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. Program

  1:00 p.m. Event Ends

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

Governor Branstad named Chuck Gipp as Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in May of 2012, at the time Gipp was serving as the Deputy Director of the Iowa DNR. The DNR manages fish and wildlife programs, ensures the health of Iowa’s forests and prairies, and provides recreational opportunities in Iowa’s state parks. Just as importantly, the DNR carries out state and federal laws that protect air, land and water through technical assistance, permitting and compliance programs. The DNR also encourages the enjoyment and stewardship of natural resources among Iowans through outreach and education.

From 2008 to 2011, Gipp was appointed by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey as Director of the Division of Soil Conservation. 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.

Gipp also served as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 1991 to 2008 and was Majority Leader from 2002 to 2006. He has been managing partner of A-G Swiss Farms, Inc., a diversified farm that he operated with his brothers near Decorah. 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 used to grow corn and alfalfa hay.

$15.00 per person, please register online by 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 of the Raptor Resource Project in Decorah

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

Des Moines area Lunch Connection Event
Chuck Gipp '70