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Emclaire Financial Corp Appoints Nicholas D. Varischetti to Board of Directors...


Nicholas D. VarischettiEmlenton, Pennsylvania, September 22, 2014Emclaire Financial Corp (NASDAQ: EMCF), the parent holding company of The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton (the “Bank”), today announced the appointment of Nicholas D. Varischetti to the Boards of Directors of the Company and the Bank, effective January 1, 2015.

“We are pleased to welcome Nicholas Varischetti to our Boards of Directors.  Nicholas’s broad experience will add valuable perspective to our boards,” said William C. Marsh, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank.  “We appreciate his willingness to serve as a director and look forward to benefitting from his judgment and counsel.”

Mr. Varischetti is an attorney at Burns White in Pittsburgh, Pa, where he assists businesses from a wide range of industries with their litigation, general business and advisement needs.  Mr. Varischetti also is a shareholder and director of Guardian Elder Care Holdings, Inc., a healthcare provider with more than 30 nursing facilities, a rehabilitation services business, a long-term care pharmacy, and a home health company. He also is a partner of Varischetti Holdings, LP, a family-owned and operated organization consisting of several different businesses, including real estate investments, powder metal manufacturing and an oil and gas field services company, as well as a member of Varischetti Sports, LLC, which owns a minority interest in the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Outside of the legal profession, Mr. Varischetti serves as a Chairman of Pittsburgh’s Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) Board, where he was appointed by the Senate President Pro Tempore in May 2012.  Additionally, Mr. Varischetti is actively involved in the community as a member of the board of directors of Every Child Inc., the Manchester Bidwell Corporation, the Frank Varischetti Foundation, the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) and the La Roche College’s Board of Trustees.  Furthermore, Mr. Varischetti participates in the Jack Heinz Society for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Awards.

Emclaire Financial CorpEmclaire Financial Corp is the parent company of The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton, an independent, nationally chartered, FDIC-insured community bank headquartered in Emlenton, Pennsylvania, operating fifteen full service offices in Venango, Butler, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Jefferson and Mercer Counties, Pennsylvania.  The Company’s common stock is quoted on and traded through the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol “EMCF”.  For more information, visit the Company’s website at “www.emclairefinancial.com/”.


Farmers announces partnership with PINNACLE Financial Strategies...


FarmersNB Full Color JPG resized 600The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton has established a partnership with PINNACLE Financial Strategies to offer wealth management services to consumers and businesses in western Pennsylvania.Pinnacle Financial Strategies

PINNACLE Financial Strategies, located at 6600 Brooktree Court, Suite 2600, Wexford, PA 15090, is an independent firm providing coordinated financial planning services and products serving individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations.  Wealth management, pension plan management services, business succession, estate preservation and transfer, insurance planning (life, disability, and long-term care), and charitable giving services are also offered.  Vic Conrad, founder of PINNACLE Financial Strategies, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional, has completed the Chartered Financial Consultant studies through The American College, earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary®, and is a CPA (inactive).

Mr. Conrad will be providing financial advice and investment services in the Grove City, Bon Aire, Meridian, East Brady and Cranberry Townships markets.  “On behalf of the Bank, we are happy to continue to add to the service offerings for our customers with reputable, first-rate partners.  We look forward to this partnership and the opportunity it brings for servicing our customers.” noted William C. Marsh, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Farmers National Bank.

The Bank currently partners with Best Wealth Management located at 603 Main Street, Clarion, PA 16214, for the eastern division of the Bank’s full-service office footprint.

For more information about the products and services offered by PINNACLE Financial Strategies, please contact your local Farmers National Bank office or visit www.pinnaclestrategies.org.

The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton is an independent, nationally chartered, FDIC-insured community commercial bank headquartered in Emlenton, Pennsylvania, operating fifteen full-service offices in Venango, Butler, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Jefferson, and Mercer Counties,  Pennsylvania. The Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emclaire Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: “EMCF”). For more information, please visit www.farmersnb.com

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Farmers employees donate to The Arc of Jefferson/Clearfield Counties...


Farmers National Bank and ARCThe employees of The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton recently donated $495 to The Arc of Jefferson and Clearfield Counties. Employees of the Bank raised money for this donation through their Community Jeans Day program.

The Arc, established in 1966, is a volunteer based, non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of individuals with intellectual and development disorders. Accepting the donation on behalf of The Arc was Michelle Battaglia, Arc Adult Program Services Director of the Recreation and Respite Club. Representing the Farmers National Bank of Emlenton was Kelli Allison, Branch Manager of the DuBois office and Danyell Bundy, Vice President and Director of Branch Banking.

Community Jeans Day is an employee program that spans bank-wide and benefits local organizations within the Bank footprint. Employees of the Bank are encouraged to donate each month and in return, are permitted to wear jeans on Fridays. All money raised goes back into the community through gifting to local, non-profit organizations.


Farmers Increases Internal Minimum Wage...


Farmers National Bank of EmlentonThe Farmers National Bank of Emlenton will increase the minimum hourly wage its pays employees to $10.50 per hour beginning September 1, 2014.  This hourly wage rate represents an increase over the current lowest pay rate offered by the bank and is 45% higher than the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour as mandated by the United States Department of Labor.

