Greeter/Sheriff Schedule
12/3 - NO MEETING -Xmas Social 12/5
12/10 - Damon Miller
12/17 - Del Mohler
12/24 - NO MEETING
12/31 - NO MEETING
1/7 - Trent Murphy
1/14 - Doug Parker
1/21 - Kent Patterson
1/28 - Jack Pennington
Kent Sovern
Dec 10, 2019
Age Friendly Greater Des Moines
"Evening" - Troy Peterson
Dec 17, 2019
Mary Perry
Dec 17, 2019
Iowa Donor Network
Dec 24, 2019
Dec 31, 2019
Pat Timmons
Jan 07, 2020
Trip to Chernobyl Ukraine Nuclear site
"Evening" - 2020 Fundraiser
Jan 07, 2020
Laura Luetje
Dan Robison & Dan Grooms
Jan 14, 2020
ISU Deans of Ag & Life Science and Vet Medicine
"Evening" - Service Project
Jan 14, 2020
Serve meal at Des Moines YMCA Housing Campus
Steve McCullough - CEO of Iowa Student Loan
Jan 21, 2020
Magnitude of Student Loans outstanding
Gary Welch
Jan 28, 2020
South Africa Exchange Student
Gary Welch
Feb 04, 2020
Copan Students
"Evening" - Sam Mitchel
Feb 04, 2020
Tour New Ankeny Public Library
"Evening" - Split the Pot at Iowa Wild
Feb 11, 2020
For the Benefit of Adaptive Sports
"Evening" - Jill
Apr 07, 2020
Children & Families of Iowa
Club Information

