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National Internet Safety Month

June 18, 2019

Internet Safety Tips Don't Respond to emails requesting confidential information Don't be tricked! It is easy for an unauthorized person to call and pretend to be an employee or business partner. Stay on guard to avoid scams! Summer of Security Be careful when downlaoding only download from reputable sources. Criminal hackers will try to trick you into downloading malware. Do your research and make sure that what you are downloading is legit and safe. Summer of Security keep your software up-to-date sotfware patches are there for a reason. Using out-of-date software opens up your devices to risks from bugs and malware. Install anti-virus software on all devices and make sure to turn on auto-update. Internet safety tips Don't let curiosity get the best of you! Be suspicious of emails and links. Always delete suspicious emails and links. Even open or viewing these emails and links can compromise your computer and create unwanted problems without your knowledge




Evan Rothfuss

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.




America Save Week February 25 - March 2, 2019

America Saves Week February 25- March 2, 2019

February 25, 2019




Caitlin Welch Assistant Program Director of the Family Inn, Ricki T. Abramson Program Director of Family Inn, Megan Donahue, Marketing Administrator Rondout Savings Bank

Rondout Savings Bank’s 150 Ways of Giving works with The Kingston Police Benevolent Association to benefit Family Inn

December 21, 2018

In celebration of a century and a half of philanthropy and service, Rondout Savings Bank is marking their 150-year celebration with a Calendar of Giving program. A different non-profit organization is featured each month, fostering community engagement and financial support. In each of the bank’s locations, donation dropoffs are featured in the lobbies keeping the spirit of philanthropy alive throughout the year. This momentous year included many events recognizing and thanking the community.

For the month of December, Rondout Savings Bank’s 7 locations collected new unwrapped toys for the area’s children and delivered them before Christmas. The Kingston Police Benevolent Association referred the donations to The Family Inn, part of Family of Woodstock, whose mission is to provide confidential and fully accessible crisis intervention, information, prevention, and support services to address the needs of individuals and families. The scope of the agency’s vision allows them to bring to bear resources to address a broad spectrum of human problems.

In early December, the bank dropped off the toys to Ricki T. Abramson, Program Director of Family Inn and Caitlin Welch, Assistant Program Director of the Family Inn. The Bank was able to collect 117 great toys, with the Broadway branch collecting the most at 41 toys! Thank you to our generous clients and employees.

 




Broadway Branch Manager Brittany Schatzel

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 Employees delivered 550 essential Food and personal care items to Semper Fi Parents of teh Hudson valley. From left to right: Bettina Musemeci, Uptown Branch manager, Joanne Petersen, President of the organization, Rania Fakhoury, Hyde Park Branch Manager and Megan Donahue Marketing Administrator.

Rondout Savings Bank’s 150 Ways of Giving Benefits Semper Fi Parents of the Hudson Valley in July

August 31, 2018

In honor of Rondout Savings bank’s 150th year anniversary a Calendar of Giving program was created. Throughout 2018 a different local non-profit organization is chosen each month, fostering community engagement and financial support. In each of the bank’s seven locations, donation boxes are in the lobbies keeping the spirit of community alive throughout the year. This momentous year will include many events recognizing and thanking our community.

The month of July featured Semper Fi Parents of the Hudson Valley, a volunteer organization that works to support our military heroes and their families. Rondout Savings Bank collected individually packed food and personal items for the non-profit organization to create care packages.

In early August, the bank dropped off their collected items to Joanne Petersen, President of the organization. The bank was able to collect over 550 items to donate, including 202 items from the Uptown Branch alone! The organization will be using the items in November at the Poughkeepsie Galleria to make care packages to send to the military.




Lighthouse Monument Ribbon Cutting

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.

Original article posted on hvnn.com

Lighthouse Monument Ribbon Cutting
Lighthouse Monument Ribbon Cutting
Lighthouse Monument Ribbon Cutting

View Our 150th Anniversary Celebration Event Photos




Marketing Administrator Megan Donahue and Tara WhalenDirector of Marketing Jennifer Fabiano and Marketing Administrator Megan Donahue

Rondout Savings Bank’s 150 Ways of Giving Continues with Success

March 21, 2018

KINGSTON, NY, March 21, 2018

Rondout Savings Bank has already begun to highlight their 150 Ways of Giving fostering community engagement and giving financial support to local organizations. A different organization will be featured each month, keeping the spirit of fueling philanthropy alive all year long. This momentous year will include many events recognizing and thanking the community.

