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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!


Service Above Self

Tuesdays at 11:45 AM at AG&CC & 6:00 PM at Wig & Pen
Ankeny Golf & Country Club
314 SW Irvinedale Dr.
Ankeny, IA  50023
United States
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Global Grants have often taken place in developing countries outside the United States.  It is very interesting however to note that many global grants have materialized within our own country.  The Rotary Club of Seattle was awarded a grant that will conduct peacemaking circle training for immigrants and refugees in the Seattle, Washington area.   Their international partner was the Rotary Club of Tokyo Atago.  The West Oklahoma City Rotary Club with the help of the Rotary Club of Cluj Napoca, Romania was able to provide high quality equipment to perform eye exams necessary to identify diseases of the eye in uninsured or medically underserved patients in their community.   The Rotary Club of Chicago Little Village was awarded a grant that will develop an integrated approach to support Chicago youth and provide them with tools and strategies to achieve inner and outward peace and to successfully address conflict situations in two Chicago schools.  This grant was accomplished through its international partner The Rotary Club of Goioere in Brazil. 
These are examples of the many accomplishments that can be found in our country as well as the world as a result of the global grants process.  Your continued financial support enables this to happen.  Thank you. 
During the meeting on July 13th, the Rotary Club of Ankeny's Board approved a donation in the amount of $1,000 for the New Horizon Adult Day Center.  This donation will be a sponsorship for the New Horizon's annual golf outing to be held on August 19th.  The funds raised at this event will help to pay for software required to do mandated documentation.  New Horizons Adult Day Center serves the Ankeny and surrounding communities and their mission is to enhance the quality of life for adults who are physically and/or cognitively challenged by providing compassionate day services.  They are dedicated to helping adults of all ages maintain their level of independence, remain in their own homes and be active members of their communities.

The August Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

When: Thursday, August10th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

Tom Friedman presented the check for $1,000 to Scott Murray for winning the golf ball drop during Summerfest on July 9th.  Scott's ball, #401 was the only one in the hole.  The other winners were 2nd Place - Tim Cox, $375, 3rd - Connor Gocke, $250, and 4th - Brad Harrison, $125. 
President Schroeder, an obvious Cubs fan, led the club in a resounding version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the noon meeting on July 25th. 
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in August:
6th - Renee Murphy
12th - Dale Port
16th - Mark Land
16th - Pat Timmons
18th - Gary Welch
23rd - Liz Chesney
28th - Ben Digmann
During the meetings on July 25th, a short video was played regarding District 6000's global project to support World Bicycle Relief and President Sally explained that World Bike Relief will match 1:1 all donations (up to a maximum of $250,000) for all donations received in July, 2017.  Bikes are $147, including shipping.  If you do not wish to purchase a bike for $147, you can donate $25 for a wheel set, $50 for a tool kit, or any amount you wish including more than one bike. I f anyone would like to make a donation you can do it in two ways, but it must be done by Monday, July 31st to receive the match. 
Since time is of the essence, the best way to donate is to go on line to the following web site. 

