Community Spotlight

North Region

Summertime means every community is busy enjoying the great festivals, events and sunshine that Northern Michigan has to offer. Chemical Bank is proud of the impact our employees have within these same communities. Between the sponsorships, volunteering and donations that occur throughout the year, we feel the impact almost everywhere in the northern part of Lower Michigan. Here are just a few of the ways we have been able to reach out financially to organizations in the area.

Father Fred Foundation

This spring, Chemical Bank donated $5,000 to the Father Fred Foundation. This organization helps a multi-county area by listening, caring and sharing. They serve Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties. Each year, through all of their programs and services, they provide assistance to over 6,000 families across northwest lower Michigan.

Left to Right: Jason Blain, Business Banking Officer at the Bank of Northern Michigan;Marie Charbonneau, Branch Manager in Traverse City (Garfield);Deborah Haase, Executive Director at Father Fred; Zachary Hegg, Commercial Lender with Chemical Bank

Left to Right: Jason Blain, Business Banking Officer at the Bank of Northern Michigan, Marie Charbonneau, Branch Manager in Traverse City (Garfield), Deborah Haase, Executive Director at Father Fred, Zachary Hegg, Commercial Lender with Chemical Bank

Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan

Chemical Bank was able to donate $2,000 to Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan, an organization that started serving Michigan in the 1930’s. They provide a number of services to families in the area, including foster care facilitation and training, adoption at all ages and many after school programs. They also offer counseling services and parenting classes, along with additional resources available to families across the region.

Left to Right: Susan Sheldon, Wealth Management Director of Sales and Service for Chemical Bank; Jim Scherrer, Chief Executive Officer of Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan; Terry Paquet, President of the Board of Directors for Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan;Janice Beyer, Trust Investment Officer with Chemical Bank;Scott Ripmaster, Financial Advisor with Chemical Bank

Left to Right: Susan Sheldon, Wealth Management Director of Sales and Service for Chemical Bank, Jim Scherrer, Chief Executive Officer of Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan, Terry Paquet, President of the Board of Directors for Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan, Janice Beyer, Trust Investment Officer with Chemical Bank, Scott Ripmaster, Financial Advisor with Chemical Bank

Carson City – Crystal School Foundation

Chemical Bank presented an annual donation of $500 to the Carson City-Crystal School Foundation on June 10th. The Carson City Crystal Area Schools Foundation’s (CCCASF) primary goal is to raise money through various fund raisers and endowments, in order to give back to the school system for student and facility needs.

Left to Right: Steve Swiecicki, Community President of Stanton Community Bank; Pam Hagerman, Branch Manager in Carson City; Mike McCrackin, Vice President Carson City-Crystal Foundation Board; Mike McAlvey, Chemical Bank Stanton Community Board Member

Left to Right: Steve Swiecicki, Community President of Stanton Community Bank, Pam Hagerman, Branch Manager in Carson City, Mike McCrackin, Vice President Carson City Crystal Foundation Board, Mike McAlvey, Chemical Bank Stanton Community Board Member

Spectrum Health Foundation

Chemical Bank team members presented a $2,500 check to the Spectrum Health Foundation in June. The donation is to be used for renovation of the medical, surgical and pediatric facilities into a single patient room design and to build a new Critical Care Unit at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital. Single patient hospital rooms are the standard of care and address key requirements for effective health care delivery. These updated facilities will promote healing and well-being and will provide the best options for patients, for physicians and for employees.

Left to Right: Susan Snavley, Director of Spectrum Foundation and Volunteer Services; Tim McNalley, Commercial Lender with Chemical Bank; and Lisa Szynkowski, Branch Manager at Big Rapids Main office.

Left to Right: Susan Snavley, Director of Spectrum Foundation and Volunteer Services; Tim McNalley, Commercial Lender with Chemical Bank and Lisa Szynkowski, Branch Manager at Big Rapids Main office.


West Region

West Region Pic 1One of the many benefits of being a Community Bank is participating in local festivals, which provide a great way to support local communities. Throughout the year, Chemical Bankers volunteer at many events throughout West Michigan to offer a helping hand while enjoying the entertainment and festivities. Chemical Bank knows that local festivals are an important facet of the community, which is why we actively participate and volunteer in the communities we serve. Please do not hesitate to stop and say hello to a Chemical Bank representative the next time you see one at your local community festival!

Beginning in May we kicked off our summer Customer Appreciation Days. Every year we look forward to having the opportunity to set aside a special day and say “Thank You” to our customers. Many of our Customer Appreciation Days are held in conjunction with other community events. Watch for notices at your local office for their upcoming Customer Appreciation Day.

