Shelby County State Bank was presented with the Community Bankers of Iowa’s (CBI) Community Banking Month Best-of-the-Best Award and recognized during CBI’s awards ceremony, held during that organization’s 43rd Management Conference and Annual Convention in Okoboji.

Throughout Community Banking Month (recognized in April in Iowa and across the nation) Shelby County State Bank’s employees taught financial literacy programs including money management lessons to elementary and high school students, held a “Movie Day” for their Junior Savers Club, raised funds for their Relay for Life team by holding a purse auction, and held a cash “free sample” day in the form of $2-$10 bills. One program that truly exemplifies the culture of Shelby County State Bank itself is their “Community Credit” program, where by their volunteer efforts and/or shopping locally, bank staff members receive points good for use on bank apparel. Bank employees also helped to coordinate Money Smart Week, a program created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago encompassing a state-wide series of events intended to increase financial literacy among elementary students. Events hosted by Shelby County State Bank included visits to schools and sponsoring a local Money Smart Week Poster Contest as part of the state-wide competition hosted each year by CBI.

What stood out to CBI and sealed Shelby County State Bank as the 2014 Best-of-the-Best Competition Award recipient were both the sheer volume of financial literacy programs, events and activities they planned for Shelby County schools and communities, and their free tree giveaway on Arbor Day (April 25, 2014). Shelby County State Bank employees helped fund and deliver two 3-foot sugar maple trees to each of the 260 fifth-grade students in Shelby County schools, and gave away over 74,000 trees to be planted throughout Shelby County in conjunction with the local Plant Iowa committee.

Other events Shelby County State Bank held to promote Community Banking Month and the community banking message are numerous, including participation in a financial literacy Youth Night, bank tours for local elementary students, and a Shred Day, where local community residents could bring documents and other sensitive items to Shelby County State Banks to be safely shredded and disposed of.

CBI’s Best-of-the-Best Award distinguishes one Iowa, independent bank that epitomizes how community banks are making a difference on Main Street. "The actions of Shelby County State Bank throughout Community Banking Month and the year truly exemplify the significant role that independent community banks play in stimulating their local economies,” stated CBI Executive Vice President and CEO Don Hole. “Community banks are based on relationships with customers, and the symbiotic relationship with the communities they serve helps small businesses and Main Street Iowa communities survive as the economy continues to recover. Shelby County State Bank does an outstanding job of maintaining and growing those relationships."


Shelby County State Bank receives Community Betterment Award from Iowa Bankers Association

Shelby County State Bank was recently honored by the Iowa Bankers Association (IBA) as a 2012 Community Betterment Award recipient. The award was presented to Kevin Campbell, President & CEO and Janet Buman, Marketing Officer during the IBA’s annual convention on Sept. 18 in Des Moines.

Shelby County State Bank was honored for its Economic Development entry per fund-raising efforts for the Petersen FamilyWellness Center. The bank sponsored an employee fund drive to build the wellness center whose namesakes are past SCSB President H.Rand Petersen and his wife Mary Louise. The bank pledged $115,000 to the facility and provided matching funds for employee donations over $6700.

Shelby County State Bank was one of three banks selected as 2012 IBA Community Betterment Award winners. Banks across the state had the opportunity to submit their community-based projects to be reviewed by a panel of judges. The winning banks were honored by the IBA for demonstrating a high level of commitment to the communities they serve.

“Banks across the state of Iowa are making a difference in their local communities every day,” said IBA President and CEO John Sorensen. “Shelby County State Bank’s commitment to the wellness center is a shining example of how Iowa banks are making a positive impact in the communities they serve.”