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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!


Service Above Self

We meet 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 Rotary Club of Ankeny has received a certificate from The Rotary Foundation in recognition of tour support of the "End Polio Now: Countdown to History Campaign".  The certificate reads:
"Ankeny is presented a certificate of appreciation for its financial support of End Polio Now; Countdown to History Campaign.  Together, we will fulfill our promise to the children of the world and eradicate polio."
The Rotary Club of Ankeny contributed $5,100 which equals $60 per Active member.
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in March:
7th - Andrew Larson
8th - Craig Block
9th - Trent Murphy
11th - Kendall Sather
12th - Zane Smith
18th - Stacey Koeppen
21st - Troy Boelman
27th - Raj Reddy

The March board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

When: Thursday, March 14th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!

District 6000 Assistant District Governor, Corrine Lambert, attended the noon meeting of The Rotary Club of Ankeny to present a banner to the club in recognition of the club's contributions to The Rotary Foundation for the 2017-2018 Rotary year.  Ankeny is distinguished from more than 35,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide as being one of the following:
  • One of only 1,575 clubs to achieve "Top Three Highest in per Capita Annual Giving" honors in District 6000. (only clubs with a minimum $50 contribution to the Annual Fund per member are eligible.)
  • One of only 3,425 clubs worldwide to attain status as an "Every Rotarian, Every Year Club" (A minimum of $100 per member with every member contributing to the Annual Fund during the Rotary year.)
  • One of only 4,000 clubs worldwide to become a "100% Foundation Giving Club".  (club must have contributed an average of at least $100 per member and 100% participation, with every member contributing at least $25 to any or all of the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, an approved global grant, or Endowment Fund.)
During the 2017-2018 Rotary Year, Ankeny contributed $12,780 to the Foundation's Annual Fund and $5,100 to PolioPlus.  This totals $17,880 to the Rotary Foundation and equals $210.35 per Active member. 
Congratulations and thank you Ankeny Rotarians!
During their Meeting on February 14th, the Board has approved three applications for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  They were:
Hannah Guilford is applying to be a third Secondary Designee for the Bridges.  She is their Community Relations Representative.  Doug Johnson will continue to be the Primary Designee for The Bridges and Kris Baker and Brody Hanson will continue to be Secondary Designees.
Darius Potts is the Ankeny Police Chief and is being proposed by Kathy Sibbel.
Juan Arias first joined Rotary in 1993 and is currently a member of the San Pedro Sula, Honduras Rotary Club.  He will be transferring his membership to Ankeny and will be attending our evening satellite club.  He is a software developer for Pure Foods and his wife is a teacher in the Des Moines School District.
Comments regarding any of these three proposed memberships may be forwarded to any member of the Board.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2019 fundraiser, "Raise The Stakes" for Community Fundraiser will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on the campus of DMACC in Ankeny on Saturday, April 13, 2019.  Silent auction items may be viewed and bid on a week prior to the event by going to https://bidpartner.net/rotary/.  They will also be on display and open for bidding until 7:45 PM the night of the event. 
The evening will begin at 5:00 PM with appetizers and professional Las Vegas style gaming tables open for action.  Everyone purchasing a ticket will received chips to play the games which will include Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Poker, Three Card Poker and Let It Ride.  The gaming tables will close at 7:45 PM.  Complimentary wine and beer will be available throughout the evening and a buffet dinner will be available from 6:30 to 7:45 PM.  The live auction will begin at 8:00 PM and will include, "Heads or Tails", desserts, paddle raisers, "100 for 100 Raffle", and Casino chip prize winners in addition to several live auction items.   


