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2010 NEWS

October 29, 2010

Ojai Community Bank Giving Thanks a Little Early

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Ojai Community Bank is starting the Thanksgiving season a little early this year. On Friday (today) they will be celebrating their customers all day. Gratitude sometimes comes in edible forms and the bank will be providing muffins and orange juice in the morning, burgers at lunch and sweets all afternoon to let their customers know they are appreciated. Bank President Dave Brubaker will be out in the parking lot flipping burgers himself and talking with customers. The Customer Appreciation party will be at the Ojai Community Bank branch from 9 to 5:00 at 402 W. Ojai Avenue.

Customer Appreciation Day will be the kick off to a month of many gratitude events for Ojai Community Bank. Starting November 1st, the bank has challenged all of the Ojai Valley banks to join them in a food drive to support Help of Ojai’s Community Assistance Program. Ojai Valley residents will be able to drop their donations at any of Ojai’s banks.

On November 10th the Ojai Community Bank is hosting an Evening of Appreciation for the nonprofits in Ojai that have partnered with the bank in donating to the Ojai community. The bank has donated to over 100 nonprofits in the past year and would like to honor all that these organizations do for our valley.

Community banking is one aspect of a thriving community. Cooperation between all our community organizations, the schools, businesses, individuals and nonprofits is necessary to meet all the needs of our Valley. Ojai Community Bank is taking time this month to thank those who work together to serve Ojai.

Company Contact:
Donald Scanlin, Chairman of the Board
or David Brubaker, President/CEO, Ojai Community Bank, 805-646-9909

Public Relations Contact:
Barbara Brown, BBM&D Strategic Branding, 805-650-5555

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October 6, 2010

Ojai Community Bank and Rotary Club of Ojai Help Kids Start Saving Early at Ojai Day

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Ojai Community Bank was sending the message out to kids loud and clear at Ojai Day. SAVE YOUR MONEY. Even the pennies add up, all the way to $100!

Balloons of all colors marked the way to the booth where kids could take a guess at how much money were in the three Rotary piggy banks. Ojai Community Bank sponsored a booth to support the Rotary’s new Ojai Youth Connect program, a new website and forum series to connect all of the Valley’s youth organizations. Rotary provided the ceramic pigs and Ojai Community Bank supplied the various dollars and cents to fill them.

The three pigs held $19, $33 and $48 each, adding up to $100 total. Kids came by and shook the banks, peeked in the money slot and looked to the clouds for inspiration on how to divine the closest guess.

Nate Henson collected the $33 and Ally has yet to come claim her $19. The big winner of the day was Connor Ames, a 7th grader at Montessori School. Connor came in the Ojai Community Bank branch Tuesday eager to claim his fortune. The teller asked Connor, “Do you have an account here Sir?” “Yes”, replied Connor and proudly walked out the door with every cent. Saving is a tough concept at age 12.

Company Contact:
Donald Scanlin, Chairman of the Board
or David Brubaker, President/CEO, Ojai Community Bank, 805-646-9909

Public Relations Contact:
Barbara Brown, BBM&D Strategic Branding, 805-650-5555

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September 10, 2010

Ojai Community Bank and Rotary Club of Ojai Donate to Support Our Grieving Youth

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Back row left to right:
Michael Weaver, President Rotary Club of Ojai; Bill Gilbreth, former Community Service Chair Rotary Club of Ojai; Bill Hatch, Rotarian and major donor to the program; Dave Brubaker, President/CEO Ojai Community Bank, member Rotary Club of Ojai; Hank Bangser, Ojai Unified School District Superintendent, member Rotary Club of Ojai; Don Scanlin, Chairman of the Board Ojai Community Bank, member Rotary Club of Ojai

Front Row, left to right:
Judy Gabriel, Community Relations Ojai Community Bank, Secretary Rotary Club of Ojai; Jeannine Murphy, Director of Counseling Services Student Bereavement Program; Terri Wolfe, Executive Director Help of Ojai. Photo courtesy Ruth Miller.

The Ojai Community Bank and the Rotary Club of Ojai have joined to launch a campaign to support the Student Bereavement Program created by HELP of Ojai and Ojai Unified School District Student Bereavement Program. Together they have donated $2,500 to HELP of Ojai to provide additional funding forsupport this vital assistance.

The Student Bereavement Program was started 6 years ago following the loss of a teenage girl to drugs. Unfortunately, our Ojai teens are again facing the tragedy of friends dying. In the last 15 months four boys from age 16 to 20 have died, all from different causes including murderstabbing, respiratory failure, a drug overdose, and a skateboard accident. In a small town like ours, most of our teens knew at least one, if not all four, of these youth. The Student Bereavement Program has provided group counseling, projects to honor the deceased youth and resources for families to further assist their grieving children.

