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Rondout Savings Bank Welcomes Jennifer Alnwick as AVP, Director of Business and Retail Banking Training & Development
February 6, 2020
Jennifer comes to Rondout with over 20 years of experience within the banking industry, including retail sales, operations, audit and underwriting as well as business banking sales and development. As AVP, Director of Business and Retail Banking Training & Development, she is responsible for sales and training of the Branch Managers and Retail Staff.
Jennifer holds a Master’s Degree from Marist College and serves as an active member in both Dutchess and Ulster Communities. She volunteers her time with local organizations and currently sits on the American Heart Association Board.
Jennifer currently resides in Hyde Park with her husband, Brian and four sons.
“I am excited that Jennifer has joined the Bank, her expansive knowledge, enthusiasm and energy is a welcomed addition to the Rondout Savings Bank Leadership Team!” states Cheryl Bowers, President and CEO of Rondout Savings Bank.
Rondout Savings Bank Appoints Susan Dallies as Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
August 5, 2019
KINGSTON, N.Y., August 5, 2019
Mrs. Dallies joined the Rondout Savings Bank team in 2002 and currently serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for directing the bank’s operations, retail banking, and product development functions of the bank. Her leadership ensures Rondout meets the needs of its customers, employees and shareholders. Prior to being named to her current position Susan held the Director of Operations and Finance position and in total has over 18 years of banking experience within Rondout Savings Bank.
Susan is an active member of the community volunteering her time to numerous local organizations including the American Heart Association of Ulster and Dutchess County. She is also the Chair of the Rondout Savings Bank Charities of Choice Committee.
Susan resides in Kingston with her husband and two children.
“I am thrilled to have Susie join the Executive Leadership Team as Chief Operating Officer. Her experience and knowledge has helped to make Rondout a cutting edge competitor in all things digital. She is an 18 year loyal veteran of the bank, and I can’t wait to see the great accomplishments yet to come, in her new role.” – Cheryl Bowers
National Internet Safety Month
June 18, 2019
Fuller Building Press Conference
June 17, 2019
Evan Rothfuss Named AVP, Commercial Loan Officer
May 8, 2019
We are pleased to announce that Even Rothfuss has transitioned to our Commercial Lending Team from our Credit Underwriting Team. Since joining the bank 5 years ago, Evan has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to growing business relationships by providing unique and flexible financing solutions. He is proficient in both Commercial Real Estate Lending and Commercial and Industrial loans and lines of credit. Evan is a current participant in the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress Fellows Program and volunteers at a multitude of events to support local not for profit organizations. He is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo, he holds a Bachelors in Business Administration and currently resides in Rhinebeck. “I am thrilled to welcome Evan to our Commercial Lending Team. His energy and entrepreneurial spirit perfectly complement our trusted team.” states Cheryl Bowers, President and CEO of Rondout Savings Bank.
Rondout Savings Bank’s Brittany Schatzel Selected to Join Prestigious BAI Emerging Leaders Network
September 1, 2018
Rondout Savings Bank’s Brittany Schatzel, Broadway Branch Manager, has been selected to join the BAI Emerging Leaders Network, a selective professional development network dedicated to fostering growth of future leaders who will drive positive change in the financial services industry.
Brittany is one of 100 Emerging Leaders chosen by BAI to join its Emerging Leaders Network, which recognizes up-and-coming financial services leaders from around the world with less than 10 years of experience in the industry. The network provides learning, mentoring, networking and recognition opportunities to aid in the development and career success of these standouts.
Brittany started her career in banking at Rondout Savings Bank in 2014 as a teller. She has since moved up through the ranks starting with a promotion to Customer Service Representative in March 2015, Head Teller in November 2015 and Assistant Branch Manager in May 2017. In July of 2018 Brittany begin her new position as Branch Manager of the Broadway office.
Emerging Leaders and their mentors attend BAI Beacon in October in Orlando, FL for a truly unique learning and networking experience. They also will participate in the year-round professional development community designed to provide relevant education, mentoring and networking opportunities; special recognition in a BAI Banking Strategies Special Report; complimentary 2019 BAI Membership and more.
“It is our responsibility as leaders to provide unique opportunities and the resources to develop up-and-coming talent in the financial services industry,” said Debbie Bianucci, President and CEO of BAI. “The BAI Emerging Leaders Network comprises of distinguished, diverse rising stars in the industry who demonstrate unparalleled leadership characteristics. I look forward to helping and watching them grow into the leaders of tomorrow.”
