Proposed New Corporate Member

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With some changes taking place at corporate member CJM Financial, Brian Tiernan will no longer be a Secondary Designee for them.   Brian will now be the owner of Shamrock Advanced Transport LLC and is applying for this company to be a new corporate member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny and he will be the Primary Designee.  He plans to add some Secondary Designees at a later date.
 
The Board has approved this change in Brian's membership.  Should any member have and questions or comments on this change, they may contact any Board member.
Proposed New Corporate Member Nate Burnham 2021-10-15 05:00:00Z 0

12 Days Until "Raise the Stakes for Community"

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It is now only 12 days until the Rotary Club of Ankeny's, "Raise the Stakes for Community" fundraiser to be held on October 16th.  The fun will begin at 5:00 PM when the gaming tables open for play and the acrobats  start performing.   The buffet line for dinner will open at 6:30.  The program including, "Heads or Tails" and the live auction will begin at 8:00 PM. 
 
All auction items are now available on-line.  There are 21 live items, under "Featured Items" and about 100 silent auction items.  The value of all items is over $56,000!  To view the silent auction items and start bidding on them, go to our web site, https://bidpartner.net/rotary/ and then click on the “Silent Auction Bidding”.   You will need to put in the Bidder ID you were assigned when you bought your tickets and the password you created.    
 
We have sold 400 tickets but we still have about 100 "Guest of" for the name.  If you have not done it yet, please forward the names and the email addresses of your guests to Nate at nfburnham@gmail.com, as soon as you have the names.  They can register the night of the event but entering their name in advance will speed up registration and allow them to start bidding on the silent auction items prior to that night.
12 Days Until "Raise the Stakes for Community" Nate Burnham 2021-10-04 05:00:00Z 0

ISU Rotary Tailgate

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be hosting a tailgate at the Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State football game at Jack Trice Stadium on October 23rd.   The tailgate will be located in parking lot A4, hopefully on the grass at the south end of the lot.   Look for the blue Rotary tent.  All Rotarians and guest are welcome to attend.  Some snacks and beverages will be provided but you are welcome to bring your favorite drink or snack to share.
 
More information to come after game time has been announced.
ISU Rotary Tailgate Nate Burnham 2021-10-04 05:00:00Z 0

No New Polio Cases Since Janaury, 2021

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The world has now gone eight months without any new wild polio cases.  Pakistan has not had a new case since January 27, 2021 and Afghanistan has not had a new case since January 1, 2021.  These countries must go two years without a new case to be certified polio free but we truly are very close to ridding the world of this disease.
 
Remember October 24th is World Polio Date.
No New Polio Cases Since Janaury, 2021 nate Burnham 2021-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor Alka Khanolkar to Visit Ankeny

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During the month of October, District Governor Alka Khanolkar will be visiting both Ankeny Rotary Groups.   She will visit the Evening group on October 12th and the Noon Group on October 19th.   
 
Also, the Board will be meeting with DG Khanolhar on the 19th at 11:00 AM at the AG&CC prior to the regular noon meeting.   All board members should plan to attend and be prepared to discuss the activities of our club and learn of the goals for this year for our district.
District Governor Alka Khanolkar to Visit Ankeny nate Burnham 2021-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Banner from South Africa

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Heidi Kramer recently returned from a mission trip to South Africa with Blessman International.  While there, she attended a Rotary meeting in Pietersburg.  During the noon meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny on September 21st, she presented a banner from the Pietersburg club.   Thank you Heidi.
Banner from South Africa nate Burnham 2021-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Jim Gocke to Host the October Bourbon Tasting 

The next Bourbon tasting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held on October 21, 2021, at Jim Gocke’s home, 8198 N. E. Morgan Dr., Bondurant, Iowa.  This is approximately 8 miles east of I-35 on Oralabor, which turns into NE 78th Ave., then left onto NE Morgan Dr. and in about .5 mile, 8198 will be on your left.  Take the driveway past the white house near the road to the new home in back.
 
