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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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Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International's president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization's 115-year history.  Jones will officially become president-nominee on October 1 if no other candidates challenge her.
A total of 559 golf ball tickets were sold including 31 through the Ankeny Service Center web site.  This is 21 more total balls that were sold in 20219.  Since there was no Ankeny Summerfest this year, the balls were dropped on July 30th.  The winners are now known. and they are:
1st Place - $1,000 - Molly Lydon (Sold by Mike Lydon) 
2nd Place - $375 - Brad Norwood (Sold by Tom Friedman)
3rd Place - $250 - Laura Luetje (Sold by Laura Luetje)
4th Place - $125 - Troy Boelman (Sold by Troy Boelman)
The net proceeds from this year's event will be split 60% to the Ankeny Service Center and 40% to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Thank you to Wig & Pen and Tim's Amoco for donating the coupons on the tickets and to Andrew Larson, Ankeny Sanitation, for donating $2,000 towards the prize money.   Also, a big thank you to Tom Friedman for coordinating this fundraising event.
The Rotary Club of NW Des Moines's 8th annual golf outing will be held at the Urbandale Golf and Country Club on Friday, September 18, 2020.  There will be room for 18 foursomes and they would like at least one foursome from each of the Des Moines area Rotary clubs.   This event is a fundraiser for children's literacy programs, food security, winter coats and Josh the Baby Otter swimming safety program.  Let President Wehr know if you would like to be part of a foursome to represent the Rotary Club of Ankeny. 
The news this week centers on the efforts undertaken, so far, by The Rotary Foundation in combating COVID-19.  The excerpts below are from the report by the 2020-21 Trustee Chair of the Rotary Foundatin, Mr. K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran, in the current issue of The Rotarian: 
“If a honeybee faces a giant hornet alone, the bee has a problem.  But if the honeybee faces a hornet with a swarm of other bees, then it is the hornet that has a problem.  The COVID-19 pandemic seemed like a situation that might overwhelm The Rotary Foundation.  But as things have progressed, we have not allowed it to do so. As of 4 June, we have funded 208 disaster response grants for $5.2 million and 169 new global grants at $13.8 million - all in three months. We have leveraged individual Rotarians' generosity with Foundation funds and in many cases other corporate funds to make projects larger and more impactful.  We never allowed the pandemic to overpower us.  Indeed, history shows that Rotarians are a curious breed.  We are visionaries, an idealistic lot that dreams big dreams of a better world.  At the same time, we are resilient and able to withstand challenges that others might succumb to.  We were not idle during the pandemic lockdowns.  We raised funds and did projects just as we would have if there had been no lockdown.  We remembered that it's the same business that we always do - reaching out to people in distress - except the methodology by which we did it changed.  The Rotary Foundation is more than 100 years old and has already weathered many storms - some of them mild and others devastating to the world.  Thanks to the strength, sacrifice, and compassion of Rotarians and the level to which they have extended themselves, I believe the Foundation will continue to face the future with renewed hope and inspiration.  Our Foundation will emerge from this pandemic much stronger and more resilient as long as you continue to have trust and faith in it.”
There is a world of difference between a problem and a challenge.  Our process of preparing and delivering the projects changed.  The way we communicated what we did changed.  (K.R Ravindran, The Rotarian, August 2020).
The Rotary Club of Ankeny's fall picnic will be on Tuesday, August 11 at Sunrise Park, 506 SE Peterson Drive.  The evening will begin with social time at 6:00 PM and we will plan to eat at 6:30.   The club will be providing hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments and table service.  Food will be served by people wearing masks and gloves.  Please bring a side dish to share and your own beverages and chairs.  A sign up has been sent to members by email and will be available at the August 4th meeting.
The August meeting of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held virtually at noon on Thursday, August 13th.   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.
Rotary District 6000 Foundation Chair Chris Knapp, virtually attended the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny meeting on July 28th.  He joined in the meeting to present information regarding the Rotary Foundation and to also recognize Juan Arias for his commitment to the Rotary Foundation.   Juan is a Paul Harris Fellow+4 and has also become a Paul Harris Society member.  As a member of the Paul Harris Society, Juan has committed to contribute at least $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation for 10 years when he would become a Major Donor.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny now has six Paul Harris Society members.  They are: Juan Arias, Nate Burnham, Tim Hawkins, Steve SchraderBachar, Sally Schroeder, and Zane Smith.  These six Rotarians contributed nearly 40% of the total contribution made to the Rotary Foundation by the Rotary Club of Ankeny in 2019-2020.   Thank you to our Paul Harris Society members!!
District 6000 DG Steve Dakin and Lesley will visit with all 66 Rotary Clubs in our District 6000 in the first 4 months of this new Rotary Year.   They made their official visit to the Ankeny Noon club on July 7th.  One of the items he wants to emphasis during his year as District Governor is to have FUN.   To emphasize this, he suggested we add a fifth line to Rotary's 4-way test stating "Is it FUN".   
The Evening Ankeny Rotary Club enjoyed a relaxing and fun social night with a barbeque at the home of Amanda and Noel Fiscus on the evening July 21st.   Noel grilled burgers and brats for the group which included twelve Rotarians and 7 guests.
District Governor Steve Dakin made his official visit to the noon Ankeny club on July 7, 2020.  The following is a letter received from him following his visit:
"Dear Todd,
      Lesley and I appreciate the lively welcome yesterday offered by the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  We were impressed by the number of Board members who were able to join us online, which speaks to the support and dedication to your club.
