Press Releases

 
Bank Supports St. Clare Foundation's Initiative 
December 2019
 
SSM Foundtion Donation
Pictured (left to right): Julia Randles, Brent Gasser, Merije Ajvazi, Matt Schaefer, Laura Walczak,
Mary Dressen, Scott Rockwell and Brandon Wegner.
 
Bank of Wisconsin Dells recently donated $5,000 to support the St. Clare Foundation's initiative to raise $108,000 for new stereotactic breast biopsy equipment. This system is less invasive than surgical biopsy, leaves little to no scarring and can be an excellent way to evaluate calcium deposits or tiny masses that are not visible on ultrasound. Bank of Wisconsin Dells has been a strong supporter of local health care technology and a long-standing partner on Foundation initiatives. 
 
Bank Announces Miller Promotion
December 2019
 
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Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce the promotion of Rodnie Miller as Deposit Operations Supervisor. Rodnie previously held the title of Customer Service Representative (CSR) Supervisor at the Community Bank of Portage. She will be working at the main bank in her new role. 
 
 
 
 
 

Bank Welcomes Schwartzer
November 2019
 
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Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce the hiring of Brett Schwartzer as Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer.  Brett, a native of Wisconsin Dells, graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management. He begun his financial career after serving in the Marine Corps from 2005 to 2009.  Brett has 10 years of commercial lending experience.
 
In his role at the Lake Delton Branch, Brett will be working with commercial customers, assisting them in attaining their financial goals. 
 
 

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Bank Announces Promotions
October  2019
 
Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce recent staff promotions of Anastasia Kinney as Business Development Officer, and Amanda Garwood as Controller.
 
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As a corporate officer of the bank, Anastasia's role expands in the commercial lending field.  Anastasia has done a wonderful job of promoting Bank of Wisconsin Dells and Community Bank of Portage in surrounding communities, while developing relationships and deposit accounts for the bank.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
amanda garwood headshot
As Controller, Amanda oversees accounting and finance functions, working alongside the bank's CFO.  Amanda has excelled as a Credit Analyst for the bank and has considerable background and experience in accounting. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bank Supports Fight Against Breast Cancer
October 2019
 
Bank of Wisconsin Dells and Community Bank of Portage donate $2800 to Divine Savior Healthcare's Cancer Fund to support the fight against breast cancer.  
 
Pink donation check presentation

Maki Celebrates 25 Years
September 2019
 

Bank of Wisconsin Dells would like to congratulate Senior Vice President and COO, Tammy Maki, on 25 years with the bank.

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Tammy began her career with the bank in 1994 as a part-time Customer Service Representative, and shortly thereafter transitioned to a full-time member of the IT department. In 2005, Tammy was promoted to Electronic Banking Officer, advancing to VP of Operations in 2017, then to Senior VP/Chief Operations Officer the following year.

“I have been very fortunate to be a part of a great organization like BWD for the past 25 years,” says Tammy. “They have afforded me opportunities to grow in my career, as well as understanding the importance of family life and the balance between them both.”

Bank of Wisconsin Dells is beyond grateful for the time and effort Tammy has committed throughout these 25 years. Congratulations and thank you, Tammy!

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Bank Awards Youth Apprenticeship Students
September 2019

Bank of Wisconsin Dells (BWD) announced its Youth Apprentice (YA) Scholarship Program recipients. Wisconsin Dells High School graduates, Allison Anderson, Aspen Eide, Shayla Stefan, and recent Madison College graduate, Brooke Albers, were each awarded one scholarship from the bank’s Executive Vice President, Scott Rockwell. These students are the first group to receive the bank’s YA scholarship.

“We are pleased to be able to work with such talented students, and wanted to highlight the great partnership between BWD and the local school districts’ youth apprentice program,” says bank President/CEO, Jon Bernander. “Congratulations to our young scholars!”

YA scholarsPictured from left, Allison Anderson, Scott Rockwell, Brooke Albers and Aspen Eide. Shayla Stefan not pictured.

BWD’s YA students are selected through Wisconsin's YA program, a statewide school-to-work initiative. Cooperative Educational Service Agency #5 (CESA 5) coordinates the YA program for 35 Wisconsin schools districts. It is designed for high school students who want hands-on learning in an occupational area at a work site along with classroom instruction. Upon completion of a program, students receive a certificate of occupational proficiency from the State of Wisconsin.

