Employees You May Know

Ellen, Dianne and Donna Promotion in 1999

This photo from 1999 shows four employees that you may have seen around the main bank. This Throwback Thursday photo features Wayne Vandertuig, Ellen Glasgow, Dianne Curnes and Donna Wilkins. In 1999 Ellen, Dianne and Donna got promotions at the annual Peoples Bank Christmas party. As you can see, it was a surprise for all promoted. We are extremely grateful that we have such experienced and dedicated employees still at the bank today. Look next week for another featured Throwback Thursday!


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Ugly Sweater Contest

It’s Throwback Thursday, which means time for another old photo. Featured this week is Jeannette in our annual Ugly Sweater Contest. Every year around Christmas time employees are encouraged to pull out their ugly sweaters for a good old fashioned contest. Everyone who has chosen to participate has their picture taken, and then all employees are asked to vote on their favorite. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!

Jeannette Ugly Sweater Contest 2009



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S’more Bars

Feeling like a s’more, but it’s too snowy outside to light a fire? Try these delicious and easy s’more bars, courtesy of Taste of Home. Enjoy!


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each)
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, cracker crumbs, baking powder
and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Set aside 1/2 cup
for topping.
Press remaining mixture into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Place
candy bars over crust; spread with marshmallow creme.
Crumble remaining graham cracker mixture over top.
Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a
wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.
Yield:1-1/2 dozen.
© Taste of Home 2014
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New Year’s Resolutions

We are a week into the new year, and already many are saying they have broken their New Year’s resolutions. It’s difficult a lot of the time to keep on track when you have made a large goal for yourself, many of them being losing XX amount of pounds before the end of the year. Are these goals practical? Many experts say that making large goals for yourself that aren’t practical can lead to major disappointment and in fact discourage you from continuing to make goals for yourself. Some tips are making concrete plans, writing out a calendar of events, and getting support from friends that can hold you accountable for achieving your goal. What if you have already failed? Well, there’s still plenty of the year left to either make another more practical goal or start fresh on the one you have already made with new tactics and a different perspective. Read more about how to achieve your New Year’s Resolution from this informative article in the New York Times.


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Cinnamon Rolls

Christmas is a time for family, gift exchanges, and FOOD!  I’m sure everyone has their traditional meals for lunch or supper, but how about breakfast?  If you are looking for something tasty to start your day with, give this Cinnamon Roll recipe a try!  Enjoy!
For the Dough –
-1 cup whole milk
-One 1/4 ounce packet active dry yeast (2 1/2) teaspoons                    -1 large egg yolk
-1/4 cup plus 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar                                      -3/4 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg                                                  -1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
-4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the bowl
-2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more if needed
For the Filling –
-All-purpose flour, for dusting
-2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pan
-1/2 cup granulated sugar
-3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
For the Glaze –
-2 cups confectioners’ sugar
-1/3 cup heavy cream
-4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Almost-Famous Cinnamon Buns


Make the dough: Warm the milk in a medium saucepan over low heat until it reaches about 100 degrees.  Remove from the heat and sprinkle the yeast and 1/4 teaspoon sugar (don’t stir).  Set aside until foamy, 5 minutes.  Whisk in the melted butter, egg yolk, and vanilla.
Whisk the flour, the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, the salt and nutmeg in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture.  Mix on low speed with the dough hook until thick and slightly sticky.  Knead on medium speed until the dough gathers around the hook, 6 minutes.  (Add up to 2 more tablespoons if necessary.)
Remove the dough and shape into a ball.  Butter the mixer bowl and return the dough to the bowl, turning to coat with butter.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, 1 hour 15 minutes.
Roll out the dough into a rectangle on a lightly floured surface.  Have the longer side facing you.  Spread out the softened butter, leaving a 1/2 inch border on the far long edge.  Mix the sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the butter.  Brush the unbuttered far edge with water.  Roll the dough away from you into a tight cylinder and press on the long edge to seal.  Cut the cylinder with a sharp knife to make 6 equal-size buns.
Butter a 9×13 baking pan; place the buns cut-side down, leaving space between each.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled.  40 minutes.  Preheat oven to 325.
Bake the buns until golden brown, about 35 minutes.  Cool in the pan 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, make the glaze: sift the confectioners’ sugar into a bowl, then whisk in the cream and melted butter.  Transfer the buns to a rack and spoon the glaze on top while still warm.
Pulled from Foodnetwork.com
To view this recipe on the website click on the link below.


