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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. 


        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 1st is 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 5th grader, 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!

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!