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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 was a beautiful day on Saturday, April 3rd, when approximately 20 Ankeny Rotarians, family, and friends met at the Uptown Trailside Tap for brunch.  After brunch, the bikers headed north on the High Trestle Trail to the oasis and the walkers headed south to the lake on the DMACC campus.  Upon reaching their destinations both groups participated in an Easter egg hunt then returned to the Uptown Trailside Tap.  Participants contributed $1,130 to be sent to the Rotary International's Polio Plus Campaign.  These funds will be matched 2-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  
The 2021 "Casino Night" for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held on October 16th at the FFA Enrichment Center.  There will be a planning committee meeting at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, April 13th at 11:00 AM prior to the regular noon Rotary meeting.  Laura and Stacey look forward to seeing all committee chairs and anyone else willing to volunteer to serve on a committee there and kicking off the efforts for organizing another great event!   Let them know if you would like to attend but are not as yet comfortable attending in-person and we will try to accommodate via Zoom.  
The Board has received and approved three applications for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  They are from:
Allison Ver Steegt who is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and was encouraged to contact our club by her cousin who is the President of the Rotary Club of Winterset. 
Dianna Tran is a Retail Branch Supervisor at Central Bank.  She will be added as a Secondary Designee to corporate Rotary member Central Bank.  She is being proposed for membership by Damon Miller.
Victoria Ogier was previously a member of Rotary Clubs in Decatur County, Iowa and Leavenworth, Kansas.  She is an independent Travel agent and has already attended two Rotary social events including the new member orientation on April 14th.  She is being proposed for membership to the Evening club by Jacquelyn Duke.
Comments regarding any of these proposed members may be submitted to any Board member. 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be launching a new social opportunity for both noon and evening Rotarians.  The social will be a "Happy Hour" to be held the second Tuesday of each month beginning May 11th.  The intent of these socials are to have fun while encouraging members to bring friends, neighbors, clients, staff members, co-workers, etc. and each event would be a great opportunity to introduce a prospective new member to the club.  The current plan is for the event to be at a different location each month with more details to come soon. 
Timothy J. (TJ) Burns became the newest member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny when he was inducted into the Evening Club on March 2, 2021.  TJ is the Branch Manager for United Rentals in Des Moines.  Welcome TJ!!
District Governor, Steve Dakin, has received a thank you from Paul at GoServ Global.  It stated the Rotary Clubs and Rotarians from around District 6000 have contributed funds to construct 19 Sukup Safe-T-Homes around the world.  These buildings are now being used as birthing clinics, family homes, and also in orphanages.  Together with GoServ Global and Sukup, District 6000 Rotarians are protecting and transforming families and communities.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny and it's members contributed funds to construct two of these homes.   Thank you to everyone that contributed.
Opportunities for additional funds for PolioPlus and Sukup Safe-T-Homes continue.  Proceeds from the District Conference virtual registration, and auction items (including a quilt designed and sewn by Deb Ockenfels) will be split between these two efforts. More information regarding the District Conference, "Living the Five Way Test", is available on the District website.
The City of Ankeny will be holding their annual 'Clean Up Days" on May 15 & 16.  Prior to last year, the Rotary Club of Ankeny has helped city workers unload vehicles.  Last year, due to COVID, the event was contracted out with Ankeny Sanitation.  The city will be using ASI again this year with the event to be held at the ASI facility.   They hope to return to the typical operation in 2022 when Rotarians will be able to help.
"Living the Five Way Test" is the theme for the 2021 Rotary District 6000 Conference to be held Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the Ankeny Courtyard by Marriott. 
The evening starts with a social time with cash bar and the opportunity to view tables of Rotary projects, followed by a meal of your choice and the chance to put in a silent bid for some wonderful dessert!  There will be fellowship, Rotary stories, awards, an auction of a quilt and more.  This event is a wonderful opportunity to meet Rotarians from other clubs and HAVE SOME FUN!  This is a chance to participate in a district event that is a short time commitment, cost friendly, and located in Ankeny.
There will be limited in-person attendance and also a hybrid version.
In person attendance: Social time, meal (4 choices) and the program.  Registration for this option is $49.95 per person and is limited to the first 140 registrations received, with the Marriott planning for attendees to physical distance with 6 people per table in a room with a capacity of 420.  For everyone's protection, attendees are to wear masks when not eating and drinking.
A hybrid version is also available for $25 per person for those more comfortable attending virtually.  All funds from virtual ticket sales will be divided equally between PolioPlus and Sukup Safe T Home.
For Ankeny Rotarians that would like to attend, your Board has approved paying the registration fee for all members and spouses that attend.  You can register in one of three ways:
1.  Go to the District 6000 website at  and register online using a credit card.  There is a processing fee of approximately $4 for paying with a credit card.   Then forward a copy of your registration form to Nate Burnham and reimbursement will be in the form of a credit on your April Rotary invoice.
2.  Complete the registration form and mail it with a check or credit card information.  Then forward a copy of your registration form to Nate Burnham and reimbursement will be in the form of a credit on your April Rotary invoice.
3. Complete the registration form and forward it to Nate Burnham for him to register you using the club's credit card.
Rotary Club of Ankeny corporate member, Blessman International, will be holding their 9th annual gala on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at the Holiday Inn, 6111 Fluer Drive, Des Moines.   The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:30PM with dinner and a program at 7:00 PM.   The program will include live entertainment from the Brazilian Twins, Eric Hanson from KCCI-TV acting as the emcee, silent and live auctions, and an update on their work in South Africa.  All the proceeds raised will benefit Blessman International's work in South Africa.  For ticket and table information, call 515-343-5920 or email   
The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be one of the sponsors of "Bourbon & Bowties", a fundraiser to benefit the Mid-Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America.   It will be held on Wednesday, April 7th at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  The evening will include:
  • Heavy Hors d'oeuvres
  • 15 Bourbons/Whiskeys to sample featuring
    • Kentucky Bourbons
    • Iowa Bourbon/Whiskeys
    • Irish Whiskeys
  • Prize for Best Bowtie
  • Wheel Barrel of Whiskey Auction
All this for a $50 donation to be paid at the door with 100% of proceeds to benefit local youth programs within the Mid Iowa Council of Boy Scouts of America.  Mark you calendar, plan to attend, and bring a friend.
