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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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According to Bill Gates, "We are achingly close to getting rid of polio - more than 99% of the way there.  Finishing the job is a big challenge, but it is very doable if we keep up the effort.”  Your generous contribution will enable us to immunize 400 million children against polio every year.  It will improve the ability of surveillance and monitoring systems to diagnose new cases and detect the wild poliovirus.  It will help hire more than 150,000 health workers to go door to door to find every child that needs to be vaccinated and will also be used to track the virus in water,  and sewage and provide National Immunization Day materials. 
Polio is Rotary’s #1 priority!  If polio is not eradicated, hundreds of thousands of children could be paralyzed.  Global health costs will rise dramatically, and many children’s quality of life will be drastically diminished.  Your donation will save lives and give a child a chance at a prosperous future.  
Thank you for your continued support!  We are almost there and once there we shall celebrate.
The 2018 "District Training Assembly" will be held on Saturday March 24th from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM at the Newton DMACC campus, 602 N. Second Ave. W.  This training is especially beneficial for incoming club leaders and officers but all Rotarians are invited to attend.  There is no charge for the training and lunch is included.  There will be breakout sessions for Membership, The Rotary Foundation, Innovation and Flexibility, Club Secretary or Club Treasurer Training, Rotary Youth Exchange and District Newsletter / Public Image.   Registration is available on the District 6000 web site.
The annual Rotary Multi-Club Program will be held on Monday, May 17 from 4:30 to 6:00 PM at Des Moines University, 3200 Grand Ave. The program will be on mental health.  Speakers are being finalized and will include a keynote speaker and a panel represented by a first responder, educator, parent, and individual living with mental illness.  Heavy hor d'oeuvres and networking will follow the program.  The registration fee is $20 per person.  More information will become available when all the speakers have been finalized but for now "Save the Date!"
On January 23rd, Jim Patton, from the Rotary Club of Ames, spoke to our club regarding a water project his club is leading.  The project will be a Rotary Humanitarian Global Grant Project for the development of a water system in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania, Africa.  This will be the third water project lead by the Ames club in this area.  The total cost of this project over the next 3-4 years will be approximately $350,000.  Several District 6000 Rotary clubs and Rotary clubs outside the district will be participating in this project.  The plan shows a donation of $1,000 will be matched by a District 6000 - District Designated Funds at $1.64 per $1.  These funds are then matched by a Rotary Foundation World Fund Match for another $1,640 and a Rotary Foundation World Fund Club Match of $500.  In total, the Donation of $1,000 becomes $4,780 after the matches.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny's Board has agreed to contribute $3,000 towards this project over a three year period at the rate of $1,000 per year. 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny completed a donation in the amount of $1,500 to the Ankeny Family YMCA at the March 6th meeting.  This donation is in support of the YMCA's annual campaign to raise funds to provide scholarships for low income families so they may participate in activities offer by the YMCA.
Pictured are: Rotarian and YMCA Board member - Stacey Koeppen, YMCA representatives - Todd Kasperbauer, Amanda Doerffel, and Cameron Nicholson, and Rotarian and YMCA Board member - Kathy Sibbel.
One of the three paddle raisers at the club's 2018 fundraiser, "Rotary Olympics" was FUEL, "Filling Up Every Learner".  Ankeny Superintendent of Schools, Bruce Kimpston was in attendance at the March 13th noon meeting to accept a check for proceeds of the paddle raiser in the amount of $2,640.  
To experience maximum learning, students need nutritious food but according to a report from United Way, 31% of households struggle to support themselves.  They are either living below that poverty line or considered "Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed".  FUEL offers parents access to a paid student lunch program until they are equipped to again pay for their lunches.
The final deadline for early registration to the Rotary International Convention in Toronto June 23-27 is March 31, 2018.   After this date the registration fee goes up from $410 to $495.  Registration is available on the Rotary International web site.