“Increasing the minimum wage for the organization is the right thing to do.  This new wage supports the business strategy and mission of the Bank.  Our employees are a dedicated group of individuals who support the Bank’s continuous growth and commitment to serve its communities.  Our desire is to remain an employer of choice in our market and a competitive wage and rich compensation package is a vital part of what we offer to potential and current employees.”  says William C. Marsh, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer.

The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton, with more than $500 million in assets and approximately 130 employees, is an independent, nationally chartered, FDIC-insured community commercial bank headquartered in Emlenton, Pennsylvania, operating fifteen full-service offices in Venango, Butler, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Jefferson, and Mercer Counties, Pennsylvania.  The Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emclaire Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: “EMCF”).

For more information about Farmers National Bank, please visit the website at www.farmersnb.com or call 877-862-9270.


Butler Bankers Outing Donates $5,000 to Connecting2Tomorrow, Inc...


C2T Photo1 resized 600On behalf of the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau’s Inaugural Butler County Bankers Open Golf Tournament, $5,000 was recently donated to Connecting2Tomorrow, Inc., a Butler County based non-profit organization.

The Butler County Bankers Open Golf Tournament was held at the Lake Arthur Country Club in Butler, PA and was attended by local bankers and guests.  Each foursome selected a charitable organization located in Butler County, to whom a donation would be presented on behalf of the winning team.  The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton won the tournament with golfers Joshua Fye, Robert Foust, Matthew Lucco and Sean Foust.  “We chose Connecting2Tomorrow, Inc. as the recipient of the funds” noted Lucco, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Farmers National Bank of Emlenton. “We support their mission of providing mentoring services which enable youth in the Butler area to develop and utilize skill sets to build a better future for our community and for themselves.”

Accepting the donation on behalf of Connecting2Tomorrow, Inc. were Judy Zarnick, Josh Taylor, Michael Liebler, Fred Vero, Al Lane and Anthony Stagno.  Representing Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau was Jack Cohen, President.  Presenting the check on behalf of The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton were Matthew Lucco, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Robert Foust, Senior Vice President of Corporate Banking.

Connecting2Tomorrow, Inc. is a Butler County based non-profit organization focused on providing teens and young adults the fundamental life and leadership skills that will change their outlook and enable them to become successful and responsible members of their community.  For more information, please visit www.connecting2tomorrow.org or call 724-431-6025.


Farmers employees donate to the Moniteau Area Food Pantry...


Moniteau resized 600The employees of The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton recently donated $495 to the Moniteau Area Food Pantry located in West Sunbury, PA. Employees of the Bank raised money for this donation through their Community Jeans Day program.

The Moniteau Area Food Pantry reaches out to the community to provide food and assistance to people in need. Accepting the donation on behalf of the Moniteau Area Food Pantry was Cynthia Morrison, Food Pantry Administrator. Representing the Farmers National Bank of Emlenton was Susan Myers, Assistant Branch Manager of the Eau Claire Banking Office.

Community Jeans Day is an employee program that spans bank-wide and benefits local organizations within the Bank footprint. Employees of the Bank are encouraged to donate each month and in return, are permitted to wear jeans on Fridays. All money raised goes back into the community through gifting to local, non-profit organizations.

The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton is an independent, nationally chartered, FDIC-insured community commercial bank headquartered in Emlenton, Pennsylvania, operating fifteen full-service offices in Venango, Butler, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Jefferson, and Mercer Counties, Pennsylvania.  The Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emclaire Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: “EMCF”).


Farmers Joins First Front Door Homebuyer Program...


The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton announced that it has joined the First Front Door program offered through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh. The First Front Door program provides financial assistance to first-time homebuyers by the way of grant assistance.

“We are delighted with the opportunity to be involved with the First Front Door program. As a bank and devoted community member, it is our responsibility to provide convenient lending options and educational assistance to homebuyers. First Front Door is an opportunity for first time homebuyers to turn the dream of owning a home into a reality” noted William C. Marsh, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton.

First-time homebuyers must meet certain qualifications to apply for the home mortgage and grant assistance program. Qualified homebuyers can receive a 3-to-1 matching contribution up to a maximum of $5,000 to go toward down payment and closing costs. The Bank has a strong background in mortgage lending and works closely with local realtors to encourage homeownership in the communities in which it serves. For more information about the First Front Door program, please contact a Mortgage Expert at your local Farmers National Bank office or visit www.firstfrontdoor.com.


Roxbury Appointed to Vice Chair of the PBA Group 8...


Roxbury SM HS resized 600Jennifer Roxbury, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, of The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton, has been elected Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (PBA) Group 8. The Groups within the state are defined by geography and play a significant role in the nominating process and grassroots efforts of the Association.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to guide and connect PBA members within the sixteen counties of Group 8. I look forward to being a part of this growing effort and am eager to learn from those who are involved with this initiative,” noted Roxbury, who has already begun serving her 3-year term which started on July 1.  

