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President's Blog; Fall 2020

August 28, 2020

Times like these are challenging. The Covid-19 health crisis has become a financial one that has impacted our economy and individual lives. As another school season begins, let’s go out of our way to thank our educators for their dedication, determination to engage students and maintain high standards of learning. We have many parents on staff who are juggling kids’ school schedules, homework and their own work demands. I don’t know how they do it!

Do what you can to ensure that you have a rainy day or emergency fund savings plan in place. It’s never too late to begin. Making minor changes to financial habits can reap big benefits down the road. SLB offers free automatic transfers between your SLB accounts to help you meet your savings goals. Decide how much you want transferred, how often and identify your ‘to’ and ‘from’ account numbers. You can easily set–up this ongoing transfer within your Online Banking. Or, contact a CSR at any branch location and we will do it for you! Then, sit back and relax. You’ve taken the first step to savings.

SLB staff are continually trained and tested on cybersecurity and prevention of identity theft. Our Information Technology Department is tasked with ensuring our staff are armed with security knowledge and tools. We work hard to stay alert and informed to guard against unauthorized access to confidential information. Know that when we ask you additional questions to confirm identity, it’s because we’ve got to get it right every time. We value your trust and aim to keep it!

Our bank is open for business, but we have altered our operations to protect the safety of our staff and customers by temporarily closing our lobbies until it is safe to resume normal operations. We will continue to adhere to the latest public health guidance in making that determination. In the meantime, all other ways to access the bank continue as before. I encourage you to use our mobile and online banking services for your convenience. Please call or email us to discuss your financial needs. We’ve been able to find workarounds for face to face contact situations. We do allow banking by appointment so don’t hesitate to let us know what’s on your mind. Check out our website to send an email directly to our senior management team, lenders, branch managers and our online banking services manager. As always, we will help you with your financial goals.

The Bank has successfully navigated through local and national downturns and crises for over 110 years. We will get through this one together! I wish the best for you and your family. Stay healthy and safe. Thank you for banking with SLB.

Patrick R. Gideon