Upcoming Events And Past Involvement In Our Communities
Upcoming Events And Past Involvement In Our Communities
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Oakley High School's Dane Scheetz accepts Ag Future Scholarship
Colby Banking Center President J.L. Evins and American Implement Manager Jason Pfeifer present Oakley High School's Dane Scheetz with an Ag Future Scholarship certificate at his high school's awards assembly. Scheetz was one of ten scholarship recipients across western Kansas.
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Ag Future Scholarship Recipients Announced
Together with American Implement, we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Ag Future Scholarship Program.

The Ag Future Scholarship Program provides a total of 10, $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who intend to pursue an Ag-related program or degree at a university, community college or technical school.

Applicants from 16 western Kansas counties applied, and the following students were chosen as recipients:

Blakely Aldridge, Weskan High School; Garin Cooper, Saint Francis Community High School; Kayler Getz, Quinter High School; Cole Lehman, Ingalls High School; Rilee McGraw, Garden City High School; Matthew Morgan, Lakin High School; Halle Robinson, Dodge City High School; Dane Scheetz, Oakley Senior High; Aaron Skidmore, South Gray High School; and Landon Trout, Scott Community High School

 To qualify for the scholarship, students were required to have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average, reside in a qualifying western Kansas or eastern Colorado county, and plan to pursue an Ag-related program. Additional factors such as grades, letters of recommendation, community involvement and participation in extracurricular activities were also considered. 

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Dodge City team attends inaugural Western Kansas Spring Fling

Our Dodge City team recently attended the first-ever Western Kansas Spring Fling at the Village Square Mall. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to visit with Sonya, Martha and Justine, and congratulations to our gift basket winner, Chasity Gonser. 

Special thanks to Southwind Broadcasting for organizing a successful show.

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Garden City staff spreads awareness on Wear Blue Day
Several Garden City staff members recently participated in Wear Blue Day to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month.
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Garden City team presents donation to Garden City Arts
Western State Bank New Accounts Representative Janet Villatoro presents a donation to Garden City Arts Director Katy Guthrie. The donation was made possible by the employee-driven Casual for a Cause program. The program is made up of donations from our employees, who select a different charity each month. They submit their donation in exchange for the chance to participate in casual Friday (jeans day). We're proud of the difference they continue to make.
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Garden City team presents donation to Miles of Smiles
Western State Bank employees David Mongeau, Sarah Waller, and Gaby Sanchez present a donation to Carrie Anne Ellison from Miles of Smiles. The donation was made possible by the employee-driven Casual for a Cause program. The program is made up of donations from our employees, who select a different charity each month. They submit their donation in exchange for the chance to participate in casual Friday (jeans day). We're proud of the difference they continue to make.
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Leoti team raises $1,300 for local Jr-Sr High School Athletic Department

Our Leoti banking center organized a drive-thru hamburger and hot dog feed to help raise money for the Wichita County Junior Senior High School athletic department. 
The WCJSHS athletic department normally raises 100% of its funds from sporting event concession stands; unfortunately, concession stands cannot open this year. The Leoti banking center's drive-thru event brought in nearly $1,300.  Special thanks to the City of Leoti for shutting down J Street on such short notice, and to the event volunteers for all your work putting on this fundraiser. Your time and efforts made a difference.

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Garden City team donates gaiter-style masks to local middle school

Our Garden City team provided custom, gaiter-style masks for nearly 500 students and staff members at Kenneth Henderson Middle School. Garden City schools are requiring masks for all students and staff until the expiration of the governor's mask order. Our Garden City banking center is matched with Kenneth Henderson Middle School through the Partners in Education program, and we were happy to help KH students and staff meet this requirement. 

