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Beyond the Banker 

Being a local bank means we are connected on many levels to the communities that we serve. Our staff reside in these communities, their kids go to the schools and are involved in sports, 4-H and the fine arts. We are involved in committees and sit on boards of groups that strive to better our little towns. It is our great passion to see each one of our communities soar. We volunteer our time and continuously make donations to see that this happens.

Libertyville Savings Bank was established in 1901 in the small village of Libertyville, Iowa. Since then, we have continued to grow and now have office locations in several small communities in southeast Iowa including Libertyville, Fairfield, Eldon, Keosauqua, Keota and Douds. We are very passionate about supporting these communities and their surrounding areas.

We are proud to partner with organizations that improve our communities. In doing so, we focus on the following specific areas for our giving: youth development and education; community and economic development; agriculture; veterans; nature and wildlife preservation. If you would like to request a donation, please download and submit our Donation Request Form. Please note that we need at least two weeks’ notice for all donation requests.

We are INCREDIBLY proud to say that we are an 8-year running top Iowa workplace!! Our team is amazing, and this huge milestone wouldn’t be possible without their dedication to service.


Beyond the Banker - Donna Taylor, Customer Service Rep

  • What is something on your bucket list?

Drive Hwy 1 from Washington State to San Diego.


  • Would you rather have the ability to be invisible or have the ability to fly?
The ability to fly


  • What is something people might be surprised to know about you?

I like to travel.

 

  • Favorite holiday? Why?

Christmas - I love the lights, colors music and celebrating the birth of Jesus.

 

  • What do you do at LSB?

Wait on customers at the teller line.


  • What is your favorite part of your job?

My Co-Workers


  • What is your number one can’t live without banking service?

Online Banking


  • Do you have any hobbies or side gigs?

My hobbies are reading, camping and taking care of my family.


Beyond the Banker - Drew Johnson, Ag Lender

  • What is something on your bucket list? 

I want to see the Iowa Hawkeyes play in the college football playoff…..if they ever make it I will be in attendance.  

  • Would you rather have the ability to be invisible or have the ability to fly? 

I think I’d rather have the ability to fly so I can get places faster. 

  • What is something people might be surprised to know about you? 

In most instances I am quiet and reserved when I first meet people, so I think a lot of people are surprised if they get to know me well enough and understand that’s not exactly 100% how I am.

  • Favorite holiday? 

I love Christmas and all the traditions that come with it. 

  • What clubs or organizations are you involved in outside of the bank? 

I’m a current member of Jefferson County Extension Council and Keosauqua Rotary. I’m also involved in several committees connected to 4-H or Junior Livestock Shows hosted in SE Iowa with my primary focus on fundraising.    

  • Do you have any hobbies or side gigs? 

My hobbies include watching sports, attending livestock shows/fairs, and a wide range of outdoor activities specifically including mowing, gardening, and mushroom hunting.  

  • What do you do at LSB? 

Ag Lender…..but I’ll consider all your other loan requests too.

  • What is your favorite part of your job? 

The relationships I’ve established with a great number of my customers mean a lot to me. I’ve met a lot of unique and great people that I wouldn’t have crossed paths with if it wasn’t for my time at the bank. I’m thankful for those relationships I have established both professionally and personally. 

  • What is your number one can’t live without banking service?

Kimberly’s drive-thru. 


December 28, 2021
Longtime Customer Story - Royce Huff  


As we wrap up our 120thcelebration we have one final customer story to share. Listen in as Amber McDowell sat down with Royce Huff to chat on all things Bob and LSB. Thank you to all who shared memories this year. We have enjoyed each and every one!  


December 16, 2021
Pat Tarrence Celebrating 30 Years at LSB 


I started working at LSB on December 16, 1991.  The moment I walked into the bank everyone made my first day jitters disappear! We have fun and I have a lot of wonderful memories to treasure. These people are my family.  They have been there for every high and low during my 30 years!  They are not only supportive of their employee’s, but they do so much for our community and many of our surrounding communities. I have made many friends through my co-workers and our customers.  They are the BEST!!!  I couldn’t be prouder to be an employee of Libertyville Savings Bank!

