Evening - Guest Speaker ORBIS - Dr. Jill Urich
Jan 25, 2022 6:00 PM
Work-based learning program for students at Mistress Brewing (1802 N. Ankeny Blvd.)
Noon -- Courtney Dufford, AMOS
Feb 01, 2022
A MidIowa Organizing Strategy
Evening - Helping Hand Food Boxes (Books, too)
Feb 01, 2022 6:00 PM
Community Service Project On - Site at Mistress Brewing (1802 N. Ankeny Blvd.)
Noon — Matt Hague, Polk County Housing Trust Fund
Feb 08, 2022
Affordable Housing
Happy Hour Social Noon & Evening Rotary Members
Feb 08, 2022 5:30 PM
Social & Bingo 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Uptown Garage & Brewing (305 SW Walnut St.)
Noon - Rob Denson
Feb 15, 2022
Evening - Food Bank of Iowa
Feb 16, 2022
Community Service Project 5-7 p.m. (2220 E. 17th St., Des Moines, IA) Note date is a Wednesday!
Evening - Guest Speaker Patricia Rogness
Feb 22, 2022 6:00 PM
Cornerstone Counseling Center at Whiskey House and Bourbon Grill (2510 SW White Birch Dr.)
Evening - Personal Hygiene Kits for VA
Mar 01, 2022 6:00 PM
Community Service On-Site at Mistress Brewing (1802 N. Ankeny Blvd.)
Noon -- Sherry Kubalsky
Mar 08, 2022
Water Well Project in Ghana Africa.
Happy Hour Social Noon & Evening Rotary Members
Mar 08, 2022 5:30 PM
5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Trailside Tap (710 SW 3rd St., Ankeny, IA)
Evening - VA Volunteering/YESS YHMA Maintenance
Mar 15, 2022 6:00 PM
Community Service Project
Evening - Guest Speaker Ray Morey “ Fish Ankeny”
Mar 22, 2022 6:00 PM
Learn about fishing in Ankeny ponds at Whiskey House and Bourbon Grill (2510 SW White Birch Dr.)
Noon -- Siri A. Fliehler, IIDA
Mar 29, 2022
Workplace Design Changes/Issues Post Covid
Club Assembly
Mar 29, 2022 6:00 PM
Planning Session at Whiskey House and Bourbon Grill (2510 SW White Birch Dr.)
Club Information
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ankeny!

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
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 held its first meeting at the Best Western Inn on East First Street and SE Delaware in Ankeny on January 19, 1973.   The club is planning on a 50-Year Celebration to be held in early 2023.   Sally Schroeder has agreed to chair the planning committee and has scheduled the first meeting for Tuesday, January 11th, at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club at 11:00 AM prior to our regularly schedule noon meeting.  Several members have already volunteered to serve on the committee but let Sally know if you would also like to help and plan to attend the meeting.
Special guests attending the Rotary Club of Ankeny's meetings last month included:
1/4 - Dr. Jill Urich, Ankeny Community Schools, Speaker
1/4 - Juan Angel Arias III, visiting Rotarian, Usula, Honduras - Evening
1/4 - Manny Lanning, guest of Jenna Lanning - Evening
1/4 - Justin Boschee, guest of Jenna Lanning - Evening
1/4 - Mindy Alvarez, prospective new member - Evening
1/4 - Adrian Ocon, guest - Evening
1/4 - Rosalba Arias Munguia, guest of Juan and Patty Arias - Evening
1/4 - Rosalba Arias, guest of Juan & Patty Arias - Evening
1/11 - Ed Arnold, visiting Rotarian - NW Des Moines
1/11 - Kellie Markey, Dorothy's House, Speaker
1/11 - Juan Angel Arias III, visiting Rotarian, Usula, Honduras - Evening
1/11 - Sandy Stewart, guest of Marie Kline - Evening
1/11 - Mindy Alvarez, prospective new member - Evening
1/11 - Stella Ogier, guest of Victoria Ogier - Evening
1/11 - Nora Ogier, guest of Victoria Ogier - Evening
1/11 - Bill Ogier, guest of Victoria Ogier - Evening
1/11 - Annette Burnham,  guest of Nate Burnham - Evening
1/11 - Adrian Ocon, guest - Evening
1/11 - Rosalba de Arias, guest of Juan & Patty Arias - Evening
1/11 - Rosalba Arias Munguia, guest of Juan & Patty Arias - Evening.
1/18 - Maya Duke, guest of Jacquelyn Duke - Evening
1/18 - Susan Orth, guest of Kristofer Orth - Evening
1/18 - Mindy Alvarez, prospective new member - Evening
1/18 - Savannah Potts, guest of Renee & Darius Potts - Evening
1/18 - Shannon Magner, guest of Jeff Magner - Evening
1/18 - Amanda Fiscus, guest of Noel Fiscus - Evening
1/18 - Annette Burnham, guest of Nate Burnham - Evening
Each year since 2010, District 6000 has recognized Rotarians who exemplify the attributes and passion for ethics and integrity in their vocation, business and personal lives.   This award the "Paul E. Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award" is named after Boone Rotarian and Past District Governor (1954-55) Judge Paul E. Hellwege who passed away in 2010.   Each club in District 6000 can nominate one member each year to receive this award.  Those who are nominated will be recognized at the annual District Conference which will be held April 22-23 in Coralville this year.
Laura Luetje has been selected as the nominee from the Rotary Club of Ankeny for 2022.  Congratulations Laura!!

