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Ak-Sar-Ben CXVII King & Queen

The 2013 Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation "Heads of State"


Ak-Sar-Ben Honors William A. Cutler as 117th Monarch

A dedicated businessman, devoted family man and true leader in the Omaha community was honored for his achievements at the Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation and Scholarship Ball on October 19th.   A crowd of nearly 2000 attendees witnessed the crowning of Bill Cutler as the 117th King of Ak-Sar-Ben.  The event also included the formal introduction of the 2013 Court of Quivira, which once again honored over 200 Heartland families and proudly introduced 50 Horatio Alger Scholarship recipients.


Born in Omaha and raised in Council Bluffs, Bill is a 1966 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School.  He attended Omaha University, now UNO, and is a 1969 graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. He began his career in the funeral service in 1969.
Bill is a partner with Heafey Hoffman Dworak and Cutler Mortuaries in Omaha, NE and Cutler O’Neill Meyer Woodring Funeral Home in Council Bluffs, IA as well as the Walnut Hill, Cedar Lawn, Memorial Park and Ridgewood Cemeteries in Council Bluffs.
He has served in leadership roles in numerous community organizations and funding campaigns both in Omaha and Council Bluffs. He currently serves as president of the Nebraska Organ Recovery System Board of Directors, is a member of the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Board of Governors and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the College of St. Mary, Westside Foundation, Merrymakers, and is a member of the Archbishop’s Committee for Development for the Archdiocese of Omaha.  He is Past President of the Mercy Housing Midwest Board of Directors and the Council Bluffs YMCA.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Charities, Catholic Charities Foundation and was a member of the Council Bluffs School Board.  He was the United Way Cabinet Chairman, Area 3 in Omaha and Past Chairman of the United Way of the Midlands Drive in Council Bluffs

He is a former member of the Board of Directors for American National Bank, Peoples National Bank and the Council Bluffs State Bank and Trust. He and his wife Susan have been married for 43 years.  Success in business is a reward for hard work but the ultimate reward for their commitment to each other is the joy they experience with their three children and 5 grandchildren. 

The former Susan Eakin was born and raised in Council Bluffs. She is a 1966 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School and a 1970 graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln.  Following graduation she taught elementary school for the Council Bluffs Public School System.
Her community service endeavors have benefitted numerous organizations. Susan currently serves on the board of Directors for the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Foundation and the Methodist Hospital Foundation.  She is also a member of the Nebraska Medical Center Polo for Patients Steering Committee. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Omaha Public Library Foundation, Omaha Town Hall, and the Council Bluffs Salvation Army Advisory Board.

She was Chairman of the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo Membership Drive, the Ak-Sar-Ben Women’s Ball Committee, the Omaha Symphony Debutante Ball, the Lauritzen Gardens Antique and Garden Show, the Joslyn Art Museum Gala, the Omaha Public Library Stephen Ambrose Speaker Event, and the Heartland Family Service Annual Campaign. Although community involvement was an important focus of her volunteer work, Susan also committed herself to her children’s school and sport activities and is Past President of the District 66 Volunteer Council for Westside Community Schools and the Westside Middle School Booster Club.

She has served on the following non-profit guild boards: Omaha Community Playhouse, Omaha Symphony, Ak-Sar-Ben Friends, Omaha Performing Arts Leadership Committee and Sacred Heart School Friends of the Heard.  In addition, she has worked on fund raising committees for the Arthritis Gala Women of the Year, the Durham Museum Ak-Sar-Ben Gown Exhibit, Project Harmony 10th Anniversary Gala and the Sunrise Scramble.

Having served in many roles, Bill and Susan have a shared a mutual fondness for the mission of Ak-Sar-Ben. Their involvement has spanned decades.  In addition to currently serving on the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Board of Governor’s, Bill has served as Chairman of the Coronation Ball Committee in 2009 and 2010 and as Vice Chairman in 2008. He was a member of His Majesty’s Council from 1997-2005. He is a past Chairman of the River City Roundup and Rodeo and served as Grand Marshall in 2005.  In 1969, Susan was an Ak-Sar-Ben Princess during its Diamond Jubilee, and served on the Ak-Sar-Ben Women’s Ball Committee from 1991-1994, and as the Chairman in 1993.  Bill and Susan are the parents of Mary Jean “Jeanie” Cutler Jones, Queen XCVIII, as well as princesses, escorts, pages and floor committee members, throughout the generations.

