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Community Involvement

Community banks are invested in their communities and their customers. Here at First Federal, we thrive when our customers and communities do the same, so taking care of our customers and looking out for the best interest of our community is ingrained in the way we conduct our business.

When calling us, be assured that you are talking to someone who lives and works in the same community you do.  Go local and bank locally with us!  The money invested in your local community bank will be reinvested in ways that drive the local economy, such as in the form of loans to local residents who want to buy a home.  By driving local economies and creating local jobs, community banks are an integral part of our financial system and play a key role in our nation's economic recovery.

First Federal takes pride in great customer service and with reinvesting in our Van Wert and surrounding communities. 

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First Federal Donates To The "100 Mile Club" 

First Federal has donated to the Van Wert Elementary School's "100 Mile Club", sponsoring the fifth grade class.  Sponsoring this program is a way for students to participate in a wellness program and this dedication will support an entire class of students.  Pictured below is Suzie Grimes (Comptroller, First Federal), Betty Holliday (PE Teacher), Dayton Schuerman (5th Grader), McKenna Gilbert (5th Grader), Dave Branfield (PE Teacher), Grace Doctor (5th Grader), and Lisa Lawson (Deposit Officer, First Federal).  Posted 2/14/2014

100 Mile Club 2014


First Federal Sponsors The Atomic Sharks

The Atomic Sharks will perform in the Niswonger Lobby at 2:00 pm as pre-event entertainment to Jack Hanna's "Into the Wild Live" show on Saturday, April 5th at the PAC. First Federal is helping sponsor the pre-show. It's a kid friendly show where kids will be entertained & educated on the ukulele during a mini-workshop.  Posted 1/21/2014

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Kris Hensler and Kenny Taylor of The Atomic Sharks (in front), along with NPAC Marketing Director Tafi Stober, Brian Renner of First Federal and Dr. Emily Hoen of The Animal Clinic of Van Wert.




First Federal Donates to Salvation Army

First Federal made a $1,000 donation to the Salvation Army. Shown making the presentation to Major Art Barter of the Salvation Army are Becky Scheidt (left), loan operations; and Suzie Grimes, Comptroller.  Posted 12/19/2013

 Salvation Army Donation 2013


First Federal Gives To Historical Society

Brian Renner, President/CEO of First Federal, and Jessica Hardesty (center), loan operations, present Theresa Mengerink, Vice President of the Van Wert County Historical Society, a check for $1,000 to help purchase a new lawn mower for the museum complex.  Posted 12/16/2013.


Historical Society 2013


YWCA Holiday Fundraising Event

First Federal and Slusher's Jewelry of Van Wert will be co-hosting "A Toast to the YWCA", including a silent tree auction, on Friday, November 22.

Their will be a grand evening of wine and beer tasting in the impressive atmosphere of Willow Bend Country Club. Enjoy a night on the town while learning about a variety of fine wines and premium beers in true holiday spirit.  The evening will be complete with hors d'oeuvres, a chocolate fountain and surprise raffles. There will be a cash bar before the event.

The evening festivities include the silent tree auction. Numerous businesses and individuals throughout the area decorate trees and wreaths and donate the items for silent bidding. There is a tree or wreath for everyone at this event.

Auction items include a variety of price points and range from wreaths and small tabletop trees to seven-foot tall holiday greens. Those who attend will see everything from traditional holiday fashion, peacock, rustic and sports decorations!  Even if area residents don't need a tree, this event is still for them. In the true spirit of the holiday season, winning bidders are given the option of donating the beautifully decorated item to a less fortunate family in the community.

Tickets are $35 and on sale now at the YWCA.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p,m.   Seating is reserved.  All proceeds from the event go to support the YWCA Transitional Living Program for homeless women and families and domestic violence services. Seating is limited. Call the YWCA today to register.          Posted 11/07/2013


2013 Chamber Golf Classic

Team First Federal enjoyed the Chamber Golf Outing and finished second place!      Posted 7/18/13 

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First Federal Sponsors "When Pigs Fly"

Rib Fest DonationFirst Federal, represented by Jessica Hardesty and Suzie Grimes (pictured left) is sponsoring a "When Pigs Fly" event for a second consecutive year where pigs will fly through Van Wert for this year's seventh annual Van Wert Rib Fest. At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 3rd, little plastic piggies will be dropped from overhead by the United Way of Van Wert County and fly over the festival grounds.   When Pigs Fly





Each pig is numbered to a corresponding raffle ticket that the United Way is selling for $10 each. The person holding the number of the piggy that lands closest to the "pig pen" wins $650. The second-place prize is $350 and furthest away prize is $250. Tickets can be obtained from First Federal at 679 Fox Road, the United Way office, from any United Way Board member, as well as during the Fountain Park Summer Music Series concerts.  For more information about this event call the United Way office at 419.238.6689 or the Van Wert Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 419.238.9378.  

