Greeter/Sheriff Schedule
8/20 - Jim Foreman
8/27 - Tim Hawkins
9/3 - Tracy Frette
9/10 - Tom Friedman
9/17 - Jason Gassmann
9/24 - Jan Franck
10/1 - Brodey Hanson
10/8 - Bruce Kimpston
10/15 - Stacey Koeppen 
10/22 - Mark Land
10/29 - Andrew Larson
Christopher Buscher
Aug 27, 2019
Adult & Teen Challenge of the Midlands
"Evening" - No Meeting
Aug 27, 2019
Service Project - Meals from the Heartland on August 28th
Matt Hill
Sep 03, 2019
Mid-Iowa Council CEO / Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America
"Evening" - Service Project
Sep 03, 2019
Harvest at AGAPE Garden
Jean Shelton
Sep 10, 2019
On With Life CEO
District Governor Morain
Sep 24, 2019
District Governor Presentation
"Evening" - Nate Burnham
Sep 24, 2019
Trip to South Africa with Blessman Ministries
Larry Laughlin
Nov 05, 2019
Co-founder of "Blood, Sweat and Beers."
John Johnson
Nov 26, 2019
Chief Operation Officer - National Pork Board
"Evening" - Split the Pot at Iowa Wild
Feb 11, 2020
For the Benefit of Adaptive Sports
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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In tune with its mission to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace, the Rotary Foundation, emphasizes "..improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty" as the utmost importance.  To this end, Rotary clubs worldwide continue to fundraise to make these objectives a reality.  The Burnside Breakfast Rotary of South Australia, organized a golf tournament that raised $15,000 used to support non-governmental programs like the Can-Do Canines, Summer Camp Scholarships, the Burnside Highschool Brainpower in a Back-Pack/Snack, the Feed My Starving Children, and a Humanitarian Global Grant in Tanzania.  The Coldwater Township Sunrise Rotary Club has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan, to establish scholarships.  These scholarships will be known as the Coldwater Township Sunrise Rotary Promise Scholarship, and is designed to help financially strapped students enrolled in an eligible KCC health or skilled trade programs.  To further the intention of THe Rotary Foundation, you can donate by visiting
Tuesday evening, August 3rd, turned out to be a perfect evening for a picnic.   The weather was perfect and the food was great.  Thank you to everyone that attended and in particular thank you to Jeff Manger, Noel Fiscus, Steve Wieneke, and Kristofer Orth for overseeing the grilling.
President Rich Job attended the Evening Club meeting on August 13th to present Steve Wieneke with a certificate stating he was being named the Rotarian of the month for August .   This was in recognition of the leadership he is giving to the Evening club, helping to organize the bandshell clean up and assisting with the grilling at the club's picnic.   Congratulations Steve!
The September Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:
When:  Thursday, September 12th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in July:
7th - Teri Crist
7th - Tom Friedman
7th - Mark Martin
8th - Kent Patterson
9th - Jacquelyn Duke
15th - Reece Lewellen
16th - Todd Wehr
20th - Brooks, Kevin
The Board has approved a request from Anne Porter to change her individual membership in the Rotary Club of Ankeny to a Corporate membership for A Plus Home Care Services.  She would be the Primary Designee and Steve Wieneke and Rachel Panzi would be the Secondary Designees.   Steve is currently a member of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny and has recently become the Human Resources Manager for A Plus Home Care Services.  Rachel is the Director of Operations and would be a new member for the evening club.  
Comments regarding this proposed change in membership and new member may be give to any Board member.
Twelve Rotarians and seven of their family members met at the Ankeny band shell Saturday morning, and in about an hour cleared all the weeds and dead or dying bushes from the site.   The Ankeny Parks and Recreation Department has proposed a landscaping plan for the replacement of the plantings.   Assuming the plan can be finalized and funding is available to purchase plants, another work day will be necessary to plant the new shrubs and is tentatively planned for September 7th.  The pictures below are most of the workers and the before and after of the cleanup.
Sally Schroeder recently returned from a cruise on the Cunard Cruise Lines' "Queen Mary 2".   While on the cruise, on the way to South Hampton, UK and Reykjavik, Iceland, she made up two Rotary meetings and was given an official make-up from the ship's Captain.   Several other Rotarians were in attendance at each meeting.  It shows that whereever you go, there is almost always the opportunity to make up a Rotary meeting and meet other Rotarians from around the world.
Mark Densmore presented a check from the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $500 to President Rich Job during the meeting on July 30th.   The check was a thank you to the club for their assistance in helping to set up the Summerfest parade.  Thank you to Mark for his leadership in organizing the volunteers for this service project and to the 24 Rotarians that helped with the parade set up early Saturday morning.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny donated $1,000 to the New Horizon Day Center to help sponsor their annual golf outing.  The following thank you letter was received from Vicki Engh, Executive Director:
"Dear Ankeny Rotary Friends:
Thank you so very much for sponsoring our 8th Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser!  Your Event Level Sponsorship of $1,000 is greatly appreciated.
