641.628.2191  |   800 Main St. Pella, IA

Refinance with a No Closing Cost Loan

Simplify the Refi

Considering a refinance but hesitate because of the closing costs involved?  Consider Marion County Bank's No Closing Cost Mortgage Refinance!  Our mortgage specialists can help you find potential ways to:

  • Lower your monthly mortgage payment
  • Shorten the term of your loan
  • Switch to a fixed-rate mortgage
  • Consolidate other debt
  • Get cash out of your home

Refinancing that's right for you:

Our no closing cost refinance loan is the popular choice for refinancing without paying closing costs.  Contact Diane Roose or Ryan Vos about a no closing cost refinance today!

Email Us ButtonClick here to email Diane and Ryan to begin a conversation about a no closing cost refinance.

Apply NowComplete our online loan application to get your refinance started.

Refi Rate WatchFill out this form to be added to our refinance rate watch list. When rates hit your target, we'll contact you!

 

Diane Roose & Ryan Vos
Mortgage Loan Officers at Marion County Bank
NMLS #508137 and #1004107

 

Join us for Ag in the City in Pella!

Ag in the City FB 2016

Join us for Ag in the City on Thursday evening, July 28 in downtown Pella! Look for us under our tent from 6-8pm!

Thanks to Mary and all those on the Ag in the City planning committee for the work they put into this event! We appreciate it!

4H/FFA Appreciation Dinner at the Fair!

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Make plans to visit the Marion County Fair on Wednesday, July 20 in Knoxville for a delicious meal sponsored by the Marion County Bankers Association. Each summer, all nine banks in Marion County collaborate together to sponsor a meal in appreciation for the 4H and FFA members. 4H and FFA members and leaders eat for free! Congrats and a job well done to all the 4H and FFA members!

Closed for the 4th of July

Marion County Bank's offices will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.  We will reopen on Tuesday, July 5 with regular business hours.

Closed 4th of July

Congrats to Sandy Stoner and Teresa Ulferts!

10 YOS Congrats

Today we are celebrationg 10 years of service for Sandy Stoner (right) and Teresa Ulferts (left).  Sandy works at both our windmill bank drive up and our main bank as a teller.  Teresa is the face behind the marketing and public relations.  Thank you both and congratulations on your 10 year milestones at Marion County Bank!

Welcome Allison Van Wyngarden to MCB!

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Please help us welcome Allison Van Wyngarden to the MCB team!

Allison joins our Customer Service department in assisting customers with solutions to make banking convenient and successful. Prior to joining MCB, Allison worked in the college environment as an academic advisor and financial aid specialist. She has a passion for helping others and we are delighted that she has chosen to join our team!

Allison and her husband, Will, live in Pella. They have three young children, Kaden, Kirby and Kynlee. Allison can often be found in the stands cheering for her kids in soccer, basketball and dance.

Welcome, Allison!

Closed Memorial Day

memorial day remember

Marion County Bank will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016.  We will open for regular business hours on Tuesday, May 31.

Conveniently bank after hours:

  • TeleBank: 641-628-2192
  • Five ATM locations in Pella or get cash back at the store
  • Online or App Banking
         www.marioncountybank.com
         Search for "Marion County Bank" in your app store.

Lincoln 2nd graders tour MCB

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Second graders from Lincoln school toured Marion County Bank this morning.  Tour highlights included holding $25,000, checking for counterfeit bills and asking President Steve questions about his job.  Thanks for visiting!

2016 scholarship winners announced

2016 Scholarships

2016 PC scholarships

Since 1977, Marion County Bank has presented scholarships to local graduating seniors.  We continued that tradition again this year by presenting $500 scholarships to ten seniors from Pella Christian High School and Pella High School.  Congratulations to:

  • Jacob Baier
  • Maria Bandstra
  • Kaitlin Bennett
  • Makenna Bogaard
  • Anna Burg
  • Andrea Horstman
  • Tristan Lutgen
  • Candace Mitchel
  • Ryan Starkey
  • Jeremy Van Beek

Congratulations to all area seniors and best wishes in your future endeavors!

Over $125,000 donated through The Report Card!

A total of 3215 Marion County Bank debit cards have earned a $125,111.51 donation to local schools through the life of the Report Card program.  The Report Card empowers debit card customers to support one of 13 local schools.  With every debit card purchase, Marion County Bank makes a donation to the school of your choice.  The more you swipe, the more your school earns!  Enrollment in Marion County Bank’s Report Card is free and there’s no limit to the money a school can earn!  Read more details and sign up here.

 

Pella Report Card Donation 2016 web

Pella Community Schools recieved a $12,049.92 donation from Marion County Bank bringing the eight year total to $70,612.30.  A total of 1829  debit cards are signed up to support Pella Community Schools. Marion County Bank's Steve Kraayenbrink, Sam Vande Weerd and Ron Zantingh presented Pella Community School's check to Superintendent Greg Ebeling and Business Manager Mary Bogaard.

PCGS Report Card Donation 2016 web

435 Marion County Bank debit cards are in support of Pella Christian Grade School. This year's donation to PCGS was $2,872.72 taking the total to $16,679.15. Marion County Bank's Steve Kraayenbrink, Sam Vande Weerd and Ron Zantingh presented Pella Christian Grade School's Principal David Te Grootenhuis with the big check.

PCHS Report Card Donation 2016 web

This year's donation to Pella Christian High School was $4,079.13 taking the total donation to $26,057.96!  619 Marion County Bank debit cards are signed up to support Pella Christian High School.  Marion County Bank's Steve Kraayenbrink, Sam Vande Weerd and Ron Zantingh presented the check to Pella Christian High's Principal-elect Dan Van Kooten.

 

Tulip Time in Pella!

 

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We are proud to reflect our Dutch heritage and community support by sporting our Dutch costumes at work.

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MCB is a gold sponsor of the Klompen Classic. In addition to the sponsorship, many employees and their families run in the event.

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Marion County Bank employees are pleased to support Pella's Tulip Time festival by volunteering and participating in the many organizations and activities during the festival.

Proud to support Pella Sports Park!

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MCB's Rob Judkins threw out first pitch on the Marion County Bank ball field at the new Pella Sports Park during the opening ceremonies on Tuesday, May 3. This 14 year dream came to fruition tonight and Marion County Bank is proud to support the project. We look forward to seeing thousands of children play, laugh and learn throughout the coming years on the Marion County Bank ballfield!

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MCB treats Royalty to special day, including scholarships!

Marion County Bank is proud to reflect our strong Dutch heritage and community support by sponsoring the Tulip Queen and court. Since 2001, Marion County Bank has provided a scholarship to help alleviate the costs involved with being on the court. In addition, Marion County Bank covers the expenses of their trip to KCCI and KCWI in Des Moines, provides lunch for the court and their mothers at the Embassy Club and sponsors the tulip queen and court’s horse-drawn carriages during the parades. Here's what a day with Royalty looks like!

How much will college cost?

Estimate your total college cost for a four-year undergraduate degree and find ways to reduce your potential student debt at our upcoming College Financial Aid Award Letter Night.

Marion County Bank is hosting this event to help you understand how your freshman college financial aid package can help you financially prepare for a four-year degree. A representative will use a new tool provided by Iowa Student Loan to calculate your estimated total college costs so you can make an educated decision about college financing.

Bring your award letters and any questions you have to:

Marion County Bank, 800 Main St., Pella
Monday, April 4
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome, or call (844) 268-2203 for an appointment.

 

Best wishes to Peggy Moriarity!

Facebook Employee Best Wishes

Today is Peggy Moriarity's last day at Marion County Bank. She is retiring following seven years of service in our teller department. 

Thank you, Peggy, for your outstanding customer service and willingness to help out whenever we call. We will miss your laughter and wish you the best in retirement!

We're Pella Proud!

Go Teams

Congratulations to our area teams - Pella Lady Dutch, Pella Dutch, Pella Christian Eagles and Central Dutch - on making to post season tournaments! 

MCB welcomes Heerema and Kniff-McCulla to Board of Directors.

Welcome Heerema and Kniff

 

Steve Kraayenbrink, President and CEO of Marion County Bank, announces the addition of Tim Heerema  and Barb Kniff-McCulla to the Marion County Bank Board of Directors.

Tim Heerema is co-CEO of Heritage Lace.  Barb Kniff-McCulla is CEO of KLK Construction.

“Tim and Barb will be great additions to our Board of Directors,” says Kraayenbrink, “they bring a fresh banking perspective and knowledge that will be an asset to the work of the Board.”

The end of 2015 marked the retirement of Bruce Heerema from the Marion County Bank board of directors.

“We extend our sincere thanks to Bruce for his years of service on the board.  His contributions will be missed,” added Kraayenbrink.  

Tim Heerema and Barb Kniff-McCulla join current board members Bryce Dahm, Dan De Cook, Ralph De Haan, Steve Kraayenbrink, Judd Vande Voort, Jeff Van Maanen, Pete Verhey and Ron Zantingh.

Brent Gaulke promoted!

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Steve Kraayenbrink, President and CEO of Marion County Bank, recently announced the promotion of Brent Gaulke.

Gaulke has been promoted to Vice President, IT & Operations Officer. He joined the bank in 2009. Gaulke is a graduate of Central College and Iowa Bankers Association's Iowa School of Banking in 2013.

Congratulations, Brent!

Rates are low! Should you refinance?

Refinance FB Ad
 
Considering a refinance?  Make an informed decision with Marion County Bank.  Our mortgage specialists can help you find potential ways to:
  • Lower your monthly mortgage payment
  • Shorten the term of your loan
  • Switch to a fixed-rate mortgage
  • Consolidate other debt
  • Get cash out of your home
We have the knowledge and experience to walk through the process and help you find the refinance option that can help you reach your goals.
 
Should you refinance your mortgage?  Call Diane Roose or Ryan Vos at 641-628-2191 or complete our 12 question refinance rate check to see if refinancing makes sense.

Welcome Kathy Turner to the MCB team!

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Please help us welcome our newest employee, Kathy Turner!

Kathy will be working at our main bank office in both the teller department and operations department.  She has been in the banking industry for over 12 years.  Her joy for serving others is contagious and evident in all she does.

Kathy and her husband, Steve, have three children Zachary, Landon and Payton. 

Welcome to the MCB team, Kathy!

Come work with us! We're looking to hire a part time teller.

Job Opportunity webMarion County Bank believes that the key to success is great people. We strive for the highest of customer service and it's noticed! Marion County Bank received the awards Best Bank in the Red Rock Area, Best Place to Work in the Red Rock Area (under 50 employees) and Best Business Supporter of Community Projects in the Red Rock Area (under 50 employees) in 2015. We are currently looking to hire another individual to be part of our winning team:

Part Time Teller position at Marion County Bank  

  • Position requires excellent customer service skills, organizational skills and attention to detail.  
  • Previous banking experience is preferred but not required. 
  • Position would include Saturday hours every other week.
  • Position offers competitive pay and bonus program.

