5 Things I’m Thankful For
5 Things I'm Grateful For
By: Megan Olson, ICBSD President & CEO
In the spirit of the season, it is easy to think of all the things we are thankful for: a roof over our heads, food on the table, our health and the health of our friends and family, and the many blessings that fill our lives. While these are all importance aspects of life to be grateful for, 2020 has proven to South Dakotans the important role community banks play within both our personal and professional lives, and the positive impact it has within our communities. 2020 has taught South Dakotans that without banking locally, we would not have local.
As I reflect on this tumultuous year, here are five things I am grateful for:
1. THE GREAT STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA
While I may be biased, I’m grateful for the great state we live, Mother Nature’s beauty throughout our vast landscape is unmatched, and the sense of patriotism that is deeply engraved in our culture is so apparent. South Dakotans don’t take adversity lying down…. now that’s something to hang your hat on.
2. INDEPENDENT BANKS
I am grateful for independent community banks and bankers alike! Because of your support, main streets, local businesses and families have been able to hold their own during the pandemic.
3. LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATION
I am grateful for our legislators who are quick to support, protect and represent our independent community banks on a state and national level. Most of the time picking up the phone and having a conversation is all that needs to happen to get to a resolution. For that we all should give thanks!
4. GRASSROOTS MOVEMENTS
I am grateful for our freedom, and all those who exercise their right to let their voices be heard through ICBA and ICBSD’s grassroots programs. Because of your efforts and your support of the ICBSD PAC we are able to ensure the continued success of independent community banking!
5. ASSOCIATION FAMILY
Above all, I am grateful for each and every member of our association family. though we all represent different institutions and are separated by many miles, 2020 has proven how closely connected we are – like a big family. Rather than acting as competitors, community banks across the state worked collaboratively to understand the PPP and support their customers. Without you, your time and your talents the pandemic would have had a far greater impact on our communities. I am both proud and humbled to have the opportunity to work along side of you, and appreciate all that you do for communities throughout our state!
Merry Christmas and Blessings for a Prosperous and Healthy 2021.