Here is another great example of how our staff is the best in the business! The front line staff at our Ionia, Southside office helped to protect one of our customers from losing money in a scam. Because they took the time to listen to her when she came in to withdraw $2700 to send to her "grandson" who called her from Peru to say that he was in an accident and needed money to pay the deductible, they explained to her that it was most likely a scam and she should verify her grandson's whereabouts before she sent the money. As it turned out, we were right; her grandson was not in Peru but at work in Yplisanti. She was so relieved that our staff helped her avoid a potentially devastating situation that she wrote a commentary and submitted it to the local paper; The Sentinel-Standard thanking our staff for caring that much about her.
Congratulations to our Southside office and thank you for continually demonstrating to our customers that at Firstbank, we really are all about you!
The Village of Howard City sponsors a snowman decorating contest during their annual Winterfest celebration. This year due to the lack of snow, participants were forced to get creative and use cardboard cut outs and other materials to decorate other favorite winter characters. This is Firstbank’s Petrie the Penguin who took home 2nd place! Way to go Petrie!
The Westnedge Branch at Keystone celebrated that they exceeded a goal they had previously set for themselves. The team of six decided bowling would be a fun way to enjoy their achievement. Although no 300 games were bowled, the evening was filled with fun, laughs, and a few gutter balls!
Tom Danielson, Cheryl Stinson, Kairee Thayer, Megan Atkinson, Brian Craft, and Lori Washburn gather for a photo at Airway Lanes.
The employees of Firstbank–Alma and the Firstbank Operations Center volunteered to work at the Alma Panthers' Boys' Basketball game on Friday, January 20th against the defending Tri-Valley Conference Central champion Swan Valley.
The Varsity Alma Panthers came out victorious over the defending champions with a 61-50 victory.
Brian Acre, Jason Raducha, Kristin Raducha, Mark Szymczak, and Kelly Helms pose for the camera behind the concession stands at the January 20th game.
Join us at Western Michigan University for our reoccurring Breakfast Speaker Series entitled “Tribal Sovereignty and Tribal Governmental Gaming”.
John Shagonaby, BBA ’97, CEO, Gun Lake Tribal Gaming Authority, will discuss the gaming strategies that have paved the way for the successful business operation of the Gun Lake Casino.
The event will take place on Friday, January 27th, and is free and open to the public. It begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and will be held in the Dean’s Conference Room of Schneider Hall.
Reservations can be made by calling (269) 387-5050. Parking is available in the nearby Fetzer Center parking lot.
Join us for an annual celebration of chili as downtown Kalamazoo stores, restaurants, and offices put out their best recipes to taste. Our main office will be hosting as Gull Road Branch Manager Jeff Stoops offers his best chili.
Stop by on Saturday, January 21, 2012 between 11:30am and 1:30pm to taste Jeff's chili, and see how he measures up against almost 40 other participating locations!
At Keystone, we have a "Jeans Day" every other Friday. On these days, employees are awarded a casual day for the fee of $5, which is donated to various charities throughout the year. Each branch and department gets the opportunity to choose an organization, family, or cause to sponsor at least one Friday of the year.
This is a great way to encourage our employees to donate, and also be involved in where their contributions end up.
Over the past year, Keystone employees (along with a handful of customers) have donated a total of $3,662 to 19 different charities! These charities include:
- Eleanor's Food Pantry
- Special Olympics of Kalamazoo
- Portage Community Center
- Kalamazoo Animal Rescue
- Drug Treatment Court
- Great Lakes PeaceJam
- American Red Cross–Earthquake and Tsunami Victims in Japan
- American Cancer Center–Relay for Life
- Memorial Fund for Officer Eric Zapata
- Kzoo Leaders
- Senior Services of Van Buren County–Wii Tournaments
- Hospice Care of SW MI
- Animal Rescue Project
- Portage Community Center–Back to School Supply Drive
- SPCA of Southwest Michigan
- American Cancer Society–Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
- Douglass Community Center
- Family of Officer Trevor Slot
- Borgess Tree of Love
Thank you to everyone who participates in these fundraisers throughout the year!
The Keystone branches have tallied their donations from their recent food drive, which ran from November 7th-December 17th. The collected items totaled 794 lbs. of food and $1,529.30, with the numbers continuing to rise, due to the fact that some customers are still dropping off items.
All donations are given to the Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes as well as Eleanor's Food Pantry.
Thank you to everyone who donated to help those in our community!
Cadillac has recently wrapped-up their annual food drive, which ran from October 24th-November 11th. All food has been donated to local charities which included The Salvation Army and the Lake City Christian Reformed Church Food Bank.
Our Cadillac offices had 3½ shopping carts full of canned goods and other donated items.
Thank you to everyone who helped us raise this amount for those in our community!
Some of our ladies from the Cadillac Downtown Office
show off part of the food that was donated.
Chili Dawg Challenge Tops off Spirit Week in Ionia
October 27th was the night we put Sheila Ransom’s favorite chili up against all of the best chili cookers in Ionia. We didn’t win, but we had fun and we donated over $700 to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization to assist them in the cause of providing adult mentors for kids who don’t have a significant adult in their life.
To quote our favorite sports teams: We’ll be back next year!
Thank you all for your help this year.
Sheila Ransom won the internal chili dawg cook-off, then went on
to compete in the IBC Chili Dawg Challenge.