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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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Diana and Tim Hawkins made a donation to the Sukup Sate T Home project late last year which was sufficient to purchase one home.   In recognition of this generous donation, the club made a donation the the Rotary Foundation in their names.  Foundation Chair Steve SchraderBachar recognized them at the March 2nd meeting by presenting Diana a certificate and pin to make her a Paul Harris Fellow and presenting Tim with a pin with four sapphire stones indicating he is now a Paul Harris Fellow + 4.   Congratulations Diana and Tim and thank you for your support of the Sukup Safe T Home project. 
A District Grant (DG) is a block grant to District 6000 from The Rotary Foundation. This grant is a tool that District 6000 uses to support short-term projects initiated by clubs in District 6000 called Community Service Grants. Funds are distributed to clubs through applications to the District 6000 Committee which decides the merit of each application and the degree to which they should be funded.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny received two of these grants this year.  One was for the potato digger for AGAPE garden and the other was for equipment to assist with the relocation of the Ankeny Service Center office.
 
The maximum grant amount a club can apply for is $5,000.  This amount must then be at least matched by the club making the total funds available for a project, or projects, $10,000.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny has been a strong supporter of the Rotary Foundation and this is a way for our club to have a portion of these funds returned to benefit our community.  The deadline for applying for grants for the 2021-2022 Rotary year is June 1, 2021.  Dave Mercer will be representing our club at the District's grant management seminar.  If you have any suggestions for a Community Service Grant for our club to consider, please contact Dave or any Board member.
Special guests attending the Rotary Club of Ankeny's meetings last month included:
2/2 - Dr. Al Azinger, Acting Superintendent, Ankeny Community Schools, Speaker
2/2 - Jennifer Jamison, CFO Ankeny Community Schools, Speaker
2/2 - Maya Duke, guest of Jacquelyn Duke, Evening
2/2 - Eddie Arias, guest of Juan Arias, Evening
2/9 - Eddie Arias, guest of Juan Arias, Evening
2/9 - Susan Orth, guest of Kristofer Orth, Evening
2/9 - Shannon Magner, guest of Jeff Magner, Evening
2/9 - Michael Hidder, Ankeny Real Estate Service, Speaker
2/9 - Colin Panzi, Panzi Real Estate Team, Speaker
2/16 - Ron Heideman, speaker, Evening
2/16 - TJ Burns, United Rentals, prospective new member, Evening
2/23 - Jason Evans, Iowa Events Center, speaker
2/23 - Sydney Smith, Blessman International
2/23 - TJ Burns, prospective New Member, Evening
2/23 - Katrina Burns, guest of TJ Burns, Evening
2/23 - Marin Burns, guest of TJ Burns, Evening
2/23 - Eddie Arias, guest of Juan Arias, Evening
2/23 - Susan Orth, guest of Kristofer Orth, Evening
2/23 - Mike Reavis, guest of Rachael Panzi, Evening
2/23 - Jonathan Fiscus, guest of Noel Fiscus, Evening
2/23 - Cody Bednarz - guest of Noel Fiscus, Evening 
We are pleased to report there has not been any new Wild Polio cases reported in the world since January 19, 2021.   The final two polio endemic countries are:
 
Pakistan - The last Wild Polio case was reported on 11/23/20.  Pakistan reported 84 Wild Polio cases in 2020.  
Afghanistan - Only one new Wild Polio case has been reported in 2021 and it was on January 19th.   Afghanistan reported 56 Wild Polio cases in 2020.
 
The picture shows Dr. Samreen Khalil, WHO Polio Eradication Officer in Pakistan, as she collects a sample from Muhammad Shabir in order to perform a test for COVID-19.  Most of the Polio staff and volunteers are also participating in Covid as well as Polio eradication activities.    A Win Against Polio is a Win for Global Health!
Corinne Lambert, former member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny and Assistant District Governor, is still in the hospital recovering from a serious stroke and won't be able to finish the year as Assistant Governor.  Juan Arias, of the Rotary Club of Ankeny, has agreed to start his term early and is now serving the Ankeny, East Polk and Johnston clubs as Assistant District Governor.
 
The last report we have received from Ned Looney, President of the East Polk Rotary Club, stated Corinne is slowly recovering but while making progress she often experiences setbacks. She is unable to speak as she has facial paralysis on one side.  They are trying to help her communicate in other ways.  She does recognize and appreciate get-well cards.  She is still recovering in the hospital now, and physical therapy will need to be continued once she is released.  If you would like to send a card, her address is:
 
Corinne Lambert c/o
Methodist Hospital
Powell Center 465
1212 Pleasant Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
The March Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held in-person.   A Zoom link will also be provided for those who would like to attend but are not as yet comfortable with an in-person meeting. 
 
When:  Thursday, March 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 March:
 
7th - Andrew Larson
8th - Craig Block
9th - Trent Murphy
12th - Zane Smith
18th - Stacey Koeppen
21st - Troy Boelman
25th - John Biga
27th - Raj Reddy 
On February 23rd, the Evening club completed a service project by packaging Meals from the Heartland.  Eleven members and eleven guests packaged 226 boxes which equals 48,816 meals in a two hour session.  Great job Evening Club!  A check for $250 from the Rotary Club of Ankeny was given to Meals From the Heartland to help defray the cost of materials and shipping of the boxes. 
 
 
At their February meeting, the Board approved a $500 donation to Variety - the Children's Charity telethon to be held on March 6-7.  The mission of Variety is helping disabled and mentally handicapped children.  The following thank you letter has been received:
 
"Thank you for your contribution to Variety- the Children's Charity.  Your support is always important, but this year it carries even greater meaning to Variety.  Navigating 2020 has been difficult for everyone but the children we serve have been especially hard hit and they needed our help more than ever.  You stepped up, saw the needed and provided your support.  Please accept our deepest thanks for continuing to believe in Variety and entrusting us to effectively serve children with your donation.  The past year may have looked different in how we operated but our end goal never changed... to give Iowa's children the help they need for a brighter future.
 