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Bank Supports Baraboo Children's Museum
August 2019
 
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Bank of Wisconsin Dells' Jon Bernander and Brandon Wegner present a $3,000 donation to Baraboo Children's Museums' founders, Jed and Traci Crouse. Pictured, from front left, Andrew Crouse; back row, Brandon Wegner, Jed Crouse, Traci Crouse and Jon Bernander.
 

Bank Recognized in Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America
 
Bank of Wisconsin Dells was recognized as one of the Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America for 2019, with an overall A+ health rating by DepositAccounts.com. This places the bank at #72 out of 5,267 FDIC insured United States banks analyzed by the DepositAccounts team.
 
“It’s an honor to be recognized as one of the top 200 healthiest banks in the country,” stated Jon Bernander, bank President/CEO. “We strive to be one of the top financial institutions for our customers and our shareholders, so being named the top 2 percent in America is a testament to all of the hard work that has been put forth by our team.”

Bank of Wisconsin Dells was also recognized in 2015 by DepositAccounts’ list of Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America, placing 118th. Each year, DepositAccounts.com evaluates over 5,000 federally insured banks within the United States on their financial health. Ratings are graded on a number of factors – including capitalization, deposit growth, loan quality and loan reserve ratios – in order to determine a comprehensive health score.
 

Bank Awards Multiple Scholarships
May 2019
 
Bank of Wisconsin Dells and Community Bank of Portage awarded three 2019 scholarship recipients. Wisconsin Dells High School senior, Tess Jissa, was presented one $5,000 Bank of Wisconsin Dells’ Educational Scholarship by bank Executive Vice President, Scott Rockwell. Portage High School seniors, Travis Miller and Elise Kilde, were each awarded one $2,500 Community Bank of Portage Outstanding Citizen(s) Scholarship, presented by bank director, Ben Brancel.

WDHS scholar - tessPHS scholar - elisePHS Scholar - travis
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Bank of Wisconsin Dells Educational Scholarship is given through an endowment scholarship program with the Wisconsin Dells Education Foundation. The Community Bank of Portage Outstanding Citizen Scholarship is given to high school seniors who have demonstrated social responsibility and a strong commitment to improving the quality of life for people in his or her school and/or community through community service involvement and personal integrity.
 

Bank Announces Retirement of Connie Suemnicht
May 2019
 
Connie Suemnicht, Bank of Wisconsin Dells’ Vice President and Commercial Lender, announced her retirement for May 17th, 2019.
 
Connie joined Bank of Wisconsin Dells (BWD) in March of 2011, with 42-years of prior banking experience and a purpose to strengthen the bank’s relationships in both the Reedsburg and Baraboo markets. Coming from a corporate institution, Connie was thrilled to return to community banking and pass on all the benefits that follow to her customers.
 
“We are so appreciative of Connie’s contributions to the growth and success of our bank,” says bank President, Jon Bernander. “Her incredible abilities to bring the ideas of commercial customers to fruition have literally ‘made dreams come true’ for so many. We are truly going to miss Connie being a part of our team; and yet wish her and husband, Dale, the very best in their retirement years ahead.”
 
In reflecting on her time with the bank, Connie had this to say:
 
“The last eight years with Bank of Wisconsin Dells has been an incredible experience, mainly because my customers were an important part of my history here. My career goal has always been to make a difference in whatever I do; a difference for my customer and also my employer. It is my hope that in our business relationship, each customer has found that working with BWD has made a difference in their life...Thank you all for the confidence you have shown, the support you have given me and for your continued relationship with BWD.”
 

Bank Wears Blue to Raise Awareness  of Child Abuse 

April 2019


Bank of Wisconsin Dells and its branches joined Columbia County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in wearing blue on April 17th, 2019, in support of “I am for the Child Day”.

CASA Blue Day collage


Wisconsinites were encouraged by CASA to wear blue and call attention to the issue of child abuse and the need for advocates. The bank held an internal fundraiser, pledging a $5 contribution to CASA for every bank employee wearing blue. Between its three branches, Bank of Wisconsin Dells was able to raise $350. Contributions will be used to empower CASA volunteers serving children in Columbia County.

