Community Spotlight

The South Region is enjoying a busy spring with Agriculture and Estate Planning seminars, Home Expo shows, the United Way Reading Day of Action, business after-hour events, parades and numerous fundraisers. We would like to thank Chemical Bank team members and their families, friends, local businesses, community residents and partners for making our spring fun and prosperous!

Among all of the wonderful events that took place, Chemical Bank hosted the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce Business afterhours event on April 18th at the Court Place Office in St. Joseph. We were pleased to have around 200 community members, business owners, customers and fellow chamber members join us to take a tour through our office, which imitated a 5K race course. Attendees had the opportunity to follow the race course map, which took them to each department; hydration and refueling stations kept our guests refreshed along the way. We were excited to showcase all of the services that we offer locally in St. Joseph during the event and also promoted our second annual Chemical Bank Race for the YMCA 5K Walk/Run and 10K event that will be coming up on July 20th. For more information or to register, visit our website at ChemicalBankMI.com/race.

On April 25th we introduced our six new offices from the Battle Creek and Richland area at a business after-hours event at the Battle Creek Country Club. Branch managers, lenders and management team members were all on hand to meet-and-greet customers and guests. Everyone that came out enjoyed refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, prizes and an opportunity to network with community members and leaders. We are extremely pleased to include these new offices and team members to serve you!

Traditionally, each year Chemical Bank employees participate in Teach Children to Save Week and use their banking knowledge to inspire students to be lifelong savers. During the week of April 22nd we sent out our employees to provide second graders with basic financial education by reading and discussing our very own storybook Dollar, the Silver Squirrel. This year more than 20 Chemical Bankers in the South Region visited 34 classes at 17 different schools, reaching approximately 1,000 students!


This spring, many activities and events blossomed for Chemical Bank! Our East Region enjoyed holidays and celebrated community spirit throughout many neighborhoods, schools and event centers. Chemical Bankers have dedicated countless volunteer hours to numerous programs and local organizations with the genuine intention of making a difference in their communities.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Sunday, March 17th, marked the Annual Bay City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Although temperatures were just above freezing, the annual parade brought thousands of spectators from Bay City and the surrounding communities to enjoy the Irish enthusiasm parading down Center Avenue.

Bundled up in jackets, green scarves and plaid tams, our volunteers joined the festivities walking alongside our stylized Model-A car while handing out candy to parade spectators along the two-mile route. Although the air was chilly, a good time was enjoyed by all.

EASTER
The 15th Annual Gladwin Easter Egg Hunt was held on Saturday, March 30th. Chemical Bank co-sponsored the event with the Gladwin Business & Professional Association. Chemical Bank employees were on hand to help coordinate the event and assist approximately 600 children with collecting candy-filled eggs. Featured in the photo are Chemical Bank volunteers, left to right, Linda Winarski, retired Chemical Bank; Lori Stout; Zandi Smith; Julie Hudecz; Angela Bigham; Deanna Day. Missing from the photo, Jody Grant and Corrine Wood.

TEACH CHILDREN TO SAVE
Chemical Bank is actively involved in helping kids save for their future. In April we visited second-grade classrooms across the state to present our Teach Children to Save program. Chemical Bankers read a story about the benefits of saving featuring our mascot Dollar, The Silver Squirrel. We also engaged the students with activities that included sharing money-related goals and learning how money grows with time. Students were also encouraged to save their money at home in a piggy bank or container and when it is full, bring it into their local Chemical Bank office and deposit it into a Youth Savings account.

LOONS BASEBALL
Chemical Bank is the official and proud sponsor of the Great Lakes Loons baseball team. During the spring and summer we work with the Loons to offer “Baseball Buddies,” a program that allows children between the ages of 5 and 10 the opportunity to take the field with their favorite Loons player before the game. We are also the presenting sponsor of “Raining Money Night,” which will take place on July 26th to give pre-selected contestants the chance to pick up 2,000 one-dollar bills as they are dropped from a helicopter on center field! Stop into your local Chemical Bank Office to learn more about this promotion and pick up a free Loons season schedule.


With summer upon us, we are looking forward to being out in our communities at many of the upcoming events and celebrations throughout the West Region. You may have already seen us out and about; the next time you notice one of your local Chemical Bankers at a community event, stop and say “hello” as we are always happy to see and hear from you! Take a look at some of the events that we participated in this spring as well as what we are planning for this summer …

ROCKFORD COMMUNITY EXPO
In March several Chemical Bank employees greeted attendees at the ninth annual Rockford Community Expo. This is one of the most popular events in Rockford, with thousands of guests coming through the doors of Rockford High School to see what area businesses have to offer.

TEACH CHILDREN TO SAVE WEEK
Chemical Bankers continued the spring fun by presenting the Teach Children to Save program in elementary schools this past April. Employees dedicated a week toward using their banking knowledge to encourage and inspire students to become lifelong savers and also read a story about the benefits of saving featuring our mascot, Dollar, The Silver Squirrel.

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAYS
We kicked off our summer with Customer Appreciation Days in the beginning of May as a way of saying “thank you” to all of our customers! We offered free document shredding to our customers courtesy of Allshred Services, Incorporated. Feel free to bring in one box of any personal documents that you would like to have securely destroyed. Many of our Customer Appreciation Days are held in conjunction with other community events, so watch for notices at your local office for their upcoming Customer Appreciation Day.

SAVE THE DATE!
Chemical Bank’s ninth annual 5K Walk/Run and Kids Fun Run in Byron Center will be held on Saturday, July 27th, 2013. All proceeds from the race are donated to charitable organizations in our community. You can visit ChemicalBankMI.com/race for more details, including a training guide and online registration as the event nears.

Make sure that you look for Chemical Bank at upcoming events this summer such as the D & W Picnic Pops, Orangeville Days, Hastings Summer Fest, West Michigan Chalk Art Festival, Byron Days, several Fourth of July celebrations and many more! Follow all of our events by checking out the “Events in our Communities” link under Our Community at ChemicalBankMI.com.


What an exciting time for the North Region of Chemical Bank! We would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new customers, employees and Community Bank Directors who are a part of Chemical Bank’s newly acquired branches in Northeastern Michigan.

In addition to all of the new members joining our family, Chemical Bank would also like to welcome their communities to our Community Bank. We take great pride in the communities we serve and always look for ways to participate in the events that celebrate community spirit in our great state.

Chemical Bank is excited to explore and support our new neighborhoods. We look forward to learning about summer festivals such as the Alpenfest in Gaylord, Thunder Bay Maritime in Alpena and the Nautical City Festival in Rogers City along with the continued support of Tip Up Town in Houghton Lake. Additionally, having a solid team of employees who know their communities, and are dedicated to making them better places to live, will give us a jump start in the learning process. Chemical Bank has always been a proud supporter of the local Chambers of Commerce, Relay for Life, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Community Foundations, 4-H Fairs and various nonprofit organizations across the state of Michigan. We simply cannot wait to see what kind of an impact we will be able to make in your community and the impact you will make on us!

Chemical Bankers had a great time presenting the Teach Children to Save program in elementary schools this April. Employees dedicated a week toward using their banking knowledge to encourage and inspire more than 6,000 elementary students across Michigan to become lifelong savers. Our financial literacy efforts have led us to be previously recognized by the Michigan Bankers Association as Financial Literacy Award Winners. To learn more about this program and other Financial Literacy programs that we offer, visit your local Chemical Bank office or ChemicalBankMI.com.