Greeter/Sheriff Schedule
9/22 - Ben Digmann
9/29 - Shar Dunlap
10/6 - Kevin Brooks
10/13 - Todd Eipperle
10/20 - Jim Foreman
10/27 - John Foster
11/3 - Tom Friedman
11/10 - Jason Gassmann
11/17 - Jim Gocke
11/24 - Will Grimes
Noon at AMP-On With Life -Tammy Miller Gail McG
Sep 29, 2020
Struggling with Parkinson's Disease
Dr. Blessman - Blessman International
Oct 06, 2020 12:00 PM
Update on new global grants and demonstrate our new software for collecting data
EVENING - Mistress Brewing
Oct 06, 2020 6:00 PM
Evening - Guest Speaker - Jenna Lanning
Oct 13, 2020 6:00 PM
Timothy Yates Heggen Foundation
Janet Fisher - Mosiac
Oct 20, 2020 12:00 PM
Learning about Mosiac and its Misson
Evening - Janet Fisher
Oct 20, 2020 6:00 PM
Learning about Mosaic and it's mission
Video Training - Jeff Magner
Oct 27, 2020 6:00 PM
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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From September 17-20 eight Ankeny Rotarians hosted 85 guests for the club's "Together at the Table" parties.  Donations from these parties will total about $6,280 and the 15 silent auction items sold for $9,1282.  The big winners were those that participated and had fun at the parties.   Thank you to the hosts, Todd Eipperle, Mark Land, Doug Beech, Nate Burnham, Abbi Rickelman, Trent Murphy, Laura Luetje, and Stacey Koeppen.
In each of the past six year's, the Rotary Club of Ankeny has partnered with Project Fresh Start to purchase and distribute winter coats and other wither clothing to low income families in the Ankeny community.   The Board has approved supporting this project again this year with a donation of $2,500.
The objective of the Ankeny Leadership Institute is to enhance personal leadership skills of participants, increase insight on issues facing our community, and inspire participants to become involved in leadership roles.  Several current members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny are past graduates the ALI program and the Board believes all the participants of ALI should all be considered future Rotarian prospects.   During their September meeting, the Board approved some sponsorships for the ALI to show support for ALI this program and increase Rotary's visibility to the participants.  Rotary will be the sponsor for the ALI "Meet and Greet" and also for their "Graduation Ceremony".   In addition, approval was granted for the club to provide up to two scholarships for payment of the tuition to participate in the ALI program.  The preference is for individuals to be considered that they be a current Rotarian.  If no current Rotarian wishes to participate, consideration will then be given to an employee of a Rotarian's business or a non Rotarian. 
The Board also approved a request to provide a sponsorship for the Engage website.  This website is a project of the Ankeny Leadership Institute's class of 2019-2020 and is to create a website to connect local nonprofits to the community and bring awareness to resources that are available.   This Silver Sponsorship, $500, will help provide enhancements to the website.   
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in October:
5th - Mary Cochran
12th - Marie Kline
16th - Abbi Rickelman
20th - Kristofer Orth
24th - Brenda Wieneke
27th - Mark Densmore
29th - Renee Potts
Many families in Ankeny are concerned with their ability to assist children with their learning on off days of a hybrid learning program to be utilized by the Ankeny Community Schools.  Laura Luetje presented a request to the Board to provide some financial support for a "Return to Learn" program in which a licensed substitute teacher will be provided at a central location, Blue Bean in Ankeny.   Rotary's donation of $3,500 will assist with the cost of renting the facility to provide access to technology and a safe learning environment for 6-weeks.  This donation is considered "seed money" to help this program get started.  If the program is expanded or continued beyond the 6-weeks, additional funding will be needed from other sources. 
The following thank you note was received from Laura Luetje: 
"Rotary Club of Ankeny, A heartfelt thank you for your support financially and in promoting the off-day return-to-learn program.  I truly believe we are making a difference to the kiddos and families in the district and that this support is just another way to show how much Rotary Clubs and how important community is!  Thank you!!"
And this note was received from one of the students:
"Dear Ankeny Rotary - Thank you for donating.  I love going to Blue Bean every Monday & Thursday!  I love having Ms. Whitney & Mrs. Laura help me!  Thanks again!  With love, Cate Trewet"
Northwest Bank approved a grant to the Rotary Club of Ankeny in the amount of $1,000 to assist the club with some of the donations we have been making in the Ankeny community.  Richard Bergez, Ankeny Market President, attended the noon meeting on September 1st to present the check to the club and thank the club for everything we do in the community.    Thanks you Northwest Bank for recognizing the Rotary Club of Ankeny and for this donation to the club.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny allied for a District 6000 Community Development Grant to assist with the purchase on equipment need by the Ankeny Service Center due to their relocation to a new location.   The grant from Diistrict 6000 will be matched by funds from the club making a total of  $1,792 available to the ASC.   Three Ankeny Rotarians sit on the Board of Directors for the ASC.  They are Brian Tiernan, Kathy Sibbel and Tom Friedman.  
