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Members of Cattle Bank & Trust handed out snacks and water at Seward Middle School’s annual Wellness Day. The event was held at Seward’s Plum Creek Park and involved approximately 450 middle school students. This event is just one of the many ways that Cattle Bank & Trust seeks to support our local schools and the wellness of our community.
Seward Middle School started off the 2019-2020 school year by again offering an outdoor education experience to all 6th graders at Camp Carol Joy Holling by Ashland, NE. The highlight of the camp is always the Thursday night program when parents and other family members are invited out to attend a hoop dancing program featuring Dallas Chief Eagle. Cattle Bank employees served popcorn and water after the program, as the bank has been a longtime supporter of Outdoor Ed. Congratulations to everyone involved for another successful year!
On August 16th, 2019, a Ribbon Cutting took place at the new Nebraska Air National Guard Museum amphitheater. This event celebrated the generous donation that the Cattle Bank and the Cattle family gave towards the wraps at the amphitheater and the memorial flag pole in honor of Major John W. Cattle Sr. Cattle Bank and Trust is proud of the love that our owners, employees, and customers have for our country and our community.
As part of Cattle Bank & Trust’s continued support of education, we presented our annual check to Condordia University for their student scholarship program. The funds for this donation were the result of our customers that use a Concordia Bulldog debit card. If you are interested in helping the Bank support local educational institutions, stop by one of our locations and speak with a customer service representative!
Cattle Bank & Trust held a summer collection drive at its branches to gather hygiene items for Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach in Lincoln. Matt Talbot’s mission is Relieving Hunger, Defeating Homelessness, Addressing Addiction, and Providing Outreach. The Matt Talbot kitchen provides more than 100,000 meals annually to Lincoln’s working poor & homeless.
On Saturday, March 23rd, a group from Cattle Bank and Trust volunteered to teach students from across the state about why “Money Matters”. The day was part of a series of annual events put on by the Nebraska Department of Education’s Regional Programs for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. In order to be eligible for the event, students had to be in grades 7 through 12 and have a verified hearing loss. Through activities, discussions, and presentations, the Bank taught students about the following topics: The importance of using a budget; How to set up their own budget to work towards their savings goals; The difference between checking and savings accounts; What sort of apps and online tools are available for them to manage their money; How to protect themselves and their accounts from fraud; How to build a credit score; and what sort of careers are available in the Banking industry. Educational events such as this are some of the many ways that the Bank actively works to increase the financial literacy of those in our communities and across the state of Nebraska!
The 19th annual Cattle Classic tipped off on Friday Nov. 2nd inside Walz Arena. The basketball classic featured a total of four men’s games and four women’s games over the course of the two-day extravaganza. The event, co-sponsored by Concordia and Cattle Bank & Trust, raises money and food for the Blue Valley Community Action’s Food Pantry. Pac N Save of Seward also matched all canned food donations. Total this year 8,097 canned food items and $2,352 cash were donated. That makes the running total since this event first started 82,708 canned food items and $26,171 cash donated towards this great cause.
Pictured with some of the 8,097 cans of food collected are, from left:(first row) Ryne Seaman of Cattle Bank, Deb Aegerter of Blue Valley, Becky Vahle of Cattle Bank and Jennifer Schwarck of Pac’N’Save; (second row) Greg Majerus of Cattle Bank, Nancy Hans of Cattle Bank, Briianne Imig of Concordia, Drew Olsen, CU Women’s basketball coach, and Tae’lor Purdy-Korell, CU Women’s assitant; and (third row) Brett Muller and Devin Smith, CU athletic office, Lance Korell, CU Men’s basketball, Ben Limback, CU Men’s basketball coach, and Bryce Berg and Brendon Boomsma, CU Men’s basketball.
As in years past Cattle Bank & Trust quickly sold out of tickets for the Christmas at Concordia concert series. People were lined up around the corner for a chance to get tickets to this highly sought after event. Find out more about the event by clicking here.
