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Citizens Bank of Kansas Sends Kids to Space

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – May 6, 2022 – Three lucky students can look forward to a Mars experience this summer at the Cosmosphere camp in Hutchinson.  Citizens Bank of Kansas made the camp scholarships available for the seventh year. 

Winners of the Citizens Bank of Kansas essay contest will attend the Cosmosphere’s Mars Academy Camp, a four-day/three-night overnight camp where students build a habitat for another world, understand and overcome the challenges of gathering resources, and practice skills like operating robotics and drones.  Camp activities culminate in a team space mission using Cosmosphere’s spacecraft Astralis, a simulator modeled after the Orion spacecraft, and the Cosmosphere Mission Control Room, based on current NASA Mission Control.

“We are thrilled to provide Cosmosphere Camp scholarships again this year and hope the students will enjoy the experience and learn more about space,” said Jane Deterding, Chairman of the Board of Citizens Bank of Kansas.  “It’s a terrific opportunity – several of our own kids have attended Cosmosphere Camp -- and parents should encourage their child to participate in the camps.” 

The winners of space camp scholarships are Kenli Rucker of Sharon, KS, Taylor Williams of Augusta, KS, and Samuel Kearney of Wichita, KS.

Taylor Williams Rucker, Rucker, Roberts, Buck Kearney McCoy

Pictured:  Taylor Williams (Augusta) with CBK Branch Manager Mary Williams. Kenli Rucker (Sharon) pictured from L-R Megan Rucker mother, Kenli Rucker, CBK Branch Manager Steve Roberts, and Tina Buck science teacher. Samuel Kearney (Wichita) with CBK Branch Manager Lori McCoy.

About Citizens Bank of Kansas

Citizens Bank of Kansas, which has banking facilities throughout southcentral Kansas, has a strong tradition of community service. CBK takes pride in being the family-owned neighborhood bank for its customers for four generations. For more information, visit

About The Cosmosphere

The Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum is located at 1100 North Plum in Hutchinson, KS. Its unique collection allows the Cosmosphere to tell the story of the Space Race better than any museum in the world while offering fully immersive education experiences that meet the Next Generation Science.   The Cosmosphere also features the Carey Digital Dome Theater offering documentary showings daily; a digital Planetarium and Dr. Goddard’s Lab, where visitors experience live science demonstrations daily.


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New Branch Managers at CBK

Citizens Bank of Kansas is pleased to introduce their new Branch Managers to the CBK Team in Medicine Lodge, East Wichita, Derby Buckner and Derby Rock Road.

The most recent addition to the CBK Team is Steve Roberts, the new Branch Manager in Medicine Lodge.  Steve is making the transition to banking after more than 25 years coaching and teaching math at the South Barber School District in Kiowa, Kansas.  Steve and his wife Kay have two adult children, Bryce and Bailey.

At the Derby Rock Road branch, Brody Burns is the new Branch Manager.  Brody is from western Kansas (Jetmore/Dodge City) where he started his banking career.  He enjoys sports – KU basketball and Chiefs football.  Brody and his wife Pamela have two dogs that make life interesting.

“It’s always exciting to bring new talent to CBK.  As Branch Managers at CBK, Steve, Melissa, Madison and Brody will bring their skills and experience to enhance our Bank,” said Stacy Gear, SVP/Chief Development Officer.  “Providing quality customer service is our top priority; these individuals will lead the charge at our branches.” 

Citizens Bank of Kansas takes pride in being the family-owned neighborhood bank for its customers for four generations. CBK has banking facilities throughout south central Kansas and has a strong tradition of community service. Learn more at


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CBK cares about you and your financial privacy.
As your community bank, we want you to know the facts about legislation happening in Washington, D.C. If passed, the proposal would require financial institutions like ours to report the inflows and outflows on personal and business accounts to the IRS.
This proposed reporting to the IRS would infringe on the privacy of our bank customers. We are taking steps to oppose this legislation and encourage you to contact your lawmakers. You can use this link from the American Bankers Association: We’ll continue to monitor this situation and keep you informed.
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CBK Donates Matching Funds for Health Foundation Drive

In just two short months, the citizens of Medicine Lodge and Barber County rose to the challenge to raise funds for a new defibrillator at the Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital.  In December 2019, Citizens Bank of Kansas agreed to match donations to the Medicine Lodge Community Health Foundation up to $8,000.00 – more than half of the cost of the new Zoll R defibrillator.  As of February 2020, the community raised over $8,000.00 and CBK gladly provided the matching funds as promised.