The Rib Fest was established seven years ago as a fundraiser to benefit the Van Wert Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, represented by Larry Lee (pictured right).  In addition, this event will help support many area organizations that are aided by the United Way, represented by Deb Russell (pictured right of Grimes).  There will be lots of great food with the area's best rib cookers along with live musical entertainment.  The Rib Fest will be held on August 2-3 at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds.  Festival hours are from 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday and 11:00 a.m. to midnight on Saturday.  Posted 7/11/13


First Federal Donates to YMCA

YMCA Donation 2013

The YMCA of Van Wert County received a $1000 donation from First Federal for the 2013 Annual Board Campaign. Campaign money is directed to the YMCA youth financial assistance program. Pictured here is Jessica Hardesty and Lori Garwood of First Federal along with Hugh Kocab, YMCA Executive Director.  Posted 7/6/2013


First Federal Sponsors Balloon

Hot Air 2013



First Federal is sponsoring a balloon again in this year's upcoming Van Wert Hot Air Festival, to be held on September 6th, 7th, and 8th at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds.  Jessica Hardesty (left) and Rhonda Belt (right) of First Federal presented Jerry Mazur, Hot Air Festival organizer, the sponsorship for the balloon named "Bolt", which is red and blue with a lighting bolt running from top to bottom.  Posted 7/5/2013







The Holiday at Home July 4th fireworks show will be coming soon!  First Federal will support the annual fireworks display again this year along with many other local contributors with a $500 donation.  The fireworks will be held at the Van Wert County Regional Airport on Thursday, July 4th.  Posted 6/14/2013




Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's signature event and offers everyone in the community the opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer during this 18-hour event.  First Federal was recognized as one of the top fundraising teams again this year during the Van Wert County Relay for Life closing ceremony on May 4th.  Brian Renner, President/CEO accepted the Silver Team award banner, raising $3,500.

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To help with fundraising prior to the event, First Federal sponsored two raffle drawings to win a 2013 gold eagle collector's coin and an Urban Meyer autographed mini OSU helmet.  Suzie Grimes, Controller, presented the winner, Chris Thomas, the gold coin, as Tina Miller, Loan Operations looked on.  Nancy Elston, Receptionist, presented Jon Okuly with the OSU helmet.

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Members of the First Federal Employee Team took shifts and walked all through the night.  Team members that raised funds/walked were Rhonda Belt, Tina Miller, Brian Renner, Diana Cearns, Ruth Schutz, Nancy Elston, Suzie Grimes, Amber Evans, Lori Garwood, Julie Perkins, Jenny (Jim) Nelson, Tammy Nihiser, Patty Lassiter, Becky Scheidt, Sheri Tindall, and Ashley Kittle. 

Special thanks to local racers, 14-year old Cooper Clouse from Ohio City along with Russ Belt from Van Wert, who had their race machines on display at the First Federal campsite in the spirit of this year's relay them "Drive Out Cancer."  First Federal was recognized for having the best themed campsite. 

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To add to the fun of the event, Ruth Schutz, Operations Department, made a cardboard box car for a relay event race, and First Federal won the overall design award for the car.  First Federal wants to thank all of its supporters and customers that purchased raffle tickets, relay for life luminaria, moons and stars that were displayed in the lobby in memory or in honor of loved ones, and individual donations to support First Federal's team efforts. 

Relay RuthRelay CarRelay LobbyRelay for Life LogoPosted 5/16/2013


First Federal Promotes Cearns to OfficerDiana Cearns Promotion

Brian Renner, President of First Federal of Van Wert, announced that Diana Cearns was promoted to BSA Officer and Operations Officer during First Federal's March board meeting.  Cearns joined First Federal in May 2011 and has a combined 20 years in the financial services industry.  She currently manages the operations department.

Cearns is a graduate of Van Wert High School and received a bachelor's degree in finance and accounting from The Ohio State University.  She has also attended various banking classes and seminars, graduating from the Ohio School of Banking, Bank Leadership Institute, and Community Bankers for Operations/Deposit Compliance School.  She is currently attending the Leadership Program sponsored by the Van Wert Chamber of Commerce.

