Danny Robbins, president of the First National Bank-Manila, was recognized at an open house May 31 for 25 years of service. Cake and refreshments were shared with bank customers throughout the day.
Robbins said the years have passed fast.
"They have been very rewarding years," Robbins said. "It is rewarding when people need help and we can be here for them. It is part of being a community banker."
Robbins, Manila native, returned in 1982 to accept the position as loan officer at Merchants and Planters Bank (now First National Bank).
He and his wife, the former Pat Shaver, Monette native, were ready to come back home. They were living in Cleveland, Miss., where Mr. Robbins was working in the retail store division of Goodyear. He had worked for Goodyear for 14 years and the family had moved nine times.
Their children, Beth and Matthew, were 13 and 8 when the family returned to the Buffalo Island area.
"We were ready to settle down and it was good for us to come back to our home area," Robbins said.
In addition to his position at the bank, Robbins has been an active member of the community. He has been a member of the Manila Lions Club for 25 years where he serves as secretary.
"Joe Hornberger gave me some advice, telling me I should never pass up an opportunity to serve or work at anything to make Manila a better place," Robbins said. "That has stuck in my mind through the years."
Robbins said he has made wonderful friends from the area and across the county over the last 25 years.
"We have a lot of good people I get to deal with," Robbins said. "I especially enjoy being able to go to the school each year and present scholarships to our young people to help further their education. We have a wonderful group of kids in this town."
Robbins said he has seen a lot of changes in his 25 years of banking.
"It has been a rewarding 25 years," he said. "It has been rewarding to help people and watch the community grow. It has been very gratifying to be a part of it."