F&M Bank’s 2017 Hometown Spirit
F&M Bank is excited to announce that we will be continuing our Hometown Spirit Awards in 2017.
It is a celebration and recognition of the community’s individuals, businesses and groups.
Hometown Spirit Awards
For the past two years F&M Bank has recognized some outstanding businesses, groups and individuals for their excellence in community service. The hard work and dedication of all the people involved has helped our small community thrive. F&M Bank wants to again thank all their past recipients for their service to the Falls City community.
There are many other business, groups and individuals in the area who deserve recognition for their community service so F&M Bank is exited to present their final Hometown Spirit Award to all local volunteers. To all the businesses, groups and individuals who give back to the community in some way, THANK YOU! You all set a great example of Hometown Spirit for all to follow and the work you do, does not go unnoticed!
In honor of all the local volunteers, F&M Bank is donating $250 to the Richardson Foundation to be used toward a future community project.
F&M Bank had the privilege to recognize the great work of some amazing people over the last couple years. Without these selfless individuals, Falls City wouldn’t be the thriving community it is today. F&M Bank is proud to be a part of this incredible place we call home.
F&M Bank is excited to announce their November “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to the Falls City Volunteer Fire Department and the Falls City Rural Fire Department! Last week, they presented members from both Departments with their “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificates and donation to each organization.
The Falls City Volunteer Fire Department is lead by Fire Chief Kenny Simpson. The other members include: Matt Beer, Kim Buckminster, Jake Cochran, Tim Cole, Tim Daniels, Ralph Gilkerson, Garry Hall, Jason Hall, Rachael Hall, Don Kermeen, Bob Kirkendall, Jon McQueen, Mike Mirelez, Devan Moore, Bob Olberding, Derek Olberding, Brandon Pierce, Newton Simpson, JR Wisdom, Trevor Wisdom, and Brian Vice.
Rural Fire Chief Mike Ramsey leads the Falls City Rural Fire Department. Other members include: Dave Aitken, Kenneth Arnold, Kyle Bangert, Phil Bletscher, Bobby Campbell, Jerry Duerfeldt, Paul Ernst, David Feek, Shawn Fouraker, David Helmick, Scott Hollens, Terry Howard, Dan Huppert, Dan Jones, Clay Keller, Tony Kopf, Erik Kreifels, Scott Kreifels, Mike Lampe, Richard Malcolm, Mike Martney, Bob Morehead, Rick Nutzman, Doug Parrish, Kory Schawang, Nick Schawang, Paul Schawang, Scott Shubert, John Seeba, Darin Simon, Donnie Stevens, Mike Weaver, Art Dean, Nick Aitken and Adam Eickhoff.
Our community is very lucky to have so many people dedicated to help serve and protect our city and the surrounding areas. F&M Bank is proud to recognize these two organizations for all their hard work and commitment to our community.
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating their November “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipients!
F&M Bank is excited to announce their October “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to Bill Schock and Richard Halbert! Last week, they presented Bill and Richard with their “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificates and Chamber Bucks.
Last month, Bill Schock announced that The Journal Publishing Co., publisher of the Falls City Journal, had been sold to Falls City Attorney Richard Halbert. Bill has been associated with the Falls City Journal for 71 years and on August 31st, 2017 he said good-bye. He worked many years covering many stories ranging from sports coverage to crimes and tragedies to the County Fair. Bill showed his dedication to our community through his articles he published and the decision to become an owner of our small town newspaper many years ago. Now he has done it again and put our community first as he made sure the Falls City Journal remained locally owned.
Richard Halbert, a local attorney and a partner of Halbert Dunn & Halbert, LLC, became the official owner of the Falls City Journal on September 1, 2017. He has a Journalism degree from the University of Nebraska and is honored to follow Bill Schock as Publisher. Richard stated in a recent Journal article, “Purchasing the Falls City Journal is the Halbert family’s opportunity to give back to our community.”
F&M Bank is proud to recognize Bill and Richard for their commitment to our community through this small town newspaper. A big thanks to Bill for the many years he dedicated to the Falls City Journal and thanks to Richard for the many years to come!
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating their October “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipients!
