Stephanie Gott
Nov 29, 2022
Ankeny Economic Development
Evening - Club Assembly
Nov 29, 2022 6:00 PM
Planning Meeting - Old Chicago (2732 SE Delaware, Ankeny)
Mark Holm
Dec 06, 2022
Ankeny Mayor
Community Service- Make tie blankets
Dec 06, 2022 6:00 PM
Warm Hearts, Warm Beds - (Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, 510 E. 1st St.)
Special Community Service Off-site Project
Dec 10, 2022 10:00 AM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing at both North & South HyVee, Ankeny 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dec 13, 2022
Evening Christmas Social at Briarwood
"Oh What Fun! Jingle & Mingle with Ankeny Rotary"
Dec 13, 2022 5:30 PM
Christmas Social at Briarwood Golf Club (3405 NE Trilein Dr.)
Aaron Putze & Grant Kimberley
Dec 20, 2022
Iowa Soybean Association
Speaker Darius Potts, Ankeny Police Foundation
Dec 20, 2022 6:00 PM
Ankeny Police Department (411 SW Ordnance Rd.)
Director, Melissa Burdick
Jan 03, 2023
The Brenton Arboretum
USS Iowa Project
Jan 10, 2023
Gary Kruempel
Melisa Cox
Jan 17, 2023
Ankeny Chamber update
Ryan Weldon
Jan 24, 2023
Ankeny School Board President
Allison Piazza
Jan 31, 2023
Easter Seals
Sherrie Colbert Museum Director
Feb 07, 2023
Iowa Gold Star Military Museum
Dayne Magneson - Saylorville’s Lake Manager
Feb 14, 2023
U.S Army Corps of Engineers Saylorville’s missions
Laura & Stacey
Feb 21, 2023
Club Assembly
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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 During Rotary District 6000's Foundation Dinner on November   The Rotary Club of Ankeny was recognized for our contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  Of more than 36,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide Ankeny was recognized as one of only 4,500 clubs worldwide to become a 100% Foundation Giving Club, one of only 3,900 clubs worldwide to attain status as an Every Rotarian, Every Year Club, and one of only 1,530 clubs to achieve Top Three Highest in per Capita Annual Giving honors in their district.  
US Army Reserve Sergeant Major Todd Eipperle will be deployed to Kuwait for one year beginning on December 4, 2022.  Todd will serve with the143rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), U.S. Army Reserve under the U.S. Central Command.  This will be Todd's third deployment. 
From May 2010 to November 2011 as an Iowa National soldier, Todd deployed to Afghanistan with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th infantry Division, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  He was assigned to an Afghan National Army embedded training team to help mentor Afghan police and military leadership.  On July 9, 2011, two weeks before he was scheduled to return home, Todd was driving one of two vehicles in Afghanistan's Panhshir Province, when they were approached by an Afghan security person who started shooting and killed both the driver of the other vehicle and a civilian passenger.  Todd got out of his vehicle and returned fire, killing the attacker however he was shot in the shoulder and near the knee.  He was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, with valor, for his actions.   Todd was also deployed from March 2003 to May 2004 to Iraq with the 234th Signal Battalion, Iowa National Guard, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
The Club's "Happy Hour" social with noon & evening club members at B&B Theaters on November 8th was converted to a deployment party for Todd. The club purchased a party package including an hour of bowling and the party room.  Thirty-seven members and guests were present to wish Todd well and to give him a proper Rotary send off.  A highly decorated bowling pin was available for everyone to sign to wish Todd a safe and successful deployment.
The winners of the bowling prizes were, Kent Patterson - "Highest Bowling Score", Kristofer Orth - "Gutter - Ball??  - Talk??", Patty Munguia - "Fanciest Bowler".
Thank you to Cathy Maher for making arrangements for the party including the cake and decorating the bowling pins.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny is now one month from completing 50 years of service to the Ankeny Community and will be celebrating with a gala on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at the FFA Enrichment Center.  Here is some history of the Rotary Club of Ankeny's "Rotarian of The Year":
During the Board meeting on September 2, 1980, Ben Norman proposed a plan to recognize one outstanding member of the Club each year as the "Rotarian of the Year".  He said this should help to develop a spirit of closeness internally and good public relations externally.  In 1981, Milt Anun was recognized as the Club's first recipient of this award.   It was felt it was only right to recognize him for all he did to get the Rotary Club of Ankeny chartered and having served as the first President of the Club.  He was also made him the Club's first Paul Harris Fellow.
Each year since 1981, the Club has recognized a member as the Rotarian of the Year and in four years, two members have been recognized as co-recipients.  A total of 46 Rotarians have been recognized.    Twenty-two of these recipients are still members of the Club today.  Only one member has been recognized twice, Gerry Bair in 1995 and again in 2005. 
