Dayne Magneson - Saylorville’s Lake Manager
Feb 14, 2023
U.S Army Corps of Engineers Saylorville’s missions
Happy Hour Social - Noon & Evening Rotary Members
Feb 14, 2023 5:30 PM
Valentines Dinner with significant others - Portofino’s Italian Restaurant (711 S. Ankeny Blvd.)
Laura & Stacey
Feb 21, 2023
Club Assembly
Evening Club Community Service Off Site
Feb 21, 2023 5:15 PM
Iowa Wild Adaptive Sports meet at Wells Fargo (233 Center St. Des Moines)
Evening Club Community Service Off Site
Feb 21, 2023 5:30 PM
St. Joseph's Emergency Family Shelter serving a meal meet at (1535 11th St., Des Moines)
Leah Davenport
Feb 28, 2023
Ankeny Christian Academy
Evening Club Speaker TBD
Feb 28, 2023 6:00 PM
Sex Trafficking meet at OId Chicago (2732 SE Delaware Ave.)
Rich Leopold
Mar 07, 2023
Polk County Conservation
Evening Club Community Service - ON SITE
Mar 07, 2023 6:00 PM
Personal Care Drive for the Ankeny Service Center meet at Benchwarmers ( 705 S. Ankeny Blvd.)
Mar 14, 2023
Des Moines Area Religious Council(DMARC)
Happy Hour Social Noon & Evening Rotary Members
Mar 14, 2023 5:30 PM
Meet at Sonny's Pizza Bistro (6594 NW 6th Dr. Des Moines - Saylorville)
Nate Lingren & Blake Cruikshank
Mar 21, 2023
Ankeny Centennial Activities Directors
Evening Club Community Service Off Site
Mar 22, 2023 5:00 PM
Meet at Food Bank of Iowa (2220 E. 17th St., Des Moines). Note this is a Wednesday
Evening Club Speaker Deb Dunkhase "Iowa Most"
Mar 28, 2023 6:00 PM
Meet at Benchwarmers (705 S. Ankeny Blvd.)
Darius Potts - Chief of Police
Apr 04, 2023
Ankeny Police Update
Jamie Pollard
Apr 11, 2023
Director of Athletics Iowa State University
Abby Bogaards
Apr 25, 2023
Ankeny School Foundation Update
May 02, 2023
Ankeny Schools Robotic Teams
May 09, 2023
Rich Job and the teams
Kevin Schneider
May 16, 2023
Polk County Sheriff
Amy Steenhoek
May 23, 2023
Ankeny Orbis
Mindy Williamson - Marketing Director
May 30, 2023
Iowa State Fair
Gregory Leeson
Jun 06, 2023
Life Chronicler Project
Paul Moritz, PE | Airport Manager
Jun 13, 2023
Ankeny Regional Airport
Chris Koepplin, CEO
Jun 20, 2023
Ellipsis - Our work: helps kids and families build healthy relationships so they can write
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
Home Page Stories
The Rotary Club of Ankeny held celebrated the 50th anniversary of it's being chartered with a gala at the FFA Enrichment Center on Saturday evening January 21st.  The Evening included Ankeny Mayor Mark Holm reading a proclamation from the City of Ankeny recognizing the Club for 50 years of service in the Ankeny community, District Governor Steve Wieneke reading a certificate form Rotary International President Jennifer Jones honoring the Club, Nate Burnham providing some club history and recognizing all past president including 23 in attendance, Steve SchraderBachar recognizing 19 new Paul Harris Fellow and 14 that have reached a new level, President Brian Tiernan recognizing Steve SchraderBachar for becoming a Benefactor to the Rotary Foundation, Sally Schroeder announcing the Club's "50 Trees for 50 Years" project and several champagne toasts. 
Thank you to Sally Schroeder for chairing the 50th anniversary committee, to Tim Cox for acting as our Master of Ceremony and to everyone that contributed to the success of this celebration.  Here are a few pictures and more pictures are available on the Club's web site in the "Photo Albums" section on the home page.

The 2023 District 6000 Annual Conference, "A Celebration of Your Accomplishments" will be a one evening event at three different locations, Carroll, Coralville and West Des Moines.  The West Des Moines Conference will be held on Saturday, April 29th at the Hilton Garden Inn.  

Registration is now available.  For Ankeny Rotarians that would like to attend the conference, your Board has approved paying the $45 registration fee for all members and spouses.  Registration forms are available at noon and evening Rotary meetings or go to the District 6000 website and print out a registration form.   After completing the registration form, give it to Nate Burnham and he will get you registered using the Club credit card to pay the registration fee.  Be sure to get your registration submitted by March 15th so we can take advantage of the "early bird" discount. 
Craig Crist provided us with a report on the total harvest for the past year at AGAPE Garden.  Production was down this year due to a potato beetle and less than desired rain, but the Garden still produces 7,000 pounds.  This makes the total harvest for the past 13 years 185,104 pounds.   From 2002, the first year of the Garden through 2009 the production was not documented.   
Craig also has advised us that he is stepping down from Co-Leading the management of the Garden after 14 years.  Thank you Craig for your hard work and dedication to the Garden.  It is impossible to imagine how many hungry mouths have been fed from the Garden and your efforts.   This is Craig's favorite picture taken at the garden with his beloved granddaughter Fiona and his canine companion Gracie.
The following is from Todd Eipperle's Face book page on Janaury28th.
"I was honored to serve as guest speaker for Equal Opportunity Leaders Course Graduation Ceremony.  I always feel good when I get a chance to influence Soldiers strengthening their leadership tool box."
You can follow Todd's activities on his Facebook page.
