Water Carnival Bike Ride

2013-Bike-Ride-LOGO-300x135We’d like to show our support for two local organizations: Hutchinson Rotary and Hutchinson Jaycees Water Carnival! They have teamed up to offer three different bike events on Saturday, June 15th as part of the Water Carnival festivities.  Events are available for a 20-mile ride, 65-mile ride, or the CENTURY (100-mile ride).  Get a jump start on Spring and your training!  Check out more information or register online here.

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Social Media Breakfast

Twitter, twitter, tweet, tweet.  It’s SPRING!  The birds are chirping, but that’s not what we’re talking about.  We’re talking about the Social Media Breakfast coming up this Thursday, March 28th from 7:30 – 9:00 at the Crow River Winery.  This month’s topic will focus on Twitter, an interactive social media tool that you can use for your business!  This session will be led by Steve Gasser from Vivid Image.  Register for this event here!


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Burich Family Foundations Award Recipients

We recently honored the 2012 Award Recipients for those organizations who received donations and funding from the I.J. Burich Family Foundation and the Burich Foundation. 


photo of the award recipients for the 2012 donations from Burich Family FoundationHHS Mountain Bike Team – Chad Czmowski and HHS Student Luke
United Way of McLeod County – Rikki Hilgemann
Hutchinson Health Care Foundation – Rachael Popp
Crow River Area Drumline 
Hutchinson Ambassadors – Ambassador Jessi Wendland
New Discoveries Montessori Academy – Director Dave Conrad and Dr. Lora Dagel
New Century Charter School – Jason Becker and students
HHS Agriscience program – Teacher Lavyne Rada and students
Heart of Hutch – board member Dolf Moon
Hutchinson Swim Club – board President Eric Thovson

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Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is a long-standing program in which community members visit elementary and middle school classrooms to teach students a short curriculum related to the community.  The 3rd grade lesson is based on “Our City”.  Jessi Wendland has been teaching in 3rd grade classrooms for three years now and recently completed five class sessions in Mrs. Mallak’s class at Park Elementary.  The students said this is the favorite part of their school day!  The studies included banking, newspapers, restaurants, city zoning, construction, and many new vocabulary words. Here are some pictures of the students in this class:



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The Theater, The Theater…


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Thanks to Our Facebook Community!!


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How to Use Your Network for Referrals

Today’s Social Media Breakfast was about how to use your network for referrals. Scott Plum from the MN Sales Institute was the presenter. Some of the topics were when to ask for a referral, how to ask for a referral and to create an incoming referral policy. One quick tip is when you receive a referral on LinkedIn, take the time to say thank you. There were monkeys on every table with a note saying “You Can’t Expect to Benefit from LinkedIn, If You Don’t Spend Time Monkeying Around”.  So take some time to update your profile, connect with new people, and refer someone you are connected with if you have appreciated their service.

 The topic for March’s Social Media Breakfast will be about Twitter. If you are interested in attending, click on the link for more information.  http://smbcmn.com/




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I.J. Burich Family Foundation Board

We are pleased to share with you a new photo of the current I.J. Burich Family Foundation Board!

photo of members currently serving on Burich Foundation Board








Board Members seated in front (L to R): Buzz Burich, Heather Knorr Chairman, Jim Lyons, Mary Hodson Chamber President.
Board Members standing (L to R): Daron VanderHeiden Superintendent, Connie Lambert, Sherry Ristau SWIF President, Thomas Wirt, Sgt. Joseph Nagel.

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2013 Ag Seminar

The Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Ag Committee, hosted the 2013 Ag Seminar on Thursday, January 31st.  Citizens Bank was proud to be a Gold Sponsor for the Event.  Featured speakers included: Bob Krogman / Marty Bonnell: “SPCC Compliance and Secondary Containment”, Jack Uldrich: “Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow’s Agriculture”, and Justin Remus: “The Old, New, and Future of Precision Agriculture”. Thank you to employees Jeff Jensen and Nancy Witte for serving on this committee!

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Intro to a Career in Banking

We had the opportunity of inviting a Hutchinson High School 9th grade student into the bank for a day of job shadowing.  Dylan was able to work with personal lenders, mortgage lenders, tellers, credit analyst, commercial lenders, the marketing team, and Scott from the Citizens Insurance Agency.  Dylan is part of a Intro to Careers class taught by Mrs. Squier.  He spent the day with us moving throughout different departments to learn what a typical day looks like at a community bank.  His favorite part was lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings with some of the staff!


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