Greeter/Sheriff Schedule
3/3 - Kathy Sibbel
3/10 - Andrew Stumbo
3/17 - Andy Testino
3/24 - Sara Thompson
3/31 - Brian Tiernan
4/7 - Pat Timmons
4/14 - Julie Todtz
4/21 - Lewis todtz
4/28 - Todd Wehr
"Evening" - Virtual Meeting - Jill Haupts
Apr 07, 2020
Children & Families of Iowa
Apr 07, 2020
Cornel Nathan Fulk
Apr 14, 2020
Iowa Highway Patrol
"Evening" - Darius Potts
Apr 14, 2020
Tour of Ankeny Police Station
Greg Spooner
Apr 21, 2020
Des Moines Scottish Rite
Julie Todtz and Sharlyn Estrem
Apr 28, 2020
Ankeny Chamber of Commerce
Annual Meeting and Awards Night
Jun 30, 2020
No Noon Meeting
AG&CC Not Available
Jul 14, 2020
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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The Club was scheduled to sell root beer floats again this year to aid Special Olympics on April 25th.  Due to the coronavirus, Special Olympics Iowa has suspended all fundraising, competitions, training and gathering until the end of May.   Also, HyVee has suspended all food sampling until further notice.  Since this is their only big fundraiser, they do hope to reschedule this fall.
The 2020 annual meeting and awards banquet for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held on the evening of June 30th  at the Ankeny Golf  & Country Club.  The evening will begin atconsist of a social hour beginning at 5:30 PM with a social hour including drinks and appetizers a meal to be served at 6:30.  The meeting will begin at approximately 7:00 PM and will include some Paul Harris presentations, perfect attendance awards, the naming of the "Outstanding New Member of the Year", and "Rotarian  of the Year", and the passing of the gavel to next year's president.
Save the date and plan to attend to celebrate the accomplishments of the club during the past year.

In light of the current circumstances, we unfortunately are unable to hold our “Raise the Stakes for Community” event as originlly scheduled on April 18, 2020.   We have rescheduled this event to take place on October 3, 2020.  Please update your calendar with the new date.   Tickets are still available for the new date.   If you have already purchased a ticket(s) it(they) will be transferred to the new date, but if for any reason you are unable to attend, donate your ticket, or invite someone to attend in your place, please reach out to to request a refund.   Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

The Rotary Club of Ankeny's tenth annual Dinner/Auction/Fundraiser, "Raise the Stakes for Community" will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on the campus of DMACC in Ankeny on Saturday, October 3, 2020.   Similar to last year, the evening will begin with appetizers and professional Las Vegas style gaming tables open for action at 5:00 PM.  Everyone purchasing a ticket will receive chips to play the games which will include Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Poker, Three Card Poker, and Let It Ride.  Complimentary beer and wine will be available throughout the evening and a buffet dinner will be provided.

Individual tickets are $60 each or reserve a table of 8 for $440.  Sponsorships are also available including:
  • Full House Sponsorship - $2,000: Includes listing as a photo booth sponsor, prime event promo, table for eight guests, and table-side champagne/wine service.
  • Double Diamond Gaming Table Sponsorship - $750: Includes listing as a gaming table sponsor, prime event promo, signage at a gaming table, and a table for eight guests.
  • Single Diamond Gaming Table Sponsorship - $250: Includes listing as a gaming table sponsor, signage at a gaming table, and two tickets.
The web site to purchase tickets is  To donate an auction item please bring the item to any Rotary meeting or give it to any member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  For more information contact Laura Luetje at or Stacey Koeppen at
Rotarians have always been concerned about urban and community health, way before the dreadful Coronavirus necessitated a global emphasis on incessant hand washing.  Through The Rotary Foundation (TRF), Rotarians have supported projects aimed at improving water purification, hygiene education, latrine construction and waste management all over the world.  Clean Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) is a new project being undertaken by members of District 7910, comprising Rotary Clubs from Central Massachusetts and Metro West.  Twenty-one volunteers are heading to Guatemala for a 7-day WASH mission on a project funded by a $318,000 Global Grant from TRF.  Twenty-three primary schools in nine communities in Guatemala will benefit from this global grant.  The grant will provide a comprehensive hygiene and menstrual education for both students and teachers.   In addition, the grant will fund wash stations, adequate toilets, bathrooms, and safe water for drinking and cooking school meals.
The WASH project in Guatemala is hosted by the Rotary Club of Nueva Guatemala, with participation by Rotary Clubs in Canada and The United States; and with the collaboration of four Guatemalan organizations.   Speaking about the project, the Past District Governor and Chair of the District 7910 Foundation Committee, Steve Sager, explained that “working on international service projects like this is one of the best aspects of belonging to Rotary - come to help communities that seem disadvantaged by our standards, but we end up helping ourselves, making lifelong friends, and doing our part to make the world a better place.”

Since 2013, The Rotary Foundation has invested in more than 1,000 WASH projects in more than 100 countries through its global grants. 