Iowa State Athletic Director, Jamie Pollard, will be the guest speaker at the noon Rotary Club of Ankeny on April 11th.  This will be a great opportunity to invite a prospective new member to attend a Rotary meeting!    We anticipate a larger than normal attendance and will need to provide the AG&CC with an estimate of the number planning to attend.  Please advise Kent Patterson,  Kent.Patterson@edwardjones.com, if you plan to attend and how many guests you will be bringing.   Space is limited!!
District Governor elect Dennis Drager and Heidi attended the Rotary International Assembly in Orlando, Florida on January 8-12.  During the Assembly 2023-2024 Rotary International President-Elect, R. Gordon R. McInally announced his these for the year.    It is "Create Hope in the World"
When presenting his Theme McInally stated "....these are our plans for the year ahead: that we help bring peace to the world and soothe those afflicted by conflict, and that we help each other and our communities deal with our own internal struggles, and that we end the stigma associated with asking for help.  In all these actions, the goal is to create hope — to help the world heal from destructive conflicts, and, in turn, to help us achieve lasting change for ourselves.  Rotary helps create the conditions for peace, opportunity, and a future worth living.  By continuing what we do best, by remaining open and willing to change, and by keeping our focus on building peace in the world and within ourselves, Rotary helps create a more peaceful world, a more hopeful world.  As Rotary’s leaders from all the regions, I urge you to "Create Hope in the World".
The Membership committee will conduct a new member orientation at 11:00 AM prior to the noon meeting on February 28th at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club.  All new members are invited to attend and anyone else that may have any questions regarding Rotary and our Club.  
The Board has approved an application for membership to the noon club from Hans Hoeksema.  Hans is Advancement Director for Ankeny Christian Academy and is being proposed for membership by Richard Bergez.  Prior to coming to ACA last year Hans was the Director of Philanthropy Projects at WesleyLife and before that was manager of Grant Writing at Lutheran Services in Iowa. 
Comments regarding these prospective new members may be forwarded to any Board member. 
The date for the Rotary Club of Ankeny's "Annual Meeting and Gavel Passing" has been set for Tuesday evening June 27th.   Save the date on your calendar and plan to attend to witness the passing of the gavel, perfect attendance awards, "Rotarian of the Year", "Outstanding New Member of the Year", and more.
Two new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on January 24th. Preston Williams, Jedi Wizard, was added as an additional member to noon corporate member Jul's Design and Al Martine joined the evening club.  Al is an IT Consultant/Project Manager with Central Scribe in Ankeny. 
Ankeny Mayor, Mark Holm, recognized the Rotary Club of Ankeny on their 50 years of service to the Ankeny Community prior to the City Council's meeting on January 17th.  Mayor Holm then attended the Club's 50th anniversary gala on January 21st and read the proclamation to the club.  Congratulations, to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!!
District Governor Steve Wieneke received a certificate from Rotary International President Jennifer Jones honoring the Rotary Club of Ankeny for "50 Years of Membership".   Steve read the certificate during the Club's 50 Year Gala on January 21st and then presented it to Club President Brian Tiernan.
The February Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
When:  Thursday, February 9th
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 February:
2nd - Mike Goedeke
4th - Jim Blessman
6th - Doug Parker
8th - Terry Peter
10th - Zeb Goen
12th - Chris Baker
17th - Cathy McDaniel
17th - Andy Schnurr
26th - Steve SchraderBachar
The Board has approved two new applications for membership.
Juhl's Design has applied to add Preston Williams to their Corporate Membership.  Preston's title is Jedi Wizard.
Al Martine is applying to join the Evening Satellite Club.  He is an IT Consultant/Project Manager with Central Scribe in Ankeny. 
Comments regarding these prospective new members may be forwarded to any Board member. 
The Club's "50th Anniversary Gala" will be held Saturday, January 21, 2023 at the FFA Enrichment Center.  Invitations have gone out and RSVP's are due!  Please return your RSVP this week.  Put yours in the mail or bring it to the Tuesday meeting with your check.
Also, there will be a Gala committee meeting at 11:00 AM at the AG&CC prior to the meeting on January 10th.
The annual PolioPlus night at the Iowa Wolves will be Saturday, February 4th at 7:00 PM at Wells Fargo Arena.  The Wolves will be playing the Austin Spurs and promos that night include Country Night with a post-game concert and $2 Beer night with a koozie giveaway.  The tickets are discounted to $20 each with $10 from each refunded to the Club to be donated to PolioPlus. Tickets may be purchased online at https://fevo.me/polioplus23 or use the signup sheet to indicate how many tickets you would like, and the Club will place a group order and charge the tickets on your April quarterly invoice.  Use the signup sheet if you would like to purchase tickets to be donated.  If ordering your tickets on-line, be sure, when checking out, to indicate you are with the Rotary Club of Ankeny. 
Alex Barker, Iowa Wolves Account Manager, plans to attend our noon meeting and Ed Arnold, NW Des Moines Rotary Club, the Evening meeting on January 3rd to provide more details and answer any questions. 
Each dollar donated will be matched 2 for 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation resulting in each ticket purchased providing 50 children with the polio vaccination.
The January Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
When:  Thursday, Janaury 12th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
All members are welcome, and it counts as a make-up!
Ankeny Rotarians rang the bell for the Salvation Army at both HyVees in Ankeny on Saturday December 10th from 10 AM to 8 PM.  At the Ankeny Blvd. HyVee, $929.04 was collected and $761.92 was collected at the Oralabor HyVee for a total of $1,690.96.  In addition, the club had agreed to match the amount collected up to $1,000 making the total raised $2,690.96.   Major Butch Frost attended the Club's noon meeting on December 20th to accept the Club's check and thank the Club for helping to ring the bell.   Thank you to each member and family that helped ring the bell and a special thank you to Anne Porter for organizing this service project. 
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