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South Carolina Bankers Association Scholarship

Tessa Dunaway receives 2018 SCBA Scholarship 

May 23, 2018

The South Carolina Bankers Association held their annual scholarship award event on May 22, 2018. We would like to congratulate Tessa Dunaway, daughter of Susan Barkley, for receiving the SCBA scholarship for the second time. The SCBA offers scholarships to eligible children of bank employees to demonstrate both its appreciation to member banks and their employees. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been awarded over the years to deserving students. We are so proud of Tessa, keep up the good work! 

Tessa SCBA 2018

 

98th Anniversary Special Offer

Pickens Savings and Loan is Celebrating 98 Years of Business!

May 14, 2018

 

Pickens Savings and Loan 2018 Fitness Challenge 

Pickens Savings and Loan employees kick off National Nutrition Month with a three month fitness challenge

March 8, 2018

March is National Nutrition Month. National Nutrition Month is an educational campaign that is focused on the significance of eating nutritional meals and being physically active. Taking charge of your health contributes to overall well-being! Maintaining a healthy weight reduces risks of chronic illness such as heart disease and diabetes. At Pickens Savings and Loan, we realize the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and therefore wanted to challenge our employees to get active and eat healthy.

This is the 2nd year we have challenged our employees. In 2017, our employees were encouraged to participate in a fitness challenge that focused on miles and minutes walked in a day. The challenge lasted for 4 months and was such a success that we have decided to challenge our employees again this year.

In support of National Nutrition Month, this year’s challenge began on March 1, 2018. Our 2018 Fitness Challenge is a 3-month challenge that focuses on eating healthier and being more physically active. Participating employees will receive a fitness calendar for the months of March, April and May. Each calendar list a daily challenge with points that can be earned for completing the challenge. Some of the fitness challenges include walking a certain number of miles, drinking 64 oz. of water, eating low carb for the day, etc. At the end of each month a winner will be named and at the end of the Fitness Challenge in May we will name an overall Fitness Challenge Champion!

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day 2017

Pickens Savings and Loan employees celebrate National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

December 15, 2017

Christmas 2017Today at Pickens Savings and Loan we held our annual employee Christmas breakfast. On this day we all get together and enjoy a delicious breakfast made by some of the employees. Since our employee Christmas breakfast aligned with National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, we decided to take advantage of that and make our breakfast even more festive.

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is a day to dress in your most festive sweater and have some light hearted fun. If you were wondering how National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day came about, you are not the only ones, we had some questions about it as well. According to The Fact Site, National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is a holiday started by a group of “ugly Christmas sweater fanatics” in 2011.

Ugly Christmas sweaters started way earlier than 2011 because they can be seen in classic Christmas movies such as National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. National Ugly Christmas Day is simply just a fun way to get in the holiday spirit and that is certainly what we did today at Pickens Savings and Loan.

If you would like to participate National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is always celebrated on the third Friday of December each year. So, if you still have that embarrassing Christmas sweater that your family member gave to you 10 years ago, get it out of your closet, throw it on and get in the Christmas spirit!

Beware of Scams

Beware of text message and email "Phishing" and "Smishing" Scams

November 27, 2017

Phishing or Smishing scams are sent to you via either email or text message.  The message will appear to be from your bank and claims your account is locked or compromised.  In order to unlock or freeze the account, the unsuspecting victim is instructed to follow a link that asks for their personal information.

Please note that Pickens Savings and Loan will never contact you by text message, Facebook message, or email asking you to disclose your personal information.

Some security best practices to follow are:

  • Do not open links in unsolicited text messages or emails.
  • Do not call any unfamiliar telephone numbers listed in suspicious text messages or emails. 
  • Do not respond to any of these suspicious text messages or emails.

