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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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Did you know as a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny you can send an email to all other members through our ClubRunner website?   Here is how you do it:
  • Go to our web site at www.ankenyrotary.org
  • "Log on" using your log in "Name" and "Password"
  • Click on "Member Area" in upper right corner of "Home Page"
  • Click on "Email Message Centre" under "My ClubRunner"
  • Click on "Compose New Message"
  • Step 1 - Check "Active & Honorary Members" - Note, you can click on the "+" sign and "Expand List" to view the entire list of members select the ones you wish to send the email to if you do not wish to send it to all members.
  • Step 2 - Enter a "Subject"
  • Then type your message.
  • Upload attachments if any
  • Click on "Send"
There are some other options such as scheduling when the email is to be sent and creating your own custom email list but sending an email is pretty easy.  Let Nate Burnham know if you have any questions.

Rockford Anderson was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on August 23rd by President Carmen Davis.  Rocky and his wife, Megan, are both Pharmacists and own Ankeny Pharmacy located at 1325 Oralabor Road.   They also own the adjoining Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt shop.  The Andersons are both Drake University graduates and also own pharmacies in Polk City, Clear Lake and Clarion.    Rocky was proposed for membership by Pat Stilwill.

District Governor Chris Knapp and his Rotary Partner Vernette made their official visit to both the noon Rotary Club of Ankeny and the Evening club on August 23rd.   Prior to the noon meeting they met with the Board.   During the meeting DG Knapp reminded everyone of training opportunities for officers and all Rotarians and presented his goals for the year.  He also suggested we review our By-Laws in light of some changes implemented by the Rotary Council on Legislation.  These include more flexibility on member classifications, attendance guidelines, and increased transparency. 

The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be hosting two exchange students for the 2016-2017 school year.  They are Elinor Sagemo from Sweden and Katya Sanches from Mexico.  Elinor will be attending Centennial High School and Katya will spend one semester in both Ankeny High and Centennial

As a thank you for visiting Ankeny, the club presented DG Chris Knapp and Vernette with a large gift basket full of items form Ankeny.   Thank you to everyone that donated to the gift basket and to Colleen Welch for putting it all together.

Baily Caskey was one of the 12 RYLA students sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  On August 23rd, she made a very emotional talk to the club to thank them for sponsoring her and "changing her life".

District Governor Chris Knapp and his Rotary Partner Vernette made their official visit to the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny on August 23rd. 

Julie Cooper, Executive Director of the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce presented the Rotary Club of Ankeny with a check in the amount of $500 as a thank you for the club coordinating the set up for the Summerfest parade.   Thank you to Tim Hawkins for coordinating the volunteers and to all the Rotarians that helped with the parade set up!

Damon went into the hospital on July 12th with severe stomach pain due to pancreatitis.   Treatment with antibiotics did not prove to be effective and he finally had surgery on August 2nd to remove a portion of his pancreas and spleen and stop some internal bleeding.    He has been showing improvement but most recent posting shows he still has a long way to go for full recovery.  Here are the posting Amy has put on CaringBridge.org the past two days:

Another good night! Temp is staying down, vitals look great & he's talking a lot more. He said this morning how happy he is to have a voice again. He doesn't seem to have much memory of what has happened prior to Friday but did say that he feels like he's been here at hospital a month. His breathing is about the same as yesterday, still labored but he seems to be more relaxed today. My favorite part about going in to see him yesterday and today is that the fear is gone from his eyes. He's content and ready to do whatever it takes to get home. So proud of this man! The doctors are amazed at his muscle strength as well. They said it normally takes 5 days to recover for every 1 day of bed rest. He was on bed rest for 13 days so his accomplishments of standing and taking a few steps is quite remarkable. 
Hug your families tight today! Love you all.

