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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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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in June:
6th - Ben Norman
14th - Sue Gibbons
17th - Dave Mercer
20th - Steve Van Oort
21st - Mike Lydon
26th - Carmen Davis
28th - Carolyn Formanek
29th - Jim Ramsey
Nineteen Ankeny Rotarians and one family assisted the City of Ankeny employees in unloading cars, pickups and trailers during Ankeny Clean Up Days on May 18th and 19th.   The City reported 871 vehicles were unloaded on Saturday and 444 on Sunday.   Everything went well, the rain held off, and we have not heard of any injuries.  We do know there were several treasurers taken home by Rotarians and city workers.  It is amazing what some people throw away.
The city has allowed the club to accept donations in each of the past 10 years.  The amount collected this year was $2,145.24. and a Namibia (African) half dollar.  This compares to $2,369.88 last year and $2,118, $1932 and $1,953 to previous three years.  These donations are designated to be forwarded to the Rotary Foundation as part of the club's contribution to PolioPlus.   Donations during Clean-Up Days over the past 10 years, since we started collecting donations, have now totaled $17,147.05.   Thank you to all Rotarians and family members that helped and to Justin Carlton for his leadership on this project.
The 2019 annual meeting and awards banquet for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held on the evening of Tuesday,  June 25th at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club.  There will not be any golf this year.  The evening will begin at 5:30 with a social hour including drinks and appetizers and the meal will be served at 6:30.  The charge will be $15 per person with the club paying the balance of the cost.  The meeting will begin at approximately 7:00 PM and will include "Perfect Attendance Awards", the naming of the "New Member of the Year" and "Rotarian of the Year" and the "Passing of the Gavel" to next year's president.
The Ankeny Leadership Institute is a cooperative effort between the City of Ankeny, The Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ankeny Economic Development Cooperation.   Each class of future leaders chooses a project to complete during the year they participate in this class.  The 2019 class choose to conduct the first annual "Engage Ankeny" .   The event was held on May 16th at the Ankeny Market Pavilion with 43 Ankeny area service clubs and non-profit organizations participating including the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
The Rotary Clubs of the greater Des Moines area have sponsored a forum in each of the past three years.   The topics of these forums have been water quality, human rights, and mental health.  This year's forum will be held on Wednesday, May 29th at the West Des Moines Hilton Garden Inn and will focus on Hunger in Central Iowa.  The forum will begin at 4:30 PM.   The club will pay the registration fee for all members that attend and a sign up sheet will be available in the next couple weeks.
The May Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:
When:  Thursday, May 9th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
At the time of his death at age 97 on January 28, 2010, Paul E. Hellwege had been a past District Governor and a Rotarian in District 6000 for 55 years.   During those years the Boone Rotarian provided continuity, consistence, and credibility to Rotarians young and old in District 6000 as a friend, mentor, story teller and redoubtable source of the history and traditions of our district.  To honor Paul's many contributions and to promote the ideals of ethics and integrity, which his life exemplified, District 6000 established the Paul E. Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award in 2011.  All 65 clubs in District 6000 are invited to nominate a member whose life exemplifies the attributes and passion for ethics and integrity in his or her vocation, business and personal life that Paul exemplified.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny nominated Sally Schroeder for this award and she was selected as one of eleven recipients in the District for this award.  She was recognized for this award during the District 6000 convention on May 3rd.   The certificate she received stated, "In recognition of outstanding contributions that foster the development of Rotary's core value of integrity and ethical practices, as exemplified by past District Governor,  Judge Paul E. Hellwege."  Congratulations Sally!
The three "Paddle Raisers" during the club's fundraiser, "Raise the Stakes" netted a total of $19,635 which was more then double the amount donated in any of the previous eight years the club has been having fundraisers. Representatives of each of these organizations were present during the noon meeting on April 30th to accept checks for these donations.   Matt Adams, Chief Operations Officer for Ankeny Schools, accepted a check in the amount of $2.750 for FUEL, John Peterson with the Ankeny Service Center received a check for $4,975, and Mary Mendenhall-Core the Area Director for Pinky Swear was presented with a check in the amount of $11,910.
The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny offered a free yard clean up as a silent auction item at the club's "Raise the Stakes" fundraiser.  They completed the yard clean-up on April 23rd.  This turned out to be a big project as the winner of the auction item had a one-acre lot.  But the work was completed and the club members and guests were treated to a barbeque meal complete with drinks and great fellowship.  
Each year the Iowa Parks and Recreation Association recognizes one service club in Iowa with a "Service Club Award".  The Rotary Club of Ankeny was honored on March 27th as the 2019 recipient.  This was in recognition of the numerous service projects the club conducts each year including selling root beer floats to aid Special Olympics, conducting the golf ball drop to aid the Ankeny Service Center, coordinating the setup of the Summerfest parade, assisting with Ankeny Clean Up Days and several other fundraisers and service projects.  The most noteworthy was the leadership the club provided in the fundraising, design, and construction of the Ankeny Market Pavilion.  Nick Lenox and Ryan Harkema represented the Ankeny Parks & Recreation department and Dave Mercer, Doug Beech, and Terry Peter represented the Rotary Club of Ankeny at the awards ceremony.
Jack Pennington became the newest Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotary Club of Ankeny one April 2, 2019 when the club's Foundation Chairman, Steve SchraderBachar, presented him with a pin and certificate.  This signifies that contributions to the Foundation in his name of both recognition points and dollars now exceed 1,000.  Congratulations Jack!! 