For more information regarding CASA, visit: http://columbiacountycasa.org/ 

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Bank Announces Promotions
January 2019
 
Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce recent staff promotions. We invite you to join in congratulating the following employees on their well-deserved promotions.

 Scott Rockwell   Scott Rockwell | Executive Vice President
 
Sean Brennan  Sean Brennan | VP/Commercial Loan Officer/Security Officer
 
 Keara Brecka  Keara Brecka | Consumer & Residential Mortgage Loan officer
 
 Theresa Hoppmann headshot  Theresa Hoppmann | AVP/Personal Banker
 
Additional promotions: 
Tammy Maki | SVP/Chief Operations Officer
Tracy Stowell | AVP/BSA/Compliance Officer
Kathy Mackesey | AVP/Personal Banker
 

Quilts of Valor on Display at BWD
 January 2019
 
Quilts of Valor, a national group that aims to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts, has displayed two quilts in the lobby of Bank of Wisconsin Dells’ main branch in an effort to promote National Sewing Day. The group invites you to join in their National Sewing Day on February 2nd, 2019, at the Kilbourn Public Library from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The organization hopes to attract volunteers, raise funds and collect as much fabric and quilt-making items as possible leading up to the event. Since its founding in 2003, the organization has donated more than 119,000 quilts to veterans and those touched by war.
Quilts of Valor lobby display
Quilts of Valor members, Barbara Sigmund and Joanne Van Wie, joined the bank’s Executive Vice President, Scott Rockwell, to kick off their effort in promoting National Sewing Day.

The deadline for registering for the event is Jan. 31st, 2019, and registration forms are available in the Bank of Wisconsin Dells' main branch lobby.
 
For more information, please call Joanne (608) 393-0354, Barb (608) 254-2658, or visit http://www.qovf.org/.
 

Bank Welcomes Commercial Loan Officer, Timm

November 2018
 
Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephen Timm, Commercial Loan Officer. In his role at the main bank, Stephen will be working with commercial customers, assisting them in attaining their financial goals.
 
Commercial Loan Officer - Stephen Timm headshot
Stephen, graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (UWSP) with a major in Business Administration and minor in Economics. Stephen started his financial career in 2012 with Wisconsin Business Development as a Commercial Loan Underwriter.
 
“We are very pleased to have Stephen join our commercial lending team,” stated bank president, Jon Bernander. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be beneficial as we continue to grow.”
 
 
 

Bank Supports Fight Against Breast Cancer

October 2018
 
Bank of Wisconsin Dells presented a $2,400 check to Sauk County Bosom Buddies to support the fight against breast cancer. During the month of October, employees at all Bank of Wisconsin Dells locations were given the option to donate $5.00 weekly for the opportunity to wear jeans and a pink shirt on that corresponding Friday—better known internally as Go Pink Fridays! Proceeds were collected and matched by the bank. 
 
Bank presenting check to Bosom Buddies organizationIn addition to this internal fundraiser, each branch had a designated Breast Cancer Awareness table set up in lobbies encouraging customers to participate in a “Coin Drop” game. Customers were instructed to drop a quarter into a large water-filled jar and attempt to get it into a shot glass placed at the bottom. Those who successfully got their quarter into the shot glass won a small pink goodie bag. All coins were collected, matched by the bank and added to the overall donation.
 
Bosom Buddies is a breast cancer support group for breast cancer patients and survivors who meet to share experiences and information about the side effects of treatments, reconstructive surgery, doctors and nurses, family member difficulties, counseling options, hair loss, where and how to purchase a wig and prosthesis, sexuality, useful library and other resources.
 
Bosom Buddies meets the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-9 p.m. at the Sauk Prairie Healthcare Campus in Café Conference room. Meetings are informal and there is no fee to participate in the group. Call Pam Schreiner, RN facilitator, at 608-643-0986 or email pinklady@merr.com for more information. You’re not alone! 
 
 

Presenting Sponsor of 23rd Annual Golf Outing for Kids

July 2018
 
Bank representatives present at Easter Seals Golf Outing

Bank of Wisconsin Dells demonstrated its continued support for the Easter Seals Wisconsin Camps in Wisconsin Dells by being the presenting sponsor of the Annual Golf Outing for Kids. This sponsorship will assist in supporting the organization’s camps for children and adults with disabilities. The event was held on Wednesday, June 27th, marking the 23rd year of the signature fundraiser for the organization.

