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Citizens Bank of Kansas Introduces New Branch Managers

Three new Branch Managers have joined Team CBK in Medicine Lodge, Derby-Buckner, and Derby-Rock Road.

Brook Keast has joined CBK as the Branch Manager in Medicine Lodge, bringing with her ten years of customer service experience.  Those from Medicine Lodge may know her from the Black Diamond Express, where Brook and her family were previous owners.  Brook is involved with many Medicine Lodge community activities including the Chamber of Commerce, Red-Dirt Roundup, and Golf Course board.  She is a graduate of South Barber High School and Hutchinson Community College.  Brook and her husband, Kade, have two children, Kyden and Kasen, and enjoy sports and camping among other family activities.

Tyler Lankford, the new Branch Manager in the CBK Derby-Buckner branch, is a familiar face at Citizens Bank of Kansas.  Tyler has been with CBK and its predecessor, Verus Bank, since 2017, serving in various customer service roles including New Accounts and Retail Banking Specialist II (teller).  Tyler is a Derby native, graduating from Derby High School before attending Wichita State University.  Tyler and his wife, Taylor, are busy with house renovations and their three Labrador Retrievers – Boomer, Daisy, and Millie.

Bailey Campbell is the new Branch Manager at the Derby-Rock Road branch.  Bailey has nine years of banking experience in Kansas and Oklahoma, ranging from loans to private banking.  A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Bailey graduated from Enid High School and attended Central University of Oklahoma.  Bailey’s family includes husband, Mike, and three sons – Harvey, Cooper, and Hudson.  They spend their family time together with Derby Football (in which Harvey and Cooper participate), swimming and exploring local food trucks.

“We’re thrilled to have these three talented individuals as Branch Managers at CBK, bringing their skills and experience to enhance our Bank,” said Stacy Gear, SVP/Chief Development Officer.  “Providing quality customer service is our top priority; Brook, Tyler, and Bailey 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 www.citizensbankofkansas.com

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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 www.citizensbankofkansas.com

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Citizens Bank of Kansas to Provide Cosmosphere Camp Scholarships

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Jan. 29, 2020 – We’re GO for launch as 2020 marks the 35th year of Cosmosphere Camps!  And once again, Citizens Bank of Kansas (CBK) will provide scholarships to eight lucky students to experience hands-on STEAM learning at a Cosmosphere Camp this summer!  STEAM learning is an approach that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.

Scholarship winners will attend the Cosmosphere’s Mars Academy Camp, a four-day/three-night overnight camp where students will  focus on building a habitat for another world, understand and overcome the challenges of gathering resources necessary for life, and practice skills like operating robotics and drones.  The camp activities culminate in a team mission to orbit Earth.

“Providing Cosmosphere Camp scholarships is a great way to recognize students in our communities,” 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 essay contest.”             

To be eligible, students must be entering seventh grade in the fall of 2020 and submit a 100 to 200 word original essay on “Why I want to attend Cosmosphere camp this summer.”  Parental consent is required and essay entries are due by April 1, 2020. Those interested should email: [email protected] to request a copy of the contest rules and an entry form.  One scholarship winner will be selected from each of the communities served by CBK.

Available dates for the 2020 Mars Academy Camp are June 4-7, June 11-14, June 18-21, June 25-28, July 9-12, July 16-19, July 23-26 and July 30 – August 2.

About Citizens Bank of Kansas

Citizens Bank of Kansas, which has banking facilities throughout south-central 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 www.CitizensBankofKansas.com.

About The Cosmosphere

The Cosmosphere International Science Education Center & Space Museum is a Smithsonian-affiliate in Hutchinson, KS. It is home to the largest combined collection of U.S. and Russian space artifacts. This unique collection allows the Cosmosphere to tell the story of the Space Race unlike any museum in the world! Against the backdrop of the collection, the Cosmosphere conducts industry-leading applied education programming. The Cosmosphere also features the Carey Digital Dome Theater offering documentary showings daily and recently-released feature films on weekends; plus the Justice Planetarium and Dr. Goddard’s Lab, where visitors experience live science demonstrations daily.

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CITIZENS BANK OF KANSAS SPACE CAMP WINNERS ANNOUNCED

HUTCHINSON — May 29, 2019  UPDATE  June 12, 2019— For seven young students, this summer’s activities will include a trip to the Cosmosphere Aerospace Camp, courtesy of Citizens Bank of Kansas (CBK)!  For the fourth straight year, CBK has offered scholarships for the communities it serves.  (Not all communities participate but all are given the opportunity.)  Fifth grade students are invited to participate in an essay contest describing “Why I Want to Go to Space Camp” to win the trip.  

The 2019 scholarship winners are:

 
  • Sean Kostner –St. Patrick’s Catholic School, Kingman
  • Lillian Eichman – Pray-Woodman, Maize
  • Jaymison Saferite – Grandview Elementary, El Dorado
  • Claire Cunningham – Medicine Lodge Elementary
  • Ava-Grace Winters – Lowell Elementary, Winfield
  • Tanner Perry – Tanglewood Elementary, Derby
  • John Kant -- St. James Catholic School, Augusta

 

Claire- Mars June 28

 

“One of the best parts of the contest is delivering the good news to the winners during the last days of the school year,” said Jane Deterding, Chairman of the Board of Citizens Bank of Kansas.  “The pictures say it all on the faces of the kids and the CBK staff delivering the good news.  In addition to the staff members shown in the pictures, CBK Executive Assistant Allison Keith coordinates the contest and deserves a big thank you!” 

