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Standing Stone Bank regularly participates in important community events — we're also proud to sponsor and host a few signature events of our own!

Here's what we have coming up, and what we've participated in thus far:



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Standing Stone Bank Donates $250 to sponsor the 5K Run/1 Mile Walk for Meals on Wheels

LANCASTER, Ohio (March, 2018)- We are proud to sponsor the upcoming 5K run/1 Mile Walk for Meals on Wheels! Our own Desi DeJohn, presented the sponsorship check to Sarah Clagg, Director of Administrations Services with Meal on Wheels.


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Standing Stone Bank Donates $500 to Fairfield Area Humane Society

LANCASTER, Ohio (March, 2018) – Standing Stone Bank is proud to continue ongoing support of the Fairfield Area Humane Society with a $500 donation to its 2018 Champion Supporter sponsorship and sponsors the Society's Woofstock event held each year.


"For many of us at Standing Stone Bank, our pets are beloved member of our families," said Standing Stone Bank President and CEO Jeff Beard, "The Fairfield Area Humane Society is a critical asset and advocate for our pets, and we're lucky to have such a strong Humane Society here in Fairfield County. Standing Stone is proud to support this organization through ongoing sponsorships; we're also proud of our employees, such as Ruthie Belt, who volunteer their own time to this important cause."


The Fairfield Area Humane Society is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the humane treatment of animals through protection, placement and education. To learn more, visit http://www.fairfumane.org/.



Standing Stone Supports AHA! A Hands-on Adventure Capital Campaign with Second of Five $1,000 Annual Contributions

LANCASTER, Ohio (February 14, 2018) - Standing Stone Bank is proud to provide ongoing support for AHA! A Hands-on Adventure, A Children's Museum. Standing Stone recently donated $1,000 - the second of five annual contributions - to the AHA! Capital Campaign to fund a new, larger museum, scheduled to open this spring.


"We are excited about this spring's opening of AHA!'s new building on River Valley Circle, and we're honored to support them in this new adventure," said Jeff Beard, president and CEO of Standing Stone Bank. "AHA! has been a favorite destination for my family for many years, and this new, larger museum will give AHA! the opportunity to expand exhibits and continue to enrich the lives of our children."


With more than 20,000 visitors each year and more than 30 exhibits, the 4,500 square-foot facility that currently houses AHA! does not provide adequate space. AHA! purchased land on River Valley Circle and started a Capital Campaign to raise $950,000 to build a new museum.


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Employees Receive Recognition Awards at Standing Stone Bank Employee Appreciation Day

LANCASTER, Ohio (November 20, 2017)– Standing Stone Bank employees recently received recognition awards at the bank's fifth annual Employee Appreciation Day event.


"Each year, I look forward to spending the day with our employees and their families for our Employee Appreciation Day event," said Standing Stone Bank President and CEO Jeff Beard. "One of my greatest honors is presenting recognition awards to a handful of our team members who exemplify our internal philosophy, ELECT Excellence focused on Ethics, Learning, Efficiency, Competition and Teamwork. We are truly grateful for the outstanding work all of our employees do for our customers every day."


(Left to Right is photo) Ethics Award: Desi DeJohn, Learn Award: Lisa Strohl, Efficiency Award: Karen Davis, Compete Award: Julie Schmeltzer, Team Award: Lisa Schein.



Standing Stone Congratulates Julie Schmeltzer for Prestigious Bank Management School Graduation

LANCASTER, Ohio– Standing Stone Bank is proud of Business Development Director Julie Schmeltzer for graduating from the Ohio Bankers League Bank Management School. She is one of 28 students from across Ohio who completed the intensive one-week program in early October.


"We are incredibly proud of Julie for graduating from the Bank Management School," said Jeff Beard, president and CEO of Standing Stone Bank. "The training Julie received through this prestigious program will allow her to bring an even higher level of service to our customers."


During the weeklong school, Schmeltzer learned firsthand about how bank executives operate in terms of risk management, risk governance, bank investments, strategic planning, career planning and more. The school is on of the longest-standing educational traditions in the Ohio banking industry, with roots back to 1955.

"During the school, I had the opportunity to be exposed to a range of operating decisions," Schmeltzer said. "Because of that exposure, I have a better understanding of the complexities of managing banks in a dynamic economy and the need to maintain growth, profitability and safety of the bank."




Standing Stone Bank Announces Higher Earning Potential for Kasasa Account Holders

LANCASTER, Ohio (June 27, 2017) – Standing Stone Bank is excited to announce a higher earning potential for customers with select Kasasa accounts. Kasasa Saver account holders will enjoy a substantial increase in the interest-accruing balance limit from $15,000 to $50,000. This means that account holders who meet monthly qualifications can now earn 0.50% interest on their Kasasa Saver account for balances up to $50,000.


