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From employee achievements and promotions to donations to community members, here is where you can catch up on West Milton State Bank in the news.
Mifflinburg – West Milton State Bank at 40 Hardees Drive in Mifflinburg is undergoing an extensive interior renovation beginning on April 30th and continuing throughout the summer. The Bank will remain open for business during renovations. The vision for the branch remodel reflects their commitment to invest in the communities they serve while continuing to provide a better banking experience throughout the Susquehanna Valley. The Mifflinburg Office opened its doors in 1994 as the Bank’s third location. West Milton State Bank has 5 other offices located in West Milton, Lewisburg, Watsontown, Beaver Springs and Northumberland. Updates on the renovation progress can be found on the Bank’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/WestMiltonStateBank).
The Green Dragon Foundation recently received a generous gift of $2,500 from West Milton State Bank through the state’s EITC program. This contribution will help fund advanced and innovative educational programs for the Lewisburg Area School District. Ann Glock, Executive Director of The Green Dragon Foundation states, “We are grateful to West Milton Bank for their ongoing support of LASD students. This generous donation will go a long way to help provide our students with unique hands-on learning experiences.”
Present for the check presentation were Stephen Stanko, Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager of West Milton State Bank; Dr. Steven Skalka, Superintendent of LASD; Ann Glock, Executive Director of The Green Dragon Foundation; No Ringer, Vice President, Market Manager of West Milton State Bank; Jack Emery, Assistant Vice President, Relationship Manager; and Niki Weber, Secretary of The Green Dragon Foundation Board of Directors.
West Milton State Bank is proud to continually support the Warrior Run Middle School through the award-winning educational program called the Stock Market Game.
The Stock Market Game is a ten-week simulation that offers players the opportunity to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in stock chosen from the American, New York, and NASDAQ markets. The activity is designed to increase the students’ understanding of the economy, markets, corporations, etc. and to provide them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to manage their finances as adults.
1st and 3rd place winners: Quintin Kertsmar and Jacob Yoder. 2nd place winner Connor Kertsmar was not present to receive award. Presenting the awards were Deborah Shief, Watsontown Community Banking Officer; Diane Paulukinas, Vice President and Treasury Management Director; and Jill Shambach, Vice President and Investment Executive of West Milton State Bank. Also present was Mr. Jeremy Betz, Teacher.
No Ringer, Vice President/Market Manager, and Steve Stanko, Vice President/Commercial Relationship Manager of West Milton State Bank, presented a check in the amount of $2,500.00 to the Donald Heiter Community Center through the Education Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC). Accepting on behalf of the Community Center is Andrea Tufo, Executive Director.
The Donald Heiter Community Center is a non-profit organization, which strives to be the hub of the Lewisburg community by providing innovative and responsive programs, welcoming facilities to house multigenerational activities, coordinating diverse community resources, addressing community needs, and supporting the wellness of all its people.
In the past five years, total donations have surpassed $56,000. In 2016, employees donated nearly $13,500. 2017 donations are projected to surpass $14,000.
Additionally, all West Milton State Bank branches were drop-off locations to collect books for the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way’s “Wee Read” program in April.
In January, employees raised $385 to the ALS Association, which is “the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front.” February donations were given to the local non-profit, ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund. Total donations of $355 will help “pediatric cancer patients and their families with the financial burdens associated with their cancer diagnosis” at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.
March donations totaled $550 for March of Dimes in conjunction with the local March for Babies Susquehanna Valley 2.5 mile walk on May 7, 2017. The March of Dimes mission is to “improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.” This year was the bank’s third year participating in the walk. In addition to employee donations, the team raised a total of $903. Shown are West Milton State Bank employees and their family members who participated in March for Babies.
The 40-Year Club consists of regular members of PA Bankers who have completed 40 or more years of service in Pennsylvania’s banking industry.
Smith has served the banking industry for 40 years. He joined the West Milton State Bank team in June 1977 as a Teller. Smith has worked in and supervised multiple departments and has held his current position as Executive Vice President for the past seven years. As our Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer, he manages the Finance Division in order to ensure the ongoing management of interest rate and regulatory risks and the proper control of finance and accounting activities. Smith directs the development and maintenance of the bank’s financial plans and policies and monitors the Bank’s performance against the established financial plan.
Peggy L Fullmer, Credit Associate of West Milton State Bank, was recognized for serving 40 or more years in the banking industry at the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (PA Bankers) Group 4 meeting held on April 5 at the Williamsport Country Club in Williamsport, Pennyslvania.
