Germantown GTSB Location: Community

Germantown Trust & Savings Bank
What We Were Up To In 2023

Germantown Trust & Savings Bank strives to provide a good working environment and be involved in the communities it serves.  Germantown Trust & Savings Bank accomplishes this by supporting employee programs and in its outreach efforts within the community.

Germantown Trust & Savings hosted or participated in the following local events:

  • Clinton County Fair Parade – July brought the annual Clinton County Fair to the fairgrounds in Carlyle. Employees of GTSB braved the heat to greet all of Clinton County on the crowded streets of Carlyle and represented Germantown Trust & Savings Bank again this year.
  • Trick or Treating – In October, we “herd” there were some trick or treaters from the Germantown Elementary grades K-1 “mooo-ving” in our direction for some chocolate Yoo-Hoo drinks. The GTSB farmers gathered up the stray cows, chickens, and pigs over the Halloween weekend to celebrate.
  • Trunk or Treat – Also in October, Germantown Trust & Savings employees participated in the Annual Jansen Chevrolet Trunk or Treat. GTSB employees also participated in the Annual Truck or Treat at Siblings and Company Daycare. The weather was great for all the trick or treaters who participated. In coordination with Ag Lending, the theme was Happy Cow-loween, the trunks were decorated with straw bales, cow decorated pumpkins, and employees dressed as cows.
  • Breese Chamber – Due to inclement weather GTSB was unable to participate in the annual Chamber of Commerce Trick or Treat Downtown.
  • Veteran’s Day Parade – In November, employees of GTSB walked in the Annual Veteran’s Day Parade. This year the parade was held in Aviston.
  • Christmas Parades – In November, employees of GTSB walked in the Annual Bartelso Tree Lighting Parade and the Breese Christmas Parade. Both evenings were quite chilly, however the community came out in full force to witness Santa’s arrival.

Germantown Trust & Savings Bank employees are active members within their communities, volunteering their time and talent, some of which include:

  • Austin Benhoff – Rose Development Club
  • Megan Benhoff – Breese Junior Women’s Club Member
  • Jeff Crisel – Carlyle Knights of Columbus, Bishop Henry J. Althoff Assembly 4th Degree Knights, Clinton County Relief Fund Treasurer, Bartelso Parish Council, Breese Chamber of Commerce
  • Dale Deiters – GTSB Board of Directors, Kaskaskia College Foundation Member, Breese Chamber of Commerce Member and Past President, Breese Knights of Columbus, Breese TIF Financial Advisor, City of Breese Planning Commission Committee Member, Adopt an Underprivileged Family Christmas Club Member
  • DJ Deiters – Breese Knights of Columbus, All Saints School Board, Clinton County IL CEO Mentor
  • Brian Kampwerth – Beckemeyer Community Development Club, Beckemeyer Little League Golf for Kids Treasurer, Breese Knights of Columbus, St. Anthony Parishioner
  • Jim Lampe II – GTSB Board of Directors, Illinois Transfer Service Board of Directors, Clinton County IL CEO NFP Treasurer, Germantown Fire Protection District First Responder, Germantown Business & Professional Association, St. Boniface Parishioner, Eucharistic Minister, Choir Member, Breese Knights of Columbus, Germantown Park Foundation Trust Advisory Committee, Germantown Spassfest Member and Past Treasurer, Notre Dame Club of St. Louis, Mater Dei High School Volunteer Past Boys Basketball Coach, Mater Dei Fathers & Friends Member and Past Vice President and President, Mater Dei Catholic High School Foundation Past Vice President, Germantown Youth Association Past Treasurer, Germantown Elementary Past Boys Basketball Coach, Germantown Elementary Past Girls Basketball Coach, All Saints Academy Past Boys Basketball Coach, Clinton County League Baseball Past Commissioner, Past Mater Dei Girls Basketball Assistant Head Coach.
  • Floyd Trame – Cecilia Parish Trustee, Germantown Trust & Savings Bank Board of Directors

Germantown Trust & Savings Bank, along with its officers and employees, support or are involved in numerous non-profit, school, and municipality groups and events, some of which follow:

