Rotary Club of Ankeny Guests

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Special guests attending the Rotary Club of Ankeny's meetings last month included:
 
9/1 - Amy Olsen, Northwest Bank, guest of Jim Ramsey
9/1 - Richard Bergez, Northwest Bank, guest of Jim Ramsey
9/8 - Kelly Paskert, Heavenly Beds, Speaker
9/15 - Steve Dakin, District Governor, Evening
9/15 - Lesley Dakin, Evening
9/15 -  Chris Ritcher, Legacy Fitness, Speaker
9/22 - Joseph "Joe" LeValley, Speaker
9/22 - Joey Beech, guest of Doug Beech
 
Rotary Club of Ankeny Guests Nate Burnham 2020-10-05 05:00:00Z 0

85 Gather "Together at the Table"

From September 17-20 eight Ankeny Rotarians hosted 85 guests for the club's "Together at the Table" parties.  Donations from these parties will total about $6,280 and the 15 silent auction items sold for $9,1282.  The big winners were those that participated and had fun at the parties.   Thank you to the hosts, Todd Eipperle, Mark Land, Doug Beech, Nate Burnham, Abbi Rickelman, Trent Murphy, Laura Luetje, and Stacey Koeppen.
          
85 Gather "Together at the Table" Nate Burnham 2020-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Operation Warn 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 Warn 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 Rotary Clubs and how important community is!  Thank you!!"
 
And this note was received from one of the students:
"Dear Ankeny Rotary - Thank you for donating.  I love going to Blue Bean every Monday & Thursday!  I love having Ms. Whitney & Mrs. Laura help me!  Thanks again!  With love, Cate Trewet"
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 Tom Friedman for coordinating this fundraising event.
The Golf Balls Have Been Dropped Nate Burnham 2020-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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The news this week centers on the efforts undertaken, so far, by The Rotary Foundation in combating COVID-19.  The excerpts below are from the report by the 2020-21 Trustee Chair of the Rotary Foundatin, Mr. K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran, in the current issue of The Rotarian: 
 
“If a honeybee faces a giant hornet alone, the bee has a problem.  But if the honeybee faces a hornet with a swarm of other bees, then it is the hornet that has a problem.  The COVID-19 pandemic seemed like a situation that might overwhelm The Rotary Foundation.  But as things have progressed, we have not allowed it to do so. As of 4 June, we have funded 208 disaster response grants for $5.2 million and 169 new global grants at $13.8 million - all in three months. We have leveraged individual Rotarians' generosity with Foundation funds and in many cases other corporate funds to make projects larger and more impactful.  We never allowed the pandemic to overpower us.  Indeed, history shows that Rotarians are a curious breed.  We are visionaries, an idealistic lot that dreams big dreams of a better world.  At the same time, we are resilient and able to withstand challenges that others might succumb to.  We were not idle during the pandemic lockdowns.  We raised funds and did projects just as we would have if there had been no lockdown.  We remembered that it's the same business that we always do - reaching out to people in distress - except the methodology by which we did it changed.  The Rotary Foundation is more than 100 years old and has already weathered many storms - some of them mild and others devastating to the world.  Thanks to the strength, sacrifice, and compassion of Rotarians and the level to which they have extended themselves, I believe the Foundation will continue to face the future with renewed hope and inspiration.  Our Foundation will emerge from this pandemic much stronger and more resilient as long as you continue to have trust and faith in it.”
 
There is a world of difference between a problem and a challenge.  Our process of preparing and delivering the projects changed.  The way we communicated what we did changed.  (K.R Ravindran, The Rotarian, August 2020).
 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2020-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Family Picnic - August 11th

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny's fall picnic will be on Tuesday, August 11 at Sunrise Park, 506 SE Peterson Drive.  The evening will begin with social time at 6:00 PM and we will plan to eat at 6:30.   The club will be providing hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments and table service.  Food will be served by people wearing masks and gloves.  Please bring a side dish to share and your own beverages and chairs.  A sign up has been sent to members by email and will be available at the August 4th meeting.
Rotary Family Picnic - August 11th Nate Burnham 2020-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

Juan Arias Becomes Paul Harris Society Member

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Rotary District 6000 Foundation Chair Chris Knapp, virtually attended the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny meeting on July 28th.  He joined in the meeting to present information regarding the Rotary Foundation and to also recognize Juan Arias for his commitment to the Rotary Foundation.   Juan is a Paul Harris Fellow+4 and has also become a Paul Harris Society member.  As a member of the Paul Harris Society, Juan has committed to contribute at least $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation for 10 years when he would become a Major Donor.
 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny now has six Paul Harris Society members.  They are: Juan Arias, Nate Burnham, Tim Hawkins, Steve SchraderBachar, Sally Schroeder, and Zane Smith.  These six Rotarians contributed nearly 40% of the total contribution made to the Rotary Foundation by the Rotary Club of Ankeny in 2019-2020.   Thank you to our Paul Harris Society members!!
Juan Arias Becomes Paul Harris Society Member Nate Burnham 2020-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

August Rotary Board Meeting

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The August meeting of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held virtually at noon on Thursday, August 13th.   All members are welcome to attend and it will count as a make-up.  The Zoom link is

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86723234722
 
A reminder email with this Zoom link will be forwarded prior to the meeting.
August Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2020-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

DG Dakin Makes Official Visit to Noon Ankeny 

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District 6000 DG Steve Dakin and Lesley will visit with all 66 Rotary Clubs in our District 6000 in the first 4 months of this new Rotary Year.   They made their official visit to the Ankeny Noon club on July 7th.  One of the items he wants to emphasis during his year as District Governor is to have FUN.   To emphasize this, he suggested we add a fifth line to Rotary's 4-way test stating "Is it FUN".   
DG Dakin Makes Official Visit to Noon Ankeny Nate Burnham 2020-07-29 05:00:00Z 0

Evening BBQ at Fiscus Home

The Evening Ankeny Rotary Club enjoyed a relaxing and fun social night with a barbeque at the home of Amanda and Noel Fiscus on the evening July 21st.   Noel grilled burgers and brats for the group which included twelve Rotarians and 7 guests.
      
Evening BBQ at Fiscus Home Nate Burnham 2020-07-22 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member Chelsi Anderson

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Chelsi Anderson is in Business Development with Vintage Hills Senior Living in Ankeny.  She became the newest member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny when she was inducted on July 14, 2020.  She and her husband Cody live in Ames.    Welcome Chelsi!
Welcome New Member Chelsi Anderson Nate Burnham 2020-07-22 05:00:00Z 0

Thumbs Up From DG Dakin

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District Governor Steve Dakin made his official visit to the noon Ankeny club on July 7, 2020.  The following is a letter received from him following his visit:
 
"Dear Todd,
      Lesley and I appreciate the lively welcome yesterday offered by the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  We were impressed by the number of Board members who were able to join us online, which speaks to the support and dedication to your club.
      We realize the Ankeny Bandshell has needed your long-term maintenance, but we are aware that it is frequently used (during more socially appropriate times).   Your dedication to the Ankeny Service Center is significant and also indispensable.  There are always community needs to be satisfied.   We are aware of the AMP and find it a tremendous asset.  Great Rotary branding there! 
       Fundraising this year may be a struggle, but it sounds like you are willing to try an alternative event.  I am interested to hear the outcome of your “dinner parties”.  This may be an idea that other clubs in the District could also use.
      Your involvement in international projects is also exciting:  PPE for Honduras, the Ames water project in Tanzania, and also support for Blessman International.  These opportunities to transform the world are made possible through your extensive donations to the Rotary Foundation:  100% involvement in Every Rotarian Every Year and Paul Harris Society members.   A big “thumbs up” to the Ankeny club.  
      During our trip around the District we will be sharing information with clubs about the positive effect your satellite club has had on your community.  Specifically, we think they would be interested in how you have included members in joint activities and shared governance in an effort to make Ankeny a better community.  Your hard work needs to be duplicated in a few other communities around District 6000.
      Thanks again for your time and attention.  Have a great 2020-2021 Rotary year!  Stay healthy and keep up the good works! 
Proud to be a Rotarian,
Steve Dakin"                                                 
Thumbs Up From DG Dakin Nate Burnham 2020-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Dave Mercer - "Rotarian of the Year"

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2019-2020 "Rotarian of the Year" was out of town the evening of the club's annual meeting and awards banquet but he did attend the club's July 21st meeting via Zoom.  Laura Luetje and Stacey Koeppen, the club's 2018-2019 Co-Rotarians of the Year, took that opportunity to announce that Dave Mercer had been selected for this recognition for 2019-2020.  Dave has been a member of the club for 14 years and has volunteered for a number of service projects and committees.   For the past 6 years, he has been the club's representative at the District's Grant Management Training Meetings and in that capacity he has written several community development grants and oversaw the required reporting.  He has also coordinated the club's purchase of coats and snow pants for Project Fresh Start, served on the AMP fundraising committee, assisted with the donations to the local food banks, and several other service projects.  Congratulations Dave!!       
Dave Mercer - "Rotarian of the Year" Nate Burnham 2020-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Ankeny Rotarian August 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
 
Happy Birthday Rotarians!!
Ankeny Rotarian August Birthdays Nate Burnham 2020-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rich Job Named Rotarian of the Month

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President Todd Wehr plans to continue with the practice of naming a member "Rotarian of the Month" for the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  during his first meeting as President, he named Rich Job as the Rotarian of the month for July in recognition for his hard work and leadership as President of the club for 2019-2020.   Thank you and congratulations Rich!!
Rich Job Named Rotarian of the Month Nate Burnham 2020-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

Another RYLA Thank You

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Here is a thank you note from Haley Grubb one of the winners of a "Rotary Dollars For Scholars" scholarship.
 
Dear Mary Cochran and Ankeny Rotary Club Members,
I can't thank you enough for choosing me for this scholarship.  It will definitely be put to good use!  I will be attending the University of Iowa with a direct admission into the Nursing Program.  I plan to become a pediatric practitioner.  I am very excited to be a Hawkeye and make a difference in kids' lives.  
 
As this is a Rotary Scholarship, I figured I would tell you about my amazing time at RYLA.  I attended my junior year (2018), and loved every second of it.  RYLA taught me more about myself in a week than I had learned in my whole life.  I made so many memories and met so many amazing people, most of which I still talk to!  I wish there was a post-RYLA camp every summer so I could relive the RYLA magic every year. 
 
Thank you again for choosing me to receive this scholarship.  I sincerely appreciate it!  With RYLove, Haley Grubb
Another RYLA Thank You Nate Burnham 2020-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

Steve Wieneke Gives Evening Gavel to Juan Arias

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The leadership of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny was turned over to Juan Arias by outgoing president, Steve Wieneke during the club's annual meeting.   Thank you Steve and we look forward to Juan's leadership of the evening club in the 2020-2021 year.
Steve Wieneke Gives Evening Gavel to Juan Arias Nate Burnham 2020-07-06 05:00:00Z 0

Virtual July Rotary Board Meeting

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The July meeting of the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held virtually at noon on Thursday, July 9th.   All members are welcome to attend  and will receive a  email with the Zoom link to join the meeting.
Virtual July Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2020-07-06 05:00:00Z 0

Juan Arias Named "New Ankeny Rotarian of the Year"

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Juan Arias was named the "New Ankeny Rotarian of the Year" during the "Annual Meeting and Awards Night" on June 30th.   Although Juan is no stranger to Rotary, having been a Rotarian in Honduras since 1994, he has made a significant impact on the Rotary Club of Ankeny since he transferred his membership in 2018.  Since then he maintained perfect attendance, completed session 3 of the Rotary Leadership Institute and graduated from this program, attended RLI facilitator training, volunteered to serve on the District RLI committee, assisted with set up and tear down of meeting equipment and paraphernalia, participated in nearly all evening club service projects, including the clean up and replanting of the Band Shell flower beds, and coordinated and conducted weekly virtual meetings.  In addition, Juan was elected by Evening Club members to serve as President for 2020-2021 year and in that capacity attended PETS in Rochester earlier this year.
 
In addition to a plaque, the club made a donation to the Rotary Foundation in Juan's name to elevate him to the Paul Harris Fellow+4 recognition level.  Congratulations Juan!!
Juan Arias Named "New Ankeny Rotarian of the Year" Nate Burnham 2020-07-02 05:00:00Z 0

Rich Job Turns Over Leadership to Todd Wehr

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The club's "Annual Meeting and Awards Night" held on June 30th at the AG&CC concluded with the Rich Job turning over the leadership of the club to Todd Wehr.  After being sworn in, Todd presented Rich with a golden gavel as a token of the club's appreciation for his leadership during the past year.  Thank you Rich and good luck to Todd as we look forward to his leadership in the 2020-2021 year.
Rich Job Turns Over Leadership to Todd Wehr Nate Burnham 2020-07-02 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member William Grimes

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William Grimes was inducted as a new member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny on June 23, 2020.  William is the Owner/General Manager of Cabaret Bar & Grill in Ankeny.   Congratulations William!
Welcome New Member William Grimes Nate Burnham 2020-07-02 05:00:00Z 0

Ankeny Presidents Participate in Gavel Passing

A District 6000 gavel passing, which was to be held during the District Conference, was held virtually on June 26th.  Rich Job, President of the Noon Club, Todd Wehr, President Elect of the noon club, and Steve Wieneke, President of the Evening Club gathered at home of Juan Arias, President Elect of the Evening Club to participate in the gavel passing ceremony.  They were joined by approximately 175 District 6000 Rotarians.  After a brief program, gavels were passed and the incoming Presidents were sworn in.   Also present at Juan's house were Brenda Powell, Cindy Wehr, and Patty Munguia.
Ankeny Presidents Participate in Gavel Passing Nate Burnham 2020-07-02 05:00:00Z 0

Proposed New Member - Chelsi Anderson

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The Board has approved an application for membership to the noon club from Chelsi Anderson.  Chelsi lives in Ames but is employed by Vintage Hills Senior Living in Ankeny in Business Development.
 
Comments regarding Chelsi's proposed membership may be submitted to any Board member.
Proposed New Member - Chelsi Anderson Nate Burnham 2020-07-02 05:00:00Z 0

Jim Ramsey Named Guardian of Integrity Award Winner

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District 6000 has announced the names of nine Rotarians who were nominated by their clubs to receive the Paul Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award.  These individuals were to be recognized during the District 6000 Conference however the pandemic got in the way.  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. 
 
The recipients included Jim Ramsey from the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Jim is a former bank examiner and currently Vice-President of Commercial Lending at a West Des Moines bank, so he is a prime candidate to be the treasurer of an organization.  It's a position he has filled for nine years for the Rotary Club of Ankeny and also for The Morning Club, Des Moines's oldest breakfast club.  But his life is not all numbers.  It's also people!  Jim serves breakfast twice weekly to 800 homeless folks, sings in his church choir, is a consummate Rotary volunteer, and "an active contributing donor" for the Blood Center of Iowa where he has donated 9 gallons of blood to save people's lives.
 
Congratulations Jim!
Jim Ramsey Named Guardian of Integrity Award Winner Nate Burnham 2020-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Message from DG Erna Morain

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The following message has been received from 2019-2020 District Governor Erna Morain:
 
Thank you to everyone who attended the first virtual District 6000 Historic Gavel passing event on June 26th.  What a great way to celebrate the success of the 2019-2020 Presidents and their clubs and a great send off for 2020-2021Governor Steve Dakin and his great team of Presidents.  If you missed the celebration, or if you want to see it again, just click on this 52 minute recording.
 

OOPS, in my haste to publish our last and final edition of the RD6000 NEWS, I failed to include the link to the "In Memoriam" honoring those District Rotarians who passed away during this Rotary year.  Sorry for the omission, I am including it here.

https://www.crsadmin.com/Gen/Accounts/50027/EventPlanner/81b866a0-13be-49c6-8c2e-0f5748280018/16861/InMemoriam2020Slideshow.pdf

Greetings,  Erna

Message from DG Erna Morain Nate Burnham 2020-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Ankeny Receives Presidential Citation for Fourth Consecutive Year 

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The Rotary "Presidential Citation" recognizes Rotary clubs that support Rotary's strategic priorities by completing certain activities during the year.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny received a Presidential Citation for the 2018-2019 year when Ben Digmann was the president.  This marks the fourth consecutive year that Ankeny has received this honor.  Of the 65 clubs in District 6000, the Rotary Club of Ankeny is the only club in the district to have received this honor in each of the past four years.
Ankeny Receives Presidential Citation for Fourth Consecutive Year Nate Burnham 2020-06-29 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 - Jim Ramsey
18th - Rachel Panzi
19th - Jason Gassman
22nd - Gerry Bair
23rd - Todd Eipperle
25th - Shannon Maher
July Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2020-06-17 05:00:00Z 0

More "Dollars For Scholars" Thank Yous

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Here is another thank you from a Rotary Dollars for Scholars winner.
 
Hi Rotary Club!  Thank you so much for choosing me for your scholarship!  I am incredibly grateful for your support!  I plan to attend Central College in pursuit of a degree in Elementary Education I.  However, this fall I have decided to go on a nine-month gap year mission trip across the world serving and helping others.  I will be going to Swaziland, Ethiopia, Cambodia, and South Africa in those nine months.  I am so excited to be able to help in other nations and connect with the people I meet.  When I get back, I plan to pursue my education at Central in hopes of working with young students in my career.  Ever since our family adopted my little brother from Ethiopia, Africa, I have found tremendous joy in spending time with him.  This encouraged me to get involved in other opportunities working with kids, and I have enjoyed every minute of them.  I love to be able to support young students as they grow in their knowledge and to be a positive role model.  Your donation is much appreciated in pursuing this passion and I thank you again for your generous support!   
Sincerely, Samson, Densmore (Son of Ankeny Rotarian Mark Densmore)
More "Dollars For Scholars" Thank Yous Nate Burnham 2020-06-17 05:00:00Z 0

Mary Cochran Named Rotarian for the Month for June

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President Rich Job honored Mary Cochran for her work as Chair of the Community Services (Donations) committee by naming her "Rotarian of the Month" for June at the meeting on June 2nd.  Congratulations Mary!
Mary Cochran Named Rotarian for the Month for June Nate Burnham 2020-06-17 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member Central Bank

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Central Bank was inducted as a new corporate member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny on June 2, 2020.  Current member Rotarian, Damon Miller, Senior VP, will be the Primary Designee and Jeff Damman, Senior VP, another current member of the club who recently began working with the bank, will be a Secondary Designee.   Jordan Niewoehner, Junior Lender, and Katelyn Mateer, Talent Development Specialist, will be additional Secondary Designees.   Congratulations to Central Bank and welcome Jordan and Katelyn!
Welcome New Member Central Bank Nate Burnham 2020-06-17 05:00:00Z 0

Board Approves Donations

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During the meeting on June 11th, the Rotary Club of Ankeny Board approved several donation requests.  They included:
 
Mid-Iowa Council BSA - $1,500 - Due to the pandemic, the Boy Scouts have had difficulty with their usual fundraising and are selling hand sanitizer to raise funds.  Each case contains 28 bottles and costs $150.  Ten cases will be purchased and one case donated to the each food bank and assisted living facilities in Ankeny and On-With-Life.  
 
Ankeny 2gether -  The Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce started a campaign, Ankeny 2gether to support local businesses that may be experiencing hardships as a result of the pandemic.   The committee has raised over $11,000 through sales of t-shirts and private donations.  Fourteen businesses have received grants from this project but the need continues.  The Ankeny Chamber makes the award and determination of those eligible.  The Board approved a donation of $2,500 for this project and a separate donation to go specifically to On-With-Life.
 
ECD Sanitation - $1,000 - In South Africa there have been eight news reports in the past three years of a small child falling into a pit toilet and drowning in human waste.  The club agreed last month to be the US host for a Rotary Global Grant to construct about 40 new Enviro Loo waterless toilets to replace some of these old pit toilets at Early Childhood Development centers in the Limpopo province of South Africa.  Blessman International will do the site selection and oversee cthe construction of the toilets..  Most of the funds  for this project will be donated to the Rotary Club of Ankeny by a major donor and the club will in turn forward these funds to RI for this grant.  $23,288 will come from District 6000 Designated Funds and approximately $61,000 from Rotary International and $3,750 from the local host club, the Rotary Club of Polokwane, South Africa.  The total grant is in the amount of $200,000.
Board Approves Donations Nate Burnham 2020-06-16 05:00:00Z 0

District 6000 Receives Disaster Grant

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Rotary District 6000 Governor, Erna Morain, has confirmed the District's RI Disaster Grant application in the amount of $25,000 for Food and Nutrition items has been approved by the Rotary Foundation.  The funds will be funneled through the Food Bank of Iowa and its sister organizations, HACAP and River Bend Food Bank to insure that all communities in the district where our clubs are located will receive an equitable portion of the food purchased by the grant. 
 
In addition, District 6000 clubs and embers contributed over $39,000 in cash to the District Humanitarian and Educational Foundation after DG Morain put out the plea a few weeks ago.   Another $32,000 came from the District's unused DDF funds from the 2019-2020 year and clubs, contributed about $50,000 to their local food pantries and spent a great number of hours handling and distributing the supplies in their own communities.  In total, with the grant, nearly $150,000 was provided to the food banks.  Since the food bank network can generate four meals for every dollar donated, District 6000 Rotarians will be providing over 500,000 meals for Iowans in need in Iowa due to the pandemic.

Thanks to all Rotarians that contributed to make this possible.   District 6000 really does believe in "Service Above Self".

District 6000 Receives Disaster Grant Nate Burnham 2020-06-16 05:00:00Z 0

Dennison Joins Rotary District 6000

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District Governor, Erna Morain, has announced the Rotary Club of Denison is officially now a part of District 6000 and has become the 66th club in our District.  The Rotary International Board did approve the boundary line shift with the adjoining District 5610 to the Northwest of District 6000.  This places Denison within the boundaries of our District.  This was done at the request of the Denison club and will become effective on July 1, 2020.
Dennison Joins Rotary District 6000 Nate Burnham 2020-06-16 05:00:00Z 0

Missed Meetings Meal Credits

Both the noon and evening Rotary Clubs of Ankeny have been meeting virtually since March 10, 2020.  The first in-person noon meeting was held at the AG&CC on June 23, 2020.   This means there were 14 Tuesday luncheons missed.  The dues for noon Active and Corporate members include a meal charge of approximately $130 per quarter or $10 per meal.  During their meeting on June 11th, the Board approved offering each Active and Corporate member the option of choosing one of the following:

  • To receive a credit of up to $140 to be applied to their next quarterly invoice to be sent in early July OR
  • Allow this $140 to be considered a donation to the club and receive no credit adjustment on their July invoice.

