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What it Means to be a Community Bank

What does the term “Community Bank” or “Community Banker” even mean? When you look up the definitions, community is defined as “a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common” and also as “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” Bank is defined as “a financial establishment that invests money deposited by customers, pays it out when required, makes loans at interest, and exchanges currency.”

For me, being a “Community Bank or Banker” takes on an even deeper meaning. We (The Bank of Tescott) are not a corporate bank that is only concerned about the bottom line. We genuinely care about our customers and our communities and their overall success. When they succeed, we succeed. We are invested in the local school districts and non-profit organizations in the communities we serve. We give not only monetary donations, but our employees give their time and talents to volunteer when and where needed. We may not always be on the cutting edge of technology or provide the coolest app in the banking world, but when our customers are in a time of need, we are there for them and do what we can to help.

The Bank of Tescott’s Vision Statement is “Committed To Those We Serve” and that includes our commitment to our customers, our communities, our co-workers, and our shareholders. We take this statement to heart in all that we do. I’m proud to say I work for The Bank of Tescott and I’m also proud to say that I am a Community Banker. ~Kathy Schwerdtfager