Barb also lends her talents to many community and state organizations. She is a trustee of Central College, on the board of directors for MidWestOne Bank, the Christian Opportunity Center and the Pella Area Development Corporation Boards. She has been appointed by the Governor to the Workforce Investment Board for Region 11, a member of the Pella Community Foundation Board and is very active in Third Reformed Church.
Nola Vander Streek
Nola’s entrepreneurial spirit has spanned more than six decades in Pella.
Her entrepreneurial ventures are all in retail but are vastly different. Nola and her late husband Lloyd opened the Pella Bootery store in the 1950’s providing shoes and boots for the community for many years. She and her husband also began a tree farm which provided countless homes in Pella with fresh Christmas trees. In the late 1990’s, as cell phones were in their infancy, she and her husband entered into yet another venture opening a cell phone store, realizing that these things may catch on! After the expected passing of Nola’s husband in 2002, she continued their businesses and helped each to grow. Just a few years ago she closed the tree farm, but has expanded the Central Cellular store to three other communities and continues to realize the growth potential in the wireless industry.
Nola recently retired from serving as the Pella Community School census taker for 52 years going from house-to-house and farm-to-farm to get an update on pre-kindergarten children. She served as the area’s correspondent for the Des Moines Register providing local news and wrote the first article for the Pella Chronicle on the needs and accomplishments of various Tulip Time committees.
Through all of Nola’s ventures she has continued her membership to the Pella Chamber for 65 years, starting with the Bootery and continuing with Central Cellular. Nola has successfully filled many niches for our community over the years.