A man of vision with the courage and the perservance to pursue it, Bill Cutler is also a Diamond Donor to the Ak-Sar-Ben Scholarship Fund.  His legacy will live on in the pursuits of our Heartland youth.  Ak-Sar-Ben as a foundation has contributed more than 58 million dollars to our Heartland community.  Since the introduction of scholarships in the 1950’s the Foundation has granted over 8 million dollars to scholars.


Ak-Sar-Ben Honors German Family with Queen Honor

The German family was honored for their civic leadership and community service as Carolyn Lea German was crowned the 117th Queen of Ak-Sar-Ben.  On October 19, 2013, during the annual Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation and Scholarship Ball honoring more than 200 Nebraska and western Iowa families, a crowd of almost 1900 witnessed the crowning and formal introduction of the 117th Court of Quivira and the announcement of the 50 Horatio Alger Scholars. 


The new Queen currently attends Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where she is majoring in English with a Language Arts Endorsement. Upon graduation she is planning to pursue a Masters Degree in Secondary Education.  The first half of Carolyn’s college career was spent as a Cornhusker attending the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. While studying at UNL, Carolyn was active in the Pi Beta Phi Sorority, serving as the House delegate for FOCUS- Fellowship of Catholic University Stu dents. She served on its Executive Committee holding the position of Vice President of Housing.  Having a strong desire to teach and make a difference in the formation of youth, motivated her involvement in First Book, a philanthropy raising funds for Literacy.

A Fifth Generation Nebraskan, Carolyn followed in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother and is a graduate of Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart.  Although knowing at an early age she wanted to be a teacher, it was at Duchesne Academy where this vocation was rooted more deeply. She was active in Computers for Africa and travelled to Uganda in support of education in Third world countries.  Carolyn has a passion to run and to date has completed five half marathons, and just competed the Twin Cities marathon on October 6. Queen Carolyn currently is taking flying lessons as well, an interest she shares with her father.

Civic involvement and philanthropy are a common thread woven through the new Queen’s family. Carolyn’s mother, Karen Witt German, graduated from UNL, with a degree in Elementary Education. She is a veteran volunteer and her community support endeavors have benefitted numerous organizations serving as past Chairman of the Omaha Symphony Debutante Ball Committee and past member of the Ak-Sar-Ben Women’s Ball Committee. She has served on committees for Project Harmony, Laurtitzen Gardens, Women’s Center for Advancement and the St. Augustine Indian School Mission. Her many past and present affiliations include the Christ Child Society of Omaha, Bergan Mercy Hospital Board and Candlelight Ball Chairman, Omaha Town Hall and the Teammates Mentoring Program.

She has been an active volunteer in her children’s education while at Creighton Prep, Duchesne Academy and Christ the King. Karen currently serves on the Archbishop’s Committee for Development and is currently a member on the development committee at Christ the King Church.

Queen Carolyn’s father, Cal German was born and raised the son of missionary bush pilot in the Philippine Islands. He and Carolyn returned after forty years and together identified the need for affordable and safe housing for youth making the difficult transition from remote tribal life to an urban college environment.  This vision led to the funding and construction of two dormitories that now house over fifty students from the tribes he grew up with.
Cal returned to the United States in 1971, living in both Imperial and Grant Nebraska. He attended University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he met his wife Karen. He spent three years in Public accounting at Coopers & Lybrand before purchasing an interest in Distribution Management Systems, Inc. and embarking on his 30-year career in software business.

Cal’s civic and professional involvement includes, the Christ Child Society Board of Directors and the Association of Millwork Distributors Board of Directors. He has served on the Finance Committee of Christ the King and is a past Capital Campaign Co-Chairman. He served on the Floor Committee of Ak-Sar-Ben.

Queen Carolyn is the youngest of three children all living and working in the Omaha area. All have participated in the Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation & Scholarship Ball as pages, princesses, escorts and floor committee members.  Carolyn’s fondest memories of Ak-Sar-Ben are as a page. There has always been a realm of mystery surrounding the Coronation and keeping things secret is key. She hopes to use her year as Queen to teach the value in volunteering and the importance in giving back.

The Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation and Scholarship Ball has a mission of promoting, recognizing, and celebrating volunteerism, philanthropy and community pride.  Since the 1950’s, Ak-Sar-Ben has awarded more than 8 million dollars in scholarships. Since its inception it has given over 58 million dollars to the Heartland community.



Pages procession


​2013 Women's Ball Committee

​Fr. Tom Fangman, member of 2013 Court of Honor


​Princesses getting ready



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