On April 23rd our Peckville Team was presented with the Valley Advantage's Readers' Choice Award. Thank you to the community for voting us the "BEST BANK" in the valley. We appreciate your acknowledgement.
Penn Security Bank has just launched a young adult banking platform as part of its ongoing commitment to its customers and the communities it serves. In partnership with EverFi, the leading educational technology company focused on Financial Literacy, Penn Security is offering a 10-module, 6-hour program to be integrated into the high school curriculum. This program aims to help today’s youth navigate personal finance and grow into financially responsible, independent adults. The program uses the latest new media tools including 3-D gaming, messaging tools, animations, videos and adaptive-pathing technologies.
At no cost to the School Districts, the program will teach our young adults about money and managing personal finance. With over 600 topics including banking, credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, and 401k accounts, the system tracks student progress and reports the unique score of each user. Upon completion of the course, students are provided with Certifications in Financial Literacy.
Certification can be a valuable mark of distinction on resumes and college applications. This has proven to create lasting effects as a community development tool by graduating entire classes of students who are financially capable, opening doors to a better financial future.
Currently, the EverFi platform, sponsored by a private industry, is being used in over 3,000 high schools across 50 states this year, and it offers programs designed to be of value to each of its students throughout high school, college, and post-college.
C.A.S.U.A.L. (Colon cancer Awareness Saves Unlimited Adult Lives) Day is a program designed to raise awareness for colon cancer in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the importance of screening and early detection. The event takes place each year at the end of March - Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. On this day participants dress C.A.S.U.A.L. while wearing a specially designed pin and/or custom t-shirt to promote awareness about colon cancer.
It is important to bring awareness to colon cancer because it is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Approximately 1,165 new cases are diagnosed and about 400 patients die from colon cancer each year in Bradford, Carbon, Lehigh, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties combined.
On behalf of the Cancer Institute and all those affected by this disease, I would like to thank all of the employees of Penn Security Bank for your generosity and participation in this year’s 10th Anniversary of C.A.S.U.A.L Day. Together we raised $845.00 and spread unlimited awareness. The proceeds from this event benefit Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s efforts to raise colorectal cancer awareness and support colorectal cancer screenings for low-income, underinsured individuals.
Penn Security Bank recently received a 5-Star Superior Rating from BauerFinancial Inc, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm based on December 31, 2012 financial data. We invite you to visit BauerFinancial.com or call 800.388.6686 to review their rating of our bank.
Employee participation in the Casual Day Fund helped to support our local communities and individuals in need as follows: $250 to the Smithfield Township Community Garden; $250 to the Duryea Borough Crime Watch; $250 to Chris’s Kidney Connection; $250 to the Divine Mercy Parish in memory of Gary Lukasiewicz; $250 to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter; $1,000 to benefit Leslie Homschek, a former employee fighting cancer; $1,000 to benefit Aubree DeFazio (the granddaughter of our employee Tim Woody) who was born with Down Syndrome and suffering with multiple health issues. On behalf of our Casual Day Committee, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone that so generously participates in the Casual Day Program.
In October, we called on all Penn Security Bank Cookie Monsters to get out their mixing bowls and measuring cups in anticipation of our “Cookies for a Cause” baking contest. This event was held December 3rd at our Green Ridge Office and we are happy to report it was a great success. Thank you to everyone who baked their favorite holiday cookie recipe to share with us. Also, thank you to those employees who did not bake, but made a donation to the cause. We had 23 employees, along with family and friends, participate in this event. The money raised was matched with a bank donation. The total amount of $380 was donated to the Shamrock Club of Minooka. The mission of the Shamrock Club is to help residents in the Greater Minooka area in need of various forms of assistance.
Our Judges for the event were: Maggie Calpin, Nibble N’ Bits; Diane Flanagan, Miss Ellie’s Cakes; and Lynn Sandy, Lynn Sandy’s Cakes. And the winners were: 1st Prize • Lorraine Shaffer • Holiday Hideaway cookie; 2nd Prize • Kim Kelley • Kim’s Macaroon cookie; 3rd Prize • Deb Kennedy • Take Five cookie; 4th Prize • Donna Romano • Walnut Cups. Congratulations to all our winners!!
Thank you to all who participated or financially supported the contest in support of our local community.
The Grand Opening Celebration of our new Minooka Office took place the week of October 14. The first event of the week kicked off on October 16 with a customer reception held at the branch and catered by Arcaro & Genell from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Over 100 customers, board members and employees attended the celebration of the branch opening. Our guests enjoyed cocktails, lite fare and received a commemorative journal as a gift at the end of the evening.
The celebration continued on October 19 with a ribbon cutting held at 11 am followed by an outdoor barbeque from Noon to 2 pm. Magic 93 WMGS broadcasted from outside the branch, encouraging listeners to stop by and open a new Free Checking account or take advantage of the Grand Opening CD offer. From 1pm to 3pm Minooka Pastry Shop held a cookie decorating class inside the branch, and Cintas offered free on-site shredding in our parking lot.
During the week-long celebration, Drew Kettel and his team did a fantastic job in greeting visitors and developing new business for the Minooka Office.
Once again Penn Security Bank employees have shown their support and dedication in fighting breast cancer! On September 8, 2012 they participated with over 14,000 other members of the community for the 22nd Annual Susan G. Komen Northeastern Pennsylvania Race for the Cure®. Penn Security Bank had a tremendous showing of more than 60 employees, family members and friends who participated in the Penn Security Bank Team.
One of the most emotional parts of the race is to see the walkers and runners of all ages remembering and dedicating their time in the race to loved ones who are battling or have passed away from breast cancer. Breast Cancer has touched so many lives in Northeast Pennsylvania.
A very special thank you goes out to Scranton Running Company for their support through this journey and for creating “Team Survivor”. Penn Security has three employees who have survived breast cancer and were able to run the course of 3.1 miles. They are Judy Strong from our Old Forge Branch and Lori Marinucci and Eileen Yanchak from the Charge Card Department in our Green Ridge Branch. They were all dressed in pink “Team Survivor” t-shirts.This is the second year we have trained with the Scranton Running Company’s Team Survivor, and we look forward to many more.
THANK YOU for all of the work from our employees who made the Penn Security Bank Team possible. From the food and refreshments and set up before the race, to the ordering and distribution of the t-shirts, and everything else in between to make this a success.
Hope to see all of you again next year!