A check in the amount of $1,000 was recently presented to Vicki Engh the director of the New Horizon Day Center.  Due to COVID 19, and recommendations from the CDC and the Department of Health, NHDC had to close their doors.  They are now reopening and these funds will help with the expenses incurred with reopening.   Rotary will be recognized in their newsletter and on their Facebook page.  
The September meeting of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held virtually at noon on Thursday, September 10th.   All members are welcome to attend and it will count as a make-up.  The Zoom link is
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A reminder email with this Zoom link will be forwarded prior to the meeting.
President Wehr proposed to the Board during their meeting on August 13th that the club continue the practice of  thanking speakers by presenting them with a certificate stating the club will be making a donation to the Ankeny Service Center in recognition of their speaking to the club.  The Board approved this proposal and a donation of $500 was made to the ASC to continue these speaker donations.  ASC Board members Brian Tiernan, Tom Friedman, and Kathy Sibbel accepted a check from the club on August 18th for this donation.
Wilbur "Gene" Hill passed away on August 14, 2020.  Gene was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny having joined the club in January 19, 1973.  He left the club in 2011 after 38 years of membership.  As it stated in his obituary, "Gene was a founding member and a past president of Ankeny Rotary Club as well as a recipient of the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship Award".
Wilbur "Gene" Hill was born July 27, 1928 in Webster City, IA and graduated from Stanhope High School in 1946.  He then then went on to play basketball at Webster City Jr. College for a year prior to being drafted into the U.S. Army.  He was stationed at Camp Carson Colorado for nine months before he received a medical discharge.  He met the love of his life, Kathryn Jane Swanson, in 1947 and they were married on July 20, 1951 in Dayton, IA. Gene and Kathryn recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.   Gene joined the Iowa Highway Patrol in 1953 and served 40 years retiring as a Lieutenant in 1993.  While on the patrol, he was in charge of the State Patrol Chaplains Program.  
The Rotary Club of Ankeny's annual family picnic was held at Sunrise Park in Ankeny on he evening of August 11th.  Sixteen members and 12 guests were present.   Thank you to Steve Wieneke and Kristofer Orth for grilling the hamburgers and hot dogs.   Also thank you to Rachel Panzi for coordinating the event on behalf of the Evening Club.
During the noon meeting on August 18th, Ankeny Service Center Board members, Brian Tiernan, Tom Friedman, and Kathy Sibbel were presented with a check in the amount of $3,254.81 by President Todd Wehr.  This check represented 60% of the net proceeds from sale of golf ball drop tickets.  This amount will be increased by an additional $240, making a total of $3,494.81 for the Ankeny Service Center, due to one of the winners donating a portion of their proceeds back to the club.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny's September fundraising event, "Together at the Table" will be held September 17-20.  Several Rotarians have agreed to be a host for 8-10 guests but we are still looking for more hosts.   
The goal is for each host to generate a donation of at least $500 through ticket sales or donations.  For example, you can invite 10 guests and charge them $50 a piece or ask for a $50 suggested donation, or you can personally cover the $500.  The host will be responsible for food and drink for their guests but the club will provide a certain amount of liquor or wine to each host from the bottles that were donated for the "Wall of Wine" for this year's fundraiser.  You can host in whatever fashion you choose.  Some members are going with themes, some are having the food catered, some are cooking, some are doing cocktails with appetizers, some are doing a brunch.  If you prefer, you can pair up with another member if you like to help in covering the costs and guest invites.  It is up to you!  The location is also up to you. 
There will be approximately 15 auction items that will be sold by sealed bid with a one-time highest bid for your guests that night.  We plan to have guest packets with info on Rotary and the auction items with envelopes to seal their bids.  Hosts will turn the sealed bids into the auction committee and the winners of the items will be announced after Sunday, September 20, 2020.  We are also working on a recorded comedy act as entertainment for your guests. 
Contact Laura, or Stacey Koeppen,, if you would like to host or co-host a party or attend a party being hosted by another member.
1Collision Grimes is under new management and has joined 1Collision Ankeny, also know as Ankeny Autobody1, and 1Collision R. Jones as the newest member of the 1Collision Des Moines Network.    Together they have 95 years of combined expertise to the Western Suburbs.   Ankeny Rotarian, Mark Martin invites club members to join in celebrating this new transition and to learn more about 1Collision Grimes by attending their open house at 2100 SE Gateway Drive #100, Grimes on September 2nd from 4-6 PM.  Registration is required to limit attendance to ensure social distancing.  To register go to
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