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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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More than 300 Rotarians are anticipated to come together on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in proclamation and celebration of 100 years of Rotary Foundation contributions to improving the human condition in our local communities and around the world.  The celebration will kick off with multiple metro area Mayor Proclamations of April 11th as "Rotary Foundation Day" followed by a fun-filled evening with food, fellowship and live music.
The event will be held at the Kum & Go Theater (Des Moines Social Club), 901 Cherry Street, Des Moines.  The noon and evening meetings for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be cancelled on April 11th and all members are encouraged to attend the celebration.  The club will pay the $15 registration fee for each member that attends.  A sign up sheet will be available soon.
The 2017 District 6000 Conference will be held May 4-6 in Coralville Marriott Hotel.   To receive the "Early Bird Discount" you must be registered by Saturday, April 1st or have your envelope with the registration form postmarked by April 1st.   Registration is available on line through the District 6000 website at http://rotary6000.org.  The highlights of the conference include Xicotepec project reports, a pre conference kick-off reception at the Iowa Car Museum and Johnson County Historical Museum, the all club luncheon on Friday with author David C. Forward speaking on "A Century of Service: The Story of Rotary International" and "Doing Good in the World", and the District Governor's reception and dinner with keynote speaker Richard Roland, Rotary International Representative.  Make your plans now to attend this rewarding event.
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
28th - Jen Schuller
Forty-five years ago, Tulsi R. Maharjan came to America from Nepal with hope and a chance for an opportunity.  Now and for the past 25 years he along with his son Anil are giving back in the form of humanitarian projects.  His club – the Rotary Club of Branchburg and District 7510 in Pennsylvania and New Jersey provides scholarship funds, micro-credit loans and training programs through international grants.  These projects partner with many community organizations to create a new network of hope. 
In response to the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal they traveled to Nepal with the goal of rebuilding homes.  He realized that house building was not enough.  For a country that has spent decades dealing with political turmoil and economic instability, they recognized that simply resetting life to what it was like prior to the earthquake, was only a beginning.  In response they created The Asha Project; which builds homes to help create stronger families, creates microcredit loans to provide individuals with a prosperous future and provides scholarships for under–represented ethnic groups.  With collaboration from other organizations, they sent eight Rotaract students to volunteer in Nepal and recently welcomed a student from Nepal to complete his master’s program in health management funded by a global grant scholarship.  They are presently working on several digital divide computer projects to connect students with the outside world.  Patience and persistence have enabled Dr. Maharian, his son, their clubs and their district to complete many humanitarian projects in Nepal.  With such support, hard work and dedication, many children in Nepal will have the opportunity to be what they wish. 
Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation provides hope and opportunities for millions of people around the world.  Thank you.
President Carmen Davis named Nate Burnham "Member of the Month" during the noon meeting on February 14th.  She said this was in recognition of his work on the fundraiser auction and brochure.   Congratulations Nate!!!
The club's 2017 fundraiser, "Mardi Gras" is only a few days away.   All auction items have been packaged, the brochure is being printed, and our website has been activated.  Total value of items, which includes the larger items from Whinspire, is about the same as last year but we have a few less items.  Tickets sales appear to be  less than last year.   Any last minute sales this week would be appreciated.
During their meeting on February 9th, the Board for the Rotary Club of Ankeny approved the following donations:
Ankeny Family YMCA - $1,500 - Donation for their annual "Partner in Youth" campaign.
Epilepsy Foundation of Iowa - $500 - Bronze sponsorship for the 2017 Iowa Walk for Epilepsy to be held April 22nd inside Jordan Creek Mall.
Ankeny High Schools Dance Marathon - $500 - Request from Aaron Hoang, 2017-2018 Rotary Exchange Student.
The Board has received and approved a request from The Bridges to add Leanne Larson and Beth Burke as Secondary Designees for their Corporate membership to The Rotary Club of Ankeny.   Leanne is the Director of Business Development and Beth is in Community Relations. Doug Johnson will continue to be the Primary Designee.
Comments regarding Leanne Larson and Beth Burke's proposed membership may be forwarded to any Board member.
It is now less than 3 weeks until our 2017 fundraiser, "Mardi Gras".   Work has begun on the brochure which will need to go to the printer the week before the event and, of course, the committee must finish selecting which items will be sold live and which will be on the silent auction.   Also, pictures need to be taken of all items to put on-line.   With that in mind, we would like all auction items turned into Rich Job by Tuesday, February 7th.  Also, please bring a bottle of wine or 6-pack of beer for the wall of wine. 
The club has chosen two items from Winspire to add to the live auction at "Mardi Gras".  They are:
Classic Wrigley Field Rooftop Experience - For two to enjoy a Chicago Cubs baseball game from a nearby rooftop including ballpark food and ice cold beverages.   Also includes hotel accommodations for 2 nights.
Sip & Soar Through Napa Valley - Includes round trip airfare for 2, hot air balloon ride above the Napa Valley wine country and majestic mountains surrounding the valley, private wine tasting at Jessup Cellers, 6 hours of chauffeured luxury service, and a 3 night stay at the Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa Valley.
Oh Canada!! - A week of fishing with Jim Gocke & Dave Mercer at White Sands Camp on Lake on Sturgeon Lake, Ontario, Canada.
Vintage Warbird Plane  - Ride for two over central Iowa plus dinner afterwards with pilot.
In addition some other major items that will be part of the live auction includes:
  • Two weekly passes to the Solheim Cup at the Des Moines Golf & Country Club
  • DMACC Culinary Arts dinner for 6
  • Sunset cruise on 60 foot Watercraft house boat for up to 16
  • Cubs skybox tickets for 10
  • Admission for two to Pepsi's Suite for the first ISU game at the Big12 Tournament in Kansas City
Due to a heating problem at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club, the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny was held at District 36.   Thank you to Managing Partner, Justin DeVries, for accommodating us on short notice.
First American Bank was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny as a corporate member on January 17th by President Carmen Davis.  Adam Boeding, Market President, is a former member of the Rotary Club of Fairfield, Fort Madison, and Ames and will be the Primary Designee.  Chad McDonald, Senior Vice President will be the Secondary Designee.  First American bank's office in Ankeny is at 210 N. Ankeny Blvd.   
The votes were counted at the meeting on January 31st and the three selected for the for Mardi Gras "Paddle Raisers" were:

