Terry Hawkings Named Volunteer of the Month

Terry Hawkings serves on the Great River Shakespeare Festival and volunteers for multiple organizations. The Merchants Bank employee co-chaired the bank's 25th annual 10 Days of Giving campaign last year.

Terry Hawkings serves on the Great River Shakespeare Festival and volunteers for multiple organizations. The Merchants Bank employee co-chaired the bank’s 25th annual 10 Days of Giving campaign last year. Photo credit: Andrew Link, Winona Daily News

Terry Hawkings is looking out for Winona.

A Winona resident for nearly 20 years, Hawkings, 52, has spent the better part of her time volunteering for Winona events, including the Great River Shakespeare Festival and Merchants Bank’s annual 10 Days of Giving food drive during the holiday season.

The Merchants employee volunteers in the community because she wants to help make Winona an appealing travel destination, she said. Like her fellow Volunteer of the Month nominees, she simply found things in the community she was passionate about and stepped up to donate her time.

“If it’s good for Winona, then it’s good for my employer and it’s good for me,” Hawkings said.

Hawkings, who journeyed to Winona from California 20 years ago, calls Merchants her catalyst to volunteerism. It’s the bank’s core values that prompted Hawkings to get involved in the community ever since she got here, she said.

Hawkings generally lends her time as a coordinator or board member, but also looks for ways to step into one-time events and help with whatever’s needed, like at Trinona or Live at the Levee. It doesn’t matter where in an organization you serve, she said — only that you do.

“You don’t have to take on a leadership role to be useful,” Hawkings said. “Just participate.”

For Shakespeare, Hawkings works as a volunteer coordinator. She also served as the co-chair for the 10 Days of Giving event last year when it celebrated its 25th anniversary. She’s the president-elect of Winona’s Exchange Club and is the treasurer of the Live at the Levee committee — among other initiatives.

So, why does she take on all the extra commitments?

“Just to feel like I belong,” Hawkings said. “Walking down the street and knowing people. But I’m passionate about the economic value, specifically for GRSF.”

Hawkings believes Winona can be a template for a small-town tourist destination, and is headed in the right direction. Her focus now is helping to revitalize downtown.

“If we can improve our downtown, we can improve as a destination,” Hawkings said.

She wants to help groom the area to be the hub for the art enthusiast, the outdoorsy-type and those just passing through. Hawkings isn’t the first one to notice Winona’s need for changes downtown. With programs such as the Winona Main Street Program, the community is taking steps to revitalize the area.

That, and Live at the Levee, which has held multiple community music and arts events downtown over the last year.

“I meet so many different people,” Hawkings said. “We reach a different population of people in Winona.”

Even with a bustling schedule, Hawkings doesn’t plan to slow down. She’ll often work with her husband, but she admitted he’s one of the doers while she’s a planner.

“We have this little joke that I’m the volunteer and he’s the volun-told,” Hawkings said with a laugh.

 

 Story by Andrew Sroka. Reprinted with permission from Winona Daily News.

“10 Days of Giving” Raises Food and Money in St. Charles

10DaysLogoST. CHARLES, Minn. – The Southeast Minnesota Rural Education and Resource Center received 3,300 pounds of food and $500 from the “10 Days of Giving,” December 1-10, at Merchants Bank in St. Charles.

Area businesses and individuals added to the total by bring food and money to Merchants in St. Charles. Also included in the total was $250 that the Southeast Minnesota Rural Education and Resource Center received from “Swipe Out Hunger,” a Facebook giveaway that Merchants ran to coincide with “10 Days of Giving.” “Swipe Out Hunger” benefited food shelves throughout the region.

“We are thankful for the generosity of our neighbors, and we are grateful that we have the opportunity to help the good people at the Southeast Minnesota Rural Education and Resource Center,” said Sandra Pasche of Merchants Bank.

Merchants Bank has been holding the “10 Days of Giving” for the past 25 years. This is the second year for the Facebook giveaway.

“10 Days of Giving” Record-Breaking Year Ends by Topping 280,000 Pounds

10DaysLogoWINONA, Minn. – Final tallies put the 25th Anniversary of the “10 Days of Giving” at 280,082 pounds of food.

The total breaks down to $127,626 in cash and 24,830 pounds of food. The previous record was set in 2009 when just over 250,000 pounds of food was collected. For the purposes of the total, two pounds of food are counted for each dollar.

