Linda Raley ending varied, successful CSB career

Linda Raley stands near safe deposit boxes at Community State Bank on Monday. She'll end a 31-year career there this month.

Community State Bank Vice President and Cashier Linda Raley will be recognized at a special bank open house after a career that has spanned over 30 years. Mrs. Raley began working for CSB in 1982, just two years after the bank was founded.

"It's hard to imagine Community State Bank without Linda Raley," said CSB Board Chairman Wilbur Nelson. "Her hard work and dedication have been instrumental in the growth this bank has experienced while she's been here."

Mrs. Raley has served in virtually every position at the bank, which well prepared her for her current role as vice president.

Over her career, she has seen CSB grow from a $4 million bank in a temporary facility to a solid, successful financial institution with over $140 million in assets and permanent locations in Galva, Kewanee and Neponset.

"What she has done for us really transcends titles and job descriptions" noted Bank President Kevin Yepsen. "Whatever this institution or its customers have needed, she has been there to make positive things happen.

"It is hard to put into perspective the growth we have seen that Linda's been a part of," Yepsen added, "but it includes us now handling more transactions each day than we did in Linda's first two years combined."

Former Galva businessman Gil Achterhof, who was an early employer of Mrs. Raley, as well as a CSB founding board member, stated that "Linda was a key factor in CSB's success. Her knowledge and experience will be difficult, if not impossible, to replace. Her presence at CSB will be missed by all. Thanks, Linda."

The open house to recognize Mrs. Raley's years of service has been planned for Saturday, Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. to noon at the bank's main location in Galva. All customers and friends are invited to join in congratulating her on this special day.