Available sponsorships include:
  • Double Diamond Gaming Table Sponsorship including signage, event promo and a table for 8 guests - $750 (6 available)
  • Single Diamond Gaming Table Sponsorship including signage and two tickets - $250 (8 available)
Individual tickets are $60 each or reserve a table for 8 for $440.  Tickets may be purchased from any Ankeny Rotarian or on line at https://bidpartner.net/rotary/.
Kris Baker volunteered The Bridges to host our meetings for as many weeks as the Ankeny Golf & Country Club needed to complete their remodeling.  In total they hosted 4 meetings during January and February with Kris coordinating all the arrangements.  In recognition of her efforts, President Ben named her Rotarian of the Month for February.  Congratulations Kris!
Juan Arias recently relocated to the Des Moines area from Honduras where he was a member of the Usula Rotary Club of San Pedro Sula, Honduras.  He attended our noon meeting on February 5th and presented the club with a banner from his former club.  He is looking to transfer his membership to another club in the Des Moines area.  He plans to also visit our evening club on February 12th. 
Todd Eipperle has invited all Ankeny Rotarians to join him for an inspirational luncheon for Scouting, Wednesday February 6th, with featured speaker Mary T. Mack, Senior Vice President, Consumer Banking, Wells Fargo, along with Governor Kim Reynolds.    The event will be at the Iowa Events Center Ballroom, 833 5th Avenue, Des Moines.   Check-in for the event is between 11:30 and 11:45 AM, the program will begin at noon and will conclude by 1:00 PM.  There is no cost for the luncheor as Rotary has been a great sponsor to local Scouting for several years, but there will be an opportunity if you would like to make a personal donation/pledge, although it is not required.  Todd has reserved a table for Ankeny Rotarians.  All you need to do is contact Todd to let him know you plan to attend so he can get you added to the check-in-roster and your seat reserved.  RSVP to todd.eipperle@scouting.org.
It is now only 10 weeks until the Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2019 fundraiser "Raise the Stakes" for Community.  For the event to be a success, each member of the club needs to participate with the sale of tickets and obtaining auction items.   Brian Tiernan and Doug Beech are co-chairing the ticket sales and auction item aspects of the fundraiser.  They have divided the club into two groups, last names beginning with A-K on Doug's team and M-Z on Brian's team.   There will be some competition between the teams for who sells the most tickets and obtains the most auction items.  The ideal auction item is something unusual and desirable that cannot be purchased in a store.  These might include a hot air balloon ride, fishing trip, time share vacation home for a week, autographed items, etc.  The more unusual the item the better.  Rich Job will be storing auction items in his basement.  As items are received, give them to Rich or bring them to a meeting and we'll get them to him.  
The first thing they ask of each member is to provide them with a list of four people they want to see at the event, four people they are inviting, and four people they want to see that they have a connection with to invite.  The goal this year is to have over 300 people in attendance.   Your list can be sent to Doug at doug.beech@Caseys.com or Brian at brian@cjmfinancial.com.  Remember the money we raise from this event enables us to help many individuals and organizations in Ankeny and around the world.
The District 6000 "Guardian of Integrity" award is named for Boone Rotarian and Past District Governor (1954-1955), Judge Paul E. Hellwege, who passed away in 2010.  This award was established to promote the ideals of ethics and integrity which were Pauls' fervent passions.  The award is presented annually to Rotarians who have been a member of a club in District 6000 for a minimum of three years and who have made outstanding contributions that foster the development of integrity.  It singles out persons who have made contributions in business, media, academia or government and who have, by their actions, writing, policies and public pronouncements, strengthened and fostered development of integrity and ethical practices in their vocational, business and personal lives that Paul exemplified.
Each club in District 6000 may nominate one member each year.  Sally Schroeder has been selected to be the nominee for the Rotary Club of Ankeny for 2019.  She will be recognized at the 2019 Rotary District 6000 Conference to be held May 2-4 at the West Des Moines Sheraton.  Congratulations Sally!
The Evening Club assembled 25 literacy kits for Ankeny's Head Start program at their meeting on December 18th.  Each kit included a children's book.  The following thank you has been received:
"Rotary Club of Ankeny, Thank you for the wrapped book you gave the children that are in the Head Start programs in the Neveln Center.  It is our hope that families read the book together over winter break.  The children were so excited to receive the gift.  Thank you for thinking of the Head Start programs!  Miss Heather and Miss Anderson."
