Greeter/Sheriff Schedule
9/3 - Tracy Frette
9/10 - Tom Friedman
9/17 - Jason Gassmann
9/24 - Jan Franck
10/1 - Brodey Hanson
10/8 - Bruce Kimpston
10/15 - Stacey Koeppen 
10/22 - Mark Land
10/29 - Andrew Larson
District Governor Morain
Sep 24, 2019
District Governor Presentation
"Evening" - Nate Burnham
Sep 24, 2019
Trip to South Africa with Blessman Ministries
"Eveninig" - Joe
Oct 01, 2019 6:00 PM
Biking for Burritos
Mike Day - Owner of MD Talent Optimization
Oct 08, 2019
Work Right to Live Right
New membership Social - AG&CC
Oct 15, 2019 6:00 PM
"Evening" - Rotary Video
Oct 22, 2019 6:00 PM
"Evening" - Heather Rowley
Oct 29, 2019 6:00 PM
Samaritian's Purse & Operation Christmas Child
Larry Laughlin
Nov 05, 2019
Co-founder of "Blood, Sweat and Beers."
"Evening" - Juan Arias
Nov 12, 2019
Wash in Schools Challenge
Dare to Dream movie
Nov 19, 2019
"Evening" - Social at B & B Theaters
Nov 19, 2019 6:00 PM
John Johnson
Nov 26, 2019
Chief Operation Officer - National Pork Board
Dec 03, 2019
Christmas Social at The Fletcher - Thursday Dec. 5th
"Evening" - Service Project
Dec 03, 2019
Serve meals at St. Joseph's Family Emergency Shelter
Kent Sovern, Co- Chair Age Friendly Greater Des Mo
Dec 10, 2019
Creating Livable and Age-Friendly Cities
"Evening" - John Biga
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 24, 2019
Dec 31, 2019
"Evening" - Split the Pot at Iowa Wild
Feb 11, 2020
For the Benefit of Adaptive Sports
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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Mohamed Khalil from the Rotary Club of Bo, Siera Leone, in District 9101 in West Africa attended the Evening Rotary meeting on September 17th.   He is visiting the US for a few weeks and plans to attend the Evening meeting a few more times.  President Steve Wieneke presented his with one of the club's new banners.  This was the first of the new banners that has been handed out. 
The Board for the Rotary Club of Ankeny approved a nomination for Steve Wieneke to be the District Governor for District 6000 for 2022-2023.  If he is selected by the District Nominating Committee, there will be several opportunities for other members from our club to serve on committees and help with the planning of the 2023 District Conference.  Congratulations Steve and good luck when meeting with the Nominating Committee.
The Club has received new banners that feature the Ankeny Market Pavilion.  These banners are in a box in the closet at the AG&CC.   If any member plans to visit another meeting, they are welcome to take one of our banners and trade it with the club they are visiting.
On September 3rd, the club was down to two cards in the deck so when mary Cochran's number was drawn, she had a 50/50 chance of winning the pot.   She did select the Jocker and won the $250 jackpot.  Congratulations Mary!!
The Evening Club grew to 11 members on September 10th with the induction of Rachel Panzi.  Rachel will be a Secondary Designee for corporate member A Plus Home Care and Services.  Welcome Rachel!
The October Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:
When:  Thursday, October 10th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in October:
1st - Jessica Kuil
5th - Mary Cochran
16th - Abbi Rickelman
20th - Kristofer Orth
24th - Shar Dunlap
24th - Brenda Powell
27th - Mark Densmore
The 2019 Christmas social for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be on Thursday, December 5th at The Fletcher at 1802 N. Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny.  The evening will start with a social hour beginning at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:30.  More details will be provided later but put the date on your calendar and plan to attend.
On Wednesday, August 28th, nine members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny, three prospective new members and 5 family members, met at HyVee Hall in Des Moines and packaged were part of packaging over 1 million meals for the day for Meals From the Heartland's 12th annual "Hunger Fight".  This was the third consecutive year the club participated in this event.  The members also delivered a check in the amount of $200 from the club for a donation to help cover the cost of the ingredients, packaging, and transporting.  The goal for the "Hunger Fight" is to package over 4 million meals in four days.
Most Rotary clubs throughout the world, including the Rotary Club of Ankeny, follow the colorful tradition of exchanging small colorful banners, flags or pennants.  Rotarians visiting other clubs take banners to exchange at make-up meetings as a token of friendship.  The Rotary International Board recognized the growing popularity of the banner exchange in 1959 and encouraged participating clubs to ensure that the design of their banners are distinctive and expressive of the club's community and country.  they recommended the banners include pictures, slogans or designs portraying the territorial area of the club.