Welcome to the Rotary Club of 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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Venue Map
Home Page Stories
In his June 1917 address at the annual Convention of Rotary International in Atlanta, Georgia, Arch Klumph asked his fellow Rotarians to "not to live for themselves alone, but for the joy in doing good for others".  And so was born the motto of The Rotary Foundation: "Doing Good in the World".   Inspired by Klumph's admonition, members of The Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri, made the first contributin to the Foundation in the amount of $26.50.  Over a century later, more that 35,000 clubs, comprised of over 1.2 million members, have followed the Kansas City example.  They have made monetary contributions in a concerted effort to promote world understanding through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. 
According to the November edition of The Rotarian, the following represent the top 6 (out of over 200) donors to The Foundation over a five-year period by US dollar amount:
United States      $395,699,358
India                      $  88,875,333
Japan                    $  84,467,802
Korea                     $  79,249,818
Taiwan                   $  53,105,767
Canada                  $  40,799,946
The icing on the cake is about these donations is 92% of the funds are spent on programs, awards and operations.  (Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating).
Helping others has never been so smooth!!  For a $25 donation, you can taste various Bourbons side by side along with great socializing with old and new friends and 100% of your donation will go to the Ankeny Service Center to help with winter and holiday expenses for Ankeny residents in need.  The tasting will take place on Monday, December 9th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at 2514 SW Westwinds Blvd, Ankeny.  Thank you to Todd Eipperle for organizing and hosting this fun event.
On November 10, 2019, the District 6000 Nominating Committee interviewed candidates for the District Governor Nominee Designee 2022-2023.  The committee selected Steve Wieneke of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.  Steve is currently serving as the President of the Ankeny Evening Club.  Congratulations Steve!
Special guests attending the Rotary Club of Ankeny's meetings last month included:
11/5 - Larry Laughlin, Blood, Sweat, & Beers, Speaker
11/5 - Tim Mauro, Blood, Sweat, & Beers, Speaker
11/5 - Maverick Biga, guest of John Biga, "Evening"
11/5 - Maddux Biga, guest of John Biga, "Evening"
11/12 - Bonnie Castillo, Iowa DOT, Speaker
11/12 - Craig Clarkson, visiting Rotarian from Des Moines AM
11/12 - Maverick Biga, guest of John Biga, "Eveninig"
11/12 - Maddux Biga, guest of John Biga, "Evening"
11/12 - Sierra Ross, prospective new member, "Evening"
11/12 - Matt Ross, prospective new member, "Evening"
11/12 - Beverly Ross, guest of Sierra & Matt Ross, "Evening"
11/12 - Violet Duke, guest of Jacquelyn Duke, "Evening"
11/19 - Melisa Valle, RYE student from Mexico, "Evening"
11/19 - Amanda Alcocer, RYE student from Mexico, "Evening"
11/19 - Violet Duke, guest of Jacquelyn Duke, "Evening"
11/19 - Willow Duke, guest of Jacquelyn Duke, "Evening"
11/19 - Maya Duke, guest of Jacquelyn Duke, "Evening"
11/19 - Jason Duke, guest of Jacquelyn Duke, "Evening"
11/19 - Alex Entin, guest of Nick Testino, "Evening"
11/19 - Savannah Potts, guest of Renee Potts, "Evening"
11/19 - Rick Sibbel, guest of Kathy Sibbel, "Evening"
11/19 - Annette Burnham, guest of Nate Burnham, "Evening"
11/19 - Shannon Magner, guest of Jeff, Magner, "Evening"
11/26 - Don Goering, visiting Rotarian from Ames
11/26 - John Johnson, National Pork Board, Speaker
11/26 - Grace, 2020-21 Outgoing Rotary Youth Exchange Student, "Evening"
11/26 - Karen Grieshein, Grace's mother, "Evening"
The Evening Club held their weekly meeting on November 19th at B & B Theatres/12 & B-Roll Bowling.   No one is bragging about their bowling score, but everyone had a strikingly good time!!
The December Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:
When:  Thursday, December 12th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
The following Ankeny Rotarians will celebrate birthdays in December:
2nd - Chuck Stewart
3rd - Scott Port
12th - Rich Job
14th - Tim Cox
15th - Dylan Dyer
21st - Doug Beech
Rotarians throughout District 6000 will be ringing bells for our local Salvation Army units this holiday season.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny will be ringing bells on Saturday, December 14th at the North Ankeny Hy-Vee, 410 N. Ankeny Blvd.   There will be 5 two hour shifts from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM .  We would like two people for each shift.  If you have questions or to sign up want to work a shift, contact Anne Porter at 515-571-4213.  There will also be sign up sheets at the next few Rotary Meetings.
Each year beginning in 1980, Rotary International has had a float in the Rose Bowl Parade.  Completion of the float is dependent on generous donations of over 7200 volunteer hours provided by more than 900 individuals from around the world.  The theme for the 2020 Rose Bowl Parade is "The Power of Hope" and the theme for Rotary's float is "Hope Connects the World".  It will highlight the progress of Rotary and its partners in our quest to help people around the world.  Tune in to the Rose Bowl Parade on New Year's Day and watch for the Rotary Float.
Current member Dave Mercer agreed to change his individual membership to the Primary Designee of a new corporate member Iowa Realty Company.  President Job also inducted  Dylan Dyer and Scott Obstarczyk as new members of the club and as Secondary Designees for Iowa Realty.  With these new members the club's number of members is now 102. 
The Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny grew to 15 members when Steve Wieneke inducted Renee Potts into the club on November 5th.  Renee is a Teacher Associate at Northview Middle School in Ankeny.  She was proposed for membership by Darius Potts.  There are now three husband/wife teams that are members of the Rotary Club of Ankeny.   Welcome Renee!!
Steve SchraderBachar was named Ankeny "Rotarian of the Month" for November by President Rich Job.  Steve was recognized for his work as the club's chair of the Foundation Committee and in particular the success of the club's special PolioPlus campaign.  This campaign has resulted in over $2,900 being raised for PolioPlus.   Congratulations Steve! 
Jan Franck, Sally Schroeder, and Shar Dunlap celebrated Halloween at the Rotary meeting on October 29th by dressing for the occasion.   I wonder if they went "Trick or Treating" after the meeting?

He founded Panzi Hospital in 1999 with the singular aim of making life much better for mothers and their babies, then war broke out.  Working among traumatized women and children of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Denis Mukweze has seen it all: between 100 and 500 women and children raped every day, ranging from 19-month-old babies to octogenarians; with their digestive and reproductive organs totally and brutally impacted.  Frustrated by the relentless use of mass rape as a weapon of war and mass destruction of babies, women and entire communities, Mukweze sought for ways to improve medical equipment at the hospital to cope with the overwhelming demands.