"Our Kasasa products are designed to work together to provide our customers with high earning potential for their accounts," said Jeff Beard, President and CEO of Standing Stone Bank. "Increasing the cap for balances that can accrue interest provides even more earning potential for our customers. This reinforces our continued focus on providing high quality products and personal service to our valued customers."

We are also implementing changes in our rewards for Kasasa CashBack and Kasasa Tunes accounts. Kasasa CashBack will now earn 2% cash back for debit card purchases up to $300 and will earn a maximum of $6 per month. We're also increasing the maximum reward for Kasasa Tunes from $5 to $6 per month.


Standing Stone Bank's Kasasa banking products are free, reward-based accounts featuring nationwide ATM fee refunds, no minimum balance to earn the rewards, no monthly service fee, and free online banking. Each month that account holders meet the easy qualifications on Kasasa Cash or Kasasa Cash Back accounts, their rewards automatically transfer into their Kasasa Saver account, where they continue to grow by earning a high rate of interest.


For more information on Kasasa accounts, visit www.standingstonebank.com.

Kasasa is distributed to Standing Stone Bank from Kasasa, LTD, the leading provider of innovative products, dynamic marketing, and data-driven consulting solutions to community financial institutions nationwide to help them win the war against the megabanks.



Standing Stone Bank Supports Entertainment Stage to Replace Fairfield County Fairgrounds Grandstand Near Namesake

LANCASTER, Ohio (June 13, 2017) - Standing Stone Bank is proud to support a new entertainment stage where the Fairfield County Fairgrounds grandstand once stood. Standing Stone recently donated $6,000 to help fund the Standing Stone Entertainment Stage.


"We are honored to support the new entertainment stage at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds near Mt. Pleasant, once known as Standing Stone and the namesake of our bank," said Jeff Beard, President and CEO of Standing Stone Bank. "We hope this will bring new life to a part of the fairgrounds that seems barren after the tragic fire destroyed the grandstand we enjoyed for more than a century."


The new Standing Stone Entertainment stage will be built where the old grandstand stood before the fire that destroyed the 108-year-old structure on September 24, 2016. The outdoor stage will be utilized during the Fairfield County Fair, and has been proposed to host a children's program during the Lancaster Festival's Farm Days, among other things.



Standing Stone Bank Supports AHA! A hands-on Adventure Capital Campaign with First of Five $1,000 Annual Contributions

LANCASTER, Ohio (June 6, 2017) – Standing Stone Bank is proud to provide ongoing support for AHA! A Hands-on Adventure, A Children's Museum. Standing Stone recently donated $1,000 – the first of five annual contributions – to the AHA! Capital Campaign to fund a new, larger museum.


"We believe strongly in enriching the lives of our youth through education and unique experiences, so when AHA! started a capital campaign, we knew we wanted to do our part to support the development of a new space," said Jeff Beard, president and CEO of Standing Stone Bank. "AHA! is truly an engaging opportunity for the children of our community to learn. My children always have a wonderful time exploring the various exhibits when we visit as a family. This new, larger museum will allow AHA! to expand exhibits, and ultimately, the minds of our children."


With more than 20,000 visitors each year and more than 30 exhibits, the 4,500 square-foot facility that currently houses AHA! does not provide adequate space. AHA! purchased land on River Valley Circle and started a Capital Campaign to raise $950,000 to build a new museum.



Standing Stone Bank Supports Ohio University Lancaster Renovations, Donates $3,000

LANCASTER, Ohio (May 2, 2017) – Standing Stone Bank is proud to be a continued supporter of the Ohio University Lancaster Theatre renovation project. Standing Stone recently donated $3,000 for the third year of their five-year investment commitment.


"We are fortunate to have such a strong arts community here in Lancaster, and the Ohio University Lancaster Theatre program brings a strong performing arts element," said Jeff Beard, president and CEO of Standing Stone Bank. "We are proud to provide ongoing support for the theatre's renovation project to ensure the program excels long into the future."


The OUL Theatre program produces three major productions during the academic calendar and one community production during the summer, which is featured during the historic Lancaster Festival. OUL's Wagner Theatre, named in memory of Professor Jeffrey Wagner, was built in the 1960s and needed updates. Renovations included updating the lighting, sound system and expanding the size of the stage.



Standing Stone Bank Supports FairHoPe Hospice Community Grief Center, Donates $1,000

LANCASTER, Ohio (April 4, 2017) – Standing Stone Bank kicked off its five-year commitment to FairHoPe Hospice & Palliative Care with its first annual contribution of $1,000. These funds support FairHoPe in opening the Anita M. Turner Community Grief Center.


