Banker Involvement





Network with other like-minded bankers at the Fall Community Bank Summits. Taking place in locations across western Iowa, the summits kick-off October 14th at the Santa Maria Winery in Carroll. The next meeting is October 15th at Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines. The 2014 Fall Summit sessions wrap up at the Algona Country Club in Algona on October 16th.

Registration fees for each Summit are a bargain at only $35!
Summits begin at 3:00 p.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m; take advantage of a valuable education and networking opportunity, with little time away from your bank.

Speaker Sandy Dixon, President/CEO of Sandy Dixon & Associates will inform Summit attendees on current technology trends. Internationally recognized as an industry expert, Ms. Dixon has 38 years banking experience. Her holistic approach enhances a multi-channel strategy—transforming the branch to enrich the customer experience, reducing costs, and generating capital to expand customer-driven demands.

Later at each meeting, learn about the Ag Economy across Iowa and how it compares nationwide. Presenting a report is Shane Ellis, Farm Management Specialist with the Iowa State University Extension Office. Shane will be detailing the Crop Marketing Outlook and the new Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. He will cover land values, ag lending and the latest issues affecting the ag economy today.

A dinner reception immediately follows the Summit events, with a chance to win a new Kindle Fire HD at the door prize giveaway!

Need more information? Please call the CBI office at 515.453.1495 or contact Jackie Haley at



CBI held its annual Golf Open on Monday, Sept. 8 at Legacy Golf Club in Norwalk. Over 60 community bankers from around Iowa gathered to enjoy cool weather for networking on the greens, after a grilled lunch courtesy of SHAZAM. The Golf Open, held every year in September, benefits CBI's PAC and the Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Scholarship funds.

Congratulations to the Top Winners in this year's tournament:
First Place: Jeff Goble, Kevin Swalley, Doug McDermott, Brian Sheldon
Second Place: Tom VandeKamp, Rod Rowland, Erik Skovgard, Chuck Cook

First Place: Jay Johnson, Rob Dixon, Clay Boatman, Mike Underwood
Second Place: David Vander Wilt, Marc Anderson, John Pratt, Andy Ewoldt

First Place: Mike Hollinger, Paul Waltz, Scott Dobesh, Terry Dooley
Second Place: Wayne Wickwire, Curtis Brown, John Stull, Tyler Kamish

Hole #3 Long Putt - Scott Dobesh; Hole #6 Long Drive - Robb Nielsen; Hole #7 Closest to Pin - Kevin Swalley
Hole #17 Closest to Pin - Terry Nielsen; Hole #13 Long Putt - Curtis Brown

The CBI PAC is the non-partisan political action committee of the Community Bankers of Iowa, the voice in Iowa for community banks. CBI’s political efforts concentrate on defending the views to Iowa’s community banks and their local economies.


3rd Community Bankers State Fair Conference

Providing Blue Ribbon worthy Advocacy, Services and Education to Iowa’s community bankers.

Community Bankers of Iowa's 3rd State Fair Conference was held August 12, 2014 in the Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa. The State Fair Conference provides a forum for Iowa’s independent, community bankers to discuss with legislators how policy changes and regulations are impacting their businesses.

With the inclusion of candidates as well as the incumbents this year, all four federal congressional districts were represented. The event keynote address was delivered by Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds, who outlined their efforts so far in promoting rural, small business and economic development in Iowa.

Bankers also discussed issues with members of Iowa's state general assembly leadership and a panel each of Democrat and Republican candidates and incumbents at the federal level, where they were able to ask Iowa's leaders about their views on pending legislation, regulations, and ongoing issues. Rural economic development, tax laws, and small business growth were stressed as their top priorities in the coming year.

Among the topics discussed were: the prospects in 2015 for enhancing the deployment of broadband services in rural Iowa; how the competition from Farm Credit systems and credit unions can be addressed; rural infrastructure; too-big-to-fail legislation; regulatory compliance burden; economic development; and bipartisan cooperation.

The Iowa leadership panel included Iowa Senate Republican Whip Jack Whitver (R-District 19), Speaker of the Iowa House Kraig Paulsen (R-District 35), Iowa Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal (D-District 8) and Iowa House Ranking Member on Commerce Committee Chris Hall (D-District 13). The federal congressional Democrat panel included Congressman David Loebsack (District 2), and  candidates Pat Murphy (running for District 1), Staci Appel (running for District 3) and Jim Mowrer (running for District 4). Sitting on the federal Republican panel were Congressman Steve King (District 4) and candidates Rod Blum (running for District 1), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (running for District 2) and David Young (running for District 3).

Closing out the event, breakout speakers educated Conference attendees on mortgage compliance rules, maximizing non-interest revenue, risk management, and recent legislative developments in Washington.

Thank you to Conference sponsors ICBA Securities, SHAZAM, ICBA and Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines!


Robert D. Dixon Founder's Award

The Robert D. Dixon Founders' Award recognizes an Iowa community banker for their dedication and devotion to the independent, community banking industry. Please take a moment to nominate a fellow community banker who is devoted to the industry.

The selection will be made by a committee comprised of two President’s Council Members, two existing CBI Directors and the Executive Committee. The selection committee will review the following factors to determine the recipient of the 2014 Robert D. Dixon Founders' Award:

  • Dedication to community banking;
  • Support of their local community;
  • Involvement in the Community Bankers of Iowa and ICBA;
  • And support of the community banking industry.

2014 Robert D. Dixon Founders' Award Recipient
Steven R. Lane - Security Savings Bank, Gowrie, Iowa







Community Banking Month 2014 Best-of-the-Best Contest

April was Community Banking Month. This was your bank's time in the spotlight! How did you celebrate Community Banking Month and spread the message “We Make A Difference On Main Street?”

2014 Best-of-the-Best Contest Winner:

Shelby County State Bank, Harlan, Iowa

Shelby County State Bank received the Community Banking Month Traveling Trophy and a pizza party for their staff hosted by CBI, and will be featured in an issue of CBI’s weekly e-newsletter CommonCENTS, and an article in the August edition of the Community Banker Update.

Can Your Bank Capture the CBI Community Banking Month Traveling Trophy Next Year?