COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa—The Alegent Health Foundation and Mercy Hospital Charitable Council is sponsoring the 24th annual Heritage Dinner on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at Harrah’s Grand Ballroom in Council Bluffs. The theme of this year’s dinner is Traditions of Service. Heritage was created to celebrate the community and to pay homage to those honorees who have enriched the community and established a legacy on which future Heritage Award honorees can build.
The highlight of the event includes a presentation for the 2008 Heritage Award, which recognizes individuals from southwest Iowa for their professional and personal contributions to the community. Nominations for the 2008 Heritage Awards were made this past fall and are presented to individuals who excel in the following four areas: Arts/Humanities; Business; Education; and Health/Medicine. The following are recipients of the 2008 awards by category:
Arts/Humanities - Gary Fiscus, retired music teacher at Lewis Central High School
Business - Mick and Judy Guttau, Chairman and CEO of Treynor State Bank/TS Bank and board secretary and marketing director of Treynor State Bank/TS Bank
Education - Dan Kinney, Ph.D.; President of Iowa Western Community College
Health/Medicine - Ted Hoff, M.D.; retired Ophthalmologist of Midwest Eye Care
The Heritage Award recognizes individuals from southwest Iowa for their professional and personal contributions to the community. The Heritage Award was created to celebrate and pay homage to those honorees who have enriched the community and established a legacy on which future Heritage Award honorees can build. Each year a committee of community leaders and Mercy Hospital staff coordinate the event. Chairing this year’s event are Doug and Deb Goodman and co-chairs are Jim and Becky Burgart. Other committee members include Dr. David and Lea Kuper, John and Tracy Jerkovich, Nancy Coziahr and Dr. Jeff and Cheri Snyder.
The gala evening begins with a cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet meal and the recognition program. For more information regarding the 2008 Heritage Dinner or for tickets to the event, please contact Kristen Ostenso at (712) 328-5372.
The following are brief profiles of each 2008 Heritage Award recipient:
Gary Fiscus discovered his true calling in life when he was just four-years-old. “I recall watching the New York Philharmonic Orchestra on television and pretending that I had a conductor’s baton in my hand, keeping tempo with the music.” Growing up in Marshalltown, Iowa, the Fiscus family wasn’t overly musical, rather they tuned into education. Gary entered Marshalltown Community College and then Drake University and rediscovered his true passion, majoring in music. Upon his college graduation in 1972, Gary and his wife married in 1979. They settled in Council Bluffs, Iowa where he became the choral music instructor and taught music appreciation to thousands of students for more than 30 years at Lewis Central High School. The choral program grew from three choirs to seven in 10 years. “Through the years my method of teaching has evolved and so has the music and I’ve enjoyed learning right alongside my students,” said Gary.
During his career, Gary has received numerous honors and recognition including Lewis Central Educator of the Year award twice, the 2003 Governor’s Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2006 “Spirit of Courage” award. In 2007 he was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iowa Choral Directors Association where he served as President-Elect and President.
Since retiring in 2005, Gary has stayed active in music education promotion. He is currently an adjunct instructor at Iowa Western Community College, serves as the music director at Augustana Lutheran Church in Omaha and has been the assistant conductor and organist for Mid-American Music Tours to Europe for a number of years including 2008. He enjoys public speaking and regularly speaks for the Iowa chapters of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Nebraska Choral Directors Association along with touring schools and Christian groups on behalf of children’s leadership. Gary is writing a book on leadership titled I’ve Learned to Chop Wood and Carry Water. Gary has also served in leadership positions on several civic organizations including the Festival of Trees.
Gary’s motto is “Dream a dream so big that unless God helps you, it won’t happen.” Diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago caused Gary to re-evaluate his life and rediscover the importance of family, faith and the power of music. This has also caused him to become very active in a number of organizations dedicated to cancer research. Gary continues his dedication for teaching through the Lewis Central Educational Foundation and the Iowa Choral Director’s Association Endowment Fund. Gary and his wife, Kathy, have raised two adult children, Valerie and Matthew. Congratulations for being named as the 2008 Heritage Award recipient in Arts/Humanities.
Mick and Judy Guttau
Mick and Judy Guttau are college sweethearts who, throughout their four decades of marriage, have developed a successful partnership in both life and business. Mick and Judy both graduated from Iowa State University and upon marrying in 1968, decided to settle in Treynor, Iowa – where Mick grew up.
When Mick was called to serve his country as an Air Mission commander and Cobra helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War, Judy continued her career as a Home Economics teacher. One year later, Mick returned home and had a strong desire to follow in his family’s footsteps of being a farmer. But due to high start-up costs, he took a job at the local bank. Mick enjoyed working with local farmers, but felt banking wasn’t necessarily his life’s calling. He was offered a new job and was about to hand in his resignation when a new opportunity presented itself. The bank president offered to sell the bank to Mick and with Judy’s encouragement and help from his family, at 31-years-old, he became chairman and CEO of Treynor State Bank/TSBank.
Since 1978, the Guttau’s decision of taking ownership of the bank has never wavered and their partnership along with the bank has continued to grow. TS Bank now has locations in three Iowa towns including Council Bluffs, Treynor and Macedonia. At the bank, Mick and Judy work closely together, with Mick as chief executive officer and chairman and Judy as board secretary and marketing director. Together they work to promote economic development in Treynor and southwest Iowa.
Mick and Judy are members of the American and Iowa Bankers Associations where they have held various leadership positions. Through association with these organizations, Mick and Judy have been invited to speak at the International Russian Banking Conference in Moscow as well as serving on the U.S. State Department’s U.S./Slovakian Counterpart Team regarding agriculture finance and credit.