The lack of access to clean water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene resources is one of the world’s biggest health problems – and one of the hardest to solve.  Rotary has worked for decades to provide people with clean water by digging wells, laying pipes, providing filters, and installing sinks and toilets.  But the biggest challenge has come after the hardware is installed.  Too often, projects succeeded at first but eventually failed. Rusted water pumps and dilapidated sanitation facilities are familiar sights in parts of Africa, South America, and South Asia – monuments to service projects that proved UNSUSTAINABLE. That is why Rotary has shifted its focus over the past several years to emphasize education, collaboration and sustainability.  Now TRF requires clubs and districts that apply for grants in other countries to show that local residents have developed a project plan that includes sustainability.  In doing so, projects are successful.  Your contribution to TRF enables this to happen.   Giving to the Foundation is easy – just go to rotary.org/donate.   Thank you.

Polk County Superviser, Steve Van Oort, was instrumental in obtaining a $5,000 sponsorship from Polk County for the club's fundraiser, "Raise the Stakes for Community".   Steve also obtained several auction items including: A Backyard Dinner to Remember with Simon Estes, Dinner for Four with Van Harden, Behind the Scenes with Van & Bonnie, Do it Yourself Experience, and the Principal Charity Classic Golf Package.  He also purchased a Double Diamond Table Sponsorship and donated it to "100 Women Who Care - Ankeny" and assisted with producing the videos used the night of the fundraiser.   This resulted in over $9,000 being generated for the club.  In recognition of his efforts and contribution to the success of the fundraiser, President Digmann named Steve the "Rotarian of the Month for April".
The following Ankeny Rotarians will be celebrating birthdays in May:
1st - Cory Johnson
12th - Damon Miller
13th - Kurt Backes 
19th - Rick Andriano
26th - Jon Lowman

The May board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

When: Thursday, May 9th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!

Once again this year, the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be making and selling root beer floats at both Ankeny HyVees on Saturday May 25th to benefit Special Olympics.  A sign up sheet to work the booth will be available the next couple weeks.  Contact Tom Friedman with any questions.

The 2019 District 6000 Conference will be held at the Sheraton West Des Moines from Thursday, May 2 through Saturday May 4th.  If you cannot attend the entire conference, you are encouraged to attend the Friday, May 3rd luncheon and the club will pay the registration fee for your lunch.  The tentative agenda for the Friday lunch includes the Flag Ceremony for the Rotary Youth Exchange students, a Rotary moment by a West Des Moines Valley Interact student, and the key note speaker, Suku Radia, former Banker's Trust CEO.  Club awards including the "Guardian of Integrity Awards" will be presented later Friday afternoon. 


Registration forms will be available at next week’s meeting or let Nate Burnham know if you are planning to attend. 

The Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2019 fundraiser, "Raise the Stakes" for Community, not only broke every record for fundraisers, but we shattered them.  This was all made possible due to the involvement of nearly every member for ticket sales, obtaining auction items and volunteering.  Of course, this would not have been possible without the ideas, leadership and many hours of service by our co-chairs, Laura Luetje and Stacey Koeppen.   We cannot thank them enough.
We hope everyone that attended “Raise the Stakes” this year had a good time and will want to return for a similar event next year.  The date is set and the FFA Center has been reserved for April 18, 2020.  Its not too early for you to “Save the Date” and to ask your guests to do the same.   To keep the momentum going, the committee would ask each of you to send thank yous too your guests and anyone that you obtained an auction item from.  The event was sold out with approximately 400 in attendance compared to about 200 last year.
There are still a couple final bills we are waiting on but here is an estimate of our final numbers compared to last year.
                                       2019                    2018                 
Total income                $108,442             $43,168
Total Expenses                33,712                13,120
Net Income                $74,671              $30,048
Paddle Raisers
                Pinky Swear        $11,910
                ASC                       4,950
                FUEL                      2,750
                              Total   $19,635
Perhaps the best news of all is that Laura and Stacey have agreed to co-chair our 2020 fundraiser with the idea that it will be a similar event with casino or some form of gaming again.


Ankeny Clean Up Days for 2019 will be Saturday, May 18th, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday, May 19th from noon to 4:00 PM.  Members are encouraged to sign up for a two hour shift and wear their Rotary shirts.  The City will provide donuts, water, and soft drinks.  Members will be credited with a make up for each shift they work.  Sign-up sheets will be available at the next several meetings.  Contact Justin Carlton if you have any questions.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2019 fundraiser, "Raise The Stakes" for Community Fundraiser will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on the campus of DMACC in Ankeny on Saturday, April 13, 2019.  Silent auction items may be viewed and bid on a week prior to the event by going to https://bidpartner.net/rotary/.  They will also be on display and open for bidding until 7:45 PM the night of the event. 
The evening will begin at 5:00 PM with appetizers and professional Las Vegas style gaming tables open for action.  Everyone purchasing a ticket will received chips to play the games which will include Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Poker, Three Card Poker and Let It Ride.  The gaming tables will close at 7:45 PM.  Complimentary wine and beer will be available throughout the evening and a buffet dinner will be available from 6:30 to 7:45 PM.  The live auction will begin at 8:00 PM and will include, "Heads or Tails", desserts, paddle raisers, "100 for 100 Raffle", and Casino chip prize winners in addition to several live auction items.   


Available sponsorships include:
  • Double Diamond Gaming Table Sponsorship including signage, event promo and a table for 8 guests - $750 (Limited number available)
  • Single Diamond Gaming Table Sponsorship including signage and two tickets - $250 (Limited number available)
Individual tickets are $60 each or reserve a table for 8 for $440.  Tickets may be purchased from any Ankeny Rotarian or on line at https://bidpartner.net/rotary/.
Gretchen Tegeler
May 28, 2019
Taxpayer Association of Central Iowa
"Evening" - Service Project
May 28, 2019
Work at AGAPE Garden
Nathan Blake
Jun 04, 2019
Deputy Attorney General
"Evening" - Social
Jun 04, 2019
Organize Picnic
Ronald McDonald House
Jun 11, 2019
"Evening" - Service Project
Jun 11, 2019
Food Drive to benefit an Ankeny food pantry.
Barry Ferguson
Jun 18, 2019
Retired FBI special agent in charge
Prospective New Member Social
Jun 18, 2019
5:30 PM at AG&CC
Annual Meeting, Awards & Passing of the Gavel
Jun 25, 2019
Ankeny Golf & Country CLub
"Evening" - Rotary Video
Jul 02, 2019
International Convention - Hamburg
Club Assembly
Jul 16, 2019
"Evening" - Social
Jul 16, 2019