The tasting will begin at 6:30.  All Rotarians and their spouses are invited to attend.  There will be a good selection of Bourbons to taste including a couple high end selections.  You are welcome to bring an appetizer to share but it is not required.
 
Hope to see you all there!!
Jim Gocke to Host the October Bourbon Tasting nate Burnham 2021-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Orientation

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Four recently inducted new members of the club and several Board members attended a "New Member Orientation" at the Ankeny Golf & Country on September 27th. There was good discussion regarding the activities and projects of the Club and questions were answered.    
New Member Orientation nate Burnham 2021-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome Back Doug Ripley

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Doug Ripley joined the Rotary Club of Ankeny in August 2003.   After serving as President in 2007-2008, Doug resigned in 2013 when his kids became involved in school activities.  He decided to return to Rotary and was inducted back into the club on September 7th.   Welcome back Doug.
Welcome Back Doug Ripley Nate Burnham 2021-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Sally Schroeder - September Rotarian of the Month

President Todd Eipperle presented a certificate to Sally Schroeder during the noon meeting on September naming her the Ankeny Rotarian of the Month for September.  This was primarily in recognition of her leadership as chairman of the Membership Committee.  Thank you and congratulations Sally!
Sally Schroeder - September Rotarian of the Month nate Burnham 2021-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Ankeny Recognized for Foundation Contributions

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The Club has received a letter from the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation thanking our club for our generous support of the Annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation for the 2019-2020 Rotary year.   (Receipt of this recognition is a few months late due to COVID.)  It stated our club is distinguished from the more than 35,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide as being the following:
  • One of only 1,550 clubs to achieve "Top Three Highest in Per Capita Annual Giving" honors in their District.
  • One of only 3,400 clubs worldwide to attain status as an "Every Rotarian, Every Year Club". 
  • One of only 4,000 clubs worldwide to become a "100% Foundation Giving Club". 
Congratulations and thank you Ankeny Rotarians for making the the Rotary Foundation a continued priority in your club.
Ankeny Recognized for Foundation Contributions nate Burnham 2021-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Ankeny Receives Presidential Citation  Again!!

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Rotary's "Presidential Citation" recognizes Rotary clubs that support Rotary's strategic priorities by completing certain activities during the year.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny has received this award for Todd Wehr's term as President during the 2020-2021 Rotary year.  This marks the sixth consecutive year that Ankeny has received this honor.  Of the 65 clubs in District 6000, the Rotary Club of Ankeny is one of four to receive this award for 2020-2021 and the only club in the district to have received this honor in each of the past six years. 
 
Thank you Todd Wehr for your leadership during the past year and congratulations to the all members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny!!
Ankeny Receives Presidential Citation  Again!! nate Burnham 2021-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

October Rotary Board meeting

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The October Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
 
When:  Thursday, October 14th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
October Rotary Board meeting nate Burnham 2021-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

October Rotarian Birthdays

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the following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in October:
 
5th - Mary Cochran
12th - Marie Kline
15th - Doug Thomson
16th - Abbi Rickelman
20th - Kristofer Orth
24th - Sharlene Dunlap
24th - Brenda Wieneke
27th - Mark Densmore
29th - Renee Potts
30th - John Foster
October Rotarian Birthdays nate Burnham 2021-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Only 39 Days Until "Raise the Stakes" Fundraise

It is now only 39 days until the Rotary Club of Ankeny's "Raise the Stakes for Community" Fundraiser which will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on Saturday October 16th.  The evening will begin with appetizers, a signature drink, and professional Las Vegas style gaming tables open for action at 5:00 PM.  Everyone purchasing a ticket will receive chips to play the games which will include Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Poker, Three Card Poker and Let It Ride.  Prizes will be awarded to the guests accumulating the most chips for the night.  A new feature this year will be aerial performers in the atrium as you play at the tables.  Complimentary wine and beer will be available throughout the evening and at 6:30 PM a buffet dinner will be available.
 