An Emoji Halloween

Pickens Savings and Loan employees dress up as emoji's

October 31, 2017

The employees at Pickens Savings and Loan had a blast celebrating this Halloween! For our theme this year the employees decided to dress up as their favorite emoji. Halloween was packed full of fun activities. The day started out with trick-or-treaters coming by to see us and the employees made sure they could catch a glance at all of the creative and adorable costumes. Throughout the day there was a lot of candy being consumed and not just from the trick-or-treaters. The PS&L emojis ended the day by participating in the Trick-or-Treat on Main Street event. The turnout for the event was amazing and it brought out the Halloween spirit in all of us. It was so exciting to see all of the trick-or-treaters dressed up in their costumes and their happy faces from receiving candy. Thank you to all who celebrated Halloween with us!

Emoji Costume picture Trick or Treat on Main 2017

Attention Mobile Banking Users

Older phones may soon be incompatible with the Touch Banking Mobile App

June 13, 2017

On June 25, 2017 a major security upgrade to our Mobile banking experience will require a phone that is capable of providing a secure connection.  On this date, only phones with either Android Kitkat (Level 20) and above or iPhones with iOS 8 and above will be compatible with mobile banking.  Support for older phones that do not meet these minimum requirements will be discontinued due to security issues.  This change ensures that the platform is secure, encrypted, and safe  from malicious attacks.

SCBA Awards Scholarship

 Tessa Dunaway receives South Carolina Bankers Association Scholarship

May 24, 2017

  

The South Carolina Bankers Association awarded $56,000 in scholarships to South Carolina college students on May 23, 2017. Fifty-six students from 18 S.C. institutions received Palmetto Scholarships during a reception in Columbia. Over the past three years alone, the SCBA has awarded $155,000 to S.C. undergraduates. Pictured above are many of the scholarship recipients, including Tessa Dunaway. Tessa is the daughter of Susan Barkley, our Vice President and HR/Deposits Manager, and is a junior at North Greenville University. Congratulations Tessa on receiving this scholarship!  

Pickens Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month

Pickens Savings and Loan Selected as Member of the Month

May 19, 2017

Pickens Savings and Loan would like to thank the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce for selecting us as the Chamber Member of the Month!  

 

New Look to Online Banking

Coming Soon! Upgraded Online Banking Experience

March 8, 2017

On March 27, 2017, Online Banking will be upgraded to a newly redesigned version.  The new Online Banking upgrade is an innovative solution that will enhance every aspect of our customers’ online banking experience.

From its intuitive user interface to its simplified navigation, improved information display and streamlined user workflow, the latest version of Online Banking delivers anytime, anywhere capability.   Through a responsive design, Online Banking will provide a consistent user experience through all devices regardless of screen size, resolution, and orientation.

Please click here to see a list of internet browsers that are compatible with the new Online Banking upgrade. 

Update Your Internet Browser

Updated Internet Browser Required for New Online Banking Changes

March 8, 2017

On March 27, 2017 a major upgrade to our online banking experience will require an updated internet browser.  On this date, only the following internet browsers will be compatible with online banking:

  • Internet Explorer, version 11
  • MS Edge
  • Chrome (current version)
  • Firefox (current version)
  • Safari, version 7.0+
  • Safari for iOS, version 7+

This requirement is necessary to provide a more safe and secure online banking experience for our customers.

National Wear Red Day

Pickens Savings and Loan Supports National Heart Association Day

February 3, 2017

Some of the employees at Pickens Savings and Loan are wearing their red colors today to raise awareness for National Wear Red Day. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute sought to fight against one of the number one deadly diseases of women, heart disease. They came up with National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of this fatal disease. 

The Move to .bank

Why did Pickens Savings and Loan change from .com to .BANK?

November 7, 2016

  • .Bank is directed by banking and security experts.
  • Websites that have a .Bank address have been stringently verified to be a legitimate website of the bank.
  • Emails sent from a .BANK address help ensure that email messages received really are from the Bank.
  • Stronger verification of domain-name approval.
  • Requires multifactor authentication for banks.
  • Stronger encryption standards for online communication between the institution and customer and within the institution itself.
  • Reduces website-hijacking.

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