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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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The date for the Ankeny Rotary Christmas social has been changed to Thursday, December 15th.   This was to avoid a conflict with the ISU vs. Iowa men's basketball game which is scheduled for December 8th.  We know we have several fans of both Iowa State and Iowa in our membership that would like to watch the game.  If you have already registered and still plan to attend you do not need to register again.   If you find the new date does not work for you, you can respond to the on-line registration that was sent to you through ClubRunner by clicking on the "Attend or Decline" and you will be able to unregister.  Also if you had previously declined but are now able to attend, you can use the on-line registration to register.  If you have not registered please do so as soon as possible.

The following Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in November:
3rd - Steve Wieneke
4th - Nate Burnham
11th - Laura Luetje
24th - Linda Bradbury
25th - Jan Franck
25th - Del Mohler
26th - Kathy Sibbel

The distribution of dictionaries and calculators to Ankeny 4th graders began on October 17th and will continue through Friday, October 21st.  Thank you to everyone that has volunteered to help.   Remember the first name on the list at each school is responsible for picking up the dictionaries from CJM Financial's warehouse.

Construction has begun on the second pavilion at the site of the Ankeny Market Pavilion.   Dirt has been moved and footings poured.   The plan is to complete the construction of the second pavilion yet this fall.     

10/17 Update from Amy:
Damon is really suffering emotionally right now. He's had enough & is struggling to find the strength to get better. Dr Franko will be back tomorrow & I pray he can offer some advice and alternatives to what we were told today by the social worker. Basically, she told me that they have found two (sub-par) skilled nursing facilities in the Des Moines area that would take him with TPN. Our insurance company feels like he is ready for this next level of care so they will force him to go to one of these when a bed opens. This IS NOT what Damon needs...basically a retirement home where he would lose the small amount of motivation he has right now. Why can't insurance companies do what's best for the patient? So unbelievably sad & maddening! 
10/14 Update from Amy:
Please pray for Dr Franko to save the day tomorrow...he's our only hope right now as I was told. Damon needs a positive step right now in the worst way. Dr Franko's partner called to try to convince the insurance company with zero success. Their comments were that he needs to go to a skilled nursing facility or home. There is only one skilled nursing facility in Waterloo that will take patients with TPN feedings. Damon will be on TPN for another 5 weeks. What a corner insurance has pushed us into. Unreal. 

The membership social held at Ankeny Golf & Country Club on October 11th was attended by 14 Rotarians and 7 prospective new members.  It was a pleasant evening with wine and beer tasting and appetizers.    This was a great opportunity to learn about Rotary and our club.   Hopefully, it results in some additional members to our club.   If you had a guest in attendance, be sure to follow up with them in case they have questions and to invite them to attend one of our meetings.   Also, several members invited guest that were not able to attend.   We need to make sure these prospective new members know they are welcome to attend a meeting and consider joining our club.


The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be celebrating Christmas with dinner in the Recital Hall at the Temple for Performing Arts, 1011 Locust Street, Des Moines, on Thursday December 8th.  There will be a social time from 5:30 to 6:15 with dinner to be served at 6:15  Following dinner, we will attend, "Triple Expresso" at 7:30 t the Temple.  The cost for members and one guest will be $45 per person for the dinner and show.   If you do not wish to join us for the show, dinner only is $30 per person.   Registration is now available on line.  Please register as soon as possible since tickets to the show are limited. 

"Triple Expresso" is a highly caffeinated comedy that tells the story of the three guys whose bid for showbiz fame and fortune ended in 4-minutes of magnificent failure on national television. Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean tell their rags-to-rags story earnestly, with hysterical results. The laughter is infectious and the comedy appeals to everyone from first graders to college students to baby-boomers to grandparents.



