Greeter/Sheriff Schedule
11/5 - Reece Lewellen
11/12 - Jon Lowman
11/19 - Mike Lydon
11/26 - Dave Mercer
12/3 - NO MEETING -Xmas Social 12/5
12/10 - Damon Miller
12/17 - Del Mohler
12/24 - NO MEETING
12/31 - NO MEETING
John Johnson
Nov 26, 2019
Chief Operation Officer - National Pork Board
"Evening" - Planning Meeting
Nov 26, 2019
Officer Elections, Future Committees, & Chartering Pros/Cons
Dec 03, 2019
Christmas Social at The Fletcher - Thursday Dec. 5th
"Evening" - Service Project & Rotary Video
Dec 03, 2019
Serve meals at St. Joseph's Family Emergency Shelter and Video for rest of members
Kent Sovern
Dec 10, 2019
Age Friendly Greater Des Moines
"Evening" - Troy Peterson
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 24, 2019
Dec 31, 2019
Pat Timmons
Jan 07, 2020
Trip to Chernobyl Ukraine Nuclear site
Dan Robison & Dan Grooms
Jan 14, 2020
ISU Deans of Ag & Life Science and Vet Medicine
Steve McCullough - CEO of Iowa Student Loan
Jan 21, 2020
Magnitude of Student Loans outstanding
Gary Welch
Jan 28, 2020
South Africa Exchange Student
Gary Welch
Feb 04, 2020
Copan Students
"Evening" - Sam Mitchel
Feb 04, 2020
Tour New Ankeny Public Library
"Evening" - Split the Pot at Iowa Wild
Feb 11, 2020
For the Benefit of Adaptive Sports
"Evening" - Jill
Apr 07, 2020
Children & Families of Iowa
Club Information

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Ankeny Golf & Country Club
314 SW Irvinedale Dr.
Ankeny, IA  50023
United States of America
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Current member Dave Mercer agreed to change his individual membership to the Primary Designee of a new corporate member Iowa Realty Company.  President Job also inducted  Dylan Dyer and Scott Obstarczyk as new members of the club and as Secondary Designees for Iowa Realty.  With these new members the club's number of members is now 102. 
The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny grew to 15 members when Steve Wieneke inducted Renee Potts into the club on November 5th.  Renee is a Teacher Associate at Northview Middle School in Ankeny.  She was proposed for membership by Darius Potts.  There are now three husband/wife teams that are members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.   Welcome Renee!!
Steve SchraderBachar was named Ankeny "Rotarian of the Month" for November by President Rich Job.  Steve was recognized for his work as the club's chair of the Foundation Committee and in particular the success of the club's special PolioPlus campaign.  This campaign has resulted in over $2,900 being raised for PolioPlus.   Congratulations Steve! 
Jan Franck, Sally Schroeder, and Shar Dunlap celebrated Halloween at the Rotary meeting on October 29th by dressing for the occasion.   I wonder if they went "Trick or Treating" after the meeting?

He founded Panzi Hospital in 1999 with the singular aim of making life much better for mothers and their babies, then war broke out.  Working among traumatized women and children of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Denis Mukweze has seen it all: between 100 and 500 women and children raped every day, ranging from 19-month-old babies to octogenarians; with their digestive and reproductive organs totally and brutally impacted.  Frustrated by the relentless use of mass rape as a weapon of war and mass destruction of babies, women and entire communities, Mukweze sought for ways to improve medical equipment at the hospital to cope with the overwhelming demands.

Speaking in January 2017, at a Rotary Foundation Seminar sponsored by District 1620 (Belgium), the OB/GYN surgeon detailed the atrocities going on in his native country.  The Rotary Clubs in attendance donated $120,000 immediately.  This was augmented by $40,000 in District Designated Funds and a grant of nearly $100,000 from the Rotary Foundation.  Forty-two clubs participated in the project, including the host club, Rotary Club of Bukavu Mwangaza in South Kivu, DRC.  In 2018, through a Rotary Foundation Global Grant, the hospital was gifted with a state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine which allows doctors to view results electronically and share them with distant specialists when needed.

Today, although rape as a weapon of war has yet to be obliterated from the region, with the help of the new Rotary donated machine, maternal and infant mortality have been drastically reduced with a 99.1% live birth rate.  More than 85,000 rape or birth-related complications have been treated, and victims who cannot afford post-rape medical care continue to be treated free of charge at the Panzi Hospital.  Your generous donations end up improving lives world-wide.

The November Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:
When:  Thursday, November 14th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
World Polio Day was, October 24th.   To celebrate the progress Rotarians have made in eradicating Polio,  videos showing the history of Rotary’s PolioPlus campaign were shown at both the noon and evening meetings on October 22nd.  Then, instead of the sheriff passing the bucket, members were asked to consider making a contribution to the Rotary Foundation to be designated to PolioPlus.  Thank you to the many members that make a contribution or agreed to having a contribution added to their next Rotary invoice to be sent in January, 2020.  The total pledged through the end of October  is $2,610!! 
If you would still like to contribute, we will still be accepting the pledge forms and contributions for the next couple weeks.  Please remember:
  • All contributions are voluntary.
  • Your contribution is being matched 2 to 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Your contribution will be forwarded to the Foundation by the club in your name.
  • You will receive Paul Harris Recognition points for your contribution.
  • Checks should be made payable to the “Rotary Club of Ankeny”.
  • Your contribution is tax deductible.
  • These contributions will be in addition to and will not reduce the amount the club annually contributes to the PolioPlus campaign.

