Speakers
Noon -- Allyson Walter
May 17, 2022
International Skiing Fellowship of Rotarians
Evening - Community Service Project Off Site
May 17, 2022 6:00 PM
Clean up at the Band Shell (410 W. 1st St.)
Evening - Guest Speaker Renee Potts
May 24, 2022 6:00 PM
Ankeny Community Network at Mistress Brewing (1802 N. Ankeny Blvd.)
Evening - Year in Review Jacquelyn Duke
May 31, 2022 6:00 PM
Recap of the past year in Rotary at Mistress Brewing (1802 N. Ankeny Blvd)
Evening - Community Service Food Drive
Jun 07, 2022 6:00 PM
Meet at the home of Kristofer Orth (7312 NW 19th St)
Happy Hour Social Noon & Evening Rotary Members
Jun 14, 2022 5:30 PM
Uptown Garage & Brewing patio (305 SW Walnut St.) You can bring food to share.
Annual Recognition Banquet
Jun 21, 2022 5:30 PM
Ankeny Golf & Country Club (314 SW Irvinedale Dr.)
Evening - The Ankeny Rotary Year Ahead
Jun 28, 2022 6:00 PM
Jeff will share his vision for his term as President at Mistress Brewing (1802 N. Ankeny Blvd.)
Noon -- RYLA Attendees
Jul 26, 2022
RYLA Recap
 
Club Information
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!
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 the May Board meeting, President Eipperle, recognized Jacquelyn Duke as the Rotarian of the month for May.  This is in recognition of her leadership of the Evening Group this past year plus her coordinating the collection of sewing machines for Afghan refugees, traveling to Kentucky to assist with clean-up from the spring tornados, and numerous other activities.  Congratulations Jacquelyn!
The following new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on May 3rd:
 
Kelly Lally is a Chiropractor and works at The Health Clinic, P.C. in Ankeny.  She is a former member of the LakeView- Chicago, Illinois Rotary Club. 
 
Joe Ruddy is a Commodity Broker with Market Wise Ag Services.   He also serves on the Ankeny School Foundation and the Ankeny City Council.  He was proposed for membership by Laura Luetje.
 
Brandon Converse is transferring his membership from the Rotary Club of West Des Moines to Ankeny.   Brandon is a Loan Officer with Luana Savings Bank in Polk City.  He is currently the President of the Polk City Chamber of Commerce and is also on the Board of the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce.  He was proposed for membership by Brian Tiernan.
 
Congratulations and welcome Kelly, Joe, and Brandon!!
Ankeny Rotarian, Laura Luetje, was honored to be recognized as one of eight Rotarians in District 6000 to be named a "Paul Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award Recipient" at the All-Iowa District Conference on April 24th.  This award honors individuals 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, and who have made sacrifices and/or undertaken risks to uphold Rotary's Core Value of integrity.   Laura was unable to attend the conference, but President Todd Eipperle presented her with the certificate at the noon meeting on May 3rd.  
 
Congratulations Laura!
The Rotary Club of Ankeny is now 7 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:
 
During the first year of the Rotary Club of Ankeny, the Club charged an initiation fee for new members of $30.  The Club kept $20 in their treasury and $10 was sent to Rotary International.  They also charged $2.20 per meeting for meals which also covered District dues.  Visiting Rotarians were charged $2.50 for lunch.   In 1975, district dues went up by $1.00 for the year, so the Club increased the meal charge by $.05 to $2.25.   This covered the cost of the meal which was $1.80 and $.45 was for the District Dues.  
 
In 1981, dues were set at $65 per quarter which was an increase from $52 per quarter.  By 1983, dues had been raised to $125 per quarter and then to $150 per quarter in 2004.  The last change in dues came on January 1, 2011 when dues were increased to the current $175 per quarter for Active members.  Dues for Evening Club members is currently $60 per quarter but does not include any meals.
 
