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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 July board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

When: Thursday, July 14th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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



The monthly Rotary morning coffee at Cafe Diem, 2005 S. Ankeny Blvd., will be Friday, June 17th from 7:30 to 8:30 AM.  
This is a make up opportunity and all members are welcome.

rotary foundation For decades, the small pastoral communities in northern Kenya have been caught in a cycle of violence.  Tribes have shed blood over distrust, scarce resources, and the theft of livestock.  Former Rotary Scholar Monica Kinyua and her sister Jane, founded the Children Peace Initiative Kenya to end the fighting by building friendships between children from different tribes.  The sisters used a Rotary global grant sponsored by Rotarians in San Diego, California and the Rotary Club of Nairobi to conduct one of several peace camps for children and teachers in Baragoi, Samburu County, a highly dangerous area.   The peace camps have helped reduce violence in the region.  Monica states, "Through the program, children are directly participating n intercommunity peace and coaching their parents and influencing the communities to live peacefully with each other."
Your contribution to Rotary makes this happen.  Thank you.

The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in July:
2nd - Pat Stilwill
3rd - Brad Botos
9th - Jim Ramsey
19th - Jason Gassman
22nd - Gerry Bair
31st - Matt Klein

The new canopy ordered by the club was received last week.   Terry Peter and Nate Burnham set it up for the first time at the Ankeny Farmer's Market on Saturday, June 18th.   The plan is to set it up each Saturday to provide information on the Rotary Club of Ankeny and AMP.    Let Terry know if you can work a two hour shift any Saturday.


The Rotary Club of Ankeny will again be the primary sponsor for the golf ball drop at Ankeny Summerfest this year.  At sunset on Sunday night, July 10th, just outside the Leisure Garden, watch hundreds of golf balls drop from over six stories in the air in an attempt to become the big winner.  First ball in or closest to the hole wins $1,000!  Second ball in or closest wins $375, third ball in or closest wins $250 and the fourth ball in or closest wins $125.  Tickets are $10 each.  Some other Ankeny service clubs will also be selling tickets.  The proceeds from ticket sales will be split between the club selling the ticket and the Ankeny Service Center.  The Monsanto Company has agreed to donate $2,000 towards the prize money!  Plus every ticket has a coupon for Leaning Tower of Pizza coupon good for  - " buy any medium pizza and get a second, one topping medium for $5.00!" - A savings of $9.00 for a $10.00 ticket!!  Our goal is to sell 1,000 tickets.

Tickets will be available at the noon and evening Rotary meetings or from Tom Friedman at First National Bank, 1205 N. Ankeny Blvd.  All proceeds from ticket sales should be turned into Tom or at a future Rotary meeting.  Remember the Rotarian selling the most tickets gets to go up the firetruck ladder six stories to drop the balls.



At the Board meeting on June 9th, a motion to pay the registration fee for any member that attends the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta was approved.  The convention will be June 10-14.   This is a great opportunity to attend an RI convention without the expense of traveling overseas.   At least a couple Ankeny Rotarians have already registered.  The registration fee is $340 prior to December 15, 2016 and is available on line.

In rural South Africa, clean water doesn't come with the twist of a tap.  On average, women spend four to six hours a day collecting and transporting the water supply for their family's daily need.  The Rotary Club of Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada, provided 50 Hippo Water Rollers to a village in South Africa.  The barrel-shaped device holds 25 gallons of water – enough to meet five peoples’ daily needs – and can be pushed like a lawn mower back and forth from water sources!  The device also prevents the need for carrying heavy 5-gallon buckets on the head, which can result in injuries over time.  And it reduces the number of trips to collect water, giving women and children more time to pursue educational and economic opportunities.  According to Luke Vostermans, member of the Rotary Club of Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada, “ It’s a simple flick-the-switch technology that frees women from the daily chore of hauling water for their households.”
Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation helps make this happen.  Thank you.