If you wish to receive this credit, you must email or call Nate Burnham, at nfburnham@gmail.com, or 515-238-6589, to confirm that you wish to receive the credit adjustment and the amount you wish to receive.  You can request any amount up to $140.  If we do not hear from you prior to our sending out the July invoices, we will assume you do not wish to receive any credit.

Note – Since there is no meal charge included in the dues for Evening club, Honorary, On Leave, or Senior Active members, there is no adjustment being offered on their invoices.

Missed Meetings Meal Credits Nate Burnham 2020-06-14 05:00:00Z 0

DG Steve Dakin's Official Visit to Ankeny

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District Governor Steve Dakin and his wife Lesley will be making their official visit to the Ankeny noon club on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.  This will be an in-person meeting with the option to join the meeting using a Zoom connection
 
The Board will be meeting with DG Dakin at 10:45 AM, also at the AG&CC prior to the regular meeting.  All Board members should plan to attend if they can but all members are welcome.  A Zoom connection will also be provided for this meeting.
 
DG Dakin's official visit to the Evening club will be on September 15th.   Mark your calendars and plan to attend!
DG Steve Dakin's Official Visit to Ankeny Nate Burnham 2020-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Meeting & Awards Night - June 30th

We are hopeful the club can hold it's annual meeting and awards banquet on June 30 at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club.  Their restaurant is open but, unless guidelines are revised, there could be a limit on the number of guests they can serve.  There are also still concerns regarding the meeting as a larger group.  Other possibilities are to have the meeting using Zoom or postponing the meeting until a later date.  A final decision regarding the annual meeting can hopefully be made during the Board meeting on June 11th.
Annual Meeting & Awards Night - June 30th Nate Burnham 2020-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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Most of the activities that Rotary districts and their clubs worldwide are currently engaged in are centered on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Rotary International, in response to the ravaging impacts of this virus on the lives of the people world-wide, through its charitable agency, The Rotary Foundation, created the Disaster Response Fund.  This fund, with limited financing by TRF is designed to help districts around the world respond to disasters.
 
Funds were made available and applications were accepted from many of the 535 Rotary districts as well as many of the nearly 35,000 clubs worldwide.  Shortly after the funds were made available the funds were exhausted.  Below are two great stories of how a district and some its clubs have made a difference.

The Rotary Club of La Crosse (WI), District 6250, received a $1,000 Disaster Relief Grant from TRF to be donated to the Hunger Task Force’s “Together We Can” Drive-thru Food Drive at the Valley View Mall. The district added a sum of $2,000 to the grant, which will be split among organizations catering to local needs. The New Horizon’s Food Pantry, Gateway Council Boys Scouts Camp Subsidies, YMCA Youth activities are among the beneficiaries.

The six Chippewa Valley Rotary Clubs, (WI) District 6250, also received a $4,200 Disaster Relief Grant from TRF.  In addition to the grant from TRF, the clubs have donated $2,500 in relief funds which provides a total of $6,700.  All funds will be donated to two different organizations providing Covid-19 relief in the Chippewa Valley.  Assistant Governor Michael Kloss stated that the clubs understand the difficulties and hardships caused by the pandemic, adding  “ I hope that our help, through the support of Rotary International (The Rotary Foundation), will ease the pain for some and foster others more fortunate to help in any way they can.”   

“We have to be open to new approaches and creating unique clubs for younger people is just part of the solution…We will not let rapid change defeat us.  We will capture this moment to grow Rotary, making it stronger, more adaptable, and even more aligned with our core values,”  said Rotary International President-elect, Holger Knaack.

Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2020-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Ankeny Clean Up Days to be Rescheduled

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We have been advised by Aaron Putnam, Public Works Operations Manager for Ankeny, that "Ankeny's Clean Up Days" will be rescheduled.  However, they plan to use all contract labor and equipment and no volunteer.  They look forward to working with the Rotary club again next year.
Ankeny Clean Up Days to be Rescheduled Nate Burnham 2020-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Juan Arias Named Rotarian of Month for May

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During the virtual meetings on May 12th, President Rich Job named Juan Arias the "Rotarian of the Month" for May.  Juan was instrumental in presenting the opportunity for the club to become the International sponsor for a Rotary Global Grant to purchase equipment needed in the patient care rooms and necessary supplies in the protection of medical and paramedical personnel in Honduras.  With Juan's leadership, this grant went from Rotary Club of Ankeny Board approval to submission of the grant, approval by Rotary International, funding, purchase, and delivery of the PPE equipment in less than six weeks.  Juan has also agreed to assume the presidency of the Evening club for the 2020-2021 Rotary year.  Thank you and congratulations Juan!!
Juan Arias Named Rotarian of Month for May Nate Burnham 2020-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

Honduras Global Grant Funded

The Rotary Club of Ankeny is the international sponsor for a Rotary Global Grant to purchase equipment needed in the patient care rooms and necessary supplies in the protection of medical and paramedical personnel in Honduras.  The grant has been fully funded and the equipment purchased and delivered to the Rotary clubs in Honduras.   Here are a few pictures of the equipment:
    
   
Honduras Global Grant Funded Nate Burnham 2020-05-31 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 virtually at noon on Thursday, June 11th.  All members are welcome to join and will receive an email with instructions on how to join the meeting.
June Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2020-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

Thank Yous From Dollars For Scholars Winners

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny provided two $500 scholarships to each high school in Ankeny through Dollars for Scholars.  Here are thank you letters received from two of the winners:
 
"To the Rotary Club of Ankeny,
I would first like to express my gratitude to this club for awarding me this scholarship.  Being the daughter of a Rotarian I have experienced first hand much of the amazing work this club does for our community, from can drives to Meals from the Heartland and local gardening.  It is heart fulfilling work that I hope to continue in my future. 
 
Next year I will be attending Creighton University to major in Communications on the Pre-Law track.  This path is so intriguing to me because I will soon understand how and why people communicate with each other in the way that they do, and while using the law I am able to help so many people, something I have always wanted to do, much like the Rotary Club does.
 
This club has helped to show me who I aspire to be in the future, a caring member of the community.  I am beyond grateful you have chosen me to be a recipient of this scholarship and I know it will help me in my future endeavours.  Thank You Again, Olivia Orth" (Daughter of Rotarian Kristofer Orth)
 
"Ankeny Rotary Club Members,
First and foremost, thank you .  Thank you for awarding me the Ankeny Rotary Club Scholarship.  Hearing this news is a huge honor as I would not be the person I am today without our lovely Rotary Club.  I attended RYLA in the summer of 2018.  I was a counselor in the summer of 2019 and was to be a second year team lead this year.  However, as I am sure you know, RYLA 2020 was cancelled.  I am planning on being a team lead in 2021 again.  I know that I will continue to be involved in RYLA for as long as I can.  Without all of you, I would have never been able to be a part of something so magical.  Because of the Ankeny Rotary Club, I now have best friends all over the state of Iowa.  I have learned an incredible amount about myself, others, and the world throughout my years involved in Rotary and RYLA.  I have learned to lead through vulnerability, use my empathy to help and create authentic and one of a kind connections.  I know that no matter where my life takes me.  I will always cherish and carry the Rotary and RYLA magic with me.  I hope you all are staying healthy, happy, and safe.  I appreciate all of you beyond words. 
Thank you for everything.   Elise Wilson"
Thank Yous From Dollars For Scholars Winners Nate Burnham 2020-05-28 05:00:00Z 0

Over 400,000 Meals!

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District Governor Erna Morain has reported the response to the plea she made on April 14th for clubs in District 6000 and Rotarians to step up to "Service Above Self" for those in need by donating to the Food Bank network in Iowa was overwhelming.  As of May 22nd, $38,837 has been contributed to the food pantries in the communities in which we have clubs in our District.  In addition, the District contributed a little over $32,000 of District Designated Funds to the Food Banks and District clubs and individual Rotarians have contributed over $50,000 and lots of volunteer hours to their own local food pantries in the past several weeks.  When you add everything up, that's approximately $120,000 donated to the Food Banks.   Nearly four meals can be furnished for each dollar donated which means well over 400,000 meals have been provided by our District for those, through no fault of their own, are being hit hard by the impact of COVID-19. 
 
Erna went on to say, "THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU District 6000 members.  I couldn't be prouder to be your fellow Rotarian this year.  I know things will get better, and we are already seeing it, but I wanted to let you know how proud I am of each of you."
Over 400,000 Meals! Nate Burnham 2020-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You from YESS

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Todd Wehr received the following note from Carole Chambers, Director of Marketing Strategies and Community Partnerships for Youth Emergencies Services and Shelter in Des Moines:
 
"I found out from Joe Sorensen this morning that your Rotary Club in Ankeny is supporting YESS with a big contribution to our Don’t Duck-Out campaign.  This was awesome news and we thank you all for your generous donation of $1,000.  Please carry back to your organization our gratitude for your generosity of heart!

When YESS had to cancel our annual Duck Derby this  month, which is our largest annual fund raising event, we added an immediate negative impact of more than $200,000 to our bottom line.  It’s a devastating blow.  So we launched the Don’t Duck-Out campaign in an effort to try to recap some of the expenses we had already incurred for the derby and try to lessen the pain of the bottom line impact.  Last week, EquiTrust Life stepped up to help us fund a TV campaign for this initiative which has resulted in a great return on that investment with multiple donations ranging from $5 to more than $1,000.  It’s been amazing!

We’d love to challenge other Rotary Clubs to follow suite."

And Nate Burnham received the following from Carole:

"Rotary Club of Ankeny is Awesome!  Your gift of $1,000 is HUGE and will go a very long way in helping us keep Iowa's most vulnerable kids safe from abuse, neglect, trafficking and drugs.  Please send our deep gratitude to every member in your chapter."

Thank You from YESS Nate Burnham 2020-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You Note from Holy Trinity Food Pantry

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Pastor Pam Schreader from the Holy Trinty Lutheran Church sent the following note to the club:
 
"Dear Rotary Club of Ankeny, 
We thank you for your generous monetary donation to the Holy Trinity Food Pantry.  We appreciate the many ways to reach out to serve the hungry.  As you are well aware, the need for food continues to be a challenge for more people.  Thank you for making a difference and caring for your neighbors.  Peace, Pastor Pam Schreader"
Thank You Note from Holy Trinity Food Pantry Nate Burnham 2020-05-23 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 McDaniel
10th - Daniel Pixey
11th - Noel Fiscus
14th - Sue Gibbons
17th - Dave Mercer
20th - Steve Van Oort
21st - Mike Lydon
26th - Carmen Davis
June Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2020-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

One Donation. Voice. Community.

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Our Co-Chairs for the club's 2020 fundraiser developed a new logo for the club which was formally approved at the meeting on April 28th.  The idea of this logo is to encourage individuals and companies to make one donation to Rotary instead of smaller donations to several non-profits and other organizations in our community.  In this way, Rotary can speak with one voice for them, and better serve our community with donations to these organizations.
One Donation. Voice. Community. Nate Burnham 2020-05-04 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 6000 Festival CANCELLED

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The annual year-end District 6000 event, this year's RD6000 Festival to be held on June 25-27 at Prairie Meadows has been cancelled.  This was a difficult and disappointng decision but necessary in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the only wise choice.  Rotary International continues to encourage all districts in the world to avoid the dangers of staging large gatherings during this time period and Iowa still has in place limitations on the number of people who can gather in one place. 
 
There are still plans to hold several virtual events to provide a bit of the excitement and fellowship that was planned for the Festival including the possibility of a mass gavel passing, award recognitions to celebrate the successes of clubs and individual members, and a Memoriam ceremony to recognize the individual members of clubs on the District whose death occurred during the current Rotary year.  More information regarding these virtual events will be coming in the next few weeks.
Rotary District 6000 Festival CANCELLED Nate Burnham 2020-05-04 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Dollars For Scholarship Winners 

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny provided $2,000 for four scholarships for Ankeny seniors.  All have a connection to Rotary.  The winners are:
 
Samson Densmore - Son of Ankeny Rotarian Mark Densmore - Plans to attend Central College and will major in Elementary School Education
Olivia Orth - Daughter of Ankeny Rotarian Kristofer Orth - Plans to attend Creighton University and major in General Communication
Elise Wilson - Attended RYLA in 2018 - Plans to attend Luther College and major in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies
Haley Grubb - Attended RYLA in 2018 - Plans to attend the University of Iowa and major in Nursing 
Rotary Dollars For Scholarship Winners Nate Burnham 2020-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

Virtual Rotary Board Meeting

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The May Board meeting for the Rotary CLub of Ankeny will be held virtually at noon on Thursday, May 14th.  All members are welcome to join and will receive an email with instructions on how to join the meeting.
Virtual Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2020-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Corporate Member Blessman International

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Blessman International was Inducted as a Corporate member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny on April 28th.  Sarah Green, Director of US Development will be the Primary Designee, Dr. Jim Blessman, CEO, Marvin Knoot, Director of US Operations, and Annie Simmons, Events Coordinator would be the Secondary Designees.  Dr. Blessman is a former member of the Rotary Club of Waukee and is currently a charter member of the Baobab Rotary E-Club in South Africa.  Since an individual can not be an Active member of two Rotary Clubs at the same time, Doc will become an Honorary member and Sarah, Marvin and Annie will be Active members of our club.  Blessman International was proposed for membership by Nate Burnham.
 
Welcome Sarah, Doc, Marvin And Annie!
Welcome New Corporate Member Blessman International Nate Burnham 2020-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You From Cindy Gordon

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny sent checks each in the amount of $250 to Cindy Gordon and Brian Pearson.  They had to be furloughed from their jobs as waitress and cook at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The checks were to let them know the club was thinking of them and that we hoped to be seeing them again soon.  The following is a thank you note received from Cindy:
 
"Rotary:
Thank you for your kindness and generosity!  I really appreciate it.  You are an amazing group of people!!  Hope everyone is doing well.  Looking forward to seeing you at the club, hopefully soon.    Cindy"
Thank You From Cindy Gordon Nate Burnham 2020-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

Club Approves Participation in COVID19 Honduras Grant

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny has agreed to be the International sponsor for a Rotary Global Grant to purchase equipment needed in the patient care rooms and necessary supplies in the protection of medical and paramedical personnel necessary in Honduras due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In Honduras, there are immense deficiencies in equipment and supplies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.  The supplies to be purchased include monitors, infusion pumps, masks, robes, and plastic face shields.  All 33 Rotary clubs in Honduras have joined in forming the Rotarian Emergency Committee of Honduras to clearly define the needs and scope of the project.  These clubs contributions plus District Designated Funds from Honduras will total $26,600 which will then receive a match from the Rotary International World Fund.     
 
In addition to being the International sponsor for this project, the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be contributing $2,000 which will receive a 50% match from the Rotary Foundation.  This donation will also be matched by District 6000 with $3,444 of District Designated Funds which will then be matched dollar for dollar by Rotary International's World Fund resulting in $9,888 in total funding for this project through our club.  Rich Job will be the Primary Contact for this project with Juan Arias participation in the International Committee.  The total funding for this project from all sources will be $56,538.
Club Approves Participation in COVID19 Honduras Grant Nate Burnham 2020-04-28 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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good schools, with all the necessary conditions in place to foster effective learning and intellectual development of future leaders, are usually the privilege of the rich and famous in developing countries.  On the other hand, public or government operated schools are the usual lot of underprivileged children from very poor homes.  Their schools re generally dilapidated, with leaky roofs, non-functioning labs, and horrible or non-existing toilets.  To alleviate this inequity, The Rotary Foundation takes action by empowering educators to inspire learning at all ages.  Its goal is to "strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education and increase adult literacy". 
 
Rajkot, India to Mount Pleasant, Iowa is some 7,915 miles.   Such distances have never been a good reason for Rotarians to not respond to the needs of their fellow human beings.  And when the need falls within the mission of TRF, then amazing things are bound to happen.  Insufficient learning in basic English and Math in 96 government-run primary schools in the Indian city of Rajkot was what propelled Rotarians in far away southeastern Iowa to collaborate with the Rotary Club of Rajkot Midtown (District 3060) on a Global Grant.  The result is 8 E-learning Centers for Excellence 6,675,394 INR (US$87,510).  Each Learning Center goal is to increase English and math proficiency of no less than 3,094 students   Each of the 8 centers is equipped with 30 laptops, several CCTVs routers, a server, headphones, software, and educational content library. 
 
Calvin Litwiller (PDG, D6000) and member of the Mount Pleasant (Evening) Rotary led the team of four D6000 clubs -, Fairfield, Burlington, Mount Pleasant, and Mount Pleasant (Evening) in coordination and applying for the district DDF.  In a phone interview, Litwiller expressed his satisfaction with the overall success of the grant, adding, "when you look at the end result, and the impact we can make as Rotarians, you are bound to feel good for the things we do".
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2020-04-28 05:00:00Z 0


Central Bank Membership Application Approved

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The Board has approved a new corporate membership application for Central Bank.  Current member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny, Damon Miller, Senior VP, will be the Primary Designee and Jeff Damman, Senior VP, another current member of the club who recently began working with the bank, will be a Secondary Designee.   Jordan Niewoehner, Junior Lender, and Katelyn Mateer, Talent Development Specialist, will also be Secondary Designees. 
 
Comments regarding this proposed membership my be submitted to any Board member.
Central Bank Membership Application Approved Nate Burnham 2020-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

May Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in May:
 
1st - Tammy Heckart
4th - Laura Brassel
8th - Valerie Armington
12th - Damon Miller
13th - Kurt Backes
19th - Rick Andriano
26th - Jon Lowman
 
Happy Birthday Rotarians!!
May Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2020-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You From Holy Trinity

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Doug Beech received the following letter from Holy Trinity Luthern Church:
 
On behalf of the members, leaders, and staff of Holy Trinity Church, and the clients served by our food pantry, I want to say thank you for your recent gift of $700 (and Girl Scout Cookies!). Your gift not only put food on the table for people who desperately needed help, your kindness and generosity brought hope and grace during a time of trial for all of us.
 
We have had to adapt our food pantry ministry to allow for social distancing and address health concerns.  Instead of being able to allow people to self-select food from the shelves, we are packing items and placing them in cars when folks drive up.  We also have had to depend on the donation of food items and more on the financial contributions that allow us to have food delivered.  Your gift made a huge difference in our ability to have food on hand.
 
We opened our food pantry in the hopes it would be not just a service to the people of our community who need food, but a partnership with a concerned community.  Your gift exemplifies our vision and strengthens our partnership.   Thank you for your gift, and thanks be to God!
 
In Christ, Tim Olson, Lead Paster
Thank You From Holy Trinity Nate Burnham 2020-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

Clean Up Days Postponed

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The annual Ankeny Clean Up Days that was scheduled for May 16th and 17th has been postponed.   A new date has not as yet been scheduled.
Clean Up Days Postponed Nate Burnham 2020-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

Doug Beech Named Rotarian of the Month

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During the virtual meeting on April 14th, President Rich Job named Doug Beech the "Rotarian of the Month" for April.  Doug has been active on the fundraiser committee and recently led the effort to raise $2,910 for the three food banks that serve Ankeny.   Congratulations Doug!
Doug Beech Named Rotarian of the Month Nate Burnham 2020-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Spring Clean Up

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On Saturday, April 18th, eight members of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny did yard cleanup at the home of Steve Wieneke and Brenda Powell.   This is one of the annual projects done by the Evening club in conjunction with the Rotary Annual Fundraiser.  With the Fundraiser being postponed, Steve and Brenda offered to make a donation to the club in exchange for members completing some work in their yard.  Thank you to Kristofer Orth, Jeff Manger, Jacquelyn Duke, Jenna Lanning, Anne Porter, Brenda Powell and Steve Wieneke for participating.
Annual Spring Clean Up Brenda Powell 2020-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

Board Approves New Member Application - Blessman International

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During the meeting on April 9th, the Board approved a new corporate member application from Blessman International.  Sarah Green, Director of US Development would be the Primary Designee, Dr. Jim Blessman, CEO, Marvin Knoot, Director of US Operations, and Annie Simmons, Events Coordinator would be the Secondary Designees.  Dr. Blessman is currently a member of a club in South Africa.  Since you can not be an Active member of two Rotary Clubs at the same time, he will become an Honorary member and the other three will be Active members.  Blessman International was proposed for membership by Nate Burnham.
 
Comments regarding this proposed membership may be submitted to any Board member.
Board Approves New Member Application - Blessman International Nate Burnham 2020-04-10 05:00:00Z 0

Cabaret Fish Fry to Aid Rotary

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Cabaret Sports Bar & Grill at 2785 N. Ankeny Blvd. has agree to donate $2 of each "Fish & Chips" they sell on Fridays.   On March 20th, the first Friday they hosted this event, they sold 73 which resulted in a $146 for Rotary.  Plus the owner matched this amount which resulted in a total donation of $292 for Rotary.  The club has agreed these funds will be in turn be donated to the Ankeny Service Center.  After Easter and through June 30th, Cabaret plans to donate $2 of each Hamburger basket to The Rotary Club of Ankeny.   Thank you Cabaret for supporting Rotary and the organizations we support.
Cabaret Fish Fry to Aid Rotary Nate Burnham 2020-04-06 05:00:00Z 0

Fundraiser Postponed To October 3rd

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In light of the current circumstances, we unfortunately are unable to hold our “Raise the Stakes for Community” event as originlly scheduled on April 18, 2020.   We have rescheduled this event to take place on October 3, 2020.  Please update your calendar with the new date.   Tickets are still available for the new date.   If you have already purchased a ticket(s) it(they) will be transferred to the new date, but if for any reason you are unable to attend, donate your ticket, or invite someone to attend in your place, please reach out to Laura.luetje@ankenylaw.com to request a refund.   Thank you for your understanding and your continued support.
 