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Garden City banking center supports 13th Annual Banner Art Walk
Our Garden City banking center was proud to sponsor the 13th Annual Banner Art Walk on Saturday, Aug. 8. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Art Walk featured a revised format allowing for more social distancing. Western State Bank Relationship Development Manager Cassie Gonzales volunteered at the event, serving complimentary bottled water to all attendees.
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Dodge City team presents at Homebuyer Education Class
Dodge City Mortgage Loan Officers, Martha Reynoso and Justine Kruger recently presented at the Community Housing Association of Dodge City's Homebuyer Education class.
The class was designed to educate home buyers on various topics including financing requirements, understanding credit scores, home inspections, loan types, and radon mitigation.
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Leoti team matches $10K to benefit Grow & Learn Childcare Center
Our Leoti banking center recently held a matching challenge, agreeing to match up to $10,000 in funds pledged by the Leoti community to benefit the Grow & Learn Childcare Center building project.

They matched all pledges 1:1 (up to $200 per individual and $400 per business) during a six week period. The Leoti community pledged a total of $13,359, securing the full match and raising a total of $23,359.

Wichita County currently has only one licensed home day care. The Grow & Learn Child Care Center will create a much needed solution for the parents and employers of the community.
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Garden City team presents donation to Kansas Children's Service League
Western State Bank Mortgage Loan Officer Jocelyn Ismerio and Mortgage Assistant Yeovana Martinez present a donation to representatives from the Kansas Children's Service League. The donation was made possible by the employee-driven Casual for a Cause program. The program is made up of donations from our employees, who select a different charity each month. They submit their donation in exchange for the chance to participate in casual Friday (jeans day). We're proud of the difference they continue to make.
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Garden City team distributes 1,300 bottles of hand sanitizer to community
Our Garden City team recently partnered with the GCCC Endowment Association and Dodge City-based Boot Hill Distillery to bring free hand sanitizer to the community. They hosted a drive-up distribution event on Saturday, April 25, and distributed 1,300 bottles in just two short hours. 
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St. Francis team distributes 200 Easter treat bags to area children

Due to the pandemic, our St. Francis team was unable to hold their annual community Easter Egg Hunt. So to continue the fun, they put together 200 treat bags for area children, and worked with the schools and day cares to disperse them. Thanks to all the sponsors who joined us in this effort: Farm Bureau Insurance , St. Francis Supers, Captain Hook’s, Tin Roof Baking Co, Grace Flying Service, Diamond R • Mark & Julie Mills, Fresh Seven, Majestic, St. Francis Tire, Mary Lehman, Dan & Rita Stephens, Don & Phyllis Whitmore, Frewen Insurance Agency, UM Thrift Store

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Casual for a Cause funds awarded to St. Catherine Hospice
Western State Bank's Jennifer Irsik and Jane Hewson practice social distancing while posing with a check written to St. Catherine Hospice in Garden City.  The donation was made possible by our employee-driven Casual for a Cause program. The program is made up of donations from our employees, who select a different charity each month. They submit their donation in exchange for the chance to participate in casual Friday (jeans day). We're proud of the difference they continue to make.
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Casual for a Cause Funds Awarded to Humane Society
Western State Bank's Bebe Denney presented a donation to the Finney County Humane Society on behalf of all Garden City employees. The donation was made possible by our employee-driven Casual for a Cause program. The program is made up of donations from our employees, who select a different charity each month. They submit their donation in exchange for the chance to participate in casual Friday (jeans day). We're proud of the difference they continue to make.
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Garden City Lender presents 2019 Kansas Bankers Award to Knoll Brothers, Inc.
Garden City Commercial & Ag Lender David Mongeau recently presented the Kansas Bankers Award to Knoll Brothers, Incorporated at the Finney County Conservation District's 73rd Annual Meeting. Knoll Brothers Inc was chosen for their hard work and dedication to conservation.
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Dodge City Bank Center President presents Conquistadors game ball
Western State Bank's Dodge City banking center recently sponsored the Dodge City Community College basketball game against Hutchinson Community College. Everyone in the community was invited to attend free of charge. Banking Center President/Chief Lending Officer Todd English and his son presented the game ball. 
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Leave a Legacy Foundation receives Casual for a Cause funds
Garden City employees presented a donation to representatives from the Garden City based Leave a Legacy Foundation. The donation was made possible by our employee-driven Casual for a Cause program. Our Casual For A Cause program is made up of donations from our employees, who select a different charity each month. They submit their donation in exchange for the chance to participate in casual Friday (jeans day). We're proud of the difference they continue to make.
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Colby banking center accepts Founders Award at Orange and Black Classic
Colby Banking Center President J.L. Evins recently accepted the Orange and Black Classic Founders Award presented to Western State Bank. Congratulations to Brynn McCormick of Scott City on receiving the tournament's MVP award!
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Hope's Closet receives Scott City 2020 Giveaway Donation
Hope's Closet was the winning Scott City organization from our recent 2020 giveaway! Thank you to all the Scott City area residents who submitted nominations. Commercial & Mortgage Loan Officer Patty McGuire was proud to present the donation.

