Dillonaires of 2013: Group – Great Harvest Bread Franchising Co.

The employees and spirit of the Great Harvest Bread Company’s franchising offices in Dillon are this year’s “Dillonaires of the Year.”  While the Tribune isn’t overly impressed with the distribution of money, we love the way Great Harvest shares with the community.  If you sign up and get selected as a Bake Day receipient, your group will help with the Bake Day tasks, particularly with customer service.  In 2013, Great Harvest expanded Bake Day from two days to three days, adding more coin to the lucky groups selected to benefit.  All proceeds from a Bake Day go to the group previously designated by Great Harvest.

In 2013, Great Harvest dispursed over $50,000 to organizations on six separate Bake Days.  The lucky groups were Youth Connections Mentoring Program, Beaver Booster Club, Beaverhead County High School Scholarships, Grasshopper Valley Volunteer Fire Department, City of Dillon Tree Board, and the Southwestern Family YMCA.

Great Harvest ends the year with a Thank You Bake Day event in which citizens can stop in at the bakery and pick-up free products.

A Great Harvest press release quoted Janet Tatarka, Great Harvest’s director of bakery logistics and training, “We’re super excited to support organizations that make Dillon a better place to live and that broadly benefit or help our area.”

Making Dillon a better place to live – that hits our number one criteria.

By making Dillon a better place to live through their Bake Day events, Great Harvest Bread Franchising has been named the 2013 group “Dillonaires of the Year.”

 

Clarification

The holiday season rolling into the new year is a unique time for weekly newspapers.  Meetings are canceled, agencies basically close up, and regular stories disappear as first Christmas and then the New Year are embraced by the community.  Without the regular news sources, but still with a paper to fill, most weekly papers do some sort of yearly recap.  Many go with a week-to-week retelling of the entire year.

This period caught me off guard in my first year as editor in 2006, and I scrambled again in 2007 to fill the paper.  For 2008 I came up with the idea of an award – Dillonaires of the Year (there are millionaires, and there are billionaires all over the world, but only in southwestern Montana are there Dillonaires).  It was a chance to create an award and criteria to honor people and organizations I respect.  Through the first few years I spelled out the criteria, but as the years have gone by, I guess I assumed readers understood the program.

The awards were for simple, unselfish acts that made Dillon a better place.  For instance, the second year a woman nominated a mail carrier who would come back to her house after delivering his route and shovel the snow off her walks.  The first group award went to the Dillon Jaycees – the platinum level service organization in our area.

Again, in the early years as I would explain  the criteria, I would point out that the awards weren’t for simply giving money out, but for actions that make Dillon the special place that it is.

Last week, in naming Great Harvest the group winner, I felt I explained that while the Dillonaire award isn’t about recognizing people writing checks, I loved the way Great Harvest administered their Bake Day Program.  At least two people misunderstood my intent and felt I was criticizing the groups Great Harvest picked to benefit.  

The Dillonaire award is special to me and I take the responsibility seriously, and of course, I like to have fun with the idea as well.  I feel terrible that I so bungled that one sentence that my intent was so easily misunderstood.  I  apologize to anyone offended by my poor choice of phrase.

The offending passage – “While the Tribune isn’t overly impressed with the distribution of money, we love the way Great Harvest shares with the community.”

The article concluded, “By making Dillon a better place to live through their Bake Day events, Great Harvest Bread Franchising has been named the 2013 group ‘Dillonaires of the Year.’”