  
 
There will be about 100 silent auction items to be sold on-line and the program will begin at 8:00 PM.  It will include "Heads or Tails", a dessert auction, and several live auction items which will include: a set of four new tires, Broil King gas grill, kids flying experience, Mike Trout autographed ball and jersey, ISU Sukup football tickets, opportunity to watch ISU football from AD Pollard’s balcony, Green Bay Packers autographed football and club seat tickets, skybox tickets for Cowboys at Chiefs, free installed high efficiency furnace, ride with police officer, free Lasik eye surgery, 10-day service trip for two to South Africa, Eric Church concert VIP seating, and more.
 
Tickets may be purchased from any Ankeny Rotarian or on-line at https://bidpartner.net/rotary/.  Individual tickets are $60 each or reserve a table for 8 for $440.  Sponsorships are also still available on the web site.     
 
Only 39 Days Until "Raise the Stakes" Fundraise 2021-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Orientation

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The club's Membership Committee would like to invite all members that have recently joined the club or have never attended a "New Member Orientation" to gather at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club on Monday evening September 27th at 5:30 PM.   After a social time, with complimentary drinks and appetizers, club officers will provide a short program and answer any questions you may have about Rotary International, The Rotary Foundation, and the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Although this orientation is designed for new members, all members are welcome if they have questions about our club or would just like to socialize with other members.   Please RSVP to Sally Schroeder, ssschroeder@dmacc.edu if you intend to attend.  
New Member Orientation Nate Burnham 2021-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

Allen Anderson Recognized as Major Donor

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The noon Rotary meeting on August 17th was devoted to Blessman International and the projects they have completed and are still working on in South Africa.   Dr. Jim Blessman gave an update on some of these projects including, drilling water wells, "Teach a Man to Fish" (training individuals to care for gardens), sanitation projects for early childhood development centers, and a feminine hygiene project.   Guests in attendance via Zoom were Allen and Trish Anderson who were major contributors to Blessman International including $100,000 to the sanitation project.    After Dr. Blessman's presentation, Ankeny's Foundation Chair, Tim Hawkins, announced that Allen Anderson was being recognized by the Rotary Foundation for his contribution and presented him with a crystal and a pin with four stones as symbols of his being recognized a "Major Donor - Level 4".  Jacque Andrew, District 6000 Foundation Co-Chair, was also in attendanace via Zoom and thanked Mr. Anderson for his support of the Rotary Foundation and the projects they supported.
Allen Anderson Recognized as Major Donor Nate Burnham 2021-09-02 05:00:00Z 0

Evening Group Helps Pack 185,000 Meals

The Evening Ankeny Rotary Group met on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at Meals from the Heartland. Fourteen Rotarians and six guests, with the help of other volunteers, packed 185,000 meals during their two hour shift.  It was quite the assembly line.  If you haven't helped with this project, it is a great experience!
Evening Group Helps Pack 185,000 Meals Nate Burnham 2021-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Ankeny Guests

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Special guests attending the Rotary Club of Ankeny's meetings last month included:
 
9/7 - Vicki Engh, New Horizon Adult Day Care
9/14 - Dr. Erick Pruitt, ACSD Superintendent, Speaker
9/14 - Cathy Maher, guest of Shannon Maher, Happy Hour
9/21 - Anne Bacon, IMPACT, Speaker
9/21 - Maya Duke, guest of Jacquelyn Duke - Evening
9/28 - Dave Cook, District 6000 Membership, Speaker
9/29 - Steve Dakin - Past DG, Boone Rotary Club of Ankeny
9/28 - Holly Sealine, Kirkendall Public Library, Speaker - Evening
9/28 - Maya Duke, guest of Jacquelyn Duke - Evening
 
Rotary Club of Ankeny Guests Nate Burnham 2021-08-30 05:00:00Z 0

Steve Wieneke Named Member of the Month 

Steve Wieneke was named "Rotarian of the Month" for August by President Todd Eipperle.  This was in recognition of all he did to arrange for the Iowa Veterans' Band concert that was held at the Band Shell on July 24th.   Congratulations Steve!   
Steve Wieneke Named Member of the Month Nate Burnham 2021-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

Doug Ripley Applies to Return to Rotary

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Doug Ripley joined the Rotary Club of Ankeny in August 2003 and served as president in 2007-2008.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow.  He resigned from the club in 2013 when his kids became involved in school activities and would now like to get back into Rotary.  The Board has approved his application.  
 