It was a hot day, but everyone said they had a good time.  Because of people like you who recognize the importance of taking care of those with differing abilities, we were able to raise over $13,000 with this fundraiser.  The funds raised will be used to provide programming for our participants.  Some of the things programming includes are activity and craft supplies, outings into the community and entertainers who come to our center to perform.  Thank you again for the generosity of the Rotary family to our family at New Horizons Adult Day Center."
The Rotary Club of Ankeny is recognized as one of the more successful clubs in District 6000 in both membership and accomplishments. This is certainly borne out in our just completed fundraiser where we exceeded all expectations in bringing in funds we can use to better our community and the world.  One of the things identified in the meetings put on by the district governing personnel for 2019 is that to continue to be successful we must define what we do well and find out what your membership considers important.  To prepare for the 2019-2020 Rotary year, President Rich Job asked the club's members to complete this survey to give some directions to him and the Board as to their thoughts and feeling as to how we are doing as a club.  He presented the results of the survey during meeting on July 16th.  
If you missed that meeting or would like to review the complete survey, it is posted on our web site but is only available to member.  To view the survey results go to our web site and log in.  Then click on "2019 Survey" under "Site Pages" on the Home Page.  There you will find both the complete survey results and a summary.

The sixth annual Rotary Club of Ankeny family picnic will be held on Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 at the shelter in Sunrise Park, 506 SE Peterson in Ankeny.   A social hour will begin at 5:30 PM and we will plan to eat about 6:30.  The meat, hamburgers and hot dogs, and paper plates, napkins, and plastic silverware will be provided by the club as well as iced tea and lemonade.  Everyone should bring any other beverage they may want and a salad, side dish, or dessert to share.  There will be games for kids provided.  

Both the noon and evening Rotary meetings are canceled for that day, August 6th, and all members are encouraged to attend the picnic and bring all family members, guests, and prospective new members.
Six of the seven students the Rotary Club of Ankeny provided scholarships to allow them to attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards conference were introduced to the club during the June 4th meeting.   They were Sophie Bergan, Jordan Su, Allison Su, Mallory Leazer, Natalia Figuerua Portal and Jesus Davila.  The RYLA Conference was held July 14-19 at Grinnell College.
Sara Thompson, owner of phClean has been a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny since 2017.  On July 2nd she changed her membership to a corporate membership and added Jessica Kuil, Manager Ankeny and Daniel Pixley, Manager Ames as Secondary Designees.  Welcome to Rotary Jessica and Daniel!
The Rotarians scheduled to be the "Greeter" and "Sheriff" for the next several weeks has been published as a story in the Ratchet for the past several years.  It has now been added at the top of the "Home Page" of our web site.   You can find the listing in the upper left corner.   This listing will also appear in the same location in the Ratchet that is published the first Monday of each month.
8/6 - Shar Dunlap
8/13 - Todd Eipperle
8/20 - Jim Foreman
8/27 - Tim Hawkins
9/3 - Tracy Frette
9/10 - Tom Friedman
9/17 - Jason Gassmann
9/24 - Jan Franck
Through the Rotary Foundation amazing things happen!
In Afghanistan to break the cycle of poverty and social imbalance, Rotary members in the US partnered with ProLiteracy Detroit to recruit and train tutors after a study showed that more than half of the local adult population was functionally illiterate.  Rotary members helped develop the SOUNS program in South Africa, Puerto Rico and US which teaches educators how to improve literacy by teaching children to recognize letters by sounds instead of names. And Rotarians are providing clean, fresh water to every public school in Lebanon, so students can be healthier and get a better education!   According to Rotarian Mark Wilson, “When you teach somebody how to read, they have that for a lifetime.  It ripples through the community, one by one.”  Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you.  
The club's fundraising co-chairs, Laura Luetje and Stacey Koeppen were busy during Ankeny Summerfest.  To celebrate the success of the 2019 fundraiser, "Raise the Steaks for Ankeny" and promote the 2020 fundraiser, sponsors were obtained to give away a special edition cherry red Weber Grill and three packages of steaks.   All you had to do to enter the contest was to "LIKE" the Rotary Club of Ankeny's Facebook page and comment "Raising the Steaks for Community Casino Night" and you were entered into a random drawing.  Thank you to Ankeny Hardware and Ankeny Farewary stores for donating the prizes.  Laura and Stacey also made an appearance in the Summerfest Parade.
A total of 9 new members were inducted during July.  They were:
July 2nd - Daniel Pixley and Jessica Kuil - Secondary Designees for corporate member phClean. 
July 9th - Desiree Claypool - Secondary Designee for corporate member The Bridges at Ankeny
July 9th - Brenda Powell - Retired teacher, Evening Club
July 16th - Noel Fiscus - Fiscus Jewelry, Evening Club
July 16th - Reese Lewellen, Connor Strobe, James Warner, & Justin Morgan - corporate member B&B Theatres
Welcome new members!
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Rotary Foundation Chair
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Club Service Chair
Youth Services Chair
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