February 4, 2013

Des Moines Sertoma Club Newsletter: February 2013

February Fun Facts:
• The Supreme Court of the U.S. met for the first time on February 1, 1790.
• February is the most misspelled of all the months. The violet is the February's flower, although there are some that say the primrose is February's flower.
• Groundhog Day, celebrated on February 2, came about because of a German superstition. They thought if a hibernating animal cast a shadow on February 2nd that winter would last for another six weeks. If there was no shadow, spring would come early. (Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil says an early spring, Yeah!!)

On February 5th, our speaker is Kathie Obradovich, Katie%20Obradovich.jpg a political columnist for the Des Moines Register, she has served since 2003 as the Register's political editor, directing coverage of Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, the Iowa Statehouse and Congress. She has been the lead editor of the award-winning Iowa Poll, developing questionnaires and coordinating reporting of the results. She has covered Iowa government and politics for over 20 years, including a decade as a reporter and bureau chief at the Iowa Statehouse. She's an Iowa native and Iowa State University graduate, with strong family roots in the state.

On February 19th, our speaker is Dick Swanson Richard%20Swanson.jpg who joined FHLB Des Moines as president and chief executive officer in June 2006, following a career in bank management, corporate and financial law practice and public service based in Seattle, Washington. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, was a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University and earned his law degree from Stanford Law School.

January 10, 2013

Des Moines Sertoma Club Newsletter: January 2013

January Fun Facts: The name January came from a Roman god Janus - It is the coldest month in the northern half of the world, nature is quiet and the birds travel less – The southern half of the world, January is the warmest month, unlike the northern half of the world, animals are active and plants are growing….

On January 8th, our speaker is Dave Elbert,Dave%20Elbert.jpg the new guy at the Business Record, many of you know him from his 36 years at the Register and Tribune, the last 26 as a business writer, editor and columnist. I took early retirement in April, turned 65 in May, and now I’m ready to try something new.

On January 15th, our speaker is Zach Mannheimer, Zachery%20Mannheimber.jpg established the Des Moines social club.

November 2, 2012

Des Moines Sertoma Club Newsletter: November 2012

November brings brisk days and days such as Daylight Savingsbth_daylight_top.jpg, Election Day election%20day.jpg, Veterans’ Day bth_VeteransDay.jpg, Thanksgivingbth_Thanksgiving.png, and of course great SertomaSertoma.gifSpeakers and Events!!!!

Hall%20of%20Laureates%20-%20World%20food%20Prize.jpg Our November 6th meeting will be at the internationally renowned World Food Prize Foundation to explore the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates at 100 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa. Please remember to arrive shortly before 11am to start our tour of this wonderful building. Remember we will have lunch afterwards at the Des Moines Embassy Club as usual. Joe will discuss our new social media site. If you have not signed up and would like to join please contact Bob Simons at bob.simons@fbfs.com.

On November 20th our speaker will be Zachary MannheimerZachery%20Mannheimber.jpg who arrived in Des Moines with the idea of using art as a catalyst to bring people with a wide range of ideas together. His idea turned some heads – some the wrong way, possibly – but he prevailed in establishing the Des Moines Social Club.

Read more: http://www.businessrecord.com/main.asp?SectionID=45&SubSectionID=136&ArticleID=12702&TM=64002.09#ixzz2B5XZa2Au

October 15, 2012

Des Moines Sertoma Club Newsletter: October 2012

October days lead to autumn colors, pumpkin patches, and haunted houses along with days such as Columbus Day columbus%20day.gif, Boss’s Day Boss%20Day.gif, Sweetest Day Sweetest%20Day.gif (I have to admit I’ve never heard of this one), the greatest day of them all “Halloween”halloween.jpg and of course great Sertoma SpeakersSertoma.gif!!!

October 2nd, our speaker is Dave Lyons, formerly on the Iowa Insurance Commission to discuss his new business venture cooperative insurance program.

The speaker on October 16th is Professor Arthur Sanders awards:1994 Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year, 2004 Stalnaker Lecturer, 2006 Centennial Scholar, and Ellis and Nelle Distinguished Professor of Politics

I received my B.A. degree from Franklin and Marshall College (1978) and my Ph.D. from Harvard University (1982). I came to Drake in the fall of 1990. My areas of research include the formation and dynamics of public opinion, the role of the media and the impact of money, political parties and interest groups on our political processes. I have published four books on American politics, the most recent in 2007 titled Losing Control: Presidential Elections and the Decline of Democracy, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. I teach classes on the American political process, public opinion, elections, media and politics, women and politics, and comparative political parties and interest groups. My current research focus is a project on the role of money and interest groups on elections and health care policy in Iowa. I currently serve as both Director of Drake's Honors Program and Chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations, as well as a part-time position as Associate Provost. I am a frequent commentator on Iowa and national politics through both local and national media outlets.

July 30, 2012

Des Moines Sertoma Club Newsletter: August 2012

Our August 7th, our speaker is Stephanie Jutila, CEO of the Des Moines Botanical Center. Stephanie%20Jutila.jpg Jutila began her duties as the first president and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden on Dec. 5. She has worked in public horticulture positions for the past 17 years, most recently as director of member programs for the American Horticultural Society in Arlington, Va.

Remember that Sertoma Members will be manning the booth at the Iowa%20State%20Fair.png stop by and say Hello!! If you are interested in volunteering at our booth please contact Bob Simons.

