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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!

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 Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2019 fundraiser, "Raise The Stakes" for Community Fundraiser will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on the campus of DMACC in Ankeny on Saturday, April 13, 2019.  Silent auction items may be viewed and bid on a week prior to the event by going to https://bidpartner.net/rotary/.  They will also be on display and open for bidding until 7:45 PM the night of the event. 
 
The evening will begin at 5:00 PM with appetizers and professional Las Vegas style gaming tables open for action.  Everyone purchasing a ticket will received chips to play the games which will include Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Poker, Three Card Poker and Let It Ride.  The gaming tables will close at 7:45 PM.  Complimentary wine and beer will be available throughout the evening and a buffet dinner will be available from 6:30 to 7:45 PM.  The live auction will begin at 8:00 PM and will include, "Heads or Tails", desserts, paddle raisers, "100 for 100 Raffle", and Casino chip prize winners in addition to several live auction items.   

 

Available sponsorships include:
  • Double Diamond Gaming Table Sponsorship including signage, event promo and a table for 8 guests - $750 (Limited number available)
  • Single Diamond Gaming Table Sponsorship including signage and two tickets - $250 (Limited number available)
Individual tickets are $60 each or reserve a table for 8 for $440.  Tickets may be purchased from any Ankeny Rotarian or on line at https://bidpartner.net/rotary/.
The following Ankeny Rotarians will be celebrating birthdays in April:
 
9th - Juan Arias
16th - Dean Lange
17th - Rocky Anderson
18th - Sara Thompson
20th - Ron Bode
20th - Brodey Hanson
22nd - Julie Todtz 

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

When: Thursday, April 11th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

The two exchange students from Kopan, Mexico, being hosted by the Rotary Club of Ankeny, were the guest speakers at the regular meeting on February 19th.  They are Sofia Marales and Jesus Esteban.  They made an excellent presentation showing some slides and talking about their families, home town, experiences during their exchange and differences between school in Kopan and Ankeny.
During the meeting on February 26th, Foundation Chair Steve ShcraderBachar recognized three members for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation.   Eric Pasanchin was presented with a pin and certificate in recognition of his becoming a new Paul Harris Fellow, Mark Martin received a pin with three sapphire stones representing that he has achieved the level of Paul Harris Fellow +3, and Gary Welch received a pin with four sapphire stones to signify that he has reached the level of Paul Harris Fellow +4.  Congratulations and thank you, Eric, Mark, and Gary!
During their February meeting, the Rotary Club of Ankeny's Board approved a donation to the Epilepsy Foundation of Iowa to be a bronze sponsor for the "Walks to End Epilepsy" in the amount of $500.   As a bronze sponsor, the club's name will be on the t-shirts and the club will be recognized recognized on their web site and at the event.
Members of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny volunteered to entertain kids at the Youth Emergency Shelter Services in Des Moines on February 12th.   They put puzzles together, read books, and made Rice Kispie bars with the kids that ranged in age from two to eleven.
 While the Ankeny Golf & Country Club was completing their remodeling, The Bridges hosted four of our noon meetings.   As a thank you, President Digmann presented Kris Baker, Community Relations Director for the Bridges with a check in the amount of $1,400 Thank you Kris Baker for coordinating these meetings and to The Bridges for taking such good care of us.
The 2019 Rotary District 6000 conference will be held May 2 - 4 at the Sheraton West Des Moines.  Early registration is now available.  To take advantage of the early registration discount go to the District 6000 web site, https://rotary6000.org/.  Then go to the story "District Conference 2019" to call up the registration form.  
On the evening of February 19th, members of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny, volunteered to sell 50/50 raffle tickets at the Iowa Wild Hockey match.  All the net proceeds from the ticket sales benefits Adaptive Sports.  Pictured are Rick Sibbel, Rachel Panzi, Kathy Sibbel, Anne Porter, Kristofer Orth, and Jeff Manger.
Our 2019 fundraiser "Raise the Stakes" will be April 13th which is now less than 40 days away.  Here are some things to keep in mind:
 
Beer & Wine - Two of our live auction items will be a "Wall of Wine" and "A Tower of Beer".  We are asking each Rotarian to bring a bottle of wine, or case of beer to add to this auction item.  WineStyles of Ankeny will also be donating tastings and club memberships to these auction items.  Please bring your wine and beer to a Rotary meeting in the next couple weeks.
 
Ticket Sales - For this event to be a success, we need to fill all the seats with bidders.  Our goal is to set a new high with over 300 ticket sales.  To purchase tickets, go on line to https://bidpartner.net/rotary/.Ticket sales are $60 each or you can purchase a table of 8 for $440. Remember each Rotarian is responsible for two tickets.  We hope everyone is planning to attend and will bring some guests.  If not, you will be invoiced for two tickets.
 