District Governor Nominee Erna Morain, a member of the Waukee Rotary Club and her husband Steve, a member of the Des Moines Downtown Rotary Club, visited both the noon and evening Ankeny clubs on February 20th.  The main reason for their visit was to promote the District 600 "Toast to District 6000".   The Toast will be a new format for the District Conference.  There will be 5 separate events across the district for members to attend.  The one in central Iowa will be at the West Des Moines Marriott on April 14, 2018.  The event will start with a social hour followed by a delicious buffet meal.  The diverse program will feature Rotary International President's Representative,  Lisa Herring from Texas, and Mary Beth Johnson form World Bike Relief.  Various clubs and young Rotarians will also be featured.  There will be displays, awards, a fellowship, and door prizes.  The registration form is available on the District web site.
On February 20th, Allison Piazza, Director Corporate Relations for the Easter Seals of Iowa, attended the noon Rotary meeting to receive a check from the club in the amount of $500.   This donation is will provide a "Bronze" level support for the Easter Seals of Iowa"s Walk for Independence to be held on May 5, 2018. 
The three paddle raisers during "Rotary Olympics" raised a total of $9,030.   The breakdown was $2,440 for Puppy Jake, $3,950 for The World Bike Relief, and $2,640 for the FUEL, Filing Up Every Learner.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny's 8th annual fundraiser, "Rotary Olympics" was a success despite less than ideal weather conditions and attendance being about 20 less than last year.  Preliminary numbers indicate net income should be about $30,052 compared to $32,815 last year.  Thank you to Ryan Bach for chairing this year's fundraising committee, to Tim Cox for acting as our Master of Ceremonies, all the committee chairs including Teri Crist - Decorations, Lewis Todtz - Logistics, Abbi Rickelman - Ticketing, Todd Wehr - Registration, Rich Job - Auction, the Evening Club members - Raffle, and everyone that donated auction items, bought /sold tickets, and attended the event.  A breakdown of income and expenses compared to last year are as follows:
Income                      2017               2018
Tickets Sales            $10,900           $11,440
Live Auction               18,070             10,925
Silent Auction             11,060             10,479
Paddle Raisers              9,860              9,030
Raffle                           1,300              1,543
Donations                       200               1,250
Total Income            $52,955            $46,545
   Less Winspire            5,100               3,395
    Income               $47,855          $43,272
FFA Center                 $3,146             $3,335
Catering                      6,930               5,091
Printing                          636                  594
Decorations                    501                  454
Advertising                     510                  486
Auctioneer                      350                  350
Other                             100                  100
Total Expenses       $15,040          $13,220
Net Income             $32,815          $30,052
The Board will be reviewing the success of the fundraiser at their meeting on March 8th.  If you have comments or suggestions for next year, plan to attend the Board meeting or submit your comments to a Board member before the meeting. 
June 19th has been set as the date for the "Annual Meeting" for the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Due to conflicts with the Rotary International Convention and the schedule of other events at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club, the date needed to be moved from the usual Thursday night and there will not be any golf this year.  This does, however, provide the opportunity to start the program earlier and we plan to have a higher quality meal.  Perhaps steak instead of hamburger??
It was a year ago this month that our club had a strategic planning session to determine the vision for the next few years. One of the action steps turned into a goal for the year: host a city- wide summit. After months of planning with the Chamber of Commerce, Lions, Kiwanis and Optimists, and the Rotary Club of Rotary will be part of “The Showcase: An Evening with Ankeny Service Clubs” on March 27th. Flyers will be distributed at club meetings and on Facebook. This will be an opportunity to tell our story, recruit prospective members and begin to collaborate with the other service organizations to promote our community. Please reach out to someone who would make a contribution to service and invite them March 27th from 5-7 at the Ankeny Golf and Country club. 