Rotary International President Elect, Mark Daniel Maloney explained his version for building a stronger Rotary, calling on leaders to expand connections to their communities and to embrace innovative membership models.  Maloney, a member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama unveiled his 2019-2020 presidential theme, "Rotary Connects the World"  to incoming district governors at Rotary's annual training event, the International Assembly, in San Diego, California on January 7th.
“The first emphasis is to grow Rotary — to grow our service, to grow the impact of our projects, but most importantly, to grow our membership so that we can achieve more,” Maloney said.  Maloney believes that connection is at the heart of the Rotary experience.  "Rotary allows us to connect with each other, in deep and meaningful ways across our differences."  Maloney said.  "It connects us to people we would never otherwise have met who are more like us than we could have known.  It connects us to our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help."
Nathan Porter the General Manager for Ankeny Golf & Country Club has provided us with an update on their sewer project.  The asbestos removal began on January 21st and most of the floor tiles have been removed from the ballroom, ladies locker room, and front entry.  They will prepare the space for the asbestos removal and hope to be done by Jan 26th.  After this is completed they need to have concrete poured throughout the clubhouse to fill the trenching that was cut for the new sewer pipes.  When this is completed flooring will be installed in the bar, ballroom, entryway, and the ladies locker room.  Here is the current timeline for the project:
Jan. 21st - Start asbestos mitigation (Had to wait 10 days due to regulations.)
Jan 25th - Asbestos mitigation finished.
Jan. 28-30 - Pour concrete and let cure
Jan 31st - Start installation of carpet and ball room flooring
Feb 4th - 8th - Finish flooring installation and clean building
Feb 9th - 12th - Open Clubhouse
Rotary will likely need to continue to meet off site until the meeting on February 19th.  We are asked to please not go to the clubhouse while it is closed.  You will not be able to enter the building and there are safety concerns if you do.
Gary Welch volunteers to make Santa available for several families, functions and organizations each year during the holiday season.  This year he collected donations totaling $1,135 for his services and he in turn donated all of these funds to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  In recognition of this donation, all the work he does as chair of the club's youth committee, and all the other volunteer work he does, President Digmann named him the club's Rotarian of the month for January, 2019.
Andrew Stumbo was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on January 8, 2019 by President Ben Digmann.  Andrew is a Wealth Management Advisor with Benson Wealth Management in Ankeny.  Welcome Andrew!!
Recently, The Rotary Foundation was inducted into University of Oxford's Chancellor's Court of Benefactors for its continuous support of the university.  Since 1949, the Foundation has provided scholarships to more than 200 Oxford scholars including a former American ambassador to the United Kingdom, a Pulitzer Prize winning author and investigative reporter for the New York Times, and a director and Senior Fellow at the Ansari Africa Centre.   For almost 70 years, this support has enabled students from around the world to benefit from all that Oxford has to offer.  Membership in the Court of Benefactors is conferred by the Chancellor on those who have been outstandingly generous towards the university.  The Rotary Foundation joins a prestigious list of over 250 members including Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Skoll Foundation.  The members are from around the globe whose significant contributions have assisted Oxford in being the world's institution that it is today.
Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you.
Several Ankeny Rotarians took turns ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at the North HyVee on December 15th.  Last year, Rotarians rang the bell for 6 hours and received donations totaling $305.76.  This year we rang the bell for 12 hours and had $707.67 dropped in the red kettle.  Thank you to all of the Rotarians that helped ring the bell and to Anne Porter for coordinating this service project.

The February board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

When: Thursday, February 14th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!

The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in January:
6th - Jack Pennington
20th - Sally Schroeder
25th - Justin Carlton
25th Bruce Kimpston
27th - Jeff Damman
28th - Roger Spahr
31st  - Jim Gocke 
District 6000 Video
Feb 26, 2019
Club Assembly
Mar 05, 2019
Christina Moffat
Mar 12, 2019
Greater Des Moines Partnership
"Evening" - Social
Mar 19, 2019
Eric Summers
Mar 19, 2019
Team Logic
Sage Rosenfels
Mar 26, 2019
Former ISU QB
Red Rock Area Community Action
Apr 02, 2019
Child Abuse
"Evening" - Social
Apr 09, 2019
Pat Timmons
Apr 09, 2019
Mike Naig
Apr 23, 2019
Secretary of Agriculture
Robotics Club
May 07, 2019
No Meeting
May 14, 2019