F&M Bank’s 2016 Hometown Spirit
F&M Bank is excited to announce that we will be bringing their Hometown Spirit to the Falls City community in 2016. The campaign is a celebration of the community’s individuals, businesses and groups.
Hometown Spirit Awards
F&M Bank is excited to announce their December “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to the Falls City Area Chamber & Main Street Christmas Decorations Committee and the Falls City Utility Department Line Crew! On December 19th, they presented members of the Christmas Decorations Committee and the City Line Crew with their “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificates and a $50 donation to the Falls City Area Chamber & Main Street for future Christmas decoration purchases.
As you travel down Harlan Street or walking downtown you have probably noticed the new Christmas decorations. These stunning decorations have caught the eye of many community members and visiting guests! F&M Bank wants to recognize those individuals responsible for selecting and hanging the beautiful Christmas lights and decorations that we see around our community. The Christmas Decorations Committee members include: John Martin, Gary Jorn, Kenny Simpson, Pam Scott, Rachel Witt, Eleanor Last, Jon McQueen, Dobey Haws, and Angie Phroper. The Falls City Line Crew include: Rob Oliver, Wayne Allen, Brandt Kopf, Billy Kopf , Eric Kreifels, and Nick Schawang.
Thanks to all the donors for their generous donations that helped purchase the gorgeous decorations. And an even bigger thank you to the Christmas Decorations Committee and Line Crew that selected and put up the decorations for the community to enjoy. F&M Bank is proud to recognize all the Christmas Decorations Committee members and the City Line Crew for all their hard work!
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating their December “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipients.
F&M Bank is excited to announce their November “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to Helping Hands! On November 10th, they presented Linda Kirkendall and all the Helping Hands volunteers and leaders with their “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificate and $50 in Chamber bucks.
Helping Hands is a group of student volunteers from Falls City Sacred Heart. This group was started by Marcia Schwartz many years ago and after she retired was taken over by Linda Kirkendall. This group consists of 7th through 12th grade students that do volunteer work for their school, church and the community.
This group of volunteers has raked many lawns, helped individuals move, helped set up vendors at the Annual Craft Fair, and wrapped Christmas presents. They have cleaned up the stands at Prichard after a game, helped at the turkey bazaar and the Knights of Columbus fish fry. This group also helped with a few fun runs, golf tournaments and other events.
Even though the Helping Hands group does all of their work free of charge, they still receive donations throughout the year. The money donated has gone to different things for the school such as the purchase of televisions, DVD’s, books for the library, and treats for test weeks. Currently, the students are using all donations to purchase tables for the Roh Activity Center.
The volunteer work Helping Hands does for the community is remarkable! F&M Bank is proud to recognize all the Helping Hands volunteers and leaders for all their hard work!
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating their November “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipient!
F&M Bank is excited to announce their October “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to the Southeast Nebraska Gun Club! On October 19th, they presented a few members of the Southeast Nebraska Gun Club with their “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificate and $50 in Chamber bucks.
With the popularity of shooting sports on the rise, the Southeast Nebraska Gun Club felt they needed to do something to promote shooting sports in the area. This Club, that is composed of a small group of men, is raising funds to build a 5 traphouse range that will be located on the east side of the Falls City Jaycee’s Field south of Falls City. The Club board members include Ray Joy, Shawn Fouraker, Brian Kirkendall, Marc Morehead, Jim Jones, Kevin Taft, Tighe Gilkerson, Tim Bailey and David Goff. These men are working hard to raise the funds needed to complete the $150,000 project by the summer of 2017.
If you would like to help support the Southeast Nebraska Gun Club with a tax deductible gift or pledge, make your check payable to The Richardson Foundation and mail to Southeast Nebraska Gun Club, 1209 McLean St, Falls City, NE 68355 or return to W&D’s Auto Care. Please write Gun Club in the memo field of your check and include your name, address, e-mail and phone number. There will be a donor board established with the following levels: 12 Gauge-$25,000 and over*; 16 Gauge-$10,000-$24,999; 20 Gauge- $5,000-$9,999; 28 Gauge- $1,000-$4,999; and 410 Gauge- $1-$999. *With a donation of $25,000 or more a traphouse will be named in the donor’s honor.