Qualified candidates can send or email a cover letter and resume to:

Lisa Walters
Marion County Bank
800 Main St
Pella, IA 50219
lwalters@marioncountybank.com

(No phone calls please)

Valentine's Giveaways 2016

We Love Our Customers Feb 2016

 

Marion County Bank is sharing the love this valentine’s week by giving away prizes from local businesses that we love!

Join us Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, February 10, 11 and 12 on our social media sites to play.

Marion County Bank's Valentine’s Giveaways 2016 - Official Contest Rules

48 Count Box of Assorted Van Veen Chocolates:

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.  Winner will be announced by noon on February 11.  Must be 18 years or older to enter.  One entry per person.  Chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries received.  Need not be a bank customer to win.  Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Monday, February  29, 2016.  Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.  Employees and spouses of Marion County Bank are not eligible to win but may participate.

1 Dozen Roses from Thistles:

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on Thursday, February 11, 2016.  Winner will be announced by noon on February 12.  Must be 18 years or older to enter.  One entry per person.  Chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries received.  Need not be a bank customer to win.  Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Monday, February  29, 2016.  Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.  Employees and spouses of Marion County Bank are not eligible to win but may participate.

1 night stay at Cheesemaker’s Inn:

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on Friday, February 12, 2016.  Winner will be announced by noon on February 13.  Must be 18 years or older to enter.  One entry per person.  Chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries received.  Need not be a bank customer to win.  Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Monday, February  29, 2016.  Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.  Employees and spouses of Marion County Bank are not eligible to win but may participate.

Students raise a $4,025 donation from MCB for schools!

Shoot Out Donation Jan 29 2016

Marion County Bank’s halftime entertainment at the Pella vs. Pella Christian basketball game on Friday, January 29 resulted in a $4,025 shootout donation!

Students from both schools worked together in the event by shooting layups, free throws, three pointers and half court shots to earn a donation for the schools from Marion County Bank.  

A shootout donation of $4,025 was raised and will be split evenly between the schools.  Marion County Bank thanks Taylor Bolt, Sam Brouwer, Lizzy Jansen, Kiki Pingle, Mark Steimling, Carter Terpstra, Abbie Vander Molen and Isaac Vermeer for participating in the halftime event. Special shout out to Carter Terpstra for the impressive half court basket!

During the last 10 years over $86,000 has been given to Pella Community High and Pella Christian High from Marion County Bank during the halftime events.

Protect your data with these tips:

Today is National Data Privacy Day.  Play an active role in protecting your data with these tips from Marion County Bank's Assistant Vice President and Operations Manager, Brent Gaulke.

In recognition of National Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, Marion County Bank is urging customers to take an active role in protecting their data.

“Marion County Bank’s first priority is to protect our customers’ money and information,” said operations manager Brent Gaulke, “We use a combination of safeguards to protect our customers’ information, and we encourage our customers to partner with us in that effort.”


To help ensure the safety of personal information, Marion County Bank suggests following these four tips:

  • Create c0mplic@t3d passwords. Avoid birthdays, pet names and simple passwords like 12345. It is also important to change passwords at least three times a year. Because friendly theft – theft by someone the victim knows – is the most common type of identity theft or fraud, don’t share your passwords with family members and be mindful of who has access to your personal information.
  • Keep tabs on your accounts. Check account activity and online statements often, instead of waiting for the monthly statement. You are the first line of defense because you know right away if a transaction is fraudulent. If you notice unusual or unauthorized activity, notify your bank right away. For consumer accounts, when a customer reports an unauthorized transaction in a timely manner, the bank will cover the loss and take measures to protect the account.
  • Stay alert online. Be sure computers and mobile devices are equipped with up-to-date anti-virus and malware protection. Never give out your personal financial information in response to an unsolicited email, no matter how official it may seem. Your bank will never contact you by email asking for your password, PIN, or account information. Only open links and attachments from trusted sources. When submitting financial information on a website, look for the padlock or key icon at the top or bottom of your browser, and make sure the Internet address begins with “https.” This signals that your information is secure during transmission.
  • Mobilize your defenses. Use the passcode lock on your smartphone and other devices. This will make it more difficult for thieves to access your information if your device is lost or stolen. Before you donate, sell or trade your mobile device, be sure to wipe it using specialized software or using the manufacturer’s recommended technique. Some software allows you to wipe your device remotely if it is lost or stolen. Use caution when downloading apps, as they may contain malware and avoid opening links and attachments – especially from senders you don’t know.

Tips for Victims:
If you are a victim of fraud and suspect your personal information has been compromised, you should take the following steps:

  • Call your bank and credit card issuers immediately so they can take necessary steps to protect your account.
  • File a police report and call the fraud unit of the three credit-reporting companies. You only need to contact one of the credit reporting agencies. The one you contact is required to notify the other two.
  • Place a fraud alert on your credit report as soon as possible by contacting one of the three credit reporting agencies.
  • Keep a log of all the contacts you make with authorities regarding the matter. Write down names, titles, and phone numbers in case you need to re-contact them or refer to them in future correspondence.

Contact the FTC’s ID Theft Consumer Response Center at 1-877-ID THEFT (1-877-438-4338) or www.ftc.gov/idtheft

Data Privacy Day commemorates the 1981 signing of the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. It is led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, a non-profit, public private partnership focused on cyber security education for all online citizens.

Welcome Kayla Pothoven to MCB!

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Marion County Bank is pleased to welcome Kayla Pothoven to the team!  Kayla joins the teller staff at our main bank location.  She has 10 years of retail experience and has a passion for serving others.  Welcome, Kayla!

Discounted Chamber Dollars expire today!

Reminder

Did you buy our Discounted Pella Chamber Dollars on November 23, 2015? Or maybe you received them for Christmas? This is your reminder that these dollars expire Friday, January 15, 2016!

Thank you for helping us keep Christmas shopping in Pella and growing our local economy by $100,000. Bank, shop, dine....local!

 
 

Windmill Bank Construction

Windmill Drive Up ConstructionOur windmill bank has recieved updates to better serve our customers! The drive up ATM was moved to a new permanent location just west of the windmill bank.  To access the ATM, use the main street entrance to enter the new ATM lane.

The drive up lanes have been expanded to better accomodate larger vehicles and trailers.  Both lanes are available to assist you with your banking.

Melanie Negen retires after 34 years of service!

Melanie NegenMelanie Negen is retiring after 34 years of dedicated service to Marion County Bank. Beginning her career in banking in 1981, Melanie has witnessed many changes in banking, but throughout the years her customer service has not waivered - starting with her smile when you walk in the door. Melanie's last day at Marion County Bank is Tuesday, December 15.

Melanie plans to spend her retirement days volunteering along side her husband, Leon, at Hope Ministries in Des Moines. Leon has served as President and CEO of Hope Ministries for 20 years and following Melanie's retirement, they will be able to serve together to continue to meet the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of men, women and children who are homeless or in need of hope.

She will also take time for her grandchildren as they anxiously await grandbaby #2.

The staff of Marion County Bank sincerely thanks Melanie for her years of service. Blessings to you in your retirement, Mel!

 

12 Days of Local Giveaways

12 days announcement 12 daysMarion County Bank's 12 Days of Local Giveaways is a contest to highlight local area businesses and to have fun during the Christmas season.  Join us each week day from December 1 to December 16 on our social media sites to play.

 

Marion County Bank's 12 Days of Local Giveaways 2015 - Official Contest Rules

December 1 Contest Rules:

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on December 2, 2015.  Winner will be announced by noon on December 3.  Must be 18 years or older to enter.  One entry per person.  Chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries recieved.  Need not be a bank customer to win.  Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Tuesday, December 22, 2015.  Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.  Employees and spouses of Marion County Bank are not eligible to win but may participate.

December 2 Contest Rules:

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on December 3, 2015. Winner will be announced by noon on December 4. Must be 18 years or older to enter. One entry per person. Chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries recieved. Need not be a bank customer to win. Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Tuesday, December 22, 2015. Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter. Employees and spouses of Marion County Bank are not eligible to win but may participate.

December 3 Contest Rules:

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on December 4, 2015.  Winner will be announced by noon on December 5.  Must be 18 years or older to enter.  One entry per person.  Chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries recieved.  Need not be a bank customer to win.  Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Tuesday, December 22, 2015.  Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.  Employees and spouses of Marion County Bank are not eligible to win but may participate.

December 4 Contest Rules:

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on December 6, 2015.  Winner will be announced by noon on December 7.  Must be 18 years or older to enter.  One entry per person.  Chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries recieved.  Need not be a bank customer to win.  Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Tuesday, December 22, 2015.  Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.  Employees and spouses of Marion County Bank are not eligible to win but may participate.

December 7 Contest Rules:

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on December 8, 2015.  Winner will be announced by noon on December 9.  Must be 18 years or older to enter.  One entry per person.  Chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries recieved.  Need not be a bank customer to win.  Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Tuesday, December 22, 2015.  Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.  Employees and spouses of Marion County Bank are not eligible to win but may participate.

December 8 Contest Rules:

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on December 9, 2015.  Winner will be announced by noon on December 10.  Must be 18 years or older to enter.  One entry per person.  Chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries recieved.  Need not be a bank customer to win.  Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Tuesday, December 22, 2015.  Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.  Employees and spouses of Marion County Bank are not eligible to win but may participate.

December 9 Contest Rules:

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on December 10, 2015.  Winner will be announced by noon on December 11.  Must be 18 years or older to enter.  One entry per person.  Chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries recieved.  Need not be a bank customer to win.  Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Tuesday, December 22, 2015.  Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.  Employees and spouses of Marion County Bank are not eligible to win but may participate.

December 10 Contest Rules:

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on December 11, 2015.  Winner will be announced by noon on December 12.  Must be 18 years or older to enter.  One entry per person.  Chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries recieved.  Need not be a bank customer to win.  Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Tuesday, December 22, 2015.  Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.  Employees and spouses of Marion County Bank are not eligible to win but may participate.

December 11 Contest Rules:

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on December 13, 2015.  Winner will be announced by noon on December 14.  Must be 18 years or older to enter.  One entry per person.  Chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries recieved.  Need not be a bank customer to win.  Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Tuesday, December 22, 2015.  Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.  Employees and spouses of Marion County Bank are not eligible to win but may participate.