The December Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
When:  Thursday, December 8th
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 December:
1st - Patty Munguia
2nd - Chuck Stewart
3rd - Sherry Kulbalsky
3rd - Scott Port
12th - Rich Job
12th - Sharon Winkel
14th - Tim Cox
15th - Dylan Dyer
16th - Doug Ripley
18th - Cathy Maher
19th - Richard Bergez
21st - Doug Beech
During their November meeting, the following donation requests were approved:
  • Ankeny Service Center - $700 – Since 2012, the club has been giving noon speakers a certificate stating we will be making a donation to the ASC in recognition of their presentation to the Club.  This donation will provide funds to continue this practice through July 2023.
  • Ankeny Community Chorus - $500 – These funds will help offset the cost of new sheet music.
  • The Salvation Army - $1,000 – Club members will be ringing the bell on December 10, 2022 at both Ankeny HyVee stores.  The club will match donations up to $1,000.
  • Dollars For Scholars - $4,000 – This is an increase of $1,000 from last year.  The funds are to be broken down into two $1,000 scholarships at each high school with a preference being given to students that may have a relationship with Rotary such as having a parent or relative that is a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny, has been a Rotary Exchange student or attended a Rotary Youth Leadership camp.  Also, preference is to be given to a minority student for at least one of the four scholarships.
Queen Elizabeth II, AKA Sally Schroeder, and the Fireball Man, AKA Nate Burnham, made guest appearances at the noon Rotary meeting on October 25th.   
They were a few days early for Halloween, so they did not get any treats.
At the District 6000 Foundation dinner on October 22nd, the Rotary Club of Ankeny was recognized for our contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  During the 2021-2022 Rotary year our club made contributions to the Foundation of $23,055 to the Annual fund and $8,392 to Polio Plus for a total of $31,447 which equals $305 per member.  We were also recognized as a 100% Foundation Giving Club.   Rich Job attended the banquet and brought the following letter back to the Club.  
On behalf of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation, please accept this special 2021-2022 banner as an expression of our sincere appreciation for your membership's generous support of the Annual Fund.  Your club is distinguished from more than 36,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide as being one or more of the following:
  • One of only 1,530 clubs to achieve Top Three Highest Per Capita Annual Giving honors in their district.
  • One of only 3,900 clubs worldwide to attain status as an Every Rotarian, Every Year Club
  • One of only 4,500 clubs worldwide to become a 100% Foundation Giving Club 
Please convey our gratitude to every member of your club for their generous gifts to our Rotary Foundation.  Your support enables Rotary members to tackle the world's toughest challenges both in your community and across the globe.  Congratulations and thank you for making The Rotary Foundation a continued priority in your club.
Sincerely, Eric Schmelling, Chief Philanthropy Officer, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
Registration is now open for the annual Rotary Holiday social, “Oh What Fun! Jingle & Mingle with Ankeny Rotary”, to be held on Tuesday, December 13th at Briarwood Golf Club, 3405 NE Trilien Drive.  There will be a social hour beginning at 5:30 with dinner to be served at 6:30.  Each member may bring one guest.  The cost per person attending is $25 that will be charged to the member on the club's January invoices.  
Each member should have received an invitation by email with registration information.  If you did not receive this invitation contact Nate at nfburnham@gmail.com, for assistance.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny Evening Satellite Club met on Tuesday, October 18 for two different community service projects.  One group went to the Ankeny Service Center and did some painting, recycling, and cleaning.  The other group did yard cleanup at a local resident's home.  Thank you, Ankeny Rotarians, for volunteering in our community!
US Army Reserve Sergeant Major Todd Eipperle has been advised he will be deployed to Kuwait for one year beginning on December 1, 2022.  
We would like to use the Club's social with noon & evening club members at B Roll Bowling @ B&B Theaters (1508 SW Market St.) on Tuesday November 8th as a deployment party for Todd.  The party will begin at 5:30 pm. and for those that want to bowl, bowling will begin at 6:00 pm.  If you wish to bowl and have not as yet registered, please send an email to Cathy Maher, cathymaher451@gmail.com, to let her know how many lanes to reserve.  We will also be reserving their party room for when we are done bowling and for those not bowling.
Please plan to attend and help give Todd a proper Rotary send off.  
The November Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
When:  Thursday, November10th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
All members are welcome, and it counts as a make-up!