F&M Bank is excited to announce their September “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to the Falls City Volunteer Ambulance Squad! Last week, they presented members of the Falls City Volunteer Ambulance Squad with their “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificate and a $50 donation.
The Falls City Volunteer Ambulance Squad was formed in April 1974. It’s a volunteer based emergency medical service that provides ambulance services to the citizens of the Falls City, Rulo, Verdon, Salem, Stella, and Shubert areas. The current Squad roster includes: Dave Aitken-EMT, Nick Aitken- Driver, Dwaine Anno- EMT, Sarah Bangert- RN, Matt Beer- Driver, Rita Campbell- EMT, Tyler Cooper- Driver, Chip Ebel- Driver, Brandon Ewers- EMT, Jamie Frederick- Driver, Sarah Feighner- EMT, Jim Gerweck- EMT, Gary Jorn- EMT, Emma Kelly- Driver, Shelby Kreifels- RN, James Matson- Paramedic, Amy Olberding- EMT, Robert Olberding- Driver, Scott Richardson- Paramedic, Sheri Roys- Paramedic, Julie Shafer- Driver, Katy Simpson- RN, and Shane Sutton- EMT. Two to three-person crews are on duty 24 hours a day. Although squad members are strictly volunteers, the average response is 2.5 to 3 minutes from the time of call until the ambulance is rolling out the door.
The Squad has three ambulances all equipped with defibrillators. One is also equipped with a LUCAS Chest Compression System which is used during CPR to compress the chest and another is equipped with heavy rescue equipment, i.e. the “Jaws of Life.” The Falls City Volunteer Ambulance Squad launched a campaign in March to raise money for a new $135,000 ambulance, with plans to expand their service to include three-fourths of Richardson County, plus adding long distant transport service. To help with their fundraising efforts, F&M Bank had previously pledged a donation of $12,500. The Squad is self-sufficient financially, so any donations would be helpful. Donations from the public may be made to Gary Jorn at City Hall.
It takes a lot of time, dedication and courage to be on the Falls City Volunteer Ambulance Squad. The individuals that make up the Squad, many of which have 10-20 years of experience, work full-time jobs in addition to taking ambulance duty. F&M Bank is proud to recognize all the members of the Falls City Volunteer Ambulance Squad for their hard work and dedication to our community.
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 Wild Bill’s Bar & Grill for their Annual Chasin’ Dreams Benefit Ride! Last week, they presented Bill & Jeanette Schulenberg and a few volunteers who helped organize the benefit ride with their “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificate and a $50 donation to the ‘Chasin’ Dreams’ Benefit Ride.
The ‘Chasin’ Dreams’ annual benefit was started 9 years ago by Ron and Cassie Prichard, former owners of the Bridge Bar & Grill in Rulo. This benefit ride was created to help enrich the life of a child in the community who needs additional support do to health concerns and care. Every year a different child is selected to be the recipient of the benefit ride.
The current owners of Wild Bill’s Bar & Grill, Bill and Jeanette Schulenberg, have continued the tradition. The 9th Annual Chasin’ Dreams ride was held on Saturday, June 17, 2017. This year’s benefit ride recipient was Will Walker. He is 12 years old and diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma, a soft tissue cancer, in his left elbow joint.
The benefit starts with a poker run to various locations in Nebraska, Kansas or Missouri and they end the night with a free will donation meal, door prizes and an auction with all proceeds going to the recipient. Over the last nine years the ‘Chasin’ Dreams’ Benefit Ride has raised over $150,000 for the recipients. Past recipients include: Tenley Babb, Eli Sayer, Brock Graham, Ben Kirkendall, Josephina Lambert, Macie Adams, Starr Popham, and Brooks O’Grady.
It takes a lot of time and hard word to organize such a great event. Thanks to Ron and Cassie Prichard for the years they put in followed by Bill and Jeanette Schulenberg and all the other volunteers that have helped over the years. This event shows the great hometown spirit of this community and F&M Bank is proud to recognize that!
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 Falls City Recreation! Last week, they presented some of the Falls City Recreation board members with their “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificate and $50 in Chamber Bucks.
Falls City Recreation, Inc., formerly known as Summer Recreation, was organized in the mid-50’s by a small group of businessman who decided Falls City needed a youth baseball program. It started out as just a boy baseball league but over the years has grown into multiple boys and girls leagues as well as a tee-ball league.