Drugs are also a serious problem in Ojai. They are not exclusive to any racial or economic category. Heroin, Oxycontin OxyContin and Mmethamphetamine (Mmeth) are readily available and affordable in our sweet valley. Through the Student Bereavement Program, students will be able to anonymously leave tips of known drug sources or if they or a friend are struggling with an addiction.

Layer on top of those stresses the financial strains from our flailing economy and the ominous task of finding a job or financial aid for college or finding a part time job. Take a moment to go back and walk down the hallway of your high school years. You will undoubtedly tap into a stream of anxiety that ran a constant course through your body just dealing with school work, peer pressures and the looming thoughts of adulthood.

Our kids need as much support as possible right now. Our youth need ways to reach out for help.

HELP of Ojai raises the funds for the program through a grant from the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation and private donations. The funds are used to provide counselors in each of our public schools. The school district works with HELP of Ojai schedulingto schedule one counselor at our five elementary schools, Matilija Junior High and Nordhoff High School.

Currently Nordhoff receives 30 hours of counselor time and the other six schools receive only 10 hours aper week. The average cost of one hour of these counselors’ time at any of the schools is $15 per hour. Ten hours a week at Matilija Junior High is especially inadequate since this age group is in the pivotal period where all the decisions we face as adults are presented at once. Drinking, drugs, sex and many other responsibility choices are suddenly part of their daily decisions.

Company Contact:
Donald Scanlin, Chairman of the Board
or David Brubaker, President/CEO, Ojai Community Bank, 805-646-9909

Public Relations Contact:
Barbara Brown, BBM&D Strategic Branding, 805-650-5555

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June 17, 2010

Ojai Community Bank Names Esther Wachtell New Director

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Esther Wachtell of Ojai has been elected to the Board of Directors of Ojai Community Bank, effective June 17, 2010, according to Donald Scanlin, chairman of the bank’s Board of Directors.

Founder and retired president of The Wachtell Group, a fundraising consulting company specializing in large capital campaigns throughout the West, Ms. Wachtell is active in charitable activities locally and regionally.

She serves as president of the Ojai Music Festival, as a director of the Museum of Ventura County, and as volunteer consultant for the Campaign to Rebuild Libbey Bowl in Ojai. Farther from home, she chairs the Development Committee for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and served as founding chair of the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California.

"We work so closely with the nonprofits of Ojai and Santa Paula, and Esther knows what nonprofits need to succeed," Scanlin said. "We feel fortunate to have her join our board. Her national philanthropic expertise coupled with her love of the local area bring the perfect balance to the table."

Ms. Wachtell holds a master’s degree from Cornell University. She has studied and lectured on nonprofit management at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. She and her husband, Tom Wachtell, manage an apple orchard at their Oak Knoll ranch. Tom is chairman and CEO of an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. They have three grown children and 10 grandchildren.

"The Ojai Community Bank was founded in the spirit of serving the community, with local founding members and on-site decision making," Scanlin said. "Esther knows the Valley and will be a substantial resource as we continue to provide the best possible financial products and services to our community."

Ojai Community Bank is a publicly traded company, traded under the symbol OJCB on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board (www.otcbb.com). Located at 402 W. Ojai Avenue, the Bank was created from a locally generated capital offering, and is primarily owned by Ojai Valley investors. Member FDIC.

Company Contact:
Donald Scanlin, Chairman of the Board
or David Brubaker, President/CEO, Ojai Community Bank, 805-646-9909

Public Relations Contact:
Barbara Brown, BBM&D Strategic Branding, 805-650-5555

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April 24, 2010

Ojai Community Bank Shred Day

OJAI, CALIF.— We all accumulate paper, sometimes by the ton – everything from old tax returns to legal documents and credit card statements. And most of us wonder, after a few years, how to get rid of it. Ojai Community Bank has a “green” answer.

Along with the Ojai Valley Directory, the bank for the last four years has sponsored a semi-annual “Shred Day” where anyone may have unwanted papers safely and securely ground into confetti and carted off for recycling, all free of charge.

The shredding takes place in the bank’s parking lot near downtown Ojai, where ”shredees” drive up, flip their trunks or tailgates, and a team of bank employees (along with Ren and Victoria Adam of the Ojai Valley Director) empty the contents and cart it to a waiting shredding vehicle.

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To add zest, the Bank includes a “shredder raffle,” with a $100 prize to the lucky shredee – this year it was Gay Martin and Pat Cluchey, owners of the Garden Terrace Restaurant (pictured here accepting their raffle winnings from Judy Gabriel of Ojai Community Bank).

Our last Shred Day in April was a huge success, with more than four and a half tons of paper collected and recycled, saving an estimated 76 trees, 1,700 gallons of oil, 4,000 kilowatts of electricity and 7,000 gallons of water that would otherwise have been consumed in creating that much new paper product.

“You can watch your old documents as they’re fed into the shredder truck right on site, so nobody can see or copy them,” says Mary Floyd, who organized this year’s event. “If you toss these items into your everyday trash, you are really risking identity theft.”

