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BWD Ranked #1 Leasing Business in Four State Region

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells secured the number one spot for Leasing Businesses in Bankers’ Bank four state region for fiscal year 2016. By the end of the fiscal year, Bankers’ Bank processed several transactions with the Bank of Wisconsin Dells' team which totaled over $2.2 million in new business.

“The equipment leasing program is a great tool for our customers to receive 100% financing (no down payment) on business equipment,” said Vice President and Product Manager, Travis Bolcerek. “The program does not apply strictly to traditional equipment; almost any type of equipment qualifies. No longer are there large fees and penalties, which are commonly associated with traditional leases. The lease program offers flexible payment structure, a fixed rate for term of the lease, can help meet your tax objectives, and is now available at your community bank.”

In addition to this esteemed ranking, the Bank of Wisconsin Dells was recognized for a number of other achievements for fiscal 2016. Bauer Financial awarded Bank of Wisconsin Dells its five-star, or “superior”, rating for a second year in a row. This rating is measured on a one through five-star scale and is based on data filed Dec. 31, 2016 with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The bank also received the Small Business Association’s (SBA) Lender with the Most 504 Loan Participations award as well as placing in the top 100 out of 6,800 community banks nationwide.


Pictured: Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, Paul Schaller, congratulating Vice President and Product Manager, Travis Bolcerek, for the bank's leasing accomplishments.


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SBA Honors Bank of Wisconsin Dells

July 2017

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells received the Small Business Association’s (SBA) Lender with the Most 504 Loan Participations award for fiscal 2016. In addition to being one of 11 Wisconsin lenders recognized by SBA for its commitment to small businesses in fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2016, the Bank of Wisconsin Dells also placed in the top 100 community banks nationwide, ranking 95th out of 6,800. The bank received its award May of 2017 at the Wisconsin Lenders Conference.

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells’ lending team—equaling 135 years of lending experience combined, pictured with SBA’s Lender with the Most 504 Loan Participations award. From left, front row: Connie Suemnicht and Paul Schaller; from left, back row: Travis Bolcerek,Brandon Wegner, Scott Rockwell, Bob Wachuta and Sean Brennan.

 “At the Bank of Wisconsin Dells we have been able to use the SBA 504 lending program to help our customers finance purchases and expansions of businesses with significantly less down payment requirements,longer amortizations, and offer them long term, up to 20 year, fixed rates on a portion of their financing package,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, Paul Schaller. “This public private partnership with the SBA has allowed us to better serve the communities and customers we represent. As a community bank, anytime we can find programs that help our customers to improve the rates and terms they can finance their project with, it is a win, win, win. The customer, the community, and our bank are all winners! We are very proud of this award. I want to compliment my lending team for their efforts in delivering this valued program to our customers and most of all we are ALL very pleased to be able to use this program to the benefit our customers and communities.”

Wisconsin’s lending dollars increased in the previous year by more than 8 percent at $656.8 million. Of the 1,656 loans made in Wisconsin, 578 (approx. 36 percent) were made to new businesses. New and existing companies benefit from SBA’s main lending program because it guarantees the loans made by banks and other lenders—thus, reducing the risk for the lender.


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CBOP's, Barb Marz, Celebrates 20 Years

July 2017

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells would like to thank the Community Bank of Portage’s CSR Supervisor, Barb Marz, for her 20 consecutive years of hard work, dedication and commitment.

Barb began her career with the Bank of Wisconsin Dells in 1977 as a Customer Service Representative (CSR). After relocating to her home state, Illinois, and raising her beautiful family, the bank was thrilled to have Barb return in 1997 as a CSR at its Portage branch, Community Bank of Portage. In May of 2013, Barb accepted her current position as CSR Supervisor.

“I have so appreciated the working relationship and friendship I have with my ‘family’ in Portage and extended ‘family’ at the main bank and Lake Delton branch through the years,” said Barb. “It has been my pleasure and privilege to serve our customers and community.”

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells and Community Bank of Portage are beyond grateful for the time and effort Barb has committed throughout these 20 wonderful years. Congratulations, Barb!


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BWD Promotes Smith

May 2017

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells is proud to announce, Tammy Smith, as the new Vice President of Operations. In her position as Vice President of Operations, Tammy, will focus on project management, supporting the general operations of the bank as well as overseeing IT, Deposit Operations and Loan Processing departments.

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BWD's Lori Schultz Celebrates 35 Years

May 2017

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells would like to thank Assistant Vice President and Lake Delton Branch Manager, Lori Schultz, for her 35 years of hard work, dedication and commitment!

Lori joined the Bank of Wisconsin Dells as a Customer Service Representative at the Lake Delton location in 1982. She was promoted to Customer Service Representative Supervisor in 2009, then to Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President in 2012. Congratulations Lori! 

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CBOP's Jeanne D'Amour Celebrates 25 Years

April 2017

The Community Bank of Portage and Bank of Wisconsin Dells would like to thank Customer Service Representative, Jeanne D’Amour, for her 25 years of hard work, dedication and commitment. 

This year we celebrate Jeanne’s 25th consecutive year with the Bank of Wisconsin Dells! Jeanne, a Mauston native, has over 30 years of combined banking experience with the Bank of Wisconsin Dells. Jeanne has been a Teller, a Loan Processor,Customer Service Representative Supervisor, and now shares her experience with the Customer Service Representative team at our Portage location. The Community Bank of Portage and Bank of Wisconsin Dells thank Jeanne for her hard work, dedication, and commitment. 

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BWD Announces $2 Million Renovation and Expansion

September 2016

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells has announced its plans for a $2 Million renovation and expansion of its Lake Delton location. The Lake Delton branch opened its doors in 1968, but later relocated to its current location on the corner of Adams and Judson Street in 1971. Although the 45 year old building has served the community well over the years, cobbled utilities and the aging of the facility has reaffirmed the need for renovation.

In choosing to renovate rather than relocate, the Bank of Wisconsin Dells is renewing its commitment to the Village of Lake Delton and its Business District. The bank has worked closely with local architects from Architectural Design Consultants (ADCI) in creating a business-like, yet aesthetic ‘Northwood’s’ design that will enhance and continue the business-district vision that has been created by the Village of Lake Delton.