All vendors are online for the new date with the exception of the Magician and DJ who had conflicts.  Tim Cox has agreed to act as the DJ.  Requests have been made of donors of time sensitive auction items for them to extend the expiration dates of their items.  Essentially, all have agreed to the extension except for several items including tickets to events such as concerts and ML baseball games where the event is scheduled to take place prior to October 3rd.  The current plan is to conduct an online auction for these items but no date has yet been set.  We will use the next few weeks to identify which items should be put in an online auction prior to October and determine the best date for the auction.  Thank you to Laura Leutje and Stacey Koeppen and all the members of the fundraiser committee for all their work in rescheduling this event.
Fundraiser Postponed To October 3rd Nate Burnham 2020-04-06 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meetings

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Noon Club - The meeting for April 7th at noon has been cancelled.
 
Board Meeting - The April Board meeting for the Club, will be held virtually using Zoom on Thursday, April 9th.  All members will be receiving an email invitation with instructions on how to join the meeting.  All members are welcome to participate.
 
Evening Club - Members will be meeting virtually at 6:00 PM on April 7th.  Darius Potts, Ankeny Police Chief will be the guest speaker.  Evening members will be receiving a invitation by email with instructions on how to join.  Contact Juan Arias, arias@ariasmunguia.com if you are a noon club member but would like to be included in the invitation.
 
Future Meetings - All members will be notified by email, periodically, of the schedule for future meetings.
Rotary Meetings Nate Burnham 2020-04-06 05:00:00Z 0

Let Us Remember

During this season of Easter, in the middle of the COVID -19 pandemic, as Rotarians, let us remember in our prayers and service:
  • All those who have contracted or has a loved one that has contracted the coronavirus,
  • All the health workers and first responders risking their lives to care for others,
  • Anyone that is suffering financially due to the loss of a job or sales,
  • All those who may not have adequate health insurance,
  • Anyone facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
  • All those who are afraid to access health care due to immigration status,
  • Anyone suffering from depression and loneliness,
  • All public officials and decision makers.
Let Us Remember Nate Burnham 2020-04-06 05:00:00Z 0

Club Members Donate to Ankeny Food Banks

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Team Beech challenged Team Tiernan to a fundraiser to benefit the food banks that serve the Ankeny community. This challenge has generated $1,800 and the Club has agreed to add an additional $300 to the total.  This resulted in a $700 cash donation to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Impact Community Action Programs and Lutheran Church of Hope Ankeny.  Ultimately, the challenge was determined to be a draw.
 
Thank you to all the members that participated in the challenge.  If you have not participated yet but would like to, send Nate Burnham, nfburnham@gmail.com, an email and the amount you pledge will be added to your next quarterly invoice and your contribution will be donated to the food banks.
Club Members Donate to Ankeny Food Banks Nate Burnham 2020-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

Gifts to Exchange Students and Host Families

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During the March 31 virtual meeting, club members agreed to present the two Rotary Youth Exchange students and their host families with some gifts to let them know we are thinking of them.  Each of the families was given a $50 gift card from Casey's, $50 gift certificate to Wig & Pen, a box containing 12 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts.  The cookies had previously been donated to the club's fundraiser by Laura Leutje.  Both families stated they are doing well at this time.  Amanda's host family is now also hosting an exchange student form France.  The family that was previously hosting this student in Nevada had taken a trip to Costa Rica over spring break and is now in quarantine. 
Gifts to Exchange Students and Host Families Nate Burnham 2020-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

CARES Act Enhances Benefits for Charitable Donations

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Included in the 880 pages of the CARES, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act is a section on "Enhanced Tax Benefits for Charitable Gifts. These benefits include:
  • $300 Deduction of Cash Contributions:  Allows up to $300 of cash contributions to charities, regardless of whether the individual itemizes deductions.
  • Changes to Limits on Charitable Contributions:
    • Individuals:  For those who itemize their deductions for charitable giving, the 50% of adjusted gross income limit is suspended for 2020.
    • Corporations:  The 10% limit on charitable contributions is increased to 25% of taxable income. 
CARES Act Enhances Benefits for Charitable Donations Nate Burnham 2020-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fall Picnic to be August 11th

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The date has been set for Rotary's annual Fall Family picnic.  It will be Tuesday, August 11th at Sunrise Park and will begin at 6:00 PM.  More details to come later but for now "Save the Date".
Rotary Fall Picnic to be August 11th Nate Burnham 2020-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

Virtual Rotary Meetings - March 31st 

The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be meeting virtually tomorrow.  The noon club's meeting will start at 12:00 and the evening meeting will start at 6:00.  Everyone should have received an email from Juan Arias with instructions on how to join the meeting.  If you did not receive the email, contact him at arias@ariasmunguia.com
Virtual Rotary Meetings - March 31st  Nate Burnham 2020-03-30 05:00:00Z 0

Root Beer Float Fundraiser Cancelled

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The Club was scheduled to sell root beer floats again this year to aid Special Olympics on April 25th.  Due to the coronavirus, Special Olympics Iowa has suspended all fundraising, competitions, training and gathering until the end of May.   Also, HyVee has suspended all food sampling until further notice.  Since this is their only big fundraiser, they do hope to reschedule this fall.
Root Beer Float Fundraiser Cancelled Nate Burnham 2020-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet Scheduled for June 30

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The 2020 annual meeting and awards banquet for the Rotary Club of Ankeny has been scheduled for the evening of June 30th  at the Ankeny Golf  & Country Club.   Unless it becomes necessary to change this date, the evening will consist of a social hour beginning at 6:00 PM including drinks and appetizers.  A meal will not be served.  The program will begin at 7:00 PM.  The program 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.
 
Save the date and plan to attend to celebrate the accomplishments of the club during the past year.
Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet Scheduled for June 30 Nate Burnham 2020-03-22 05:00:00Z 0

"Raise the Stakes for Community"- October 3, 2020

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In light of the current circumstances, we unfortunately are unable to hold our “Raise the Stakes for Community” event as originlly scheduled on April 18, 2020.   We have rescheduled this event to take place on October 3, 2020.  Please update your calendar with the new date.   Tickets are still available for the new date.   If you have already purchased a ticket(s) it(they) will be transferred to the new date, but if for any reason you are unable to attend, donate your ticket, or invite someone to attend in your place, please reach out to Laura.luetje@ankenylaw.com to request a refund.   Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

The Rotary Club of Ankeny's tenth annual Dinner/Auction/Fundraiser, "Raise the Stakes for Community" will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on the campus of DMACC in Ankeny on Saturday, October 3, 2020.   Similar to last year, the evening will begin with appetizers 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.  Complimentary beer and wine will be available throughout the evening and a buffet dinner will be provided.

Individual tickets are $60 each or reserve a table of 8 for $440.  Sponsorships are also available including:
  • Full House Sponsorship - $2,000: Includes listing as a photo booth sponsor, prime event promo, table for eight guests, and table-side champagne/wine service.
  • Double Diamond Gaming Table Sponsorship - $750: Includes listing as a gaming table sponsor, prime event promo, signage at a gaming table, and a table for eight guests.
  • Single Diamond Gaming Table Sponsorship - $250: Includes listing as a gaming table sponsor, signage at a gaming table, and two tickets.
The web site to purchase tickets is https:bidpartner.net/rotary/.  To donate an auction item please bring the item to any Rotary meeting or give it to any member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  For more information contact Laura Luetje at laura.luetje@ankenylaw.com or Stacey Koeppen at stacey.koeppen@edwardjones.com.
"Raise the Stakes for Community"- October 3, 2020 Nate Burnham 2020-03-22 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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Rotarians have always been concerned about urban and community health, way before the dreadful Coronavirus necessitated a global emphasis on incessant hand washing.  Through The Rotary Foundation (TRF), Rotarians have supported projects aimed at improving water purification, hygiene education, latrine construction and waste management all over the world.  Clean Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) is a new project being undertaken by members of District 7910, comprising Rotary Clubs from Central Massachusetts and Metro West.  Twenty-one volunteers are heading to Guatemala for a 7-day WASH mission on a project funded by a $318,000 Global Grant from TRF.  Twenty-three primary schools in nine communities in Guatemala will benefit from this global grant.  The grant will provide a comprehensive hygiene and menstrual education for both students and teachers.   In addition, the grant will fund wash stations, adequate toilets, bathrooms, and safe water for drinking and cooking school meals.
 
The WASH project in Guatemala is hosted by the Rotary Club of Nueva Guatemala, with participation by Rotary Clubs in Canada and The United States; and with the collaboration of four Guatemalan organizations.   Speaking about the project, the Past District Governor and Chair of the District 7910 Foundation Committee, Steve Sager, explained that “working on international service projects like this is one of the best aspects of belonging to Rotary - come to help communities that seem disadvantaged by our standards, but we end up helping ourselves, making lifelong friends, and doing our part to make the world a better place.”

Since 2013, The Rotary Foundation has invested in more than 1,000 WASH projects in more than 100 countries through its global grants. 

Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2020-03-16 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Meetings Cancelled for March 17th through April 7th Nate Burnham 2020-03-16 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 virtually at noon on Thursday, April 9th.  All members are welcome to join and will be receiving an email with instructions on how to join the meeting.  
April Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2020-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Members

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny welcomed three new members to the club on March 3, 2020.    They are:
 
Tammy Heckart - Tammy is a realtor with ReMax Concepts in Ankeny and was proposed by Dave Mercer.
Valerie Armingtom - Valerie is the Community Relations Representative at the Bridges.  She was proposed by Kris Baker and is joining under The Bridges corporate membership.
Marie Kline - Marie is transferring her membership from the Rotary Club of Parker, Colorado. She is a residential realtor with Keller Williams in Ankeny.
 
The Club now has 105 members which includes 18 in the Evening Club.
Welcome New Members Nate Burnham 2020-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

Burnham's Take Exchange Students to ISU Games

Over the past couple months, Nate & Annette Burnham took Melisa Valle, the Rotary exchange student from Copan, Mexico to four ISU women's games and one ISU men's game.  She was considered a good luck charm, since ISU won all five games including an improbable win over the number two ranked Baylor women snapping their 58 game conference winning streak.  They also took Zano Sibisi from South Africa to one men's game but she was not so lucky as the men lost that game.
Burnham's Take Exchange Students to ISU Games Nate Burnham 2020-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

Exchange Students Take Charge of Meeting

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March 10th was declared "Youth Day" at the noon Rotary meeting and three Rotary Exchange Students took charge of the meeting.  The students were Melisa Valle and Amanda Alcorcer both from Copan Mexico and Grace Griesheim, 2020-2021 out bound student. 
Exchange Students Take Charge of Meeting Nate Burnham 2020-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

Mercer Named Rotarian of Month for March

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President Rich Job presented Dave Mercer with a certificate during the meeting on March 3rd, naming him the club's Rotarian of the month for March.   Dave has been representing the club at District Grant Management training for the past several years and he has sponsored three new members in the past two months.  
Mercer Named Rotarian of Month for March Nate Burnham 2020-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

April Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in April:
 
9th - Juan Arias
16th - Dean Lange
18th - Sara Thompson
20th - Ron Bode
20th - Brodey Hanson
22nd - Julie Todtz
April Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2020-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.  Some of the goals fulfilled by Rotarians around the world during February, Vocational Month, include:
 
In the area of health improvement, to enhance healthcare and service delivery in Idi Araba and its communities, Rotary District 9110 (Nigeris) in partnership with TRF has unveiled a Medical Health Cabin worth 11,296,875 Naira (USD 32,000) to serve the people of the area as a mini primary center.  Eight locations in Ogun and Lagos states will benefit from this project co-sponsored by District 2430 in Turkey; District 6910 in Georgia, USA District 4420 Brazil and the local Rotary Club of Gbagda, Nigeria.  Speaking at the event a few days ago, the PDG, District 9110, Dr. Deinde Shoga explained that Idi Araba was among five underserved communities that suffer from poor healthcare.  He expressed his district's gratitude to TRF for providing the matching funds.  There are plans to site similar health facilities in no less than five locations in Lagos state.
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2020-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

Burnham's Attend Cherokee Rotary

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Nate and Annette Burnham attended the Rotary Club of Cherokee, Iowa on Monday, February 24th.   They had two reasons for attending this meeting.  First they had been invited by their niece, Julie Hering Kent, to be the guest speakers to make their presentation on their trip with Blessman International to South Africa last fall.  
 
Secondly, they had completed a donation to the Rotary Foundation to make Julie a Paul Harris Fellow.  They used this opportunity to surprise her with the certificate and pin to name her a Paul Harris Fellow at her own club meeting.  Julie's husband, Dennis, and her mother, Nancy, Nate's sister, were also in attendance.
Burnham's Attend Cherokee Rotary Nate Burnham 2020-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member DuWayne McDaniel

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DuWayne McDaniel was inducted as a new member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny during the noon meeting on February 25th.  DuWayne is the Owner of Bryant Heating and Cooling in Ankeny.   He plans to convert his membership to a corporate membership as soon as he identifies which of his employees he would like to be the Secondary Designees.   He was proposed for membership by Laura Leutje.
Welcome New Member DuWayne McDaniel Nate Burnham 2020-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

Club Donates to Epilepsy Walk

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Each year the Epilepsy Foundation - Iowa conducts a "Walk to End Epilepsy".   In 2020 there will be three walks.  The first will be in Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines on April 25, 2020.  There will also be a walk in Cedar Falls on May 2nd and in Iowa City on June 6th.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be donating $500 to help sponsor this walk.  Nate and Annette Burnham matched this donation with $500 of their own to make the Rotary Club of Ankeny a "Friend Sponsor" for all three walks.   Roxanne Cogil, Executive Director for the Foundation was a guest at the noon Rotary meeting on February 18th to pick up the checks.
Club Donates to Epilepsy Walk Nate Burnham 2020-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

Patty Munguia Joins the Evening Club

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Anna Patricia Munguia Godesky became the seventeenth member of the Evening Rotary Club when she was inducted by President Steve Wieneke on February 25th.  Patty is a Mortgage Specialist with Wells Fargo and works in their downtown Des Moines office. She was proposed by her husband Juan Arias.   Patty had previously been a member of the Rotary Club of San Pedro Sula, Honduras.  
Patty Munguia Joins the Evening Club Nate Burnham 2020-02-26 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:
 
When:  Thursday, March 12th
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 2020-02-26 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
11th Kendall Sather
12th - Zane Smith
18th - Stacey Koeppen
21st - Troy Boelman
25th - John Biga
27th - Raj Reddy 
March Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2020-02-24 06:00:00Z 0

Board Approves New Member Applications

Membership - The Board reviewed and approved two new applications for membership into the Rotary Club of Ankeny at their meeting on February 18th.  These applications were from:
 
Patty Mungia - Patty works for Wells Fargo and is an Inbound Sales Specialist.  She is also a former member of the Rotary Club of San Pedro Sula, Honduras and the wife of Evening club member Juan Aris. She was proposed by Juan and will become an Evening club member. 
 
DuWayne McDaniel - DuWayne works on HVAC with Bryant Iowa Heating & Cooling.  He will likely be converting his membership to a corporate membership as soon as he identifies the Secondary Designees.  He was proposed for membership by Laura Leutje. 
 
Tammy Heckart -   Tammy is a Realtor with ReMax Concepts and was proposed by Dave Mercer.
 
Valerie Armington – Desiree Claypool is no longer employed by The Bridges.  Valerie is the Community Relations Representative replacing Desiree at the Bridges.  She is being proposed by Kris Baker.
 
Marie Kline - Marie is being proposed for membership by Abbi Rickelman.  Prior to moving to Ankeny she was a member of the Rotary Club of  Parker, Colorado.  She is a residential realtor with Keller Williams in  Ankeny.
 
Comments regarding these proposed new members may be directed to any Board member.
Board Approves New Member Applications Nate Burnham 2020-02-17 06:00:00Z 0

Zano Sibisi Speaks to Rotary

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Zano Sibisi is an exchange student from south Africa.   She is attending Ankeny Centennial High school through Iowa Resources for International Service and was introduced by Alesia Hassan the Youth Programs Placement Manager for IRIS.  "Z", as she is called, told the Rotarians present about her country and experiences as an exchange student.  She plans to talk to the evening club on March 3rd.
Zano Sibisi Speaks to Rotary Nate Burnham 2020-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

Kathy Sibbel Named February Rotarian of Month 

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Kathy Sibbel was recognized by Rich Job on February 4th by naming her "Rotarian of the Month" for February.  this is in recognition of everything she does for the club and the community including attending Evening club meeting when ever she is in town and working endlessly for the Ankeny Service Center.  Congratulations Kathy!!
Kathy Sibbel Named February Rotarian of Month Nate Burnham 2020-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

February Board Meeting

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The February Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:
 
When:  Thursday, February 13th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
February Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2020-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

Evening Club Elects Officers for 2020-2021

The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny has elected their officers to serve for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year.   Those elected were:
 
President (2020-2021) - Juan Arias
President Elect (2021-2022) - Jacquelyn Duke
President Elect Nominee (2022-2023) - Nick Testino
Secretary - Brenda Powell
 
Other members have signed up for various committees.
Evening Club Elects Officers for 2020-2021 Nate Burnham 2020-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

Juan Arias Makes Patty Munguia PHF + 1

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Juan Arias a member of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny completed a donation to the Rotary Foundation to honor his wife, Anna Patricia Munguia Godesky.  This donation not only made her a Paul Harris Fellow but also a Paul Harris Fellow + 1.   Congratulations Patty and thank you Juan!!
Juan Arias Makes Patty Munguia PHF + 1 Nate Burnham 2020-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange Students Present to Club

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The two Rotary Youth Exchange students for Copan, Mexico, Luz Amanda Alcocer Saldana and Melisa Valle Y Reyes were the guest speakers at the noon Rotary Club of Ankeny on January 28th.   They showed pictures of their home town in Mexico and their families.  They also talked about their experiences since coming to Iowa last fall, their favorite foods and the first time they saw snow.
Rotary Youth Exchange Students Present to Club Nate Burnham 2020-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

Dollars For Scholars Deadline - March 24, 2020

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny has committed $2,000 to Ankeny Dollars for Scholars to be used for four $500 scholarships, two each at Ankeny High and Ankeny Centennial High schools.  A condition of the club's donation was that first priority be given to a student with a connection to Rotary.   This could be a student that has attended RYLA or one that has a parent or grandparent that is a Rotarian.  If you have a child that is a graduating senior or know of a deserving student with a connection to Rotary, please encourage them to apply for one of these scholarships.  The deadline for submitting their application is March 24, 2020 at 11:59 PM.
 
Ankeny Dollars for Scholars is in its 37th year of serving the Ankeny Community School District's graduating seniors and their families.  In 2019, they awarded 107 scholarships totaling $61,157.   To be eligible to apply, the applicant must:
  • Be a resident of the Ankeny Community School District.
  • Be a graduating senior of Ankeny Centennial or Ankeny High schools.
  • Plan to attend an accredited college, university, or post-secondary institution (not limited to a four year school)
  • Demonstrate meaningful involvement in school, community, and citizenship opportunities.
For more information and to create a profile for submission of an application go to https://ankeny.dollarsforscholars.org/.
Dollars For Scholars Deadline - March 24, 2020 Nate Burnham 2020-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

Paddle Raisers for Fundraiser

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There will be three paddle raisers for the 2020 annual fundraiser, "Raise the Stakes for Community".   It was decided two will be local organizations and one will be international.   A total of 12 organizations were proposed by club members and all members had the opportunity to vote on their favorites.  The votes have been counted and the paddle raisers for the 2020 fundraiser will be:
 
Ankeny Service Center/TAKE - The ASC which includes The Ankeny Klothing Exchange, TAKE, provides assistance to underserved people in the Ankeny area for support for food, clothing, and transportation.  Holiday gift baskets for Thanksgiving and family support at Christmas has given hundreds of individuals comfort.  They provide referral to human services agencies to put people in contact with appropriate resources. 
 
Family Cancer Network (Formerly Blood, Sweat, & Beers of Iowa) - This organization was started in 2016 by two men with their own family blood cancer stories.  Their goal is to raise funds to help offset the extra costs that Iowa families incur when dealing with blood cancer treatments. 
 
Timothy Heggen Yates Humanitarian Foundation - This foundation was founded in 2002 after Tim lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at age 18.  The Foundation continues his legacy of caring and compassion for others facing life adversities locally, nationally and globally.  At the international level, THY has partnered for 14 years with the Save the Rain, to provide Tanzanian children with a sustainable water source by building rain collection systems at primary schools.  THY is one of three organizations chosen by Save the Rain and Rotary International to participate in the Food Farming and Forestation Project which will secure midday meals for 90,000 primary students a year, help 70 primary schools create gardens and also build rain collection systems to free these communities of hunger ad inevitable poverty.  Rotary International will provide a 5.8 to 1 match for contributions through the THY Foundation.
Paddle Raisers for Fundraiser Nate Burnham 2020-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Presidential Theme for 2020-2021

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Each year the incoming District Governor for each district throughout the world gather in San Diego, California to the Rotary International Assembly.  At the conclusion of the event the incoming Rotary International President announces his theme for his year as President.   Holger Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Molln, Germany will become president on July 1, 2020.  He announced his theme for 2020-2021 will be Rotary Opens Opportunities.  This theme is symbolized with 3 open colored doors, red, yellow and blue.  Through Rotary, there are endless opportunities to serve.
Rotary Presidential Theme for 2020-2021 Nate Burnham 2020-01-26 06:00:00Z 0

Donation Completed to Ankeny Area Historical Society

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The Board approved a donation to the Ankeny Area Historical Society at their January meeting.  On January 21st, Terry Adamson, Kathy Straton, and Lois Thorson attended the noon meeting to receive the donation.  The donation of $200 was for an annual membership, of $100, in the Society for the club and an additional $100 for an extra donation.   The museum is open from 2:00 - 4:00 PM the first Sunday in Janaury - May and September - November and every Sunday in June-August.  The web site for the Ankeny Historical Society is https://www.ankenyhistorical.org/ .
Donation Completed to Ankeny Area Historical Society Nate Burnham 2020-01-21 06:00:00Z 0

February Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in February:
 
2nd - Mike Goedeke
6th - Doug Parker
8th - Terry Peter
12th - Kris Baker
26th - Steve SchraderBachar
February Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2020-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Abbi & Aaron!!

