Club Information
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!
Ankeny

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m.
Ankeny Golf & Country Club
314 SW Irvinedale Dr.
Ankeny, IA 50023
United States of America
Club Information
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!
Ankeny

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m.
Ankeny Golf & Country Club
314 SW Irvinedale Dr.
Ankeny, IA 50023
United States of America
Home Page Stories
Troy Boelman was a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny from 2006 - 2022 and served as the Club's president in 2009-2010.  He left the club due to a job change.   Now after another another change, he has submitted an application to rejoin the club.   He is currently the VP of Commercial Lending at American Bank & Trust.  The Board has approved his application.
 
Comments regarding this proposed membership may be directed to any Board member.
On February 13th the Club was treated to a presentation by the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa.   Karley Rehman and CEO Beth Sheldon, talked about the Girl Scouts and their annual cookie drive.  They, of course also brought cookies for the members to purchase following he meeting.
 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny and Rotary Club of Ankeny Evening's 13th annual Dinner/Fundraiser/Auction “Rotary Runs for the Roses” will be held on Saturday, May 4th at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC campus in Ankeny.
 
The event will begin at 4:00 PM with social time and the opportunity to watch live racing on the big screen, 17' x 10', including the Kentucky Derby at approximately 5:35 PM.  Complimentary wine and beer and specialty drinks will be available throughout the evening as well as feeding stations for all guests.  Guests will have the opportunity to pick their favorite horse and have a chance to win prizes.  In addition to a silent auction, a program including Heads or Tails”, paddle raisers to benefit two local non-profit organizations, and a live auction will begin at 7:00 PM.
 
The proceeds from this event will be utilized by the Ankeny Rotary Clubs in their continued support of local and international projects.  Each year, the Ankeny Rotary Clubs provide hundreds of hours of volunteer support for numerous local events and fundraisers and contributes $50,000 - $60,000 to local charities and service projects. Their web sites are  Ankenyrotary.org and Ankenyeveningrotary.org.
 
Individual tickets are $75 each or reserve a table of eight for $550.   Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased from any Ankeny Rotarian or on-line at https://bidpartner.net/rotary/.  The available sponsorships are:
  • Triple Crown Sponsorship – Two tables each for eight guests. priority seating, table side champagne/wine service, photo booth sponsor, priority recognition on the on-line bidding platform and on the marketing and event signage, full-page ad in program booklet - $5,000
  • Winner’s Circle Sponsorship - Two tables each for eight guests, priority seating, recognition on the on-line bidding platform and on the marketing and event signage, half-page ad in program booklet - $2,500
  • Garland of Roses Sponsorship – One table for eight guests with priority seating, recognition on the on-line bidding platform and on the marketing and event signage - $1,000
Auction items small or large may also be donated by contacting any Ankeny Rotarian or emailing Ann at annwright7@msn.com or Nate at nfburnham@gmail.com.  Larger items will be sold during the live auction and smaller items will be sold during the silent auction or packaged with other items.   All donors will be recognized in the auction program.
Due to Spring break, the March Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be one week earlier than usual on the first Thursday as follows:
 
When:  Thursday, March 7th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
 
All members are welcome, and it counts as a make-up!
On February 6th Nancy Strutzenberg was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny and Amy Ratekin was recognized for transferring her membership from the Rotary Club of Des Moines AM to Ankeny.   Nancy is the Director of Philanthropy for Lutheran Services of Iowa.  LSI is an affiliated ministry partner of the Iowa congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and a member of Lutheran Services in America.   They serve people of all ages, abilities, religions, sexes, gender identities, national origins, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. 
 
Amy is the Founder and CEO of "Spread Your Wings" which empowers youth ages 5-18 to improve their mental health, create positive interactions, increase self esteem, build self-confidence, learn self defense skills, and strenghen the body to live their best lives.

The Board has received and approved an application for a corporate membership from Ankeny Sanitation.   Current member Andrew Larson will be the "Primary Contact", Juli Accola, Sr. Commercial Sales Representative, Dave Massey, General Manager, and Michelle Bowden, Commercial Sales Representative will be the other three members.

Comments regarding this proposed membership may be directed to any Board member.

 

We need your help in making the ask for auction items for our "Rotary Runs For the Roses" fundraiser to be held on Saturday, May 4th.  To make this year's fundraiser another success, we need each member to donate an item or obtain an item from a non-Rotarian.  If you donated an auction item last year, please consider donating again this year and if you obtained an item from a local business last year, please contact them again this year. It would also be great to have some new items from businesses that have not contributed in the past.   We know they will not submit an item is no one asks them. 
 
We are planning to auction a "Wall of Wine" again this year.  If each each member can donate one or two bottle(s), we will have plenty of wine.  Your bottle(s) may also be brought to a meeting and given to Rich, Nate, or Ann Wright.
 
All auction items, unless too big to be easily moved, will be stored in Rich Job's basement.  Upon receipt of the item, please bring it to a noon meeting and give it to Rich, or Nate or to an evening meeting and give it to Ann Wright.   Also, provide the following information for each item:
  • Name of Rotarian obtaining the item
  • Name of the donor
  • Contact information for the donor, if necessary to contact to pick up the item or use their services
  • Brief description (if not obvious) of the item including any expiration date, details of how to use, etc.
  • Approximate retail value of the item
  • Any required minimum bid
If an item is too large to easily take it to Rich's basement, it may be delivered to the FFA Center by the donor at approximately 9:00 AM the morning of the event, but a picture of the item and the other information needs to be submitted.
 