In just one day of golf, over $120,000 was raised for Easter Seals Wisconsin Camps. Hosts Pat and Barry Richter, along with numerous celebrity athletes, enjoyed a day on the course with 230 fellow golfers playing at Wild Rock Golf Club at the Wilderness and Trappers Turn Golf Club, two world-class courses located in Wisconsin Dells. Following the event, players had the opportunity to visit Camp Wawbeek and meet the children with disabilities benefiting from the funds raised, and learned firsthand what makes Easter Seals Wisconsin Camps so special.
 

Bank President Celebrates 35 Years

July 2018
 

The officers, directors and employees of Bank of Wisconsin Dells would like to congratulate President and CEO, Jon Bernander, on 35 years with the bank. Jon began his tenure with Bank of Wisconsin Dells in 1983 as a Commercial Lender, working his way into upper-level management. In 2006, Jon was promoted to the role of President/CEO, and was later elected in 2008 as Chairman of the Board for Dells Bancshares, Inc.

Jon, a Pardeeville native, attended the University of Stevens Point, graduating in 1978 with a degree in Psychology. In 1988, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking. Jon has 40 years of banking and financial experience, beginning with a five-year employment with ITT Finance.

The bank is appreciative of Jon’s continued inspiration, guidance and leadership.

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Bank Supports Community Foundation

June 2018

Bank of Wisconsin Dells has recently joined the Greater Sauk Community Foundation's Founders Society with a sizable gift contributed toward the Foundation's endowment fund.


"We are honored to welcome the Bank of Wisconsin Dells as our partner in giving back to the community,” says Foundation Executive Director, Robin Whyte. “Bank of Wisconsin Dells has a long history of local engagement, and their gift helps to guarantee the Foundation's future. Together we are supporting education, the arts, conservation, local culture, and our area's most vulnerable residents. We commend the Bank of Wisconsin Dells for their vision and commitment to long-term charitable giving."


The Greater Sauk Community Foundation is a local charity established to promote private philanthropy and encourage local gifts to serve local needs. Governed by a volunteer board of community leaders, the Foundation is based in Baraboo and serves all of Sauk County as well as six contiguous counties. The Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and has distributed more than $3 million in charitable gifts and grants since its inception.

For more information, contact the Greater Sauk Community Foundation, PO Box 544, Baraboo, WI 53913, www.greatersauk.org, 608-355-0884.


Bank Awards $2,500 Scholarship

May 2018

The Scholarship Committee of Community Bank of Portage Outstanding Citizen selected its first recipient, Portage High School Senior, Caitlin Warren, to be awarded one $2,500 scholarship. The senior graciously accepted her award at the high school’s award night from bank director, Ben Brancel, in early May of 2018.

Bank director awarding PHS recipient scholarship

The Community Bank of Portage Outstanding Citizen Scholarship is given to high school seniors who have demonstrated social responsibility and a strong commitment to improving the quality of life for people in his or her school and/or community through community service involvement and personal integrity.








 

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Bank Wears Blue to Support Fight Against Child Abuse

April 2018

Bank of Wisconsin Dells and its branches joined Columbia County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) by wearing blue on April 18th, 2018 for “I am for the Child Day”. 

In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, bank employees wore blue on this day to show support for children. Additionally, the bank held an internal fundraiser which 

encouraged employees to wear blue, promising a $5 contribution to CASA per participating employee. Between its three branches, Bank of Wisconsin Dells was able to raise $250 which will be used to empower CASA volunteers serving children in Columbia County.


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Walsh-Laehn Graduates Intro. to Commercial Lending School

April 2018

Bank of Wisconsin Dells’ Commercial Loan Officer, Tanya Walsh-Laehn, graduated from the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) Introduction to Commercial Lending School in late March, 2018 here in Wisconsin Dells. The curriculum is designed to provide bankers with a basic understanding of the principles and concepts of commercial lending. 

Tanya has worked with Bank of Wisconsin Dells for the past three months and is actively involved in Adams County Rural Development and the Mauston Future Farmers of America (FFA) Alumni. In her role at the bank, Tanya works with commercial customers, assisting them in attaining their financial goals.


