New Paul Harris Fellows Recognized

Steve SchraderBachar recognized several new and multiple Paul Harris fellows during the Annual Awards and Recognition banquet on June 21st.  The recipients included; Brian Tiernan - PHF, Heidi Kramer - PHF, John Biga - PHF, Brodey Hanson - PHF, Laura Luetje - PHF+2, Steve Wieneke - PHF+4, and Tim Hawkins - PHF+6.    Congratulations Paul Harris Fellow and thank you for supporting the Rotary Foundation.
 
New Paul Harris Fellows Recognized Nate Burnham 2022-06-25 05:00:00Z 0

John Biga and Heidi Kramer Named Outstanding New Rotarian of the Year

During the 2022 Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet, the Club recognized two Outstanding New Members.  They were John Biga for the Evening group and Heidi Kramer for the noon group.  Both have been served on several committees and have been willing workers.  Congratulations Heidi and John!
  
John Biga and Heidi Kramer Named Outstanding New Rotarian of the Year Nate Burnham 2022-06-25 05:00:00Z 0

Kristofer Orth Named Ankeny Rotarian of the Year

Todd Eipperle the "2021 Ankeny Rotarian of the Year" had the honor of introducing Kristofer Orth as the Club's "2022 Ankeny Rotarian of the Year".  Kristofer joined the satellite club as one of the original members in 2004.   He served as their President for its first five years and has had perfect attendance for all nine years since he joined the Club.   He is always one of the first to volunteer to serve in whatever way he can.
  
Congratulations Kristofer!!
Kristofer Orth Named Ankeny Rotarian of the Year Nate Burnham 2022-06-25 05:00:00Z 0

July Rotary Board Meeting

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The July Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
 
When:  Thursday, July 14th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome, and it counts as a make-up!
July Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2022-06-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarains will celebrate birthdays in July:
 
1st - Justin Morgan
3rd - Brad Botos
7th - Marie Kading
9th - Jim Ramsey
10th - Allison Ver Steegt
19th - Jason Gassman
22nd - Gerry Bair
23rd - Todd Eipperle
25th - Shannon Maher
27th - Victoria Ogier
Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2022-06-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Ankeny Guests

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Special guests attending the Rotary Club of Ankeny's meetings last month included:
 
5/3 - Julie Mangels, guest of Laura Luetje
5/3 - Jenny Ruddy, guest of Kristofer Orth - Evening
5/3 - Andrea White, speaker - Evening
5/3 - Maddux Biga, guest of John Biga - Evening
5/3 - Maverick Biga, guest of John Biga - Evening
5/3 - Yousef (Afghan Refugee), guest of Jacquelyn Duke - Evening
5/10 - Ruan Wolf, Ankeny Centennial Robotics, Speaker
5/10 - Alexandra Peters, Ankeny Centennial Robotics, Speaker
5/10 - Jace Ramos, Ankeny Centennial Robotics, Speaker
5/10 - Kaitlyn McClintic, Ankeny High Robotics, Speaker
5/10 - Gabriel Vesperman, Southview Middle School Robotics, Speaker
5/10 - Kyle Patterson, Floor Doctors, guest of Kent Patterson
5/10 - Aaron Vespersman, Robotics Advisor, Speaker
5/10 - Annette Burnham, guest of Nate Burnham - Evening
5/10 - Julie Eipperle, guest of Todd Eipperle - Evening
5/10 - Luna VerSteegt, guest of Allison VerSteegt - Evening
5/10 - Susan Orth, guest of Kristofer Orth - Evening
5/10 - Aiden Orth, guest of Kristofer Orth - Evening. 
5/17 - Allyson Walter, International Skiing Fellowship of Rotarians, Speaker
5/17 - Maverick Biga, guest of John Biga - Evening
5/17 - Maddox Biga, guest of John Biga - Evening
5/17 - Bill Origer, guest of Victoria Ogier - Evening
5/17 - Maya Duke, guest of Jacquelyn Duke - Evening
5/24 - Kristian Pike, Iowa Youth Chorus, Speaker
5/24 - Savannah Potts, guest of Renee & Darius Potts - Evening
5/24 - Maddux Biga, guest of John Biga - Evening
5/24 - Maverick Biga, guest of John Biga - Evening
5/24 - Violet Duke, guest of Jacquelyn Duke - Evening
5/24 - Maya Duke, guest of Jacquelyn Duke - Evening
5/24 - Sarah Abbot, guest of Nicole Matter - Evening
5/31 - Randy Wehofer, Iowa Cubs - Speaker
5/31 - Noah Wright, guest of Ann Wright - Evening
5/31 - Julie Mangels, guest of Laura Luetje - Evening
5/31 - Sam Mitchel, guest of Holly Sealine - Evening
5/31 - Sharon Winkel - Evening
6/7 - Cliff Cunanan, guest of Del Mohler
6/7 - Mark Tanner, prospective new member
6/7 - Brent King, guest of Steve SchraderBachar
 
Rotary Club of Ankeny Guests Nate Burnham 2022-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

Baby Supplies for Cornerstone Counseling

The Rotary Club of Ankeny's Evening Group met at Mistress Brewing Tuesday, May 3, 2022.  The group conducted a drive for Cornerstone Counseling.  Diapers, wet wipes, art supplies, etc. were collected for the center.
 
 
Baby Supplies for Cornerstone Counseling Nate Burnham 2022-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

Bourbon & Bowties

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A fundraising event to support the Mid-Iowa Council, Boy Scouts of America will be held at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club on WednesdayJune 8th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.   The cost is $75 per person with 100% of the proceeds being used for local scholarships and programs for local Scouting Youth.  There will be plenty of bourbons, whiskeys, and moonshines to sample, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a prize for the best bowtie, and various auction items including a wheel barrel of whiskey.   Advance registration is available at www.scoutingiowa.org/bourbonbowties. or just come that night and pay at the door.  Contact Todd Eipperle at todd.eipperle@scouting.org with any questions.
 
Bourbon & Bowties Nate Burnham 2022-05-25 05:00:00Z 0

Baby Boy for Jordan & Erica Niewoehner

Matthew Joseph Niewoehner was born on April 10th and weighed in at 9 pounds 11 ounces.   This is the third child for Jordan and Erica Niewoehner.   President Eipperle presented Jordan with a gift from the club at the noon meeting on May 24th.  The gift included two children's books and a onesie that had "Future Rotarian" on it.  Congratulations Jordan and Erica!
 
  
Baby Boy for Jordan & Erica Niewoehner Nate Burnham 2022-05-25 05:00:00Z 0

June Rotary Board Meeting

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The June Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
 
When:  Thursday, June 9th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome, and it counts as a make-up!
June Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2022-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

Registration Open for Annual Celebration

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The "2022 Ankeny Rotary Annual Recognition Banquet" for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held on Tuesday evening of June 21, 2022 at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club.  The evening will begin at 5:30 PM with a social hour including drinks and appetizers and the meal, will be served at 6:15.  The program will begin at approximately 7:00 PM and will include some Paul Harris presentations, perfect attendance awards, the naming of the "Outstanding New Members of the Year" and "Rotarian of the Year" and the passing of the gavel to next year's president for both the noon and evening clubs. 
 
Plan to attend, bring your spouse or a guest, and celebrate all the accomplishments of the club during the past year.  Registration is now open.   If you have not as yet registered, please do so by responding to the invitation each member has received by email.  We need to provide the AG&CC with a meal count by June 10th.  When registering, under comments, please indicate your choice of entree, top sirloin, salmon, or chicken Parmesan, or if you have any special dietary needs.  Also, when registering a guest, you will need to enter an email address for them and don't forget to click on "Save" after entering their information.
Registration Open for Annual Celebration Nate Burnham 2022-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary at the Iowa Cubs

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny has reserved three sky boxes to enjoy watching the Iowa Cubs play the Buffalo Bisons on Tuesday, July 12th.  The gates will open at 5:00 PM and the game time is 6:08 PM.   The Club will be providing hors d’oeuvres.  Drinks and other items will be available for purchase.  Bring the entire family.  Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth, age 17 and under.  
 
Sign up at a meeting or contact Todd Eipperle, 515-250-5539 or todd.eipperle@scouting.org by June 9th to reserve your seat.   Also, contact Todd if you would like to throw out the “First Pitch” for a $100 donation to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!
Rotary at the Iowa Cubs Nate Burnham 2022-05-19 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Presents Scholarships at Dollars for Scholars 

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Three students each received a Rotary Club of Ankeny Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 during Senior Spotlight Night in May.  President Todd Eipperle attended the presentations at Ankeny Centennial High School and Doug Beech, Community Service Chair, attended the presentations at Ankeny High school to represent the Club.   The recipients were:
 
Madison Carleton, Ankeny Centennial - Madison will be attending the University of Northern Iowa this fall and will be majoring in Science, Math & Technology.
Abby Mayo, Ankeny Centennial - Abby will be attending Des Moines Area Community College and will be majoring in Performing Arts.
Clara Freese, Ankeny High - Clara will be attending the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and will be majoring in Science, Math, & Technology.
 
Dollars for Scholars has presented scholarships to Ankeny students in every year since 1984 when 13 scholarships were given totaling $3,250.   Two of these scholarships were from the Rotary Club of Ankeny in the amount of $300 each.  This year, 139 students received scholarships totaling $90,750.   This makes 3,388 scholarships issued in the past 39 years totaling $1,449,287 through Dollars for Scholars.
Rotary Presents Scholarships at Dollars for Scholars Nate Burnham 2022-05-16 05:00:00Z 0

Jacquelyn Duke Named May Rotarian of the Month

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During the May Board meeting, President Eipperle, recognized Jacquelyn Duke as the Rotarian of the month for May.  This is in recognition of her leadership of the Evening Group this past year plus her coordinating the collection of sewing machines for Afghan refugees, traveling to Kentucky to assist with clean-up from the spring tornados, and numerous other activities.  Congratulations Jacquelyn!
Jacquelyn Duke Named May Rotarian of the Month Nate Burnham 2022-05-16 05:00:00Z 0

June Rotarian Birthdays

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2nd - Joe Ruddy
6th - Ben Norman
7th - DuWayne McDaniel
8th - Xena Jolly
11th - Noel Fiscus
12th - Heather Schmidt
14th - Sue Gibbons
15th - Andy Pollock
17th - Dave Mercer
20th - Steve Van Oort
21st - Mike Lydon
June Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2022-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

Laura Luetje Receives Paul Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award

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Ankeny Rotarian, Laura Luetje, was honored to be recognized as one of eight Rotarians in District 6000 to be named a "Paul Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award Recipient" at the All-Iowa District Conference on April 24th.  This award honors individuals who have made contributions in business, media, academia or government and who have by their actions, writing, policies, and public pronouncements strengthened and fostered development of integrity and ethical practices, and who have made sacrifices and/or undertaken risks to uphold Rotary's Core Value of integrity.   Laura was unable to attend the conference, but President Todd Eipperle presented her with the certificate at the noon meeting on May 3rd.  
 
Congratulations Laura!
Laura Luetje Receives Paul Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award Nate Burnham 2022-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

"50th Anniversary Moment" - Rotary Dues

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny is now 7 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:
 
During the first year of the Rotary Club of Ankeny, the Club charged an initiation fee for new members of $30.  The Club kept $20 in their treasury and $10 was sent to Rotary International.  They also charged $2.20 per meeting for meals which also covered District dues.  Visiting Rotarians were charged $2.50 for lunch.   In 1975, district dues went up by $1.00 for the year, so the Club increased the meal charge by $.05 to $2.25.   This covered the cost of the meal which was $1.80 and $.45 was for the District Dues.  
 
In 1981, dues were set at $65 per quarter which was an increase from $52 per quarter.  By 1983, dues had been raised to $125 per quarter and then to $150 per quarter in 2004.  The last change in dues came on January 1, 2011 when dues were increased to the current $175 per quarter for Active members.  Dues for Evening Club members is currently $60 per quarter but does not include any meals.
 
"50th Anniversary Moment" - Rotary Dues Nate Burnham 2022-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

Evening Group Plants Cabbage at AGAPE Garden

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On the evening of April 19th, ten members of the Evening group and 4 guests volunteered at Ankeny's AGAPE Garden to help plan cabbage.   It was a chilly evening, but the project was completed.
Evening Group Plants Cabbage at AGAPE Garden Nate Burnham 2022-05-02 05:00:00Z 0

"50th Anniversary" Moment - Women in Rotary

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny is now 8 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:
 
On May 4, 1987, the US Supreme court upheld a California law which prohibited service clubs, such as Rotary, from excluding women from membership on the basis of their gender.  In a letter from RI President, M.A.T. Caparas to all Governors of Districts including clubs within the USA he stated:  "The RI Board is under obligation to uphold our constitution and By-Laws.  We are, however, an organization that exists under law, and our constitution provides that Rotary clubs shall be bound only by its provisions which are not contrary to law.   Because of the Duarte decision, the male only provision of our constitution cannot be enforced in California and in other places where that provision is determined to be contrary to law.   Discriminatory practices are indeed so notoriously offensive to current public sentiment in America, and so patently in disfavor with the courts, that we believe our "male only" discriminatory provision will probably be stricken down in case of litigation even in those states which do not now have statutes similar to the California law......  For now, the Board will not withdraw the charter of any Rotary Club in the United States that accepts women members......  In any case, Rotary has changed dramatically, and only time will tell whether the change is for the better or for worse.  It may yet prove to be the best thing that happened, if only because we will be able to shed the offensive "Sexist" label."
 
There are now nearly 300,000 women in Rotary, approximately 25% of total membership.  The first women accepted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny was Shirley McClain, Vice President, American Savings & Loan in August 1987.  Pat Brewbaker, Owner of Walnut Street Gallery was inducted a couple months later in October, 1987.  Today the Rotary Club of Ankeny has 41 women which is 35% of our total membership.
"50th Anniversary" Moment - Women in Rotary Nate Burnham 2022-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

Dave Cook District 6000 Nominated for DG 2024-2025

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Dave Cook, Rotary Club of Boone, was selected by the District 6000 Nominating Team to be District Governor 2024-25. The announcement was made at the District Annual Meeting held April 2.  Dave is currently serving as one of our District Membership Action Team Co-Chairs and is active in his Rotary club and community.  Dave and his wife Lisa, make their home in Boone.  Congratulations Dave!!
Dave Cook District 6000 Nominated for DG 2024-2025 Nate Burnham 2022-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

Paddle Raiser Nominations Due by June 1st

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The Club's next "Raise the Stakes for Community" casino night fundraiser will be on April 15, 2023.   As in past years, we plan to have 2 or 3 paddle raisers during this event.  Club members may nominate a non-profit organization to be one of the recipients of the proceeds from a paddle raiser by completing a nomination form.  These nomination forms may be obtained from Nate Burnham, Stacey Koeppen, or Laura Luetje.  They must be completed and submitted to Stacey or Laura by June 1, 2022.   All nominations will then be brought before the membership for a vote on which organizations we will feature.   
Paddle Raiser Nominations Due by June 1st Nate Burnham 2022-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

Summerfest 2022

Ankeny's Summerfest Celebration will return will a full slate of activities in 2022!   This includes the Parade which will require volunteers from the Club.
 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has assumed the responsibility for the parade staging every year since at least 1994, with the exception of 2020 & 2021 when there was no parade.  The Chamber is asking our Club to assume this responsibility again this year and has agreed to donate $750 to our Club for our services.  This is an activity that both the Noon and Evening groups will work together on and will require a total of approximately 30 volunteers to meet at 6:00 AM at the staging area the morning of the parade.   Coffee and donuts will be provided.  Rich Bergez has attended the initial planning meeting on behalf of the club.  Volunteers will have the opportunity to sign up in the next few weeks but for now put Saturday July 9th on your calendar and plan to help.
   
Summerfest 2022 Nate Burnham 2022-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Members

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The following new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on May 3rd:
 
Kelly Lally is a Chiropractor and works at The Health Clinic, P.C. in Ankeny.  She is a former member of the LakeView- Chicago, Illinois Rotary Club. 
 
Joe Ruddy is a Commodity Broker with Market Wise Ag Services.   He also serves on the Ankeny School Foundation and the Ankeny City Council.  He was proposed for membership by Laura Luetje.
 
Brandon Converse is transferring his membership from the Rotary Club of West Des Moines to Ankeny.   Brandon is a Loan Officer with Luana Savings Bank in Polk City.  He is currently the President of the Polk City Chamber of Commerce and is also on the Board of the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce.  He was proposed for membership by Brian Tiernan.
 
Congratulations and welcome Kelly, Joe, and Brandon!!
Welcome New Members Nate Burnham 2022-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

Ankeny Well Represented at All-Iowa Conference

The Rotary Club of Ankeny had seven members and three spouses attend the "2022 All-Iowa Rotary District Conference" in Coralville on April 22-23.  Some highlights of the conference included Chuck Long speaking on his football career at the University of Iowa, a reception at Big Grove Brewery on Friday evening, the planting of a tree for "Earth Day", a panel discussion on Human Trafficking, Rotary International Representative and past president of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, Jeremy Hurst, taking a pie in the face and auctioning off his tie to raise money for PolioPlus, seeing an actual "iron lung" on display, Jacquelyn Duke collecting 12 sewing machines for Afghan refugees, and recognizing District 6000's Guardian of Integrity Award winners including Ankeny's Laura Luetje.
    
Ankeny Well Represented at All-Iowa Conference Nate Burnham 2022-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

District 6000 Gavel Passing

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Rotary District 6000 Governor, Alka Khanolkar and Governor Elect Steve Wieneke are happy to announce that they are planning to host a gavel passing ceremony in Ankeny, Iowa on Sunday, June 26, 2022.  A social will be from 11:00 - 11:30 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. and a program from 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.  The gavel passing ceremony will be held at the Albaugh Family Senior Community Center at 150 NW Ash Drive in Ankeny.  SAVE THE DATE and plan to attend to join in the passing of the District 6000 gavel to our own Steve Wieneke who will be the District Governor for 2022-2023.
District 6000 Gavel Passing Nate Burnham 2022-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Attend Rotary Leadership Institute

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Eight Ankeny Rotarians attended the Rotary Leadership Institute in Ankeny on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at the Ankeny Kirkendall Library from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   Those members were Cathy McDaniel, Marie Keding, Patty Munguia, Brenda Wieneke, Jacquelyn Duke, Kristofer Orth, Rich Job, and Holly Sealine.  Three Rich Job, Jacquelyn Duke, and Brenda Wieneke graduated from the program.  Marie Kline and Jenna Lanning helped serve lunch and snacks.  Steve Wieneke, District 6000 RLI Coordinator, organized the event which had a total of 22 participants and 6 facilitators.
Rotarians Attend Rotary Leadership Institute Nate Burnham 2022-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

Evening Group Serves Lopez Ministries

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The Evening Rotary group completed a community service project on April 5th by collecting donated household items, clothes, and monetary gifts to help the Daniel L. Lopez Ministries.  Daniel Lopez attended the meeting and spoke about their ministry. Their mission every day is to help people who are having a hard time providing for themselves, feeding their families, taking care of their children, and lacking basic needs.  Most of the need is around food, clothes, grocery gift cards, household goods, and furniture.
Evening Group Serves Lopez Ministries Nate Burnham 2022-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

Laura Luetje Named Guardian of Integrity Recipient

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During the All-Iowa District Conference on April 24th, Laura Luetje was named one of eight Rotarians in District 6000 who were nominated by their clubs to receive the Paul Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award.  This award honors individuals who have made contributions in business, media, academia or government and who have by their actions, writing, policies, and public pronouncements strengthened and fostered development of integrity and ethical practices, and who have made sacrifices and/or undertaken risks to uphold Rotary's Core Value of integrity. 
 
Laura is a managing partner in her law firm.  She is the primary manager of sensitive divorce and child and divorce custody cases and searches for the most favorable outcome for all parties.  Laura serves her community with the same high intent.  Served by her efforts are the NE Elementary School PTO, 100 Women That Care, Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce, Ankeny Young Professionals, Ankeny Civil Service Commission, the Ankeny School Foundation Board and her Rotary Club where she oversees fundraising.  During the pandemic Laura handled the challenge of a special learning program for students who needed extra support.  
 
Each of the 65 clubs in District 6000 had the opportunity to nominate one member each year to receive the Guardian of Integrity award.   Ankeny is one of only two clubs in the District to have a recipient of this award in each of the past seven years. 
 
Congratulations Laura!
Laura Luetje Named Guardian of Integrity Recipient Nate Burnham 2022-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

May Rotary Board Meeting

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The May Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
 
When:  Thursday, May 12th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome, and it counts as a make-up!
May Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2022-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

May Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in May: 
 
4th - Laura Brassell
12th - Damon Miller
26th - Jon Lowman
27th - Jordan Niewoehner
May Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2022-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You From New Horizon

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny obtained a Community Service Grant from District 6000 this year to assist New Horizon Adult Day Center with the purchase of equipment necessary for their relocation.  The following thank you letter has been received from Vicki Engh, Executive Director. 
 
"Dear Members of Rotary Club of Ankeny,
 
Thank you so much for your incredible generosity to New Horizon Adult Day Center.  The donations of lawnmower, snowblower, shed, pool tabletop, and indoor / outdoor games for our participants are already being enjoyed!   Rotary Club of Ankeny has been a tremendous supporter through the years, and we are so grateful for all you have done and continue to do for New Horizons.  
 
We are honored to walk with our participants for a portion of their journeys.  Your kindness will help ensure that we continue to provide the compassionate care for which New Horizons is known.  Thank you again.  We appreciate you!  With my sincere thanks, Vicki Engh, Executive Director"
Thank You From New Horizon Nate Burnham 2022-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

Prospective New Members

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The Board has approved two applications for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
 
Kelly Lally is a Chiropractor and works at The Health Clinic, P.C. in Ankeny.  She is a former member of the LakeView- Chicago, Illinois Rotary Club. 
 
Joe Ruddy is a Commodity Broker with Market Wise Ag Services.   He also serves on the Ankeny School Foundation and the Ankeny City Council.  He was proposed for membership by Laura Luetje.
 
Brandon Converse will be transferring his membership from the Rotary Club of West Des Moines to Ankeny.   Brandon is a Loan Officer with Luana Savings Bank in Polk City.  He is currently the President of the Polk City Chamber of Commerce and is also on the Board of the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce.  He is proposed for membership by Brian Tiernan.
 
