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2021 Scholarship Application Now Available
February 10, 2021
We are proud to open the application process for 2020 -2021 Wilke S. and James W. Scholarship. These five - $1000 scholarships will be awarded to a senior who demonstrate a commitment to community service in each of the five counties we serve. Click here to learn obtain your application.
Friendship State Bank Partnered with Innovative Local Business to Safely Reopen Bank Offices
January 26, 2021
Innovation was the key to overcoming obstacles placed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Friendship State Bank relied on the innovation of a local, family-owned business neighbor to reopen their eight bank offices quickly and safely.
Super ATV manufactures aftermarket parts and accessories for all-terrain and utility vehicles in Madison, Indiana. Started in founder Harold Hunt’s garage, the business has grown to a manufacturing plant that offers good-paying jobs to those in the Madison community while supplying ATV owners and dealers globally. Following the Covid-19 outbreak, the company’s priority shifted to utilizing their equipment and expertise to craft protective barrier shields.
Friendship State Bank lobbies temporarily closed in early spring 2020 to focus on bank employee and customer safety. During that time, the bank purchased Super ATV’s plexiglass shields for each teller window and numerous offices at each of its locations. Along with the early adoption of mask-wearing and diligent sanitation, Friendship safely opened their lobbies following the state-mandated shutdown. Their Southeastern Indiana customer base was happy to resume banking in-person, safely, long before other banks in the area.
“The safety of our employees and customers is non-negotiable. That is why we were excited to partner with Super ATV to create a safe environment. We were grateful to have the digital tools in place to help customers remotely, but many customers rely on us for in-person service,” said Friendship President and CEO Chris Meyer. “Additionally, the Paycheck Protection Program was not an easy process to navigate. Our business customers, neighbors, and friends appreciated the opportunity to have in-person conversations during the difficult time.”
Friendship is no novice to difficult seasons. Founded in 1912, the financial institution weathered the Great Depression, Savings and Loans Crisis, and Great Recession before the Covid-19 Pandemic. Bank leaders draw on the inspiration of past success, remain responsive to customer needs, and partner with local organizations to continue offering strong, sensible, community-based banking to benefit the community.
“Our customers continue to rely on Friendship State Bank to help them successfully navigate their financial lives,” said Meyer. “And we continue to rely on partnerships with local businesses and organizations to keep our communities thriving in good and challenging times.”
December 4, 2020
It looked like a blue holiday inside The Friendship State Bank and Insurance offices on Tuesday, December 1, but Christmas spirits were soaring. Friendship employees donated $5 and wore a Friendship Blue t-shirt or sweatshirt. They raised $375 to share with The Dearborn County Clearinghouse and Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana. The bank matched this and each organization received a check for $375.
“We really wanted to double-down on our employees’ personal generosity, and step up to help two terrific local charities,” said Friendship CEO and President Chris Meyer. “We strive to set a good example for charitable work throughout the year.”
“The Clearinghouse and CAC make a huge impact on our communities in different ways. It’s a reality check when you visit them. I’m very thankful for the people involved in these places,” said Human Resources Specialist Heather Davies. “Our employees were very willing to donate to these two organizations. Not everyone is available to volunteer their time. Giving monetarily still gives them the opportunity to make difference.”
In place of a company-wide holiday party, employees are participating in the holiday spirit on Tuesdays throughout December. They kicked it off with the recent Blue-Out Tuesday. Employees will don their holiday party attire, red and green, and ugly Christmas sweaters on Tuesdays to follow. They will get ready for 2021 wearing silver and gold on Tuesday, December 29. Friendship invites community members to join them and post pictures sporting their holiday attire to The Friendship State Bank Facebook page.
Friendship teams have decked the lobbies in holiday décor from traditional trees trimmed in red, silver, and gold to white trees decked out in royal Friendship Blue. Many branches are hosting holiday open houses and invite everyone to stop in or drive up for a holiday treat. Follow The Friendship State Bank on Facebook for details and updates.
Dr. Robert Mulford retired this year from The Friendship State Bank board of directors after 35 years of service.
Dr. Mulford became a director in 1985 at the invitation of then CEO Jim W. Lemon. Mulford, a Versailles native, started his relationship with The Friendship State Bank in 1974. He had moved back following his residency to open a medical practice. His parents urged him to talk to the Lemons at Friendship after he struggled to find a bank who would lend him the money due to his lack of experience. It proved to be a move in the right direction. Following his conversation with Jim Lemon, his loan was approved, and his practice became a fixture in the community for decades. This was the beginning of Mulford’s deep respect for the Friendship culture and focus on people and their needs. Read More.
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Unfortunately, thieves are taking advantage of challenging times to scam good people. Please remember to never give anyone your account number especially to anyone who calls, emails, or text you requesting that information. We will not call and ask you for your account number. The government will not call and ask for your account number. Only thieves will ask for your account number. If you are ever in doubt regarding a call and its legitimacy, hang up and call us at 812-667-5101. You can learn more about what scammers are up to here on the American Bankers Association's website. Click here to learn more.