Questions - Contact Todd at
Join your fellow Rotarians, guests, and friends on Saturday April 3rd to "Bike or Walk to End Polio"!!
We will meet 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 after hunting for Easter eggs and the walkers will have their own Easter egg hunt as they walk around the pond.  Each egg will be filled with candy, a free drink ticket or other surprises!  All Bikers and walkers will then return to the Trail Side tap to use their drink tickets and enjoy some time together in Uptown Ankeny.
Participants are encouraged to make a donation of at least $30 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
The Rotary Club of Ankeny‚Äôs Membership Committee is inviting all new members that have joined the club during the past year, and their spouses, to attend a new member orientation on April 13, 2021 at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club at 6:00 PM.  Complimentary appetizers and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP to Sally at  if you will be attending.  If you area anew member, plan to come and learn more about Rotary and the Rotary Club of Ankeny too!
The April Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held in-person at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.  A Zoom link will also be provided for those who would like to attend but are not as yet comfortable with an in-person meeting. 
When:  Thursday, April 8th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
Diana and Tim Hawkins made a donation to the Sukup Sate T Home project late last year which was sufficient to purchase one home.   In recognition of their generous donation, the club made a donation the Rotary Foundation in their names.  Foundation Chair Steve SchraderBachar recognized them at the March 2nd meeting by presenting Diana a certificate and pin to make her a Paul Harris Fellow and presenting Tim with a pin with four sapphire stones indicating he is now a Paul Harris Fellow + 4.   Congratulations Diana and Tim and thank you for your support of the Sukup Safe T Home project. 
A District Grant (DG) is a block grant to District 6000 from The Rotary Foundation. This grant is a tool that District 6000 uses to support short-term projects initiated by clubs in District 6000 called Community Service Grants. Funds are distributed to clubs through applications to the District 6000 Committee which decides the merit of each application and the degree to which they should be funded.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny received two of these grants this year.  One was for the potato digger for AGAPE garden and the other was for equipment to assist with the relocation of the Ankeny Service Center office.
The maximum grant amount a club can apply for is $5,000.  This amount must then be at least matched by the club making the total funds available for a project, or projects, $10,000.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny has been a strong supporter of the Rotary Foundation and this is a way for our club to have a portion of these funds returned to benefit our community.  The deadline for applying for grants for the 2021-2022 Rotary year is June 1, 2021.  Dave Mercer will be representing our club at the District's grant management seminar.  If you have any suggestions for a Community Service Grant for our club to consider, please contact Dave or any Board member.
Special guests attending the Rotary Club of Ankeny's meetings last month included:
3/2 - Diana Hawkins, guest of Tim Hawkins
3/2 - Kimberly Rogers Smith, District Associate Judge, Speaker
3/2  - Jason Parkin, Clear Mortgage, Speaker - Evening 
3/9 - Shonna Murry, guest of Steve SchraderBachar
3/9 - Allison Ver Steegt, guest of Laura Luetje
3/9 - Julie Eipperle, guest of Todd Eipperle - Evening
3/9 - Susan Orth, guest of Kristopher Orth - Evening
3/9 - Katrina Burns, guest of TJ Burns - Evening
3/9 - Eddie Arias, guest of Juan Arias - Evening
3/9 - Shannon Magner, guest of Jeff Magner - Evening
3/16 - Jayne Reysack, Vibrant Health, Speaker
3/23 - Jerri Heid, Rotary Club of Ames AM, Speaker, Evening
3/23 - TJ Tollakson, Ruster Sports, Speaker
3/30 - Gary White, Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans, Edina, MN, Speaker - Evening
3/30 - Jeff Staads, Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans, Edina, MN, Speaker - Evening
3/30 - Lisa Even - Even Connections, Speaker
We are pleased to report there has not been any new Wild Polio cases reported in the world since January 19, 2021.   The final two polio endemic countries are:
Pakistan - The last Wild Polio case was reported on 11/23/20.  Pakistan reported 84 Wild Polio cases in 2020.  
Afghanistan - Only one new Wild Polio case has been reported in 2021 and it was on January 19th.   Afghanistan reported 56 Wild Polio cases in 2020.
The picture shows Dr. Samreen Khalil, WHO Polio Eradication Officer in Pakistan, as she collects a sample from Muhammad Shabir in order to perform a test for COVID-19.  Most of the Polio staff and volunteers are also participating in Covid as well as Polio eradication activities.    A Win Against Polio is a Win for Global Health!
Corinne Lambert, former member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny and Assistant District Governor, is still in the hospital recovering from a serious stroke and won't be able to finish the year as Assistant Governor.  Juan Arias, of the Rotary Club of Ankeny, has agreed to start his term early and is now serving the Ankeny, East Polk and Johnston clubs as Assistant District Governor.
The last report we have received from Ned Looney, President of the East Polk Rotary Club, stated Corinne is slowly recovering but while making progress she often experiences setbacks. She is unable to speak as she has facial paralysis on one side.  They are trying to help her communicate in other ways.  She does recognize and appreciate get-well cards.  She is still recovering in the hospital now, and physical therapy will need to be continued once she is released.  If you would like to send a card, her address is:
Corinne Lambert c/o
Methodist Hospital
Powell Center 465
1212 Pleasant Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
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