The Southeast Nebraska Gun Club is also holding a fish fry on Saturday, October 29th at the American Legion Club from 4-7PM. It’s a freewill offering with all proceeds going to the new trap range. They also have other fundraising events in the works including a gun raffle.
It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to take on such a big project for our community. And the trap range is not the only project planned for the Southeast Nebraska Gun Club. They are also hoping to add a hand gun barrier and skeet houses in the future. F&M Bank is proud to recognize all the members of the Southeast Nebraska Gun Club for all their hard work!
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating their October “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipient!
F&M Bank is excited to announce their September “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to the FCHS School Closet! On September 22nd, they presented the School Closet organizer, Kris Simon, and the School Closet volunteers with their “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificate and $50 in Chamber bucks.
People may not realize there are many high school students who do not have or cannot afford the correct attire to attend a wedding, funeral, job interview, or a Mock Trial/Speech Team event. Kris Simon, a teacher at Falls City High School, organized a School Closet at FCHS to help relieve the stress some of the high school students have when it comes to these necessities. The Closet is there to supplement these students’ needs and help them be successful.
Recently, Kris secured two $500 grants from Shopko and Walmart to help stock the School Closet with clothing the students need. The Closet is open to all students during school hours and by appointment in the evenings. The students are allowed to take items to own or they can borrow items and return.
They are asking the community for donations to the Closet of items such as: dress clothes (shoes, pants, shirts, dresses, suits, ties, jackets), t-shirts & shorts, gently worn tennis shoes, coats and undergarments. To donate items to the School Closet contact Kris Simon at 402-245-2116 or [email protected] or take your donation directly to Falls City High School. Along with the items listed above, they are also looking for totes, shelves and clothing racks to help store and organize the Closet.
During the month of October, F&M Bank will be accepting donations of the items above for the School Closet at the Main Bank at 1701 Stone Street. All donors will be entered into a drawing for a $25 VISA gift card!
It takes a lot of work and dedication to organize such a worthwhile program. F&M Bank is proud to recognize Kris and all the Closet volunteers for all their hard work!
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating their September “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipient!
F&M Bank is excited to announce their August “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to the Falls City Area Jaycees! On August 11th, they presented members of the Jaycees with their “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificate and $50 in Chamber bucks.
Over the years, the Falls City Area Jaycees has contributed to our hometown in many ways. This group of top-notch, young professionals strives to improve the community through service projects that reach all aspects of the area. Currently, they have over 50 members that volunteer their time to a variety of projects and activities throughout the year.
A few of their annual events include a Community Easter Egg Hunt, Truck & Tractor Pull, and a Demolition Derby. The Falls City Area Jaycees also partner with other organizations and businesses for different activities. In 2015, with the help of the Community Medical Center and the City of Falls City, the Jaycees were able to renovate the local sand volleyball courts at Stanton Lake and organize a Sand Volleyball League. The Jaycees have also partnered up with the Tanner Shelby Merz Foundation to organize an annual Mud Volleyball Tournament that is held at the Falls City Jaycees Community Field.
Not only do they give back to the community by sponsoring all these activities but they also contribute in other ways. Every year the Jaycees award two $1000 scholarships to a graduating senior from Falls City High School and Falls City Sacred Heart. They also show their hometown spirit by recognizing inspiring and hard working community members at their annual Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony.
It takes a lot of time and dedication to organize all of these events plus everything else this group does for our community. F&M Bank is proud to recognize the Falls City Area Jaycees for all their hard work
If you would like to get involved in the Falls City community and join the Falls City Area Jaycees visit their website www.fallscityjaycees.org.
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating their August “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipient!
F&M Bank is excited to announce their July “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to Mitch Merz! On July 18th, they presented Mitch with his “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificate and $50 in Chamber bucks.
