Posted on January 6, 2015 in Community Spotlight
What an exciting time for the North Region of Chemical Bank! As you may have heard, Chemical Bank completed our merger with Northwestern Bank in November. We will now have a presence in Acme, Charlevoix, Elk Rapids, Interlochen, Kalkaska, Kingsley, Leland, Ludington, Manistee, Northport, Petoskey, Suttons Bay and Traverse City. A warm welcome goes out to all of our new customers and employees!
In addition to the new customers and employees joining our team, Chemical Bank would like to welcome their communities to our footprint! Our exceptional customer service, wide variety of products and services, and financial stability will cover the financial needs of our customers. We are active in the communities we serve. We are organizers of and participants in events that celebrate the spirit of community in our great state.
Chemical Bank is excited to explore and support the new communities wherever possible. We have already had the opportunity to participate jointly with Northwestern Bank at the Traverse City Film Festival. That was an excellent experience for us and we look forward to many more years of volunteering! Chemical Bank also had the opportunity to introduce our 2nd Annual Chemical Bank Cares Day in all of the Northwestern markets. On Columbus Day our offices closed across the state so we could volunteer in our communities. We were a part of over 200 volunteer activities across the lower peninsula of Michigan with over 70 of those being located in the North Region!
Having a solid team of employees in place who understand their communities and are dedicated to making them better places to live will give us a jump start in the learning process.
Finally, we are looking forward to introducing our Teach Children to Save Program in the elementary schools in the spring, providing Financial Literacy seminars to the high school students and supporting school booster programs. We simply can’t wait to see what kind of an impact we will be able to make on your community, and what kind of an impact you will make on us!
CHEMICAL BANK CARES DAY
On Monday, October 13th (Columbus Day), Chemical Bank offices closed across the state so that Chemical Bank employees could volunteer in their communities on a variety of different projects. More than 1,700 Chemical Bankers partnered with local organizations and worked on over 240 projects that encompassed a wide variety of activities. Chemical Bank Cares Day reinforced our commitment to Michigan and the important role that our financial institution plays in communities across the state. In Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas, Chemical Bankers served with local organizations and agencies such as Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Kent County Humane Society, and Mel Trotter Ministries, among others to help with landscaping, reading to children, grounds-keeping and maintenance, as well as a variety of other projects.
CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAYS
Our Customer Appreciation Fridays wrapped up this fall. We hope that you were able to attend one of our office’s events. They were all a great success and we really enjoyed having the opportunity to thank our customers for their business. Many of our customer appreciation days were held in conjunction with community events such as festivals and high school sporting events. Be sure to watch for them again beginning this spring.
MUSIC TO BENEFIT MUSIC – READIN’, WRITIN’, & RYTH-MA-TIC 9
Chemical Bank is a proud supporter of the Music to Benefit Music program in West Michigan. On November 8th, Music to Benefit Music welcomed Mac McAnally to the 2014 Readin’ Writin’ & Ryth-ma-tic auction, dinner and concert.
Music to Benefit Music is a nonprofit group that raises funds for music programs in West Michigan’s public and private schools to ensure that no budding musician falls through the cracks, and no voice is drowned out. All proceeds from the annual concert series and various other events go toward things like after-school workshops, music education scholarships and instrument purchases for local schools.
GRAND RAPIDS DRIVE
Chemical Bank is excited to be a founding partner of the Grand Rapids DRIVE NBA Development League Basketball Team. As a Founding Partner, Chemical Bank is showcased with a center court logo and is featured during the in-game promotions. Chemical Bank will also sponsor a DRIVE Charitable Jersey Theme Night, which features an entire night themed toward one of Chemical Bank’s philanthropic partners. Included in the Jersey Theme Night are fully customized DRIVE home jerseys, all of which will be auctioned off after the game or at any event of choice. For more information on the Grand Rapids DRIVE visit, nba.com/dleague/grandrapids.
The East Region kept very busy throughout the fall of 2014. We participated in festivals, hosted networking events, participated in Relay for Life, Making Strides, ALS and Alzheimer’s and volunteered with many organizations throughout our local communities.