On August 8th, 2018 Cattle Bank & Trust President and CEO Ryne Seaman presented a check to Concordia University President Brian Friedrich for a total of $688.10. The funds were generated from customer purchases made with Cattle Bank’s Concordia University and Bulldog designer debit cards and will be used to support student scholarships.
branch will be accepting deposits from students once a week. Student tellers were interviewed, selected, and trained by teachers at Arnold Elementary and Cattle National Bank staff.
At the official ribbon cutting Ryne Seaman, President of Cattle National Bank stated, “we hope that everyone in attendance today is as excited as we are about this new branch and the learning opportunities that it will provide to the students at Arnold Elementary.” To help the students get started Cattle National Bank will match their first deposit up to $5.00. Incentives will also be provided as the students reach various savings goals. The intention of this program is to provide the students with opportunities to not only learn about savings and how financial institutions operate, but to also become savers themselves.
University of Nebraska Board of Regent Tim Clare, who was in attendance for the ribbon cutting, gave the students an example of how they might save their money for a bicycle some day and applauded the efforts of representatives of the School, Bank and University to make this happen.
It was another successful year for the Annual Boy Scouts Shooting Clays Invitational put on by the Cornhusker Council Boy Scouts of America at the Oak Creek Sporting Club. This year’s event welcomed Trap shooting as part of the afternoon experience. There was a great turnout for the Sporting Clays Tournament and the winning team finished with a total score of 264 points. The Trap Tournament was also a success with many Boy Scouts participating and getting the opportunity to earn a merit badge.
Proceeds from the events support the scouting programs in Southeast Nebraska. In honor of Duane Daake, long time Cornhusker Council volunteer, passionate scouter, and former chairperson of this event a portion of the proceeds from the event went towards a college scholarship named for Duane.
General John Pershing and the family of World War I hero Sergeant Alvin York visited Nebraska for the Chautauqua in June. They were sponsored by Cattle National Bank and Trust Company, Van and Becky Vahle, and Zabka Funeral Home – Greg and Dixie Zabka, Brad and Jill Perdue.
They arrived in Seward on Tuesday, June 13th and stayed at the Nebraska National Guard Museum. That evening the Rivoli Theater showed Sgt York starring Gary Cooper at 7pm with meet and greet following (free movie courtesy of the NENG Museum Society). The entourage was available for a meet and greet at the kick off for the Chautauqua on Wednesday, June 14th at the City Band-Shell starting at 5pm. A meal was provided by Seward Noon Kiwanis ($).
General Pershing is the actor Dave Shuey. He is nationally renowned re-enactor of the general and has been featured at many events in celebration of World War I. He lives in Newville, Pennsylvania.
The Sgt York family is traveling the country and promoting the legacy of America’s most decorated WWI hero. Sergeant Alvin York was memorialized in the 1941 Gary Cooper movie of the same name. The Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation is based in Pall Mall, Tennessee and Chatel Chehery, France. It is a foundation based on service to others.
The Museum would like to thank the Cattle National Bank, Van and Becky Vahle and the Zabka Funeral Home – Greg and Dixie Zabka, Brad and Jill Perdue for their generous sponsorship of General Pershing and the York Family. The Museum would also like to thank Julie and Chuck Wisehart at the Rivoli for showing the movie and entertaining that evening.
During the week of April 24th, staff from Cattle National Bank & Trust Co. visited area schools to talk to kids about the value of saving money. This was part of a national effort by banks across the county who each year, visit schools to teach the value of saving money.
Fifth graders were the primary audience, but we also presented to 4th grade. We talked about the history of money, understanding what compulsive buying is and how it can rob you of the money in your pocket. We talked about how money saved over time can grow exponentially and we showed examples of how your money can be saved. We ended each class with a cool video of a silver mint in operating making silver coins.
In all we reached more than 200 students while visiting Seward Middle School and Arnold Elementary in Lincoln.
Moo-lah made a recent visit to Arnold Elementary in Lincoln for their Family Math and Science Night. He had activities for families to complete together that taught lessons about identifying currency as well as saving money. Those that completed the lesson were also awarded a prize. Moo-Lah and The Cattle National Bank employees present had a great time and look forward to visiting Arnold Elementary again in the future!
