The Alma College Wellness Committee in conjunction with the State Road Animal Hospital and Firstbank hosted a Petpalooza on Wednesday, May 23rd. The event was a finale for Firstbank and Alma College’s Walk The Dog* (*Dog Optional) spring wellness program. There were many special events for both children and adults including a pet costume contest, animal art, pet portraits, a pet look alike contest, and DJ Cyrus "Hounddog" Zerbe spun everyone’s favorite animal hits. Special guests attended from Diversified Alpacas in St. Louis. Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in this wellness program!
Firstbank employee, Kristin Raducha, and her
daughter Avery at Pet Palooza.
As part of Firstbank's commitment to our communities, we often have guests come through and learn about the bank and the importance of saving money. Earlier this spring, we had just such a visit from the local Tiger Scout troop who enjoyed a tour of our Firstbank Lakeview office. They were able to learn all about the internal working of the bank and had some fun along the way! Our very own Sue Brockschmidt gave the boys of tour of the bank and some Fortune Freddy goodies to take home and remember their visit. Thanks for stopping by to see us and come back again soon!
Each year Firstbank is proud to participate in the National Teach a Child to Save program, and this year was no exception! Our very own Fortune Freddy along with Belding branch manager Michele Krick visited the 4th grade class at St. Charles Catholic School in Greenville. The class learned all about the value of saving and budgeting, The kids had a great time while learning this valuable lesson! Helping young people become wise savers is just one way that we can help our communities grow and prosper.
On Thursday, May 3, 2012 Tri County High School held it's annual awards night for the senior class. Each year Firstbank awards one senior a $500 scholarship for college. Howard City branch manager Michelle Barker presented this year's winner, Mitchell Swaney with the award at the ceremony. Mitchell will be attending Cornerstone University in the fall and plans on studying video production. Congratulations Mitchell and good luck from your friends at Firstbank! .
Dr. Robert DeWit, President and CEO of the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, will be speaking at Keystone's upcoming Breakfast Speaker Series. DeWit will be discussing the growth of the center, which provides support and assistance to nurture innovative, entrepreneurial, life science businesses.
The event will take place on Friday, May 25th, 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.
We hope to see you there!
Firstbank is proud to take part in National Teach Children to Save Day every year! Last week, staff members from many of our local branches were in eight different school districts and talked to approximately 661 students about the importance of budgeting and saving. We feel that by reaching out to children, we can help them become financially responsible and money-wise at an early age. Our goal is to develop financial awareness and create positive attitudes about money management.
4th grade teachers, Mrs. June and Mrs. Kolb,
with Fortune Freddy
Sacred Heart Academy's 4th grade teacher, Mrs. La Chance,
and students, Matt and Michele, pose for a photo with Fortune Freddy
A special thank you to Mark Szymczak, Elle Godley, and Paula Tillman, who took time to visit with children from the fourth grade classes in Alma and Sacred Heart Academy. Thank you all for your dedication to the children in our community!
We want to congratulate Amanda Malik on being named the new Branch Manager of our Firstbank, Hastings Office. Amanda is a native of Hastings and has worked for us since December 2000 when she began her career as a full time Customer Service Representative. Amanda is a valued member of the Firstbank team and we are so happy for her in this new role! Way to go Amanda and keep up the good work!
At Firstbank, we are proud of our many employees who are dedicated to giving back to the communities we serve. Pictured to the left is Dawn Larrison, of the Fairview Branch, with Brea Larrison, as Dawn teaches first graders during Junior Achievement.
Junior Achievement is a volunteer-based organization which empowers young people to be successful in the economy. The volunteers teach entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and encourage children to dream big to reach their full potential.
Firstbank is very committed to teaching students about financial literacy. Thank you, Dawn, for your dedication to Junior Achievement and your community!
Each year the Knights of Columbus hold a National Essay writing contest. This year St. Michael's Church in Remus took part in this great project. Brooke Ray of St. Michaels School in Remus is the local winner of the contest with her entry "What is Patroitism?". For her effort she was awarded $50 and her essay will be forwarded to the National Competition! Pictured here are Bob Klimczak, Branch Manager of the Canadian Lakes office, and Karen McKenzie, Branch Manager from the Remus office awarding Brooke with her $50 prize. Great job Brooke and good luck at Nationals!!
Click here to view Brooke's entire essay: What is Patriotism?
During Firstbank's "My Bank Loves Me" promotion, a drawing was held to give away an iPad2. On Monday, April 9th, the drawing was made from all of the entries that were collected. We are happy to announce that Bruce Knowlton was the lucky winner! Congratulations, Bruce, and enjoy your new iPad2!
Bruce Knowlton receiving his iPad from
Paw Paw Branch Manager, Cindy Mount.