Meeting sites for July 12th and 19th when the Ankeny Golf & Country Club is not available have been finalized.  The noon club will be meeting in the party room of the new Fletcher Full Service Kitchen & Bar on the 12th.  The Fletcher is scheduled to open on June 28th and is located at 1802 N Ankeny Blvd in the old Dahls store.   On the 19th, we will be meeting at On With Life, 715 SW Ankeny Road.  Mark you calendar and plan to attend.

Soon to be installed District Governor Chris Knapp and his Rotary partner Vernette will make their official visit to Ankeny, both the noon and evening clubs on August 23rd.  Chris has been a Rotarian for over 25 years and is a charter member of the Iowa City AM club.  We anticipate the Board will be meeting with DG Knapp prior to the noon meeting.  Plan to attend.

In 2012, the Rotary Club of Ankeny made a donation to the Ankeny Garden of Hopes and Dreams to purchase the materials for several vine structures.  The structures were then built by Ankeny Rotarian Rich Job.  The clematis planted around these structures are now in full bloom.   The Garden is located north of Oralabor Road on the west side of the DMACC campus.

The Interact Club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ankeny made a donation to Blessman Ministries that was used to purchased 24 soccer balls, two sets of cones and a new net cage for kids in Africa.   A note from Rene' Blessman stated:  "The children were so excited about it today!  The girls were just as excited to use the new balls for netball.  They will be used by 200+ kids."

Four of the twelve students the Rotary Club of Ankeny is sending to RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, this year attended the noon meeting on June 14th.  They were Claire Weatherwax, Baily Caskey, Madeline Volk, and Ryan Gross.  Each student was presented with a certificate recognizing their award.

Earlier this year Gary and Colleen Welch traveled to Cozumel to check on the possibility of the Rotary Club of Ankeny assisting the elementary schools in Cozumel in the installation of a filtration system for drinking water.   While there, they stayed with Dean and Gina Lange and made a number of friends.  The Langes recently returned to Iowa and brought with them several gifts for Colleen (Coke) including a coco cola ornament and a hand painted mini surf board.

Corporate member Lamberti, Gocke & Luetje, PC had 18 tickets in a suite to the Iowa Cubs vs Round Rock Express baseball game on Saturday, June 11th that they were not going to be able to use.   They agreed to give these tickets to an Ankeny Rotarian that would make a donation to the Ankeny Market Pavilion project.   Stacey Koeppen submitted the best offer of $200 for these ticket.    Jim Gocke presented her with these tickets after the meeting on June 7th.  Thank you Stacey and to Lamberti, Gocke, Luetje, PC for their donation of the tickets.

During the noon meeting on June 7th, President Damon Miller introduced Sally Schroeder as the Ankeny Rotary "Member of the Month" for June.   He recognized her for the great work she did in managing the speaker schedule for the past year.   Nate Burnham, the Member of the Month for May is pictured passing the "Member of the Month" pin on to Sally.

The Board has received an application for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny from Ryan Bach.  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.
Comments regarding Ryan's proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board Member.

The Board has received and approved a corporate application for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny from The Bridges at Ankeny.  Bridges 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.   Doug Johnson will be the Primary Designee.  He is the President of Hawkeye Care Centers and the owner of The Bridges of Ankeny. 
Comments regarding The Bridges of Ankeny's proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board member.


The 2016 annual meeting and golf outing for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club on Thursday, June 30, 2016.  Plan to attend and see President Damon Miller pass the leadership of the club to Carmen Davis as well as the announcement of the Ankeny "2016 Rotarian of the Year", "New Member of the Year", and "Perfect Attendance" awards,  for the 2015-2016 year.  The meetings for both the noon and evening clubs on Tuesday, June 28th, is canceled.

Every member will be receiving an email asking them to "Register on Line" for this event.  The golf is designed to be a fun-oriented event with no skill required.  Here are the details: 

Check In for golf:  5:00-5:30 pm 
Shotgun Start:  5:30 pm 
Format:  Four-person best shot, designate your foursome or sign up individually and you will be assigned to a team.
Cost:  $20 per person for golf. 
Dinner:  After golf, at approximately 7:45 pm.  Dinner is free to members and one guest.  Additional guests are $10 each. 
Sponsors:  Sponsorships are available at $50. Donations for prizes are welcome.

