On May 17, 2012 the Lakeview High School held its senior award ceremony. Each year Firstbank awards one deserving senior with a $500 college scholarship. this year Zechariah Tanis was presented with that honor by Firstbank Vice President Barb Kain. Zechariah will be attending Central Michigan University in the fall. Congratulation Zechariah and best of luck in the future from your friends at Firstbank!
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!
We are proud to congratulate the following Firstbank team members for being voted the Best of the Best in the Gratiot County 2012 People's Choice Awards:
# 2 Diane Kirkey
# 3 Kathleen Weaver
At Firstbank, we value all of our employees and their dedication and commitment to serving the community.
Join us at Western Michigan University for our reoccurring Breakfast Speaker Series featuring speaker Steven Hilfinger, Director and Chief Regulatory Officer, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
Hilfinger's speech, "Regulatory Re-invention in Michigan" will be presented to end this season's series.
The event will take place on Friday, June 29th, 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.
The employees at our offices located in St. Johns and DeWitt had a Jean Day on Friday, May 25th! Each employee donated money to wear jeans that day and in observance of Memorial Day, all the money was donated to the Clinton County Veterans Memorial Association.
Pictured here are (left to right) Dennis Scott, Holly Eichorn, and Brittnay Vail.
Join us at our Oakwood Office as we participate in the Annual Summer Hop on Wednesday, June 20th from 3:00pm-7:00pm! 26 vendors in our plaza are participating and offering specials ranging from food samples to safety demos and massages to pet adoption.
Come visit our Oakwood Office where we will be grilling hot dogs, popping popcorn, giving away balloons, and you can even enter to win a gas grill! (No purchase necessary.)
Other participating vendors include Bacchus, Bark's 5th Ave, Bookbug, Buy Local of Greater Kalamazoo, Christy's Find Furniture and Accessories, Comerica Bank, DeYoung's Alternative Health Services, D&W Fresh Market, Fletcher's Pub, Fifth/Third Bank, Great Clips, Great Harvest Bread Company, Happy Our Art, Initial Attraction, Kazoo Books, Kalamazoo Pediatric Dentistry, Kalamazoo Public Safety, Little Sprout, Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, The Mercantile Kitchenware & Gifts, Oakwood Animal Hospital, Oakwood Bistro, Oakwood Neighborhood Association, PNC Bank, and Sawall's. These vendors will host lots of activities for both children and adults. This is one event you won't want to miss! See you there!
James E. Wheeler, II, President and Chief Executive Officer of Firstbank-Alma, announced that Autumn Redman was promoted to Vice President at a recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the bank. Wheeler commented, “Autumn’s extensive knowledge of the banking industry and her background in lending and deposit operations has been instrumental in the growth of our St. Johns/DeWitt markets”.
Redman studied finance at Michigan State University and has been in the banking industry for 20 years. She began her career with Firstbank in 2000 as an Assistant Manager in St. Johns’ Downtown office. Autumn is very active in the DeWitt Community and currently serves as a board member for the DeWitt Area Chamber of Commerce.
Thank you for your dedication to Firstbank and your community, Autumn!
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.