The ceremonial ground breaking of the expansion was held on September 20th. 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. The renovation and expansion is expected to be completed by June 2017.

“We would sincerely like to thank our customer base for their loyalty, for it is that commitment to their local bank that has allowed the bank to continue its growth and build on its successes,”said Jon Bernander, President and CEO of Bank of Wisconsin Dells.


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BWD hires Wegner as newest VP/Commercial Loan Officer

August 2016

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce the hiring of Brandon Wegner (NMLS #488020) as Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer, Lake Delton branch. Brandon is currently working out of the Wisconsin Dells office and will join fellow VP/Commercial Loan Officer Travis Bolcerek as the branch office expansion progresses.

Brandon, a Baraboo native, is a graduate of UW- Whitewater with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. He began his career as a Loan Officer in 2003. In his role at the Lake Delton branch, Brandon will be working with commercial customers, assisting them in attaining their financial goals.

 “We are very pleased to have Brandon join our commercial lending team,” stated Jon Bernander, President of the Bank of Wisconsin Dells. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be beneficial as we continue to grow.”

Aside from his involvement with numerous community organizations, Brandon also enjoys spending time with his family, watching Brewers baseball and relaxing at the lake. 

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BWD Sponsors Downtown Dells Farmers' Market

August 2016

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells proudly supports the efforts to continue to “Grow Our Community” with a $1,000.00 sponsorship of the Downtown Dells Farmers’ Market.

Business Improvement District (BID) Committee Chairperson, Kelli Trumble stated, “Farming and tourism are Wisconsin’s top industries. The Bank of Wisconsin Dells has creatively shown its support of the downtown revitalization through its commitment to the new Downtown Dells Farmers’ Market.”

The Business Improvement District (BID) will be hosting a market preview on Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This Farmers Market will take place in the 700 block of Oak Street downtown Dells and will feature many Wisconsin based vendors as well as live music. 

Bank President, Jon Bernander stated that “Wisconsin’s agriculture industry is vital to our local economy and the Bank of Wisconsin Dells supports the Downtown Farmers’ Market mission to provide access to fresh and healthy Wisconsin products.” 

Beginning May 14, 2017, there will be a farmers’ market in downtown Wisconsin Dells every Sunday through October which will feature only Wisconsin-area Farm Producers.

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CBOP Celebrates 20 Years

July 2016

The Community Bank of Portage is celebrating 20 years of service in the Portage area with a ‘Special’ Customer Appreciation Event on Friday, July 29, 2016. 

The second branch for the well-established Bank of Wisconsin Dells, The Community Bank of Portage opened its doors on the 25th of July 1996. It quickly grew to become one of the leading banks in the Portage area under the local management of Barb Knight. With Barb’s recent retirement, Heather Meyer a lifetime Portage resident now oversees the branch operations.

Organizers sought a location that understood the core values in which the Bank of Wisconsin Dells itself believes. Portage quickly became the location of choice based on their obvious home town values, local pride, small business growth and ideal proximity. The vision of opening a branch location that boasted exceptional service and big bank products while maintaining the community bank atmosphere became a reality.

The bank is a strong supporter of local organizations and events such as the Annual Concerts in the Park, the Portage Center of the Arts, American Legion Baseball and the Portage Public Library. Our staff is actively involved in organizations throughout the community. Over the holiday season the branch proudly plays host to the annual hat and mitten tree mission, which is decorated by the generosity of customers and employees, providing a little warmth to those in need by offering and often making winter hats, scarves and mittens. 

The Community Bank of Portage success over the past 20 years can only be contributed to its customers, employees (past and present), and the wonderful Portage community itself. Currently, the bank has over $72 million in local deposits and employs 10 people. Many of the employees have been a part of the branch for 20 years. All our employees pride themselves in delivering great products with excellent customer service.

“We would like to thank our loyal customers and the people in the Portage area for allowing us to serve you, and your financial needs throughout the years,” stated Heather Meyer, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager and Residential Loan Officer at Community Bank of Portage. Member FDIC. 

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BWD Donates to Safe Harbor Fundraising Campaign

July 2016

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells proudly donated $1,000.00 to the Reedsburg Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter in support of their fundraising efforts to purchase a new facility.

The shelter aims to provide temporary lodging for homeless women and children located in the five counties surrounding the Reedsburg area. Their mission is to empower the homeless to become confident, independent, stable and productive citizens within the community through various programs such as budgeting, parenting, life skills, and job interview training. 

“We are excited to be a part of such an important fundraising campaign” said Bank of Wisconsin Dells President, Jon Bernander. “We hope they are able to realize their dream of a new facility within this year.”

The ability to purchase a new facility will allow Safe Harbor to better accommodate the growing needs of its visitors and staff by providing more rooms and bathroom accommodations.

For more information or to donate to the Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter please visit safeharborreedsburg.org.

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CBOP hires Business Development Officer

June 2016

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce Anastasia Kinney as the new Business Development Officer at the Community Bank of Portage, a branch of Bank of Wisconsin Dells.Anastasia, a 2005 graduate from Portage Area High School, graduated from UW- Baraboo with an Associate’s Degree in Business. She is an ambassador for the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as a member of the Rotary Club and Elks Lodge #675. In her role at the Community Bank of Portage, Anastasia will be reaching out to local businesses to help build stronger relationships throughout the community. “We are very pleased to have Anastasia join us at the Community Bank of Portage,” stated Jon Bernander, President of the Bank of Wisconsin Dells. “She brings a vast amount of customer service knowledge and a great sense of community pride.”

Aside from spending time with her daughter, Anastasia enjoys hiking, golfing, biking, and going to local events such as farmers markets. 

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BWD Announces Retirement of Diana Fish

May 2016

After, 29 years working devotedly for the Bank of Wisconsin Dells, Customer Service Representative, Diana Fish, a native of Reedsburg, WI and graduate of Wisconsin Dells High School will retire on Friday, May 20th.

