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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:

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.

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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 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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2016 Silver Cup Winner

Standing Stone Bank was proud to receive the Silver Cup presented by United Way of Fairfield County for the fifth year in a row! The Silver Cup is given to the highest percentage of 'Fair share' donors with 10-49 employees.

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"ELECT Excellence"

Standing Stone Bank would like to congratulate our "Elect Excellence" award recipients for 2016 presented by President and CEO Jeffrey Beard.

Debbie Cooper, Ethics Award; Ria Griggs, Learn Award; Debra Dunn, Efficient Award; Shannon Dale, Compete; Lisa Strohl, Team Award.


Happy 2nd Anniversary to our Ety Road Office!

Our Ety Road office located at 1355 Ety Road in Lancaster, celebrated its 2nd anniversary on November 19th! Thank you to our Ety Road Staff for being "There when it counts."


Standing Stone Bank Welcomes Matt Claypool to Board of Directors

LANCASTER, Ohio – Standing Stone Bank recently appointed Matt Claypool, an active business leader in Fairfield County, to the Board of Directors of both Standing Stone Bank and its parent company, SSNB, Inc.

"Mr. Claypool has demonstrated his commitment to ensuring the strength and growth of our community through his involvement in numerous initiatives that have improved education and economic development," said Dane Swinehart, Chairman of Standing Stone Bank. "Coupling this experience with his business acumen, and we are delighted to welcome his expertise and enthusiasm to our board."

Matt Claypool is the Vice President of Operations at Claypool Electric and represents the third generation of family ownership in the company. He worked in the marketing and advertising industry in Chicago, where he lived for six years before returning to the family business in 2010. Matt earned his bachelor's degree in history and political science from The Ohio State University.

In addition to his business experience, Matt has served as a volunteer with several organizations, including the United Way of Fairfield County, the Fairfield County Heritage Association and school operations and capital campaign committees. Matt is a member of the Ohio Construction Academy school board. The academy is a charter technical school for at-risk youth in Columbus. He is also on the advisory committees of multiple electrical career tech programs in the greater central Ohio area.

Matt lives in Berne Township with his wife, Sarah, and their daughter, Olivia.

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Standing Stone Bank participated in United Way's Fairfield County Community Care Day for another year!

Standing Stone employees are committed to helping others, and we are grateful that the United Way welcomes our volunteers.

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Standing Stone Bank Welcomes Cathy Bitler to Board of Director

LANCASTER, Ohio – Standing Stone Bank recently appointed Cathy Bitler, an active leader in the Lancaster community, to the Board of Directors of both Standing Stone Bank and its parent company, SSNB, Inc.

"Ms. Bitler demonstrates an outstanding commitment to her community, year after year," said Dane Swinehart, Chairman of Standing Stone Bank. "We are so pleased to welcome her experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to our board."

Cathy Bitler is Vice President of Member Service and Community Relations at South Central Power Company, Ohio's largest electric cooperative and provides adjunct instruction to the Business Management Technology program at Ohio University Lancaster. She received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts degree in Communication from Ohio University and is a graduate of the Management Internship Program at the University of Wisconsin.

Bitler's community involvement precedes her. She currently serves as chair of the 33 Development Alliance and is a member of the Fairfield County Foundation Board of Trustees. In the past, she served as president of Lancaster City Council, president of Lancaster Rotary and chair of the Coordinating Council of Ohio University Lancaster.

"Ms. Bitler has a distinguished reputation for her leadership in the community," said Swinehart. "She'll certainly contribute well-earned insight to what we do."

Commendable recognition for the board appointee includes Lancaster Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce's Athena Award, Ohio University Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award and Ohio University Lancaster's Alumni Leadership Award. Bitler was named Lancaster Junior Women's Club Woman of the Year twice.

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2016 Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year Award

Standing Stone Bank congratulates Jeff Beard, President and CEO, on receiving the Lancaster-Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year Award.


Large Business of the Year Award

Standing Stone would like to thank the Lancaster-Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce for honoring us with the Large Business of the Year Award at the annual dinner on Saturday, January 24th! We are so fortunate to have the support of such an outstanding community!

Standing Stone Bank Launches Partnership with Kasasa

Standing Stone Bank recently announced that it has partnered with Kasasa, a national brand of free checking and savings accounts. The partnership launched on May 12, Standing Stone's 25th Anniversary.

"As a certified Kasasa provider, we are now able to provide new and exciting products for our personal banking customers," said Jeff Beard, CEO and President of Standing Stone Bank. "This partnership will allow us to provide the personal service that our customers expect, combined with products that make the most sense-and cents-for our community."

Standing Stone Bank offers several Kasasa banking products that 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.