Despite the pandemic, in 2020 Variety granted over $2.1 million to 72 children's organizations for building renovations, specialized equipment, programing needs and more.  We provided specialized bicycles and mobility equipment to 75 children living with special needs and provided our third inclusive playground at Riverview Park!   These are just a few highlights of our year.  Without special donors like you, none of this would happen.  Your kindness is greatly appreciated. 
 
Sheri McMichael, Executive Director"
Tim Hawkins has agreed to assume the position of Foundation Chair for the Rotary Club of Ankeny effective July 1, 2021.  This position became open when the current Foundation Chair, Steve SchraderBachar agreed to become the President Elect Nominee, 2023-2024.  Thank you Tim for your continued service to the club.
The Board has received and approved an application for membership to the Evening club from Timothy (TJ) Burns.   TJ and his wife Katrina live in Ankeny and he is the Branch Manager for United Rentals.  
 
Comments regarding TJ's application may be submitted to any Board member. 
"Living the Five Way Test" is the theme for the 2021 District 6000 Conference to be held Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the Ankeny Courtyard by Marriott. 
 
The evening starts with a social time with cash bar and the opportunity to view tables of Rotary projects, followed by a meal of your choice and the chance to put in a silent bid for some wonderful dessert!  There will be fellowship, Rotary stories, awards, an auction of a quilt and more.  This event is a wonderful opportunity to meet Rotarians from other clubs and HAVE SOME FUN!  This is a chance to participate in a district event that is a short time commitment, cost friendly, and located in Ankeny.
 
There will be limited in-person attendance and also a hybrid version.
In person attendance: Social time, meal (4 choices) and the program.  The early bird price is $39.95, after March 15 it's $49.95.  This option is limited to the first 140 registrations received, with the Marriott planning for attendees to physical distance with 6 people per table in a room with a capacity of 420.  For everyone's protection, attendees are to wear masks when not eating and drinking.
 
The hybrid version is $25 per person for those more comfortable attending virtually.  All funds from virtual ticket sales will be divided equally between PolioPlus and Sukup Safe T Home.
 
For Ankeny Rotarians that would like to attend, your Board has approved paying the registration fee for all members and spouses that attend.  You can register in one of three ways:
 
1.  Go to the District 6000 website at  https://rotary6000.org/event/conference---stories-and-fellowship---boone/  and register online using a credit card.  There is a processing fee of approximately $4 for paying with a credit card.   Then forward a copy of your registration form to me and reimbursement will be in the form of a credit on your April Rotary invoice.
 
2.  Print and complete the attached registration form and mail it as shown on the form with a check or credit card information.  Then forward a copy of your registration form to me and reimbursement will be in the form of a credit on your April Rotary invoice.
 
3.  Print and complete the attached registration form and forward it to me and I will register you using the club's credit card.
 
If you plan to attend please register prior to March 15th to take advantage of the early bird discount.  
District Governor Elect Alka and Kiran Khanolkar are attending the International Assembly,  which is being held online for the first time ever this year, the first week of February!  They are receiving incoming District Governor training along with all their classmates from around the world.  On the first day of the training, Rotary International President Elect, Shekhar Mehta announced his theme for the 2021-2022 year.  It is "Serve to Change Lives".   Alka and Kiran look forward to sharing the ideas they are learning with everyone in District 6000.
Todd Wehr announced during the noon meeting on February 2nd that he had selected Steve SchraderBachar to be the "Rotarian of the Month" for February.  This is in recognition to the work he has done as the club's Foundation Chair for the past eight years and his agreeing to be the President Elect Nominee for the club.  He will serve as the club's President for the 2023-2024 Rotary year.   Congratulations Steve!
The Rotary International Convention, scheduled for June 12-16, 2021 in Taipei, Taiwan will now be a virtual event in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.  The Rotary Board of Directors believes this decision was necessary to protect the health of everyone involved.  More details about the 2021 Rotary International Convention will be available soon.  Anyone that had registered for the convention will be receiving a full refund of registration fees and ticketed meal events.
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 in Methodist Hospital.  The last update we have received is that she is still in the hospital, in serious condition, and unable to receive vistors, calls or eamils.   A card has been sent to her from the club.  If you would like to reach out with a card of encouragement the address is:
 
Corrine Lambert c/o
Methodist Hospital
Powell Center 465
1212 Pleasant Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

The 2021 District 6000 annual conference, will be held on  April 24, 2021 at the Ankeny Courtyard Marriott.  This will be a “hybrid” event from 5-9:00 PM.  “Living the Five-Way Test” will be the theme for an evening of stories and fellowship with Rotarians around the District.  The evening starts with a social time with cash bar, followed by a meal of your choice and fellowship.  There will be stories, awards, an auction and a wonderful opportunity to meet Rotarians from other clubs and HAVE SOME FUN!  This is a chance to participate in a district event that requires only a short time Rotary commitment, and is cost friendly.

You can choose to attend in person or virtually.   In person attendance will include a social time, meal (4 choices) and the program.  The early bird price is $39.95, after March 15 it's $49.95.  This option will be limited to the first 140 registrations received, with the Marriott planning that attendees will physical distance with 6 people per table and wear masks when not eating and drinking.  The hybrid version is $25 per person for those more comfortable attending virtually.  All funds from virtual ticket sales will be divided equally between PolioPlus and Sukup Safe T Home.  Registration is available on the District Website: https://rotary6000.org.  You can either register online or by downloading the registration form and mailing it. 

Make your plans now to attend and join us for stories and fellowship about the Rotary expereince.

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