December 14 Contest Rules:

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on December 15, 2015.  Winner will be announced by noon on December 16.  Must be 18 years or older to enter.  One entry per person.  Chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries recieved.  Need not be a bank customer to win.  Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Tuesday, December 22, 2015.  Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.  Employees and spouses of Marion County Bank are not eligible to win but may participate.

December 15 Contest Rules:

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on December 16, 2015.  Winner will be announced by noon on December 17.  Must be 18 years or older to enter.  One entry per person.  Chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries recieved.  Need not be a bank customer to win.  Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Tuesday, December 22, 2015.  Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.  Employees and spouses of Marion County Bank are not eligible to win but may participate.

December 16 Contest Rules:

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on December 17, 2015.  Winner will be announced by noon on December 18.  Must be 18 years or older to enter.  One entry per person.  Chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries recieved.  Need not be a bank customer to win.  Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Tuesday, December 22, 2015.  Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.  Employees and spouses of Marion County Bank are not eligible to win but may participate.

The holidays are here, so shop with care!

Criminals and online thieves are especially active during the holiday season.

Here are tips on how to shop safer.

The holidays often bring friends and family together for celebrations and good cheer. For many, this means spending more time shopping online and at the mall for that perfect gift. Unfortunately, thieves are also busy at this time of year, looking for unsuspecting victims. Share these tips with your customers to help them have a safer holiday shopping experience.

When shopping online:

• Use a secure, unique password for your email account. Online retailers often require an email address to register at their website. If a website is compromised, criminals can leverage your email account to hack your other e-commerce accounts.

• Use a single card for all online purchases to minimize your risks to one account. Monitor your payment account regularly for unauthorized purchases or other charges. Consider using a prepaid card, such as a SHAZAM gift card that’s loaded with only enough balance to cover your planned purchases.

• Beware of phishing ads or pop-ups for “amazing” deals. Hackers often set these up to install malware on your computer when you click. The thieves could also be trolling for information, payment account credentials or other personally identifiable information (PII) used to steal your identity.

• Don’t shop online using public computers or networks. Libraries, food courts and coffee shops are dangerous places to do online business. Bad guys may have installed key loggers, sniffers or other malware designed to steal your information.

• Keep your computer and browser up to date with the latest patches and software.

• Shop at reputable sites and be sure the sites you visit are legitimate. Cybercriminals can create website URLs that look very similar to real websites to fool shoppers. For example: A scam site could be called hxxp://www.amaxon.com and be set up to look exactly like Amazon.com. The scam site can then steal any information you enter at the site, such as your Amazon.com login credentials or your payment card number. Pay close attention to the browser’s address bar before entering any sensitive information, and move your mouse pointer over any link that directs you to a shopping site to make sure the link takes you to a legitimate website. 

When at the shopping center:

• Avoid driving alone or at night. If you must shop at night, park in a well-lit area, park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.

• Don’t leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.

• When approaching or leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings. Don’t approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area. Check the back seat before getting in. Consider asking mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.

• Use ATMs only in well-lit, public places. Be aware of anything that doesn’t look right — ATM skimmer devices may have been installed by thieves to steal card numbers and PINs. If there are people loitering in the area, find another terminal.

• Dress casually and comfortably. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry, carrying expensive handbags or flashing large amounts of cash.

• Keep records at home of your credit and debit card numbers and customer service numbers. If your cards are lost or stolen, put a block on your cards using an app such as SHAZAM® BOLT$™ or immediately report it to your financial institution to block your cards.

• If possible, leave children at home with a trusted babysitter. If you must shop with your kids, teach them to stay close to you at all times. Never allow them to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom or to the car. Instruct them to ask a store clerk or uniformed security guard for assistance if they become separated from you.

• When at home, don’t leave large displays of holiday gifts in plain view from outside your home. Common sense and awareness can go a long way toward helping you and your family stay safer this holiday season. If you’re unsure of your surroundings or situation, either in person or online, get away and report the suspicious behavior or scam.

For more information:

To learn more about your rights as a consumer or to make complaints about online consumer issues, go to https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov.

Brent Gaulke

 

By: Brent Gaulke
Operations Manager/Card Services

Posted November 24, 2015

MCB's Rob Judkins presents Payson Vande Lune with IBA Award

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Payson Vande Lune, a senior at Pella Community High School, was recently honored as the 2015 recipient of the Iowa Bankers Association’s Student Athlete Achievement Scholarship Award during the Iowa high school state football championships Nov. 19-20 in Cedar Falls. This award recognizes a graduating senior student athlete for their academic performance, athletic participation, leadership skills and community involvement.

Rob Judkins, Vice President of Marion County Bank in Pella, presented Payson with a $1,000 scholarship to the college of his choice. 

“On behalf of the Iowa Bankers Association, I’m pleased to present Payson with this much-deserved award. He is to be commended for his athletic, academic and community accomplishments,” said Judkins.

For more than two decades, the Iowa Bankers Association has sponsored the Student Athlete Achievement Scholarship Awards, which includes awards to student athletes in football, basketball and wrestling. The Iowa Bankers Association has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships since the program began. 

Grow Pella - keep your Christmas shopping local!

Orange LLLGive a gift to your community, shop locally with discounted Chamber Dollars from Marion County Bank!

Marion County Bank understands the importance of local businesses in a community. In fact, it’s at the core of who we are - a locally-owned, community bank. Because community matters, we are once again offering a 10% discount on Pella Chamber Dollars to encourage local Christmas shopping.

On Monday, November 23, from 5:00-8:00pm (during Pella’s Tour of Stores) Pella Chamber Dollars will be sold at a 10% discount at Marion County Bank’s Main Office - 800 Main Street in Pella. Discount is available until $100,000 in Chamber Dollars are sold, so hurry in!

Details on the Discounted Chamber Dollar Promotion:

-Available in $20 denominations.
-Maximum of $500 per household. Individual must be present to purchase.
-Not available to businesses.
-Make checks payable to “Pella Script.”
-Discounted Chamber Dollars expire Friday, January 15.
-The purpose of the discount is to promote additional Christmas spending in Pella.

Read more about Pella's Tour of Stores

Together, we can grow Pella!

Changes are Coming to Internet Bank!

Exciting updates are being made to Internet Banking! On Monday, October 19, 2015, Marion County Bank will be rolling out an entirely new Internet Banking experience.  Existing Internet Banking users will need to complete the following steps when logging into Internet Bank the first time.

Please note: If you use our mobile banking products, you will need to first log in to Internet Banking using the steps outlined above to reset your access ID, password and accept terms and conditions before accessing your Marion County Bank app.
 
For users of Quicken and QuickBooks, please click here for instructions on connecting our new Internet Banking to your software.

 

After the conversion on October 19, 2015 at 8:30am:  

Internet Banking services are scheduled to go live at approximately 8:30am CST on October 19, 2015.  Please follow these instructions to log in to our new Internet Banking system:

  1. Logging in to Internet Banking will still be done at www.marioncountybank.com.  In the new Account Access box on our homepage, select “Internet Banking” as the Account Type from the drop down menu.  Other services that can be accessed here include your MCB Credit Card and ACH Cash Management.
  2. **IMPORTANT** Your existing username will be used for the initial login to the new system but will be converted in all lower case. Click on Access ID and enter your existing username in all lower case then click “Login.
  3. **IMPORTANT** Your password will not be converted to the new system. Please type in “MCB” and the last four digits of the social security number associated with your Internet Bank login as your password (MCBXXXX) and click “Submit.”
  4. You will then be prompted to create a new Access ID and password.  Your password must contain a minimum of 8 letters with at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter and at least one number.  Once completed click “Submit.”
  5. You will be prompted to select and answer challenge questions that are used to authenticate your access from a non-registered computer.  Please enter this information and then click “Submit.”
  6. Our Online Banking Access Disclosures and Terms of Use need to be accepted prior to continuing on.  Please read and agree to these terms by clicking “Accept.”

Following successful login, you may see a message for eStatements and Mobile Banking enrollment if you do not already take advantage of these products.

eStatements – Save paper and eliminate the wait to receive your mailed paper statements with eStatements!  eStatements provide you with an electronic version of your account statement to view, save, or print through Internet Bank.  eStatements will now include images of your checks with your statement.  

Mobile Banking – Mobile Banking is the ultimate on-demand service.  You can access your bank accounts from any mobile phone with text banking, mobile web banking, and our Marion County Bank app.  Our app allows you to make transfers, access Bill Pay, and make a mobile check deposit.  Download our app by searching for “Marion County Bank” in your smartphone or tablet’s app store.

Following the steps listed above, you will successfully be enrolled in our new Internet Banking service.  The new Internet Banking service provides:

  • Premium user experience: Our new, integrated landing page brings immediate access to the features you use most often.
  • Financial management:  Internet Banking now provides you with an intuitive Spending Report feature to help you manage and track your finances.
  • Continued online security: Internet Banking protects your financial information by account number masking and multifactor authentication. 

If you have questions, please contact our Customer Service Department at 641-628-2191.

Quicken and QuickBooks Conversion Instructions

Marion County Bank's Internet Banking system will be updating on 10/19/2015.  To continue using Quicken and/or QuickBooks, users will need to complete an account deactivation and reactivation process.  Below are documents detailing how to complete this process and also a link to our FAQs, if needed.

Please note that Express Web Connect/Aggregation Quicken Desktop and QuickBooks Online are typically not available for 3 to 5 business days following our internet banking update.

 

Web Connect Products: (web connect is when you log in to Internet Bank and send the data to Quicken/QuickBooks)

 Quicken for Windows 2013-2015       orange template 
 Quicken for Mac 2015 orange template
 Quicken for Mac 2006/2007 orange template
 QuickBooks Windows 2013-2015 orange template
QuickBooks for Mac 2013-2015 orange template

 

Express Web Connect Products: (express web connect is when your Quicken/QuickBooks account pulls in the data from Internet Bank)

Quicken for Windows 2013-2015        orange template 
Quicken for Mac 2015 orange template

 

Online Edition:

QuickBooks Online Edition (QBO V78) orange template 

Retirement Celebration for Pat Moriarity!

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Pat Moriarity, Financial Advisor at Main Street Advisory Group, the investment division of Marion County Bank, has announced his retirement after nearly 20 years of service.  A celebration open house will be held in Pat’s honor on Thursday, October 29 from 9:00am to 12:00noon at Marion County Bank.

Pat founded Main Street Investments, now known as Main Street Advisory Group, in 1996 as its sole representative.  Under Pat’s guidance the investment division grew into a team of six that now includes Financial Advisors Reid Evans, Jason Rozenboom and Sam Vande Weerd, Registered Client Associate Dawn Kleis, and Financial Assistant Julia Caldwell.  Pat has advised hundreds of clients during his career and is pleased to know that this strong team is in place to continue helping clients reach their financial planning goals.