Rondout Savings Bank Celebrates 150th Anniversary with Donation to Kingston
May 31, 2018
KINGSTON – “I like to think of the City of Kingston as a city of firsts”, said Kingston Mayor Steve Nobel. He was referring to the first lighthouse on the canal back in the 1800’s, and the first woman to operate it; bringing us to the first woman president of Rondout Savings Bank, Cheryl Bowers.
“Its a little bit less about being the first woman as much as it is being the first president that starts the next 150 years.”, said a very humble Cheryl Bowers. Bowers was named the bank’s fourteenth president back in November of 2017.
The evening began with a reception at the Homeport Barn at the foot of Broadway in Kingston. After hor d oeuvres, a welcome from Cheryl Bowers, and cake the crowd moved to the Visitor’s Center. Situated on the grassy knoll, next the the Visitor Center building, the structure stood wrapped in a blue cloth, awaiting its unveiling.
Hundreds gathered around the 10 foot structure that only revealed the blue stone base of the monument. Ulster County Chamber of Commerce President Ward Todd MC’d the event with quick congratulatory words from himself, mayor Noble, and Rich Kleban who came to represent the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, where a Rondout Bank Hyde Park location resides.
After the speeches, Bowers cut the ribbon and behind her, the cloth was snapped away from the structure to reveal a five foot steel lighthouse as a symbol of Rondout’s mission throughout its 150 year history to be a beacon of trust and to provide guidance to the community it serves. Local artist Johnny Poux was commissioned by Rondout Savings Bank to create the lighthouse.
“Two words”, said Tony Marmo, owner of Normann Staffing. “Customer Service. That’s why the bank has been a cornerstone of this community for so long. The staff and management provides consistent and unmatched customer service.”, he said.
Benedictine Health Foundation Winter’s Eve Gala
December 14, 2019
This year marked the 50th Annual Benedictine Health Foundation Winter’s Eve Gala. This special year’s honorees were Meltzer & Hill Wealth Advisory-St. Benedict Award for community Spirit and Mrs. Jane Ulrich, Sr. Director of nursing, HealthAlliance Westchester Medical Center Health Network– St. Benedict Award for Medical Excellence. Rondout Savings Bank is a Corporate Sponsor of the Benedictine Health Foundation and supports their mission of raising and distributing financial resources to those struggling with a cancer diagnosis and whose financial means limit their ability to access or receive the care they need.
Ulster Chamber December Mixer
December 12, 2019
The Ulster Chamber’s monthly networking mixer took place at Ole Savannah’s in Kingston. The historic Rondout waterfront was a great location for the holiday mixer. Chamber members from all throughout Ulster County mix and mingled while enjoying live music and authentic barbecue and comfort food.
Ulster Chamber Holiday Breakfast Meeting
December 11, 2019
December 11th was the Rondout Savings Bank sponsored Ulster Chamber Holiday breakfast! The meeting’s speaker was Michael Doyle from the HealthAlliance. The breakfast was made festive by the wonderful carols of the Kingston High School Choir. Rondout gave a special gift this year and offered to give away $200 from each table to the charities of their choice! The donations will be spread throughout the year!
Hudson Valley Magazine’s Women in Business Awards
December 5, 2019
Rondout Savings Bank was a gift bag sponsor at this wonderful event in Dutchess County. The Women in Business Awards was held on December 5th at the Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls. This annual event recognizes women in the Hudson Valley that are successful at inspiring change here in the Hudson Valley. Rondout is proud to sponsor this inspiring event.
Lions Club Holiday Dinner
November 26, 2019
Each year the Kingston Lion’s Club host a Holiday Dinner for the handicapped. More than 2oo guests attend for a full course sit down roast beef dinner with all the trimmings! Rondout Savings Bank comes together with Ulster Savings Bank to support the dinner and supply the volunteers. Thank you to all of our team members and all the volunteers for making this holiday dinner a success!
Boys & Girls Club of Kingston John G. Stote Jr. Steak and Burger Dinner
November 13, 2019
Every year the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston host a steak and burger dinner, the children of the club get to eat the steak while the adults have the burger. Rondout was proud to continue our sponsorship for this great event that helps remind the children that the community truly cares and supports them.
American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon
November 8, 2019
The Go Red for Women Luncheon helps promote women heart health in a fun and informative environment. Between the break out sessions, key note speaker– Mara Schiavocampo, and the Better U program this event is truly inspiring. The American Heart Association is near and dear to our hearts because two of our employees children have heart defects and we are proud to support.