Happy 120thBirthday LSB!!

       
December 9, 2021 
Community Story - Douds

For our final community story we are spotlighting our most recent addition to the LSB family, Douds! Thank you for welcoming us to your community. We look forward to serving your financial needs for many years to come!

        November 17, 2021
        Customer Story - Rick Plowman 

       

We restructured our farm in the early 80s and were looking for a different lending institution. After talking with Bob, it was clear that he understood the challenges of agriculture at that time. I remember he once told of a time when he wanted to add on to the bank but had to get permission from the banking authorities in Iowa. If my memory serves me it was going to cost $14,000 dollars. Their response was permission was granted, however they felt there was not a future for a bank of his size. I could tell that served as a challenge for him to prove them wrong. Here we are some 40 years later, still banking with LSB for some of the same reasons. Bob should be so proud seeing what the bank has become and knowing all the people and businesses his efforts have helped succeed. While not involved in the day-to-day operations anymore the bank would not be continuing to be what it is if not for those core values, he and his late wife Sandra, instilled in their children and now grandkids. Not only the growth of the bank but also the amount of philanthropy LSB does in the communities is something to be very proud of and for that I thank him for his vision and passion over the years.


November 9, 2021
Just Say Cheese by Nick Beinhart 

          Who loves cheese? I love cheese! String cheese, Cottage cheese, Mozzarella, Colby Jack, Muenster, Gouda, Feta, Cheddar, Brie, and Parmesan the list goes on and on. Any time I have the chance to try a new kind of cheese I take the opportunity. You know who else loves cheese? Vlada.  Vlada is our foreign exchange student from Moldova.  She will be living in our home for the 2021-2022 school year.


          Vlada has been living with us since this past September. On a sunny afternoon our family met her at the airport in Cedar Rapids to welcome her into our family. She has been such a great addition. All of our children love the opportunity to learn about Vlada, her family, and her culture. Vlada is an amazing cook, and she loves to use cheese! I have come to learn that if you live in Moldova you better like cheese and sour cream (Greek yogurt is what they call sour cream) because a lot of what they bake contains these two ingredients. Who loves pancakes? I do, but have you ever had them with cheese? In Vlada’s country they prepare their pancakes using our equivalent of Farmers Cheese. Skip the syrup though because sour cream and honey are the preferred toppings for their pancakes. Anybody like dumplings? Vlada has made us a dumpling with cheese in the middle. It was absolutely mouthwatering.


          Hosting a foreign exchange student has been such a blessing for our family. Two of my wife’s best friends were foreign exchange students. One was from Turkey and the other was from Germany. In 2018 we had the opportunity to travel to Istanbul, Turkey. It was a once in a lifetime trip. We enjoyed the people, their culture, and their food… and guess what? They had cheese and lots of it. At one of the resorts, every morning on the buffet they had over 50 kinds of cheese!

           Next on our bucket list is Germany. What am I going to try when we get there? The cheese and lots of it!



October 27, 2021 
Interview with Amber Stump McDowell 
Last but certainly not least in our longtime employee interviews is Amber Stump McDowell! It only seemed fitting to post this interview during Halloween week. As you’ll see by the many pictures of Halloweens past, she loves the day just as much as Sandra did. We are all thankful however, that she doesn’t play as many tricks!


October 13, 2021 
Longtime Customer Story - Evelyn Myers
Throughout this year we have enjoyed talking with many of our long time customers. Listen in here as Amber McDowell talked with Evelyn Myers. We are grateful to have such wonderful customers!

October 4, 2021 
Community Story - Keosauqua
Community Spotlight –In October of 2007 we officially opened our 4th office in the heart of Van Buren County. We are proud to call Keosauqua home and honored that the residents have welcomed us into their community. October is a special time throughout the Villages of Van Buren and if you have never had the opportunity to visit the Scenic Drive Festival is the perfect time!
September 24, 2021
15 Years & Many Laughs- Kimberly Deao

Hi, my name is Kimberly Deao. I started with LSB 15 years ago in September as a teller and then did a few jobs in the receptionist position before being asked to step in at the drive full time by one of our customers. This is where I remain today!! I love the drive-thru and the fast-paced flowing of traffic, the constant move of transactions after transactions, and most of all having that quick conversation and friendly hello before the next rush comes through. I absolutely love the mad rush that comes through the drive.   

