Golfers Compete in Billie Ray Craig Memorial Jr Golf Classic
Tuesday, June 11, 20123– Pinckneyville IL
The Billie Ray Craig Memorial Junior Golf Classic, sponsored by Murphy-Wall State Bank and Trust Company, was held Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at the Red Hawk Golf Club, Pinckneyville, IL. The tournament hosted junior golfers from Southern Illinois and Missouri. The tournament, which is a Point Event for the Southern Illinois Golf Association Junior Golf Tour, is named after the late Billie Ray Craig of Pinckneyville, an avid golfer and member of the Southern Illinois Golf Hall of Fame. His wife, Marlene Craig, daughter Claudia (Craig) Choate (Murphy-Wall State Bank VP/Marketing Director), Grandson Craig Choate, and family friend Charlotte Carter helped with the tournament in his memory.
Red Hawk Golf Club would like to thank Murphy-Wall State Bank And Trust Company for their sponsorship and the help of Murphy-Wall employees, Claudia Choate and Craig Choate; the Craig Family and Charlotte Carter for their help and to all the participants.
4 & 5 year old boys: 1st place Tallen James with Murphy-Wall State Bank Chairman of the Board Bill Crawford.
6 & 7 year old boys: 1st place Konner Kueper, 2nd place (tie) Jonah Tanner, Murphy-Wall State Bank Chairman of the Board Bill Crawford, 2nd place (tie) Boston Bradley
6 & 7 year old girls: 1st place Hanna Clark with Murphy-Wall State Bank Chairman of the Board Bill Crawford
8 & 9 year old boys & girls: 2nd place Ian Davis, 1 place Cy Norman, Murphy-Wall State Bank VP Claudia Choate, 1st place Elise Paul
10 & 11 & 12 & 13 year old girls: 1st place (12-13) Megan Breslin, 2nd place (12-13) Taran Harsy, Murphy-Wall State Bank VP Claudia Choate, 1st place (10-11) Grace Maschhoff
10 & 11 year old boys: 2nd place Ty Barbre, Craig Choate-Grandson of the late Billie Ray Craig, 1st place Austin Smith
12 & 13 year old boys: 2nd place Austyn Downen, Craig Choate-Grandson of the late Billie Ray Craig, 1st place Robbie Moore
14 & 15 year old boys: 2nd place Tom Goodman, Craig Choate-Grandson of the late Billie Ray Craig, 1st place David Crosby
16 -18 year old boys: 1st place Josh Palsenberger, Murphy-Wall State Bank VP Claudia Choate, 2nd place Robert Casolari
16-18 year old girls: 2nd place Kara Schneuker, 1st place Kendra Kessler, Murphy-Wall State Bank VP Claudia Choate
Sarah Folden and Brandon Goeke represent MWSB in Pinckneyville Chamber Golf Scramble
2012-2013 Murphy-Wall State Bank PCHS Student of the Month
Murphy-Wall State Bank has been honoring outstanding PCHS Students through the Student of Month/Year program since 1995. Pinckneyville Community High School Seniors apply by submitting an application essay that includes listing their high school activities and the importance of being involved, their community service activities and why they should be selected as Student of the Month.
Applications are reviewed and ranked with the top nine selected for Students of the Month. Each Student of the Month receives $50 dollars and is eligible for the Student of the Year Award. The Student of the Year is chosen after an interviewing process with various officers of the bank with individual points scored in pre-determined categories. The Student of the Year recipient receives $500 towards their college tuition.
Sept-Haley Simpson with Murphy-Wall State Bank AVP Amy Cleland, Oct-Morgan Wild with Murphy-Wall State Bank EVP Susan Davis, Nov-Tyler Wildermuth with Murphy-Wall State Bank VP Kathy Marlow
Dec-Shertsy Stanton with Murphy-Wall State Bank VP Claudia Choate, Jan-Ashley Przygoda with Murphy-Wall State Bank EVP Robert Marlow, Feb-Raven Lawhorn with Murphy-Wall State Bank AVP Brian Chandler
Mar-Will Timpner with Murphy-Wall State Bank AVP Sarah Folden, Apr-Emily Schmidt with Murphy-Wall State Bank VP Deborah Davis, May-Shelbie Thompson with Murphy-Wall State Bank VP Barry Kellerman
PCHS Students receive EverFI Certification
May 29, 2013, Pinckneyville, Illinois
Students from Pinckneyville Community High School Resource Management Class received certificates for the completion of the EverFi Financial Literacy program. The web-based program uses the latest in new media technology – Level 4 simulations, avatars, gaming and adaptive-pathing – to bring complex financial concepts to life for today's digital generation. Through this platform, students become certified in hundreds of topics in personal finance, allowing them to become more informed, responsible citizens. Murphy-Wall State Bank and Trust Company has partnered with EverFi, Inc. to bring the interactive financial management program to these high school students at no cost to the school.
