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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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A few more Ankeny Rotarians are needed to help ring bells for our local Salvation Army units on Saturday, December 10th.   The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be ringing bells at the Ankeny Prairie Trail Hy-Vee from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  Contact Mary Cochran if you can help.
Kathy Sibbel had the pleasure of presenting Ankeny Rotarian, Mike O'Connor with the Dr. Clifford Dochterman Award at the noon Rotary meeting on November 29th. 
Cliff Dochterman served as the President of Rotary International during 1992-1993 and his professional career in higher education included 20 years at the University of California and 20 years at the University of the Pacific.  Cliff earned his Eagle Scout award in 1939 and has been awarded three of the highest honors of the Boy Scouts of America, the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and Distinguished Eagle awards.  As President of Rotary International he created the theme, "Real Happiness is Helping Others".  The International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians created this award I the name of Dr. Clifford L. Dochterman to recognize exemplary Rotarians and Scouters.    Congratulations Mike!
As we enter our season of giving, reflect upon and celebrate all that Rotarians have accomplished within our communities and the world.  Your selfless contributions of time, talent and treasure are making a true difference in the lives of people around you and those on earth.  Your continued support enables The Rotary Foundation to pursue its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.  Because of the commitment of Rotarians like all of us, Rotary has made significant progress toward achieving a polio-free building peace, providing clean water, supporting material and child health, promoting education and growing local economics.  Together we are providing sustainable solutions to "do good in the world".
Your financial contribution is so important for the continuance of Rotary's mission.  Please consider a gift this year - if you haven't already - and perhaps one larger than last year's in celebration of The Rotary Foundation's 100th year.  Your contribution is so important.
What are the odds???   For 51 consecutive meetings, one card has been drawn from the 50/50 deck without the "Ace of Hearts" being drawn.  That means there is only one card left in the deck and it is the jack pot winning Ace of Hearts and who ever owns the ticket with the number drawn by our speaker at our next meeting on December 6th will be the winner of the $250 jackpot.   We anticipate a few more tickets than usual being sold at this meeting.

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

When: Thursday, December 8th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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


During their meting on November 22nd, members of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny, with additional help from the Kristofer Orth family, assembled 34 reading packets.  The materials were purchased by the club from the United Way of Central Iowa.  Kathy Sibbel delivered these packets to the Head Start teachers on December 1st.  Each child was given a packet for them to take home.
During his visit to Ankeny this fall, District Governor Chris Knapp reviewed with the Board changes approved by Rotary International's Council on Legislation and the impact these changes may have on a club's By-Laws.   In light of these changes, he asked the Board to review the club's By-Laws.  At it's November 10th meeting, the Board approved some changes to the Club's By-Laws.   Each member received an email with a red-lined version of the By-Laws showing these changes.

To complete the implementation of the revised By-Laws, a two-thirds vote of the membership at a regular meeting is required.  Assuming a quorum is present, this vote will take place during the noon meeting at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club on December 6, 2016.  Please plan to attend and be prepared to vote on the revised By-Laws.