Comments regarding these proposed members may be submitted to any Board member.
Prospective New Members Nate Burnham 2022-04-15 05:00:00Z 0

Laura Luetje Named April Rotarian of Month

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President Eipperle has named Laura Luetje "Rotarian of the Month" for April, 2022.  This is in recognition for all she does for the Club and the Ankeny Community.  This includes her proposing 5 new members during the past year with several others still pending.   Congratulations Laura!
Laura Luetje Named April Rotarian of Month Nate Burnham 2022-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

Ride & Hike for Polio

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We will meet on Saturday, April 16th, at 10:00 AM at the Trailside Tap in Uptown Ankeny, 710 SW 3rd Street, for a complimentary brunch courtesy of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.   After brunch, Bikers will head north on the High Trestle Trail and walkers will head south to the DMACC pond.  The bikers will turn around at the Oasis and the walkers will turn around at the DMACC pond.  All Bikers and walkers will then return to the Trail Side Tap and enjoy some time together in Uptown Ankeny.

Participants are encouraged to make a donation to help eliminate polio throughout the world.  All donations will be forwarded in the name of the Rotarian donor to the Rotary Foundation's Polio Plus Campaign and will be matched 2-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - $100 becomes $300.  Any Rotarian that donates or raises $100 or more will receive a match of Rotary Foundation recognition points from the Rotary Club of Ankeny.

Hope to see everyone for this fun and worthy event.   Questions, contact Todd Eipperle at Todd.Eipperle@scouting.org.

Ride & Hike for Polio Nate Burnham 2022-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

CIVITAS Meeting April 26, 2022

The Greater Des Moines Rotary Multi-Club's 6th annual event bringing Rotarians, their guests, and interested citizens together for education and networking, CIVITAS, will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 205 S 64th Street, West Des Moines, on Tuesday April 26, 2022.  The program, "Putting an End to Human Trafficking", will be focused on ending human trafficking throughout greater Des Moines while building momentum for Rotarians and community service.  The event will begin with registration at 4:00 PM and the program beginning at 4:30 PM.  The cost is $20 per person which will be paid by the Club.  The regular noon meeting on the 26th is cancelled and all members are encouraged to attend this event a learn from some of Des Moines' local heroes fighting this important issue.
 
For those that are not able to attend, a video on "Human Tracking" will be presented at the Evening Rotary meeting beginning at 6:00 PM at Whiskey House and Bourbon Grill (2510 SW White Birch Dr.).
CIVITAS Meeting April 26, 2022 Nate Burnham 2022-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

2022 Rotary Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet

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The "2022 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet" for the Rotary Club of Ankeny, both the noon and evening groups, will be held on the evening of June 21, 2022, at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club.  The evening will begin at 5:30 PM with a social hour including drinks and appetizers.  The meal will be served at 6:15.  The program will begin at approximately 7:00 PM and will include some Paul Harris presentations, perfect attendance awards, the naming of the "Outstanding New Member of the Year" and "Rotarian of the Year" and the passing of the gavel to next year's president for both the noon and evening clubs.

Put the date on your calendar, plan to attend, bring you spouse or a guest, and celebrate all the accomplishments of the club during the past year.  More details including the menu and an invitation to register will be available in the next few weeks.  

2022 Rotary Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet Nate Burnham 2022-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Jeff Magner Donates to AGAPE Garden

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Evening Rotarian Jeff Magner received a $500 award from his employer, Terracon.  This award had the restriction that he had to donate it to a non-profit organization.  Jeff wanted to donate the funds to the Ankeny AGAPE Garden, but have the Rotary Club of Ankeny receive credit for it.  To accomplish this, Jeff donated the funds to the Club with the understanding the Club would in turn donate it to AGAPE Garden.  The funds were received, and Jeff presented a check to Craig Crist and Kevin Knirr at the Evening Group meeting on March 22, 2022.   Thank you Jeff for facilitating this donation.
Jeff Magner Donates to AGAPE Garden Nate Burnham 2022-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Members

Two new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on March 22, 2022.    
 
Current Ankeny Rotarian Kevin Brooks is changing his membership to a corporate membership in the name of Availa Bank and proposed Andy Schurr, Retail Banking Officer as a Secondary Designee.  Andy was a charter member of the Packerland Sunrise Rotary Club in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
 
Xena Jolly is an Account Representative for Copyworks, Ames, serving the Ankeny area and joined the Evening Group.  She has printed the brochure for the club's fundraiser and other materials for the past several years.  She was proposed for membership by Nate Burnham.
 
Welcome Andy and Xena!!
 
Welcome New Members Nate Burnham 2022-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

April Happy Hour

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The April "Happy Hour" for both the Noon and Evening groups will be held on Tuesday, April 12th at Whiskey House and Bourbon Grill (2510 SW White Birch Dr.) from 5:30 - 7:00 PM.   Plan to attend and socialize with your fellow Rotarians and guests.  
April Happy Hour Nate Burnham 2022-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Educational/Leadership Events

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The following District 6000 events provide educational and leadership opportunities for Rotarians.  Registration is available on the District 6000 web site or contact Nate Burnham or Brenda Wieneke for more information or for assistance in registering.  These events are:
 
District Assembly & District Annual Meeting - Primarily for incoming presidents, club officers, Board members and other up and coming leaders.  It will be held on Saturday, April 2nd on the DMACC Campus in Newton, 602 N 2nd. Ave. W.  The meeting is from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM and a free lunch is included.  A virtual option is also available.  Registration is required prior to March 30th. 
 
Rotary Foundation Dinner - This event will be held on Thursday April 21st at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Coralville prior to the annual District Conference.  The evening begins with a social time at 5:30 PM followed by dinner and the program.  The keynote speaker will be Past District Governor David Forward.   The Deadline to register if April 17th.  
 
All-Iowa District Conference - District 6000 and 5970 to the north are joining together for an All-Iowa District Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Coralville.  The first session will begin at 10:00 AM on Friday, April 23rd and the conference adjourns after a reception, dinner, and silent auction on Saturday April 23rd.   There is also a "Meet and Greet" reception social at 6:00 PM at the Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, 1225 Gilbert, Iowa City on Friday evening.   Heavy appetizers, refreshments and Rotary beer glass included.  Registration required by April 17th.   Your registration fee will be paid by the Club.
 
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) - The RLI is a facilitated program, not lecturing, that engages members to actively participate to learn and grow in the understanding of Rotary fundamentals.  By participating in RLI members will become more effective and knowledgeable leaders in their Rotary Clubs.  The next session will be on Saturday April 9th from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Ankeny Kirkendall Public Library.  
Rotary Educational/Leadership Events Nate Burnham 2022-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

April Rotary Board Meeting

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The April Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
 
When:  Thursday, April 14th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome, and it counts as a make-up!
April Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2022-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

April Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in April:
 
9th - Juan Arias
12th - Neil Fell
18th - Dianna Tran
20th - Brodey Hanson
22nd - Julie Todtz
29th - Heidi Kramer
April Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2022-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

"50th Anniversary" Moment

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny is now 9 months from completing 50 years of service to the Ankeny Community and celebrating with a gala on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at the FFA Enrichment Center.  Here is an example, from the July 1, 1974, Ankeny Rotary Newsletter, of what Rotarians do:
 
On the evening of June 18th, 1974, a severe weather storm struck Ankeny and killed a family of 2 while injuring another 50.  The storm produced an F4 tornado that caused major damage to an estimated 20-25 percent of the homes in Ankeny. The winds of the storm were estimated at 207-260 mph.  Rotary District 600 (As it was called at that time.) sent out a plea to each Rotary club in the district to send money to Ankeny to help the storm victims.  Ankeny President Gene Leedom named a committee to handle disbursements and asked for ideas on how the money should be used.  Over 20 clubs donated $2,167.25 to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  
 
The next committee meeting for the 50th anniversary celebration will be at 11:00 AM at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, April 19th prior to the regular noon meeting.
"50th Anniversary" Moment Nate Burnham 2022-03-07 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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Today, 2 billion people across the world lack access to clean and drinkable water and 3.6 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services. March was Rotary’s Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) month.  In the past, according to the WASH website, TRF has funded several projects related to WASH; among which are the following:
  • In Sierra-Leone, the Rotaract Club of Freetown Sunset collaborated with a local engineering company to construct a well with hand pumps for a local orphanage to make clean water more accessible.
  • In Nigeria, Rotary Clubs in Enugu State hosted a seminar on the importance of safe drinking water and how to access clean drinking water through boreholes, water sanitation campaigns, wells and water treatment.
  • In India, the Rotary Community Corps of Chennai Metrosone, sponsored the construction of two handwashing stations for a secondary school.
  • In the Philippines, the Rotary Club of Downtown Dagupan provided water collection tanks to a nearby community to help residents collect and store rainwater.
  • In Taiwan, Rotary Clubs supported the construction of a drinking water filtration station at a high school in Northern Thailand.
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2022-03-07 06:00:00Z 0

Brodey Hanson Named to Class of Forty Under 40

The Business Record announced its 23rd annual list of "Forty Under 40" honorees.   Those selected were chosen by past award winners, are under 40 years of age and have demonstrated impressive career achievements and unparalleled community involvement.   Among the honorees is Ankeny Rotarian, Brody Hanson.  Brodey is the Executive Director of The Bridges in Ankeny.  Each of the honorees was profiled in the March 25th edition of the Business Record and will be recognized at an event on March 30th at Prairie Meadows.   Here is a copy of Brodey's profile.

Brodey Hanson Named to Class of Forty Under 40 Nate Burnham 2022-03-04 06:00:00Z 0

Prospective New Members

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The Board has approved two applications for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
 
Current Ankeny Rotarian Kevin Brooks would like to change to a corporate membership in the name of his employer Availa Bank and bring in Andy Schurr, Retail Banking Officer as a Secondary Designee.  Andy was a charter member of the Packerland Sunrise Rotary Club in Green Bay, Wisconsin and has visited the noon meeting.
 
Xena Jolly is a Account Representative for Copyworks, Ames, serving the Ankeny area and has applied to join the Evening Group.  She has printed the brochure for the clubs fundraiser and other materials for the past several years.  She is proposed for membership by Nate Burnham
 
Comments regarding these proposed members may be submitted to any Board member.
Prospective New Members Nate Burnham 2022-03-04 06:00:00Z 0

Kent Patterson To be 2024-2025 President 

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President Todd Eipperle selected Kent Patterson to be the Rotarian of the Month for March in recognition of his accepting a nomination to become the President for the noon group for the 2024-2025 Rotary year.   He will follow Todd Eipperle - 2021-2022, Brian Tiernan - 2022-2023 and Steve SchraderBachar 2023-2024 as President of the noon group.  As the club's President Elect Nominee, Kent will assume the responsibility for arranging speakers beginning in July 2022.  Congratulations Kent! 
Kent Patterson To be 2024-2025 President  Nate Burnham 2022-03-01 06:00:00Z 0

March Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in March:
 
7th - Andrew Larson
8th - Craig Block
9th - Trent Murphy
12th - Zane Smith
18th - Stacey Koeppen
25th - John Biga
27th - Chase Netusil
27th - Raj Reddy
March Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2022-03-01 06:00:00Z 0

Sewing Machines for Afghan Refugees

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WHO/WHAT:
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has helped over a dozen Afghan families get settled in Central Iowa.  Many more families are coming, and we’ve identified an area District 6000 can help more Afghan families!!!  One of their pressing needs is a SEWING MACHINE.  We’ve already gathered several machines and we’ve learned what works….and what doesn’t.  So, if you would like to help, please consider donating or gathering sewing machines that will work best for this purpose.
 
WHERE/WHEN & HOW TO DROP OFF MACHINES:
Option 1 - The Des Moines Refugee Support Group:  We have partnered with one of our local refugee services, The Des Moines Refugee Support group, for storage and distribution of the machines. They are connected with incoming families and are able to offer a centralized location for refugee services in a local church basement in the Des Moines metro.  DMRS WOULD LOVE TO TAKE IMMEDIATE DONATIONS OF SEWING MACHINES!!!  Please visit their Facebook page to see upcoming drop off times: https://www.facebook.com/DSMRefugeeSupport/ or you can email them at desmoinesrefugee@gmail.com to ask when their next drop off time will be.  Their address is 5001 Hickman, Redeemer Presbyterian Church.  The Des Moines Refugee support group is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), so Rotarians can get a tax donation receipt (if requested) by dropping off the machine directly in person at DMRS.
 
Option 2 - Jacquelyn Duke's Front Porch:  If you are unable to drop the machines at DMRS during a scheduled drop off time, you can leave the machines at any time on the front porch of Jacquelyn Duke's home at 809 NW Parkside Drive, Ankeny, IA 50023.   She will get the machines to the appropriate location. 
 
Option 3 - District Annual Conference in Coralville:  Steve Dakin has graciously offered the use of his trailer to load sewing machines donated at the April 22-23 District Annual Conference in Coralville.  If you’ll be bringing more than 5 machines, please email Steve a week or so before conference at steve@retiredfun.net.  That way we can be sure we’ll have enough space in the trailer for (hopefully!) all of the donations!
 
Contact Jacquelyn Duke, jacquelyn@sellingcentraliowa.com with questions.  Let’s make a DIFFERENCE for these new neighbors of ours!!!!
Sewing Machines for Afghan Refugees Nate Burnham 2022-02-27 06:00:00Z 0

"50 Year Anniversary" Moment

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny is now 10 months from completing 50 years of service to the Ankeny Community and celebrating with a gala on Saturday, January 21, 2023.  Here is how the Club got started:

In 1968, Milt Aunan, a Rotarian from Bettendorf, Iowa, was transferred to Ankeny.  Milt was contacted by a former District Governor about getting a Rotary Chapter started in Ankeny.  In order to do this, Milt had to get the approval from all the Rotary Clubs in the Greater Des Moines area.  This took a little time but through Milt's persistence and help from the Northwest Rotary Club, the approval was achieved in 1972.  The rules then stated that in order for a chapter to be granted a charter, they must have 26 members.  This goal was reached quite easily, the club was chartered, and the first meeting was held at the Best Western Inn on East First Street in Ankeny on January 19, 1973.   The Northwest Rotary Club was very supportive in starting the Ankeny Club and they hosted a grand dinner for Ankeny's charter night, picking up the tab for the Ankeny members and spouses.  A very special bond developed between the Ankeny Club and the Northwest Club because of all the support that was given along with many man-hours helping fine tune the Ankeny Club.

"50 Year Anniversary" Moment Nate Burnham 2022-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

Evening Group Volunteers at Food Bank of Iowa

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny's evening Group met on Wednesday, February 16th at the Food Bank of Iowa for a service project.  Ten Rotarians packaged seasoned rice into two-pound bags.  Over 1,500 pounds of rice was packaged into 756 bags which filled 63 boxes. 
Evening Group Volunteers at Food Bank of Iowa Nate Burnham 2022-02-23 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Happy Hours

The February "Happy Hour" for the Noon and Evening Ankeny Rotary groups was held at the Uptown Garage with 34 Rotarians and guests in attendance.  The group had fun eating, drinking, socializing, and playing Bingo.  Thank you to Bryant Heating and Cooling who sponsored the Bingo with some great prizes being awarded.
 
The March Happy Hour will be on March 8th from 5:30 to 7:00 at the Trailside Tap, 710 SW 3rd St., Ankeny.
 
  
 
  
Rotary Happy Hours Nate Burnham 2022-02-22 06:00:00Z 0

All Iowa District Conference

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District 6000 and 5970 to the north, are joining together for an "ALL IOWA" District Conference which hasn't happened in 75 years!  The Conference will be held on Friday, April 22 and Saturday April 23, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference, Coralville, Iowa.   Registration is now available, and the early bird discount is good through March 22!   

For Ankeny Rotarians that would like to attend, all or a part of the conference, your Board has approved paying the registration fee for all members and spouses that attend.  To register, go to the District 6000 website at ALL IOWA DISTRICT CONFERENCE | Rotary District 6000 (rotary6000.org and register online using a credit card or you can print and complete the registration form and mail it with a check or credit card information.  Then forward a copy of your registration form to Nate Burnham and reimbursement will be in the form of a credit on your April Rotary invoice.  
 
A block of rooms has been reserved for Rotarians staying overnight.  The Rotary rate of $119 plus tax and is available until March 31st.  Reservations can be made from the above web site.
All Iowa District Conference Nate Burnham 2022-02-19 06:00:00Z 0

Thank You From Meals From The Heartland

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The Evening Group plus guests volunteered at Meals From the Heartland on December 9, 2021.  On December 9, 2021, twenty-one members and guests packaged meals for "Meals From the Heartland", and Jeff Magner presented a check from the Club in the amount of $500 to help pay for the cost of materials and shipping.   The following "Thank You" has been received:
 
THANK YOU!  You recently joined others to Raise Your Hand to help us end hunger.  Your donation of $500, along with the help of countless volunteers will allow us to continue to package meals for hungry children here in Iowa, throughout the United States and around the world.  ......... To better understand how your gift blesses so many, here are some numbers.   2020 Impact Summary: 15,112,656 meals distributed internationally, 2,280,960 meals distributed in US, 1,674,864 meals distributed in Iowa, 60,912 meals pending distribution, 19,007,568 total meals.
 
Thank you Rotary Club of Ankeny!  Your generous gift helped us finish the year strong!  Greg DeHaai, Executive Director
Thank You From Meals From The Heartland Nate Burnham 2022-02-18 06:00:00Z 0

Dorothy's House Thanks Rotary Club of Ankeny 

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Nate Burnham received a thank you note from Kellie Markey of  Dorothy's House which stated:
 
Thanks to you and all Rotary members for your love and support of our mission to serve survivors of human trafficking - and for the Iowa Wolves tickets.  A good time was held for all!!   Your kindness, generosity, and support mean the world to us.
Dorothy's House Thanks Rotary Club of Ankeny Nate Burnham 2022-02-18 06:00:00Z 0

Wear Your Rotary Pin

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A poem titled "Wear Your Rotary Pin" by David Tanare,                    
Rotary Club of East Gosford, Australia.                      
                      
It's a way to show you care                                 
Take Pride of place on your shirt lapel                                 
Ensure that it is always there.                               
People will notice it and talk to you                               
They'll ask you, "What does it mean?"        
An opportunity for you to talk     
And explain the Rotary dream. 
 
It's a daily reminder of Rotary's values
And the work which Rotary does.
Of how Rotary has changed our precious world
And the Four Way Test is great to discuss.
It's a conversation starter, an ice breaker
A way to make new friends.
It will keep you focused on your public image
Whilst Rotary in your life extends.
 
An opportunity to bring new members to join
A creative way to catch their eye.
You can wear it on casual, comfy clothes,
or your work attire, whatever you desire.
Be recognized throughout this great big world
Other Rotarians will notice you too.
By wearing your Rotary pin each day,
You'll be impressed with what it will do.
Wear Your Rotary Pin Nate Burnham 2022-02-16 06:00:00Z 0

Evening Group Hosts Progressive Dinner

The Evening Group of the Rotary Club of Ankeny offered a progressive dinner for six, later increased to eight, as an auction item at the club's 2021 "Raise the Stakes for Community" fundraiser.  It was purchased by Rotarian Doug Beech and his guests.   A huge "Thank You" to everyone who helped with the progressive dinner on February 12, 2022.  A special thank you to the hosts, Marie Kline, Victoria Ogier, and Jacquelyn Duke.   Also, a special thank you to Jeff Magner, the chauffeur.  It was truly an awesome event and the guests really enjoyed it.  
   
 
    
Evening Group Hosts Progressive Dinner Nate Burnham 2022-02-16 06:00:00Z 0

Registration Now Open For RYLA

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Registration for the 2022 "Rotary Youth Leadership Awards" conference is now open!!   RYLA is a six-day conference for current high school sophomores and juniors and will be held at Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, from July 17-22.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny will provide a $450 scholarship to cover the cost of the conference for students wishing to attend.  Applications may be submitted on-line at www.iowaryla.org.  The deadline for applying is April 30, 2022.   Contact Ben Digmann at ben@caliberiowa.com with questions.
Registration Now Open For RYLA Nate Burnham 2022-02-16 06:00:00Z 0

Marie Kline Named Rotarian of Month

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During the all Club retreat on February 5th, President Todd Eipperle announced that Marie Kline was being named the Rotarian of the month for March.   This is primarily in recognition of her hosting the Club's retreat at her office.   Thank you and congratulations Marie!!
Marie Kline Named Rotarian of Month Nate Burnham 2022-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

March Rotary Board Meeting

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Since some Board members will be out of town on the second Thursday of March, the date for the March Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny has been moved to March 3rd.   The meeting will be:    
 
When:  Thursday, March 3rd
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
March Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2022-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

Board Approves Donations

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During the February meeting of the Board, the following donations were approved: 
 
NW Elementary School Books - $300 –  The Evening group donated books to NW Elementary in the name of each speaker.  This donation will pay for the books.
District Governor Gavel Passing - $600 – Ankeny Rotarian, Steve Wieneke will become District Governor July 1, 2022.  The donation will pay for the rental of the Senior Center in Ankeny for the passing of the District 6000 gavel to Steve from the current District Governor.
Bourbon & Bowties - $350 –  The Mid-Iowa Council, BSA will be hosting a fundraiser to be held at the AG&CC on June 8th.  This donation is to help cover some of the expenses.
Dorothy’s House - $1,000 – This donation will provide continuing educational materials for survivors of human trafficking.
ALI Sand Volleyball Tournament Sponsorship - $250 – The Ankeny Leadership Institute will be hosting a sand volleyball tournament to be held on May 13, 2022.  This is the entry fee for a Rotary team to participate in the tournament.
ALI Graduation Ceremony - $400 - The club agreed to sponsor the graduation ceremony for the 2001-2022 Ankeny Leadership Institute class. 
Board Approves Donations Nate Burnham 2022-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member Breanna Diaz

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Breanna Diaz was proposed for membership in the Club by James Warner, the Primary Designee for corporate member B & B Theatres.  Bre is the Marketing Events Manager at B & B and will be an additional Secondary Designee.  She is originally from Denison, Iowa, and graduated from ISU in Marketing.  She was previously working in the Admissions office at ISU.  She was inducted on February 8th.  Welcome Bre!!
Welcome New Member Breanna Diaz Nate Burnham 2022-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

Club Retreat Well Attended

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The all-club retreat was held on February 5th at the offices of Keller-Williams with 30 Rotarians in attendance.  They broke in to four groups to discuss, Membership, Community Service, Youth and Succession Planning and then reported back to the entire group.   Thank you to Marie Kline for hosting this event.
Club Retreat Well Attended Nate Burnham 2022-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

Baby Boy for Nicole Matter

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Nicole Matter, a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny's Evening group, gave birth to a Beau Matthew Matter on February 4th at 12:58 am.  Beau weighed in at 7 lbs. 11 oz and is 21 inches long.  Beau, with his parents Nicole and Zach, attended the Evening Group meeting on February 22nd and was honored by the club with a gift of a baby book and a blue onesie that said "Future Rotarian" on it.  Congratulations Nicole and Zach!! 
Baby Boy for Nicole Matter Nate Burnham 2022-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

AG&CC Staff Presented With Gifts

President Eipperle presented the AG&CC staff, Brian and Cindy, with a Christmas gift to thank them for waiting on us during the past year.  The gift was a decorative center piece with some interesting flowers. 
 
