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President's Blog; Winter 2019

December 09, 2019

2019 is winding down and I’m calling it a good year! Being a community banker, and having the privilege to work with our customers and staff every day, is very rewarding work and I’m grateful. On a personal note, my oldest son Austin, has been designated as one of Kansas City’s Ingram’s ’20 in Their Twenties’. We’re proud of Austin’s focus on giving back to the community and the bank benefits from his financial expertise on the Silver Lake Bank Board.

‘Tis the Season’ and our SLB staff has been busy volunteering! Cole Sjeklocha, Loan Officer, helped at Seaman High with their FFA program by listening to mock loan presentations, then making a loan decision. Shane Koci, Kim Acheson and Scott Hughes taught Indian Hills Elementary School students about banking. SLB Young Guns’ (staff in and around their 20’s) decorated Topeka Civic Theatre for Christmas. Lawrence staff participated in the Lawrence Bowl-A-Thon to benefit Junior Achievement. We were happy to sponsor the annual Seaman Fall into Fitness 5k. And, an annual fun event where many of our staff share their time - SLB hosted the 2019 SLB Classic National Upland Series at my farm. This event is an opportunity to showcase the talent of local bird dogs and is open to amateur pointing and flushing runs as well. Thanks to those of you who participated!

This is the time of year when we all need to be on the look-out for fraud scams. The Federal Trade Commission manages the national Do Not Call Registry which is supposed to stop unwanted sales calls. If you’ve placed your name on that list, your registration doesn’t expire. If you’re on the list and still besieged by calls, they’re probably scammers. If you answer this type of call, the longer you stay on the line, the ‘hotter’ your number is for those buying and selling phone lists. Even though you may want to engage to teach them a lesson, it’s not worth it. Instead, hang up or let them go to voicemail. If a call directs you to press a number on your phone to be removed from the list, don’t do it – just hang up. Pressing the number just leads to your number being shared by scammers. Be safe!

Please stop by any SLB branch a couple of weeks before Christmas to pick up a calendar and enjoy some popcorn (while supplies last!). We appreciate you allowing us to help with your financial needs and we respect that you have a choice of where to bank. Thank you for choosing Silver Lake Bank.
From all of us at SLB, Happy Holidays!

Patrick R. Gideon