When registering, please indicate the name of your guest(s), if any, and if you and/or your guest will golf.  Also, indicate if you are willing to sponsor a hole or provide some prizes.



While waiting in the rain to assist with the set up of last year's Summerfest Parade, someone suggested that the club should have a canopy with the Rotary logo on it.  The Board approved this purchase last month and the canopy was ordered and has now been received.  
The AMP committee would like to be the first to use the canopy by setting it up on a few Saturday mornings at the Ankeny Farmers Market.  Volunteers are needed to help set it up and be available to answer questions about AMP and Rotary.  Let Terry Peter know if you are available and willing to help.

As we begin the final month of the 2015-2016 Rotary year, it is time to check on you attendance, especially if you wish to achieve perfect attendance for the year.   The web site is up to date through May with attendance for all meetings and all make-ups.   To check your attendance, go to our web site,, log in by clicking on "Member Area".  Then under  "My ClubRunner", click on "My Attendance".  Let Nate Burnham know if you have any unreported make-ups.
If you are in need of some makeups, plan to attend the Board meeting on June 9th, the morning coffee on June 17th and/or complete an on-line makeup.  To complete an on-line makeup, click on "On-Line Make-Ups - eClubOne" under "Links" on the "Home Page" of our web site and follow the instructions.  After viewing an online program, complete the makeup request form.  Use for the email address for the club secretary and a copy of your makeup will automatically be sent to Nate Burnham.

A unique way to promote Rotary and help support The Rotary Foundation is to carry a Rotary International credit card.  Just by using it you’ll be helping the Foundation do good in the world! A portion of each purchase you make will be returned to the Foundation at no additional cost to you.  The Foundation received more than $8.6 million from the program since it was launched in 2000 including $3.6 million to support polio eradication.  In the US a royalty of 0.25% is paid on all purchases made with the card.  Outside the US, the royalty percentage fluctuates.  The Foundation is not only the one that benefits. As a card carrier you enjoy 1% cash back on every purchase and 2% cash back at grocery stores and 3% cash back on gas for the first $1500 in combined purchases in those categories each quarter.  Bank of America donates $75 toward polio eradication with every activated account.  For information click onto Bank of America Apply and refer to the disclosures accompanying the online credit application. 
Thank you for supporting The Rotary Foundation.

Ankeny Summerfest will be July 7-10.   The Rotary Club of Ankeny will again be responsible for the parade set up on Saturday, July 9th.  Tim Hawkins will be coordinating the parade set up.  Please indicate on the sign up sheet at meetings if you will be available to help or send him an email at

The deadline established for Ankeny Rotarians to make additional contributions to the Ankeny Market Pavilion project and receive the match from the anonymous donor and the club is June 15th.  
If you have not as yet contributed or plan to make an additional contribution please bring your check to the meeting this week.   Remember, an anonymous donor has agreed to match the first $50 of the contribution, for up to 20 members that have not as yet contributed and the club will match all contributions up to a total contribution by the Club of $15,000.  Checks should be made payable to The Ankeny Foundation and given to Terry Peter or Damon Miller.

The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in June:
6th - Ben Norman
6th - Kim Scavo
14th - Sue Gibbons
17th - Dave Mercer
20th - Steve Van Oort
21st - Mike Lydon
26th - Carmen Davis

Website Sponsors
Jun 30, 2016
Annual Meeting & Golf Outing
Ankeny Golf & Country Club
Jul 05, 2016
Jul 12, 2016
Jul 19, 2016
Click for Offsite Location, Speaker Kellie Markey
Dorothy's House - Arranged by Mary Cochran
Jul 26, 2016
Nikki Syverson - Arranged by Teri Crist
Des Moines Community Playhouse & Theatre
Aug 02, 2016
Returning Youth Exchange
International Experience
Aug 09, 2016
Club Fall Picnic
Location - Sunset Park, 1320 SW 3rd St.
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
Dec 13, 2016
Club Assembly
Committee Updates