Murphy-Wall State Bank Pres/CEO, Marty Davis stated; "Murphy-Wall State Bank made this commitment to the high school because of our strong belief that students of today can be better educated for their financial future. Murphy-Wall State Bank has a long standing commitment to financial literacy with the area grade schools with our Bank At School and Teach Children to Save programs and feels the EverFi is a great continuing tool for financial literacy for our high school students that will teach life skills for a complex financial world."
Mrs. Lietz, PCHS Family & Consumer Science teacher added: "EverFi's learning modules are a powerful supplement to our Resource Management curriculum. EverFi reinforces the financial objections taught throughout the semester, and it helps meet the state standards in Personal Finance. It enables every student to review those valuable financial concepts before they are out on their own."
The 10-unit course offers approximately six hours of programming aimed at teaching, assessing and certifying students in a variety of relevant financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401k's and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards. The platform uniquely tracks the progress and score of every student and provides students who successfully complete the course with Certification in Financial Literacy, a valuable mark of distinction on college applications and resumes.
Murphy-Wall State Bank VP/Marketing Director, Claudia Choate, PCHS students; Denise Bruns, Kayla Bruns, Braden Gant, Kaitlyn Ponicki, and PCHS Resource Management teacher Mrs. Kim Lietz. (Not present for photo: Jason Wilson & Marissa Knapp)
Murphy-Wall State Bank Talks Financial Education with Pinckneyville Students
Event Part of the ABA Education Foundation's Teach Children to Save Program
Young people know more about texting, facebook & twitter than they do about budgeting andbalancing a checkbook. So while schools prepare students for real world success, Murphy-Wall StateBank is focusing on helping young people develop skills for financial success.
The Month of April is Financial Literacy Month. During April Murphy-Wall State Bank employeeshave been visiting area grade school classes with financial lessons. The Teach Children to Saveprogram uses lessons that bring together real life and classroom learning, incorporating hands-onscenarios and children's experiences to help them understand the basic principles of using moneywisely. Lessons explore saving, budgeting, prioritizing and more.
Teach Children to Save is a national campaign of volunteer bankers who since 1997 have helpedyoung people develop lifelong savings habits.
Murphy-Wall State Bank offers the following tips for money-savvy parents raising money-smart kids:
1. Set the example of a responsible money manager by paying bills on time, being aconscientious spender and an active saver. Children tend to emulate their parents' personalfinance habits.
2. Talk openly about money with your kids. Communicate your values and experiences withmoney. Encourage them to ask you questions, and be prepared to answer them – even thetough ones.
3. Explain the difference between needs and wants, the value of saving and budgeting and theconsequences of not doing so.
4. Open a savings account at your local bank for your children and take them with you to makedeposits, so they can learn how to be hands-on in their money management.
5. Give your kids positive feedback. As they get older, give them responsibility over how theyspend their money.
Murphy-Wall State Bank has been participating in Teach Children to Save Day since 1998. OnTuesday, April 23rd, (National Teach Children to Save Day), Murphy-Wall State Bank hosted the 4thgraders from Consolidated District 204, Pinckneyville District #50 and St Bruno's School. Studentstoured the bank and watched a video on the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and Federal Reserve.They examined a Dollar bill to identify some of the characteristics of the $1 bills. Topics on budgets,expenses, and income, interest and savings goals were the discussions.
PCHS Students Job Shadow at Murphy-Wall State Bank
Friday, March 15, 2013 – Pinckneyville IL
Seven PCHS students from Mrs. Heather Genesio's Accounting classes visited Murphy- Wall State Bank in Pinckneyville for the bank's 11th year of hosting a Job Shadowing Day.
This program gives the students, many of whom did not realize there was more to banking beyond the teller line, new account's desk and the lender's office, a chance to see the daily activities of a bank including a look at behind the scenes responsibilities of the employees. The day is filled with an abundance of information on banking and the different departments it takes to make the bank operate. In addition to the history of the bank and the bank's mission, the students (Shadows) were briefed on legislative, regulatory and operating practices of a financial institution. Shadows learn about the audit, security, compliance, marketing, data processing, networking, lending, customer service, administrative and executive departments of the bank and other hidden logistics that go into successfully operating a community bank.
