Making a Difference in the Communities We Serve

Our Story

The Lincoln Banking Center is a reality!

It was a very busy year at 710 Woodlawn Rd. in Lincoln, IL. We started construction on our new branch at the end of 2021 and moved into the Lincoln Banking Center in September, 2022. When you stop in you will see some familiar faces and a few new ones, too. This is a full service branch and we couldn't be more thrilled with the response from the Lincoln community. THANK YOU FOR HELPING US GROW!

A brand new building in New Holland!

Construction on our new building in New Holland, IL was completed and we opened for business in October, 2021. The New Holland Banking Center has better visibility, easier accessibility and finally...a Drive Up! We donated our old building to the Village of New Holland, as they needed a new space for their Village offices, Senior Center and the New Holland Historical Society.

New Communities - New Opportunities-New Additions

In 2001, we had an opportunity to share our banking vision with the community of New Holland in Logan County, Illinois and in 2004, we did the same in Hopedale, Illinois. By 2005, we had outgrown our space in Tremont. A new addition provided us with the current drive up area and additional office space.

The Beginning

We have a history of seeing the glass half full and finding opportunities for growth, even in difficult times. But that is what you’d expect from a bank that has roots going back to 1879 in Tremont, Illinois. By 1931, we joined with the other bank in town, to become a new bank named The First National Bank in Tremont. Not the easiest time in our country’s history to be starting a new bank to be sure, but when opportunity knocks, wisdom tells us to answer the door. The bank continued to help build and grow the Tremont community through the remainder of the 20th century. Our current building in Tremont was built in 1966 and expanded in 1973.

you have to experience it banner

Why did we pick this phrase for our brand? What does it even mean? Well, the truth is, we didn’t create of our customers did. She had called to thank us for solving a problem with one of her accounts and in the midst of the conversation, said she always tells her friends how satisfied she is with us and that they “just have to experience it to understand the difference.” Sometimes your best ideas come from others, right? With some brainstorming and graphic design work, we had our new brand. You see, our industry’s best kept secret is we all have basically the same products and services. We all function under the same regulations.  WE are the only thing that can set ourselves apart. It may not be easily defined, quantifiable or explained, but we hear it all the time. We do the right things for the right reasons, see opportunities when others may not, live and invest in our communities because we want to and our employees support each other and are known to even have fun at work!   It’s true, “You Have to Experience It!

Our employees plan volunteer nights together, work community festivals and find all kinds of unique ways to help our neighbors.  Check out the list of the all the organizations, fundraisers and ways in which we served each of our local communities in 2023.   

2023 Community Impact

1,128+ Volunteer Hours

65+ Organizations Served

93% Employee Participation


Above: Hopedale 4th of July Parade  Below: Money Smart Program at

New Holland-Middletown School

"Volunteering has always been a big part of my life. It’s a chance to give back, meet new people and it promotes personal growth and self- esteem."

— Annie Coers, Business Development Officer


Above: Tremont Turkey Festival

Below: Land of Lincoln CEO Meeting

"The opportunity to mentor my community’s youth is so rewarding. I attended the same high school as these students and now it’s my turn to give back, just as other community leaders did for me."

— David Pickering, CFO

Whether it’s a team volunteer night at our local food bank, the community share closet,  working the multi-day Hopedale 4th of July event, Tremont Turkey Festival, or the Logan County Fair, our employees really know how to have fun while giving back. On an individual level, we quietly make and deliver food to those in need, provide rides to medical appointments for those who cannot drive, or pet sit for our neighbors due to a family emergency. Still others work with the youth in our communities, serve on Boards of charitable organizations, spend endless hours working the school concession stand or donate blood regularly. Some of our employees help our bigger community by planting milkweed and tracking the life cycle of monarch butterflies in an attempt to support their declining population, or provide regular bird observation information to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 
Whether volunteering as a large group, with just a few of us, or individually, the reason is the same-we care about people, the world we live in and just want to help. It’s just that simple, and we can’t think of any better reason.

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