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Welcome to the Rotary Club of 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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As a member of the Ankeny Area Historical Society the The Rotary Club of Ankeny had the opportunity to purchase a brick during their "Memorial Brick Campaign".   For a $100 donation, the campaign offers the opportunity to have an engraved brick laid in the area around the Old School Bell, also know as the Parkview Bell, to be placed near the museum.  The Club's Board did approve the purchase of a brick which will be engraved with:
Ankeny Rotary Club
Serving Ankeny
Since 1973 
Members of the Evening Club made 16 blankets by cutting and tying material during their virtual meeting on  December 15th.  The blankets were then donated to "Warm Hearts Warm Beds".    This charity was founded in 2015 by Ben Huebsch, Associate Principal Parkview School in Ankeny, and his daughter Charlotte, after listening to a sermon one Sunday that discused fostering generosity towards children.  Charlotte and her sister had already been using their birthday money to purchase coloring books and crayons for children staying at Mercy Hospital and recalled receiving fleece blankets during the loss of their younger sister in 2013.  They decided to make blankets and distribute them to Mercy Hospital. They set a goal of making 15 blankets that first year but after receiving a grant, and the help of friends, they delivered 65 blankets.  This project has since grown beyond imagination. In 2019, 490 blankets were made and delivered to Mercy Hospital and in 2020, over $5,000 was raised and over 400 blankets were again delivered. 
Thank you to Renee Potts for putting the club in contact with Ben and Charlotte and organizing this service project.
Earlier this year, the Rotary Club of Ankeny agreed to be the US host for a global grant led by Blessman International to fund the construction of waterless toilets for Early Childhood Develoment Centers in the Limpopo District of South Africa.  The South African host club, the Rotary Club of Polokwane did the needs assesment and will provide the local overight.  A major donor of Blessman's was to provide the majority of the funding.  The total funding for this project will to be $200,000
Approval was received from the Rotary Foundation on October 28th and funding was completed on November 9th.  The club received $118,225 from Blessman International and the club then added our contribution of $1,000 to this amount and wired $119,225 to the Rotary Foundation.  Funding from District 6000 and the South African clubs have also been received and the Rotary Foundation made the first disbursement on this grant of $50,000 on December 11th.  We have been advised at least 11 toilet stalls have already been constructed.
While Covid-19 has singularly devastated the world, The Rotary Foundation has indeed prevented much suffering around the globe through numerous District Grants and its Global Grant program with its matching funds.  Rotarians in countless clubs are still focused on doing good in the world. There is no better way to end this tumultuous year than this excerpt from the Chair of TRF Trustees, K.R “Ravi” Ravindran:  
“The year-end holidays are upon us.  It is a time of giving and sharing, but it is not limited to our loved ones.  It is also for the people we have never met and will never see, for those who are not so fortunate as we and could use a helping hand.  The miracle of giving that Scrooge discovered on Christmas Eve is exactly what The Rotary Foundation does 365 days a year.  Our Foundation serves simultaneously as charity and performer in the field.  Rotarians are on the ground, volunteering their skills and business expertise in support of grants that are funded by you.  In this way, we carry out some of Rotary's most important work, such as protecting mothers and their babies and helping communities recover from the shocks of COVID-19.
Please, remember The Rotary Foundation during this season of generosity.  Remember that your gifts to the Foundation amplify our work in all areas of focus.  They are perpetuated, not just today but long after we are gone.  And the Foundation will continue to work its miracles in service to others tomorrow as long as we keep supporting it today.  On behalf of The Rotary Foundation Trustees, I thank you for sending your generous contribution to the Foundation.”
Due to continued uncertainty regarding the pandemic, the Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2021 "Raise the Stakes" fundraiser, has officially been postponed to October 16, 2021.   The FFA Enrichment Center has been reserved for this new date and the other vendors are being contacted to confirm their availability.   Many of the auction items that had been collected for our event last year have certificates that have already or will expire prior to year end 2021.  A list of these items has been forwardeed to all club members.   If you obtained an item with an expiration date, please contact the donor to obtain a new certificate or extention of the expiration date.  