In the years I have been a part of Team LSB I have never been pranked as much as I have been by this bunch…I have learned that none of them are innocent (ha-ha), but we can save the prank & joke stories for another day!

Thank you Team LSB for all the memories and accepting me as a part of your family and accepting me into this crazy life of banking. Just a side note, you all need to step up your game of jokes. I am getting a lot wiser the older I get!


September 1, 2021
5 Years and Many Changes - Rachel Smith

September 1stis my five-year anniversary at Libertyville Savings Bank.  I came to LSB with several years’ experience in banking, but more recently had been an elementary teacher and then stay at home “homeschool” mom.  When our youngest decided he wanted to go to public school like his older brother and sister, I decided I’d like to get back to work and was fortunate Libertyville was looking for someone. 

It was quite a shock coming back into banking where everything is now electronic.  Learning a new system and “virtually” running proof were something that I had a hard time grasping.   I wanted “cash in” and “cash out” tickets!  In the 90’s and early 2000’s, you wrote everything down, ran tickets for everything, and proof was taken to the “back room” to be entered.   I had been a teller, loan clerk, and an internal auditor and had not considered how much different banking could look in fifteen years and how inadequate I would feel. 

When I look back at the changes in my life since coming back to work, it is hard to believe it all happened in five years.  My first day of work in 2016 I had a 5thgrader, as well as a sophomore, and a junior in high school.  Now my fifth grader is a Sophomore in high school, my former high school sophomore is a college junior and my oldest is now a hard-working 21-year-old!    

My first five years at LSB have gone by extremely fast as I’m sure the next five will!  I’m grateful for the new co-workers whom I also call friends.   Here’s to the next five years!


August 30, 2021
Interview with Laura Gaston

Longtime employee interviews continue VP, Laura Gaston. In nearly 36 years at LSB Laura has worn many hats and still does to this day. Listen in to hear Laura’s story.


August 11, 2021
Interview with CEO, Jill Burnett
Longtime employee interviews continue with our CEO. Over the last 29 years Jill  has served the bank in many different areas. Check out what she had to say about her time so far with LSB.
July 30, 2021 
Community Story - Eldon 

Community Spotlight – Next up Eldon, home of our third office. The community of Eldon has overwhelmingly supported LSB since the very first day we opened the doors. We are happy to give back and many of our employees have spent countless hours volunteering at the Gothic House, Cardinal School, and other fantastic community organizations. Thank you Eldon!


July 16, 2021 
5 Year Anniversary - Donna Taylor

My name is Donna Taylor, and I started at LSB five years ago this month. I signed on as a teller and found out that being a teller is more than running transactions. We are the first friendly faces our customers see when they come in and we do our best to make sure they have a smile when they leave. We listen to their stories and anticipate their financial needs so we can direct them to the right people.

Everything must balance at the end of the day. All drawers, cash machines and the vault. Every so often I forget to make out a cash ticket or miscount the vault. The girls I work alongside have always been kind and willing to help. I have learned that mistakes are fixable, and chocolate does help!

I had never heard of a bank that calls their customers to wish them a happy birthday, much less sing to them. When you team up with Kimberly and Judy you learn to sing along! I have heard our customers tears of joy and laughter (hopefully with us not at us! Lol) and many words of thanks.

LSB is big into helping their communities and one way is by volunteering. I’ve helped at sporting events, school functions, fairs, and community functions just to name a few. There have been many fundraisers, but one recently was especially near and dear to my heart. LSB had an employee pie contest. Anyone could bring a pie or 2 for the judging and then they went up for auction. What a fun day that was! There were over 30 entries and the bids went sky high. There was laughter and excitement from all the bids and outbids. Those 30 entries and the wonderful employees who purchased them raised over $3600. They had previously decided that all the money raised would benefit my grandson, Ben, who is battling cancer. It still brings tears to my eyes even now writing this. Ben and our family were overwhelmed and so very thankful for their generosity and support. Everyone, and I mean everyone here at LSB has been so supportive of me and my family with their monetary gifts, prayers, and words of encouragement.

