The 5th
Agricultural Business Scholarship Auction

When: Friday, November 7, 2014
6-7 p.m. Silent Auction and Dinner; Meal $30/person
7-8 p.m. Live Auction

Where: Graceland University Lamoni Campus
Shaw Center Lobby and Carol Hall

The Agricultural Business Scholarship Auction is an annual event that raises funds for agricultural business students through the Bruch Family Agricultural Business Scholarship Fund.

The theme, "Global Agricultural Professionals," reflects on the students’ desire to contribute to the global community. From managing in the international marketplace to strategizing how to feed the world’s population, the students have the potential to bring global changes.

The auction not only provides a night of conversation and entertainment, but also the opportunity to fund scholarships for new and existing students. This year’s event includes dinner and a silent auction, followed by a live auction, auctioneered by former Iowa Congressman and Graceland alumnus, Leonard Boswell. Auction items vary: from gift certificates to Lamoni businesses to six-nights lodging in Lake of the Ozarks, from half a hog to Graceland apparel.

To join us, please RSVP before Oct. 24. You can RSVP by contacting Julie Breshears at or 641-784-5170.


Robert Page Bruch

Robert Page Bruch, known by most of us as "Bob," was born in Genoa, Colorado, on June 9, 1932, to Page John Bruch and Velma Irene (Milem) Bruch. Bruch lived the life of servant on earth until his passing on April 25, 2012, in Independence, Missouri. Bruch’s six siblings are Harriet Fern Bruch (deceased), Marjorie Mae Bruch (deceased), Jessie M. Weldon (deceased), Helen Bruch Pearson Smith, William B. Bruch (twin), and Ronald G. Bruch. In 1953, Bruch married Ruth Ellen Dice. They were blessed as the proud parents of Larissa (deceased), Gerald, Russel and Janelle (Dane). In 1990, Bruch married Patricia Lee (Votava) Smiley who has a daughter, Tava Smiley. Bruch’s devotion to all of his family was a hallmark of his life of service.

Bruch received his Associate of Arts degree in science at Graceland College. He worked on the summer crew that built the Memorial Student Center and Gunsolley Hall. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and a master's degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Further studies included courses from the University of North Carolina, Northwest Missouri State University, Central Missouri State University, School of the Restoration, and Temple School. He received distinguished service awards from Graceland College and the Maryville, Missouri, Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was licensed by the State of Missouri in life/health insurance and real estate sales.

Before full-time church appointment, Bruch served two years in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. He was a self-sustaining minister in Columbia and Maryville, Missouri, and directed youth camping programs. He taught at Andrew Drumm Institute in Independence, Stanberry Public Schools, Maryville Public Schools, and supervised teachers from the University of Missouri and Northwest Missouri State University.

Bruch was serving as a Bishop when he retired from World Church appointment on Sept. 30, 1994. He later was ordained to serve in the office of Evangelist. Bruch served in many positions, including Center Stake President, President of Independence Neighborhood Councils and President of Outreach International. In 1971, during construction of the campus swimming pool, it was realized that holding the traditional Center Stake Invitational Volleyball Tournament in Independence would be difficult. Bruch, then Center Stake president, recommended the volleyball tournament expand to include leadership training, arts appreciation, and other sports. The Church gave authorization to sponsor the first Leadership, Arts and Sports Spectacular at Graceland College. More than 500 young people attended. Bruch served as the administrative officer/camp pastor for the first three years. Spectacular has gained popularity and has grown into an outstanding youth event.

In the 1980s, while serving as the Lamoni Stake President, Bruch initiated and taught the agri-business curriculum for a Bachelor of Science major at Graceland College. In addition to his full-time work with the church, Bruch taught as much as three quarters of a course load at Graceland. He taught courses for four years until the first student with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agri-business graduated in the spring of 1985. Bruch is also credited with writing several curriculums, articles, research papers and grant applications.

Active on many boards and councils, including Graceland’s Board of Trustees, he distinguished himself internationally as a community development specialist and served on the Missouri Governor’s Advisory Council for Vocational Education and the Central Plaza Development Corporation. While Bruch served on its executive board, the Southern Iowa Council of Governments was the first in the United States to write a rural housing assistance plan, which has been used as a model for the rest of the nation, and was the first rural council of governments to propose an integrated grant application for federal assistance. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded 40 elderly housing units to the region, which was given the Mid-Crest Regional Housing Award. Crown Colony, a 64-unit congregate elderly housing project in Lamoni is a result of this work. Bruch was also involved in developing the 167-unit Heritage House in Independence.

Bob Bruch’s greatest joy was “seeing people come closer to the living Christ — that came through working with young people in camping and Spectacular.” He is best known for the development of creative programs in meeting the needs of all ages.

The Bruch Family Agricultural Business Scholarship Fund is named to continue to honor Robert Page Bruch for his commitment to agricultural education, his support of Graceland and his life of service to humanity.