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Abbi and Aaron Rickelman became the proud parents of a baby boy on January 13th.  Here is what Abbi said on her Facebook page:
 
“Our sweet boy has arrived and he arrived quickly! Meet Tripp Eli everyone! He weighed in at 9 lbs., is 20.5 inches long, and sleeping/eating/pooping like a champ! Tripp, Mom, and Dad are healthy and so incredibly in love! This mom thing is pretty much the best”.
Congratulations Abbi & Aaron!! Nate Burnham 2020-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

Five Tips For a Women

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Five Tips For a Women:
1.  It is important that a man helps you around the house and has a job.
2 . It is important that a man makes you laugh.
3.  It is important to find a man you can count on and doesn't lie to you.
4.  It is important that a man loves you and spoils you.
5.  It is most important that these four men don't know each other. 
Five Tips For a Women Nate Burnham 2020-01-17 06:00:00Z 0

Prospective New Member - Shannon Maher 

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The Board has approved an application for membership to the noon Rotary Club that was submitted by Shannon Maher.  Shannon is a consultant with Retail Success and does pricing for credit card processing for their software customers.  They have customers in all 50 states but Shannon works out of his home in Ankeny.   He is a former member of the Newton Rotary Club.
 
Comments regarding Shannon's proposed membership may be submitted to any Board member.
Prospective New Member - Shannon Maher Nate Burnham 2020-01-17 06:00:00Z 0

Thank You Santa!!

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Gary Welch, being a high ranking elf with Santa Claus, was able to arrange several appearances for Santa during last year's holiday season.   Donations received for those appearances totaled $1,665 which Gary donated to the club.   Thank you Gary!!
Thank You Santa!! Nate Burnham 2020-01-17 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member - Tyler Howe

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Tyler Howe became the newest member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny when he was inducted on January 7th.  Tyler is a field Coordinator with GTG Construction and was proposed for membership by Jessica Reynolds.  Welcome Tyler!
Welcome New Member - Tyler Howe Nate Burnham 2020-01-17 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarians To Fly Around the World for Polio Awareness

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Past District Governor and Iowa City Noon Rotarian, John Ockenfels and Cedar Rapids Rotarian, Peter Teahen, are preparing to fly around the world to raise awareness of Rotary's campaign to achieve a polio-free world. Their goal is to fly eastward from Cedar Rapids, raising money and awareness around the world to for Rotary International's 2 for 1 dollar match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Their goal, with the match, is to raise $1million.
 
Their plan is to leave on March 24th and the trip will take them 7 weeks, 135 flight hours and 19,601 miles.   The cruising speed of their six-cylinder, 300 horsepower, single-engine, six-passenger Piper Lance II will be 171 mph.   The plane will burn 16.5 gallons of fuel per hour.   Besides the 94 gallons in each wing, the seats behind the front row will be removed to make way for a 165-gallon reserve tank, as well as luggage and supplies.  They plan to drink only enough liquid to stay hydrated and eat very few solids to keep their inflight, in place toilet needs to a minimum, relying on disposable, environmentally correct bags in their confined space. When flying over water, they will wear a special kind of wet suit that will keep them warm in case of an emergency water landing and will have a life raft on board if they need it.  Each day's flight will end at an airport that allows them to refuel and leave the craft overnight but finding these airports has been difficult since most will be outside the United States.  Weather, changing time zones, airport hours of operation, and visas, all have to be taken into consideration. 
 
For more details on their flight, check out the article in the Des Moines register on Janaury 6, 2020 on page 7A.
 
Rotarians To Fly Around the World for Polio Awareness Nate Burnham 2020-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

2020 Rotary Fundraiser April 18th

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The Rotary CLub of Ankeny's ninth annual Dinner/Auction/Fundraiser, "Raise the Stakes for Community" will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on the campus of DMACC in Ankeny on Saturday, April 18, 2020.   Similar to last year, the evening will begin with appetizers 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.  Complimentary beer and wine will be available throughout the evening and a buffet dinner will be available.
 
Individual tickets are $60 each or reserve a table of 8 for $440.  Sponsorships are also available for the gaming tables.  The web site to purchase tickets should be available by the end of January.  To donate an auction item please bring the item to any Rotary meeting or give it to any member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  For more information contact Laura Luetje at laura.luetje@ankenylaw.com or Stacey Koeppen at stacey.koeppen@edwardjones.com.
 
2020 Rotary Fundraiser April 18th Nate Burnham 2020-01-05 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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In the annals of Rotary International, December was "Disease Prevention and Treatment Month".  To this end, The Rotary Foundation is funding open heart surgeries for children age 15 and younger in India.  These surgeries will be in collaboration with Gift of Life India, and two Rotary districts: D-3170 (Central West, India) and D-7255 - (Long Island, New York).  This Global Grant costing $55,000 (US), will provide free surgeries to no less than 16 beneficiaries.  The founder and chairperson of Gift of Life India and the global coordinate of this project is Rayishanker Bhooplapur.  Bhooplapur said all the surgical operations will be "free of charge to children of the poor and needy" and performed in India at the KLES Dr. Prabhakar Lore Hospital.   Gift of Life India has operated on and improved the lives of over 6,000 children suffering from various heart diseases and defects. 
 
Last year, Bhooplapur was engaged in another Global Grant project that raised $100,000.  That sum was then matched by The Rotary Foundation, through a Rotary Global Grant, in the amount of $94,750.  This grant is to build low-cost housing units in the flood ravaged state of Kerala, India.
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2020-01-05 06:00:00Z 0

2020 Governor's Luncheon

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Ankeny Rotarians are invited to attend the Mid-Iowa Council, Boy Scouts of America's 2020 Iowa Governor's Luncheon on Wednesday, Janaury 29, 2020 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown, Iowa Ballroom, 700 Grand Avenue.  Contact Todd Eipperle, Todd.Eipperle@scouting.org if you would like to attend.
2020 Governor's Luncheon Nate Burnham 2020-01-05 06:00:00Z 0

Kirkendall Public Library Rotary Grant Report

During the 2018-2019 Rotary year, with the assistance of a matching District 6000 Community Improvement Grant, the Rotary Club of Ankeny purchased laptops, a laptop cart and a virtual reality system for the Ankeny Kirkendall Library.  Here is a report form the library on how these items are being used.
 
Laptops and Laptop Cart - The additional laptops have expanded the number of participants in our popular STEM workshops for children and classes for adults.  The laptops allow us to teach coding, 3D modeling, scanning, photo editing, and more.  The laptop cart gives us flexibility to quickly store and set up laptops in any room.   Additionally, the laptops are used by staff for training and meetings. 
  
 
Virtual Reality System - The HTC Vive is used in our STEM workshops to teach participants about technology and provide virtual reality experiences.  The virtual reality system teaches students about rockets, human biology, coding, and astronomy.  The virtual reality system is used in several other library programs, including the "Where Is?" Book Club and the Teen Harry Potter Night.
 
  
Kirkendall Public Library Rotary Grant Report Nate Burnham 2019-12-23 06:00:00Z 0

Jim Ramsey Nominated for "Guardian of Integrity"

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Rotary District 6000's "Guardian of Integrity" award is named for Boone Rotarian and Past District Governor (1954-55), Judge Paul E. Hellwege, who passed away in 2010, and is established to promote the ideals of ethics and integrity, which were Paul's fervent passions.  The awards will be presented annually to Rotarians who have been a member of a club in District 6000 for a minimum of three years and who exemplify the attributes and passion for ethics and integrity in their vocational, business and personal lives that Paul exemplified.  Each club in District 6000 may nominate one member each year to receive this award.  Those who are nominated will be recognized at the annual District Conference.
 
Past winners from Ankeny of this award include; Nate Burnham, Sally Schroeder, Gary Welch, and Kathy Sibbel.  It was announced at the December Board meeting the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be nominating Jim Ramsey this year for this award.    Congratulations Jim!! 
Jim Ramsey Nominated for "Guardian of Integrity" Nate Burnham 2019-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

"Teach a Child to Fish" Update

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny donated $6,000 to Blessman International's "Teach a Child to Fish Global Rotary Grant" project.  Here is a brief update from Dr. Blessman on this project:
 
2019 has been a year of abundance on Mountain View Farm - our friend Martha was part of that.   Blessman International began and completed the first phase of the "Teach a Child to Fish" Global Rotary Grant.  The first phase welcomed 50 learners (students, teachers, educators, etc.) for 10 different schools in Limpopo to Blessman International's Mountain View Farm for a week of agriculture training.  Learners were taught Foundations of Farming from Johanney Chongani and Erica Henderson; teaching methods of farming. plant propagation, managing fertilizers and controlling insects/disease.  Once learners completed this training, our Mountain View Farm staff (and some mission teams) helped plant school gardens at the 10 participating schools.  Using incentives for successful gardens, schools received drip irrigation ands shade nettings.  The second phase included all 50 learners attending a week long training at Shikwaru Estates to learn proper business practices to turn gardening in to a full-time job.  Instead of giving food for a day, we taught them how to eat for a lifetime.
 
Martha was a representative from Sterkriver Secondary School, Chosen because she showed n interest in agriculture and earned high marks in classes.  Since completing the training, Martha has passed her metric examination and has enrolled at the University of Limpopo on scholarship to continue studying agriculture.   Progress has been slow in different communities, especially in Africa.  It is important to know seeds have been planted.  These seeds need support, but thrive with attention and love.
"Teach a Child to Fish" Update Nate Burnham 2019-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

Proposed New Member - Tyler Howe

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The Board has approved an application from Tyler Howe.  Tyler is a field Coordinator with GTG Construction and is being proposed for membership by Jessica Reynolds.  
 
Comments regarding this proposed membership may be given to any Board member.
Proposed New Member - Tyler Howe Nate Burnham 2019-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

Thank You Cindy and Brian

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At the last meeting of the year, President Rich Job thanked the staff, Cindy and Brian, at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club for serving us during the past year.   As a thank you, he presented each of them with a card containing $100.
Thank You Cindy and Brian Nate Burnham 2019-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

Ankeny Chamber Recognizes Rotary For 20 Year Membership

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Julie Todtz, President and CEO for the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce, presented the club with a Beautiful poinsettia and two dozen cookies in recognition of the club having been a member of the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce for the past 20 years.
Ankeny Chamber Recognizes Rotary For 20 Year Membership Nate Burnham 2019-12-12 06:00:00Z 0

Eipperle Named December Rotarian of the Month

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During the noon meeting on December 10th, President Rich Job, named Todd Eipperle the "Rotarian of the Month" for December.  This was in recognition of his hosting a bourbon tasting social at his house which raised $600 for the Ankeny Service Center, hosting two tailgates at Iowa State football games for Rotarians and friends and the great job he is doing in coordinating speakers for the noon club this year.   Congratulations Todd!  
Eipperle Named December Rotarian of the Month Nate Burnham 2019-12-12 06:00:00Z 0

Bourbon Tasting Generates $600 for Ankeny Service Center

Twenty-four Rotarians and friends filled Todd and Julie Eipperle's basement on the evening of December 9th and tasted an unknown number of bourbons.  A total of $600 was raised and has been donated to the Ankeny Service Center to assist with their Holiday Assistance program.  Thank you to all that attended and especially to Todd and Julie for hosting this fun event.
  
Bourbon Tasting Generates $600 for Ankeny Service Center Nate Burnham 2019-12-11 06:00:00Z 0

January Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in Janaury:
 
6th - Jack Pennington
15th - Jenna Lanning
20th - Sally Schroeder
24th - Connor Stobbe
25th - Justin Carlton
25th - Bruce Kimpston
27th - Jeff Damman
28th - Roger Spahr
 
Happy Birthday to these Rotarians!!
January Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2019-12-11 06:00:00Z 0

Bourbon Tasting With Friends For a Great Cause!

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Helping others has never been so smooth!!  For a $25 donation, you can taste various Bourbons side by side along with great socializing with old and new friends and 100% of your donation will go to the Ankeny Service Center to help with winter and holiday expenses for Ankeny residents in need.  The tasting will take place on Monday, December 9th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at 2514 SW Westwinds Blvd, Ankeny.  Thank you to Todd Eipperle for organizing and hosting this fun event.
 
Bourbon Tasting With Friends For a Great Cause! Nate Burnham 2019-11-29 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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In his June 1917 address at the annual Convention of Rotary International in Atlanta, Georgia, Arch Klumph asked his fellow Rotarians to "not to live for themselves alone, but for the joy in doing good for others".  And so was born the motto of The Rotary Foundation: "Doing Good in the World".   Inspired by Klumph's admonition, members of The Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri, made the first contributin to the Foundation in the amount of $26.50.  Over a century later, more that 35,000 clubs, comprised of over 1.2 million members, have followed the Kansas City example.  They have made monetary contributions in a concerted effort to promote world understanding through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. 
 
According to the November edition of The Rotarian, the following represent the top 6 (out of over 200) donors to The Foundation over a five-year period by US dollar amount:
United States      $395,699,358
India                      $  88,875,333
Japan                    $  84,467,802
Korea                     $  79,249,818
Taiwan                   $  53,105,767
Canada                  $  40,799,946
 
The icing on the cake is about these donations is 92% of the funds are spent on programs, awards and operations.  (Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating).
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2019-11-29 06:00:00Z 0

Steve Wieneke Named District Governor Nominee Designee 2022-2023

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On November 10, 2019, the District 6000 Nominating Committee interviewed candidates for the District Governor Nominee Designee 2022-2023.  The committee selected Steve Wieneke of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Steve is currently serving as the President of the Ankeny Evening Club.  Congratulations Steve!
Steve Wieneke Named District Governor Nominee Designee 2022-2023 Nate Burnham 2019-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
To All Rotarians, Family, & Friends: 2019-11-29 06:00:00Z 0

December Rotary Board Meeting

The December Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:
 
When:  Thursday, December 12th
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 2019-11-25 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Ring Day

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Rotarians throughout District 6000 will be ringing bells for our local Salvation Army units this holiday season.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be ringing bells on Saturday, December 14th at the North Ankeny Hy-Vee, 410 N. Ankeny Blvd.   There will be 5 two hour shifts from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM .  We would like two people for each shift.  If you have questions or to sign up want to work a shift, contact Anne Porter at 515-571-4213.  There will also be sign up sheets at the next few Rotary Meetings.
Rotary Ring Day Nate Burnham 2019-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

Evening Club Goes Bowling

The Evening Club held their weekly meeting on November 19th at B & B Theatres/12 & B-Roll Bowling.   No one is bragging about their bowling score, but everyone had a strikingly good time!!
 
Evening Club Goes Bowling Nate Burnham 2019-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

December Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in December:
 
2nd - Chuck Stewart
3rd - Scott Port
12th - Rich Job
14th - Tim Cox
15th - Dylan Dyer
21st - Doug Beech
 
December Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2019-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rose Bowl Float

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Each year beginning in 1980, Rotary International has had a float in the Rose Bowl Parade.  Completion of the float is dependent on generous donations of over 7200 volunteer hours provided by more than 900 individuals from around the world.  The theme for the 2020 Rose Bowl Parade is "The Power of Hope" and the theme for Rotary's float is "Hope Connects the World".  It will highlight the progress of Rotary and its partners in our quest to help people around the world.  Tune in to the Rose Bowl Parade on New Year's Day and watch for the Rotary Float.
Rotary Rose Bowl Float Nate Burnham 2019-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Corporate Member Iowa Realty 

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Current member Dave Mercer agreed to change his individual membership to the Primary Designee of a new corporate member Iowa Realty Company.  President Job also inducted  Dylan Dyer and Scott Obstarczyk as new members of the club and as Secondary Designees for Iowa Realty.  With these new members the club's number of members is now 102. 
Welcome New Corporate Member Iowa Realty Nate Burnham 2019-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

Steve SchraderBachar Named Rotarian of the Month

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Steve SchraderBachar was named Ankeny "Rotarian of the Month" for November by President Rich Job.  Steve was recognized for his work as the club's chair of the Foundation Committee and in particular the success of the club's special PolioPlus campaign.  This campaign has resulted in over $2,900 being raised for PolioPlus.   Congratulations Steve! 
Steve SchraderBachar Named Rotarian of the Month Nate Burnham 2019-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member Renee Potts

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The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny grew to 15 members when Steve Wieneke inducted Renee Potts into the club on November 5th.  Renee is a Teacher Associate at Northview Middle School in Ankeny.  She was proposed for membership by Darius Potts.  There are now three husband/wife teams that are members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.   Welcome Renee!!
Welcome New Member Renee Potts Nate Burnham 2019-11-07 06:00:00Z 0

2019 Christmas Social December 5th

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The 2019 Christmas social for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be on Thursday, December 5th at The Fletcher at 1802 N. Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny.  The evening will start with a social hour beginning at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:30.  The cost will be $45 per member and each guest which will be added to the members invoice in January.   Registration is now available on-line through the club's web site but formal invitations will be sent soon.
2019 Christmas Social December 5th Nate Burnham 2019-11-04 06:00:00Z 0

November Rotary Board Meeting

The November Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:
 
When:  Thursday, November 14th
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 2019-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Dress Up for Halloween

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Jan Franck, Sally Schroeder, and Shar Dunlap celebrated Halloween at the Rotary meeting on October 29th by dressing for the occasion.   I wonder if they went "Trick or Treating" after the meeting?
Rotarians Dress Up for Halloween Nate Burnham 2019-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

Evening Club Fills Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child

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Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, collects shoebox gifts - filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys and delivers them to children in need around the world.  For many children this will be the only gift they receive this Christmas.  Since 2009, more than 16 million shoeboxes have been filled and delivered through this program.  Members of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny and several guests filled 66 shoeboxes during their meeting on October 29th.  In addition to selecting items to put in the boxes, pictures were taken of the person filling each box to be included in the box with a card on which a short note was written.   It was a fun night for all for a great service project!! 
Evening Club Fills Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child Nate Burnham 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member - Jenna Lanning

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Steve Wieneke has the privilege of inducting Jenna Lanning into the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny on October 29th.   Jenna teaches kindergarten in the Des Moines Community School District.  She is also the Secretary for a non profit organization, the TYH Humanitarian Foundation.  This Foundation is named after Timothy Yates Heggen who died at age 17 from Pancreatic cancer.  This Foundation has partnered for 10 years with Save the Rain and Rotary International to provide Tanzanian communities with a sustainable water source.   She was proposed for membership by Jacquelyn Duke.  Welcome Jenna!
Welcome New Member - Jenna Lanning Nate Burnham 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

PolioPlus - Thank You Ankeny Rotarians

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World Polio Day was, October 24th.   To celebrate the progress Rotarians have made in eradicating Polio,  videos showing the history of Rotary’s PolioPlus campaign were shown at both the noon and evening meetings on October 22nd.  Then, instead of the sheriff passing the bucket, members were asked to consider making a contribution to the Rotary Foundation to be designated to PolioPlus.  Thank you to the many members that make a contribution or agreed to having a contribution added to their next Rotary invoice to be sent in January, 2020.  The total pledged through the end of October  is $2,610!! 
 
If you would still like to contribute, we will still be accepting the pledge forms and contributions for the next couple weeks.  Please remember:
  • All contributions are voluntary.
  • Your contribution is being matched 2 to 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Your contribution will be forwarded to the Foundation by the club in your name.
  • You will receive Paul Harris Recognition points for your contribution.
  • Checks should be made payable to the “Rotary Club of Ankeny”.
  • Your contribution is tax deductible.
  • These contributions will be in addition to and will not reduce the amount the club annually contributes to the PolioPlus campaign.

Thank you Ankeny Rotarians!!

PolioPlus - Thank You Ankeny Rotarians Nate Burnham 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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He founded Panzi Hospital in 1999 with the singular aim of making life much better for mothers and their babies, then war broke out.  Working among traumatized women and children of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Denis Mukweze has seen it all: between 100 and 500 women and children raped every day, ranging from 19-month-old babies to octogenarians; with their digestive and reproductive organs totally and brutally impacted.  Frustrated by the relentless use of mass rape as a weapon of war and mass destruction of babies, women and entire communities, Mukweze sought for ways to improve medical equipment at the hospital to cope with the overwhelming demands.

Speaking in January 2017, at a Rotary Foundation Seminar sponsored by District 1620 (Belgium), the OB/GYN surgeon detailed the atrocities going on in his native country.  The Rotary Clubs in attendance donated $120,000 immediately.  This was augmented by $40,000 in District Designated Funds and a grant of nearly $100,000 from the Rotary Foundation.  Forty-two clubs participated in the project, including the host club, Rotary Club of Bukavu Mwangaza in South Kivu, DRC.  In 2018, through a Rotary Foundation Global Grant, the hospital was gifted with a state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine which allows doctors to view results electronically and share them with distant specialists when needed.

Today, although rape as a weapon of war has yet to be obliterated from the region, with the help of the new Rotary donated machine, maternal and infant mortality have been drastically reduced with a 99.1% live birth rate.  More than 85,000 rape or birth-related complications have been treated, and victims who cannot afford post-rape medical care continue to be treated free of charge at the Panzi Hospital.  Your generous donations end up improving lives world-wide.

Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Santa Available for Your Party 

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Ankeny Rotarian Gary Welch has a direct line to Santa and Mrs. Claus.   If you would like Santa, and possibly Mrs. Claus, to make an appearance at your business or family gathering, you can contact Gary at 515- 419-3707 or welch3002@msn.com and he will check Santa's schedule.   We understand any donations Santa receives for making an appearance will be donated to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
Santa Available for Your Party Nate Burnham 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Iowa Realty Company - Prospective New Corporate Member

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Dave Mercer has submitted an application to change his individual membership to a Corporate membership for Iowa Realty Company in the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Dave will become the Primary Designee and Dylan Dyer and Scott Obstarczyk will be secondary members.   
 
