In addition to our regular monthly Charity Jean Day, Farmers National Bank employees have an option to also wear jeans on Saturdays by donating to local organizations. Donated items are distributed to local organizations throughout the year as designated on a quarterly basis by each FNB Office. 2019’s 1st quarter donations went to the Prophetstown Lyndon Food Pantry from FNB’s Prophetstown Office. Pictured above is FNB’s Erin VanUnnik and Food Pantry’s Lori Ploenzke.
In addition to our regular monthly Charity Jean Day, Farmers National Bank employees have an option to also wear jeans on Saturdays by donating to local organizations. Donated items are distributed to local organizations throughout the year as designated on a quarterly basis by each FNB Office. 2018’s 4th quarter donations went to Happy Tails Humane Society from FNB’s Prophetstown and Morrison Offices. Pictured above making the donation are Morrison’s Angie Erickson and Prophetstown’s Megan Thompson.
On Friday, August 31, 2018, FNB held their second annual Grab & Go Customer Appreciation Lunch. Each office served 350 – 400 patrons. The free lunch included a sandwich, chips, cookie and a water in an insulated FNB lunch bag.
FNB proudly sponsored United Way’s Power of the Purse Fundraiser on September 27, 2018. This event raises funds for the L.I.F.E. (Literacy is Fun for Everyone) program which provides books at no cost to every child from newborn to age 5 in Whiteside County. Pictured here are some of the FNB employees who attended the event: Tani Bauer, Megan Thompson, Angie Erickson, Kristi Bass, Ashley Bruins, Anita Gerlach, Amanda Geuns, Tracie Morgan (also United Way Board Member), and Jennifer Tegeler.
On September 17, 2018, FNB employees Nick Volckmann, Nick Emmerson, Mike Urish, and Steve Taets participated in the 30th Annual Russell Charity Golf Outing. This outing raised $50,000 for Gabe’s All-Inclusive Play Village.
On August 15, 2018, FNB sponsored the entertainment stage at the Whiteside County Fair in Morrison. Hand held fans and free ice cream coupons were handed out to all fairgoers attending the concert. FNB employees were invited to a meet and greet with the entertainer for the night, Keith Anderson! Pictured with Keith Anderson are FNB employees Angie Erickson, Brenda Martin, Tracie Morgan, Tonia DeLong, Lindsey Loeffelholz, and Becky Emery. Tracie Morgan, Lindsey Loeffelholz, Tonia DeLong and Mary Roland stand in front of the stage and Mike Urish hands out the goodies to fairgoers.
On June 2, 2018, FNB’s Investing in a Cure team participated in the Whiteside County Relay for Life. Walking for FNB were Amanda Geuns, Kristi and Andy Bass, Joanne Olson, Joan McCowan, and Meri and Nicole Hammer. The team raised over $1,600 this year. A quilt made by Kristi Bass’ mom, Nina Holloway, was raffled off and raised over $600. Joanne Olson also made a quilt for the silent auction and Kristi’s sister-in-law, Regina Holloway, cross-stitched a beautiful cancer awareness sampler picture for the silent auction. Excellent job team!
On May 3, 2018, FNB employees, Garett Plumley and Megan Thompson, presented the PLT FFA chapter with a donation of $875 to assist in purchasing jackets for the FFA members. FFA members have the option to purchase the jackets at a cost of anywhere from $50 - $80. The donated funds will be used to buy a set of 10 jackets for future use and the rest to help out current members.
On Monday, December 18th staff members of FNB provided service to the community ministry called Pat’s Table. The mission of Pat’s Table is “To Serve a Meal to Nourish Both Body and Soul in a Kind and Compassionate Way”. The ministry, which is operated through the Prophetstown United Methodist Church, was founded in 2013 in memory of Pat Stewart, and since that time, over 21,500 have been served! Our staff donated salads to be served with the Christmas meal and, assisted kitchen volunteers with serving the meal and cleaning up the kitchen afterwards.
On Friday, December 15th, the Deer Valley Golf Course in Deer Grove, Illinois was the site for a “Farmer Update Meeting” featuring Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. FNB was one of the co-sponsors of this event. Local farmers that attended heard Congresswoman Bustos speak on the 2018 Farm Bill, and a Q&A session on “Everything Ag.” Garett Plumley represented FNB on the Q&A panel and did a fantastic job.
The Farmers National Bank 115th Anniversary float was well-represented at the Christmas parades in Prophetstown, Morrison and Geneseo. On November 25th, several employees and some of their families represented the bank in the Prophetstown parade. Those attending had a good time throwing candy to the many children waiting anxiously. In addition to the presence in the parade, the Prophetstown Office hosts a hospitality booth during their holiday celebration. We hand out hot chocolate and cookies that are baked and donated by FNB employees then the Bank in turn makes a monetary donation to the FNB Investing in a Cure Relay for Life team for the cookies. In 2017, 42 dozen (that’s 504) cookies were served to parade goers along with 325 cups of hot chocolate!
