What We’re Grateful For: VCNB Employees Give Thanks

Thanksgiving Greeting Card

Every day is a good opportunity to give thanks but we’re especially mindful of how fortunate we are during November and this season of thanks. As a community bank, we know we are lucky to do business in such wonderful towns and communities across southern and central Ohio.

We are thankful for customers, many of whom have been with us for years if not decades. Some hail from families that have done business with VCNB since the 1860s. We are also incredibly thankful for our employees. Some of these folks have spent their entire careers with VCNB and are eyeing retirement while we have many newcomers who are eager to learn the VCNB way.

We asked our employees to tell us what they’re thankful for this year and here are some of the responses we received. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did!

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I’m thankful for the friends I’ve made here at VCNB! I came in and was instantly made welcome by almost everyone! I’ve built a lot of wonderful friendships here and for that, I am forever thankful!

Johnathon Bentley
Personal Banker in McArthur

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I am thankful first and foremost for my family! I am also very thankful for all the military men and women that are or have served to keep us safe!! Finally I’m grateful to be living in Perry County around some wonderful neighbors that look out for each other!

Alyssa Holbrook
Personal Banker in Bremen

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I am thankful for the past seventeen years of employment with VCNB and the privilege of working with a great group of people.

Beth Bayless
Senior Personal Banker in Canal Winchester

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I am thankful for my wonderful family, my great friends and my health and job.

Alice McCloud
Teller in Wilkesville

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I’m thankful my wife and I were each able to transition to working in Columbus this past year. This has allowed us to move back to where we grew up and be close to family. It’s been so great to be back around both of our families, especially our niece and nephews.

Josh Palmer
Branch Manager in Pataskala

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I am most thankful for my boys who push me every day to be a better person and remind me what is most important in life. I’m thankful for the success and growth we continue to have at VCNB and the great people I get to work with across all lines of the bank. I am also really thankful for the holiday season that, despite all the to-do’s and crowds, gives us time to spend with loved ones, reflect on the past year, and look forward to the next.

Justin Pike
Chief Auditor

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Most of all, I am thankful for my four boys – they are the loves of my life. I am also thankful to have an amazing fiancé, beautiful home and a job I love.

Melissa Wietelmann
Assistant Branch Manager in Ashville

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Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have.

Erin Hart
Teller in Laurelville

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I’m so thankful for the family and friends in my life. They all mean so much to me. So happy to still have Mom here and doing well and that she and I can still travel to see family in Tennessee and Florida.

Paula Goodfellow
Senior Retail Accounts Officer in Chillicothe

 

Why We’re Thankful: Part Two

Norman Vincent Peale said that “the more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for.” In that spirit, we are asking our employees what they’re thankful for this Thanksgiving week. We are featuring some of their responses before Thanksgiving. Here’s the second one.

Ben Reynolds believes with all his heart that he is a blessed man. A Commercial Lender for our Pickaway County Banking Center in Circleville, Reynolds says that he and his family have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

He is a newlywed. In October he married Heather, his sweetheart of eight years. Together, they have six grown children. Their two youngest kids are in college while their oldest recently graduated medical school and is training to be a cardiologist. One daughter has a successful career in banking while another was married last year. One daughter has struggled with health issues this year but seems to be stable and is hopeful for the future.

“I am blessed to have a loving, wonderful family, kids who are doing well, five beautiful grandchildren and a new wife. I’m just thankful that I’m healthy and that everyone in my family is fine,” Reynolds said. “Really, I could go on and on about all the things that I’m thankful for this year.”

He confessed there is one more member of the family that he is thankful for every day. She’s a two year old ball of fur named Izzy who makes Reynolds smile. “She always makes my day,” he explained with a laugh.

While family is most important to Reynolds, he observed that there are more things that that are also vital to his livelihood and well being. “I’m thankful for a good job and people to work with. I’m thankful and fortunate to live in this country and for the veterans who have sacrificed for us,” he said. “More than anything, I’m grateful for the life I have and for my relationship with God. I am a Christian and God has provided for me and my family. I have a lot to be thankful for this year and every year.”

 

 

 

 

 

Why We’re Thankful: Part One

Someone once said that it is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy. In that spirit, we are asking our employees what they’re thankful for this Thanksgiving week. We will feature three of their responses before Thanksgiving. Here’s the first one.

When we asked Salt Creek Banking Center Branch Manager Sarah Young what she’s thankful for this year, she sighed and asked a great question. “Where do I start?”

“I am grateful for my healthy little child, my family, my job, for my health, my friends…I could go on and on,” Young exclaimed. And then she did, explaining that she is even grateful for her German Shepherd Schnelle.

Salt Creek Banking Center Branch Manager Sarah Young is pictured this fall with her loves: Ben Lingo, their daughter Kinsley and her dog Schnelle.

Salt Creek Banking Center Branch Manager Sarah Young is pictured this fall with her loves: Ben Lingo, their daughter Kinsley and her dog Schnelle.

An Ohio University graduate and McArthur resident, Young began her career with VCNB two years ago as a Retail Account Representative at the Ross County Banking Center in Chillicothe. She transferred to Salt Creek in April, taking over as Branch Manager.

While she is thankful for this new position and opportunity with VCNB, she is clearly most thankful for her little girl, a ten month old fire cracker named Kinsley who makes Young’s eyes light up.

“She is so wild. She’s very loving and cuddly. She’s outspoken even though she can’t say anything yet. She can’t walk but she can climb. She loves to climb everything,” Young explained.

This Thanksgiving will be special for Young’s family as it is Kinsley’s first Thanksgiving. “I am super excited for her first Thanksgiving. She’s at the age where she can try different foods so she will get her own little plate,” Young exclaimed.

“She’s what I’m most grateful for.”

 

Thanksgiving Reflections

Thursday is Thanksgiving and here at VCNB we are preparing to be closed for the holiday. All of our seventeen locations, including Customer Service, will be closed so our employees may celebrate the holiday with their families.

 As we contemplate the holiday and its meaning, we wanted to share with you a few quotes about Thanksgiving and gratitude. Plus there’s one at the end from the great Johnny Carson to make you laugh!

From all of us at VCNB, we wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. After being closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday, we will resume regular business hours Friday.

Enjoy!

New England Fall Color“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.”  — Ralph Marston

 

“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” — Frank W. Clark

 

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” — Willie Nelson

 

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey

 

“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward

 

Autumn Leaves“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —  John Fitzgerald Kennedy

 

“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.” — Irv Kupcinet

 

“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.” —  Native American Saying

 

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” — W.T. Purkiser

 

“Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.” —Johnny Carson