  
AG&CC Staff Presented With Gifts Nate Burnham 2022-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

Prospective New Member - Breanna Diaz

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The Board has approved an application submitted by James Warner, the Primary Designee for corporate member B & B Theatres, to add Breanna Diaz as an additional Secondary Designee.  She is replacing Reece Lewellen as Marketing Events/Manager at B & B.  Reece has taken another job in Minnesota.   Bre is originally from Denison, Iowa and graduated from ISU in Marketing.  She was previously working in the Admissions office at ISU.  She plans to attend the noon meetings.
 
Comments regarding Breanna's proposed membership may be submitted to any Board member.
Prospective New Member - Breanna Diaz Nate Burnham 2022-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

February "Happy Hour" at Uptown Garage & Brewing

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The February "Happy Hour" for the Noon and Evening Rotarians and their guests will be held on Tuesday, February 8th at the Uptown Garage Brewing Company, 305 SW Walnut St.   The social will begin at 5:30 with bingo available beginning at 6:00 PM.
February "Happy Hour" at Uptown Garage & Brewing Nate Burnham 2022-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

Next Fundraiser - April 15, 2023

The date for the next Casino Night Fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Ankeny has been set for April 15, 2023 - Mark your calendars!    
 
Although April 2023 may seem a bit far off, we want to take the opportunity to plan and create a great succession plan for future years. 
  1. Update your calendars with the new event date- April 15, 2023.  If you invited anyone personally or had a table let your guests know.  We did have a different save the date on the thank you notes so we want to make sure we notify our guests informally. 
  2. Paddle Raiser Nominations from the club members to Stacey and Laura by June 1, 2022.  We will solidify before bringing the nominees to the club if we will be having 2 or 3 paddle raisers and the format.  We had some great feedback at our club assembly.  2 paddle raisers, one donation ask at night of and split the pot between 2 or 3, online and in person combo at certain amounts etc.  So some details we need to manage but there will be a change from last year in some way at this point.
  3. As an aside from our club assembly, we are in contact and working with caricature artists for the event in lieu of the aerial performers, magician will do a small stage show along with table shows, DJ will remain, we will hire AV again, casino and caterer secured, FFA secured.  There were also some other entertainment ideas (Renaissance performance/hecklers and we are working on that contact)
  4. ASAP- please respond- this is vital to the event.  We need your help.  We left all areas blank- not because if you were a chair or on committee last year we don’t still want you there, but we don’t want to hinder others from stepping up if they say or they have this covered.  Even if we have a chair, which is vital, we still need committee members.  So please even if you have done the same thing for years - respond back – to let us know if you wish to continue on that committee or serve elsewhere!
Next Fundraiser - April 15, 2023 Nate Burnham 2022-01-22 06:00:00Z 0

Laura Luetje Nominated for Guardian of Integrity Award

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Each year since 2010, District 6000 has recognized Rotarians who exemplify the attributes and passion for ethics and integrity in their vocation, business and personal lives.   This award the "Paul E. Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award" is named after Boone Rotarian and Past District Governor (1954-55) Judge Paul E. Hellwege who passed away in 2010.   Each club in District 6000 can nominate one member each year to receive this award.  Those who are nominated will be recognized at the annual District Conference which will be held April 22-23 in Coralville this year.
 
Laura Luetje has been selected as the nominee from the Rotary Club of Ankeny for 2022.  Congratulations Laura!!
Laura Luetje Nominated for Guardian of Integrity Award Nate Burnham 2022-01-22 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Theme for 2022-2023 Announced

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Jennifer Jones will make history on July 1, 2022, when she becomes Rotary International’s first female president.  On January 20th, she gave a live online address for district governor elects from around the world to precede Rotary’s International Assembly which will be virtual on February 7-14.   Each year the Rotary International President selects a theme for their year.  Jennifer, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, took the opportunity to announce her Rotary theme.   

She has chosen "Imagine Rotary" as her theme and is urging Rotarians to dream big and harness their connections and the power of Rotary to turn those dreams into reality.  She wants members to imagine the possibilities of the change they can make to transform the world.  “Imagine, a world that deserves our best,” Jones told the incoming district governors, “where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.

Rotary Theme for 2022-2023 Announced Nate Burnham 2022-01-21 06:00:00Z 0

Thank You From Project Fresh Start 

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This fall, the Rotary Club of Ankeny purchased 132 winter coats and donated them to Project Fresh Start's Warm Coat project.  The following thank you has been received:
 
"Dear Ankeny Rotary,
 
Thank you so much for your generous donation to the 2021 Faith and Education Winter Donations give away.  This year we were able to supply 411 Ankeny residents with coats, hats, gloves and snow pants.  In addition, we gave away 50 coats to local charitable groups.  These groups work with Polk County residents to help them stay warm during the winter months.  Again, on behalf of Project Fresh Start, as well as the hundreds of people we serve, THANK YOU!
 
Sincerely, Dave Kissinger & Anne Williams, F.E.W.D. Co-Chairs" 
Thank You From Project Fresh Start Nate Burnham 2022-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

February Rotary Board Meeting

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The February Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
 
When:  Thursday, February 10th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
February Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2022-01-19 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Members

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Six new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny during January, 2022.  Four joined the Evening group and two joined the Noon group.  The total club membership is now 112, a net increase of nine since the beginning of the Rotary year, July 1, 2021.
 
Those joining the Evening Group were
Holly Sealine - Holly is the Public Services Manager at the Kirkendall Library in Ankeny.  She was proposed for membership by Steve Wieneke and will attend the evening meetings.
Ann Wright & Doug Wright - Ann is the owner of Wright Coaching & Training Solutions and Doug is a crop insurance underwriter for Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa in West Des Moines.  They were proposed for membership by Cathy McDaniel.  They will be attending the Evening group. 
Mindy Alvarez - Mindy is a Graphic Designer with RDG Planning & Design in Des Moines.
 
Those joining the Noon group were:
Melisa Cox - Melisa is the new CEO and President of the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce.  She was proposed by Stacey Koeppen.
Amanda Fontana - Amanda will be the Primary Designee for Corporate member Amanda Fontana Real Estate, LLC.   She was proposed for membership by Laura Luetje.
 
Welcome New Members Nate Burnham 2022-01-19 06:00:00Z 0

Ankeny's New Paul Harris Fellows

Thanks to their contributions to the Rotary Foundation during last quarter Juan Arias, became a PHF + 6, Rich Job a PHF+3 Steve Wieneke a PHF +3 and Jacquelyn Duke a PHF + 2.    Congratulations Juan, Rich, Steve, and Jacquelyn, and thank you for your support of the Rotary Foundation!
   
Ankeny's New Paul Harris Fellows Nate Burnham 2022-01-19 06:00:00Z 0

February Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in February:
 
2nd - Mike Goedeke
4th - Jim Blessman
6th - Doug Parker
8th - Terry Peter
12th - Kris Baker
17th - Cathy McDaniel
26th - Steve SchraderBachar
February Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2022-01-19 06:00:00Z 0

Evening Group Packs for Meals From the Heartland

The Rotary Club of Ankeny Evening Group met at Meals from the Heartland, in West Des Moines, on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.   Twenty-one members and guests were present to help pack meals.  Jeff Magner presented a check from the Club in the amount of $500 to Meals from the Heartland to help pay for the cost of materials and shipping.  The $500 will pay for provide approximately 3,000 meals or feed eight kids for a year.  After the event, several went over to “The Hall” for some food and beverages.  Thank you, Jeff for coordinating this service project.
   
Evening Group Packs for Meals From the Heartland Nate Burnham 2022-01-19 06:00:00Z 0

Club's 50th Anniversary Celebration - January 21, 2023

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny was chartered on January 19, 1973.   The committee for a gala to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary is beginning to plan for this event and has set the date.  It will be Saturday, January 21, 2023.  More details will be shared as they become available.  For now, put the date on your calendar and plan to attend to help celebrate the club's accomplishments over the past 50 years.
 
Also, we are looking for pictures from the early years of the club.  Please contact Sally Schroeder or Nate Burnham if you have any that you could share.
 
The next committee meeting will be February 15th at the AG&CC, prior to the regular noon meeting.
Club's 50th Anniversary Celebration - January 21, 2023 Nate Burnham 2022-01-19 06:00:00Z 0

Prospective New Members

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The Board has approved the following applications for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny:
 
Melisa Cox - Melisa is the new CEO of the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce.  She was previously with the Greater Des Moines Home Builders Association and is being proposed for membership by Stacey Koeppen.
 
Mindy Alvarez - Mindy is a Graphic Designer with RDG Planning & Design in Des Moines.   She is applying to join the Evening group and is being proposed for membership by Steve Wieneke.
 
Comments regarding these proposed members may be submitted to any Board member.
Prospective New Members Nate Burnham 2022-01-05 06:00:00Z 0

50 Year Celebration Committee Meeting

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny held its first meeting at the Best Western Inn on East First Street and SE Delaware in Ankeny on January 19, 1973.   The club is planning on a 50-Year Celebration to be held in early 2023.   Sally Schroeder has agreed to chair the planning committee and has scheduled the first meeting for Tuesday, January 11th, at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club at 11:00 AM prior to our regularly schedule noon meeting.  Several members have already volunteered to serve on the committee but let Sally know if you would also like to help and plan to attend the meeting.
50 Year Celebration Committee Meeting Nate Burnham 2022-01-03 06:00:00Z 0

Suggested New Year's Resolutions

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Hopefully everyone was able to celebrate the New Year by putting 2021 behind us as we look forward to 2022.   Here are a couple suggested New Year's resolutions for Ankeny Rotarians: 
 
Improve Attendance at Meetings - One of the special obligations of membership in Rotary is regular attendance at the weekly meetings; it is the basic method of fulfilling the principle of fellowship as well as a way of representing your vocation.  If a member does not attend meetings regularly, they are missing out on the many benefits of being a Rotarian. The average attendance for the first half of the 2021-2022 Rotary year was 44.6%.   This is the lower it has ever been including last year when many of the meetings were virtual.  Resolve to improve your attendance at Rotary meetings in 2022.
 
Promptly Pay Quarterly Invoices By the Due Date - As of the end of December, we had 30 members with balances due on their invoices.  Quarterly invoices are emailed in early January, April, July, and October, and payments are due by the first of the following month.  You can view your invoices and see if you have any balances due by going to our web site ankenyrotary.org, and logging in.   Then go to "My Account Balance" under "My ClubRunner".  Past due payments not only deprives the club of the funds, but it creates additional work for the treasurer and secretary to follow-up on past due invoices.  Resolve to complete the payment of your Rotary invoices promptly upon receipt of the invoice.
Suggested New Year's Resolutions Nate Burnham 2022-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

Disaster  Relief

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Here is a message from Troy Thompson, District 6000 Disaster Relief  Humanitarian Services (Action Team Chair):
 
We have an unfortunate abundance of disasters that we can respond to as Rotarians.  You are no doubt aware of the recent multi-state tornado and the damage that resulted.  As if that weren’t enough, we have had a lot of damage in the state of Iowa on December 15th due to thunderstorms, tornados and strong winds. Regarding the Iowa storm, we would like to know if you are aware of people or places affected by the storm that need help.  While we have the realization that we can’t help everyone, we must be aware of need in order to assist.  We would like to deploy as many Rotary resources as possible to assist financially, or with boots on the ground.
 
If you or your club would like to donate financially, please make the checks to District 6000 H.E.F. and indicate if  you would like the funds to stay in Iowa or go to the region dealing with the multi-state tornados and forward it to: 
 
Phil Peterson
PO Box 5774
Coralville, IA 52241
 
The need is great and the challenges are many.  We are Rotary!
 
Disaster Relief Nate Burnham 2022-01-01 06:00:00Z 0

Allison Ver Steegt Has New Baby Girl

Allison and Evan Ver Steegt welcomed their new baby girl, Luna Lea into their family, on Monday, December 27, 2021.  She weighed in at 5 lbs. 12 oz. and 19.5 inches long.   Congratulations Allison and Evan!

  

Allison Ver Steegt Has New Baby Girl Nate Burnham 2021-12-29 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome Cathy Maher

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Cathy Maher was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankney on December 7th.  Cathy is a Senior Underwriter with Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines.  She was proposed for membership by her husband Shannon who is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Both Cathy and Shannon will be attending the evening meetings.   
 
Welcome Cathy!!
Welcome Cathy Maher Nate Burnham 2021-12-22 06:00:00Z 0

January Rotary Board Meeting

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The January Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
 
When:  Thursday, January 13th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
January Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2021-12-21 06:00:00Z 0

Club Retreat on February 5, 2022

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be holding a retreat on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM at the Keller-Williams office, 1610 SW Main St, above Sicissiors & Scotch in the District. Thank you to Marie Kline for providing the meeting room for us.  Snacks and drinks will be available.  The purpose of the retreat is to review the mission of Rotary and the Rotary Club of Ankeny, set goals for the next few years and complete some strategic planning.   
 
All noon and evening members are encouraged to attend.
Club Retreat on February 5, 2022 Nate Burnham 2021-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

Jan Franck Becomes PHF +4

Greg Franck made a donation to the Rotary Foundation in Jan Franck's name that moved her to a Paul Harris Fellow +3 and also a Paul Harris Fellow +4.   During the Club's Christmas social on December 14th, President Todd Eipperle presented her with two pins, one with three sapphire stones and one with four sapphire stones to recognize her for this donation.   Congratulations Jan and thank you Greg and Jan for supporting the Rotary Foundation.
Jan Franck Becomes PHF +4 Nate Burnham 2021-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

Prospective New Members

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The Board has approved applications for membership to the Evening Group from Ann Wright and Doug Wright – Husband and wife.  Ann is the owner of Wright Coaching & Training Solutions.   She is also active on several Boards and is currently serving on the Ankeny Area Chamber Board.  Doug is a Crop Insurance Underwriter with Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance in West Des Moines.   Both Ann and Doug are being proposed for membership by Cathy McDaniel.
 
Holly Sealine's application for membership to the Evening Group has also been approved by the Board.  Holly is the Manager at Ankeny Kirkendall Library.  She has attended and spoken to the evening group and is being proposed for membership by Steve Wieneke.
 
Comments regarding these proposed members may be submitted to any Board member.
Prospective New Members Nate Burnham 2021-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Christmas Social Well Attended

Approximately 75 Ankeny Rotarians and guests gathered at Briarwood Golf Club on the evening of December 14th to celebrate Christmas.  A great meal was served and members of the Ankeny Community Chorus sang Christmas carols after dinner.  There was even an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus and the Grinch!!
 
  
 
 
Rotary Christmas Social Well Attended Nate Burnham 2021-12-15 06:00:00Z 0

January Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in Janaury:
 
5th - Sarah Green
6th - Jack Pennington
15th - Jenna Lanning
20th - Sally Schroeder
21st - Nicole Matter
27th - Jeff Damman
28th - Roger Spahr
31st - Jim Gocke
January Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2021-12-15 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Members

Four new members were admitted to the Rotary Club of Ankeny during meetings in November.
 
Heather Schmidt and Cara Kelly were introduced at the noon meeting.  They will be Secondary Designees for new Corporate member Amanda Fontana Real Estate LLC.  They are part of the Amanda Fontana Real Estate Team with REMAX in Ankeny.  Amanda Fontana and Katie Johnson are also members of this team and will be inducted into Rotary at a later date.  They were proposed for membership by Laura Luetje.
 
Neil Fell was a member of the Garner Rotary Club and has transferred his membership to Ankeny.  He is a past Assistant District Governor and a Past District Governor.  He is a retired banker and was proposed for membership by Tom Friedman.
 
Chase Netusil was proposed for membership in the Evening Group by Marie Keding.   He is a Financial Advisor in Ankeny with Raymond James in Ankeny.
 
   
 
Welcome Cara, Heather, Neil, and Chase!!
Welcome New Members Nate Burnham 2021-12-06 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rings the Bell for Salvation Army

On Saturday, December 5th, about 16 Rotarians and family members rang the bell at the North Ankeny Hy-Vee to collect donations for the Salvation Army.   The following message has been recieved from Amy DeCastro the Assistant to the Area Coordinator for the Salvation Army:
 
"First, thank you to you and your Rotary Club for ringing for us!  You all had an amazing day and raised $1088.93!  That has been our highest kettle so far this year.  Th ank you so much for everyone who volunteered their time!
 
Our club had committed to match all donations up to $1,000.  The check has been sent, making the total raised $2,088.93.  Thank you to all that did such a great job ringing the bell!
    
Rotary Rings the Bell for Salvation Army Nate Burnham 2021-12-06 06:00:00Z 0

Checks Presented to Paddle Raisers

The Club had three "Paddle Raisers" at their 2021 Raise the Stakes for Community fundraiser in October.  A total of $19,520 was raised for these three organizations.  The recipients were the Family Cancer Network - $9,300, Ankeny Service Center - $4,840, and Timothy Yates Haggen Foundation - $5,380.  Checks were presented to each of these organization during meetings on November 23rd and November 30th.
   
Checks Presented to Paddle Raisers Nate Burnham 2021-12-06 06:00:00Z 0

Annual Christmas Social To be Held on December 14th

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The annual Rotary Christmas social, for both the noon and evening groups, will be held on Tuesday, December 14th at Briarwood Golf Club, 3405 NE Trilein Drive.  There will be a social hour beginning at 5:30 with dinner to be served at 6:30.  Each member may bring one guest.  The cost per person attending is $20 that will be charged to the member on the club's January invoices.   If you plan to attend but have not as yet registered, please contact Nate Burnham.  The deadline for us to give a meal count to the Club is December 7th.  
Annual Christmas Social To be Held on December 14th Nate Burnham 2021-12-06 06:00:00Z 0

Last Call to Register for RI Convention at Reduced Rate 

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The deadline to register for the 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas June 4-8 is December 15, 2021.   It is the club's policy to pay the registration fee for any member and their spouse that wishes to attend a RI convention. The fee is $475 until December 15th and then increases to $575 through March 31st.   After March 31st, the registration fee is $675.  If you are planning to attend, please register by December 15th.  Contact Nate Burnham if you have any questions. 
Last Call to Register for RI Convention at Reduced Rate Nate Burnham 2021-12-06 06:00:00Z 0

Juan Arias Named Paul Harris + 6 

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On November 30th, evening President, Jacquelyn Duke, presented Juan Angel Arias with a pin containing one ruby stone to signify that he has achieved the level of Paul Harris Fellow +6 for his contributions to the Rotary Foundation.   Congratulations Juan and Thank you for your support!!  
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Horns Down For Texas

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Approximately 20 Ankeny Rotarians and guests attend the tailgate prior to the ISU vs. Texas football game on November 6th.  It was a great day for a football game and to get together with other fans to tailgate.   Todd Eipperle brought his Iowa State Chili and now famous Apple Pie Whiskey Punch.   ISU cheerleaders came by and the ISU band even stopped by to play happy birthday for Nate Burnham.   The perfect ending to the day was an Iowa State victory in perhaps Texas's last appearance at Jack Trice Stadium, 30-7.
  
Horns Down For Texas Nate Burnham 2021-11-29 06:00:00Z 0

Evening Group Completes Service Projects

The Rotary Club of Ankeny's Evening Group completed two service projects in November.  On November 2nd, they packed 21 boxes for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child.  Members had signed up to bring items to fill the boxes which will be distributed to children in need.  They also made Christmas cards to put in each box. 
  
 
Then on November 16th they met at Freedom for Youth Ministries, in Des Moines.  Six members were present and helped serve pizzas, drinks and deserts to approximately thirty young people and supervisors.
 
Evening Group Completes Service Projects Nate Burnham 2021-11-29 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Christmas Social - December 14th

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The annual Rotary Christmas social will be held on Tuesday, December 14th at Briarwood Golf Club, 3405 NE Trilien Drive.  There will be a social hour beginning at 5:30 with dinner to be served at 6:30.   Each member may bring one guest.  The cost per person is $20 that will be charged to the member on the club's January invoice.
 
A final meal count must be submitted to Briarwood the week before our social.  If you plan to attend but have not registered yet, please do so by Tuesday, December 6th.   To register, respond to the email invitation you should have received, go to our web site, or contact Nate Burnham at nfburnham@gmail.com.
Rotary Christmas Social - December 14th Nate Burnham 2021-11-26 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Float in Rose Parade

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Rotary International will have a float in the Rose Bowl Parade for the 42nd consecutive year.  The theme for the 2022 Rose Parade is "Dream, Believe, Achieve" with a focus on celebrating education.  The theme for Rotary's float is "Rotary - Changing Lives Through Education" and will highlight the progress of Rotary and its partners in our quest to help educate people around the world.  
Rotary Float in Rose Parade Nate Burnham 2021-11-26 06:00:00Z 0

December Rotary Board Meeting

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The December Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
 
When:  Thursday, December 9th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
December Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2021-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

December Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in December:
 
1st - Patty Munguia
2nd - Chuck Stewart
3rd - Scott Port
12th - Rich Job
14th - Tim Cox
15th - Dylan Dyer
16th - Doug Ripley
19th - Richard Bergez
21st - Doug Beech
December Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2021-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

Prospective New Members

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The following applications for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny have been received:
 
Neil Fell is currently a member of the Garner Rotary Club and has requested to transfer his membership since he has moved to Ankeny.  He is a past Assistant District Governor and a Past District Governor.  He is a retired banker and is being proposed for membership by Tom.  He is requesting to be admitted as a Senior Active member.
 
Chase Netusil has submitted an application for membership to the Evening Rotary Group.   Chase was proposed for membership by Marie Kading (Bryant Heating & Cooling).  He is a Financial Advisor with Raymond James in Ankeny.
 