Murphy-Wall has organized a local version of the National Job Shadow event since 2002 and thanks Mrs. Genesio and the PCHS administration for allowing the students to get a closer look at what happens beyond the lobby of a bank perhaps preparing a new generation to be the community bankers of the future. Marty Davis, President and CEO, indicates that "Bank Management understands the need to provide students with hands on knowledge of how skills learned in the classroom can be applied and knows the value of demonstrating that there are a vast range of careers available right in the students' own backyard." Job Shadowing provides valuable information on career options and will also allow them to integrate their experience at the bank into their personal life. Hard work and honesty is emphasized to the Shadows as an integral part of the career process. The day not only allows the Shadows to see an operating business environment real-time, it also acts as a platform for getting student's career questions answered by Murphy-Wall officers and employee mentors participating the event.
Ashley Przygoda stated, "What I enjoyed most about Job Shadowing at Murphy-Wall, was seeing how close and friendly a small town bank functioned. Everyone was extremely friendly and really helped me to realize how great it is to do what you love for a living."
Tamara Alvis remarked, "The most interesting part about Job Shadowing was seeing how all the jobs were connected. People would never think there was so much work behind a checking deposit."
Murphy-Wall State Bank PCHS Panther Spirit Challenge
November 2012-February 2013 – Pinckneyville IL
For twelve season's Murphy-Wall State Bank has sponsored the "Panther Spirit
Challenge" during home varsity boy's basketball game. The challenge gives all PCHS
organizations and clubs a chance to win $100 for their treasury. Each organization/club
designs and creates a "Spirit Poster" for each home Panther game. Posters are displayed
for judging in Thomas Gym with the winning organization selecting a representative to
shoot during the games event.
The challenge is at half-time of the varsity game and includes:
- The participant receives 45 seconds on the clock, to make consecutive shots consisting of, a lay-up ($10), free throw ($35), three-pointer ($50) and halfcourt shot
- Any organization that makes the half-court shot qualifies for the bonus shoot during the last home game. They will have one chance to make a half-court shot to earn $500 for their organization.
This season, two representatives made their half-court shots, to advance to the "Bonus
Shoot". The two qualifiers were: Heather McDaniel for the Senior Class and Layton
McNew for the Cross Country Team.
2012-2013 seasons winnings: $620.00
2012 Pinckneyville Mardi Gras parade
Murphy-Wall's team participated in the 2012 Pinckneyville Mardi Gras parade with this 1st Place winning float, complete with "Steppers" and entourage depicting a "Family Vacation" to New York. The bank's entry took first place in Business, Overall Float Entry Winner and also the Viewer's Choice which is given to the best entry of the entire parade. We thank our staff and their families and friends who helped on this year's awesome project! View a video of our float.
Pinckneyville Community High School Laptop Sleeves
PCHS Students and Educators take advantage of Macbook technology. One use for the device is the convenience of having electronic textbook capabilities. Murphy-Wall State Bank donated laptop sleeves for the protection of the school's devices.
Customer Appreciation Days
Friday, September 7th was Customer Appreciation Day at the Murphysboro Facility. Murphy-Wall State Bank employees greeting customers and served them refreshments of hot dogs, chips, cookies and beverages. The Murphysboro treated over 40 customers to lunch this year. This is just one way the Murphy-Wall says thank you for your business.
Customer Appreciation Day at the Pinckneyville Facility was held on Friday, September 21st. Murphy-Wall State Bank employees served close to 500 people on this gorgeous fall day. On this day, the employees serve the customers in a different capacity, lunch! They manage the grill, the food line and each one in attendance receives a small gift in appreciation of their business.
Family Night in the Park
Pinckneyville's Family Night in the Park was held Friday, July 27th at the Pinckneyville Fairgrounds. This event is totally free to the public and includes many activities, food,
music, and emergency team demonstrations. Murphy-Wall State Bank sponsors the climbing wall for this event.
Full Murphy-Wall Mardi Gras Float Link
This year's float depicts the Gold Rush mining days and a Wild West town complete with Gamblers & Saloon Girls. Our backdrop includes an exaggeration of The Exchange Bank of Murphy-Wall and Company building which had been located on the north side of the Pinckneyville Square in the late 1800's. Our guests of honor included our current Murphy-Wall State Bank and Trust Company's Chairman, W. K. "Bill" Crawford Jr. and his son, EVP Joe Crawford, both descendants of one of the original founders of the bank, W. K. Murphy.
Also don't miss seeing our Exploding Cave, Dynamite and Golden Ladies, the Gold Nugget children, Prospectors, and of course, the Wild West Steppers!
This year's float, costumes, and stepper routines took over 700 man hours to construct, choreograph and practice. Murphy-Wall is very appreciative of the dedication and contributions of the bank's staff and their families!
Alumni Night 2010
Once a Panther, Always a Panther!
We had a GREAT Time! Thank you PCHS Alumni for making the evening a fun-filled success!!