Jennifer Jones will make history on July 1, 2022, when she becomes Rotary International’s first female president.  On January 20th, she gave a live online address for district governor elects from around the world to precede Rotary’s International Assembly which will be virtual on February 7-14.   Each year the Rotary International President selects a theme for their year.  Jennifer, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, took the opportunity to announce her Rotary theme.   

She has chosen "Imagine Rotary" as her theme and is urging Rotarians to dream big and harness their connections and the power of Rotary to turn those dreams into reality.  She wants members to imagine the possibilities of the change they can make to transform the world.  “Imagine, a world that deserves our best,” Jones told the incoming district governors, “where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.

This fall, the Rotary Club of Ankeny purchased 132 winter coats and donated them to Project Fresh Start's Warm Coat project.  The following thank you has been received:
"Dear Ankeny Rotary,
Thank you so much for your generous donation to the 2021 Faith and Education Winter Donations give away.  This year we were able to supply 411 Ankeny residents with coats, hats, gloves and snow pants.  In addition we gave away 50 coats to local charitable groups.  These groups work with Polk County residents to help them stay warm during the winter months.  Again, on behalf of Project Fresh Start, as well as the hundreds of people we serve, THANK YOU!
Sincerely, Dave Kissinger & Anne Williams, F.E.W.D. Co-Chairs" 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny was chartered on January 19, 1973.   The committee for a gala to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary is beginning to plan for this event and has set the date.  It will be Saturday, January 21, 2023.  More details will be shared as they become available.  For now, put the date on your calendar and plan to attend to help celebrate the club's accomplishments over the past 50 years.
Also, we are looking for pictures from the early years of the club.  Please contact Sally Schroeder or Nate Burnham if you have any that you could share.
The next committee meeting will be February 15th at the AG&CC, prior to the regular noon meeting.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny Evening Group met at Meals from the Heartland, in West Des Moines, on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.   Twenty-one members and guests were present to help pack meals.  Jeff Magner presented a check from the Club in the amount of $500 to Meals from the Heartland to help pay for the cost of materials and shipping.  The $500 will pay for provide approximately 3,000 meals or feed eight kids for a year.  After the event, several went over to “The Hall” for some food and beverages.  Thank you, Jeff for coordinating this service project.
Thanks to a contribution to the Rotary Foundation he made prior to year-end, Rich Job has become a Paul Harris Fellow +3.   President Todd Eipperle recognized this ocasin by presenting Rich with a Paul Harris pin containing three saffire stone during the noon meeting on Janaury18th.  Congratulations Rich and thank you for your support of the Rotary Foundation!
The February Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be held at Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.   
When:  Thursday, February 10th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
The Board has approved the following applications for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny:
Melisa Cox - Melisa is the new CEO of the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce.  She was previously with the Greater Des Moines Home Builders Association and is being proposed for membership by Stacey Koeppen.
Mindy Alvarez - Mindy is a Graphic Designer with RDG Planning & Design in Des Moines.   She is applying to join the Evening group and is being proposed for membership by Steve Wieneke.
Comments regarding these proposed members may be submitted to any Board member.
Hopefully everyone was able to celebrate the New Year by putting 2021 behind us as we look forward to 2022.   Here are a couple suggested New Year's resolutions for Ankeny Rotarians: 
