The second week in September is Howard City's annual Scarecrow Contest. All the area businesses are asked to create a display for the contest and this year we chose to use the theme "What we do in the community with the Harvest Festival" Firstbank worked with that theme and created their display around it... "Harvesting what we plant in our community" The displays are judged by the Harvest Festival Queens Court who present the top display with winning recognition. So if you are driving through Howard City the second week in September be sure to look for the area scarecrow displays.
Amy Jo Ervin, Mt. Pleasant Westside Branch Manager, along with her husband and some of her children participated in the Firstbank’s first 5K run on Saturday, June 23rd. This event was organized and sponsored by Firstbank’s Employee Wellness program and all of the proceeds benefitted the Gratiot County Relay for Life. Amy finished first in the ladies' division of the run. We are so proud of the example you are setting for your family, Amy! Thank you for your dedication to health and supporting a great cause.
Helen and April Shanteau participated in the Firstbank’s first 5K walk on Saturday, June 23rd. This event was organized and sponsored by Firstbank’s Employee Wellness program and all of the proceeds benefitted the Gratiot County Relay for Life. Thank you for your dedication to wellness and the Relay!
Helen and April pose for a photo after crossing the finish line.
The 4th Annual Le Tour de Mount Pleasant festival of bike races took place June 8-10th in downtown Mt. Pleasant. The event features hundreds of cyclists competing in several races including a kid's race, family fun ride, business relay race and of course the pro cycling race. This year our very own Firstbank Bike Brigade took part in the business relay race and although they didn't win at least they didn't finish last! Pictured here; Teresa, Tracey, Faye and Nora sporting their brigade gear and showing off their awesome biking skills. Way to go ladies!
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! .
The team at our Lakeview office really enjoyed Leap Day 2012! They put on their silliest hats and had some fun!!
Firstbank is proud to announce their involvement and support of a sculpture which is to be placed at the new Morton Township Library in Mecosta.
Renowned sculpture Robert Barnum, Professor of Fine Arts at Ferris State University is working with the students from Ferris State University's Welding and Engineering Technology department to create this beautiful piece of art which is scheduled to be in place spring of 2012. The sculpture which features 5 figures reading books range from 4 to 13 feet high and will have the engraved words; INSPIRE, IMAGINE, ENRICH, DREAM, COMMUNITY and CREATE."
Dave Miller, VP of Marketing for Firstbank stated "We are excited to be involved in such a great community project as this. Our communities are a very important part of who we are, and this is just one way we can show our commitment to them."
Not only did our Firstbank bowling team have a great time out on the lanes, but they helped so many community organizations at the same time when they participated in the Mt. Pleasant Optimist Club's 24th Annual Bowling Event. This event supports organizations throughout Isabella County. Some of those include; Big Brother & Big Sisters, Junior Achievement, Mt. Pleasant Community Foundation, 4-H of Isabella County and many others!
Some of the staff from our Mt. Pleasant M 20 branch bundled up and headed out to run in the Dickens Christmas Festival 5K run which took place on December 3, 2011. Featured here are; Branch Manager Amy Ervin, Ryan Speelman and Joshua Clark. The Festival is an annual event which includes carriage rides through downtown, a live Nativity, breakfast with Santa and lighted parade.
Way to go team!
Firstbank is a proud sponsor of the 9th annual Harvest Festival which takes place in Howard City. The fun fall event features something for everyone in the family including: children's activities like face painting, a magic show, and inflatables; a teen dance; and for the adults an art tent, car and tractor shows, quilt exhibit, as well as a talent contest. Members of our Firstbank team in Howard City participated in the parade through town along with Fortune Freddy!
Members of our Firstbank team helping out at a Tri County Football Game.
Firstbank team members take some time to tour Art Prize in Grand Rapids, which is an art competition that was held from September 21-October 9. It features art from artists across the nation.