"We are proud to support FairHoPe Hospice & Palliative Care in bringing this invaluable resource to our community to help families grieve and heal," said Jeff Beard, president and CEO of Standing Stone Bank. "Members of the FairHoPe team bring hope and comfort to families during a time of grieving, so we are honored to play a small part in supporting an organization that supports so many."


FairHoPe Hospice developed the Anita M. Turner Center to provide greater access to free grief support in the community. The center, located on the grounds of The Pickering House, allows the FairHoPe team to provide support in a non-healthcare, family-oriented setting. The grief center also houses administrative offices and meeting space available for civic, non-profit and community organizations to utilize. A majority of the funds were donated by Anita M. Turner, a former hospice patient, who left $600,000 of her estate to FairHoPe after employees worked to grant her dying wish to return to her home. For the remaining $300,000 needed, FairHoPe sought funding from the community, government sources, philanthropy and community foundations.



Standing Stone Bank Supports Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities with $1,000 Contribution

LANCASTER, Ohio (March 14, 2017) – Standing Stone Bank is proud to support the Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Standing Stone recently donated $1,000 to the department to support the eighth annual Celebration of Possibilities event.


"We are fortunate to have such a tremendous resource in our community for our friends and neighbors who have disabilities," said Jeff Beard, president and CEO of Standing Stone Bank. "We are honored to support this wonderful organization as they celebrate those who include and support individuals with developmental disabilities."


The Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities established A Celebration of Possibilities in 2009 as the finale of their month-long celebration of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March. Held at the end of March each year, this event is designed to celebrate and recognize those individuals, businesses and organizations that promote the concept of community inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities.



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Standing Stone Supports AHA! A Hands-on Adventure Capital Campaign with Second of Five $1,000 Annual Contributions

LANCASTER, Ohio (February 14, 2018) - Standing Stone Bank is proud to provide ongoing support for AHA! A Hands-on Adventure, A Children's Museum. Standing Stone recently donated $1,000 - the second of five annual contributions - to the AHA! Capital Campaign to fund a new, larger museum, scheduled to open this spring.

"We are excited about this spring's opening of AHA!'s new building on River Valley Circle, and we're honored to support them in this new adventure," said Jeff Beard, president and CEO of Standing Stone Bank. "AHA! has been a favorite destination for my family for many years, and this new, larger museum will give AHA! the opportunity to expand exhibits and continue to enrich the lives of our children."

With more than 20,000 visitors each year and more than 30 exhibits, the 4,500 square-foot facility that currently houses AHA! does not provide adequate space. AHA! purchased land on River Valley Circle and started a Capital Campaign to raise $950,000 to build a new museum.


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Standing Stone Congratulates Julie Schmeltzer for Prestigious Bank Management School Graduation

LANCASTER, Ohio– Standing Stone Bank is proud of Business Development Director Julie Schmeltzer for graduating from the Ohio Bankers League Bank Management School. She is one of 28 students from across Ohio who completed the intensive one-week program in early October.

"We are incredibly proud of Julie for graduating from the Bank Management School," said Jeff Beard, president and CEO of Standing Stone Bank. "The training Julie received through this prestigious program will allow her to bring an even higher level of service to our customers."

During the weeklong school, Schmeltzer learned firsthand about how bank executives operate in terms of risk management, risk governance, bank investments, strategic planning, career planning and more. The school is on of the longest-standing educational traditions in the Ohio banking industry, with roots back to 1955.

"During the school, I had the opportunity to be exposed to a range of operating decisions," Schmeltzer said. "Because of that exposure, I have a better understanding of the complexities of managing banks in a dynamic economy and the need to maintain growth, profitability and safety of the bank."



Standing Stone Bank Announces Higher Earning Potential for Kasasa Account Holders

LANCASTER, Ohio (June 27, 2017) – Standing Stone Bank is excited to announce a higher earning potential for customers with select Kasasa accounts. Kasasa Saver account holders will enjoy a substantial increase in the interest-accruing balance limit from $15,000 to $50,000. This means that account holders who meet monthly qualifications can now earn 0.50% interest on their Kasasa Saver account for balances up to $50,000.

"Our Kasasa products are designed to work together to provide our customers with high earning potential for their accounts," said Jeff Beard, President and CEO of Standing Stone Bank. "Increasing the cap for balances that can accrue interest provides even more earning potential for our customers. This reinforces our continued focus on providing high quality products and personal service to our valued customers."

We are also implementing changes in our rewards for Kasasa CashBack and Kasasa Tunes accounts. Kasasa CashBack will now earn 2% cash back for debit card purchases up to $300 and will earn a maximum of $6 per month. We're also increasing the maximum reward for Kasasa Tunes from $5 to $6 per month.

