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Hearts and Hands and The New York Fathers' Rights Movement

We recently asked our employees to nominate a charitable organization they felt passionate about, with the entire staff to vote and select two recipients for donations by Alden State Bank. We are pleased to make $2,500 contributions to Hearts and Hands and The New York Fathers' Rights Movement.  Hearts and Hands is the premier volunteer organization serving our frail or vulnerable neighbors in rural and suburban Western New York communities.  The Fathers' Rights Movement is a movement whose members, both men & women, are primarily interested in issues related to family law, including child custody and child support that affect fathers and their children.   We recognize and thank these two organizations for the good work they do for society.


Alden State Bank Helps WNY Feeds the Frontline

Alden State Bank is pleased to contribute to WNY Feeds The Frontline to provide meals to health and medical workers in Western New York.  The program was established during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to help area businesses donate meals from local restaurants directly to heroic frontline health and medical workers. Donations also help support restaurants and their staff during this difficult time.

Said Alden State Bank President & CEO, Steven Woodard, “As a Western New York community bank, we believe that it is important to lend support to the men and women who are selflessly putting themselves at risk to save lives during this pandemic. At the same time, it is vitally important to also support local restaurants and small business during this economically stressful time.  During this difficult time we are excited to be a part of such vital community minded programs like WNY Feeds the Frontline.”

For more information on the WNY Feeds the Frontline program and how you can also contribute, see their web site at www.wnyfeedsthefrontline.org.


Steven Woodard Elected to the 2021 ICBA Federal Delegate Board

The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) announced that Steven J. Woodard, President & CEO of Alden State Bank, was elected to the ICBA Federal Delegate Board. ICBA is the nation’s voice for community banks.

“I am honored to be elected to represent our industry and help share the positive story of community banking with policymakers ,” Woodard said. “Community banks are trusted, relationship-based lenders that deliver personalized service and invaluable financial expertise to local consumers and entrepreneurs. We drive positive economic prosperity both nationally and at home.”

In addition to helping shape and advocate ICBA’s national policy positions and programs, Woodard’s duties include being a liaison between independent community bankers in New York State and ICBA staff and leadership in Washington, D.C. He will also work to recruit new members to ICBA.

ICBA is the only organization dedicated exclusively to promoting the interests of locally operated community banks and savings institutions. “Steve is a dedicated community banker who is highly respected in his community and by his industry peers,” said ICBA Chairman Noah W. Wilcox, president and CEO, Grand Rapids State Bank


Alden State Bank Assists Alden High School in Honoring Veterans

For the past several years, Alden High School has held an annual ceremony to honor veterans and connect students with their stories of service and sacrifice. For veterans, students and community members, the event has been a moving and memorable occasion that some veterans have called the highlight of their years.

This year, it’s not possible to hold the ceremony inside the Alden High School Auditorium. But, with the help of Alden State Bank, the school was pleased to celebrate Veteran’s Day and honor dozens of local veterans with a special “drive-thru” ceremony held in the front circle of the school on Tuesday, November 10 and Thursday, November 12.

Veterans who have been nominated by students and staff were scheduled to drive-up to the high school, where they were presented with a lawn sign in appreciation for their service to our country. The nominating student or staff member was on hand to present the sign, with socially distanced students looking on and applauding. The front of the high school was adorned in red, white, and blue.

We thank Principal Ryan and the Alden Central School District for giving us the opportunity to support this salute to veterans.  We thank the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces.


Alden State Bank Appoints Susan C. Steffan to Board of Directors

The Alden State Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan C. Steffan to the Board of Directors. Susan is a graduate of Alden High School and the State University of New York at Buffalo where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration. Her corporate career included a variety of finance, marketing, operations and managerial positions with General Motors and Hearst Publishing. While at General Motors, Susan began teaching at Medaille College as an Adjunct Professor. She eventually left Hearst for teaching full-time and currently Chairs the Medaille Department of Business, Management and Leadership. In May of 2019, Susan was awarded the Brian Shero Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership. Susan’s work experience and leadership will be a valuable addition to the Alden State Bank Board of Directors.

 

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