Greeter/Sheriff Schedule
10/27 - John Foster
11/3 - Tom Friedman
11/10 - Jason Gassmann
11/17 - Jim Gocke
11/24 - Brodey Hanson
12/1 - Tim Hawkins
12/8 - Tyler Howe
12/15 - Rich Job
12/22 - Marie Kline
12/29 - NO MEETING
Noon - Heather L. Lee - Children & Families Iowa
Nov 10, 2020 12:00 PM
CFI is restoring hope, building futures and changing lives.
EVENING - Vanessa Vegas - Old Chicago
Nov 17, 2020
The Rotary Foundation
NOON - Jessie Dirks - Dr. Al Azinger
Nov 17, 2020 12:00 PM
Chief Officer of Human Resources & Legal Affairs for Ankeny Schools
EVENING - Educational Video - At Old Chicago
Nov 24, 2020
Kristofer Orth
NOON - Craig Crist
Nov 24, 2020 12:00 PM
Provide update on AGAPE Garden
EVENING - Service Project- at 3 locations tbd
Dec 08, 2020
Warm Blankets Warm Beds
EVENING - No Meeting
Dec 22, 2020
Club Information

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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The annual District 6000 Foundation luncheon will be held online on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at noon.  There will be presentations to Rotarians that have been recognized by The Rotary Foundation and District 6000 during the past Rotary year and also be a brief report on the successes that District 6000 has had by using the power of Our Foundation.  The keynote speaker for the luncheon and special guest will be Rotary International President Holger Knaack.  Don't miss this great opportunity to hear from our Rotary International President.  Go to the Rotary District 6000 website,, to register.   Experience how "Rotary Opens Opportunities" through the The Rotary Foundation!
November is Rotary Foundation month!!   It is the mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty through gifts from it's members. 
As the charitable arm of Rotary International, the Foundation taps into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise to empower them to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.  Through the Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies.  Rotary has also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide.
Did you know:
Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.
When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.
In 1947, the Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later know as Ambassadorial Scholarships.
1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.
1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.
1985: The PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.
1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.
2013: New District, Global and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.
Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.
Foundation Chair, Steve SchraderBachar, presented Jim Gocke with a pin containing 5 sapphire stones to recognize him for achieving Paul Harris + 5 status for his contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny will not be meeting on Tuesday, December 22nd.  Neither the Noon or Evening clubs will be meeting on Tuesday, December 29th.   No decision has as yet been made on a Christmas social for the members of the noon club.   Evening club members and guests are planning to have a Christmas social on December 1st at the Villas at Stonewater clubhouse.
The November meeting of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held virtually, at noon, on Thursday, November 12th.   All members are welcome to attend and it will count as a make-up.  The Zoom link is
A reminder email with this Zoom link will be forwarded prior to the meeting.
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in November:
3rd - Steve Wieneke
4th - Nate Burnham
11th - Laura Luetje
12th - Jim Foreman
25th - Jan Franck
25th - Del Mohler
26th - Kathy Sibbel
29th - Darius Potts
The October meeting of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held virtually, at noon, on Thursday, October 8th.   All members are welcome to attend and it will count as a make-up.  The Zoom link is
A reminder email with this Zoom link will be forwarded prior to the meeting.
It is the "Object of Rotary" to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular to encourage and foster "Service Above Self"
The Rotary Club of Ankeny makes cash donations to worthy organizations each year.  Requests are considered by the donation committee with recommendations being made to the Board.  If any member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny would like to request a donation, they should review the "Donation Guidelines" that can be found on our web site under "Site Pages" / "Donations Requests".  The "Donation Application" form can also be found on this page. 
Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month.  To allow time for the Board members to review the requests prior to the actual Board meeting, all donation requests should be submitted to the Chairman of the Services/Donation Committee, Mary Cochran,, prior to the end of the preceding month.  For example, for a request to be considered at the November 12, 2020 Board meeting, it needs to be submitted to Mary by October 31, 2020.
For the 6th year in a row the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be purchasing 138 winter coats to be distributed by Project Fresh Start to students in the Ankeny Community School District at a cost of $2,502.  Dave Kissinger attended the noon meeting on September 29th to accept the check and to thank the club for their contribution to the "Warm Coats" project.  Thank you Dave Mercer for again leading this project this year.
With the assistance of a matching District Community Development grant, the Rotary Club of Ankeny provided funding for the AGAPE garden to purchase a potato plow.   While participating in a service project to help harvest over 1,100 pounds of turnips and onions, members of the Ankeny Evening Rotary Club were able to get their picture taken with the plow.  A very lovely thank you card has been received from The AGAPE Garden Team from the First United Methodist Church.  "Thank you for the awesome gift.  This Potato Plow is going to help us be sustainable for many years."  
