by Don Heinzman
Four Hall-of-Fame Leadership Award winners were announced this week by Bruce Tyler, chair of the sponsoring Three Rivers Community Foundation.
The four, judged by panels representing Elk River, Otsego, Rogers and Zimmerman, are:
•Pat Rasmusson, Elk River
•Eileen Schuck, Otsego
•Carol Hines, Rogers
•Henry and Joyce Bost, Zimmerman
The four will be honored at the fifth annual gala starting at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Rogers Community Center. Tickets at $35 can be obtained from any board member and by calling Gala Chair Jessica Stockamp at 763-441-0020.
Rasmusson led an international organization for three years as the Most Worthy Grand Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, involving 640,000 members of Grand Chapters and 5,800 members of overseas chapters. As chair, she governed the Eastern Star throughout the world.
This international organization for women and men is a part of the Family of Freemasonry, which conducts fraternal, social and local and national charitable activities.
For 21 years she advanced through the leadership positions to her international chairmanship.
She was president and still is vice president of the Sherburne County Abstract and Title Company and served five terms as elected Sherburne County recorder and registrar of titles.
Rasmusson has been involved in many activities in Elk River and in the state, including past president of the Elk River Chamber of Commerce, treasurer of the Greater Elk River United Way Board for three years and president of the American Red Cross Chapter in Sherburne County.
She and her husband, Gary, have three children, Kathi of Harvard, Ill., Kelly of Lakeville and Kent of Elk River.
Schuck is being honored for her leadership in the District 728 music programs and particularly those at Rogers High School.
When the School Board was considering cutting funds for music programs, Schuck rallied parents, teachers and students across the district to advocate successfully for the programs. She lined up speakers, had the marching band playing in the city hall parking lot and attracted a standing-room-only crowd to the school board meeting.
She plays a leadership role in supporting the 728 Marching Band Cadets from Elk River, Rogers and Zimmerman, whose members include all three of her children, who also played in the River City Percussion drumline.
At Rogers High School, she is the “right hand” of band teacher Sara Klingelhofer, organizing the numbering, sewing, ordering and cleaning of the band uniforms and pep band jackets. She organized and chaperoned the band’s trip to Chicago.
She has been secretary for four years and president of the Band Boosters, and organized many fundraisers.
In addition, she has been a Girl Scout leader, a Cub Scout leader and treasurer and soccer coach for two years.
Schuck and her husband, Steve, have three children: Morgan, Michael and David.
Hines is a leader in many activities in the Rogers area, particularly those which help people. Among those are: Elk River Community Theatre, 22 years; secretary for the Rogers/Hassan senior group, Three Rivers Community Foundation Board of Directors and Rogers Lions club.
She chaired the Camp Courage Halloween party, is involved with the University of Minnesota Eye Bank, the Christian Mothers of Mary Queen of Peace Church, Rogers Chamber of Commerce ambassador, officer for 16 years with the Rogers Threshing Show, member of the PTO as well as assisting her husband, Jack, with his activities and organizations.
Hines has been a member of the CROSS food shelf for many years, and on the couple’s 50th anniversary, they sought donations to the food shelf instead of gifts, resulting in 700 pounds of food and $1,000.
When she was notified of her selection as Hall of Fame Leadership Award winner from Rogers, she said she was shocked because she has always been known as “Mrs. Jack Hines.”
Her motto in life is “when you are thinking something nice about someone, don’t keep it to yourself, tell them. Put a smile on their face and a hop in their step.”
She and her husband have five married children: John, Julie, Joe, Tony and Jason, 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Hank and Joyce Bost are leaders in their church and in helping people in the Zimmerman area, particularly those in need.
Hank has been on the St. John Lutheran Church Council as a member and president for many years. He sings in the church choir, leads a Bible study group, and the confirmation youth ministry program, in addition to helping with the St. John’s youth mission trips. Hank was the usher coordinator for many years and formed the St. John’s band.
Joyce convenes the quilters who make quilts for Lutheran World Relief. She has coordinated the funeral receptions for many years.
The couple coordinates the church’s recycling programs and delivers meals to shut-ins.
They visit shut-ins and work at and collect food for the CAER food shelf. They are volunteer drivers for Sherburne County, participate in the CROP Walk and the “Fair for All” events.
Music is a big part of their lives. Hank regularly leads singing and plays the guitar at the care centers in Milaca, Princeton and Zimmerman. They raised funds for the Zimmerman High School band program, particularly to provide instruments for students who couldn’t afford them.