Welcome to spring (I think)!! The grass has started to green up, the bushes and trees have started to bloom, and the weather has started to get warmer. You can also tell spring is in the air when our Ag producers have started field work with renewed anticipation for a new year! You have to love the sounds and smells of spring! We welcome spring knowing that summer will not be far behind.
As we usher in spring, many of you are celebrating Community Banking Month. I’m sure a number of you have found unique and different ways to celebrate this great occasion. Whether it is hosting an event or doing a project in your community, it is all about making a difference! That is what community bankers do every day in their communities. Take pride in being a community banker!
At the end of April several board members and committee members will be heading to the Washington Policy Summit to carry the community banking message to Capitol Hill. This is a great opportunity to take our industry’s advocacy message to the policymakers in D.C. This summit allows community bankers to take up a grassroots effort to discuss overregulation, the ICBA’s Plan for Prosperity, and the preferential tax treatment of Credit Unions and the Farm Credit System. It is also a great time to connect with our local Congress people.
The nominating committee for the ICBSD will be looking for bankers to serve on the board for the coming year. If you are interested in serving please contact Scott Campbell who will be serving as this year’s nominating committee chairperson. Serving on the board is a time commitment but it is well worth the investment. You meet great people who have the same passion and dedication to the community banking industry as you do! Please consider serving.
As I mentioned earlier, summer is just around the corner. And with that comes our Annual Retreat at Sylvan Lake Lodge. The dates are July 23rd – 25th. It is a great family outing in a wonderful setting. It’s not too early to make your reservations, especially if you want a cabin!
As I close I just want to say we all need to be proud to be Community Bankers! Despite all the regulations and challenges we face every day, our communities need us. We are an integral part of each of the communities we serve. So be proud of what we do and who we are during Community Banking Month.