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Something from Mary

What Leadership Is To Me


Recently Hutchinson Ambassador and Bring It Home Committee Member Brian Renner posted a remarkable story on Facebook. Someone who had signed up for Be The Match at his son Carter’s 2016 Benefit had received a call telling them they were a match to someone who needed a bone marrow transplant in the United States.

Maybe you know the story behind the Renner Family’s battle with cancer last year, maybe you don’t…… the middle part of the story is a one of a family battling through juvenile cancer, the ups and downs of test results, waiting, waiting and more waiting, battles of endurance, juggling the needs of Carter’s three siblings, the demands of full time careers, and more waiting. I am going to tell you more of the story….

Dawn Renner (insert SuperMom music here) began the Hutchinson Leadership Institute in the fall of 2015. Shortly after the beginning of class, like a WEEK later, the Renner’s had received the news Carter was going to be battling cancer and needed in-depth treatment and the family would be constantly at his side in Minneapolis. Dawn and her family knew she would need to withdraw from the class. The Leadership class was of course saddened to lose someone from the class who had already built relationships and nicknames with. The class moved on, sending special thoughts and prayers to Dawn periodically.  Half way through the year, the class is divided into Project Groups. Each group reviews community needs, evaluate projects to strengthen the community and provide community service experience in a variety of community topics. ie: education, park & rec, civic, non-profit, etc.

Here’s where our Group Projects took a turn….. one group was anxious to help their past classmate… “What if we connected with Be The Match and did a bone marrow donor drive?” From there, they ran with it.  They did not stop at one, no… they did a blood drive and donor drive at the mall, then coordinated with Carter’s Benefit Committee and set up a donor drive there as well. They went through training to take samples, provide information and walk potential donors through the paper work. I remember many of us also writing notes to the anonymous donor from Germany, thanking them for their selflessness. The group worked with passion to help someone, anyone, if nothing else, honor Dawn and her family’s tireless battle.

Now just a little more than a year later…. That drive, that one idea may have saved the life of another person, and perhaps more in the future.  That group project may have brought another family peace and health.

Sometimes leadership isn’t guiding others to see fruits of your labor today, it can be a faith-filled choice to know you might be doing something with a ripple affect farther into the future.

I of course love the idea of this “Hutchinson Leadership Institute, we build community and save lives.” Even if we aren’t saving lives, we are building community and I can tell you, that class will never forget the lessons learned because of one family’s diagnosis of cancer. We are Community. We are Hutchinson.

Post Notes: Today Carter is home, doing well, finished sixth grade and is enjoying a summer filled with his favorite activities with no limitations.

Dawn Renner Graduated the Hutchinson Leadership Institute on May 17, 2017.

What’s Happening in May 2017?

Hutchinson Leadership Institute

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Hutchinson Leadership Institute Graduates!

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Justin Baune                         Justin McGuire
Aaron Berry                           Juli Neubarth
Andrew Broll                         Ben Norgaard
Audrey Hollatz                     Dawn Renner
Mahogany James               Staci Schmidt
Tad Johnson                        Sara Waibel
Tyler Krischel                       Christina Weckwerth
Ashley Kuhnau                    Jarrod Witte
Participants, Sponsors, Alumni and Guests are invited to join us on May 17, 2017 to celebrate the graduation and community service project of the 2016-2017 Hutchinson Leadership Institute Class. Students in the Hutchinson Leadership Institute have the rare opportunity to turn knowledge into action by creating community projects as part of the program.

Hutchinson Leadership Institute Banquet
May 17th, 2017 – 5:30pm
Current Participants & Sponsors – No Fee
Alumni & Guests – $20 per person

If you would like to attend the Graduation & Banquet, or would like more information about registering for the 2017-2018 class, please contact the Chamber office at 320-587-5252 or email Mary.

Hometown Golf Challenge

Let’s Go Crazy, Let’s Go Golf! Our theme this year will be Music! We are excited to have some fun at the Hometown Golf Challenge this year, and we want to let you in on it too!  This is a fun and easy event to highlight your business.  2017 Hometown Golf Challenge will be located at Oakdale Golf Club. 

Here’s a little preview of what the Golf Challenge will look like!

  • $500 Shoot – Out, GUARANTEED  Winner.
  • $1,400 total Cash Prizes
  • Lunch & Dinner Meals Included
  • Two Beverage Carts

We have many different sponsorship opportunities available, click on the link to fill out a Sponsor form. 2017 Golf Sponsor Form

**Golfer registration forms will be available June 1**

Dairy Day

Save the Date! Dairy Day is scheduled for Friday, June 2nd in Library Square Park!


This year’s activities include:

  • Cow Milking Contest
  • Meet Princess Kay from the Milky Way
  • Fro-Yo Eating Contest
  • $5.00 meal
  • Children’s Activities
  • And so much more!!

If you are interested in sponsoring this community event please email Mary, or call our office at 320-587-5252.

Crazy Days – Save the Date!

Are you ready to go Crazy for Crazy Days?!  We sure are!  In 2017 we will be changing the dates of Crazy Days to July 27-29. Marketing for the event will soon start for outside of Hutchinson. The Chamber works hard to advertise this event to share that there will be great deals in Hutchinson.

More information to come!


Business of the Month

In May we will be highlighting  Stearnswood, Inc. as our Business of the Month.

Click here to learn more about Stearnswood, Inc.


New Members

Welcome to our newest Chamber Members!

Renewing Members

Thank you to our renewing Chamber Members!

  • AKI
  • Benny’s Meat Market
  • Bob Ness
  • Hutch Sport Shop
  • Hutchinson Financial
  • Hutchinson Huskies Baseball Association
  • McLeod Emergency Food Shelf
  • Woodstone Senior Living

Table Tent Deadline: June 1st, 2017!

Are you planning an event for July, August, or September 2017?  Make sure you get your event added to the Table Tents!  The deadline to add events for the 3rd quarter is June 1st!  The cost is $20/listing for Chamber Members and $30/listing for non-members.  We print 900 table tents, which are then delivered around the community. To submit an event email Casey or call 234-0786.

Business After Hours

Join the Hutchinson Ambassadors for Business After Hours on Thursday, May 11 from 4-6pm at Stearnswood, Inc.

Click here to register

Something from Mary

National Small Business Week April 30- May 6

So I know I beat the drum frequently, but here’s just another opportunity to THANK and RECOGNIZE our small businesses in the Hutchinson Area.

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