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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 Rotary Club of Ankeny donated $750 to the Ankeny Service Center to aid with their Holiday Assistance program.   The following thank you letter was received:
Thank you for your thoughtful contribution to the Ankeny Holiday Assistance Program.  Whether you sponsored a family or made a donation, without your help we would not have been able to serve Ankeny families and bring a little extra joy to them during this holiday season.  Your contribution helped us provide assistance to over 245 Ankeny families, including over 670 children.  You truly helped us touch a lot of lives and make a difference during this special time of the year.   It's easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the season, so it's really special that you took the extra time to help a family in need through your sponsorship or donation.  So thank you for all you've done. 
During the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego on January 18th, 2017-2018 Rotary International President Elect, Ian Riseley announced his theme.   It will be:  "Rotary: Making a Difference". 
During the noon Rotary meeting on January 17th, we will be selecting which larger auction items we will select from Winspire for our during our Mardi Gras fundraiser.   We plan to choose a few items and then allow the members to vote on which to select.  If you would like to look at some of the options prior to the meeting, go to http://www.winspireme.com/packages.  We also plan to select the charities to receive the proceeds from this year's paddle raisers.
Due to the success of the "Wall of Wine" at last year's fundraiser, it has been decided to have a wall of wine again this year at Mardi Gras.    Each Ankeny Rotarian is asked to bring one bottle of wine or a case of beer to be added to the wall. The "Wall of Wine" will then be one of the raffle prizes to be given away during our fundraiser.   Your bottle should be brought to a Rotary meeting with your other auction items and given to Rich Job.
For 100 years The Rotary Foundation has been supporting Rotarians' work to create sustainable solutions to our world's most pressing needs.  But there is still much more to do, and we need your help!  Rotary gives in countless ways, focusing our service efforts in six areas: Promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economics.  We're also working hard to end polio once and for all.  Giving a gift to The Rotary Foundation, you become part of the positive change that Rotarians are making in your community and the world.  Every gift makes a difference.  A gift of $10 provides bed nets that prevent malaria in Uganda;  $15 can protect children in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan against polio; $50 provides personal water filters which prevent waterborne diseases in Guatemala;  $85 can be used to teach business to low-income entrepreneurs in the United States and $500 helps communities create a safe and positive atmosphere void of bullying where children can thrive.  Your contribution large and small makes this happen!
President Carmen Davis announced at the January 10th noon meeting that Gary Welch has been selected as the club's nominee for the District 6000 Paul E. Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award which will be presented at the 2017 District Conference on May 4th in Coralville.  
This award is named for Past District Governor and Boone Rotarian Paul E. Hellwege and recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions that foster the development of integrity.   It honors individuals who have made contributions in business, media, academia or government and who have by their actions, writings, policies, and public pronouncements strengthened and fostered development of integrity and ethical practices and who have made sacrifices and/or undertaken risks to uphold Rotary's Core Value of Integrity.  Congratulations Gary!!
Applications have been received and approved by the Board for Todd Eipperle and Brian Weber.   Todd is a former member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny and is currently a member of Des Moines AM club.   He is Field Director for Central Iowa for the Mid-Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Brian is the owner of Interstate All Battery Center in Ankeny.
Comments regarding Todd and Brian's proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board member.
Dave Cook from the Rotary Club of Boone will be conducting a "Visioning For Clubs", strategic planning session for the Rotary Club of Ankeny at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club on Saturday March 4th from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM.  The objective of visioning is to help clubs develop a vision and framework to sustain and increase membership, implement successful service projects, develop leaders and build support for The Rotary Foundation. 
There is no charge, lunch is included, and all members are welcome and encouraged to attend.    Plan to attend and help plan the future of  "Your Rotary Club".  Topics to be discussed include: Annual Budgeting, Charities we Should Be Donating To, Donations to International Projects, Leadership Succession, Membership Goals, Our Next Big Project and more.  To register, go to www.ankenyrotary and click on "Club Visioning - Strategic Planning" under "Upcoming Events".
President Carmen Davis announced that Tim Cox was her selection for member of the month for January on January 3rd.   Tim planned and made of the arrangements for the club's Christmas social at the Temple of Performing Arts.  Everyone that attended enjoyed the great meal and the performance of Triple Expresso.  Thank you and congratulations Tim! 
At their meeting on January 12th, the Board for the Rotary Club of Ankeny approved a donation in the amount of $500 for the Heroes Hunting Foundation.   The Foundation is a Grimes based charity with a mission to utilize the peace of the outdoors, the comfort of an understanding peer, and a media outlet, if desired, to assist veterans with the reintegration process after returning home from deployment.  This donation will aid in financing a spring snow goose hunt for 8 veterans. 
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in January:
      2nd - Luke Nelson
      3rd - Travis Carlsen
      6th - Jack Pennington
     20th - Sally Schroeder
     25th - Justin Carlton
     25th - Bruce Kimpston
     27th - Jeff Damman
     28th - Roger Spahr
It is now less than eight weeks until the 2017 fundraiser, "Mardi Gras", for the Rotary Club of Ankeny.   Hopefully, each member is working on obtaining auction items.  As they are collected, give them to Rich Job or bring them to any Rotary meeting.  The sooner we have them in hand the sooner we can add them to our list of items which will be posted on our auction web site.  We will be using Bid Partners which will allow for online bidding again this year.
This update was posted by Amy Miller on December 22nd:
Yesterday went pretty well for Damon.  He's not excited about the drain staying in but the good news is the doctor saw signs of the colon healing itself this time.  The colonoscopy didn't show anything surprising either. A follow up appointment will take place in 2 weeks to re-evaluate the drain placement.  We have much to be thankful for this year...God bless you & your families & Merry Christmas! The Miller 5 ate at Jethros, watched Elf & Played a mean game of UNO tonight!
Several years ago at the International Conference in Australia, two members from the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery and Trafficking gave a presentation about slavery in India and around the world.   They specifically talked about a village in Pradesh, India.  The total population of the hamlet was 400, 132 of them were enslaved and others were at risk of debt bondage because of dire poverty.  Only 203 individuals in the community knew how to write their own name and most were illiterate and innumerate.  Five children were enrolled in school but did not attend as they work with their parents instead.  Their economic condition was dire.  People were landless, and enslaved in debt bondage at the slaveholder's farm doing construction projects or working in brick kilns.  Some family members including children have been trafficked to other states. 
After the conference, representatives from the Rotary Club of Binghamton met with Carol Metzger, one of the presenters at the conference and with the help of an organization called School4Freedom, was able to apply for a district international grant to help the village two years ago.  The following report was recently sent: 


