FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Monday, February 23, 2015

The FAMiLY LEADER Announces Details of First

Family Leadership Regional Summit 

Former Senator Rick Santorum Confirmed to Speak

Urbandale, IOWA. – The FAMiLY LEADER (TFL) is hosting the first of four Family Leadership Regional Summits on the evening of Tuesday, March 24th at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.

The Family Leadership Regional Summit is a multi-speaker policy/issues event, similar to TFL’s annual Family Leadership Summit held in Ames each year. The evening event (tentative start time at 6:30 PM) will feature state and national conservative leaders with the end goal of educating Iowans about the issues that impact their families.

The schedule* is as follows: 

Tuesday, March 24: NW Family Leadership Regional Summit (Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA)

Thursday, April 9: SE Family Leadership Regional Summit (Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, IA)

Monday, May 18: NE Family Leadership Regional Summit (Location to be determined - Cedar Falls, IA)

Monday, June 15: SW Family Leadership Regional Summit (Western Community College, Council Bluffs, IA)

*Dates and locations subject to change. 

Former Senator Rick Santorum and former U.S. Senate primary candidate Sam Clovis are confirmed speakers for the first regional summit at Dordt College. Invited speakers to The Family Leadership Regional Summits will include state and national leaders who will discuss and draw attention to issues that impact families in America.

The FAMiLY LEADER will partner with the Dordt College Political Science department for the NW Iowa Family Leadership Regional Summit.  Founded in 1955 as a teacher’s college with a firm commitment to the Reformed faith, Dordt College now offers masters’ degrees in education as well as four-year degrees in more than 90 programs of study, including engineering, agriculture, and nursing. Dordt’s distinct and organic integration of faith and learning, as well as its reputation for academic excellence, have contributed to the college’s consistent mention on best college list by U.S. News & World Report,, and Money Magazine.

Bob Vander Plaats, President & CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation said, “We are very excited to be coming to beautiful Dordt College in Northwest Iowa with our first Family Leadership Regional Summit. And we are thankful for the opportunity to assist and serve Iowans by providing intentional avenues of education to help them learn about policies and issues that impact their families.”

The Family Leadership Regional Summit will be a ticketed event and tickets are complimentary. Tickets are available at

Press credentials will be required for the event. Please contact Dave Barnett <...> to request credentials.

For more information about The FAMiLY LEADER or the events, visit our website at

Contact: Dave Barnett




The FAMiLY LEADER champions the principle that God is the ultimate leader of the family. Our goal at The FAMiLY LEADER is to honor and glorify God – not a political party, not a candidate and not a program. The FAMiLY LEADER is a Christ centered organization that will lead with humility and service to strengthen and protect the family. Learn more about the organization at

David Barnett, Communications Director


P.O. Box 42245

Urbandale, IA 50323

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, January 7, 2015


The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation Announces Its Calendar of Events for 2015

Major events to bring national conservative leaders to Iowa

Urbandale, IOWA. – The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation, in conjunction with national partners (to be released at a later date), is pleased to announce its calendar of events for 2015. 
The 2015 events will include four regional Presidential Lecture Series, The 4th Annual Family Leadership Summit, and the Presidential Family Forum.  All events will feature national conservative leaders, including many presidential hopefuls, with the end goal of educating Iowans about the men and/or women who want to lead our nation.  The schedule* is as follows: 
Monday, March 23: Presidential Lecture Series NW (Sioux Center, IA)
Monday, April 27: Presidential Lecture Series SE (Mount Pleasant, IA)
Monday, May 18: Presidential Lecture Series NE (Cedar Falls, IA)
Thursday, June 18: Presidential Lecture Series SW (Council Bluffs, IA)
Saturday, August 15: The Family Leadership Summit (Ames, IA)
Saturday, November 21: Presidential Family Forum (Des Moines, IA)
*Dates and locations subject to change. 
Background: In 2011, The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation held its monthly Presidential Lecture Series; and the November 19th Presidential Family Forum moderated by Frank Luntz.  These events were designed to assist and serve Iowans by providing intentional avenues of access to help them vet prospective national conservative leaders regarding their foundational worldview and practical leadership application.  In addition, the annual Family Leadership Summit was added in August of 2012 and is held every year on the first Saturday of the Iowa State Fair. 
Bob Vander Plaats, President & CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER said, “We are thrilled to publish our signature events for the coming year and look forward to educating our significant statewide and national networks regarding our future leaders.  Due to Iowa’s pivotal first-in-the-nation caucus status, these events are sure to garner much media attention and pro-economic, pro-constitutional, and pro-family attendance.” 
Invited speakers to these educational events will include men and women of national leadership prominence and presidential hopefuls who meet certain criteria and qualifications that will be posted prior to the each event.
The primary purpose of the four regional Presidential Lecture Series is to provide national leaders with an opportunity to introduce themselves to Iowans and to give citizens from all areas of Iowa and beyond an opportunity to become better informed on the pro-family vision of each lecturer.  The lectures will be videotaped, emailed to our comprehensive database, and posted on website to allow all interested citizens the opportunity to hear and watch the lectures.  
The purpose of The Family Leadership Summit is to make aware and to educate a broad base of attendees regarding national leaders’ foundational worldview and their view on issues that impact the family.  The Summit will provide guests the opportunity to hear top conservative national leaders, gathered together in one place, cast their leadership vision for advancing conservative principles.
The Presidential Family Forum serves as the culmination of The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation’s  educational initiatives for the 2016 Iowa caucuses.  This forum will purposefully examine and assess each candidate’s stated pro-family vision.  Observers will learn what candidates believe about an issue, why they believe that way, how their beliefs frame their ultimate vision for America, and the level of sincerity for implementing their stated vision.
Confirmed speakers, venues, and times for all events will be released as they become available. 
For more information about The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation or the events, visit our website at
Contact: Dave Barnett