October 2012

Woonsocket – First National Bank South Dakota is pleased to announce that Paula Gascoigne of Woonsocket has been named as a recipient of First National Bank South Dakota’s Third Quarter Star Performer Award.
The Star Performer Program is the bank’s employee recognition program. Bank employees are nominated each quarter by their fellow team members for demonstrating outstanding performance and going above and beyond their standard job requirements to ensure a superior customer experience is delivered. The award is given to individuals whose performance consistently promotes team work, help others and provide the best in customer service and quality work.
Gascoigne, a personal banker, has been with the bank since March 2011 and was nominated for eagerness to help out the bank and her team as well as the Woonsocket community in any way she can.
Please stop by First National Bank South Dakota at 505 W. 7th St. to congratulate Paula Gascoigne on her well deserved award!

ALM Community Foundation awards grants

Letcher, Mt. Vernon receive grant money

The ALM (Artesian, Letcher, Mt. Vernon) Community Foundation Board of Directors met recently to award its semi-annual grants.
The following distributions were approved: Letcher Community Development Foundation for $289.38 for new Rossy Park sign posts, and the Mt. Vernon Fire Department for $902.00 towards a new grain entrapment rescue tube.
The ALM Community Foundation is an organization formed to attract and distribute gifts of capital for community betterment. It was initially funded by CorTrust Bank with a match from the South Dakota Community Foundation for the benefit of the Artesian, Letcher and Mt. Vernon communities.
The first grants were awarded in August 2000. Grant applications are considered based on several factors, including the potential benefit of the proposed project to the particular population to be served and to the community as a whole. The ALM Community Foundation has awarded over $93,500 since its inception.
The ALM Community Foundation encourages and welcomes donations, memorial gifts, bequests and gifts of capital. The income generated from investment of these funds is then made available for grants. Donors may restrict their gifts to certain types of grants or to certain communities, or they may designate them as unrestricted.
The ALM Community Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors that consists of people from the Artesian, Letcher and Mt. Vernon communities, as well as CorTrust Bank. The current members of the Board of Directors are Jeff Ebersdorfer and Bev Morris of Artesian, Lori Kluth and Cheryl Hohbach of Mt. Vernon, Sherri Stekl and Ray Sundstrom of Letcher, and Liz Hoffman, Barb Metzinger and Don Threadgold from CorTrust Bank.
The Board meets twice a year to review grant applications. The next grant application deadline is Feb. 15, 2013. Applications and more information can be obtained from the CorTrust Banks in Artesian, Letcher and Mt. Vernon.

Medicare Part D open enrollment

SHIINE to host event Nov. 1 in Woonsocket

PIERRE – Senior Health Information and Education (SHIINE) will host a Medicare Part D open enrollment event in Woonsocket at the Sanborn County Extension Office, 604 W 6th Street, Woonsocket on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For an appointment please call 605-796-4380.
Trained SHIINE volunteers will be on hand to assist individuals with enrollment, answer questions and help fill out paperwork. The annual open enrollment period for Part D began Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7.
Administered by the SD Department of Social Services, SHIINE is a federally-funded program that advocates for, educates and assists consumers with Medicare and related health information, to allow consumers to make timely and informed decisions and access necessary resources. The program is free for eligible seniors.
For more information on SHIINE or open enrollment events in your area, contact SHIINE Regional Coordinator at 605-224-3212 or shiine@centralsd.org  or visit www.shiine.net.