Comments regarding this proposed application may be submitted to any Board member.
Iowa Realty Company - Prospective New Corporate Member Nate Burnham 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Evening Club Proposed New Members

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Darius Potts, currently a member of the noon Rotary club has proposed his wife, Renee Potts, for membership into the Evening Ankeny Rotary Club.  Renee is a Teacher Associate with the Ankeny Community Schools.
 
Also, since he frequently has meetings at noon and it has been difficult for him to get to the noon meetings, Darius has requested to transfer his membership to the evening club.
 
Comments regarding Renee's membership application and Darius's, transfer may be submitted to any Board member.
Evening Club Proposed New Members Nate Burnham 2019-10-24 05:00:00Z 0

Renee Murphy Named Rotarian of Month For October

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President Rich Job named Renee Murphy the "Rotarian of the Month" for October during the noon meeting on October 22nd.  He recognized her for all the work she has done in keeping the club's FaceBook page up to date and also creating a LinkedIn account for the club.  Congratulations and thank you Renee!!
Renee Murphy Named Rotarian of Month For October Nate Burnham 2019-10-22 05:00:00Z 0

Carmen Davis Named Rotarian of the Month for September 

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Carmen Davis was recognized by President Job at the noon Rotary meeting on October 22rd for the work she did in organizing the volunteers for the parade set-up during Ankeny's Summerfest Celebration.  He recognized her by naming her the "Rotarian of the Month"  for September.   Congratulations and thank you Carmen!!
Carmen Davis Named Rotarian of the Month for September Nate Burnham 2019-10-22 05:00:00Z 0

Donation Completed to Ankeny Service Center

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny has donated to the Ankeny Service Center for their Holiday Assistance program in each of the past 5 years.  During the meeting on October 15th, Tom Friedman and Kathy Sibbel accepted a check from the club in the amount of $750  for this year's contribution.  These funds will be used to purchase gas and grocery gift cards to add to the gift packages that are handed out to families in need during the holiday season.
Donation Completed to Ankeny Service Center Nate Burnham 2019-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

A Fun Night at the Shooting Range

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Despite a light rain, those attending the social at the Olofson Shooting Range on October 10th had a fun evening.   After a make-your-own taco dinner and a brief training session, everyone got the opportunity to shoot a 22 rifle at a target.  Later, everyone got the opportunity to break a few, some more than others, clay pigeons with a shotgun.
A Fun Night at the Shooting Range Nate Burnham 2019-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

Proposed New Member - Jenna Lanning

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The Board has approved an application from Jenna Lanning for membership to the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Jenna is a teacher in the Des Moines schools and is very active in TYH Humanitarian Foundation and is currently the Secretary.  This Foundation is named after Timothy Yates Heggen who died at age 17 from Pancreatic cancer.  This Foundation has partnered for 10 years with Save the Rain and Rotary International to provide Tanzanian communities with a sustainable water source.  She is being proposed for membership by Jacquelyn Duke.  
 
Comments regarding these proposed memberships may be given to any Board member.
Proposed New Member - Jenna Lanning Nate Burnham 2019-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You From Operation Warm

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The following thank you letter has been received form Operation Warm:
 
Thank you Rotary Club of Ankeny for your support of $1,500 to Operation Warm.  You've helped us reach a major milestone for our 20th anniversary - more than 3 million children have received brand new Operation Warm coats!   You've given a child in need a brand new colorful jacket they will treasure, but you've given a lot more than a coat.  You've given laughter, you've given fun, and you've given hope.  Here are some other things you've given:  Happiness, from the many smiles a brand new coat brings.  A feeling of security, from wearing a warm, snug coat.  Caring, from someone else's wish for their health, education, and happiness.
 
Partners like you are the heroes who give a gift of warmth to children in your community.  As one of those grateful children told us, "We are lucky to have you, because it is very cold outside, and we need warm coats."  The world would be a better place if we had more people like you.  When committed partners like the Rotary Club of Ankeny give more that a coat, you show these children that they are a part of a community that cares about them.  Thank you for your compassion and generosity. - Richard D. Sanford, Founder & Chairman 
Thank You From Operation Warm Nate Burnham 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member - John Foster

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John Foster does financial development for The Salvation Army.  He was inducted into the noon Rotary Club of Ankeny on October 1st.  Ben Digmann will be his mentor.   Welcome John! 
Welcome New Member - John Foster Nate Burnham 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member - John Biga

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John Biga became the newest member of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny when he was inducted during the meeting on October 1st.  John was recommended for membership by Jacquelyn Duke.  He is currently a manager with QuikTrip.   Welcome John!
Welcome New Member - John Biga Nate Burnham 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

Warm Coats Distributed For The 6th Year

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2019 will be the 6th consecutive year the Rotary Club of Ankeny has purchased coats from Operation Warm.  Many Ankeny families lack the funds to purchase winter coats , hats, gloves and snow pants for the kids.   With the financial assistance of the Rotary Club, Project Fresh Start has coordinated the receiving and distribution of winter clothing each year since 2015.   This year the club provided $1,500 to purchase coats and an additional $1,000 to be used to purchase hats, gloves, and snow pants for the kids.  With this year's coats, the Rotary Club will have purchased 594 coats over the past 6 years.
Warm Coats Distributed For The 6th Year Nate Burnham 2019-10-07 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 Forman
25th - Jan Franck
25th - Del Mohler
26th - Kathy Sibbel
29th - Darius Potts
November Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

Planting of New Shrubs at Bandshell Completed

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The planting of the majority of the new shrubs at the Band Shell was completed on September 7th.   The final 10 that were not in stock previously, were planted the following week.   All the planting is now complete and 115 bags of mulch have been spread around the plants.   The appearance of the area is vastly improved over.
 
The City of Ankeny will pay for the new plantings at a cost of approximately $1,300.  The rotary Club of Ankeny, in addition to providing the labor to clear the area, plant the new shrubs and spread the mulch, will be paying for the mulch and upstart fertilizer at a cost of $387.   Members of the Evening Ankeny Rotary Club have volunteered to assume the responsibility for the maintence of the area going forward.  The city has placed a sign on the site indicating the Rotary CLub of Ankeny has adopted this site.  
 
Thank you to the Rotarians and family members that helped with the removal of the old shrubs and the planting the new ones.  A special thank you to Mary Cochran and Steve Wieneke for their leadership in the completion of this project.
Planting of New Shrubs at Bandshell Completed Nate Burnham 2019-09-27 05:00:00Z 0

Shooting Range Social - Oct. 10th

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The club will be holding a social at DNR’s Olofson Shooting Range northwest of Polk City, 11652 NW Nissen Rd. on Thursday, October 10th.  The evening will begin with a social, including a taco bar, at 5:00 PM.   An Instruction and safety presentation will take place from 5:30 - 6:00 PM. followed by open range shooting from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.   No experience is necessary, and guns and ammunition will be provided.   Personal firearms are allowed pending approval from the Olofson staff.
 
The event will be free to members and they are welcome to bring guests but there will be a $12 charge for each guest.   A sign up sheet will be available at the next couple meetings.
Shooting Range Social - Oct. 10th Nate Burnham 2019-09-26 05:00:00Z 0

DG Morain Visits Ankeny

District Governor, Erna Morain accompanied by her partner Steve, made her official visit to the noon Rotary Club of Ankeny on September 24th.   During her visit, she asked that club to consider a food project during this Rotary year and encouraged us to use social media since this is a great tool to promote our club and bring prospective new members to our door.  What ever we can do to promote our club online will help increase membership.  She also suggested we think about club continuity.  Each committee chair should have a backup and information regarding committees and projects should be documented so a new person in that role can pick it up easily. 
 
The 2020 Rotary District Conference will be June 25-27 at Prairie Meadows and will be a "Festival" celebrating all the accomplishments of the clubs in our District.   Each club may select one individual to play the Rotary game and have a chance for their club a significant prize.  She also plans to set a Guinness world record by having a passing of the gavel for all clubs in our district at the Festival. 
DG Morain Visits Ankeny Nate Burnham 2019-09-25 05:00:00Z 0

Brenda Powell Becomes New Paul Harris Fellow

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Steve Wieneke surprised Brenda Powell at the Evening Rotary meeting on September 10th by making her a Paul Harris Fellow.  Steve had donated recognition points in her name to make this possible.  Congratulations Brenda!
Brenda Powell Becomes New Paul Harris Fellow Nate Burnham 2019-09-25 05:00:00Z 0

DG Morain Tours Ankeny

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After the meeting on September 24th when DG Erna Morain made her official visit to the Ankeny noon club, Rich Job and Nate Burnham gave her and her partner Steve a tour of some of Rotary projects in Ankeny.  They stopped briefly at the Neveln Center and then went to the AMP.  From there they walked to the Ankeny Bandshell and then to the Miracle League Park.  In a follow-up email she said "They were truly impressed with the AMP, the Ankeny Band Shell with the beautiful shrubbery and great signage around it.  Amazing what a club can do in the community to make it a better place."
DG Morain Tours Ankeny Nate Burnham 2019-09-25 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Gather for ISU Tailgate

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Prior to the ISU/Louisiana Monroe football game in Ames on September 21st, several Ankeny Rotarians and guests enjoyed mimosas, bloody Mary's, an egg casserole, and many other snacks at a tailgate.  They were even serenaded by the ISU marching band.   Additional tailgates are being planned prior to ISU's games on October 26th (Homecoming vs. Oklahoma State) and November16th, (Texas).
Rotarians Gather for ISU Tailgate Nate Burnham 2019-09-25 05:00:00Z 0

Prospective New Members

The Board has approved the following applications for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny:
 
John Foster -   John is a financial developer with the Salvation Army in Des Moines.  John contacted our club directly but Ben Digmann will be acting as his sponsor.
 
John Biga - John is a graduate of Ankeny High School and is active in several veterans organizations having served in Iraq.  He is now a manager with Kwik Trip.  He is being proposed for membership to the "Evening" club by Jacquelyn Duke.  
 
Comments regarding these proposed memberships may be given to any Board member.
Prospective New Members Nate Burnham 2019-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Mary Cochran Wins the Pot!!

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On September 3rd, the club was down to two cards in the deck so when Mary Cochran's number was drawn, she had a 50/50 chance of winning the pot.   She did select the Jocker and won the $250 jackpot.  Congratulations Mary!!
Mary Cochran Wins the Pot!! Nate Burnham 2019-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Special Guest at Evening Rotary

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Mohamed Khalil from the Rotary Club of Bo, Siera Leone, in District 9101 in West Africa attended the Evening Rotary meeting on September 17th.   He is visiting the US for a few weeks and plans to attend the Evening meeting a few more times.  President Steve Wieneke presented his with one of the club's new banners.  This was the first of the new banners that has been handed out. 
Special Guest at Evening Rotary Nate Burnham 2019-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Wieneke Nominated for DG

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The Board for the Rotary Club of Ankeny approved a nomination for Steve Wieneke to be the District Governor for District 6000 for 2022-2023.  If he is selected by the District Nominating Committee, there will be several opportunities for other members from our club to serve on committees and help with the planning of the 2023 District Conference.  Congratulations Steve and good luck when meeting with the Nominating Committee.
Wieneke Nominated for DG Nate Burnham 2019-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

New Banners Received

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The Club has received new banners that feature the Ankeny Market Pavilion.  These banners are in a box in the closet at the AG&CC.   If any member plans to visit another meeting, they are welcome to take one of our banners and trade it with the club they are visiting.
New Banners Received Nate Burnham 2019-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member, Rachel Panzi

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The Evening Club grew to 11 members on September 10th with the induction of Rachel Panzi.  Rachel will be a Secondary Designee for corporate member A Plus Home Care and Services.  Welcome Rachel!
Welcome New Member, Rachel Panzi Nate Burnham 2019-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

October Rotary Board Meeting

The October Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:
 
When:  Thursday, October 10th
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 2019-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

October Rotarian Birthdays

The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in October:
 
1st - Jessica Kuil
5th - Mary Cochran
16th - Abbi Rickelman
20th - Kristofer Orth
24th - Shar Dunlap
24th - Brenda Powell
27th - Mark Densmore
October Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2019-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

New Ankeny Banners Ordered

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Most Rotary clubs throughout the world, including the Rotary Club of Ankeny, follow the colorful tradition of exchanging small colorful banners, flags or pennants.  Rotarians visiting other clubs take banners to exchange at make-up meetings as a token of friendship.  The Rotary International Board recognized the growing popularity of the banner exchange in 1959 and encouraged participating clubs to ensure that the design of their banners are distinctive and expressive of the club's community and country.  they recommended the banners include pictures, slogans or designs portraying the territorial area of the club.
 
Ankeny's supply of trading banners has been diminished and a new banner design was approved by the Board.   The old banner had an outline of the bandshell.  The Board decided the new banner should emphasis the club's newest large project, the Ankeny Market Pavilion.  A new supply of banners has been ordered and should be on hand in a couple weeks.  Any member that plans to visit another Rotary club may request a banner from the club President or Secretary to take with them and exchange with the club they are visiting.
New Ankeny Banners Ordered Nate Burnham 2019-08-28 05:00:00Z 0

Nigeria Completes Three Years Polio Free 

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The last reported Wild Polio case in Nigeria was on August 20, 2016.  Nigeria is to be congratulated on reaching three year without a Wild Polio case!    As recently as 1996, over 75,000 children were paralyzed all around the countries of Africa and now with the three year anniversary of the last Wild Polio case in Nigeria, the entire continent of Africa could become certified as Polio-Free as soon as early 2020. 
 
This leaves two countries that are still considered endemic.   In Pakistan, 53 cases have been reported in 2019 with the most recent case being reported on July 12th.  In 2018, there were 12 Wild Polio cases reported in Pakistan.  In Afghanistan, there has been 13 new polio cases reported in 2019 compared to 21 in 2018.  The most recent case in Afghanistan was reported on July 16th.
Nigeria Completes Three Years Polio Free Nate Burnham 2019-08-26 05:00:00Z 0

September Rotary Board Meeting

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The September Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:
 
When:  Thursday, September 12th
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 2019-08-25 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Package Meals From the Heartland

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On Wednesday, August 28th, nine members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny, three prospective new members and 5 family members, met at HyVee Hall in Des Moines and packaged were part of packaging over 1 million meals for the day for Meals From the Heartland's 12th annual "Hunger Fight".  This was the third consecutive year the club participated in this event.  The members also delivered a check in the amount of $200 from the club for a donation to help cover the cost of the ingredients, packaging, and transporting.  The goal for the "Hunger Fight" is to package over 4 million meals in four days.
Rotarians Package Meals From the Heartland Nate Burnham 2019-08-24 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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In tune with its mission to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace, the Rotary Foundation, emphasizes "..improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty" as the utmost importance.  To this end, Rotary clubs worldwide continue to fundraise to make these objectives a reality.  The Burnside Breakfast Rotary of South Australia, organized a golf tournament that raised $15,000 used to support non-governmental programs like the Can-Do Canines, Summer Camp Scholarships, the Burnside High School Brainpower in a Back-Pack/Snack, the Feed My Starving Children, and a Humanitarian Global Grant in Tanzania.  The Coldwater Township Sunrise Rotary Club has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan, to establish scholarships.  These scholarships will be known as the Coldwater Township Sunrise Rotary Promise Scholarship, and is designed to help financially strapped students enrolled in an eligible KCC health or skilled trade programs.  To further the intention of THe Rotary Foundation, you can donate by visiting www.rotary.org/donate
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2019-08-19 05:00:00Z 0

Perfect Night for a Picnic

Tuesday evening, August 3rd, turned out to be a perfect evening for a picnic.   The weather was perfect and the food was great.  Thank you to everyone that attended and in particular thank you to Jeff Manger, Noel Fiscus, Steve Wieneke, and Kristofer Orth for overseeing the grilling.
Perfect Night for a Picnic Nate Burnham 2019-08-16 05:00:00Z 0

Steve Wieneke Named Rotarian of the Month

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President Rich Job attended the Evening Club meeting on August 13th to present Steve Wieneke with a certificate stating he was being named the Rotarian of the month for August .   This was in recognition of the leadership he is giving to the Evening club, helping to organize the bandshell clean up and assisting with the grilling at the club's picnic.   Congratulations Steve!
Steve Wieneke Named Rotarian of the Month Nate Burnham 2019-08-16 05:00:00Z 0

Proposed Membership Change and New Member

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The Board has approved a request from Anne Porter to change her individual membership in the Rotary Club of Ankeny to a Corporate membership for A Plus Home Care Services.  She would be the Primary Designee and Steve Wieneke and Rachel Panzi would be the Secondary Designees.   Steve is currently a member of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny and has recently become the Human Resources Manager for A Plus Home Care Services.  Rachel is the Director of Operations and would be a new member for the evening club.  
 
Comments regarding this proposed change in membership and new member may be give to any Board member.
Proposed Membership Change and New Member Nate Burnham 2019-08-11 05:00:00Z 0

September Rotarian birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in July:
 
7th - Teri Crist
7th - Tom Friedman
7th - Mark Martin
8th - Kent Patterson
9th - Jacquelyn Duke
15th - Reece Lewellen
16th - Todd Wehr
20th - Brooks, Kevin
 
September Rotarian birthdays Nate Burnham 2019-08-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Gather to Clear Band Shell Landscaping 

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Twelve Rotarians and seven of their family members met at the Ankeny band shell Saturday morning, and in about an hour cleared all the weeds and dead or dying bushes from the site.   The Ankeny Parks and Recreation Department has proposed a landscaping plan for the replacement of the plantings.   Assuming the plan can be finalized and funding is available to purchase plants, another work day will be necessary to plant the new shrubs and is tentatively planned for September 7th.  The pictures below are the before and after of the cleanup.
 
 
 
Rotarians Gather to Clear Band Shell Landscaping Nate Burnham 2019-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Morain Visits Evening Club Nate Burnham 2019-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Receives $500 for Parade Set Up

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Mark Densmore presented a check from the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $500 to President Rich Job during the meeting on July 30th.   The check was a thank you to the club for their assistance in helping to set up the Summerfest parade.  Thank you to Mark for his leadership in organizing the volunteers for this service project and to the 24 Rotarians that helped with the parade set up early Saturday morning.
Rotary Receives $500 for Parade Set Up Nate Burnham 2019-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

Sally Schroeder Makers Up Rotary While Cruising

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Sally Schroeder recently returned from a cruise on the Cunard Cruise Lines' "Queen Mary 2".   While on the cruise, on the way to South Hampton, UK and Reykjavik, Iceland, she made up two Rotary meetings and was given an official make-up from the ship's Captain.   Several other Rotarians were in attendance at each meeting.  It shows that whereever you go, there is almost always the opportunity to make up a Rotary meeting and meet other Rotarians from around the world.
Sally Schroeder Makers Up Rotary While Cruising Nate Burnham 2019-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fall Picnic August 6th

The sixth annual Rotary Club of Ankeny family picnic will be held on Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 at the shelter in Sunrise Park, 506 SE Peterson in Ankeny.   A social hour will begin at 5:30 PM and we will plan to eat about 6:30.  The meat, hamburgers and hot dogs, and paper plates, napkins, and plastic silverware will be provided by the club as well as iced tea and lemonade.  Everyone should bring any other beverage they may want and a salad, side dish, or dessert to share.  There will be games for kids provided.  

 
Both the noon and evening Rotary meetings are canceled for that day, August 6th, and all members are encouraged to attend the picnic and bring all family members, guests, and prospective new members.
Rotary Fall Picnic August 6th Nate Burnham 2019-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

Survey Results

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny is recognized as one of the more successful clubs in District 6000 in both membership and accomplishments. This is certainly borne out in our just completed fundraiser where we exceeded all expectations in bringing in funds we can use to better our community and the world.  One of the things identified in the meetings put on by the district governing personnel for 2019 is that to continue to be successful we must define what we do well and find out what your membership considers important.  To prepare for the 2019-2020 Rotary year, President Rich Job asked the club's members to complete this survey to give some directions to him and the Board as to their thoughts and feeling as to how we are doing as a club.  He presented the results of the survey during meeting on July 16th.  
 
If you missed that meeting or would like to review the complete survey, it is posted on our web site but is only available to member.  To view the survey results go to our web site and log in.  Then click on "2019 Survey" under "Site Pages" on the Home Page.  There you will find both the complete survey results and a summary.
Survey Results Nate Burnham 2019-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You from New Horizon Day Center

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny donated $1,000 to the New Horizon Day Center to help sponsor their annual golf outing.  The following thank you letter was received from Vicki Engh, Executive Director:
 
"Dear Ankeny Rotary Friends:
Thank you so very much for sponsoring our 8th Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser!  Your Event Level Sponsorship of $1,000 is greatly appreciated.
It was a hot day, but everyone said they had a good time.  Because of people like you who recognize the importance of taking care of those with differing abilities, we were able to raise over $13,000 with this fundraiser.  The funds raised will be used to provide programming for our participants.  Some of the things programming includes are activity and craft supplies, outings into the community and entertainers who come to our center to perform.  Thank you again for the generosity of the Rotary family to our family at New Horizons Adult Day Center."
Thank You from New Horizon Day Center Nate Burnham 2019-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

RYLA Winners Introduced to Rotary

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Six of the seven students the Rotary Club of Ankeny provided scholarships to allow them to attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards conference were introduced to the club during the June 4th meeting.   They were Sophie Bergan, Jordan Su, Allison Su, Mallory Leazer, Natalia Figuerua Portal and Jesus Davila.  The RYLA Conference was held July 14-19 at Grinnell College.
RYLA Winners Introduced to Rotary Nate Burnham 2019-07-24 05:00:00Z 0

phClean Becomes Corporate Member

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Sara Thompson, owner of phClean has been a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny since 2017.  On July 2nd she changed her membership to a corporate membership and added Jessica Kuil, Manager Ankeny and Daniel Pixley, Manager Ames as Secondary Designees.  Welcome to Rotary Jessica and Daniel!
phClean Becomes Corporate Member Nate Burnham 2019-07-24 05:00:00Z 0

Greeter & Sheriff Schedule On Home Page

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The Rotarians scheduled to be the "Greeter" and "Sheriff" for the next several weeks has been published as a story in the Ratchet for the past several years.  It has now been added at the top of the "Home Page" of our web site.   You can find the listing in the upper left corner.   This listing will also appear in the same location in the Ratchet that is published the first Monday of each month.
 
