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President's Blog

May 30, 2017

Patrick R. Gideon, President

I recently lost my 88 year old stepmother, Jane Gideon, who was a very special lady. She graduated from Topeka High School in 1945 and K-State in 1949 at the age of 20. Jane and my dad Clarence were married in 2004 and until his death in 2015. I am so glad to have known her. While visiting her in the hospital, she shared an amazing story with me about her uncle, Jess Willard. The famous Jess Willard was World Heavyweight Boxing Champion from 1915 – 1919, knocking out Jack Johnson for the title. To read this fascinating story, please view our Summer 2017 Newsletter located under the SLB News section of our website, I hope you find this as enjoyable as I did!

                Our staff has been busy volunteering within the community and schools. Lender Matthew Clarke volunteered at the K-State Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. This resource helps students who are wanting to become business owners by linking them with mentors. Lender Michelle Fales taught a Junior Achievement course, “Our City,” to 3rd Graders at Kennedy Elementary in Lawrence. Southwest Branch Manager, Shane Koci taught a Junior Achievement course to 6th Graders at Auburn Elementary and participated in their “City Streets,” a mock city experience that reinforces concepts such as supply and demand, time management and financial literacy. Loan Analyst Lainie McPherson spearheaded the collection of canned food for Harvesters Community Food Network at all SLB locations. CSR Lindsey Martin and Marketing Assistant Ashley Sanders assisted with the NOTO Anonymous Service Crawl in support of the NOTO Arts District. In recognition of  financial literacy month, an SLB team of Customer Service Reps; Kim Degand, Anna Feldt, Lindsey Martin, Lucas Mitchell, and Ashley Prothe taught kids to save at area grade schools, coordinated and planned by Marketing Assistant, Ashley Sanders. Our Young Guns group makes a difference by volunteering during lunch once a month. I think you’ll agree that we have a caring and committed staff.

                Online scams are on the increase and we hear stories from customers daily of their experiences. Protect yourself by remembering the following tips: 1) Don’t click on links or open attachments in unsolicited email. Links can download malware onto your computer and/or steal your identity. 2) Don’t believe everything you see. Scammers are great at mimicking official seals, fonts, and other details. Even Caller ID can be faked. 3) Never share personally identifiable information with someone who has contacted you unsolicited. 4) Don’t be pressured to act immediately. Scammers want to push you into action before you have time to think or discuss with others. Ask us before entering into a financial transaction based on an email directive. We are happy to help!

                Coming this September, the bank will undergo a core and online banking conversion. This upgrade will provide enhancements to your banking experience including the ability to see your check images online, improved eStatement and eNotice delivery and real-time balances for ATM and debit card processing. We will provide timely communication to keep you informed of upcoming changes. Remember, we are here to help you with your financial needs and goals. Please utilize our financial expertise and let us help as you experience changes in your life or business.

Thank you for banking with SLB.

Patrick R. Gideon