Not only does Falls City Recreation offer the ball leagues but they also offer flag football in the fall, soccer in the spring and swim team and Red Cross swim lessons in the summer. There are approximately 350 kids in the soccer program, over 400 kids in the tee-ball, baseball, and softball leagues, flag football has about 100 participate, and around 400 kids are involved in swim team and Red Cross swim lessons totaling 1300 participants over all activities each year.
The Falls City Recreation board members and volunteers put in many hours to help organize these athletic programs each year. The current board members include: Gale Dunkhas, Amanda Young, Angie Hunzeker, Derrick Leyden, Don Hogue, Jeromie Brown, Joe Dunn, Kim Vrtiska, Kory Huppert, Pat Weaver, Robbie Craig and Tom Bartek; many of which have been involved in Falls City Recreation for many years.
Falls City is very fortunate to have such a great organization to provide these athletic programs for our kids and F&M Bank is proud to recognize them for all their efforts!
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating their July “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipient!
F&M Bank is excited to announce their June “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to Ron Brown! Last week, they presented Ron with his “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificate and $50 Chamber Bucks.
It was about 30 years ago Ron Brown came upon the ruins of an abandoned cemetery southeast of Falls City. In the back of his mind he thought he would return someday to fix it up. It wasn’t until 5 years ago he returned to that old cemetery to start the cleanup process. Ron has since been restoring the Pearson Point Cemetery. He has uncovered and restored over 38 headstones with some almost 22 inches underground. For the last 5 years it has been Ron’s passion to finish the restoration of the Pearson Point Cemetery and he thinks he will complete the restoration this year.
Ron has also volunteered his time restoring and fixing different pieces at other cemeteries in the area including a small church monument at Steele Cemetery and a statue at the Catholic Cemetery. He has also added grave information from the Pearson Point Cemetery and other area cemeteries on the website www.findagrave.com.
It’s people like Ron that use their own time and money to help beautify our community that deserve to be recognized for their hometown spirit. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to take on projects like this one just out of the kindness of their heart. F&M Bank is proud to recognize Ron for all his hard work.
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating their June “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipient!
F&M Bank is excited to announce their May “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to Hank Schwartz & Ron Schwartz! Last week, they presented Hank and Ron with their “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificates and $50 Chamber Bucks.
Brothers, Hank and Ron Schwartz, have been involved in multiple community organizations over the years. One major involvement for both Hank and Ron was the founding of the Tiger Booster Club. Hank and Ron, along with others, helped establish the Tiger Booster Club in 1970. The Tiger Booster Club supports and recognizes student athletes and will be holding their 47th Annual Tiger Booster Club Athletic Banquet this month. Hank is still involved and sits on the Tiger Booster Club Board while Ron served from 1970-1976.
Hank and Ron were also involved in the Summer Recreation (now known as Falls City Recreation) organization. From 1968 to 2002 they dedicated their time each summer to coach a Junior Midget baseball team. During that time they walked away with many championship trophies! Hank also spent a number of years serving on the Summer Recreation Board of Directors.
Another large part of their lives is their dedication to their church. They are members of Christ Lutheran Church and they both have held various offices of the Church over the years.
Hank and Ron’s hometown spirit shines through their dedication to these organizations. They have put many years into helping and supporting young athletes through coaching and their involvement in the Tiger Booster Club. “We do these things because we love it, not because we want recognition,” noted Hank. Even though they don’t want the recognition, F&M Bank is proud to recognize Hank and Ron for their dedication to these organizations and our community.
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating their May “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipients!
F&M Bank is excited to announce their April “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to the Humane Society of Richardson County! Last week, they presented the Humane Society officers, Ardis Ramsey, Marian Vernon, and Julie Phroper; and other volunteers with their “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificate and a $50 donation to the Humane Society.
The Humane Society of Richardson County, Inc. is a small non-profit that contributes their time and efforts into giving animals love and shelter. The mission of the Humane Society of Richardson County is to prevent pain and cruelty, to place all adoptable animals in suitable homes, with the goal of zero euthanasia, and to educate the community on the humane care and treatment of all animals, with emphasis on the importance of spaying/neutering.
