UPCOMING SPEAKER

Thanks for a Great 2017-2018

We finished up our 2017-2018 luncheons.  Thank you to all of our members and speakers this year.  Have a happy summer!

Be sure to check back soon for information on our August/September social!

Be ready to attend the 2018-2019 meetings by renewing your membership.

 

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May 17 Luncheon with Justin Schoen

Luncheon with Justin Schoen

Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, May 17

Downtown Embassy Club - Ruan Building

11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Justin Schoen is a founding board member and past President of the DMMC, and now helps coordinate sponsorship and outreach activities for the organization. Justin owns a marketing and growth consulting firm, Emerge LLC, and is a partner in Mars Cafe and Goquets.

He also serves on a number of other non-profit Boards, including current Board Chair of Central Iowa Shelter & Services.

He plays guitar, worked several years in concert promotions, and managed a touring act in college.

DMMC Website


Reserve your spot for this luncheon!

Members - $20 

Non-Members - $25

Can't attend this month?  Please let us know. Click here


 

April 19 Luncheon with Bob Mitchell and Jan Burch

Luncheon with Bob Mitchell and Jan Burch

Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, April 19

Downtown Embassy Club - Ruan Building

11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Bob Mitchell, SPHR, is owner and President of Bob Mitchell & Associates, a Human Resources consulting firm.  He is a 34-year member and past president of the Downtown Kiwanis club, served two terms as Lt. Governor and is a Past Governor (Distinguished) of the Nebraska-Iowa District. 

His wife, Jan Burch, SPHR, is a 13-year member and also a past President of the Downtown Kiwanis club, has served two terms as Lt. Governor (Distinguished) and is currently serving as Governor of the Nebraska-Iowa District.  Professionally, Jan is the owner of Jan Burch & Associates, also a Human Resources consulting firm.

Bob and Jan have been heavily involved in the Kiwanis Miracle League at Principal Park since its inception.  He is a past president and is serving as Treasurer, she is the current President.  Together as members of the Ankeny Kiwanis club, they served on the Steering Committee of the Ankeny Miracle Park.  They have both served on many boards and in addition to the Kiwanis Miracle League; Bob is currently in his seventh year on the University of Iowa’s Alumni Association Board, and Jan is a past president of the Des Moines Community Playhouse. 

In 2009, Bob and Jan were named to the Iowa Volunteers of the Year Hall of Fame by Iowa Governor Culver for their role in leading the development of the Kiwanis Miracle League (KML).

They, along with the 17 members of the KML board of directors, truly believe “every child deserves a chance to play baseball.”

Kiwanis Miracle League Website


Reserve your spot for this luncheon!

Members - $20 

Non-Members - $25

Can't attend this month?  Please let us know. Click here


 

March 22 Volunteer Social Event

March Volunteer Social Event

Thursday, March 22, 2018 3:00 to 5:00 PM

We all know how busy March can get ... basketball tournaments, spring break trips, St. Patrick's Day festivities ... a variety of options.

So this month, in lieu of our monthly luncheon, we ask you to join us in giving two hours of your time to the local, downtown non-profit Oakridge Neighborhood spending part of an afternoon next week with the children reading, crafting, playing games and just helping to brighten their afternoon. 

Thursday, March 22

Oakridge Neighborhood - Variety Center at 1401 Center Street (Downtown Des Moines)

3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

RSVP to krism@millsmarketing.com.

Oakridge Neighborhood the most culturally diverse neighborhood in Des Moines; it’s a place where people can raise families safely while working toward self-reliance. They call it the intersection of opportunity and community.  One service being offered there is Oak Academy which provides high quality child care and early enrichment education to infants and toddlers and prepares preschoolers to enter kindergarten ready to learn and on a level playing field with other children in their respective classes.  Oak Academy serves not only children who call Oakridge Neighborhood home, but also children from across the Des Moines Metro. The Academy utilizes the research based Creative Curriculum, which is based on principles of child development, individualized for each child and incorporating culturally relevant practices. 

After the event, we’ll be meeting at Hello, Marjorie for a social hour. 

Can't attend this month?  Please let us know. Click here


 

February 15 Luncheon with Laura Sweet

Luncheon with Laura Sweet

Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, February 15

Downtown Embassy Club - Ruan Building

11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Laura Sweet is the VP/COO for Des Moines Performing Arts

Prior to joining DMPA, she was VP for the Ordway in Saint Paul, Minn., and was the Associate Executive Director of the University of Nebraska’s Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, NE.  Laura is on the Children and Families of Iowa board and executive committee (serving as Advocacy Chair), she is also in senior leadership of the Nexus Executive Women’s Leadership alliance.  She serves as co-chair of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) Performing Arts Managers Committee and is in her third year with the Senior Executive Symposium. Laura has a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Kansas, respectively.  

