Greeter/Sheriff Schedule
10/1 - Brodey Hanson
10/8 - Bruce Kimpston
10/15 - Stacey Koeppen 
10/22 - Mark Land
10/29 - Andrew Larson
11/5 - Reece Lewellen
11/12 - Jon Lowman
11/19 - Mike Lydon
11/26 - Dave Mercer
Stephanie Braun
Oct 29, 2019
Ankeny Community Schools Safety Officer
"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."
Bonnie Castillo - Iowa Dept of Transportation
Nov 12, 2019
IDOT Traffic Management Center
"Evening" - Juan Arias
Nov 12, 2019
Wash in Schools Challenge
Club Assembly
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
Dec 10, 2019
Age Friendly Greater Des Moines
"Evening" - John Biga
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 24, 2019
Dec 31, 2019
Dan Robison & Dan Grooms
Jan 14, 2020
ISU Deans of Ag & Life Science and Vet Medicine
Steve McCullough - CEO of Iowa Student Loan
Jan 21, 2020
Magnitude of Student Loans outstanding
"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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World Polio Day was October 24th.  In recognition of this day, the Rotary Club of Ankeny watched a video entitled "Dare to Dream".  It told the history of Rotary's PolioPlus campaign to eliminate polio through out the world.  After the movie, instead of the usual Sheriff's fines the members were given to opportunity to commit to a contribution to the Rotary Foundation to benefit the PolioPlus campaign.   Each member had to option to decide how much, if anything, that they would like to contribute and if they wanted to pay by check or cash before year end or be billed for this amount with their quarterly invoice to be emailed in January.  All contributions will be forwarded to the Rotary Foundation by the club in the name of the member so they will receive Paul Harris recognition.  These contributions will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 2 to 1.  Additional contributions may still be made but as of the end of October $2,250 has been committed.  With the 2 for 1 match, this will total over $6,750 which will provide vaccinations for over 11,000. children.  Thank you Ankeny Rotarians!!!
Carmen Davis was recognized by President Job at the noon Rotary meeting on October 22rd for the work she did in organizing the volunteers for the parade set-up during Ankeny's Summerfest Celebration.  He recognized her by naming her the "Rotarian of the Month"  for September.   
President Rich Job named Renee Murphy the "Rotarian of the Month" for October during the noon meeting on October 22nd.  He recognized her for all the work she has done in keeping the club's FaceBook page up to date and also creating a LinkedIn account for the club.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has donated to the Ankeny Service Center for their Holiday Assistance program in each of the past 5 years.  During the meeting on October 15th, Tom Friedman and Kathy Sibbel accepted a check from the club in the amount of $750  for this years contribution.  These funds will be used to purchase gas and grocery gift cards to add to the gift packages that are handed out to families in need during the holiday season.
Despite a light rain, those attending the social at the Olofson Shooting Range on October 10th had a fun evening.   After a make-your-own taco dinner and a brief training session, everyone got the opportunity to shoot a 22 rifle at a target.  Later, everyone got the opportunity to break a few, some more than others, clay pigeons with a shotgun.
The following thank you letter has been received form Operation Warm:
Thank you Rotary Club of Ankeny for your support of $1,500 to Operation Warm.  You've helped us reach a major milestone for our 20th anniversary - more than 3 million children have received brand new Operation Warm coats!   You've given a child in need a brand new colorful jacket they will treasure, but you've given a lot more than a coat.  You've given laughter, you've given fun, and you've given hope.  Here are some other things you've given:  Happiness, from the many smiles a brand new coat brings.  A feeling of security, from wearing a warm, snug coat.  Caring, from someone else's wish for their health, education, and happiness.
Partners like you are the heroes who give a gift of warmth to children to children in your community.  As one of those grateful children told us, "We are lucky to have you, because it is very cold outside, and we need warm coats."  The world would be a better place if we had more people like you.  When committed partners like the Rotary Club of Ankeny give more that a coat, you show these children that they area part of a community that cares about them.  Thank you for your compassion and generosity. - Richard D. Sanford, Founder & Chairman 
The Board has approved an application from Jenna Lanning for membership to the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Jenna is a teacher in the Des Moines schools and is very active in TYH Humanitarian Foundation and is currently the Secretary.  This Foundation is named after Timothy Yates Heggen who died at age 17 from Pancreatic cancer.  This Foundation has partnered for 10 years with Save the Rain and Rotary International to provide Tanzanian communities with a sustainable water source.  She is being proposed for membership by Jacquelyn Duke.  
Comments regarding these proposed memberships may be given to any Board member.