Comments regarding Doug's proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board member.
 
Doug Ripley Applies to Return to Rotary Nate Burnham 2021-08-26 05:00:00Z 0

Christmas Social at Briarwood December 14th

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

Welcome Bryant Heating & Cooling New Members

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

Fall Picnic Well Attended

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

Evening Group fills Backpack Buddies

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

Thank You from New Horizons

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

Gordon McInally Nominated for RI President 2023-2024

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

September Rotary Board Meeting

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

September Rotarian Birthdays.

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There are sixteen Ankeny Rotarians that will celebrate birthdays in September.  This is more than in any other month.   Those celebrating birthdays are:
 
6th - Ron Matthews
7th - Teri Crist
7th - Tom Friedman
7th - Mark Martin
7th - Scott Obstarczyk
8th - Kent Patterson
9th - Jacquelyn Duke
13th - Adam Boeding
15th - Reece Lewellen
16th - Todd Wehr
20th - Kevin Brooks
20th - Lewis Todtz
24th - Jim Hudson
25th - Amber Weger
29th - Tim Hudson
September Rotarian Birthdays. Nate Burnham 2021-08-08 05:00:00Z 0

Prospective New Member - Marie Keding

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

District 6000 Directories

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

Welcome New Member Doug Thomson

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

August Rotary Board Meeting

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

Iowa Military Veterans Band Concert

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

Welcome New Member Nicole Matter

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Dr. Nicole Matter was inducted into the Evening Group of the Rotary Club of Ankeny on July 27th.   She is the owner of Family Matters Chiropractic in Ankeny and was proposed for membership by Laura Leutje.  Her classification is Chiropractor.
Welcome New Member Nicole Matter Nate Burnham 2021-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

