Lion Joy Wittman accepts a check for $750.00 from Kay Sutterfield, representing the employees of American Exchange Bank. The money goes directly into the Lions Club Christmas Basket Fund. PHOTO BY NANCY MILLER
The annual Henryetta Christmas Parade brought hundreds of youth and adults to town last Saturday evening. Santa was on hand to give away over 400 bags of candy to children 12 and under and also share time for a picture with them; nineteen beautifully decorated with lights enhanced the feeling of Christmas in a small community. Roy Madden, the Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director, said he was very exited to work with so many great volunteers which included Chamber members, Mayor Goodner, the City Council, Police & Fire Departments, and of course Santa and his helpers. The event was also streamed live via thehenryettan.com. For the forth year in a row AEP-PSO has sponsored the parade and this year the following businesses contributed over $1,000 in candy for the event:
Henryetta Chamber of Commerce
Henryetta City Council
American Exchange Bank
First National Bank
First Family Federal Credit Union
James Cox Motor Company
Integrity Funeral Home
Edward Jones Investments
Lou Ann Moudy Attorney
Bob’s Men Store
Any candy that was left over was donated to the Lions Club Christmas Basket program.
The winning floats were:
Best Church Entry – First United Methodist Church
Best School Entry – Winter Festival 1st Grade Prince & Princess (Jordan Graham (Mr. Clause 7 Charlee Scott ) Mrs. Clause)
Best Business Entry – American Exchange Bank
Best Vehicle Entry – Henryetta Wrecker & Towing
The public is invited to a reception for two retiring employees of American Exchange Bank. The reception will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday Dec. 19th in the bank lobby.
Retirees are Mary Oaks, who has worked for AEB for an incredible 57 years and Trudy Dombek, whose career spanned 30 years.
Mary Oaks graduated from Henryetta High School as Salutatorian of her class. After graduation she attended OSU Tech, taking a course in Secretary Training.
Mary started at American Exchange Bank in October, 1955 at the age of 19. President of the bank was Dyton Dunaway. She started as a secretary and then was promoted to Executive Vice-President, Sylvan Horne's secretary and finally to loan officer.
She was married to Charles Oaks for 45 years, until his death in 2002. They have one child, Elizabeth Guy and one grandchild, Ashley Guy.
Mary has been an asset to AEB for 57 years and will be missed by employees as well as customers of the bank. She retires under President Donald A. Wells.
Trudy Dombek began working at American Exchange Bank when she was 40. President of the bank at that time was Sylvan Horne. She started at the old drive thru until the new drive thru was built in 1986 and then she moved out there as the Commercial Teller.
Trudy became Vault Teller under President Foster Garrett until moving to New Accounts where she has worked until her retirement. She retires under President Donald A. Wells.
Trudy has been married to Mickey Dombek for 42 years. They have two children, a daughter, Ann Weldon and a son, Michael Dombek. They have two grandchildren: Sheridan Weldon and Michael Dombek Jr.
Trudy is considered an asset and will be missed by AEB customers and fellow employees.