Amanda Fontana Real Estate LLC - Amanda Fontana will be the Primary Designee and Heather Schmidt, Cara Kelly, and Katie Johnson will be the Secondary Designees for this new corporate member.  They are all part of the Amanda Fontana Real Estate Team with RE/MAX.  They are proposed for membership by Laura Luetje.
 
Catherine Maher is a Senior Underwriter with Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines.  She is the wife of Shannon Maher, currently a member of the noon Ankeny Rotary group.  He is proposing her for membership.  Since Cathy is unable to attend the noon meetings she plans to join the Evening Group and Shannon will be transferring his membership to the Evening Group effective January 1, 2022.

Comments regarding these proposed members may be submitted to any Board member.

Prospective New Members Nate Burnham 2021-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Tailgate at ISU November 6th

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny hosted a tailgate prior to the ISU vs. Oklahoma State football game on October 23rd.  Todd Eipperle grilled pork burgers and brats and snacks and drinks were shared by all. 
 
The Club will be hosting another tailgate at the Iowa State vs. Texas football game at Jack Trice Stadium on November 6th.   The tailgate will be again be located in parking lot A4, hopefully on the grass on the south side of the lot.   Look for the blue Rotary tent which should be set up by noon.   Todd Eipperle will be bringing a large pot of Iowa State Chili and his famous Apple Pie whiskey punch.  Other snacks and beverages will be provided but you are welcome to bring your favorite drink or snack to share.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome to attend Kickoff is 6:30 PM.  Go Cyclones!!
Rotary Tailgate at ISU November 6th Nate Burnham 2021-10-27 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians to Ring Bell For Salvation Army

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Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at the North Ankeny Hy-Vee on December 4, 2021 from 10:00 Am to 8:00 PM.   A sign up sheet to work hourly shifts will be available at meetings in early November.  Contact Anne Porter, Anne@aplushomecareservices.com, with any questions or to sign up.
Rotarians to Ring Bell For Salvation Army Nate Burnham 2021-10-27 05:00:00Z 0

Blessman Sanitation Global Grant Opportunity

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Last year, the Rotary Club of Ankeny participated in a Rotary Global grant totaling over $200,000 to construct Enviro Loo toilets in South Africa through Blessman International.   Our club donated towards this project and also acted as the US host which included receiving $100,000 from Allen Anderson and forwarding it on to Rotary International for this grant.
 
Blessman International is now working on another Rotary grant to construct and install an additional 45 Enviro Loo waterless toilet systems at a cost of $5,500 each.  Each toilet will serve 20 children.  Their goal is to raise $250,000.  Mr. Anderson has already committed another $50,000 towards this project and another individual in Iowa has committed $45,000.   Several other rotary clubs in the US and in SA will also be participating.  
 
At their October Board meeting, our club committed to donate $2,000 towards this project   The Board also agreed to match additional contributions from members up to an additional $1,000.  As of November 1st, members have committed to donate $2,150 towards this project.  With the club's match, the total to be contributed from the Rotary Club of Ankeny and its members will be at least $5,150.  All of these contributions will then receive an additional match from Rotary International. 
 
If you would like to contribute towards this project, send Nate Burnham an email, at nfburnham@gmail.com, to let him know how much you would like to contribute.  Your contribution will be submitted to Rotary International in your name upon final approval of the grant and the amount of your contribution will be included in your next quarterly invoice.  You will receive Paul Harris recognition for your contribution.
 
Here is a link to a video if you would like to learn more about this project and others being led by Blessman International in South Africa:
 
Blessman Sanitation Global Grant Opportunity nate Burnham 2021-10-27 05:00:00Z 0

Registration Now Open For Xmas Social

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The annual Rotary Christmas social will be held on Tuesday, December 14th at Briarwood Golf Club, 3405 NE Trilien Drive.  There will be a social hour beginning at 5:30 with dinner to be served at 6:30.  Each member may bring one guest.  The cost per person attending is $20 that will be charged to the member on the club's January invoices.   
 
Registration Now Open For Xmas Social Nate Burnham 2021-10-27 05:00:00Z 0

Shannon Maher Wins the Pot

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Shannon Maher had his 50/50 ticket drawn at the meeting on October 12th and then proceeded to cut the Jocker from the deck of cards.  This made him the winner of the pot which was valued at $250.   Shannon asked that his winnings be donated to the Rotary Foundation.   Congratulations Shannon!!  
Shannon Maher Wins the Pot Nate Burnham 2021-10-27 05:00:00Z 0

DG Alka Khanolkar Makes Official Visits to Ankeny

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District Governor Alka Khanolkar and her husband Karin made their official visit to both the Noon and Evening groups in October.   She visited the Noon group on October 19th and then visited the Evening group on October 26th.  Alka is very passionate about Empowering Girls and Human Trafficking Awareness and would like to add 2-5 new clubs in District 6000 during her term.   Her other goals for the 2021-2022 year are: 
 
1.  Impact - each member bring one new member and retain all members
2.  Expand our Reach - Do more, grow more
3.  Engage - Services and Leadership
4.  Adaptability and Flexibility - Adjust to the new normal  
 
 
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Yellow Roses in Honor of Renee

In honor of Renee Murphy, Evening Group President, Jacquelyn Duke, gave a yellow rose to each person in attendance at the evening meeting on October 26th.  Trent Murphy had given a yellow rose to Renee on their first date and on every anniversary since.  As requested in Renee's obituary, Jacquelyn asked everyone to give the rose to someone they love.
 
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Koeppen & Luetje Named Rotarians of the Month

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In recognition of all the hard work and dedication to making the 2021 "Raise the Stakes Fundraiser" a great success, President Todd Eipperle, named Stacey Koeppen and Laura Luetje co-Rotarians of the month for October.  
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Raise the Stakes Nets Over $75,000

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2021 fundraiser, "Raise the Stakes for Community", was another great success!!  This was all made possible due to the involvement of many members 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.
 
The Board has not decided when the club should hold it's next fundraiser except that it will not in the spring of 2022.  The committee would ask that each member send a thank you note to each of their guests and anyone that they obtained an auction item from.   Also, if you feel any of your guests have a passion for serving, and you believe they would make a good Rotarian, invite them to attend a meeting as your guest.   
 
There are still a couple bills to be received, but it appears our net income will be over $75,000 and about $3,500 more than the net income realized from our casino night in 2019.  Here is an estimate of our final numbers compared to 2019.
 
                                                    2019                     2021                 
Ticket Sales & Sponsorships          $32,430                $38,530        
Donations                                       1,425                       600
Net 50/50 Raffle                              2,500                    3,750
Chips & Photo Sales                            410             '             0
Silent Auction                                18,947                  19,650
Desserts                                         6,425                    5,175
Food Left Over                                       0                   1,160
Live Auction                                   25,350                 29,350
Paddle Raisers                                19,635                 19,520
Total income                             $107,122            $117,735
 
Total Expenses                                34,852                 42,010
Net Income                                 $72,270              $75,860
 
2021 Paddle Raisers
                Ankeny Service Center                         $4,840
                Timothy Yates Heggen Foundation           5,380
                Family Cancer Center                             9,300
                              Total                                  $19,520
 
 
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Allison Ver Steegt Becomes Paul Harris Fellow

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Tim Hawkins presented Allison Ver Steegt with a pin and certificate during the noon Rotary meeting on October 19th to signify that she has become a Paul Harris Fellow.  Allison just joined the club in April, 2021 but made the commitment to contribute to the Rotary Foundation and take advantage of the club's match to become a Paul Harris Fellow.  She is now one of 69 members of the club that are Paul Harris Fellows.  Congratulations Allison!   
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Renee Murphy Passed Away on October 21st

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It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Ankeny Rotarian Renee Murphy, who passed away on October 21st.  Renee joined the Rotary Club of Ankeny in January, 2016 and immediately became an active member of the club.  She set up and was the administer of the club's Face Book page and served on the Club Board of Directors as the Chair of the Public Relations Committee.   She also served on numerous community, civic, and volunteer boards and was passionate about serving others and was committed to making the world a better place.  Please keep Trent and Renee's family in your prayers.
Renee Murphy Passed Away on October 21st Nate Burnham 2021-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

November Rotary Board Meeting

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The November Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
 
When:  Thursday, November11th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
November Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2021-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

November Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in November:
 
3rd - Steve Wieneke
4th - Nate Burnham
11th - Laura Luetje
12th - Jim Foreman
25th - Jan Franck
25th - Del Mohler
26th - Kathy Sibbel
29th - Darius Potts
November Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2021-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

Proposed New Corporate Member

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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.
Proposed New Corporate Member Nate Burnham 2021-10-15 05:00:00Z 0

ISU Rotary Tailgate

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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.
ISU Rotary Tailgate Nate Burnham 2021-10-04 05:00:00Z 0

12 Days Until "Raise the Stakes for Community"

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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.
12 Days Until "Raise the Stakes for Community" Nate Burnham 2021-10-04 05:00:00Z 0

No New Polio Cases Since Janaury, 2021

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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.
No New Polio Cases Since Janaury, 2021 nate Burnham 2021-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor Alka Khanolkar to Visit Ankeny

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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.
District Governor Alka Khanolkar to Visit Ankeny nate Burnham 2021-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Ankeny Receives Presidential Citation  Again!!

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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!!
Ankeny Receives Presidential Citation  Again!! Nate Burnham 2021-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Banner from South Africa

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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.
Banner from South Africa nate Burnham 2021-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Jim Gocke to Host the October Bourbon Tasting 

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!!
Jim Gocke to Host the October Bourbon Tasting nate Burnham 2021-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Orientation

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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.    
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Welcome Back Doug Ripley

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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.
Welcome Back Doug Ripley Nate Burnham 2021-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Sally Schroeder - September Rotarian of the Month

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!
Sally Schroeder - September Rotarian of the Month nate Burnham 2021-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Ankeny Recognized for Foundation Contributions

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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.
Ankeny Recognized for Foundation Contributions nate Burnham 2021-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

October Rotary Board meeting

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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!
October Rotary Board meeting nate Burnham 2021-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

October Rotarian Birthdays

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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
October Rotarian Birthdays nate Burnham 2021-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Only 39 Days Until "Raise the Stakes" Fundraise

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.     
 
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New Member Orientation

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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.  
New Member Orientation Nate Burnham 2021-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

Allen Anderson Recognized as Major Donor

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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.
Allen Anderson Recognized as Major Donor Nate Burnham 2021-09-02 05:00:00Z 0

Evening Group Helps Pack 185,000 Meals

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!
Evening Group Helps Pack 185,000 Meals Nate Burnham 2021-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Steve Wieneke Named Member of the Month 

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!   
Steve Wieneke Named Member of the Month Nate Burnham 2021-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

Doug Ripley Applies to Return to Rotary

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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.
 
Doug Ripley Applies to Return to Rotary Nate Burnham 2021-08-26 05:00:00Z 0

Christmas Social at Briarwood December 14th

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The annual Rotary Christmas social for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held on Tuesday, December 14th at Briarwood Golf Club, 3405 NE Trilein Drive.  The cost per member and guests attending is $20 that will be charged to the member on the club's January invoices.  The balance of the cost will be paid by the club.
Christmas Social at Briarwood December 14th Nate Burnham 2021-08-16 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Bryant Heating & Cooling New Members

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Two new secondary Designees for corporate member Bryant Heating & Cooling were inducted into the Evening Group on August 17th.   They are Cathy McDaniel and Marie Keding.   DuWayne McDaniel will continue to be the Primary Designee and Doug Thomson is the third Secondary Designee.   Welcome Cathy and Marie! 
Welcome Bryant Heating & Cooling New Members Nate Burnham 2021-08-14 05:00:00Z 0

Fall Picnic Well Attended

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny's fall picnic was held on the evening of August 10th at Sunrise Park in Ankeny.   There were 53 people in attendance, 28 Rotarians and 25 guests.  The food was great and everyone had fun socializing.  A big thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success and in particular Steve Wieneke who purchased and cooked the meat.
Fall Picnic Well Attended Nate Burnham 2021-08-14 05:00:00Z 0

Evening Group fills Backpack Buddies

On the evening of August 4th, the Evening Group completed a service project for Backpack Buddies.  The group met at Mistress Brewing and filled approximately 25 backpacks with food to be given to students at Oak Park Elementary School in North Des Moines.   The club donated $500 towards the purchase of the food and 24 Rotarians and guests helped fill the backpacks.    Thank you to Jenna Lanning for organizing this project. 
Evening Group fills Backpack Buddies Nate Burnham 2021-08-14 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You from New Horizons

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny provided a sponsorship for New Horizon Adult Day Center's annual golf outing.  The following thank you letter has been received:
 
Dear Ankeny Rotary Friends:
Thank you so much for sponsoring our 9th Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser!  Your Event Level Sponsorship of $1,000 is greatly appreciated.  It was a hot day, but everyone golfing said they had a good time.  Because of people like you who recognize the importance of taking care of those with differing abilities, we are excited to report that we were able to raise over $11,000 with this fundraiser.  The funds raised will be used to purchase items necessary for our new home, such as a new air conditioner to replace one that did not work, and walking paths in our back yard.  Thank you again for the generosity of the Rotary family to our family at New Horizon Adult Day Center. 
Sincerely, Vicki Engh, Executive Director
Thank You from New Horizons Nate Burnham 2021-08-10 05:00:00Z 0

Gordon McInally Nominated for RI President 2023-2024

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Gordon McInally, a member of the Rotary Club of South Queenssferry, Lothian, Scotland, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2023-2024.  He will be declared the president-nominee on October 1st if no challenging candidates have been suggested. 
Gordon McInally Nominated for RI President 2023-2024 Nate Burnham 2021-08-08 05:00:00Z 0

September Rotary Board Meeting

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The September Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held in-person at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
 
When:  Thursday, September 9th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
September Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2021-08-08 05:00:00Z 0

September Rotarian Birthdays.

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There are sixteen Ankeny Rotarians that will celebrate birthdays in September.  This is more than in any other month.   Those celebrating birthdays are:
 
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 - Reece Lewellen
16th - Todd Wehr
20th - Kevin Brooks
20th - Lewis Todtz
24th - Jim Hudson
25th - Amber Weger
29th - Tim Hudson
September Rotarian Birthdays. Nate Burnham 2021-08-08 05:00:00Z 0

Prospective New Member - Marie Keding

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Bryant Iowa Heating & Cooling would like to add a 3rd Secondary Designee to their corporate membership.  DuWayne McDaniel will continue to be the Primary Designee and we recently approved Cathy McDaniel and Doug Thomson as Secondary Designees.   Marie Keding is being proposed as the third.  She is also in their sales department.   Marie plans to primarily attend the evening group and was in attendance for their service project this week.
 
Comments regarding this proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board member.
Prospective New Member - Marie Keding Nate Burnham 2021-08-07 05:00:00Z 0

District 6000 Directories

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Each year, printed copies of the Club and District Leadership Directory is mailed to Club Secretaries.  These directories not only include all District officers and committee members, but the names of officers for all clubs in District 6000.   Nate Burnham has received printed copies of these directories and he will be distributing them to Noon and Evening club officers.  Other members that would like to view this directory may do so by logging on to the District web site and clicking on "Leadership Directory and contact info"  or clicking on this link https://www.rotary6000.org/SitePage/leadership-directory-contact-info.
District 6000 Directories Nate Burnham 2021-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member Doug Thomson

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Corporate member Bryant Iowa Heating & Cooling added Doug Thomson as a Secondary Designee when he was inducted into the club on July 13, 2021.  DuWayne McDaniel will continue as the Primary Designee.  Doug is in Sales with the company.   Congratulations and welcome to Rotary, Doug!
Welcome New Member Doug Thomson Nate Burnham 2021-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

August Rotary Board Meeting

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The August Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
 
When:  Thursday, August 12th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
August Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2021-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

Iowa Military Veterans Band Concert

On Saturday evening, July 24th, the Iowa Military Veterans Band performed at the Ankeny Bandshell.  A nice crowd was in attendance despite the very warm weather.  A big thank you to Tim Cox for providing the sound system and also thank you to Rotarians Jenna Lanning, and her guest Justin Boschee, Jeff Magner, Juan Arias, Patty Munguia, Noel Fiscus, Mary Cochran, Kristofer Orth, Marie Kline, Ron Matthews, Juan Arias II, Brenda Wieneke, and Steve Wieneke for helping with this event.  In addition to sponsoring the concert, the Rotary Club of Ankeny donated $500 to the band and club members passed around buckets to collect money for PolioPlus.  Approximately, $700 was raised to help eradicate polio worldwide. 
 
To find out more about the Iowa Military Veterans Band or make a donation go to www.iowamilitaryveteransband.com
  
Iowa Military Veterans Band Concert Nate Burnham 2021-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member Nicole Matter

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Dr. Nicole Matter was inducted into the Evening Group of the Rotary Club of Ankeny on July 27th.   She is the owner of Family Matters Chiropractic in Ankeny and was proposed for membership by Laura Leutje.  Her classification is Chiropractor.
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Polio Eradication Update

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As of July 27, 2021, we have gone Six Months without a single Wild Polio Case anywhere in the world!   That is something to celebrate!
 
The Final Two Polio Endemic Countries:  Pakistan No new Wild Polio cases reported this week.  One Wild Polio case reported in 2021.  The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 1/27/21.  Pakistan reported 84 Wild Polio cases in 2020.  AfghanistanNo new Wild Polio cases reported this week.  One Wild Polio case reported in 2021.  The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 1/01/21.  Afghanistan reported 56 Wild Polio cases in 2020. 
 
"Thanks to the commitment of Rotary and other partners, as well as the dedicated political leadership of Polio-affected countries, I'm confident that we can create a world where no child will ever be paralyzed by Polio again."  Bill Gates  
Polio Eradication Update Nate Burnham 2021-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

Evening Group Cleans Up Bandshell

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The Evening Ankeny Rotary Group met on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ankeny Band Shell for a Service Project.  Fourteen Rotarians, and 4 guests were present.   The group helped clean up around the Band Shell by weeding and watering plants in anticipation of the Iowa Veterans Band Concert to be held on Saturday, July 24.  Thank you to all the volunteers who showed up to help.  Many hands make light work.  Many in the group went to Trailside Tap afterwards for drinks/food. 
Evening Group Cleans Up Bandshell Nate Burnham 2021-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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An average of $7.5 million in scholarships are given out by The Rotary Foundation each year.  The Rotary Global Grant Scholarship funds graduate-level study outside the United Stated, as well as community service projects related to one or more of Rotary's seven areas of focus: peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; community economic development; and the environment.  Anna Cerf, a 2020 graduate and environmental engineering from the University of Virginia, is a 2021 Rotary Global Grant recipient.  Anna is from Edina, Minnesota and is sponsored by the Arlington Rotary Club.  She is headed to Germany where for the next two years, with full tuition and living expense funded by TRF, she will study for a Master's degree in water resource engineering and management at the University of Stuttgart.  Through this $30,000 annual scholarship by TRF, Cerf will be able to "...anticipate, understand and evaluate water management-related issues... As climate change exacerbates existing water scarcity issues and environmental degradation damages water quality, these skills will become increasingly important".
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2021-07-19 05:00:00Z 0

Golf Ball Drop Results

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The balls were dropped on July 11th after being rained out on the 10th.   In past several years, only one ball actually went in the hole but this year several balls found their way into the hole.   After determining the order in which the balls went in the hole, the winners were determined to be:
 
1st  - $1,000 – Tom Gates, sold by Todd Wehr
2nd - $375 – Teri Crist, sold by Teri Crist
3rd - $250 – Mike Prichard, sold by Tom Friedman
4th - $125 – Rachel Henze, sold by Rich Job
 
A total of 691 tickets were sold, the second most in the eight years the club has sponsored this event.  The club will receive 30% of the net proceeds which should be about $2,030 and the Ankeny Service Center will receive the remaining 70% which will be about $4,740.  Thank you to Ankeny Sanitation for donating the prize money, and Tim's Amoco and Cold Stone Creamery for being the coupon sponsors.  Also, thank you to Tom Friedman for coordinating the golf ball drop. 
Golf Ball Drop Results Nate Burnham 2021-07-19 05:00:00Z 0

Todd Wehr - Rotarian of the Month for July

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During the Happy Hour social on July 13th ,new President, Todd Eipperle named 2020-2021 President Todd Wehr "Rotarian of the Month" for July.  This was in recognition of his service and leadership he displayed during his year as President of the club.   Congratulations Todd Wehr!!
Todd Wehr - Rotarian of the Month for July Nate Burnham 2021-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

August Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in August:
 
5th - Jeff Magner
5th - Jess Reynolds
5th - James Warner
6th - Renee Murphy
12th - Dale Port
16th - Mark Land
16th - Pat Timmons
18th - Gary Welch
22nd - Brian Tiernan
28th - Ben Digmann
August Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2021-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

Save the Date - Rotary Summer Picnic

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny's summer picnic will be on Tuesday, August 10 at Sunrise Park, 506 SE Peterson Drive.  The evening will begin with social time at 5:30 PM and we will plan to eat at 6:30.   The club will be providing hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments and table service.  Please bring a side dish to share and your own beverages and chairs.  
Save the Date - Rotary Summer Picnic Nate Burnham 2021-07-07 05:00:00Z 0

Iowa Military Veterans Band Concert July 24th 

The Rotary Club of Ankeny will sponsor a free concert on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.  The concert will be performed by The Iowa Military Veterans Band at the Ankeny Band Shell.  Ankeny Rotarians are encouraged to attend and invite your family, friends, neighbors, and the general public. Feel free to bring your own chairs, blankets, and coolers (beer and wine are acceptable).  All Ankeny Rotarians should share this announcement with anyone they feel may have interest in attending this concert.  The public will be asked to provide a free will donation.  Several volunteers will be needed.  If you can help, please contact Steve Wieneke at  swieneked6k@gmail.com or (515) 250-0507. 
Iowa Military Veterans Band Concert July 24th Nate Burnham 2021-07-04 05:00:00Z 0

Prospective New Member, Nicole Matter

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The Board has approved an application for membership to the Evening Group of the Rotary Club of Ankeny from Nicole Matter.  Nicole is a Chiropractor with Family Matters Chiropractic in Ankeny.  She has attended both the noon and evening meetings and the recent prospective new member orientation. 
 
