Speakers
Kyle Broshar
Jul 16, 2024
Mom’s Meals: food programs and service
RYLA Students
Jul 23, 2024
Our RYLA students will share about their experience
Susan Callison
Jul 30, 2024
American Parkinson Disease Association Iowa Chapter
Fall Picnic
Aug 06, 2024
Sunrise Park
Britton Klomstad and Haley Gutschenritter
Aug 13, 2024
The Kids at Heart Foundation
Jeff Reed - Momentum Studios
Aug 20, 2024
New collaborative business workspace in The District - takeaways from time in Africa
John and Laura Ward, Co-Founders
Aug 27, 2024
Canine Miracles for Heroes
Dr. Erick Pruitt - Ankeny CSD Superintendent
Oct 15, 2024
Update from Ankeny Community School District
 
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
The Board has approved two applications for membership in the Club.  They are from Josh Craighead and Lindsay Szymanski.  Josh is a Business Development Officer with Lincoln Savings Bank and is being added to their corporate membership in the Club.   Lindsay is the new Retail Manager for First Interstate Bank.  She is replacing Rebecca De Dios, who is no longer with the Bank, as the Primary Contact for the Bank's corporate membership in the Club. 
 
Comments regarding these proposed memberships may be directed to any Board member.
Sara Wiser, Executive Director of the Ankeny Service Center, was to guest at the Club's meeting on June 4, 2024 to receive a check from the club in the amount of $15,000.  The Ankeny Service Center was one of two paddle raisers at the Club's fundraiser, "Rotary Runs for the Roses" held on May 4th.  A total of $30,000 was raised which was split between the Ankeny Service Center and Starts Right Here.  In the picture are Club President Steve SchraderBachar, fundraiser chair Brian Tiernan, Sara Wiser and Ankeny Service Center Board members Kathy Sibbel and Tom Friedman. 
 
 The following thank you note from Sarah Wiser was received by Steve SchraderBachar;  
I just wanted to tell you how grateful the Ankeny Service Center if for your support.  When Kathy Sibbel handed me the check for $15,000, I was amazed.  Since I started as the Director at ASC, Rotary has been a constant committed supporter.  As a small nonprofit, support from groups like Rotary make a huge difference.  We appreciate you and everyone involved with Rotary.  Thank you!
During the Club's Annual Celebration and Awards Banquet, Foundation Chair Tim Hawkins recognized five individuals for having reached another level of giving to the Rotary Foundation and becoming multiple Paul Harris Fellows.  They included James Ramsey - PHF + 6, Shar Dunlap - PHF + 3, Annette Burnham - PHF + 2, Kathy Sibbel - PHF +2, and Tim Hawkins - PHF + 8. 
 
In Tim's report on the Club's giving to the Rotary Foundation, he noted the Club is a 100% Paul Harris Sustaining Member Club (Each member donating at least $100 per year to the Foundation), the club currently has 63 PHF which 44 are multiple PHF.  In 2024, the Club and it's members donated $18,765 to the Rotary Foundation and and additional $11,110 to PolioPlus and since it was chartered, the Club had donated a total of $553,430 to the Rotary Foundation and $92,295 to PolioPlus. 
All the numbers are in, we believe, and although not quite the net income of 2023, the Club's fundraiser, "Rotary Runs For The Roses" was very successful.  The total income was $112,500 compared to $140,995 in 2023.  The major difference was we did not have the 50/50 raffle and did not auction desserts which accounted for nearly $15,000 in reduced income from the previous year.  Expenses this year were $14,377 less than last year.  The final result was a net of $68,583 which is about $14,000 less than in 2023.  This year's income will be divided as follows:  Each of the paddle raisers, Starts Right Here and Ankeny Service Center received $15,000, The Rotary Club of Ankeny Evening will receive $10,417 and the noon Rotary Club of Ankeny will receive $28,166.
 
