Greeter/Sheriff Schedule
1/7 - Trent Murphy
1/14 - Doug Parker
1/21 - Kent Patterson
1/28 - Jack Pennington
2/4 - Scott Port
2/11 - Jessica Reynolds
2/18 - Abbi Rickelman
2/25 - Steve SchraderBachar
Steve McCullough - CEO of Iowa Student Loan
Jan 21, 2020
Magnitude of Student Loans outstanding
Gary Welch
Jan 28, 2020
South Africa Exchange Student
Gary Welch
Feb 04, 2020
Copan Students
"Evening" - Sam Mitchel
Feb 04, 2020
Tour New Ankeny Public Library
"Evening" - Split the Pot at Iowa Wild
Feb 11, 2020
For the Benefit of Adaptive Sports
Del Mohler - Rotarian Responsible
Feb 18, 2020
Del Mohler - Rotarian Responsible
Trent Murphy - Rotarian Responsible
Feb 25, 2020
Trent Murphy - Rotarian Responsible
Andrew Larson - Rotarian Responsible
Mar 03, 2020
Andrew Larson - Rotarian Responsible
Mike Lydon - Rotarian Responsible
Mar 17, 2020
Mike Lydon - Rotarian Responsible
Kristin Hanson
Mar 24, 2020
Owner - Axis ABA Therapy and Support Services
Jack Pennington - Rotarian Responsible
Mar 31, 2020
Jack Pennington - Rotarian Responsible
"Evening" - Jill
Apr 07, 2020
Children & Families of Iowa
Rotary Assembly Meeting
Apr 07, 2020
Rotary Assembly Meeting
Doug Parker - Rotarian Responsible
Apr 14, 2020
Doug Parker - Rotarian Responsible
Jessica Reynolds - Rotarian Responsible
Apr 21, 2020
Jessica Reynolds - Rotarian Responsible
Julie Todtz and Sharlyn Estrem
Apr 28, 2020
Ankeny Chamber of Commerce
Club Information

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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Past District Governor and Iowa City Noon Rotarian, John Ockenfels and Cedar Rapids Rotarian, Peter Teahen, are preparing to fly around the world to raise awareness of Rotary's campaign to achieve a polio-free world. Their goal is to fly eastward from Cedar Rapids, raising money and awareness around the world to for Rotary International's 2 for 1 dollar match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Their goal, with the match, is to raise $1million.
Their plan is to leave on March 24th and the trip will take them 7 weeks, 135 flight hours and 19,601 miles.   The cruising speed of their six-cylinder, 300 horsepower, single-engine, six-passenger Piper Lance II will be 171 mph.   The plane will burn 16.5 gallons of fuel per hour.   Besides the 94 gallons in each wing, the seats behind the front row will be removed to make way for a 165-gallon reserve tank, as well as luggage and supplies.  They plan to drink only enough liquid to stay hydrated and eat very few solids to keep their inflight, in place toilet needs to a minimum, relying on disposable, environmentally correct bags in their confined space. When flying over water, they will wear a special kind of wet suit that will keep them warm in case of an emergency water landing and will have a life raft on board if they need it.  Each day's flight will end at an airport that allows them to refuel and leave the craft overnight but finding these airports has been difficult since most will be outside the United States.  Weather, changing time zones, airport hours of operation, and visas, all have to be taken into consideration. 
For more details on their flight, check out the article in the Des Moines register on Janaury 6, 2020 on page 7A.
During the 2018-2019 Rotary year, with the assistance of a matching District 6000 Community Improvement Grant, the Rotary Club of Ankeny purchased laptops, a laptop cart and a virtual reality system for the Ankeny Kirkendall Library.  Here is a report form the library on how these items are being used.
Laptops and Laptop Cart - The additional laptops have expanded the number of participants in our popular STEM workshops for children and classes for adults.  The laptops allow us to teach coding, 3D modeling, scanning, photo editing, and more.  The laptop cart gives us flexibility to quickly store and set up laptops in any room.   Additionally, the laptops are used by staff for training and meetings. 
Virtual Reality System - The HTC Vive is used in our STEM workshops to teach participants about technology and provide virtual reality experiences.  The virtual reality system teaches students about rockets, human biology, coding, and astronomy.  The virtual reality system is used in several other library programs, including the "Where Is?" Book Club and the Teen Harry Potter Night.