This organization is an all volunteer organization that has no paid employees or salaried officers. The Humane Society receives no funding from local, state or federal governments so operating expenses are solely supported by tax deductible, voluntary contributions from the public. The Humane Society of Richardson County is lead by the following officers, Ardis Ramsey- President, Marian Vernon- Vice President and Julie Phroper- Secretary/Treasurer, and also Bev Kimmel as Chairwomen of the Board. These volunteers along with others help take care of a variety of cats and dogs at the shelter and work hard to find forever homes for these animals. These volunteers also open their homes up to foster some of these animals until they are adopted.
To help raise money, the Humane Society of Richardson County sponsors fundraising activities throughout the year. They hold an annual Garage Sale and Bake Sale. Their Howloween event, which is held in October, is a community event where they play games, dance, and hold raffle drawings throughout the night. They also hold a variety of raffle drawings during the year including one for Husker football tickets.
The Humane Society of Richardson County also tries to educate the public and raise awareness about pet adoption and the importance of spaying and neutering. To help with that, they celebrate Spay Day USA each year by having a drawing for 2 Spay/Neuter vouchers and they also hold Pet Adoption Days at Yesterday’s Closet each summer.
There is a lot of work that goes into running an animal shelter and F&M Bank is proud to recognize all the Humane Society volunteers for all their hard work and commitment to these animals and to this community. The Richardson County area is very lucky to have such dedicated people to take care of these animals and help them find forever homes. If you would like to donate, volunteer, or learn more about pet adoption contact Ardis at 402-245-2779 or Julie at 402-245-2338.
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating their April “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipient!
F&M Bank is excited to announce their March “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to the Tanner Shelby Merz Foundation! Last week, they presented Marc and Sally Merz and a few other volunteers with their “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificate and a $50 donation to the TSM Foundation.
The Tanner Shelby Merz Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Marc and Sally Merz in memory of their son, Tanner Shelby Merz, to create awareness of Traumatic Brian Injury (TBI). Their mission is to promote safety in athletics and assist many area schools and youth organizations by improving their safety equipment and knowledge of the importance of preventing and recognizing head trauma in players.
In its 4 short years, the TSM Foundation has done so much for this community and its youth. They have provided new batting helmets for the FC High School softball team, provided FC High School and FC Scared Heart football players with new rib protection equipment, gave a monetary donation to the FC Wrestling Club and provided them with new singlets, and partnered with the Richardson Foundation to help provide new ‘state-of-the-art’ helmets to FC High School and FC Sacred Heart football teams. They also provided support to Community Medical Center’s new TBI Specialty Clinic.
TSM Foundation also awards annual scholarships to FC High School and FC Sacred Heart Seniors and they provided gifts to many area children from families in need with their Letters to Santa Program this past year. One of their major projects of 2016 was the completion of the Stanton Lake Disc Golf Course, where they held their first Disc Golf Tournament in September.
To help raise funds for this worthwhile cause, the TSM Foundation sponsors a number of activities throughout the year. They hold an Annual Spaghetti Feed and Annual Tanner Shelby Merz Memorial Cruise. They also sponsor a Mudfest- Mud Volleyball Tournament, a Kickball Tournament and other miscellaneous activities.
For this year’s fundraiser, the Byfield Racing Team is creating a 2018 IMCA Racing Calendar that will feature pictures of their team members throughout the racing season. They will complete and sell these calendars this fall and donate 100% of the proceeds to the Tanner Shelby Merz Foundation. TSMF plans to use these funds to purchase a Mobile Virtual Player (MVP) for the FC High School and FC Sacred Heart football teams.
The many things this Foundation has done for this community and the youth is incredible! F&M Bank is proud to recognize the Tanner Shelby Merz Foundation for all their hard work!
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating their March “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipient!
F&M Bank is excited to announce their February “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to Dave Young, Bill Harkendorff and Jerri Elwonger! Last week, they presented Dave, Bill and Jerri with their “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificates and $50 in Chamber bucks.
Dave and Bill have been involved in the local Boy Scouts and Jerri the Girl Scouts for many years. Their commitment to these organizations and our youth is outstanding.
