First Clover Leaf Bank is celebrating a milestone birthday in July.
The 125th birthday celebration will kick off Friday, July 25, with a live taping of Show Me St. Louis on KSDK sponsored by First Clover Leaf Bank. A birthday party will be held at Annie’s Custard in Edwardsville as well as celebrations in all First Clover Leaf Bank lobbies along with a $125 Gift Card giveaway.
The parties start with a "Show Me St. Louis" segment themed “The Great Escape to Edwardsville.” First Clover Leaf Bank is honored to be the sponsor of this popular TV segment. The segment is dedicated to highlighting the community and businesses that have played such an integral part of the bank’s history and success. The live taping of the Show Me St. Louis segment will take place at Annie’s Custard, 245 S. Buchanan Street in Edwardsville, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, July 25. A cake celebrating the bank’s milestone birthday will be served to guests. As an extra treat, guests attending the birthday event at Annie’s will also be treated to a complimentary scoop of ice cream.
The parties will continue at each of the First Clover Leaf Bank locations. Stop by any of the First Clover Leaf Bank branch lobbies and get a cupcake, refreshments and for the younger guests, a logo balloon. While you are there, don’t forget to sign up to win one of three $125 Gift Cards.
President and CEO Dave Kuhl reflected on the last 125 years.
“In today’s world of bank mergers and acquisitions, it is unusual to find a local bank that has served the same communities for 125 years,” Kuhl said. “First Clover Leaf Bank is proud that we have been a part of the Madison County community and have been providing important financial services to so many generations of customers. As we celebrate our past, we also look forward to a future filled with promise for the bank and its customers.”
The history of the bank began on the afternoon of July 18, 1889, in the County Judge’s Room at the Courthouse in Edwardsville, Madison County. It was here where a meeting of the new subscribers for the capital stock of Clover Leaf Loan convened for the purpose of electing a Board of Directors, creating company by-laws, and adopting a charter. Soon following, the first loan was made to a customer to purchase property on North Buchanan in the then-substantial sum of $500.
During its early days, Clover Leaf Loan continued to support the community by making loans to the early settlers in the area. Clover Leaf Loan merged with Home Building and Loan Association in 1945. Shortly thereafter, the offices were moved to 148 N. Main St. in Edwardsville, where they remained for more than 25 years. The next big move came in December 1974, when the recently renamed Clover Leaf Savings moved into the 200 E. Park St. location. This remained the main office until June 2005, when the new facility at 6814 Goshen Road was completed.
The next chapter in the history of the bank came in 2006 with Clover Leaf Saving’s merger with First Federal Savings and Loan. First Clover Leaf Bank was born out of the combination of these two respected institutions who together represented more than 200 years of banking. The changes kept coming with the expansion of the bank’s first location outside of Edwardsville. The Wood River branch opened its doors in June 2008. The branch was opened with great enthusiasm for expanding the community bank model into a new territory. Shortly following in October 2008, First Clover Leaf Bank and Partners Bank combined into the community bank customers know today. The bank opened its Highland branch in 2011 and recently expanded its footprint by opening a Loan Production Office in O’Fallon in January 2014 and a new full-service branch in Swansea on July 1.
The bank has developed into a full-service community bank, offering a broad array of retail and commercial products. First Clover Leaf Bank stands by its commitment to our communities and reflects basic core business values of trust, loyalty, integrity, commitment and respect. These values are the foundation that the bank has built upon.
More information is available at http://www.firstcloverleafbank.com.