At the November meeting, the Ankeny's Board approved a the club's support of District Governor Steve Dakin's goal to purchase several Sukup Safe T Homes to be built in various countries around the world and Steve Wieneke's challenge for members to match his contribution of $250.  Prior to year-end, the club had received $2,550 in donations from members.  With the club's match, a check was sent to Steve Dakin in the amount of $5,100 in mid-December, 2020.  Thank you to the members that have already contributed to this project.
Contributions may still be made with the club matching all contributions made by members through January 14, 2021 up to a total of $3,500.   If you wish to contribute to this project, mail your check, payable to the “Rotary Club of Ankeny”, to Rotary Club of Ankeny, ATTN: Jim Ramsey, Treasurer, 911 North Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50023.   Please include the statement "Sukup Safe T Home Donation" on the memo line.  You will receive a receipt for this tax-deductible donation
The Safe T Homes can sleep 10 or more people and feature a double-roofed system that displaces heat, a full-size, lockable steel door, two windows that can be locked from within and a water collection system.  The homes are built to withstand hurricane force winds and have a useful life of 75 years.   You can find more information at this web site:
President Todd Wehr virtually inducted three new members into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on December 15, 2020.   Heidi Kramer is the new Director of U. S. Development for corporate member Blessman International.  Heidi will be the new Primary Designee.  Adam Boeding, a former member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny, will become the Primary Designee and Andy Pollock has applied to become a new Secondary Designee for corporate member Lincoln Savings Bank.  Doug Parker will move from the Primary Designee and become a Secondary Designee.  Laura Brassell will continue as a Secondary Designee.   Congratulations and welcome Heidi, Adam, and Andy!!
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in Janaury:
5th - Sarah Green
6th - Jack Pennington
15th - Jenna Lanning
20th  - Sally Schroeder
24th - Connor Stobbe
25th - Justin Carlton
27th - Jeff Damman
28th - Roger Spahr
31st - Jim Gocke
Special guests attending the Rotary Club of Ankeny's meetings last month included:
12/1 - Cynthia Forsyth, guest of Laura Leutje
12/1 - Heidi Kramer, prospective new member
12/1 - Kevin Feeney, Kreg Tool Company, Speaker
12/8 - Andy Pollock, Lincoln Savings Bank, Prospective New Member, Speaker
12/8 - Heidi Kramer, Blessman International, Prospective New Member
12/8 - Adam Boeding, Lincoln Savings Bank, Prospective New Member
12/15 - Anthony Conn, Rotary Club of Keokuk, Speaker
12/15 - Joachim "Yogi" Reppmann, Rotary Club of Northfield, Minn., Speaker
12/15 - Jack Schinchel, visiting Rotarian, Rotary Club of North Scott
12/15 - Charles Borowsky, German-American Heritage Museum, Washington D.C.
12/15 - Charlie Cogan, visiting Rotarian, Rotary Club of Northfield, Minn.
12/15 - Donald Thureau, William, Deleware, guest of Yogi Reppmann
12/15 - Gunther Becker, visiting Rotarian, Hamburg, Germany
1/5 - Steve Dakin, District Governor
1/5 - Sarah Wiser, Speaker
The Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Ankeny decided to discontinue in-person meetings through year-end due to increasing number of COVID cases in central Iowa.   The Club, both noon and evening groups, will continue to meet via Zoom at least until January 4, 2021.
The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny will not be meeting on Tuesday, December 22nd.  Neither the Noon or Evening clubs will meet on Tuesday, December 29th.  
The Board has approved an application for membership from Heidi Kramer.  Heidi is the new Director of U.S. Development for Blessman International.  She will become the Primary Designee for this corporate Rotary Club of Ankeny member. 