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Light Up Carlisle

Santa Claus is coming to town this Saturday, December 7th!  He and Mrs. Claus can be found in downtown Carlisle from 4 – 6 pm.  A fun-filled afternoon is planned:

  • Free photos with Santa!  He will be posted at the corner of 1st and School Streets.  In case of bad weather, find him at the Santa’s Attic location!
  • Several businesses will be hosting open houses!  A wooden tree will be placed by the front door of the businesses that will be open.
  • Face Painting will be held at the Carlisle Mercy Medical Clinic.
  • Enjoy a tour at the Historic Randleman House for $5.  The house has been beautifully decorated for the holiday!
  • Free Hay Rack Rides!!!
  • So much more!!!!!

Stop by and see this great community at its holiday finest!


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Holiday Traveling

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Many of us will be traveling to see family and friends for the upcoming holiday season.  Maybe even some of us are traveling to somewhere exotic!  If you are a traveler this Christmas and plan on using your debit cards, don’t forget to let us know!  We will make sure that you won’t have any card problems 🙂

Safe travels and happy holidays!

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Best Community Supporter Award

This Thanksgiving Peoples Bank has many things to be thankful for. Our valuable customers, fellow supportive employees and also the wonderful communities that surround our bank. This year Peoples Bank has been awarded the Best Community Supporter Award, presented by the Warren County Economic Development Corporation. This voting opportunity was sent out to the community to let them choose who they believed supported the community best. We are very thankful and honored that we were chosen for this award.  We would also like to congratulate the following businesses for their award as well!

Business of the year: Downing Construction (Indianola)

Best Employer: Fareway (Norwalk & Indianola)

Best Retail/Customer Service: Fiss’ Ice Cream & Subs (Carlisle)

Innovation of the Year: IMU

Best New Business: Mishmash Bake Shoppe

Top Exporter: Cemen Tech

We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends, and travel safe this holiday season!

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Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

In honor of Thanksgiving this week, we thought of this recipe for your dinner table. This is a great easy and quick side that many bank employees have brought to various bank outings. Not only does it serve many people but it only takes about 10 minutes! Enjoy!
Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
recipe image
Submitted By: DOTTE
Photo By: Molly
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 4 Hours
Ready In: 4 Hours 10 Minutes
Servings: 12
“Corn is combined with cream cheese, butter and milk, and simmered in the slow cooker.”
1 1/4 (16 ounce) packages frozen corn
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon white sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1. In a slow cooker, combine corn, cream cheese, butter, milk, and sugar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
2. Cook on High for 2 to 4 hours, or on Low for 4 to 6 hours.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2013 Allrecipes.com

To view this recipe on the website visit http://allrecipes.com/recipe/slow-cooker-creamed-corn/
Pulled from Allrecipes.com 11/21/2013
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Original Employee Dedicated to Local Banking

Keith Wright in 1999 at original Peoples Bank.

When you walk into Peoples Bank, there is a familiar face at the first window of teller row. Keith Wright is one of the original employees of Peoples Bank and many know him from his earlier days as a loan officer. He knew just as Kevin and Wayne did that the changes to the old Peoples Bank was not what the community needed. “I started at the original Peoples Bank in 1978. I was hired to develop and run a consumer loan department. After the takeover by the larger bank, local lending decisions were no longer allowed. All decisions were being made by individuals who did not know the customers and had never worked in a lending area of any bank. When Kevin approached me early in 1998, I had long been ready for a change and was happy that lending decisions were once again going to be made locally.”

