Des Moines Area Luncheon and Speaker Series

For the fourth year now, Luther College is hosting a luncheon and speaker series for all alumni, parents and friends of the college. Please join us for this great opportunity to network and socialize with others in the Des Moines area and learn from interesting and dynamic speakers.

Friday, February 6, 2015

11:30 a.m. Buffet Luncheon Begins
12:00 p.m. Presentation

  1:00 p.m. Event Ends

Speaker: Chuck Gipp '70, Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Gipp was hired by Iowa Sec. of Agriculture Bill Northey as Director of the Division of Soil Conservation in July of 2008. The Division of Soil Conservation within the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is responsible for administering state programs and providing leadership to farmers, landowners, communities and others to promote the protection and management of soil, water and mineral resources. The Division also assists Soil and Water Conservation Districts and private landowners to meet their agricultural and environmental protection needs.

Gipp served as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 1991 to 2008 and was Majority Leader from 2002 to 2006. He has also been managing partner of A-G Swiss Farms, Inc., a diversified farm that he operated with his brothers near Decorah, IA. They specialized in the breeding and milking of registered Brown Swiss dairy cattle. During his time there, they implemented extensive conservation practices on their 640 crop acres that they used to grow corn and alfalfa hay. In the spring of 2012, Gipp, a 1970 graduate of Luther College, was named Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources by Governor Terry Branstad. Gipp uses a hands-on, proactive approach that serves the department well.

$15.00 per person, please register online by noon, Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

Windsor Heights Community Center
6900 School Street, Colby Park
Windsor Heights, Iowa

The dates for the 2014-2015 academic year are:

Friday, September 12, 2014 - Carson '63 and Connie Ode, Authors, Celebrate Iowa and IOWA-Spaces, Places, and Faces
Friday, November 7, 2014 - Reynolds Cramer '91, CEO, Fareway Stores, Inc.
Friday, February 6, 2015 - Chuck Gipp '70, Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Friday, April 17, 2015 - Bob Anderson, Director, Raptor Resource Project

Planning Committee:
Eric Carlson '89, Shannon (Miller) Duval '95, Kris Gregersen '82, Jerry Jaeger '09, Cara Kennedy-Ode '94, John Kenworthy '88, Suzanne (Roverud) Mineck '96, Becky (Linnevold) Shaw, '71, Anjie Shutts '93