The winning students will attend the Cosmosphere’s Mars Academy camp, a three-day overnight camp during which students build robotic sensor platforms to navigate a Martian landscape, construct a power grid, engineer and program robots, geocache to find their survival needs and build a Martian habitat.

About Citizens Bank of Kansas

Citizens Bank of Kansas, which has banking facilities throughout south central 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 www.CitizensBankofKansas.com .

About The Cosmosphere

The Cosmosphere International Science Education Center & Space Museum is located Hutchinson, KS. Its collection includes the largest combined collection of U.S. and Russian space artifacts in the world, thus allowing the Cosmosphere to tell the story of the Space Race better than any other museum.  The Cosmosphere also features the Carey Digital Dome Theater offering documentary showings daily and recently-released feature films on weekends.  Other attractions include a state-of-the-art Planetarium, allowing visitors to fly among the stars and a totally renovated Dr. Goddard’s Lab, where participants can experience live science demonstrations daily.  Also, every third Saturday, a free family-friendly event called Space Out Saturday takes place in the Cosmosphere lobby.  Families are invited to have fun while learning by participating in hands-on science demonstrations, special kid-friendly tours of the museum and more.

Lillian- Mars July 26  John- Mars 2 July 19, left  Sean Tanner Ava- Mars June 21

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NEW BRANCH OFFICERS NAMED

The Board of Directors of Citizens Bank of Kansas recently named three new officers to serve as Community Bank Presidents. 

Kelly Wood will serve as Community Bank President in Kingman.  Wood has been with CBK since 2015 (12/16/15) and his father and grandfather both worked for CBK predecessor First National Bank of Kansas.  Wood lives in Kingman with his wife, Andrea, and two children Laney and Dawson.  He currently serves as president of the Kingman Rotary and is a Board member with the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce. 

The new Community Bank President in El Dorado is Bert Anderson, where he held a similar role with Verus Bank prior to the recent merger with CBK.  Anderson has been in banking for 29 years, and for 14 years with Verus Bank.   Bert and his wife Jan live in El Dorado; they have three grown children and six grandchildren.

Finally, David Chappell has been chosen to serve as Community Bank President in Augusta.  He replaces Randy Craven who recently retired from the position.  Chappell has been in banking for 17 years and worked with Verus for 8 years.  In addition to banking, Chappell also has a small farming operating outside of Augusta.  Chappell and his wife Lynn live in Augusta with their children Brody and Bryson.

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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BANKERS’ BANK OF KANSAS ADDS NEW BOARD MEMBERS

(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 www.bbok.com.

 

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KNACKSTEDT RETIRING; RUSSELL NAMED PRESIDENT

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 www.CitizensBankofKansas.com

 

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Citizens Bank of Kansas to Provide Free Cosmosphere Camp Scholarships
HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Feb. 15, 2019 –Citizens Bank of Kansas (CBK) will, for the fourth year in a row, award eight scholarships to area sixth graders to experience a Cosmosphere aerospace camp this summer!


Scholarship winners will attend the Cosmosphere’s Mars Academy camp, a three-day overnight camp during which students build robotic sensor platforms to navigate a Martian landscape, construct a power grid, engineer and program robots, geocache to find their survival needs, and build a Martian habitat.

Available dates for the 2019 Mars Academy camp are June 7-9, June 21-23, June 28-30 (all girls camp), July 12-14, July 19-21, and July 26-28.

To be eligible, students must be entering sixth grade in the fall of 2019 and submit a 100 to 200 word original essay on “Why I want to attend Cosmosphere camp this summer.”  Parental consent is required and essay entries are due April 26. Those interested should email: [email protected] to request a copy of the contest rules and an entry form.  Entry forms and additional information can also be found at CBK branch locations in Augusta, Derby, East Wichita, El Dorado, Kingman, Medicine Lodge, Pretty Prairie, West Wichita and Winfield.

“We love the opportunity that the Cosmosphere camps provide to kids in our area,” said Jane Deterding, Chairman of the Board of Citizens Bank of Kansas.  “Our family has several camp graduates.  I can personally assure any parent that the stories they tell when they return home are priceless!  It’s a terrific opportunity and parents should encourage their child to participate in the essay contest.”  

About Citizens Bank of Kansas

Citizens Bank of Kansas, which has banking facilities throughout south-central 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 www.citizensbankofkansas.com .

About The Cosmosphere

The Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum is located in Hutchinson, KS. Its collection includes U.S. space artifacts second only to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow. This 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 Standards and introduce students to the power of wondering—asking the critical questions that lead to discovery. The Cosmosphere also features the Carey Digital Dome Theater offering documentary showings daily and recently-released feature films on weekends; a newly renovated Planetarium and Dr. Goddard’s Lab, where visitors experience live science demonstrations daily.  Visit www.cosmo.org  for more information.

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