Ankeny's supply of trading banners has been diminished and a new banner design was approved by the Board.   The old banner had an outline of the bandshell.  The Board decided the new banner should emphasis the club's newest large project, the Ankeny Market Pavilion.  A new supply of banners has been ordered and should be on hand in a couple weeks.  Any member that plans to visit another Rotary club may request a banner from the club President or Secretary to take with them and exchange with the club they are visiting.
The last reported Wild Polio case in Nigeria was on August 20, 2016.  Nigeria is to be congratulated on reaching three year without a Wild Polio case!    As recently as 1996, over 75,000 children were paralyzed all around the countries of Africa and now with the three year anniversary of the last Wild Polio case in Nigeria, the entire continent of Africa could become certified as Polio-Free as soon as early 2020. 
This leaves two countries that are still considered endemic.   In Pakistan, 53 cases have been reported in 2019 with the most recent case being reported on July 12th.  In 2018, there were 12 Wild Polio cases reported in Pakistan.  In Afghanistan, there has been 13 new polio cases reported in 2019 compared to 21 in 2018.  The most recent case in Afghanistan was reported on July 16th.
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.  Solving problems takes real commitment and vision.  For more than 110 years, Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects.  From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.
Impact starts with our members who are people of action coming together to strengthen their connections to friends and neighbors and their commitment to improving lives.   Becoming a Rotarian offers many benefits including:
Connecting you to a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back to their communities.  Through regular meetings and events, you’ll:
  • Discuss your community’s needs and develop creative ways to meet them
  • Connect with other leaders who are changing the world
  • Expand your leadership and professional skills
  • Catch up with good friends and meet new ones
For more information on how to become a Rotarian, or propose a new member, contact our Membership Chair, Andrew Larson at 
In tune with its mission to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace, the Rotary Foundation, emphasizes "..improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty" as the utmost importance.  To this end, Rotary clubs worldwide continue to fundraise to make these objectives a reality.  The Burnside Breakfast Rotary of South Australia, organized a golf tournament that raised $15,000 used to support non-governmental programs like the Can-Do Canines, Summer Camp Scholarships, the Burnside High School Brainpower in a Back-Pack/Snack, the Feed My Starving Children, and a Humanitarian Global Grant in Tanzania.  The Coldwater Township Sunrise Rotary Club has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan, to establish scholarships.  These scholarships will be known as the Coldwater Township Sunrise Rotary Promise Scholarship, and is designed to help financially strapped students enrolled in an eligible KCC health or skilled trade programs.  To further the intention of THe Rotary Foundation, you can donate by visiting
Tuesday evening, August 3rd, turned out to be a perfect evening for a picnic.   The weather was perfect and the food was great.  Thank you to everyone that attended and in particular thank you to Jeff Manger, Noel Fiscus, Steve Wieneke, and Kristofer Orth for overseeing the grilling.
President Rich Job attended the Evening Club meeting on August 13th to present Steve Wieneke with a certificate stating he was being named the Rotarian of the month for August .   This was in recognition of the leadership he is giving to the Evening club, helping to organize the bandshell clean up and assisting with the grilling at the club's picnic.   Congratulations Steve!
The September Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:
When:  Thursday, September 12th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in July:
7th - Teri Crist
7th - Tom Friedman
7th - Mark Martin
8th - Kent Patterson
9th - Jacquelyn Duke
15th - Reece Lewellen
16th - Todd Wehr
20th - Brooks, Kevin
The Board has approved a request from Anne Porter to change her individual membership in the Rotary Club of Ankeny to a Corporate membership for A Plus Home Care Services.  She would be the Primary Designee and Steve Wieneke and Rachel Panzi would be the Secondary Designees.   Steve is currently a member of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny and has recently become the Human Resources Manager for A Plus Home Care Services.  Rachel is the Director of Operations and would be a new member for the evening club.  
Comments regarding this proposed change in membership and new member may be give to any Board member.
Twelve Rotarians and seven of their family members met at the Ankeny band shell Saturday morning, and in about an hour cleared all the weeds and dead or dying bushes from the site.   The Ankeny Parks and Recreation Department has proposed a landscaping plan for the replacement of the plantings.   Assuming the plan can be finalized and funding is available to purchase plants, another work day will be necessary to plant the new shrubs and is tentatively planned for September 7th.  The pictures below are the before and after of the cleanup.
Sally Schroeder recently returned from a cruise on the Cunard Cruise Lines' "Queen Mary 2".   While on the cruise, on the way to South Hampton, UK and Reykjavik, Iceland, she made up two Rotary meetings and was given an official make-up from the ship's Captain.   Several other Rotarians were in attendance at each meeting.  It shows that whereever you go, there is almost always the opportunity to make up a Rotary meeting and meet other Rotarians from around the world.
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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