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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 third annual Rotary Club of Ankeny family picnic will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2015.   Due to construction at Sunrise Park, the picnic will beheld at Sunset Park, 1320 SW 3rd, this year.   A social time will begin at 5:30 PM with hot dogs and hamburgers, provided by the club, being ready to eat at 6:30 PM.  Everyone should bring their own beverage of choice and a side dish to share.  The club will provide water and lemonade.  Both the noon and evening Rotary meetings are cancelled for that day and all members are encouraged to attend the picnic and bring all family members, guests, and prospective new members.   After dinner we are planning to go to the Ankeny Market Pavilion to get a picture of the group.
A sign up sheet will be available at our next couple club meetings where you can indicate if you plan to attend, bring a guest, and what side dish you can bring to share.  We will need to have a final count by August 6th prior to placing the order for the meat.

The club is looking for 12 Rotarians to assist with taking attendance at noon Rotary meetings.  Each volunteer would be asked to assist the secretary at each meeting for one month out of the year and be responsible for the following:
  • Arrive by 11:45
  • Sit by the entrance and check off names as members arrive
  • Guests - Make sure they sign in on the registration sheet
  • Visiting Rotarians - Collect payment for the meal and provide a make-up card
  • Introduce visiting Rotarians and ask members to introduce their guests
  • Put 50/50 and fine money in bank bag
  • Assist with returning bell, gavel, badge box, & 50/50 container to the closet
Please let Nate Burnham know if you would like to volunteer to help.  This would be a great way for new members to get to know the names of other members.


In the Rotary year of 2014-2015, the Rotary Foundation approved 487 district grants which totaled $23.8 million.  They supported smaller-scale, short term projects related the Foundation's mission.  The Foundation approved 1,078 global grants totaling $64.9 million.  Rotary's global grants support large-scale international activities which are sustainable, and have measurable outcomes that support humanitarian projects, scholarships and vocational training teams.  And in 2013-2014 $235 million were distributed through Rotary's grant process to the world.  This is more than the Rockefeller, JB Morgan, and MacArthur Foundations combined!


Thank you Rotarians for "Doing good in the world!!"




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

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

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



Thirty golfers participated in the golf outing at Ankeny Golf & Country Club prior to the 2016 annual meeting.   Thank you to the following for providing sponsorships and prizes: Tim's BP/Amoco Service, Great Western Bank, Lamberti Gocke & Luetje, Ankeny Chamber of Commerce, Dave's Jewelry, Ankeny Parks & Recreation, Casey's General Stores and Ankeny Auto Body.  Also, thank you to Tim Cox for coordinating the event.

The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in August:
6th - Patty Hoffman
6th - Renee Murphy
12th - Dale Port
16th - Mark Land
16th - Pat Timmons
18th - Gary Welch
23rd - Liz Wilson
28th - Ben Digmann

The noon meeting on July 19th will be held at On With Life, 715 SW Ankeny Road.  We will be back at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club next week on July 26th.

Next week's, July 12th noon meeting will be held in the party room of the new Fletcher Full Service Kitchen & Bar.  The Fletcher opened on June 28th and is located at 1802 N Ankeny Blvd in the old Dahls store.
Also, remember the noon meeting on the 19th, we will be at On With Life, 715 SW Ankeny Road.

Ryan Bach was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on July 12th by President Carmen Davis.   Ryan is a Home Mortgage Consultant with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Ankeny.  He was a member of the Fort Dodge Daybreak Rotary club prior to moving to Ankeny.   Ryan was proposed for membership by Ben Digmann.

DROP THOSE BALLS!!  This was heard at the conclusion of Summerfest again this year.   Kevin Brooks had the honor of dumping the balls towards a hole in the grass 60 feet below and one ball went in the hole with many other balls close by.   The winners were:
1st Place - $1,000 - John Peterson
2nd Place - $375 - Linda Brooks
3rd Place - $250 - Diana Hawkins
4th Place - $125 - Pat Timmons 
A total of 579 balls were sold.  Thanks to Monsanto for donating the prize money and to Tom Friedman for coordinating the golf ball drop again this year.

Twenty- one Ankeny Rotarians arrived early at the Northview Middle School parking lot to check in and line up the floats and other participants for the 2016 Ankeny Summerfest Parade.  Thanks to Tim Hawkins for coordinating the volunteers for this project.

The Bridges at Ankeny was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on July 5th as the newest corporate member of the club.  Doug Johnson, Owner, will be the Primary Designee and Diane Lynch, Administrator, Melissa Winter, Community Relations, and Susan Richards, Community Relations, will be the Secondary Designees.  Their classification will be Senior Services Providers.
The Bridges of Ankeny is a member of the Hawkeye Care Center Group.  They offer a wide range of senior living services that include independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, memory care, respite care, outpatient therapy and comfort care.  They are in the process of building a new facility in Ankeny which should be open later this summer.

A few more Rotarians are needed to help with the set up of the Ankeny Summerfest Parade on Saturday July 9th.  If you can help contact Tim Hawkins by sending him an email at tim@mastersgroupinc.com.

Abbi Rickelman was recognized at the meeting on July 5th as the Rotary Club of Ankeny's "New Member of the Year".  Stacey Koeppen, the 2015 "New Member of the Year" made the presentation.  Abbi joined the Rotary Club of Clayton, North Carolina on February 3, 2014.   She transferred her membership and joined the Rotary Club of Ankeny on March 24, 2015.   Since then, she has been active in service projects including Ankeny Clean Up Days, Biker Night, Friday morning coffees, and the new member social.  She has been a volunteer assistant golf coach for both the Centennial and Ankeny High schools and has volunteered for several local charities.
Congratulations Abbi!


