The 40th Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival & Taste of Hutchinson was held September 12th and 13th. Exhibitors from all over the upper Midwest filled up Library Square with their handcrafted items. In addition to the crafts, attendees also enjoyed a variety of food delicacies. Many CB employees volunteered their time to help run this event.
Citizens Bank Chairman/CEO/CFO Buzz Burich was named the 2014 Mr. Hutchinson during the Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival festivities held in June. Buzz started his banking career in 1965 as a teller at Citizens Bank. After working at First National Bank of Minneapolis for 17 years, he returned to CB in 1982 and became the president in 1985. He continues to be active in the operations of the Bank. Buzz’s community involvement over the years has included the Hutchinson Community Development Corp, Central Prairie Railroad Ass’n, Hutchinson Downtown Ass’n, Dollars for Scholars, Hutchinson Ambassadors and the Hutchinson Center for the Arts. He was the 1990 Chamber of Commerce “Boss of the Year”. Buzz has financially supported numerous community events, organizations and projects through the Bank, the Burich Family Foundations and individually.
Please join us in congratulating Buzz on an honor that is well-deserved!
Let’s catch up with another one of our past Queen Candidates, Courtney Orwoll, who ran in 2008:
I am currently living in Montrose, MN with my husband Jeremy and 7 month old son, Mason! Since running for Miss Hutchinson I have graduated from college, got married, and started a family. I recently opened Amazing Grace Boutique in downtown Hutchinson. My mom and I own it together. It is so exciting to be back in Hutchinson! One thing I loved about running for Miss Hutchinson was being so involved in the community and getting to meet so many new people! It really made me realize how great of a community we have and how supportive our town is; which is one of the many reasons I opened my boutique here.
Brittany Witte ran for Miss Hutchinson in 2010 and was CB&T’s candidate. Let’s see where she is now:
I am currently working for a private family foundation in Fargo, North Dakota. The Barry Foundation does proactive grantmaking throughout the region with a strong interest in education. Much of my time is spent running our Philanthropy and Youth program, where we partner with 20 local high schools to conduct an extra-curricular grantmaking experience. I have the great privilege of instilling a philanthropic spirit in almost 500 young leaders!
This year is a big transition year for me–toward the end of August I will be moving to Grand Forks, North Dakota to follow a lifelong dream of being a financial planner. I am currently studying for my investment and insurance licenses, and look forward to an exciting career with Thrivent Financial as a Financial Representative. I’m also getting married in November!
Running for Miss Hutchinson taught me to push myself outside of my comfort zone! I have continued to find that my greatest accomplishments, and the amazing accomplishments of others, tend to happen when pursuing opportunities that force you to grow and develop new skills.
Every wonder where our previous Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival Queen Candidates are and what they are up to? We do!
Here’s what Jennifer Froemming, our 2007 Queen Candidate, is up to these days:
In 2007, I ran for Miss Hutchinson, and was privileged to represent Citizens’ Bank and Trust Co. While a candidate’s time is short-lived, the experience holds memories that last a lifetime! You truly feel like royalty, and get to know so many wonderful Jaycees. To this day, I am still in contact with many of the friends I gained through this experience. Running for Miss Hutchinson also opened my eyes to how proud the residents of Hutchinson are of their town. Although Hutchinson will always be home to me, I now reside in Grand Forks, ND with my fiancé, Tyler. I have lived here for almost three years. I graduated from Concordia College in 2009, and have been teaching since at various schools. Recently, I was hired as the Lead Elementary Teacher at Grand Forks Montessori Academy. Music is still a big part of my life too. I am in a country cover band called Jacked Up. Most of our gigs are in the Red River Valley area. If you are interested in following us, check out our Facebook page, Jacked Up Country, or Twitter, @jackeduplive. To all the future candidates, good luck, and remember to have fun! Jenny Froemming
Our Facebook Like-a-thon recipient for February is the McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence. They have provided assistance to those affected by domestic violence since 1992. Their services are free and confidential. They provide service for children, men and women in McLeod County. Their mission statement is: To support and promote the elimination of relationship violence through education, empowerment, protection, and advocacy.
Their services include a 24 Hour Crisis Line Support, safety planning, support groups, and much more. From October, 2011 to September 2012, MAVDV, Inc. served 265 victims of domestic violence. 168 of these were new clients, 18 were men and 3 were teens. They also provided legal advocacy to clients 483 times and housed 15 persons in emergency safe housing and provided transportation.
Their 18th annual “Strike Out The Violence” Bowl-a-thon is February 15, 2014. If you are interested in participating, contact McLeod Alliance at (320) 234-7933 and ask for Glynis. If you’d like more information on ways you can give, go to their website at http://www.mcleodalliance.org/.