Puppy Jake - Provides service dogs to perform tasks and provide companionship for American veterans with disabilities, all at no cost to the veterans or their families.  The estimated cost of each service dog, from birth to placement, is between $18,000 and $20,000.

Ankeny Service Center -The ASC has helped countless individuals and families in need.   They work with clients to identify solutions, utilize qualified partners and make the appropriate referrals.   Programs they operate include: Holiday Assistance, emergency rent and utility assistance, transportation assistance for seniors, food assistance, and prescription assistance.

Ankeny Police Officer's Tribute Wall - The Ankeny Leadership Class of 2017 has chosen as their class project to honor the Ankeny Police Department through a tribute wall.  The wall will feature Ankeny Police Officers that have retired from the Ankeny PD after a certain number of years of service and those that were killed in the line of duty and will be in the atrium of the Ankeny Police Station.  The header on the wall will feature the quotation: “These proud individuals helped form the foundation of our community, and gave all to courageously serve this city.   For that, we honor their legacy.”

On the evening of January 31st, the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny hosted several residents of Mosaic at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Most of the night was spent playing Bingo with Rotarians calling the numbers and assisting Mosaic clients and staff.   Everyone won a prize and were served beverages and treats.   All had a great time.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny had five members donate tickets to the Polio Plus Night at the Iowa Energy game on January 28th.  The club gave these tickets to On With Life which allowed 8 residents and their chaperones to attend the game.  A thank you has been received with comments as follows:
"Thank you so much for the Basketball tickets!  It was a great outing for Trevor and me.", "We appreciate the tickets for the game!  Thank you for helping us have a great evening at the game.", Thank you for the tickets to the Iowa Energy game.  All the persons served had a great time getting out on a Saturday night.", "Thank you so much!!", Also, on behalf of Ken, Tammy, & Bhim - THANK YOU! They loved the outing."
The Polio Plus Night at the Iowa Energy was completed on January 28th.  A total of 1,233 tickets to the game were sold by the Des Moines area clubs.  Six clubs participated in the BBQ cook-off which collected $1,134.78 from 218 people that signed waivers (there may have been more tasters than signers).  An additional $416.14 was collected in direct donations.  In total $11,285.75 will be divided among the participating clubs to donate to Polio Plus.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny sold 27 tickets and will be receiving $225.11 to donate to Polio Plus.  Donated tickets were given to On With Life to send 8 residents and their chaperones to the game.   
Amy Miller brought a special guest to the noon Rotary Cub meeting on January 24th.   She is training a puppy for "Puppy Jake" and brought Warner to meet us.  The Puppy Jake Foundation purchases high quality purebred puppies from reputable breeders to be trained and eventually placed with a veteran.  Volunteers such as Amy raise the puppies with the majority of expenses paid by donations to the Foundation.  Additionally, Puppy Jake Foundation has begun to work with rescue and shelter organizations to identify dogs that may be able to enter the service dog training program.

The puppies have a very structured training environment and schedule.  All puppies, with their puppy raiser, attend regular and mandatory training classes. Puppies are evaluated every month to ensure they have met their goals and milestones.  Trained medical professionals, in conjunction with military organizations, conduct the selection of veterans that receive a service dog. The veteran and trained service dog attend a 10-14 day camp to ensure the bond between the two is strong.  The training of the veteran/service dog team continues regularly for the first year of placement.  Follow up and training continues for the life of the service dog.

The waiting list for service dogs for our veterans is growing, as is the number of US Armed Services members suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or physical mobility issues.  Service dogs assist veterans in performing tasks, and are proven to help cope with anxieties or loneliness.

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

When: Thursday, February 9th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

On January 24th, President Carmen Davis inducted Todd Eipperle and Brian Weber into the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Todd is a former member of the Rotary Club of Marshalltown and Ankeny and is currently a member of the 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.
After a more than 6-month absence, Damon Miller was able to return to Rotary for the first time on January 24th.  He thanked the club for all the support and prayers given to him and his family during his illness.   He also delivered a card which read:
"As we reflect on 2016, we are so grateful that we are able to spend the holidays as a family.   We want to take a moment to thank each of you for sharing gifts of time, money, resources, and prayers over the past year.   We wish you and your families only the very best of happiness and health in the New Year.  The Miller Family."
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Mar 21, 2017
Rotary Exchange Student from Mexico
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