Polio Eradication Update

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

Evening Group Cleans Up Bandshell

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

Rotary Foundation Minute

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

Golf Ball Drop Results

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

Todd Wehr - Rotarian of the Month for July

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

August Rotarian Birthdays

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

Save the Date - Rotary Summer Picnic

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

Iowa Military Veterans Band Concert July 24th 

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

Prospective New Member, Nicole Matter

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

Thank You From Dollars For Scholars Winners

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

Thank You from Ankeny Leadership Participant

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

Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet

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

Northwest Bank Becomes Corporate Member

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

Tim Hawkins Named PHF + 5

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

Thanks From President Wehr

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

Prospective New Members for Bryant Heating & Cooling

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

New Horizons Adult Day Center

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

Northwest Bank - Prospective New Members

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

Brian Tiernan Named Rotarian of the Month for June

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

July Rotary Board Meeting

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

July Rotarian Birthdays

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

Rotary Foundation Minute

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

Dollars for Scholars Rotary Scholarship Winners

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

Rotary Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet - June 22nd

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

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

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

Rotary Foundation Program - June 1

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

Thank You From DG Steve & Lesley

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

Prospective New Member - Ron Matthews

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

Laura Luetje Named Outstanding Citizen of the Year

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

Amendment to Club's By-Laws Approved

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

Corinne Lambert Update

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

Welcome New Member - Dianna Tran

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

June Rotarian Birthdays

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

June Rotary Board Meeting

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

RYLA Deadline Extended

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

Thank You Ankeny Rotary

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

Boone Rotary  - No Dirty Dishes Day Dinner

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

Registration Open For 2021 Virtual RI Convention

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

Dollars for Scholars Winners Announced

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

Arias Brothers - New Paul Harris Fellows

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

DG Dakin Visits Ankeny

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

Welcome New Member Victoria Ogier

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

Welcome New Member Allison Ver Steegt

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

Pie in the Face for Polio

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

Tom Friedman Named Guardian of Integrity Award Winner

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

Rotary Foundation Minute

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

Juan Arias - Rotarian of the Month for April

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

Prospective New Member Social - May 24th

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

May Rotarian Birthdays

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

May Rotary Board Meeting

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

Prospective New Members - Ver Steegt, Ogier, & Tran

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

Fundraiser Committee Meeting - April 13th

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

Bike/Hike to End Polio Now

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

Welcome New Member TJ Burns

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

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

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

Ankeny Clean Up Days - May 15 & 16

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

Monthly Rotary Happy Hours

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

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

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

Blessman International Gala - April 29th

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

April Rotary Board Meeting

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

New Member Orientation - April  13th

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

Bourbon & Bowties - April 7th

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

Bike & Hike to End Polio  - April 3, 2021

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

April Rotarian Birthdays

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

Diana & Tim Hawkins Recognized

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

Hawkins Named Rotarian of Month for March

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

District Community Service Grants

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

March Rotarians Birthdays

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

Polio Eradication Up Date

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

Juan Arias - Assistant District Governor

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

Evening Club Packages Meals From the Heartland

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

March Rotary Board Meeting

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

Donation to Variety - The Children's Charity

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

District Conference - "Living the Five Way Test"

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

Steve SchraderBachar Named Rotarian of the Month for February

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

TJ Burns - Prospective New Member

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

Tim Hawkins to Become Foundation Chair

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

Steve SchraderBachar to be 2023-2024 President

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

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

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

2021 RI Convention to be Virtual

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

Corinne Lambert Hospitalized with Stroke

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

"Hybrid" 2021 District Conference - April 24th

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

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

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

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

Brenda Wieneke Named Rotarian of the Month for January

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

Approval Received for Global Grant

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

Plan to Return to In-Person Meetings February 16th

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

AG&CC Doing Remodeling

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

Ankeny Builds Two Safe T Homes

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

Rotary Foundation Minute

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

February Rotary Board Meeting

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

February Rotarian Birthdays

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

Ankeny Area Historical Society Brick Purchased

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

Evening Club Members Make Blankets

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

ECD Sanitation Global Grant Funded

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

Rotary Foundation Minute

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

January Rotary Board Meeting

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

2021 Raise the Stakes Fundraiser Postponed to October 16th

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

Sukup Safe T Home Challenge

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

Del Mohler Named Rotarian of Month for December

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

January Rotarian Birthdays

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

Welcome New Members

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

Prspective New Member

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

Rotary Foundation Minute

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

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

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

Disaster Relief for Honduras

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

$6,460 To Rotary Foundation

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

Dennis Drager DG Nominee Designee 2023-2024

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

Thank You From CIVITAS

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

Project Fresh Start Thank You

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

Sarah Green Becomes Active Member

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

Welcome New Member Erin Shaw

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

Club Match for Sukup Safe T Home Contributions

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

December Rotarian Birthdays

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

No In-Person Meetings Through Year-End

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

Prospective New Members

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

Approval Received for Global Grant

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

Doc Blessman Named Rotarian of the Month for October

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

Halloween at Rotary

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

Sargent At Arms Committee 

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

What Is The Paul Harris Society?

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

Rotary Foundation Minute

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

2020 Holiday Schedule

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

District 6000 Foundation Luncheon

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

November is Rotary Foundation Month

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

Gocke Named PHF + 5

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

November Rotary Board Meeting

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

November Rotarian Birthdays

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

October Rotary Board Meeting

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

Donation Request Guidelines

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

Coats for Project Fresh Start

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

New Baby Boy for Lewellen's

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

AGAPE Thank You

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

85 Gather at "Together at the Table"

From September 17-20 eight Ankeny Rotarians hosted approximately 85 guests for the club's "Together at the Table" parties.  Donations from these parties totaled $4,530, the 15 silent auction items sold for $9,182, and a $2,000 donation from Polk County gives a total income of $15,712 from these parties.  The big winners were those that participated and had fun at the parties.  Thank you to the hosts, Todd Eipperle, Mark Land, Doug Beech, Nate Burnham, Abbi Rickelman, Trent Murphy, Laura Luetje, and Stacey Koeppen.
             