The April Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held:
When:  Thursday, April 9th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
The Rotary Club of Ankeny welcomed three new members to the club on March 3, 2020.    They are:
Tammy Heckart - Tammy is a realtor with ReMax Concepts in Ankeny and was proposed by Dave Mercer.
Valerie Armingtom - Valerie is the Community Relations Representative at the Bridges.  She was proposed by Kris Baker and is joining under The Bridges corporate membership.
Marie Kline - Marie is transferring her membership from the Rotary Club of Parker, Colorado. She is a residential realtor with Keller Williams in Ankeny.
The Club now has 105 members which includes 18 in the Evening Club.
Over the past couple months, Nate & Annette Burnham took MelisaValle, the Rotary exchange student from Copan, Mexico to four ISU women's games and one ISU men's game.  She was considered a good luck charm, since ISU won all five games including an improbable win over the number two ranked Baylor women snapping their 58 game conference winning streak.  They also took Zano Sibisi from South Africa to one men's game but she was not so lucky as the men lost that game.
President Rich Job presented Dave Mercer with a certificate during the meeting on March 3rd, naming him the club's Rotarian of the month for March.   Dave has been representing the club at District Grant Management training for the past several years and he has sponsored three new members in the past two months.  
March 10th was declared "Youth Day" at the noon Rotary meeting and three Rotary Exchange Students took charge of the meeting.  The students were Melisa Valle and Amanda Alcorcer both from Copan Mexico and Grace Griesheim, 2020-2021 out bound student. 
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in April:
9th - Juan Arias
16th - Dean Lange
18th - Sara Thompson
20th - Ron Bode
20th - Brodey Hanson
22nd - Julie Todtz
Each year the Epilepsy Foundation - Iowa conducts a "Walk to End Epilepsy".   In 2020 there will be three walks.  The first will be in Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines on April 25, 2020.  There will also be a walk in Cedar Falls on May 2nd and in Iowa City on June 6th.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be donating $500 to help sponsor this walk.  Nate and Annette Burnham matched this donation with $500 of their own to make the Rotary Club of Ankeny a "Friend Sponsor" for all three walks.   Roxanne Cogil, Executive Director for the Foundation was a guest at the noon Rotary meeting on February 18th to pick up the checks.
Zano Sibisi is an exchange student from south Africa.   She is attending Ankeny Centennial High school through Iowa Resources for International Service and was introduced by Alesia Hassan the Youth Programs Placement Manager for IRIS.  "Z", as she is called, told the Rotarians present about her country and experiences as an exchange student.  She plans to talk to the evening club on March 3rd.
Anna Patricia Munguia Godesky became the seventeenth member of the Evening Rotary Club when she was inducted by President Steve Wieneke on February 25th.  Patty is a Mortgage Specialist with Wells Fargo and works in their downtown Des Moines office. She was proposed by her husband Juan Arias.   Patty had previously been a member of the Rotary Club of San Pedro Sula, Honduras.  
The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.  Some of the goals fulfilled by Rotarians around the world during February, Vocational Month, include:
In the area of health improvement, to enhance healthcare and service delivery in Idi Araba and its communities, Rotary District 9110 (Nigeris) in partnership with TRF has unveiled a Medical Health Cabin worth 11,296,875 Naira (USD 32,000) to serve the people of the area as a mini primary center.  Eight locations in Ogun and Lagos states will benefit from this project co-sponsored by District 2430 in Turkey; District 6910 in Georgia, USA District 4420 Brazil and the local Rotary Club of Gbagda, Nigeria.  Speaking at the event a few days ago, the PDG, District 9110, Dr. Deinde Shoga explained that Idi Araba was among five underserved communities that suffer from poor healthcare.  He expressed his district's gratitude to TRF for providing the matching funds.  There are plans to site similar health facilities in no less than five locations in Lagos state.
The March Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held:
When:  Thursday, March 12th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
Nate and Annette Burnham attended the Rotary Club of Cherokee, Iowa on Monday, February 24th.   They had two reasons for attending this meeting.  First they had been invited by their niece, Julie Hering Kent, to be the guest speakers to make their presentation on their trip with Blessman International to South Africa last fall.  
Secondly, they had completed a donation to the Rotary Foundation to make Julie a Paul Harris Fellow.  They used this opportunity to surprise her with the certificate and pin to name her a Paul Harris Fellow at her own club meeting.  Julie's husband, Dennis, and her mother, Nancy, Nate's sister, were also in attendance.
DuWayne McDaniel was inducted as a new member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny during the noon meeting on February 25th.  DuWayne is the Owner of Bryant Heating and Cooling in Ankeny.   He plans to convert his membership to a corporate membership as soon as he identifies which of his employees he would like to be the Secondary Designees.   He was proposed for membership by Laura Leutje.
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
25th - John Biga
27th - Raj Reddy 
Membership - The Board reviewed and approved two new applications for membership into the Rotary Club of Ankeny at their meeting on February 18th.  These applications were from:
Patty Mungia - Patty works for Wells Fargo and is an Inbound Sales Specialist.  She is also a former member of the Rotary Club of San Pedro Sula, Honduras and the wife of Evening club member Juan Aris. She was proposed by Juan and will become an Evening club member. 
DuWayne McDaniel - DuWayne works on HVAC with Bryant Iowa Heating & Cooling.  He will likely be converting his membership to a corporate membership as soon as he identifies the Secondary Designees.  He was proposed for membership by Laura Leutje. 
Tammy Heckart -   Tammy is a Realtor with ReMax Concepts and was proposed by Dave Mercer.
Valerie Armington – Desiree Claypool is no longer employed by The Bridges.  Valerie is the Community Relations Representative replacing Desiree at the Bridges.  She is being proposed by Kris Baker.
Marie Kline - Marie is being proposed for membership by Abbi Rickelman.  Prior to moving to Ankeny she was a member of the Rotary Club of  Parker, Colorado.  She is a residential realtor with Keller Williams in  Ankeny.
Comments regarding these proposed new members may be directed to any Board member.
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