Jewish Federation of Ulster County Fall for the Arts
November 7, 2019
Rondout Savings Bank continued our sponsorship with the Jewish Federation of Ulster County Fall for the Arts event. Each year this event showcases local artists in the Hudson Valley. The event supports both the artists and the work of the Jewish Federation of Ulster County.
Center for Spectrum Services Harvest Hop
November 2, 2019
The Center for Spectrum Services had it’s Annual Harvest Hop Dance Fundraiser on November 2nd at The Chateau in Kingston. This fun night included delicious food, live music featuring The Phantoms, dancing, a silent auction, and more! This event raised money to support the programs and services of Center for Spectrum and the life-changing work they do for children with autism.
Ulster Corps 10th Annual Zombie Run
October 26, 2019
The zombie run is Ulster Corps primary fundraiser, Ulster Corps mission is to educate about volunteerism and best practices, facilitate successful and effective volunteer placements, and builds collaborations among nonprofits organizations, local government agencies, and businesses engaged in community involvement throughout Ulster County. We had one employee that ran in the event Francesca Szabadi, she placed 72nd out of 161 participants!
October 20, 2019
Rondout Savings Bank continued our sponsorship for the annual RYANs Run. This year’s run took place on October 20th at Loughran Park in Kingston. Rondout Savings Bank had a large team in the run this year and we our so proud that our employees came out and supported a great cause. Raising Your Awareness about Narcotics brings awareness to our community about addiction and prevention programs.
Benedictine Health Foundation Bike for Cancer Care
September 22, 2019
The annual Bike for Cancer Care event took place on September 22nd starting at Dietz Stadium in Kingston. Participants had the option to take place in a 50 mile, 25 mile, 12 mile or a 5k run/ walk. The Bike for Cancer Care is one of Rondout Savings Bank’s charities of choice this year and we are also a sponsor of the event. Both Francesca Szabadi and Gale Jaeck-Quick rode in the event on behalf of Rondout Savings Bank.
Dutchess Chamber Business Education Seminar: Speak Like A Pro
September 12, 2019
Rondout Savings Bank is a sponsor of this Dutchess Chamber Business Education Seminar series. On September 12th the Business Seminar was- Speak Like a Pro. The attendees learned about advanced presentation skills, overcoming the fear of making presentations, and the basic structuring of talk.
United Way of Ulster County Day of Caring
September 12, 2019
A team of Rondout volunteers joined the United Way of Ulster County Day of Caring on September 12th. Rondout was assigned to help the ARC of the Mid-Hudson with gardening and weeding. All the volunteers meet up at Robert Post Park later for a BBQ lunch. Rondout Savings Bank is a supporter of the United Way .
Kingston Rail Trail Ribbon Cutting
September 6, 2019
September 6th was the official opening of the rail trail that goes behind the Loan Center and all the way down to the waterfront. This is part of the Greenline project in partnership with Kingston Land Trust, City of Kingston, and Ulster County to connect a network of rail trails and become a hub for non-motorized transportation and tourism.
Boys and Girls Club of Kingston Annual Wine Cruise
August 14, 2019
The 12th Annual Boys & Girls Club of Kingston, Wine Cruise fundraiser took place August 14th. Rondout Savings Bank was the Boat Sponsor and the fundraiser took sail aboard the Rip Van Winkle down the Hudson River. Great prizes and baskets were raffled off and the attendees danced the night away, all in support of the Kingston Boys and Girls Club!
Woodstock Library Fair
July 27, 2019
The Woodstock Library celebrated its 88th Annual Library Fair on Saturday July 27th! Our Rondout Team members volunteered in the counting room to help the fair run smoothly! Thank you to the Woodstock Library for having us , it was a wonderful event!
Hyde Park 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 2019
Rondout Savings Bank celebrated the 4th of July in Hyde Park! Our Hyde Park branch was full of celebration during the parade as we were passing out balloons, bracelets, snacks, and Frisbees! While our lighthouse float was having a great time tossing out candy and waving to the crowd as they walked down the street! It is always a tradition for us to celebrate the 4th with the Hyde Park community and we are proud to be the sponsor of the parade!
Esopus Business Alliance Anniversary Mixer
June 24, 2019
The Esopus Business Alliance celebrated its 10th anniversary mixer at Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in Milton on June 24th. The event featured live music , raffle prizes and tasty treats from Frida’s Bakery. Rondout Savings Bank was a sponsor of this event.
Rondout Savings Bank Employee Appreciation Week!
