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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.

West Milton State Bank employees give back to the community through community events and monetary donations. In the first quarter, every Friday was an optional paid casual day where employees can dress down to support a cause. The minimum donation is $5 for the entire month, where each month’s donations are given to a different non-profit.

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.

Rodney H. Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer 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, Pennsylvania.

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.

Susquehanna Community Financial, Inc. announced unaudited, consolidated financial results for the end of the first quarter of 2017.

• Susquehanna Community Financial, Inc. declared its first quarter dividend in the amount of $0.12 per share.
• As of March 31, 2017, total assets were approximately $404,231,000 as compared to $394,119,000 (audited) as of December 31, 2016.
• Net loans outstanding were approximately $216,233,000.
• Total deposits ended the first quarter at approximately $342,619,000.
• Net income was approximately $1,211,000, a 3.24% increase from the first three months of 2016 at $1,173,000.
• Earnings per share were approximately $0.41 for the first quarter of 2017 and $0.40 for 2016, respectively.

April 2017

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.

February 2017

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.

February 2017

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.

February 2017

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.

January 2017

Ann Glock, Executive Director of the Green Dragon Foundation, receives a contribution in the amount of $2,500 through the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program, from Jack Emery, Small Business Lender; Bob Reitz, Lewisburg Community Office Manager; and Steve Stanko, Commercial Relationship Manager, of West Milton State Bank. The funds from the gift will go towards outfitting the television studio at the new Lewisburg Area High School.

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