On October 17, 2006, Todd Otteson, Red Wing Chapel and Donald Kietzmann, Rochester Chapel were in Philadelphia to receive the Pursuit of Excellence award for their perspective chapels from Bill Biggins, President of NFDA. This award was given out at the 125th annual National Funeral Director's Convention held at the Philadelphia Convention Center. To receive this award, each funeral home must complete six different catagories related to funeral service. There are a number of criteria that must be met in each catagory. They are, Continuing Education and Staff Developement, Family Outreach and Support, Community Service and Education, Professional Developement Service and Participation and Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations.
On August 11 and 12, 2006 the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel in Red Wing participated in the Mississippi Shuffle, a walk to raise money to fight cancer. Our team, Mahn's Marching Madness, had 10 walkers who walked an hour at a time. The walkers consisted of Judy Habedank, Sue Dopkins, Amanda Lohmann, Robyn Banitt-Pelehos, Amy Carda, Sue Mahn, Vicky Koehn, Elaine Eng, Joe Mahn and Todd Otteson. The walk was held at Baypoint Park in Red wing. The team raised a total of $1250.
On May 20, 2006 a bench, in Memory of David Saxton, funeral director at the Mahn Family Funeral Homes from January 3, 2004 -June 24, 2006 was dedicated in his memory. The bench is located next to the addition of the new reception room and crematory that was added on this past winter at the funeral chapel in Red Wing. Dave's fiance, parents and two brothers were in attendence for this cermony. Rev. Gordy Trelstad, retired pastor from Red Wing led the dedication. Dave died suddenly on June 24, 2005 at his home in Red Wing.
Don Kietzmann, Rochester Chapel, and Amanda Lohmann, Red Wing Chapel were awarded a Paul Harris Fellow thru Rotary. This is in recognition from The Rotary Foundation for expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for Rotary’s founder, a Chicago lawyer, who started their organization with three business associates in 1905. The educational and humanitarian programs are a commitment to peace and to a better life for people Don will never meet, a truly selfless action. It is because of gifts such as this that The Rotary Foundation can carry out an array of programs that achieve beneficial changes in our world: Improved living conditions, increased food production, better education, wider availability of treatment and rehabilitation for the sick and disabled, new channels for the flow on international understanding, and brighter hopes for peace. In becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, Don and Amanda joins a remarkable company of persons throughout the world. They are recognized for their devotion to the ideal of good will, peace and understanding…a goal of Rotarians the world over. Congratulation to Don and Amanda for their commitment to the programs of The Rotary Foundation. Keep up the good work!!