Thank you Ankeny Rotarians!!

Steve Wieneke has the privilege of inducting Jenna Lanning into the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny on October 29th.   Jenna teaches kindergarten in the Des Moines Community School District.  She is also the Secretary for a non profit organization, the TYH Humanitarian Foundation.  This Foundation is named after Timothy Yates Heggen who died at age 17 from Pancreatic cancer.  This Foundation has partnered for 10 years with Save the Rain and Rotary International to provide Tanzanian communities with a sustainable water source.   She was proposed for membership by Jacquelyn Duke.  Welcome Jenna!
Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, collects shoebox gifts - filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys and delivers them to children in need around the world.  For many children this will be the only gift they receive this Christmas.  Since 2009, more than 16 million shoeboxes have been filled and delivered through this program.  Members of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny and several guests filled 66 shoeboxes during their meeting on October 29th.  In addition to selecting items to put in the boxes, pictures were taken of the person filling each box to be included in the box with a card on which a short note was written.   It was a fun night for all for a great service project!! 
Ankeny Rotarian Gary Welch has a direct line to Santa and Mrs. Claus.   If you would like Santa, and possibly Mrs. Claus, to make an appearance at your business or family gathering, you can contact Gary at 515- 419-3707 or and he will check Santa's schedule.   We understand any donations Santa receives for making an appearance will be donated to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
Dave Mercer has submitted an application to change his individual membership to a Corporate membership for Iowa Realty Company in the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Dave will become the Primary Designee and Dylan Dyer and Scott Obstarczyk will be secondary members.   
Comments regarding this proposed application may be submitted to any Board member.
Darius Potts, currently a member of the noon Rotary club has proposed his wife, Renee Potts, for membership into the Evening Ankeny Rotary Club.  Renee is a Teacher Associate with the Ankeny Community Schools.
Also, since he frequently has meetings at noon and it has been difficult for him to get to the noon meetings, Darius has requested to transfer his membership to the evening club.
Comments regarding Renee's membership application and Darius's, transfer may be submitted to any Board member.
Carmen Davis was recognized by President Job at the noon Rotary meeting on October 22rd for the work she did in organizing the volunteers for the parade set-up during Ankeny's Summerfest Celebration.  He recognized her by naming her the "Rotarian of the Month"  for September.   Congratulations and thank you Carmen!!
President Rich Job named Renee Murphy the "Rotarian of the Month" for October during the noon meeting on October 22nd.  He recognized her for all the work she has done in keeping the club's FaceBook page up to date and also creating a LinkedIn account for the club.  Congratulations and thank you Renee!!
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has donated to the Ankeny Service Center for their Holiday Assistance program in each of the past 5 years.  During the meeting on October 15th, Tom Friedman and Kathy Sibbel accepted a check from the club in the amount of $750  for this year's contribution.  These funds will be used to purchase gas and grocery gift cards to add to the gift packages that are handed out to families in need during the holiday season.
Despite a light rain, those attending the social at the Olofson Shooting Range on October 10th had a fun evening.   After a make-your-own taco dinner and a brief training session, everyone got the opportunity to shoot a 22 rifle at a target.  Later, everyone got the opportunity to break a few, some more than others, clay pigeons with a shotgun.
The following thank you letter has been received form Operation Warm:
Thank you Rotary Club of Ankeny for your support of $1,500 to Operation Warm.  You've helped us reach a major milestone for our 20th anniversary - more than 3 million children have received brand new Operation Warm coats!   You've given a child in need a brand new colorful jacket they will treasure, but you've given a lot more than a coat.  You've given laughter, you've given fun, and you've given hope.  Here are some other things you've given:  Happiness, from the many smiles a brand new coat brings.  A feeling of security, from wearing a warm, snug coat.  Caring, from someone else's wish for their health, education, and happiness.
Partners like you are the heroes who give a gift of warmth to children in your community.  As one of those grateful children told us, "We are lucky to have you, because it is very cold outside, and we need warm coats."  The world would be a better place if we had more people like you.  When committed partners like the Rotary Club of Ankeny give more that a coat, you show these children that they are a part of a community that cares about them.  Thank you for your compassion and generosity. - Richard D. Sanford, Founder & Chairman 
The Board has approved an application from Jenna Lanning for membership to the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Jenna is a teacher in the Des Moines schools and is very active in TYH Humanitarian Foundation and is currently the Secretary.  This Foundation is named after Timothy Yates Heggen who died at age 17 from Pancreatic cancer.  This Foundation has partnered for 10 years with Save the Rain and Rotary International to provide Tanzanian communities with a sustainable water source.  She is being proposed for membership by Jacquelyn Duke.  
Comments regarding these proposed memberships may be given to any Board member.
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in November:
3rd - Steve Wieneke
4th - Nate Burnham
11th - Laura Luetje
12th - Jim Forman
25th - Jan Franck
25th - Del Mohler
26th - Kathy Sibbel
29th - Darius Potts
2019 will be the 6th consecutive year the Rotary Club of Ankeny has purchased coats from Operation Warm.  Many Ankeny families lack the funds to purchase winter coats , hats, gloves and snow pants for the kids.   With the financial assistance of the Rotary Club, Project Fresh Start has coordinated the receiving and distribution of winter clothing each year since 2015.   This year the club provided $1,500 to purchase coats and an additional $1,000 to be used to purchase hats, gloves, and snow pants for the kids.  With this year's coats, the Rotary Club will have purchased 594 coats over the past 6 years.
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