Standing Stone Bank's Kasasa banking products are free, reward-based accounts featuring nationwide ATM fee refunds, no minimum balance to earn the rewards, no monthly service fee, and free online banking. Each month that account holders meet the easy qualifications on Kasasa Cash or Kasasa Cash Back accounts, their rewards automatically transfer into their Kasasa Saver account, where they continue to grow by earning a high rate of interest.

For more information on Kasasa accounts, visit www.standingstonebank.com.

Kasasa is distributed to Standing Stone Bank from Kasasa, LTD, the leading provider of innovative products, dynamic marketing, and data-driven consulting solutions to community financial institutions nationwide to help them win the war against the megabanks.



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Standing Stone Bank Supports AHA! A hands-on Adventure Capital Campaign with First of Five $1,000 Annual Contributions

LANCASTER, Ohio (June 6, 2017) – Standing Stone Bank is proud to provide ongoing support for AHA! A Hands-on Adventure, A Children's Museum. Standing Stone recently donated $1,000 – the first of five annual contributions – to the AHA! Capital Campaign to fund a new, larger museum.

"We believe strongly in enriching the lives of our youth through education and unique experiences, so when AHA! started a capital campaign, we knew we wanted to do our part to support the development of a new space," said Jeff Beard, president and CEO of Standing Stone Bank. "AHA! is truly an engaging opportunity for the children of our community to learn. My children always have a wonderful time exploring the various exhibits when we visit as a family. This new, larger museum will allow AHA! to expand exhibits, and ultimately, the minds of our children."

With more than 20,000 visitors each year and more than 30 exhibits, the 4,500 square-foot facility that currently houses AHA! does not provide adequate space. AHA! purchased land on River Valley Circle and started a Capital Campaign to raise $950,000 to build a new museum.



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Standing Stone Bank Supports Ohio University Lancaster Renovations, Donates $3,000

LANCASTER, Ohio (May 2, 2017) – Standing Stone Bank is proud to be a continued supporter of the Ohio University Lancaster Theatre renovation project. Standing Stone recently donated $3,000 for the third year of their five-year investment commitment.

"We are fortunate to have such a strong arts community here in Lancaster, and the Ohio University Lancaster Theatre program brings a strong performing arts element," said Jeff Beard, president and CEO of Standing Stone Bank. "We are proud to provide ongoing support for the theatre's renovation project to ensure the program excels long into the future."

The OUL Theatre program produces three major productions during the academic calendar and one community production during the summer, which is featured during the historic Lancaster Festival. OUL's Wagner Theatre, named in memory of Professor Jeffrey Wagner, was built in the 1960s and needed updates. Renovations included updating the lighting, sound system and expanding the size of the stage.


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Standing Stone Bank Supports FairHoPe Hospice Community Grief Center, Donates $1,000

LANCASTER, Ohio (April 4, 2017) – Standing Stone Bank kicked off its five-year commitment to FairHoPe Hospice & Palliative Care with its first annual contribution of $1,000. These funds support FairHoPe in opening the Anita M. Turner Community Grief Center.

"We are proud to support FairHoPe Hospice & Palliative Care in bringing this invaluable resource to our community to help families grieve and heal," said Jeff Beard, president and CEO of Standing Stone Bank. "Members of the FairHoPe team bring hope and comfort to families during a time of grieving, so we are honored to play a small part in supporting an organization that supports so many."

FairHoPe Hospice developed the Anita M. Turner Center to provide greater access to free grief support in the community. The center, located on the grounds of The Pickering House, allows the FairHoPe team to provide support in a non-healthcare, family-oriented setting. The grief center also houses administrative offices and meeting space available for civic, non-profit and community organizations to utilize. A majority of the funds were donated by Anita M. Turner, a former hospice patient, who left $600,000 of her estate to FairHoPe after employees worked to grant her dying wish to return to her home. For the remaining $300,000 needed, FairHoPe sought funding from the community, government sources, philanthropy and community foundations.


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Standing Stone Bank Supports Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities with $1,000 Contribution

LANCASTER, Ohio (March 14, 2017) – Standing Stone Bank is proud to support the Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Standing Stone recently donated $1,000 to the department to support the eighth annual Celebration of Possibilities event.

"We are fortunate to have such a tremendous resource in our community for our friends and neighbors who have disabilities," said Jeff Beard, president and CEO of Standing Stone Bank. "We are honored to support this wonderful organization as they celebrate those who include and support individuals with developmental disabilities."

The Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities established A Celebration of Possibilities in 2009 as the finale of their month-long celebration of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March. Held at the end of March each year, this event is designed to celebrate and recognize those individuals, businesses and organizations that promote the concept of community inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities.