Rotary Club of Ankeny

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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 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


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

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

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


Due to a conflict at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club, we need to find another location to meet on July 12th and 19th.  If you have been thinking it would be great to show off your business to your fellow Rotarians, this would be a great opportunity to host our noon meeting.  The club will pay for catering the meal.   If you would like to host the meeting or have an idea for a place for us to meet, please contact Damon Miller or Carmen Davis. 

In cooperation with Dollars for Scholars, the Rotary Club of Ankeny presented two $500 scholarships to Ankeny seniors during the High School Senior Spotlight nights.  Rachel Kerger was the recipient at Ankeny High School and John Hollinrake was the recipient at Centennial High School.   Thank you to Sally Schroeder and Patty Hoffman for representing the Rotary Club of Ankeny at these events.
A thank you has been received from both Rachel and John.  Rachel's stated:  "Thank you for the scholarship that you awarded me for five hundred dollars in 2016.   In the fall, I will be attending the University of Northern Iowa, and I plan to participate in volunteer organizations like the Rotary Club in the future.  Although have yet to decide upon a major, your generous contribution to my education will aid my college career."
John's stated: " Thank you for awarding me a scholarship of $500.  This scholarship is greatly appreciated and will be put to good use helping to fund my studies at George Mason University next fall.   With the incredibly high costs of tuition, room, and board, and books having this $500 brings me one step closer to paying for college without incurring overbearing student debt.  While attending George Mason University, I intend to study government and international affairs.  This area of focus is exciting to me because I am very interested in politics and public policy.  By pursuing a degree in this field I get to learn about macroeconomics (one of my favourite courses from high school) learn about the creation of new laws, and also study a foreign from college.   I hope to work at either the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, or the Federal Reserve.  By awarding me this scholarship, you have shown you believe in my promise and my potential a gift worth much more than $500, thank you.

During the meeting on May 17th, President Damon Miller recognizes Jim Gocke for achieving the Paul Harris Fellow plus 3 level by presenting his with a PH pin containing three sapphire stones.   Kathy Gocke was than recognized for becoming a Paul Harris Fellow and was given a certificate and pin.   Kathy's recognition was the result of Jim transferring recognition points to her.


Are you thinking of attending the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, June 10-14, 2017?   If so, an early discounted registration price of $265 is available until June 6th this year.  To register, go to  The registration fee goes up to $340 after June 6th until December 15th, then up to $415 until March 31, 2017 and finally to $490 until the last day to register on June 14, 2017.



Over 20 Ankeny Rotarians assisted City of Ankeny employees in unloading cars and pickups during Ankeny Clean Up Days May 14th and 15th.  Donations collected totaled $1,932.05.  This is comparable to the $1,953 and 41,880 collected the past two years.   Thank you to all the Rotarian that helped and to Justin Carlton for his leadership on this project.

Tom Peterson, President of the Ankeny Service Center attended the May 10th Rotary meeting to thank the club for a donation the club made to the Service Center in the amount of $1,560.   These funds represented the proceeds of one of the paddle raisers at the club's "Biker Night" fundraiser.  Pictured are:  Tom Friedman, Ankeny Rotarian and Service Center Board member, John Peterson, and Julie Cooper, Rotary Club of Ankeny past president.

At their May meeting, the Board approved making an additional donation to the Rotary Foundation for PolioPlus in the amount of $4,440.  This will bring the total amount donated by the club for the 2015-2016 year to $5,000.

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.    Put it on your calendar and plan to attend.   A sign up sheet will be available in a few weeks.

During the Board meeting on May 12th, approval was granted for a donation in the amount of $500 to American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.   The First Robotics teams in Ankeny submitted the request and will be participating in the walk on May 23, 2016.  This is the fourth consecutive year the club has made a donation to this cause.


At the noon Rotary meeting on May 10th, Terry Peter gave a brief overview of the progress of the Ankeny Market Pavilion project.  Rotary has been the primary catalyst in moving this project forward through fundraising, design and construction.  One building is up and the pillar wraps are being added this week.  We had to replace some of the cement and this will also be done soon.  The north entry signs will be in place by the first Farmers Market on May 21st.  We have delayed the ribbon cutting as we want to make sure these items are in place first. 

One goal of our club is for all members to be on board by having 100% of our members donate to this project.  Currently, 46 members and former members have contributed.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny has also donated funds and a portion of the proceeds from our annual auction has gone towards this project.  Based on our records, as a group, we have contributed roughly $85,000.  We would really like to get to the “Investor”, $100,000, recognition level. 

Each member has been sent an email advising them of how much they have donated to the AMP project according to our records.  Let Terry Peter know if you believe this number to not be correct as we want to make sure everyone is given the proper credit for their support.  For those that have not as yet contributed, an anonymous donor has agreed to match the first $50 of the contribution, for up to 20 members.  If you would like to consider making a donation or an additional contribution, now is an excellent opportunity to do so.  The Rotary Board has also agreed to match all contributions up to a total contribution by the Club of $15,000.

The AMP Steering committee would like to complete this project by the end of the Rotary year so we ask that all contributions be completed by June 15th.   Checks should be made payable to The Ankeny Foundation and given to Terry Peter or Damon Miller.



The Rotarians that are scheduled to be the "Greeter" and "Sheriff" for the next several weeks are as follows:
5/31 - Mike Lydon
6/7 - Dick Marshal
6/14 - Dave Mercer
6/21 - Amy Miller
7/5 - Art Moeller
7/12 - Del Mohler

The Board has received an application for membership from Sara Martin.  Sara is the owner of phClean, a home cleaning service in Ankeny and Ames.  She is being sponsored for membership by Renee Murphy.
Comments regarding Sara's proposed application of may be forwarded to any Board member.

President Damon Miller and incoming President Carmen Davis have decide to implement a new award to recognize outstanding service and achievements of Ankeny Rotarians.   Each month, they will name a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny as the "Rotarian of the Month".   The member recognized will be given a "Rotarian of the Month" pin to wear for that month.   At the beginning of each succeeding month, a different member will be recognized and the pin will be passed on the them to wear. 
At the meeting on May 3rd, Damon recognized Nate Burnham as the Rotarian of the month of May and the first recipient of this award.

June 30, 2016 has been selected as the date for the annual meeting and golf outing for the Rotary Club of Ankeny.   More details will be available soon but the plan is for a fun golf outing followed by dinner and the annual meeting which will consist of awards and the passing of the gavel from Damon Miller to Carmen Davis.    Put the date on your calendar and plan to attend

Special guests attending the Rotary Club of Ankeny regular meetings during the past couple weeks have been:
May 3rd - Dale Port, Prospective new member
May 3rd - Anne Bacon, IMPACT - Speaker 
May 10th - John Peterson, Ankeny Service Center
May 10th - Jonathan Brendemuehl, Des Moines Performing Arts - Speaker
May 10th - Jeff Chelesvig, Des Moines Performing Arts - Speaker
may 10th - Sara Martin, PHClean, guest of Renee Murphy

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