I remember meeting Scott Raecker for the first time while serving at the Salisbury House. Iowa’s Sesquicentennial was being planned with Former Governor Robert D. Ray and C.J. Niles as co-chairs. Initial meetings were scheduled at the historic mansion with volunteers coming from across the state, and Scott was there.
Originally from Waterloo, he and his wife, Martha, had been living and working in Colorado. The celebration of Iowa’s first 150 years needed full-time leadership, and Scott enthusiastically accepted the opportunity and honor to serve… and did a phenomenal job!
Governor Ray is a man of action and vision, always looking at how to impact and improve the lives of others. Even as plans were being made for the celebration of Iowa’s 150th birthday, he was looking to the future and what was going to be the legacy of Iowa’s Sesquicentennial. With Iowa’s heritage of strong work ethic and moral values, he believed teaching those character principles to future generations was a priority, and Character Counts In Iowa was born.
Following the sesquicentennial, Scott was appointed to Director of this new nonprofit. Now 19 years later, Scott continues to lead this great organization that has taught thousands of students the six pillars of Character Counts. From preschool to corporate board rooms, programs have expanded to impact people of all ages, even available for families to use in their home. In 2015 the name was changed to The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University to honor the Governor and Billie Ray and reflect the growth of the organization.
Along this journey, Scott’s commitment to service has been reflected in all areas of his life, including 14 years as a state representative, member of the Shining City Foundation and active on numerous boards. He and Martha are members of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and have two adult children, Emily and Max. Scott, who is known nationwide for his expertise, travels extensively with his inspiring message of civility, ethics, and leadership.