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Lobby Procedures Instructional Video
June 5, 2020
As we prepare to reopen our lobbies here is a video explaining our safe banking practices for social distancing. #RondoutCares
Reopening Update Message from President & CEO Cheryl Bowers
June 3, 2020
We are working hard to make sure appropriate practices and protections are in place to provide a safe banking experience for our customers, staff and community. #RondoutCares
Rondout Savings Bank Participates in $1 Million Funding Program To Small Businesses
May 30, 2020
In response to the economic challenges small businesses are currently facing, Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. has launched their Back to Business funding program. The one million dollar funding program will provide qualifying, local small businesses with grant funds to help pay down new working capital loans financed through Rondout Savings Bank and select participating local banks.
Rondout Savings Bank is honored to participate in Central Hudson’s Back to Business funding program. “Our local businesses have endured financial hardships over the last couple of months due to COVID-19 and we are here to help them in their continued operation or as they begin to reopen”, explained Cheryl Bowers, President and CEO of the local community bank.
Rondout is committed to ensuring that funding is made available to appropriate businesses as applications are received. Rondout Savings Bank has branch offices in Ulster and Dutchess Counties. To learn more please contact Steve Sickler at email@example.com or Evan Rothfuss at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845- 331-0073.
Message from President & CEO Cheryl Bowers
May 29, 2020
Hear from President & CEO Cheryl Bowers on Rondout’s resilience during the pandemic.
Cheryl Bowers, President & CEO advocating for Local Business Owners
April 6, 2020
Rondout Savings Bank’s, President & CEO, Cheryl Bowers had the opportunity to advocate for our local business owners and community on national news outlet, Fox Business News. Click here to view video.
Rondout Savings Bank is always here working for you and our community. Please call us, we are here to help at 845-331-0073.
For Rondout Savings Bank’s COVID-19 Updates and Resources click here: https://www.rondoutbank.com/business-owners/
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’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.
HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley Essential Health Care Workers Food Donation
June 12, 2020
Thank you to all our Essential Health Care Workers for all your hard work and dedication! To show our appreciation we donated dinners to the
HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley Essential Workers Food Donation
April 22, 2020
We are very grateful for our heroes working in the hospitals and helping our communities during these tough times! To show our appreciation we donated food today to HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley Kingston Campus from Ole Savannah Southern Table and Bar! Thank you to all the essential workers that are helping our communities!!
Vassar Hospital Essential Workers Food Donation
April 21, 2020
We had the honor to donate food to the COVID floor at Vassar Hospital this evening from the Hyde Park Brewery! Thank you to all of the essential workers and the wonderful staff at the Hyde Park Brewing Company!
Leap for Kindness Day!
March 2, 2020
We spent our extra day over the weekend with the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce #Leapforkindnessday! All of our locations collected snacks and art supplies for the YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County Star Fish Camp!
Hyde Park Installation Dinner
January 21, 2020
On January 21st we welcomed in the 2020 Board of Directors and Officers of the Hyde Park Chamber at the Annual Hyde Park Installation Dinner.
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!
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 “Dividends 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.
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.