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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
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Jim Foreman joined the Rotary Club of Ankeny two months ago and has only purchased 50/50 tickets for a few weeks but on May 8th his ticket was drawn and he picked the "Ace of Hearts" to win the $250 pot.  Congratulations Jim!!! 
The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny has adopted a flower bed from the City of Ankeny for the fourth consecutive year.  The flowers are provided by the city and the members gathered at the flower bed on the evening of May 8th to plant the flowers.  During the summer the members will take turns watering and weeding the bed. 
Foundation points are awarded to donors who contribute to The Rotary Foundation through the Annual Program Fund or PolioPlus.  Donors are recognized by being named “Paul Harris Fellows” or “Multiple Paul Harris Fellows” at increments of 1,000 Foundation points.  In addition, a donor receives one Foundation “recognition” point for every U.S. dollar contributed.  These recognition points are available for the Rotarian to gift to a family member, another Rotarian, or non Rotarian.  These gift of recognition points must be a minimum of 100 points
The Rotary Club of Ankeny currently has 30 members with more than 1,000 Foundations recognition points and many additional members with several hundred points.  Several of these members have indicated an interest in making a gift of all or a portion of their points.  If you would like to know how many points you have and/or would like to make a gift of some of your recognition points to another person, contact Steve SchraderBachar.
The club donated $1,250 to the Mid-Iowa Council for Boy Scouts of America in support of their "2018 Friends of Scouting" campaign.  The following thank you letter was received:
"Thank you for your generous donation!  You are changing the lives of youth in Iowa by providing high quality Scouting programs that prepare young people to become confident, successful, and responsible adults.  Thank you for being a Friend of Scouting in 2018.  Your generosity is one of Mid-Iowa Council's greatest blessings.  We appreciate your support.  With gratitude, Robert E. Hopper, Scout Executive."
During their May meeting the Board approved the following donation requests:
American Cancer Society - $500 - The club will be a sponsor for the Des Moines Robotics Team 4646 in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.  The two Ankeny High Schools Robotics Teams will also be participating.  This will be the sixth consecutive year the club has supported this event.
Des Moines Rotary Multi-Club - $1,000 - The nine Des Moines area Rotary Clubs have selected mental health as their project for this year.  The donations from the clubs as well as the proceeds from the May 17th joint meeting will be used to support mental health activities in the Des Moines area.
The Board approved two applications for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny at its May meeting.   They are:
Carolyn Formanek is a former member of the Rotary Club of Knoxville and will be transferring her membership to Ankeny.  She now lives in Ankeny and does residential property management.  She is being proposed for membership by Sally Schroeder.
Kurt Backes will be a Branch Manager for the University of Iowa Community Credit Union as soon as they open their new office in Ankeny later this year.   Kurt was a four-time qualifier for the NCAA wrestling tournament while competing at Iowa State University and finished his career as the NCAA runner -up in 2007.  He is being proposed for membership by Kent Patterson.
Comments regarding Carolyn and Kurt's proposed memberships may be forwarded to any Board Member.
The annual Des Moines area Rotary Multi-Club Program will be held on Monday, May 17th from 4:30 to 6:00 PM. at Des Moines University, 3200 Grand Ave, Des Moines. The program will be on mental health.  The keynote speaker will be Dr. Lisa Streyffler from Des Moines University and there will be a panel represented by a first responder, educator, parent, and individual living with mental illness.  Heavy hor d'oeuvres and networking will follow the program.   The $20 registration fee will be paid by the club.  Contact Rich Job if you have questions and/or to register.
District 6000's second annual Vision 2020 Membership Seminar is a 3-hour event focused solely on membership.  This is an opportunity to share ideas and learn how to build a larger, healthier and more vibrant club.  Here are the details:
  • What – Vision 2020 Membership seminar to help strengthen your club
  •  When  – Wednesday, May 2 – 5:45 – 8:45 p.m.
  • Where – Shive-Hattery, 4125 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines
  • Who – Every single Rotarian who wants to learn how to build and strengthen club membership
  • Special Guest – Rotary International Foundation Trustee Mary Beth Growney-Selene   
  • Cost FREE!