In the annals of Rotary International, December was "Disease Prevention and Treatment Month".  To this end, The Rotary Foundation is funding open heart surgeries for children age 15 and younger in India.  These surgeries will be in collaboration with Gift of Life India, and two Rotary districts: D-3170 (Central West, India) and D-7255 - (Long Island, New York).  This Global Grant costing $55,000 (US), will provide free surgeries to no less than 16 beneficiaries.  The founder and chairperson of Gift of Life India and the global coordinate of this project is Rayishanker Bhooplapur.  Bhooplapur said all the surgical operations will be "free of charge to children of the poor and needy" and performed in India at the KLES Dr. Prabhakar Lore Hospital.   Gift of Life India has operated on and improved the lives of over 6,000 children suffering from various heart diseases and defects. 
Last year, Bhooplapur was engaged in another Global Grant project that raised $100,000.  That sum was then matched by The Rotary Foundation, through a Rotary Global Grant, in the amount of $94,750.  This grant is to build low-cost housing units in the flood ravaged state of Kerala, India.
Ankeny Rotarians are invited to attend the Mid-Iowa Council, Boy Scouts of America's 2020 Iowa Governor's Luncheon on Wednesday, Janaury 29, 2020 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown, Iowa Ballroom, 700 Grand Avenue.  Contact Todd Eipperle, if you would like to attend.
The Rotary CLub of Ankeny's ninth annual Dinner/Auction/Fundraiser, "Raise the Stakes for Community" will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on the campus of DMACC in Ankeny on Saturday, April 18, 2020.   Similar to last year, the evening will begin with appetizers and professional Las Vegas style gaming tables open for action at 5:00 PM.  Everyone purchasing a ticket will receive chips to play the games which will include Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Poker, Three Card Poker, and Let It Ride.  Complimentary beer and wine will be available throughout the evening and a buffet dinner will be available.
Individual tickets are $60 each or reserve a table of 8 for $440.  Sponsorships are also available for the gaming tables.  The web site to purchase tickets should be available by the end of January.  To donate an auction item please bring the item to any Rotary meeting or give it to any member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  For more information contact Laura Luetje at or Stacey Koeppen at
Rotary District 6000's "Guardian of Integrity" award is named for Boone Rotarian and Past District Governor (1954-55), Judge Paul E. Hellwege, who passed away in 2010, and is established to promote the ideals of ethics and integrity, which were Paul's fervent passions.  The awards will be presented annually to Rotarians who have been a member of a club in District 6000 for a minimum of three years and who exemplify the attributes and passion for ethics and integrity in their vocational, business and personal lives that Paul exemplified.  Each club in District 6000 may nominate one member each year to receive this award.  Those who are nominated will be recognized at the annual District Conference.
Past winners from Ankeny of this award include; Nate Burnham, Sally Schroeder, Gary Welch, and Kathy Sibbel.  It was announced at the December Board meeting the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be nominating Jim Ramsey this year for this award.    Congratulations Jim!! 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny donated $6,000 to Blessman International's "Teach a Child to Fish Global Rotary Grant" project.  Here is a brief update from Dr. Blessman on this project:
2019 has been a year of abundance on Mountain View Farm - our friend Martha was part of that.   Blessman International began and completed the first phase of the "Teach a Child to Fish" Global Rotary Grant.  The first phase welcomed 50 learners (students, teachers, educators, etc.) for 10 different schools in Limpopo to Blessman International's Mountain View Farm for a week of agriculture training.  Learners were taught Foundations of Farming from Johanney Chongani and Erica Henderson; teaching methods of farming. plant propagation, managing fertilizers and controlling insects/disease.  Once learners completed this training, our Mountain View Farm staff (and some mission teams) helped plant school gardens at the 10 participating schools.  Using incentives for successful gardens, schools received drip irrigation ands shade nettings.  The second phase included all 50 learners attending a week long training at Shikwaru Estates to learn proper business practices to turn gardening in to a full-time job.  Instead of giving food for a day, we taught them how to eat for a lifetime.
Martha was a representative from Sterkriver Secondary School, Chosen because she showed n interest in agriculture and earned high marks in classes.  Since completing the training, Martha has passed her metric examination and has enrolled at the University of Limpopo on scholarship to continue studying agriculture.   Progress has been slow in different communities, especially in Africa.  It is important to know seeds have been planted.  These seeds need support, but thrive with attention and love.
The Board has approved an application from Tyler Howe.  Tyler is a field Coordinator with GTG Construction and is being proposed for membership by Jessica Reynolds.  
Comments regarding this proposed membership may be given to any Board member.
At the last meeting of the year, President Rich Job thanked the staff, Cindy and Brian, at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club for serving us during the past year.   As a thank you, he presented each of them with a card containing $100.