Speaking in January 2017, at a Rotary Foundation Seminar sponsored by District 1620 (Belgium), the OB/GYN surgeon detailed the atrocities going on in his native country.  The Rotary Clubs in attendance donated $120,000 immediately.  This was augmented by $40,000 in District Designated Funds and a grant of nearly $100,000 from the Rotary Foundation.  Forty-two clubs participated in the project, including the host club, Rotary Club of Bukavu Mwangaza in South Kivu, DRC.  In 2018, through a Rotary Foundation Global Grant, the hospital was gifted with a state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine which allows doctors to view results electronically and share them with distant specialists when needed.

Today, although rape as a weapon of war has yet to be obliterated from the region, with the help of the new Rotary donated machine, maternal and infant mortality have been drastically reduced with a 99.1% live birth rate.  More than 85,000 rape or birth-related complications have been treated, and victims who cannot afford post-rape medical care continue to be treated free of charge at the Panzi Hospital.  Your generous donations end up improving lives world-wide.

The November Board meeting for the Rotary Club of Ankeny will be:
When:  Thursday, November 14th
Time:  12:00 PM
Where:  Wig & Pen, 2005 South Ankeny Blvd.
All members are welcome and it counts as a make-up!
World Polio Day was, October 24th.   To celebrate the progress Rotarians have made in eradicating Polio,  videos showing the history of Rotary’s PolioPlus campaign were shown at both the noon and evening meetings on October 22nd.  Then, instead of the sheriff passing the bucket, members were asked to consider making a contribution to the Rotary Foundation to be designated to PolioPlus.  Thank you to the many members that make a contribution or agreed to having a contribution added to their next Rotary invoice to be sent in January, 2020.  The total pledged through the end of October  is $2,610!! 
If you would still like to contribute, we will still be accepting the pledge forms and contributions for the next couple weeks.  Please remember:
  • All contributions are voluntary.
  • Your contribution is being matched 2 to 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Your contribution will be forwarded to the Foundation by the club in your name.
  • You will receive Paul Harris Recognition points for your contribution.
  • Checks should be made payable to the “Rotary Club of Ankeny”.
  • Your contribution is tax deductible.
  • These contributions will be in addition to and will not reduce the amount the club annually contributes to the PolioPlus campaign.

Thank you Ankeny Rotarians!!

Steve Wieneke has the privilege of inducting Jenna Lanning into the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny on October 29th.   Jenna teaches kindergarten in the Des Moines Community School District.  She is also the Secretary for a non profit organization, the TYH Humanitarian Foundation.  This Foundation is named after Timothy Yates Heggen who died at age 17 from Pancreatic cancer.  This Foundation has partnered for 10 years with Save the Rain and Rotary International to provide Tanzanian communities with a sustainable water source.   She was proposed for membership by Jacquelyn Duke.  Welcome Jenna!
Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, collects shoebox gifts - filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys and delivers them to children in need around the world.  For many children this will be the only gift they receive this Christmas.  Since 2009, more than 16 million shoeboxes have been filled and delivered through this program.  Members of the Evening Rotary Club of Ankeny and several guests filled 66 shoeboxes during their meeting on October 29th.  In addition to selecting items to put in the boxes, pictures were taken of the person filling each box to be included in the box with a card on which a short note was written.   It was a fun night for all for a great service project!! 
Ankeny Rotarian Gary Welch has a direct line to Santa and Mrs. Claus.   If you would like Santa, and possibly Mrs. Claus, to make an appearance at your business or family gathering, you can contact Gary at 515- 419-3707 or and he will check Santa's schedule.   We understand any donations Santa receives for making an appearance will be donated to the Rotary Club of Ankeny.
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Evening Club President
President Elect
President Nominee
Rotary Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Social Chair
Public Relations Chair
Club Service Chair
Youth Services Chair
Multi Club Rep
Fundraising Co-Chair
Fundraising Co-Chair
Immediate Past President
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