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Cascade Mountain Recognized by SBA

April 2018

Cascade Mountain, owned and operated by Rob and Vicki Walz, was recognized by the Small Business Association (SBA) for its success as a family-owned business. In addition to being one of 17 Wisconsin winners, Cascade Mountain was also honored by SBA for its 2016 expansion which included expanding the lodge and base area, increasing snow production, and adding eight ski trails and two chair lifts.

Second generation owners, Rob and Vicki Walz, purchased Cascade Mountain in 2006 from parents, Phil and Adele Walz, who purchased it in 1977. Sons, Adam and Evan Walz, are also involved with the family business. The Walz family hopes to one day transfer Cascade Mountain to the third generation.

Pictured: Cascade Mountain owners, Vicki and Rob Walz



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Pizza Ranch Opens in Watertown

April 2018

After announcing its plans in 2017 to open a new location in Watertown, Wisconsin, Pizza Ranch recently celebrated its new Ranch opening with a ribbon-cutting, accompanied by their associates and representatives from Bank of Wisconsin Dells, Watertown’s Mayor and Chamber of Commerce. 

Pizza Ranch ownership group purchased the vacant building located on Watertown’s Church Street in 2017, and immediately started a 5-month project to convert the building to a Pizza Ranch restaurant. The Watertown Pizza Ranch employs approximately 50 employees. They are one of over 200 stores in this rapidly growing restaurant franchise known for its Legendary Pizza and Crispy Ranch Chicken.

Pictured: Pizza Ranch Team accompanied by partners and Bank of Wisconsin Dells representatives.

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Bank of Wisconsin Dells' Director Honored

March 2018

Tom Diehl, Director at Bank of Wisconsin Dells, is being honored by NorthWestern Financial Review as an “Amazing Outside Director” for 2018. Tom’s 27 years with the bank and his overall value to the local economy has ignited this well-deserved recognition.

“Tom understands the value of well-thought-out strategic planning and the maintaining of good, conservative banking philosophies,” says Jon Bernander, President and CEO of the bank. “His understanding and oversight of sound Risk Management practices is yet another strength that he brings to the Board.”

Prior to locating to the area, Tom was a professor at the esteemed Cornell University. Bernander largely credits Tom’s keen business sense and vast knowledge of finance to the bank’s ability to weather though the tough economic times, and thrive during the good. This is especially evident in the Board’s decision-making when faced with the complexities of servicing—what the banking industry often considers, high risk industries.

Aside from his role at the bank, Tom has been a visionary leader in the Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau successes, played a key leadership role following 2008’s Lake Delton water-way breach, was instrumental in the development of the Premier Resort Tax which benefits several tourism areas across Wisconsin. Additionally, Tom and wife, Margaret, own and operate the regionally-acclaimed Tommy Bartlett Show.

“Tom’s biggest value to not only our bank, but the entire local economy, is that he does what he says he will do—leadership by action, not just words,” says Bernander. “He is truly deserving of this prestigious recognition.”

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Holtz Builders, Inc. Recognized for Bank Renovation

March 2018

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells’ Lake Delton Branch was recently recognized as being among the most impressive and unique construction work in 2017. Holtz Builders, Inc. (HBI), received a Silver Projects of Distinction – Restoration & Renovation Award by Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin for the project.

“There are six independent expert judges who use stringent criteria such as onsite safety, unusual circumstances or challenges and the overall quality of construction delivered to the customer,” said John Mielke, ABC of Wisconsin President. “Projects that receive awards are not only unique, but impressive!”

Bank of Wisconsin Dells announced its plans to renovate and expand in September 2016. Officers and directors of the bank were joined by representatives from Architectural Design Consultants (ADCI), Holtz Builders and the Village of Lake Delton as the project was unveiled at the ceremonial ground breaking. The renovation and expansion was completed by June 2017 as expected.

The Projects of Distinction Awards, which recognizes projects built on merit, were presented February 15, 2018, at the Glacial Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells. Nearly 400 attendees were on hand to experience the many high-quality projects that ABC member contractors delivered for business and industry. In all, 45 projects were recognized with gold and silver awards

See more photos of the Lake Delton Branch Renovation:

https://www.dellsbank.com/lake-delton-branch-renovation 

About Associated Builders and Contractors

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association established in 1950 that represents more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at www.abcwi.org.