“This year’s drive was successful because we came together as a community to help people, to make sure that no one in Winona County goes hungry,” said Mark Metzler, who is co-chair of the food drive. “Most of all, we are moved by the generosity of our neighbors who have made the effort to make a difference for someone else.”

This is the 25th anniversary of the “10 Days of Giving” and the 40th anniversary of Winona Volunteer Services, which benefits from the Winona contributions. The 25-year total for pounds of food collected now stands at 2,393,767.

“At Merchants Bank, we are thankful that we have the ability and employee dedication to help facilitate this drive. It really is a privilege,” Metzler said.

More than 30 area schools and child-care centers and more than 150 businesses participated in this year’s drive. For a listing of this year’s participating businesses, click here.

“10 Days of Giving” Continues to be Ahead of Last Year’s Pace

10DaysLogoWINONA, Minn. – Through the end of business Monday, Merchants Bank’s “10 Days of Giving” remained ahead of last year’s pace with 160,300 pounds of food collected.

The totals include $77,774 in cash and 4,752 pounds of food. Included in the updated totals is a $20,000 anonymous gift. Last year at this time, 98,106 pounds of food had been collected, including $46,230 in cash and 5,646 pounds of food. For purposes of the calculation, each dollar counts for two pounds of food.

“We’re moved again this year by the kindness of the people in our community,” said Terry Hawkings, who is co-chair of this year’s food drive. “The next few days are critical to the drive’s success, and we know that everyone will do what they can to make sure no one in Winona County goes hungry this year.”

Last year, 195,438 pounds of food was collected, the fourth highest total ever. The 24-year total is 2,113,685 pounds of food. The record collection was more than 250,000 pounds in 2009.

There is still time to give. Merchants Bank employees and other volunteers will collect food barrels and cash cans at area schools, day-cares and businesses Thursday and Friday. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be at the Amtrak depot in Winona on Wednesday, December 11, at 5:15 p.m.

This is the 25th anniversary of the “10 Days of Giving” and the 40th anniversary of Winona Volunteer Services, which benefits from the Winona contributions.

Checks may be made payable to “10 Days of Giving.” Checks not deposited at a Merchants Bank office may be mailed to Merchants Bank, P.O. Box 248, Winona MN 55987; or Winona Volunteer Services, 402 East Second Street in Winona. Merchants Bank is a member FDIC.

Gifts of food may be dropped at any Merchants Bank location in Winona, Goodview or St. Charles. In addition to more than 30 area schools and child-care centers participating in this year’s Drive, there are more than 150 business collection sites throughout Winona County. For a listing of this year’s special events and participating businesses, go to the Merchants Bank blog at http://blog.merchantsbank.com/. You may also access the blog at merchantsbank.com.

The Southeastern Minnesota Rural Education and Resource Center in St. Charles benefits from food and money collected in St. Charles.

“10 Days of Giving” Significantly Ahead of Last Year’s Pace

Through the end of business Thursday, Merchants Bank’s “10 Days of Giving” was at 83,748 pounds of food collected.

The number of pounds of food collected included $40,208 in cash and 3,332 pounds of food. Two pounds of food are counted for each dollar collected. Through the same time last year, 41,642 pounds of food had been collected.

“It is a tremendous start and a wonderful total to build upon,” said Mark Metzler of Merchants Bank, one of this year’s co-chairs. “The generosity of people in our community is truly amazing. It is gratifying to see that people are giving money because it allows the food shelf to do so much.”

This is the 25th anniversary of the “10 Days of Giving” and the 40th anniversary of Winona Volunteer Services, which benefits from the Winona contributions.

Last year, 195,438 pounds of food was collected, the fourth highest total ever. The 24-year total is 2,113,685 pounds of food. The record collection was more than 250,000 pounds in 2009.

“As a community working together, we have the opportunity to do something special this year,” Metzler said. “What greater present could we give to those who need our help and to each other?”

Checks may be made payable to “10 Days of Giving.” Checks not deposited at a Merchants Bank office may be mailed to Merchants Bank, P.O. Box 248, Winona MN 55987; or Winona Volunteer Services, 402 East Second Street in Winona.