8/6 - Shar Dunlap
8/13 - Todd Eipperle
8/20 - Jim Foreman
8/27 - Tim Hawkins
9/3 - Tracy Frette
9/10 - Tom Friedman
9/17 - Jason Gassmann
9/24 - Jan Franck
Greeter & Sheriff Schedule On Home Page Nate Burnham 2019-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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Through the Rotary Foundation amazing things happen!
 
In Afghanistan to break the cycle of poverty and social imbalance, Rotary members in the US partnered with ProLiteracy Detroit to recruit and train tutors after a study showed that more than half of the local adult population was functionally illiterate.  Rotary members helped develop the SOUNS program in South Africa, Puerto Rico and US which teaches educators how to improve literacy by teaching children to recognize letters by sounds instead of names. And Rotarians are providing clean, fresh water to every public school in Lebanon, so students can be healthier and get a better education!   According to Rotarian Mark Wilson, “When you teach somebody how to read, they have that for a lifetime.  It ripples through the community, one by one.”  Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you.  
 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2019-07-21 05:00:00Z 0
Ben Digmann Named Rotarian of the Month for July Nate Burnham 2019-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Winners of Grill & Steaks Liked Our Face Book Page

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The club's fundraising co-chairs, Laura Luetje and Stacey Koeppen were busy during Ankeny Summerfest.  To celebrate the success of the 2019 fundraiser, "Raise the Steaks for Ankeny" and promote the 2020 fundraiser, sponsors were obtained to give away a special edition cherry red Weber Grill and three packages of steaks.   All you had to do to enter the contest was to "LIKE" the Rotary Club of Ankeny's Facebook page and comment "Raising the Steaks for Community Casino Night" and you were entered into a random drawing.  Thank you to Ankeny Hardware and Ankeny Farewary stores for donating the prizes.  Laura and Stacey also made an appearance in the Summerfest Parade.
Winners of Grill & Steaks Liked Our Face Book Page Nate Burnham 2019-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Golf Ball Drop Results

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The golf ball drop at Ankeny Summerfest was held Sunday evening July 14th.   A total of 538 balls were sold and the winners were:
 
1st Prize - $1,000 - Renee Murphy, ticket sold by Renee Murphy
2nd Prize $375 – Kim Mercer, ticket sold by David Mercer
3rd Prize $250 – David Mohler, ticket sold by Del Mohler
4th Prize $125 – Michelle Knoll, ticket sold by Tim Cox
 
Thank you to Leaning Tower of Pizza and Tim's Amoco for donating the coupons on the tickets and to Steve SchraderBachar for donating $2,000 towards the prize money.  The estimated profit from ticket sales and donations was $5,497.20  which will be split $3,287.52 to the Ankeny Service Center and $2,191.68 for Rotary.
 
Some interesting facts about the golf ball drop are:
In the last 6 years, approximately $19,900 has been raised for the Ankeny Service Center and $13,250 for The Rotary Club of Ankeny.  
No number/ball has ever won money more than once.
Balls numbered 101-199 have won money 9 times, but never 1st place and most often 4th place , 4 times.
Tom Friedman has sold the most winning balls (3), Kevin Brooks, Tim Cox, Tim Hawkins and John Peterson have all sold 2 winning balls
The most balls sold was 712 in 2015, and the least balls sold was 268 in 2016.
Average number of balls sold has been 555.
Golf Ball Drop Results Nate Burnham 2019-07-19 05:00:00Z 0

New Members Inducted

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A total of 9 new members were inducted during July.  They were:
July 2nd - Daniel Pixley and Jessica Kuil - Secondary Designees for corporate member phClean. 
July 9th - Desiree Claypool - Secondary Designee for corporate member The Bridges at Ankeny
July 9th - Brenda Powell - Retired teacher, Evening Club
July 16th - Noel Fiscus - Fiscus Jewelry, Evening Club
July 16th - Reese Lewellen, Connor Strobe, James Warner, & Justin Morgan - corporate member B&B Theatres
 
Welcome new members!
New Members Inducted Nate Burnham 2019-07-19 05:00:00Z 0

August Rotary Board Meeting

The August Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:
 
When:  Thursday, August 8th
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 2019-07-19 05:00:00Z 0

August Rotarian Birthdays

The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in August:
 
5th - Jeff Magner
5th - Jess Reynolds
5th - James Warner
6th - Renee Murphy
12th - Dale Port
13th - Tracy Frette
16th - Mark Land
16th - Pat Timmons
18th - Welch, Gary
22nd - Brian Tiernan
28th - Ben Digmann
August Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2019-07-19 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellows Recognized At Annual Meeting

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny currently has 68 Paul Harris Fellows of which 37 are multiple PHF's.  Seventeen individuals were recognized at the annual meeting for becoming new PHF or for being a multiple PHF and reaching the next level.   In addition, Mary Cochran and Todd Wehr made a donation in the name of their spouses to make Danny Cochran and Cindy Wehr new PHF's.   Others that were recognized included:
 
New PHF - Andrew Larson, Doug Parker, Chuck Stewart, & Sara Thompson
PHF+1 - Mary Cochran, Renee Murphy, Laura Luetje, & Stacey Koeppen
PHF+2 - Stacey Koeppen, Jim Ramsey, Mike Goedeke, & Tim Hawkins
PHF+3 - Del Mohler & Roger Spahr
PHF+5 - Gary Welch
PHF+7 - Sally Schroeder
 
During the 2018-2019 Rotary year, the Rotary Club of Ankeny and it's members donated $12,850 to the Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund and $4,620 to PolioPlus for a total of $17,470 to the Foundation.  This is an average of  $198 per Active member  for the past year.  The club's all time contributions now total $274,745 to the Annual Fund and $55,550 to PolioPlus.
Paul Harris Fellows Recognized At Annual Meeting Nate Burnham 2019-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Surprise Visitor For Ben

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President Ben Digmann joined the Centennial Rotary Club of Littleton, Colorado in 2005.  He was proposed for membership by Randy Pote.   Randy is currently a member of the Las Vegas WON (Where Opportunity Knocks) Rotary Club  and a past District Governor of Rotary District 5300 which is located in the Los Angeles, California and Southern Nevada area.   He is also the chair of the Rotary International's Rose Bowl parade float committee for this year.   Randy did not want to miss Ben's "Demotion Celebration"  and came to Iowa to surprise him and Rachel, which he did.
Surprise Visitor For Ben Nate Burnham 2019-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

July Rotary Board Meeting

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The July Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:
When:  Thursday, July 11th
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 2019-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Luetje & Koeppen Named Co Rotarians of the Year

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Jim Ramsey, the Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2017-2018 "Rotarian of the Year", had the honor of introducing the "2018-2019 Rotarians of the Year" at the club's annual meeting on June 25th.  In past years, the club has usually recognized only one member for their outstanding contribution to the club as the Rotarian of the Year.   For this year, the club decided to recognize the co-chairs for the 2019 fundraiser, Laura Luetje and Stacey Koeppen, for the overwhelming success of this event.  Not only was there nearly twice the number of guests in attendance as in previous years, but the event generated over $72,000 in net income for the club to distribute within the community to other non-profit organizations and service projects.  This was also more than twice the amount generated in previous years.    Congratulations Laura and Stacey!    
Luetje & Koeppen Named Co Rotarians of the Year Nate Burnham 2019-06-29 05:00:00Z 0

26 Members Recognized for Perfect Attendance

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"One of the special obligations of membership in Rotary is regular attendance at the weekly meeting; it is the basic method of fulfilling the principle of fellowship as well as a way of representing your vocation". 
 
No member is expected actually be in attendance every week but there are numerous ways of completing a make-up such as attending the meeting of another Rotary club, attending a Board meeting or Friday morning coffee, participating in a club sponsored service project or social event or  completing an on-line make-up.   During the 2018-2019 Rotary year, the member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny completed 553 make-ups.   This enabled twenty-six members to be recognized during the annual meeting for achieving perfect attendance during the past year.  They were:
 
     1-Year - Todd Eipperle & Stacey Koeppen
     2-Year - Jacquelyn Duke
     4-Years - Carmen Davis & Ben Digmann
     5-Years - Rich Job
     6-Years - Tim Cox, Kristofer Orth & Steve Wieneke
     7-Years - Jim Ramsey, Steve SchraderBachar & Todd Wehr
     8-Years - Damon Miller
     9-Years - Kathy Sibbel
   10-Years - Doug Beech, Mary Cochran, & Tim Hawkins
   11-Years - Sally Schroeder
   13-Years - Dave Mercer
   14-Years - Pat Timmons
   15-Years - Nate Burnham & Tom Friedman
   20-Years - Gary Welch
   23-Years - Jim Gocke
   29-Years - Shar Dunlap
   30-Years - Mike Lydon
26 Members Recognized for Perfect Attendance Nate Burnham 2019-06-29 05:00:00Z 0

Digmann Passes the Gavel to Job

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The final duty that 2018-2019 President Ben Digmann completed at the end of the "Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet" on June 25th was to pass the gavel to 2019-2020 President Rich Job and give him the president's pin that he will be wearing for the next year.  Rich then gave Ben a past president's pin and a framed golden gavel.   Thank you Ben for leading the club for the past year and we look forward to Rich leading the club for the next year!
Digmann Passes the Gavel to Job Nate Burnham 2019-06-27 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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Everyday Rotarians continue to "Do Good In the World!"  They look for ways to make a difference in their communities and in communities around the world.  They use their knowledge of local issues to identify areas of need, then apply their expertise and diverse perspectives to find solutions.  In Korea they established a mentoring project to prepare students with autism and intellectual and emotional disabilities for careers in horticulture.  In Brazil, Rotarians offered judo classes for youth to funnel their energy avoiding violence in the slums.  In Canada, a Rotary club is helping Syrian refugees start new lives, and in Australia clubs are helping to end domestic violence.
 
Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Giving to the Foundation is much easier - just go to rotary.org/donate,  Thank you.
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2019-06-24 05:00:00Z 0

Donation Completed for Days for Girls

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny recently delivered a check in the amount of $500 to the Ankeny Chapter of Days For Girls International.   These funds will assist this group of ladies from Ankeny with the purchase of materials used in the making of feminine hygiene kits.  After the kits are assembled, they are given to Blessman International for delivery to women in South Africa.  The ladies will make about 200 kits including washable, reusable pads for young women in Africa.  Included in the picture, left to right, are Sandy Schmitt, Bonnie Ficek, Marilyn, Scroggins, Margie Lamb, Annette Burnham and Jan Uttterback, in front.
Donation Completed for Days for Girls Nate Burnham 2019-06-23 05:00:00Z 0

July Meeting Locations

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The Club will meet on July 2nd at the AG&CC as usual.   However, the AG&CC is not available on July 9th and 16th.  The meeting on July 9th will be hosted by The Bridges, 3410 NW Abilene Road and the meeting on July 16th will be hosted by B&B Theaters,1580 SW Market Place.  We will be back at the AG&CC on July 23rd.
July Meeting Locations Nate Burnham 2019-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

Renee Murphy Named Outstanding New Member 

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Jacquelyn Duke was named the 2018 "Outstanding New Member" for the Rotary Club of Ankeny at the 2018 annual meeting.  On June 25th, she had the privilege of introducing Renee Murphy as the 2019 winner of this award.  Renee has only been a member of the club for three years and has assumed the responsibility for managing the Club's FaceBook page.  Congratulations Renee!! 
Renee Murphy Named Outstanding New Member Nate Burnham 2019-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

Board Approves Donations

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During their June meeting the Rotary Club of Ankeny's Board approved the following donation requests:
 
New Horizon Adult Day Care - $1,000 - This request is for a sponsorship for New Horizon's annual golf outing fundraiser.  The proceeds from their fundraiser will be used to purchase supplies and equipment.   As a result of this sponsorship, the club is entitled to register a foursome to play golf.
 
Blessman International – The club has an outstanding commitment to contribute $2,000 per year to Blessman International's “Teach a Child to Fish” project.  Since these funds will not be matched by District 6000 or Rotary International, Dr. Jim Blessman had requested that these funds be transferred to a new project they are working on to teach ladies to make their own “Days for Girls” hygiene kits.  The new project will be part of a Global Grant which would allow the funds to be matched by the District and Rotary International.   This request was approved and the funds, totaling $4,000 will not be disbursed until late this year.
Board Approves Donations Nate Burnham 2019-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

Todd Eipperle Named Rotarian of the Month for June

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President Ben Digmann recognized Todd Eipperle during the meeting on June 4th for all the work he has done as Chairman of the Membership committee and for him agreeing to be the club's president elect nominee for the 2021-2022 year.
Todd Eipperle Named Rotarian of the Month for June Nate Burnham 2019-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

July Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in July:
 
3rd - Brad Botos
5th - Doug Johnson 
9th - James Ramsey
19th - Jason Gassmann
20th - Angi Bright
22nd - Gerry Bair
23rd - Todd Eipperle
July Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2019-06-15 05:00:00Z 0

Proposed New Members

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During their meeting on June 13th, the Board has approved applications for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny for the following:
 
Desiree Claypool will be replacing Hannah Guiliford as the third Secondary Designee for corporate member The Bridges.  Brody Hanson will be the Primary Designee for The Bridges and Kris Baker and Doug Johnson will continue as the other Secondary Designees.
 
Brenda Powell is a retired school teacher and is being proposed for membership by Steve Wieneke.  She will be a member of the Evening club.
 
phClean - Sara Martin is the owner of phClean and an active member of the club.  She will become the Primary Designee for proposed new corporate member phClean.  Jessica Kuil, Manager of the Ankeny office and Daniel Pixley, Manager of the Ames office will be Secondary Designees.
 
Noel Fiscus - Noel is the owner of Fiscus Jewelers.  He is being proposed for membership by Kristofer Orth and plans to be a member of the Evening Club.
 
B & B Theaters has applied to become a new corporate member of the club.   Reece Lewellen, Marketing Manager, will be the Primary Designee,  James Warner, General Manager and former Rotarian in Neosho, Missouri, Justin Morgan, Operations Manager, and Connor Stobbe, Entertainment Manager will be the Secondary Designees. 
 
Comments regarding any of these proposed memberships may be forwarded to any member of the Board.
Proposed New Members Nate Burnham 2019-06-14 05:00:00Z 0

Evening Club Completes Food Drive

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On the evening of June 11th, members of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny completed a food drive to benefit Ankeny's Holy Trinity Lutheran Church's food pantry. In about one and a half hours the group collected 301 pounds of food and paper products.   Last year, 265 pounds were collected.
Evening Club Completes Food Drive Nate Burnham 2019-06-13 05:00:00Z 0

Holger Knaack Named Nominee for 2020-21 Rotary President

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Holger Knaack, of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenbery-Molln, Germany, has been selected to serve as president of Rotary International in 2020-21.  The Nominating Committee's decision follows the resignation of President-nominee  Sushil Gupta due to health reasons.
 
Knaack has been a Rotarian since 1992 and has served Rotary as treasurer, director, moderator, member and chair of several committees, representative for the Council on Legislation, zone coordinator, training leader, and district governor.  He is the CEO of Knaack KG, a real estate company.  He was previously a partner and general manager of Knaack Enterprises, a 125-year-old family business.
Holger Knaack Named Nominee for 2020-21 Rotary President Nate Burnham 2019-06-09 05:00:00Z 0

Evening Club Serves at AGAPE Garden 

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On the evening of June 4th, the member of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny met at AGAPE Garden and helped pull weeds, plant onions, and erect tomato cages.  They plan to volunteer again later this summer when they expect to be harvesting vegetables.
 
AGAPE Garden is s located by Faith Chapel of Ankeny First United Methodist Church at 7384 NW 16th Street in Ankeny.   All of the food produced is donated to local food pantries.  Last year grew over four tons of fresh vegetables were donated.
Evening Club Serves at AGAPE Garden Nate Burnham 2019-06-09 05:00:00Z 0

Gupta Resigns as RI President-Nominee

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Sushil Gupta made the following announcement:
 
It is with a heavy heart that I announce my resignation as the president-nominee of Rotary International.  While it was my dream to serve as your president, my health prevents me from giving my absolute best to you and the office of the president at this time.  I believe Rotary deserves nothing less than that from those elected to represent this great organization of ours.  I have made this difficult decision after much soul searching and conferring with my family.  This is not only a disappointment for us, but I am also keenly aware that this will be a disappointment for many Rotarians in India who were so proud to see someone from our country again named as president.  I know that this is what is best for Rotary International.
 
I have been a Rotarian for more than 40 years and it has given me everything I could ask for.  I can think no higher honor than to have been selected by the nominating committee as president of Rotary for 2020-21 Rotary year.  I will continue to proudly serve as a Rotary member and pursue some major initiatives that I wanted to accomplish during my year as president, because I know that we are poised to achieve more great things in the future.  I wish nothing but the best to the candidate who is succeeds me as president and thank you all for the support and encouragement you have shown me in the past year.  - Sushil Gupta
Gupta Resigns as RI President-Nominee Nate Burnham 2019-06-09 05:00:00Z 0

June Rotary Board Meeting

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The June Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:
When:  Thursday, June 13th
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 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Gary Welch Named Rotarian of the Month for May 

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Gary Welch has coordinated both the RYLA and Rotary Youth Exchange programs for the Rotary Club of Ankeny for the past several years.  As Gary recognized the two exchange students from Kopan, Mexico, Sofia Marales and Jesus Esteban, for having gone through graduation from Ankeny High school, President Ben Digmann recognized Gary as his choice for Ankeny Rotarian of the month for May.  Congratulations Gary! 
Gary Welch Named Rotarian of the Month for May Nate Burnham 2019-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

Donation Requests Approved by the Board

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During their May meeting the Rotary Club of Ankeny's Board approved the following donation requests:
 
Prevent Child Abuse Iowa - On April 23rd, the speaker at the noon meeting was from "Prevent Child Abuse Iowa".  After her presentation the club agreed to donate that day's fines to them.  $129 was collected and the Board agreed to round this up to $250.   
 
 American Cancer Society - The Ankeny Robotics team will be participating in the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life".  The Board agreed to provide a $500 sponsorship for them.
 
CIVITAS - The Des Moines area Rotary clubs sponsored a forum on Hunger in Central Iowa on May 29th.   Approval was granted to provide a sponsorship for this event in the amount of $1,000.
 
Days For Girls, Ankeny Chapter - $500 was approved to assist an group of ladies in Ankeny with the purchase of materials used in the making of feminine hygiene kits.  After the kits are assembled, they will be given to Blessman International for delivery to women in South Africa. 
 
A donation request from the Iowa State University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders for a water distribution project in Ghana was declined.
 
Donation Requests Approved by the Board Nate Burnham 2019-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Convention in Hamburg

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More than 24,000 Rotary members from 170 countries are gathering in Hamburg, Germany, June 1-5 to attend the 110th annual Rotary International Convention.  Those in attendance  will be able to "Capture the Moment" while exchanging ideas, making new connections and renewing old ones.   During  the convention, they’ll be part of the conversation on pressing world issues like polio eradication, pollution, refugee migration, disease prevention, and literacy.   They’ll be inspired to enhance their skills in areas that Rotarians value like fellowship, integrity, diversity, service, and fellowship. 
 

But you don’t have to be in Hamburg to "Capture the Moment".  You can follow all of the RI convention coverage — photos, videos, social media posts, speeches, and more — as the action happens by going to the Rotary international web site, www.rotary.org.  You can even stream the general sessions and key breakout sessions, either as they happen or at a later time.

If you are looking forward to the 2020 Rotary International Convention June 6-10, in Honolulu, Hawaii, a special registration rate of $395 is now available until 11:59 PM June 5th.   Also, book your hotel as soon as possible as many hotels are already sold out.

Rotary International Convention in Hamburg Nate Burnham 2019-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

Senior Festival June 13, 2019

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The 11th annual "Senior Festival" presented by the Ankeny Senior Services committee will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church, Christian Life Center, 710 NE 36th Street from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  The event is free and will include over 50 exhibitors dealing with health resources, educational services housing experts, transportation, and leisure activities for seniors and caregivers.  There will also be refreshments and food trucks serving lunch. 
Senior Festival June 13, 2019 Nate Burnham 2019-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

Prospective New Member Social - June 18th

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The Membership Committee will be holding a social on Tuesday, June 18th  at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club.  Each member is encouraged to invite at least one or two individuals that may have an interest in joining our club or would just like to learn more about Rotary to attend.  The evening will begin at 5:30 PM with social time including free appetizers and drinks.   At 6:00 PM there will be a very short program.   Contact Todd Eipperle, todd.eipperle@scouting.org if you have any questions.
Prospective New Member Social - June 18th Nate Burnham 2019-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Orientation June 6th

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The club will be conducting a "New Member Orientation" on Thursday, June 6th, at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club.  It will begin at 5:30 with some appetizers and drinks followed by a discussion on Rotary International and the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  This is an opportunity to learn more about Rotary, the service projects we participate in, other no-profits that we support, and the Rotary Foundation.  There wil also be a short demonstration on how to access the club's web site and the information you can find on it.  This event is specifically designed for newer members, those that have joined in the last three years, but all members are welcome.  
New Member Orientation June 6th Nate Burnham 2019-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute 

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Rotary International is a global organization in nearly every country in the world and deals in twenty-nine currencies.  Rotary takes stewardship of its funds very seriously.  Money is spent on life-changing, sustainable grants, as well as programs and services that support its members' transformative work.  Three billion dollars have been invested in thousands of projects over the past years.   Rotary International is a member organization and is overseen by its Board of Directors.  As a separate part of RI, The Rotary Foundation is organized as a public charity operation exclusively for charitable purposes and is governed by a Board of Trustees.   RI and TRF are both tax -exempt organizations'  The headquarters of Rotary International is in Evanston, Illinois, USA.  There are associate foundations in Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Japan, and the United Kingdom.
 
