Thompson promoted at Kidron Bethel Village

Helen Thompson, RN, has been promoted to assisted living nurse manager at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton. She has served since 2008 as a charge nurse in Kidron Bethel’s health care area and began her new duties June 10.

“Our hiring process for the assisted living nurse manager position was conducted carefully and with much deliberation,” said Kidron Bethel Director of Nursing Services Blair Loganbill. “Several very strong candidates were considered. Helen stood out as an experienced nurse with a sterling reputation among her peers. Helen’s kind, calm and caring manner — along with her strong commitment to service — align perfectly with our Bluestem Communities core values.”

Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa of Hesston operate under the umbrella of Bluestem Communities. Thompson replaces former assisted living nurse manager Carla Shilts, who retired last month.

Local AFI insurance agent earns ‘American Star’

Edd Wallace, an American Family Insurance agent in Newton, has been recognized for providing outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification. Wallace joins other American Family agents who have demonstrated the highest level of committment to outstanding customer service.

Wallace has been an agent for American Family since December 1982 and has qualified for the award for seven years. His office is at 1311 N. Main St. in Newton.

Only agencies that perform in the top 20 percent of all insurance agencies nationwide, based on customer satisfaction surveys, are eligible to become American Star Excellence in Customer Experience certified.

Everence activities at Mennonite convention

A host of activities, including seminars, videos, interactive activities and sponsorships, will mark Everence participation at the Mennonite Church USA convention, to be held July 1–6 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Throughout the event, Everence Financial Representatives will lead seminars on a range of stewardship themes, including ones for youth and young adults that cover college finances and basic money issues and how they affect one’s values.

Financial seminars for adults include topics focused on retirement, faith and investing, health care reform and senior health planning.

Everence also is sponsoring a film festival — a new addition to the convention — featuring movies that explore immigration and antiracism issues followed by time for discussion. At the festival, Everence will show the winning entry from its first video contest for young people and will announce the theme and details of a new video contest and its cash prizes.

Everence also will launch a series of animated videos it has produced centered on the theme “doing better together” to illustrate how Everence members impact their communities and the world.

Everence also is sponsoring a pastors’ recognition event, which will take place during a worship session. And Everence is again supporting the convention T-shirt and each morning will host children’s activities at the Everence exhibit.

“We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones,” said Everence President and CEO Larry Miller. “The energy, ideas and mission that are shared at convention are always inspirational and important for the life of the church.”

More information about the event is available at under “Convention.”

Tabor alumni provides gift to endow scholarship

Dr. Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College, announced the gift of PepsiCo stock valued at $1 million. Floyd E. Bergen, a 1962 chemistry graduate who now lives in Norman, Okla., made the endowment donation in honor of Del Reimer.

"I have thought for years how to honor the man who taught me so much while at Tabor, Dr. Del Reimer. It is my privilege to endow a scholarship in his honor as my coach and mentor," Bergen said. “That time is now.”

The gift honoring Reimer will establish a scholarship that will be directed toward an individual who will be an impact player for the men’s varsity basketball team.

Reimer served as the coach for the Tabor men’s basketball team from 1957 until 1970 and worked at the college in various roles, including athletic director and the coach for several athletic teams.

Tabor College is a four-year Christian liberal arts institution in Hillsboro.

Bunting introduces new conveyor line

Bunting Magnetics Co. — producer of precision magnetic products for the worldwide recycling, food, printing, automobile, plastics and electronics industries — has introduced a new line of high-intensity separation conveyors. The first public showing of the product line was at WasteExpo 2013 in New Orleans.

Bunting Product Manager Don Suderman, discussing the new conveyor line, said: “These new separation conveyors are designed to provide extremely high magnetic fields, which enable removal of lightly magnetic tramp metal fines. High-intensity magnetic fields also separate work-hardened 300 series stainless steel from the product stream, increasing separation effectiveness for medical waste, as well as automotive and electronic scrap recycling. Optional vibratory feeder trays are available. The conveyor frames are constructed of 300 series stainless steel, and tough urethane endless belts maximize magnetic field exposure to the material being conveyed.”