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Zahn, 44th Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe

Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2012

The 44th Annual Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe Breakfast was held Thursday morning, June 21 at the LaFontaine Golf Club with 108 people in attendance. Michael Zahn, chief executive officer of First Federal Savings Bank, was named the 2012 Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe in recognition of his contributions to Huntington County.

Nicole Johnson, Edward Jones and Chamber board chair, introduced Jeremy Nix, Huntington attorney, as emcee for the annual event. Father Ron Rieder, SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, gave the invocation. Nix spoke about Rose Wall, 2011 Flint Springs Chief, and introduced David Brewer, Huntington attorney and 1982 Chief. Brewer began the presentation of a new award for 2012, the Chiefs of the Flint Springs Tribe Dream Catcher Award.

Father Rieder, 2005 Chief, presented the new award to John Tippmann for his vision and work to bring the St. Felix Friary and property to complete restoration. Rieder said, “John has invested a great deal in this icon for Huntington – it has a marvelous history and future – John has been very good to Huntington.” Rieder also noted that Tippmann has also been a benefactor to the new Knights of Columbus building.

Tippmann said, “It is quite an honor to come to someone else’s community and receive this award … I have a warm spot in my heart for Huntington.” He continued, “Thank you very much.”

Joe Burgess, Heritage Days steering committee chairman, then spoke about Heritage Days and thanked the Chamber staff, the steering committee and all those involved. He said that Huntington is blessed that organizations in the community also take part in putting on activities. Burgess concluded with, “Everyone please enjoy Heritage Days!”

The Little Miss Heritage Days pageant was held Wednesday evening, June 20. The new Little Miss, Audrey Bowman and the Junior Miss Huntington, Chloe Clark, were then introduced and the past chiefs were recognized.

2011 Chief Rose Wall spoke about her year as chief, “Everyday you only see a part of a person, the best treat for me is getting a sense of the honor that was bestowed – I have thoroughly enjoyed it.” Wall went on to thank the Chamber staff for their support and recognized her family. She also said Huntington is “a wonderful community, full of wonderful people, doing wonderful things.” She encouraged people to get involved in one thing – that they have a passion for - and quoted Abraham Lincoln, “In the end its not the years in your life, it’s the life in your years.”

Michael Zahn was then introduced as the 2012 Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe as his three sons held signs they had made for their father which said “Go Daddy.” Wall started her description of the new chief as “He stands tall on the baseball diamond and basketball courts…” She explained that he was born and raised in Huntington, graduated from Huntington North High School, Indiana University and received his MBA from Notre Dame University. Wall continued that the individual is a talented cook who would secretly like to moonlight as a celebrity chef and is also a third generation CEO who is dedicated to employees and customers.

Zahn is also the second generation Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe. His father Stephen Zahn was named Chief in 1990. Michael Zahn has been married to wife Susan for 17 years and they have three sons, Adam, Noah and Ethan. His family, Stephen and Alyce Zahn, Jodie and Jamie Groves and Julie Jennings were also present for the award. Zahn is the third generation CEO of First Federal Savings Bank, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012.

Zahn serves his community in many capacities including past president of the YMCA board of directors and chairman of the Capital Campaign, past president of the Huntington Optimist Club, a member of the Huntington County Hometown Improvement committee, active with the United Way, a Chamber of Commerce board member, Lime City Economic Development member and much more. Zahn and his family are active parishioners of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Zahn spoke about the community and his family and said, “I am absolutely blessed and honored to live in such a great community.” He continued, “What we get when we give back – it’s the true reward.” Zahn then declared Heritage Days 2012 officially begun.