Noon -- Dave Cook -- D6000 Membership Chair
Sep 28, 2021
Membership Challenge
Evening Group - Guest Speaker @ B & B Theater
Sep 28, 2021 6:00 PM
Holly Sealine will speak from Kirkendall Public Library at B & B Theater (1580 SW Market St.)
Noon -- Club Assembly
Oct 05, 2021
Evening Group- Community Service - ON SITE
Oct 05, 2021 6:00 PM
Assemble Shoe Boxes Operation Christmas Child at Mistress Brewing (1802 N. Ankeny Blvd.)
Noon -- John Foster
Oct 12, 2021
Salvation Army Update
Evening Group- Dist. Gov. Alka Khanolkar
Oct 12, 2021 6:00 PM
at Mistress Brewing (1802 N. Ankeny Blvd.)
Noon -- Ashley Johnson
Oct 26, 2021
Update on Prairie Trail Development
Evening Group - Speakers Dave Cook & Steve Dakin
Oct 26, 2021 6:00 PM
Five Simple Ways Proven to Grow Membership in Rotary
Noon -- Chris Knapp, D6000 Rotary Foundation Chair
Nov 02, 2021
Rotary Foundation Report
Evening Group - Community Service - ON SITE
Nov 02, 2021 6:00 PM
Hats, gloves, & scarves Drive (YESS/ YHMA) at Mistress Brewing (1802 N. Ankeny Blvd.)
Happy Hour Social at Sports Page
Nov 09, 2021 5:30 PM
Social from 5:30-7:00 Sports Page (1701 N. Ankeny Blvd.)
Noon -- Ron Cox -- Director, ISU Center for IR
Nov 23, 2021
Workforce Issues in Iowa
Evening Group - Guest Speaker Steve Wieneke
Nov 23, 2021 6:00 PM
Rotary Foundation
Evening Group - Club Assembly
Nov 30, 2021 6:00 PM
Planning Session at Main Street Cafe (2510 SW White Birch Dr.)
Evening Group - Community Service - ON SITE
Dec 07, 2021 6:00 PM
Warm Hearts, Warm Blankets at Mistress Brewing (1802 N. Ankeny Blvd.)
Noon -- No Meeting
Dec 14, 2021
Christmas Social
Christmas Social - Noon & Evening
Dec 14, 2021 5:30 PM
Briarwood Club of Ankeny (3405 NE Trilein Dr.)
Noon -- Rotarian Responsible Todd Wehr
Dec 21, 2021
Workplace Design Post Covid
Noon -- No Meeting
Dec 28, 2021
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
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It is now only 39 days until the Rotary Club of Ankeny's "Raise the Stakes for Community" Fundraiser which will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on Saturday October 16th.  The evening will begin with appetizers, a signature drink, 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.  Prizes will be awarded to the guests accumulating the most chips for the night.  A new feature this year will be aerial performers in the atrium as you play at the tables.  Complimentary wine and beer will be available throughout the evening and at 6:30 PM a buffet dinner will be available.
There will be about 100 silent auction items to be sold on-line and the program will begin at 8:00 PM.  It will include "Heads or Tails", a dessert auction, and several live auction items which will include: a set of four new tires, Broil King gas grill, kids flying experience, Mike Trout autographed ball and jersey, ISU Sukup football tickets, opportunity to watch ISU football from AD Pollard’s balcony, Green Bay Packers autographed football and club seat tickets, skybox tickets for Cowboys at Chiefs, free installed high efficiency furnace, ride with police officer, free Lasik eye surgery, 10-day service trip for two to South Africa, Eric Church concert VIP seating, and more.
Tickets may be purchased from any Ankeny Rotarian or on-line at https://bidpartner.net/rotary/.  Individual tickets are $60 each or reserve a table for 8 for $440.  Sponsorships are also still available on the web site.     
The club's Membership Committee would like to invite all members that have recently joined the club or have never attended a "New Member Orientation" to gather at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club on Monday evening September 27th at 5:30 PM.   After a social time, with complimentary drinks and appetizers, club officers will provide a short program and answer any questions you may have about Rotary International, The Rotary Foundation, and the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Although this orientation is designed for new members, all members are welcome if they have questions about our club or would just like to socialize with other members.   Please RSVP to Sally Schroeder, ssschroeder@dmacc.edu if you intend to attend.  
The noon Rotary meeting on August 17th was devoted to Blessman International and the projects they have completed and are still working on in South Africa.   Dr. Jim Blessman gave an update on some of these projects including, drilling water wells, "Teach a Man to Fish" (training individuals to care for gardens), sanitation projects for early childhood development centers, and a feminine hygiene project.   Guests in attendance via Zoom were Allen and Trish Anderson who were major contributors to Blessman International including $100,000 to the sanitation project.    After Dr. Blessman's presentation, Ankeny's Foundation Chair, Tim Hawkins, announced that Allen Anderson was being recognized by the Rotary Foundation for his contribution and presented him with a crystal and a pin with four stones as symbols of his being recognized a "Major Donor - Level 4".  Jacque Andrew, District 6000 Foundation Co-Chair, was also in attendanace via Zoom and thanked Mr. Anderson for his support of the Rotary Foundation and the projects they supported.
The Evening Ankeny Rotary Group met on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at Meals from the Heartland. Fourteen Rotarians and six guests, with the help of other volunteers, packed 185,000 meals during their two hour shift.  It was quite the assembly line.  If you haven't helped with this project, it is a great experience!
