The Second Annual Minnesota Pottery Festival was hosted this past weekend by Clay Coyote of Hutchinson and our President, Tim Ulrich, was on board to help as one of the board members. The festival, hosted outdoors, included events such as the Potter’s Olympics and a Kids Tent. They featured demonstrations of Raku, Handbuilding, and Throwing. Over 20 Potters were in attedance including featured potter Mary Jo Schmith. To learn more about their festival, visit MN Pottery Festival.
Have you met Spaulding? “Spaulding” is the cute, new, little puppy that lives in Library Square! He is a durable sculpture that can withstand any type of weather conditions. He loves attention, especially if it involves children petting him and riding on his back! Spaulding, made of bronze and limestone, was created by artist Heidi Hoy of St. Bonifacius, MN. Spaulding is part of the 2013 Sculpture Stroll presented by the City of Hutchinson Public Arts Commission.
There are six sculptures currently on display:
Percussion II – West River Park
Spaulding – Library Square
Slow Dancing – NE corner of Main and 1st Ave
The Plunge – North end of pedestrial bridge west of Adams St
Cosmic Story – Riverside Park
Observance- Hassan St SE near City Hall
These original world-class sculptures by regional artists will be on display for one year. The sculptures are owned by the artist and loaned to the exhibit. Stop by our main bank lobby to pick up a brochure prepared by Hutchinson Public Arts Commission.
Also, Check out the Hutchinson Sculpture Stroll on Facebook!
We recently sponsored the Chad Greenway “Day to REACH” 2-day camp which hosted close to 300 kids in Hutchinson. The HS campus was completely occupied by a sea of purple with the theme of this year’s camp “One HEARTBEAT”!
Chad Harlander, Director of the REACH program at HHS lists the following sessions that were offered to the kids:
• in the HS auditorium sessions on Nutrition and Character
• in the Multi-purpose room sessions on speed and agility
• in the HS weight room sessions on Team building and Strength
• Tennis courts sessions led by the National Guard
• SR Knutson field offensive and defensive football fundamentals
• 2 practice fields- razzle dazzle
Chad further stated, “Thank you to all of those who help to sponsor the event, believing in our mission of providing a positive learning experience for young people to become better athletes but more importantly become the best person they can be!”
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.
“With everybody offering the same perks, the biggest difference between one financial institution and another has become the people who work there, making service the only true differentiator.”
In an article written by Shep Hyken, featured in The Deluxe Knowledge Quarterly, we found this quote about financial institutions. Although the playing field seems relatively stable with little product differentiation, we try to stand out on service. As Hyken states, “Delivering better service once isn’t difficult. Delivering it every time is.” That’s why we’re here to help you. We want to be sure that you receive not only a customer-friendly bank experience, but an exceptional one, every time. Whether you are in our lobby, drive through window, online banking, or closing on a mortgage loan, the difference here at Citizens Bank is the people. We don’t just strive for satisfied customers. We strive for a satisfying customer experience, every time.
Thank you for banking with us!
The Commodore’s DInner on Saturday evening of Water Carnival week has been a long-standing tradition as a celebration of the week and a “Thank You” to the sponsors. Citizens Bank is proud to be a large sponsor of the week’s festivities. The event was held at the Crow River Golf Club this year. After dinner, the guests were entertained with speeches from the Hutchinson Mayor, Steve Cook, the Chamber of Commerce President, Mary Hodson, the Jaycees President, Chad Czmowski, and the Water Carnival Commodore, Josh Gehlen.
Pictured here L to R: Andy DeMeyer, Jessi Wendland (CB), Ann Johnson, Buzz Burich (CB), Queen Candidate Katie Troska, Jeremy & Bethany Carter (Jaycees escort), and Emily & Jason Troska (parents).
Katie is attending North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, majoring in Radiological Sciences. Upon graduating, she hopes to focus her career on being an X-ray Technician. Katie is the daughter of Jason and Emily Troska.
Water Carnival festivities officially kick-off for the 2013 Miss Hutchinson candidates this evening at Music in the Park when they are introduced at what has become a lively, musical tradition. With festive Red, White & Blue attire, our Queen Candidate Katie will join seven other young ladies in introducing themselves to the Hutchinson Community and then embark on a whirlwind week of events. Led by Commodore Josh Gehlen and Vice-Commodore Steve Kropp, the 2013 Water Carnival events truly have something for everyone. Katie and the other candidates will make many appearances at the various events this week, including the much loved “Teddy Bear Band” concert on Friday at noon at West River Park.
We invite you to check out the dozens of upcoming Water Carnival Events listed on the website, and help us cheer on Katie when she competes in the Miss Hutchinson Pageant on Friday, June 14th at 7:30 pm at the High School Auditorium.
Good luck Katie! We’re proud to be your sponsor.
We want to share with you some exciting news from Crow River Habitat for Humanity about the 22nd home that they are building this summer, for Karen Klimp and her family here in Hutchinson. Thank you to Crow River Habitat for providing this information according to your website.
The house will be built on Madson Ave in the heart of Hutchinson. Karen and her two daughters, Sierra and Mya, will reside in the new home. Karen is excited to put in her 400 hours of sweat equity as a requirement for the home. She will be working side by side with many volunteers that help this summer. If you wish to volunteer or be a part of this effort, visit the Crow River Habitat website.