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Citizens National Participates in “Invention Convention”

Tyler_Brook Hill School Treasure ChestAn “Invention Convention” was held at The Brook Hill School recently in Bullard.  Third grade students had the opportunity to share with parents and teachers about the inventor that they researched and the invention that they created by looking for problems to solve in their own homes.  CNB’s Beth Parsons and Claire McNabb were on hand to hand out treasure chests to students that were made by the Grande branch teller staff.  Branch Manager Sheila Dixon said it is a very worthwhile event that Citizens was invited back to this year and she thanked Susan Boles, Nereyda Valle and Andres Diaz for their hard work on the chests.   (photo courtesy of tylerpaper.com)

Longview Chamber of Commerce Awards “Large Business of the Year” to CNB

The Longview Chamber of Commerce bestowed one of its most prestigious awards, “Large Business of the Year” to Citizens National Bank at their annual banquet on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Maude Cobb Convention Center in Longview.  Brad Tidwell, Chairman & CEO of CNB was very honored to have to been presented with this award and said that it was not his alone, he thanked the many dedicated employees at CNB and loyal customers that Citizens National serves everyday for helping them to achieve such an honor.

Remembering Lou Galosy: 1923-2013

Lou Galosy, former Citizens National Bank officer, Longview civic leader, former Longview mayor and a true visionary for the City of Longview, died late Tuesday, January 8, 2013, just months shy of his 90th birthday.

Born May 26, 1923, in St. Louis, Galosy was a Navy pilot in World War II and the Korean War. In 1952, he moved to Longview, managing Riff’s, a women’s apparel store until 1960. He owned and operated Galosy’s Women’s Apparel from 1960 to 1980.  He served as Longview’s first two-term mayor from 1985-1991.  Among the projects completed during Galosy’s tenure was the opening of the new Longview Public Library in 1987.

One of Longview’s most influential civic leaders through the last half of the 20th century, known for his dapper dress, gentlemanly demeanor and business acumen. Considered one of his greatest personal achievements Galosy worked alongside two other men to incorporate and lease Gregg Memorial Hospital in 1960, which became Good Shepherd Hospital, later Good Shepherd Hospital, now Good Shepherd Medical Center.  He served on the hospital board for 17 years and as president for three years.

In addition to his role in civic affairs, Galosy served on the board of American Bank from 1979 until 1984, was senior vice president of Bank One from 1984 until 2004, and later worked in business development for Citizens National Bank until his retirement in December 2011.

Brad Tidwell, President & CEO of Citizens National Bank, called Galosy a goodwill ambassador.  “He was a mentor. He was a friend. He gave me wonderful business advice I’ve tried to follow for 30 years. If I could be half the people person and half the business person and possess half the communications skills Lou Galosy had, I’d be very, very successful,” Tidwell said.  “They just don’t come any better than Lou Galosy,” Tidwell said.

Galosy’s advice was sought after from the very young to the seasoned business person.  He also served on numerous boards for various organizations.  He never met a stranger and always left a lasting impression.  He was a Longview icon, a true gentleman and will be missed by many.

Services are under the direction of Rader Funeral Home, Longview.

Portions of this article taken from www.news-journal.com

Stars Over Longview

Longview Regional Medical Center recently hosted their annual “Stars Over Longview” event at Maude Cobb Convention & Activity Center.  Stars Over Longview recognizes 12 ladies from the Longview community who have made a significant difference in the lives of others.  Spotted at the event by KLTV were Longview employees, Tamara Stoker, Amanda Traywick and Jackie Moseley.  (Photo Courtesy of www.kltv.com)

Employee Retires After 45 Years in Banking

Citizens National Bank employee, Darlene Davis retired in late December after 45 years in banking.  Darlene worked as a teller in Downtown Henderson and will be missed.  The bank is hosting a Retirement Reception in her honor on Friday, January 11th from 2-4 p.m., come and go.  All of her friends, family and former customers are invited to drop in and wish her a Happy Retirement.  Best wishes Darlene!

Lakeport Branch Donates to Mission

CNB’s Lakeport, Longview 4th Street and Downtown Convenience Center pooled their “jean” money ($2 collected each Friday for wearing jeans to work) and and donated 80 Christmas gifts to the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission.  They found out through the local newspaper that the mission was short on gifts for the teenagers. So the branches went in together  and donated over $430 worth of gifts.  What a great way to give back and serve our community!

Making a Joyful Noise

The week of December 17th, carolers from Wylie Elementary and First Baptist Church, both of Henderson, came to sing at the main bank in downtown Henderson.  Seeing all the little smiling faces singing with joyful hearts was such a pleasure to experience during this wonderful Christmas season.  After each group finished, they were presented with a tray of Christmas sugar cookies for their class, courtesy of Citizens National Bank!

Spring Hill Branch Plays Santa

The ladies of CNB’s Spring Hill branch used their their “jean” money that is collected each Friday, plus a little more, to help a local needy family with Christmas.  The family was very surprised, as they didn’t expect or ask for any help.  The family had quite a few children, so each employee “adopted” one of the children and bought Christmas for them.  The employees were also able to give the family a $135.00 gift card.  Branch Manager, Kim Graham said, “I am so proud of the teamwork here at Spring Hill, they made this family so happy.”  We at CNB couldn’t agree more!

Chandler Employee Coordinates “Operation Christmas Child” for Branch

Cortney Ruble, a part time teller at the CNB Chandler branch, (as well as a full time student) has headed up the contributions to Operation Christmas Child.  This year, the Chandler branch doubled its efforts from last year by donating 12 boxes.  Operation Christmas Child gives shoe boxes filled with gifts to needy children around the world and helps in leading them to Jesus Christ.  The program is operated by Samaritan’s Purse, a non-denominational, evangelical Christian outreach program.  If you would like more information on how you can donate, visit www.samaritanspurse.org. Thank you Cortney for your hard work in coordinating this!

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