More Area Businesses and Organizations to Help with “10 Days of Giving” Fundraising Efforts

WINONA, Minn. – More area businesses and organizations are stepping up to help with “10 Days of Giving” fundraising efforts. We encourage you to take part in these opportunities and support the 25th anniversary of this wonderful food drive:

  • On Friday, from 4:30-7 p.m., the Eagles Club of Winona, 210 E. 4th Street, will host a fish fry with the help of Merchants Bank volunteers. Cost of the dinner is $8 and includes batter fried or broiled cod, baked potato or fries, coleslaw, roll and coffee. Desserts will be available. Proceeds will benefit the “10 Days of Giving.” Non-perishable food items will also be accepted.
  • From 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Westgate Bowl of Winona will donate 10 percent of its bowling sales to the “10 Days of Giving.” During the same 1-5 p.m. time frame, 10 percent of food sales to Merchants Bank employees will also be donated to the food drive.
  • On Saturday, CrossFit Warrior Risen, located in the Winona Mall, will donate the donations it receives from three classes during the day to the “10 Days of Giving.” The classes will be at 9:00 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Attendees are asked for a $5 donation to take part. Classes are geared for beginners, but are open to all levels of fitness. Attendees will spend 10-15 minutes stretching and warming up, 10-15 minutes learning the movements, and 10-12 minutes working out. Each class is limited to 20 people. For more information or to enroll, e-mail smsavat@merchantsbank.com.

Merchants Bank also will be donating 5 cents each time a Merchants Bank credit card or debit card is used between November 29 and December 15, up to a total of $10,000, for area food shelves during “Swipe Out Hunger,” the Bank’s second annual Facebook Giveaway. For more information go to merchantsbank.com.

10 Days of Giving Participating Businesses

10DaysLogoTo donate to this year’s 10 Days of Giving, place the non-perishable food items in a bag under the lobby Christmas tree at any Merchants Bank location, or in the collection barrel at any Winona Area School or participating business. Monetary donations also encouraged.

2013 Participating Businesses:

  • A&W Restaurants
  • Ace Hardware
  • Acoustic Cafe
  • Adventure Cycle and Ski
  • Alliant Castings
  • Alterra Sterling House
  • American Legion Post 9
  • American Red Cross
  • Baker Shoes
  • Behrens Inc
  • Benchmark Electronics Inc
  • Beno’s Cheese & Deli
  • Blooming Grounds
  • Bluff Country Co-op
  • Boardwalk Tanning and Fitness
  • Bodywork Health Spa & Salon LLC
  • Bub’s Brewing Co.
  • Cars-n-Credit
  • Cha Chis Mexican Grill
  • City of Goodview
  • City of Winona – City Hall
  • City of Winona – Library
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company
  • Coldwell Banker Skeels/Moore & Associates
  • CPI Binani, Inc.
  • Cross Fit Warrior Risen
  • Crown Auto
  • Culligan Water Conditioning
  • Culver’s
  • Cytec Fiberite
  • D J Campus Floral
  • Dahl Automotive Winona Inc
  • Dahl Buick Pontiac GMC
  • Dairy Queen
  • DCM Tech
  • Diocese of Winona
  • Eastwood Bank
  • Edge Church
  • Edina Realty, Inc.
  • Edward Jones
  • Engrav’s Decorating Center
  • Express Suites Riverport Inn
  • Ferrara Candy Company
  • Fastenal Company
  • First Baptist Church
  • Fleet Farm
  • Flowers On Broadway
  • Glass Replacement Company
  • Goltz Pharmacy
  • Goodson Manufacturing Inc.
  • Goodview Activity Group
  • Great River Chiropractic
  • Green Mill Restaurant & Bar
  • Ground Round Restaurant
  • Gunderson Lutheran Eye Clinic
  • Hal Leonard Publishing
  • Harley Davidson Shop of Winona
  • Hawkins Ash CPAs
  • Hiawatha Broadband Communications
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • HyVee
  • Intech Integrated Marketing Services
  • Kendell Lumber
  • Key Real Estate
  • K-Mart
  • Knitcraft Corporation
  • Kwik Trip Stores
  • La Boutique
  • Anova
  • Ledebuhr Meats
  • Lets Go Fishing Of MN
  • Little Ceasars Pizza
  • Manpower
  • McDonald’s
  • Mediascope
  • Merchants Bank – Downtown
  • Merchants Bank – Goodview
  • Merchants Bank – Lakeside
  • Midtown Foods
  • Miller Ingenuity
  • Minnesota State Southeast Technical College
  • Minnesota State Southeast Technical College-Tandeski Center
  • Mississippi Welders Supply Co.
  • Modern Ready Mix
  • Mugby Junction
  • Mulligan’s Pub
  • Peerless Chain
  • Perfect Fit Plus Size Consignment LLC
  • Perkins Restaurant/Wry Foods of Winona
  • Pet Medical Center
  • Pieces of the Past
  • Poots Tavern
  • Plaza Hotel
  • ProBuild
  • Quality Vac & Sew
  • River Hills Dental
  • Riverstar
  • Rocco’s Pizza
  • Rogan’s Shoes
  • RTP Company
  • Russell & Associates, LLC
  • Saint Mary’s Press
  • Sammy’s Pizza & Restaurant
  • Shopko
  • Sinclair’s
  • Snap Fitness
  • Sole Sport
  • Sprint
  • St. Mary’s University
  • Steak Shop Catering
  • Sugar Loaf Ford
  • Sugar Loaf Senior Living
  • Sullivan’s Supper Club
  • Taco Johns
  • Target Corp
  • Technigraph Corporation
  • The Kensington
  • Thern, Inc
  • Third Street Liquor
  • TRW
  • Volkmann Appliance Inc.
  • Walgreen’s
  • Walmart
  • Watkins, Inc
  • Watkins, Inc-Distribution Center
  • Watlow Controls
  • We-no-nah Canoe
  • WinCraft Inc
  • Winona Agency
  • Winona Community Foundation
  • Winona County
  • Winona Daily News
  • Winona Elks Lodge
  • Winona Family Dental Care
  • Winona Family YMCA
  • Winona Farmers Market
  • Winona Health – Clinic
  • Winona Health-Hospital
  • Winona Health-Lake Winona Manor
  • Winona Health-Urgent Care (Sarnia Location)
  • Winona Health-Watkins Home
  • Winona Heating and Ventilating Co
  • Winona Lighting
  • Winona National Bank
  • Winona ORC
  • Winona Rental
  • Winona Senior Friendship Center
  • Winona State – Chartwells
  • Winona State University-Bookstore
  • Winona Workforce Center
  • Wm. Miller Scrap Iron and Metal Co.
  • Xcel Energy
  • Yarnology
  • Ziebell’s Hiawatha Foods, Inc.