Comments regarding Heidi's proposed membership may be submitted to any Board member.
Fifty-two clubs make up Rotary International District 6380 (Michigan and Ontario, Canada) with seven clubs located in Macomb County, Michigan.  These seven clubs donated more than 90,000 PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to hospitals, nursing homes, dental offices, homeless shelters, food programs and schools as part of their on-going “100,000 Mask Challenge.”  This project was made possible through a Rotary International Disaster Grant of $25,000 awarded by TRF.
In a related report, the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North received a $73,000 grant from TRF called the “Pandemic Relief for Detroit Project” to provide a total of 100,000 masks to frontline workers in the area.  A member of the Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club and incoming DG for 2021-2022, Brenda K. Tipton, expressed gratitude to the Foundation, explaining that the $73,000 GG Project “will supply PPEs and human service needs to the Detroit area.  Detroit VA Hospital is on the list to receive $10,000 worth of PPEs.” 
Still in Michigan, District 6360 has provided funds matched by TRF to agencies providing nutritious meals to seniors in St. Joseph-Barton Harbor. The Rotary Club of St. Joseph-Barton Harbor handed a sum of $3,750 to Senior Nutrition Services and Meals on Wheels of SW Michigan. The TRF grant was awarded to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic which has caused an over 66% increased in need and new requests.  Prior to Coronavirus, according to club president, Matt Hanley, 300 meals a day were served, but with the onset of the pandemic, the need has risen to 500 meals daily.  

As I look back on 2020, I reflect on how our lives have changed. The global COVID-19 pandemic brought pain and loss to many of us. And for almost all of us, our daily lives, family time, and work also changed this year.  But we've made it to the end of this difficult year, not on our own but by reaching out to one another, as we always do in Rotary.  With each passing year, I become prouder of our organization.   (Holger Knaack, RI President 2020-21)

The Rotary Club of Ankeny is sending $6,460 to the Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund for the contributions made by its members through their invoices for the first and second qouarters of the year.   This does not include several members that are making direct contributions to the Foundation for the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, and Global Grants.    Thank you Ankeny Rotarains!
Erin Shaw recently joined A Plus Home Care Services as a Registered Nurse.  She was inducted, virtually, into the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny as a Secondary Designee for corporate member A Plus Home Care Services on November 24, 2020 by President Juan Arias. Anne Porter is Erin's sponsor and will continue as the Primary designee for A Plus Home Care Services.  Erin is a former member of the Rotary Club of Algona.   Welcome Erin!!
Hurricane Eta made landfall in Central America as a Cetegory 4 hurricane on October 28th.  The high winds were expected but the storm hovered over Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala for days leaving flooding and devastation behind.  Juan Arias, Presidnet of our Evening Club, has been in contact with Rotarians in Honduras.  Nearly all 33 Rotary clubs in Honduras are engaged in collecting water, food and basic necessities to supply shelters that have been set up throughout the country.   Almost all those who own boats made them available to fire fighters for rescue work.  Internationally, many Rotary clubs have offered monetary aid to assist with these efforts and to centralize the aid.
Juan has been in contact with our Distrdict Leadership and has coordinated a "Honduras Relief Fund".   If you would like to contribute, you can send a check payable to "D6000 HEF" with "Honduras Relief" in the memo line.  The check should then be mailed to D6000, P.O.Box 5774, Coralville, Iowa 52241.   A GoFundMe page has also be established.  If you wish to use this avenue for donating, use this link  The preference is to use the D6000 method of giving to avoid the GoFundMe fees.
Sarah Green became a member of the Rotry Club of Ankeny on April 20, 2020 as the Primary Designee for corporate member Blessman International.  Since then she has taken a position with Lutheran Services in Iowa as the Vice President of Philanthropy & Church Relations.  Presidnt Wehr reintroduced her to the club on November 24, 2020 as a new individual Active member of the club.  Thank you Sarah for choosing to continue your membership in the Club!
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