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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Ankeny Golf & Country Club
314 SW Irvinedale Dr.
Ankeny, IA  50023
United States
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On January 16th, the members in attendance during the noon meeting, reviewed the details of several experiences offered by Winspire and selected two to be included in the live auction at this year's fundraiser, "Rotary Olympics". The trips selected are:
Nashville Unplugged - This experience includes a "Gold Pass" to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, a Backstage tour of Ryman Auditorium and a three night stay in a standard room at the Renaisanace Nashville Hotel 
Kentucky Bourbon Trail - Included in this experience are a private tour and tasting of Bulleit Bourbon for two at Stitzel-Weller Distillery, a tour and tasting for two of Maker's Mark Distillery, lunch for two in Bardstown, a tour and tasting for two at the Jim Beam Distillery, 8 hours of private chauffeured Escalade service, and a three night stay in a standard guest room at the Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, or comparable hotel. 
 In September, Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico, the strongest storm to make landfall on the island in 85 years.  More than three months later. people are still struggling to recover.  The immediate response from Rotarians in District 7000 was quick and precise.   Several clubs around the island began to provide humanitarian aid to those affected.  The help included non-perishable food, water, hygiene kits, water filters, solar lights and power generators.  Now local Rotarians are focusing on recovery and reconstruction.  Plans are underway to work with pumping systems for renewable energy products in communities without potable water, the installation of water filtration systems, and the rollout of community economic development projects for the most affected areas.  Disease prevention efforts in areas affected by the hurricane are also taking place among other initiatives.
Rotary International has established a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) of the Rotary Foundation to support projects for the recovery of Puerto Rico.   Given the great work that remains ahead, contributions from Rotarians to this fund will be essential to help Puerto Ricans get back on their feet.  Visit District 7000 website to learn more.  Your contribution will make a difference in lifting Puerto Rico.  Thank You. 
It is now less than 7 weeks until "Rotary Olympics", the Rotary Club of Ankeny's eight annual fundraiser.  If members have not as yet already acquired an auction item or started selling tickets, now is the time to get to.  Very few items have as yet been submitted for the auction and only two tickets have been sold so far. Remember, each Active member is responsible for buying / selling at least two tickets.  If you do not buy or sell any tickets, you will be billed for two tickets.
To assist you with contacting prospective donors and prospective ticket buyer, the donation request letter, that was discussed at the December 19th meeting and a copy of the post cards with ticket information has been email to all members.  The post cards will also be available at the next several club meetings or you can also obtain them from Abbi Rickelman.
Rich Job will be storing auction items.  As you obtain items, bring them to a meeting and give them to Rich.  A list of last year's auction items was also email to all members last week.
A few weeks ago, President Sally Schroeder, asked each member to complete a short survey.  Here are the responses:
1.)    What should we keep doing?
a.)    Work with city-wide organizations to improve Ankeny; youth exchange; RYLA; fundraising; PR – Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat; new members- make sure everyone has a task (100 members)
b.)    Dictionaries and calculators seem outdated
c.)    City- wide service summit; Summerfest; Iowa Wolves polio plus night, or successor program
d.)    Don’t make any changes, thumbs up!
e.)    Rotary minute – this is excellent, definitely continue this – refresher for older members & good info for new members; I like the fact that we sing – and I think we should continue; unfortunately not everyone feels that way, but I appreciate you for trying Sally
f.)     Summit; Facebook; minute
g.)    I like the Rotary minute & I like to hear from individual members, helps us get to know each other
h.)    Rotary minute
i.)     Dictionaries
j.)     Facebook & assigning service/activities to each member
k.)    Sustain & improve; membership social events every quarter; annual fundraising project
l.)     Monthly events; Facebook – share to personal pages & post once/year on the Rotary page
m.)   Keep evening group & all service projects
2.)    What should we start doing?
a.)    Focus on chartering evening club within 12 months or combine
b.)    Something to promote new members; incentives for bringing guests to promote new members; more individual committee meetings during Tuesday meetings!
c.)    Focus on completing Market Pavilion landscaping
d.)    Concentrate on trees @ AMP
e.)    Facebook
f.)     Consider new location to boost membership , ex – The District
g.)    More self-promotion of what we accomplish
h.)    Quarterly non-member/spouse/significant other fireside chat orientation meeting/social – food, drinks & program for 1 hour or less
i.)     Get noon members to join at least one evening service event per year to get to know each other better
3.)    What should we stop doing?
a.)    No singing
b.)    Plant a tree for each member
c.)    Singing
d.)    ?
e.)    Speaking pessimistically about membership & noon & evening lack of interaction; speak positively – it makes new members to stay instead of focusing on the negative
The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny met at Nate & Annette Burnham's home on December 19th for a holiday gathering.  There was plenty of snacks and beverages and even a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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