Mitch’s grand plan always included ending up in Falls City and working for his family’s business. In 2010, he decided to move back to Falls City and represent the 3rd generation of the Merz family business, Merz Farm Equipment. Since his return, Mitch has taken the reigns of the 63 year old business and brought it into the twenty-first century. He headed the project of the new building addition that was completed in 2014. The design not only modernized the look and feel of the business but also gave them room to expand. Mitch was also behind rebranding Merz Farm Equipment with a new logo, creating their website and also getting the business involved in social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Mitch has taken this strong community business and made it even better!
When Mitch is not improving the family business, he is involved in many community organizations. He is a member of the FFA Alumni in which he served as President for 5 years. He is a member of the Falls City EDGE Marketing Committee and also serves on the EDGE Board of Directors. Mitch was also a part of the first group of the Lane Leadership Program and he is currently serving as President of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Council.
Mitch also volunteers his time on the UNL Extension Board for Richardson County as well as a District Director for NACEB (Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards) in Southeast Nebraska covering Richardson, Nemaha, Johnson, Pawnee and Gage counties.
It’s astonishing how much time and hard work Mitch puts into his business as well as the Falls City community and surrounding areas and still has time for his wife, Amanda, and son, Cooper! He has set a great example in Hometown Spirit for all to follow and F&M Bank is happy to recognize Mitch for all his contributions!
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating their July “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipient!
F&M Bank is excited to announce that their June “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to Jim Hill’s Paint & Glass! On June 22nd, they presented Charlotte Hill, Dan Hill and Ron Hill with their “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificate and $50 in Chamber bucks.
In January of 1954, Jim Hill along with his wife Charlotte took a chance on the small community of Falls City and purchased a store from Fred Hillyard renaming it Jim Hill’s Paint and Glass. Jim Hill’s has been family owned and operated since day one. “The whole family has worked in the store at some point over the years”, Dan Hill noted, “We [brothers & sister] all started helping at the store in some way or another when we were little tots!”
Soon after the Hills opened their store, Jim was involved in the community by helping start a summer baseball and softball program known as Summer Recreation. Since Summer Recreation’s inception, Jim Hill’s Paint and Glass has sponsored a team in EVERY league. That’s over 275 teams!! The support from Jim and his family for what is now Falls City Recreation has been remarkable. F&M Bank is honored to recognize this family as being not only a staple in the business community but also a proud supporter of the community’s organizations.
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating their June “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipient!
F&M Bank is excited to announce that our May “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to Nedra Stevicks! On May 17th, we presented Nedra with a “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificate and $50 in Chamber bucks.
At age 93, Nedra Stevicks has been keeping herself busy by volunteering at the Falls City SENCA Head Start as a Foster Grandparent. She has been working with preschool children at the SENCA Head Start since August of 2013. Last month, Nedra was recognized for her volunteer efforts by the Corporation for National and Community Service- Nebraska as being the oldest Foster Grandparent in the State of Nebraska. She is a huge asset to the foster grandparent volunteer program and is making a difference in the lives of so many children.
Outside of being a role model, friend and mentor to all the kids at the SENCA Head Start, Nedra also volunteers at the Falls City Library & Arts Center during the summer. She helps with dusting the books and she said she enjoys it!
Nedra is one of a kind and F&M Bank is honored to award her with this month’s Hometown Spirit Award. Her drive and dedication to her volunteer work is remarkable especially at 93 years young!
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating their May “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipient!
F&M Bank is excited to announce that our April “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to the Itha Krumme Memorial Arboretum Working Group! On April 18th, we presented Gerald Hopp, Don Baldwin, Lonnie Goff, Mary Martineau, Liz Huettner, Darrel Huettner and Neal Schatz with a “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificate and $50 in Chamber bucks.
The Working Group puts in many volunteer hours at the Arboretum to enhance and maintain this beautiful property. In 2015, the Group donated 405 hours of their service which included 34 trips to city’s brush and leaf pile. A few of the larger projects that were accomplished in 2015 include: Opening the central part of the property for larger events by removing part of the bluestem grass and replacing it with tall fescue/bluegrass mixture; and raking leaves to improve appearance and increase the efficiency of the controlled grass burn.
