Planning the Future

leadership bankers from across the state gathered last week for two days of
Committee and Board meetings.  In addition to the normal reports and
discussions of IBAT activities, the Board approved the Convention Policy
Resolutions and recommendations for Bylaws amendments submitted by the Bylaws
and Nominating Committee.  These will be reviewed and voted on at the
Annual Meeting of the Membership at the IBAT Convention in October.

Pope, Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer of Texas Bank & Trust,
Longview, was nominated as Secretary-Treasurer.  The remainder of the
proposed leadership of IBAT, to be voted on at the Annual Convention, includes
John W. Jay (Roscoe State Bank) as Vice Chairman;  Jay Gober (First State
Bank, Graham) as Chairman-Elect;  and Troy Robinson (Bank Texas, Quitman)
as Chairman.  Scott Heitkamp, the current Chairman of IBAT, will remain in
a leadership position as Immediate Past Chairman. Several new directors were
nominated as well, and will be announced when all have accepted.

Board also reviewed and approved the recommendations of the IBAT Legislative
Committee regarding our proactive agenda for the upcoming 83rd Texas
Legislature.  Additional information will be forthcoming, and we encourage
you to "save the date" - February 5 - for the IBAT Legislative Day in