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President's Blog; Fall 2019

June 21, 2019

President Pat Gideon and Branch Manager Kim Acheson present a check to Auburn-Washburn School Bank students. The funds were generated by the Silver Lake Bank Loyalty Debit Card Program.

How soon is too soon to talk to your kids or grandkids about money? As a new grandpa, I’m giving this serious thought. If they are old enough to ask for a toy or a bike, they are old enough to start learning financial lessons that will last a lifetime. The best financial lessons are part of everyday experience. Look for opportunities to talk about money, read books aloud and play games that center around spending money wisely. Be open and honest when you discuss your financial experiences—good or bad. Just do it!

SLB is pleased to offer a Loyalty Debit Card Program in partnership with three local school districts; Silver Lake, Seaman and Auburn-Washburn. Customers using our debit card with the school’s logo to make purchases (without using a PIN), are earning a nickel for your school with each transaction. We are proud of our partnership with these districts. We recently handed out checks representing accumulated funds to Seaman and Auburn-Washburn for $3,806 and $2,951 respectively. Watch for our upcoming announcement about our newest partnership with the Topeka Zoo. 

Our SLB staff is the best! We had a great turnout for our free community shred event that included grilling over 500 hamburgers. Staff (too many to mention!) filled the truck with your confidential records and destroyed 8500 pounds of sensitive information. Staff participated with the Shawnee County Fair 4H Livestock Auction by accepting payments (Gage Branch Mgr Bert Haflich & Credit Administrator Cindy Lawson) for animals purchased. Of course, we bid on and purchased a few as well (Lender Cole Sjeklocha).  We sponsored and volunteered (Controller Ryan Geist,) at the 10th annual Sporting Clays for Kids and taught financial education (Lender Matthew Clarke) to 5th graders at Elmont Elementary. Habitat for Humanity board members (Jhk Assistant Branch Mgr Lindsey Martin) participated in the Humanity Board Build, where they combined two halves of a house constructed by Seaman and Washburn Rural’s building class students. 

Thank you for choosing SLB as YOUR bank. We are honored to help with your financial journey.
Patrick R. Gideon, President