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Wichita County Grow & Learn receives Leoti's 2020 Giveaway Donation
Leoti Banking Center President Brady Harbin recently presented a donation to the Wichita County Grow and Learn Childcare Center, which was made possible by your participation in our 2020 Giveaway. Thank you, Leoti, for joining us in the fun and helping us make a difference!

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Perfect Fit Foundation receives Dodge City's 2020 Giveaway donation
Dodge City Banking Center President/Chief Lending Officer Todd English presents Trista Fergerson of the Perfect Fit Foundation with a donation from our recent 2020 Giveaway contest. We are proud to support this incredible organization.
🔷️If you're not yet familiar with the Perfect Fit Foundation, be sure to check out their page. They're working hard to increase acceptance and awareness of individuals with special needs and disabilities in the Dodge City area.
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Leoti Banking Center Brings Magic of Christmas to Four Local Families
Thanks to nominations submitted by the public, our Leoti Banking Center was able to bring the magic of Christmas to four local families in need. One family received a "haul" of gifts, and three other families received gift certificates to Leoti Foods. We appreciate everyone who submitted nominations and helped make this possible.
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St. Francis employees bring Christmas to 104 Cheyenne County children

Our St. Francis banking center's Angel Tree Program reached 104 Cheyenne County children this season thanks to the generosity of the St. Francis and Bird City communities.

The Angel Tree Program provides gifts from "Santa" to area children. Angel tags are placed on Christmas trees in several Cheyenne County locations. Community members pick up tags and purchase the gifts for children in need.

In 2018, 74 children received gifts from Santa. This year, our banking center was able to gift 104 children. Each child on the Angel Tree also received a winter coat through funds raised by Western State Bank employees working at the United Methodist Thrift Store.

Gifts were distributed to the families on December 18 in Bird City and on Friday, December 20 in St. Francis.


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Dodge City employees organize Relay for Life Zumba event
Congratulations to our Dodge City "Banking on a Cure" Relay for Life Team for organizing a successful Zumbathon fundraiser at the local YMCA! Thanks to their efforts over $300 was raised for Relay for Life.
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Leoti employees present Match Day donation
Our Leoti employees participated in yesterday's Match Day, awarding a local organization with a donation at the Wichita County Community Foundation.
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Garden City employees award eight local non profits on Match Day
Each department of our Garden City banking center chose its own Match Day recipient this year.
Thanks to the Western Kansas Community Foundation for organizing this awesome event and supporting our local nonprofit organizations!
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October Casual for a Cause donation awarded to Emmaus House
Garden City employees donated over $300 to the Emmaus House, a local homeless shelter and food pantry. The donation was part of the group's Casual for a Cause program. The funds will help the Emmaus House with their holiday food boxes. Pictured L to R: Jairo Martinez (WSB), Brittney Knoll (Emmaus House), and Bebe Denney (WSB).
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Garden City team attends Boo at the Zoo
Our Garden City banking center employees had fun participating in the annual Boo at the Zoo event at Lee Richardson Zoo. 
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Garden City banking center sponsors Builders' Luncheon
Our Garden City banking center was proud to sponsor the September Builders' Luncheon!
Pictured (L-R): Mortgage Lender Jocelyn Ismerio, Commercial/Ag Lender David Mongeau, and Mortgage Lender Kacey Duncan.

