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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
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Reminder The noon meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny, on July 17th, will be at the offices of the Iowa Soybean Association, 1255 SW Prairie Trail Parkway.
You will not want to miss this meeting.  We will be joined by 10-12 farmers who will present a panel discussion on the soybean industry in Iowa and the effects of the current political issues.  Lunch will be catered by HyVee.   Their parking lot and main entrance is on the south side of their building.  There should be adequate parking, but if their lot is full you may park anywhere along the curbs in their lot or on the street.
During its meeting on July 12th, the Board approved a donation request from the New Horizon Adult Day Center.  The request is for $1,000 to be an "Event Sponsor" for their annual golf outing fundraiser.   
On June 12th, the Evening Rotary Club conducted a food drive.  A total of 265 pounds of non-perishable items were collected and $40 in cash.   The items collected were then donated to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for their food pantry.  The following note was received from the church.  "To Rotary Club - Thank you so much very much for your donation of food to our food pantry.  We are able to help many people through your kindness.  Marie Witt, Coordinator, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church"
On July 10th, new District Governor Tom Norak and his wife Carol made their official visit to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Prior to the noon meeting, they met with the Board and had a good discussion regarding the status of the Rotary Club of Ankeny and ways District 6000 can provide better support to our club.  While visiting with the entire membership, he issued a challenge for every member to invite at least one guest to a meeting sometime during the 2018-2019 Rotary year.  He also advised us he would like to put emphasis on literacy, child abuse, and polio prevention during his term as district governor.  Tom & Carol will be visiting the evening club on October 30th.
Past President, Sally Schroeder, was named "Rotarian of the Month" for July by President Ben Digmann.  This was in recognition of the great job she did as president of the club for the past year.  Thank you Sally.
Kathy and Rick Sibbel and Nate and Annette Burnham represented the Rotary Club of Ankeny at the Rotary International Convention in Toronto June 23-27.  They were just 4 of 25,262 people from 125 countries that registered for the convention.  Kathy and Nate look forward to making a presentation to the club regarding their observations and experiences during the convention.
The Rotary Foundation was founded by Arch Klumph in 1916 and left us with these words:  "The Rotary Foundation is not to build monuments of brick and stone.  If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we work on brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds, if we imbue them with the full meaning of the spirit of Rotary... we are engraving on those tablets something that will brighten eternity.
Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation will make this happen.  Thank you.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny will not be meeting on Tuesday, July 3rd.  Have a great holiday!!

The July Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:

