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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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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Jaycee of the Year

Congratulations to Jessi Wendland for being awarded the 2012 Hutchinson Jaycee of the Year!  Steve Kropp, Jaycees President, presented the awards on Friday night at the annual Hutchinson Jaycees/ WaterCarnival Christmas party.  Jessi has been actively involved as a member of the Jaycees for 3 years, serving on the Welcoming Committee, Executive Committee, Water Carnival Queen Mom and Finance Committee, and the past 2 years as the Jaycees Treasurer.  Garrett Backes, from Southwest Initiative Foundation, was awarded Rookie of the Year.

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Welcome to Hutchinson!

Thanks to all of those who sponsored and participated in the Hutchinson signs renovation project.  The signs have now been refurbished and can be seen at the main highway entrances to the city.  Thank you to the Burich Foundation for sponsoring the signs as well.  The attached photo includes people from the Hutchinson Ambassadors, City of Hutchinson, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Crow River Sno Pros, Hutchinson Utilities Commission, Odd Fellows, Burich Foundation, and The Minnesota Website Co.

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Social Media Breakfast – How to get better results using Facebook tools

Today at the Social Media Breakfast, CB&T employees Jessi Wendland and Mandy Baldry were part of the discussion panel on how to get better results using Facebook tools.  Beth Gasser (Vivid Image), Jen Epper (Buffalo Wild Wings – Mankato and Hutchinson) and Kurt Thompson (Southwest Initiative Foundation) were also part of the discussion board. Some of the topics discussed were what tools you use to better manage your facebook page, the goals of your fan page, how to use paid ad options and what is your favorite feature on Facebook. It was great to get new ideas from other businesses on how they have made their fan page a success.  The next Social Media Breakfast is December 27, 2012 which will explore the tools and techniques used to plan your social media marketing in 2013. “Like” us on Facebook and to find out what all the Buzz is about!


 Mandy Baldry (CB&T), Chris Brecht (Citizens Insurance Agency), Jane Powell (Citizens Insurance Agency and owner of Prairie Haven), and Jessi Wendland (CB&T)


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12 Angry Men

The Hutchinson Theatre Company just wrapped up it’s nearly sold out production of 12 Angry Men this past weekend.  This show broke the organization’s attendance record, exceeding 1,000 paid guests over six shows.  The Hutchinson Theatre Company has been existence for 10 years as a non-profit organization.  They produce three shows per year: a spring dessert theater, a summer musical, and a fall dinner theater. The Hutchinson Theatre Company is dedicated to high quality theatrical performance while providing educational and recreational opportunities to the surrounding communities.  They are a proud member of the Hutchinson Center for the Arts and our very own, Carol Stark, serves on the board.  Mark your calendars for their next production, Hot Property, coming in April 2013!

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CONGRATULATIONS to all of the Fall Athletic Teams and Activities on a great season!  A special CONGRATS to the teams who made it to the State meet:  Cross Country, Girls’ Swimming & Diving, and the Tiger Football team! Best wishes at your tournaments from all of us at Citizens Bank!


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