Each year Firstbank is proud to participate in the National Teach a Child Save program and this year was no exception! Our very own Fortune Freddy along with Belding branch manger 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 one way that we can help our communities grow and prosper.
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 of 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 the new role! Way to go Amanda and keep up the good work!
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).
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 Ypsilanti. 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!
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.
Firstbank - West Michigan held a school supply drive for Ionia Public Schools prior to the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. Between August 8th and September 2nd, the branches in Ionia collected backpacks, notebooks, paper, pencils, markers, calculators, and more to benefit students of Boyce, Emerson, Jefferson, Rather, and Twin Rivers. On September 20th, two representatives of Firstbank delivered the items.
Sandy Branch, Southside Office Manager, and Debrann Hausserman, Vice President and Main Office Manager, on left, present the supplies for Ionia Public Schools. Among the recipients are Elementary Principals Matt Vogel, Dayna Ellis, Stacey Bovee, Mitch Mercer, and Darin Magley
Ionia High School cheerleaders and mascot ride the Firstbank float in the Homecoming parade on Friday, October 7th.
During our “Rake in Your Rewards” promotion all of our branches have been enjoying decorating and getting into the season! Our West Michigan locations showcase some of the beautiful colors of autumn.
In 2010, Firstbank-West Michigan participated in a food drive to support local organizations. Through generous contributions from employees, customers, and local residents, Firstbank-West Michigan was able to raise 484.3 lbs. of food along with $483.88 to help buy necessities for those who need it.
Among the organizations were Belding Ministerial Association, Zion United Methodist Food Pantry, Saranac Community Church, Flat River Outreach Ministries Local Food Pantry, Love, Inc. of Hastings, and Mana's Market in Woodland.
Firstbank-West Michigan is proud to take donations again this year, beginning on Monday, October 24th, and ending Friday, November 11th. Stop by any of the Belding, Ionia, Lowell, Hastings, Woodland, or Sunfield locations to help contribute to a great cause!
Firstbank was a sponsor of the Ionia Free Fair again this year. We also took part in the parade, and had the senior scholars from Ionia High School ride on our float!
Ionia High School Senior Scholars on the Firstbank Float.