Dave Cook, Rotary Club of Boone, was selected by the District 6000 Nominating Team to be District Governor 2024-25. The announcement was made at the District Annual Meeting held April 2.  Dave is currently serving as one of our District Membership Action Team Co-Chairs and is active in his Rotary club and community.  Dave and his wife Lisa, make their home in Boone.  Congratulations Dave!!
Ankeny's Summerfest Celebration will return will a full slate of activities in 2022!   This includes the Parade which will require volunteers from the Club.
 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has assumed the responsibility for the parade staging every year since at least 1994, with the exception of 2020 & 2021 when there was no parade.  The Chamber is asking our Club to assume this responsibility again this year and has agreed to donate $750 to our Club for our services.  This is an activity that both the Noon and Evening groups will work together on and will require a total of approximately 30 volunteers to meet at 6:00 AM at the staging area the morning of the parade.   Coffee and donuts will be provided.  Rich Bergez has attended the initial planning meeting on behalf of the club.  Volunteers will have the opportunity to sign up in the next few weeks but for now put Saturday July 9th on your calendar and plan to help.
   
The Club's next "Raise the Stakes for Community" casino night fundraiser will be on April 15, 2023.   As in past years, we plan to have 2 or 3 paddle raisers during this event.  Club members may nominate a non-profit organization to be one of the recipients of the proceeds from a paddle raiser by completing a nomination form.  These nomination forms may be obtained from Nate Burnham, Stacey Koeppen, or Laura Luetje.  They must be completed and submitted to Stacey or Laura by June 1, 2022.   All nominations will then be brought before the membership for a vote on which organizations we will feature.   
The Evening Rotary group completed a community service project on April 5th by collecting donated household items, clothes, and monetary gifts to help the Daniel L. Lopez Ministries.  Daniel Lopez attended the meeting and spoke about their ministry. Their mission every day is to help people who are having a hard time providing for themselves, feeding their families, taking care of their children, and lacking basic needs.  Most of the need is around food, clothes, grocery gift cards, household goods, and furniture.
Eight Ankeny Rotarians attended the Rotary Leadership Institute in Ankeny on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at the Ankeny Kirkendall Library from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   Those members were Cathy McDaniel, Marie Keding, Patty Munguia, Brenda Wieneke, Jacquelyn Duke, Kristofer Orth, Rich Job, and Holly Sealine.  Three Rich Job, Jacquelyn Duke, and Brenda Wieneke graduated from the program.  Marie Kline and Jenna Lanning helped serve lunch and snacks.  Steve Wieneke, District 6000 RLI Coordinator, organized the event which had a total of 22 participants and 6 facilitators.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny is now 8 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:
 
On May 4, 1987, the US Supreme court upheld a California law which prohibited service clubs, such as Rotary, from excluding women from membership on the basis of their gender.  In a letter from RI President, M.A.T. Caparas to all Governors of Districts including clubs within the USA he stated:  "The RI Board is under obligation to uphold our constitution and By-Laws.  We are, however, an organization that exists under law, and our constitution provides that Rotary clubs shall be bound only by its provisions which are not contrary to law.   Because of the Duarte decision, the male only provision of our constitution cannot be enforced in California and in other places where that provision is determined to be contrary to law.   Discriminatory practices are indeed so notoriously offensive to current public sentiment in America, and so patently in disfavor with the courts, that we believe our "male only" discriminatory provision will probably be stricken down in case of litigation even in those states which do not now have statutes similar to the California law......  For now, the Board will not withdraw the charter of any Rotary Club in the United States that accepts women members......  In any case, Rotary has changed dramatically, and only time will tell whether the change is for the better or for worse.  It may yet prove to be the best thing that happened, if only because we will be able to shed the offensive "Sexist" label."
 
There are now nearly 300,000 women in Rotary, approximately 25% of total membership.  The first women accepted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny was Shirley McClain, Vice President, American Savings & Loan in August 1987.  Pat Brewbaker, Owner of Walnut Street Gallery was inducted a couple months later in October, 1987.  Today the Rotary Club of Ankeny has 41 women which is 35% of our total membership.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny had seven members and three spouses attend the "2022 All-Iowa Rotary District Conference" in Coralville on April 22-23.  Some highlights of the conference included Chuck Long speaking on his football career at the University of Iowa, a reception at Big Grove Brewery on Friday evening, the planting of a tree for "Earth Day", a panel discussion on Human Trafficking, Rotary International Representative and past president of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, Jeremy Hurst, taking a pie in the face and auctioning off his tie to raise money for PolioPlus, seeing an actual "iron lung" on display, Jacquelyn Duke collecting 12 sewing machines for Afghan refugees, and recognizing District 6000's Guardian of Integrity Award winners including Ankeny's Laura Luetje.
    
During the All-Iowa District Conference on April 24th, Laura Luetje was named one of eight Rotarians in District 6000 who were nominated by their clubs to receive the Paul Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award.  This award honors individuals 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, and who have made sacrifices and/or undertaken risks to uphold Rotary's Core Value of integrity. 
 
