SIKESTON - Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal financial services organization with offices in Sikeston, has designated up to $416,000 to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
"As a fraternal organization, the concept of people helping people is what the Modern Woodmen is all about," said local Modern Woodmen representative Lee Bowman Jr.
Modern Woodmen has thousands of members and many agents in the Gulf area. To aid in recovery efforts, the organization has donated $56,000, including $30,000 distributed immediately through its agencies in affected areas, used to purchase supplies for victims in their areas.
Another $305,000 has been designated to cover premiums for affected members who use the organization's Fraternal Aid Fund to keep their Modern Woodmen life insurance coverage in place during this time of hardship.
SIKESTON - Bootheel Counseling Services named Debra Tarver as the "Employee of the Quarter."
A secretary/receptionist, Tarver has been with the agency for four years.
Tarver was nominated by her colleagues at Bootheel Counseling Services for the honor. In making the nomination, they cited her "dedication, friendship, commitment and care for the consumers" along with her character and personality.
DEXTER - Bill Aslin has accepted the new position of community bank president at the Dexter Southern Missouri Bank.
In announcing the appointment, Greg Steffens, CEO of Southern Missouri Bank, said, "Bill comes to the bank with years of experience, outstanding community involvement, and strengths that will enable the bank to grow and expand our presence in Dexter and the surrounding communities."
Aslin said he was pleased to be associated with a financial institution that has a long-standing reputation as a community bank and a staff that is committed to serving their customers.
"This bank has served the community for over 35 years and the staff has more than 135 collective years of banking experience," said Aslin. "To be working for a bank that makes decisions locally again is a real plus for me. I want to service customers in the manner they demand -- efficiently, courteously and effectively. From the few short days I have worked with Southern Missouri Bank, the Bank has the most innovative technology to offer its customers and me, to service my customers."
A graduate of Arkansas State University and the Graduate School of Banking of the South, Aslin has over 31 years of experience in all areas of lending with his entire finance career being spent in Southeast Missouri. For three years he was employed with Progressive Farm Credit Association in Sikeston.
Aslin encouraged the public to stop by the bank at 713 Business 60 West in Dexter or call 624-5525. "I look forward to assisting past, present and future customers with their financial needs," Aslin said.
Southern Missouri Bank is a full-service bank with branches in Poplar Bluff, Dexter, Kennett, Doniphan, Van Buren and Qulin serving most of Southeast Missouri.
SIKESTON - Jason Myer has joined the staff at Medicap Pharmacy as a pharmacist. He will assist pharmacist/owner Ron Hamra with meeting Medicap Pharmacy customers' needs at the pharmacy at 507 N. Main St.
"It is great to be back," said Myer, who has been working at the pharmacy since April.
A 1996 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Cape Girardeau, he completed his doctorate in pharmacy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in May. He is the son of Sheila Holden and Gary Myer.
Medicap Pharmacy is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.