Sunflower Bank’s Journey to Today
We have a long-lasting history of dedicated colleagues committed to community banking and Creating Possibility for our customers throughout our 125 years. Here are a few highlights we’ve experienced along the way.
- In 1892, the Farmers National Bank was chartered in Salina, Kansas. On its first day of business, it had $100,000 of capital, deposits of $101, 096 and loans equaling $295.
- In 1962, the bank’s name was changed to The First National Bank & Trust reflecting the addition of trust services.
- In 1964, the bank became one of the first financial institutions to use computers greatly improving internal efficiencies while enhancing services for customers.
- In 1970, aggressive marketing was initiated to increase business. The most successful promotion offered ladies’ wigs, lasted over five months, over a 1,000 wigs were given away and deposits increased by $1,500,000 an enormous sum for the day.
- Also in 1970, Sunflower Bank began reaching out to local youth with its Youth Advisory Board designed to bring kids into the process, gain their input, and prepare them for the future. This has evolved into Sunflower Bank’s Community Ambassador Program for high school kids today.
- In 1974, Sunflower Bank offered ATMs for withdrawals and deposits and the next year, offered one of the nation’s first full-service branches with drive-up lanes and a walk-up window.
- In 1985, Sunflower Bank introduced one of the country’s first bank sponsored organization and financial product for women called the First Ladies Club.
- In 1992, the name of the bank was changed to Sunflower Bank.
- In 2001, the annual ABC Program, now in its 16th year, was initiated with the goal of raising funds for students and schools in all the communities Sunflower Bank serves. Over $1,139,000 has been raised.
- Also in 2001, the bank further expanded into Colorado where today we have 10 branches.
- In 2006, Sunflower Bank introduced the Community Ambassador Program. The program was designed to encourage young people to consider their hometown community as a viable place to live and work after completing higher education, and to help foster entrepreneurship and financial responsibility among youth leaders. To date 291 high school seniors have been awarded scholarships from Sunflower Bank totaling over $233,000.
- In 2007, our Health Care Professional Program was launched as part of our continued effort to strengthen our communities. The program recognizes individuals in the health care profession who demonstrate a considerable commitment to the overall health and well-being of not just patients and citizens, but also entire communities. Through this unique program, Sunflower Bank donates 5 cents per debit card swipe to a designated health care charity. Since the program inception Sunflower has donated over $60,000 to local health care charities.
- In 2010, Sunflower continued its expansion into Missouri opening a branch in Leeton.
- In June 2017, we came together with Strategic Growth Bancorp in a merger of equals to become Sunflower Bank and First National 1870, a super community bank with 60 locations across a 5-state footprint offering mortgage solutions to our customers through Guardian Mortgage, a dedicated home loan provider.