Ficek, Marilyn, Scroggins, Margie Lamb, Annette Burnham and Jan Uttterback, in front.
President Ben Digmann recognized Todd Eipperle during the meeting on June 4th for all the work he has done as Chairman of the Membership committee and for him agreeing to be the club's president elect nominee for the 2021-2022 year.
During their June meeting the Rotary Club of Ankeny's Board approved the following donation requests:
New Horizon Adult Day Care - $1,000 - This request is for a sponsorship for New Horizon's annual golf outing fundraiser.  The proceeds from their fundraiser will be used to purchase supplies and equipment.   As a result of this sponsorship, the club is entitled to register a foursome to play golf.
Blessman International – The club has an outstanding commitment to contribute $2,000 per year to Blessman International's “Teach a Child to Fish” project.  Since these funds will not be matched by District 6000 or Rotary International, Dr. Jim Blessman had requested that these funds be transferred to a new project they are working on to teach ladies to make their own “Days for Girls” hygiene kits.  The new project will be part of a Global Grant which would allow the funds to be matched by the District and Rotary International.   This request was approved and the funds, totaling $4,000 will not be disbursed until late this year.
The July Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:
When:  Thursday, July 11th
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 July:
3rd - Brad Botos
5th - Doug Johnson 
9th - James Ramsey
19th - Jason Gassmann
20th - Angi Bright
22nd - Gerry Bair
23rd - Todd Eipperle
During their meeting on June 13th, the Board has approved applications for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny for the following:
Desiree Claypool will be replacing Hannah Guiliford as the third Secondary Designee for corporate member The Bridges.  Brody Hanson will be the Primary Designee for The Bridges and Kris Baker and Doug Johnson will continue as the other Secondary Designees.
Brenda Powell is a retired school teacher and is being proposed for membership by Steve Wieneke.  She will be a member of the Evening club.
phClean - Sara Martin is the owner of phClean and an active member of the club.  She will become the Primary Designee for proposed new corporate member phClean.  Jessica Kuil, Manager of the Ankeny office and Daniel Pixley, Manager of the Ames office will be Secondary Designees.
Noel Fiscus - Noel is the owner of Fiscus Jewelers.  He is being proposed for membership by Kristofer Orth and plans to be a member of the Evening Club.
B & B Theaters has applied to become a new corporate member of the club.   Reece Lewellen, Marketing Manager, will be the Primary Designee,  James Warner, General Manager and former Rotarian in Neosho, Missouri, Justin Morgan, Operations Manager, and Connor Stobbe, Entertainment Manager will be the Secondary Designees. 
Comments regarding any of these proposed memberships may be forwarded to any member of the Board.
On the evening of June 4th, the member of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny met at AGAPE Garden and helped pull weeds, plant onions, and erect tomato cages.  They plan to volunteer again later this summer when they expect to be harvesting vegetables.
AGAPE Garden is s located by Faith Chapel of Ankeny First United Methodist Church at 7384 NW 16th Street in Ankeny.   All of the food produced is donated to local food pantries.  Last year grew over four tons of fresh vegetables were donated.
On the evening of June 11th, members of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny completed a food drive to benefit Ankeny's Holy Trinity Lutheran Church's food pantry. In about one and a half hours the group collected 301 pounds of food and paper products.   Last year, 265 pounds were collected.
Holger Knaack, of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenbery-Molln, Germany, has been selected to serve as president of Rotary International in 2020-21.  The Nominating Committee's decision follows the resignation of President-nominee  Sushil Gupta due to health reasons.
Knaack has been a Rotarian since 1992 and has served Rotary as treasurer, director, moderator, member and chair of several committees, representative for the Council on Legislation, zone coordinator, training leader, and district governor.  He is the CEO of Knaack KG, a real estate company.  He was previously a partner and general manager of Knaack Enterprises, a 125-year-old family business.
Sushil Gupta made the following announcement:
It is with a heavy heart that I announce my resignation as the president-nominee of Rotary International.  While it was my dream to serve as your president, my health prevents me from giving my absolute best to you and the office of the president at this time.  I believe Rotary deserves nothing less than that from those elected to represent this great organization of ours.  I have made this difficult decision after much soul searching and conferring with my family.  This is not only a disappointment for us, but I am also keenly aware that this will be a disappointment for many Rotarians in India who were so proud to see someone from our country again named as president.  I know that this is what is best for Rotary International.
I have been a Rotarian for more than 40 years and it has given me everything I could ask for.  I can think no higher honor than to have been selected by the nominating committee as president of Rotary for 2020-21 Rotary year.  I will continue to proudly serve as a Rotary member and pursue some major initiatives that I wanted to accomplish during my year as president, because I know that we are poised to achieve more great things in the future.  I wish nothing but the best to the candidate who is succeeds me as president and thank you all for the support and encouragement you have shown me in the past year.  - Sushil Gupta
More than 24,000 Rotary members from 170 countries are gathering in Hamburg, Germany, June 1-5 to attend the 110th annual Rotary International Convention.  Those in attendance  will be able to "Capture the Moment" while exchanging ideas, making new connections and renewing old ones.   During  the convention, they’ll be part of the conversation on pressing world issues like polio eradication, pollution, refugee migration, disease prevention, and literacy.   They’ll be inspired to enhance their skills in areas that Rotarians value like fellowship, integrity, diversity, service, and fellowship. 