In October 2015, they hosted the 1st Annual Art & Wine Festival which was a great success. They are in the planning stages for the 2nd Annual Art & Wine Festival to be held this fall. Also in 2016, they will be installing an interactive display at the Arboretum, installing 21 new ID plates along with the on-going clean-up and maintenance.
It takes a lot of work and long hours to keep the Itha Krumme Memorial Arboretum looking its best. This group of individuals devotes their extra time to make sure this area will be around for years to come. We are proud to recognize the Arboretum Working Group for all their hard work.
They are always looking for people to help out with certain projects so anyone wishing to volunteer may contact Gerald Hopp at 402-245-2850 or email [email protected]
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating our April “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipients!
F&M Bank is excited to announce that our March “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to the Keller family – Madaline Wilhelm, Bart Keller and Brett Keller! On March 17th, we presented Madaline, Bart and Brett with a “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificate and $50 in Chamber bucks.
The Keller family has played a major role in the small business community in Falls City for many years. Ron and Madaline Keller purchased Farm& City Supply in 1978 from Jack and Larry Weaver. They are in their 38th year of business, which Bart and Brett have been a part of for over 25 years. They proudly serve the greater Falls City area and surrounding towns.
The Kellers are big believers in supporting those who support them. They take great pride in supporting all area schools, 4H, Falls City Jaycees, Summer Rec, Falls City FFA, Falls City EDGE, CMC Building project, The RAC at Sacred Heart and many other organizations. They love being able to support our youth and community by donating their dollars back to help fund all of these worthwhile organizations. Not only have they supported our community with their generous donations, they have also put in countless volunteer hours for many different committees and organizations.
When presented with this award Bart stated, “Falls City has a wonderful giving spirit and we are proud to be a part of it. Ron and Madaline are very giving people and have instilled in Brett and I the same values to apply in this business so we can continue in the spirit of giving and support.” We couldn’t agree more!
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating our March “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipients!
F&M Bank is excited to announce that our February “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to Randy and Lori Gottula! On February 18th, we presented Randy and Lori with a “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificate and $50 in Chamber bucks.
This dynamic duo is a fixture in our community and it’s hard to miss their presence, especially this time of year. They devote countless hours of photography at our sporting and community events. This photography has touched many students and parents in the community whether they are provided through social media or other avenues. They are committed to recording these memories not just for themselves but for an entire community.
Lori, with many hours of assistance from Randy, continues to organize our Cobblestone parade and the Grand Marshall selection year after year. Please don’t forget that their volunteerism and community contributions extend far beyond the reach of this article but with the chaos of winter sports coming to a close, it’s the perfect time to recognize these two special members of our community.
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating our February “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipient!
January kicked off F&M Bank’s “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” awards campaign. On January 18th, we presented owners John and Alison Roland with a “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificate and $50 in Chamber bucks. As one of the newest businesses to our community, they have demonstrated that they plan to give back as much as possible.
Their recent acts of Hometown Spirit include a donation of $504 to the Falls City Volunteer Ambulance Squad as a result of their Bowling for a Cause league, a donation of personal care items to SENCA and Sixpence during the holiday season, and vouchers for a free game of bowling to all kids that came to the Santa visit they hosted shortly before Christmas. They also hosted our local Special Olympics bowling team, donating use of the facility for practices and also donated equipment for their participation in the Special Olympics Bowling event that took place on January 9th. Other contributions include bowling for Head Start kids, offering reduced rates for high school students participating in Individual Sports, donations for the Junior Class quarter auction and donations for the Tami Feek Benefit.
Future events were also discussed with Sara Rue who handles all public relations for Falls City Lanes. They will be hosting another Bowling for a Cause League in the spring with plans to continue the league every spring and fall. They are also planning an empty bowl soup supper with details to be announced at a later date.
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating our first “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipient!