Speakers
Don Clark - City Of Ankeny
Aug 16, 2022 12:00 PM
City Update
Evening Group Community Service Off Site
Aug 16, 2022 6:00 PM
Harvesting/Gardening at Agape Garden (7384 NW 16th St.)
Freddie Jackson, Former Buffalo Bills NFL player
Aug 23, 2022
Talking about his experience and youth sports today
Evening Group Club Assembly
Aug 23, 2022 6:00 PM
Club Assembly (Mistress Brewing, 1802 N. Ankeny Blvd.)
Evening Group Guest Speaker
Aug 30, 2022 6:00 PM
Bergetta Beardsley Food Bank of Iowa (Mistress Brewing, 1802 N. Ankeny Blvd.)
Library Speaker
Sep 06, 2022
Library Update
Evening Group - Community Service - ON SITE
Sep 06, 2022 6:00 PM
Literacy Kits for Head Start (Mistress Brewing, 1802 N. Ankeny Blvd.)
Jessi Tiernan
Sep 13, 2022
Health and Wellness
Happy Hour Social Noon & Evening Rotary Members
Sep 13, 2022 5:30 PM
Bingo Sponsor at Uptown Garage (305 SW Walnut St.)
Evening Group Community Service Off Site
Sep 20, 2022 6:00 PM
Package Meals from the Heartland (357 Lincoln St., West Des Moines, IA) Need to confirm 7/20/22
Evening Group Guest Speaker
Sep 27, 2022 6:00 PM
Greg Probst Rotary Youth Exchange (Mistress Brewing, 1802 N. Ankeny Blvd.)
 
Club Information
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!
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
Home Page Stories
The Rotary Club of Ankeny is now 4 months from completing 50 years of service to the Ankeny Community and will be celebrating with a gala on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at the FFA Enrichment Center.  Here is a moment from the history of Rotary and the Rotary Club of Ankeny:
 
The first meetings of the Rotary Club of Ankeny were held at the "Trader's Inn" (Later Elwell's and now where The Attic is located.) on Highway 69.   The Club then met at the Best Western Inn from 1983 until moving to Elwell's in June, 1986.   In June 1993, the Club moved to The Boulevard and then met for year from 1995-1996 at Wallaby's Down Under before moving to Duffy's.  In December 2001, the Board discussed changing meeting locations and decided it needed to be a Club decision.  They decided to be "Roving Rotarians" for the month of January, 2002, as they moved each week from the Best Western, Golden Correl, Happy Chef, and Pintasse.  An evaluation form was developed to rate each restaurant on the quality of food, acoustics and accommodations, parking, service and accessibility.  The Pintasse received the highest rating, but a final decision was tabled until the Club had a chance to meet at Benchwarmers. The Pintasse received the highest rating, and it was decided to move the weekly meetings to this location beginning in March, 2002.   Subsequently, Pintasse decided not to host Rotary meetings and the Ankeny Golf & Country Club offered to accommodate Rotary Club meetings but on Tuesdays instead of Monday.  The first noon meeting for the club at the AG&CC was held on Tuesday, June 11, 2002, and the Club has been meeting there ever since.          
"Save the Date", April 29 for the 2023 District 6000 Conference.  Ankeny Rotarian and the 2022-2023 District Governor Steve Wieneke and First Lady Brenda Wieneke are planning to hold three one-day sessions instead of one three-day conference.  This will reduce travel time, cost, and the time commitment for Rotarians from across the District to attend one of the sessions and join in "A Celebration of Your Accomplishments".  The sessions will be on April 15th in Carroll, April 22 in Coralville, and April 29th in West Des Moines.  Rotarians are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions, but it is assumed Ankeny Rotarians will want to attend the session on April 29th.  Here are ten exciting reasons to attend tone of the conferences:
Volunteers will be need for several committees to assist with the conferences.  If you are interested in serving on a committee, contact Steve at swieneked6k@gmail.com.
Lisa Noble was a guest of Terry Peter's at the noon Rotary meeting on August 2nd.  She was introduced as the new Executive Director of New Horizon Adult Day Center.  The Club will be a sponsor for New Horizons' annual golf outing and presented Lisa with a check for $1,000 for this sponsorship.  Dave Mercer also presented her with a plaque recognizing the support the Club has given New Horizons for the past several years including a District Community Service grant this past year to assist them with their relocation into their new facility.
    
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in September:
 
3rd - Ann Wright
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 - Doug Wright
16th - Todd Wehr
20th - Kevin Brooks
20th - Lewis Todtz
25th - Jim Hudson
25th - Amber Weger
29th - Tm Hawkins
29th - Anne Porter
Ankeny Rotarian and District Governor Steve Wieneke and his wife Brenda made their official visit to both the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny and the Evening Satellite group on August 2nd.  In recognition one of the projects they would like to emphasis, literacy, Steve presented President Brian Tiernan with a book for him to give to someone in need.  He challenged the club group to complete a project with an emphasis on literacy and/or food insecurity in the next year.  The group thanked Steve and Brenda for their presentation and all they do for the club with a gift basket and a beautifully decorated cake. He also presented Brian with a banner from the Iowa City AM club that he was given when he made his official visit to their club.
   
Last month, the Board approved a $1,000 donation to assist the Salvation Army with remodeling a bus that was given to them by DART.   The bus will be used to serve people with needs outside the Des Moines Metro area who are unable to travel to Des Moines to access help.   This will enable more people to be served.  The following thank you has been received from John N. Foster, Donor Relations Director:
 
"Thank you so much for generously donating $1,000 to The Salvation Army's mobile social services program.  You are helping provide a life changing service that will assist people transitioning from dependence to independence.  People facing challenges need living assistance in many forms and, above all, the hope The Salvation Army abundantly provides.  The bus will bring all this and much more to those most in need.  You are providing a hand up to people with your greatly appreciated and valued support.  This important work is only possible with your help; thanks to you, the homeless, the hungry and people rebuilding their lives will receive the help they need.  Please thank all who took part."
District Governor Steve Wieneke and his wife Brenda made their official visit to their home Rotary club, the Evening satellite group of the Rotary Club of Ankeny on August 2nd.  Steve presented President Jeff Magner with a book for him to give to someone in need and challenged the group to complete a project with an emphasis on literacy and food insecurity.  The group thanked Steve and Brenda for their presentation and all they do for the club with a gift basket and a beautifully decorated cake.
  
The Evening Group completed a community service project on and off site on July 19th.  They first met at Mistress Brewing and brought food for the food boxes around town.  Then some members delivered the food and placed it in the boxes while other members repaired a "Little Free Library" that needed a new roof.   The new roof was put on and painted it Rotary colors - blue and yellow.  Thank you to all members that brought food and helped with this project.
   
At their July meeting, the Board approved two donation requests.  They were:
 
Salvation Army - $1,000 - These funds will be used to assist with remodeling a bus that was given to the Salvation Army by DART.   The bus will be used to serve people with needs outside the Des Moines Metro area who are unable to travel to Des Moines to access help.   This will enable more people to be served.
 
New Horizon Adult Day Care - $1,000 - The Club has been a significant supporter of New Horizons for several years.  These funds are for a sponsorship of their annual golf outing fundraiser.   Proceeds from this fundraiser will help provide programming for the people they serve in Ankeny and the surrounding area.
 
Four of the five students that the Rotary Club of Ankeny awarded scholarships to attend RYLA at Grinnell College the week of July 17th spoke to the Club on July 26th.  Those presenting were Abbi Brown, Nyah Rouse, Tyler Woods, and Samantha Forrester.  The fifth student, Gannon Ripley, was on vacation and not able to attend.  We hope to hear from him at a future meeting.
During the noon meeting on July 26th, President Tiernan congratulated Dylan Dyer on the birth of a baby boy by presenting him with a bag containing two books and a "Future Rotarian" onesie.  Dylan and Micada now have four children ages 6, 4, 2, and new-born.   Their newest addition to their family was born on June 17 and now has the same birthday as his grandfather, Dave Mercer.
  
Two new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on July 26th.   They are Brent Lindquist and Clifford Cunanan.  Brent joined the Evening group and is an Area Manager with Jung Sleep Systems.  Cliff is the VP of Mortgage and Consumer Lending with Vision Bank and joined the noon group.
  
A "New Member Orientation" will be held on Tuesday, August 16th for the members that have joined the noon group in the past few months but have not as yet attended an orientation.   The orientation will be at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club at 11:00 AM prior to the regular noon meeting.  
The Rotary Club of Ankeny is now 5 months from completing 50 years of service to the Ankeny Community and will be celebrating with a gala on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at the FFA Enrichment Center.  Here is a moment from the history of Rotary and the Rotary Club of Ankeny:
 
Milt Aunan was the person that was most instrumental in helping to charter the Rotary Club of Ankeny in 1973.  He also became the first President of the new club.  It is only fitting that he also became the Club's first Paul Harris Fellow in January, 1987.  He went on to become a PHF +1.   Pat Brewbaker became the first women in the club to become a Paul Harris Fellow in November 1992.  Of the current members of the Club, Ben Norman was the first to achieve the status of a Paul Harris Fellow in December, 1989.  Zane Smith followed that a year later with his first Paul Harris Fellowship in December,1990. 
 
Today the club has 77 Paul Harris Fellows and 51 of these are multiple Paul Harris Fellows.  Since being chartered, the Club and it's members have donated a total of $485,135 to the Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has been a significant supporter of the Ankeny Service Center for several years.  This includes coordinating the golf ball drop at the Ankeny Summerfest celebration.  On July 12th, the noon meeting was held at the ASC's new facility at 641 S. Ankeny Blvd.  At the meeting Tom Friedman presented a check for the ASC's share of the net proceeds from this year's golf ball drop which was $4,732.  In addition, Dave Mercer presented a plaque in recognition of the support the Club has provided to the ASC including a District Community Service Grant last year.  The plaque reads: "Various items were generously donated to Ankeny Service Center by the Rotary Club of Ankeny"
  
On the evening of July 12th, Ankeny Rotarians and guests filled four skyboxes to watch the Iowa Cubs defeat the Buffalo Bison 8-2 at Principal Park.  Prior to the start of the game, Sally Schroeder had the distinction of throwing out the first pitch.  Thank you to Todd Eipperle for making the arrangements for this very successful social event.
 
   
The Board has approved two applications for membership into the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  They are Brent Lindquist and Clifford Cunanan.  Brent is applying to join the Evening group and is an Area Manager with Jung Sleep Systems.  Clifford is the VP of Mortgage and Consumer Lending with Vision Bank and plans to join the noon group.
 
Comments regarding these prospective new members may be forwarded to any Board member.  
A total of 698 balls were sold for the 2022 golf ball drop at on Sunday night of Summerfest.   Brad Edwards, Chief Meteorologist at channel 5 WOI-TV in Des Moines was the celebrity ball dropper.   The winners with their balls being the first to go in the hole were:
  • 1st – $1,000 to Cheryl Berg – Sold by Tessa Fjelland (ASC Board)
  • 2nd – $375 to Barb Nessa – Sold by Mary Cochran
  • 3rd $250 to Dale Port – Sold to himself
  • 4th – $125 to Chris Brooks – Sold by Kevin Brooks
After expenses, the proceeds generated $4,732 for the Ankeny Service Center and $2,028 for the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
Five organizations were nominated to be paddle raisers for the Club's next fundraiser to be held on April 15, 2023.  The organizations were: Ankeny Police Foundation, Blessman International, Dorothy’s House, New Horizon Adult Day Center, and Variety, the Children’s Charity of Iowa.  Each member of the Club had the opportunity to vote for two of the five.   All five of the organizations nominated were very worthy and it was a difficult for members to decide which two to vote for.  But the votes have been counted and the two organizations to be featured during the fundraiser have been selected.  They are: Ankeny Police Foundation and Dorothy's House.
      
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