From September 17-20 eight Ankeny Rotarians hosted approximately 85 guests for the club's "Together at the Table" parties.  Donations from these parties totaled $4,530, the 15 silent auction items sold for $9,182, and a $2,000 donation from Polk County gives a total income of $15,712 from these parties.  The big winners were those that participated and had fun at the parties.  Thank you to the hosts, Todd Eipperle, Mark Land, Doug Beech, Nate Burnham, Abbi Rickelman, Trent Murphy, Laura Luetje, and Stacey Koeppen.
Reece Lewellen and his wife Cassie are celebrating the birth of a baby boy named Callian, on September 27th.   He weighed in at 7 lbs. 14 oz. and is 19.75 in. long.  Baby and mother are doing well.  Reece is a also doing well as a proud new father.  The club gave the gift including four baby books and a gift card.
In each of the past six year's, the Rotary Club of Ankeny has partnered with Project Fresh Start to purchase and distribute winter coats and other wither clothing to low income families in the Ankeny community.   The Board has approved supporting this project again this year with a donation of $2,500.
The objective of the Ankeny Leadership Institute is to enhance personal leadership skills of participants, increase insight on issues facing our community, and inspire participants to become involved in leadership roles.  Several current members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny are past graduates the ALI program and the Board believes all the participants of ALI should all be considered future Rotarian prospects.   During their September meeting, the Board approved some sponsorships for the ALI to show support for ALI this program and increase Rotary's visibility to the participants.  Rotary will be the sponsor for the ALI "Meet and Greet" and also for their "Graduation Ceremony".   In addition, approval was granted for the club to provide up to two scholarships for payment of the tuition to participate in the ALI program.  The preference is for individuals to be considered that they be a current Rotarian.  If no current Rotarian wishes to participate, consideration will then be given to an employee of a Rotarian's business or a non Rotarian. 
The Board also approved a request to provide a sponsorship for the Engage website.  This website is a project of the Ankeny Leadership Institute's class of 2019-2020 and is to create a website to connect local nonprofits to the community and bring awareness to resources that are available.   This Silver Sponsorship, $500, will help provide enhancements to the website.   
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in October:
5th - Mary Cochran
12th - Marie Kline
16th - Abbi Rickelman
20th - Kristofer Orth
24th - Brenda Wieneke
27th - Mark Densmore
29th - Renee Potts
Many families in Ankeny are concerned with their ability to assist children with their learning on off days of a hybrid learning program to be utilized by the Ankeny Community Schools.  Laura Luetje presented a request to the Board to provide some financial support for a "Return to Learn" program in which a licensed substitute teacher will be provided at a central location, Blue Bean in Ankeny.   Rotary's donation of $3,500 will assist with the cost of renting the facility to provide access to technology and a safe learning environment for 6-weeks.  This donation is considered "seed money" to help this program get started.  If the program is expanded or continued beyond the 6-weeks, additional funding will be needed from other sources. 
The following thank you note was received from Laura Luetje: 
"Rotary Club of Ankeny, A heartfelt thank you for your support financially and in promoting the off-day return-to-learn program.  I truly believe we are making a difference to the kiddos and families in the district and that this support is just another way to show how much the Rotary Club of Ankenysupports the community and how important this support is!  Thank you!!"
This note was received from one of the students:
"Dear Ankeny Rotary - Thank you for donating.  I love going to Blue Bean every Monday & Thursday!  I love having Ms. Whitney & Mrs. Laura help me!  Thanks again!  With love, Cate Trewet"
And a note from another student:
"Thanks Ankeny Rotary Club!  Thank you for helping support Return 2 Learn.  I love it and i'm learning a lot!  From Owen Hetiet"
Northwest Bank approved a grant to the Rotary Club of Ankeny in the amount of $1,000 to assist the club with some of the donations we have been making in the Ankeny community.  Richard Bergez, Ankeny Market President, attended the noon meeting on September 1st to present the check to the club and thank the club for everything we do in the community.    Thanks you Northwest Bank for recognizing the Rotary Club of Ankeny and for this donation to the club.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny allied for a District 6000 Community Development Grant to assist with the purchase on equipment need by the Ankeny Service Center due to their relocation to a new location.   The grant from Diistrict 6000 will be matched by funds from the club making a total of  $1,792 available to the ASC.   Three Ankeny Rotarians sit on the Board of Directors for the ASC.  They are Brian Tiernan, Kathy Sibbel and Tom Friedman.  
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