Simply click on "Donate" and choose a contribution level, hit "Continue" and fill in the blanks.   You will be asked to provide your name, address, and provide a credit card.   Contributions made by individuals are tax deductible and you will receive a receipt.  The second method to contribute, if you prefer, is to just send and email to Nate Burnham by Monday, July 31st, at and confirm that you would like to purchase a bike or make a donation in another amount and he will make the contribution for you using the Rotary credit card.  You will then need to give the club a check for the donation amount.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny received a $500 donation for volunteering again this year at Ankeny Chamber's Summerfest Grand Parade.  This marks the 23rd year the Rotary Club of Ankeny has been a key partner in bringing the parade to the city.  Each year, approximately 30 Rotarians arrive at 5:45 AM on parade day to check in, organize, and release floats on to the two-mile parade route.  Each year, more than 18,000 residents and their guests gather to watch the parade.
At the meeting on July 11th, President Sally Schroeder named Carmen Davis the "Rotarian of the Month" for July.  Not only did Carmen lead the club as president for the 2016-2017 year but she also chaired the Summerfest parade committee. This included coordinating 30 volunteers and the early morning set up for the parade.   Congratulations Carmen!
The fourth annual Rotary Club of Ankeny family picnic will be held on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at the shelter in Sunrise Park, 506 SE Peterson in Ankeny.   A social time will begin at 5:30 PM.  The main course, including some salmon will be provided by the club and everyone should bring their own beverage of choice and a side dish to share.  Both the noon and evening Rotary meetings are canceled for that day and all members are encouraged to attend the picnic and bring all family members, guests, and prospective new members.  ‚ÄčA sign up sheet will be available at the next several meetings.
The noon Rotary meeting on July 18th, will be at Albaugh LLC's headquarters at 1525 NE 36th Street, Ankeny.  Also, remember NE 36th Street is closed from Ankeny Blvd.  To get to Albaugh's use NE Delaware or I-35 to the 36th Street exit.  Our meeting will be in the lower level of their main building.
Thank you to The Bridges At Ankeny for hosting the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny at their new facility in Ankeny.  Not only did they provide a room for us to meet but they also provide lunch, the program and a tour of their beautiful new facility.
The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905.  The fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution of $1,000 to the Humanitarian and educational programs of The Rotary Foundation.  The following Ankeny Rotarians were recognized for their support of the Foundation at the July 12, 2017 meeting:
Rich Job - New Paul Harris Fellow
Shar Dunlap - Paul Harris Fellow Plus 2
Steve SchraderBachar - Paul Harris Fellow Plus 6
Nate Burnham - Paul Harris Fellow Plus 7
Congratulations to Rich, Shar, Steve and Nate and thank you for supporting the Rotary Foundation!!
Now that the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta is history, it is time to start making plans to attend the 2018 Rotary Convention.  It will be in Toronto, Canada, June 23-27, 2018.  Early registration is now available on line at the RI web site.  Register prior to December 15, 2018 to get the early registration discount.   You may also want to put the 2019 RI Convention on your calendar which will be Hamburg, Germany, June 1-5, 2019. Or maybe you would prefer the 2020 convention which will be in Honolulu June 6-10, 2020.
The Summerfest golf ball drop was held on Sunday evening, July 9th.  The balls were dropped from the Ankeny Fire Departments ladder truck from about 60 feet up towards a hole in the grass below.  One ball went in the hole with three others close by.   The winners were:
1st Place - $1,000 - Scott Murray
2nd Place - $375 - Tim Cox
3rd Place - $250 - Connor Gocke
4th Place - $125 -   Brad Harrison
A total of 572 balls were sold.  Thank you to Monsanto for donating the prize money, Leaning Tower of Pizza for putting the "free mini pizza" on the tickets and to all Rotarians that sold tickets.  Also, a big thank you to Tom Friedman for coordinating the golf ball drop again this year.  Your efforts will result in $3,334 being donated to the Ankeny Service Center and $2,222 for the Rotary Club of Ankeny to donate to other Ankeny organizations or service projects.
Forty-one golfers participated in the golf outing held prior to the Rotary Club of Ankeny's annual meeting on June 29th.  Tim Cox presented several awards for some outstanding shots and for some not so outstanding.  The winners of the awards were:
Men's Longest Drive on #1 - Terry Peter
Women's Longest Drive on #1- Lauri Stilwill
Men's Longest Drive (Left handed) on #2 - Terry Peter (It helped that he is left handed.)
Women's Longest Drive (Left handed) on #2 - Jacquelyn Duke
Longest Putt make on #3 - Jacquelyn Duke
Farthest From hole #6 - Trent Murphy
Men's Shortest Drive on #7 - Trent Murphy
Women's Shortest Drive on #7 - Jacquelyn Duke
Closest to the Rotary sign on #8 - Trent Murphy
Water Hole #9 - Anne Porter & Tammy Botos
Lowest Team Score - Carmen Davis, Lane Davis, Jim Gocke, Jacquelyn Duke
Most Fun Team: Kathy Sibbel, Troy Boelman, Teri Goins, Anne Porter
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to Tim Cox for coordinating the golf outing.  Also thank you to our prize sponsors, Tim's BP/Amoco Service, Great Western Bank, Dave's Jewerly, Lamberti, Gocke, & Luetje, Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce, Ankeny Golf & Country Club and Ankeny Park and Recreation Department.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has been in charge of checking entries and lining up the participants for the Summerfest Parade each year since at least 1994.  The earliest record of the club participation was found in the minutes of the June 9, 1994 Board meeting when "Several people volunteered to assist Shar Dunlap the day of the parade. She could still use more volunteers."   This year 25 Ankeny Rotarians arrived at the Northview Middle School parking lot at 5:45 AM and went to work.
At the conclusion of the annual meeting on June 29th, Carmen Davis passed the gavel and president's pin to Sally Schroeder.   Sally then assumed the leadership of the Rotary Club of Ankeny for the 2017-2018 year.
Carmen Davis completed her term as President of the Rotary Club of Ankeny when she passed the gavel and President's pin to new President Sally Schroeder.  Sally then presented Carmen with a past presidents pin and a plaque containing a golden gavel and thanked her for her outstanding leadership to the club.  The plaque read, "Presented to Carmen Davis for your dedication and leadership while serving as President 2016-2017".
The Rotary Club of Ankeny will not be meeting on Tuesday, July 4th.  Have a great holiday!!
Also, remember the meeting on July 11th will be at The Bridges, 3510 Northwest Abilene Rd., Ankeny.
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