Dave Young’s involvement in Boy Scouts started in 1962 as a youth in Cub Scouts and then moving on to Boys Scouts. He then became a Boy Scout leader when he was in college. After college, he moved back to Falls City and became Cubmaster for Pack 391 in 1988. In 1989, be became Scoutmaster for Troop 396 and has been Scoutmaster ever since, except in 1997 and 1998 when he was the Troop Committee Chairman. In the years being associated with Troop 396, Dave has had the honor to help 57 Scouts become Eagle Scouts, which is the highest rank in Boy Scouts.
Dave has also served as Three Rivers District Finance Chairman and District Chairman. Currently, Dave serves as the Pack 391 Committee Chairman and belongs to two Honor Camp Societies, as a Vigil in the Order of Arrow and as a Sachem in the Tribe of Mic-o-say. Throughout his many years in the Boy Scouts, Dave has been awarded the God and Country Award, District Award of Merit and the Cornhusker Council Silver Beaver Award.
Bill Harkendorff also started his involvement in Boy Scouts as a youth in Cub Scouts. He earned Cub Scouts highest award, the Arrow of Light Award, in 1988. He joined Boy Scout Troop 396 in the fall of 1988 and became very active in scouting, attending every event he could which included attending Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico twice and summer camp at Camp Geiger. Bill achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1993 and has continued to stay active with the Troop since then. Currently, Bill serves as the Committee Chairman for Troop 396 and is the Cubmaster for Pack 391.
The local Cub Scouts Pack 391 hosts an annual Pinewood Derby Race which will take place on February 17th this year. The local Boy Scout Troop 396 yearly event is working with the American Legion putting out flags at the local cemeteries on Memorial Day and helping with the Memorial Day services at the Rulo Cemetery and Steele Cemetery.
Jerri Elwonger’s involvement in Girl Scouts started in 1994 as a co-leader for her daughter’s troop. She continued as leader for her daughter’s troop until 2008. Since that time, she has continued with Girl Scouts as the leader for several other troops in Falls City. Currently, Jerri is the Girl Scout leader for the Middle School Troop and the Product Manager for all the troops in Falls City. She has also served as the Service Unit Manager, Product Manager for Area and a Delegate on the Council.
The local Girl Scout Troop hosts the Christmas Cookie Extravaganza each year.
Dave, Bill and Jerri have put their hearts into these local organizations. F&M Bank is proud to recognize these three for all their hard work and dedication to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in our area.
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating their February “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipients!
F&M Bank is excited to announce their January “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award goes to the Richardson County Cancer Fund Volunteers! Last week, they presented a few of the Richardson County Cancer Fund Volunteers with their “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award certificate and $50 in Chamber bucks.
The Richardson County Cancer Fund, Inc is a local organization serving the people of Richardson County. Their mission and purpose is to provide monetary assistance to Richardson County residents for transportation costs incurred during cancer treatments. This group of volunteers works tirelessly all year round by organizing different fundraising events to be able to provide assistance to these residents suffering from cancer. The volunteers include: Jackie Johnson, Kelly Carpenter, Tony Brunette, Ann Claymiller, Stacy Coupe, Shawn Thompson, Lani Little, Megan Kirkendall, Rachel Witt, Joyce Huppert, Kellie Workman, Sharryn Rist, Pat Karst, Eleanor Last, Jana Anderson, Dina Sells, Tim Koelzer, and Judy Fritz.
Some of the events organized by the Richardson County Cancer Fund in 2016 included the Elks Benefit and Auction, the Lisa Schaardt Walk, the Barada Fish Fry, the Indian Cave State Park Pink Pumpkin Walk, and the Falls City Christmas Craft Festival. Each event they hold allows them to build the funds they need to benefit Richardson County cancer patients. In 2016, they have paid out benefits to 35 patients. Each patient is eligible for $500 every 12 months. If you or someone you know could use the assistance for transportation costs incurred during treatments, forms to apply for funds are available at the local doctors’ offices, Community Medical Center, F&M Bank or it’s available on their website www.rccfi.com.
The many volunteer hours this group put in for the community is outstanding! F&M Bank is proud to recognize all the Richardson County Cancer Fund volunteers for all their hard work!
Please join F&M Bank in congratulating their January “You’ve Got the Hometown Spirit” award recipient!