The month of February featured Dutchess Outreach, an organization that offers a range of vital services to widen food access, increases advocacy, and provides emergency relief to those in need as the benefactor of the community’s generosity. Rondout Savings Bank had collection boxes in each of their seven locations, collecting non-perishable food and/or toiletry items.

In early March, the bank dropped off their collected items to Dutchess Outreach—a total of 153 items that will help many people in need.




Events

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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!




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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.

 




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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!!




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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!

 




Evan Rothfuss with DiplomaGroup presentation

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!




Fundraiser Table 1Fundraiser Table 2Fundraiser- Terri Ferri

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!

 




ULDi Graduation Group Shot

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!

 




Cheryl James, Patti Hagen, and Chuck KnappRondout Giveaway bagsPrimary Sponsor Banner- Rondout Savings Bank

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!

 




Leadership Dutchess Class Group ShotChristina Myers with diplomaChristina Myers with Award

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!

 




Jennifer Fabiano, Gale Jaeck- Quick, Cheryl Bowers, Ann Swenson, and Brittany SchatzelFrancesca Szabadi, Cheryl Bowers, Jennifer Fabiano, Michael Shaughnessy, Brittany SchatzelGroup Shot of the Honorees

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.

 




Group PictureKelly Caldwell

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.

 




Brittany, Clarissa, HeatherJennifer FabianoMegan Donahue

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 Awards

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!

 




Leadership Dutchess

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!

 




Group table picture

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.

 




Group PictureRania, Christina, Kelly

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

 




Shamrock Run 2019

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.

 




Jorden, Rania, Ann

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!

 




Hyde Park Chamber Installation Dinner

February 28, 2019

The Annual Installation and Appreciation Dinner took place on February 28th at the Eveready Diner in Hyde Park.  Rondout Savings Bank was a proud sponsor of this dinner and also donated a basket for the raffle.  The dinner welcomed in the 2019 Board if Directors and Officers of the Hyde Park Chamber.

 




The ARC Wine & Dine Dinner

February 9, 2019

The ARC of Ulster– Greene had their annual Wine & Dine Event on Saturday February 9th at the Chateau in Kingston.  Tim Sweeney, local wine expert and proprietor of Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits, guiding the guest through a delightful tasting experience of wines from around the world.

 




Benedictine Health Foundation Ski Benefit

February 7, 2019

The first annual skibenefit for the Benedictine Health Foundation took place on February 7th at  Plattekill Mountain.  This unique fundraising event offered a full day of private skiing and snowboarding.  All proceeds from this event support the Benedictine Health Foundation’s innovative health care programs to support cancer patients, adolescents with behavioral health and substance abuse challenges, and spiritual care for patients and families coping with illness or in crisis.

 




Dutchess Chamber Sky’s the Limit Gala

February 2, 2019

The Rondout Savings Bank team joined the stars of the Hudson Valley on February 2nd for the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Sky’s the Limit Gala. The night was filled with delicious cuisine, decadent cocktails and celebrating the gala honorees. This years honorees were:
Community Service– Tom Weddell, RBT CPA’s
Community Spirit– Linda G. Campbell, The ARC of Dutchess
Visionary– Jim and Gina Sullivan, 40 Cannon Street
Next Generation– Daniel, Joseph Jr., and Domenico Lepore, LCS Facility Group & Britney NeJame and Steven O’Brien, NeJame Pool Specialists, Inc.




Rhinebeck Chamber Good Egg Award

January 24, 2019

Every year the Rhinebeck Chamber honors a business person for being a “Good Egg” and going above and beyond to help others out. This years honoree was Christopher Chestney , Funeral Director of Dapson—Chestney Funeral Home. Locally elected officials including Elizabeth Spiniza, Rhinebeck Town Supervisor and Gary Bassett, Rhinebeck Village Mayor gave insight on the current business climate of Rhinebeck and the Hudson Valley. The Anderson Center for Autism was a sponsor of the event and announced that the Village of Rhinebeck is working toward becoming an Autism Supportive Community! Congratulations to the Honoree Christopher Chestney!




Rondout Savings Bank Sponsors Dutchess Chamber Breakfast

January 16, 2019

The January Contact Breakfast hosted by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce was sponsored by Rondout Savings Bank. The first breakfast of the new year welcomed in new Chamber Chairwoman Jen Dunn and featured Jonas Shaende, Ph.D., Chief Economist from the Fiscal Policy Institute. Jonas discussed the economic outlook for New York State and the Hudson Valley for 2019.




