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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!

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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Mark Martin recently had the opportunity to visit the Sunrise Rotary Club of De Mar - Solana Beach, California.  While there he exchanged a Rotary banners.  He presented the banner he received to the club during our meeting on November 13th.   Thanks Mark.
The Testino Agency became the newest corporate member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny when they were inducted into the club by President Elect Rich Job on December 4th.   The Testino Agency is the Allstate Insurance agent in Ankeny.  Andy Testino will be the "Primary Designee", Nick Testino, James Benda, and Cory Johnson will be the "Secondary Designees" for this corporate membership.  Welcome to Rotary, Andy, Nick, James and Cory!
Aaron Houng was a Rotary Exchange student to France for the 2017-2018 year.  On November 29th he reported on his exchange to the noon Rotary club.   Aaron felt this trip changed his life and will be forever grateful to Rotary for making it possible.
We're so close to eradicating Polio.  But to fully eradicate this deplorable disease we still need $1.5 billion to finish the job.  Why?  Even if the last case of polio is identified this year, a huge amount of work will remain to ensure that it stays "GONE", which means vaccinating children for at least three more years.  To ensure that polio is truly eradicated forever, it must be detected.  This requires continuous surveillance that is complicated and costly.  First doctors and community health workers must monitor children for acute flaccid paralysis and second is the process that involves local authorities collecting samples from sewage systems or in places that don't have adequate sanitation facilities, including rivers and bodies of water near a large group of residents. 
 
In addition, large scale vaccinations are enormous undertakings that require money as well as thousands of volunteers on the ground and in places where the vaccination programs have been successful, the challenge is to locate and vaccinate that small percentage of children who have been missed.  The vaccine itself isn't the biggest expense, it's the distribution of the vaccine - i.e. transportation and staffing.  A vaccination campaign is almost mind-bogglingly complex.  Rotarian's contributions pay for planning by technical experts, large-scale communication efforts to make people aware of the benefits of vaccinations and the dates of the campaign, plus support for volunteers to go door-to-door in large cities as well as in remote areas that may not appear on any map.
 
Yes, we are 99.9% there.  Now is the hardest part and with your help our goal to eradicate polio will be accomplished and celebrated.  Thank you for your support.
- Due to the holidays and the construction taking place at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club, there will several changes to our normal meetings and locations:   Here is the schedule for the next couple months:
 
Dec. 4th - Meeting at Ankeny Golf & Country Club
Dec. 11th - No Meeting - Christmas Social Saturday Dec. 8th
Dec. 18th - Meeting at Ankeny Golf & Country Club
Dec. 25th - No Meeting - Merry Christmas!
Jan. 1st - No Meeting - Happy New Year!
Jan. 8th - Meeting at The Bridges
Jan. 15th - Meeting at HyVee Distribution Facility
Jan. 22nd - Meeting at The Bridges
Jan. 29th - Meeting at Casey's
Feb. 5th - Meeting at The Bridges (If Necessary)
Feb. 12th Meeting at AG&CC (We hope)
 
On November 11, 2018, the District 6000 Nominating Committee interviewed candidates for District Governor Nominee Designee 2021-2022.  The committee selected Alaka Khanolkar of the Rotary Club of Keokuk.
Eradicating Polio in India was a feat of dedication, commitment, and doubling down on immunization activities.  Given India's vast population, tropical climate, and other environmental challenges, it would be easy to imagine that if Polio couldn't be stopped, India would be the place to fail.   After all, India constituted over 60% of all polio cases as recently as 2009.  However, in 2014, India was officially declared Polio-free, along with the rest of the South-East Asia Region.  Success in India really changed the game, and now serves as an example that eradication of Polio is indeed possible when the world marshals political will and commits adequate resources to the cause that effects everyone worldwide.
 
Pakistan - No new Polio Cases reported since 10/7/18.  Eight cases reported in 2018, all from just four districts.  Twenty years ago the entire country was affected by polio, and every year, more than 35,000 children were paralyzed for life by the disease.
Nigeria - No new Wild Polio Cases have been reported in 2017 or 2018.  Most recent case was reported on 8/20/16.   Nigeria is to be congratulated on 2-1/4 years without a Wild Polio case!
Afghanistan - No new Polio cases reported this week.  Nineteen cases reported in 2018 with the most recent case with the onset of paralysis on 10/2/18.
 
Zero is the magic number!  The three year "Countdown to History" starts after the final Wild Polio case.  As of last week, we count seven weeks since the report of the most recent Wild Polio case.
Now that the holiday season is upon us, many of us are scurrying around trying to find the best gift for our families, our neighbors, teachers and more.  Here is an idea that will save all of you a great deal of time and give you an enormous feeling of satisfaction!
 
In place of that gift, why not give the gift of Rotary through The Rotary Foundation?  A $100 contribution can help [rovide textbooks for one elementary school in Zambia, provide a hearing aid for a deaf child in Pakistan, buy de-worming tablets for 112 children in the Philippines , pay for cataract operations for three blind people in India, or provide 230 blankets for the elderly in the winter months of Korea!  And there are many opportunities even within our own country!
 