Diana joined the Bank in 1987 and looks forward to having both the time and freedom to do the things she would like such as gardening, riding motorcycles with her husband, and enjoying the outdoors this summer. 

“I’ll miss the people and the conversations we have! It’s a surprisingly difficult thing to do (retire). There are many things to think about but I know it’s time,” said Diana.

“On behalf of the stockholders, directors, and employees of the Bank of Wisconsin Dells, we thank Diana for her 29 years of dedicated service and endless contributions to the successes of the bank. We wish her the best in her retirement years.” stated Bank President, Jon Bernander.

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April is ICBA Community Banking Month

April 1, 2016

April is ICBA Community Banking Month—a time to salute the nation’s more than 6,000 community banks and the Main Street communities they serve. Throughout the month, the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and Bank of Wisconsin Dells will share the positive story of community banks—how they help their customers and build stronger communities and why they are principal drivers of economic prosperity on Main Street.

“Community banks are locally owned and operated financial institutions that take in local deposits and lend them out locally in the form of loans to customers, farmers and small business owners. Many times, community banks are family owned and have served their community for generations,” said ICBA Chairman and third-generation community banker Rebeca Romero Rainey, chairman and CEO of Centinel Bank of Taos, N.M. “Community banks exist to serve the needs of their customers and communities and make their Main Streets thrive one loan at a time.” 

Community banks are relationship lenders that flourish when their customers and communities do the same. Taking care of customers and looking out for the best interest of local communities is inherent to the relationship lending business model that is unique to community banking. 

Below are some fun facts about community banks. 

  • Community banks constitute 96 percent of all banks!
  • There are more than 600 counties—almost one out of every five U.S. counties—that have no other physical banking offices except those operated by community banks.
  • There are more than 51,000 community bank locations nationwide.
  • Community banks hold more than $3.8 trillion in assets, $3.1 trillion in deposits, and $2.6 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community.
  • Community banks employ 700,000 Americans and create countless jobs thanks to their role in lending to small businesses and agricultural enterprises. 
  • Community banks make more than 50 percent of small business loans.
  • Community banks make 90 percent of agricultural loans.
  • More than 2,500 community banks have been in business for more than 100 years.
  • The oldest community bank is in Rhode Island. Its 215 years old, which means that it opened the same year that John Adams was elected president and Volta created the first modern battery! 

“The Bank of Wisconsin Dells is honored to serve the lending needs of the Wisconsin Dells, Lake Delton, Portage, Baraboo and Reedsburg communities. We care about our customers and are dedicated to helping our local residents and towns thrive,” said Jon Bernander, President, Bank of Wisconsin Dells. “ICBA Community Banking Month gives us an opportunity to celebrate community banking here, and in communities across the nation, and spread the positive story of our industry and the communities we serve.” 

About ICBA

The Independent Community Bankers of America®, the nation’s voice for more than 6,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types, is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education and high-quality products and services. For more information, visit www.icba.org.


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CBOP Announces New Branch Manager

January 5, 2016

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce the promotion of Assistant Vice President, Heather Meyer, to Branch Manager of the Community Bank of Portage, a branch of Bank of Wisconsin Dells. 

Heather joined the Community Bank of Portage in June 2008 after holding positions with two other area financial institutions. Meyer (NMLS #500626) has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry and has built an outstanding reputation for providing residential mortgage services to many patrons in the Portage, Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton areas. 

“We are excited for Heather to take on the role as Branch Manager at the Community Bank of Portage,” said Jon Bernander, CEO and President of Bank of Wisconsin Dells. “We sincerely appreciate Heather’s offer to assume the role as Manager. Her outstanding leadership skills have the support of her fellow employees and her commitment to the customers of the Portage area made it clear that Heather was the right person for the job.”

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BWD Appoints Gavinski to Board

November 13, 2015

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells is proud to announce the appointment of Daniel J. Gavinski to the board of Dells Bancshares, Inc. and the Bank of Wisconsin Dells. Mr. Gavinski will fulfill the seat vacated by Ben C. Borcher, who retired from the Board on October 15, 2015. 

Dan Gavinski is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin who, after graduation, chose to return to his hometown and assist in the management of a riverboat tour business and an amphibious duck attraction ride which was then managed by the late John Dixon. Mr. Gavinski holds majority ownership, and functions as general manager of Wisconsin Ducks, Dells Boat Company and Adare Go Carts. In addition to operating his businesses, Dan is also a very active member in local community projects and municipal governing. He has been a member of the Wisconsin Dells BID Committee since 2006 and is a long standing member of the Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau where he currently serves on several committees including his role as director of the Executive & Marketing Committees.

“I believe that Dan Gavinski will be an excellent addition to the Board and complement the diverse makeup of our board, much the way Ben Borcher did during his tenure.” said Jon Bernander, Bank of Wisconsin Dells President. “Our appreciation is extended to Dan for his acceptance of that role and willingness to serve.”

Mr. Gavinski joins current board members Tim Tofson, David Schultz, Ben Brancel, Romy Snyder, Tom Diehl and Jon Bernander. 

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BWD Goes Pink to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

October 30, 2015

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells and Community Bank of Portage helped raise awareness during breast cancer awareness month by participating in weekly “Go Pink Fridays”. Throughout the month of October employees were able to make a donation each week in order to wear jeans with their choice of a Pink/Breast cancer Awareness shirt or BWD/CBOP polo on the corresponding Friday. 

Together the Bank of Wisconsin Dells and Community Bank of Portage staff successfully raised a total of $1,000.00 which was complimented by a bank matching donation, bringing the total to $2,000.00. The funds raised were donated to both the Pink Ribbon Angels of Portage and the Bosom Buddies of Sauk County.



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Schaller Named on of Wisconsin's Top Lenders

October 28, 2015

Wisconsin Business Development (WBD) has recognized The Bank of Wisconsin Dells Senior Vice President, Paul Schaller, as one of Wisconsin’s top ten lenders. This award recognizes the top 10 Elite Lending Partners that have proven success in helping businesses achieve the financing they need to grow.