Photo by Amanda Woita/SCI
Photo caption: On Dec. 22, Cattle National Bank and Trust Co. distributed money from the fire fund that was set up to help residents affected by a Dec. 8 fire that destroyed apartments above Seward’s Attic. The bank also donated $2,500 to the Seward Volunteer Fire Department for its work containing the fire. Pictured are, from left: (front row) Sherry Anderson, resident; Josh Glover, resident; Rhasta Bialas, resident; Shannon Bialas, resident; Lisa Kimsey, Seward VFD; Alex Volnek, Seward VFD; Kelby Nitz, Seward VFD; and Brian VanDerslice, Seward VFD; and (back row) Ryne Seaman, Cattle Bank president and CEO; Becky Vahle, Cattle Bank vice president; James Clemons, resident; John Singleton, Seward VFD; Christopher Williams, friend of Shannon Bialas; Landon Dirks, Seward VFD; Cody Pollak, Seward VFD; Travis Pollak, Seward VFD; Mark Suhr, Seward VFD; Dan Lieb, Seward VFD; Mike VanDerslice, Seward VFD; Kent Auman, Seward VFD; and Jay Cattle, Cattle Bank chairman of the board.
by Amanda Woita
Cattle National Bank and Trust Co. recently presented checks to the residents affected by the Dec. 8 downtown fire and the Seward Volunteer Fire Department.
On Dec. 22, Cattle Bank President and CEO Ryne Seaman said roughly $9,000 has been donated to the fire fund set up by the bank. That day’s check presentation was the second time money had been distributed to the people who lived in the apartments above the antique store, Seward’s Attic.
“The community has been extremely generous,” Seaman said.
The Dec. 8 fire began at around 1 a.m. that day and destroyed the building on the east side of the Courthouse Square. Firefighters worked for more than 12 hours to contain the fire.
In addition to distributing those funds to the residents, Seaman said Cattle Bank itself donated $2,500 to the Seward Volunteer Fire Department as a token of their thanks, as the firefighters kept the fire from spreading to the bank.
“Thank you for all that you do,” Seaman told the firefighters.
Seaman said there will be a third distribution of funds to the residents at a later time.
Christmas at Concordia, sponsored by The Cattle National Bank and Trust Co., is an annual tradition in Seward.
The three day weekend, which was ranked 30th on Best College Review’s 2015 list of The 45 Best College Holiday Events in America, is highlighted by four worship concerts, the Scholarship Parade of Homes and the Christmas Open House.
In announcing their sponsorship, Ryne Seaman, President & CEO of Cattle National Bank, explained ‘Christmas at Concordia is a highlight of the Christmas season for so many in Seward and the Concordia community and we are excited to be the sponsor for this celebration.’
“Throughout Concordia University’s history, Cattle National Bank and the Cattle family have been tremendous supporters of our educational ministry,” said Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich, President & CEO of Concordia University, Nebraska. “We are honored that the bank has chosen to sponsor Christmas at Concordia weekend, which is a cherished event for so many as they prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. What a delight it is to have this new chapter in our partnership.”
Nearly 3,200 attendees traveled from across America to attend the concerts on Friday, Dec. 2, Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, which featured the University A Cappella Choir, Symphonic Band, Male Chorus, Handbell Choir, Women’s Chorale and University Brass Ensemble.
The schedule on Sunday expanded beyond that day’s concert to include the Scholarship Parade of Homes, which raises monies for Seward County residents to pursue their higher education in Seward County, and the Christmas Open House, an opportunity for Concordia to welcome its fellow Seward County residents to campus, and the lighting of the university’s Christmas tree.
“The interest in Christmas at Concordia, particularly the concerts, grows every year and we continue to explore how to satisfy the strong demand for tickets,” said Kurth Brashear, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “With Cattle National Bank’s support, we are pleased to announce that tickets to the four concerts will again be free to the general public in 2016.”