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

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

A summit of all service clubs in Ankeny will be held on Tuesday, March 27th from 5-7 PM at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club.  The event is being called "The Showcase: An Evening With Ankeny Service Clubs".  The evening will provide each service club with the opportunity to talk about the projects that they have participated in in the Ankeny Community.  More information will be coming soon.
he following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in January:
      2nd - Luke Nelson
      3rd - Travis Carlsen
      6th - Jack Pennington
     20th - Sally Schroeder
     25th - Justin Carlton
     25th - Bruce Kimpston
     27th - Jeff Damman
     28th - Roger Spahr
On December 19th, the last meeting for 2017, President Sally Schroeder presented a Christmas card to the AG&CC staff, Cindy and Brian, that served us all year.  Each card had a $100 bill in it as a thank you for their taking such good care of us during 2017.  Thank you Cindy and Brian!
Laura Leutje became the newest Paul Harris fellow on December 19th.  Jim Gocke had made a contribution in Laura's name to enable her to receive this recognition.  Steve SchraderBachar, Foundation Chair, presented her with the emblems of a Paul Harris Fellow, a certificate and pin. The certificate states: "In appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations between peoples of the world."  Congratulations Laura!! 
It is now less than ten weeks until the 2018 fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Ankeny, Rotary Olympics". Hopefully, each member is working on obtaining auction items.  As they are collected, give them to Rich Job or bring them to any Rotary meeting.  The sooner we have them in hand the sooner we can add them to our list of items which will be posted on our auction web site.  We will be using Bid Partners which will allow for online bidding again this year. 
During it's meeting on December 14th, the Board decided on the three paddle raisers to be offered at the 2018 fundraiser, Rotary Olympics.   They will be World Bicycle Relief, Puppy Jake, and the Ankeny School Lunch Relief.   The World Bicycle Relief is one of the projects Mike Ruby has promoted during his year as our District Governor and mobilizes people through the power of bicycles.  Dependable bikes help students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs access essential goods and services.   Puppy Jake is dedicated to help wounded American military veterans with the assistance of well-bred and professionally trained service dogs.  The Ankeny School lunch program is in need of $35,000 to $38,000 to continue to offer free lunch to kids of families in need. 
For more than 100 years, The Rotary Foundation has been supporting the work of Rotarians in order to create sustainable solutions for our world's most pressing needs.  But there is still much to do and we need your help!   Rotary gives in countless ways, focusing our service efforts in the six areas of focus: fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, growing local economics, and, of course, in the eradication of polio.
Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation of $10 will provide a mosquito net in countries like Uganda where malaria is a major health concern.  A gift of $15 can protect children for life from polio in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and/or Pakistan.  For $50 deadly waterborne diseases can be eliminated by purchasing personal water filters in Guatemala, and an $85 contribution can pay for business classes in the US for low-income entrepreneurs.  $100 and a microloan can purchase a sewing machine to launch a business in a developing country.  A $500 donation helps communities create a safe and positive atmosphere where children can thrive, and $1,000 can help secondary school students learn to resolve conflict. 
Your gift to The Rotary Foundation accomplishes many things and truly makes a difference in the world.  Thank you for your generosity and support.
During the meeting on December 5th, Foundation Chairman, Steve SchraderBachar, recognized Todd Wehr for becoming a Paul Harris Fellow Plus One and Kevin Brooks for becoming a Paul Harris Fellow Plus Two.  Each received a new PHF pin.   Todd's contained one sapphire stone and Kevin's contained two stones.   Congratulations Todd and Kevin!!
The decision has been made to again have a couple trips offered by Winspire included in the live auction at our fundraiser, Rotary Olympics, on February 24th, 2018.   In early January, we will be voting on which trips to include.  Get ready to vote by going to  http://www.winspireme.com/experiences?filter=all to check out the options and pick your dream trip.   Yours may include a Monterey Golf Experience, Nascar Driver for a Day, Nashville Unplugged, Ireland Adventure, or Pinehurst Resort Golf.  Take a look and be ready to vote.
The annual Christmas Social for the Rotary Club of Ankeny was held December 12th at The Fletcher.  About 65 Rotarians and guests were present for dinner and about 45 boarded a bus to take the tour of lights through the Jolly Holiday Lights, Beaverdale area, and Gingerbread Lane in Ankeny.  Tim Cox should have won the ugly sweater contest but declared himself ineligible and presented the award to Nate Burnham who wore a colorful Christmas jacket.  Thank you to Tim for all he did in planning this event and making it very enjoyable for everyone in attendance!!
President Sally recognized Anne Porter for organizing the Rotary Ring Day for the club.  Anne also recently completed a make-up by visiting the Rotary club of Decorah, attended the Rotary One Summit, and served a meal at St Joseph's Family Shelter with the evening club.
Early registration for the 2018 Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Canada, June 23-27 ends December 15, 2017.   After this date the registration fee increases $75.  Remember the club will reimburse each member and one guest for the $335 registration fee after the convention.   You can go to the RI web site, www.rotary.org, to register. 
During the meeting on November 28th, President Sally Schroeder, presented a check to Rotarians Tom Friedman and Kathy Sibbel, representing the Ankeny Service Center in the amount of $750.   The contribution will be used by the ASC for their holiday assistance program.   It will be used to purchase gift certificates and food for families in need in the Ankeny community during the holiday season.
Jim Patton
Jan 23, 2018
Ames Rotary Global Water Grant
JoAnn Adamson
Jan 30, 2018
Ankeny Area Historical Society
DeLayne Hebert
Feb 06, 2018
Wildwood Hills Ranch of Iowa
Club Assembly
Feb 13, 2018
Final Preparation for Fundraiser
Claudio Sanchez & Andrea Rodriguez
Feb 27, 2018
Youth Excahnge
Marie Hanoire
Mar 06, 2018
Youth Exchange