"WBD has helped thousands of businesses and worked with hundreds of banks and lenders, but this group has distinguished itself as our top lending partners, proving time and again they will go the extra mile to help their customers get the financing they need to succeed," explained WBD President/CEO Dan Schneider.

The top ten lenders have distinguished themselves by helping businesses move forward by partnering with WBD to provide business financing solutions. Their combined efforts have identified 121 financing projects placing over $196 Million into the hands of small businesses for growth and expansion. 

"This group shares our commitment to growing our economy by investing in the ideas, ingenuity and hard work of small businesses across Wisconsin. Together these projects have created 680 new jobs and helped retain another 660 existing jobs." stated Schneider.

WBD's relationships with local lenders are true partnerships that work in the best interests of the businesses they serve. Local lenders work hard to keep their finger on the pulse of the communities they serve and are committed to finding ways to help small businesses with big dreams realize their potential.

About Wisconsin Business Development

Since 1981, Wisconsin Business Development (WBD) has been partnering with Wisconsin financial institutions to provide business financing solutions to help small businesses grow and keep our economy strong. As a SBA Certified Development Company, WBD is able to access financing solutions that help reduce risk for lenders and improve terms for borrowers, helping more small businesses get access to capital for growth and expansion. WBD is proud to have funded more than $2 billion of development projects which have created more than 50,000 jobs statewide.

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BWD Makes Award-Winning Financial Literacy Program Free for Local Classrooms

July 30, 2015

Local students are getting a free education in how to manage their money. Bank of Wisconsin Dells is working with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to make curriculum available to Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton schools completely free.

"Banzai is a web-based financial literacy program. Kids get their own accounts, and they work through assignments that are based on real life," Morgan Vandagriff, co-founder of Banzai, said. "But because Bank of Wisconsin Dells is sponsoring it, local schools get it for free. More than ever, it's important that kids develop sound financial skills to prepare them for the real world, and Bank of Wisconsin Dells realizes that and they're doing something about it."

Banzai is an interactive, online program supplemented by printed workbooks which aligns with state curriculum requirements for personal finance education. It has become the largest program of its kind, servicing m

Bank of Wisconsin Dells has offered time, money, industry experience, and a variety of bank resources to help Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton schools teach personal finance in the classroom. Students using the program are exposed to real-life scenarios where they learn to pay bills and balance a budget--but it’s not always easy. Students must learn to manage unexpected expenses such as parking tickets, interest charges and overdraft fees. The educational program also introduces students to auto loans, bank statements, entertainment costs, savings and more.

“Too often students get out of school and they just aren't ready for the financial roller coasters life can give us,” Vandagriff said. “Banzai teaches students to navigate those twists and turns and come out on top. We're excited to work with Bank of Wisconsin Dells to improve financial literacy in Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton.” 

Teachers interested in using the Banzai program can visit dellsbank.teachbanzai.com or call 888-8-BANZAI.

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BWD Named 118th Healthiest Bank in the Country

July 30, 2015

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells has been named one of the healthiest 200 banks in the country for 2015 by DepositAccounts.com. Each year, DepositAccounts.com evaluates nearly 7,000 federally insured banks within the United States for 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. 

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells has been rated the 118th healthiest bank in the United States with an overall A+ rating. “It’s exciting to be recognized as one of the top 200 healthiest banks in the country” stated Jon Bernander, President/CEO of Bank of Wisconsin Dells. “We strive to be one of the top financial institutions for our customers and our shareholders, so being named 118th out of almost 7,000 banks is a testament to all of the hard work that has been put forth by our team.”

About DepositAccounts.com

DepositAccounts.com is the largest and most comprehensive online publication in the U.S dedicated to banking/savings (deposits) information for consumers. For more information, visit www.depositaccounts.com.

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BWD Receives Bauer Financial 5-Star rating once again

July 6, 2015

Bauer Financial, Inc. has, once again, awarded the Bank of Wisconsin Dells with its esteemed 5-Star Rating, as recognition for being one of the strongest banks in the nation and excelling in areas such as capital adequacy, profitability and asset quality. “All of us at the Bank of Wisconsin Dells are honored to receive the 5-Star award from Bauer Financial again. This recognition is a direct reflection of our staff’s ongoing commitment to build a solid financial foundation for both our customers and communities,” stated, Jon Bernander, Bank President and CEO. 

Bauer Financial is the nation’s leading independent bank rating firm and source for unbiased analysis of a financial institution’s current financial condition. They have been analyzing and reporting the financial condition of the nation’s banking industry since 1983. Each Star rating is assigned on a scale of zero-to-five stars (5-stars being the best) and is based on the current overall financial picture of the bank or credit union.

About Bauer Financial Inc.

Bauer financial Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, the nation’s leading independent bank rating firm. No bank pays for its rating, nor can any bank elude it. Consumers may obtain free-star ratings by calling 800-388-6686 or visiting www.bauerfinancial.com.

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CBOP Donates to Portage Center for the Arts

June 3, 2015


The Community Bank of Portage donated $3,000.00 to the Portage Center for the Arts Capital Campaign, the goal of the campaign is to raise funds that will support structural improvements to the PCA facility and improve its long term functionality. AVP/Residential Loan Officer, Heather Meyer presented a check to Portage Center for the Arts representatives, Betty Kutzke, Sandy Gunderson, Pat Halasz, Josh Vehring and Carol Ziehmke.

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CBOP Announces Meyer Promotion

May 1, 2015

The Board of Directors of Bank of Wisconsin Dells are very proud to announce the promotion of Heather Meyer to Assistant Vice President. Heather joined the team at Community Bank of Portage, a branch of Bank of Wisconsin Dells, in June of 2008. Prior to her employment with the Community Bank of Portage, she held positions with two other area financial institutions. Meyer (NMLS #500626) has been in the banking industry for over 20 years and has built an outstanding reputation for providing residential mortgage services to many patrons in the Portage, Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton areas.

On behalf of the management, directors, employees and stockholders of the Bank of Wisconsin Dells we congratulate Heather on her well-deserved promotion.