FNB hosted “Family Night Basketball” at the Morrison vs. Prophetstown high school contests this winter. At the girls’ game on Friday, December 1st, students were admitted free to the game while all fans enjoyed popcorn, raffles for decorated cookie trays and a “Chuck-a-Puck” contest. The boys’ game on Friday, December 8th, was held in Prophetstown. Everyone again was treated to popcorn, students entered free of charge, some lucky fans earned cash and gift cards in the “Chuck-a-Buck” contest while 2 sweet fans took home a delicious cake. Thanks to all who came out to cheer on our student athletes and enjoy the fun! (Pictured are cakes baked by Barb Hamstra of Prophetstown.)
Each year, FNB has a team that participates in the Whiteside County Relay for Life. In October 2017, the team started selling tickets to raffle this cancer awareness quilt that was handmade and donated by Nina Holloway, FNB Morrison Employee Kristi Bass’ mother. The team was able to raise $605. The winner of the quilt was Bonnie Seilhymer from Prophetstown. Kristi and her mom plan to make this raffle an annual event to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
FNB held an employee pumpkin decorating contest in October 2017 as one of our monthly events to celebrate our 115th anniversary. Employees volunteered to decorate a pumpkin and the employee with the most votes from customers selected a charity/organization of their choice to receive a $115 donation.
Lori Appel was the winner from our Prophetstown Office. Lori selected Toys for Tots Foundation in the Carroll County area to receive $115.
FNB’s Investing in a Cure team participated in the Whiteside County Relay for Life event on June 3, 2017. The team raised close to $1,500 to help fight cancer through the American Cancer Society. This year’s team consisted of Joan McCowan, Joanne Olson, Meri Hammer and her daughter Nicole, Amanda Geuns and her son Blake, Kristi Bass, Jeanne Frank and Tracie Morgan. Thank you, team, for your efforts!
On November 21, 2016 FNB sponsored the student admission and Chuck-a-Buck contest at the Morrison vs. Prophetstown High School girls basketball game. Free popcorn courtesy of FNB was also handed out. Darla Corbin, winner of Chuck-a-Buck, donated her $50 winnings to Drew Emery, accepting on behalf of the Prophetstown Athletic Boosters.
FNB’s Investing in a Cure team participated in the Whiteside County Relay for Life event on June 11, 2016. The team raised over $2,000 to help fight cancer through the American Cancer Society. This year’s team consisted of Joan McCowan, Joanne Olson, Meri Hammer and her daughter Nicole, Amanda Geuns and her son Blake, Jeanne Frank and Sandy Johnson. Thank you team for your efforts!
On Saturday, June 13th, the bank once again participated in the annual Whiteside County Relay for Life event at the Westwood Fitness & Sports Center in Sterling. Our team, FNB Investing in a Cure, was named a rising star among the fundraising teams. Team members raised over $1300 to contribute to the grand total of over $109,000 that has been raised so far. Members of this year’s team included Joan, Joanne, Tracie, Jeanne, Amanda and Blake, Meri and Nicole, and Sandy and Jack. At one point in the evening, Blake dressed up and went around collecting donations in the name of the team for the relay.
Thank you to our team members for their charitable contributions and for representing the bank so well in the community!
Free shredding and recycle day was held at Farmers National Bank west parking lot in Prophetstown on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Patrons were able to bring confidential records and other documents to be securely shredded and electronics to be recycled.
Mrs. Morrow’s Consumer Education class at Prophetstown High School has been given the opportunity to experience the Junior Achievement Personal Finance program. The program consists of 5 sessions: Earning, Saving, Budgeting, Credit, and Savvy Consumer. Each semester, Farmers National Bank employees, Erin Van Unnik, Abby McBride, and Amanda Geuns, volunteered to teach the Prophetstown High School junior class five financial concepts that are important for individuals to utilize in everyday life. Through activities and games, the students were taught everything from earning money, saving money, monitoring credit, and being a savvy consumer. The volunteers shared personal experiences and local examples in order to give the students real life situations of how each concept can be used in a positive way. In May, a final presentation on Ethics was given by Don Vogel, CFO of Farmers National Bank. This program is a great way to inform students about good financial choices and decisions they will have to make for themselves now and in the future. Junior Achievement USA is a nonprofit organization financed by businesses, foundations, government, and individuals. For more information on the Junior Achievement USA programs, please visit www.ja.org.
Megan Thompson presents a donation to Larry Stewart for Pat’s Table.
After work on June 16, 2014 some of the Prophetstown employees presented the FNB Charity Jean Day’s donation to Pat’s Table and volunteered to help serve and clean up.
Pat’s Table serves a free meal to anyone who wishes to come every Monday night from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Prophetstown United Methodist Church. They announced and celebrated that night that since starting a year and five months ago they have served over 10,000 meals.