During the noon meeting on December 10th, President Rich Job, named Todd Eipperle the "Rotarian of the Month" for December.  This was in recognition of his hosting a bourbon tasting social at his house which raised $600 for the Ankeny Service Center, hosting two tailgates at Iowa State football games for Rotarians and friends and the great job he is doing in coordinating speakers for the noon club this year.   Congratulations Todd!  
Julie Todtz, President and CEO for the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce, presented the club with a Beautiful poinsettia and two dozen cookies in recognition of the club having been a member of the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce for the past 20 years.
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in Janaury:
6th - Jack Pennington
15th - Jenna Lanning
20th - Sally Schroeder
24th - Connor Stobbe
25th - Justin Carlton
25th - Bruce Kimpston
27th - Jeff Damman
28th - Roger Spahr
Happy Birthday to these Rotarians!!
Twenty-four Rotarians and friends filled Todd and Julie Eipperle's basement on the evening of December 9th and tasted an unknown number of bourbons.  A total of $600 was raised and has been donated to the Ankeny Service Center to assist with their Holiday Assistance program.  Thank you to all that attended and especially to Todd and Julie for hosting this fun event.
In his June 1917 address at the annual Convention of Rotary International in Atlanta, Georgia, Arch Klumph asked his fellow Rotarians to "not to live for themselves alone, but for the joy in doing good for others".  And so was born the motto of The Rotary Foundation: "Doing Good in the World".   Inspired by Klumph's admonition, members of The Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri, made the first contributin to the Foundation in the amount of $26.50.  Over a century later, more that 35,000 clubs, comprised of over 1.2 million members, have followed the Kansas City example.  They have made monetary contributions in a concerted effort to promote world understanding through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. 
According to the November edition of The Rotarian, the following represent the top 6 (out of over 200) donors to The Foundation over a five-year period by US dollar amount:
United States      $395,699,358
India                      $  88,875,333
Japan                    $  84,467,802
Korea                     $  79,249,818
Taiwan                   $  53,105,767
Canada                  $  40,799,946
The icing on the cake is about these donations is 92% of the funds are spent on programs, awards and operations.  (Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating).
Helping others has never been so smooth!!  For a $25 donation, you can taste various Bourbons side by side along with great socializing with old and new friends and 100% of your donation will go to the Ankeny Service Center to help with winter and holiday expenses for Ankeny residents in need.  The tasting will take place on Monday, December 9th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at 2514 SW Westwinds Blvd, Ankeny.  Thank you to Todd Eipperle for organizing and hosting this fun event.
On November 10, 2019, the District 6000 Nominating Committee interviewed candidates for the District Governor Nominee Designee 2022-2023.  The committee selected Steve Wieneke of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Steve is currently serving as the President of the Ankeny Evening Club.  Congratulations Steve!
Special guests attending the Rotary Club of Ankeny's meetings last month included:
2/10 - Kent Sovern, Age Friendly Greater Des Moines, speaker 
12/10 - Dale Kero, guest of Rich Job
12/10 - Melisa Valle, RYE student from Mexico, "Evening"
12/10 - Amanda Alcocer, RYE student from Mexico, "Evening"
12/10 - Jason Duke, guest of Jacquelyn Duke "Evening"
12/10 - Maverick Biga, guest of John Biga "Evening"
12/10 - Maddux Biga, guest of John Biga "Evening"
12/10 - Dr. Jim Blessman, guest of Nate Burnham, "Evening"
12/10 - Beth Blessman, guest of Nate Burnham, "Evening"
12/10 - Annette Burnham, guest of Nate Burnham, "Evening"
12/17 - Mary Perry, Iowa Donor Network, speaker
12/17 - Tyler Howe, guest of Jessica Reynolds
12/17 - Melisa Valle, RYE student from Mexico
12/17 - Patty Munguia, guest of Juan Arias "Evening"
12/17 - Troy Peterson, Valorfit, speaker, "Evening'
12/17 - Maverick Biga, guest of John Biga, "Evening"
12/17 - Maddux Biga, guest of John Biga, "Evening"
The Evening Club held their weekly meeting on November 19th at B & B Theatres/12 & B-Roll Bowling.   No one is bragging about their bowling score, but everyone had a strikingly good time!!
The December Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:
When:  Thursday, December 12th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
Club Executives & Directors
Evening Club President
President Elect
President Nominee
Rotary Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Social Chair
Public Relations Chair
Club Service Chair
Youth Services Chair
Multi Club Rep
Fundraising Co-Chair
Fundraising Co-Chair
Immediate Past President
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