Outside of the banking industry both Mick and Judy have kept God, family and community a huge part of their lives. Both are very active in their church and other civic organizations. They have raised two children, Josh, president and chief financial officer of TSBank and Heidi Guttau-Fox, an attorney with Baird-Holm Law Firm; both children serve on the TSBank’s board of directors. Mick and Judy have been Sunday school teachers and are active members at Living Hope Community Church. They have also been active in 4-H, Deaf Missions, Good News Jail & Prison Ministry, Southwest Iowa Senior Center and Alegent Health Mercy Hospital. Mick is currently chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank Council and of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. The Guttaus are even past chairs of the Heritage Dinner. Congratulations for being named as the 2008 Heritage Award recipients in Business.
Dan Kinney’s career allows him the opportunity to relive his days as a college student five days a week. As the President of Iowa Western Community College for the past 14 years, Dr. Kinney’s military career provided him the leadership skills he needed to be successful in life – both personally and professionally.
Dr. Kinney is originally from Hastings, Neb., where he dreamed of one day becoming a banker, but the Vietnam War forever changed his career path. Dr, Kinney married his high school sweetheart after enlisting in the Army and served in the Army reserves and the Kansas National Guard for 31 years before retiring as a Colonel.
During his military career, Dr. Kinney also continued his schooling and graduated in 1968 with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Kearney State College in Kearney, Neb. His first job was an instructor at Central Community College in Hastings, Neb. While he enjoyed teaching, he realized administration was where he felt he could truly make a difference. Therefore, Dr. Kinney went back to college to receive his Master of Science in Education Administration in 1977 and soon after, became the department chair for Central Community College at the Hastings, Neb. campus.
In 1980, Dr. Kinney received his Doctorate in Philosophy and moved to Kansas to become Dean of Instruction at Colby Community College. Three years later, he became President of Coffeyville Community College, a position he held until 1994, when he moved to Council Bluffs and assumed his current position as the head of Iowa Western Community College.
Since becoming president of Iowa Western Community College in 1994, the college has experienced significant growth especially in the field of nursing. “Each year Iowa Western graduates 72 student with nursing degrees who stay in the area and obtain a nursing position among our local hospitals,” said Dr. Kinney.
When he’s not at the college, Dr. Kinney is an active member in the community. He has volunteered with the Mid-American Council of Boy Scouts for several years, including serving as the district chairman for 12 years. Dr. Kinney has also extended his leadership to the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce, serving in various capacities including board president.
Throughout his career Dr. Kinney has received numerous awards for his civic duty including the Daily Nonpareil’s Person of the Year Award in 2004, the Outstanding Educator by the Council Bluffs Sertoma Club in 2001 and the Bluffs Arts Council President’s Award in 1991.
As president, Dr Kinney takes a very hands-on approach with the students and enjoys watching them succeed. But his greatest personal accomplishment is that of his son, who’s followed in his father’s footsteps by serving in the Kansas National Guard, becoming a teacher and serving as vice president of student services at Western Nebraska Community College. Congratulations for being named as the 2008 Heritage Award recipient in Education.
Dr. Ted Hoff has called Council Bluffs his home for nearly all of his life. It’s a place where he’s grown a successful practice, started a family and over the years, has given back to the health care community, making a lasting imprint on the residents who live here.
Born in the west end, Dr. Hoff was the oldest of four children. Upon graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School, Dr. Hoff attended college at the University of Omaha, where he majored in chemistry. That’s where he also met his future wife Polly, at a sorority function.
Upon graduation in 1962, Dr. Hoff enrolled at the University Of Nebraska College Of Medicine where he decided to become an Ophthalmologist. In 1967, Dr. Hoff was called to military duty and served six years for the United States Air Force. The first two years were as a Flight Surgeon, then he completed a three year Residency in Ophthalmology. He completed his military service at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. before returning to Council Bluffs. He started his practice at Southwest Iowa Eye Clinic in 1973. “My first office was only 1,000 square feet and I can recall patients lining up in the hallway to wait for their appointments,” recalls Dr. Hoff.
After five years, Dr. Hoff relocated his practice to a bigger location at the Mercy 801 building. In 1996 he moved a third time to the Edwards Professional Building, which later merged with the Eye Physicians of Omaha to form the Midwest Eye Care. Dr Hoff retired in 2000.
During his medical career, Dr. Hoff took an active leadership role at the hospital, including serving as the Hospital’s Chief of Staff in 1990 and also as a board member on the Alegent Health Mercy Hospital Foundation for more than 10 years, including a term as president.
Beyond his patients, Dr. Hoff has also chosen to focus on the community through various volunteer organizations including the Lewis Central Booster Club, Chanticleer Theater, Iowa Western Community College, Dodge House, Visiting Nurses Association, Boys and Girls Club, and the Family Services of Iowa. He’s also has been a ringside physician for boxing matches at the Nebraska Cornhusker State Games for more than 20 years.
Dr. Hoff’s motto is when life gives you lemons, make lemonades. He looks forward to obstacles and finding ways to overcome them. Dr. Hoff has taught bridge lessons at the local Senior Center and has earned the prestigious Bridge Life Master award. Dr. Hoff’s other achievements include receiving the 2007 Visiting Nurse Association of Pottawattamie County Red Letter Day Honorary Chairmen and Chanticleer Presidents Award in 2000. Dr. Hoff and his wife Polly have raised two children and now enjoy their five grandchildren. Congratulations for being named as the 2008 Heritage Award recipient in Health/Medicine.