The fundraising committee has decided to repeat the Kentucky Derby theme in 2025.  It will be held on May 3, 2025.  With plenty of lead time, we encourage every member to get this date on their calendar and plan to attend.  Also, start thinking about possible sponsorships, what committee you would like to serve on and some unique silent and live auction items.  
Kent Patterson had the privilege of introducing Brian Tiernan as the Rotary Club of Ankeny's "Rotarian of the Year" for 2023-2024.   Brian served the Club as president in 2022-2023 and chaired the Club's annual fundraiser, "Rotary Runs For the Roses" this past year.   As president he always made sure to bring the 5th verse to the Rotary Four Way Test - "Is it Fun" - to each meeting!!   Congratulations Brian!! 
Steve SchraderBachar's term as President of the Rotary Club of Ankeny came to an end during the club's annual Celebration and Banquet on June 25th when he passed the gavel to Kent Patterson.   Kent then presented a plaque with a gavel on it to thank Steve for a great year.  We are now looking forward to the 2024-2025 Rotary year with Kent as our President.
Sixteen members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny were recognized at the Club's annual celebration and recognition banquet for having perfect attendance for the 2023-2024 Rotary year.  They were  1 Year -Rich Bergez and Brandon Converse, 2 Years - Kent Patterson, 4 Years - Brian Tiernan, 6 Years - Todd Eipperle,  10 Years - Rich Job, 12 Years - Jim Ramsey, Steve SchraderBachar, and Todd Wehr - 13 Years - Daman Miller, 14 Years -  Mary Cochran, 15 Years - Kathy Sibbel, 16 Years - Sally Schroeder, 20 Years - Nate Burnham and Tom Friedman, 34 Years - Shar Dunlap.  
The July Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:   
 
When:  Thursday, July 11th 
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 received and approved a an application for membership to the Club from Wendy Chapman.   She has a Bachelor's degree from Grand View University with a double major in Graphic Design and Graphic Journalism and also a Bachelor's degree in Communications/Electronic Media from the University of Northern Iowa.  After graduation, she taught English in Japan for two years and then did Graphic Design before becoming an Independent Sales Director for Mary Kay Inc. She is being proposed for membership by Shar Dunlap.

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

Paul Romanelli has made a contribution to the Polio Plus of $100 and now recognized as a member of the Polio Plus Society. President Steve SchraderBachar recognized Romanelli with a certificate and pin at the last meeting on June 4th.
 
Thank you Paul for your commitment and support of Rotary's PolioPlus.
 
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in July:
 
July 9th - Ramsey, James
July 17th - Dittmar, Amy
July 19th - Gassmann, Jason
July 22nd - Bair, Gerry
July 23rd - Eipperle, Todd
July 28th - Jurgensen, Bob
During the meeting on Tuesday, June 4th, President Steve ScraderBachar recognized Zane Smith for having been a member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny for 50 years! Smith was inducted into the Club on June 3rd, 1973. The Ankeny Club was chartered on January 1973, making Smith the longest member of the Club. ScraderBachar read a letter that had been received from Rotary International President, Paul McNally, recognizing Smith for this accomplishment.
The Rotary Club of Ankeny provided two $1,000 scholarships at each Ankeny high school through the Dollars for Scholars program.  One scholarship at each high school is to be named the "Gary Welch Memorial Rotary Scholarship".  Here are thank you letters received from three of the recipients:
 
Thank you so much for the scholarship.  This donation will benefit me greatly as I move forward with my future in the arts.  I have always had the goal of going out of state, and was hit with both excitement and fear upon my acceptance to the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.  I was excited to open the door to the next years of my life, but was stresses about the cost of attendance.  This scholarship is lighting the financial burden of an out of state institution, and is allowing me to e3nter the university with complete excitement restored. So thank you again for your contribution to my future.  It is greatly appreciated.  Sincerely, Abby Fickbohm
 
My name is Miranda Geest and I would like to graciously thank you for the Gary Welch Memorial Scholarship.  As you know, being a full-time high school student with many activities is very time-consuming.   During the school year, I am involved in varsity Show Choir, varsity tennis, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Books and Bagels.  Outside of school, I am president of my 4-H club, I babysit my neighbors, and I do various volunteer work.  I also started working at Target part-time since September to save up money for college.  As I have a busy schedule, I am grateful for your help.
 
With this scholarship, I can offset some of the expensive tuition costs of Iowa State University.  This fall I will attend Iowa State University to major in Elementary Education with additional math, reading, and ESOL endorsements.  I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl and with your assistance, I am closer to achieving this goal.  Some classes I am currently taking to prepare me for College are AP Statistics, AP Lang and Comp, a DMACC sociology class, A DMACC paraeducator 8-week course, and Teacher Academy.  Thanks to Teacher Academy, I will walk into college with 120 classroom observation hours and skip the first-0year education course, so I can hopefully graduate college sooner than expected.  Once again, thank you so much for your generosity and support in helping me reach my educational goals.  I am grateful you chose me for this opportunity and I promise that the scholarship will be used to the fullest extent.  Sincerely, Miranda Geest
 