Des Moines Performing Arts Website


Reserve your spot for this luncheon!

Members - $20 

Non-Members - $25

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January 18 Luncheon with Siobhan Spain

Luncheon with Siobhan Spain

Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, January 18

Downtown Embassy Club - Ruan Building

11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Siobhan Spain has 20 years experience in arts administration, which includes serving as administrator at SITE Santa Fe, office manager with Tom Joyce Blacksmithing, and board member at Santa Fe’s Center for Contemporary Art.

While communications specialist at Los Angeles Times, she was a grant adviser for its foundation’s art-related funding programs. Siobhan then directed Mary Goldman Gallery and aided Santa Monica Museum of Art’s “Incognito” fundraising event. Upon returning to Des Moines, she served as executive director at the Center on Sustainable Communities.

Siobhan is now director of Mainframe Studios, a new nonprofit model for providing permanent affordable work space to artists of all disciplines.

Mainframe Studios Website


Reserve your spot for this luncheon!

Members - $20 

Non-Members - $25

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December 21 Luncheon with Marty Lester

Luncheon with Marty Lester

Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.

Marty Lester is the Executive Director for Mentor Iowa.

Thursday, December 21

Downtown Embassy Club - Ruan Building

11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Mr. Lester received his Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State University in Leisure Studies.  His previous experience in working with at-risk populations includes several positions within Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  The last position he held was Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Central-Southwest Iowa.
 
Mr. Lester is a graduate of the 2005-2006 Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Community Leadership Program class.  In 2008, he was selected by the Des Moines Business Record as a member of the Forty under 40 class.
 
He also is a certified official through the Iowa High School Athletic Association and is licensed to officiate baseball, football and wrestling.
 
Mr. Lester lives in Altoona and is the proud father of two children, Dawson (19) and Kinsey (17).  He is originally from Slater, Iowa.

Mentor Iowa Website


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Members - $20 

Non-Members - $25

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Luncheon Workshop with Tiffany Tokarz

Luncheon Workshop with Tiffany Tokarz

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.

Tiffany Tokarz, CPBA, CPMA, & MS in Leadership Development Psychology,  is an Intentional Growth Strategist.

Thursday, November 16

ABCs of Intentional Growth

Downtown Embassy Club - Ruan Building

11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Ms. Tokarz has been working with leaders and teams to create intentional results for nearly a decade.  Her company Modern Muse Consulting offers one-on-one consulting, group work, conferences, retreats and workshops.  She was recently inducted into Faculty Row. Her belief is that researchers have only begun to understand the scope of human potential; and those leaders who create company cultures to better leverage their human capital will position their companies to thrive in the new economy.

She prides herself on being result-driven and yet having some fun along the way. She believes that balance in both work & play is an integral part of intentional growth and she takes her own advice. When she is not working, you will find her jogging at Gray’s Lake; teaching yoga; spending quality time with loved ones; enjoying a glass of wine or attempting to cook something new in the kitchen.

Contact:
tiffany@modernmuseconsulting.com or https://modernmuseconsulting.com/
 


Reserve your spot for this luncheon!

Members - $20 

Non-Members - $25

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Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa

Gretchen Tegeler with Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.

Iowa Taxpayers Association

 Gretchen Tegeler is President of the Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa, an organization that shares its year of founding, 1911, with the Rotary Club of Des Moines. 

Thursday, October 19
Downtown Embassy Club - Ruan Building
11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Ms. Tegeler also serves on the Board of Directors of EMC Insurance Group, Inc., where she chairs the Audit Committee.  

A Des Moines native, Gretchen graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in political science and Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning.   She was Director of the Iowa Department of Management, the Governor's planning, policy, and budgeting office, from 1990–1998, and also served as former Governor Branstad's Chief of Staff.  

Before joining the Taxpayers Association she was Iowa Vice President for the American Cancer Society.   Ms. Tegeler currently serves on the West Des Moines Water Works Board of Trustees and was an elected member of the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Directors from 1999 – 2005.

Contact: gtegeler@taxpayersci.org or  http://www.iowataxpayers.org/


Reserve your spot for this luncheon!

Members - $20 

Non-Members - $25

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Summer Social – Buildings & Beers

Summer Social – Buildings & Beers

Tuesday August 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand – we are kicking off our 2017-2018 year with another Buildings & Beers summer social event! 

When: Tuesday, August 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Market One Building (130 E 3rd Street in the East Village)
Cost: Free

We will meet at the north doors for a 30-45 minute tour of the building and to learn more about Blackbird’s developments in DSM currently then follow-up by visiting the Iowa Tap Room for a cold one.

 

Please RSVP to krism@millsmarketing.com if you plan to attend.

 

Learn more at http://blackbirdinvest.com/project/market-one/


Reserve your spot for this luncheon!

Members – $20 

Non-Members – $25

Can’t attend this month?  Please let us know. Click here