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.
During Firstbank's "My Bank Loves Me" promotion a random drawing was held to give away an iPad2. On Wednesday, April 11th the drawing was held from all of the entries that were collected from each branch. We are happy to announce that Paula Brown, pictured here with Mt. Pleasant Downtown branch manager; Tracey Sallee was the lucky winner! Congratulations Paula and enjoy your new iPad2! This is just one more way Firstbank shows our communities that we love them back!
Entries were collected during the "My Bank Loves Me" promotion for a new iPad 2. On April 9, Firstbank-West Branch held a drawing to decide their lucky winner. Congratulations, Sherry Abbe, on your new iPad!
Lorri Burzlaff with iPad 2 winner Sherry Abbe.
On April 9, Firstbank-West Michigan held a drawing to decide their lucky winner of an iPad 2. The entries were gathered during the "My Bank Loves Me" promotion, which spanned from Monday, February 13th until Saturday, March 31st. We are happy to congratulate Dan Bennett on his new iPad!
Kevin Meade (left) and Deb Hausserman (right) present an iPad 2 to
Firstbank-West Michigan's winner, Dan Bennett (center).
During the "My Bank Loves Me Back" promotion, Firstbank-Alma held a drawing to give away an iPad 2. On Monday, April 9th, our lucky winner was drawn from all of our entries. Congratulations to Kristie Rohde on your new iPad! We're sure your grandchildren will be happy to show you all of tips and tricks to using it!
Kristie Rohde with her new iPad2!
On March 1st, Linda Stewart, Assistant Branch Manager in our Main Office, and Fortune Freddy visited the first graders at Emerson Elementary to kick off Reading Month.
Each year, the Ionia County Literacy gives one book and bookmark to each first grader throughout Ionia County and invites community members to read to the classrooms during "March is Reading Month."
The Ionia County Literacy is a non-profit organization and has been active since 1987. Their mission is to increase literacy in Ionia County by recruiting and training volunteer tutors and networking with community and business organizations. The volunteer tutors teach adults how to read or improve their reading skills. They work closely with the office of Michigan Works to ensure that those job seekers who are deficient in reading and/or math acquire the necessary skills to obtain or retain employment, as well as to help inmates improve their reading skills by recording books on tape for their children.
Colleen Lance, Darcie McKendry, Linda Steele, and Dan Mitchell also volunteered at Rather, Jefferson, and Woodland Elementary Schools.
Linda Stewart reading "The Magic Bus, Arctic Adventure"
Fortune Freddy with Mrs. Gifford's 1st grade