In the last 5 years my dad passed, my husband and mom conquered cancer and now Ben will too. Many times, I would come to work with tears in my eyes and by the time the doors were ready to open my spirits would be lifted by their joking around, high-fives and laughter. The Lord has given me strength for sure. He is the one who keeps me going along with my family and my second family, Team LSB.

Thank you, Libertyville Savings Bank team, for your support, encouragement and accepting me as part of your team!



July 16, 2021 
5 Year Anniversary - Peyton Manley

July 18th, 2021 marks my 5-year anniversary as an employee at Libertyville Savings Bank. When I started working at LSB I had just turned 16 and was hired as a traveling, part-time teller. At that time, I was just a kid in high school looking for job. I had no idea that my first job would turn into a career! Five years later I am a fulltime teller/customer service representative in our Eldon location, and I love every minute of it! Working at LSB has brought many people into my life and I have created bonds with people I never would have known otherwise. It doesn’t seem possible that I have worked here for five years, but here’s to five more!

                                                                                                                                                                                            



July 12, 2021 
Community Story - Keota 
An important factor of our success over the last 120 years has been our communities and the support they have shown for LSB. Here we are featuring Keota. In July of 2014 LSB purchased the Farmers Savings Bank in Keota and have been operating in town since. In May of 2020 we opened the doors on our brand new office just down the road from the original location. We donated the old building and it is now the Keota City Hall. They house the Keota Historical Museum as well as office space for a number of community organizations. We love our small towns and are thankful to be in the Keota community.
 


June 25, 2021 
Community Story - Libertyville 

Today we are featuring the community of Libertyville…the original HOME of Libertyville Savings Bank!

120 years ago, is when it all began.  In June of 1901 a group of 7 local farmers and businessmen became board members and sold 100 shares at $100 each which raised capital of $10,000 to start the Libertyville Savings Bank.   


June 21, 2021 
Interview with Dena Clark
Next up for our long time employee interview is Dena Clark who has been with LSB since October of 1982! The pictures in Dena’s interview show only a glimpse of all the fun over the last 39 years

June 17th 
Southeast Iowa Union - Meet the Merchant

Cheers to 120 years!

First and foremost, we want to say thank you. Thank you to the customers that have trusted us with their banking relationships over the last 120 years. Thank you to the LSB family. There have been many wonderful members throughout the years as well as the excellent team we currently have. We are INCREDIBLY proud to say that we are a 7-year running top Iowa workplace! Our team is amazing, and this huge milestone wouldn’t be possible without their dedication to service. Finally thank you to the communities that have welcomed us. It is truly a pleasure to serve you!
Established June 8th, 1901 in Libertyville, Iowa the bank has grown while writing a proud history. Many of the ways we do business have changed but we have always kept true to our promise of integrity and trust. In February of 1996 the bank moved its charter from the original Libertyville site to a new headquarters in Fairfield. The next year we opened an additional office in Eldon and in 2007 we opened in Keosauqua. LSB embarked on new territory in 2014 with the purchase of Farmers Savings Bank in Keota followed by the 2019 purchase of Farmers and Traders in Douds.
Being a local bank means we are connected on many levels to the communities that we serve. Our staff reside in these communities, their kids go to the schools and are involved in sports, 4-H and the fine arts. We are involved in committees and sit on boards of groups that strive to better our little towns. 
We feel it’s important to give back. Our employees volunteer over 660 hours of their time with fantastic organizations, at our local school activities, civic events, county fairs and community celebrations. In addition to time volunteered we average $100,000 or more in monetary donations each year.
We have been interviewing long-time customers as well as current and past long-time employees about what they think attributes to the longevity and success of the bank over the last 120 years. The stories that have come in are heartwarming and bring smiles to our faces. One common theme we see over and over is “family”. Whether you bank at LSB or work at LSB it feels like family. We are honored and believe there is no greater compliment. Cheers to the last 120 years as well as the next 120 years!
Libertyville Savings Bank – Loving our small towns since 1901!