Call for nominations
The Historic Valley Junction Foundation (HVJF) is accepting applications for 3 positions on our board of directors that will be elected this year. To be eligible, a nominee must represent a business or property owner in the Historic Valley Junction district that is a current financial supporter of the Historic Valley Junction Foundation. Board terms last three years. A board member may serve two consecutive terms before they must take a year off from the board.
Anyone may submit a nomination to our nominations committee. The committee will verify nominees’ eligibility and willingness to serve. They will submit a slate of candidates to the HVJF Board of Directors for approval in October. The election will be held in November with new board terms starting in January.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought extraordinary challenges to our district and HVJF itself as we have been forced to cancel or dramatically alter our events and programming. Prospective board members should be aware this will be an active time of hard work by the board to ensure the organization can thrive financially and continue its vital mission to support Valley Junction. More detailed expectations for board members are laid out in this commitment letter all board members are asked to sign.
The members of the nominations committee are Lynnae Hentzen, representing the HVJF Board of Directors and Kay Schiller (MoMere) and Susan Watts (Olson Larsen Gallery).
Nominations must be submitted by September 30.
About the Historic Valley Junction Foundation
The Historic Valley Junction Foundation, formed in 1987, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on the growth
and betterment of the Historic Valley Junction business district – the original downtown of West Des Moines, Iowa.
We create, manage and promote programs, projects and community events designed to strengthen our economic
well-being, improve our physical environment and enhance the image of our district and neighborhood. We also work
with public and private sector partners regarding economic development, planning, neighborhood issues, community
resources and other public and private neighborhood initiatives.
We have been a leading Main Street Iowa district since our inception, Iowa Cultural and Entertainment District since
2006, Iowa Great Place since 2007, National Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) winner in 2012, first
National CoSign district in 2017 and National Register of Historic Places district since 2017. Our organization is
creative, tenacious and dedicated to positive responsible growth for the core district and surrounding neighborhood.
The organization is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of HVJ area property owners, business
owners, residents, district employees, community members and public agency representatives.