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Barn Quilt Installed at CBK El Dorado Branch

             There’s something new at the El Dorado Branch of Citizens Bank of Kansas!  With the capable assistance of Steve Joyce and several eager Dexter High School students, CBK has a barn quilt above the entrance!

             Brightly colored barn quilts are appearing across the scenic countryside in Kansas.  The “Barn Quilt Movement” started in Ohio with a daughter honoring her mother with a painted quilt on her barn in Adams County, Ohio. This simple idea has spread to over 48 states and to Canada with over 7,000 quilts participating in the organized American Quilt Trail, which includes the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail.  This trail was formed to celebrate agricultural heritage, promote rural pride, and attract visitors to the area.

             “Many long-time customers may remember a big clock above the entry to CBK in El Dorado,” said Shannon Beal, Community Bank President of CBK El Dorado.  “Unfortunately, that clock had problems and displayed the wrong time more often than not!  We researched the idea of adding the colorful barn quilt and the ownership of CBK was on board. The architecture of the building really lends itself to the barn quilt design.   We really love the fresh look,” Beal said.

            In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Dexter High School (entering his 31st year), Steve Joyce is a barn quilt enthusiast, and his creations can be seen in various locations in Cowley County, Kansas. Joyce’s creations are also on display at the Little House on the Prairie near Independence, Kansas, and Bill Kurtis Ranch outside of Sedan, Kansas.   Under the guidance of Steve Joyce, the Dexter High School Community Service students have become involved with the process.  Some of their creations are listed at Cowley County Barn Quilts

Celebrating its 100-year anniversary of family ownership in 2022, 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 www.citizensbankofkansas.com

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eldo barn quilt (1) eldo barn quilt (2)

Courtesy photos: (1) CBK El Dorado new barn quilt  (2) The CBK barn quilt artists deliver barn quilt to CBK.  L-R DHS students Brieley Minnie, Luis Grandy, and teacher/artist Steve Joyce.

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A Familiar Face Joins CBK-DHS Branch

            Citizens Bank of Kansas is pleased to announce that Jessica Fuller has joined the CBK Team to lead the branch at Derby High School.  Many people will recognize Fuller’s name as Business Department Chair and teacher at DHS – she will continue those responsibilities in addition to Education Manager at CBK-DHS.

           “As Education Manager at Derby High School, Jessica is actively involved in the day-to-day operation of the student-staffed CBK-DHS branch.  She is embracing the real-world application of concepts she teaches in the classroom,” said Stacy Gear, Chief Development Officer for Citizens Bank of Kansas.  “Jessica is excited about the opportunity to assume this role and lead the student interns at CBK-DHS.”

            The bank branch at DHS, located in the commons area, was established in 2010 by then Verus Bank.  The concept allows student to have hands-on experience, applying business concepts learned in the classroom. Each year CBK selects interns from a healthy list of applicants.  Each intern also receives class credit for working in the branch, which is open to students, faculty, and staff, before school hours and during lunch blocks Monday through Friday when school is in session. The relationship with DHS includes a financial literacy component for the students’ junior year. DHS also receives revenue from the Panther Debit Card program, which is donated to the school by CBK.

            Jessica Fuller is a graduate of Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita and Kansas State University; she received a master’s degree in Administration and School Leadership from Baker University.  Jessica and her husband Dave, a Physical Therapist at Derby Family Med, live in Derby with their three children Kaden, Addison, and Carson.

Celebrating its 100-year anniversary of family ownership in 2022, 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 www.citizensbankofkansas.com

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DHS student interns 2022-2023, L-R: Londyn Lindsey, Kylar Minton, Addyson Brown, Thu Le with Jessica Fuller, Education Manager