Whew! We had a whirlwind 3rd quarter. In between the CBA Convention, KBA CEO Forum and BBOK Customer Golf Tournament, we prepared for and completed our state bank exam.
We also celebrated our 30th anniversary with a special $10 per share dividend which were hand delivered to our shareholder banks by the BBOK officer team. Our officers made 170 calls in a little over three weeks to personally thank you for your business and support of your bank-owned correspondent partner. In the normal course of the job, many of our officers do not have the chance to meet you in your bank. Much of the feedback was fun, as you shared your history with us. The visits were also very helpful to us as we listened to ways we could continue to improve and serve you to the best of our abilities. We thank you for your time and hope you enjoyed these visits as much as we did.
While many of the officers were in and out of the bank this past quarter, I especially want to thank the staff who stayed at the bank and remained customer-focused. Because of these dedicated individuals, we maintained good earnings through loans and non-interest income from correspondent and credit card services.
This fall we gave our first scholarships to finance students at Fort Hays State University. You can read about them on page 5. It is our hope that these scholars and others who graduate from this banking school return to your banks and become tomorrow’s leaders.
Thank you again for your support over the past 30 years. Here’s to 30 more!