Governor's Luncheon for Scouting
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Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa and Mid-Iowa Council, Boy Scouts of America wish to thank all attendees and all supporters of Scouting in Iowa.

We are thrilled to announce that the 9th Annual Governor’s Luncheon for Scouting, which took place on Tuesday, February 6, brought in over $225,000 to support Iowa’s youth and empower them to become the leaders of tomorrow.

This event is the only one of its size and scope in the country, where two non-profits focused on youth development work with the Governor to support programs for our future leaders.

Nearly 800 business and civic leaders from across Iowa attended this year’s event to help financially support our Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

 


Event Chair

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Don Coffin
President, Bankers Trust

Don Coffin is President of Bankers Trust, the largest community bank in Iowa, a role he assumed in March 2016. In January 2018, Don will also become the Bank’s 11th Chief Executive Officer, upon the retirement of Suku Radia.

Prior to being named President, Don served as Chief Lending Officer where he managed an experienced team of lenders with a total loan portfolio exceeding $3.5 billion. He joined Bankers Trust in October 2008, bringing with him 25 years of commercial banking experience.

Prior to becoming part of the Bankers Trust team, Don served as the Managing Director – National Commercial Banking with The PrivateBank and Trust Company, based in Chicago, Illinois. In the nine years prior, he was Senior Vice President and Region Head – Central Division for LaSalle National Bank, where he successfully managed the Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa offices. He gained additional experience as Executive Vice President of Mercantile Bank of Iowa, now US Bank, where he was responsible for the development and management of the bank’s loan portfolio. Don earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in financial management from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, in 1983.

Don is active in a number of community organizations, including Easter Seals Iowa, where he is President of the Foundation Board. He is involved with the Greater Des Moines Partnership and serves on the boards of Iowa Bankers Mortgage Corporation, Blank Children’s Hospital, Iowa Business Growth and United Way of Central Iowa. Don assists with fundraising for the Tocqueville Society, Water Works Park Foundation and Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa. He is a Past President of Des Moines Golf & Country Club, a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Des Moines A.M. and is active in his church.  

In June 2011, Don was awarded the Individual Governor’s Volunteer Award for his 20 years of service to Easter Seals Iowa and Camp Sunnyside; and he received the organization’s first annual Bob and Billie Ray Board Leadership Award in 2012. Don was a member of the Des Moines Business Record’s inaugural “40 Under 40” class in 2000, and was named the 2016 “40 Under 40” Alumnus of the Year.

Don and his wife, Mary, live in West Des Moines. They have three children: a son, Chris, who is a graduate of Loyola University and the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Chicago; a daughter, Caeli, who attends Iowa State University, and a son, Cole, who attends the University of Iowa. In his spare time, Don enjoys golf and spending time with family and friends.

 
 

Keynote Speaker

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Jamie Pollard
Director of Athletics, Iowa State University

Jamie Pollard is in his 13th year as the Director of Athletics at Iowa State University and his vision for success and energy to execute that plan continue to have major impacts on campus, in the Big 12 and nationally.

Under Pollard’s leadership, the department has invested over $175M in facilities, tripled its revenues, set attendance records in nearly all of its sports, and recorded all-time program bests on the field and in the classroom.

A former All-American and national champion long-distance runner at UW-Oshkosh (where he is in the school’s Hall of Fame), began his career as a CPA before ultimately channeling his competitive drive into an athletics administration career. Prior to arrival at Iowa State he served in various athletic administrative capacities at Wisconsin, Maryland, and Saint Louis.

He received a 2003 Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal “Top Forty Under 40” award, the first college administrator ever honored with that award. Pollard has served as chair of the Big 12 Athletics Directors Committee, as President of the Division 1A Athletics Directors Association, and the Collegiate Athletics Business Manager’s Association, and is currently serving on the Executive Committee of NACDA.

Jamie and his wife, Ellen, have four children. The family’s local philanthropic efforts have benefitted Blank Children’s Hospital, Variety Children’s Charity, and United Way of Central Iowa.

 

Youth Hosts

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Jemma Meacham

Jemma Ann Meacham, a fourth grader at Panorama Elementary, began her Girl Scout journey five years ago as a shy young Daisy, who grew into a friendly and caring Brownie, who has now grown into a respectful and responsible Junior Girl Scout.

Jemma’s favorite parts of Girl Scouts are going to camp and participating in the Cookie Program. Through her five years of Girl Scouting, Jemma is proud to be the top seller in her troop, and part of the “Top 5” sellers in Iowa.

Lending a helping hand and giving to the less fortunate are a priority for Jemma. She collects food for the food pantry, books for local libraries, pet supplies for the ARL, blankets and coats for the homeless, and toys for “Toys for Tots.” She is also involved in the “Adopt A Highway” program, doing her part to keep this state a beautiful place to live.

Jemma’s time in Girl Scouts has not only helped her to become a successful and determined young lady, but it has also challenged her to keep chasing her dreams and striving to reach her life goals as a strong and successful woman. In the future, Jemma plans to go to college to become a chef.

 
 
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Nick Mitchell

Nick Mitchell, the son of Jennifer and Clark Mitchell, is a member of Troop 182, chartered to the Waukee American Legion Post 737 where he has been a very active Scout. His two favorite Scout memories are hiking the trails of Philmont Scout Ranch and working on summer staff at Mitigwa Scout Reservation. 

Already an Eagle Scout, Nick is giving leadership to his two younger brothers who are also members of his troop. Nick is a senior at Waukee High School where he earned an Academic Letter for two years and is a member of the National Honor Society and Speech Team. He plans to begin studying computer science this fall at Drake University.   

 
 
 

IMPACT OF SCOUTING IN IOWA

More than 40,000 youth learn critical leadership skills through Scouting each year.

Communities in 67 Iowa counties are served by the service projects led by Scouts.

More than 10,000 adult volunteer leaders serve as mentors, guides and leaders.

Over 1,700 acres of wilderness preserve are maintained by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in six camps.

Through Scouting, boys and girls develop leadership and character.

Both organizations believe in the power of working together for today's youth and tomorrow's leaders.

For more information about Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, visit www.girlscoutsiowa.org and www.midiowacouncilbsa.org.

 
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