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

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

During the Board meeting on May 12, 2011, Doug Beech requested ideas for a major for the Rotary Club of Ankeny to participate in.  The idea of the Ankeny Market Pavilion was presented to the club in October, 2011 and initial plans were drawn up in early 2012.   Finally after 6 years of planning, fundraising and construction, the dedication and ribbon cutting for this $2.4 million project was held on June 14, 2018.  Terry thanked his committee, Doug Beech, Damon Miller, Dave Mercer, Mark Martin, and Todd Wehr for their dedication and hard word for the past seven years.  Terry also announced the club had donated 1,000 Paul Harris recognition points to each of the committee members in appreciation of the work on this project.  This results in Damon Miller becoming a Paul Harris Fellow plus one and Doug Beech, Dave Mercer, Mark Martin, Terry Peter, and Todd Wehr becoming a Paul Harris Fellow plus two.
Twenty-seven members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny were recognized during the annual meeting for achieving perfect attendance during the 2015-2016 year.   They were:
  • 1-Year - Jacquelyn Duke
  • 3-Years - Carmen Davis & Ben Digmann
  • 4-Years - Rich Job
  • 5-Years - Tim Cox, Kristofer Orth & Steve Wieneke
  • 6-Years - Jim Ramsey, Steve SchraderBachar & Todd Wehr
  • 7-Years - Damon Miller, Terry Peter & Jody Savage
  • 8-Years - Kathy Sibbel
  • 9-Years - Doug Beech, Mary Cochran, Julie Todtz, & Tim Hawkins
  • 10-Years - Sally Schroeder
  • 12-Years - Dave Mercer
  • 13-Years - Pat Timmons
  • 14-Years - Nate Burnham & Tom Friedman
  • 19-Years - Gary Welch
  • 22-Years - Jim Gocke
  • 28-Years - Shar Dunlap
  • 29-Years - Mike Lydon
Steve SchraderBachar, the Foundation Chair for the Rotary Club of Ankeny, gave an update on the Rotary Foundation and then recognized 22 individuals for becoming new Paul Harris Fellows and 12 more for achieving the next Paul Harris level.  He stated members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny donated $12,780 to the annual fund and $5,100 to PolioPlus for a total of $17,880 to the Rotary Foundation during the 2017-2018 year.  This was $210.35 per active member.  
The total contributions for the Rotary Club of Ankeny since it was chartered in 1973 is now $252,025 to the annual fund and $50,930 to PolioPlus for a grand total of $302,9553 by the Rotary Club of Ankeny to the Rotary Foundation since the club was chartered in 1973.  Also, the club now has 78 Paul Harris Fellows.
Steve also introduced the following new Paul Harris Fellows and members that achieved the next level:
New Paul Harris Fellows - Angie Bright, Travis Carlton, Carmen Davis, Mark Densmore, Ben Digmann, Jacquelyn Duke, Jim Foreman, Eric Hockenberry, Bruce Kimpston, Andrew Larson, Art Moeller, Renee Murphy, Luke Nelson, Kent Patterson, Scott Port, Raj Reddy, Jody Savage, William Schroeder, Sara Thompson, Lewis Todtz, Lowell Vine, & Kraig Vry
Paul Harris Fellow +1 - Damon Miller, Kristofer Orth, & Jim Ramsey
Paul Harris Fellow +2 - Doug Beech, Dave Mercer, Mark Martin, Terry Peter, & Todd Wehr
Paul Harris Fellow +4 - Jim Gocke
Paul Harris Fellow +6 - Sally Schroeder
Paul Harris Fellow +7 - Steve SchraderBachar
Paul Hariss Fellow +8 - Nate Burnham
Also, thank you to Kevin Brooks, Nate Burnham, Teri Crist, Terry Peter, Dale Port, Pat Timmons, Sally Schroeder, Zane Smith, and Julie Todtz for donating recognition points to make some of these Paul Harris presentations possible.
What does The Rotary Foundation do with its money?  It spends its charitable contributions on multiple programs - from the eradication of polio, to scholarships, vocational training teams, Rotary Peace Centers, and humanitarian projects.  The funds are used for programs and projects about which Rotarians fell passionate.  With a four-star rating by Charity Navigator for ten years in a row and over 1.2 million Rotarians over-seeing the funds at a grassroots level, its funds are in amazing hands doing amazing work in our communities and abroad.  Your contributions enable this to happen.  Thank you!
Incoming President Ben Digmann, presented President Sally Schroeder with a golden gavel in appreciation of her leadership during the past year.  Sally had four major goals during her term as president.  They were:
  1. Host a City Wide Service Club Summit - The "Showcase" was held on March 27, 2018 with approximately 80 people in attendance from The Ankeny Lions Club, Optimists Club, Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Ankeny. 
  2. Plant one tree for Each Ankeny Rotarian - Members planted approximately 8 trees and 39 trees were planted at the AMP site including a large tree to be decorated at Christmas. 
  3. Fully Utilize the Club's Facebook Page - The Facebook page was developed by the evening club and Renee Murphy assumed the responsibility of maintaining it.  It had over 100 likes during the past year.
  4. Use Rotary Minutes at Two Meetings per Month - There were approximately 30 "Rotary Minutes" during the past year.
Good job Sally!!  It was a fun and productive year under your leadership!!
Kristopher Orth has served as the acting president of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny since it was formed in November, 2012.  In recognition of more than six years of service, Steve Wieneke, presented Kristofer with a golden gavel at the annual meeting on July 19th.  Thank you for your service, Kristofer. 
Steve plans to assume the position of acting president for the evening club for the 2018-2019 year.
Jim Ramsey was introduced as the "Rotarian of the Year" for the Rotary Club of Ankeny for 2018 during the annual meeting on June 19th.  The 2017 Rotarian of the Year, Terry Peter, made the introduction.  Jim has been a member of the club for 9 years and has had perfect attendance for the past 6 years.   He has also been the club treasurer since January 2011.  During that time he has attended approximately 80 Board meetings, prepared over 100 monthly financial reports, 7 annual financial reports, written hundreds of checks and devoted hundreds of volunteer hours to Rotary.   Thank you and congratulations Jim!
Ryan Bach the 2017 New Member of the year had the privilege of introducing Jacquelyn Duke as the "2018 New Member of the Year".   Jacquelyn has had perfect attendance since joining the evening club in March, 2017.  She has been active in numerous service projects and she and her husband Jason hosted a Rotary Exchange student during the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year.  Jacquelyn was also made a Paul Harris Fellow by the club in recognition of her service the past year.  She truly demonstrated "Service Above Self" during her first year as a Rotarian.  Thank you and congratulations Jacquelyn!!
The Summerfest parade is one of the greatest annual events Ankeny has to offer for its citizens and those from surrounding communities and Rotarians have assisted with the set up for the parade for the past several years.  We will meet in the parking lot of Northview Middle School, the old high school at 6:00 AM (a few volunteers are needed at 5:45 AM) on the morning of the parade, Saturday July 14th.  Coffee and donuts will be provided.   More volunteers are needed.  If you have not signed up yet and are available, please contact Carmen Davis, cdavis@bank-northwest.com or Mark Densmore, mark@densmoreis.com.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny will again be the primary sponsor for the golf ball drop at Ankeny Summerfest.  At sunset on Sunday night, July 15th, just outside the Leisure Garden, watch hundreds of golf balls drop from over six stories high 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.  Sixty percent of the net proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Ankeny Service Center.  Sterns Home Loans has agreed to donate the prize money!   Thank you Steve SchraderBachar.  Plus every ticket has a coupon for a free mini pizza from Leaning Tower of Pizza and $10 off an oil change at Christian Brothers! - A savings of $19.00 for a $10.00 ticket!!  Our goal is to sell 1,000 tickets.

Contact Tom Friedman, 515-238-4005 if you need tickets.  All proceeds from ticket sales should be turned into Tom at First National Bank, 1205 N. Ankeny Blvd.

The following note was received from Diane Green, John Lundstrum's daughter:
Dear Rotary Club of Ankeny,
Thank you for the lovely Schefflera Plant and your thoughts at John Lundstrum's memorial.  I know how much my dad enjoyed being a part of the Rotary Club and it would have meant a lot to him knowing you were thinking of his family during this difficult time.