ICBA and First Exchange Bank Recognize Community Banking Month

April 2012 - April is Community Banking Month, and members of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) including First Exchange Bank, are celebrating the vital role that community banks serve in the economic, civic, and cultural life of their communities in cities and towns throughout America.

"Each year, ICBA Community Banking Month gives First Exchange Bank the opportunity to honor our community and our customers, "William F. Goettel, President and CEO of First Exchange Bank said. "We are proud to be part of the economic engine that drives our local economy here in north central West Virginia and pleased to provide our customers with the personalized customer service and local expertise that only a community bank can provide," Goettel said.

"First Exchange Bank employees work tirelessly each and every day to serve the needs of our customers and reinvest in our communities," said Brooke Lasure, Marketing/Training Officer for First Exchange Bank. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, and ICBA Community Banking Month gives us a chance to thank our customers and the communities we proudly serve," Lasure said.

Thousands of community banks recognize ICBA Community Banking Month in a variety of ways. Some partner with local charities to host special events, others promote economic development initiatives. Many community banks traditionally mark the month by highlighting their community service or financial education programs.

First Exchange Bank is proud of the community service their employees give. They encourage their employees to be involved with the community and many of them engage in the opportunity. The bank is a Partner in Education with several schools in the communities they serve. Their employees serve in several civic organizations such as Rotary International, while donating time to various social service organizations and fund raising functions such as the American Cancer Society\\\'s Relay for Life.

Brooke Lasure continued, "Spring is a perfect time to visit any of First Exchange Bank locations to determine how they can serve you in meeting your financial goals. Whether you are looking for that first home, needing funds to repair your existing home, or looking for a new auto First Exchange Bank can help."

The ICBA and First Exchange Bank have long histories of service. The ICBA has been representing community for over 82 years while First Exchange Bank will be celebrating their 80 year anniversary in June.