Pat’s sense of humor and his optimistic attitude has been a joy to his coworkers.

In addition to his career at Marion County Bank, Pat has served on countless local boards, committees, and civic groups in Pella including Union Street Players, Friends of Central Arts, Pella Rotary Club, and the Pella Opera House.

Many Hands for Haiti 5k --- A Blast!!

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How fun was the Many Hands for Haiti 5k last Saturday??  A BLAST!

Our MCB crew manned the orange blasting station and several of our staff members and children ran the race.  We were head to toe orange for Haiti!

Check out pictures on our facebook page by clicking the blue Facebook icon on the left side of our website.

Herfst Feest (Harvest Fest) in Pella - Sept 25 and 26

Herfst Feest

 

Herfst Feest starts tonight in Pella!  Kick the weekend off with Bacon Fest, a wine walk and shopping while listening to the sounds of Tropical Steel, from 6-8 pm in downtown Pella. Bacon Fest tickets will be available at the Windmill in Central Park.

Marion County Bank is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Many Hands for Haiti ColorBlast 5K on Saturday morning.

Herfst Feest concludes tomorrow night with live music on the Molengracht featuring Dueling Guitars from Aceto and The Beast (admission is free, over 21 please).  

 

Check out the full Herfst Feest Schedule

 

Join us at our upcoming seminar!

Marion County Bank and Main Street Advisory Group* invite you to a Social Security workshop featuring Elaine Simmons, Social Security expert and key note speaker.  Elaine is known for her witty and entertaining presentations and she breaks down the complex Social Security laws in a manner that is easily understood by all.

Elaine became a specialist the old fashioned way; she earned it, spending almost 34 years working at all technical levels in the Social Security Administration.  She draws on real life stories to help illustrate the important details.

Topics covered in Elaine’s presentation will include:

  • When to start your retirement benefits
  • How to maximize your benefits
  • Understanding the insured status provision for disability benefits
  • Medicare

Register today to reserve your spot for this educational (and entertaining) Social Security seminar!  

Tuesday, September 1
5:30pm - Appetizers
6:00pm - Seminar
Central College Graham Annex, located at 812 University, Pella 

Register here

 

On behalf of the staff at Marion County Bank and Main Street Advisory Group, we look forward to seeing you there, 

Lisa Walters                       Sam Vande Weerd
VP & Retail Manager           Senior Financial Advisor
Marion County Bank            Main Street Advisory Group
                                            

 

Marion County Bank & Main Street Advisory Group, 800 Main St., Pella, Iowa 50219

Marion County Bank - Member FDIC


*Securities offered through IBA securities, a division of Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. (BDFSC), Member FINRA & SIPC.  Advisory services offered through Investment Advisors Corp.  Main Street Advisory Group and BDFSC are not affiliated companies.  Securities are not FDIC insured, not a bank deposit or product, may lose value and are subject to investment risk including possible loss of principal.

 

Enhanced Mobile Banking is Here!

App Tablet Mobile Deposit webAt Marion County Bank, we continually strive to make our products and services more useful, relevant and timely.  We are excited to announce that we have upgraded our mobile banking products!  This free upgrade includes the following features:

  • New Look - our mobile app has an updated look and feel.  View account balances, review recent transaction history, transfer funds, pay bills and deposit checks.  To download the app, visit your app store and search for "Marion County Bank."
  • Tablet Capabilities - you will now be able to download the Marion County Bank mobile app onto your tablet from the Apple or Android app store.  Just one more way for you to be able to access your accounts when and where it's most convenient.
  • Mobile Deposit -  Deposit a check using your smart phone or tablet camera and the Marion County Bank mobile app.  Snap a picture of the front and back of the check, choose the account and amount and electronically and securely deposit it into your account.  To request this service when it becomes available complete the Mobile Deposit Request Form.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to stop in and visit with our Customer Service representatives at the Main bank location or call us at 641-628-2191.  

Join us for Ag in the City!

Ag in the City

Join us for Ag in the City on Thursday, July 30 in downtown Pella. Stop by our table for free popsicles, tattoos, stickers and take a picture in our farm animal photo booth! 

There will also be live entertainment on the back of the Tulip Toren:

6:15PM - FFA Activities and Contests
6:45PM - Thursdays in Pella Committee
7:00PM - Boot Scooters
7:30PM - Announcements and Prize Drawings
8:00PM - 4 Mile Creek Bluegrass

We hope to see you there!

Congratulations to Lisa Walters!

Lisa Walters

Congrats to vice president and retail manager Lisa Walters on her 5 years of service at Marion County Bank. Congratulations and thank you, Lisa!

Congrats to Shirley Mathes!

Today we are celebrating Shirley Mathes' 15 years at Marion County Bank. Shirley is the face behind our home mortgages. When she's not in the office she's with her grandkids or riding cross country on a motorcycle. Thank you, Shirley, and congrats on your milestone!Shirley Mathes

Local schools earn over $100,000 through our Report Card Program

A total of 2706 Marion County Bank debit cards earn a $103,409.61 eight year total donation for local schools through the life of the Report Card program.  The Report Card empowers debit card customers to support one of 13 local schools of their choice with every debit card purchase.  Enrollment in Marion County Bank’s Report Card is free and there’s no limit to the money a school can earn!  Click here for more details.Pella Report Card Donation 2015

1530 Marion County Bank debit cards are signed up to support Pella Community Schools. This year's donation was $11,228.90 and makes the seven year total $58,262.42 to Pella Community! Marion County Bank's Steve Kraayenbrink and Sam Vande Weerd presented Pella Community School's check to school staff.

PCHS Report Card Donation 2015

547 Marion County Bank debit cards are signed up to support Pella Christian High School. This year's donation was $3,990.99 taking the total PCHS donation to $21,879.05! Marion County Bank's Steve Kraayenbrink and Sam Vande Weerd presented the check to Pella Christian High's Darryl De Ruiter.

PCGS Report Card Donation 2015

348 Marion County Bank debit cards are in support of Pella Christian Grade School. This year's donation to PCGS was $2,490.98 taking the total to $13,746.99. Marion County Bank's Steve Kraayenbrink and Sam Vande Weerd presented Pella Christian Grade School's David De Jong with the big check.

 

 

 

Under construction - Marion County Bank is expanding north!

Under constructionIn January, Marion County Bank was given the opportunity to purchase the building directly north of the bank that housed the former Century 21 Real Estate.  Plans were created to utilize this space to better serve our customers.  The seamless flow from the current building into the new space will allow for additional customer service offices, a conference room and an updated teller area.  The exterior of the building will receive a new Dutch front to keep with the unique character of downtown Pella.

Construction began following Tulip Time and completion is expected in the fall of 2015.  Throughout the construction process, we will provide uninterrupted service to our customers.  We thank you for your continued loyalty to Marion County Bank and look forward to our completed remodel this fall.

"Belinda Guy" Book Signing at Marion County Bank

Marion County resident and author, Fred Bankus, will hold a book signing for his new book, Belinda Guy on Thursday, May 21 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon at the Marion County Bank in Pella.  The book, printed by the Town Crier in Pella, is a collection of short stories chronicling the author’s life from youth to adulthood. Many of the essays have a sports theme, as Bankus has been an athletic participant and observer most of his life.

Bankus was born on a farm between Pella and Knoxville. His professional career has included that of a college administrator, a banker, and a retail sporting goods store owner. Belinda Guy is his second book. He writes with a sense of humor and occasional self-deprecation, allowing readers to think back to their own personal life experiences as they follow the author in his.

This book of short stories depicts a life well lived, and presented with joy and enthusiasm for that life.

MCB treats Royalty to special day, including scholarships!

Marion County Bank is proud to reflect our strong Dutch heritage and community support by sponsoring the Tulip Queen and court.  Since 2001, Marion County Bank has provided a scholarship to help alleviate the costs involved with being on the court.  In addition, Marion County Bank covers the expenses of their trip to Channel 8 television and KCWI 23 in Des Moines, provides lunch for the court and their mothers at the Embassy Club and sponsors the tulip queen and court’s horse-drawn carriages during the parades.  

This year, MCB's Teresa Ulferts travelled with the 2015 Pella Royalty to Des Moines for media day. 

Click to watch a video of the day's events

 

MCB welcomes PCGS 2nd graders

PCGS Tour 2015

Second graders from Pella Christian Grade School visited our main bank and windmill drive up bank on April 22. Tour highlights included holding $25,000 cash, dancing for the security camera and asking President Steve questions about his job. Once again, it was a joy to have the children visit us and their enthusiasm is contagious!

Money Smart Week Workshop for Kids

YourLibrary A 20151Join MCB's Rob Judkins and Teresa Ulferts during Money Smart Week at the Pella Public Library​ for a crash course in starting a small business. Using the books "Entrepreneur Extraodinaire: Grandpa Helps Emily Build a Business" and "Isabel's Car Wash," students will be introduced to the five steps of starting a small business. We'll share small business examples, allow for brainstorming and work through the steps together before presenting a business plan to commercial loan officer Rob Judkins for feedback.

This workshop is planned for students in grades 3rd to 7th, Participants will receive a book and a MCB swag bag.

The workshop will be Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00pm at the Pella Public Libary Meeting Room located at 603 Main Street.  Call Katie Dreyer to register at 628-4268.

 

Congratulations to FFA senior Todd Van Dyke!

Congratulations to Pella FFA senior Todd Van Dyke. Todd was presented with a $250 scholarship from Marion County Bank by Ag Loan Officers Ron Zantingh and David Greving at the FFA banquet on Tuesday, March 31.

Money Smart Week Poster Contest

As a member of the Community Bankers of Iowa, we are proud to support the Money Smart Kid poster contest. Encourage your student grades 2 through 6 to enter for a chance to win the grand prize of a $500 certificate of deposit.

This year's theme: Why is it important to know about money?

Click here for contest rules

2014 Money Smart Kid poster winners:

 

 

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Poster 1

Poster 3

Happy retirement, Vicki Rewerts!

Vickis Retirement

We are celebrating the retirement of Vicki Rewerts today! Vicki has been a delight to work with and is always up for a good laugh. Vicki and her husband Alan plan to spend their retirement camping, so naturally, we had a camping themed retirement party for her. Happy trails, Vicki!

Welcome Reid Evans to Main Street Advisory Group

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Steve Kraayenbrink, President and CEO of Marion County Bank, announces the addition of Reid Evans to Main Street Advisory Group.  

Evans is a graduate of Central College with a master’s degree from UNI.  He has spent the last 11 years working at Central College, primarily as an assistant football coach.  Evans lives in Pella with his wife, Liz, and their three children, McKenna, Parker and Graham.

Evans joins Patrick Moriarity, Jason Rozenboom and Sam Vande Weerd as a Financial Advisor for Main Street Advisory Group.   Main Street Advisory Group is the investment advisory department of Marion County Bank and is located on the 3rd floor of the main bank office in Pella.

 

Securities offered through IBA Securities, a division of Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. (BDFSC), Member FINRA & SIPC. Advisory services offered through Investment Advisors Corp.  Main Street Advisory Group and BDFSC are not affiliated companies. Securities are not FDIC insured, not a bank deposit or product, may lose value and are subject to investment risk including loss of principal.

Congratulations to David Greving!

David Greving

We're celebrating with David Greving on his 15 years of service to Marion County Bank this month. David is our senior loan officer, has a voluminous vocabulary and is the unofficial president of the bank's Iowa Hawkeye fan club. Thank you for your 15 years of dedicated service to our customers and the bank!

De Cook and Van Maanen join Marion County Bank Board

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 Steve Kraayenbrink, President and CEO of Marion County Bank, announces the addition of Dan De Cook (left) and Jeff Van Maanen (right) to the Marion County Bank Board of Directors.

Dan De Cook is co-CEO of Heritage Lace.  Jeff Van Maanen is a certified public accountant and general manager of Van Maanen, Sietstra, Meyer and Nikkel, PC.

“Dan and Jeff will be great additions to our Board of Directors,” says Kraayenbrink, “they bring a fresh banking perspective and knowledge that will be an asset to the work of the Board.”

De Cook and Van Maanen will fill the open seats left by the retirements at the year end of Mark De Cook and Paul Hietbrink after 13 years of dedicated service.

“We extend our sincere thanks to Mark and Paul for their years of service on the board.  Their contributions will be missed,” added Kraayenbrink.  

De Cook and Van Maanen join current board members Bryce Dahm, Ralph De Haan, Bruce Heerema, Steve Kraayenbrink, Judd Vande Voort, Pete Verhey and Ron Zantingh.

Marion County Bank is a locally owned and managed community bank in Pella, Iowa.  In its 80 years of service, Marion County Bank has grown to become the largest bank chartered in Marion County with assets over $280 million.  

Money Smart Week Essay Contest

Money Smart Week

 

As a member of the Iowa Bankers Association, we are proud to support the Money Smart Kid Essay Contest. Encourage your 7th-11th grade student to enter this under 300 word essay contest for a chance to win $1,000!

  • One student will be named this year's Money Smart Kid and receive a $1,000 award.
  • The winner and finalists may be invited to read their essays at one or more Money Smart Week events.
  • Students in grades 7-11 may enter the contest by answering the question below, using no more than 300 words.
  • See guidelines on the application for additional requirements.

The 2015 Question is:
What is the biggest obstacle to saving your money? What technological and/or banking solutions might help you and your friends begin to save?

 

 

The deadline to submit an essay is March 27, 2015.  A winner will be announced by April 10, 2015.

 

 

 

 

Download this form for further details and the application.

 

 

Love is in the air!

Love is in the air!  And nothing says love like free stuff.  And not just any free stuff, but free stuff from local Pella businesses that we love!  Stay tuned to our facebook page from Monday, February 9 to Friday, February 13 to enter to win great prizes.

Click here to visit our Facebook page and enter to win

Marion County Bank's Valentine's Day Giveaway 2015 - Official Contest Rules

Monday, Feburary 9 Contest Rules:

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on Monday, February 9. Winner will be announced by noon on Tuesday, February 10. Must be 18 years or older. One entry per person. Chances of winning depend on the number of responses received. Need not be a bank customer to win. Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Friday, February 27, 2015.   Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook.  Employees and spouses not eligible to win but are able to participate. Good luck and have fun!

Tuesday, Feburary 10 Contest Rules:

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on Tuesday, February 10. Winner will be announced by noon on Wednesday, February 11. Must be 18 years or older. One entry per person. Chances of winning depend on the number of responses received. Need not be a bank customer to win. Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Friday, February 27, 2015.   Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook.  Employees and spouses not eligible to win but are able to participate. Good luck and have fun!

Wednesday, Feburary 11 Contest Rules:

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 11. Winner will be announced by noon on Thursday, February 12. Must be 18 years or older. One entry per person. Chances of winning depend on the number of responses received. Need not be a bank customer to win. Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Friday, February 27, 2015.   Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook.  Employees and spouses not eligible to win but are able to participate. Good luck and have fun!

Thursday, Feburary 12 Contest Rules:

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on Thursday, February 12. Winner will be announced by noon on Friday, February 13. Must be 18 years or older. One entry per person. Chances of winning depend on the number of responses received. Need not be a bank customer to win. Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Friday, February 27, 2015.   Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook.  Employees and spouses not eligible to win but are able to participate. Good luck and have fun!

Friday, Feburary 13 Contest Rules: 

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on Friday, February 13. Winner will be announced by noon on Saturday, February 14. Must be 18 years or older. One entry per person. Chances of winning depend on the number of responses received. Need not be a bank customer to win. Prize must be picked up from Marion County Bank's main bank office at 800 Main Street, Pella by Friday, February 27, 2015.   Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook.  Employees and spouses not eligible to win but are able to participate. Good luck and have fun!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Football coaches earn $4,400 at MCB's Halftime Event

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Marion County Bank’s halftime entertainment at the Pella vs. Pella Christian basketball game on Friday, January 30 provided excitement for fans and the local schools!

Football coaches participated in the events by punting, passing and kicking footballs to earn a donation for the schools from Marion County Bank.  Shout out to the coaches who participated:

John Amelse
Jason Anderson
Gavin Crandall
Brian Huddle
Nathan Huisman
Brad Jungling
Rich Kacmarynski
Matt Schulte

A total donation this year of $7,250 was raised for the local schools’ student activity funds from Marion County Bank.  Marion County Bank thanks the students that participated in our first halftime event on Friday, December 19 and the football coaches who participated on Friday, January 30. 

During the last 10 years, over $72,000 has been given to Pella Community High and Pella Christian High from Marion County Bank during the halftime events.

Check out a video of the event here: 

MCB's Punt, Pass and Kick

 

 

Thank you for voting us Best Bank!

Best BankBest Place to Work

 

Marion County Bank was awarded the titles "Best Bank" and "Best Place to Work under 50 Employees" on Thursday, January 29 by contest sponsor, Marion County Development Commission.  Over 900 ballots were cast in the Best of the Red Rock Area contest that was open during 2014.

Thank you to all those who voted for us!  We sincerely appreciate your confidence and trust in us and will continue to work for your financial success!  We are humbled to receive these awards.

Investing in 2015

Hear Sam Vande Weerd, Pat Moriarity and Jason Rozenboom of Main Street Advisory Group as they sit down with Dr. Bob Leonard for the 6th of a 10 part In Depth series on Health and Wealth in 2015. 

Click here to listen to the interview

 

Securities offered through IBA Securities, a division of Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. (BDFSC), Member FINRA & SIPC. Advisory services offered through Investment Advisors Corp.  Main Street Advisory Group and BDFSC are not affiliated companies. Securities are not FDIC insured, not a bank deposit or product, may lose value and are subject to investment risk including loss of principal.

Join us for Pete Verhey's Retirement Open House!

Pete W VerheyA retirement open house in honor of Pete Verhey will be held on Friday, January 9 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at Marion County Bank.  The public is invited to help us honor Pete for his 41 years of service to Marion County Bank.  Punch and cake will be served.

Pete started his career at Marion County Bank 41 years ago as a teller.  From that position he moved to opening accounts and then became a consumer loan officer.  He soon began work in the commercial loan area and then in 1999 was promoted to President and CEO.  

While President and CEO, Pete played a critical role in keeping Marion County Bank locally owned when the Vermeer family decided to sell the bank in 2000.  Pete also led the bank in growth, from 125 million to 218 million dollars in assets during his time as President.

After ten years as Marion County Bank’s President, Pete semi-retired and transitioned to President of the Bank’s holding company, Pella Financial Group.  On December 31, 2014, Pete retired from his position as President of Pella Financial Group.

Pete has been an important part of the history of Marion County Bank and we look forward to honoring him for his work and dedication over 41 years.

Make a New Year's Resolution for Your Finances

As you're considering your New Year's resolutions for 2015, don't forget to think about your money. The New Year is a great time to assess your finances, gain control and stick to a new budget or saving plan. Taking control of your personal finances will allow you to save and prepare for unexpected expenses. Here are some tips to help you get started:

Get organized. Start 2015 by organizing your financial records and creating a plan to keep your bills and financial statements organized throughout the year.

  • Consider treating yourself to a post-holiday gift of a financial organization system. Alphabetized file folders or filing systems specifically for financial organization are available in January as you begin to prepare for tax season. 
  • While you're getting organized, consider buying a shredder to keep your personal information safe from identity theft. 


Create a budget. Track your income and expenses to see how much money you have coming in and how much you spend. If you have debt, establishing a budget will help you to pay down your debt while saving. 

  • Identify how you spend your money. 
  • Set realistic goals, especially if you plan to cut some of your expenses. 
  • Use computer software programs or basic budgeting worksheets to help create your budget. Include as much information as you can.
  • Track your spending and review your budget often.


Lower your debt. Establish a plan to pay off debts while you save. By paying off -- or at least paying down -- high-interest credit cards, you'll save on interest charges that add up quickly over time. 

  • Make payments on time and, if possible, pay more than the minimum due. 
  • Pay off debt with higher interest rates first. 


Save for the unexpected and beyond. Pay yourself first. Saving is important; it will likely help to ensure a comfortable future that can endure financial surprises. 

  • If you receive direct deposit at work, ask your employer to send a specific amount to your savings account. Because the money is put into an account before you have a chance to spend it, automatic savings plans are an easy and convenient way to save. If your employer doesn't offer direct deposit, many banks allow for automatic transfers from checking to savings accounts. 
  • Save at least 10 percent of your income for retirement. Enroll in a retirement plan or consider optimizing an established retirement plan. Contribute at least the maximum amount that your employer will match. Contributions made to these types of plans are tax deductible. If your employer does not offer a retirement savings plan, many banks offer Individual Retirement Accounts. IRAs offer tax-deferred growth, meaning you pay taxes on your investment gains when you make withdrawals. 
  • Financial advisors often recommend keeping about three months salary in a savings account in case of financial emergencies such as hospital bills or loss of job.

Merry Christmas from the staff of Marion County Bank!

MCB 2014 Staff with Bow web

To allow our staff to celebrate Christmas and New Year's with their loved ones, Marion County Bank will be closed as follows:


Christmas Eve - Close at 12:00pm
Christmas Day - Closed

New Year's Eve - Close at 2:00pm
New Year's Day - Closed

Welcome Jason Rozenboom to Main Street Advisory Group!

Jason Rozenboom

Steve Kraayenbrink, President and CEO of Marion County Bank, announces the addition of Jason Rozenboom back to Main Street Advisory Group.  Rozenboom worked at Marion County Bank/Main Street Advisory Group from 2006 through 2011.  In 2011, the Rozenboom family was called to mission work in Honduras and has since completed the tasks they set out to perform.  Rozenboom is happy to be back in Pella and at Marion County Bank.

“I am humbled to have had the unique opportunity to serve the people of Guaimaca, Honduras.  At the same time, I am excited to be back at the bank and serving my clients,” says Rozenboom.

Rozenboom joins Sam Vande Weerd and Patrick Moriarity as a Financial Advisor for Main Street Advisory Group.

Main Street Advisory Group is a department of Marion County Bank and is located on the 3rd floor of the bank.  Main Street Advisory Group delivers personalized guidance and comprehensive wealth strategies tailored to their clients’ unique financial goals.

Securities offered through IBA Securities, a division of Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. (BDFSC), Member FINRA & SIPC. Advisory services offered through Investment Advisors Corp.  Main Street Advisory Group and BDFSC are not affiliated companies. Securities are not FDIC insured, not a bank deposit or product, may lose value and are subject to investment risk including loss of principal.

MCB's 12 Days of Christmas giveaways

12 giftsWin with Marion County Bank this Christmas season!  Visit our facebook page for your chance to enter and win one of 12 great prizes from Pella businesses.

Have fun and Merry Christmas!

 

Contest terms and conditions:

1. Must be 18 years or older to enter
2. You do not need to be a bank customer to enter
3. Chances of winning depend on the number of entries
4. Giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook
5. Employees of Marion County Bank and spouses are not eligible to win

MCB's Steve Kraayenbrink presents Garret Jansen with scholarship

Garret Jansen MCB website

Garret Jansen, a senior at Pella High School, was recently honored as the 2014 recipient of the Iowa Bankers Association’s Student Athlete Achievement Scholarship Award during the Iowa high school state football championships in Cedar Falls by Steve Kraayenbrink, President and CEO of Marion County Bank, Pella. This award recognizes a graduating senior student athlete for their academic performance, athletic participation, leadership skills and community involvement.

Steve Kraayenbrink presented Garret with a $1,000 scholarship to the college of his choice. 

“On behalf of the Iowa Bankers Association, I’m pleased to present Garret with this much-deserved award. He is to be commended for his hard work and commitment to his school and his community,” said Kraayenbrink.

For more than two decades, the Iowa Bankers Association has sponsored the Student Athlete Achievement Scholarship Awards, which includes awards to student athletes in football, basketball and wrestling. The Iowa Bankers Association has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships since the program began. 

To view a video of the presentation, visit our youtube page

 

 

 

Celebrating with Faye Verschuure

Today we are celebrating with Faye Verschuure on her last day as Head Teller at MCB! Faye has worked at MCB for 16 years and head teller for seven of those. Faye will be semi-retiring but still work part time on the teller line. Thanks for your dedication throughout the years, Faye!

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Make a difference in Pella, Shop Local!

 

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Marion County Bank understands the importance of local businesses in a community.  In fact, it’s at the core of who we are - a locally-owned, community bank.  Because community matters, we are once again offering a 10% discount on Pella Chamber Dollars to encourage local Christmas shopping.

On Monday, November 24, starting at 5:00pm (during Pella’s Tour of Stores) Pella Chamber Dollars will be sold at a 10% discount at Marion County Bank’s Main Office - 800 Main Street in Pella.  Discount is available until $100,000 in Chamber Dollars have been sold, so hurry in!

Shop local, eat local, bank local.  
When we live life local, we all succeed!

Maximize your savings by using your discounted Pella Chamber Dollars the following businesses.  These stores are offering additional savings when Discounted Chamber Dollars are used.  Look for the "Additional Deals" signs at participating businesses.

Shop Local 2013

The Sanctuary
Boat's Home Furnishings
Work of our Hands
Silver Lining
Van Den Bergs

If your business is offering additional deals with Discounted Chamber Dollar, let us know so we can add you to this list and get you the "Additional Deals" poster!

Example of savings:

Pella Chamber Dollar ValueMarion County Bank's DiscountYour Cost
$20.00$2.00$18.00
$100.00$10.00$90.00
$240.00$24.00$216.00
$500.00$50.00$450.00

Details:

  • A maximum of $500 per household
  • Chamber Dollars can not be sold or reserved in advance
  • Must be present to purchase for your household
  • Available to individuals only
  • Discounted Pella Dollars expire Thursday, January 15, 2015

If you have any questions, call Teresa at Marion County Bank at 641-628-2191.

 

Annual Privacy Notice

Customer privacy has always been a priority at Marion County Bank.  We want to assure you that your privacy is important to us and that we are committed to treating customer information responsibly.  Marion County Bank’s annual Privacy Notice is unchanged from the previous year and can be viewed here or at the bottom of our website anytime.  

 

Happy Harvest!

Consumer Loan Officer Ryan Vos and his wife Nichole carved our windmill into a pumpkin. Great idea Ryan, impressive carving skills Nichole!

To all the little pumpkins who will be Trick or Treating around Pella tonight, be safe and have fun!

Happy Harvest from the staff at Marion County Bank!

 

 

Windmill Pumpkin - website

Congrats to Kevin Bolt!

Yesterday we celebrated Kevin Bolt's 20 year anniversary at Marion County Bank with a staff breakfast. Kevin began his career at MCB in the consumer loan department and is now Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer. Thank you, Kevin, for your 20 years of dedicated service and commitment to your customers and Marion County Bank!

Kevin Bolt

New Wiring Instructions

Sending or receiving a wire at Marion County Bank?  Our wiring instructions have changed.  Click here for the new instructions to make your wiring process hassle-free.

MCB Staff Volunteers at Community Events

Each year, staff at Marion County Bank volunteer at a variety of events, serve on non-profit boards and are active in organizations that they are passionate about.  This past weekend, 22 staff members gave of their time working in the Pella Community concession stand during the homecoming football game against Knoxville and working a color blast station at the Many Hands For Haiti Color Blast 5K.  Below are pictures from these events and check out our YouTube channel for a video of our color blast station in action!

Pella Concession Stand 1

Pella Concession Stand 2

Pella Concession Stand 3

MCB group photo before the color run:

Color Run - Before

MCB group photo after the color run:

Color Run - After

Color Run 3

Color Run 4

Catch us at our next community event on Friday, October 10 - Pella Christian vs. Columbus football game.

Welcome Amy Juffer to MCB!

Please help us welcome Amy Juffer to Marion County Bank! Amy will be working at our main bank location and transition into the head teller position later this year. Amy comes to us with previous experience from community banks around Iowa.

She’s no stranger to MCB, as the daughter of past president Pete Verhey, Amy graced the bank often while growing up to visit her daddy at work. Amy is holding a picture of herself and MCB’s first bank president Kenneth Bean in front of the old fish pond that was in the bank lobby back in the 70s.

Welcome Amy!

Welcome Amy - website

Latest Marion County scam and tips to handle scams

Scam artists in the U.S. and around the world defraud millions of people each year. They use the phone, email, postal mail, and the internet to trick you into sending money or giving out personal information.

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Here is an example of a recent scam in Marion County.  This was a mailed postcard that entices the recipient to call to claim a reward.  When the recipient called, they were asked for their debit card number (red flag!)

Below is an article from the Federal Trade Commission on 10 things you can do — or not — to stop a scam:

 

What to Do

Know who you’re dealing with.

Try to find a seller’s physical address (not a P.O. Box) and phone number. With internet phone services and other web-based technologies, it’s tough to tell where someone is calling from. Do an online search for the company name and website, and look for reviews. If people report negative experiences, you’ll have to decide if the offer is worth the risk. After all, a deal is good only if you get a product that actually works as promised.

Know that wiring money is like sending cash.

Con artists often insist that people wire money, especially overseas, because it’s nearly impossible to reverse the transaction or trace the money. Don’t wire money to strangers, to sellers who insist on wire transfers for payment, or to anyone who claims to be a relative or friend in an emergency and wants to keep the request a secret.

Read your monthly statements.

Scammers steal account information and then run up charges or commit crimes in your name. Dishonest merchants bill you for monthly “membership fees” and other goods or services without your authorization. If you see charges you don’t recognize or didn’t okay, contact your bank, card issuer, or other creditor immediately.

After a disaster, give only to established charities.

In the aftermath of a disaster, give to an established charity, rather than one that has sprung up overnight. Pop-up charities probably don’t have the infrastructure to get help to the affected areas or people, and they could be collecting the money to finance illegal activity. For more donating tips, check out ftc.gov/charityfraud.

Talk to your doctor before you buy health products or treatments.

Ask about research that supports a product’s claims — and possible risks or side effects. In addition, buy prescription drugs only from licensed U.S. pharmacies. Otherwise, you could end up with products that are fake, expired, or mislabeled — in short, products that could be dangerous to your health. Learn more about buying health products online.

Remember there's no sure thing in investing.

If someone contacts you with low-risk, high-return investment opportunities, stay away. When you hear pitches that insist you act now, that guarantee big profits, that promise little or no financial risk, or that demand that you send cash immediately, report them at ftc.gov.

 

What Not to Do

Don’t send money to someone you don’t know.

Not to an online seller you’ve never heard of — or an online love interest who asks for money. It’s best to do business with sites you know and trust. If you buy items through an online auction, consider using a payment option that provides protection, like a credit card.

If you think you’ve found a good deal, but you aren’t familiar with the company, check it out. Type the company or product name into your favorite search engine with terms like “review,” “complaint,” or “scam.” See what comes up — on the first page of results as well as on the later pages.

Never pay fees first for the promise of a big pay-off later — whether it’s for a loan, a job, a grant or a so-called prize.

Don’t agree to deposit a check and wire money back.

By law, banks have to make funds from deposited checks available within days, but uncovering a fake check can take weeks. You’re responsible for the checks you deposit: If a check turns out to be a fake, you’re responsible for paying back the bank. No matter how convincing the story, someone who overpays with a check is almost certainly a scam artist.

Don’t reply to messages asking for personal or financial information.

It doesn't matter whether the message comes as an email, a phone call, a text message, or an ad. Don’t click on links or call phone numbers included in the message, either. It’s called phishing. The crooks behind these messages are trying to trick you into revealing sensitive information. If you got a message like this and you are concerned about your account status, call the number on your credit or debit card — or your statement — and check on it.

Don’t play a foreign lottery.

