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Summer Celebration in Conrad, Iowa July 25-27, 2019

July 25 - July 27

20th Anniversary Summer Celebration

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Celebrate 20 years of working together to help the hungry grow their own food and break the cycle of poverty:

  • Get updates on the programs you’ve supported around the world
  • Take part in our new Immersive Global Farmer Experience
  • Keynote Speaker – Kevin Skunes, Chairman of the Corn Board, National Corn Growers Association and leader of the Arthur, ND Growing Project
  • Speaker – Elizabeth May Righa, Head of Finance and Administration at ADS (Anglican Development Services) Pwani.
  • Celebrate with us as we share plans for Growing Hope’s next 20 years!

DES MOINES, IOWA – Plymouth Church, 4126 Ingersoll Ave.
Thursday, July 25
6 pm–8 pm Reception

CONRAD, IOWA – BCLUW High School, 610 Center St.
Friday, July 26
6 pm–8 pm Welcome Dinner and Guest Speaker

About Roger Thurow, Guest Speaker

Roger Thurow is a Pulitzer-finalist author who writes about world hunger. Thurow wrote ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty and The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Changethe author of ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty and The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

 

 

 


Saturday, July 27
8 am – Breakfast and Registration
9 am – Worship
10 am–4 pm – Summer Celebration
6 pm – 20th Anniversary Feast

About Kevin Skunes, Keynote Speaker

Kevin Skunes, of Arthur, N.D., serves as the chairman of the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association. Kevin, his wife Betty, and their two sons grow corn and soybeans near Arthur, North Dakota. He also leads the Growing Hope Arthur, ND Growing Project

In his capacity as NCGA Chairman, Skunes also chairs the Nominating Committee, co-chairs the Agri-Industry Council Executive Committee and is a board member of the Monsanto Grower Advisory Committee. In addition to serving on the Governance Committee and the National Corn Growers Association Foundation, he acts as NCGA’s alternate board member to the MAIZALL Alliance.

At the state level, Skunes currently serves on the North Dakota Corn Growers Association’s Board of Directors. He previously chaired the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council and served on the Northern Crops Institute’s Board of Directors.

About Elizabeth May Righa, Speaker

Elizabeth May Righa is Head of Finance and Administration at ADS (Anglican Development Services) Pwani. ADS Pwani and World Renew Kenya work together to implement the programs Growing Hope has supported in the coastal region of Kenya. The first program Growing Hope (known as Foods Resource Bank then) funded in the region was Kenya Bamba, implemented by ADS Pwani. After completing the first phase of the work ADS moved on to a new community, Ganza. They then moved on to Jaribuni, and lastly to a program that was just completed in the Magarini community.

Meet Elizabeth and hear her observations about what happened in the Bamba program after we stopped supporting it; how your investment in our programs takes time and local ownership; and how the success and impact we have in one community can multiply and provide food security to more communities in the same region.

Elizabeth traveled in the U.S. as our guest in the summer of 2012 and met Growing Project volunteers in Michigan and the Chicago area; so if you met her, this is also an opportunity to reconnect and learn more about the work she’s been doing.


HOTEL OPTIONS IN MARSHALLTOWN:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Reserve by June 25
King Rooms $109
2-Queen Rooms $119
Breakfast is included
Register Online Here
Under dates, click on “more options” and use code GRO
Or call 1-641-854-2900

Hampton Inn & Suites Marshalltown
King Rooms $102
2-Queen Rooms $112
Breakfast is included
Register Online Here
Or call 1-641-753-6795

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