Jeff Hassman, 5970 District Governor
Alka Khanolkar, 6000 District Governor

We hope you will join us for our District 5970 and District 6000 District Conference! You won’t want to miss these two amazing days of Rotary knowledge, service, fellowship and celebration. Here’s just a bit of what you can expect:

Friday, April 22

10:00 am – Registration Opens

11:30 am – Opening Lunch Keynote

2:00 pm – Bike Crawl, Trail Walk or Music in Health & Healing

6:00 pm – Big Grove Brewery event

Saturday, April 23

6:00 am – Yoga

6:45 am – Walk for Polio

8:00 am – Breakfast Keynote

10:20 am – Earth Day Tree Planting

11:15 am – District Meetings

12:00 pm – Lunch Keynote

2:05 pm – Duck Race

2:30 pm – Membership Panels

5:00 pm – Reception & Evening Dinner Keynote



Our Speakers

David Forward

David was born and educated in England. He became a Rotarian in 1978 after moving to the United States. He has authored 13 books, several of which either hit the best-seller list or went into multiple printings, and all deal with either volunteerism or ethical business practices.

David will be familiar to many Rotarians through Frank Talk, which he wrote for Past RI President Frank Devlyn—the fastest-selling book in Rotary history. Ten years after it was first released, Frank Talk has sold 200,000 copies and has been translated into Spanish, Turkish, Korean, Portuguese, Hindi, Italian, Mandarin, and Vietnamese. Past-President Frank and David collaborated on follow-up books called Frank Talk II, which shows clubs how to retain the members they bring in, and Frank Talk on The Rotary Foundation, Frank Talk on Leadership and Frank Talk of Public Speaking. Together, the Frank Talk series sold more than 200,000 copies—with all profits from the books going to The Rotary Foundation.

For three years, David represented New Jersey on the White House Conference on Small Business, and he is a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Medford and owner of Garden State Real Estate Academy.          

David’s passion is volunteerism and has initiated and led humanitarian work trips across America and to the Dominican Republic and Beirut.

Rachel Fischer

A native from Detroit, MI, Rachel is a survivor leader and a pioneer in the fight against human trafficking. She has a B.S. in Nursing and specializes in human trafficking research and rescue and finding missing children. Rachel is an ER RN and specializes in adult and pediatric forensic nursing.

Rachel began her speaking career in 2013 when she published her autobiography, Taking Back the Pen, and shares her story with various audiences. Rachel collaborates with several anti-trafficking agencies, both statewide and international to combat sex trafficking. Rachel has been to several countries doing research and undercover mission work to collect intelligence from pimps and trafficked victims and has undertaken several rescue operations in retrieval of missing children, many of which have been locally in the United States.

As a lived experience expert, Rachel consults with governmental and non-governmental agencies to formulate the best plan of action to fight sex trafficking on both the demand and the supply side. She trains parents and students on social media trends and how to keep kids safe in the digital age.  Her knowledge will awaken and broaden your current knowledge base to highlight the difference you can make in the phenomena of trafficking in your community.

She will discuss how you can be a part of helping to meet the needs of these victims and other victims of violence that are not being cared for properly in order to bring justice to families and hold predators and offenders accountable. 

Dr. “Bowtie” Todd Jenkins

Dr. Todd Jenkins currently serves as a Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leader in Corporate America at a Fortune 100 company and as a Executive Inclusion Trainer, Strategist, and Speaker with Bowtie Leadership, Inc. As a consultant, he has worked with several companies such as Walmart, Google, Facebook, American Airlines, Deloitte, etc., oil and gas companies, small and large non-profits, and entrepreneurs. He graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina with two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology, obtained a Master of Science from Illinois State University, and Doctorate from the University of Arkansas. Currently, he is enrolled at Harvard University, completing post-doctorate studies as Harvard Fellow.

Dr. Jenkins is a proud Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Club of Fayetteville, Arkansas; he has served as the former Rotaract Advisor, Interact Sponsor, RYLA presenter, Youth Services Chair, two terms on Club Board of Directors, and graduated from his District and Zone Leadership Academy. Dr. Jenkins is currently one of the youngest Youth Exchange District Chairs in Rotary International. He has recently been selected and appointed to serve on the first Rotary International Committee- DEI Taskforce to align Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion assessment, strategy, goals, and initiatives.

Dr. Todd Jenkins is a proud husband, new father, author, servant leader, and conversationalist who believes in his philosophy “bowtie” it all together, serve and simply be a gift unto the world!

Chuck Long

Born in Norman, Oklahoma and raised in Wheaton, Illinois, Chuck Long has been synonymous with University of Iowa football for more than thirty years!

He starred at quarterback for Coach Hayden Fry and the Iowa Hawkeyes from 1981-85. During that time, he took snaps in five bowl games, set every Hawkeyes’ passing record, played in two Rose Bowls and finished runner up in the ’85 Heisman Trophy voting.

Chuck was a 1st Round 1986 NFL Draft Pick by the Detroit Lions. He went on to play eight years of professional ball – seven with the Lions and one with the Los Angeles Rams. He then embarked in ‘95 on a 16-year coaching career, first as the defensive backs coach and then quarterbacks and special teams. He also spent time with the country’s other top college football programs including the University of Oklahoma 2000 national champions.

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999 and served as assistant coach of the XFL St. Louis Battle Hawks prior to the league’s cancellation of the 2020 season. Chuck is an inaugural member of Kinnick Stadium Wall of Honor. Chuck currently serves as the CEO/Executive Director of the Iowa Sports Foundation.

He and Aaron Putze of Waukee, Iowa, co-authored Destined for Greatness – the Story of Chuck Long and Resurgence of Iowa Hawkeye Football.

Aaron Putze

Raised on a farm near West Bend, Iowa, Aaron Putze is a 26-year veteran of the agricultural communications profession. He currently serves as Sr. Dir. of Information & Education for the Ankeny-based Iowa Soybean Association. It serves Iowa’s nearly 38,000 soybean farmers by helping them grow and market soybeans more profitably and sustainably.

Aaron has always been intrigued by those who strive, succeed, lead with positivity, and give maximum effort to make those around them better.
He’s a popular speaker, work-life coach and the author of two books. “Destined for Greatness: The Story of Chuck Long and Resurgence of Iowa Hawkeyes’ Football” was published in 2017. More recently, Aaron published “YOU Are Destined for Greatness: Stories of Inspiration & Empowerment.” The latter shares 16 success themes distilled from conversations with more than 25 inspiring personalities, all with Iowa roots.

Aaron is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and member of the Waukee Rotary and Knights of Columbus. He’s a big fan of the outdoors, traveling internationally, gardening and spending time with family. Aaron and his wife Crystal and children Garrett, Grant and Jaelyn (JAY-lin) live in Waukee.



Thank You to Our Sponsors

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KINGS MATERIALS

KIRKWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

WILLIAM KNOELLER

VERNETTE & CHRIS KNAPP

MORGAN STANLEY

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OPN ARCHITECTS

ROTARY CLUB OF KEOKUK & TONY & LORI CONN

SHUTTLEWORTH & INGERSOLL

TERRACON

CHAMPIONS

LAURIE & JOHN CANADY MD

DENNIS & HEIDI DRAEGER

GREENSTATE CREDIT UNION

HOSPERS & BROTHER PRINTERS

IOWA CITY DESIGN – GREG PROBST

ALKA AND KIRIN KHANOLKAR

LIZ NICHOLS

NANCY PACHA

ROTARY CLUB OF IOWA CITY A.M.

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