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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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Wishing you the happiness of good friends, the joy of a happy family, and the wonder of the holiday season. Have a memorable thanksgiving!
The members of the Evening Ankeny Rotary Club packed 756 meals for Meals From The Heartland on August 30th.  The club also donated $100 to help cover the cost of shipping of the meals they packaged. In 2017, Meals From the Heartland distributed 20.5 million meals throughout the world.  The following thank you was received form Susan Bunz, Executive Director of Meals From the Heartland:
 
THANK YOU!  Two very powerful words that come from my heart.  Your recent donation of $100 along with the help of countless volunteers will allow us to package meals for hungry people her in Iowa, throughout the United States and around the world.  With one decade of hunger fighting in our rear view mirror, we are now setting our sights on the years to come and we can't do what we do without the ongoing support of loyal donors.  So again, thank you for being a hunger fighter we can continue to count on for your time, treasure, and talent.
The Board has approved an application from the Testino Agency to become a new corporate member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Andrew (Andy) Testino,  and his twin brother Nicholas (Nick) Testino are co-owners of the agency.  Andy will be the "Primary Designee" and Nick, James Benda, Licensed Sales Professional, and Cory Johnson, Licensed Sales Professional, will be "Secondary Designees".  The Testino Agency is a new Allstate insurance agency in Ankeny.  It is located at 110 N. Ankeny Blvd. Suite 700.
 
Comments regarding this proposed membership may be submitted to any Board member.
Luke Nelson was a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny for 5 years from June 2013 until July 2018 when he moved to South Carolina and joined the Rotary Club of Fort Mill, South Carolina.  
 
Prior to Luke leaving Ankeny he qualified for a Paul Harris Fellowship but we were unable to present it to him before he moved.  The certificate and pin were sent by UPS to the Foundation Chair for Fort Mill.  There was some concern that these items may be lost since they were sent about the same time hurricane Florence ripped through the Carolinas and UPS could not find any tracking information on the package.  Ultimately, the package was received and they had the items framed and their president, Patrick White, presented it to Luke.  Congratulations Luke!
Several Ankeny Rotarians came to the Rotary meeting on October 30th ready for "Beggars' Night".  The costumed Rotarians included Santa, Spiderman, a Spider lady, a monk, and a couple of show girls.
Project Fresh Start is an Ankeny based volunteer program that has provided free school supplies, backpacks, prom dress and more to students for over a decade.  In the fall, many Ankeny families are faced with a significant challenge, Iowa winters, but lack the funds to purchase winter coats, hats gloves, boots and snow pants.  To assist these families Project Fresh Start has coordinated the receiving and distribution of winter clothing each year since 2015.  Dave Kissinger, Project Fresh Start Chairman, was in attendance at the noon Rotary meeting on November 6th to accept a check from the club for coats and snow pants.  The total donation to Project Fresh Start from the club was $2,512.  $1,512 was used to purchase winter coats and the other $1,000 will be used to purchase snow pants. 
Mary Cochran assumed the responsibility of chairing the Services/Donations committee in January, 2017.  Since then she has done an excellent job of presenting donation request to the Board and notifying the recipients of the action taken by the Board.  In recognition of her efforts, President Digmann named her the "Rotarian of the Month" for November.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny has been awarded a Presidential Citation for 2017-18 from Rotary International President Ian Riseley.  Since this Citation refers to the last Rotary year when Sally Schroeder was president, 2018-2019 President Ben Digmann presented the citation to Sally during the noon meeting on November 6th.  This recognition is given to clubs that successfully achieve goals in the areas of Membership, Foundation Giving, Online Tool Adoption, Humanitarian Service, New Generations and Public Image.  The certificate reads:  "2017-2018 Rotary Citation from the RI President Awarded to the Rotary Club of Ankeny for helping Rotary make a difference in the lives of people all over the world."
 
There are 65 clubs in District 6000.  Ankeny was one of six clubs in the District to receive a Presidential Citation for last year.  This is the third year in a row the Rotary Club of Ankeny has achieved this award.  In 2015-2016 the club was one of only 3 in District 6000 to qualify.  In 2016-2017, the Rotary Club of Ankeny was the only club of the 66 clubs in District 6000 to qualify for the Presidential Citation.   
Foundation Chair Steve SchraderBachar recognized Raj Reddy as a new Paul Harris Fellow and Dave Mercer as a Paul Harris Fellow + 2 during the noon meeting on November 6th.  Congratulations Dave and Raj!
District Governor Tom Narak and his partner Carol made their official visit to the Evening Ankeny Rotary Club on October 30th.  Acting President Steve Wieneke presented a list of the service projects and other activities the club has completed during the past year.  DG Narak indicated he was quite impressed and encouraged the club to "keep up the good work".  
The Ankeny Golf & Country Club will be completing some construction in January 2019.  They will be eliminating their sewer lagoon and hooking up to the City sewer line.  They will also be installing a new grease trap and changing some interior plumbing which will make the kitchen and our meeting room unavailable for our meetings for at least January 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.  The club is planning to meet at The Bridges, 3510 NW Abilene Rd., just off NW 36th Street on January 8th and at the new HyVee Distribution facility on South Delaware on another Tuesday.  The Bridges has offered to allow us to meet at their facility on the additional Tuesdays but if any member would like to host the club at their place of business, please let President Ben Digmann know.
In March 2018, a joint meeting was held of all of the service clubs in Ankeny.  Those in attendance were able to learn about some of the projects each club was participating in.    Representatives form each of these clubs have continued to meet and have selected a project that all clubs can work on together.  It is Avenue of Flags.  This is currently a project of the Optimist Club.  For $35 they set a flag at dawn in your yard and remove it at dusk on these five holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veterans Day.  The flag is 3' x 5' and is flown from a 10' pole.  They are placed in a permanent grommet set in your yard.  The grommet is set low and will not interfere with moving or other activity.   The poles and flags are property of the Optimist Club and are stored and maintained by the club.   The project has been approved by the City of Ankeny.  All proceeds will go to help support Ankeny's youth and families.
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  As the charitable arm of Rotary International, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace.   Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.   Strong financial oversite, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution.  Give and become a part of Rotary's life-changing work!  
 