I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for being awarded the "Rotary Club of Ankeny Scholarship".  Your generosity and compassion wil truly impact my future and allow me to accomplish my postsecondary educational ambitions.  In the fall of this year, i will attend the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities to double major in Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Linguistics, all with the intention of pursuing a career as an English teach abroad.   Not only will this scholarship establish a vital foundation for my education, it will expend my understanding of the world through unrivaled experiences with individuals form all corners of the globe.  Becoming a well rounded global citizen will aid me in sharing my passion for languages with students and inspire them to explore the vibrant world we inhabit.  Once again, I thank you for your generosity and support in my future.  Your kindness will forever be with me.  I will continue to work hard in every aspect of life to achieve my goals of sharing kindness throughout the world.   Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the opportunity to accept this scholarship from a truly awe-inspiring and considerate organization.  Sincerely, Thomas Gilbert 

Matt Myers became the newest member of the Rotary Club of Ankeny when he was inducted during the meeting on June 4th.  Matt is a civil engineer with Niles Associates in Ankeny and was proposed for membership by Nancy Sutzenberg. 

Welcome Matt!!

The Ankeny Service Center was one of the two organizations featured as paddle raisers at the Club's fundraiser on May 4th.  Their share of the funds donated was $15,000.  The following thank you note from Sarah Wiser was received by Steve SchraderBachar; 
 
I just wanted to tell you how grateful the Ankeny Service Center if for your support.  When Kathy Sibbel handed me the check for $15,000, I was amazed.  Since I started as the Director at ASC, Rotary has been a constant committed supporter.  As a small nonprofit, support from groups like Rotary make a huge difference.  We appreciate you and everyone involved with Rotary.  Thank you!
As of June 1, 2024, the Rotary Club of Ankeny has 92 members.  This is an increase of 7 new members since the beginning of the Rotary year, July 1, 2023.   Of these current members, 61 - 66% are male and 31 -33% are female.   This compares to only 23.6% of all Rotarians worldwide are female.  
 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny and Rotary Club of Ankeny Evening are partnering again this year with the Ankeny Service Center to sponsor a "Golf Ball Drop" during Summerfest.  Our goal this year is to sell 1,000 tickets for $10 each.  Each ticket is numbered and a ball with a corresponding number will be placed in a bucket and dropped from about 30 feet in the air onto a grassy area with one golf hole.   The first ball in the hole wins $1,000, second $375, third $250, and fourth $125.   The net proceeds from this year's Golf Ball Drop will be split 70% to the Ankeny Service Center and 30% to the Ankeny Rotary Clubs.  New this year will be the ability to pay for tickets via Venmo! 
 
Thank you to Ankeny Sanitation for providing the prize money, Des Moines Printing for printing the tickets and Tim's Amoco Service and Cold Stone Creamery for providing the coupons on the back of each ticket.   The coupons are for a "Free Car Wash With A Fuel Purchase" and "Buy One Ice Cream And Get One For 50% Off".  
 
The goal is to sell all 1000 that Tom has distributed.   Ticket stubs and money need to be turned in to Tom or dropped off at First National Bank, 1205 N. Ankeny Boulevard by July 12th.  Contact Tom at Tom.Friedman@FNB247.com with questions.
Starts  Right Here was one of the paddle raisers during the Club's fundraiser on May 4th.  The donations for the paddle raisers generated $30,000 to be split between the Ankeny Service Center and Starts Right Here.    Will Keeps attended the Club's meeting on May 28th and picked up a check in the amount of $15,000. 
 
The Ankeny Rotary Clubs 2023-2024 foreign exchange student, Sofia Aberturas, was treated to a graduation and farewell picnic at Sunrise Park in Ankeny on May 28th.  There were about 30 Rotarians and guests in attendance plus several of her classmates.  She will be leaving soon for Rotary's trip across the US before returning home to Spain.
 
Than you to the Brenda and Steve Wieneke and Victoria and Bill Ogier for hosting Sofia while she was in Ankeny. 
  
The "2024 Annual Celebration and Recognition Banquet" for the Rotary Club of Ankeny, will be held on Tuesday, June 25th at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club.  The evening will begin at 5:45 PM with a social hour including drinks and appetizers and the buffet line for dinner will open at 6:30.  The program will begin at approximately 7:15 PM and will include perfect attendance awards, the naming of the "Outstanding New Member of the Year", "Rotarian of the Year" and the passing of the gavel to next year's president.  There is a $25 registration fee for each member and guest.  This charge will be added to your July invoice.
 
Please RSVP by clicking on the "Register Online" link at the bottom of the invitation each members should have received recently by email.  Plan to attend, bring your spouse or a guest, and celebrate all the accomplishments of the club during the past year.
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