Monday, August 15
Damon is quite exhausted today. He says he didn't sleep much last night & he spiked a temp of 102.6 late last evening. The doctors took some blood & urine cultures to see if any new infections are present but we won't know the results of those until tomorrow. He will also get another CT scan tomorrow to check out the status of the pancreas & belly. His temp is down to 99 now and he's resting comfortably. Praying that the reason for the temp spike is an easy fix. 

On another note, if you have some extra time, please send up a few more prayers for the boys, especially Brekken. His 6 year old mind & heart are having a hard time understanding why his big, strong Daddy has to be at the hospital this long. We are thankful for all of (you) guardian angels watching out for all of them through this difficult time.

The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny will hold their regular Tuesday evening meeting at District 36 Wine Bar & Grill.  The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM and the speakers will be the RYLA students.   Tuesdays are "all night happy hour" at District 36 which includes half price appetizers, wine and beer and flatbreads for $6.  All members are welcome to attend.   This would be a great opportunity to check out this new Ankeny restaurant and support the evening club.

A total of 582 balls were sold for the 2016 golf ball drop during Summerfest.  Thank you to Monsanto for donating $2,000 for the prize money and other expenses, First National Bank for the printing and cutting the tickets, and Leaning Tower of Pizza for the coupon on the tickets.  Also, a big thank you to Tom Friedman for coordinating this project.
Sales and donations totaled $7,820.   After prize money and expenses, $3,390.34 will be given to the Ankeny Service Center and $2,260.23 will be retained by the Rotary Club of Ankeny to be used for service projects in the Ankeny community.

Following the Rotary picnic on August 9th, the Rotarians and their guests stopped by the Ankeny Market Pavilion and had their picture taken with the new Rotary Club of Ankeny canopy.

The third annual Rotary picnic was held at Ankeny's Sunset Park Tuesday evening, August 9th.   Thanks you to Steve Wieneke and Kristofer Orth for grilling the hamburgers and hot dogs.  I think everyone in attendance would agree it was a beautiful evening and there was plenty of great food and good conversation. 

During the noon meeting on August 2nd, President Carmen Davis named Tim Hawkins as the "Rotarian of the Month" for August in recognition of all the work he did in coordinating the volunteers for the parade set up at Summerfest.    Tim will be able to wear the Rotarian of the Month pin to all August meetings.

Richard Job was named the recipient of the 2016 Evelyn E. Rosentreter Standards award at the annual meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers which was held in Orlando, Florida July 17-20, 2016.   This award is given annually to encourage and recognize individuals who have contributed exemplary leadership and service toward the generation, maintenance, and administration of ASABE standards activities.   Rich was named to receive this award in recognition of his outstanding leadership and contributions in the development and harmonization of national and international agricultural equipment and tractor standards.
Rich retired fro AGCO Corp in 2005 as engineering manager for tractors.  In this role, he was responsible for ensuring that tractors imported from Europe met the safety standards requirements for the North American market.  This led to his active involvement on standards committees in the Society of Automotive Engineers the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the International Organization for Standardization and ASABE.
Congratulations Rich!!!

The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in September:
7th - Teri Crist
7th - Tom Friedman
7th - Mark Martin
16th - Todd Wehr
20th - kevin Brooks
20th - Lewis Todtz
22nd - Tom Rice
25th - Jim Hudson
29th - Tim Hawkins
29th - Anne Porter

A Rotaract project in Uttar Pradesh, India, is liberating women who emptied dry toilets with their hands by teaching them skills that enabled them to earn a living for their families.  Although, manual scavenging was banned in India in 1993, it persists in many parts of the country.  The women who engage in this provide the sole wage for their families and make a meager income for their efforts.   Through collaboration with Project Azmat, the Rotaract club of SRCC Panschshilla Park partnered with the international nonprofit Enactus to organize women who had been doing this work into a cooperative, teaching them basic literacy skills and training to make and market detergent.  This project is also replacing dry latrines with two-pit toilets, which require no maintenance and use only a small amount of water to convert human waste into manure improving sanitation and preventing the spread of disease.  More than 120 new toilets have been installed, enabling over two dozen women to earn a living through the sale of detergent.
Your contribution to the Rotary Foundation helped make this happen.