June 24, 2019
On Monday June 24th we kickoff our employee appreciation week! Monday started with new RSB caps, ice cream sandwiches and the chance to win a home run basket which included baseball essentials and 4 tickets to the Hudson Valley Renegades! Tuesday was a raffle for the Dutchess County Fair basket! Wednesday was BBQ day! A senior manager went to each RSB locations and grilled up tasty hamburgers and hot dogs and we raffled off the perfect summer grilling basket! Thursday we raffled off a movie themed basket filled with all the movie candy favorites and tickets to the new NCG theatre! Friday we enjoyed a pizza lunch and raffled off a 55 inch smart TV! We can’t thank our employees enough for all the hard work that they do!!
Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce Business Education Seminar
June 19, 2019
Rondout Savings Bank is a sponsor of the Business Education Seminars and this months seminar was “Chamber 102: From A Member’s Perspective”. The seminar focused on all the great benefits of the chamber and how you can get involved. Be on the look out for the next Dutchess Chamber Business Education Seminar!
Pattern for Progress Fellows Graduation 2019
June 19, 2019
On June 6th at the Westchester Medical Center the Annual Pattern Fellows Graduation took place and this year the fellows presented research that focused on Anchor Institutions in Kingston, Port Jervis, and Poughkeepsie. These Anchor Institutions and the role that they play in their communities were the focus on the fellow’s group project. President and CEO of WMC Health Network Michael Israel spoke at the event. Rondout Savings’s AVP, Commercial Loan Officer- Evan Rothfuss was among those that graduated. Congratulations Evan!
Charities of Choice Craft Fundraiser
June 12, 2019
This crafty event had attendees decorate two different size mason jars and all the benefits went to our charities– Astor Family Services and Benedictine Health Foundation Bike for Cancer Care! Thank you to all that attended! And be on the lookout for other fundraising events throughout the year!
Ulster Leadership Development Insitute Graduation
June 10, 2019
ULDI program focuses on evolving participants leadership skills by hosting diverse interactive sessions with leaders from the community. The graduation was held at Diamond Mills in Saugerties on June 10th and was a fun night with both silent and live auctions! This year Gale Jaeck-Quick and Bettina Musumeci graduated, congratulations ladies!
Michael B. Finnegan Golf Classic
June 7, 2019
Rondout Savings Bank is proud to continue our tradition with the HealthAlliance Foundation being the primary sponsor for the MBF Golf Classic! This great fundraising event took place on June 7th at the Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston. The Rondout Team was on hand to help with the hole in one contests, giveaways, scoreboard, and more!
2019 Leadership Dutchess Graduation
June 6, 2019
This year marked the 30th Anniversary of Leadership Duchess! And the class graduation took place on June 6th at Christo’s Catering in Poughkeepsie. This year Maureen Crush, Esq. of Crush & Varma Law Group P.C., Class of 2012 was honored with the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award and Denise Doring VanBuren of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. received the Honorary Graduate of the Class of 2019. Congratulations to Christina Myers!
United Way of Ulster County Raising HOPE
June 6, 2019
The United Way Raising HOPE program brings women together to give, share, grow and learn from one another. On June 6th they honored women that had been nominated by their peers for being a mentor and role model. Among the honorees was Cheryl Bowers, Becky Dawes, Angela Figurelii, Esq., Linda Freeman, Sophie Halpern, Mindy Kole, Kathleen Owitz, Victoria Read, Stephanie Richers, Jon Rogers, and Tara Sanders.
Hyde park Chamber May Breakfast
May 23, 2019
Rondout Savings Bank was the sponsor for the May Hyde park Chamber Breakfast. This month’s breakfast featured our very own Kelly Caldwell, who spoke to the local business owners about the latest employment laws. The Breakfast took place at the United Methodist Church of Hyde Park on May 23rd.
Benedictine Health Foundation Sample, Sip, & Savor
May 17, 2019
This year was the 10th year that the Sample, Sip & Savor event was held! Also it was the first year this event was held in the new Fuller Building on Pine Grove Avenue. The event had fine wines for sipping, delicious local food for sampling and live music to savor! Rondout Savings Bank is a proud corporate sponsor of the Benedictine Health Foundation.
Children’s Home of Kingston Partnership Recognition Dinner
May 11, 2019
On May 11th at Capital Tavern The Children’s Home of Kingston had their Partnership recognition Dinner. This year Rondout Savings Bank the Community Business Partner Honoree. We would like to say congratulations to all the nights honorees! And a big thank you to the Children’s home of Kingston for all that they do!
