Planning Committee

Are you interested in serving on the 2024 Hoovers Hometown Days Planning Committee?

Please fill out the form below.

HHTD 2024 Committee Interest Form


An annual festival for residents and visitors that combines a variety of activities recognizing the unique
heritage of West Branch, Iowa, hometown of Herbert Hoover, while supporting and celebrating our

thriving small-town community.


Hoover’s Hometown Days aims to be a financially sustainable destination event that gives attendees an
experience that integrates recreation, education, heritage, and community. The celebration will foster
collaboration, volunteerism, and support local organizations while inspiring hometown pride.


Over the past years, it has become apparent that the coordination of Hoover’s Hometown Days makes
sense with a local non-profit organization and that it become resident-driven rather than being included
in the City’s complex operational budget. Dedicated to seeing HHTD succeed, the City has committed
seed money for the new committee and will assist in the transition through the training of new officers.
Main Street West Branch has agreed to house the HHTD Committee with their Executive Director serving
as an advisor to this new resident-driven structure. To learn more about becoming a part of the HHTD
Committee, please read through this info doc to learn more about the new committee structure.

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are held on weeknights at the Rummells Center. Meetings are monthly
September-January and bi-weekly February-August. A meeting time will be established by Mid-August by
the newly selected Directors. We will aim for 60-minute meetings but please know meetings could last
up to 90-minutes depending on the time of year.

Committee Expectations
● Available HHTD Weekends – First weekend in August every year
● Attend HHTD Committee meetings.
● Maintain communication with the committee and other stakeholders
● Do what you say you are going to do
● Have Fun!

Committee Selection

General Membership -Any resident may join the Hoover’s Hometown Days committee as a general
member! Members are required to fill out a membership Interest Form and attend all meetings.
Director Positions – Residents interested in serving as a Director will go through a short interview. Those
who are not selected for a Director position are welcome to join the committee’s general membership.

Selection Timeline
● Director Applications close Sunday, July 23rd at Midnight
● Interviews take place Sunday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 26th
○ You will sign up for your interview at the end of the application.
○ Please email us for a zoom link if you cannot attend in person.
● Notifications out by Friday, July 28th
● General Membership Interest Form will remain open on a rolling basis. We will notify interested
members of a meeting time as soon as we have it solidified.

If available, we ask that selected Directors attend and observe the last HHTD 2023 planning committee
meeting tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, August 2nd at 11am at the Rummells Center.
We also ask the committee to volunteer during this year’s HHTD events. This hands-on experience will be
priceless as we plan for HHTD 2024!

Open Positions
Childrens Activities Director – Two-Year Term (2024-2025)
The Children’s Activities Director will coordinate the children’s activities and entertainment
throughout HHTD. Past activities have included inflatables, pony rides, bubble stations, balloon
artists, magicians, and more. This position may collaborate with outside planning entities who
plan kid’s activities during the festival (i.e. Lion’s Club Tractor Pull). The activities can differ from
year to year – we encourage creativity and ideas.
Entertainment Director – Two-Year Term (2024-2025)
The Entertainment Director will coordinate the downtown vendors and the entertainment that
takes place on Main Street. Over 40 vendors join us in West Branch each year, so the director will
coordinate the application process, selection, placement, and logistics of vendors. This position
will also coordinate all entertainment on Main Street, which typically includes several small
bands and artists throughout the day.
Additionally, the Director will collaborate with the Fire Department on their Friday and/or
Saturday evening Bands by offering to help as needed in their planning and serve as a key liaison
between the HHTD committee and their planning committee.
Fundraising Director – Two-Year Term (2024-2025)
The Fundraising Director will be charged with establishing a strategic plan for ongoing HHTD
support as well as establishing fundraising guidelines & plans during the HHTD weekend itself.
The Director will collaborate with the Committee Chair and MSWB Advisor on HHTD sponsorship

Spirit Director – Two-Year Term (2024-2025)
The Spirit Director will add elements of hometown pride and Hoover legacy where possible. This
can be done by adding events and activities, decorations (i.e., the Happy Birthday Hoover sign),
or little projects throughout the weekend (i.e., Hoover& hometown facts around town).
Marketing & Design Director – Two-Year Term (2024-2025)
The Marketing and Design Director will create all HHTD promotional materials, including logo
updates, brochures, posters, social media graphics, ads, event & sponsorship banners, etc. This
position will work in Canva Pro to create promotional items.
General Committee Member
The HHTD Planning Committee is open for anyone who loved HHTD to join! General members
are required to attend all meetings and are asked to help Directors with projects and task items,
as well as help out during HHTD.

Closed Positions

Chair – Filled
● Conducts meetings, oversees HHTD budget & contracts, works closely with the city on closures,
electricity, and other logistics
Vice-Chair – Opens in 2024 for 2025-2027 Term
● Serves as Vice Chair, Chair, and Past Chair for three consecutive years. The Past Chair serves as an
advisor role. The Vice-Chair oversees the recruitment and selection of the committee and is
involved with the overall logistical planning of the festival.
Volunteer Director and Outreach Director – Opens in 2024 for 2025-2026 Term
● Volunteer Director – recruits volunteers for HHTD events and open positions
● Outreach Director – Communicates with the different planning entities involved in HHTD and
other stakeholders
Advisor Roles:
● Jessi Simon, Main Street West Branch, Executive Director
● Past Chair – Vacant

Interested in applying?
Director Application (https://forms.gle/nWVBkXcKVQ9ZjU739)
General Membership Interest Form (https://forms.gle/Wkso1bT95DCCA9bX6)

Tiffany Frederick, HHTD 2024 Chair – HooverDaysWB@gmail.com
Jessi Simon, Main Street West Branch Executive Director – MainStreetWestBranch@gmail.com