It is our goal for all auction items to be in hand by Tuesday, April 2nd, which will give the committee time to take pictures, package the items, enter the descriptions onto our web site, and get the program to the printer by April 25th
Good luck in your efforts to obtain auction items.
Remodeling of the banquet room at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club began in early January and was expected to be completed by mid March.   It now looks like the remodeling could be completed by the first of March.  We are looking forward to being able to move our meetings back into the banquet room and seeing what improvements have been made.
   
The Iowa Wolves have again agreed to join with the Des Moines metro Rotary clubs in a fund raiser to assist our Polio Plus campaign.  The details include:
 
        When:    Friday, February 23, 2024, 7:00 PM
        Where:   Wells Fargo Arena
        Who:     Iowa Wolves vs. Rio Grande Vipers
        Cost:     $20.00 per ticket 
        Why:      The Iowa Wolves will give back $10 per ticket to clubs for Polio Plus
  
The ticket cost will be added to the members April invoice.  The club will forward $10 to the Iowa Wolves and the other $10 to RI in the member’s name for Polio Plus.  All contributions to the Polio Plus campaign are matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, two to one which means your $10 donation becomes $30.   If you would like to purchase tickets, please sign up at a meeting or let Nate, nfburnham@gmail.com know how many tickets you would like.  If you cannot attend consider purchasing tickets to be given to a friend, employee or to be given to a local charity.  The deadline to purchase tickets is February 13th.
Jessica Dirks is the Chief Officer of Legal Affairs and Strategic Initiatives for the Ankeny Community School District.  She was not able to attend the January 9th when the Ankeny Community School District was inducted as a corporate member.  Jessica was inducted the next week, January 16th. 
 
Welcome Jessica!
Todd Wehr recently achieved the level of Paul Harris + 2 and Rich Job the level of Paul Harris + 5 through their contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  Each level represents a contribution to the Rotary Foundation of an additional $1,000.   President Steve SchraderBachar recognized them at the regular meeting on Janaury16th with a PHF pin with two sapphire stones for Todd and a pin with five sapphire stones for Rich.  Congratulations Todd and Rich!
  
Joe Kirby was recognized as having achieved the level of "Major Donor" to the Rotary Foundation by President SchraderBachar on Janaury31st.   The Rotary Foundation recognizes individuals or couples whose combined giving has reached $10,000 regardless of the gift designation.  This recognition level can be achieved only through personal contributions and not through recognition points.  Steve presented Joe with a crystal recognition piece and pin commemorating Joe's contribution.   Other "Major Donors" in our club include Jim Blessman, Nate & Annette Burnham, Neil & Kathy Fell, Sally Schroeder, Zane Smith, and Steve SchraderBachar
 
Congratulations Joe, and thank you for supporting the Rotary Foundation!   
Many will be shocked to find, When the Day of Judgment nears
That there's a special place in heaven, Set aside for volunteers.
Furnished with big recliners, Satin couches and footstools,
Where there's no committee chairman, No group leaders or car pools,
No eager team that needs a coach, No bazaar and no bake sale.
There will be nothing to staple, Not one thing to fold or mail
Telephone lists will be outlawed, But a finger snap will bring
Cool drinks and gourmet dinners, And rare treats fit for a king.
You ask, who'll serve these privileged few, And work for all they're worth?
Why, all those who reaped the benefits, And not once volunteered on earth.
- Unknown Author
Kent Patterson has proposed Nancy Strutzenberg for membership to the Club and our Board has approved her application.  Nancy is the Director of Philanthropy for Lutheran Services of Iowa.  LSI is an affiliated ministry partner of the Iowa congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and a member of Lutheran Services in America.   They serve people of all ages, abilities, religions, sexes, gender identities, national origins, ethnicities, and sexual orientations.
 
Comments regarding this proposed membership may be directed to any Board member.
Members of the Noon Ankeny Rotary Club are invited to join Evening Club members on February 13th at Fiscus Jewelers, 1701 SE Delaware, Suite 250, at 6:00 PM for a "Be My Valentine" social.  Appetizers and drinks will be provided.

Our 2024-25 Rotary International President-Elect, Stephanie Urchick, a member of the Rotary Club of McMurray, Pennsylvania, announced at the International Assembly, the theme Rotary theme for her year as Rotary International President will be The magic of Rotary.  She said, "I saw the magic of Rotary on display when I was helping install water filters in the Dominican Republic.  Two boys were watching as dirty water entered the filter, then ran out clean at the other end.  One of the boys grabbed my sleeve and said, ‘Show me the magic again’.  Obviously, the water filter wasn’t magic.  We worked hard to transport those filters, install them, and work with community leaders in the area to maintain them.  But those boys knew that easy access to clean water would change their lives.  Knowing that I played a small part in that certainly changed my life."

President Steve SchraderBachar has accepted a request from District Governor Elect to join his District leadership team by serving a 3-year term as Assistant Governor for District 6000 beginning July 1, 2024.  He will be providing support to the Johnston, Ames Noon, and East Polk Clubs.  Marie Pipes, from the East Polk Rotary Club, has been assigned the Assistant Governor position to assist the Rotary Club of Ankeny for next year.
Todd Eipperle was recognized by President SchraderBachar during the January 16th meeting for having achieved the level of Paul Harris + 2.  An individual receives recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow for contributing $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation.  They then receive recognition for each additional $1,000 donated.   This means Todd has donated over $3,000 to the Foundation. 
 
Congratulations Todd and thank you for supporting the Rotary Foundation!
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