LOUISBURG — The business has been described as the happiest and friendliest place in Louisburg, said Becky Bowes, the Louisburg Chamber of Commerce’s executive director.

That business is First Option Bank, Bowes told a group gathered for the presentation of the chamber’s annual Business of the Year Award on Friday, June 7, during a luncheon in the Louisburg High School commons.

Mark Williams, community president, and Shelley Haines, Louisburg branch manager, accepted the award on behalf of the bank.

Williams said the bank was very honored to receive the award and was proud to serve Louisburg. Williams said he was proud to be a part of the community.

First Option Bank (formally known as First National Bank) opened for business in Osawatomie in 1923, Bowes said. Over the years, the organization expanded to several other area communities. The Louisburg location opened in August 2000, Bowes said.

First Option selected its downtown location on Broadway because the bank wanted to be a part of the heart of the community, she said.

“First Option Bank continues to be a locally owned community bank and is committed to supporting the communities they serve in many ways, not only with generous donations, but volunteering and giving of their own time,” Bowes said. “Through their School Logo Check Card program, over $1,472,000 has been raised for area schools with nearly $181,000 of that amount coming to the Louisburg schools.”

In addition to Williams and Haines, other members of First Option Bank’s Louisburg team are Tony Welhoff, loan and business development officer; customer service representatives Erica Heidbreder, Christina Ward and Cyndi Bodnar; and tellers Harley Olson and Isabelle Holtzen.

The luncheon’s guest speaker was John Cisetti, who is retiring as band director/instructor at Louisburg schools for the past 40 years.

Cisetti talked about some of the favorite moments of his career and emphasized he has always taught positive patriotism. He also provided the business professionals gathered for the luncheon copies of his book: “Life’s Parade: 40 Years of Making Music.”

News Editor Doug Carder can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or doug.carder@miconews.com.

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