The collective leadership and expertise of our 1.2 million members helps us tackle some of the world's biggest challenges, locally and globally.  Our efforts are directed in six areas to enhance our impact.  Our most successful and sustainable projects and activities tend to fall within the following areas:
  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies
The first donation in the amount of $26.50 was made to the Rotary Foundation in 1917.  Since then the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.
 
Gary Welch received the following message from Ankeny's outgoing Rotary Exchange Student to France, Conner Grau:
 
Hello, I have been in France for over two months now. It is beautiful, and exhausting. Thankfully we have a two week break off of school right now. My host family is really nice and understanding of everything, which is great. Because of where I live, in the west part of France, we live really close to the ocean and I have never been or seen the ocean in real life before and I finally got to do that. The food is amazing, my favorite thing is raclette, which is cheese melted on potatoes and it's so good. Communication is difficult and weird, but getting better as my language ability get's better. I am definitely not fluent but I am learning so much and can understand most of what is happening around me now which is good. I am feeling myself change and grow in ways I never thought before. All is well.  Connor Grau
 
Nick Lenox, Parks & Rec Director for the City of Ankeny was in attendance at the noon meeting on October 23rd to accept a check in the amount of $4,784 to be used to purchase additional benches at the Ankeny Market Pavilion.  These funds are being provided by a Rotary District 6000 Community Improvement grant in the amount of $2,392 which was then matched by the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
Two new Secondary Designees for corporate member Lincoln Savings Bank were inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankeny on October 23rd.  They are: Tracy Frette, Mortgage Lender, and Nick Andriano, Portfolio Manager.  A third new Secondary Designee, Laura Brassell, Branch Manager, will be inducted on November 13th.  Doug Parker will continue as the Primary Designee for Lincoln Savings Bank.
Rotary is Here are a few projects that have been funded by Rotary's global grants in the USA:
 
1.  Dental Equipment and oral healthcare services were provided to low-income residents in Ventura, City California.
2.  In Pittsburgh, PA, and Richmond, California, Rotary provided free longitudinal care for 75 patients at two Rotacare Free medical clinics.
3.  It provided a baseball clinic with a focus on teamwork and anti-bullying among youngsters ages 7-16 in Yonkers, New York.
4.  It developed and implemented a school based dental model within two schools in Cabell County, West Virginia.
5.  And it created a "Kids Club Literary Project" to promote age/grade level reading for children living in Loveland Housing Authority apartments in Loveland, Colorado.
 
These projects had a budget of over $30,000 and were initiated by clubs and districts within the United States with financial support from countries outside the US.  Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enabled this to happen.  Thank you.

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

When: Thursday, November 8th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in November:
 
3rd - Steve Wieneke
4th - Nate Burnham
11th - Laura Luetje
12th - Jim Foreman
21st - Lowell Vine
25th - Jan Franck
25th - Del Mohler
26th - Kathy Sibbel
Five representatives from the Ankeny Library were in attendance at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Ankeny to accept a check in the amount of $5,220.   This check represents the proceeds form a District 6000 Community Service Grant in the amount of $2,610 and a match from the Club.  These funds will be used to purchase a virtual reality processor, a laptop cart, with five laptop computers for use in classrooms for children as part of the Hatch Program.  The Hatch Program is a library program for students to utilize the library for various education uses such as CAD drawings for redesigning buildings, bridges, digital sewing machines, creation of videos using a green screen, and other uses.  Also, the equipment will allow after school hours use for students who are unable to access a computer or a network at home.   Pictured are Natalie Brincks, Elissa Hodges, Rotarian Kent Patterson, Rotary President Ben Digmann, Sam Mitchel, Cami Brazelton and Gina Rooney.
 
 
 
Speakers
Erin Port Simple Purposeful Living
Nov 20, 2018
The World of Online Influencers and the Impact of Social Media Marketing on Your Business
"Evening" - Social
Nov 20, 2018
Aaron Houng
Nov 27, 2018
Exchange Student to France last year
Sgt. Kevin Killpack
Dec 04, 2018
Human Trafficking
NO MEETING
Dec 11, 2018
Christmas Social Saturday Dec 8th
Troy Petersen
Dec 18, 2018
owner/founder of The ValorFit Foundation
NO MEETING
Dec 25, 2018
NO MEETING
Jan 01, 2019
AT THE BRIDGES - Ken Gregersen
Jan 08, 2019
Alzheimer's Association support group
AT CASEY’S - Sage Rosenthals
Jan 29, 2019
Former ISU & NFL Quarterback