Comments regarding her proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board member.
Prospective New Member, Nicole Matter Nate Burnham 2021-07-03 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You From Dollars For Scholars Winners

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Below are thank yous received from two of the winners of the Rotary Dollars for Scholars winners:
 
"Thank you so much for the scholarship.  I am very grateful for your support and very proud that you view me worthy for a scholarship.  In high school I participated in soccer, tennis, plays, musicals, and tennis.  Some clubs were FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), French Club, National Honor Society, and French National Honor Society.  Outside of school, I am also involved in Girl Scouts.  Over the years I took a lot of AP classes: AP Lit, AP Language, and AP microeconomics.  I also volunteer a lot in my free time.  I spend my summer working in the barn at Hidden Acres Summer Camp.  I also worked at Drake University at the concessions for men's and women's basketball volleyball and track.  This fall I will attend Iowa State University and double major in Entrepreneurship and Business Management.  My dream job is to own my own pie bakery with my sister.  Thanks again for your generosity.  Katylyn Carlson"
 
"Thank you so much for the scholarship.  I am grateful that I was chosen and recognized to get the scholarship I did.  I know this money will help advance me in my learning at Iowa State University.  During high school I have been involved in so many activities, clubs and AP classes.  Some of the activities I participated in were school plays (Get Smart), school musicals (Sister act, Mamma Mia, The Ant and the Grasshopper), show choir, tennis, and soccer (for only 2 out of 4 years).  Some of the clubs I was involved in were Future Business Leaders (FBLF), National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, and French Club.  The AP classes I took throughout high school are AP Lit, AP Lang, AP Microeconomics, and more college classes that aren't AP.  I plan to go to Iowa State University to major in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.   I would really like to work for myself after college using my majors, but future is unknown.  I just plan to enjoy every part of college that I can.  Thanks again.   Sincerely Jaclyn Carlson"
Thank You From Dollars For Scholars Winners Nate Burnham 2021-07-02 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You from Ankeny Leadership Participant

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny provided a scholarship to Tyler Baumgarten for him to attend the Ankeny Leadership Institute for the 2020-2021 year.  He is employed by the GTG Companies.  The following thank you note has been received from Tyler:
 
Ankeny Rotary Club:  I would like to thank you for the sponsorship & opportunity to be part of the Ankeny Leadership Institute for 2020-2021.  Thank you as well for including min in the club emails to see the great events & fundraisers for Rotary.  Tyler 
Thank You from Ankeny Leadership Participant Nate Burnham 2021-07-02 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet

The Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2021 "Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet" was held on the evening of June 22nd.  Those recognized included:
 
Perfect Attendance Awards:
One Year - Laura Luetje, Patty Munguia & Brian Tiernan
Two Years - Juan Arias, Jeff Magner & Brenda Wieneke
Three Years - Todd Eipperle
Four Years - Jacquelyn Duke
Seven Years - Rich Job
Eight Years - Kristofer Orth & Steve Wieneke
Nine Years - Jim Ramsey, Steve SchraderBachar, & Todd Wehr
Ten Years - Damon Miller
Eleven Years - Kathy Sibbel
Twelve Years - Mary Cochran
Thirteen Years - Sally Schroeder
Seventeen Years - Nate Burnham & Tom Friedman
Thirty One Years - Sharlene Dunlap
Thirty Two Years - Mike Lydon 
 
Dave Mercer, the "2020 Rotarian of the Year" introduced  Todd Eipperle as the "2021 Ankeny Rotarian of the Year".
 
Juan Arias, the "2020 Outstanding New Member", introduced Brenda Wieneke and Brian Tiernan as the co-winners of the "2021 Outstanding New Members". 
 
Todd Wehr, the outgoing President passed the gavel to Todd Eipperle, the incoming president for the noon club and Juan Arias, the outgoing President, passed the gavel to Jacquelyn Duke, the incoming President of the Evening Club.
 
 
 
 
Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet Nate Burnham 2021-06-29 05:00:00Z 0

Northwest Bank Becomes Corporate Member

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Jim Ramsey, Senior Vice President with Northwest Bank, has been a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny for several years.  He will now become the Primary Designee for a corporate membership to the club for Northwest Bank.  On June 29th, two Secondary Designees, were introduced and inducted into membership of the club.   They are Richard Bergez, President and Amber Weger, Vice President who both work out of Northwest's Ankeny office on Oralabor.  Welcome Richard and Amber!
Northwest Bank Becomes Corporate Member Nate Burnham 2021-06-29 05:00:00Z 0

Tim Hawkins Named PHF + 5

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Foundation Chair Steve SchraderBachar recognized Tim Hawkins for his contributions to the Rotary Foundation reaching the level of Paul Harris Fellow + 5.  Tim was presented with a pin with five sapphire stones in it.  Thank you for your support of the Rotary Foundation and congratulations Tim!
Tim Hawkins Named PHF + 5 Nate Burnham 2021-06-29 05:00:00Z 0

Thanks From President Wehr

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Ankeny Rotarians:
 
I am writing my last e-mail as Rotary club of Ankeny 2020-2021 president. I have enjoyed some aspects of this past year and dealt with many challenges this year. We have an amazing club and I am very proud of what we stand for , what we do and how we do it.  Steve shared last week how we have set our club apart from most clubs in the district, we give generously of our time, talents and treasures.
 
Thanks for the opportunity to serve our club this past year. Thanks for the support of our board, elected officials and committee chairs, you have all been wonderful to work with. Thanks to the leaders of the evening club for what you do and offer members, you continue to grow because of the meaningful engagement you offer. Thanks Juan for being such a great leader. 
 
I also want to recognize Nate for all the things he does behind the curtain to make our club run. Nate truly puts service above self. I want to also thank Sally for nominating me for president.
 
As I conduct my last official task today running the meeting at noon on June 29th, I will know that the club will continue to be strong under the leadership of Todd and Jacquelyn.
 
I am honored to have served in this position. Thanks
 
Todd Wehr
Thanks From President Wehr Todd Wehr 2021-06-29 05:00:00Z 0

Prospective New Members for Bryant Heating & Cooling

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DuWayne McDaniel is the owner of Bryant Iowa Heating & Cooling and has been a Corporate member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny since April, 2020.  He would now like to add, his wife, Cathy McDaniel, and Doug Thompson, Sales, to the Corporate membership.  Cathy has interest in attending evening meetings and Doug plans to attend the noon meetings.   
 
Comments regarding these proposed additions to the Corporate membership of Bryant Iowa Heating & Cooling may be forwarded to any Board member.
Prospective New Members for Bryant Heating & Cooling Nate Burnham 2021-06-29 05:00:00Z 0

New Horizons Adult Day Center

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny has submitted a "Community Service Grant" to District 6000 to benefit new Horizons Adult Day Center.  The total grant request will be in the amount of $8,600.  It is proposed the club will contribute $4,300 which will then be matched by funds form District 6000.  The funds will be used to purchase equipment needed by New Horizons for their operation due to their relocation of their operations.
New Horizons Adult Day Center Nate Burnham 2021-06-12 05:00:00Z 0

Northwest Bank - Prospective New Members

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The Board has approved a new corporate membership application from Northwest Bank.   Jim Ramsey's membership will change to the Primary Designee.   Richard Bergez, President and Amber Weger, Vice President will become new members of the club and "Secondary Designees".  They both work out of the Ankeny office.
 
Comments regarding these proposed new members may be referred to any board member. 
Northwest Bank - Prospective New Members Nate Burnham 2021-06-12 05:00:00Z 0

Brian Tiernan Named Rotarian of the Month for June

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President Wehr named Brian Tiernan the "Ankeny Rotarian of the Month" for June during the meeting on June 15th.   This is primarily in recognition of the job he did during the past year in lining up speakers for the noon club.   Good job and congratulations Brian!!
Brian Tiernan Named Rotarian of the Month for June Nathan Burnham 2021-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

July Rotary Board Meeting

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The July Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held in-person at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
 
When:  Thursday, July 8th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
July Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2021-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

July Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in July:
 
           1st - Justin Morgan
           3rd - Brad Botos
           9th - James Ramsey
         10th - Allison Ver Steegt
         18th - Rachel Panzi
         19th - Jason Gassman
         22nd - Gerry Bair
         23rd - Timothy Burns
 
Happy Birthday Rotarians!
July Rotarian Birthdays nate Burnham 2021-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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In his current commentary on The Rotary Foundation, Foundation Trustee Chair, K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran assures Rotarians that the future is bright.  "In a year when people were unable to meet, families stayed secluded, and businesses struggled to flourish, we still managed to go forward together in many areas through Rotary Grants, clubs and districts brought creative solutions to their pandemic-hit communities.  Since March 2020, the Foundation has awarded over $34,000,000 in grants to initiates related to COVID-19."
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2021-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

Dollars for Scholars Rotary Scholarship Winners

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President Todd Wehr, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Ankeny, presented four $500 scholarships at Ankeny's Dollars for Scholars awards night at Centennial High School on May 25th.  The recipients of these scholarships were Jordan Su, Allison Su, Jaclyn Carlson, and Katlyn Carlson.   The following thank you's have been received from Jordan and Allison both of whom attended RYLA in 2019:
 
"I am honored to be the recipient for the Rotary Club of Ankeny Dollars for Scholars Scholarship.  Thank you for your generosity, which will go towards my education at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  At CWRU, I am planning on majoring in biomedical engineering on a Pre-Med Track.  This scholarship will have reduced my financial burden and help me to focus more on school!  Thank you so much for your help. Jordan Su"
 
"My name is Allison, and I am the student who received your generous donation for Dollars for Scholars!  I wanted to say thank you so much for the support, and I plan to use the money to help me achieve my goals in college!  Right now, I plan to attend Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland!  I will most likely major in public health and molecular biology, and pursue a pre-meical tract.  Hopefully, you'll see me as a surgeon after a few years!!  Once again, thanks so much for your support and thank you for caring about the students in Ankeny.  Have a great rest of the year!  Sincerely Allison Su."   
Dollars for Scholars Rotary Scholarship Winners Nate Burnham 2021-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet - June 22nd

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The "2021 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet" for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held on the evening of June 22, 2021 at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club.  The evening will begin at 5:30 PM with a social hour including drinks and appetizers.  The meal will be served at 6:30.  The charge will be $15 per person including guests, with the club paying the balance.  These charges will be added to your July Rotary invoice.  The meeting will begin at approximately 7:00 PM and will include some Paul Harris presentations, perfect attendance awards, the naming of the "Outstanding New Member of the Year" and "Rotarian of the Year" and the passing of the gavel to next year's president for both the noon and evening clubs.

Plan to attend, bring you spouse or a guest, and celebrate all the accomplishments of the club during the past year.  Each member should have received an invitation to register by email.  Registration is now available online.  When registering, under comments, please indicate your choice of entre, either a 6 oz. filet mignon or salmon filet, and indicate if you have any special dietary needs.  

Rotary Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet - June 22nd Nate Burnham 2021-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Program - June 1

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Our speakers at the noon meeting on June 1st will be PDG Jacque Andrew, Rotary Club of Jefferson, and District 6000’s Foundation Fundraising Chair, and Bill Koellner, Rotary Club of West Liberty, and District 6000’s Annual Fund Chair.  They will be presenting a program on the Rotary Foundation and will talk about the impact of The Rotary Foundation globally and in our District fueled by generous donors such as yourself.  They will also be recognizing several of our members that have become new Paul Harris Fellows, multiple Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors, and Paul Harris Society members.  Plan to attend and help recognize these members.  Evening members are also welcome to attend.
Rotary Foundation Program - June 1 Nate Burnham 2021-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You From DG Steve & Lesley

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The following thank you note has been received form DG Steve and Lesley Dakin:
 
Ankeny Rotarians, We want to thank you for your support of Rotary District 6000's Conference held April 24.  Because of your sponsorship, Rotarians around the District gathered online and in person to celebrate!  That night we raised about $12,000 for our continued commitment to rid the world of Polio.  We also collected almost $12,000 to build Sukup Safe-T-Homes in challenging areas around the world.  We appreciate your $400 sponsorship so much!
 
Thanks again. Steve and Lesley. 
Thank You From DG Steve & Lesley Nate Burnham 2021-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

Prospective New Member - Ron Matthews

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The Board has received and approved a membership application from Ron Matthews.
 
Ron is the plant manager for Bridgestone in Des Moines  He and his wife Lauri recently relocated to Ankeny from South Carolina.   His mother is a past Rotary District Governor in District 7770 in South Carolina.  She did some research of Rotary clubs in the Des Moines area and suggested he consider the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Ron would like to join the Evening Club and has attended several meetings and social events.
 
Comments regarding this proposed member may be submitted to any Board member.
Prospective New Member - Ron Matthews Nate Burnham 2021-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

Laura Luetje Named Outstanding Citizen of the Year

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The Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce recognized the best in the Chamber and community at their 2021 Annual Dinner Celebration on March 4th.  The awards included naming Laura Luetje the Outstanding Citizen of the Year.  
 
Congratulations Laura for receiving this well deserved honor!
Laura Luetje Named Outstanding Citizen of the Year Nate Burnham 2021-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

Amendment to Club's By-Laws Approved

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The responsibilities of the Secretary of the Rotary Club of Ankeny have increased significantly during the past few years.  This prompted the appointment of a committee, by the President Wehr, to review the responsibilities of the secretary position for our club.  Their recommendation to the Board was to amend the Club’s By-Laws to change the club’s secretarial position to a committee of a paid secretary and up to three assistants.  This will help to divide the work of the secretary, provide backup, and ultimately assist with the transition to a new secretary.  The Board agreed with this recommendation.  Any amendment to the By-Laws requires a vote of the entire membership. 
 
The vote took place at both the noon and evening club meetings on May 18th with a quorum of members present and the amendment was approved by unanimous vote.  The Board will decide the amount of compensation to be paid to the secretary at the June Board meeting.
Amendment to Club's By-Laws Approved Nate Burnham 2021-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

Corinne Lambert Update

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In early January, we received word that our Assistant Governor and former member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny, Corinne Lambert had a stroke and was Hospitalized.  After an extended stay in the hospital, she is now under Hospice care at Every Step located at 3000 Easton Boulevard, Suite 3, Des Moines, Iowa 50317.   Corinne can not take a call but the general phone number is 515-333-5810.
 
She is able to receive visitors, two at a time.  Shar Dunlap visited her recently and found her to be bedridden due to paralysis on her right side.  Her mind is still sharp but she is not able to talk.   She is not expected to ever be able to leave the care facility.
Corinne Lambert Update Nate Burnham 2021-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member - Dianna Tran

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Dianna Tran was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on May 18th.  She will be a Secondary Designee for "Corporate Member" Central Bank where she is a Retail Branch Supervisor.   Damon Miller proposed her for membership and will continue to be the Primary Designee for Central Bank. 
 
Congratulations and welcome Dianna!
Welcome New Member - Dianna Tran Nate Burnham 2021-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

June Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in June:
 
6th - Ben Norman
7th - DuWayne McDonald
11th - Noel Fiscus
14th - Sue Gibbons 
15th - Andy Pollack
17th Dave Mercer
20th - Steve Van Oort
21st - Mike Lydon
June Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2021-05-12 05:00:00Z 0

June Rotary Board Meeting

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The June Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held in-person at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
 
When:  Thursday, June 10th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
June Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2021-05-12 05:00:00Z 0

RYLA Deadline Extended

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RYLA 2021 is for high school sophomores and juniors (during the 2020-2021 school year) and will be held July 18-23, 2021 at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  The purpose of RYLA is to assist potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership.  A subtext of the RYLA program is the development of confidence and self esteem.   Many participants have said, "It was the best week of my life."
 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has committed to pay the $350 registration fee for up to eight students, but as of May 3rd, five applications have ben received.   We are pleased to announce the deadline for students to submit applications for RYLA has been extended to May 31, 2021.  If you have a child or know of a student that would have an interest in this unique opportunity, please encourage them to complete the application which can be found at - http://www.iowaryla.org/rotarian-resources/rotarian-application-process/   
 
Questions - contact Ben Digmann, ben@caliberiowa.com 
RYLA Deadline Extended Nate Burnham 2021-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You Ankeny Rotary

The Rotary Club of Ankeny donated $4,000 in support of a Rotary Global Grant to provide feminine hygiene kits to women and girls in South Africa.  The Rotary Club of Haenertsburg is the Host Club and is providing the local oversight.  The following thank you letter has ben received from Anne Harman, the Convenor for this project:
 
"I want to thank The Ankeny Rotary Club for sponsoring the/our Femkit project.  10,000 schoolgirls will be receiving re-usable sanitary towels.  They can be re-used for three years. Many of these school pupils miss up to a week of schooling every month as they are unable to cope with menstruation.  These towels can be re-used for up to three years.  Last year, I did attend a handing out session of these kits.  These were kits made by a church in the USA.  The girls were quite emotional on receiving them.  It means so much to them and will change their lives.
 
At this stage, the selection of the ladies who are being trained by Blessman International on how to make the kits has almost been completed.  They will then be taught sewing skills as well as other entrepreneurial skills.  They will be guided on how to run a small business.  This is a skill that they can use for the rest of their lives.  Each month, a report of the developments as well as a summary of invoices linked to the budget will be sent to each sponsor.  It is important to us to keep you informed on how the money which you have so generously given, is being used. 
 
Thank you very much for your sponsorship, as well as your interest in trying to uplift the lives of all 10,000 girls in the Limpopo Province, South Africa.
 
Yours in Rotary,  Anne Harman, Convenor of the Femkit Project,  Haenertsburg Rotary Club"
Thank You Ankeny Rotary Nate Burnham 2021-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Boone Rotary  - No Dirty Dishes Day Dinner

The Rotary Club of Boone will be having a fundraiser, "No Dirty Dishes Day Dinner" on May 18, 2021 from 5-7 PM.   It will be a bar-b-que dinner but drive through only.  The adult meal will consist of a smoked pork loin sandwich, pasta salad, fresh fruit, chips and dessert - all for $12.00.    There is no charge for a kids meal which includes a hot dog, chips, fresh fruit, and dessert.   
Boone Rotary - No Dirty Dishes Day Dinner Nate Burnham 2021-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

Registration Open For 2021 Virtual RI Convention

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For the second year in a row the Rotary International Convention will be virtual and registration is now open for the 2021 virtual Rotary International Convention which will take place from June 12-16.  The early registration fee of $49 runs through May 7th and increases to $65 after that date.  The 2021  Virtual Rotary Convention is open to all Rotary members and includes access to the virtual House of Friendship.
 
If you wish to plan ahead, the tentative schedule for future Rotary international conventions is as follows:
 
2022 - Houston, Texas
2023 - Melbourne, Australia
2024 - Singapore 
3025  -Calgary, Canada
2027 - Honolulu, Hawaii
Registration Open For 2021 Virtual RI Convention Nate Burnham 2021-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

Dollars for Scholars Winners Announced

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny donated $2,000 to Ankeny Dollars for Scholars to be distributed as four $500 scholarships to Ankeny seniors.  Rotary President Todd Wehr had the privilege of presenting these four scholarships at Ankeny Centennial High School Senior Spotlight Night on May 25th.  The recipients were Jaclyn Carlson and Katlyn Carlson who were both French exchange students in 2019 and Allison Su and Jordan Su who both attended RYLA in 2019. 
Dollars for Scholars Winners Announced Nate Burnham 2021-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

Arias Brothers - New Paul Harris Fellows

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Eduardo A. Arias M. and Juan A. Arias M., sons of Juan Angel Arias and Patty Munguia, became new Paul Harris Fellows when Juan transferred 1,000 Foundation Recognition points to each of them.  Juan presented the certificate and pin to Eduardo at the Evening Club meeting on April 20th.   Since Juan A. is still in Honduras, Eduardo will deliver the certificate and pin to him when he returns to Honduras. 
 
Congratulations Eduardo and Juan A. and thank you to Juan and Patty for supporting the Rotary Foundation.
Arias Brothers - New Paul Harris Fellows Nate Burnham 2021-04-28 05:00:00Z 0

DG Dakin Visits Ankeny

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District Governor, Steve Dakin visited both the noon and evening Ankeny Rotary Clubs on April 27th.   He wanted to thank the club for our support and participation in the District Conference on April 24th.  The Ankeny clubs had 19 members in attendance at the conference and contributed more than any other club in the District towards the PolioPlus campaign and Tom Friedman was one of eleven recipients of the Paul E. Hellwege Guardian of Integrity.   Steve also brought the sign which will be placed on the Sukup Safe T Home to be built in Haiti.  
DG Dakin Visits Ankeny Nate Burnham 2021-04-28 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member Victoria Ogier

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Jacquelyn Duke proposed Victoria Ogier to membership into the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Her application was approved and she was inducted into the club on April 27th.  Victoria owns a travel agency that specializes in family travel.  She is a former Rotarian having joined the Decatur County, Iowa club in 2007 and later a club in Leavenworth, Kansas. 
 
Congratulations Victoria and welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!
Welcome New Member Victoria Ogier Nate Burnham 2021-04-28 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member Allison Ver Steegt

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Allison Ver Steegt was referred to the Rotary Club of Ankeny by her cousin, Sarah Simon, President of the Rotary Club of Winterset.   Allison is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and was inducted into Rotary on April 27th.
 
Congratulations and welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny, Allison!
Welcome New Member Allison Ver Steegt Nate Burnham 2021-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

Pie in the Face for Polio

Part of the fun that took place during the "Living the 5-Way Test" Rotary District Conference on April 24th was DG Steve Dakin's offer to allow a representative from the Club that donated the most money to the PolioPlus campaign to throw a pie in his face.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny was the top club with contributions of $6,630.   President Wehr was prepared to throw the pie but Dave Cook, a Boone Rotarian offered to donate an additional $250 to let Steve off the hook and take the pie in his face instead.  After Todd threw the pie, more money was raised for PolioPlus and the Rotary Club of Boone's president threw the pie in Steve's face.
 
Pie in the Face for Polio Nate Burnham 2021-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

Tom Friedman Named Guardian of Integrity Award Winner

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During the "Living the 5-Way Test" District Conference on April 24th, Tom Friedman was named one of eleven Rotarians in District 6000 who were nominated by their clubs to receive the Paul Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award.  This award honors individuals who have made contributions in business, media, academia or government and who have by their actions, writing, policies, and public pronouncements strengthened and fostered development of integrity and ethical practices, and who have made sacrifices and/or undertaken risks to uphold Rotary's Core Value of integrity. 
 