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Bauer Awarded WBA Scholarship

March 2018

The Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) has named Molly Bauer, Vice President/Human Resources Officer at the Bank of Wisconsin Dells, as recipient of the Graduate School of Banking’s Human Resource Management School Scholarship. Graduate School of Banking Human Resource Management School is a week-long premier banking school held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that combines critical human resource issues with the business of banking.

Molly Bauer

This $1,050 scholarship, established and funded by the Herbert V. Prochnow Educational Foundation, furthers the goal of supporting banker education. The scholarship is made available annually to a selected individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and a commitment to his or her community and to the banking industry.

The Wisconsin Bankers Association sponsors the Graduate School of Banking through its membership in the Central Sates Conference of State Bankers Associations. Rose Oswald Poels of the Wisconsin Bankers Association is a member of the school’s Board of Trustees.

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Bank Joins Golden Oak Legacy

January 2018

Bank of Wisconsin Dells recently became the 97th member of the SSM Health St. Clare Foundation Golden Oak Legacy Society at St. Clare Hospital, Baraboo.

The Golden Oak Legacy Society honors and recognizes friends of the St. Clare Foundation who generously gift $5,000 or more to the Foundation's endowment, permanent investment portfolio. All gifts to the endowment last forever, with only the fund's investment income used to purchase medical technology and fund program sponsorships for St. Clare Hospital facilities.

Bank president pictured with SSM Health Oak Legacy group

Pictured Left to Right: SSM Health St. Clare Hospital President Laura Jelle, SSM Health St. Clare Foundation Executive Director Julia Randles, Bank of Wisconsin Dells President Jon Bernander and Nancy Zingsheim, President of St. Clare Foundation Board of Director's.

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Bank Welcomes AVP/Commercial Loan Officer, Walsh-Laehn

January 2018

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce the hiring of Tanya Walsh-Laehn ( NMLS #553127 ) as Assistant Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer. In her role at the main bank, Tanya will be working with commercial customers, assisting them in attaining their financial goals.

Tanya, a native to Mauston, graduated from Upper Iowa University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and minor in Finance. She began her financial career in 2005 as a Mortgage Residential Officer at a corporate institution located in Mauston, Wisconsin and was later promoted to Branch Market Manager at the same institution in Adams, Wisconsin.

“We are very pleased to have Tanya join our commercial lending team,” stated bank president, Jon Bernander. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be beneficial as we continue to grow.” 

Tanya currently resides in Mauston, Wisconsin with husband, Seth, and daughter, Chloe, on their family farm, known as Walsh Grain Farms. She enjoys spending time with her family and the great outdoors—whether it be hiking or relaxing at the lake. 

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Quilts of Valor on Display at BWD

January 2018

The Quilts of Valor (QOV), a national group that aims to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts, invites you to join in their National Sewing Day on February 3rd, 2018 at the Kilbourn Public Library from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dells QOV member, Joanne Van Wie, and husband, John Van Wie, joined bank President, Jon Bernander, at the Bank of Wisconsin Dells' main branch to kick off their effort in promoting the event by hanging a quilt in the bank's lobby. Additionally, Bernander committed $200.00, on behalf of the bank, to help kick start their fundraising campaign.

Pictured from left: John Van Wie, Joanne Van Wie, and bank president, Jon Bernander.

QOV hopes to attract volunteers, raise funds and collect as much fabric and quilt-making items as possible leading up to the event. Items needed include sewing machines as well as red, white, blue, neutral-colored and patriotic-themed fabrics, roller cutters, cutting mats, rulers, scissors, pins, seam rippers, etc.

The Deadline for registering for the event is Jan. 31, and registration forms are available in the Bank of Wisconsin Dells' main branch lobby.

Since its founding in 2003, Quilts of Valor has donated more than 119,000 quilts to veterans and those touched by war.

For more information on The Quilts of Valor please visit http://www.qovf.org/.

Quilts of Valor National Sewing Day
February 3, 2018
Place: Kilbourn Public Library
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

What to Bring: Sewing machine, red, white, blue, neutrals, Patriotic fabrics (or whatever scrap fabrics you want to use), roller cutter, cutting mat, ruler, scissors, pins, seam ripper, etc.

You may have your own QOV quilt design or you may choose to make the half square triangle as a group. Lunch, beverages and snacks will be provided.

Please call Joanne (608) 393-0354 or Barb (608) 254-2658 for any questions.

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