Speaker Date Topic
Rotary DG Steve Dakin & Lesley Dakin Jul 17, 2020
Overview of District 6000
Lesley and I will visit with all 66 Rotary Clubs in our District either in person or via zoom in the first 4 months of this new Rotary Year.  We want to welcome to our district, our newest club, the Rotary Club of Denison!  We look forward to meeting all of the Rotarians in our great district and we will experience together how...
Proud to be a Rotarian
Steve Dakin, District Governor 2020-21
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Bruce Weindruch, History Factory's Founder & CEO Jul 24, 2020
History Factory
History Factory

BRUCE WEINDRUCH, History Factory’s founder and CEO, launched the field of heritage management over 40 years ago. His unique background, blending history and business, has given him the expertise to help major corporations, nonprofits and associations leverage their organizational heritage to benefit their bottom line. History Factory’s clients include Adobe, BlackRock, Brooks Brothers, Deloitte, Edward Jones, Goldman Sachs, New Balance, National Football League, Southwest, USAA, Verizon and Wrigley.

Bruce is the author of Start with The Future and Work Back: A Heritage Management Manifesto (Hamilton Books), which describes how leading global organizations leverage their heritage assets to advance their business agendas.

Bruce received his BA degree in American Civilization from Grinnell College and attended the George Washington University/Smithsonian Affiliation PhD. program. Prior to founding History Factory in 1979, he was a staff member at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.  

Bruce is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, a member of the Board of Advisors of the Brand Heritage Institute, and a member of the Leadership Council of the Donald and Winifred Wilson Center for Innovation & Leadership at Grinnell College. 

John Smith, VP of Alumni Development of Drake Univ Jul 31, 2020
Drake University


John Smith was appointed Drake’s Vice President of Alumni and Development in December of 2006.  In 2016 John’s title and responsibilities changed as Vice President for University Advancement overseeing Alumni, Development, University Communications, and Community Relations. Previously, John served Drake as the director of development, gift planning officer, associate director of alumni relations and an admission counselor.  

Beyond Drake, John was the Assistant Vice President / Director of Principal Gifts for Simpson College and; Smith entered the field of fundraising as the Director of Development for the Sigma Chi Foundation, Evanston, Illinois. 

John received his undergraduate degree from Drake in 1992 in Rhetoric/Speech Communications and his master’s degree from Drake University in 2000 in Integrated Marketing Communications.  

John is a member of the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, Drake Neighborhood Association Board, and the State of Iowa Workforce Development Board.  Previously he has served as a member of the Greater Des Moines Partnership Executive Board; Chair, Greater Des Moines Partnership Workforce Development/Education Board; Past President of Des Moines AM Rotary Club, Past President of the Des Moines West Side Chamber, six year member of the Prairie Meadows Betterment Grants Committee, and five year member of Des Moines Bravo Board.  He is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and a member of the Des Moines Business Record Forty under 40 (2007).  

John has presented multiple times at CASE VI, Regional AFP and Planned Giving Associations and in February 2014 he participated in a panel discussion for ACE/AIEA Internationalization Collaborative.  

John is married to Drake alumna Mary Kay.  They have two children, Jake and Emi.  

Allen Hoover, Great Grandson of Herbert Hoover Aug 07, 2020
The Legacy of Herbert Hoover
The Legacy of Herbert Hoover

Allan Hoover III is the great grandson of Herbert Hoover.  Allan grew up in Sacramento, California and received a BS in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1993.  He is married to Michelle with three children (Mary - 16, Andrew – 13, and Thomas – 10).  They have lived in many locations, including Chicago, Little Rock, and Omaha, and currently live in a suburb of Denver, CO.  Allan worked for Kiewit Infrastructure for twenty years until 2016 on projects all across the country.  Allan also serves on boards related to the Herbert Hoover legacy and has managed independent residential real estate investments since 2009. Allan also enjoys golf, surfing, and travelling; however, of the three activities, he is only skilled at travelling!