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CBOP Announces Retirement of Barb Knight

April 3, 2015

Barb Knight, Assistant Vice President and Manager of Community Bank of Portage recently retired. Barb joined the staff of Bank of Wisconsin Dells in 1996 as Marketing Director, preparing her for the position as Branch Manager of the new Community Bank of Portage. Barb, a native of Portage, has been employed in the banking industry for over 40 years. Prior to her becoming the branch manager of Community Bank of Portage, Barb held banking positions with Baraboo Federal, City Bank & Trust and Firstar Bank in Portage.

“Barb has been the only Branch Manager that we have had at the Community Bank of Portage since it opened in 1996. She will be greatly missed by not only all of her faithful customers, but also the many fellow staff members that she has worked with over the years,” stated bank president Jon Bernander. “As manager of the branch, Barb’s leadership was instrumental in building the asset size of the branch to over $65 Million.” Bernander added, “On behalf of our stockholders, directors and employees, I want to sincerely thank Barb for her 19 years of dedication and for the contributions that she made towards all of the bank’s successes during her career with us. We wish Barb and her husband Glenn the very best in their retirement years.”

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BWD Donates to Reedsburg Helping Hands

December 1, 2014

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells donated $200.00 to the Reedsburg Area Helping Hands organization. AVP/Retail Sales Manager, Kim Pearson and Loan Processor, Sarah Hegg presented a check to Helping Hands representatives. Donations will be used to purchase gifts and supplies for families in need of a helping hand this holiday season. Bank employees also showed their spirit of giving by filling mittens from the Helping Hands mitten tree in hopes of making another’s Christmas morning special.


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BWD Gives to Scrooge and the Baraboo Theatre Guild

November 6, 2014


Bank of Wisconsin Dells VP/Commercial Loan Officers, Travis 
Bolcerek, Connie Suemnicht and Scott Rockwell present a check to Baraboo Theatre Guild representative, Melisa Skwor. The Bank of Wisconsin Dells contributed $500.00 to the Baraboo Theatre Guild’s “Scrooge, The Stingiest Man In Town” production currently playing at the Al, Ringling Theatre.


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BWD Receives Bauer Financial 5-Star Rating

October 13, 2014

Bauer Financial, Inc. has awarded the Bank of Wisconsin Dells with its esteemed 5-Star Rating, as recognition for being one of the Strongest banks in the Nation and excelling in areas such as capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more. 

“All of us at the Bank of Wisconsin Dells are honored to receive the 5-Star award from Bauer Financial. This recognition is a direct reflection of our staff’s ongoing commitment to build a solid financial foundation for both our customers and communities,” stated, Jon Bernander, Bank President and CEO. “The foundation of the Bank continues to strengthen, and we continue to be encouraged with the Bank's ongoing success."

Bauer Financial is the nation’s leading independent bank rating firm and source for unbiased analysis of a financial institution’s current financial condition. They have been analyzing and reporting the financial condition of the nation’s banking industry since 1983. Each Star rating is assigned on a scale of zero-to-five stars (5-stars being the best) and is based on the current overall financial picture of the bank or credit union.

About Bauer Financial Inc.

Bauer financial Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, the nation’s leading independent bank rating firm. No bank pays for its rating, nor can any bank elude it. Consumers may obtain free-star ratings by calling 800-388-6686 or visiting www.bauerfinancial.com. 

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ICBA and BWD Provide Tips for Consumer Data Privacy

September 9, 2014

Given recent consumer data security breaches at a few of the nation’s largest retailers, the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and Bank of Wisconsin Dells wants consumers to be alert when it comes to protecting their sensitive financial information and to know how to be safe online.

Community banks have worked aggressively to protect their customers following recent consumer data breaches. They have been informing customers about community banks’ multiple layers of security protection, monitoring customer accounts for fraudulent activity, reissuing credit and debit cards to consumers as appropriate and educating consumers on how to avoid fraud. If charges you did not make appear on your credit or debit cards, alert your community bank immediately.

“The latest data breaches at retailers such as Target, Neiman Marcus and Home Depot remind us that criminals are looking to capture sensitive consumer financial information and personal data online and in-person,” said Bill Loving, ICBA chairman and president and CEO of Pendleton Community Bank, Franklin, W.Va. “The community banking industry wants consumers to have as much information as possible so they can help protect themselves against these types of attacks.” 

ICBA and Bank of Wisconsin Dells provide consumers valuable tips when it comes to taking proactive security measures:

  • Be sure to use unique passwords for all financial online accounts. Never share or duplicate usage of your password, account number, PIN or answers to security questions. 
  • Monitor all of your financial accounts and report any suspicious activity, such as false or multiple charges, to your community bank immediately. 
  • Do not save credit or debit card, banking account or routing numbers, or other financial information, on your computer, phone or tablet. 
  • Be vigilant about using a password on mobile devices. Be sure to set your devices to automatically lock after a selected period of time to ensure no one can access your smartphone, tablet or laptop. 
  • Do not provide your secure financial information over the phone or Internet if you are unsure of who is asking for it. Contact your community bank directly by using the phone number on the back of your debit or credit card, or stop in your bank to speak with someone in person. Remember, your community bank will never contact or text you asking for personal or banking information. Assume any unsolicited text request is fraudulent. 
  • Be aware of the location of your mobile devices (smartphones, tablets) at all times. Only log on financial websites when you have a secure, safe and trusted Internet connection. 

“Contact your community bank immediately if you think any of your financial data has been compromised,” Loving said. “The sooner you alert proper authorities about suspicious activity, the sooner it can be resolved.”

For additional information about Data Privacy Day, visit Stay Safe Online’s website at www.staysafeonline.org. For information about community banks, visit www.icba.org.

About ICBA

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BWD Donates Back to School Supplies

August 16, 2014

In a few short weeks hundreds of school children will once again return to their classrooms full of excitement for a new school year. The Bank of Wisconsin Dells hopes to help add a few extra smiles by presenting the F.I.T.S Network with over 450 items for their 4th annual "Stuff the Bus" Campaign.