Laura is a managing partner in her law firm.  She is the primary manager of sensitive divorce and child and divorce custody cases and searches for the most favorable outcome for all parties.  Laura serves her community with the same high intent.  Served by her efforts are the NE Elementary School PTO, 100 Women That Care, Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce, Ankeny Young Professionals, Ankeny Civil Service Commission, the Ankeny School Foundation Board and her Rotary Club where she oversees fundraising.  During the pandemic Laura handled the challenge of a special learning program for students who needed extra support.  
 
Each of the 65 clubs in District 6000 had the opportunity to nominate one member each year to receive the Guardian of Integrity award.   Ankeny is one of only two clubs in the District to have a recipient of this award in each of the past seven years. 
 
Congratulations Laura!
The Rotary Club of Ankeny obtained a Community Service Grant from District 6000 this year to assist New Horizon Adult Day Center with the purchase of equipment necessary for their relocation.  The following thank you letter has been received from Vicki Engh, Executive Director. 
 
"Dear Members of Rotary Club of Ankeny,
 
Thank you so much for your incredible generosity to New Horizon Adult Day Center.  The donations of lawnmower, snowblower, shed, pool tabletop, and indoor / outdoor games for our participants are already being enjoyed!   Rotary Club of Ankeny has been a tremendous supporter through the years, and we are so grateful for all you have done and continue to do for New Horizons.  
 
We are honored to walk with our participants for a portion of their journeys.  Your kindness will help ensure that we continue to provide the compassionate care for which New Horizons is known.  Thank you again.  We appreciate you!  With my sincere thanks, Vicki Engh, Executive Director"
The May Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
 
When:  Thursday, May 12th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome, and it counts as a make-up!
The Board has approved two applications for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
 
Kelly Lally is a Chiropractor and works at The Health Clinic, P.C. in Ankeny.  She is a former member of the LakeView- Chicago, Illinois Rotary Club. 
 
Joe Ruddy is a Commodity Broker with Market Wise Ag Services.   He also serves on the Ankeny School Foundation and the Ankeny City Council.  He was proposed for membership by Laura Luetje.
 
Brandon Converse will be transferring his membership from the Rotary Club of West Des Moines to Ankeny.   Brandon is a Loan Officer with Luana Savings Bank in Polk City.  He is currently the President of the Polk City Chamber of Commerce and is also on the Board of the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce.  He is proposed for membership by Brian Tiernan.
 
Comments regarding these proposed members may be submitted to any Board member.

We will meet on Saturday, April 16th, at 10:00 AM at the Trailside Tap in Uptown Ankeny, 710 SW 3rd Street, for a complimentary brunch courtesy of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.   After brunch, Bikers will head north on the High Trestle Trail and walkers will head south to the DMACC pond.  The bikers will turn around at the Oasis and the walkers will turn around at the DMACC pond.  All Bikers and walkers will then return to the Trail Side Tap and enjoy some time together in Uptown Ankeny.

Participants are encouraged to make a donation to help eliminate polio throughout the world.  All donations will be forwarded in the name of the Rotarian donor to the Rotary Foundation's Polio Plus Campaign and will be matched 2-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - $100 becomes $300.  Any Rotarian that donates or raises $100 or more will receive a match of Rotary Foundation recognition points from the Rotary Club of Ankeny.

Hope to see everyone for this fun and worthy event.   Questions, contact Todd Eipperle at Todd.Eipperle@scouting.org.

The Greater Des Moines Rotary Multi-Club's 6th annual event bringing Rotarians, their guests, and interested citizens together for education and networking, CIVITAS, will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 205 S 64th Street, West Des Moines, on Tuesday April 26, 2022.  The program, "Putting an End to Human Trafficking", will be focused on ending human trafficking throughout greater Des Moines while building momentum for Rotarians and community service.  The event will begin with registration at 4:00 PM and the program beginning at 4:30 PM.  The cost is $20 per person which will be paid by the Club.  The regular noon meeting on the 26th is cancelled and all members are encouraged to attend this event a learn from some of Des Moines' local heroes fighting this important issue.
 
For those that are not able to attend, a video on "Human Tracking" will be presented at the Evening Rotary meeting beginning at 6:00 PM at Whiskey House and Bourbon Grill (2510 SW White Birch Dr.).
 
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