10 Days of Giving 2013 Schedule of Events

10DaysLogoPlease join us in the following Merchants Bank communities.
We’re collecting donations to stock local food shelves.

Caledonia
To give a gift of food, drop off items at Merchants Bank-Caledonia between December 1-10. Monetary contributions are also accepted.

We’ve made it easy with Quillin’s Foods: Purchase a pre-package grocery bag worth $5, $10, or $20 at Merchants Bank or just add a monetary donation to your bill when you check out at Quillin’s.

Cannon Falls
Change Collection – December 2-10
Your change, changes lives. Merchants Bank staff will be collecting your loose change in their lobby with the donations going to Cannon Falls Food Shelf.

Cottage Grove
Merchants Bank-Cottage is coordinating the community’s 5th Annual “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive to help stock the Friends in Need Food Shelf. To give a gift of food, drop off the items at Merchants Bank-Cottage Grove, or place them in the collection barrel at any Cottage Grove Area Elementary School or participating business. Monetary contributions are also accepted.

Holiday Train – Saturday, December 14 • 5:00 p.m. • CP Rail Yard, Cottage Grove
You won’t want to miss Sheryl Crow and Take 5 as they perform at this year’s Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stop in Cottage Grove. The Holiday Train will be stopping to generate awareness for our local food shelf and collect donations for Friends in Need Food Shelf. Santa Claus will stop by and there will be entertainment, snacks and refreshments for everyone.

Hampton
Change Collection – December 2-10
Your change, changes lives. Merchants Bank staff will be collecting your loose change in their lobby with the donations going to Randolph Community Food Shelf.

Hastings
Merchants Bank-Hastings is coordinating the community’s 4th Annual “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive to help stock the Hastings Family Service food shelf. To give a gift of food, drop off items at Merchants Bank-Hastings, or place them in the collection barrel at any Hastings Area Elementary School. Monetary contributions are also accepted.

Holiday Train – Thursday, December 12 • 4:30 p.m. • CP Depot, 500 East Second Street, Hastings
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be stopping to generate awareness for our local food shelf and collect donations for Hastings Family Service. Santa Claus will stop by and there will be entertainment, snacks and refreshments for everyone.

La Crescent
Holiday Train – Tuesday, December 10, 8:45 p.m. • 215 South Chestnut St., 
La Crescent (North of the Commodore Food & Spirit)
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be stopping to generate awareness for our local food shelf and collect donations for La Crescent Area Food Shelf. Santa Claus will stop by and there will be entertainment, snacks and refreshments for everyone.