The August Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at 10:30 AM at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club prior to our regular meeting on Tuesday, August 23rd.  District Governor Chris Knapp and his Rotary partner, Vernette, will be present.  All service chairs should be prepared to report on the activities for the past year.  

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



District Governor Chris Knapp and his Rotary partner Vernette will make their official visit to Ankeny, both the noon and evening clubs on Tuesday, August 23rd.  The Board will be meeting with DG Knapp at 10:30 AM prior to the noon meeting.  All members are welcome and it will count as a make up.
Chris was born in Ithaca, New York, moved to Iowa City and graduated from Iowa City West High School.   After graduating from Iowa State with a degree in history and teaching certification in social studies he was, for a short time, advisor to fraternities at the University of Iowa.   In 2002, while working full time, Chris earned his EMBA from the Tippie School of Management, University of Iowa.  In 1977, Chris began his banking career at First National Bank Iowa City, which subsequently became U.S. Bank N.A.  During his banking career he advanced through Bank Club Director to Trust Officer.  As Bank Club Director he designed and led tours for customers throughout the United States and Europe.  Vernette was also in banking with stops in Iowa City, Chicago, Louisville, and back to Iowa City.  She has taught banking supervision and management at Kirkwood Community College.  Chris and Vernette were married in 1990 and they have two sons both living in Iowa City.
Chris has been a Rotarian for over 25 years and is a charter member of the Rotary CLub of Iowa City A.M.  In addition to being club president in 2000-2001, he has served as treasurer, Youth Exchange Counselor, Club YEO counselor to four Ambassadorial Scholars and the club's inbound GSE team liaison.  In 1991, Chris joined the District Youth Exchange Committee and served as chair for eight years.   Chris and Vernette are Paul Harris Society, Bequest Society, and Major Donors.

We have received news that Damon Miller will most likely remain in the hospital for another three weeks.  He has been in and out of intensive care and has had a procedure to drain fluid in the pockets of his stomach.  This has allowed him to breath better and his oxygen level has improved.  Keep the  prayers and well wishes coming for Damon and has family.  Caringbridge.org is the site to receive updates on Damon's progress.

The Rotary Club of Ankeny's Board has approved a $500 gift certificate for a home cleaning service for the Miller family.   If they already have a cleaning service, we can help with the cost or they could choose to increase the service.  Also, on Tuesday, August 2nd, we will be collecting gift cards for meals, restaurants, and gasoline to be delivered to the Miller family.   If you would like to donate, please bring a gift card, or two, to next Tuesday's meeting or bring cash and we will purchase the cards.

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 be held 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.


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

When: Thursday, September 8th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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


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 Rotarians that are scheduled to be the "Greeter" and "Sheriff" for the next several weeks are as follows:
8/30 - Eric Pasanchin
9/6 - Jack Pennington
9/13 - Terry Peter
9/20 - Raj Reddy
9/27 - Abbi Rickelman
10/4 - Jody Savage
10/11 - Steve SchraderBachar

Website Sponsors
Sep 06, 2016
Josh Cowman & Shona Schmall
Vintage Cooperative of Ankeny
Sep 06, 2016
"Evening" - Service Project
Harvest at AGAPE Gardens
Sep 13, 2016
Renee Jetter
Update on Puppy Jake Foundation
Sep 20, 2016
Sep 20, 2016
Terry Geiger & Steve Wieneke
Rotary Leadership Institute Overview
Sep 27, 2016
Erik Crawford - UNI Asst. Men's Basketball Coach
UNI Basketball, Last Season & Outlook for Upcoming Season
Oct 04, 2016
Andy Pohren
Mid-American Energy, Residential Home Programs
Oct 11, 2016
Oct 25, 2016
Dec 13, 2016
Club Assembly
Committee Updates