Seven win ‘Sauk Centre Serves’ hospitality awards

Seven award recipients were honored for their hospitality service at the first annual “Sauk Centre Serves” Awards held Monday, Sept. 23, at The Palmer House. These awards recognize the accomplishments of those who provide exceptional service to visitors and residents in Sauk Centre.

Those honored, the award they received, and comments by their nominator, include:

Jacki Mead: Business of the Year, Mead’s — With more than 20 years in the retail business, Mead’s helps keep retail alive in Sauk Centre. A Lions Club member, this winner is a supporter of the Food Shelf and provides scholarships for seniors.

Christin Quinlan: Restaurant Server of the
Year —
Quinlan served eight years in the restaurant industry, six at The Palmer House, and has built relationships with customers, winning over even the most demanding or difficult guest. Her leadership and mentoring of other employees is quite an accomplishment for one so young.

Brenda Baum: Hotel Server of the Year. Baum has worked at the AmericInn for 12 years and encourages and motivates other housekeepers with her strong work ethic and willingness to go above and beyond the job duties. She prepared care packages for the troops in the Home Town Heroes event and is involved with the Global Soap Project helping people around the world.

Scott Cheadle: Retail Server of the Year. Enthusiastic, friendly, polite, helpful, courteous, smiley – these are just some of the accolades awarded to this retail server at North Star with 15 nominations mostly from customers. They say that a visitor or resident would definitely have a positive opinion of this town with his first impression.

Joyce Lyng: Volunteer Server of the Year. Her commitment to volunteering at the Sinclair Lewis Interpretive Museum is such that she tends to plan her life around it. She goes well beyond what is expected of her as a volunteer and donates her time with the Blood mobile and Area Concert Association.

Teresa and Dan Meyer, Minnesota Buffalo Association: Convention/Meeting of the Year. This convention brought in more than 150 people from around the Midwest and Hidden Bison Ranch even hosted Sunday brunch for this group. The convention brought in an estimated economic impact of over $35,000 to the businesses of Sauk Centre.

Pam Borgmann: Event of the Year. Grillin’ and Chillin’ began in 2009 and has grown to attract more than 1,000 people to Sauk Centre in the Fall. This nominee is also involved in many events, including the Christmas in the Park, The Tree Memorial and Beautification Committee. This person envisions and embodies the meaning behind “Sauk Centre Serves!”

In addition, recognition certificates were awarded to the original Sauk Centre Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Board, including Warren Stone, Jeff Kitterman, JoAnn Thorson, Kelley Freese, Dennis Heinen, Pam Durbin, Janet Kostreba and Cindy Uhlenkamp.

The city of Sauk Centre was awarded a certificate of appreciation for its help with events, city beautification, parks and campground maintenance, streets and signage, all of which help to make Sauk Centre a premier tourist destination.

The winners were selected by an impartial panel of judges and were nominated by customers, business owners and visitors. The Sauk Centre CVB sponsored the event.

The Sauk Centre CVB was started May 16, 2007, funded by a 3 percent hotel tax on rooms paid by visitors. Some of the many achievements of the Sauk Centre CVB over the years include the designation as an Explore Minnesota Tourism Information Center, installment of a billboard near Fargo, N.D., signage on the Lake Wobegon Trail and the Caramel Apple Bike Ride, as well as continued advertising, sales calls and new brochures. Visit its website for more information.