  • Breese Chamber of Commerce – The Bank donated to the Chamber of Commerce Holiday fund. The Breese Chamber of Commerce is comprised of a group of 90+ members who work hand-in-hand with the City of Breese to promote, stimulate and improve the vibrant local business environment and serve as the voice of the businesses in our community.
  • Breese Historical Society – The Bank donated to the Breese Historical Society.
  • Kaskaskia College Foundation – The Bank was a hole sponsor for the Kaskaskia College Foundation Golf Tournament.
  • Mater Dei Catholic High School – The Bank donated to the Annual Mother’s & Friends Dinner Auction. The Mother’s and Friends organizes an annual dinner auction, which is one of Mater Dei’s largest fundraising events held each Spring.  This wonderful evening of fine food and friendship provides an opportunity to raise funds that are vital to the success of Mater Dei Catholic High School.  The Bank was a Gold Star Level Sponsor for the 33rd  Annual Mater Dei Golf Classic.  The Golf Classic is an annual fundraising event that is a lot of fun and a great chance to catch up with old classmates and friends while raising funds that are vital to the success of Mater Dei High School.  The Bank donated to the Mater Dei Annual Fund Drive to support the Mater Dei Foundation.  The Bank is also a Knight Club Member.
  • Clinton County, IL CEO Program – The Bank is a sponsor for the High School CEO Program. The CEO Program consists of students from Breese Central, Mater Dei, Carlyle, Wesclin, and Christ Our Rock High Schools.  The program teaches entrepreneurship education and seeks to prepare youth to be responsible, enterprising individuals who become entrepreneurs or entrepreneurial thinkers and contribute to economic development and sustainable communities.  Several GTSB employees serve as mentors to the students.
  • Bartelso Elementary – The Bank donated to the Bartelso Elementary Parent Faculty Club.
  • Germantown Elementary School – The Bank has sponsored the Bulldog Dash 5K Run/Walk for over fifteen years. The proceeds from the Bulldog Dash benefits the technology of Germantown Elementary.
  • Damiansville Elementary – The Bank donated to the Damiansville Elementary Golf Tournament. The proceeds of the Golf Tournament benefits the Damiansville Elementary. The Bank also donated to the Damiansville Elementary Trivia Night.
  • Clinton County Relay for Life – The Bank has been a corporate Silver sponsor since the event kicked off in 2000. The Clinton County Relay for Life is an inspiring community wide event to help fight cancer.
  • Mike Gebke Memorial – The Bank donated to the Mike Gebke Memorial Golf Tournament. Anyone who knew Mike, knew he was always helping someone, working, playing bingo or bowling.  To keep Mike’s memory alive, his friends organized the Mike Gebke Memorial Foundation.  The goal of the Foundation is to help young bowlers pay for matches, tournaments and scholarships.
  • Beckemeyer American Legion – The Bank donated to the Beckemeyer American Legion.
  • Breese American Legion – The Bank donated to the Breese American Legion.
  • Germantown American Legion – The Bank donated to the Germantown American Legion.
  • Germantown Fire Department – The Bank donated to the Germantown Fire Department Cadets organization.
  • Rose Development Club – The Bank donated to the St. Rose Development Club as a Gold Sponsor. The St. Rose Development Club strives to provide a quality of life in the community of St. Rose that allows one, adults and children alike, to grow through social interaction, the spirit of athletic competition, and childhood development.
  • Rose 4H Club – The Bank donated to the St. Rose 4H Club. The St. Rose 4H Club has a tradition in the community of promoting life and leadership skills.
  • Vietnam Veteran’s Chapter 269 – The Bank sponsored a hole at the Vietnam Veteran’s Golf Tournament.
  • Breese EMS – The Bank donated to the Breese EMS Annual Golf Tournament as a Bronze Sponsor.
  • Francis Assisi – The Bank donated to the St. Francis Assisi Church Picnic.
  • Damian Church – The Bank donated to the St. Damian Church Picnic.
  • V & H Recreation – The Bank is a sponsor on the 300 Board at the bowling alley.
  • Bartelso Bowl – The Bank is a sponsor on the 300 Board at the bowling alley.
  • Bartelso Knights of Columbus – The Bank donated to the Bartelso Knight of Columbus.
  • Beckemeyer-Wade Township Fire Department – The Bank was a silver sponsor for the Beckemeyer-Wade Township Fire Department’s Fireman’ Picnic.
  • Team Eli Lobb – The Bank donated to the Trivia Night in honor of Eli Lobb.