Approximately 25 boy scouts and leaders met at CJM Financial on October 10th to put stickers on 1008 dictionaries and calculators.    These items are now ready to be distributed to 4th graders in Ankeny during the week of October 17th.  Thanks to Jeff Dammon for directing the placement of the stickers.    Also, thank you to Trent Murphy for allowing the club to use his warehouse to store the dictionaries and calculators.

in During their meeting October 13th, the Board approved donations to:
Dollars for Scholars: The club has contributed to Dollars for Scholars for at least the past 10 years including $1,000 last year for a $500 scholarship to a student in each high school.   This year the club will be donating a total of $2,000 to fund two $500 scholarship at both Ankeny High School and Centennial High School next spring. 
Ankeny Community Chorus:  $500 to aid with the purchase of copyright sheet music for three concerts in 2017.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:  The club will be sponsoring Stacey Koeppen in a half marathon in support of this organization.

Nine members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny attended a Des Moines area Multi-Club event on October 13th in Johnston.  The speaker was Margaret Catley-Carlson who talked about "Water Quality and Sustainability".   The next Multi-Club event will be June 9, 2017 when a several recognized experts will present a forum panel on water.  Thank you to Rich Job for representing Ankeny on the planning committee.

Amy's Journal entry about noon on Monday, October 3rd:
I apologize for taking a few days off from updating. It's been an adjustment getting Damon back home but definitely worth it! He's doing well & can I tell he's much more comfortable here. The home nurse came for the first time on Thursday and checked him out and helped change drains & dressings. She will come back again today for the same thing & will continue the Monday/Thursday routine. Physical therapy came on Friday & will be here 2 days a week as well. He's getting up & walking quite a bit and spending time sitting in different places of the house. This afternoon we plan to go outside to get some fresh air on the deck. Damon's feeding tube got clogged on Saturday. The on call nurse & I tried all the tricks to unclog but no luck. So, the doctors said to eat, eat, eat and he's done pretty well. He enjoyed some chicken & noodles, hamburger, cheesy potatoes, ham sandwiches & some eggs this am. We've also been supplementing with protein shakes. Overall, he's doing well at home. It's so great to have him here & the boys love having their dad around. Please keep sending those prayers for strength & patience as we are taking small steps. We love all of you & are so thankful for your support!

Rotary clubs around the world are always supportive of projects that truly create an impact on the lives of the people that they serve. One such project comes from the Rotary Club of Ortigas Center in the Philippines.  They initiated a sight-saving project for children with special needs. At least 350 children were diagnosed for visual impairment, and free eyeglasses were given.  In cooperation with the Asian Eye Institute these children were also pre-screened for cataracts.  With improved vision, they will be able to develop their own capabilities to their fullest potential.  In India smart canes for the visually impaired were donated.  These special canes contain an attachment, which is embedded with ultrasonic sensors. They have a range of ten feet and make the user aware of obstacles from the knee up to the head.  The club in India donated 200 such canes to the needy.  
Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables the visually handicapped around the world to live a better and more productive life.  Thank you for giving.

During the meeting on October 4th, President Carmen Davis named Mark Land as the "Member of the Month" for October.  This was in recognition of his assuming responsibility for contacting all the elementary schools in Ankeny to make arrangements for the delivery of the dictionaries and calculators to all 4th graders.  He also has been coordinating the volunteers for the delivery of the dictionaries and calculators to the schools later this month.   Congratulations Mark! 

In 2014 and 2016, the Rotary Club of Ankeny donated $2,000 and also obtained a matching Community Service Matching Grant for the purchase of winter coats.   This year a matching grant is not available but the club has committed to donate $2,000 for the purchase of coats.   In addition, at the request of Dave Kissinger, the club will be donating $1,000 to project Fresh Start for the purchase of snow pants which will be distributed with the coats to needy families in Ankeny.


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

When: Thursday, October 13th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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


Brooke Charleston of Dorothy's House was in attendance at the noon Rotary meeting on September 27th to accept a check in the amount of $300 from the club.  The funds will be used to install a security system at a second residence owned by Dorothy's House.   Also pictured are Mary Cochran the club sponsor, President Carmen Davis and Donation Committee Chairman Mike O'Connor.

