Security Bank to host celebration

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Security Bank of Southwest Missouri will host a customer appreciation day and 20th anniversary celebration at its Cassville branch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4.

"We have been having customer appreciation days at all of the branches since I have been here," said Gary Fields, president and chief executive officer. "This year, in honor of the 20th anniversary celebration, the decision was made to have a big blow out."

Saturday's event will feature a free lunch, which will be prepared by the Wheaton High School Smokin' Dogs Drug-Free Competitive Cooking Team. The meal will include either slow-smoked pulled pork or barbecued chicken and coleslaw, baked beans, hot rolls and drinks.

Glory Bound Quartet will perform from noon to 2 p.m., and the bank will give away prizes every 20 minutes. A grand prize drawing for $500 will be held at 2 p.m.

"We're celebrating 20 years of growth at Security Bank," said Lindy Lombard, who is organizing the community event. "This event is to show our appreciation to the community for supporting Security Bank."

Community members who attend the Security Bank celebration are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Carnival games and pony rides will be available for children attending the event.

Fields purchased Security Bank in June of 1988. Since then, the bank has added a Wheaton branch to its Cassville and Exeter locations. The Cassville branch has also been expanded twice over the last two decades.

"The banking industry has changed a lot over the last 20 years," said Fields. "When I first came to the bank, everything was still on pencil and paper. Now, we provide what all of the other banks offer.

"We were one of the first small banks to offer in-house check imaging," said Fields. "In addition to the normal banking services, we also offer on-line banking, bill pay and other services."

Over the last 20 years, Security Bank's assets have grown from $8 million to over $70 million. The bank's capital base has increased to over $6.3 million over the last two decades.

"We offer local ownership and local management and we focus on local concerns," said Fields. "As grows the community, so grows the bank."

Security Bank employs 28 full-time and three part-time individuals at its three bank branches.

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