Donating hats & Gloves at YUP TableGroup photo at the Ulster Chamber MixerWard Todd Cheryl Bowers and Dan Whalen speaking at the Ulster Chamber Mixer.Jennifer Fabiano and Stephanie Premo at the Ulster Chamber Mixer

Ulster Chamber Mixer at The Boys & Girls Club of Kingston

December 19, 2018

The Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce December Mixer took place at the Boys & Girls Club of Ulster County in Kingston on Greenkill Avenue. The gym was decorated with a festive Christmas tree and snowflakes; also around the room were posters from former Club Members about how much the Club had helped them.  Executive Director Dan Whalen spoke about the club mentioning former long time Executive Director Joe Fay and thanking him for all that he has done in the community. While attendees networked and enjoyed food catered by The Chateau they enjoyed a video made for the Club showing how much it does for our community. In the holiday spirit the Young Ulster Professional were collecting hat, scarf, and glove donations for local children and by the end of the night the box was overflowing!

 




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Ulster Chamber Holiday Breakfast Meeting Dr. Donald P. Christian

December 18, 2018

December’s Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce Holiday Breakfast was sponsored by Rondout Savings Bank.  This years breakfast was festive with holiday decorations and the Kingston Catholic School Choir sang some holiday favorites!  The speaker was Dr. Donald Christian, President of SUNY New Paltz. Dr. Christian updated the attendees on the recent additions and other changes at the college.  As part of our sponsorship for the chamber breakfast we provided a nice treat for all the attendees thanking them for all that they do within the community and helping us grow.  To see more about our gift and promotion click here: https://www.rondoutbank.com/2018/10/09/creditcard/

 




Cheryl and Tim BowersJennifer FabianoMargie RoveretoMegan Donahue and Margie Rovereto

Benedictine Health Foundation’s 49th Annual Winter’s Eve Gala

December 15, 2018

The 49th Annual Benedictine Health Foundation’s Winter’s Eve Gala took place on December 15th at The Chateau in Kingston.  The honorees for this years gala were The Beichert Family, St. Benedict Award for Community Spirit and Zoe Weinstein, M.D, St. Benedict Award for Medical Excellence.  Rondout Savings Bank team members attend the gala to show our support for the foundation and the honorees.  The mission of the Benedictine Health Foundation is to raise and distribute resources to support quality and compassionate health care that improves the physical, psychological, and spiritual well being of those who are vulnerable and underserved in Ulster County.




Dare to Soar Lunch

November 28, 2018

Two times a year very special employees at Rondout Savings Bank get awarded the Dare to Soar Award. This Award is given to individuals that exhibit strong work behavior and cultivate a culture of excellence and it is exceptionally distinctive because all nominations come from co-workers. This years winners were Brooke Frasch, Loan Processor and Jeanette Gavis, Mortgage Underwriter! They have dedicated themselves to the ongoing improvements in the Residential area, have proven to be true team players, and provide their customers with outstanding service. Congratulations to all the nominees and a special congratulations to Jeanette and Brooke!!




Lions Club of Kingston Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

November 20, 2018

The tradition of Rondout Savings Bank and Ulster Savings Bank coming together for the Holidays to help those in need continued this year. The Lions Club Dinner took place at the Gateway Foundation on Tuesday November 20th. The Dinner requires a lot of volunteers for set up, serving and cleaning up thankfully we have wonderful volunteers that donated their time to helping those in need. The dinner was a great success and all those who attend enjoyed it! Thank you to everyone that helped with making this dinner a success!




Go Red for Women Ulster- Dutchess Luncheon

November 9, 2018

The Go Red for Women Luncheon took place on November 9th at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie this year. The luncheon event is put on by the American Heart Association to raise awareness and learn how to take care of your heart! This years luncheon included a presentation about proper heart health, speakers included our very own Director of Operations and Finance Susie Dallies and her daughter Madison. The event featured a dance lesson for exercise,  stations to learn about different ways to stay healthy and happy, and of course the annual “purse-sonality” raffle!




WGHQ Happy Christmas Fund

November 8, 2018

On November 8th at 1 PM Jennifer Fabiano, Director of Marketing and Terri Ferris, Retail Area Manger went live on the air to raise money for the WGHQ annual Happy Christmas Fundraiser and helped raised over $2000.00!! Over the half an hour slot Jen and Terri were able to raise money and talk about the celebratory year that Rondout Savings Bank has had so far and what is to come! All proceeds go towards helping seniors and children in Ulster County.