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Garden City team sponsors 2019 Mexican Fiesta
Our Garden City Banking Center was proud to act as a major sponsor for this year's Community Mexican Fiesta.
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Garden City Casual for a Cause funds awarded to KCSL
Garden City employees donated $300 to the Kansas Children's Service League's Head Start Program. The donation was part of the group's Casual for a Cause program. Pictured L to R: Andria Rosales (WSB), Janet Villatoro (WSB), Cecilia Douglass (KCSL), and Cassie Gonzales (WSB). 
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Garden City new accounts team visits Food Truck Friday
Cassie and Janet enjoyed visiting with community members at Food Truck Friday in Downtown Garden City!

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Goodland Banking Center holds community BBQ
Our Goodland employees worked hard to prepare our Customer Appreciation BBQ at the Sherman County Fairgrounds. Thank you to everyone who joined us!
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Scott City Banking Center acts as Camaro giveaway ticket location
The Kansas Masonic Foundation recently chose Western State Bank in Scott City as a ticket location for their 1968 Camaro RS/SS Convertible giveaway! Pictured left to right, WSB team members Patty, Kelcee and Lizeth.
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Garden City mortgage team visits new teacher in-service
Kacey, WSB Mortgage Lender, and Edith, WSB Mortgage Loan Processor, visited the Garden City Public Schools and Community of Garden City New Teacher In-service. They provided new teachers with information regarding banking and home loans, plus a chance to spin our prize wheel.


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July 'Casual for a Cause' Recipient: The Darin Golay Memorial

The Garden City banking center employees chose to award the Darin Golay Memorial Fund as its July Casual for a Cause recipient. Accepting the donation was Darin Golay's mother, Marsha Golay. Our Casual For A Cause program is made up of donations from our employees, who select a different charity each month. They submit their donation in exchange for the chance to participate in casual Friday (jeans day).


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Garden City banking center holds Western Art Show
Our Garden City banking center recently held a Western Art Show featuring the star of Oklahoma's 'Art of a Cowboy' reality TV show, southwest Kansas native Steve Boaldin. The show included western-themed art from several southwest Kansas artists,  acoustic music, refreshments, a supervised kids art station, and an artwork raffle.  The event coincided with the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. 
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Scott City Staff Volunteers at Beefiesta
Our Scott City banking center crew volunteered to serve at the annual Beefiesta, helping to raise funds for Scott City Animal Rescue. The Beefiesta took place at Patton Park following the parade.  Congratulations to HRC Feedyard on your tasting booth victory!
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Dodge City and Garden City Team Up at Gray County Fair

Lenders from our Garden City and Dodge City banking centers recently provided fair-goers with dessert during the annual Gray County Fair hamburger feed. 

Each attendee received an ice cream pop. Thank you to the Gray County Fair Board for allowing us to be part of the occasion. 

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June 'Casual for a Cause' Recipient: Bras Fore a Cause
The Garden City banking center employees chose to award the Bras Fore a Cause as its June Casual for a Cause recipient. This organization assists local families affected by cancer to afford travel expenses and other miscellaneous costs. We're thankful for the work they do in our community! 
Our Casual For A Cause program is made up of donations from our employees, who select a different charity each month. They submit their donation in exchange for the chance to participate in casual Friday (jeans day). We're proud of the difference they continue to make.
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Western State Bank Night at Garden City Wind Baseball Game
The Garden City banking center recently sponsored the June 29th Garden City Wind baseball game. The evening featured a capture-the-flag zorb ball contest during the seventh inning stretch where audience members competed against banking center employees for the chance to win a firework gift basket. 
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Scott City-Leoti Community Golf Tournament
Our Scott City and Leoti banking centers recently teamed up for the Western State Bank golf tournament. The annual two-day event offers $1,000 in prize money and is open to both communities.
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Dodge City Staff at Relay for Life
Our Dodge City banking center team recently represented us at the Ford County Relay for Life event. Special thanks to Rhonda, Martha, Yasmin and Nancy for getting involved in such a meaningful cause.
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Garden City Holds Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament
Our Garden City banking center held its annual Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament Friday at the Golf Club at Southwind. Commercial Lender Steve Harkness is pictured with his team.
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Beef Empire Days Grill Master Cook Off