West Region Pic 2Rockford was the place to be in West Michigan the weekend of June 12th as the city hosted its annual Rockford Start of Summer Celebration. This annual event has been a tradition for over 40 years and draws over 10,000 visitors. The festival features carnival rides, food, games, crafts, music, fireworks and a spectacular parade. Chemical Bank employees teamed up to take one of our Chemical Bank vans for a spin in the parade. Several of our employees and their family members were there to hand out candy to children and greet the friendly faces in the crowd.

Chemical Bank is excited to be a part of the 2nd Annual Walk the Beat music event. Walk the Beat is a free and family oriented event that will take place in Grand Haven on Saturday, August 15 from 1-5pm. This event includes 30 different venue locations in Grand Haven that will host a total of 60 musical acts in one day. Event guests may Walk the Beat for free and text-to-vote for their favorite musical acts. Also, don’t miss the Sounds of Summer concerts at Bolt and Pottawatomie Parks in Grand Haven on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s leading up to the Walk the Beat event. Each night features a different live performance, prizes and kid’s activities!


East Region

Chemical Bank – Cass City, MI

The Village of Cass City celebrated its Sesquicentennial this summer during their annual 4th of July Freedom Festival. The Chamber of Commerce put together several activities to make it a great event with a grand parade, carnival, fireworks and much more. Cass City’s Chemical Bank staff was there to help with many facets of the festival.

Chemical Bank’s history is almost as long as the Village’s. One of the oldest banks in the Thumb Region, the Cass City Bank was established in 1882 and became, Cass City State Bank in 1921. Located across the street from Cass City State Bank was Pinney State Bank, which opened its doors in October 1886. In 1978, Cass City State Bank moved down the road into a new building. Four years later, in 1982, Chemical Bank came to Cass City and purchased Pinney State Bank. A short seven years later in 1989, Cass City State Bank joined the Chemical Bank family!

Interesting community facts:

  • The Pinney State Bank building, the first home of Chemical Bank, went through several remodels over the years and is now the Village Municipal building.
  • The original building Cass City State Bank occupied is currently occupied by Osentoski Realty and the old vault is still in the building today.
  • The new building Cass City State Bank moved to in 1978 is the current home to Chemical Bank.

The Chemical Bank staff was excited to participate in the 4th of July parade as they walked alongside of our Model-A replica, which reflected back on the history of Cass City and Chemical Bank’s role. We also displayed several pieces of artwork, which chronically exhibited our evolution in the Cass City Community.

Teach Children to Save

As a financial institution, it is very important to us to provide our customers of all ages with the tools they need to become financially savvy consumers. We are excited to say we had a very successful year bringing our “Teach Children to Save” program to elementary schools throughout the state. Locally, eighty plus Chemical Bank volunteers visited 34 schools, 89 Classrooms, reaching 2159 students with our savings message. Coleman Elementary won a special visit from Dollar the Squirrel.

We also had a unique opportunity to have Congressman Dave Kildee join one of our presentations in the Flint area at Moore Elementary, on May 22nd. He had an opportunity to read our story book about Dollar, our Chemical Bank mascot, to the children and engage with the children about the story.


South Region

We hope you had the chance to come out and enjoy all of the fun happenings with Chemical Bank as we participated in many community activities. Don’t worry if you missed us, we have plenty of great events in store!

In May we completed our acquisition of Monarch Community Bank, which added four new branches to our Southern Michigan footprint. We are pleased to bring more locations to serve you with the additions of offices in Union City, Hillsdale and two additional branches in Coldwater. Chemical Bank is excited to now be a part of the Hillsdale and Union Pier communities and look forward to supporting the local events held in each area.

Our bankers have been busy this spring and summer participating in many local community events. In May we had bankers participate in the Borgess Run for the Health of It event in Kalamazoo, and our team volunteered at the Kids Korner during the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure 5K, also in Kalamazoo. We also sent volunteers to the Calhoun County Girls on the Run event in Battle Creek and participated in parades such as the Kalamazoo Do-Dah Parade, the Cereal City Festival Grand Parade and the Urbandale Homecoming and Parade.

In July we hosted approximately 250 customers at the Shadowland Pavilion on Silver Beach in St. Joseph, where we sponsored the Smooth Jazz at Sunset event on the 11th. Our Benton Harbor Community Bank team joined with the Wealth Management Team in St. Joseph to offer this special event for customers and prospects to enjoy an evening of jazz music featuring saxophonist, Euge Groove. The weekend after, Chemical Bank hosted the Race for YMCA 5K |10K presented by Chemical Bank in beautiful downtown St. Joseph where more than 500 runners and walkers helped raise funds for the Benton Harbor – St. Joseph YMCA. The 4th annual event has grown steadily over the years and Chemical Bank is proud to be a part of the local event promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Be sure to watch for us at the Calhoun County Fair, Branch County Fair, Coloma Glad Peach Festival, the Lawrence Ox Roast and a community event in your neighborhood.