“This project had the support of community members and staff at MLMH,” said Sue Lee, Executive Director of the Medicine Lodge Community Health Foundation.  “In addition to the financial support, it’s great to see the community come together to support our Medicine Lodge health care facility.” 

The technology of the new Zoll R defibrillator includes Real CPR Help® which provides medical staff with audio and visual guidance to deliver high-quality CRP on patients in crisis.  The new defibrillator will be located in the Outpatient/Surgical Clinic on the lower level of the MLMH. 

“We’re delighted to provide the matching funds for this community effort,” said Jane Deterding, Chairman of Citizens Bank of Kansas.  “This effort will benefit the people of Barber County for years to come.” 

Citizens Bank of Kansas takes pride in being the family-owned neighborhood bank for its customers for four generations.  CBK has banking facilities throughout south central Kansas and has a strong tradition of community service.  Learn more at


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(Wichita, KS) – Bankers’ Bank of Kansas elected two new members to serve three-year terms for the Kansas bank-owned organization. Brian Chamberlin, President/CEO, Andover State Bank, Andover; and Michael Ewy, President/CEO, Community State Bank, Coffeyville. Three members were re-elected for their second three-year term: Robert Beymer, Chairman/CFO/Senior Trust Officer, The Kearny County Bank, Lakin; Mark Emley, Market President, Academy Bank, Overland Park; and Michael Scheopner, President/CEO, Landmark National Bank, Topeka. Calvin Coady, President/CEO, Bankers’ Bank of Kansas, Wichita was re-elected for a one-year term.

Mark Keeny, CEO, Citizens Bank of Kansas, Kingman, was elected BBOK’s Chairman of the Board and Lloyd Culbertson, President, First National Bank and Trust, Phillipsburg was named Vice Chairman of the Board.

Founded in 1988, Bankers’ Bank of Kansas offers correspondent banking services to more than 88% of Kansas banks. For more information on BBOK, visit



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After 11 years as President and 32 years with Citizens Bank of Kansas, Dennis Knackstedt is ready to retire -- at least as President.  On February 22, 2019, at the Bank’s Annual Meeting, Knackstedt took on the new title of Executive Vice President/Senior Advisor.  Knackstedt will remain on the Board of Directors for CBK.  “I can’t think of a better place to work than Citizens Bank of Kansas.  Ending my career here with this merger with Verus is really a great way to go out,” said Knackstedt.  He will continue to work full-time until summer, then assume his more flexible role.  “I’ll also spend some more time at the lake,” Knackstedt said.

Assuming the role of President is Kyle Russell, who has been president of Verus Bank since 2004.  “Kyle was our first choice to step into the presidency when Dennis shared his retirement plans a few years ago,” said Mark Keeny, CEO of Citizens Bank of Kansas.  Verus Bank became part of Citizens Bank of Kansas with its merger on January 2, 2019.   “I’m proud to become President of Citizens Bank of Kansas.  The opportunity to lead the combined $385 million bank is really an opportunity I never thought I’d have,” Russell said.   A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Russell has more than 30 years of banking experience.  Russell and his wife, Debbie, have been strong supporters of community activities since they moved to Derby in 1993, particularly supportive of the Derby school system even after their three children graduated. 

The merger of Citizens Bank of Kansas and Verus Bank represents a partnership of two strong, family-owned banks with a long history of community banking in south central Kansas.  “We have been in acquisition mode for five years,” said Keeny.  “It took the right bank with the right people and the right culture to make the merger a reality,” he said.  The combined entity will extend its geographic coverage to 10 full-service branches in six counties:  Sedgwick, Butler, Cowley, Reno, Kingman, and Barber.

Citizens Bank of Kansas takes pride in being the family-owned neighborhood bank for its customers for four generations.  CBK has banking facilities throughout south central Kansas, and has a strong tradition of community service.  Learn more at