Pioneer Bank & Trust

Pioneer_logoToday’s Community Banking Month Member Spotlight is Pioneer Bank & Trust in Belle Fourche, S.D., which celebrated 100 years of continuous family ownership in September 2013.

Pioneer Bank & Trust, which was established in the buttes of Western South Dakota by brothers F.M. and H.W. Clarkson in 1913, has grown to offer a trust department and a complete assortment of state-of-the-art banking products and services. But the hometown community bank prides itself on its unique F.L. Clarkson Family Foundation, a charitable foundation that offers autonomy to local bank managers, according to Senior Vice President Jeb Clarkson.

The foundation, which disperses up to $200,000 annually to local charities, allots half of its annual distributions among Pioneer’s six branch managers for dispersal as they see fit. This localized autonomy for local bank managers allows Pioneer to fund the charities in local communities most in need of funding, Clarkson said.

Roscoe State Bank

Roscoe_logoToday’s community bank profile focuses on Roscoe State Bank in Roscoe, Texas. In the following interview, Bastrop Branch President Rick Womble explains what is unique about this hometown community bank.

What is unique about Roscoe State Bank?
No doubt our name is unique. Roscoe, Texas, is a small farming community in rural West Central Texas. We are the only bank in Roscoe, and we also have branches in both Sweetwater and Bastrop. But I should also mention our long history as a family-run institution. Our president and CEO, John Jay, is only the seventh president since the bank was founded in 1906. His father, Clyde, was the sixth. John is also the current chairman of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas.

How does Roscoe State Bank uniquely serve the local community?
We are the oldest bank in Nolan County and have a significant investment in local farming activity. Our bank family embodies a pioneering spirit by echoing the hard work, loyalty and integrity found in the people and culture of West Texas. We encourage and support officers and employees in activities benefiting our communities through service on local boards and commissions and in numerous volunteer efforts. In Bastrop, we have adopted Lost Pines Elementary School in support of the local Chamber of Commerce’s award-winning “We Believe in BISD” campaign to support public schools.

What is the quirkiest, strangest or funniest thing you’ve seen at the bank?
At my first bank Christmas party I learned that there is a longstanding tradition that Roscoe State Bank employees and guests play bingo at the Christmas party. Yes, bingo. Old school-style, with the thick cards, numbered balls, squirrel cage tumbler—the whole works.

What is your proudest moment at Roscoe State Bank?
In September 2011 a catastrophic series of fires resulted in more than half of our Bastrop branch employees being forcibly displaced from their homes, several losing everything they had. Our bank responded by immediately providing food, clothing and alternative shelter for these individuals, and employees from other branches eagerly made a 250 mile drive to fill in so the branch could remain in operation and those affected could tend to their families. We often talk about our bank family, but it’s nice to know that it’s not just lip service. A real culture exists.

What is your favorite project you’ve ever worked on there?
We are currently working on a brand-positioning effort to freshen up our marketing efforts and to capitalize on our long-standing success. This is a fun project in that it causes you to sincerely evaluate who you are, what you do, and why. If what we offer our customers every day is not correctly aligned with our stated values and objectives, we run the risk of being less than genuine in our efforts. The opportunity to check your alignment is definitely a rewarding one!

How do you celebrate Community Banking Month?
Our bank will coordinate publicity of Community Banking Month by tying in with other “buy local” marketing efforts and through our local Chambers of Commerce. We will also participate with IBAT in an organized visit to our state capitol to educate lawmakers about the issues facing community banks today and advocate for a more favorable legislative environment.

For additional information about Roscoe State Bank, visit its website.

Bank of Hays

The following video tells the story of Bank of Hays, which launched roughly 10 years ago to fill the need for a locally based banking option for local residents and small businesses. The founders formed a hometown community bank because they wanted to put financial resources to work in their backyard to energize their local economy and create opportunities for local residents.

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Happy ICBA Community Banking Month!

ICBA Community Banking Month is celebrated by ICBA and the nation’s more than 6,000 community banks throughout the month of April. This is a month that is dedicated to celebrating the longstanding tradition of local hometown community banking.

During April, ICBA will highlight a community bank on the Go Local blog each weekday. These profiles will showcase the unique traits, stories and characteristics inherent to community banks.

To find your local community bank, visit To follow the conversation about ICBA Community Banking Month, follow the hashtag #BankLocally on Twitter.

Bank Locally social media contest

Are you going to be in the Washington, D.C. area in April? Or maybe you have a color printer nearby? Either way, YOU can enter ICBA’s #BankLocally Social Media Contest! All that is needed is a photo of you and one of the four #banklocally messages. Tweet that to @ICBA using #BankLocally and you’re entered! Deadline is Thursday, May 1 at 5 p.m. (eastern).

For additional information about the contest, visit ICBA’s Go Local page.

Community Banking Month

ICBA Community Banking Month starts on April 1 and we are looking for you to send us your photos, events, stories and other ideas on ways you are celebrating your local community bank throughout the month! Community banks put local deposits back to work in their communities, are expert small-business and agricultural lenders, and support economic sustainability – and we are encouraging everyone to reinforce, promote and emphasize this throughout the month of April. 

Maybe your community bank is hosting an event that highlights your customers, or perhaps there’s a local fair that your community bank is participating in? Tweet with the #BankLocally hashtag and share photos with ICBA on Facebook or Twitter. We will share community bank posts and showcase their celebrations across the nation!

For community bank materials, visit ICBA’s Go Local page.

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Happy ICBA Community Banking Month!