She is a longtime member of the Van Wert Optimist Club and Calvary Evangelical Church and has also been involved in various community activities including Relay for Life.    

Cearns and her husband, Paul, reside in rural Convoy with their daughter, Courtney and son, Cameron.  Posted 05/02/2013



First Federal has fun with a Cupcake Day

On Friday, April 19th, First Federal served a large variety of cupcakes in the lobby in appreciation for customers and in celebration of April being "Community Banking Month".  Employees participated by baking and bringing cupcakes for the occasion.  To add fun to the event, Brian Renner, President, had two Board members, Paul Svabik and Randy Myers stop by and judge the cupcakes for best taste and appearance.  Ruth Schutz received first place for her best tasting chocolate cupcake topped with a peanut butter cup, and Amber Evans received second place with her coconut topped spice cupcake.  Diana Cearns won first place for appearance with the raspberry topped chocolate cupcake, and Ashley Kittle was second for her oreo topped cupcake.   Posted 04/23/2013

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First Federal assists with gateway sculpture for Wassenberg  

A steel sculpture archway portal which will be crafted by sculptor Michael Bendele of Delphos will stand 12 feet on both sides of the sidewalk leading to the entrance of what will become the new Wassenberg Art Center at 214 S. Washington St.. A model of the work is pictured at the former Van Wert Armory Building, along with representatives of the Wassenberg Art Center.  First Federal of Van Wert has contributed to the financing of this archway sculpture project.

 Wassenberg Sculpture

Pictured are (from the left): Brian Renner, First Federal President; Thad Lichtensteiger, Van Wert County Commissioner; Mike Cross, Van Wert County Foundation Board Member and First Federal Board Chairman: Terry Eikenbary, Wassenberg Art Center Board of Directors President; Hope Wallace, Wassenberg Art Center Executive Director; Larry Wendel, Van Wert County Foundation Executive Secretary; and Michael Bendele, Sculptor.  Posted 04/01/2013



First Federal Promotes Grimes to Officer


Suzie Grimes PromotionThe Board of Directors of First Federal of Van Wert, OH has announced the promotion of Suzie Grimes to an officer of the Association.  Grimes began her career at First Federal in November, 2007 as Accounting Clerk.  She was promoted to Controller in 2010.

Grimes is a graduate of Van Wert High School and the University of Northwestern Ohio.  She is a graduate of the Van Wert Leadership class and now serves on the Van Wert Leadership committee.  Grimes is also the treasurer for the Van Wert Youth Baseball and serves on the board of the United Way of Van Wert County.

Grimes and her husband, Jon, reside in rural Van Wert along with her son, Gavin, and her stepson, Travis Grimes. 

First Federal of Van Wert is a locally owned and operated institution.  First Federal has been serving the Van Wert community since 1893.  As an independent community bank,
First Federal takes great pride in supporting the Van Wert community.
Posted 02/20/2013 




Randy MyersFirst Federal Elects New Director 

At the January 16th, 2013 Annual Meeting of the Members of First Federal S&L Association of Van Wert, MHC, Randy D. Myers was elected to the Board of Directors.  Myers replaces C. Allan Runser who retired after 37 years of service to First Federal.  The other current directors for First Federal are Michael T. Cross, Paul W. Svabik, J. Andrew Czajkowski and Brian R. Renner. 

Myers is a life-long resident of Van Wert County.  He began his insurance career in 1980.  In 1984, Myers started Leland Smith Life and Health in Decatur, IN.  In 1994, he opened Leland Smith Insurance Services in Van Wert.  He currently operates offices in Van Wert, Antwerp, Convoy and the Shisler Insurance Agency in Paulding. 

Myers has been a member of the Van Wert Service Club for 25 years.  He is currently serving as County Representative on the Van Wert County Board of Health and previously was a representative on the Westwood Behavior Health Board.

Myers and his wife, Betty, reside in rural Van Wert.  They have raised three daughters, Krista Schlemmer of Van Wert, Amy Amstutz of Hilliard, OH and Brooke Myers of Van Wert.

First Federal of Van Wert is a locally owned and operated institution.  First Federal has been serving the Van Wert community since 1893.  As an independent community bank, First Federal takes great pride in supporting the Van Wert community.  Posted 01/24/2013




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