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells donation will help send students back to school with backpacks packed with school supplies and provide them with needed items such as pencils, papers, crayons and scientific calculators. 

Over the past 4 years the Bank of Wisconsin Dells has donated more than $4,000 to the Stuff the Bus Campaign. The campaign's goal is to make the back to school experience a positive one for students within the Wisconsin Dells School District.

"It's always a pleasure seeing the kids come in to pick up the supplies," said Bank of Wisconsin Dells President, Jon Bernander. "The "Stuff the Bus" Campaign is a great way for the community to get involved in helping those who may be going through a difficult time. It really is a great program and one that we are proud to support."

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells is a full-service financial institution with branches in Wisconsin Dells, Lake Delton and Portage. For more information, visit us online at www.dellsbank.com or call 608-253-1111. 

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Community Bank of Portage Raffles 55" Flat Screen

June 27, 2013

The Community Bank of Portage is happy to announce the winner of the 55” television that was raffled at the 32nd Annual Portage Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing on June 11, 2014.

The winner, Randy Axelson of Portage, received a 55” LG LED TV for his entry in the random drawing.

“This is the second year we have held the drawing at the Chamber Golf Outing,” said Bob Wachuta, Commercial Loan Officer at Community Bank of Portage. “I think people really get excited about it. Who wouldn't love to win a nice flat screen television?”

For more information on The Community Bank of Portage please visit www.commbankportage.com. The Community Bank of Portage, a branch of Bank of Wisconsin Dells, is a full service community bank located in Portage, WI.

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Stroede Retires from Bank of Wisconsin Dells

June 2014

After, 34 years working devotedly for the Bank of Wisconsin Dells, Accounts Payable Manager and Call Center Representative, Susie Stroede, a resident of Wisconsin Dells, WI retired on June 6th.

Susie joined the Bank in 1980. Throughout her tenure she worked as a Customer Service Representative, Receptionist and Bookkeeper before being promoted to Accounts Payable Manager and Call Center Representative. 

During her time as the Accounts Payable Manager and Call Center Representative, Susie was responsible for processing and paying internal bills as well as assisting customer calls regarding accounts and debit cards. 

We wish her all the best in her new adventure!

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Bank of Wisconsin Dells Pledges to Ruminant Project

May 6, 2014

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells is pleased to announce its$1,000.00 pledge to the Ruminant Acquisition Committee. This pledge is in support of the fundraising efforts for installation of the Ruminant created by Minnesota artist, Karl Unnasch.

Committee members have proposed the Ruminant be relocated to a vacant lot adjacent to the Reedsburg police station on the corner of Railroad and South Park Street. The new location will consist of a park setting complete with concrete pad, electric service and signage. Any additional funds will go towards the purchase of benches, paths and landscaping.

The Ruminant was first featured in the October 2013 Farm/Art D Tour and features 34 original leaded stained glass panels embedded in a 6600 John Deere combine. It will soon become a welcome attraction in the Reedsburg area.

“We are excited to be a part of this wonderful project” said Bank of Wisconsin Dells President, Jon Bernander.

For more information or to donate to the Ruminant Project, contact Joann Mundth Douglas at 608-963-2795.

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells is a full-service financial institution with branches in Wisconsin Dells, Lake Delton and Portage. For more information, visit us online at www.dellsbank.com or call 608-253-1111.

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Community Bank of Portage Celebrates Teach Children to Save Day

April 30, 2014

The Community Bank of Portage, a full-service financial institution, set out to help local students learn the importance of saving money and financial responsibility throughout the month of April as part of the national Teach Children to Save® campaign. Throughout this campaign, financial professionals from Community Bank of Portage spoke with students from Pre-K through 1st grades from local Portage schools.

“It’s a lot of fun teaching children why financial responsibility is important. Hearing their goals and what they plan to save for in the future is a real eye opener. They have so many ideas and dreams.” said Theresa Hoppmann, Personal Banker at Community Bank of Portage. "We hope to expand our reach within the schools and encourage teachers to schedule a classroom visit with us at any time."

Sponsored by The American Bankers Association (ABA)Education Foundation, the Teach Children to Save Campaign encourages students to save for their future, focus on their needs instead of their wants and encourage their friends to save.

The Community Bank of Portages involvement in the Teach Children to Save Campaign is a small part of their mission to provide financial resources and education to young people in the communities they serve.

Teachers who are interested in scheduling a classroom visit from a Community Bank of Portage representative can contact Theresa Hoppmann at 608-745-4300.

For more information about Community Bank of Portage, please visit www.commbankportage.com or call 608-745-4300

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Bank of Wisconsin Dells Celebrates Teach Children to Save Day

April 29, 2014

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells, a full-service financial institution with branches in Wisconsin Dells, Lake Delton and Portage, set out to help local students learn the importance of saving money and financial responsibility throughout the month of April as part of the national Teach Children to Save® campaign. Throughout this campaign, financial professionals from Bank of Wisconsin Dells spoke with students in grades kindergarten through 1st from Reedsburg, Wisconsin Dells, Lake Delton and Portage.

“The Bank of Wisconsin Dells is proud to take part in the Teach Children to Save campaign each year. We enjoy speaking with the children and have a lot of fun teaching them the value of financial responsibility.” said Kim Pearson, Assistant Vice President/Retail Sales Manager at Bank of Wisconsin Dells. "We hope to expand our reach within the schools and encourage teachers to schedule a classroom visit with us at any time."

Sponsored by The American Bankers Association (ABA)Education Foundation, the Teach Children to Save Campaign encourages students to save for their future, focus on their needs instead of their wants and encourage their friends to save.

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells involvement in the Teach Children to Save Campaign is a small part of their mission to provide financial resources and education to young people in the communities they serve. The bank also sponsors scholarships for High School Seniors at WDHS, participates in the annual WDHS reality day and provides financial literacy material for local classrooms.

Teachers who are interested in scheduling a classroom visit from a Bank of Wisconsin Dells representative can contact Kim Pearson at 608-253-1111.

For more information about Bank of Wisconsin Dells, please visit www.dellsbank.com or call 608-253-1111.