But you don’t have to be in Hamburg to "Capture the Moment".  You can follow all of the RI convention coverage — photos, videos, social media posts, speeches, and more — as the action happens by going to the Rotary international web site, www.rotary.org.  You can even stream the general sessions and key breakout sessions, either as they happen or at a later time.

If you are looking forward to the 2020 Rotary International Convention June 6-10, in Honolulu, Hawaii, a special registration rate of $395 is now available until 11:59 PM June 5th.   Also, book your hotel as soon as possible as many hotels are already sold out.

The Rotarians that are scheduled to be the "Greeter" and "Sheriff" for the next several weeks are as follows:
7/2 - Teri Crist
7/9 - Jeff Dammon
7/16 - Carmen Davis
7/23 - Mark Densmore
7/30 - Ben Digmann
8/6 - Shar Dunlap
8/13 - Todd Eipperle
8/20 - Jim Foreman
8/27 - Jan Franck
Special guests attending the Rotary Club of Ankeny's regular meetings during the past month were:
6/4 - Jenessa Amundsom, guest of Sara Thompson
6/4 - Jessica Kuil, guest of Sara Thompson
6/4 - David Lowe, guest of Todd Eipperle
6/4 - Scott Turzcynski, guest of Todd Eipperle
6/4 - Lauri Ericson, guest of Todd Eipperle
6/4 - Kim Stoney, guest of Todd Eipperle
6/4 - Todd Jacobson, guest of Todd Eipperle
6/4 - Audra Thompson, Guest of Todd Eipperle
6/4 - Jesus Davila, RYE & RYLA student
6/4 - David Long,  Jesus's host father
6/4 - Sophie Bergan, RYLA Winner
6/4 - Travis Bergan, Sofie's father
6/4 - Angela Bergan, Sofie's mother
6/4 - Jordan Su, RYLA Winner
6/4 - Allison Su, RYLA Winner
6/4 - Wei Su, Jordan & Allison's father
6/4 - Shugg Lai, Jordan & Allison's mother 
6/4 - Mallory Leazer, RYLA Winner
6/4 - Jenny Leazer, Mallory's mother
6/4 - Jason Leazer, Mallory's father
6/4 - Natalia Figuerua Portal, RYLA Winner
6/4 - Juan Portal, Natalia's father
6/4 - Gilda Figuerua, Natalia's mother
6/11 - Jenessa Amundson, guest of Sara Thompson
6/11 - John Foster, guest of Ben Digmann
6/11 - Sarah Hanson, Blessman International, guest of Nate Burnham
6/11 - Reece Lewellen, B & B Theaters, prospective new member
6/11 - Brenda Powell, prospective new member, "Evening"
6/18 - Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Ag., Speaker
6/18 - Julie Kenny, Deputy Secretary of Ag
6/18 - Reece Lewellen, B & B Theaters, prospective new member
Molly Mellinger
Jul 23, 2019
Jester Park Equestrian Center
Bruce Buchanan, CEO Compass Clinical Associates
Jul 30, 2019
Insurance Strategies
Derek Lord
Aug 13, 2019
Economic Development Director for the City of Ankeny
Gary Welch
Aug 20, 2019
RYLA Student Presentation
Matt Hill
Sep 03, 2019
Mid-Iowa Council CEO / Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America
Jean Shelton
Sep 10, 2019
On With Life CEO
District Governor Morain
Sep 24, 2019
District Governor Presentation