CHEMICAL BANK CARES DAY
On Monday, October 13th, (Columbus Day) Chemical Bank offices were closed for our second annual Cares Day event. Seven hundred twenty three East Region Chemical Bankers volunteered in their communities on 78 different projects. In Bay City, Caro, Clare, Midland, Owosso, Saginaw and the surrounding areas, Chemical Bankers worked with local organizations and agencies to help with landscaping, reading to children, painting and even building “playscapes” in local playground areas.
CHEMICAL BANK BRINGS IN TOP HONORS AT TUSCOLA COUNTY PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
The Tuscola County Pumpkin Festival is the premier fall festival in the Thumb of Michigan. This annual event brings visitors to the community from all over to enjoy the beauty of fall with decorated and painted pumpkins, car shows, pie sales and, of course, the parade. Each year, our Chemical Bank team volunteers at many of the attractions during the festival as well as decorates a float to participate in the parade. This year’s theme was “We’re off to See the Pumpkins, the Wonderful World of Pumpkins.” Many hours were spent leading up to parade day, making the decorations and building the float. A page was taken right out of the story depicting the Poppy Field and the Emerald City with a fine salute to the pumpkin theme.
All our hard work paid off as Chemical Bank not only took top honors as Grand Champion, but also won the Corporate Category Award for our entry. There’s no place like Chemical Bank!
PIERSON ROAD OFFICE STAFF RECOGNIZED FOR COMPASSION, GENTLENESS AND SERVICE
Creating an exceptional experience for our customers we strive to achieve each and every day. It is a special honor to be recognized by our customers for delivering on our mission. One of our customers in the Owosso Region was repeatedly amazed with the time, consideration and attention that our Pierson Road staff provided every time they stopped into the office.
The customer presented Certificates of Compassion and Gentleness to Chemical Bank’s Jessica Lee, Christina Faris, Sara Rose, Melissa Estes and Lindsey Faris. Additionally, Chemical Bank also received a Certificate for Service.
- The Certificate of Compassion is given when one invests whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others.
- The Certificate of Gentleness is given when one shows consideration and personal concern for others.
- The Certificate of Service is given when one sees and meets others’ practical needs, frees them to accomplish their goals and invests time and energy in their success.
Thank you, Jessica, Christina, Sara, Melissa and Lindsey for continually providing an Enjoyable, Valuable and Memorable service to our customers!
Despite the chilly weather here in Michigan, the South Region employees at Chemical Bank have been out and about being active in their communities. We would like to thank all of our team members who volunteer on a regular basis – making the communities we serve a better place to live, work and play!
In its 30th year, the Zeeland Pumpkinfest took place October 2nd – 4th. This family-friendly festival features FREE activities and events that were enjoyed by all ages! Both of Chemical Bank’s Zeeland Offices held a pumpkin decorating contest, awarding winners with a deposit into their MI Savings accounts! On Saturday, our staff enjoyed the beautiful fall afternoon greeting everyone as they participated in the Pumpkinfest Parade.
Our 2nd annual Chemical Bank Cares Day took place on October 13th where more than 360 Chemical Bankers in the South Region volunteered at local organizations to work on more than 40 projects. We volunteered at places such as Hospice at Home and Senior Nutrition Services in the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph areas; Pretty Lake Vacation Camp in Mattawan; and the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, as well as the Salvation Army and the Food Bank of South Central Michigan. We also helped out at the Charitable Union in Battle Creek; Ferry Street Resource Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters in Niles; Ottawa County Parks and Recreation, AlVan Humane Society, and the Holland Rescue Mission. From painting to building handicap ramps to putting up Christmas trees for a holiday festival … you name it, we did it!
During the months of November and December our employees, and even occasionally Dollar the Silver Squirrel, braved the cold weather to make appearances at holiday parades in Paw Paw, Marshall, Dowagiac and Kalamazoo! As the presenting sponsor, we also took part in the 32nd Niles – Buchanan YMCA’s Thanksgiving Day Run by providing volunteers to work during registration on Thanksgiving morning. More than 2,300 runners embarked on the city, running either the 5k or 10k event, burning calories before enjoying their holiday festivities with their families.