Auction items - Thank you to everyone that has already turned in auction items.  We have received several unique items but we still need more.  Please bring your items to a meeting as soon as possible.  We would like to have all items turned in by March 19th to allow time for the committee to select the live items and put together the order of the auction.  Then the brochure still need to be completed and printed.
 
Volunteers - Several volunteers will be needed the night of the event.  Be ready to sign up to help with set up, registration, hosting, selling 50/50 tickets, clerking, or clean up in the next couple weeks. 
Steve Wieneke inducted Juan Arias into the Rotary Club of Ankeny's Evening club on February 26th.   Juan first joined Rotary in 1993 and is transferring his membership from the San Pedro Sula, Honduras Rotary Club.  He is a software developer for PurFoods and his wife is a teacher in the Des Moines School District.
 
Welcome Juan!!
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has donated $2,000 to Dollars for Scholars.  These funds will provide two $500 scholarships at each Ankeny High School.   We have asked that at least one scholarship at each high school go to a student with some relationship to Rotary such as a RYLA or Interact student, Rotary Youth Exchange student, or the student's parent or grandparent is a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  
 
If you have a child or grandchild that is a senior in Ankeny High School, be sure to encourage them to apply for the Rotary scholarship.   Contact Mary Cochran, dcochran@mchsi.com, if you have any questions.
President Digmann inducted Hannah Guilford and Darius Potts into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on February 26th.
 
Hannah Guilford will be a third Secondary Designee for the Bridges and is their Community Relations Representative.  Doug Johnson will continue to be the Primary Designee for The Bridges and Kris Baker and Brody Hanson will continue to be Secondary Designees.
 
Darius Potts is the Ankeny Police Chief and was proposed by Kathy Sibbel.
 
Welcome Hannah and Darius!!
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has received a certificate from The Rotary Foundation in recognition of our support of the "End Polio Now: Countdown to History Campaign".  The certificate reads:
 
"Ankeny is presented a certificate of appreciation for its financial support of End Polio Now; Countdown to History Campaign.  Together, we will fulfill our promise to the children of the world and eradicate polio."
 
During the 2017-2018 year, the Rotary Club of Ankeny contributed $5,100  to the PolioPlus campaign which equals $60 per Active member.
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
27th - Raj Reddy

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

When: Thursday, March 14th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

District 6000 Assistant District Governor, Corrine Lambert, attended the noon meeting of The Rotary Club of Ankeny to present a banner to the club in recognition of the club's contributions to The Rotary Foundation for the 2017-2018 Rotary year.  Ankeny is distinguished from more than 35,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide as being one of the following:
 
  • One of only 1,575 clubs to achieve "Top Three Highest in per Capita Annual Giving" honors in District 6000. (only clubs with a minimum $50 contribution to the Annual Fund per member are eligible.)
  • One of only 3,425 clubs worldwide to attain status as an "Every Rotarian, Every Year Club" (A minimum of $100 per member with every member contributing to the Annual Fund during the Rotary year.)
  • One of only 4,000 clubs worldwide to become a "100% Foundation Giving Club".  (club must have contributed an average of at least $100 per member and 100% participation, with every member contributing at least $25 to any or all of the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, an approved global grant, or Endowment Fund.)
During the 2017-2018 Rotary Year, Ankeny contributed $12,780 to the Foundation's Annual Fund and $5,100 to PolioPlus.  This totals $17,880 to the Rotary Foundation and equals $210.35 per Active member. 
 
Congratulations and thank you Ankeny Rotarians!
During their Meeting on February 14th, the Board has approved three applications for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  They were:
 
Hannah Guilford is applying to be a third Secondary Designee for the Bridges.  She is their Community Relations Representative.  Doug Johnson will continue to be the Primary Designee for The Bridges and Kris Baker and Brody Hanson will continue to be Secondary Designees.
 
Darius Potts is the Ankeny Police Chief and is being proposed by Kathy Sibbel.
 
Juan Arias first joined Rotary in 1993 and is currently a member of the San Pedro Sula, Honduras Rotary Club.  He will be transferring his membership to Ankeny and will be attending our evening satellite club.  He is a software developer for Pure Foods and his wife is a teacher in the Des Moines School District.
 
Comments regarding any of these three proposed memberships may be forwarded to any member of the Board.
Kris Baker volunteered The Bridges to host our meetings for as many weeks as the Ankeny Golf & Country Club needed to complete their remodeling.  In total they hosted 4 meetings during January and February with Kris coordinating all the arrangements.  In recognition of her efforts, President Ben named her Rotarian of the Month for February.  Congratulations Kris!
 
 
 
Speakers
Sage Rosenfels
Mar 26, 2019
Former ISU QB
Red Rock Area Community Action
Apr 02, 2019
Child Abuse
"Evening" - Social
Apr 09, 2019
Pat Timmons
Apr 09, 2019
Schools4Freedom
Mike Naig
Apr 23, 2019
Secretary of Agriculture
Robotics Club
May 07, 2019
No Meeting
May 14, 2019