Fullmer has served the banking industry for 40 years. As a Credit Associate, she is responsible for performing a variety of complex duties relating to loan documentation and processing management, and provides leadership and technical guidance to others in the Credit Services department. Fullmer also acts as the Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act Officer in that she manages the CRA information collection and reporting process. Prior to joining our team, she worked at Milton Savings Bank in a variety of roles.
The Pennsylvania Bankers Association, located in Harrisburg, is the state’s leading banking trade association representing an expansive and diverse membership. The Association offers extensive continuing education programs, government relations representation on behalf of the industry, and provides numerous products and services for banks and their employees.
West Milton State Bank announced the bank’s 2016 Employee of the Year at their annual All-Staff meeting on February 28th. This year’s recipient was Brenda L. Wesner, Senior Head Teller at the Lewisburg branch. To be eligible for this honor, the recipient must embody the Bank’s mission, “Helping our Family, Friends, and Neighbors Succeed,” provide exceptional quality service, and support his or her fellow team members.
Wesner truly demonstrates the Bank’s values and is held in high regard by customers and employees. Wesner joined West Milton State Bank as a Teller Representative in 1998, and was promoted to Head Teller in 2010. She trains most of the newly hired employees on the teller line; and since receiving this honor, was promoted to Senior Head Teller.
Wesner recently attended the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Symposium and volunteers at different community events in Lewisburg. She is a Watsontown resident. Wesner enjoys the outdoors, and spending time with her two children and two grandchildren.
West Milton State Bank presented a check in the amount of $5,000.00 to members of The Albright Council including Brianna Apfelbaum-Kula, Melody Purdy, Meghan Beck, John Shipman, and Robert Zimmerman Jr.
The Albright Center is being created in the former Albright United Methodist Church at Chestnut and Fifth streets in Sunbury. When completed, The Albright Center will be a venue for various types of education, theater events and concerts, banquets, receptions, and meetings of all types. The main first floor will accommodate 600 attendees while the Garden Level will accommodate receptions up to 250. The Center will be able to host groups of a wide range in size and activity.
Rebecca A. Bingaman has been named Vice President at West Milton State Bank. Bingaman joined West Milton State Bank as a Credit Manager in 2014 and has been in banking for 23 years. She received her General Banking Diploma through PA Bankers’ Association, attended the Pennsylvania Bankers Association School of Compliance in 2016, and has completed various American Institute of Banking courses. In 2016 she was promoted to her current title, Credit Administration and Underwriting Manager/Loan Compliance Officer.
Bingaman resides in Middleburg and enjoys writing various works in her free time. She is actively involved in the choir and ministries at Calvary Bible Church in Lewistown. She is a volunteer for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference and is the captain of the Bank’s Ta-Ta Trot team.
Lauren M. Hursh has been named Assistant Vice President at West Milton State Bank. Hursh began her banking career at West Milton State Bank in 2007 as a Teller Services Representative while she was studying International Business at Millersville University. Upon earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, she was promoted to Audit Specialist. Hursh was promoted to her current title, Internal Auditor in 2014. She has since completed the Certified Community Bank Internal Auditing Program and attended the Pennsylvania Bankers Association School of Compliance in 2016.
Hursh resides in Watsontown with her husband, Jeff. She enjoys visiting the different wineries and festivals throughout the Susquehanna Valley. She also spends her time reading, travelling, and spending time with family and friends.
Melissa S. Musser has been named Assistant Vice President at West Milton State Bank. Musser joined West Milton State Bank as Operations Manager in 2011 and has been in banking since 2007. In 2015, she was promoted to her current title, Operations Manager/Deposit Compliance Officer. Musser is certified as a Community Bank Compliance Officer through the Independent Community Banking Association. In 2016, she attended the Pennsylvania Bankers Association School of Compliance. Musser is a graduate of Susquehanna University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
Musser resides in Milton with her husband, Jared, and their two children. She is a member of the Milton Rotary Club. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
West Milton State Bank presented a check in the amount of $5,000.00 to John Meckley, President of Milton Historical Society and Bicentennial Chair. Michael Loeh, Assistant Vice President/Community Office Manager of West Milton State Bank, No Ringer, Vice President/Market Manager of West Milton State Bank, and David Runk, President and CEO of West Milton State Bank presented the check.
The Borough of Milton will celebrate its 200th anniversary on February 26, 2017. In celebration of this milestone, the Milton Historical Society’s Bicentennial Committee has organized a multi-month celebration through June, led by John Meckley, including many special events such as the parade, taking place on Saturday, June 17th.
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