Onalaska
Rotary Lights – December 3 • 5:00-10:00 p.m. • Riverside Park, La Crosse,WI
Thousands of lights will light up Riverside Park with holiday magic. Walk or drive through and stop to enjoy live entertainment. Food and cash donations are accepted at the park entrance. Merchants Bank volunteers will be staffing the Rotary Lights display this night, with food and monetary donations from the evening going to WAFER – come visit us!

Red Wing
Change Collection – December 1-10
Your change, changes lives. Merchants Bank staff will be collecting your loose change in their lobby with the donations going to Red Wing Area Food Shelf.

Spring Grove
To give a gift of food, drop off items at Merchants Bank-Spring Grove between December 1-10. Monetary contributions are also accepted.

We’ve made it easy with Red’s Hometown Market: Pick up a pre-packaged grocery bag worth $10 or $20 at Red’s Hometown Market.

St. Charles
Merchants Bank-St.Charles is coordinating the community’s 25th Annual 
“10 Days of Giving” Food Drive to help stock the Southeastern Minnesota Rural Education and Resource Center food shelf. To give a gift of food, place the items at Merchants Bank-St. Charles, or in the collection barrel at any St. Charles Area School or participating business. Monetary contributions are also accepted.

Winona
Merchants Bank-Winona is coordinating the community’s 25th Annual “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive to help stock the food shelf at Winona Volunteer Services. To give a gift of food, place the items in a bag under the lobby Christmas tree at any Merchants Bank-Winona location, or in the collection barrel at any Winona Area School or participating business. Monetary contributions are also greatly appreciated.

The Holiday Lighted Parade – Saturday, December 7 • 5:30 p.m. • Downtown Goodview, 6th Street
Lighted and decorated barrels will be placed at Merchants Bank in Goodview and the Elk’s Lodge.  People coming to watch the Holiday Lighted Parade are invited to bring monetary gifts or non-perishable food items with them. Santa and 
Mrs. Claus will be collecting food along the parade route. Christmas cookies and hot chocolate will be served by Merchants Bank staff at the Bank on Sixth Street. After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Elk’s Lodge to greet children.

Winter Carnival – Saturday, December 7 • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.• 
Merchants Bank – Downtown Winona, 102 East Third Street
Join us for lunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Cost of the lunch is just a $5 
donation to the “10 Days of Giving” per person and includes the following: pizza lunch, one souvenir photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus per family, and five game tickets. Pizza donated by Green Mill.

Holiday Concert for the Hungry – Sunday, December 8 • 2:00 p.m.  
Winona State University Performing Arts Center
The Winona State University Symphonic Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Don Lovejoy, and the Winona State University 
Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Paul Vance, will perform their annual Holiday Concert. Residence Hall students from WSU will be collecting non-perishable food items. Admission to the concert is free with the gift of food or monetary contribution to the “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive.

Holiday Train – Wednesday, December 11 • 5:15 p.m. • Winona Amtrak 
Station, Winona
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be stopping to generate awareness for our local food shelf and collect donations for Winona Volunteer Services. Santa Claus will stop by and there will be entertainment, snacks and refreshments for everyone.

Culver’s of Winona to Donate 10 Percent of Sales on December 2 to “10 Days of Giving”

WINONA, Minn. – Culver’s of Winona will donate 10 percent of its sales between 5 and 8 p.m. on December 2 to the “10 Days of Giving.” Merchants Bank staff will be assisting Culver’s staff during this time.

“We appreciate Culver’s willingness to take part in this great food drive,” said Terry Hawkings, who serves as co-chair for this year’s “10 Days of Giving.” “We encourage you to visit Culver’s and all the other businesses who are helping to support this important event.

The “10 Days of Giving” is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and has received considerable support from individuals, schools and the business community over the years.

McDonald’s to Donate Portion of Sales of Real Fruit Smoothies and Frappes to “10 Days of Giving”

WINONA, Minn. – McDonald’s of Winona will donate 10 cents for each Real Fruit Smoothie and Frappe it sells at its three Winona locations December 1-10 during the “10 Days of Giving,” according to Steve Kosek of McDonald’s of Winona.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to support this important community initiative,” Kosek said.

The “10 Days of Giving” is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and has received considerable support from individuals, schools and the business community over the years.

“McDonald’s is a generous supporter every year. We’re happy that they have decided to make this added contribution this year,” said Mark Metzler, who serves as co-chair of this year’s “10 Days of Giving.”