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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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Several Ankeny Rotarians took turns ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at the North HyVee on December 15th.  Last year, Rotarians rang the bell for 6 hours and received donations totaling $305.76.  This year we rang the bell for 12 hours and had $707.67 dropped in the red kettle.  Thank you to all of the Rotarians that helped ring the bell and to Anne Porter for coordinating this service project.

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

When: Thursday, February 14th
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 January:
 
6th - Jack Pennington
20th - Sally Schroeder
25th - Justin Carlton
25th Bruce Kimpston
27th - Jeff Damman
28th - Roger Spahr
31st  - Jim Gocke 
The Rotary Club of Ankeny donated funds for two $500 scholarships at each Ankeny high school at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.  Recently, a thank you note including pictures was received from Dollars for Scholars.  It read:
 
"Thank you for making a difference!  Your generous financial support to Ankeny Dollars for Scholars is an investment in the life of a young individual.  It allows the graduates from Ankeny and Ankeny Centennial to pursue their educational dreams.  As the president of Ankeny Dollars for Scholars, please accept my heartfelt thanks.  As a community, we donated $73,406 in 2018 and awarded 132 scholarships to the graduates.  You were an important of this success.  Ankeny Dollars for Scholars in such a worthy cause and thank you for being such an integral part of our success,  We could not do it without you."  Sincerely, Kristen Gray
 
 
 
Pictured is Rotarian, Mark Land with scholarship winner Rachel Leon, Rotarian Gary Welch with Eva and Meredith Long, and Mark Land with his daughter Nicolette Land.
 
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in February:
 
2nd - Mike Goedeke
5th - Eric Hockenberry
6th - Doug Parker
8th - Terry Peter
12th - Kris Baker
21st - Ryan Bach
26th - Jody Savage
26th - Steve SchraderBachar
May the dawn of this New Year fill your heart with new hopes, open up the new horizons and bring to you promises of brighter tomorrows!  Have a wonderful and "Happy New Year"!!!
The Rotary Club of Ankeny's 2019 fundraiser, "Casino Night" will be held on Saturday, April 13th.  The event will be set up similar to previous year's and will include a meal, drinks and both silent and live auctions.  Co-chairs, Laura Luetje and Stacey Koeppen, are working hard to create new energy for this event in hopes of gaining new faces in attendance and generate a community buzz about Rotary and what we do and, of course, raise more dollars for the club!   Thanks to their efforts, they have already received $10,000 in sponsorships.   These include $5,000 from Polk County, $3,000 from Prairie Meadows and, most recently, $2,000 from Karl Chevrolet.  
 
Each member of the club should be thinking about what businesses they can ask to donate auction items and who they can invite to purchase tables and attend the event.   We will soon be hearing from Doug Beech and Brian Tiernan regarding auction items and ticket sales.  Also, Laura and Stacey plan to meet with committee chairs every other week at 11:00 AM prior to our regular Tuesday meetings beginning on January 8th.
Due to the holidays and the construction taking place at the Ankeny Golf & Country Club, there will several changes to our normal meetings and locations:   Here is the schedule for the next couple months:
 
Jan. 1st - No Meeting - Happy New Year!
Jan. 8th - Meeting at The Bridges, 3510 NW Abilene Rd, Ankeny
Jan. 15th - Meeting at HyVee Distribution Facility, 2741 PDI Place, Ankeny
Jan. 22nd - Meeting at The Bridges, 3510 NW Abilene Rd, Ankeny
Jan. 29th - Meeting at Casey's Headquarters, One SE Convenience Blvd.
Feb. 5th - Meeting at The Bridges, 3510 NW Abilene Rd, Ankeny, (If Necessary)
Feb. 12th Meeting at Ankeny Golf & Country Club (We hope)
 
There are over 122 million children in the Nepal the world that are illiterate.  In addressing the problem, Rotary realizes that bringing children into schools isn't enough to solve illiteracy.  Consequently, it has turned to mentoring and coaching teachers!  The Guatemala Literacy Project and the Nepal Teacher Training Innovation are two global projects that lead the effort to advance childhood reading by empowering teachers to teach better.  The projects plan lessons that ensure students will actually learn.  The entire effort is part of a larger goal to reduce extreme poverty, because knowing how to read and write increases a person's earning potential and ability to build a better life.  These projects can succeed thanks to your generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  Thank you.
The Rotarians that are scheduled to be the "Greeter" and "Sheriff" for the next several weeks are as follows:
 
1/1 - No Meeting - Happy New Year!
1/8 - Jack Pennington
1/15 - Scott Port
1/22 - Jessica Reynolds
1/29 - Abbi Rickelman
2/5 - Jody Savage
2/12 - Steve SchraderBachar 
2/19 - Sally Schroeder
2/26 - Kathy Sibbel

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

When: Thursday, January 10th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Wig N Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.

