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, 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 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.