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.
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!
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!
Firstbank had several teams participate in the Big Brother/Big Sister Bowl for Kids Sake on Saturday, March 17th. Together, we raised $3,296.33 for the organization. Deb Carman from Alma’s Main Office was honored for raising the most money individually. Firstbank’s team, Rolling in the Dough 3 (Kathleen, Kristina, Kylee and Deb) from Alma’s Main Office and Downtown were also recognized for raising the most money as a team.
The event raised over a total of $10,000! Many thanks to our customers and community for supporting this great event!
Employees from Alma's Northtown Office take a moment away from bowling to pose for a photo.
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.
This year, our Alma locations will again be participating in a Community Food Drive. The drive begins on Monday, October 24th, and runs through Friday, November 11th. All food collected is distributed to food pantries in the local communities that our bank serves.
Last year, the offices of Firstbank - Alma raised over 2,950.68 pounds of food! Some of the benefitting organizations were East Washington United Brethren Church, Comission on Aging, Salvation Army, Merrill Community Sharing Project, Community Food Basket Program, and Montcalm County Baby Pantry.
We are pleased to accept any food or cash donations at our Alma locations again this year.
Firstbank's very own camel, Firstbank Fiona, won two separate awards at the Merrill Farm Fest. Decorated by our Merrill Assistant Branch Manager, Julie Goss, Fiona won the Best Dressed award!
In addition to being the best dressed, Fiona was chosen as the overall champion in the camel races. In order to win the came race, Fiona was the most bet on camel and raised the most money out of all of the camels. Way to go, Fiona!
Visit Fiona at the Merrill Branch, located at
125 West Saginaw Street
Merrill, MI 48637
We are proud to congratulate the following Firstbank team members for being voted the Best of the Best in the Gratiot County 2011 People's Choice Awards:
# 2 Lori Breidinger
Best Customer Service
# 3 Tammy Cashen
# 2 Arica McClintic
# 3 Vanessa Babcock
Best Banker/Loan Officer
# 2 Tammy Halfmann
# 3 Greg Daniels
At Firstbank, we value all of our employees and their dedication and commitment to serving the community.
Our first Shred Days were held in Alma on Saturday, April 23rd and in Ithaca on Saturday, May 14th. Many members of our community brought in their sensitive documents for FREE on-site shredding and destruction.