United Community Bank was created when two historic Wisconsin banks, Cambridge State Bank and the Bank of Poynette merged in 2015. Its community roots, however, are long standing:
Cambridge State Bank was originally founded as the International Bank of Cambridge in 1892, located on Main Street on a site purchased for $250. It operated as a private bank for 10 years, was incorporated under Wisconsin banking laws in 1903, and changed its name to Cambridge State Bank in 1949. A bank truly ahead of its time, it had three women directors even before women were granted the right to vote in our country, and a woman was President of the bank through the darkest days of the Great Depression. The Bank of Poynette was founded in 1894, and has been a vital part of the community, serving Columbia County for more than 125 years. It has branches in Poynette, Pardeeville and Harmony Grove.
In the 1980s both banks were purchased by the John T. Vucurevich Foundation. Its founder and namesake was born in Yugoslavia in 1912 and immigrated to the US at the age of eight. Driven by a strong work ethic, sense of integrity, and desire to help others, John became a successful bank owner, banking industry expert, and philanthropist for over 50 years. He ultimately created his foundation “to make a piece of the world a brighter place.”
Both banks were still owned by the Foundation at the time of their merger, and the new United Community Bank still lives up to the values that meant so much to John Vucurevich. United Community Bank has local management, employees, and board members, and our clients have direct access to the decision makers. Our dedicated staff has years of expertise and experience, takes pride in the relationships it has built with clients over the years, and is committed to always serving you with a smile. United Community Bank is deeply involved in the community, honors its roots, and believes that giving back to the community will ultimately help our clients, friends, and neighbors thrive.