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

Special guests attending the Rotary Club of Ankeny's regular meetings during the past couple weeks have been:
 
12/4 - Matt Olson, visiting Rotarian from Waukee
12/4 - Sgt. Kevin Killpack, Speaker
12/4 - Mark Haddinger, guest of Todd Eipperle
12/11 - Willow Duke, guest of Jacquelyn Duke - "Evening"
12/11 - Mia Duke, guest of Jacquelyn Duke - "Evening"
12/11 - Jason Duke, guest of Jacquelyn Duke - "Evening"
12/11 - Susan Orth, guest of Kristofer - "Evening" 
12/11 - Annette Burnham, guest of Nate Burnham - "Evening"
12/18 - Andrew Stumbo, prospective new member
12/18 - Aaron Rickelman, Abbi Rickelman
1/8 - Ken Gregersen, Speaker
The Board has approved an application for membership to the Rotary Club of Ankeny from Andrew Stumbo.  Andrew is a Financial Wealth Advisor with Benson Wealth Management in Ankeny.  He is being proposed for membership by Kathy Sibbel.
 
Comments regarding Andrew's proposed membership may be forwarded to any member of the Board.
 
During the last meeting of the year on December 18th, President Ben Digmann thanked Cindy, waitress, and Brian, chef, for serving us for the past several year.  Ben presented each of them with a thank you card.  Inside each card was a $100 bill.  Thank you Cindy and Brian!! 
President Ben Digmann named Laura Leutje and Stacey Koeppen "co-Rotarians of the Month" for December.  Ben recognized Laura and Stacey for all their hard work and generation of new ideas as co-chairmen for the 2019 Rotary Fundraiser.   They have already received $8,000 in sponsorships and have organized committees for sponsorship, ticket sales and soliciting auction items.
Whenever a global grant is awarded, a global grant consists of a project with a budget over $30,000 up to $200,000, The Rotary Foundation provides technical expertise.  Called the Global Grant Cadre of Technical Advisors, it maintains a registry of individuals that serve in countries other than their own.  These Rotarians are qualified in area of health, education, literacy, small business, micro-credit, and financial auditing - in other words chartered accountants and certified public accountants.  Cadre members are fluent in a variety of languages which include French, Spanish, Portuguese and other language skills.  They conduct on-site project visits for two to three days with written reports upon their return.  This technique assures the validity of the project and its sustainability.
 
The Rotary Foundation welcomes individuals who might wish to join the cadre.  If you are interested, contact the Rotary Foundation at 847-866-3000.  Thank you.
During the Board meeting on December 13th, approval was given to purchase 25 books for Head Start.  The Evening Club will be assembling a take home kit for students which will include these books.  The students will be encouraged to read the books at home with their parents.   Each book will have a sticker stating the book has been donated by the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  The cost of the books is $49.15.
Contributions to the Rotary Foundation are included in most members quarterly invoices.  A few members prefer to forward their donation directly to the Foundation and there are a few new members that have not as yet made a commitment to contribute.  The club forwards these donations on to the Rotary Foundation in November and May each year.  The contribution the club sent in November this year was $5,915.  For the past two years, the Rotary Club of Ankeny has been a "100% Club" which means every Active member has made a donation in some amount during the year.  If you have not as yet made a commitment to the Foundation, please contact Foundation Chair, Steve SchraderBachar, 515-360-5197 or sschraderbachar@stearns.com.
The annual Rotary Christmas social was held on Saturday evening December 11th at The Fletcher Full Service Restaurant & Bar.  The food was good and the company was great.  We also enjoyed the guitar playing by former Rotarian David Crabbs.  Thank you to Tim Cox and Stacey Koeppen for making the arrangements and hosting the event.   You can view more pictures on our web site under Photo Albums.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Speakers
AT THE BRIDGES - Kathy Sibbel-Rotarian responsible
Jan 22, 2019
Darius Potts Chief of Police for the City of Ankeny
"Evening" -
Jan 22, 2019
YESS Service Project
"Evening" - RI Video
Feb 05, 2019
AT THE BRIDGES - Tiffany Allison
Feb 05, 2019 11:45 AM
Soaring Hearts Foundation
"Evening" - Social
Feb 12, 2019
Club Assembly
Feb 12, 2019
"Evening" - Iowa Wild
Feb 19, 2019
Sell 50/50 tickets for Adaptive Sports
Sofia Marales & Jesus Esteban
Feb 19, 2019
Exchange Students from Mexico
Club Assembly
Mar 12, 2019
"Evening" - Social
Mar 19, 2019
"Evening" - Social
Apr 09, 2019