  • Food – yes!  A light supper will be served
  • Registration www.rotary6000.org  Go to first item in right column – this is necessary for leadership to plan for meals, handouts, seating, etc.

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

When: Thursday, May 10th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in May:
12th - Damon Miller
26th - Jon Lowman
Jessica Reynolds became the newest member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny when she was inducted on April 24th.  Jessica is a Project Manager with GTG Construction in Johnston.   She was proposed for membership by Renee Murphy. 
It was a couple weeks late in coming but, Sally Schroeder announced that she had selected Ryan Bach to be the "Rotarian of the Month" for March for the work he did acting as the Chairman of the 2018 fundraising committee.  His leadership helped make the Rotary Olympics a success.  Congratulations and thank you Ryan!!
In recognition of all the work she has done in getting the Rotary Club of Ankeny on Facebook, President Sally Schroeder named Renee Murphy "Rotarian of the Month" for April.   Congratulations and thank you Renee!!
On April 13th the two robotics teams in Ankeny, Team DICE from Ankeny High School and Team Kaizen from Centennial High School, brought their robots to the noon Rotary meeting and demonstrated how they work.  The students also talked about their experiences in building the robots and participating in competitions.
The Rotary Club of Indianola will have their first Rotary Town & Country Art Festival on Saturday, April 21 from 6-9 PM.  The Rotary club is joining with other Indianola service groups including Kiwanis, Indianola parks Friends and noon Lions in sponsoring this event and to raise funds for a handicapped accessible play ground in the community.  There will be live background music, local artists with art to view and buy light refreshments and a cash bar available.  The event is being held at the Indianola Country Club, 1610 Country Club Rd.
During the April 12 meeting the Board approved a donation request from the Mid-Iowa Council, Boy Scouts of America in the amount of $1,250.  This donation is in support of the 2018 Friends of Scouting campaign and the funds will be used to support new programs and recruiting materials to encourage more kids to get involved, purchasing updated equipment, training qualified leaders, providing health and liability insurance for Scouting members, hiring qualified staff for Camp Mitigwa summer camp, and to increase the number of scholarships to Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.  This is the seventh consecutive year the club has made a donation to the Boy Scouts.
The Board has approved an application for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny from Jessica Reynolds.  Jess is a Project Manager with GTG Construction in Johnston.  She is being proposed for membership by Renee Murphy.
Comments regarding Jess's proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board Member.
Did you know that Rotary not only offers you a chance to help others, but as a member you can also receive benefits.  Rotary Global Rewards program is its benefits program designed exclusively for Rotarians and Rotaractors.  The extensive collection of discounts and special offers cover the types of goods and services members care about most -  for getting a project completed or just treating to a job well done.   Categories include entertainment, travel, business services, insurance, dining, and retail!  There are also opportunities to give back to Rotary - for instance when you shop Amazon Smile - 6% of your purchase will be sent to The Rotary Foundation.
For more information go to <http://rotary.org/globalrewards> or download the Rotary Global Rewards App.
Kathy Sibbel was nominated by the Rotary Club of Ankeny for the District 6000's  "Guardian of Integrity" award.  The District created this award to honor Boone Rotarian and past District Governor, Paul G. Hellwege's many contributions to District 6000 as a friend, mentor, story teller, and source of history and traditions to Rotarians both young and old.  The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions that foster the development of integrity.  During the Toast to District 6000, thirteen Rotarians were presented with this award including Kathy Sibbel. This is what was said about Kathy as she received this award:
"Ankeny Rotarian, Kathy Sibbel, retired in 2014 from ownership and management of her business, Creative Children's Preschool, which had been named "Small Business of the Year" in 2005.  A theme in her life is youth and children.  Besides her career as a preschool educator, she is a volunteer for RYLA, counselor for youth exchange students and Rotary Advisor to Interact.  She is a founding member of the women's philanthropic organization, 100 Women Who Care.  Kathy was named Ankeny YMCA Volunteer of the Year in 2008, Rotarian of the Year in 2015-2016 and "Ankeny's Outstanding Citizen" in 2017."