Tom is a banker who is deeply engaged in his community.  He coaches youth athletic teams, serves on several local and state boards, moderates the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce Committee forum, organizes fundraisers for Special Olympics and service projects for the Ankeny Service Center, and he writes a bi-weekly column entitled "Small Business Today"  about building a culture for employees to create and deliver exceptional service to clients.  His devotion to his community has earned him many honors as Tom "Exemplifies the meaning of the Rotary motto Service Above Self".
 
Each of the 65 clubs in District 6000 may nominate one member each year to receive the Guardian of Integrity award.   Ankeny is one of only three clubs in the District to have a recipient of this award in each of the past three years. 
 
Congratulations Tom!
Tom Friedman Named Guardian of Integrity Award Winner Nate Burnham 2021-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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Maternal and Child Health is one of Rotary International's Seven Areas of Focus. The Foundation Minute will begin this month by reminding us all of what the month means.  Rotary International makes high quality healthcare available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.  An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of 5 die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate healthcare, and poor sanitation which are all preventable.
 
This is where TRF comes in.  As of 2018, the Foundation has spent over $8,000,000 in grants to projects aimed at improving the lives of mothers and children around the globe.  TRF provides education, immunizations, birth kits and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.  Over the past few years, TRF has contributed immensely to the overall healthcare of needy mothers and children from all regions of the planet.  For example, Rotary Clubs in Japan and Brazil used a RF Global Grant to fund a lifesaving neonatal equipment.  Not only that, in Poland, 26 children traumatized by violence got a chance to be kids again at a Rotary Camp where psychologists “mixed escape and therapy”.  Generally, Rotary, through TRF, funds programs that improve women’s access to skilled health personnel: doctors, nurses, midwives or community healthcare workers.
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2021-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

Juan Arias - Rotarian of the Month for April

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Noon club President, Todd Wehr, attended the Evening club social at Mistress Brewing on April 6th.   While there, he presented Juan Arias with a certificate naming his the Ankeny "Rotarian of the Month" for April.  This is in recognition of not only his leadership as the Evening club President, and helping with the technology for the noon club, but also for stepping up to assume the role of Assistant District Governor when Corinne Lambert became ill.   Congratulations and thank you Juan!!   
Juan Arias - Rotarian of the Month for April Nate Burnham 2021-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

Prospective New Member Social - May 24th

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be hosting a social on May 24th for prospective new members.  It will be held at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club beginning at 6:00 PM.  All members are encouraged to invite a friend, neighbor, business associate, or anyone they think will make a good addition to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.   There will be appetizers and drinks provided.
 
The Club's Board has approved donating 500 Paul Harris recognition points to any current member that proposes a new member that ultimately joins either the noon or evening club.   
 
Please let Sally Schroeder, ssschroeder@dmacc.edu, know if you will be attending and how many prospective new members you will be bringing.
Prospective New Member Social - May 24th Nate Burnham 2021-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

May Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in May:
 
4th - Laura Brassell
12th - Damon Miller
18th - William Grimes
26th - Jon Lowman
27th - Jordan Niewoehner
May Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2021-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

May Rotary Board Meeting

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The May Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held in-person at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.  A Zoom link will also be provided for those who would like to attend but are not as yet comfortable with an in-person meeting. 
 
When:  Thursday, May 13th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
May Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2021-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

Prospective New Members - Ver Steegt, Ogier, & Tran

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The Board has received and approved three applications for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  They are from:
 
Allison Ver Steegt is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and was encouraged to contact our club by her cousin who is the President of the Rotary Club of Winterset. 
 
Dianna Tran is a Retail Branch Supervisor at Central Bank.  She will be added as a Secondary Designee to corporate Rotary member Central Bank.  She is being proposed for membership by Damon Miller.
 
Victoria Ogier was previously a member of Rotary Clubs in Decatur County, Iowa and Leavenworth, Kansas.  She is now an independent Travel agent and has already attended two Rotary social events including the new member orientation on April 14th.  She is being proposed for membership to the Evening club by Jacquelyn Duke.
 
Comments regarding any of these proposed members may be submitted to any Board member. 
Prospective New Members - Ver Steegt, Ogier, & Tran Nate Burnham 2021-04-10 05:00:00Z 0

Fundraiser Committee Meeting - April 13th

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The 2021 "Casino Night" for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held on October 16th at the FFA Enrichment Center.  There will be a planning committee meeting at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, April 13th at 11:00 AM prior to the regular noon Rotary meeting.  Laura and Stacey look forward to seeing all committee chairs and anyone else willing to volunteer to serve on a committee there and kicking off the efforts for organizing another great event!   Let them know if you would like to attend but are not as yet comfortable attending in-person and we will try to accommodate via Zoom.  
Fundraiser Committee Meeting - April 13th Nate Burnham 2021-04-05 05:00:00Z 0

Bike/Hike to End Polio Now

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It was a beautiful day on Saturday, April 3rd, when approximately 20 Ankeny Rotarians, family, and friends met at the Uptown Trailside Tap for brunch.  After brunch, the bikers headed north on the High Trestle Trail to the oasis and the walkers headed south to the lake on the DMACC campus.  Upon reaching their destinations both groups participated in an Easter egg hunt then returned to the Uptown Trailside Tap.  Participants contributed $1,130 to be sent to the Rotary International's Polio Plus Campaign.  These funds will be matched 2-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  
Bike/Hike to End Polio Now Nate Burnham 2021-04-04 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member TJ Burns

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Timothy J. (TJ) Burns became the newest member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny when he was inducted into the Evening Club on March 2, 2021.  TJ is the Branch Manager for United Rentals in Des Moines.  Welcome TJ!!
Welcome New Member TJ Burns Nate Burnham 2021-04-04 05:00:00Z 0

District 6000 Builds 19 Sukup Safe-T-Homes - So Far

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District Governor, Steve Dakin, has received a thank you from Paul at GoServ Global.  It stated the Rotary Clubs and Rotarians from around District 6000 have contributed funds to construct 19 Sukup Safe-T-Homes around the world.  These buildings are now being used as birthing clinics, family homes, and also in orphanages.  Together with GoServ Global and Sukup, District 6000 Rotarians are protecting and transforming families and communities.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny and it's members contributed funds to construct two of these homes.   Thank you to everyone that contributed.
 
Opportunities for additional funds for PolioPlus and Sukup Safe-T-Homes continue.  Proceeds from the District Conference virtual registration, and auction items (including a quilt designed and sewn by Deb Ockenfels) will be split between these two efforts. More information regarding the District Conference, "Living the Five Way Test", is available on the District website.
District 6000 Builds 19 Sukup Safe-T-Homes - So Far Nate Burnham 2021-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

Ankeny Clean Up Days - May 15 & 16

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The City of Ankeny will be holding their annual 'Clean Up Days" on May 15 & 16.  Prior to last year, the Rotary Club of Ankeny has helped city workers unload vehicles.  Last year, due to COVID, the event was contracted out with Ankeny Sanitation.  The city will be using ASI again this year with the event to be held at the ASI facility.   They hope to return to the typical operation in 2022 when Rotarians will be able to help.
Ankeny Clean Up Days - May 15 & 16 Nate Burnham 2021-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

Monthly Rotary Happy Hours

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be launching a new social opportunity for both noon and evening Rotarians.  The social will be a "Happy Hour" to be held the second Tuesday of each month beginning May 11th.  The intent of these socials are to have fun while encouraging members to bring friends, neighbors, clients, staff members, co-workers, etc. and each event would be a great opportunity to introduce prospective new members to the club.  The current plan is for the event to be at a different location each month with more details to come soon. 
 
The balcony at the Grumpy Goat has been reserved for May 11th from 5-7 PM for the first "Happy Hour".  The Noon club meeting has been cancelled that day to encourage everyone to attend this fun social event. 
Monthly Rotary Happy Hours Nate Burnham 2021-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

Still Time to Register for "Living the Five Way Test"

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"Living the Five Way Test" is the theme for the 2021 Rotary District 6000 Conference to be held Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the Ankeny Courtyard by Marriott. 
 
The evening starts with a social time with cash bar and the opportunity to view tables of Rotary projects, followed by a meal of your choice and the chance to put in a silent bid for some wonderful dessert!  There will be fellowship, Rotary stories, awards, an auction of a quilt and more.  This event is a wonderful opportunity to meet Rotarians from other clubs and HAVE SOME FUN!  This is a chance to participate in a district event that is a short time commitment, cost friendly, and located in Ankeny.
 
There will be limited in-person attendance and also a hybrid version.
In person attendance: Social time, meal (4 choices) and the program.  Registration for this option is $49.95 per person and is limited to the first 140 registrations received, with the Marriott planning for attendees to physical distance with 6 people per table in a room with a capacity of 420.  For everyone's protection, attendees are to wear masks when not eating and drinking.
 
A hybrid version is also available for $25 per person for those more comfortable attending virtually.  All funds from virtual ticket sales will be divided equally between PolioPlus and Sukup Safe T Home.
 
For Ankeny Rotarians that would like to attend, your Board has approved paying the registration fee for all members and spouses that attend.  You can register in one of three ways:
 
1.  Go to the District 6000 website at  https://rotary6000.org/event/conference---stories-and-fellowship---boone/  and register online using a credit card.  There is a processing fee of approximately $4 for paying with a credit card.   Then forward a copy of your registration form to Nate Burnham and reimbursement will be in the form of a credit on your April Rotary invoice.
 
2.  Complete the registration form and mail it with a check or credit card information.  Then forward a copy of your registration form to Nate Burnham and reimbursement will be in the form of a credit on your April Rotary invoice.
 
3. Complete the registration form and forward it to Nate Burnham for him to register you using the club's credit card.
Still Time to Register for "Living the Five Way Test" Nate Burnham 2021-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

Blessman International Gala - April 29th

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Rotary Club of Ankeny corporate member, Blessman International, will be holding their 9th annual gala on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at the Holiday Inn, 6111 Fluer Drive, Des Moines.   The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:30PM with dinner and a program at 7:00 PM.   The program will include live entertainment from the Brazilian Twins, Eric Hanson from KCCI-TV acting as the emcee, silent and live auctions, and an update on their work in South Africa.  All the proceeds raised will benefit Blessman International's work in South Africa.  For ticket and table information, call 515-343-5920 or email office@blessmaninternational.org.   
Blessman International Gala - April 29th Nate Burnham 2021-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

April Rotary Board Meeting

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The April Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held in-person at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.  A Zoom link will also be provided for those who would like to attend but are not as yet comfortable with an in-person meeting. 
 
When:  Thursday, April 8th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
April Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2021-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Orientation - April  13th

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny’s Membership Committee is inviting all new members that have joined the club during the past year, and their spouses, to attend a new member orientation on April 13, 2021 at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club at 6:00 PM.  Complimentary appetizers and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP to Sally at ssschroeder@dmacc.edu  if you will be attending.  If you area anew member, plan to come and learn more about Rotary and the Rotary Club of Ankeny too!
New Member Orientation - April 13th Nate Burnham 2021-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

Bourbon & Bowties - April 7th

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be one of the sponsors of "Bourbon & Bowties", a fundraiser to benefit the Mid-Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America.   It will be held on Wednesday, April 7th at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  The evening will include:
  • Heavy Hors d'oeuvres
  • 15 Bourbons/Whiskeys to sample featuring
    • Kentucky Bourbons
    • Iowa Bourbon/Whiskeys
    • Irish Whiskeys
  • Prize for Best Bowtie
  • Wheel Barrel of Whiskey Auction
All this for a $50 donation to be paid at the door with 100% of proceeds to benefit local youth programs within the Mid Iowa Council of Boy Scouts of America.  Mark you calendar, plan to attend, and bring a friend.
 
Questions - Contact Todd at Todd.Eipperle@scouting.org
Bourbon & Bowties - April 7th Nate Burnham 2021-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

Bike & Hike to End Polio  - April 3, 2021

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Join your fellow Rotarians, guests, and friends on Saturday April 3rd to "Bike or Walk to End Polio"!!
 
We will meet at 10:00 AM at the Trailside Tap in Uptown Ankeny, 710 SW 3rd Street, for  a complimentary brunch courtesy of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.   After brunch, Bikers will head north on the High Trestle Trail and walkers will head south to the DMACC pond.  The bikers will turn around at the Oasis after hunting for Easter eggs and the walkers will have their own Easter egg hunt as they walk around the pond.  Each egg will be filled with candy, a free drink ticket or other surprises!  All Bikers and walkers will then return to the Trail Side tap to use their drink tickets and enjoy some time together in Uptown Ankeny.
 
Participants are encouraged to make a donation of at least $30 to help eliminate polio throughout the world.  All donations will be forwarded in the name of the Rotarian donor to the Rotary Foundation's Polio Plus Campaign and will be matched 2-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - $100 becomes $300.  Any Rotarian that donates or raises $100 or more will receive a match of Rotary Foundation recognition points from the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
 
Hope to see everyone for this fun and worthy event.   Questions, contact Todd Eipperle at Todd.Eipperle@scouting.org
Bike & Hike to End Polio - April 3, 2021 Nate Burnham 2021-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

April Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in April:
 
9th - Arias, Juan
16th - Lange, Dean
20th - Bode, Ron
20th - Hanson, Brodey
22nd - Todtz, Julie
29th - Kramer, Heidi
April Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2021-03-26 05:00:00Z 0

Diana & Tim Hawkins Recognized

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Diana and Tim Hawkins made a donation to the Sukup Sate T Home project late last year which was sufficient to purchase one home.   In recognition of their generous donation, the club made a donation the Rotary Foundation in their names.  Foundation Chair Steve SchraderBachar recognized them at the March 2nd meeting by presenting Diana a certificate and pin to make her a Paul Harris Fellow and presenting Tim with a pin with four sapphire stones indicating he is now a Paul Harris Fellow + 4.   Congratulations Diana and Tim and thank you for your support of the Sukup Safe T Home project. 
Diana & Tim Hawkins Recognized Nate Burnham 2021-03-03 06:00:00Z 0

Hawkins Named Rotarian of Month for March

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President Wehr named Tim Hawkins the "Rotarian of the Month" for March during the noon meeting on March 2nd.  This was in recognition of his support of the Rotary Foundation and the Sukup Safe T Home project.  Also, he has agreed to assume to position of Foundation Chair for the club effective July 1, 2021. 
Hawkins Named Rotarian of Month for March Nate Burnham 2021-03-03 06:00:00Z 0

District Community Service Grants

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A District Grant (DG) is a block grant to District 6000 from The Rotary Foundation. This grant is a tool that District 6000 uses to support short-term projects initiated by clubs in District 6000 called Community Service Grants. Funds are distributed to clubs through applications to the District 6000 Committee which decides the merit of each application and the degree to which they should be funded.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny received two of these grants this year.  One was for the potato digger for AGAPE garden and the other was for equipment to assist with the relocation of the Ankeny Service Center office.
 
The maximum grant amount a club can apply for is $5,000.  This amount must then be at least matched by the club making the total funds available for a project, or projects, $10,000.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny has been a strong supporter of the Rotary Foundation and this is a way for our club to have a portion of these funds returned to benefit our community.  The deadline for applying for grants for the 2021-2022 Rotary year is June 1, 2021.  Dave Mercer will be representing our club at the District's grant management seminar.  If you have any suggestions for a Community Service Grant for our club to consider, please contact Dave or any Board member.
District Community Service Grants Nate Burnham 2021-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

March Rotarians Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in March:
 
7th - Andrew Larson
8th - Craig Block
9th - Trent Murphy
12th - Zane Smith
18th - Stacey Koeppen
21st - Troy Boelman
25th - John Biga
27th - Raj Reddy 
March Rotarians Birthdays Nate Burnham 2021-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

Polio Eradication Up Date

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We are pleased to report there has not been any new Wild Polio cases reported in the world since January 19, 2021.   The final two polio endemic countries are:
 
Pakistan - The last Wild Polio case was reported on 11/23/20.  Pakistan reported 84 Wild Polio cases in 2020.  
Afghanistan - Only one new Wild Polio case has been reported in 2021 and it was on January 19th.   Afghanistan reported 56 Wild Polio cases in 2020.
 
The picture shows Dr. Samreen Khalil, WHO Polio Eradication Officer in Pakistan, as she collects a sample from Muhammad Shabir in order to perform a test for COVID-19.  Most of the Polio staff and volunteers are also participating in Covid as well as Polio eradication activities.    A Win Against Polio is a Win for Global Health!
Polio Eradication Up Date Nate Burnham 2021-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

Juan Arias - Assistant District Governor

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Corinne Lambert, former member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny and Assistant District Governor, is still in the hospital recovering from a serious stroke and won't be able to finish the year as Assistant Governor.  Juan Arias, of the Rotary Club of Ankeny, has agreed to start his term early and is now serving the Ankeny, East Polk and Johnston clubs as Assistant District Governor.
 
The last report we have received from Ned Looney, President of the East Polk Rotary Club, stated Corinne is slowly recovering but while making progress she often experiences setbacks. She is unable to speak as she has facial paralysis on one side.  They are trying to help her communicate in other ways.  She does recognize and appreciate get-well cards.  She is still recovering in the hospital now, and physical therapy will need to be continued once she is released.  If you would like to send a card, her address is:
 
Corinne Lambert c/o
Methodist Hospital
Powell Center 465
1212 Pleasant Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
Juan Arias - Assistant District Governor Nate Burnham 2021-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

Evening Club Packages Meals From the Heartland

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On February 23rd, the Evening club completed a service project by packaging Meals from the Heartland.  Eleven members and eleven guests packaged 226 boxes which equals 48,816 meals in a two hour session.  Great job Evening Club!  A check for $250 from the Rotary Club of Ankeny was given to Meals From the Heartland to help defray the cost of materials and shipping of the boxes. 
 
 
Evening Club Packages Meals From the Heartland Nate Burnahm 2021-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

March Rotary Board Meeting

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The March Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held in-person.   A Zoom link will also be provided for those who would like to attend but are not as yet comfortable with an in-person meeting. 
 
When:  Thursday, March 11th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
March Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnahm 2021-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

Donation to Variety - The Children's Charity

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At their February meeting, the Board approved a $500 donation to Variety - the Children's Charity telethon to be held on March 6-7.  The mission of Variety is helping disabled and mentally handicapped children.  The following thank you letter has been received:
 
"Thank you for your contribution to Variety- the Children's Charity.  Your support is always important, but this year it carries even greater meaning to Variety.  Navigating 2020 has been difficult for everyone but the children we serve have been especially hard hit and they needed our help more than ever.  You stepped up, saw the needed and provided your support.  Please accept our deepest thanks for continuing to believe in Variety and entrusting us to effectively serve children with your donation.  The past year may have looked different in how we operated but our end goal never changed... to give Iowa's children the help they need for a brighter future.
 
Despite the pandemic, in 2020 Variety granted over $2.1 million to 72 children's organizations for building renovations, specialized equipment, programing needs and more.  We provided specialized bicycles and mobility equipment to 75 children living with special needs and provided our third inclusive playground at Riverview Park!   These are just a few highlights of our year.  Without special donors like you, none of this would happen.  Your kindness is greatly appreciated. 
 
Sheri McMichael, Executive Director"
Donation to Variety - The Children's Charity Nate Burnham 2021-02-20 06:00:00Z 0

District Conference - "Living the Five Way Test"

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"Living the Five Way Test" is the theme for the 2021 District 6000 Conference to be held Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the Ankeny Courtyard by Marriott. 
 
The evening starts with a social time with cash bar and the opportunity to view tables of Rotary projects, followed by a meal of your choice and the chance to put in a silent bid for some wonderful dessert!  There will be fellowship, Rotary stories, awards, an auction of a quilt and more.  This event is a wonderful opportunity to meet Rotarians from other clubs and HAVE SOME FUN!  This is a chance to participate in a district event that is a short time commitment, cost friendly, and located in Ankeny.
 
There will be limited in-person attendance and also a hybrid version.
In person attendance: Social time, meal (4 choices) and the program.  The early bird price is $39.95, after March 15 it's $49.95.  This option is limited to the first 140 registrations received, with the Marriott planning for attendees to physical distance with 6 people per table in a room with a capacity of 420.  For everyone's protection, attendees are to wear masks when not eating and drinking.
 
The hybrid version is $25 per person for those more comfortable attending virtually.  All funds from virtual ticket sales will be divided equally between PolioPlus and Sukup Safe T Home.
 
For Ankeny Rotarians that would like to attend, your Board has approved paying the registration fee for all members and spouses that attend.  You can register in one of three ways:
 
1.  Go to the District 6000 website at  https://rotary6000.org/event/conference---stories-and-fellowship---boone/  and register online using a credit card.  There is a processing fee of approximately $4 for paying with a credit card.   Then forward a copy of your registration form to me and reimbursement will be in the form of a credit on your April Rotary invoice.
 
2.  Print and complete the attached registration form and mail it as shown on the form with a check or credit card information.  Then forward a copy of your registration form to me and reimbursement will be in the form of a credit on your April Rotary invoice.
 
3.  Print and complete the attached registration form and forward it to me and I will register you using the club's credit card.
 
If you plan to attend please register prior to March 15th to take advantage of the early bird discount.  
District Conference - "Living the Five Way Test" Nate Burnham 2021-02-17 06:00:00Z 0

Steve SchraderBachar Named Rotarian of the Month for February

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Todd Wehr announced during the noon meeting on February 2nd that he had selected Steve SchraderBachar to be the "Rotarian of the Month" for February.  This is in recognition to the work he has done as the club's Foundation Chair for the past eight years and his agreeing to be the President Elect Nominee for the club.  He will serve as the club's President for the 2023-2024 Rotary year.   Congratulations Steve!
Steve SchraderBachar Named Rotarian of the Month for February Nate Burnham 2021-02-17 06:00:00Z 0

TJ Burns - Prospective New Member

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The Board has received and approved an application for membership to the Evening club from Timothy (TJ) Burns.   TJ and his wife Katrina live in Ankeny and he is the Branch Manager for United Rentals.  
 