The 2017 Rotary International Convention will be June 10-14 in Atlanta.  This is a great opportunity to attend an RI Convention without the expense of traveling overseas.   There are at least a couple Ankeny Rotarians that have already registered.  The club has agreed to pay the registration fees for any Rotarian and their spouse that attends the convention.  The registration fee is $340 but goes up to $415 on December 15, 2016.   Registration is available online.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual award for Outstanding Foundation.  This award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs.  Some of the boldest names in American giving, Kellog, Komen, MaacArthur, among others are past honorees.  The award will be presented in early 2017 at the AFP's annual conference in San Francisco.  AFP's committee of judges cited Rotary's comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as a major driver of the selection.  They also mentioned that Rotary applies a methodical, purposeful approach to support a wide variety of causes, from providing clean water to education the next generation of peace professionals.
As Rotarians we can each take pride in our Foundation receiving this award which gives us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation's centennial year. 
The District 6000 Nominating Committee has selected Erna Morain of the Rotary Club of Waukee to be the District Governor Nominee Designate 2019-2020.
Ankeny Rotarian, Gerry Bair has been selected to receive the 2016 Linda S. Weindruch Award by the Iowa Taxpayers Association, the state's leading nonpartisan tax policy resource.  The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding accomplishments and contributions in promoting and protecting the principles and policies of fair business taxation.   The Iowa Taxpayers Association offers this award in memory and in recognition of Linda S. Weindruch who passed away after a long battle with multiple sclerosis in October 2004.  The award was presented to Gerry on December 2, 2016 at The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona.
Gerry is a retired director of the Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance with over 30 years of executive-level responsibility for administration of tax laws and financial requirements for the state of Iowa.  His is being recognized for his ability to focus on the customer, bringing diverse factions together to problem-solve while enhancing the customer's ability to interact with the Department.   He is nationally recognized in his leadership in the areas of technology and innovative management.   Congratulations Gerry!!
The letter stating the following has been received from Becky McKim at the Ankeny Service Center:
"I am writing to thank you for your donation of $750 to the Ankeny Service Center Holiday Assistance Program.  Once again our generous gift and support is greatly appreciated and will help us as we continue our services to low income individuals, families and seniors in the community.  Thank you so much."
Rich Job has ben representing the Rotary Club of Ankeny at meetings of the Des Moines area Rotary multi-club.  The committee is looking for a few more members.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Rich Job.  
In the 2015-2016 year, The Rotary Club of Ankeny became a "100% Club".   This was because all of it's members made a contribution to the Rotary Foundation during the year.  In recognition of being a 100% club, District 6000 awarded President Damon Miller 500 Foundation recognition points.  This allowed Damon to become a Paul Harris Fellow.   Carmen Davis and Sally Schroeder visited Damon at his home last week and had the honor of advising Damon that he had become a Paul Harris Fellow and presented him with the certificate and pin.
Community State Bank was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny by President Carmen Davis on November 15th.   Current Rotarian, Damon Miller will be the Primary Designee and Angi Bright and T. J. Brand will be Secondary Designees.  Angi's classification will be Credit Administration and  T.J.'s will be Commercial Loan Officer.
On behalf of the Project Fresh Start Staff, Ankeny Community Schools, the Ankeny Service Center and the students and parents of our school district, we would like to express our appreciation for your support and assistance with the 2016-2017 Project Fresh Start's Faith and Education Warm Donations program.  Your generous tax deductible gifts are very instrumental in the delivery of this program. 245 people of all ages were able to receive winter clothing donations during the Days of Giving for the third annual project FEWD.   Additional clothing was presented to Ankeny's Project TAKE at the conclusion of our last night of giving.  Sincerely, Dave Kissinger, Project Fresh Start
Scott Andreas, who has been the auctioneer at the Rotary Club of Ankeny's fundraiser for the past six years, now has a relationship with Winspire.  Winspire is a company that provides highly sought after, hard to find, unique experiences for use in charity auctions and fundraisers.  This allows exclusive travel packages to be sold at a charity auction without any upfront cost to the organization.   If the item sells for more than the cost, the club, keeps the profit.  If it does not bring the cost there is no sale or any other obligation to the club.  There is also the opportunity to sell more than one of the items.  Auction items include award shows, major sporting events, VIP access, family vacations, international trips, cruises, adventure travel, golf trips and more.   Generally, the items are all inclusive including airfare, event tickets, ground transportation, and hotel accommodations.  
The auction committee plans to select a couple items from Winspire to auction at our 2017 fundraiser.  There is also the option for an individual member or business to sponsor one of these items.  For more information and a listing of items that are available, check out Winspire's web site www.winspireme.com or call Scott Andreas at 515-681-7735.  
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in December:
2nd - Chuck Stewart
12th - Rich Job
14th - Tim Cox
17th - Marcia Carr
21st - Doug Brand
25th - T. J. Brand
With the Rotary Christmas social on December 15th, there will not be a noon or evening meeting that week on Tuesday, December 13th.  Also, there will not be a Rotary meeting, noon or evening, on Tuesday, December 27th.  
The Board has received an application for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny from Mark Densmore.  Mark's is an insurance sales representative for Densmore Insurance Strategies, Inc. in Bondurant, Iowa.  He is being proposed for membership by Art Moeller.
Comments regarding Mark's proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board Member.
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