(Re: “Banks must invest more in community,” April 4, 2019) Tim, I began reading your editorial with interest and excitement when I saw it was about banking in the Ripon community.

     My enthusiasm was short lived. I came away with the impression that you believe the local banking community is uninvolved and unsupportive of the Ripon community.

     I thought I would provide you with a short list of the community organizations Horicon Bank supports through service on boards, membership, use of bank property, and direct financial support: Ripon Area United Way, Ripon Rotary, Diverse Options, Dickens of a Christmas, Girl Scouts, Ripon Main Street, Fond du Lac Economic Development Corporation, Ripon Chamber of Commerce, Traded Treasures Thrift Store, Ripon Area School District, Kiwanis.

     This does not include the many businesses and individuals we support through our primary business of banking.

     We also do many random acts of kindness for example: giving out movie tickets at the local theater, giving 100’s of pies out during the holiday season, and planting and maintaining flowers for city hall. ...

     Over the last few years, we have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to local charities and more than $50 million in loans to local residents and businesses. ...

— John R. Triller,
vice president,
 Horicon Bank
400 Watson St.

     To read the entire letter, see the April 12, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.