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in November:
3rd - Steve Wieneke
4th - Nate Burnham
11th - Laura Luetje
12th - Jim Forman
25th - Jan Franck
25th - Del Mohler
26th - Kathy Sibbel
29th - Darius Potts
2019 will be the 6th consecutive year the Rotary Club of Ankeny has purchased coats from Operation Warm.  Many Ankeny families lack the funds to purchase winter coats , hats, gloves and snow pants for the kids.   With the financial assistance of the Rotary Club, Project Fresh Start has coordinated the receiving and distribution of winter clothing each year since 2015.   This year the club provided $1,500 to purchase coats and an additional $1,000 to be used to purchase hats, gloves, and snow pants for the kids.  With this year's coats, the Rotary Club will have purchased 594 coats over the past 6 years.
John Foster does financial development for The Salvation Army.  He was inducted into the noon Rotary Club of Ankeny on October 1st.  Ben Digmann will be his mentor.   Welcome John! 
John Biga became the newest member of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny when he was inducted during the meeting on October 1st.  John was recommended for membership by Jacquelyn Duke.  He is currently a manager with QuikTrip.   Welcome John!
The planting of the majority of the new shrubs at the Band Shell was completed on September 7th.   The final 10 that were not in stock previously, were planted the following week.   All the planting is now complete and 115 bags of mulch have been spread around the plants.   The appearance of the area is vastly improved over.
The City of Ankeny will pay for the new plantings at a cost of approximately $1,300.  The rotary Club of Ankeny, in addition to providing the labor to clear the area, plant the new shrubs and spread the mulch, will be paying for the mulch and upstart fertilizer at a cost of $387.   Members of the Evening Ankeny Rotary Club have volunteered to assume the responsibility for the maintence of the area going forward.  The city has placed a sign on the site indicating the Rotary CLub of Ankeny has adopted this site.  
Thank you to the Rotarians and family members that helped with the removal of the old shrubs and the planting the new ones.  A special thank you to Mary Cochran and Steve Wieneke for their leadership in the completion of this project.
The club will be holding a social at DNR’s Olofson Shooting Range northwest of Polk City, 11652 NW Nissen Rd. on Thursday, October 10th.  The evening will begin with a social, including a taco bar, at 5:00 PM.   An Instruction and safety presentation will take place from 5:30 - 6:00 PM. followed by open range shooting from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.   No experience is necessary, and guns and ammunition will be provided.   Personal firearms are allowed pending approval from the Olofson staff.
The event will be free to members and they are welcome to bring guests but there will be a $12 charge for each guest.   A sign up sheet will be available at the next couple meetings.
After the meeting on September 24th when DG Erna Morain made her official visit to the Ankeny noon club, Rich Job and Nate Burnham gave her and her partner Steve a tour of some of Rotary projects in Ankeny.  They stopped briefly at the Neveln Center and then went to the AMP.  From there they walked to the Ankeny Bandshell and then to the Miracle League Park.  In a follow-up email she said "They were truly impressed with the AMP, the Ankeny Band Shell with the beautiful shrubbery and great signage around it.  Amazing what a club can do in the community to make it a better place."
Steve Wieneke surprised Brenda Powell at the Evening Rotary meeting on September 10th by making her a Paul Harris Fellow.  Steve had donated recognition points in her name to make this possible.  Congratulations Brenda!
District Governor, Erna Morain accompanied by her partner Steve, made her official visit to the noon Rotary Club of Ankeny on September 24th.   During her visit, she asked that club to consider a food project during this Rotary year and encouraged us to use social media since this is a great tool to promote our club and bring prospective new members to our door.  What ever we can do to promote our club online will help increase membership.  She also suggested we think about club continuity.  Each committee chair should have a backup and information regarding committees and projects should be documented so a new person in that role can pick it up easily. 
The 2020 Rotary District Conference will be June 25-27 at Prairie Meadows and will be a "Festival" celebrating all the accomplishments of the clubs in our District.   Each club may select one individual to play the Rotary game and have a chance for their club a significant prize.  She also plans to set a Guinness world record by having a passing of the gavel for all clubs in our district at the Festival. 
Prior to the ISU/Louisiana Monroe football game in Ames on September 21st, several Ankeny Rotarians and guests enjoyed mimosas, bloody Mary's, an egg casserole, and many other snacks at a tailgate.  They were even serenaded by the ISU marching band.   Additional tailgates are being planned prior to ISU's games on October 26th (Homecoming vs. Oklahoma State) and November16th, (Texas).
The Board has approved the following applications for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny:
John Foster -   John is a financial developer with the Salvation Army in Des Moines.  John contacted our club directly but Ben Digmann will be acting as his sponsor.
John Biga - John is a graduate of Ankeny High School and is active in several veterans organizations having served in Iraq.  He is now a manager with Kwik Trip.  He is being proposed for membership to the "Evening" club by Jacquelyn Duke.  
Comments regarding these proposed memberships may be given to any Board member.
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.
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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