Monday, September 1, 2003

Morning memo



Today's number: 146.6 million

Size of the American labor force - made up of 78.2 million men and 68.4 million women- as of July, according to the Census Bureau.

Today's career talk

Be aware of your values, motivations and goals, says Robin Gerber, author of Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way: Timeless Strategies from the First Lady of Courage. "If you are self-aware, in touch with values motivations and goals, then your leadership passion or mission will become clear over time, as it did for Eleanor," she writes.

--John Eckberg

TODAY'S COMPANY: FRIENDSHIP STATE BANK

COMMUNITY TRADITION: Founded in Friendship, Ind., in 1912, the bank was the project of a group of local businessmen and farmers. They selected fellow farmer Wilkie S. Lemon as bank manager and sent him off to a nearby bank for two months' training. Lemon managed the growing institution until 1957, when his son, James W. Lemon, took over. James Lemon presided until 1992. Currently his son Jim is president and several other family members work for Friendship.

GROWING WITH THE REGION: Friendship State Bank offers checking, savings, investment, loan and mortgage services to individual and commercial customers. It now has branches in Rising Sun, Dillsboro, Versailles and Cross Plains. The Friendship office is still in its original building, which has been added onto four times.

SAVING HISTORY: Plans to build a new data processing center on property behind the Friendship office hit a snag because it meant demolishing an historic house, where Wilkie Lemon once lived. Bank officials arranged to spare the house by moving it to a nearby site.

--Jenny Callison




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