At Great Southern Bank, we believe in volunteerism and the impact it has on the overall health of our communities. Our associate's actions reflect our Company's charitable spirit. Our bankers are more than just bankers. They are mentors, spending their lunch hour tutoring second graders; they are board members, offering their leadership and experience to local nonprofit organizations; they are advisors, attending Chamber meetings working to bring more jobs to their town; they are educators, offering tips to seniors of how to safe guard their hard-earned money.

We are proud of our associates and support their efforts to strengthen our communities, making them better places to live, work and do business.

Bill and Ann Turner Distinguished Community Service Award

Great Southern Bank’s annual Bill and Ann Turner Distinguished Community Service Award was created to emphasize the importance placed on volunteerism at Great Southern Bank by honoring one outstanding associate who demonstrates excellence in volunteer service to their community. Associates throughout the Company have the opportunity to nominate coworkers they believe are worthy of this honor. A committee comprised of community leaders review the nominations and select an annual recipient. On the winner’s behalf, Great Southern Bank donates $1,500 to their charity of choice.

2018 Award Recipient: Lynn Hinkle

Lynn’s embodiment of leadership by example and her energetic willingness to improve her community through volunteerism demonstrates the spirit of this award. 

Motivated by a willingness to make her city, Lee’s Summit, the best place to live, Lynn dedicates her time and expertise to community initiatives focused on economic development, health and financial education. She is a natural leader, but also enjoys personally mentoring youth as well as adults who are seeking advice to help them succeed in life. Volunteerism is so deeply ingrained in her character, it comes natural for her to motivate those around her to find their passion, “I encourage my associates, especially those early in their career, to volunteer with a variety of organizations because while some may enjoy being a mentor, others discover they are fulfilled by helping pack food, “says Lynn Hinkle, 2018 Award Recipient. “No matter how small an act of service may seem, it all adds up to create a positive impact on someone’s life.” 

In honor of Lynn’s outstanding volunteer service, Great Southern Bank has made a donation to Lee’s Summit CARES and Children’s Center For the Visually Impaired. 

Pictured from left to right: Joe Turner, President and CEO of Great Southern Bank; Lynn Hinkle, 2018 Award Recipient and Retail Banking Regional Manager for Great Southern Bank; Bill Turner, Chairman of Great Southern Bancorp, Inc.

Past Distinguished Community Service Award Recipients:

2017 Award Recipient: Pam Sherrill
2016 Award Recipient: Brian Davies
2015 Inaugural Award Recipient: Andrea Brady