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New Board Member

We are proud to announce that Jonathon J. Block has been named to our Board of Directors. Block, a senior information technology analyst with Hutchinson Technology, has had various computer-related positions throughout his more than 25-year HTI career. Block also incorporated a small business consulting company in 2002 and enjoys helping his family, friends and business colleagues with their technology challenges.

“Jonny B” is actively involved in the community as the Board Chair of the Hutchinson Area Community Foundation, a member of the Hutchinson Economic Development Authority Board, and a member of the McLeod County Agricultural Association. He is also a past President of the Hutchinson Ambassadors, past President of the Hutchinson Jaycees, and served as a 2000 Jaycee Water Carnival Commodore. He also has participated in both the Hutchinson Community Leadership Program and the Blandin Community Leadership Program.

Jon will be a good addition to our Board of Directors and represents the local values of our community bank. jon block 4x5

 

Farm Fatigue Bags to Be Delivered in McLeod County

Farm Fatigue Bags McLeod CountyAgriculture is a vital part of the Hutchinson community, and each year we give thanks to all the farmers who work long hours to produce staple crops. It won’t be long before harvest season arrives and area farmers put in countless hours in the field. The growing season, weather, and a number of other factors influence the short window of opportunity farmers have to get crops safely harvested, transported, and stored before winter arrives.

Long hours in the fields mean farmers don’t always get the breaks they need, so the AgriBusiness Committee at the Hutchinson Chamber started a Farm Fatigue Bag program a few years ago. Citizens Bank and Trust is a proud sponsor of this program that assembles five gallon buckets full of bottled water, sandwiches and snacks, sunscreen and other helpful items aimed at helping farmers stay healthy and safe. Volunteers take turns driving out to the fields around Hutchinson and Glencoe, delivering 300 of these Farm Fatique packages directly to farmers. In many cases, volunteers walk the bucket out into the field to the farmer. This is a very well received program, with many sponsors and volunteers who work hard each fall to help our area farmers. If this is something you think you’d can help, contact the Hutchinson Chamber.

 

The 38th Annual Hutchinson Arts and Crafts Festival

citizens bank, arts and crafts in hutchinson mnThe Annual Hutchinson Arts and Crafts Festival is one of Hutchinson’s most anticipated annual events. This is the 38th year of the festival, and this year will feature over 170 artisan booths. You can look forward to roomier booths and more display space, as each booth will be 12×12 feet, an increase from 10×10 foot booths of the past.

This year’s featured artist is Ellen Starr, an artist who now calls Hutchinson her home. She is a diverse artist working in many different mediums. As Ellen states on her Etsy site, her “passion is to create works of art that inspire others with a sense of awe and reverence.” Ellen is a cancer survivor and uses her art as a therapeutic tool. Her presence at the Arts and Craft Festival this year will be a wonderful addition.

You can count on a delicious array of food at the Taste of Hutchinson, including many crowd favorites! New this year will be corn on the cob! The entire festival is free to attend and begins on Friday, September, 13th at 10am until 6pm, and again on Saturday, September 14th from 9am until 4pm.

What’s New This Year?

New this year, the Hutchinson Center for the Arts will be open during the same time as the Arts and Crafts Festival. It is free!

Also, the South Fork Film Festival will be showing the Alfred Hitchcock classic, “The Birds” at the Masonic West River Park. The film will start at the conclusion of the High School football game, and will also be free.

The Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce is excited about these additions to the weekend, and hopes you’ll invite friends to enjoy the festivities with you. The weekend is expected to bring up to 12,000 visitors to Hutchinson. Please join us in welcoming everyone to Hutchinson!

 

Get to Know Equul Access of Hutchinson

Business after hoursOn Wednesday, September 11th the Hutchinson Chamber Business After Hours will be hosted by Equul Access of Hutchinson, MN from 4-7pm. Equul Access is a non-profit offering therapeutic equine assisted activities for individuals with special needs, including adults and children. They also offer some unique leadership and team building services for area businesses, and look forward to sharing more about what they do at the Business After Hours. This event is free and open to all Chamber members and their employee’s, but an RSVP to the Hutchinson Chamber is required.

Equul Access is also hosting their annual fundraising event on Saturday, September 7th, and the public is encouraged to attend. The funds raised help to support the work they do and the equine assisted activities and services they provide to our community. Click here for more information about the fundraiser.

We sincerely hope you are able to visit Equul Access and learn more about what they do at one of these upcoming events.

 

Shannon Celebrates 15 Years at Citizens Bank

DSC_4654Thank-you to Shannon Kieser for your fifteen years of service to Citizens Bank and Trust, and for sharing your thoughts about your time with us!