The Rotary Club of Ankeny is now 2 months from completing 50 years of service to the Ankeny Community and will be celebrating with a gala on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at the FFA Enrichment Center.  Here is a moment from the history of Rotary and the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
In the beginning, the only contributions made by the Club to the Rotary Foundation consisted of the dollars collected from fines each week.  This amount was budgeted at $180 for the 1980-1981 year.  The total contribution in 1983-1984 was $503.17.   The PolioPlus Campaign in 1985 got the Club more involved with the Foundation with 34 members making gifts or pledges to the campaign totaling $9,930.   This led to six members qualifying as Paul Harris Fellows and 19 becoming Paul Harris Sustaining Members. 
In February 1986, the Club's Board decided instead of using the money collected from fines to make a donation from the Club to use it to donate $250 to the Foundation in the name of the Club's Rotarian of the year and use the remaining funds to match contributions made by members.   Members would need to submit their names to request the match and the amount received would depend on how many members make the request.
In January 1987, Milt Aunan became the first member of the Club to become a Paul Harris Fellow.  It was fitting that Milt was the first in the Club to receive this honor based on his numerous contributions to Rotary and his role in the formation of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
The Club now has 169 current and former members that have achieved the Paul Harris Fellow distinction.  Contributions to the Foundation's Annual Fund and PolioPlus during the 2021-2022 year totaled $29,925 for the Club.  Total contributions since the club was chartered now totals more than $567,000.
The Club's next "Raise the Stakes for Community" fundraiser will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on April 15, 2023. 
Now is the time to begin gathering auction items. Remember experience items and creative ideas make the event extra special!  Think about your wish list or dream item/event….have you seen something at a recent event?  We have some holes to fill from last year's items, so we need to start thinking now!  Let Laura or Stacey know if you have contacts for items such as a limo, trips/experience travel, professional sporting or event tickets, concert tickets, vehicle lease, or any other item you think would make a great live auction item.
We have reached out to some new larger sponsors (in addition to Polk County and Prairie Meadows) and we are waiting to hear back and we already have Lasik eye surgery confirmed and 12 live auction desserts, courtesy of Kathy Gocke, Foggy Bottom Farms and Sweet to Eat Bakery. 
Doug Beech and Brian Tiernan will be in touch soon with the club competition and rounding up ticket sales and additional sponsorships.  Keep your eyes out for the new promo materials - our new signature color is green and tell your friends to save the date.  New this year will be the Brazilian Twins (high energy fiddler entertainers), additional magic, caricature artists, roaming photographer, and a new photo booth experience!  Let’s make this the best one yet!! 
Our next fundraiser planning meeting will be November 8 at 11:00 am at Ankeny Golf & Country Club.  Please join us if you are willing to volunteer to help with the Event.  We need everyone's help. 
Laura Luetje & Stacey Koeppen
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in November:
3rd - Steve Wieneke
4th - Nate Burnham
8th - Julie Mangels
11th - Laura Luetje
12th - Jim Foreman
25th - Jan Franck
25th - Del Mohler
26th - Kathy Sibbel
29th - Darius Potts
The Board has approved three new applications for membership.
Juhl's Design/QB Studios has submitted an application to add Josh Finch, "da finci", and John Tompkins, "awesomeness advisor", to their corporate membership.   Josh will be the Primary Contact.
Zeb Goen is applying to join the Evening Satellite Club. He is a Software Design Consultant with Creative Cloud Lab, L.L.C.. 
Comments regarding these prospective new members may be forwarded to any Board member. 
On September 17th, prior to ISU defeating Ohio by the score of 43-10, Ankeny Rotarians prepared for the game with a tailgate in the parking lot.  Since it was an early game, the snacks included an egg casserole, donuts, and sausage.  Drinks included "Cowboy Coffee", mimosas and Bloody Mary's.   No one minded the few sprinkles, and everyone enjoyed the pregame festivities.  Thanks to Todd Eipperle for organizing the tailgate.
On Saturday, October 8th, there was a special event held at the Ankeny Market & Pavilion.  It was called "Pints & Pumpkins" and was a special fall Farmer's Market.  The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny had a booth at the event.  Over 300 free books were passed throughout the evening.  They also had a PLINKO game that the children could play and win prizes.  A free will donation to the food pantry at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church raised $360 which will go to their food pantry.  This was a great service project for literacy, as well as food insecurity, which are two of Rotary District Governor Steve Wieneke's initiatives this year.  Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help with this event.
The Board has approved two new applications for membership.
B & B Theaters has applied to add Bradley Butin to their Corporate Membership.  Bradley has been with the theaters for several years and is now assuming the position of Marketing and Events Coordinator.  
Sherry Kubalsky is applying to join the Evening Satellite Club.  She has spoken to both the noon and the evening club in the past several months.  She was the author of children’s books and donates the sales proceeds to the “Save the Rain” project. 
Comments regarding these prospective new members may be forwarded to any Board member. 
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