85 Gather at "Together at the Table" Nate Burnham 2020-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Operation Warm Coat Donation

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In each of the past six year's, the Rotary Club of Ankeny has partnered with Project Fresh Start to purchase and distribute winter coats and other wither clothing to low income families in the Ankeny community.   The Board has approved supporting this project again this year with a donation of $2,500.
Operation Warm Coat Donation Nate Burnham 2020-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Ankeny Leadership Institute Sponsorships

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The objective of the Ankeny Leadership Institute is to enhance personal leadership skills of participants, increase insight on issues facing our community, and inspire participants to become involved in leadership roles.  Several current members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny are past graduates the ALI program and the Board believes all the participants of ALI should all be considered future Rotarian prospects.   During their September meeting, the Board approved some sponsorships for the ALI to show support for ALI this program and increase Rotary's visibility to the participants.  Rotary will be the sponsor for the ALI "Meet and Greet" and also for their "Graduation Ceremony".   In addition, approval was granted for the club to provide up to two scholarships for payment of the tuition to participate in the ALI program.  The preference is for individuals to be considered that they be a current Rotarian.  If no current Rotarian wishes to participate, consideration will then be given to an employee of a Rotarian's business or a non Rotarian. 
 
The Board also approved a request to provide a sponsorship for the Engage Ankeny.org website.  This website is a project of the Ankeny Leadership Institute's class of 2019-2020 and is to create a website to connect local nonprofits to the community and bring awareness to resources that are available.   This Silver Sponsorship, $500, will help provide enhancements to the website.   
Ankeny Leadership Institute Sponsorships Nate Burnham 2020-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Burnham Named Rotarian of the Month

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

Board approves Donation to Sleep In Heavenly Peace

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

October Rotarian Birthdays

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The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in October:
 
5th - Mary Cochran
12th - Marie Kline
16th - Abbi Rickelman
20th - Kristofer Orth
24th - Brenda Wieneke
27th - Mark Densmore
29th - Renee Potts
October Rotarian Birthdays Nate Burnham 2020-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Return to Learn Donation

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Many families in Ankeny are concerned with their ability to assist children with their learning on off days of a hybrid learning program to be utilized by the Ankeny Community Schools.  Laura Luetje presented a request to the Board to provide some financial support for a "Return to Learn" program in which a licensed substitute teacher will be provided at a central location, Blue Bean in Ankeny.   Rotary's donation of $3,500 will assist with the cost of renting the facility to provide access to technology and a safe learning environment for 6-weeks.  This donation is considered "seed money" to help this program get started.  If the program is expanded or continued beyond the 6-weeks, additional funding will be needed from other sources. 
 
The following thank you note was received from Laura Luetje: 
"Rotary Club of Ankeny, A heartfelt thank you for your support financially and in promoting the off-day return-to-learn program.  I truly believe we are making a difference to the kiddos and families in the district and that this support is just another way to show how much the Rotary Club of Ankenysupports the community and how important this support is!  Thank you!!"
 
This note was received from one of the students:
"Dear Ankeny Rotary - Thank you for donating.  I love going to Blue Bean every Monday & Thursday!  I love having Ms. Whitney & Mrs. Laura help me!  Thanks again!  With love, Cate Trewet"
And a note from another student:
"Thanks Ankeny Rotary Club!  Thank you for helping support Return 2 Learn.  I love it and i'm learning a lot!  From Owen Hetiet"
Return to Learn Donation Nate Burnham 2020-09-08 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Receives Donation From Northwest Bank 

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Northwest Bank approved a grant to the Rotary Club of Ankeny in the amount of $1,000 to assist the club with some of the donations we have been making in the Ankeny community.  Richard Bergez, Ankeny Market President, attended the noon meeting on September 1st to present the check to the club and thank the club for everything we do in the community.    Thanks you Northwest Bank for recognizing the Rotary Club of Ankeny and for this donation to the club.
Rotary Receives Donation From Northwest Bank Nate Burnham 2020-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Purchase Equipment for Ankeny Service Center