“I have enjoyed working 15 years at Citizens Bank & Trust Co.; 14 years has been part time. As a Personal Banking Officer, I enjoy working and meeting with many different people. I receive satisfaction in helping my customers reach their financial goals, and providing services that assist them in whatever pursuit they may follow. I have a degree in Business Management from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, with an emphasis in Banking/Finance. The best part of my job, simply is the interesting conversations I have with the many different people I meet.

Working part time for the Burich family has allowed me to enjoy raising my three children, while at the same time utilizing my education and experience in banking. I appreciate the Burich’s dedication to family and our community. My husband Tom and I have lived in Hutchinson for 20 years and love raising our family here. I cannot imagine moving back to the Minneapolis area, we enjoy the community and all it offers.

In my “spare” time I attend my children’s football, basketball, baseball games and gymnastic meets. As a family, we enjoy spending time at my parent’s lake cabin by St. Cloud. We also enjoy traveling to all parts of the U.S. and Caribbean cruising with our extended family. Health and fitness are a passion of mine. Unfortunately, so is baking.”

 

Use Your Debit Card to Win a Summer Getaway

If you could getaway somewhere this summer, where would you go?

Use your debit card now through September 30, 2013 to make purchases, and you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win a $500 cash card! This special Summer Getaway promotion is giving you a chance to win great monthly prizes of $50 too. If you don’t already have a debit card, you still have time to get in on all the excitement. Stop in and apply today!

Citizens Bank Summer Getaway

Joyce Laing Celebrates 35 Years with Citizens Bank and Trust

35Please help us congratulate Joyce Laing, as she is celebrating 35 years with Citizens Bank. Joyce has worked in the installment loan department and the IRA department during her tenure here.

She has accumulated many memories throughout the years. Some of her memories include technological advances starting with a courier system and manually typing loan documents. Next came the first computer, followed by computer-generated documents. Joyce has been with us through several remodeling projects and two generations of bank customers; Joyce loves meeting the children of the customers she has worked with in the past.

Joyce and her husband enjoy cheering on their two teenage grandchildren at their many sporting events. They enjoy watching hockey, soccer, baseball, and tennis as often as possible.

It’s with sincere appreciation that we want to thank Joyce for her 35 years with Citizens Bank and Trust.

 

Carol Stark is Celebrating Her 35th Anniversary at Citizens Bank and Trust!

CarolCarol is Vice President of the Real Estate department of Citizens Bank. Carol values the opportunity to meet new people and help them through the process of what may be one of the biggest purchases of their lifetime. She also enjoys seeing familiar faces. “I appreciate when people come back for their next purchase or refinance,” says Carol.

Carol and her husband Brian have two adult children, Arlen and Jackie. Jackie is married to their son-in-law Scott Mackenthun. “Our new love of our life is our granddaughter, Quinn.” In her free time, Carol enjoys being a grandmother to Quinn and riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Please join us in thanking Carol for her 35 years of service to Citizens Bank and Trust on July 3rd!

 

Congratulations to Jettie Smith on 5 Years with Citizens Bank and Trust

Jettie SmithJettie Smith has been with Citizens Bank and Trust for five years and enjoys working at all three Citizens Bank locations in Hutchinson: Main Bank, Auto Bank, and South Bank. Jettie is a Senior Teller and joined our team on June 30, 2008.

Jettie’s most important job is being mom to Carter, age eight and Owen, age six. Together, they enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, going for walks, and grilling out. They also look forward to swimming at the lake, playing family games, having bonfires, renting movies, and traveling. One of their favorite travel destinations is Duluth.

Please join us in thanking Jettie for her five years of service at Citizens Bank and Trust.

 

Zumbathon for Relay for Life

Zumbathon

On Saturday, June 29th from 9-11am, the McLeod County Fairgrounds will come alive with energetic dance music and laughter. The Relay for Life team “From Penny’s to Dollars” is organizing a Zumbathon to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. For two straight hours, participants will be led by a certified Zumba instructor through a series of fun dance routines under the outdoor Pavilion.

“For our Relay for Life team, this is our first Zumbathon,” says organizer Beth Todd. “We have been raising funds for the American Cancer Society for nine years now, and our team does many fundraisers. Each year we strive to try new and exciting ways to raise money.”

While the Zumbathon is certainly a creative way to raise money, many people are excited for the event. With gift bags for the first 50 ticket holders, water donated by Tri-County Water, and an extended forecast that is exemplary, the Zumbathon has one additional benefit; participants can expect to burn between 800-1,000 calories per hour! Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. You can get more information and find friends who are planning to attend the Zumbathon, by visiting the Zumbathon Event on Facebook.