Improve Attendance at Meetings - One of the special obligations of membership in Rotary is regular attendance at the weekly meetings; it is the basic method of fulfilling the principle of fellowship as well as a way of representing your vocation.  If a member does not attend meetings regularly, they are missing out on the many benefits of being a Rotarian. The average attendance for the first half of the 2021-2022 Rotary year was 44.6%.   This is the lower it has ever been including last year when many of the meetings were virtual.  Resolve to improve your attendance at Rotary meetings in 2022.
Promptly Pay Quarterly Invoices By the Due Date - As of the end of December, we had 30 members with balances due on their invoices.  Quarterly invoices are emailed in early January, April, July, and October, and payments are due by the first of the following month.  You can view your invoices and see if you have any balances due by going to our web site ankenyrotary.org, and logging in.   Then go to "My Account Balance" under "My ClubRunner".  Past due payments not only deprives the club of the funds, but it creates additional work for the treasurer and secretary to follow-up on past due invoices.  Resolve to complete the payment of your Rotary invoices promptly upon receipt of the invoice.
Here is a message from Troy Thompson, District 6000 Disaster Relief  Humanitarian Services (Action Team Chair):
We have an unfortunate abundance of disasters that we can respond to as Rotarians.  You are no doubt aware of the recent multi-state tornado and the damage that resulted.  As if that weren’t enough, we have had a lot of damage in the state of Iowa on December 15th due to thunderstorms, tornados and strong winds. Regarding the Iowa storm, we would like to know if you are aware of people or places affected by the storm that need help.  While we have the realization that we can’t help everyone, we must be aware of need in order to assist.  We would like to deploy as many Rotary resources as possible to assist financially, or with boots on the ground.
If you or your club would like to donate financially, please make the checks to District 6000 H.E.F. and indicate if  you would like the funds to stay in Iowa or go to the region dealing with the multi-state tornados and forward it to: 
Phil Peterson
PO Box 5774
Coralville, IA 52241
The need is great and the challenges are many.  We are Rotary!

Allison and Evan Ver Steegt welcomed their new baby girl, Luna Lea into their family, on Monday, December 27, 2021.  She weighed in at 5 lbs. 12 oz. and 19.5 inches long.   Congratulations Allison and Evan!


The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be holding a retreat on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at a location yet to be determined. The purpose of the retreat is to review the mission of Rotary and the Rotary Club of Ankeny, set goals for the next few years and complete some strategic planning.   
All noon and evening members are encouraged to attend.
Cathy Maher was inducted into the Rotary Club of Ankney on December 7th.  Cathy is a Senior Underwriter with Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines.  She was proposed for membership by her husband Shannon who is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Both Cathy and Shannon will be attending the evening meetings.   
Welcome Cathy!!
Greg Franck made a donation to the Rotary Foundation in Jan Franck's name that moved her to a Paul Harris Fellow +3 and also a Paul Harris Fellow +4.   During the Club's Christmas social on December 14th, President Todd Eipperle presented her with two pins, one with three sapphire stones and one with four sapphire stones to recognize her for this donation.   Congratulations Jan and thank you Greg and Jan for supporting the Rotary Foundation.
The Board has approved applications for membership to the Evening Group from Ann Wright and Doug Wright – Husband and wife.  Ann is the owner of Wright Coaching & Training Solutions.   She is also active on several Boards and is currently serving on the Ankeny Area Chamber Board.  Doug is a Crop Insurance Underwriter with Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance in West Des Moines.   Both Ann and Doug are being proposed for membership by Cathy McDaniel.
Holly Sealine's application for membership to the Evening Group has also been approved by the Board.  Holly is the Manager at Ankeny Kirkendall Library.  She has attended and spoken to the evening group and is being proposed for membership by Steve Wieneke.
Comments regarding these proposed members may be submitted to any Board member.
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