The Rotarians that are scheduled to be the "Greeter" and "Sheriff" for the next several weeks are as follows:
3/20 - Ryan Bach
3/27 - Doug Beech
4/3 - Adam Boeding
4/10 - Troy Boelman
4/16 - Brad Botos
4/23 - Angi Bright
4/30 - Kevin Brooks
For the 10th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating , four stars, from Charity navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.  In the most recent ratings, the Foundation earned the maximum of 100 points for demonstrating both strong financial and commitment to accountability and transparency. In a letter to the Foundation, Charity Navigator notes that "only one percent of the charities we evaluate have received at 10 consecutive 4-star evaulations, indicating that The Rotary Foundation out performs other charities in America.   This exceptional designation form Charity Navigator sets The Rotary Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness." 
The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.  Be proud that you give generously to the Foundation!  And please continue giving.
Special guests attending the Rotary Club of Ankeny regular meetings during the past couple weeks have been:
Mar. 6th - Ganesh Ganpat, DM Parks & Rec, Speaker, "Evening"
Mar. 6th - Amanda Doerffel, Ankeny YMCA, guest of Kathy Sibbel
Mar. 6th - Cameron Nicholson, Ankeny YMCA, guest of Kathy Sibbel
Mar. 6th - Todd Kasperbauer, Ankeny YMCA, guest of Kathy Sibbel
Mar. 6th - Gary "Judge" Brown II, Visiting Rotarian from Talmage, Ohio
Mar. 6th - Stephanie Burcall, KDIM TV (Channel 19, DM), guest of Judge Brown
Mar. 6th - Marcy Davis, Candeo, Speaker
Mar. 13th - Craig Crist, guest of Teri Crist
Mar. 13th - Susan Orth, guest of Kristofer Orth, "Evening"
Mar. 13th - Melanie Shellenberger, Speaker

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

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

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

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
23rd - Brian Weber
27th - Raj Reddy
31st - Mark Walker
The Rotary Club of Ankeny's eight annual Dinner/Fundraiser/Auction, “Rotary Olympics”, will be held, at the FFA Enrichment Center on the campus of DMACC in Ankeny on Saturday, February 24, 2018 beginning at 6:00 PM.  This event will include a catered dinner with complimentary wine and beer and both a silent and live auction.
The proceeds from this event will be utilized by the Rotary Club of Ankeny in their continued support of local and international projects.  Each year, the Rotary Club of Ankeny provides hundreds of hours of volunteer support for numerous local events and fundraisers and contributes $35,000 - $40,000 to local charities and service projects.
We would appreciate your giving consideration to supporting this event and your community in one or more of the following ways:
·  Donate an item for the auction such as merchandise, a gift card or an unusual item that may not be easy to find in a local store.  Larger items will be sold during the live auction and smaller items will be sold during the silent auction or packaged with other items for the live or silent auction.  
·  Purchase tickets and attend the event.  Tickets are $50 each or reserve a table with your name on it by purchasing a table for 8 for the discounted price of $360.  You may purchase tickets online at https://bidpartner.net/rotary or by contacting any member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
·  Purchase an ad to be placed in the auction brochure.  These may be a quarter page, (3.75” x 2.25”) for $100, ½ page, (3.75” x 4.5”) for $150 or a full page, (7.5” x 4.5”) for $200.
All donors will be recognized in the auction brochure and at the fundraiser.  To make a donation, purchase tickets, or place an ad, please contact a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny or Nate Burnham at nfburnham@gmail.com or 515-238-6589.
During the meeting on February 13th, President Sally Schroeder presented Abbi Rickelman with a certificate naming her "Rotarian of the Month" for February.  This was primarily in recognition of the work she did for the club in arranging to the art work and printing of the save the date postcards for the Rotary Olympics fundraiser.   Congratulations Abbi!!
Gavin Jerome
Mar 20, 2018
Workplace Humor
"Evening" - Tom Friedman
Mar 20, 2018
Ankeny Service Center
Leanne Vander Streek
Mar 27, 2018
Kids Hope USA
Barb Wiedenman
Apr 03, 2018
FUEL Program, Eat Out Fundraiser
Ankeny High School Robotics Teams
Apr 10, 2018
First Tech Challange Robotics. Teams Dice and Kaizen
"Evening" - Social
Apr 17, 2018