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Dorow to Retire from Bank of Wisconsin Dells

December 12, 2013

After, 24 years working devotedly for the Bank of Wisconsin Dells, Customer Service Representative, Jan Dorow, a resident of Wisconsin Dells, WI is set to retire on December 31st. Jan joined the Bank of Wisconsin Dells as a Customer Service Representative in April 1989. From there she became Customer Service Representative Supervisor before switching to a part time CSR.

During her time with the Bank of Wisconsin Dells, Jan was responsible for processing customer transactions and front line communication with in bank customer contacts.

Jan is a native of Darlington, WI. She moved to Wisconsin Dells in 1966.

"The Bank of Wisconsin Dells has been a great place to work." said Jan. "I am going to miss everyone."

“On behalf of the stockholders, directors, and employees of the Bank of Wisconsin Dells, we thank Jan for her 24 years of dedicated service and endless contributions to the successes of the bank. We wish her the best in her retirement years," stated Bank President, Jon Bernander.

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Bank of Wisconsin Dells Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

December 2, 2013

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells and Community Bank of Portage showed their support for Breast Cancer Awareness by holding a “Guess the Amount” and “Win a Kindle Fire” promotion throughout the month of October. Participants were encouraged to “Guess the Amount” of candy on display at the branch of their choice. By donating $1.00 per guess, participants had the chance to win one of three gift baskets by being closest to the correct amount .All guesses were also entered into a random drawing for the grand prize of a New Kindle Fire HD.

Proceeds from the promotion where donated to the Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group which was formed to support local women who have undergone breast surgery and/or treatment for breast cancer. Their goal is to give emotional/educational support for breast cancer patients and survivors. For more information on the Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group please contact 608-643-0986.

All wrapped candy used in the promotion was donated to W.H.A.M of the United Presbyterian Church to be included in care packages sent to Soldiers overseas. For more information and how you can support W.H.A.M please visit www.dellschurch.org/mission-team.htm

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Bank of Wisconsin Dells Helps "Stuff the Bus"

September 18, 2013 

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells is a proud supporter of the 3rd annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign by Families-in-Transition Support (FITS) Network. In an effort to lend a helping hand to children/families in need during the school year, VP/Commercial Loan Officer, Scott Rockwell presented a$1000.00 check to FITS Representative, Tanya Stroede, which will be used to purchase school supplies, clothing, and additional items for the school season.

“Showing our support for such a wonderful cause is something we take a great deal of pride in" stated Bank of Wisconsin Dells president, Jon Bernander.

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Diane Elderkin to Retire from Bank of Wisconsin Dells

August 14, 2013

After, 40 years working devotedly for the Bank of Wisconsin Dells, Assistant Vice President, Bank Secrecy Act Officer/AML Officer and Customer Service Manager, Diane Elderkin, a resident of Grand Marsh, WI is set to retire on August 16th.

Diane joined the Bank of Wisconsin Dells as a teller in 1973. From there she worked her way up to Assistant Cashier/Head Teller. In 2003, Diane became the Bank Secrecy Act Officer/AML Officer and Customer Service Manager. She was promoted to Assistant Vice President in 2004.

During her time with the Bank of Wisconsin Dells, Diane was responsible for the bank’s compliance with all federal and state laws pertaining to bank secrecy, anti-money laundering and Customer Identification Programs as well as managing all Customer Service Representative Departments.

Diane earned a Fashion Merchandising degree from Madison Area Technical College (MATC) with dreams of working in bridal fashion. Instead, life brought her into banking!

“It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to everyone at the Bank. It’s been a great place to work, I've met some wonderful people and I really love what I do, so saying goodbye won’t be easy but I look forward to relaxing and stopping in to visit with everyone,” said Diane.

“On behalf of the stockholders, directors, and employees of the Bank of Wisconsin Dells, we thank Diane for her 40 years of dedicated service and endless contributions to the successes of the bank. We wish her the best in her retirement years.” stated Bank President, Jon Bernander.

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Bank of Wisconsin Dells Participates in Teach Children to Save Day

May 14, 2013

T he Bank of Wisconsin Dells proudly participated in Teach Children to Save Day by visiting local schools to help spread the word on being financially fit.  Personal Bankers Brianna and Sean visited the 3rd Grade Class at Lake Delton Elementary School where they shared tips and tricks on ways to save for the future. Armed with the Bernstein Bears and their saving knowledge, Brianna Capelle and Sean Brennan illustrated the benefits and challenges of saving. 

When students were asked what they were currently saving for each responded with their future goals of owning a vehicle, going to college, purchasing a bike and going on vacation to Italy and Florida. In an effort to help students reach their goals, each student was given a gold coin to add to their savings

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Bank of Wisconsin Dells Bowls for WDHS Athletics

March 25, 2013

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells proudly sponsored two teams in this year’s Annual Chalet Lanes 8 pin bowling fundraiser for the Wisconsin Dells High School. Each team consisted of BWD employees, friends and family.

For the past 11 years Chalet Lanes and the Wisconsin Dells High School Athletic Department have held a bowling tournament used to raise funds for various WDHS sports. This year’s fundraiser will benefit the WDHS Football team.

In addition to team sponsorship and employee participation the Bank of Wisconsin Dells also donated $500.00 in support of High School Athletics.

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Bank of Wisconsin Dells Donates to Safe Harbor

March 25, 2013

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells donated to Reedsburg’s Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter on March 3, 2013. Bank of Wisconsin Dells employees Kim Pearson, Connie Suemnicht, Chas Machovec and Linda Sobojinski presented a $100.00 check to Safe Harbor House Representative, Betty Simono. The Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter is a temporary shelter for women and children who have lost their homes for various reason s.

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Bank of Wisconsin Dells Supports Reedsburg Relay for Life

March 12, 2013

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells is extending its community support by donating to the Relay for Life of Reedsburg which is scheduled for June 21-22nd, 2013 at Reedsburg Area High School Millennium Field. 