Center For Spectrum Services Harvest Hop Dance

November 3, 2018

Center for Spectrum Services Harvest Hop Dance took place on November 3rd at The Chateau in Kingston. This magical night was filled with fun and friends as they celebrated over harvest food from the Hudson Valley. The live music for dancing was performed by the highly sought after musical group The Phantoms, who provided the perfect music to dance along! There was also both silent and live auctions throughout the night.




The ARC Holiday Auction Event

The ARC of Ulster- Greene Holiday Auction

November 2, 2018

This year marks the 26th Annual ARC of Ulster-Greene Holiday Auction! It took place at The Chateau in Kingston on November 2nd and featured all sorts of fundraising options such as Fisherman’s Raffle, Live Auction, Live Auction Raffle, Silent Auction and a wine pull! Included in all the great prizes this year was Rondout Savings Bank’s baker basket! The event included a live band this year along with hors d’oeurves and a sit down dinner.




Ulster Chamber Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Recognition Dinner

October 25, 2018

This year the Ulster Chamber Business Recognition Dinner took place at Wiltwyck Golf Club on October 25th.The Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Ulster County Economic Development Alliance annually recognize “Ulster County business leaders, businesses and organizations that are leaders in their sectors, have achieved outstanding results, or shown dedication and commitment to furthering business and the quality of life in Ulster County”. This years award recipients are:  Entrepreneur of the Year– Johnny LeHane, Hudson Valley Startup Fund & CLUBWAKA, Business of the Year– Mother Earth’s Storehouse, Small Business of the Year– Home Plate Deli & Caterers/ Olive’s Country Store & Café, Emerging Young Leader– Travis Rask, Daniel D. Gagnon, CPA, Tourism Business of the Year– Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa, Commitment to the Community Award– Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, The Heritage Award– Lowe Plumbing, Heating & AC, Len Cane Heart of Ulster County Award– Scott Herrington, Sav-On Party Central. We would like to wish a congratulations to all this years honorees!

 




Dutchess Think Local First Expo

October 24, 2018

Rondout Savings Bank had a booth at the Dutchess Chamber Think Local First Business & Hospitality  Expo! The expo took place at the Civic Center Plaza in Poughkeepsie on  October 24th.  Throughout the day visitors came into the expo stopping at all the booths to learn about each vendor.  Jennifer Fabiano, Director of Marketing and Terri Ferris, Retail Area Manager went live on the WBMP radio to tell listeners about Rondout Savings Bank! The expo was followed by a business after hours event where vendors could network with each other.

 




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R.Y.A.N.s Run 2018

October 21, 2018

This year marks the 4th Annual R.Y.A.N.s Run in Kingston. R.Y.A.N.s Run was started to work towards eliminating the stigma attached to addiction and start an open community discussion. This year despite the cold weather our dedicated Rondout Savings Bank employees ran in the annual R.Y.A.N.s Run on Oct. 21st.  The proceeds from the run help programs like Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Saugerties, Scholarships for the Kingston Parks and Rec Summer Camp, Mac Fit Kids Summer program and more. We are proud to support R.Y.A.N.s Run and the Kelder Family for all they do to educate our community about addiction including prevention programs!




Leadership Dutchess Welcome Reception

October 13, 2018

On September 13th at the Henry Wallace Center in Hyde Park the welcome reception event was held for the Leadership Dutchess Class of 2019. Leadership Dutchess is a program designed to foster the development of a group of professionals who grow and learn together over a nine – month period, all work contribute to the knowledge and understanding of leadership. Rondout Savings Bank’s Director of Human Resources Christina Myers is enrolled in the 2019 class and we wish her and the entire class the best of luck!

 




Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce Buy Local Expo

September 18, 2018

The Buy Local Expo took place at Diamond Mills in Saugerties this year.  The expo is one of the largest networking events in Ulster County  to promote our products, services, and community efforts to the hundreds of local residents that attend! This year the Rondout Savings Bank booth team was made up of Cheryl Bowers, President & CEO, Margie Rovereto, Chief Operating Officer, Michael Shaughnessy, Chief Lending Officer, Jennifer Fabiano, Director of Marketing, Leslie Sewell, Manager of Operations, Steve Sickler, Commercial Lender, Terri Ferris, Retail Area Manager, Stephanie Earl, Business Development Officer, Brittany Schatzel, Broadway Branch Manager, Clarissa Timbrouck, West Hurley Branch Manager! We would like to thank all those that stopped by our booth and we hope to see many of you next year! A special thanks to Bobby Pratt for helping us set up our booth!

