Dr. B Awarded Service Above Self Award

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Service Above Self Feb 2016 62


The 10th Annual Greater Mankato Rotary Above Self Lunch was held on Wednesday February 10,

to honor the contributions of two amazing individuals and one group. This award is intended to lift up

individuals in the community who go above and beyond the normal associations one would expect of

them in their work world and family life.

Those being honored were Sarah Richards of Mankato, Dr. Deb Bobendrier of Mankato and Schulz

Rink of Dreams in Madison Lake.

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Sarah Richards- Mankato, MN

Richards is a Mankato native and returned to the area following college at the University of St.

Thomas and work in the Golf industry.

She took a position at Jones Metal Products with specialization in recruiting, training, communications

and shareholder relations. In 2010, she became Director of Sales and Marketing and became

President and CEO of the company.

The 1982 Mankato East High School graduate is involved in many philanthropic organizations

including the Mankato YWCA, Mankato Tech Ed Board ISD 77 Tech Ed Board, Project Lead the Way

(Mankato), South Central College Technical Advisory Committee, and AMP – Advanced

Manufacturing Committee.

Richards has been a YWCA board member since 2010 and has been a member of the executive

committee for five years.


Dr. Deb Bobendrier- Mankato, MN

Dr. Bobendrier grew up in Pipestone and graduated from the University of LaCrosse and earned a

doctorate in chiropractic care from Palmer College of Chiropractic West.

For the past seven years, Bobendrier has co-chaired the Relay for Life of Blue Earth County, which

has raised almost $800,000 for cancer research and funding for programs in the Mankato Area. She

also chaired CPS-3, which is a cancer prevention study by the American Cancer Society. Bobendrier

has also been involved with the Mankato Arthritis Walk, The Bark for Life, United Way, ECHO Food

Shelf and the YWCA Women’s Leadership Program.

Dr. Bobendrier currently practices chiropractic care at Discover Chiropractic. Also serving as a science

teacher, Bobendrier helps prepare future nurses in subjects of physiology, biology and kinesiology.
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Schulz Rink of Dreams- Madison Lake, MN

With the Greater Mankato Area having such a severe shortage of ice for hockey, Stacey Schulz and

her family have selflessly opened up their hearts as well as their home and farm to share with others.

Complete with a lobby, bathrooms, dressing area, donated equipment and a Zamboni machine,

Schulz Ice is available for community use, free of charge. A wide range of athletes use

including Minnesota State University – Mankato Division 1 hockey players.

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