Bank of Wisconsin Dells employees Kim Pearson, Scott Rockwell, Connie Suemnicht and Chas Machovec presented a $150.00 check to American Cancer Society representative, Laura Gaffney. 

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

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Gilliland Retires from Bank of Wisconsin Dells Board

February 8, 2013

At the Bank of Wisconsin Dells 103rd Annual Stockholders Meeting, held on January 24, 2013, Chairman Jon Bernander announced the retirement of Gary L. Gilliland from the Board of Directors. 

Mr.Gilliland began his tenure at the Bank on November 25, 1991 as Executive Vice President. Gary was promoted to President & CEO in January 1995, and Chairman of the Board in 2002. He served the bank in those roles until January 2007. 

Mr. Gilliland was been a dedicated director on the bank’s Board for the last 20 years and was presented a plaque acknowledging and thanking him for his service. In addition, a resolution was passed by the stockholders to have Mr. Gilliland serve as Director Emeritus for a period of 5 years.

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Bank of Wisconsin Dells Donates to Scholarship Fund

December 14, 2012

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells has pledged $100,000 to the Wisconsin Dells Education Fund which will aid in the endowment of ten separate$5,000 annual scholarships. 

The Foundation was created three years ago and has already awarded $75,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors. They have also set a campaign goal to grow the fund to $1.5 million to guarantee that at least$75,000 in scholarship money is awarded each year. 

“We believe in the board and their efforts, stated Bank of Wisconsin Dells president, Jon Bernander. “We have always been a strong supporter of education and are very proud to show our bank’s leadership in the communities that we serve. Like the many others who step up to the challenge, we view this as an investment in our young adults. The funding of this endowment scholarship program is one that our Board, stockholders and employees can take a great deal of pride in being a part of.”

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Bank of Wisconsin Dells Helps Local Helping Hands Organization

December 4, 2012

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells is extending its community support by donating to the Reedsburg Area Helping Hands Organization. AVP/Retail Sales Manager, Kim Pearson, and VP/Commercial Loan Officer, Connie Suemnicht, presented a check to Helping Hands Representative, Sarah Hegg, which will be used to purchase gifts and supplies for children/families in need of a helping hand this holiday season. Employees also showed the spirit of giving by filling more than 35 mittens from the Helping Hands mitten tree in hopes of making another’s Christmas morning special.

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Bank of Wisconsin Dells Supports Breast Cancer Awareness with Donation

November 8, 2012

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells recently showed its support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by holding a “Pink Pumpkin Contest” throughout the month of October. 

Employee-designed pink pumpkins where displayed in its three locations – Wisconsin Dells, Lake Delton and Portage – in an effort to raise funds for breast cancer research. 

Customers and employees helped choose a winner from each branch by donating to their favorite pumpkin, raising $445.31. The Bank of Wisconsin Dells matched the donations resulting in a total of $890.62 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation-Madison. 

The winners of the contest - Tammy Smith (Wisconsin Dells), Kathy Mackesey (Lake Delton) and Kim Lehr (Portage) – were each awarded a gift certificate to a place of their choosing. “The outcome was much better than anticipated and we have our employees and customers to thank for that,” said Marketing Director Kim Zaniboni.

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Bank of Wisconsin Dells Supports Local Baseball

October 11, 2012

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells showed its pride for local baseball by purchasing trophies for the Wisconsin Dells American Legion Team. 

The Legion Baseball team recently won 1st place at the State Tournament and placed 4th in the National Tournament; a first in the organization’s extensive history. 

BWD President, Jon Bernander, was proud to present the trophies to Coaches and staff, Jerry Moore, Mike Hintz, Brad Davis and Marc Blumberg stating, “It’s something to be proud of when members of our community succeed in activities they love, excel in things they enjoy and can represent our community while doing so.”

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Bank of Wisconsin Dells Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

October 9, 2012

The Bank of Wisconsin Dells is showing its support for Breast Cancer Awareness month by holding a “Pink Pumpkin Contest”. 

BWD will be displaying employee-designed pink pumpkins in all three of their locations (Wisconsin Dells, Lake Delton and Portage) throughout the month of October in an effort to raise funds for breast cancer research. 

Customers are encouraged to take part in choosing the winner by placing a small or large donation in the container next to their favorite creation. All donations will be given to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in hopes of finding a cure. “It’s a fun way to try and raise money for research while still bringing awareness to the community,” said Marketing Director Kim Zaniboni. “It’s not whether we raise $3.00 or $300.00 that’s important; it’s the effort in trying to make a difference in something that has touched so many people.” Stop by any of the Bank of Wisconsin Dells locations and help them choose a winner.

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Local Bankers Help Teach Finances

April 26, 2012

Bank of Wisconsin Dells Assistant Vice President, Kim Pearson, and Vice President, Scott Rockwell ( pictured left to right), assist Janely Arias, a junior at Wisconsin Dells High School during Reality Fair this week at the high school. 

The WDHS Reality Fair offers the junior class an opportunity to enter and play a life-size version of the game of Life. Juniors are assigned a career and paycheck based on job applications, interests, work experience, and education. Students are also randomly assigned marital status, children, and/or pets.

Juniors are required to open a checking account with a local bank, pay taxes, and live one month in the life of a financially independent citizen.

Some of the decisions students will make include finding housing and vehicles that fit within their budget; paying bills necessary for survival like groceries, utilities, and childcare; as well as purchases that make their lives more enjoyable, such as travel, electronics, and leisure activities.

Students must write checks and keep an accurate checkbook register in order to be successful in this event. They must also interact with local professionals to discuss options and make informed financial decisions.

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March Madness Hits Bank of Wisconsin Dells

March 9, 2012

Angela Backhaus, Wisconsin Dells, had fun in the lobby of the Bank of Wisconsin Dells as she tried to see how she measured up against former UW-Madison basketball player and Wisconsin Dells native, JP Gavinski, to celebrate the start of NCAA Sweet Sixteen March Madness. The life-size banner of Gavinski is on display in the bank lobby during the rest of basketball season. The public is welcome to come in during business hours, take pictures and see how they measure up. Bank hours are Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to noon.

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