 




United Way 2018 Day of Caring

September 12, 2018

Participants of the United Way of Ulster County Day of Caring help local non-profit agencies by stocking food pantries, delivering flowers, painting, gardening, doing light repair or small building projects! The Rondout Savings Bank Team was assigned to help The Children’s Home of Kingston at this years Day of Caring. We along with other volunteers cleaned and painted the newly renovated rec room! After everything was painted and cleaned we joined the other volunteers at Robert Post Park for a picnic.




Women’s Leadership Alliance: Leading Through Change

September 11, 2018

The Women’s Leadership Alliance put on a lunch– time panel discussion on the realities and opportunities of leading an organization through major change.  The panelists included Dr. Pamela Edington– President, Dutchess Community College, Nicole Fenichel– Hewitt– Executive Director, The Art Effect and Lara Litchfield– Kimber– Executive Director, Mid– Hudson Children’s Museum.  Rondout Savings Bank’s Director of Marketing Jennifer Fabiano spoke at this event as part of our sponsorship with the Women’s Leadership Alliance.

 




Ulster Leadership Class of 2019

September 9, 2018

The Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce has successfully hosted the Ulster Leadership Development Institute for more than 25 years, providing a rich experience for over 400 graduates.  The program focuses on developing advanced leadership understanding, capacity and significance. The kick off for this program took place at the Emerson Resort & Spa and Rondout Savings Bank’s Uptown Branch Manager, Bettina Musumeci and Administrative Assistant, Gale Jaeck- Quick will be enrolled in the class for 2019. We wish them and the entire class luck!

 




Cheryl Bowers President and CEOMegan Donahue, Marketing administrator, Brittany Schatzel Broadway Branch Manager, Stephanie Earl, Business Development OfficerMegan Donahue, Marketing Administrator, Stephanie Earl, Business development Officer, Brittany Schatzel Broadway branch Manager, Leslie Sewell. manger of Operations

Boys and Girls Club Wine Cruise

August 8, 2018

The 11th Annual Wine Cruise is a fundraising benefit for The Boys and Girls Club Kingston Unit and Rondout Savings Bank was a proud sponsor. This two hour cruise took place on the Rip Van Winkle featuring music by Eddie Parker, a buffet dinner by Mariners Harbor, and a tasting menu of wines & spirits by Empire Merchants North.  There was also a raffle for some great prize baskets and Stephanie Earl, Business Development Officer for Rondout Savings Bank was a lucky winner of the fishing prize basket!




Gale with the Reis Team Tournament ChampsRondout Savings Bank Double or Nothing ContestRondout Crew Registration

Health Alliance Golf Classic

August 1, 2018

Rondout Savings Bank employees started off the month of August with volunteering at the 18th Annual HealthAlliance Golf Classic! This event took place on August 1st at the Apple Green Golf Course in Highland and all proceeds benefit the HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network.




Ulster Branch Manager Heather HartBroadway Branch Manager Brittany Schatzel, Ulster branch manager Heather Hart Marketing Administrator Megan Donahue

Ulster Chamber July Mixer

July 23, 2018

The Ulster Chamber Mixer took place on the Rip Van Winkle.  Chamber members enjoyed a scenic cruise of the Hudson River while networking with fellow members.  Live music and food catered by Savona’s. The threat of storms did not keep members away and two bald eagles where spotted from the boat by many members!

 




Director of Marketing Jennifer Fabiano and Manager of Operations Leslie SewellDirector of Marketing Jennifer Fabiano and Manager of Operations Leslie Sewell

People’s Place Santa Sip N’ Sail

July 19, 2018

It was a great evening aboard the Hudson Valley Cruises’ Rip Van Winkle in support of People’s Place Holiday programs including Bag Holiday Hunger, Thanksgiving Feast and Project Santa.  There was live music by Michael Dell and Maria Hickey and delicious seasonal buffet by Mariners Harbor.

 




Bobby in the parade truckHyde park team with the trophyWalking in the Hyde Park Parade with the proudly supports bannerGroup picture outside of the Hyde Park Branch

Hyde Park Fourth of July 2018

July 4, 2018

Rondout Savings Bank once again was a sponsor of the Hyde Park 4th of July Parade! Rondout Savings Bank’s float this year was the lighthouse and had employees walking along side of it giving out candy.  The branch was also decorated with Rondout balloons, chips with Rondout Savings Bank chip clips, and bracelets!   We came in 2nd Place  for the best commercial float!!




Community Involvement

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

Charitable Contributions

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.


Grant Application

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:

 


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.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION