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Making a Difference in the Communities We Serve

We believe that great banking goes beyond providing exceptional products and services. It's investing in the communities we serve by supporting more than 600 local organizations. It's also having employees who make a difference every day volunteering and serving local organizations where they live and work.

We call these employees our "local difference makers." They give generously of their time through volunteerism, serving on boards, and providing financial support to worthy causes and organizations.

In recent months, we have featured just a few of these employees on billboards and on the radio. We thought you might like to learn a little more about their stories.

Jim Burns, Operations Officer
, has volunteered for over 26 years with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA); he is currently the Assistant Scout Master of Troop 37 from Ralston, NE. He also serves on the District Eagle Board of Review. In his career, he has received some of the highest awards in Scouting, the Silver Beaver and Award of Merit. In his role, he enjoys mentoring the young men working to reach the Eagle Scout rank. Boy Scouts range in age from 11 - 18, and work to achieve merit badges and rank advancement through various activities. The programs help meet these six essential needs of the young people growing up in our society: Mentoring, Lifelong Learning, Faith Traditions, Serving Others, Healthy Living, and Building Character.

Mary Rouch, Loan Services Speciali
st, and her husband Chuck, have two Pet Therapy dogs named Bella, a Mastiff, and Ozz the pro with about 5 years service, a Doberman Pincher. They spend between 10 and 15 hours each month visiting Mercy Hospital, Asera Care (Hospice), and Amelia House to visit patients and residents. Her love of animals and the smiles their dogs can bring to the faces of others makes the experience truly rewarding. Mary also volunteered at the Pottawattamie County Animal Shelter for 4 1/2 years, which is where they met and fell in love with Bella (featured in the billboard).

Deb Vosika, Business Banking Supervisor and Stephen Center Volunteer and Board Member, Deb spends two evenings a month volunteering at the Stephen Center. Whether it is helping in the office, dispensing medication or even assisting with meals, she truly enjoys doing what she can to assist in helping others. The Stephen Center provides many different services to aid individuals and families through difficult times. The Emergency Shelter at the Stephen Center works with homeless men, women and children. The HERO Program is a state-licensed substance abuse treatment center, and The Stephen Center Transitional Living Program provides independent housing opportunities for persons that have successfully completed a drug and alcohol treatment program. In addition, a Thrift Store that provides jobs and training for individuals, as well as source for clothing and other items.

Kathy Kimball, Director of Retail Banking and volunteer on the Board of the Food Bank for the Heartland. Kathy truly enjoys being part of an organization that ensures that no one has to go hungry. Over the last few years, The Food Bank has delivered between 5 and 7 million pounds of food to over 360 member agencies in eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa. In addition to the food distribution, The Food Bank supports four direct programs - the Senior Outreach Program, The Food Bank for Kid BackPack Program, Kids Cafes and the Food Bank FRESH Program.

Kathy Traudt, Loan Processing, donates blood platelets every two weeks to support the American Red Cross. It is vitally important to have a healthy blood supply until medical science is able reproduce blood products. Donors are always needed. Currently only three out of every 100 people in America donate blood. Many patients needing platelets are undergoing chemotherapy or organ transplant. Kathy has been donating for many years, and feels good that she is able to enjoy good health and to help those in need.



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