The School4Freedom in India process is now underway – a school is built, kids are attending (some from families who are illiterate and innumerate), a solar streetlamp has been installed, hot lunches are being served and six kids were rescued from slavery in a brick kiln and are now attending the school. The rest of the village is slowly being educated so they are ready to demand their own freedom and be self-sufficient at the end of the 3-year process.


Your Rotary Donation made this possible.  Thank you.

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

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

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

Every year for the past 37 years Rotary has had a float in the Rose Bowl Parade.  On January 2, 2017, the float was seen by an estimated 83 million people in more than 200 countries.  Rotary International President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran rode on this year's float.  Although the float is not a project of Rotary International, the success of the float is a tribute to the dedication of the Rotary Rose parade Committee supported entirely by voluntary financial contributions from Rotary clubs across the United States and Canada.
The theme for this year's float was "Doing Good in the World" and was depicted by a friendly Dragon, named "Archie", that has the world at his feet.  The globe trotting "gentle" creature has eyes that blink and smoke that radiates from it's nose as it welcomes 2017 across the globe.  The dragon carries a 100 year medallion that hangs off its bit celebrating the Rotary Foundation's Centenial as the Dragon begins it's worldwide journey at Orange Grove and Colorado Blvd in Pasadena.  Archie is named after Arch C. Klumph, Rotary International President 1916-1917 who promoted the idea of creating a Rotary Foundation to promote the idea of "Doing good in the world". 
The Ankeny Prairie Trail Hy-Vee has been chosen to cater the 2017 fundraiser, Mardi Gras, for the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  The menu will include: 
Appetizers: Shrimp, Crab Cakes & Stuffed Mushrooms,
Entrees: Slow Smoked Beef Brisket, Blackened Chicken Breast & Stuffed Eggplant Ratatouille,
Sides:  Creole Seasoned Roasted Potatoes, Seasoned Greenbeans with Toasted Pecans, & Bourbon Glazed Baby Carrots
Plus: Assorted Breads & Dinner Rolls.
Hy-Vee will also be donating nine different desserts to be auctioned and a separate auction item of a dinner for six with a Hy-Vee Chef, including appetizer, main course, and dessert. 
On December 20th, the last meeting for 2016, President Carmen Davis presented the AG&CC staff that served us all year, Cindy and Brian, with a Christmas card, each with a $100 bill in it, as a thank you for taking such good care of us.  Thank you Cindy and Brian!
Each club in District 6000 is encouraged to participate in "Visioning For Clubs", a strategic planning session being facilitated by leaders from District 6000.  The objective of visioning is to help clubs develop a vision and framework to sustain and increase membership, implement successful service projects, develop leaders and build support for The Rotary Foundation.   Dave Cook, from the Rotary Club of Boone, has agreed to facilitate a session for Ankeny on Saturday, March 4th.   Tentatively, the session is scheduled to begin at 9:30 AM and will be completed by 1:30 PM.  It will be held at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club with lunch being provided.   There is no charge and all members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Santa took a break from his busy schedule to attend the Rotary Club of Ankeny's noon meeting on December 20th.  While there, he presented the club with some checks totaling $485 that he had received as thank yous for appearances he had made at the library and at some family gatherings in Ankeny this fall.  Thank you Santa and also thank you to Gary Welch for his assistance! 
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