The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be celebrating Christmas with dinner at the Temple for Performing Arts, 1011 Locust Street, Des Moines, on Thursday December 8th.  There will be a social time from 5:30 to 6:15 with dinner to be served at 6:15  Following dinner, we will attend, "Triple Expresso" at 7:30.  More information will be coming soon but be sure to reserve the date on your calendar and plan to join your fellow Rotarians in celebrating the holiday season.

Over 1,000 dictionaries have been delivered to Trent Murphy's warehouse.  Labels have been printed by Luke Nelson and will be put in the dictionaries and on the calculators in the next few days.  Distribution to Ankeny 4th graders is planned for the week of October 17th.   A signup sheet for volunteers to help with the distribution will be available at both Rotary meetings on October 4th.

Past District Governor Terry Geiger was in attendance at the noon Rotary meeting on September 20th to talk to the club about the Rotary Leadership Institute.  While there he also, presented Steve Wieneke with a certificate recognizing that he has completed all three sessions of the leadership classes.

During the meeting on September 6th, President Carmen Davis named Ryan Bach as the "Member of the Month" for September.  This was in recognition of his volunteering to help take attendance during August.   Congratulations Ryan. 

The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in October:
1st - Eric Pasanchin
4th - Dick Marshall
4th - Kraig Vry
5th - Mary Cochran
10th - Mike O'Connor
16th - Art Moeller
16th - Abbi Rickelman
20th - Kristofer Orth
24th - Sharlene Dunlap
25th - Diane Lynch


Amy's Journal entry mid afternoon on Monday, Sept 19th:

Dr Franko was just in. Damon's nutrition is lacking so the feeding tube will be put back in. But, he plans to send Damon home early next week after a week of tube feeding!! He thinks this is the jump start his body needs to heal faster right now & Damon is fine with it. Whatever gets him home the fastest. 😉 The lung doctor was out today but if Dr Franko has his way, the chest tubes will be removed in the next couple days as well as one of his 3 drains. He's fine sending him home with the other 2 drains and said that the output of those is about half of what it used to be so signs that the colon fistula is healing as well. At this point, they do not believe he will need surgery to remove fluid from lungs either. Prayers for the feedings to give him the strength he needs to make a BIG step in the recovery process this week! So thankful that Dr Franko understands the importance of getting our guy back home and that he is willing to make it happen ASAP. ❤️

Every Rotarian has the privilege and obligation to seek qualified members.  In this way, all club members can help our club achieve a full representation of the business and professional life of the community and membership is the means to accomplish Rotary's mission and goals.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be having a membership social on Tuesday evening, October 11th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.  Each member is encouraged to invite a prospective new member or two or more to the event.  The social will be held at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club and will include wine and beer tasting, appetizers and plenty of information about Rotary.  Keep in mind we are able to accept corporate members.

During their meeting on September 8th, the Board approved the following donations:
On With Life - The noon club held their meeting at On With Life on July 19th and was served a very nice lunch by their kitchen staff.   As a thank you for hosting our meeting, the Board approved a donation of $300 to be used by On With Life as they choose in their therapy garden.
Dorothy's House - A request for $300 to install a security system in a second residence including wireless monitors and cameras was approved.
Warm Coat Project - The club has participated in a Rotary District grant in each of the past two years to provide coats to Ankeny school children in cooperation with Project Fresh Start.   The grant is not available this year but the Board did approve to provide $2,000 for coats again this fall.  This should purchase 110-120 coats.

When District Governor Chris Knapp made his official visit to Ankeny, he advised the Board of some recommendations made by the Rotary Council on Legislation.  One of these recommendations was a increased emphasis on transparency.  Minutes of our Board meetings have been available to all members on the web site for several years.  The Board has now decided to also make the monthly treasurer's reports also available on the web site.  The Board meeting minutes and the treasurer's reports are not available to the general public and are only available to members after they log on to the web site.  We will have a goal of having these reports on the web site within 30 days following each Board meeting.

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