May 4, 2019
The Leadership Dutchess class of 2019 throw it back to the 80s for their fundraising event. The class figured it was only fitting to go back to where it all began in 1989! The event took place at the Poughkeepsie Tennis Club on Saturday May 4th. Their was live 80s music, dancing, raffles, tricky tray auction, best dressed contest, great food and more!
Boys & Girls Club of Kingston Raffle Dinner
March 22, 2019
The 42nd annual dinner auction for the Boys & Girls Club of Kingston took place on March 22nd at the Chateau in Kingston. The night was filled with amazing prizes in both the silent and live auctions. All proceeds will benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Kingston.
Dutchess Chamber Foundation Leadership Dutchess 30th Anniversary Celebration
March 14, 2019
On March 14th at Mill Creek Caterers the Chamber Foundation held a 30th anniversary celebration for Leadership Dutchess. The evening included an inspirational keynote from Robert R. Dyson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation and Chairman of the Board for The Dyson Foundation. In honor of the anniversary here are all those from Rondout that have participated in the Leadership Dutchess program:
- Charles Cullen, EVP-Chief Financial & Information Officer
- Terri Ferris, AVP-Retail Area Manager
- Kelly Caldwell, Human Resources Generalist
- Corey Sheedy, Operations Specialist
- Rania Fakhoury, Hyde Park Branch Manager
- Christina Myers, AVP– Director of Human Resources
Kingston Shamrock Run
March 10, 2019
Rondout Savings Bank was once again the race start sponsor for the 31st Annual Shamrock Run in Kingston taking place on March 10th! The winter weather this year may have scared off some runners, but not Team Rondout! The 2019 Shamrock Run was in honor of Bob Cook Jr. a long time volunteer and benefited The Children’s Art Programming of The ARC of Ulster– Greene.
Claudio Cares Gala
March 1, 2019
Rondout Savings Bank is honored to continue our sponsorship with the Claudio Cares Foundation! We were a sponsor of their 6th annual Claudio Cares Foundation Snowflake Gala. The gala took place on March 1st at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie. This year they honored Marcus Molinaro as their person of the year, M&O Sanitation Inc., as Business of the Year, and the Tomaseski Family as Family of the Year. Congratulations to all honorees!
Money is important, but we’ve also noticed that the idea of giving back encourages others to give, too, sometimes in terms of time and enthusiasm.
Many of us at the bank are also involved in the community in our spare time. We serve as volunteers as well as board members. Some of the organizations we volunteer our time for include:
- American Cancer Society
- Arts Society of Kingston
- Bardavon / UPAC
- Benedictine Health Foundation
- Boys & Girls Club of Kingston
- Boy Scouts of America – Rip Van Winkle Council
- Center for Spectrum Services
- Gateway Foundation
- Hudson Valley Senior Residence
- Jewish Federation of Ulster County
- Kingston Hospital Foundation
- Kiwanis Club of Kingston
- Lions Club of Kingston
- Mental Health Association
- Rotary Club of Kingston
- Ulster County Community Action
- Ulster County Development Corporation
- Ulster County Girl Scouts
- Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce
- United Way of Ulster County, and more!
- YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County
- Hope’s Fund
- Roosevelt- Vanderbilt Historical Association
- Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce
- Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce
- Community Foundation of Hudson Valley
Our Board of Trustees, staff and their families live here and share neighborhoods, schools, houses of worship and charities with you and your families.
All decisions are made locally with local interests in mind by what we believe are the best in the business. Rondout Savings Bank is committed to our friends and neighbors. We work every day to earn the business of individuals and organizations in our community, in turn, we return a significant portion of our profits back in to the community.
Thinking in banking terms, we decided to call it our “Dividend to the Community Program.” Each and every year we donate 10% of our earnings to hundreds of area non-profit organizations for a wide range of worthy purposes.
To apply for our Dividends to the Community program click here.
If you’re the member of a local organization with a worthwhile program or project, you can apply for a grant right here and now.
Here are some links to our community organizations:
- City of Kingston
- Small Business Development Center
- Ulster County Chamber of Commerce
- Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Arts
- Small Business Association (SBA)
- New York Department of State
Rondout Savings Bank Scholarships
Rondout Savings Bank, located in Kingston, sponsors an annual scholarship to be awarded to Business majors enrolled as freshmen or returning to Ulster County Community College. A special application is available for interested candidates and the scholarship recipient is chosen by Rondout Savings Bank.