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
Assemble Shoe Boxes Operation Christmas Child 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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With some changes taking place at corporate member CJM Financial, Brian Tiernan will no longer be a Secondary Designee for them.   Brian will now be the owner of Shamrock Advanced Transport LLC and is applying for this company to be a new corporate member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny and he will be the Primary Designee.  He plans to add some Secondary Designees at a later date.
The Board has approved this change in Brian's membership.  Should any member have and questions or comments on this change, they may contact any Board member.
It is now only 12 days until the Rotary Club of Ankeny's, "Raise the Stakes for Community" fundraiser to be held on October 16th.  The fun will begin at 5:00 PM when the gaming tables open for play and the acrobats  start performing.   The buffet line for dinner will open at 6:30.  The program including, "Heads or Tails" and the live auction will begin at 8:00 PM. 
All auction items are now available on-line.  There are 21 live items, under "Featured Items" and about 100 silent auction items.  The value of all items is over $56,000!  To view the silent auction items and start bidding on them, go to our web site, https://bidpartner.net/rotary/ and then click on the “Silent Auction Bidding”.   You will need to put in the Bidder ID you were assigned when you bought your tickets and the password you created.    
We have sold 400 tickets but we still have about 100 "Guest of" for the name.  If you have not done it yet, please forward the names and the email addresses of your guests to Nate at nfburnham@gmail.com, as soon as you have the names.  They can register the night of the event but entering their name in advance will speed up registration and allow them to start bidding on the silent auction items prior to that night.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be hosting a tailgate at the Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State football game at Jack Trice Stadium on October 23rd.   The tailgate will be located in parking lot A4, hopefully on the grass at the south end of the lot.   Look for the blue Rotary tent.  All Rotarians and guest are welcome to attend.  Some snacks and beverages will be provided but you are welcome to bring your favorite drink or snack to share.
More information to come after game time has been announced.
The world has now gone eight months without any new wild polio cases.  Pakistan has not had a new case since January 27, 2021 and Afghanistan has not had a new case since January 1, 2021.  These countries must go two years without a new case to be certified polio free but we truly are very close to ridding the world of this disease.
Remember October 24th is World Polio Date.
During the month of October, District Governor Alka Khanolkar will be visiting both Ankeny Rotary Groups.   She will visit the Evening group on October 12th and the Noon Group on October 19th.   
Also, the Board will be meeting with DG Khanolhar on the 19th at 11:00 AM at the AG&CC prior to the regular noon meeting.   All board members should plan to attend and be prepared to discuss the activities of our club and learn of the goals for this year for our district.
The next Bourbon tasting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held on October 21, 2021, at Jim Gocke’s home, 8198 N. E. Morgan Dr., Bondurant, Iowa.  This is approximately 8 miles east of I-35 on Oralabor, which turns into NE 78th Ave., then left onto NE Morgan Dr. and in about .5 mile, 8198 will be on your left.  Take the driveway past the white house near the road to the new home in back.
The tasting will begin at 6:30.  All Rotarians and their spouses are invited to attend.  There will be a good selection of Bourbons to taste including a couple high end selections.  You are welcome to bring an appetizer to share but it is not required.
Hope to see you all there!!
Doug Ripley joined the Rotary Club of Ankeny in August 2003.   After serving as President in 2007-2008, Doug resigned in 2013 when his kids became involved in school activities.  He decided to return to Rotary and was inducted back into the club on September 7th.   Welcome back Doug.
Four recently inducted new members of the club and several Board members attended a "New Member Orientation" at the Ankeny Golf & Country on September 27th. There was good discussion regarding the activities and projects of the Club and questions were answered.    
President Todd Eipperle presented a certificate to Sally Schroeder during the noon meeting on September naming her the Ankeny Rotarian of the Month for September.  This was primarily in recognition of her leadership as chairman of the Membership Committee.  Thank you and congratulations Sally!
Heidi Kramer recently returned from a mission trip to South Africa with Blessman International.  While there, she attended a Rotary meeting in Pietersburg.  During the noon meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny on September 21st, she presented a banner from the Pietersburg club.   Thank you Heidi.
The Club has received a letter from the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation thanking our club for our generous support of the Annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation for the 2019-2020 Rotary year.   (Receipt of this recognition is a few months late due to COVID.)  It stated our club is distinguished from the more than 35,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide as being the following:
  • One of only 1,550 clubs to achieve "Top Three Highest in Per Capita Annual Giving" honors in their District.
  • One of only 3,400 clubs worldwide to attain status as an "Every Rotarian, Every Year Club". 
  • One of only 4,000 clubs worldwide to become a "100% Foundation Giving Club". 
Congratulations and thank you Ankeny Rotarians for making the the Rotary Foundation a continued priority in your club.
Rotary's "Presidential Citation" recognizes Rotary clubs that support Rotary's strategic priorities by completing certain activities during the year.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny has received this award for Todd Wehr's term as President during the 2020-2021 Rotary year.  This marks the sixth consecutive year that Ankeny has received this honor.  Of the 65 clubs in District 6000, the Rotary Club of Ankeny is one of four to receive this award for 2020-2021 and the only club in the district to have received this honor in each of the past six years. 
Thank you Todd Wehr for your leadership during the past year and congratulations to the all members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny!!
The October Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
When:  Thursday, October 14th
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:
5th - Mary Cochran
12th - Marie Kline
15th - Doug Thomson
16th - Abbi Rickelman
20th - Kristofer Orth
24th - Sharlene Dunlap
24th - Brenda Wieneke
27th - Mark Densmore
29th - Renee Potts
30th - John Foster
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.
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