Chippewa Valley Community Chorus
The Chippewa Valley Community Chorus is embarking on a unique season this spring. It is joining the many great local organizations in adapting to the current times by going virtual. Though this is a new challenge, it is an exciting one. It will allow us to bring together members not only from the Chippewa Valley but also from across the country. We will be keeping to our short spring season, rehearsing Tuesdays January 12th-March 16th from 7-8:30 pm, and will culminate the season by compiling a recorded virtual concert to share with those in our communities. The format will be different, meeting via zoom with one hour of rehearsing music for the concert followed by a half-hour relaxed sing-a-long format. We will give members the option of participating in one or the other parts of the rehearsals or both if they would like. Our director, accompanist, and board are all collaborating to make this unique season enjoyable for all, and we hope to continue to bring music to those around us. After all, we believe that singing and working together is the way we can change the world.
Health Care Workers at HSHS, Prevea Health now receiving second doses of COVID-19 Vaccine
Today Prevea Health began administering second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to its health care workers, along with those at its HSHS hospital partners in Wisconsin. The second dose, which is required for maximum effectiveness (94%) of the vaccine, is given 21 days after the first dose.
“From the moment these vaccines first became available to us by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services just 21 days ago, our teams have been working swiftly, yet carefully to effectively immunize every health care worker within the Prevea Health and HSHS Wisconsin systems that wishes to be vaccinated,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO at Prevea Health. “We are immensely proud of the work our teams have done so far to get our health care workers and community EMS teams vaccinated. We continue to eagerly await the opportunity to offer these life-saving vaccines to our community members and put an end to this pandemic.”
Sassha Rongholt Joins Charter Bank as Internal Auditor
Charter Bank is proud to announce that Sassha Rongholt has joined the Charter Bank as the Internal Auditor. She will be responsible for the internal audit and review of all functions performed by bank personnel, for establishing the bank’s Risk Based Audit Program, and the timely execution of both internal and external audits in accordance with the annual audit plan.
Rongholt comes to Charter Bank with 10 years of internal audit experience within the financial service line and 16 years of banking experience. Most recently, she was the Internal Audit Manager at Wipfli LLP in Eau Claire. Rongholt has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from DeVry University in Chicago.
Market & Johnson's Employee Impact Fund Donates $60,000 To Local Organizations
(December 2020) The employees of Market & Johnson continue their community support throughout western Wisconsin by donating $60,000 to several organizations through the Market & Johnson Employee Impact Fund (EIF). Organizations benefiting from the fund in 2020 include both Eau Claire and La Crosse Junior Achievement offices, both Eau Claire and La Crosse Big Brothers Big Sisters, both Eau Claire and Black River Falls Boys & Girls Clubs, St. Croix Valley Foundation - Sterbernz Ryan Scholarship, Chippewa Valley Street Ministry, Eau Claire School Foundation Homeless Program, La Crosse Veterans Mentor Program, Collaborative to End Homelessness, and the Eau Claire Community Foundation Covid-19 Response. “Our employees never cease to amaze us,” said Jason Plante, Vice President, Market & Johnson. “Many people today are facing difficult times, and our team has stepped up and set a record amount of money to give back to those in need.”
Chippewa Valley Technical College President Barker Announces Retirement
After twenty-one years of service to the Chippewa Valley Technical College district, President Bruce Barker has announced his retirement.
At the regular meeting of the CVTC Board on Tuesday, Dec. 15, the board voted to hire The Association of Community College Trustees executive search division to assist with the selection of the next CVTC president. Barker will retire effective July 1, 2021.
Over the past 12 years as president, Barker has been at the center of efforts to meet the region's workforce needs, a vital part of the mission of CVTC. Barker joined CVTC in 1999 as director of human resources and became vice president of operations the following year. In 2008, he was selected as the 10th president of CVTC.
“Being part of the CVTC team has been a wonderful experience and privilege,” Barker said in his announcement to employees Tuesday evening. “I will always be extremely proud and grateful for what we have accomplished. CVTC provides our students with options, hope, direction and the skills and confidence to succeed. We provide our communities with essential workers, experts in every field, entrepreneurs and leaders.”
One-class students at Chippewa Valley Technical College
Curtiss Anderson war recently working on on an electrical controller training unit in December at the Mechatronics lab in Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Gateway Campus. However, Anderson is not a typical student in the Mechatronics program, which was formerly known as Industrial Mechanics. In fact, he is a member of the program’s Advisory Committee, which includes professionals in the field and helps guide the program to ensure students learn the skills they need.
“I came back as a student for the electrical maintenance and PLC (programmable logic controller) refresher, but I am learning a lot too,” said Anderson, 45, a technical operations manager at Premium Waters in Chippewa Falls.
Anderson was only enrolled in one class during fall semester and was not in any degree program. Such students, known as undeclared or non-contract students, are not unusual at CVTC, particularly in the manufacturing cluster. People need to keep up to date on their skills in highly technical fields.
Security Financial Bank Accepting Applications for Scholarships
Security Financial Bank (SFB) is currently accepting applications for scholarships it awards to graduating high school students continuing their education.
Each year, SFB awards up to two $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors in each of its markets, including Bloomer, Durand, Eau Claire, Ladysmith and River Falls. Recipients are chosen based on involvement in school, youth organizations and community events with particular preference given to students pursuing a career in finance, accounting or business administration. The applicant or parent/guardian of applicant must be an account holder of SFB.
For more information and complete guidelines, students are encouraged to download an applicationat http://www.sfbank.com/webfiles/fnitools/documents/2021_scholarship_application.pdf. Application deadline is March 1. Applications can be delivered to a branch location or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Becky Seelen, SFB marketing director, at 715-930-7030 with any questions.
About Security Financial Bank
Established in 1934, Security Financial Bank is a locally-owned financial institution focused on business and agriculture with offices in Bloomer, Durand, Eau Claire, Ladysmith and River Falls. SFB strives to provide products and services that exceed its clients’ needs and provides guidance that enable them to succeed. For more information on SFB, please visit www.sfbank.com or call 888-254-0615. SFB is an equal opportunity provider.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.