  • Breese Lions Club – The Bank donated to the Candy Day Fund. The Lions Club Candy Day is annual fundraiser where volunteers and members of the Lions Club give away rolls of candy and accept monetary contributions to be used in helping the visually and hearing impaired.
  • HSHS – The Bank was a hole sponsor for the HSHS Golf Tournament.
  • Mondt Lampe Post 1239, Aviston – The Bank was a Gold Patron for the 2023 Veteran’s Day celebration in Aviston.
  • All Saints Academy – The Bank is a Platinum Circle member at All Saints Academy. All Saints Academy provides a Catholic and quality academic education to families of St. Augustine, St. Anthony, St. Dominic parishes, to families of neighboring parishes, and to others who desire such an education.
  • Meals on Wheels – The Bank donated to the Clinton County Meals on Wheels Program. The Meals on Wheels Program provides hot nutritional meals to senior citizens throughout the county who cannot prepare meals of their own.
  • BCMW – The Bank donated to the BCMW “Adopt a Family” program. BCMW is an agency dedicated to helping children and families from Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington Counties.
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul – The Bank donated to St. Vincent de Paul. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a non-profit organization focused on providing individualized care, nourishment and resources to those most in need.
  • House of Manna – The Bank donated to House of Manna. House of Manna assists those in emergency situations, but also those who do not have access to other services to meet their needs.
  • Clin-Clare Fire Department – The Bank was a hole sponsor for the Clin-Clare Golf Tournament. The Clin-Clare Fire Department was established in 1954 to protect and serve the communities of Albers, Damiansville, New Memphis and surrounding area.  The annual golf tournament helps to raise funds needed to improve the department as a whole.
  • In March, Karen Crist retired after 32 years with Germantown Trust & Savings Bank.  Karen began her career with Bartelso Savings Bank where she worked in the Bookkeeping Department.  After the merge of Bartelso Savings Bank and Germantown Trust & Savings, Karen remained in Bartelso for a few more years before the entire Bookkeeping Department was centrally located to Germantown.
  • Carol Loepker also retired in March.  Carol retired after 13 years with Germantown Trust & Savings Bank.  Carol worked her entire career in Bartelso as a teller.  Carol was the friendly drive- up teller everyone enjoyed seeing.
  • In September Sue Fuehne retired after 43 years with Germantown Trust & Savings Bank.  Sue began her career at Bartelso Savings Bank where she worked as a teller.  In 1981, Sue became the Loan Secretary and was promoted to Loan Officer and Branch Manager in 1999.  Sue retired as Branch Manager and Loan Officer of the Bartelso Facility.
  • In September Kathy Hemker also retired from Germantown Trust & Savings Bank.  Kathy began her career as a Full Time Teller in Bartelso in 1979.  Kathy worked for GTSB for 10 years before leaving and returning in 2000 as a Part Time Teller.  Kathy worked again in Bartelso as a Part Time Teller for another 23 years before retiring after a total of 33 years of service with Germantown Trust & Savings Bank.
  • CBAI Scholarship Foundation – The Bank contributes to the CBAI Scholarship Foundation and serves as a sponsor for local students.
  • Clinton County IL CEO – The Bank hosted students from the local High School CEO Class.  The students were given financial advice focusing on checking and savings accounts, balancing, loans, fraud protection, start up capital and financial careers from GTSB employees.
  • P.A.L.S. Preparation for Adult Living – GTSB Loan Officer Austin Benhoff participated in the P.A.L.S. event with Carlyle High School students at K&J Chevrolet.  P.A.L.S. is a budget and personal finance project with an in-depth experience to the cost of living project organized by Carlyle High School.  Students are given a completely random career path from Uncle Sam, some are single, some are married, some have children.  They visited Austin at the Bank where they received their starting balance.  Here they choose if they would like to save funds or not.  The students then visited each “booth” for their “life experiences”.  The booths consisted of an insurance booth, transportation booth, doctor booth, childcare booth, groceries booth, utilities booth, etc.  After they have visited each both they returned to the Bank to see where their balance was and to discuss the different choices they could have made.  At the end they went to the checkout to see where they ended up, positive or negative.  This project aims to give the students a better understanding of life after high school.