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Jan 29

If you attended the Black and White Gala for the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce you will know the answer.this is one powerful little ball

All dressed in black and white attire, the recipients, one by one, received their awards from the chamber.  As I sat there, only knowing one of the recipients, I listened to their stories. And it was very black and white to me (no shades of gray at all) that these people all had a passion for the city and people of Hutchinson.  I started to make notes of who they were and what they meant to the community and to me so I could share it with you..  I hope that this will be read over and over by our existing, potential clients and staff.  I left that night knowing the community of Hutchinson was made up of passionate people.  I felt right at home.


The following individuals that were honored at the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce Black & White Gala for their service to the Hutchinson community!

Chamber CVB Awards:

Ag Service Award: Robert Krcil

Many of our clients are in the agricultural industry.  I know they have the passion to persevere, in good times and in bad.  They persevere even when they cannot control the weather which often dictates a great harvest or a poor harvest.  They can do everything right, and one hail storm or tornado can wipe it out in seconds.  They have hope for the future and know that yes, maybe next year will be better.  Thank you Robert for supporting our farmers, who feed the nations.

Volunteer of the Year: Betsy Price

Betsy shared her passion for the arts. The arts is what gives a community a part of its culture. Her involvement with theatre and Crow River Arts as well as her work in the Clay Coyote expresses why she is an outstanding spokesperson for the arts. I have seen art in many different ways in my short time here in Hutchinson.  There is theatre , dance, arts & crafts, music, food, martial arts.    “Creativity is in the imagination of all of us.”

Outstanding Young Leader: Joe Nagel

Joe’s story resonated with me as my son is a police officer in Minneapolis.  I understand how they become a part of the community as Joe has become such an outstanding leader in this community.  His passion for people and their security is wrapped in the trust he builds with the community.  You can be proud of this young man as he serves the community of Hutchinson.

Business Person of the Year: Gus Wurdell

If we all had the energy and the passion that Gus has for business growth, we would be blown away with where our businesses could go.  The first time I met him you could feel the energy in the room. His goal was to fill the Hutchinson Mall, which in turn would increase the tax base for the community of Hutchinson, which is good for us all.  In a time when the economy seems to be coming back very slowly, the Hutchinson Mall continues to expand under the leadership of Gus Wurdell.  He is a can do guy.

Hutchinson Jaycee Awards:

Distinguished Service: Robert Rolander

I applaud the passion of FREEDOM and loyalty to this country that this man portrayed  to us.  He painted a picture of undying commitment to the United States of America and its symbol of freedom, the flag by his humbleness and words broken up by emotion.  I applaud his endeavors as he works with the youth in this community to instill those values that we may never forget the men and women who have sacrificed, even their lives, for us to live in a free country, under a democracy of the people.  I stand in ovation to him.  My dad was a  veteran, and has served his country and has been served well by its people.

Boss of the Year: Brad Lueneburg

Wow! Working and directing an entire staff of women and being nominated by them speaks volumes about this man.  Being boss doesn’t always bring notoriety and fame.  It brings hard work, long hours and a passion to succeed and help others succeed.  My personal goal is to find the natural abilities of my staff and help them to excel and grow on a personal level.  I had one person tell me that a boss cannot have friends.   Hmmm, I think that Brad has lots of friends.

Educator of the Year: Jean Schultz

Last but not least, is Jean.  If we could all have a teacher like Jean who shared her passion for children through being a teacher. When it is hard for a teacher to retire, you know that she truly loves children and finds joy in teaching them.  Could we all be so fortunate to love our professions so much that we don’t want to retire.  Do we have to retire?? Can we continue to share our knowledge and passion with others?  We can and should.  Wisdom is a precious commodity we can continue to share no matter what our profession or life calling.