Each year, five women are chosen by the Punxsutawney Career Women’s Club for Career Women’s Week, which this year runs through Nov. 13. The criteria used for choosing these women are based not only on their professional efforts, but also on the contributions they have made to community and family.
The club was founded in 1930, originally known as Punxsutawney Business & Professional Women’s Club. Sept. 8, 1998, the club name was changed and incorporated as a non-profit organization under the name of Punxsutawney Career Women’s Club, with objectives to promote growth and respect of women in the workplace; improve self-esteem in all careers; educate women; and support community projects.
PUNXSUTAWNEY — You know her. You trust her. Now, hear her story.
Punxsutawney native Desiree Stamler, a customer service representative at Indiana First Bank, has been a career woman for the past 10 years.
“It has truly been a journey with no regrets,” she said.
From checking accounts to personal loans, Stamler is a one-stop-shop for the communities’ banking needs.
As a DuBois Business College graduate, and the sort of child to receive office supplies on birthdays, Stamler said that her gravitation toward business was simply innate.
“I’ve always just been that way,” she said.
Launching her career as a teller at the Townfair office in Indiana, Stamler has been at the main office — first as a full-time administrative assistant, and now as a CSR — since it opened its doors in 2002.
“It is a good place to work,” she said. “I have great management and an awesome staff.”
In addition to supervising her staff, Stamler opens new accounts, assists customers with unsecured loans, home equity, savings, certificates of deposit and general information. Most recently, she is training on mortgage applications.
Having worked with the public since age 16, Stamler knows a thing or two about the ins and outs of customer service.
“I don’t feel it’s a skill,” she said. “You’re either a people person or you’re not.”
As the link between bank and community, Stamler has observed many transitions in banking over the past 10 years.
“Because of today’s technology, things are changing,” Stamler said. “People don’t need to come in and see you as much as they did once upon a time.”
Those familiar faces, though less frequent, are the reward Stamler finds at the end of the day.
“That’s what I enjoy,” she said. “I enjoy helping people, and I enjoy the appreciation they give back to me.”
As one of the Punxsutawney Career Women’s Club’s Career Women of the Week, Stamler takes everything in stride. She doesn’t let work detract from her additional role as a wife to Denny Stamler, and mother to her 12-year-old son, Garrett.
“My goal is to give my son lots of good memories as a child,” she said.
The balance between work and family has become a natural routine for Stamler.
“I love taking care of my family,” she said. “I am always planning camping trips and other activities for us. My family never knows where they’ll end up.”
In addition to her full-time career and family life, Stamler — the daughter of Sheri Matoka, of Punxsutawney, and the late Martin Poliyak — owns and operates a small hobby business called “Candles by Desiree.”
The candle crafter takes orders and often appears at various craft shows in the community.
Slowing down doesn’t seem to be a probability for Stamler.
“I don’t think I could ever not come to work,” she said. “That wouldn’t be good for me.”
Though her life as career woman, family woman and small business owner keeps her busy, Stamler says she’s “always looking forward to a new adventure.”