Adam%20Wright.jpg On August 21st, our speaker will be Adam Wright, VP at Mid American Energy in charge of its wind energy business. Adam Wright was promoted in January to vice president of wind development for MidAmerican Energy Co. He was previously vice president of marketing for Northern Natural Gas Co., a MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. company based in Omaha. Wind energy has been a significant source of growth for MidAmerican. This year the company plans to install an additional 177 wind turbines, which will give it a fleet of more than 1,200 turbines that will generate 29 percent of the electricity MidAmerican produces.

Our evening meeting will be at the I-Cubs i%20cubs.bmp on Thursday, August 23rd more information will be given at our August 7th lunch meeting.

July 2, 2012

Des Moines Sertoma Club Newsletter: July 2012

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Our July 3rd speaker is Laura Holms, Iowa director of Best Buddies best%20buddies.bmp, a nonprofit corporation with chapters in middle schools, high schools and colleges all over the country.

On July 17th our speaker is Dave Sengpiel, a venture capital manager with Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and the Rural Vitality Fund.

June 4, 2012

Des Moines Sertoma Club Newsletter: June 2012

June is the month to celebrate Father’s Day fathers%20day%203.gif, Flag Day Flag%20day.gif, the First Days of Summer Summer.jpg
, and great SERTOMA Speakers Sertoma.gif!!!!

Our first speaker on June 5th will be our club president, Joe Kristan Joe%20Kristan.jpg
, he will discuss the club’s need to take stock of where we are as a club, talk about where we want to go, and get some ideas of how to get there. Joe sent an agenda for this meeting on June 3rd for more details please refer to that email. This will be a great opportunity for club members to voice any ideas they have for the future of our club.

Glenn%20Lyons.jpg Our June 19th speaker will be Glenn Lyons who recently became the president and CEO of the Downtown Community Alliance. For the past two years, he served as CEO of the Downtown Tucson Partnership, where he led a revitalization project that included a pedestrian mall connecting downtown with the University of Arizona campus. While in Calgary, he also served as an adjunct professor of planning with the University of Calgary and taught entrepreneurial classes at Mount Royal College.

April 30, 2012

Des Moines Sertoma Club Newsletter: May 2012

The month of May brings flowers along with other wonderful days to celebrate: May Day May%20day%20baskets.jpg, Cinco de Mayo cinco%20de%20mayo.gif, Mother’s Day Mothers%20day.gif, Armed Forces Day Armed%20Forces%20day.jpg, Memorial Day memorial%20day.jpg, and great SERTOMA Speakers Sertoma.gif!!!!

On May 1st our speaker is Rob Denson, Rob%20Denson.jpg the President of DMACC who was appointed on November 1, 2003. He grew up on a farm near Homestead, Iowa, south of the Amana Colonies and graduated from high school in Marengo, Iowa. He is the first native born Iowan to be President of DMACC. He will discuss the continuing growth of DMACC and its programs.

Our May 15th speaker is in the workers and we will update the group once we have confirmation.

April 2, 2012

Des Moines Sertoma Club Newsletter: April 2012

The month of April brings spring showers but a lot of fun and interesting happenings such as April Fool’s Day April%20fools.jpg, Good Friday good%20friday.jpg, Easter Happy-Easter.gif, Earth Day Earth-Day.jpg, Arbor Day arbor-day-image-1.jpg, and great SERTOMA Speakers Sertoma.gif!!!!

Our first speaker on April 3rd is Gene Meyer gene%20meyer.jpg who is he Vice President of Strategic Initiatives with the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

The position will support the Partnership’s roles in implementing the region’s strategic vision plan, “Capital Crossroads: A Vision for Greater Des Moines & Central Iowa,” and in elevating the alliance between business and education in central Iowa, and in developing strategic direction for the next phase of the Partnership’s work..

On April 17th Former University of Iowa basketball star Al Lorenzen AlLorenzen-150x150.jpg who is the chief executive officer of Wildwood Hills Ranch, a Madison County operation that serves at-risk children.

Lorenzen, 44, has headed the sports arm of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau for the past four years. The Cedar Rapids Kennedy star played for the University of Iowa 1984-88, and later played basketball professionally for six years in five countries.

The State Fair Committee has had their first meeting – if you would like to join the committee please contact Bob Simons.

March 7, 2012

Des Moines Sertoma Club Newsletter: March 2012

March the month of Daylight Saving Time, St. Patrick’s Day St%20Patrick%27s%20Day.jpg, the First Day of Spring First%20Day%20of%20spring.gif, and great SERTOMA Speakers Sertoma.gif!!!!

Our March 6th speaker will be Thom Guzman, Director of the Iowa Downtown Resource Center, under the Iowa Department of Economic Development umbrella, currently focusing on the Main Street program. The Main Street program fosters “Community Revolution” communities band together to reclaim the charm and function of their main streets and historic resources, creating a favorable business climate and sparking new spirit of community.

On March 20th, our speaker will be Diana Weiland, President & CEO of the The Wallace Centers of Iowa. The Wallace Centers of Iowa’s two locations include the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center in rural Orient and the Wallace House in Des Moines. Both sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With a broad mission of "Building Community by Engaging Citizens in Meaningful Conversation and Active Learning," the two historic sites provide a variety of non-partisan, educational programs and community services focused on civility and sustainable agriculture.

Remember Our Evening Meeting this March - Please let Joe know if you would like to attend:
Iowa Energy Basketball vs. Canton Thursday March 29, 2012 at 7:00pm