      We realize the Ankeny Bandshell has needed your long-term maintenance, but we are aware that it is frequently used (during more socially appropriate times).   Your dedication to the Ankeny Service Center is significant and also indispensable.  There are always community needs to be satisfied.   We are aware of the AMP and find it a tremendous asset.  Great Rotary branding there! 
       Fundraising this year may be a struggle, but it sounds like you are willing to try an alternative event.  I am interested to hear the outcome of your “dinner parties”.  This may be an idea that other clubs in the District could also use.
      Your involvement in international projects is also exciting:  PPE for Honduras, the Ames water project in Tanzania, and also support for Blessman International.  These opportunities to transform the world are made possible through your extensive donations to the Rotary Foundation:  100% involvement in Every Rotarian Every Year and Paul Harris Society members.   A big “thumbs up” to the Ankeny club.  
      During our trip around the District we will be sharing information with clubs about the positive effect your satellite club has had on your community.  Specifically, we think they would be interested in how you have included members in joint activities and shared governance in an effort to make Ankeny a better community.  Your hard work needs to be duplicated in a few other communities around District 6000.
      Thanks again for your time and attention.  Have a great 2020-2021 Rotary year!  Stay healthy and keep up the good works! 
Proud to be a Rotarian,
Steve Dakin"                                                 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2019-2020 "Rotarian of the Year" was out of town the evening of the club's annual meeting and awards banquet but he did attend the club's July 21st meeting via Zoom.  Laura Luetje and Stacey Koeppen, the club's 2018-2019 Co-Rotarians of the Year, took that opportunity to announce that Dave Mercer had been selected for this recognition for 2019-2020.  Dave has been a member of the club for 14 years and has volunteered for a number of service projects and committees.   For the past 6 years, he has been the club's representative at the District's Grant Management Training Meetings and in that capacity he has written several community development grants and oversaw the required reporting.  He has also coordinated the club's purchase of coats and snow pants for Project Fresh Start, served on the AMP fundraising committee, assisted with the donations to the local food banks, and several other service projects.  Congratulations Dave!!       
President Todd Wehr plans to continue with the practice of naming a member "Rotarian of the Month" for the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  during his first meeting as President, he named Rich Job as the Rotarian of the month for July in recognition for his hard work and leadership as President of the club for 2019-2020.   Thank you and congratulations Rich!!
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in August:
5th - Jeff Magner
5th - Jess Reynolds
5th - James Warner
6th - Renee Murphy
12th - Dale Port
16th - Mark Land
16th - Pat Timmons
18th - Gary Welch
22nd - Brian Tiernan
28th - Ben Digmann
Happy Birthday Rotarians!!
Here is a thank you note from Haley Grubb one of the winners of a "Rotary Dollars For Scholars" scholarship.
Dear Mary Cochran and Ankeny Rotary Club Members,
I can't thank you enough for choosing me for this scholarship.  It will definitely be put to good use!  I will be attending the University of Iowa with a direct admission into the Nursing Program.  I plan to become a pediatric practitioner.  I am very excited to be a Hawkeye and make a difference in kids' lives.  
As this is a Rotary Scholarship, I figured I would tell you about my amazing time at RYLA.  I attended my junior year (2018), and loved every second of it.  RYLA taught me more about myself in a week than I had learned in my whole life.  I made so many memories and met so many amazing people, most of which I still talk to!  I wish there was a post-RYLA camp every summer so I could relive the RYLA magic every year. 
Thank you again for choosing me to receive this scholarship.  I sincerely appreciate it!  With RYLove, Haley Grubb
The club's "Annual Meeting and Awards Night" held on June 30th at the AG&CC concluded with the Rich Job turning over the leadership of the club to Todd Wehr.  After being sworn in, Todd presented Rich with a golden gavel as a token of the club's appreciation for his leadership during the past year.  Thank you Rich and good luck to Todd as we look forward to his leadership in the 2020-2021 year.
A District 6000 gavel passing, which was to be held during the District Conference, was held virtually on June 26th.  Rich Job, President of the Noon Club, Todd Wehr, President Elect of the noon club, and Steve Wieneke, President of the Evening Club gathered at home of Juan Arias, President Elect of the Evening Club to participate in the gavel passing ceremony.  They were joined by approximately 175 District 6000 Rotarians.  After a brief program, gavels were passed and the incoming Presidents were sworn in.   Also present at Juan's house were Brenda Powell, Cindy Wehr, and Patty Munguia.
Juan Arias was named the "New Ankeny Rotarian of the Year" during the "Annual Meeting and Awards Night" on June 30th.   Although Juan is no stranger to Rotary, having been a Rotarian in Honduras since 1994, he has made a significant impact on the Rotary Club of Ankeny since he transferred his membership in 2018.  Since then he maintained perfect attendance, completed session 3 of the Rotary Leadership Institute and graduated from this program, attended RLI facilitator training, volunteered to serve on the District RLI committee, assisted with set up and tear down of meeting equipment and paraphernalia, participated in nearly all evening club service projects, including the clean up and replanting of the Band Shell flower beds, and coordinated and conducted weekly virtual meetings.  In addition, Juan was elected by Evening Club members to serve as President for 2020-2021 year and in that capacity attended PETS in Rochester earlier this year.
In addition to a plaque, the club made a donation to the Rotary Foundation in Juan's name to elevate him to the Paul Harris Fellow+4 recognition level.  Congratulations Juan!!
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