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Happy Easter!

It’s a STRIKE!!

An excited, energetic group of CB employees’ children filled the bowling alley last weekend for our annual Easter Party!  One of the many Burich family traditions is to host several events for the children throughout the year.  By the smiles on their faces, you can tell that the kids had a blast!100_1315 Thank you for the celebration, Buzz!

Twitter Twatter

IMG_20130328_084323Early yesterday morning, the Social Media Breakfast was chirping with conversations about Twitter, Social Media, and implementing it in YOUR workplace.  The monthly meeting, held of the 4th Thursday of each month, featured a topic of How to Use Twitter.  The discussion was led by Steve Gasser of Vivid Image.  He suggested “Twitter conversation is like a cocktail party.  It should be short, concise, and to the point.”  Contrary to the longer posts on Facebook, Twitter only allows 140 characters in each post.  We also learned other “Twitter jargon” and then discussed practical ways to use Twitter to promote your business.  While Citizens Bank is not yet on Twitter, some of our employees are.  We hope to learn more about “re-tweeting“, direct messages, and #FF (follow Friday) in the next few weeks to see how we can best use Twitter.  Not yet a Twit?  Sign up!  Then, share with us your “Twitter handle” and favorite “hashtags”.

More CB in the Classroom

studentsCB Lender, Mandy Baldry, has been helping with the Junior Achievement program in Mrs. Auer’s 3rd grade classroom.  It’s a great opportunity to share a little bit about our city, banking, restaurants, newspapers, and construction with these children.  CB has partnered with Park Elementary for the last three years.   photoCheck out these smiles!
 

 

 

 

Keep it Local!

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Still time to register!

4th Annual Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo
April 13, 2013
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
McLeod County Fairgrounds

This year’s Expo, hosted by the Bring It Home committee of the Chamber, currently has over 80 Hutchinson businesses/organizations represented.  Booths and sponsorships are still available, but time is running out to register! The final deadline for registrations is Friday, March 29th.

Check out our Citizens Bank booth at this year’s event!  Prizes to be given away!

Jaycees Flower Sales

Begonias, Impatients, Fuschias, Ivy Geraniums, Pansies, Wave Petunias…we’re blooming with Spring fever here!  The Hutchinson Jaycees currently have flowers available for sale for Spring planting.  This is the 15th year for this event.  Funds raised by the Jaycees organization are given back to support youth activities in Hutchinson.  You can purchase online, on Facebook, or through your local Jaycee member. The deadline to purchase flowers is Thursday, April 4th. 

 cache_96_96_0_100_80_red_rocky_mountain_geranium Red Tuberous Begonia 12 inch Potted Rocky Mtn Zono Geranium 10 inch Wave Petunia 10 inch Pansies 10 inch Ivy Geranium 10 inch Impatients flower sales

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.

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

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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