Comments regarding TJ's application may be submitted to any Board member. 
TJ Burns - Prospective New Member Nate Burnham 2021-02-17 06:00:00Z 0

Tim Hawkins to Become Foundation Chair

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Tim Hawkins has agreed to assume the position of Foundation Chair for the Rotary Club of Ankeny effective July 1, 2021.  This position became open when the current Foundation Chair, Steve SchraderBachar agreed to become the President Elect Nominee, 2023-2024.  Thank you Tim for your continued service to the club.
Tim Hawkins to Become Foundation Chair Nate Burnham 2021-02-17 06:00:00Z 0

Steve SchraderBachar to be 2023-2024 President

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We are pleased to announce that Steve SchraderBachar has accepted the position of President Elect Nominee for the coming year.   This means he will become the President of the Rotary Club of Ankeny for the 2023-2024 Rotary Year.  Steve has been the Foundation Chair for the club for the past 8 years.   Congratulations Steve!!
Steve SchraderBachar to be 2023-2024 President Nate Burnham 2021-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

2021-2022 - Rotary Theme - "Serve to Change Lives

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District Governor Elect Alka and Kiran Khanolkar are attending the International Assembly,  which is being held online for the first time ever this year, the first week of February!  They are receiving incoming District Governor training along with all their classmates from around the world.  On the first day of the training, Rotary International President Elect, Shekhar Mehta announced his theme for the 2021-2022 year.  It is "Serve to Change Lives".   Alka and Kiran look forward to sharing the ideas they are learning with everyone in District 6000.
2021-2022 - Rotary Theme - "Serve to Change Lives"  Nate Burnham 2021-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

2021 RI Convention to be Virtual

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The Rotary International Convention, scheduled for June 12-16, 2021 in Taipei, Taiwan will now be a virtual event in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.  The Rotary Board of Directors believes this decision was necessary to protect the health of everyone involved.  More details about the 2021 Rotary International Convention will be available soon.  Anyone that had registered for the convention will be receiving a full refund of registration fees and ticketed meal events.
2021 RI Convention to be Virtual Nate Burnham 2021-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

Corinne Lambert Hospitalized with Stroke

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In early January, we received word that our Assistant Governor and former member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny, Corinne Lambert had a stroke and was in Methodist Hospital.  The last update we have received is that she is still in the hospital, in serious condition, and unable to receive vistors, calls or eamils.   A card has been sent to her from the club.  If you would like to reach out with a card of encouragement the address is:
 
Corrine Lambert c/o
Methodist Hospital
Powell Center 465
1212 Pleasant Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
Corinne Lambert Hospitalized with Stroke Nate Burnham 2021-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

"Hybrid" 2021 District Conference - April 24th

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The 2021 District 6000 annual conference, will be held on  April 24, 2021 at the Ankeny Courtyard Marriott.  This will be a “hybrid” event from 5-9:00 PM.  “Living the Five-Way Test” will be the theme for an evening of stories and fellowship with Rotarians around the District.  The evening starts with a social time with cash bar, followed by a meal of your choice and fellowship.  There will be stories, awards, an auction and a wonderful opportunity to meet Rotarians from other clubs and HAVE SOME FUN!  This is a chance to participate in a district event that requires only a short time Rotary commitment, and is cost friendly.

You can choose to attend in person or virtually.   In person attendance will include a social time, meal (4 choices) and the program.  The early bird price is $39.95, after March 15 it's $49.95.  This option will be limited to the first 140 registrations received, with the Marriott planning that attendees will physical distance with 6 people per table and wear masks when not eating and drinking.  The hybrid version is $25 per person for those more comfortable attending virtually.  All funds from virtual ticket sales will be divided equally between PolioPlus and Sukup Safe T Home.  Registration is available on the District Website: https://rotary6000.org.  You can either register online or by downloading the registration form and mailing it. 

Make your plans now to attend and join us for stories and fellowship about the Rotary expereince.

"Hybrid" 2021 District Conference - April 24th Nate Burnham 2021-01-26 06:00:00Z 0

Brenda Wieneke Named Rotarian of the Month for January

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Brenda Wieneke was named the Rotarian of the month for the Rotary Club of Ankeny for the month for January.  This is in recognition for her acting as the Secretary of the Evening club for the past year.  In that capacity, she has assumed the responsibility for taking attendance and entering it into ClubRunner, entering speaker information, corresponding with members, and taking minutes of meetings.   Congratulations Brenda!! 
Brenda Wieneke Named Rotarian of the Month for January Nate Burnham 2021-01-23 06:00:00Z 0

Approval Received for Global Grant

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny is the US host for a Global Grant to build sanitation facilities for Early Childhood Development Centers across the communities surrounding Polokwane, South Africa.  This award was in the amount of $200,000.  This grant was originated through Blessman International.  Approval of this grant was received from Rotary International in October and the funding was completed in early November. The club donated $1,000 and facilitated funding of an additional $118,225 for this grant.  
 
Approval has now been received from Rotary International of a second grant originated by Blessman International.   This grant is for a total of $100,000 to sew and distribute 10,000 washable, reusable, menstrual health kits for impoverished young women in South Africa.  It will also fund training of 25 women to learn to sew these kits. and then set up their own sewing businesses following completion of the grant.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny has committed $4,000 to this project.
Approval Received for Global Grant Nate Burnham 2021-01-23 06:00:00Z 0

Plan to Return to In-Person Meetings February 16th

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The current plan is for the Noon club to return to meeting in-person, with lunch, at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club on February 16th.  A Zoom link to the meeting will continue to be provided for members that are not yet ready to meet in person.
 
The Evening club began meeting in-person at Wig & Pen on January 19th.
Plan to Return to In-Person Meetings February 16th Nate Burnham 2021-01-23 06:00:00Z 0

AG&CC Doing Remodeling

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The Ankeny Golf & Country Club is in the process of completing some remodeling.  This includes tearing out the booths and updating the main dining room.   In addition, they have added an 85-inch TV on the wall in the banquet room where Rotary meetings are held.  We will be able use this TV for meetings.  By connecting our computer to it, we will not need a projector and screen.   A smaller TV has also been mounted on the wall in the Board room for presentations.
AG&CC Doing Remodeling Nate Burnham 2021-01-23 06:00:00Z 0

Ankeny Builds Two Safe T Homes

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A Sukup Safe T Home can sleep 10 or more people and feature a double-roofed system that displaces heat, a full-size, lockable steel door, two windows that can be locked from within and a water collection system.  The Safe T Home is built to withstand hurricane force winds and has a useful life of 75 years.  The cost of each home is $7,000 including delivery 
 
Donations from 18 members of the Club for the Sukup Safe T Homes project totaled $3,700.  With the match from the club for up to $3,500 the total donated for this project was $7,200.   In addition, Tim and Diana Hawkins have made a contribution of $7,000 to purchase a second home which will also be credited to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
 
Thank you to Steve Wieneke for proposing this project and to everyone that made a contibution with a special thank you to Tim & Diana Hawkins.  
Ankeny Builds Two Safe T Homes Nate Burnham 2021-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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The village of Sae Sabona, situated in sub-Saharan Niger, is inhabited by 7,500 individuals who eke out a dry existence on a parched landscape with no rain for 10 months of the year. When the rain finally comes in the months of July and August, much of it is contaminated; but it is the villagers’ only source for drinking and bathing.
 
David Smith of The Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, described in a report how his club, working with Rotary Clubs in Vienna, Austria, and Niamey, Niger sponsored a well that provides water for drinking, bathing and irrigation for the people of Sae Sabona. The $70,000 project was funded in a Global Grant by TRF.   According to Smith, the 350-foot-deep well provides more than 1,000 gallons of clean water a day for the people. Aside from the health benefit, the well has opened a new source of livelihood for villagers. No fewer than 180 women from the community are growing high value crops such as tomatoes, onions and lettuce, on the irrigated land. Sale of these crops provides both income and food for their families. Smith admits that the Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs is pleased to be part of the three-continent project aimed at combating “deep poverty”. He stated that the motto of Rotary International, “Service above self,” applies to both individuals and communities.    
 
Vocational Service is one of Rotary’s Avenues of Service.
Through Vocational Service we:
  • Serve others by using our unique skills to address community needs
  • Empower others through training and skill development
  • Inspire others to act with integrity by following Rotary’s guiding principles (rotary.org)
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2021-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

February Rotary Board Meeting

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The February meeting of the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held virtually at noon on Thursday, February 11th.  All members are welcome to join and it will count as a makeup. 
February Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2021-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

February Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in February:
 
2nd - Mike Goedeke
4th - Dr. Jim Blessman
6th - Doug Parker
8th - Terry Peter
12th - Kris Baker
26th - Steve SchraderBachar
 
February Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2021-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Ankeny Guests

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Special guests attending the Rotary Club of Ankeny's meetings last month included:
 
12/7 - Juan Angel Aries Jr. III, visiting Rotarian from Usula, Honduras
12/7 - Juan Angel Arias Jr. III, visiting Rotarian, Usula, Honduras - Evening
12/7 - Rosalba de Arias, guest of Juan Angel Arias Jr. - Evening
12/7 - Rosalba Arias Munguia, guest of Juan Angel Aria Jr.- Evening
12/7 - Marie Kline's granddaughter - Evening
12/7 - Ann Wright, guest of Steve Wieneke - Evening
 
Rotary Club of Ankeny Guests Nate Burnham 2021-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

Ankeny Area Historical Society Brick Purchased

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As a member of the Ankeny Area Historical Society the The Rotary Club of Ankeny had the opportunity to purchase a brick during their "Memorial Brick Campaign".   For a $100 donation, the campaign offers the opportunity to have an engraved brick laid in the area around the Old School Bell, also know as the Parkview Bell, to be placed near the museum.  The Club's Board did approve the purchase of a brick which will be engraved with:
Ankeny Rotary Club
Serving Ankeny
Since 1973 
Ankeny Area Historical Society Brick Purchased Nate Burnham 2021-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

Evening Club Members Make Blankets

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Members of the Evening Club made 16 blankets by cutting and tying material during their virtual meeting on  December 15th.  The blankets were then donated to "Warm Hearts Warm Beds".    This charity was founded in 2015 by Ben Huebsch, Associate Principal Parkview School in Ankeny, and his daughter Charlotte, after listening to a sermon one Sunday that discused fostering generosity towards children.  Charlotte and her sister had already been using their birthday money to purchase coloring books and crayons for children staying at Mercy Hospital and recalled receiving fleece blankets during the loss of their younger sister in 2013.  They decided to make blankets and distribute them to Mercy Hospital. They set a goal of making 15 blankets that first year but after receiving a grant, and the help of friends, they delivered 65 blankets.  This project has since grown beyond imagination. In 2019, 490 blankets were made and delivered to Mercy Hospital and in 2020, over $5,000 was raised and over 400 blankets were again delivered. 
 
Thank you to Renee Potts for putting the club in contact with Ben and Charlotte and organizing this service project.
  
   
Evening Club Members Make Blankets Nate Burnham 2021-01-03 06:00:00Z 0

ECD Sanitation Global Grant Funded

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Earlier this year, the Rotary Club of Ankeny agreed to be the US host for a global grant led by Blessman International to fund the construction of waterless toilets for Early Childhood Develoment Centers in the Limpopo District of South Africa.  The South African host club, the Rotary Club of Polokwane did the needs assesment and will provide the local overight.  A major donor of Blessman's was to provide the majority of the funding.  The total funding for this project will to be $200,000
 
Approval was received from the Rotary Foundation on October 28th and funding was completed on November 9th.  The club received $118,225 from Blessman International and the club then added our contribution of $1,000 to this amount and wired $119,225 to the Rotary Foundation.  Funding from District 6000 and the South African clubs have also been received and the Rotary Foundation made the first disbursement on this grant of $50,000 on December 11th.  We have been advised at least 11 toilet stalls have already been constructed.
ECD Sanitation Global Grant Funded Nate Burnham 2020-12-29 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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While Covid-19 has singularly devastated the world, The Rotary Foundation has indeed prevented much suffering around the globe through numerous District Grants and its Global Grant program with its matching funds.  Rotarians in countless clubs are still focused on doing good in the world. There is no better way to end this tumultuous year than this excerpt from the Chair of TRF Trustees, K.R “Ravi” Ravindran:  
 
“The year-end holidays are upon us.  It is a time of giving and sharing, but it is not limited to our loved ones.  It is also for the people we have never met and will never see, for those who are not so fortunate as we and could use a helping hand.  The miracle of giving that Scrooge discovered on Christmas Eve is exactly what The Rotary Foundation does 365 days a year.  Our Foundation serves simultaneously as charity and performer in the field.  Rotarians are on the ground, volunteering their skills and business expertise in support of grants that are funded by you.  In this way, we carry out some of Rotary's most important work, such as protecting mothers and their babies and helping communities recover from the shocks of COVID-19.
 
Please, remember The Rotary Foundation during this season of generosity.  Remember that your gifts to the Foundation amplify our work in all areas of focus.  They are perpetuated, not just today but long after we are gone.  And the Foundation will continue to work its miracles in service to others tomorrow as long as we keep supporting it today.  On behalf of The Rotary Foundation Trustees, I thank you for sending your generous contribution to the Foundation.”
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2020-12-29 06:00:00Z 0

January Rotary Board Meeting

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The January meeting of the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held virtually at noon on Thursday, January 14th.  All members are welcome to join and it will count as a makeup. 
January Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2020-12-28 06:00:00Z 0

2021 Raise the Stakes Fundraiser Postponed to October 16th

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Due to continued uncertainty regarding the pandemic, the Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2021 "Raise the Stakes" fundraiser, has officially been postponed to October 16, 2021.   The FFA Enrichment Center has been reserved for this new date and the other vendors are being contacted to confirm their availability.   Many of the auction items that had been collected for our event last year have certificates that have already or will expire prior to year end 2021.  A list of these items has been forwardeed to all club members.   If you obtained an item with an expiration date, please contact the donor to obtain a new certificate or extention of the expiration date.  
2021 Raise the Stakes Fundraiser Postponed to October 16th Nate Burnham 2020-12-28 06:00:00Z 0

Sukup Safe T Home Challenge

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At the November meeting, the Ankeny's Board approved a the club's support of District Governor Steve Dakin's goal to purchase several Sukup Safe T Homes to be built in various countries around the world and Steve Wieneke's challenge for members to match his contribution of $250.  Prior to year-end, the club had received $2,550 in donations from members.  With the club's match, a check was sent to Steve Dakin in the amount of $5,100 in mid-December, 2020.  Thank you to the members that have already contributed to this project.
 
Contributions may still be made with the club matching all contributions made by members through January 14, 2021 up to a total of $3,500.   If you wish to contribute to this project, mail your check, payable to the “Rotary Club of Ankeny”, to Rotary Club of Ankeny, ATTN: Jim Ramsey, Treasurer, 911 North Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50023.   Please include the statement "Sukup Safe T Home Donation" on the memo line.  You will receive a receipt for this tax-deductible donation
 
The Safe T Homes can sleep 10 or more people and feature a double-roofed system that displaces heat, a full-size, lockable steel door, two windows that can be locked from within and a water collection system.  The homes are built to withstand hurricane force winds and have a useful life of 75 years.   You can find more information at this web site: https://www.sukup.com/safe-t-home
Sukup Safe T Home Challenge Nate Burnham 2020-12-28 06:00:00Z 0

Del Mohler Named Rotarian of Month for December

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President Todd Wehr announced that he had selected Del Mohler to be recognized as the Ankeny "Rotarian of the Month" for December during the virtual meeting on December 8th.  Del has completed the club's tax returns for the past several years and is always willing to give the prayer at the begining of club meetings.  Congratulations Del!
Del Mohler Named Rotarian of Month for December Nate Burnham 2020-12-28 06:00:00Z 0

January Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in Janaury:
 
5th - Sarah Green
6th - Jack Pennington
15th - Jenna Lanning
20th  - Sally Schroeder
24th - Connor Stobbe
25th - Justin Carlton
27th - Jeff Damman
28th - Roger Spahr
31st - Jim Gocke
January Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2020-12-28 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Members

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President Todd Wehr virtually inducted three new members into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on December 15, 2020.   Heidi Kramer is the new Director of U. S. Development for corporate member Blessman International.  Heidi will be the new Primary Designee.  Adam Boeding, a former member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny, will become the Primary Designee and Andy Pollock has applied to become a new Secondary Designee for corporate member Lincoln Savings Bank.  Doug Parker will move from the Primary Designee and become a Secondary Designee.  Laura Brassell will continue as a Secondary Designee.   Congratulations and welcome Heidi, Adam, and Andy!!
Welcome New Members Nate Burnham 2020-12-21 06:00:00Z 0
To All Rotarians, Friends, & Family: 2020-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

Prspective New Member

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The Board has approved an application for membership from Heidi Kramer.  Heidi is the new Director of U.S. Development for Blessman International.  She will become the Primary Designee for this corporate Rotary Club of Ankeny member. 
 
Comments regarding Heidi's proposed membership may be submitted to any Board member.
Prspective New Member Nate Burnham 2020-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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Fifty-two clubs make up Rotary International District 6380 (Michigan and Ontario, Canada) with seven clubs located in Macomb County, Michigan.  These seven clubs donated more than 90,000 PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to hospitals, nursing homes, dental offices, homeless shelters, food programs and schools as part of their on-going “100,000 Mask Challenge.”  This project was made possible through a Rotary International Disaster Grant of $25,000 awarded by TRF.
 
In a related report, the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North received a $73,000 grant from TRF called the “Pandemic Relief for Detroit Project” to provide a total of 100,000 masks to frontline workers in the area.  A member of the Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club and incoming DG for 2021-2022, Brenda K. Tipton, expressed gratitude to the Foundation, explaining that the $73,000 GG Project “will supply PPEs and human service needs to the Detroit area.  Detroit VA Hospital is on the list to receive $10,000 worth of PPEs.” 
 
Still in Michigan, District 6360 has provided funds matched by TRF to agencies providing nutritious meals to seniors in St. Joseph-Barton Harbor. The Rotary Club of St. Joseph-Barton Harbor handed a sum of $3,750 to Senior Nutrition Services and Meals on Wheels of SW Michigan. The TRF grant was awarded to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic which has caused an over 66% increased in need and new requests.  Prior to Coronavirus, according to club president, Matt Hanley, 300 meals a day were served, but with the onset of the pandemic, the need has risen to 500 meals daily.  

As I look back on 2020, I reflect on how our lives have changed. The global COVID-19 pandemic brought pain and loss to many of us. And for almost all of us, our daily lives, family time, and work also changed this year.  But we've made it to the end of this difficult year, not on our own but by reaching out to one another, as we always do in Rotary.  With each passing year, I become prouder of our organization.   (Holger Knaack, RI President 2020-21)

Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2020-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

Disaster Relief for Honduras

Hurricane Eta made landfall in Central America as a Cetegory 4 hurricane on October 28th.  The high winds were expected but the storm hovered over Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala for days leaving flooding and devastation behind.  Juan Arias, Presidnet of our Evening Club, has been in contact with Rotarians in Honduras.  Nearly all 33 Rotary clubs in Honduras are engaged in collecting water, food and basic necessities to supply shelters that have been set up throughout the country.   Almost all those who own boats made them available to fire fighters for rescue work.  Internationally, many Rotary clubs have offered monetary aid to assist with these efforts and to centralize the aid.
 
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Juan has been in contact with our Distrdict Leadership and has coordinated a "Honduras Relief Fund".   If you would like to contribute, you can send a check payable to "D6000 HEF" with "Honduras Relief" in the memo line.  The check should then be mailed to D6000, P.O.Box 5774, Coralville, Iowa 52241.   A GoFundMe page has also be established.  If you wish to use this avenue for donating, use this link gf.me/u/y7z7sp.  The preference is to use the D6000 method of giving to avoid the GoFundMe fees.
Disaster Relief for Honduras Nate Burnham 2020-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

$6,460 To Rotary Foundation

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny is sending $6,460 to the Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund for the contributions made by its members through their invoices for the first and second qouarters of the year.   This does not include several members that are making direct contributions to the Foundation for the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, and Global Grants.    Thank you Ankeny Rotarains!
$6,460 To Rotary Foundation Nate Burnham 2020-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

Dennis Drager DG Nominee Designee 2023-2024

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On November 22, 2020, the District 6000 Nominating Committee interviewed, online, candidates for District Governor Designee 2023-2024.   The committee selected Dennis Drager of the Rotary Club of Marshalltown.   Dennis is a Veterinarian and is currently serving District 6000 as an Assistant District Governor.
Dennis Drager DG Nominee Designee 2023-2024 Nate Burnham 2020-11-28 06:00:00Z 0

Thank You From CIVITAS

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Tamara Kenworthy, Chair of the Des Moines Rotary Multi-Club Committee and member of the Des Moines AM Rotary Club sent the following to the Rotary Club of Ankeny:
 
On behalf of the Rotary Multi-Club Committee of greater Des Moines, thank you so much for your generous contribution of $1,000 in support of the October 20 virtual CIVITAS program on the topic of substance abuse.  We have so many inspiring comments about the program and the various speakers.  For those who were not able to attend the live program, the link to the recording is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB3DBVnVZFQ&feature=youtu.be  One goal of CIVITAS as is to share net proceeds with various local non-profits who work in the area of substance abuse.  We will be donating a total of $5,000 this year.  Local non-profits who will each be receiving a $1,000 donation include:
  • Bridges of Iowa
  • Children & Families of Iowa
  • Mercy One House of Mercy
  • USC Healthcare
We will also be donting $200 on behalf of each of our five speakers to non-profits, that provides substance abuse services, of their choice for an additional $1,000.  It was important to share this topic with our members and guests.  Thank you so much for supporting this initiative on such an important social issue.
Thank You From CIVITAS Nate Burnham 2020-11-24 06:00:00Z 0

Project Fresh Start Thank You

The Rotary Club of Ankeny purchased 138 coats to be distributed through Project Fresh Start in Ankeny.   Here is a thank you received from Anne Williams:
 
"Dear Rotary Club Members,  On behalf of Project Fresh Start, I would like to extend my thanks for your generous donation of winter coats.  The look on the faces of the studnets who walk out the door holding a brand new coat is heartwarming.  A huge pat on the back goes to all the members of the Ankeny Rotary Club for helping to make that happen!  As is the case with most things this year, we believe COVID had a negative impact on attendance at the giveaway.  If any of your members know of students who are in need of warm outer wear, please do not hesitate to contact me at williamsofankeny@aol.com.  Thank you again for your support.  We greatly appreciate it!" 
 
