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Cheers to 120 Years!

In 2021 we are celebrating LSB's 120th birthday all year long. When we think of what has made us successful, we know hands down it has been the incredible people who have been a part of this LSB family over the years. To honor this, we will be asking some of our staff to write down or record their memories. These will then be posted in place of the regular blogs throughout the year. We would also love to hear from the customers that have been loyal for many years. If you have a story to tell or a fond memory of LSB please e-mail cdeao@lsbia.bank or call Colby Deao at 641-472-9839 to share. 

 
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!
 
May 27th 
Community Story - Fairfield 
We have been showing you interviews with longtime employees and what our longtime customers have to say about banking with LSB. There is one more area that is critical to our success over the last 120 years. Our communities! Stay tuned as we highlight each of our 6 communities. First up is Fairfield!

May 24th 
Interview with longtime customer Sharon Benson
As a part of our 120th celebration we are gathering memories from longtime customers. If you have a memory to share please send us a direct message. We’d love to hear it! Check out our latest interview with Sharon Benson.

May 11th 
Carol Mae Wisecarver

Along with many of our current longtime employees we have also had the privilege to talk with some of our retired employees. Our latest blog features the one and only Carol Mae!

Carol Wisecarver began banking with LSB during high school in the late 50’s. In July of 1973 Parsons had closed and she was unemployed when Bob Stump asked her if she wanted

 to work part-time. By October of that year Carol was a full-time LSB employee. “I loved the friendliness of both co-workers and customers! Started the Travel Club in 1992 – Truly wonderful experience!” She reminisced.

We asked Carol if she had any special memories of Bob or any events that stood out in her memory. She recalled, “Bob was, and is, true to his word. Helpful and he’d find ways to help with projects you were tackling. Our biggest challenge was the conversion to a databased system. Switching from manual daily journals to automated. We also worked through 2 remodels of the Libertyville bank and never missed a day’s work.”

Carol, what do you think can be attributed to the bank’s longevity? “Friendly and trustworthy staff and boss. People being appreciated! People like to be recognized and greeted with a smile


“Keep up the good work LSB!!” – Carol M Wisecarver
.” She replied. Along with these important traits she included having a good management team, nice buildings and faith in people you put your trust and confidence in as reasons why she has banked with LSB for so many years.


Thank you for your years of service at LSB and for sharing your memories with us!


April 27th 
Interview with VP, Jennifer Martin
We are very fortunate to have many long time employees at LSB. Throughout 2021 as we celebrate our 120th birthday we are interviewing some of these employees asking about their first day, special memories and what they feel is special about the LSB family.


April 9th 
10 Lessons for 10 Years - Ryan Troutman
As of April 11th, 2021, I have officially been a part of the LSB family for 10 years. As a result, it seemed appropriate for me to reflect on my time and share some of the things I have learned or been reminded of over the last decade.

  1. Halloween is a very important day at the bank. The costumes and the face paint may only last for the day, but it’s the memories, such as Drew scaring Kimberly, Amber as Skittles the Clown, or Sandra in a gorilla suit waving at the cars in the drive thru lanes that will last forever.
  2. Most LSB employees also double as extremely good cooks. I honestly can’t tell you what would be my favorite, but whether its Greg’s Cheeseburger Soup, Lori’s Chocolate Chiffon Pie, Lisa’s Scotcheroos, Deb and Pat’s Chili Dogs (even if you can’t get the recipe), or Sandy’s Caramel Brownies- you can’t go wrong.
  3. Don’t worry about things you can’t control. I use this one all the time. It’s quite powerful.
  4. Acquisition accounting is not for the faint of heart.
  5. Change will yield amazing results but is often accompanied by tears and panic attacks.
  6. Juggling multiple duties is absolutely possible. It requires patience and practice!
  7. Take your work serious and yourself light. I think this is what makes this one of the greatest places to work. The energy here is just different (and better) than anywhere else.
  8. Never underestimate the value of giving back. Whether its donating time or money, you can never truly know the value.
  9. Be willing to do anything. There is no job too small. We are team players and we can accomplish big things with this mindset.
  10. We are a family. We support each other. We have ups and downs, good days and bad days, but we never have to wonder if we have each other’s back.



March 29th - 
To LSB: all your history, lessons and memories.  Thank you. - Lori Mitchell 
April 2nd will mark 32 year that Lori Mitchell has been with the LSB family. Check out her vlog where she reminisce about how she came to work at LSB and her first day as well as some of the changes throughout the years.


March 12th - 
Cake baking and TikTok Trends - Lisa Martin


If you know me, you know that I love to bake.  So, when my daughter and niece decided on Valentine’s Day that they wanted to make a cake, I was all for it.  They wanted to do it themselves, so I tried to guide them a little, but held back my urge to overtake and do it all myself. Once they got the cakes baked, they asked me to help them with the frosting.  I of course was tickled that I got to help!  I mixed up the frosting and the girls dyed it pink. Finally, they were ready to put it all together and once they got it all done it looked good. I was so impressed!  I felt like I had rubbed off on them, showing them how fun and easy it is to make your own baked items instead of buying stuff.  When I took their picture, I asked them if I had inspired them to bake the cake and they said, “Uh no.  We saw it on Tik Tok.”  Crushed…my ego was just crushed.  Thanks, TIK TOK!!  LOL
                                         
February 11th 
Cheers to 15 Years! - Blog by Miles Gaston

February 11, 2021 will mark my 15-year anniversary as an employee of Libertyville Savings Bank. Of those 15 years, I have been a full-time employee for 7 years and before that, 8 years working part time through high school and college.

When I think back on the past 15 years, a lot has changed both at the bank and in my personal life.  When I started at LSB, there were three locations: Libertyville, Fairfield, and Eldon. That has now doubled, adding Keosauqua, Keota, and Douds.  When I started, the bank had an asset size of $120 million.  Today it is over three times that amount.  Fifteen years ago, there were 24 full time employees, today we have 46.  Fifteen years ago, LSB only had one computer in each office that you could access the internet.  I am not sure we could survive without internet today.  

Some changes that have occurred in my personal life since my first day at LSB include: getting my driver’s license, graduating high school and college, getting married, buying my first house, and becoming a parent. 

I have a lot of great memories over the years at LSB.  Some of my favorites are Halloween dress up days, annual Cy-Hawk day, golf tournaments, work trips, and quarterly meetings.  What really makes LSB a great place to work though, is the people. I have been lucky to have some of the best co-workers over the past 15 years, some of which I have known my entire life.  I remember going to visit my mom in the Libertyville Office when I was a kid.  The employees would let me swing on railing behind the teller line and go raid the candy drawer.  Some of those employees still work at LSB today.  The LSB family has been my second family for as long as I can remember.

It is hard to believe it has been 15 years since I started working at LSB.  This place is more than just a job and the people are more than just co-workers.  I am very grateful to have had the privilege to work at Libertyville Savings Bank for the past 15 years!  I look forward to my next 15 years here at Libertyville Savings Bank.


Below are a few of his favorite memories. 

  1. Fly fishing trip to Colorado
  2. Enjoying a Minnesota Twins game after a meeting
  3. Annual Cy-Hawk day is a big event at LSB
  4. Golf tournament in Keosauqua
  5. Halloween is another big day at LSB: Ryan and I as Tim and Al from Tool Time.
  6. Paige and I on Hawaiian day
  7. Annual meeting: Roaring 20s theme

January 27th
Interview with Pat Tarrence and Deb Taylor. This year will mark their 30th & 28th years respectively with the LSB family!