Rotary International is a member organization and is overseen by its Board of Directors.  As a separate part of RI, the Rotary Foundation is organized as a public charity operating exclusively for charitable purposes and is governed by a Board of Trustees. RI and TRF are both tax-exempt organizations.  (The former is new for RI)
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2019-05-29 05:00:00Z 0

Root Beer Float Sales Total $708 for Special Olympics

Members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny plus a couple spouses made root beer floats at the two Ankeny HyVees on May 25th.  Donations, that will be forwarded to Special Olympics, totaled $708.52.  This compares to $893.18 collected last year.  A total of 31 liters of root beer and 29 tubs of ice cream were used.
Root Beer Float Sales Total $708 for Special Olympics Nate Burnham 2019-05-28 05:00:00Z 0

Another Successful Ankeny Clean Up Days

Nineteen Ankeny Rotarians and one family assisted the City of Ankeny employees in unloading cars, pickups and trailers during Ankeny Clean Up Days on May 18th and 19th.   The City reported 871 vehicles were unloaded on Saturday and 444 on Sunday.   Everything went well, the rain held off, and we have not heard of any injuries.  We do know there were several treasurers taken home by Rotarians and city workers.  It is amazing what some people throw away.
 
The city has allowed the club to accept donations in each of the past 10 years.  The amount collected this year was $2,145.24 and a Namibia (African) half dollar.  This compares to $2,369.88 last year and $2,118, $1,932 and $1,953 in the previous three years.  These donations are designated to be forwarded to the Rotary Foundation as part of the club's contribution to PolioPlus.   Donations during Clean-Up Days over the past 10 years, since we started collecting donations, have now totaled $17,147.05.   Thank you to all Rotarians and family members that helped and to Justin Carlton for his leadership on this project.
       
Another Successful Ankeny Clean Up Days Nate Burnham 2019-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

June Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in June:
 
6th - Ben Norman
14th - Sue Gibbons
17th - Dave Mercer
20th - Steve Van Oort
21st - Mike Lydon
26th - Carmen Davis
28th - Carolyn Formanek
29th - Jim Ramsey
June Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2019-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Participates in Engage Iowa

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The Ankeny Leadership Institute is a cooperative effort between the City of Ankeny, The Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ankeny Economic Development Cooperation.   Each class of future leaders chooses a project to complete during the year they participate in this class.  The 2019 class choose to conduct the first annual "Engage Ankeny" .   The event was held on May 16th at the Ankeny Market Pavilion with 43 Ankeny area service clubs and non-profit organizations participating including the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
  
Rotary Participates in Engage Iowa Nate Burnham 2019-05-18 05:00:00Z 0

May Rotary Board Meeting

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The May Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:
When:  Thursday, May 9th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
May Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0

Hunger In Central Iowa Forum May 29th

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The Rotary Clubs of the greater Des Moines area have sponsored a forum in each of the past three years.   The topics of these forums have been water quality, human rights, and mental health.  This year's forum will be held on Wednesday, May 29th at the West Des Moines Hilton Garden Inn and will focus on Hunger in Central Iowa.  The forum will begin at 4:30 PM.   The club will pay the registration fee for all members that attend and a sign up sheet will be available in the next couple weeks.
Hunger In Central Iowa Forum May 29th Nate Burnham 2019-05-05 05:00:00Z 0

Sally Schroeder Named Guardian of Integrity Award Winner

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At the time of his death at age 97 on January 28, 2010, Paul E. Hellwege had been a past District Governor and a Rotarian in District 6000 for 55 years.   During those years the Boone Rotarian provided continuity, consistence, and credibility to Rotarians young and old in District 6000 as a friend, mentor, story teller and redoubtable source of the history and traditions of our district.  To honor Paul's many contributions and to promote the ideals of ethics and integrity, which his life exemplified, District 6000 established the Paul E. Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award in 2011.  All 65 clubs in District 6000 are invited to nominate a member whose life exemplifies the attributes and passion for ethics and integrity in his or her vocation, business and personal life that Paul exemplified.
 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny nominated Sally Schroeder for this award and she was selected as one of eleven recipients in the District for this award.  She was recognized for this award during the District 6000 convention on May 3rd.   The certificate she received stated, "In recognition of outstanding contributions that foster the development of Rotary's core value of integrity and ethical practices, as exemplified by past District Governor,  Judge Paul E. Hellwege."  Congratulations Sally!
Sally Schroeder Named Guardian of Integrity Award Winner Nate Burnham 2019-05-05 05:00:00Z 0

Proceeds of Paddle Raisers Disbursed

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The three "Paddle Raisers" during the club's fundraiser, "Raise the Stakes" netted a total of $19,635 which was more then double the amount donated in any of the previous eight years the club has been having fundraisers. Representatives of each of these organizations were present during the noon meeting on April 30th to accept checks for these donations.   Matt Adams, Chief Operations Officer for Ankeny Schools, accepted a check in the amount of $2.750 for FUEL, John Peterson with the Ankeny Service Center received a check for $4,975, and Mary Mendenhall-Core the Area Director for Pinky Swear was presented with a check in the amount of $11,910.
Proceeds of Paddle Raisers Disbursed Nate Burnham 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

May Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will be celebrating birthdays in May:
 
1st - Cory Johnson
12th - Damon Miller
13th - Kurt Backes 
19th - Rick Andriano
26th - Jon Lowman
May Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

May Rotary Board Meeting

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

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

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

May Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2019-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

Steve Van Oort - April Rotarian of Month

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Polk County Superviser, Steve Van Oort, was instrumental in obtaining a $5,000 sponsorship from Polk County for the club's fundraiser, "Raise the Stakes for Community".   Steve also obtained several auction items including: A Backyard Dinner to Remember with Simon Estes, Dinner for Four with Van Harden, Behind the Scenes with Van & Bonnie, Do it Yourself Experience, and the Principal Charity Classic Golf Package.  He also purchased a Double Diamond Table Sponsorship and donated it to "100 Women Who Care - Ankeny" and assisted with producing the videos used the night of the fundraiser.   This resulted in over $9,000 being generated for the club.  In recognition of his efforts and contribution to the success of the fundraiser, President Digmann named Steve the "Rotarian of the Month for April".
Steve Van Oort - April Rotarian of Month Nate Burnham 2019-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

Ankeny Clean Up Days - May 18-19

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Ankeny Clean Up Days for 2019 will be Saturday, May 18th, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday, May 19th from noon to 4:00 PM.  Members are encouraged to sign up for a two hour shift and wear their Rotary shirts.  The City will provide donuts, water, and soft drinks.  Members will be credited with a make up for each shift they work.  Sign-up sheets will be available at the next several meetings.  Contact Justin Carlton if you have any questions.
Ankeny Clean Up Days - May 18-19 Nate Burnham 2019-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet June 25th

The 2019 annual meeting and awards banquet for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held on the evening of Tuesday,  June 25th at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club.  There will not be any golf this year.  The evening will begin at 5:30 with a social hour including drinks and appetizers and the meal will be served at 6:30.  The charge will be $15 per person with the club paying the balance of the cost.  The meeting will begin at approximately 7:00 PM and will include "Perfect Attendance Awards", the naming of the "New Member of the Year" and "Rotarian of the Year" and the "Passing of the Gavel" to next year's president.  Registration is available on-line.
Rotary Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet June 25th Nate Burnham 2019-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Ankeny Receives Service Club Award

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Each year the Iowa Parks and Recreation Association recognizes one service club in Iowa with a "Service Club Award".  The Rotary Club of Ankeny was honored on March 27th as the 2019 recipient.  This was in recognition of the numerous service projects the club conducts each year including selling root beer floats to aid Special Olympics, conducting the golf ball drop to aid the Ankeny Service Center, coordinating the setup of the Summerfest parade, assisting with Ankeny Clean Up Days and several other fundraisers and service projects.  The most noteworthy was the leadership the club provided in the fundraising, design, and construction of the Ankeny Market Pavilion.  Nick Lenox and Ryan Harkema represented the Ankeny Parks & Recreation department and Dave Mercer, Doug Beech, and Terry Peter represented the Rotary Club of Ankeny at the awards ceremony.
Rotary Club of Ankeny Receives Service Club Award Nate Burnham 2019-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

Evening Club Completes Yard Clean-Up

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The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny offered a free yard clean up as a silent auction item at the club's "Raise the Stakes" fundraiser.  They completed the yard clean-up on April 23rd.  This turned out to be a big project as the winner of the auction item had a one-acre lot.  But the work was completed and the club members and guests were treated to a barbeque meal complete with drinks and great fellowship.  
Evening Club Completes Yard Clean-Up Nate Burnham 2019-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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

Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2019-04-22 05:00:00Z 0

Jack Pennington Named Paul Harris Fellow

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Jack Pennington became the newest Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotary Club of Ankeny one April 2, 2019 when the club's Foundation Chairman, Steve SchraderBachar, presented him with a pin and certificate.  This signifies that contributions to the Foundation in his name of both recognition points and dollars now exceed 1,000.  Congratulations Jack!! 
Jack Pennington Named Paul Harris Fellow Nate Burnham 2019-04-22 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations On a Great Fundraiser!! 

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

 

Congratulations On a Great Fundraiser!! Nate Burnham 2019-04-21 05:00:00Z 0

Root Beer Float Sales May 25th

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Once again this year, the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be making and selling root beer floats at both Ankeny HyVees on Saturday May 25th to benefit Special Olympics.  A sign up sheet to work the booth will be available the next couple weeks.  Contact Tom Friedman with any questions.
Root Beer Float Sales May 25th Nate Burnham 2019-04-21 05:00:00Z 0

District 6000 Conference - May 2-4

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

 

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

District 6000 Conference - May 2-4 Nate Burnham 2019-04-21 05:00:00Z 0

"Raise the States" - April 13, 2019

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Our 2019 fundraiser, "Raise the Stakes" will be Saturday night April 13th which is now only 12 days from today
 
All auction items received to date have been entered onto the on-line bidding site.  We have a few more pictures to take but should have the site activated so bidding can begin by Friday, April 5th.  If you have committed to providing an auction item or need to provide a description or certificate for an item, please give it to Rich Job or Nate Burnham as soon as possible.  We need to make sure all items are described correctly.   Once we go live and bidding starts, we can not change it.  We have some fantastic auction items including:  Free LASIK eye surgery, 100th anniversary Green Bay Packer autographed football, box seats to the Twins, Cubs, Cardinals, and Royals, a baseball personally autographed by Mike Trout, a ride with an Ankeny police officer, dinner for 6 with Simon Estes, four tickets to watch an ISU football game from AD Jamie Pollard's balcony off the Jacobson building, and many more unusual items as well as many repeats form last year.   
 
Ticket sales are going well but we know there are still several members that have not gone on line to purchase their tickets.  Again, please do so as soon as possible.  We will need to give our caterer a number early in the week of April 8th.  To purchase tickets, go on line to https://bidpartner.net/rotary/Individual ticket sales are $60 each or you can purchase a table of 8 for $440.  Remember each Rotarian is responsible for two tickets.  We hope everyone is planning to attend and will bring some guests.  If not, you will be invoiced for two tickets.
 
A few more volunteers are needed.  Contact Laura Leutje or Stacey Koeppen if you can help with set up at 9:00 AM at the FFA Center or the night of the event.
"Raise the States" - April 13, 2019 Nate Burnham 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

Sofia Marales Speaks to Evening Club

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Rotary exchange student Sofia Marales from Kopan, Mexico was the speaker at the evening meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny on March 26th.  She made a nice presentation titled "Where My Heart Is".  She showed her home town in Mexico, her family both back home and her new family in Ankeny, and the foods she enjoys. 
Sofia Marales Speaks to Evening Club Nate Burnham 2019-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

April Rotary Board Meeting

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

When: Thursday, April 11th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

April Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2019-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

Jacquelyn Duke Named Rotarian of the Month for March

Jacquelyn Duke gave birth to a future Rotarian on March 2, 2019.  The little bundle of joy, Violet Joy Duke was 9 lbs., 8 oz, and 20.5 inches.  Both mother and baby attended the evening Rotary meeting on March 19th where Presidnet Steve Wieneke presented Jacquelyn with a certificate naming her the Rotarian of the Month for March.  The club members also presented her with a onesie with the words "Future Rotarian" on it.  Congratulations Jacquelyn and Jason
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Jacquelyn Duke Named Rotarian of the Month for March Nate Burnham 2019-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Evening Club Entertains at Penelope Park

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The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny completed a service project on March 19th by providing a fun evening for the senior citizens at Penelope Park.  The group served punch and snacks and provided word games.  They also played Jenga and Yatzee with the residents.  
Evening Club Entertains at Penelope Park Nate Burnham 2019-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Nick Testino is Officially Inducted

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Andrew Testino, Cory Johnson and James Benda were inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on December 4th.   Unfortunately, the fourth designee for the company has had meetings on Tuesdays and has been unable to attend the noon meetings.  Nick Testino now plans to attend the evening meetings and attended the meeting on March 19th.   During the meeting, the Evening Club President, Steve Wieneke, officially inducted Nick into the club.  Welcome Nick!
Nick Testino is Officially Inducted Nate Burnham 2019-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Board Approves Donation to Boy Scouts

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During their meeting on March 14th the Board approved a donation request to the Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America in the amount of $1,250.  This donation is in support of their 2019 Friends of Scouting campaign.   The Rotary Club of Ankeny has been a supporter of Scouting since 2011.
Board Approves Donation to Boy Scouts Nate Burnham 2019-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Juan Arias Completes RLI Part 3

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Juan Arias recently transferred his Rotary membership from San Pedro Sula, Honduras to the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny.   While in Honduras, he had completed the first two parts of Rotary Leadership Institute classes.  On March 23rd, he attended the RLI training in Mt Pleasant, Iowa and successfully completed Part 3.  Congratulations Juan!  
Juan Arias Completes RLI Part 3 Nate Burnham 2019-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life.  When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.  Through water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs, Rotarians mobilize resources, form partnerships, and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change.  Rotary has partnered with the US agency for International Development in Ghana, Madagascar, and Uganda to implement such programs.  It has done the same in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, India, and Kenya.  Since 2013, the Foundation has invested in more than 1,000 such programs in more than 100 countries.
 
2030 is the year Rotary hopes to finish providing everyone with safe water, sanitation, and hygiene.  Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.   Thank you for your generosity. 
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2019-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

April Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will be celebrating birthdays in April:
 
9th - Juan Arias
16th - Dean Lange
17th - Rocky Anderson
18th - Sara Thompson
20th - Ron Bode
20th - Brodey Hanson
22nd - Julie Todtz 
April Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2019-03-11 05:00:00Z 0

New Paul Harris Fellows

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During the meeting on February 26th, Foundation Chair Steve ShcraderBachar recognized three members for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation.   Eric Pasanchin was presented with a pin and certificate in recognition of his becoming a new Paul Harris Fellow, Mark Martin received a pin with three sapphire stones representing that he has achieved the level of Paul Harris Fellow +3, and Gary Welch received a pin with four sapphire stones to signify that he has reached the level of Paul Harris Fellow +4.  Congratulations and thank you, Eric, Mark, and Gary!
New Paul Harris Fellows Nate Burnham 2019-03-11 05:00:00Z 0

Exchange Students Speak at Rotary

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The two exchange students from Kopan, Mexico, being hosted by the Rotary Club of Ankeny, were the guest speakers at the regular meeting on February 19th.  They are Sofia Marales and Jesus Esteban.  They made an excellent presentation showing some slides and talking about their families, home town, experiences during their exchange and differences between school in Kopan and Ankeny.
Exchange Students Speak at Rotary Nate Burnham 2019-03-01 06:00:00Z 0

Thank You Bridges

 While the Ankeny Golf & Country Club was completing their remodeling, The Bridges hosted four of our noon meetings.   As a thank you, President Digmann presented Kris Baker, Community Relations Director for the Bridges with a check in the amount of $1,400 Thank you Kris Baker for coordinating these meetings and to The Bridges for taking such good care of us.
Thank You Bridges Nate Burnham 2019-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

"Raise the States" Less Than 40 Days Away

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Our 2019 fundraiser "Raise the Stakes" will be April 13th which is now less than 40 days away.  Here are some things to keep in mind:
 
Beer & Wine - Two of our live auction items will be a "Wall of Wine" and "A Tower of Beer".  We are asking each Rotarian to bring a bottle of wine, or case of beer to add to this auction item.  WineStyles of Ankeny will also be donating tastings and club memberships to these auction items.  Please bring your wine and beer to a Rotary meeting in the next couple weeks.
 
Ticket Sales - For this event to be a success, we need to fill all the seats with bidders.  Our goal is to set a new high with over 300 ticket sales.  To purchase tickets, go on line to https://bidpartner.net/rotary/.Ticket sales are $60 each or you can purchase a table of 8 for $440. Remember each Rotarian is responsible for two tickets.  We hope everyone is planning to attend and will bring some guests.  If not, you will be invoiced for two tickets.
 
Auction items - Thank you to everyone that has already turned in auction items.  We have received several unique items but we still need more.  Please bring your items to a meeting as soon as possible.  We would like to have all items turned in by March 19th to allow time for the committee to select the live items and put together the order of the auction.  Then the brochure still need to be completed and printed.
 
Volunteers - Several volunteers will be needed the night of the event.  Be ready to sign up to help with set up, registration, hosting, selling 50/50 tickets, clerking, or clean up in the next couple weeks. 
"Raise the States" Less Than 40 Days Away Nate Burnham 2019-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

Board Approves Donation to Epilepsy Foundation

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During their February meeting, the Rotary Club of Ankeny's Board approved a donation to the Epilepsy Foundation of Iowa to be a bronze sponsor for the "Walks to End Epilepsy" in the amount of $500.   As a bronze sponsor, the club's name will be on the t-shirts and the club will be recognized recognized on their web site and at the event.
Board Approves Donation to Epilepsy Foundation Nate Burnham 2019-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

2019 District 6000 Conference

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The 2019 Rotary District 6000 conference will be held May 2 - 4 at the Sheraton West Des Moines.  Early registration is now available.  To take advantage of the early registration discount go to the District 6000 web site, https://rotary6000.org/.  Then go to the story "District Conference 2019" to call up the registration form.  
2019 District 6000 Conference Nate Burnham 2019-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

50/50 for Adaptive Sports

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On the evening of February 19th, members of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny, volunteered to sell 50/50 raffle tickets at the Iowa Wild Hockey match.  All the net proceeds from the ticket sales benefits Adaptive Sports.  Pictured are Rick Sibbel, Rachel Panzi, Kathy Sibbel, Anne Porter, Kristofer Orth, and Jeff Manger.
50/50 for Adaptive Sports Nate Burnham 2019-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

Juan Arias Joins Evening Club

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Steve Wieneke inducted Juan Arias into the Rotary Club of Ankeny's Evening club on February 26th.   Juan first joined Rotary in 1993 and is transferring his membership from the San Pedro Sula, Honduras Rotary Club.  He is a software developer for PurFoods and his wife is a teacher in the Des Moines School District.
 
Welcome Juan!!
Juan Arias Joins Evening Club Nate Burnham 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0

Scholarships for Rotarian Students

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny has donated $2,000 to Dollars for Scholars.  These funds will provide two $500 scholarships at each Ankeny High School.   We have asked that at least one scholarship at each high school go to a student with some relationship to Rotary such as a RYLA or Interact student, Rotary Youth Exchange student, or the student's parent or grandparent is a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  
 
If you have a child or grandchild that is a senior in Ankeny High School, be sure to encourage them to apply for the Rotary scholarship.   Contact Mary Cochran, dcochran@mchsi.com, if you have any questions.
Scholarships for Rotarian Students Nate Burnham 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Members

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President Digmann inducted Hannah Guilford and Darius Potts into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on February 26th.
 
Hannah Guilford will be a third Secondary Designee for the Bridges and is their Community Relations Representative.  Doug Johnson will continue to be the Primary Designee for The Bridges and Kris Baker and Brody Hanson will continue to be Secondary Designees.
 
Darius Potts is the Ankeny Police Chief and was proposed by Kathy Sibbel.
 
Welcome Hannah and Darius!!
Welcome New Members Nate Burnham 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0

Evening Club Serves at YESS

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Members of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny volunteered to entertain kids at the Youth Emergency Shelter Services in Des Moines on February 12th.   They put puzzles together, read books, and made Rice Kispie bars with the kids that ranged in age from two to eleven.
Evening Club Serves at YESS Nate Burnham 2019-02-26 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
11th - Kendall Sather
12th - Zane Smith
18th - Stacey Koeppen
21st - Troy Boelman
27th - Raj Reddy
March Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2019-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

March Rotary Board Meeting

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

When: Thursday, March 14th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

March Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2019-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Ankeny Recognized for PolioPlus Contributions

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny has received a certificate from The Rotary Foundation in recognition of our support of the "End Polio Now: Countdown to History Campaign".  The certificate reads:
 
"Ankeny is presented a certificate of appreciation for its financial support of End Polio Now; Countdown to History Campaign.  Together, we will fulfill our promise to the children of the world and eradicate polio."
 
During the 2017-2018 year, the Rotary Club of Ankeny contributed $5,100  to the PolioPlus campaign which equals $60 per Active member.
Rotary Club of Ankeny Recognized for PolioPlus Contributions Nate Burnham 2019-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

Ankeny Recognized by The Rotary Foundation

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District 6000 Assistant District Governor, Corrine Lambert, attended the noon meeting of The Rotary Club of Ankeny to present a banner to the club in recognition of the club's contributions to The Rotary Foundation for the 2017-2018 Rotary year.  Ankeny is distinguished from more than 35,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide as being one of the following:
 
  • One of only 1,575 clubs to achieve "Top Three Highest in per Capita Annual Giving" honors in District 6000. (only clubs with a minimum $50 contribution to the Annual Fund per member are eligible.)
  • One of only 3,425 clubs worldwide to attain status as an "Every Rotarian, Every Year Club" (A minimum of $100 per member with every member contributing to the Annual Fund during the Rotary year.)
  • One of only 4,000 clubs worldwide to become a "100% Foundation Giving Club".  (club must have contributed an average of at least $100 per member and 100% participation, with every member contributing at least $25 to any or all of the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, an approved global grant, or Endowment Fund.)
During the 2017-2018 Rotary Year, Ankeny contributed $12,780 to the Foundation's Annual Fund and $5,100 to PolioPlus.  This totals $17,880 to the Rotary Foundation and equals $210.35 per Active member. 
 