Unsold golf ball drop tickets and funds from ticket sales need to be turned into Tom Friedman by Saturday, July 9th.  Also, see Tom at this week's meeting or at First National Bank, 1205 N. Ankeny Blvd, if you need more tickets to sell.   The balls will be dropped at sunset on Sunday night, July 10th, just outside the Leisure Garden.  A few Rotarians are needed to help pick up the balls after they are dropped.   Just look for the Ankeny Fire Department's ladder-truck.



Thirty-one members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny were recognized during the annual meeting for achieving perfect attendance during the 2015-2016 year.   They were:
  • 1-Year - Carmen Davis, Ben Digmann & Mike O'Connor
  • 2-Years - Rich Job & Stacey Koeppen
  • 3-Years - Kristofer Orth & Steve Wieneke
  • 4-Years - Tim Cox, Jim Ramsey, Steve SchraderBachar & Todd Wehr
  • 5-Years - Damon Miller, Terry Peter & Jody Savage
  • 6-Years - Patty Hoffman & Kathy Sibbel
  • 7-Years - Doug Beech, Mary Cochran, Julie Todtz, Teri Crist & Tim Hawkins
  • 8-Years - Brad Botos & Sally Schroeder
  • 10-Years - Dave Mercer
  • 11-Years - Pat Timmons
  • 12-Years - Nate Burnham & Tom Friedman
  • 17-Years - Gary Welch
  • 20-Years - Jim Gocke
  • 26-Years - Shar Dunlap
  • 27-Years - Mike Lydon

The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be sending 13 students to RYLA in 2016.    Six of these students attended the noon meeting on June 21st.  They were Rachel Leon, Jenna Jenson, Megan Primrose, Austin Moeller, Abbi Denner, and Adriana Gunn.  Each student was presented with a certificate recognizing their award.

The deadline to obtain a match for additional donations from Ankeny Rotarians was June 15th.   Damon Miller was able to report at the annual meeting this campaign brought in an additional $6,895 from Rotarians including 18 that had not previously made a donation.  An anonymous donor donated $1,000 and the club matched all of these donations.   In total, an additional $15,790 was contributed to the AMP project.  This brings the total contributed by the Rotary Club of Ankeny and its members to $106,572.   Thank you Rotarians.

At the conclusion of the annual meeting, Carmen Davis named Damon Miller as the "Rotarian of the Month" for July in recognition of all that was accomplished by the club during his presidency.  Sally Schroeder, the Rotarian of the Month for June passed the pin on to Damon.

After Kathy Sibbel was announced as the winner of the Ankeny Rotarian of the Year, President Damon Miller surprised her husband, Dr. Rick Sibbel, by presenting him with a pin and certificate naming his a Paul Harris Fellow.  The Club made the donation of recognition points in Rick's name as a thank you to him for all the support he has given Kathy and the club over the past several years.  Congratulations Rick!

President Damon Miller recognized Sally Schroeder at the annual meeting for having completed contributions to the Rotary Foundation to make her a Paul Harris Fellow Plus 4.   Congratulations and thank you Sally!

Tim Cox again assumed responsibility for the golf outing prior to the annual meeting.   Unfortunately, he could not control the weather and the start was delayed by a brief downpour prior to the scheduled start.  Once play began, the 30 golfers participating had a great time and Tim did his usual great job of working through last minute changes and distributing prizes.  He even modeled new pants that he proposes we adopt as part of a new Ankeny Rotary uniform.

Incoming President, Carmen Davis, presented outgoing President, Damon Miller, with a golden gavel at the annual meeting on June 30th.  The plate in the box with the gavel stated, "Presented to Damon Miller for your dedication and leadership while serving as President 2015-2016 The Rotary Club of Ankeny".  Thank you Damon.

During the 2016 annual meeting, President Damon Miller, highlighted a few of the accomplishments of the club during his year as president.   These included:
  • Our 6th annual fundraiser, “Biker Night”, grossed $49,365 and net income of $35,270 was 54% more than last year.
  • Implemented a Corporate Membership Program.
  • Added 14 new members and only had two resignations for the year, increasing current membership to an all-time high of 84.
  • Distributed dictionaries to 4th graders for the 10th consecutive year - 975 dictionaries this year.   Also gave out calculators.
  • Raised $1,057 for Special Olympics by selling root beer floats.  This was the most ever!
  • Purchased and helped distribute 258 coats to Ankeny students.
  • Purchased 3 computers and sent them to Jorge Mexico Primary School.
  • Was one of 19 clubs in District 6000 to receive District Governor's Citation.
  • Qualified for Rotary Presidential Citation for 2015-2016 year.
  • Was one of 22 clubs in District 6000 to receive Polio Plus - "End Polio Now: Make History Today Campaign".
  • Implemented program to give 200 recognition points to all members that agree to be “Paul Harris Sustaining Members” and donate at least $100 per year.
  • Qualified to be a 100% club for 2015-2016 with all Active members donating to the Foundation.
  • Sponsored Rotary Exchange Student this school year.
  • Will be sending 13 students to RYLA next month.
  • The club donated $5,000 to Polio Plus and members donated $12,915 to the Foundation for a total of $17,915 to The Rotary Foundation.
  • Total donations for the year to the Foundation and to other organizations was $59,880.

Website Sponsors
Aug 02, 2016
Returning Youth Exchange
International Experience
Aug 09, 2016
Aug 16, 2016
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
RYLA Experience and Leadership Skills Learned
Aug 23, 2016
Aug 30, 2016
Club Assembly
Committees Meet and Set Goals for the Year
Sep 06, 2016
"Evening" - Service Project
Harvest at AGAPE Gardens
Sep 20, 2016
Oct 11, 2016
Oct 25, 2016
Dec 13, 2016
Club Assembly
Committee Updates