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny allied for a District 6000 Community Development Grant to assist with the purchase on equipment need by the Ankeny Service Center due to their relocation to a new location.   The grant from Diistrict 6000 will be matched by funds from the club making a total of  $1,792 available to the ASC.   Three Ankeny Rotarians sit on the Board of Directors for the ASC.  They are Brian Tiernan, Kathy Sibbel and Tom Friedman.  
Rotary Purchase Equipment for Ankeny Service Center Nate Burnham 2020-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Donation to New Horizon Adult Day Center

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A check in the amount of $1,000 was recently presented to Vicki Engh the director of the New Horizon Day Center.  Due to COVID 19, and recommendations from the CDC and the Department of Health, NHDC had to close their doors.  They are now reopening and these funds will help with the expenses incurred with reopening.   Rotary will be recognized in their newsletter and on their Facebook page.  
Donation to New Horizon Adult Day Center Nate Burnham 2020-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

September Rotary Board Meeting

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The September meeting of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held virtually at noon on Thursday, September 10th.   All members are welcome to attend and it will count as a make-up.  The Zoom link is
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82858925329
 
A reminder email with this Zoom link will be forwarded prior to the meeting.
September Rotary Board Meeting Nate Burnham 2020-08-31 05:00:00Z 0

Speaker Gifts to Continue

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President Wehr proposed to the Board during their meeting on August 13th that the club continue the practice of  thanking speakers by presenting them with a certificate stating the club will be making a donation to the Ankeny Service Center in recognition of their speaking to the club.  The Board approved this proposal and a donation of $500 was made to the ASC to continue these speaker donations.  ASC Board members Brian Tiernan, Tom Friedman, and Kathy Sibbel accepted a check from the club on August 18th for this donation.
Speaker Gifts to Continue Nate Burnham 2020-08-31 05:00:00Z 0

Charter Member Gene Hill Passes 

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Wilbur "Gene" Hill passed away on August 14, 2020.  Gene was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny having joined the club in January 19, 1973.  He left the club in 2011 after 38 years of membership.  As it stated in his obituary, "Gene was a founding member and a past president of Ankeny Rotary Club as well as a recipient of the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship Award".
 
Wilbur "Gene" Hill was born July 27, 1928 in Webster City, IA and graduated from Stanhope High School in 1946.  He then then went on to play basketball at Webster City Jr. College for a year prior to being drafted into the U.S. Army.  He was stationed at Camp Carson Colorado for nine months before he received a medical discharge.  He met the love of his life, Kathryn Jane Swanson, in 1947 and they were married on July 20, 1951 in Dayton, IA. Gene and Kathryn recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.   Gene joined the Iowa Highway Patrol in 1953 and served 40 years retiring as a Lieutenant in 1993.  While on the patrol, he was in charge of the State Patrol Chaplains Program.  
Charter Member Gene Hill Passes Nate Burnham 2020-08-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary picnic held August 11th

The Rotary Club of Ankeny's annual family picnic was held at Sunrise Park in Ankeny on he evening of August 11th.  Sixteen members and 12 guests were present.   Thank you to Steve Wieneke and Kristofer Orth for grilling the hamburgers and hot dogs.   Also thank you to Rachel Panzi for coordinating the event on behalf of the Evening Club.
    
Rotary picnic held August 11th Nate Burnham 2020-08-28 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Golf Outing - September 23rd

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

Open House at 1Collision Grimes

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1Collision Grimes is under new management and has joined 1Collision Ankeny, also know as Ankeny Autobody1, and 1Collision R. Jones as the newest member of the 1Collision Des Moines Network.    Together they have 95 years of combined expertise to the Western Suburbs.   Ankeny Rotarian, Mark Martin invites club members to join in celebrating this new transition and to learn more about 1Collision Grimes by attending their open house at 2100 SE Gateway Drive #100, Grimes on September 2nd from 4-6 PM.  Registration is required to limit attendance to ensure social distancing.  To register go to https://1collisiondesmoines.com/open-house-and-ribbon-cutting-1collision-grimes/.
 