Congratulations and thank you Ankeny Rotarians!
Ankeny Recognized by The Rotary Foundation Nate Burnham 2019-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

Juan Arias Presents Banner

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Juan Arias recently relocated to the Des Moines area from Honduras where he was a member of the Usula Rotary Club of San Pedro Sula, Honduras.  He attended our noon meeting on February 5th and presented the club with a banner from his former club.  He also attended the evening club on February 12th and plans to transfer his membership to the evening club. 
Juan Arias Presents Banner Nate Burnham 2019-02-08 06:00:00Z 0

Kris Baker Named Rotarian of Month for February

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Kris Baker volunteered The Bridges to host our meetings for as many weeks as the Ankeny Golf & Country Club needed to complete their remodeling.  In total they hosted 4 meetings during January and February with Kris coordinating all the arrangements.  In recognition of her efforts, President Ben named her Rotarian of the Month for February.  Congratulations Kris!
Kris Baker Named Rotarian of Month for February Nate Burnham 2019-02-08 06:00:00Z 0

Auction Items Needed

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It is now only 10 weeks until the Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2019 fundraiser "Raise the Stakes" for Community.  For the event to be a success, each member of the club needs to participate with the sale of tickets and obtaining auction items.   Brian Tiernan and Doug Beech are co-chairing the ticket sales and auction item aspects of the fundraiser.  They have divided the club into two groups, last names beginning with A-K on Doug's team and M-Z on Brian's team.   There will be some competition between the teams for who sells the most tickets and obtains the most auction items.  The ideal auction item is something unusual and desirable that cannot be purchased in a store.  These might include a hot air balloon ride, fishing trip, time share vacation home for a week, autographed items, etc.  The more unusual the item the better.  Rich Job will be storing auction items in his basement.  As items are received, give them to Rich or bring them to a meeting and we'll get them to him.  
 
The first thing they ask of each member is to provide them with a list of four people they want to see at the event, four people they are inviting, and four people they want to see that they have a connection with to invite.  The goal this year is to have over 300 people in attendance.   Your list can be sent to Doug at doug.beech@Caseys.com or Brian at brian@cjmfinancial.com.  Remember the money we raise from this event enables us to help many individuals and organizations in Ankeny and around the world.
Auction Items Needed Nate Burnham 2019-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Governor's Luncheon for Scouting

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Todd Eipperle has invited all Ankeny Rotarians to join him for an inspirational luncheon for Scouting, Wednesday February 6th, with featured speaker Mary T. Mack, Senior Vice President, Consumer Banking, Wells Fargo, along with Governor Kim Reynolds.    The event will be at the Iowa Events Center Ballroom, 833 5th Avenue, Des Moines.   Check-in for the event is between 11:30 and 11:45 AM, the program will begin at noon and will conclude by 1:00 PM.  There is no cost for the luncheor as Rotary has been a great sponsor to local Scouting for several years, but there will be an opportunity if you would like to make a personal donation/pledge, although it is not required.  Todd has reserved a table for Ankeny Rotarians.  All you need to do is contact Todd to let him know you plan to attend so he can get you added to the check-in-roster and your seat reserved.  RSVP to todd.eipperle@scouting.org.
Governor's Luncheon for Scouting Nate Burnham 2019-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Sally Schroeder Named Ankeny's "Guardian of Integrity" Nominee

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The District 6000 "Guardian of Integrity" award is named for Boone Rotarian and Past District Governor (1954-1955), Judge Paul E. Hellwege, who passed away in 2010.  This award was established to promote the ideals of ethics and integrity which were Pauls' fervent passions.  The award is presented annually to Rotarians who have been a member of a club in District 6000 for a minimum of three years and who have made outstanding contributions that foster the development of integrity.  It singles out persons 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 in their vocational, business and personal lives that Paul exemplified.
 
Each club in District 6000 may nominate one member each year.  Sally Schroeder has been selected to be the nominee for the Rotary Club of Ankeny for 2019.  She will be recognized at the 2019 Rotary District 6000 Conference to be held May 2-4 at the West Des Moines Sheraton.  Congratulations Sally!
Sally Schroeder Named Ankeny's "Guardian of Integrity" Nominee Nate Burnham 2019-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

"Raise The Stakes"  Fundraiser April 13, 2019

             
The Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2019 fundraiser, "Raise The Stakes" for Community Fundraiser will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on the campus of DMACC in Ankeny on Saturday, April 13, 2019.  Silent auction items may be viewed and bid on a week prior to the event by going to https://bidpartner.net/rotary/.  They will also be on display and open for bidding until 7:45 PM the night of the event. 
 
The evening will begin at 5:00 PM with appetizers and professional Las Vegas style gaming tables open for action.  Everyone purchasing a ticket will received chips to play the games which will include Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Poker, Three Card Poker and Let It Ride.  The gaming tables will close at 7:45 PM.  Complimentary wine and beer will be available throughout the evening and a buffet dinner will be available from 6:30 to 7:45 PM.  The live auction will begin at 8:00 PM and will include, "Heads or Tails", desserts, paddle raisers, "100 for 100 Raffle", and Casino chip prize winners in addition to several live auction items.   

 

Available sponsorships include:
  • Double Diamond Gaming Table Sponsorship including signage, event promo and a table for 8 guests - $750 (Limited number available)
  • Single Diamond Gaming Table Sponsorship including signage and two tickets - $250 (Limited number available)
Individual tickets are $60 each or reserve a table for 8 for $440.  Tickets may be purchased from any Ankeny Rotarian or on line at https://bidpartner.net/rotary/.
"Raise The Stakes"  Fundraiser April 13, 2019 Nate Burnham 2019-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

Thank You From Head Start

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The Evening Club assembled 25 literacy kits for Ankeny's Head Start program at their meeting on December 18th.  Each kit included a children's book.  The following thank you has been received:
 
"Rotary Club of Ankeny, Thank you for the wrapped book you gave the children that are in the Head Start programs in the Neveln Center.  It is our hope that families read the book together over winter break.  The children were so excited to receive the gift.  Thank you for thinking of the Head Start programs!  Miss Heather and Miss Anderson."
Thank You From Head Start Nate Burnham 2019-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

AG&CC Sewer Project Update

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Nathan Porter the General Manager for Ankeny Golf & Country Club has provided us with an update on their sewer project.  The asbestos removal began on January 21st and most of the floor tiles have been removed from the ballroom, ladies locker room, and front entry.  They will prepare the space for the asbestos removal and hope to be done by Jan 26th.  After this is completed they need to have concrete poured throughout the clubhouse to fill the trenching that was cut for the new sewer pipes.  When this is completed flooring will be installed in the bar, ballroom, entryway, and the ladies locker room.  Here is the current timeline for the project:
 
Jan. 21st - Start asbestos mitigation (Had to wait 10 days due to regulations.)
Jan 25th - Asbestos mitigation finished.
Jan. 28-30 - Pour concrete and let cure
Jan 31st - Start installation of carpet and ball room flooring
Feb 4th - 8th - Finish flooring installation and clean building
Feb 9th - 12th - Open Clubhouse
 
Rotary will likely need to continue to meet off site until the meeting on February 19th.  We are asked to please not go to the clubhouse while it is closed.  You will not be able to enter the building and there are safety concerns if you do.
AG&CC Sewer Project Update Nate Burnham 2019-01-22 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Theme for 2019-2020

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Rotary International President Elect, Mark Daniel Maloney explained his version for building a stronger Rotary, calling on leaders to expand connections to their communities and to embrace innovative membership models.  Maloney, a member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama unveiled his 2019-2020 presidential theme, "Rotary Connects the World"  to incoming district governors at Rotary's annual training event, the International Assembly, in San Diego, California on January 7th.
 
“The first emphasis is to grow Rotary — to grow our service, to grow the impact of our projects, but most importantly, to grow our membership so that we can achieve more,” Maloney said.  Maloney believes that connection is at the heart of the Rotary experience.  "Rotary allows us to connect with each other, in deep and meaningful ways across our differences."  Maloney said.  "It connects us to people we would never otherwise have met who are more like us than we could have known.  It connects us to our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help."
Rotary Theme for 2019-2020 Nate Burnham 2019-01-21 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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Recently, The Rotary Foundation was inducted into University of Oxford's Chancellor's Court of Benefactors for its continuous support of the university.  Since 1949, the Foundation has provided scholarships to more than 200 Oxford scholars including a former American ambassador to the United Kingdom, a Pulitzer Prize winning author and investigative reporter for the New York Times, and a director and Senior Fellow at the Ansari Africa Centre.   For almost 70 years, this support has enabled students from around the world to benefit from all that Oxford has to offer.  Membership in the Court of Benefactors is conferred by the Chancellor on those who have been outstandingly generous towards the university.  The Rotary Foundation joins a prestigious list of over 250 members including Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Skoll Foundation.  The members are from around the globe whose significant contributions have assisted Oxford in being the world's institution that it is today.
 
Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you.
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2019-01-21 06:00:00Z 0

Gary Welch Named Rotarian of the Month for January

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Gary Welch volunteers to make Santa available for several families, functions and organizations each year during the holiday season.  This year he collected donations totaling $1,135 for his services and he in turn donated all of these funds to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  In recognition of this donation, all the work he does as chair of the club's youth committee, and all the other volunteer work he does, President Digmann named him the club's Rotarian of the month for January, 2019.
Gary Welch Named Rotarian of the Month for January Nate Burnham 2019-01-21 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member Andrew Stumbo

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Andrew Stumbo was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on January 8, 2019 by President Ben Digmann.  Andrew is a Wealth Management Advisor with Benson Wealth Management in Ankeny.  Welcome Andrew!!
 
Welcome New Member Andrew Stumbo Nate Burnham 2019-01-21 06:00:00Z 0

February Rotary Board Meeting

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

When: Thursday, February 14th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

February Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2019-01-21 06:00:00Z 0

Dollars For Scholars Thanks Rotary

The Rotary Club of Ankeny donated funds for two $500 scholarships at each Ankeny high school at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.  Recently, a thank you note including pictures was received from Dollars for Scholars.  It read:
 
"Thank you for making a difference!  Your generous financial support to Ankeny Dollars for Scholars is an investment in the life of a young individual.  It allows the graduates from Ankeny and Ankeny Centennial to pursue their educational dreams.  As the president of Ankeny Dollars for Scholars, please accept my heartfelt thanks.  As a community, we donated $73,406 in 2018 and awarded 132 scholarships to the graduates.  You were an important of this success.  Ankeny Dollars for Scholars in such a worthy cause and thank you for being such an integral part of our success,  We could not do it without you."  Sincerely, Kristen Gray
 
 
 
Pictured is Rotarian, Mark Land with scholarship winner Rachel Leon, Rotarian Gary Welch with Eva and Meredith Long, and Mark Land with his daughter Nicolette Land.
 
Dollars For Scholars Thanks Rotary Nate Burnham 2019-01-11 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Ring Day Results

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Several Ankeny Rotarians took turns ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at the North HyVee on December 15th.  Last year, Rotarians rang the bell for 6 hours and received donations totaling $305.76.  This year we rang the bell for 12 hours and had $707.67 dropped in the red kettle.  Thank you to all of the Rotarians that helped ring the bell and to Anne Porter for coordinating this service project.
Rotary Ring Day Results Nate Burnham 2019-01-11 06:00:00Z 0

February Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in February:
 
2nd - Mike Goedeke
5th - Eric Hockenberry
6th - Doug Parker
8th - Terry Peter
12th - Kris Baker
21st - Ryan Bach
26th - Jody Savage
26th - Steve SchraderBachar
February Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2019-01-11 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary  "Casino Night"  - April 13, 2019

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2019 fundraiser, "Casino Night" will be held on Saturday, April 13th.  The event will be set up similar to previous year's and will include a meal, drinks and both silent and live auctions.  Co-chairs, Laura Luetje and Stacey Koeppen, are working hard to create new energy for this event in hopes of gaining new faces in attendance and generate a community buzz about Rotary and what we do and, of course, raise more dollars for the club!   Thanks to their efforts, they have already received $10,000 in sponsorships.   These include $5,000 from Polk County, $3,000 from Prairie Meadows and, most recently, $2,000 from Karl Chevrolet.  
 
Each member of the club should be thinking about what businesses they can ask to donate auction items and who they can invite to purchase tables and attend the event.   We will soon be hearing from Doug Beech and Brian Tiernan regarding auction items and ticket sales.  Also, Laura and Stacey plan to meet with committee chairs every other week at 11:00 AM prior to our regular Tuesday meetings beginning on January 8th.
Rotary  "Casino Night"  - April 13, 2019 Nate Burnham 2018-12-31 06:00:00Z 0

January Rotary Board Meeting

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

When: Thursday, January 10th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

January Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2018-12-31 06:00:00Z 0

Happy New Year Rotarians & Friends!!!

May the dawn of this New Year fill your heart with new hopes, open up the new horizons and bring to you promises of brighter tomorrows!  Have a wonderful and "Happy New Year"!!!
Happy New Year Rotarians & Friends!!! 2018-12-31 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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There are over 122 million children in the Nepal the world that are illiterate.  In addressing the problem, Rotary realizes that bringing children into schools isn't enough to solve illiteracy.  Consequently, it has turned to mentoring and coaching teachers!  The Guatemala Literacy Project and the Nepal Teacher Training Innovation are two global projects that lead the effort to advance childhood reading by empowering teachers to teach better.  The projects plan lessons that ensure students will actually learn.  The entire effort is part of a larger goal to reduce extreme poverty, because knowing how to read and write increases a person's earning potential and ability to build a better life.  These projects can succeed thanks to your generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  Thank you.
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2018-12-30 06:00:00Z 0

Thank You Brian & Cindy

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During the last meeting of the year on December 18th, President Ben Digmann thanked Cindy, waitress, and Brian, chef, for serving us for the past several year.  Ben presented each of them with a thank you card.  Inside each card was a $100 bill.  Thank you Cindy and Brian!! 
Thank You Brian & Cindy Nate Burnham 2018-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

January Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in January:
 
6th - Jack Pennington
20th - Sally Schroeder
25th - Justin Carlton
25th Bruce Kimpston
27th - Jeff Damman
28th - Roger Spahr
31st  - Jim Gocke 
January Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2018-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

Leutje & Koeppen Named Co-Rotarian of the Month

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President Ben Digmann named Laura Leutje and Stacey Koeppen "co-Rotarians of the Month" for December.  Ben recognized Laura and Stacey for all their hard work and generation of new ideas as co-chairmen for the 2019 Rotary Fundraiser.   They have already received $8,000 in sponsorships and have organized committees for sponsorship, ticket sales and soliciting auction items.
Leutje & Koeppen Named Co-Rotarian of the Month Nate Burnham 2018-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

A Fun Night at the Christmas Social

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The annual Rotary Christmas social was held on Saturday evening December 11th at The Fletcher Full Service Restaurant & Bar.  The food was good and the company was great.  We also enjoyed the guitar playing by former Rotarian David Crabbs.  Thank you to Tim Cox and Stacey Koeppen for making the arrangements and hosting the event.   You can view more pictures on our web site under Photo Albums.
 
 
 
 
A Fun Night at the Christmas Social Nate Burnham 2018-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

Ankeny Rotarians Donate $5,915 to Foundation

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Contributions to the Rotary Foundation are included in most members quarterly invoices.  A few members prefer to forward their donation directly to the Foundation and there are a few new members that have not as yet made a commitment to contribute.  The club forwards these donations on to the Rotary Foundation in November and May each year.  The contribution the club sent in November this year was $5,915.  For the past two years, the Rotary Club of Ankeny has been a "100% Club" which means every Active member has made a donation in some amount during the year.  If you have not as yet made a commitment to the Foundation, please contact Foundation Chair, Steve SchraderBachar, 515-360-5197 or sschraderbachar@stearns.com.
Ankeny Rotarians Donate $5,915 to Foundation Nate Burnham 2018-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

Ratchet to Be Published Once A Month

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For the past 8 years, a Ratchet has been published twice each month.  Prior to that a Ratchet had been published nearly every week.  Beginning with the January 1st edition, the Ratchet will be sent to members and Friends of the Club by email once each month on the first Monday of the month. Special announcements and other reminders will also be sent by email to all members as appropriate.  All stories, lists of speakers, and greeter schedules can also be found on our web site.
Ratchet to Be Published Once A Month Nate Burnham 2018-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

Club Participates in Rotary Ring Day 

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Several members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny rang the bell for our local Salvation Army units on Saturday, December 15th at the North Ankeny Hy-Vee.  Thank you to everyone that participated and a special thank you to Anne Porter for coordinating this service project.
Club Participates in Rotary Ring Day Nate Burnham 2018-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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Whenever a global grant is awarded, a global grant consists of a project with a budget over $30,000 up to $200,000, The Rotary Foundation provides technical expertise.  Called the Global Grant Cadre of Technical Advisors, it maintains a registry of individuals that serve in countries other than their own.  These Rotarians are qualified in area of health, education, literacy, small business, micro-credit, and financial auditing - in other words chartered accountants and certified public accountants.  Cadre members are fluent in a variety of languages which include French, Spanish, Portuguese and other language skills.  They conduct on-site project visits for two to three days with written reports upon their return.  This technique assures the validity of the project and its sustainability.
 
The Rotary Foundation welcomes individuals who might wish to join the cadre.  If you are interested, contact the Rotary Foundation at 847-866-3000.  Thank you.
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2018-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

Board Approves Donation for Head Start Books

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During the Board meeting on December 13th, approval was given to purchase 25 books for Head Start.  The Evening Club will be assembling a take home kit for students which will include these books.  The students will be encouraged to read the books at home with their parents.   Each book will have a sticker stating the book has been donated by the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  The cost of the books is $49.15.
Board Approves Donation for Head Start Books Nate Burnham 2018-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

Proposed New Member - Andrew Stumbo

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The Board has approved an application for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny from Andrew Stumbo.  Andrew is a Financial Wealth Advisor with Benson Wealth Management in Ankeny.  He is being proposed for membership by Kathy Sibbel.
 
Comments regarding Andrew's proposed membership may be forwarded to any member of the Board.
 
Proposed New Member - Andrew Stumbo Nate Burnham 2018-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
To All Rotarians, Friends, & Family: 2018-12-10 06:00:00Z 0

Mark Martin Presents Club Banner

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As a Rotarian, you may visit any of the more than 35,000 Rotary clubs located in over 200 countries throughout the world.  It is customary when visiting another club to exchange banners.  If you plan to visit another club, ask Nate Burnham for a banner to exchange.  
 
Mark Martin recently had the opportunity to visit the Sunrise Rotary Club of De Mar - Solana Beach, California.  While there he exchanged Rotary banners.  He presented the banner he received to the club during our meeting on November 13th.   Thanks Mark.
Mark Martin Presents Club Banner Nate Burnham 2018-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

The Testino Agency Joins Rotary

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The Testino Agency became the newest corporate member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny when they were inducted into the club by President Elect Rich Job on December 4th.   The Testino Agency is the Allstate Insurance agent in Ankeny.  Andy Testino will be the "Primary Designee", Nick Testino, James Benda, and Cory Johnson will be the "Secondary Designees" for this corporate membership.  Welcome to Rotary, Andy, Nick, James and Cory!
The Testino Agency Joins Rotary Nate Burnham 2018-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

Alka Khanolkar Selected for DG 2021-2022

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On November 11, 2018, the District 6000 Nominating Committee interviewed candidates for District Governor Nominee Designee 2021-2022.  The committee selected Alaka Khanolkar of the Rotary Club of Keokuk.
Alka Khanolkar Selected for DG 2021-2022 Nate Burnham 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0

Aaron Houng Presents to Rotary

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Aaron Houng was a Rotary Exchange student to France for the 2017-2018 year.  On November 29th he reported on his exchange to the noon Rotary club.   Aaron felt this trip changed his life and will be forever grateful to Rotary for making it possible.
Aaron Houng Presents to Rotary Nate Burnham 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Minute

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Now that the holiday season is upon us, many of us are scurrying around trying to find the best gift for our families, our neighbors, teachers and more.  Here is an idea that will save all of you a great deal of time and give you an enormous feeling of satisfaction!
 
In place of that gift, why not give the gift of Rotary through The Rotary Foundation?  A $100 contribution can help [rovide textbooks for one elementary school in Zambia, provide a hearing aid for a deaf child in Pakistan, buy de-worming tablets for 112 children in the Philippines , pay for cataract operations for three blind people in India, or provide 230 blankets for the elderly in the winter months of Korea!  And there are many opportunities even within our own country!
 
For more information contact our Foundation Chair, Steve SchraderBachar or call The Rotary Foundation at 866-976-82279.  Thank you for your generosity.
Rotary Foundation Minute Nate Burnham 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0

Polio Eradication Update

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Eradicating Polio in India was a feat of dedication, commitment, and doubling down on immunization activities.  Given India's vast population, tropical climate, and other environmental challenges, it would be easy to imagine that if Polio couldn't be stopped, India would be the place to fail.   After all, India constituted over 60% of all polio cases as recently as 2009.  However, in 2014, India was officially declared Polio-free, along with the rest of the South-East Asia Region.  Success in India really changed the game, and now serves as an example that eradication of Polio is indeed possible when the world marshals political will and commits adequate resources to the cause that effects everyone worldwide.
 
Pakistan - No new Polio Cases reported since 10/7/18.  Eight cases reported in 2018, all from just four districts.  Twenty years ago the entire country was affected by polio, and every year, more than 35,000 children were paralyzed for life by the disease.
Nigeria - No new Wild Polio Cases have been reported in 2017 or 2018.  Most recent case was reported on 8/20/16.   Nigeria is to be congratulated on 2-1/4 years without a Wild Polio case!
Afghanistan - No new Polio cases reported this week.  Nineteen cases reported in 2018 with the most recent case with the onset of paralysis on 10/2/18.
 
Zero is the magic number!  The three year "Countdown to History" starts after the final Wild Polio case.  As of last week, we count seven weeks since the report of the most recent Wild Polio case.
Polio Eradication Update Nate Burnham 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0