For more information contact our Foundation Chair, Steve SchraderBachar or call The Rotary Foundation at 866-976-82279.  Thank you for your generosity.
Laura Brassell, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager for Lincoln Savings Bank in Ankeny was inducted into the club on November 27th.  She will be an additional Secondary Designee for LSB, a corporate member of the club.   Doug Parker will continue as the Primary Designee and Rick Andriano and Tracy Frette are the other Secondary Designees.   Welcome to the club, Laura.
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in December:
 
2nd - Chuck Stewart
3rd - Scott Port
12th - Rich Job
14th - Tim Cox
21st - Doug Beech
25th - T.J. Brand

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

When: Thursday, December 13th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

Now that the holiday season is upon us - many of us are scurrying around trying to find the best gift for our families, our neighbors, teachers, and more.  Here is an idea that will save all of you a great deal of time and give you an enormous feeling of satisfaction!  In place of that gift, why not give the gift of Rotary through The Rotary Foundation?  A $100 contribution can help provide textbooks for one elementary school in Zambia, provide a hearing aid for a deaf child in Pakistan, buy de-worming tablets for 112 children in the Philippines, pay for cataract operations for three blind people in India, or provide 230 blankets for the elderly in the winter months of Korea!   And there are many more opportunities even within our own country!
 
For more information contact The Rotary Foundation at 866-976-8279.  Thank you for your generosity.
Wishing you the happiness of good friends, the joy of a happy family, and the wonder of the holiday season. Have a memorable thanksgiving!
The members of the Evening Ankeny Rotary Club packed 756 meals for Meals From The Heartland on August 30th.  The club also donated $100 to help cover the cost of shipping of the meals they packaged. In 2017, Meals From the Heartland distributed 20.5 million meals throughout the world.  The following thank you was received form Susan Bunz, Executive Director of Meals From the Heartland:
 
THANK YOU!  Two very powerful words that come from my heart.  Your recent donation of $100 along with the help of countless volunteers will allow us to package meals for hungry people her in Iowa, throughout the United States and around the world.  With one decade of hunger fighting in our rear view mirror, we are now setting our sights on the years to come and we can't do what we do without the ongoing support of loyal donors.  So again, thank you for being a hunger fighter we can continue to count on for your time, treasure, and talent.
The Board has approved an application from the Testino Agency to become a new corporate member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Andrew (Andy) Testino,  and his twin brother Nicholas (Nick) Testino are co-owners of the agency.  Andy will be the "Primary Designee" and Nick, James Benda, Licensed Sales Professional, and Cory Johnson, Licensed Sales Professional, will be "Secondary Designees".  The Testino Agency is a new Allstate insurance agency in Ankeny.  It is located at 110 N. Ankeny Blvd. Suite 700.
 
Comments regarding this proposed membership may be submitted to any Board member.
Luke Nelson was a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny for 5 years from June 2013 until July 2018 when he moved to South Carolina and joined the Rotary Club of Fort Mill, South Carolina.  
 
Prior to Luke leaving Ankeny he qualified for a Paul Harris Fellowship but we were unable to present it to him before he moved.  The certificate and pin were sent by UPS to the Foundation Chair for Fort Mill.  There was some concern that these items may be lost since they were sent about the same time hurricane Florence ripped through the Carolinas and UPS could not find any tracking information on the package.  Ultimately, the package was received and they had the items framed and their president, Patrick White, presented it to Luke.  Congratulations Luke!
Several Ankeny Rotarians came to the Rotary meeting on October 30th ready for "Beggars' Night".  The costumed Rotarians included Santa, Spiderman, a Spider lady, a monk, and a couple of show girls.
Project Fresh Start is an Ankeny based volunteer program that has provided free school supplies, backpacks, prom dress and more to students for over a decade.  In the fall, many Ankeny families are faced with a significant challenge, Iowa winters, but lack the funds to purchase winter coats, hats gloves, boots and snow pants.  To assist these families Project Fresh Start has coordinated the receiving and distribution of winter clothing each year since 2015.  Dave Kissinger, Project Fresh Start Chairman, was in attendance at the noon Rotary meeting on November 6th to accept a check from the club for coats and snow pants.  The total donation to Project Fresh Start from the club was $2,512.  $1,512 was used to purchase winter coats and the other $1,000 will be used to purchase snow pants. 
Mary Cochran assumed the responsibility of chairing the Services/Donations committee in January, 2017.  Since then she has done an excellent job of presenting donation request to the Board and notifying the recipients of the action taken by the Board.  In recognition of her efforts, President Digmann named her the "Rotarian of the Month" for November.
 
 
 
Speakers
Troy Petersen
Dec 18, 2018
owner/founder of The ValorFit Foundation
NO MEETING
Dec 25, 2018
NO MEETING
Jan 01, 2019
AT THE BRIDGES - Ken Gregersen
Jan 08, 2019
Alzheimer's Association support group
AT HYVEE DISTRIBUTION FACILITY
Jan 15, 2019
PDI/Hy-Vee
AT THE BRIDGES - Kathy Sibbel-Rotarian responsible
Jan 22, 2019
Darius Potts Chief of Police for the City of Ankeny
"Evening" -
Jan 22, 2019
YESS
AT CASEY’S - Sage Rosenfels
Jan 29, 2019
Former ISU & NFL Quarterback
Tiffany Allison
Feb 05, 2019 11:45 AM
Soaring Hearts Foundation