The next Shred Day will be Saturday, Sept. 18.

Keep your eyes open also for E-Waste Day in January, when we’ll offer an environmentally safe and sound way to dispose of those old printers, computers or copiers collecting dust around your home or office. Just bring ‘em to 402 W. Ojai Avenue. We’ll do the rest.\

Ojai Community Bank is a publicly traded company, traded under the symbol OJCB on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board (www.otcbb.com). Located at 402 W. Ojai Avenue, the Bank was created from a locally generated capital offering, and is primarily owned by Ojai Valley investors. Member FDIC.

Company Contact:
Donald Scanlin, Chairman of the Board
or David Brubaker, President/CEO, Ojai Community Bank, 805-646-9909

Public Relations Contact:
Barbara Brown, BBM&D Strategic Branding, 805-650-5555

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April 1, 2010

George Tabata Joins Ojai Community Bank

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OJAI, CALIF.—Ojai Community Bank is pleased to announce that George Tabata has joined the Bank as a Commercial Loan Officer. "We are excited to have George as part of our successful loan team. George continues our tradition of making local decisions on loans for our clients; he is a community banker who defines the role of a relationship banker." said Don Scanlin, Chairman of the Board of Ojai Community Bank.

George has been a community banker in Ventura County for over 25 years. His expertise includes business loans, loans for professionals, commercial and residential real estate loans and consumer loans. George is a graduate of the California Banking School and a member of the CPA/Law Society of Ventura County; he also serves on the Board for the non-profit CAPS-TV. George resides in Ventura with his wife Linda. He can be reached at gtabata@ojaicommunitybank.com.

A locally owned community bank, Ojai Community Bank was founded in 2005. The bank continues the tradition of donating $25 to a local charity of the account holder’s choice for each new account opened. “This really gives the local community power to direct donations to the non-profit service providers they feel need their support” said Scanlin. Ojai Community Bank offers a variety of competitive deposit and lending solutions for businesses and consumers including: consumer loans, business loans and lines of credit, credit cards, merchant services, online banking and cash management.

In 2007 Ojai Community Bank was designated as one of the top ten “denovo” banks in the United States, and also Ojai Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year for 2007. Ojai Community Bank has $110 million in assets and three locations to serve Ojai and Santa Paula.

Ojai Community Bank is a publicly traded company, traded under the symbol OJCB on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board (www.otcbb.com). Located at 402 W. Ojai Avenue, the Bank was created from a locally generated capital offering, and is primarily owned by Ojai Valley investors. Member FDIC.

Company Contact:
Donald Scanlin, Chairman of the Board
or David Brubaker, President/CEO, Ojai Community Bank, 805-646-9909

Public Relations Contact:
Barbara Brown, BBM&D Strategic Branding, 805-650-5555

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February 1, 2010

Ojai Community Bank Establishes Shari Skinner Scholarship Fund

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OJAI, CALIF.—Ojai Community Bank and the Rotary Club Education Foundation have announced formation of a new scholarship fund honoring the life of the bank’s founding President, Shari Skinner, who died last February after a long battle with cancer.

The scholarships will provide aid to high school students who wish to continue their formal education at vocational or scholastic institutions.

The fund will be administered in Shari’s name by the Rotary Club of Ojai Educational Fund, which was founded in 1991 and has awarded between $20,000 and $30,000 in scholarships annually ever since. Skinner was a member and President of the Rotary Club of Ojai.

“Shari dedicated her life to providing to those who had big dreams and were willing to work for them,” said the bank’s board Chairman, Don Scanlin. “In the bank, she assisted local businesses in growing and diversifying, by providing loans and offering her knowledge to support their vision.”

Ojai Community Bank maintains a separate charitable donation program, that gives over $30,000 annually to local Ojai and Santa Paula charities, youth sports teams and cultural events. Supporting the citizens and the community has always been a founding principle of the bank. It follows that this dedication would continue in Shari’s name.

Members of the community may also contribute to the scholarship fund. Tax deductible donations can be dropped off at the bank, 402 W. Ojai Ave. in Ojai, or mailed to the Rotary Club of Ojai Education Foundation, P.O. Box 511, Ojai, CA 93024. Checks should be made out to the Rotary Club of Ojai Education Foundation, with a memo line reading: “Shari Skinner Memorial Scholarship.”

Ojai Community Bank is a publicly traded company, traded under the symbol OJCB on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board (www.otcbb.com). Located at 402 W. Ojai Avenue, the Bank was created from a locally generated capital offering, and is primarily owned by Ojai Valley investors. Member FDIC.

Company Contact:
Donald Scanlin, Chairman of the Board
or David Brubaker, President/CEO, Ojai Community Bank, 805-646-9909

Public Relations Contact:
Barbara Brown, BBM&D Strategic Branding, 805-650-5555

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