Jacob Waller and WSB Mortgage Lender Jocelyn Ismerio represented us as judges at the Rocking M Media Grill Master Cook Off during Beef Empire Days. The Grill Master Cook Off was held just before the Western State Bank Beef, Beer & Boots event on June 8 in Downtown Garden City. Congratulations to the winner, Ken Lang, whose grilling skills beat out 14 other contestants resulting in a $1,000 prize!

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National Donut Day Celebration

In recognition of National Donut Day our Dodge City banking center offered free donuts, juice and coffee to the entire community on June 7. Special thanks to Michelle and Louis at Dodge City’s Daylight Donuts for helping to "sweeten up" the morning.

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Garden City Chamber Golf Tournament

WSB Senior Vice President Jason Drohman and Garden City Commercial Loan Officer Steve Harkness participated in the annual Garden City Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament on June 7. Thanks to our friends Jorge Vargas and Richard Lightner for joining us!

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CASA Rodeo Olympics

Our team enjoyed participating in the Inaugural Spirit of the Plains CASA Rodeo Olympics on June 1. We competed in team skiing, a water gun shootout, saw horse roping, a boot ring toss and a watermelon eating contest, all for a great cause. Thanks to all the employees who participated!

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Homebuyer Education Class

Loan Officers Stephen Austin and Ruby Rojas recently presented at the Homebuyer Education Class at the public library. They covered subjects such as understanding credit and loan types, financing requirements, closing costs, required documents and more. Thanks to Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation and the Dodge City Public Library for inviting us to be part of this event.

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Small Business Week

To celebrate Small Business Week, our Garden City main banking center awarded 100 cups of coffee from the New Grind Coffee Trolley to the first 100 attendees who proved they shop small and shop local. Recipients chose from a special event menu with options such as the Lenders’ Latte, the Money Mocha, the Bankers’ Brew, and the Western Wake Up. Thank you to New Grind for partnering with us, to our employees who helped make the event possible, and to everyone who joined us that day!

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National Teachers Day

Our Garden City banking center surprised the teachers at Kenneth Henderson Middle School with free breakfast burritos on National Teachers Day. Thank you to all the educators out there making a difference in our communities!

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National Nurses’ Day

To honor our local nurses, our Garden City banking center recently awarded 30 local nurses with their favorite coffee drinks on Nurses Day. WSB employees delivered the custom-ordered coffee drinks to nurses who were nominated by their friends, families and peers via social media. Thanks to Patrick Dugan’s Coffee House and Central Cup Coffee House for helping prepare the orders, and to our amazing employees who took time out of their day to bring joy to this incredibly deserving group!

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Saint Francis Community Easter Egg Hunt

Our St. Francis banking center recently held their annual kids Easter Egg Hunt where they handed out over 200 treat bags to each participant. Afterward, they took the leftover treat bags to the Cheyenne County Village nursing home to bring cheer to the residents. We're so proud of our employees and the impact they make on our communities.

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Meals on Wheels

Each year our Garden City banking center takes time to deliver Meals on Wheels to home-bound members of our community. This year we had 12 employees volunteer each a day for an entire week. We’re so proud of our employees and the difference they choose to make in our community.

Pictured: Commercial Loan Officer David Mongeau.