  
Project Fresh Start Thank You Nate Burnham 2020-11-24 06:00:00Z 0

Sarah Green Becomes Active Member

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Sarah Green became a member of the Rotry Club of Ankeny on April 20, 2020 as the Primary Designee for corporate member Blessman International.  Since then she has taken a position with Lutheran Services in Iowa as the Vice President of Philanthropy & Church Relations.  Presidnt Wehr reintroduced her to the club on November 24, 2020 as a new individual Active member of the club.  Thank you Sarah for choosing to continue your membership in the Club!
Sarah Green Becomes Active Member Nate Burnham 2020-11-24 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member Erin Shaw

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Erin Shaw recently joined A Plus Home Care Services as a Registered Nurse.  She was inducted, virtually, into the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny as a Secondary Designee for corporate member A Plus Home Care Services on November 24, 2020 by President Juan Arias. Anne Porter is Erin's sponsor and will continue as the Primary designee for A Plus Home Care Services.  Erin is a former member of the Rotary Club of Algona.   Welcome Erin!!
Welcome New Member Erin Shaw Nate Burnham 2020-11-24 06:00:00Z 0

Club Match for Sukup Safe T Home Contributions

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One of the goals District Governor, Steve Dakin, set for his 2020-2021 term was to fund 25 Safe T Homes to be built for families in various countries around the world.   These homes can sleep 10 or more people and feature a double-roofed system that displaces heat, a full-size, lockable steel door, two windows that can be locked from within and a water collection system.  The Safe T Home is built to withstand hurricane force winds and has a useful life of 75 years.   You can find more information at this web site: https://www.sukup.com/safe-t-home
 
A few weeks ago, Steve Wieneke issued a challenge to the members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny to match or exceed his contribution of $250 to support the Safe T Home project.   Approximately  $2,200 has been received, or committed, so far.   At last week’s meeting, the Board committed to match contributions made by members through January 14, 2021 up to a total of $3,500.   If you wish to contribute to this project, mail your check, payable to the “Rotary Club of Ankeny”, to Rotary Club of Ankeny, ATTN: Jim Ramsey, Treasurer, 911 North Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50023.   Please include the statement "Sukup Safe T Home Donation" on the memo line. 
 
A receipt from the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be sent to you for your donation.  Prior to year-end, the club will forward all donations collected to Steve Dakin with a check payable to District HEF (Humanitarian and Educational Foundation, Inc.), and a list stating all individuals and amounts contributed.  You should then also receive a receipt from the District 6000 HEF for your tax-deductible donation.  Another check and list will also be sent after January 14th for contributions made in 2021.
 
Thank you to those members that have already accepted Steve’s challenge and to those that are planning to contribute.
Club Match for Sukup Safe T Home Contributions Nate Burnham 2020-11-23 06:00:00Z 0

December Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in December:
 
1st - Patty Munguia
2nd - Chuck Stewart
3rd - Scott Port
12th - Rich Job
14th - Tim Cox
15th - Dylan Dyer
21st - Doug Beech
29th - Katelyn Mateer
December Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2020-11-18 06:00:00Z 0

No In-Person Meetings Through Year-End

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The Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Ankeny decided to discontinue in-person meetings through year-end due to increasing number of COVID cases in central Iowa.   The Club, both noon and evening groups, will continue to meet via Zoom at least until January 4, 2021.
 
The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny will not be meeting on Tuesday, December 22nd.  Neither the Noon or Evening clubs will meet on Tuesday, December 29th.  
No In-Person Meetings Through Year-End Nate Burnham 2020-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Prospective New Members

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At their meeting on November 12th, the Board approved the following membership applicatins and changes:
 
Lincoln  Savings Bank - Adam Boeding, a former member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny, will become the Primary Designee and Andy Pollock has applied to become a new Secondary Designee.  Doug Parker will shift from the Primary Designee and become a Secondary Designee.  Laura Brassell will continue as a Secondary Designee.  
 
Sarah Green is currently a member of the Club as a Secondary Designee for corporate member Blessman International.  Since she is now the Vice President of Philanthropy & Church Relations for Lutheran Services in Iowa, she has applied to be an individual member.
 
Erin Shaw is a registered nurse and is applying to become a Secondary Designee for Evening corporate member A Plus Home Care Services. 
Prospective New Members Nate Burnham 2020-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Approval Received for Global Grant

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Approval has been received from The Rotary Foundation for an application to construct sanitation facilities in various Early Childhood Development Centers across the communities surrounding Polokwane, South Africa.  This award is in the amount of US$200,000.   The project's one simple goal is to provide safe, hazardous free sanitation faciliteis for the benefit of children in early development canters as a basic human right. Currently, according to BBC News, South Africa has 25,000 schools with 4,500 of which are still using pit toilets.   A pit tolilet is a hole in the ground covered by a platform.  Many are shoddily constructed and as they get older become a death trap for young children.
 
  
          Current Pit Toilet                                  New Waterless Toilets
 
The funds from this grant will be used to to construct new sanitation facilities using dry sanitatioin technology.  This application was prepared by Blessman International and the Rotary Club of Ankeny is acting as the US Host and the Rotary Club of Polokwane is the local club.  The majority of the funding will be coming from one of Blessman's major donors.  These funds, $115,000, will be given to the Rotary Club of Ankeny, and we will then forward to the Rotary Foundation along with $1,000 from our club.  District 6000 will provide $24,452, and $3,938 will be provided by the Rotary Club of Polokwane and their District 9400.  The balance of the funds will come from RI matching funds.
Approval Received for Global Grant Nate Burnham 2020-11-02 06:00:00Z 0

Doc Blessman Named Rotarian of the Month for October

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Dr. Jim Blessman was recognized by President Wehr during the meeting on October 8th by naming him the club's Rotarian of the month for October.  This is in recognition for the work he has done serving the families in need in South Africa.  In the past year, Blessman International has led the submission of two Rotary Global Grants that will serve children and families in need in the communities surrounding Polowane, South Africa.
Doc Blessman Named Rotarian of the Month for October Nate Burnham 2020-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Halloween at Rotary

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Sally (Popeye) Schroeder, Kathy (Olive Oyl) Sibbel and Nate (Elvis) Burnham celebrated Halloween early by coming to the noon meeting on October 27th in costume.  Don't they look Boo-tiful?
Halloween at Rotary Nate Burnham 2020-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Sargent At Arms Committee 

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The club is looking for 4-5 members willing to serve on a "Sargent at Arms Committee".    The members of this committee would take turns performing some of the duties currently being performed by the Secretary.  Specifically, each member would be responsible for a month at a time to arrive by 11:30, assist with set up, take attendance, and put the Rotary items away after the meeting.  Assuming there are 4-5 members on this committee, each committee member would be responsible for 2-3 months during the year.  The Secretary, Nate Burnham, would still be around most weeks to assist but would be more free to help the speaker get set up, visit with guests, take pictures, and get set up for the Zoom call (at least for a while longer).   This will also provide back up for when Nate may be traveling or unable to attend a meeting.  
 
This is an easy and enjoyable way to serve the club and maybe learn the names of other members.  If interested, please contact Nate at nfburnham@gmail.com or 515-238-6589.  We would like to have the committee established and ready to start serving by January if not sooner.  Thanks for considering.
Sargent At Arms Committee Nate Burnham 2020-10-26 05:00:00Z 0

What Is The Paul Harris Society?

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The Paul Harris Society, named for Rotary's founder, is made up of dedicated supporters who annually contribute $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Rotary Foundation grant.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny currently has seven members of the Paul Harris Society who have made this commitment.  They are Juan Arias, Nate Burnham, Jacquelyn Duke, Tim Hawkins, Steve SchraderBachar, Sally Schrader, and Zane Smith.   If any other members would like to become members of the Paul Harris Society, they should contact Steve ScheraderBachar, Chair of the Club's Foundation Committee.  The contribution may be made as part of their quarterly dues, $250 per quarter, an annual contribution of $1,000, or a monthly credit card payment of $85.
What Is The Paul Harris Society? Nate Burnham 2020-10-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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In August 2019, Nigeria reached three years without a case of wild poliovirus.   A year later, on the 25th of August 2020, the continent of Africa was declared polio-free.
 
October 24 was World Polio Day and recognizes Rotary International’s immense contribution to the global effort at combating the crippling disease. Through TRF and matching grants by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the poliovirus is on its way to becoming history.  Since 1996, Rotarians from across Africa and around the world have raised funds, immunized children, and promoted vaccinations all aimed at eradicating polio.  More than 9 billion doses of oral polio vaccine have been provided throughout Africa preventing almost 2 million cases of paralysis.
 
Every year about 2 million volunteers help vaccinate over 430 million children against polio in Africa. Rotarians all over the world have contributed almost $890 million toward polio eradication efforts in Africa.  With the Gates matching funds, TRF has spent a staggering $1.6 billion on polio eradication. The funds have allowed Rotary, through TRF, to issue PolioPlus grants to fund polio surveillance, transportation, awareness campaigns, and National Immunization Days.
 
Dr. Tunji Funsho, chair of Rotary’s Nigeria PolioPlus Committee was recently honored by TIME Magazine for his leadership in that nation’s polio eradication effort, and noted the impact that Rotarians have had on polio eradication efforts in Africa.  Dr. Funsho said, “From raising funds and immunizing children, to providing ‘polio plusses,’ such as soap and health kits, Rotary members have shown resilience and steadfast dedication to our top priority of ending polio….no child in Africa will ever again be paralyzed by wild polio, a disease that once disabled 75,000 children every single year in Africa.”
 
“I am from a generation who has witnessed the devastating effects of polio.  When I discovered how close we were to eradicating polio, I was very motivated to be a part of this movement.  It is so rare when you can accomplish something so spectacular.”  - (Angelique Kidjo, Beninese Singer-Songwriter)
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2020-10-23 05:00:00Z 0

2020 Holiday Schedule

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The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny will not be meeting on Tuesday, December 22nd.  Neither the Noon or Evening clubs will be meeting on Tuesday, December 29th.  
2020 Holiday Schedule Nate Burnham 2020-10-22 05:00:00Z 0

District 6000 Foundation Luncheon

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The annual District 6000 Foundation luncheon will be held online on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at noon.  There will be presentations to Rotarians that have been recognized by The Rotary Foundation and District 6000 during the past Rotary year and also be a brief report on the successes that District 6000 has had by using the power of Our Foundation.  The keynote speaker for the luncheon and special guest will be Rotary International President Holger Knaack.  Don't miss this great opportunity to hear from our Rotary International President.  Go to the Rotary District 6000 website, rotary6000.org, to register.   Experience how "Rotary Opens Opportunities" through the The Rotary Foundation!
District 6000 Foundation Luncheon Nate Burnham 2020-10-22 05:00:00Z 0

November is Rotary Foundation Month

November is Rotary Foundation month!!   It is the mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty through gifts from it's members. 
 
As the charitable arm of Rotary International, the Foundation taps into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise to empower them to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.  Through the Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies.  Rotary has also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide.
 
Did you know:
Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.
When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.
In 1947, the Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later know as Ambassadorial Scholarships.
1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.
1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.
1985: The PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.
1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.
2013: New District, Global and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.
Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.
November is Rotary Foundation Month Nate Burnham 2020-10-22 05:00:00Z 0

Gocke Named PHF + 5

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Foundation Chair, Steve SchraderBachar, presented Jim Gocke with a pin containing 5 sapphire stones to recognize him for achieving Paul Harris + 5 status for his contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
Gocke Named PHF + 5 Nate Burnham 2020-10-19 05:00:00Z 0

November Rotary Board Meeting

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The November meeting of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held virtually, at noon, on Thursday, November 12th.   All members are welcome to attend and it will count as a make-up.  The Zoom link is
 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88665211033?pwd=WW9aWFBjQUFhdmhzTk9GVkdQYlpsZz09
 
A reminder email with this Zoom link will be forwarded prior to the meeting.
November Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2020-10-19 05:00:00Z 0

November Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in November:
 
3rd - Steve Wieneke
4th - Nate Burnham
11th - Laura Luetje
12th - Jim Foreman
25th - Jan Franck
25th - Del Mohler
26th - Kathy Sibbel
29th - Darius Potts
November Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2020-10-19 05:00:00Z 0

October Rotary Board Meeting

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The October meeting of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held virtually, at noon, on Thursday, October 8th.   All members are welcome to attend and it will count as a make-up.  The Zoom link is
 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81258959506?pwd=L1psZEFaa2hoUVV6Y294L1RNcjg5QT09
 
A reminder email with this Zoom link will be forwarded prior to the meeting.
October Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2020-10-05 05:00:00Z 0

Donation Request Guidelines

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It is the "Object of Rotary" to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular to encourage and foster "Service Above Self"
 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny makes cash donations to worthy organizations each year.  Requests are considered by the donation committee with recommendations being made to the Board.  If any member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny would like to request a donation, they should review the "Donation Guidelines" that can be found on our web site under "Site Pages" / "Donations Requests".  The "Donation Application" form can also be found on this page. 
 
Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month.  To allow time for the Board members to review the requests prior to the actual Board meeting, all donation requests should be submitted to the Chairman of the Services/Donation Committee, Mary Cochran, dcochran@mchsi.com, prior to the end of the preceding month.  For example, for a request to be considered at the November 12, 2020 Board meeting, it needs to be submitted to Mary by October 31, 2020.
Donation Request Guidelines Nate Burnham 2020-10-05 05:00:00Z 0

Coats for Project Fresh Start

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For the 6th year in a row the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be purchasing 138 winter coats to be distributed by Project Fresh Start to students in the Ankeny Community School District at a cost of $2,502.  Dave Kissinger attended the noon meeting on September 29th to accept the check and to thank the club for their contribution to the "Warm Coats" project.  Thank you Dave Mercer for again leading this project this year.
Coats for Project Fresh Start Nate Burnham 2020-09-29 05:00:00Z 0

New Baby Boy for Lewellen's

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Reece Lewellen and his wife Cassie are celebrating the birth of a baby boy named Callian, on September 27th.   He weighed in at 7 lbs. 14 oz. and is 19.75 in. long.  Baby and mother are doing well.  Reece is a also doing well as a proud new father.  The club gave the gift including four baby books and a gift card.
New Baby Boy for Lewellen's Nate Burnham 2020-09-28 05:00:00Z 0

AGAPE Thank You

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With the assistance of a matching District Community Development grant, the Rotary Club of Ankeny provided funding for the AGAPE garden to purchase a potato plow.   While participating in a service project to help harvest over 1,100 pounds of turnips and onions, members of the Ankeny Evening Rotary Club were able to get their picture taken with the plow.  A very lovely thank you card has been received from The AGAPE Garden Team from the First United Methodist Church.  "Thank you for the awesome gift.  This Potato Plow is going to help us be sustainable for many years."  
 
 
    
AGAPE Thank You Nate Burnham 2020-09-28 05:00:00Z 0

85 Gather at "Together at the Table"

From September 17-20 eight Ankeny Rotarians hosted approximately 85 guests for the club's "Together at the Table" parties.  Donations from these parties totaled $4,530, the 15 silent auction items sold for $9,182, and a $2,000 donation from Polk County gives a total income of $15,712 from these parties.  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.
             
85 Gather at "Together at the Table" Nate Burnham 2020-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Operation Warm Coat Donation

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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.
Operation Warm Coat Donation Nate Burnham 2020-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Ankeny Leadership Institute Sponsorships

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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 Ankeny.org 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.   
Ankeny Leadership Institute Sponsorships Nate Burnham 2020-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Burnham Named Rotarian of the Month

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President Wehr presented Nate Burnham with a certificate naming him the Ankeny Rotarian of the month for September.   He said it was in recognition for the many things he does behind the scenes as the Secretary of the club. 
Burnham Named Rotarian of the Month Nate Burnham 2020-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Board approves Donation to Sleep In Heavenly Peace

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"No kid sleeps on the floor in our town" is the mission of Sleep in Heavenly Peace.  Volunteers build, assemble and deliver single and bunk beds to children in need within our Central Iowa area.  But mattresses and liners need to be purchased for the beds that have been made.  The Board approved a donation of $1,000 during their September meeting which should purchase 11 sets. 
Board approves Donation to Sleep In Heavenly Peace Nate Burnham 2020-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

October Rotarian Birthdays

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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
October Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2020-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Return to Learn Donation

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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 the Rotary Club of Ankenysupports the community and how important this support is!  Thank you!!"
 
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"
And a note from another student:
"Thanks Ankeny Rotary Club!  Thank you for helping support Return 2 Learn.  I love it and i'm learning a lot!  From Owen Hetiet"
Return to Learn Donation Nate Burnham 2020-09-08 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Receives Donation From Northwest Bank 

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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.
Rotary Receives Donation From Northwest Bank Nate Burnham 2020-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Purchase Equipment for Ankeny Service Center

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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.  
Rotary Purchase Equipment for Ankeny Service Center Nate Burnham 2020-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Donation to New Horizon Adult Day Center

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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.  
Donation to New Horizon Adult Day Center Nate Burnham 2020-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

September Rotary Board Meeting

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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
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82858925329
 
A reminder email with this Zoom link will be forwarded prior to the meeting.
September Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2020-08-31 05:00:00Z 0

Speaker Gifts to Continue

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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.
Speaker Gifts to Continue Nate Burnham 2020-08-31 05:00:00Z 0

Charter Member Gene Hill Passes 

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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.  
Charter Member Gene Hill Passes Nate Burnham 2020-08-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary picnic held August 11th

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.
    
Rotary picnic held August 11th Nate Burnham 2020-08-28 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Golf Outing - September 23rd

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be hosting a golf outing at Briarwood Golf Club on Wednesday, September 23rd.  Tee times will likely range from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.  The cost is $50 per person and includes a cart and range balls and you are welcome to bring a guest.  If you would like to sign up to play click on: https://forms.gle/F2JeYx8VG6GyKbeB7.    Contact Justin Carlton, justin@e-carleton.com, with any questions.
Rotary Golf Outing - September 23rd Nate Burnham 2020-08-28 05:00:00Z 0

Open House at 1Collision Grimes

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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 https://1collisiondesmoines.com/open-house-and-ribbon-cutting-1collision-grimes/.
 
Open House at 1Collision Grimes Nate Burnham 2020-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Evening Club Packs Meals From The Heartland

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On Tuesday evening, August 25th, thirteen members and guests from the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny, participated in a service project by packaging meals for Meals From the Heartland.  In less than two hours, along with a few other volunteers, they packaged 171,000 meals that will be sent to several countries in Central America.   
Evening Club Packs Meals From The Heartland Nate Burnham 2020-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Ankeny Rotary: Together at the Table

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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 Leutjelaura.luetje@ankenylaw.com, or Stacey Koeppen, Stacey.Koeppen@edwardjones.com, if you would like to host or co-host a party or attend a party being hosted by another member.
Ankeny Rotary: Together at the Table Nate Burnham 2020-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

ASC Receives Golf Ball Drop Proceeds

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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.
ASC Receives Golf Ball Drop Proceeds Nate Burnham 2020-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Tom Friedman Named August Rotarian of the Month

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President Todd Wehr recognized Tom Friedman for coordinating the golf ball drop to benefit the Ankeny Service Center by naming him the "Ankeny Rotarian of the Month" for August.  Congratulations Tom!
Tom Friedman Named August Rotarian of the Month Nate Burnham 2020-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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The news about one of TRF’s missions, health improvement, remains depressing; however, what is uplifting is the relentless effort of Rotarians all over the world at fighting the scourge of COVID-19 and its devastating impact on communities. In the past week, Rotary Clubs in districts devastated by the Derecho have been responding to the immediate needs of people affected by the storm.   In the coastal city of South East India, members of the Rotary Club of Chennai donated the sum of Rs.30 Lakhs (40,032USD) to purchase more dialysis machines for a local hospital. Sponsored by TRF’s Global Grant, in partnership with the Rotary Club of The Hills Kellyville and Chatswood Sunrise, the fund will add seven more dialysis machines to the five installed in the hospital. At the handing over ceremony to the Shree Jain Medical relief Society, the chairperson of the program, Maheshraj T acknowledged the help of Rotary in buying the machines, adding that at least 500 more patients will be dialyzed every month, making healthcare more accessible to people with kidney disease.
 
"If we really want to love, if we really want to live, we must love until it hurts. No Rotarian whose motto is Service Above Self, I think, should call himself a Rotarian if he does not make time to serve.  If we love, we begin to serve. And this is where that beautiful motto begins that the Rotarian have made this year, Take Time to Serve." Mother Teresa - 1981.
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2020-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

September Rotarian Birthdays

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Sixteen Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in September.   This is more than in any other month and note there are four members with the same birthday, September 7th.  This is more than on any other day of the year.  Those celebrating September birthdays include:
 
7th - Teri Crist
7th - Tom Friedman
7th - Mark Martin
7th - Scott Obstarczyk
8th - Kent Patterson
9th - Jacquelyn Duke
15th - Reece Lewellen
16th - Todd Wehr
20th - Kevin Brooks
20th - Lewis Todtz
24th - Andrew Stumbo
25th - Jim Hudson
27th - Andy Testino
27th - Mick Testino
29th - Tim Hawkins
29th - Anne Porter
September Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2020-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Jennifer Jones Selected to Set History

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Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International's president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization's 115-year history.  Jones will officially become president-nominee on October 1 if no other candidates challenge her.
Jennifer Jones Selected to Set History Nate Burnham 2020-08-07 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of NW Des Moines Golf Outing

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The Rotary Club of NW Des Moines's 8th annual golf outing will be held at the Urbandale Golf and Country Club on Friday, September 18, 2020.  There will be room for 18 foursomes and they would like at least one foursome from each of the Des Moines area Rotary clubs.   This event is a fundraiser for children's literacy programs, food security, winter coats and Josh the Baby Otter swimming safety program.  Let President Wehr know if you would like to be part of a foursome to represent the Rotary Club of Ankeny. 
Rotary Club of NW Des Moines Golf Outing Nate Burnham 2020-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

The Golf Balls Have Been Dropped

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A total of 559 golf ball tickets were sold including 31 through the Ankeny Service Center web site.  This is 21 more total balls that were sold in 20219.  Since there was no Ankeny Summerfest this year, the balls were dropped on July 30th.  The winners are now known. and they are:
 
1st Place - $1,000 - Molly Lydon (Sold by Mike Lydon) 
2nd Place - $375 - Brad Norwood (Sold by Tom Friedman)
3rd Place - $250 - Laura Luetje (Sold by Laura Luetje)
4th Place - $125 - Troy Boelman (Sold by Troy Boelman)
 
The net proceeds from this year's event will be split 60% to the Ankeny Service Center and 40% to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Thank you to Wig & Pen and Tim's Amoco for donating the coupons on the tickets and to Andrew Larson, Ankeny Sanitation, for donating $2,000 towards the prize money.   Also, a big thank you to