Former CDS Board Member Inducted Into the Iowa Cooperative Hall of Fame

Iowa Institute for Cooperatives Inducts Former CDS Board Member Into the Iowa Cooperative Hall of Fame

Ames, Iowa (Nov. 27, 2012) – Robert J. Bauman, of Waverly, Iowa, was inducted into the Iowa Cooperative Hall of Fame at the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives’ 2012 annual meeting Nov. 20 in Ames, Iowa.

Robert “Bob” Bauman has spent his entire career at Butler County REC in Allison beginning the summer of 1962 as a part-time high school student. In 1971, after graduating from Wartburg College and serving two years in the U.S. Army, he began full-time employment in the Engineering Department and was promoted to department head in 1976.  Bob became general manager/CEO in 1984 where he remained until his retirement in September 2012.

Bob served on numerous local, state and national committees and boards. He was founder and first president of Homeward, Inc., a housing organization built by local electric co-ops. He played a role in establishing Prairie Communications, which provided wireless Internet services in several Iowa counties, helped establish Cedar Valley Medical Monitoring that provides monitored medical equipment in northern and eastern Iowa and helped set up Prairie Resources to provide accounting, billing and computer services to its owners.  Bob and his wife, Vicki, live in Waverly where they are very active in the community.

The Iowa Institute for Cooperatives established the Iowa Cooperative Hall of Fame in 1999.  Since that time, 33 people have been selected to receive the award. The distinction recognizes extraordinary service to Iowa cooperatives provided by individuals throughout the course of their public and private lives.

The Iowa Institute for Cooperatives is the trade association for cooperatives in Iowa.  Membership includes a variety of cooperatives including local grain and farm supply, rural electric, rural telephone, dairy processing, grain processing, farm credit, petroleum, credit unions, consumers and more.  The Iowa Institute for Cooperatives may be found on the worldwide web at