It’s illegal to play a foreign lottery. And yet messages that tout your chances of winning a foreign lottery, or messages that claim you’ve already won, can be tempting. Inevitably, you have to pay “taxes,” “fees,” or “customs duties” to collect your prize. If you must send money to collect, you haven’t won anything. And if you send any money, you will lose it. You won’t get any money back, either, regardless of promises or guarantees.

 

Report Scams

If you think you may have been scammed:

  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. If you are outside the U.S., file a complaint at econsumer.gov.
  • Visit ftc.gov/idtheft, where you’ll find out how to minimize your risk of identity theft.
  • Report scams to your state Attorney General.

 

Cyber tips to avoid a breach

Cyber breaches are all too common these days.  With the news of the latest attack, we want to encourage our customers to be smart online with these tips:

  • Change their passwords regularly.  Now would be a good time to strengthen your passwords to include letters, numbers and symbols.  Changing the passwords to your online accounts quickly deters hackers for targeting your information and is an easy way to protect yourself.

To change your password on Internet Bank, log on to your account.  Select “services” and then “change password” from the left menu bar.  Changing your password on your computer will also change the password on our Touch Banking app.

Don’t forget other important sites, such as your email accounts, social media, credit card accounts, your investment accounts and any other important health, wealth or online shopping accounts you may have.

  • Better manage your online credentials.  Many people keep the same password for multiple services.  This allows hackers to turn one single password into a treasure trove of all your services.
  • Secure your computer and phone.  Make sure you have the latest patches, fixes and upgrades.
  • Avoid being scammed.  Never reply to emails that ask you to verify your information or confirm your user ID or password.  Don’t click on a link or file of unknown origin.  Check the source of the message and when in doubt, verify the source.

For more online tips and tricks, visit the US Department of Homeland Security website.

Read more about the latest attack. 

MCB is a proud sponsor of Lake Red Rock Balloon Fest

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Join us as we welcome 30 hot air balloons over the beauty of Iowa's largest lake, Lake Red Rock.  Flights are July 11 and 12 at 6:30pm and July 12 and 13 at 6:30am.  Other events include a night glow, 5K/10K run, sand sculpting, family bike ride, pancake feed on the beach, live bands, food and family time!  Best viewing area and center of activities is the North Overlook Beach.  

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Click here to visit the event webpage

Internet Bank Login Issues

If you are experiencing difficulties logging in to Internet Banking, please call Customer Service at 641-628-2191.

Tips Every Homebuyer Should Know

With housing prices and mortgage interest rates still at record lows, it is a good time to explore buying a home.  

Marion County Bank offers a number of mortgage products to fit many borrowers’ needs, and right now is offering $100 in Pella Chamber Bucks for a preapproved mortgage application.  Click here to read details about the promotion.   

“Buying a home is the single largest investment that most people will make in their lifetime,” said Diane Roose, Vice President and Real Estate Loan Officer, “So it is important to take an honest look at your budget first to make sure you are fully prepared to buy a home.” 

Preparation is key to navigating today’s market. As part of National Homeownership Month, Marion County Bank offers these tips to help households prepare for buying a home. 

  • Review your finances. A thorough analysis of your financial situation is central to the decision to buy. Calculate all of your monthly expenses, in addition to your potential mortgage payment, homeowner’s insurance, taxes and condo fees. Factor in other obligations like car payments and credit card debt.  Aim to keep the mortgage payment and all other obligations below 40 percent of your monthly income and stay within your budget when considering homes.
  • Check your credit score. Your credit history is an important factor when applying for a loan. Most lenders rely on the Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) credit score when reviewing your loan application. The score reflects how well you manage your debt and is calculated using data from your credit report. A lower credit score may result in a higher interest rate on your loan.  If your score is too low, you may not be approved for a loan at that time. There are a number of steps you can take to improve your credit score, including paying your bills on time, only opening lines of credit you need and keeping your credit card balances below half of your available credit. To learn more and get information about improving your credit score, visit www.myfico.com
  • Organize your finances. Getting a loan requires a few different documentations including, but not limited to, pay stubs, tax returns and bank statements that are less than 60 days old. Provide copies of additional monthly payments such as car loans, credit cards and student loans. You should also bring any additional information you think will help your banker positively evaluate your financial situation. 
  • Factor in closing costs. Once you have found a home within your budget and agreed on a purchase price, there will be costs associated with closing the sale. These costs can vary and will depend on the purchase price and whether a real estate attorney or title/escrow company will be involved in the transaction. By law, lenders are required to give you a written estimate of closing costs within three days of accepting your loan application.

Home ownership is an exciting time and Marion County Bank is here to help you with your first home, upgrading or downsizing.  Visit Diane Roose or Ryan Vos to get started with an application, or use the convenient online application available on our website, www.marioncountybank.com.

Thursdays in Pella begins this week!

Head downtown for Thursdays in Pella! Every Thursday evening in June and July you are sure to have a blast enjoying live entertainment, activities for kids, food vendors, displays, and more! Each night has a unique theme, each night is a different experience for you to explore. From 6-8 pm, with a City Band concert concluding each evening at 8 pm (bring your lawn chairs!). Many activities are free or have minimal cost.

June 5 – Celebrating Pella’s Families: Many
things to do this Thursday evening! Featuring a
bicycle rodeo, music from the Children’s Choir,
Blue Track, and more.

June 12 – Dutch Dynasty: Pella’s taking on the
outdoorsman in all of us! BBQ, Fabulous Facial Hair and
turkey call contests, children’s archery, lawn mower
races, cars & ATV’s on display and inflatables.

June 19 – Pet-A-Palooza: Grab Fido and head downtown
for a celebration of our four-legged friends! Pony Rides,
pets to adopt, Dollar Dog, obedience training tips for
your pet, and service dog demonstration! Please note:
bring well-mannered, immunized pets only. Pets must be
leashed and owners must be prepared to dispose of any
waste.

June 26 – “Chip In” Be a Volunteer: Navigate a mini-golf
course, learn about area non-profit organizatons, and
ride a P.E.T.

July 3 – Summer Fest: Tug-of-war, hot dog eating contest,
ice cream eating contests, outdoor movie (following City
Band), inflatables and much more!

July 10 – Joy Ride: Classic cars, hot air balloon, Quay
Thomas Trio performing, cookie decorating, and lots of
children’s activities.

July 17 – Bugs ‘n Blooms: Sitting Pretty contest, Kermis
games for kids, gardening experts, and more!

July 24 – Splish Splash Summer Bash: Its all about water!

July 31 – Ag In the City: Corn pile, inflatables, equipment
and implement displays, prize drawings and more.

Hosted by the Pella Chamber of Commerce, with the help of many local organizations and volunteers.

Report Card Programs reaches $84,111.12 donation to local schools from MCB!

A total of 2454 Marion County Bank debit cards earn an $84,111.12 seven year total donation for local schools through the life of the Report Card program.  The Report Card empowers debit card customers to support one of 13 local schools of their choice with every debit card purchase.  Enrollment in Marion County Bank’s Report Card is free and there’s no limit to the money a school can earn!

Pella Report Card Donation

1449 Marion County Bank debit cards are signed up to support Pella Community Schools. This year's donation was $10,306.14 and makes the seven year total $47,333.48 to Pella Community! MCB's Steve Kraayenbrink and Ron Zantingh presented Pella Community School's check to Greg Ibeling.

PCGS Report Card Donation

287 Marion County Bank debit cards are in support of Pella Christian Grade School. This year's donation to PCGS was $2,041.27 taking the total to $11,315.44. Marion County Bank's Steve Kraayenbrink and Ron Zantingh presented Pella Christian Grade School's David De Jong with the big check.

PCHS Report Card Donation

482 Marion County Bank debit cards are signed up to support Pella Christian High School. This year's donation was $3,428.30 taking the total PCHS donation to $17,987.82! Marion County Bank's Ron Zantingh and Steve Kraayenbrink presented the check to Pella Christian High's Darryl De Ruiter.

Learn more about The Report Card program here.

 

In the news: "Heartbleed" Bug

The HeartBleed Bug has been a hot topic in the news this week.  The heartbleed bug is basically a vulnerability in a popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library.  Many websites using the OpenSSL authentication program are vulnerable to a hack that allows criminals to extract random password information from the affect web servers.  One report listed that approximately 66% of all websites use the OpenSSL certificate and may be affected.  To read more visit HeartBleed Bug.

How is Marion County Bank handling this news?

Our websites received a patch within hours of the announcement.  The security update was successfully applied and as an extra precaution, we are changing our passwords as recommended.

We strongly encourage our customers to change their passwords regularly.  Now would be a good time to strengthen your passwords to include letters, numbers and symbols.  Changing the passwords to you online accounts quickly deters hackers for targeting your information and is an easy way to protect yourself.

To change your password on Internet Bank, log on to your account.  Select “services” and then “change password” from the left menu bar.  Changing your password on your computer will also change the password on our Touch Banking app.

Don’t forget other important sites, such as your credit card account, your investment accounts and any other important health, wealth or online shopping accounts you may have.

Changing your password is an easy way to protect yourself from the heartbleed bug and other criminal internet activity.

It’s not too late to make a 2013 contribution to your IRA!

Generally speaking, the IRS allows you to make your IRA contribution for a particular tax year up until April 15 of the following year. This rule applies to both traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs, giving you some flexibility in terms of the timing of your annual IRA contribution. You can contribute a total of $5,500 to all the IRAs you own in 2014 (unchanged from 2013). In addition, if you're age 50 or older, you can make an extra "catch-up" contribution of $1,000 a year in 2013 and 2014.

Note that you can make your annual IRA contribution in a series of payments rather than in one lump sum. For example, let's say you want to invest the maximum amount in your IRA for 2014. You can either make a lump-sum contribution of $5,500, or you can set up a savings plan whereby you invest a fixed amount each month in your IRA. Because you're allowed to spread your 2014 IRA contribution over a 15½-month period (January 1, 2014 through April 15, 2015), you can invest as little as $354.83 per month and still end up contributing the full $5,500.

Julia CaldwellSee Julia Caldwell, our IRA Specialist, to make your 2013 contribution or click here for details about Marion County Bank’s IRA options.

Email: jcaldwell@marioncountybank.com
Call: 641-628-2191

Roose, Ulferts and Walters Promoted

 

Lisa WaltersTeresa Ulferts - thumbDiane-RooseSteve Kraayenbrink, President and CEO of Marion County Bank, recently announced the promotions of Diane Roose, Teresa Ulferts and Lisa Walters.

Diane Roose has been promoted to Vice President, Mortgage Loan Officer.  Diane brings over 24 years of real estate experience and joined the bank in 2007.  Diane has served as Marion County Bank’s mortgage loan officer for five years and manages the bank’s real estate department.  Roose is a graduate of Dordt College in Sioux Center.

Teresa Ulferts has been promoted to Vice President, Marketing Officer.  She joined the bank in 2006.  Ulferts is a graduate of Dordt College in Sioux Center and completed the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing and Management in 2008.  She currently alsoserves as president for the Pella Chamber of Commerce.  

Lisa Walters has been promoted to Vice President, Retail Banking Officer.  Walters joined the bank in 2010.  Walters received her Associates of Arts degree from Dordt College in Sioux Center and received a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Memphis.  In 2013, Walters graduated from the Iowa Bankers Association School of Banking.  She currently also serves as secretary for Pella Dollars for Scholars.

Photos (L-R) Diane Roose, Teresa Ulferts and Lisa Walters

Congratulations to Pete Verhey!

Pete Verhey Hall of FameCongratulations to Pete Verhey, Past President of Marion County Bank, who was awarded with a Pella Chamber Hall of Fame Excellence Award at the Pella Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Friday, February 28! Well done, Pete. We are proud of you!

Pete started his career at Marion County Bank 40 years ago as a teller.  From that position he moved to opening accounts and then became a consumer loan officer.  He soon began work in the commercial loan area and then in 1999 was promoted to President and CEO.  In his role as CEO, Pete led the bank in growth, from 125 million to 218 million dollars in assets.

During his time as president and CEO, Pete played a critical role in keeping Marion County Bank locally owned when the Vermeer family decided to sell the bank in 2000.  To this day, the bank is still locally owned and reinvests millions of dollars back into the community through payroll, taxes, and donations.

After ten years as Marion County Bank’s President, Pete semi-retired and transitioned to President of the Bank’s holding company, Pella Financial Group.  The day after this decision, a dear friend introduced him to the PET Ministry.  A PET (Personal Energy Transportation) is a wheel chair propelled by a hand-crank that is designed for rough terrain.  Since then, Pete and other volunteers have produced over 800 PETs that are donated to those in need across the globe.

In addition to his career at Marion County Bank and his PET project, Pete has been on the boards of PADCO, Kiwanis, COC, Bethany Christian Services, Pella Chamber, Pella Community Foundation Board and Hawkeye Cadet Council.  Pete was the finance coordinator for the Pella Christian High School new campus building project, served on the fundraising committee for the Comfort House and has still found energy to be a youth group leader at Calvary CRC for over 20 years.  

Pella Chamber Vice President, Cyndi Atkins and Pella Chamber Past President, Trevor Castle are shown presenting Pete Verhey with his award (middle).

Join Main Street Advisory Group for their upcoming seminar!

Have you ever wondered why so many investors pour money into the market just as it's peaking and sell as it's bottoming out? For answers to this and other questions on what drives our financial decision-making, I invite you to join us as Jeff Olson, Vice President of American Funds, will share "Perception vs. Reality: Separating Fact From Fiction in Today's Investing Environment."  This presentation will offer insight into how our instinctive perceptions about money can drive counterproductive investment decisions, and provides strategies for staying focused on your objectives. 

Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014

Time: Two seminar times available!

          12:00 noon Light Lunch    OR    5:30 p.m.  Appetizers

Location: Central College’s Graham Annex

           Located on University Street, west of the Graham Conference Center

           Parking is available in the large lot on University Street.

Presented by: Jeff Olson, American Funds

           Sam Vande Weerd, Main Street Advisory Group
           
           Pat Moriarity, Main Street Advisory Group

RSVP: Seating is limited, RSVP today to (641) 628-6861 or jcaldwell@msmcb.com

 

Main Street Advisory Group, a division of Marion County Bank
800 Main Street, located on the 3rd floor
www.mainstreetadvisorygroup.com
641-628-6861

Securities offered through IBA Securities, a division of Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. (BDFSC), Member FINRA & SIPC.  Advisory services offered through Investment Advisors Corp.  Main Street Advisory Group and BDFSC are not affiliated companies.  Securities are not FDIC insured, not a bank deposit or product, may lose value and are subject to investment risk including possible loss of principal.

Marion County Bank Shoot Out – A slam dunk for schools

PvsPC Student Photo 2014 - WebMarion County Bank’s halftime entertainment at the Pella vs. Pella Christian basketball game on Thursday, February 6 and Tuesday, January 7 provided excitement for fans and the local schools!

Students, teachers and administrators participated in the events by shooting layups, free throws, three pointers and half court shots to earn a donation for the schools from Marion County Bank.  Big shout out to Lance De Zwarte who nailed a half court basket earning $1,000 for the schools!

A total donation this year of $7,500 was raised for the local schools’ student activity funds from Marion County Bank.  Marion County Bank thanks the students, teachers and administration that participated in the halftime shoot outs.  

During the last 10 years, over $65,000 has been given to Pella Community High and Pella Christian High from Marion County Bank during the halftime events.

Marion County Bank voted Best Bank

1 - MCB ColorsMarion County Bank was recently named Best Bank in the Marion County Development Commission’s 2013 Best of the Red Rock Area contest.

Marion County Bank was honored at a ceremony held on January 30, 2014.  A full list of the Best of the Red Rock Area Winners can be found at www.redrockarea.com.

“Thank you to our customers for voting us Best Bank,” said Marion County Bank President Steve Kraayenbrink.  “It’s a true honor to serve the people of Pella and the Red Rock Area.  We’re proud of our history and success, but we understand our growth and success are fueled by our customers’ successes. No bank can endure unless its customer base is viable and successful. Each day we work hard to nurture our customers and communities, and, in return, they nurture us.”

Winners in the Best of the Red Rock Area were determined by voters that visited the Marion County Development Commission website from September 1 to November 1, 2013.  This contest is sponsored by the Marion County Development Commission to promote hospitality and service throughout the area’s tourism industry.  Awards are given to the entities receiving the highest number of votes in each of the 40 categories.  For further information about the contest, contact the Marion County Development Commission at 641-828-2257.

Teachers and Admins shoot hoops for donation

2013 Shoot Out Check 1Pella and Pella Christian High teachers and administrators particpated in MCB's basketball shootout during the Pella vs. Pella Christian basketball game.  Shooting layups, free throws, three pointers and even a couple half court shots the participants raised a $3,550 donation from Marion County Bank to the local schools.  The next shoot out is set for Tuesday, February 4 when students try their hand at our shoot out to increase the donations to the schools.

US Merchant Card Breach

A breach of card data at a large US merchant is being investigated. We have received a list of bank debit cards that are on this list that could be compromised. If your card is on the list, we will contact you. It's always a good reminder to watch your accounts closely and contact us if any fraud is suspected. For more information, read this article from CNN. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 641-628-2191.

Give the Gift of Future Financial Success

It's easy to get focused on spending rather than saving and investing during the holiday season. However, some of the best gifts you can give children and young adults are tools that set them up for future financial success. Use the following list, beginning with the youngest person on your shopping list, to help inspire a prosperous New Year.

1. A piggy bank. A simple place to store money, a piggy bank is a great teaching tool and the beginning step to help a child understand how to put money away toward a goal. When shopping for a piggy bank, experts recommend choosing a transparent model, ideally one the child can build and customize. It's helpful for the child to see the money grow over time as it gets closer to the top of the piggy bank. 

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Maximize your Social Security benefits with this free seminar!

October 29, 2013

Maximize your Social Security Benefits this FREE Seminar from Main Street Advisory Group's Pat Moriarity and Sam Vande Weerd.

Specifically for those nearing retirement age, this free seminar will answer questions you have about social security and help you maximize your upcoming social security benefits.  

Join us on Tuesday, November 7 for appetizers at 5:30pm; the presentation followed by Q&A will take place from 6:00-6:30pm at Monarchs Restaurant and Lounge in Pella.  The seminar is sponsored by Main Street Advisory Group, a division of Marion County Bank.  Please RSVP by calling 641-628-6861 or jcaldwell@msmcb.com.

 

Securities offered through IBA Securities, a division of Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. (BDFSC), Member FINRA & SIPC.  Advisory services offered through Investment Advisors Corp.  Main Street Advisory Group and BDFSC are not affiliated companies.  Securities are not FDIC insured, not a bank deposit or product, may lose value and are subject to investment risk including possible loss of principal.

When scholarships and financial aid aren't enough, see us!

July 31, 2013

Marion County Bank now works with Iowa Student Loan® to offer a supplemental private student loan to help you pay for college.1

The Partnership Advance Education Loan® (Partnership Loan):

  • Provides terms and conditions upfront, so you know what you’re getting before you apply.
  • Features variable and fixed interest rates.
  • Lets you defer payments or make interest-only payments while you attend school.
  • Offers benefits such as an interest rate reduction and cosigner release.

Compare rates, fees, and terms.

Apply now

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Main Street Advisory Group Grand Opening Celebration

May 23, 2013

Join us for Marion County Bank’s Main Street Advisory Group grand opening celebration on Wednesday, June 5.  A public open house will be held from 9am – 4:30pm.  Enjoy refreshments and goodies, meet the team and see our new location on Marion County Bank’s 3rd floor at 800 Main Street, Pella.

 

Securities offered through IBA Securities, a division of Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. (BDFSC), Member FINRA & SIPC.  Advisory services offered through Investment Advisors Corp.  Main Street Advisory Group and BDFSC are not affiliated companies.  Securities are not FDIC insured, not a bank deposit or product, may lose value and are subject to investment risk including possible loss of principal.

PCGS 4th Graders Complete MCB's Financial Literacy Program


MCB's Teresa Ulferts with 4th Graders

June 6, 2013

Pella Christian Grade School’s 4th graders participated in the Marion County Bank Financial Literacy Program this past semester.  Marion County Bank’s Teresa Ulferts presented certificates to the students as well as answered any additional questions they had about money and banking.  

The web-based financial literacy program, developed by EverFi in conjunction with the Iowa Bankers Association, cultivates good financial habits.  Throughout the course of the semester, students learned about financial responsibility, money management, credit, debt, saving and investing.  

Job well done to the PCGS fourth graders!

Marion County Bank expands Investment Department

Sam Vande Weerd - web

April 17, 2013

Marion County Bank President, Steve Kraayenbrink is pleased to announce that Sam Vande Weerd has joined Pat Moriarity in the bank’s financial management department as Senior Financial Advisor. With the addition of Vande Weerd, the department formerly known as Main Street Investments is now Main Street Advisory Group. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Sam Vande Weerd to Marion County Bank and Main Street Advisory Group,” Kraayenbrink said. “As we grow to serve the financial needs of our customers, the addition of Sam’s experience and expertise will allow us to build on the foundation that Pat Moriarity has established as a trusted financial professional. Together Sam and Pat will deliver personalized guidance and comprehensive wealth strategies tailored to help individuals, families and businesses achieve their financial goals.”

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