Roxbury, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, has been with the Farmers National Bank of Emlenton since 2011. Mrs. Roxbury possesses over 25 years of community banking experience and has a strong background in product development, project management, and financial services. Mrs. Roxbury is responsible for the management of the Bank’s branch network, consumer loan and deposit operations, facilities, human resources, marketing, and information technology. Most recently, Mrs. Roxbury was elected to serve as the Group 8 liaison for the statewide Women in Banking initiative in addition to serving as a member of the PBA School of Banking Advisory Committee, which is responsible for reviewing and evaluating the school curriculum and educational needs of member banks’.   

The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton is an independent, nationally chartered, FDIC-insured community commercial bank headquartered in Emlenton, Pennsylvania, operating fifteen full-service offices in Venango, Butler, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Jefferson, and Mercer Counties, Pennsylvania. The Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emclaire Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: “EMCF”). For more information about The Farmers National Bank, please visit the website at www.farmersnb.com or call 877-862-9270. 

The Pennsylvania Bankers Association, located in Harrisburg, is the state’s leading banking trade association representing an expansive and diverse membership. The Association offers extensive continuing education programs, government relations representation on behalf of the industry, and provides numerous products and services for banks and their employees.

For more information about The Pennsylvania Bankers Association, please visit the website at www.pabanker.com or call 717-255-6900.


Marsh Elected as Chairman of Pennsylvania Bankers Association...


William C. Marsh, Farmers National Bank of Emlenton, PBA ChairmanWilliam C. Marsh, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton, has been elected Chairman of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (PBA).  As Chairman, Marsh will lead Pennsylvania’s largest banking trade association for a one-year term beginning July 1.

The Pennsylvania Bankers Association, located in Harrisburg, is the state’s leading banking trade association, representing an expansive and diverse membership. The Association offers extensive Continuing Education programs and government relations representation on behalf of the industry, and provides numerous products and services for banks and their employees.

William C. Marsh, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Farmers National Bank noted, “The mission statement of the Association supports our Bank’s goals.  Our Bank has been a member of the PBA for decades and has a tradition of collaboration with the Association and its efforts.  Our employees regularly realize the benefits of their training programs and seminars.  We have been active on the Board of Directors of the Association, with committee service, banking schools, training, and with Group 8 activities.  This is a big honor for Farmers National Bank, and I look forward to serving the PBA throughout the year.”

Mr. Marsh has served as Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton and its parent holding company, Emclaire Financial Corp., since June of 2009. He began working at the Bank in 2001 as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer before serving as the President and Chief Executive Officer in June of 2007. Prior to this, Mr. Marsh served in similar finance executive positions with publicly traded community banks in western Pennsylvania and Maryland, and served as a manager in the financial services audit practice of KPMG, LLP in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Marsh is a graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a certified public accountant licensed in Pennsylvania. 

The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton is an independent, nationally chartered, FDIC-insured community commercial bank headquartered in Emlenton, Pennsylvania, operating fifteen full-service offices in Venango, Butler, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Jefferson, and Mercer Counties, Pennsylvania. The Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emclaire Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: “EMCF”).


Farmers Donates $2,000 to Lifesteps...


The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton donated $2,000 to Lifesteps through the 2014 Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, an initiative of the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.

The EITC program enables businesses to receive tax credit when a donation is made to a qualified scholarship organization. Lifesteps is a registered and approved Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization and qualifying 501 (c) (3). Lifesteps awards scholarships to children to assist them in attending pre-school.

“This gift supports the Bank’s mission to positively impact the communities in which we serve and live. We believe the support that Lifesteps provides local families is invaluable to enhance learning that will last a lifetime” noted William C. Marsh, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton.Lifesteps resized 600

Businesses eligible for the credit are ones who are authorized to do business in Pennsylvania and who are subject to one or more of the following taxes: Corporate Net Income Tax; Capital Stock Franchise Tax, Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax; Title Insurance Companies Shares Tax; Insurance Premiums Tax; Mutual Thrift Institution Tax; or Personal Income Tax of S corporation shareholders or Partnership partners. Call Julie Thumma, (724) 283-2154 x 310 or email jthumma@lifesteps.net to participate. 

“Research shows that the benefits of high quality pre-kindergarten programs extend far beyond the child, impacting the entire community by reducing long-term costs for special education, public assistance, prisons and health care,” says Karen Sue Owens, President and Chief Executive Officer at Lifesteps.

The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton is an independent, nationally chartered, FDIC-insured community commercial bank headquartered in Emlenton, Pennsylvania, operating fifteen full-service offices in Venango, Butler, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Jefferson, and Mercer Counties, Pennsylvania.  The Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emclaire Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: “EMCF”). 

Lifesteps, a local non-profit agency, offers family-focused services in a caring, nurturing environment to western Pennsylvania communities. Services include FREE child developmental/Autism screenings for children, developmental preschool, integrated child care for children of ALL abilities, a medically-monitored day program for older adults and programs and services for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities including Adult Training Facilities, Residential Living and Life Sharing. Lifesteps is a member agency with the United Way of Armstrong, Beaver, Butler and Indiana Counties. For more information call Lifesteps at 800-225-1010 or log on to www.lifesteps.net.


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