Although Wright enjoyed working at the new bank, he decided to retire and take a few years off. This only lasted three years. “I came out of retirement after three years after getting most of the “honey do” projects at home finished. I called Wayne one day to ask if they had any part time positions open, he asked if I wanted to be a bank teller, which was something I had never thought about doing, but I said I would try and I’m still at it.” Wright mentioned that he also liked that many of the original employees were still working at Peoples, which he noticed a lot of the regular customers really appreciated.

Overall Wright has been in the banking industry for a very long time, and many can tell he knows what he’s talking about. Through years of experience and knowledge of what it means to be a part of a successful community bank, many respect Wright for his years of service and are happy to see him still apart of the bank. Even though his job title and responsibilities are very different from where he once was, Wright still enjoys the banking industry. “My favorite part of working at the bank when we opened was once again being able to help customers locally. After being in local banking for 20 years, I knew lots of customers and knew they were unhappy with most of the local banking since most of the banks had been taken over by larger banks.”

We commend Wright for his perseverance and dedication to Peoples Bank, which is why we chose him for our featured Throwback Thursday. Look next week for another featured Throwback Thursday post!

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Peoples Employee Creates New Organization

Sometimes a person’s dreams can become a cause for others. Stephen Schmidt, a junior at Simpson College and a current part-time employee at Peoples Bank, wanted to be able to ride his mountain bike at a national level, but there wasn’t an organization available in Iowa that provided these types of competitions. With Iowa’s rolling hills and beautiful wooded areas, Schmidt knew the potential for having mountain bike trails all across Iowa’s landscape. So Schmidt came up with the Iowa Trail Bombers, an organization dedicated to creating new mountain biking trails in order to start hosting mountain biking competitions for people all across the U.S. As Schmidt worked more on the idea of the organization, he became more passionate about what it could do for kids. “I started the Iowa Trail Bombers because I wanted to be able to ride national level mountain bike  trails with out having to drive to Colorado or Wisconsin, I wanted them right here in Iowa. But I continued with the idea because I saw it as an opportunity to get kids back into the outdoors. I see a mountain bike facility around the DSM area as a great way to keep kids fit and get them outside.”

Along with more trails, Schmidt’s long term goal is to create a mountain biking center around the Des Moines area where kids and adults of all ages can experience a variety of levels of mountain bike trails such from beginner to expert, BMX and other types of expert trails. This large area will also provide camp sites, a lake and other general lodging. This is what Schmidt pitched to potential board members, as he began trying to get the organization up and running. As he shared this with other successful business individuals, they were more than willing to hop on board the great idea. Many of them are not even mountain bikers, but they saw the passion and drive Schmidt had for the cause and were easily persuaded.

Schmidt has already been hard at work as Scheels has already agreed to be a title sponsor for 2014 with a minimum $10,000 donation to put together plans and materials for building a new trail by Boone. This has been one of the greatest parts of starting the organization for Schmidt. “My favorite part so far has to be the actual designing of the trails. About two weeks ago we hired the International Mountain Bike Association’s company “Trail Solutions” to put together a master trail plan for us. This involved them mapping out the whole area we will be building on and starting to design some of the actual trail. I was able to help in a lot of this trail design and it was very exciting to see what we are going to be able to actually build.”

Although these plans are in the works, the organization still has a lot of work to do. With long term goals such as building the giant facility, and raising over $400,000 for the actual building of the trails and establishing a fund to make the project sustainable for the future, there is still lots of work to be done. There are many ways for individuals to get involved and help the organization reach its exciting long term goals. To see some ways to volunteer, or donate to the organization, visit http://www.iowatrailbombers.com or like their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/iowatrailbombers.

Overall it goes to show that no matter your age or background, there is always potential to make a difference in an area you are passionate about. Peoples Bank is proud of Schmidt for his accomplishments and for the work he will continue to do in the future. Congratulations to the Iowa Trail Bombers for the hard work they have already accomplished and for the grant they received from Scheels in the above picture. Click on the above links to learn more about the Iowa Trail Bombers.

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