Iowa State Savings Bank held its 12th annual Customer and Community Appreciation Picnic on August 16.

Every year on the Friday after nationals, Iowa State Savings Bank hosts the picnic to say thank you to their customers and community members.

“We certainly realize that we are only as good at the bank as the community is, so we like to give back and share,” said Dave Hoke, Vice President of Marketing with Iowa State Savings Bank.

Hoke says that years ago, the bank used to host an open house around Christmas time, but it was becoming more difficult for community members to attend. Hoke and Lilly Brandon came up with the idea of hosting a summertime picnic instead. Ever since the first picnic 12 years ago, the event has become an Iowa State Savings Bank tradition.

Each year, Hoke says the bank serves about 800 people at the picnic. He says his favorite part is wondering what the crowd will look like, then being amazed at how many people actually come.

The picnic, which is free to the public, is served by staff members of the bank. They serve hotdogs and hamburgers grilled by Hy-Vee, as well as salads, chips and drinks.

With the upcoming merger between Iowa State Savings Bank and Marion County Bank in November, six members of the Marion County Bank staff assisted with serving the picnic this year.

Emma Skahill can be reached at eskahill@journalexpress.net or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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