Steve Wieneke was named "Rotarian of the Month" for August by President Todd Eipperle.  This was in recognition of all he did to arrange for the Iowa Veterans' Band concert that was held at the Band Shell on July 24th.   Congratulations Steve!   
Doug Ripley joined the Rotary Club of Ankeny in August 2003 and served as president in 2007-2008.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow.  He resigned from the club in 2013 when his kids became involved in school activities and would now like to get back into Rotary.  The Board has approved his application.  
Comments regarding Doug's proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board member.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny's fall picnic was held on the evening of August 10th at Sunrise Park in Ankeny.   There were 53 people in attendance, 28 Rotarians and 25 guests.  The food was great and everyone had fun socializing.  A big thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success and in particular Steve Wieneke who purchased and cooked the meat.
On the evening of August 4th, the Evening Group completed a service project for Backpack Buddies.  The group met at Mistress Brewing and filled approximately 25 backpacks with food to be given to students at Oak Park Elementary School in North Des Moines.   The club donated $500 towards the purchase of the food and 24 Rotarians and guests helped fill the backpacks.    Thank you to Jenna Lanning for organizing this project. 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny provided a sponsorship for New Horizon Adult Day Center's annual golf outing.  The following thank you letter has been received:
Dear Ankeny Rotary Friends:
Thank you so much for sponsoring our 9th Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser!  Your Event Level Sponsorship of $1,000 is greatly appreciated.  It was a hot day, but everyone golfing said they had a good time.  Because of people like you who recognize the importance of taking care of those with differing abilities, we are excited to report that we were able to raise over $11,000 with this fundraiser.  The funds raised will be used to purchase items necessary for our new home, such as a new air conditioner to replace one that did not work, and walking paths in our back yard.  Thank you again for the generosity of the Rotary family to our family at New Horizon Adult Day Center. 
Sincerely, Vicki Engh, Executive Director
The September Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held in-person at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
When:  Thursday, September 9th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
There are sixteen Ankeny Rotarians that will celebrate birthdays in September.  This is more than in any other month.   Those celebrating birthdays are:
6th - Ron Matthews
7th - Teri Crist
7th - Tom Friedman
7th - Mark Martin
7th - Scott Obstarczyk
8th - Kent Patterson
9th - Jacquelyn Duke
13th - Adam Boeding
15th - Reece Lewellen
16th - Todd Wehr
20th - Kevin Brooks
20th - Lewis Todtz
24th - Jim Hudson
25th - Amber Weger
29th - Tim Hudson
Bryant Iowa Heating & Cooling would like to add a 3rd Secondary Designee to their corporate membership.  DuWayne McDaniel will continue to be the Primary Designee and we recently approved Cathy McDaniel and Doug Thomson as Secondary Designees.   Marie Keding is being proposed as the third.  She is also in their sales department.   Marie plans to primarily attend the evening group and was in attendance for their service project this week.
Comments regarding this proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board member.
Each year, printed copies of the Club and District Leadership Directory is mailed to Club Secretaries.  These directories not only include all District officers and committee members, but the names of officers for all clubs in District 6000.   Nate Burnham has received printed copies of these directories and he will be distributing them to Noon and Evening club officers.  Other members that would like to view this directory may do so by logging on to the District web site and clicking on "Leadership Directory and contact info"  or clicking on this link https://www.rotary6000.org/SitePage/leadership-directory-contact-info.
Corporate member Bryant Iowa Heating & Cooling added Doug Thomson as a Secondary Designee when he was inducted into the club on July 13, 2021.  DuWayne McDaniel will continue as the Primary Designee.  Doug is in Sales with the company.   Congratulations and welcome to Rotary, Doug!
As of July 27, 2021, we have gone Six Months without a single Wild Polio Case anywhere in the world!   That is something to celebrate!
The Final Two Polio Endemic Countries:  Pakistan No new Wild Polio cases reported this week.  One Wild Polio case reported in 2021.  The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 1/27/21.  Pakistan reported 84 Wild Polio cases in 2020.  AfghanistanNo new Wild Polio cases reported this week.  One Wild Polio case reported in 2021.  The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 1/01/21.  Afghanistan reported 56 Wild Polio cases in 2020. 
"Thanks to the commitment of Rotary and other partners, as well as the dedicated political leadership of Polio-affected countries, I'm confident that we can create a world where no child will ever be paralyzed by Polio again."  Bill Gates  
On Saturday evening, July 24th, the Iowa Military Veterans Band performed at the Ankeny Bandshell.  A nice crowd was in attendance despite the very warm weather.  A big thank you to Tim Cox for providing the sound system and also thank you to Rotarians Jenna Lanning, and her guest Justin Boschee, Jeff Magner, Juan Arias, Patty Munguia, Noel Fiscus, Mary Cochran, Kristofer Orth, Marie Kline, Ron Matthews, Juan Arias II, Brenda Wieneke, and Steve Wieneke for helping with this event.  In addition to sponsoring the concert, the Rotary Club of Ankeny donated $500 to the band and club members passed around buckets to collect money for PolioPlus.  Approximately, $700 was raised to help eradicate polio worldwide. 
To find out more about the Iowa Military Veterans Band or make a donation go to www.iowamilitaryveteransband.com
The Evening Ankeny Rotary Group met on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ankeny Band Shell for a Service Project.  Fourteen Rotarians, and 4 guests were present.   The group helped clean up around the Band Shell by weeding and watering plants in anticipation of the Iowa Veterans Band Concert to be held on Saturday, July 24.  Thank you to all the volunteers who showed up to help.  Many hands make light work.  Many in the group went to Trailside Tap afterwards for drinks/food. 
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