Open House at 1Collision Grimes Nate Burnham 2020-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Evening Club Packs Meals From The Heartland

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

Ankeny Rotary: Together at the Table

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny's September fundraising event, "Together at the Table" will be held September 17-20.  Several Rotarians have agreed to be a host for 8-10 guests but we are still looking for more hosts.   
 
The goal is for each host to generate a donation of at least $500 through ticket sales or donations.  For example, you can invite 10 guests and charge them $50 a piece or ask for a $50 suggested donation, or you can personally cover the $500.  The host will be responsible for food and drink for their guests but the club will provide a certain amount of liquor or wine to each host from the bottles that were donated for the "Wall of Wine" for this year's fundraiser.  You can host in whatever fashion you choose.  Some members are going with themes, some are having the food catered, some are cooking, some are doing cocktails with appetizers, some are doing a brunch.  If you prefer, you can pair up with another member if you like to help in covering the costs and guest invites.  It is up to you!  The location is also up to you. 
 
There will be approximately 15 auction items that will be sold by sealed bid with a one-time highest bid for your guests that night.  We plan to have guest packets with info on Rotary and the auction items with envelopes to seal their bids.  Hosts will turn the sealed bids into the auction committee and the winners of the items will be announced after Sunday, September 20, 2020.  We are also working on a recorded comedy act as entertainment for your guests. 
 
Contact Laura Leutjelaura.luetje@ankenylaw.com, or Stacey Koeppen, Stacey.Koeppen@edwardjones.com, if you would like to host or co-host a party or attend a party being hosted by another member.
Ankeny Rotary: Together at the Table Nate Burnham 2020-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

ASC Receives Golf Ball Drop Proceeds

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During the noon meeting on August 18th, Ankeny Service Center Board members, Brian Tiernan, Tom Friedman, and Kathy Sibbel were presented with a check in the amount of $3,254.81 by President Todd Wehr.  This check represented 60% of the net proceeds from sale of golf ball drop tickets.  This amount will be increased by an additional $240, making a total of $3,494.81 for the Ankeny Service Center, due to one of the winners donating a portion of their proceeds back to the club.
ASC Receives Golf Ball Drop Proceeds Nate Burnham 2020-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Tom Friedman Named August Rotarian of the Month

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

Rotary Foundation Minute

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

September Rotarian Birthdays

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

Jennifer Jones Selected to Set History

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

Rotary Club of NW Des Moines Golf Outing

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

The Golf Balls Have Been Dropped

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

Raise the Stakes Fundraiser Cancelled For 2020

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The Rotary Club of Ankeny's annual fundraiser that was originally scheduled for April 18, 2020 and then postponed to October 3, 2020 has now been cancelled for this year.  It was decided there is still too much uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic to continue planning for the event this year.  We now plan to hold the club's next fundraiser on April 17, 2021 at the FFA Enrichment Center and it will be another casino night similar to 2019.  All vendors and sponsors have been contacted and most are willing to work with us on the 2021 fundraiser.  Also, most auction items will be held over until next year.  
 
Plans are underway for a possible smaller, social event this fall that may allow the club to make a few dollars and sell a few of the auction items.   Stay tuned for more details.
Raise the Stakes Fundraiser Cancelled For 2020 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

Thank You From DG Erna Morain

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Several members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny answered District Governor Erna Morain's challenge to send checks to her to provide funding to the food banks in our District.  Her goal was to raise $25,000 for this project.  As of last week, over $20,000 has been contributed and exceeding her goal is in sight.  Checks collected by our club and sent to her totaled $1,675.   In addition, some funds were sent directly to Erna.  Thank you Ankeny Rotarians!   
Thank You From DG Erna Morain 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.
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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
To All Rotarians, Family, & Friends: 2019-11-29 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

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