Posted on January 18, 2016 in Community Spotlight
Welcome New Partnerships
We would like to send a warm welcome to our customers and employees from the Traverse City and Petoskey Bank of Northern Michigan locations. With our continued growth, Chemical Bank also welcomes the opportunity to have a greater impact in our communities in Petoskey, Traverse City and the surrounding areas. We look forward to continuing our support with sponsorships and events that former Bank of Northern Michigan employees have participated in such as the Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan’s Annual Dinner and the Leadership Exchange event, among others. Chemical Bank is committed to the state of Michigan and 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.
Summer eBillPay Winner
Congratulations to Craig Klemens from Hubbard Lake on being selected as a $1,000 Grand Prize winner in our eBillPay Summer Sweepstakes campaign! Cathy McDonald, Branch Supervisor from our Hubbard Lake office, presented Mr. Klemens with his award. Mr. Klemens was one of five random winners selected by our vendor, ACI, in a nationwide contest where nearly 70 banks participate. Be on the lookout for our next eBillPay campaign and you could have a chance to win just for paying your bills electronically. Stop by your local Chemical Bank office and ask about our eBillPay options today!
Chemical Bank is committed to being a community-focused bank and we are proud to say that our employees always step up to the plate to reach this goal. We would like to say CONGRATULATIONS to Sandy Egbers (Branch Supervisor, Houghton Lake East) and Amy Homich (VP, Commercial Lender in Greenville) for making a difference in their communities!
Sandy was named “Volunteer of the Year” by the Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce and Amy was named “Women’s Action Network Woman of the Year.” Chemical Bank greatly appreciates their hard work and dedication to providing outstanding community stewardship!
This past November, we completed our merger with The Bank of Holland, which added three new banking locations to the West Michigan area. We are pleased to bring more locations to serve you with the additions of offices in the downtown areas of Grand Rapids, Holland and Grand Haven. Visit www.ChemicalBankMI.com/locations to find our new locations or to find a Chemical Bank location near you.
On Monday, October 12th (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 450 Chemical Bankers in West Michigan partnered with local organizations and worked on over 45 projects that encompassed a wide variety of activities. Chemical Bank Cares Day reinforces our commitment to Michigan and the important role that our financial institution plays in communities across the state. In Grand Rapids, Holland and surrounding areas, Chemical Bankers partnered with local organizations such as Kent County Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, Kids’ Food Basket, Love INC., and the Boys and Girls Club, among others. They spent the day helping with landscaping, reading to children, sorting donations, painting and maintenance, as well as a variety of other projects.
October marked the 31st Annual Goose Festival in Fennville. The annual festival celebrates the thousands of geese that land at the Todd Farm while migrating south from Canada. A wide variety of activities were available including a car show, 5K race, arts and crafts show, live music and much more. Chemical Bank was excited to be a part of this event as a Platinum sponsor and parade participant.
Looking ahead to spring, April 29th is Teach Children to Save Day! This is an annual awareness day when Chemical Bank employees demonstrate our community commitment by teaching students the value of saving. During the week of Teach Children to Save Day, Chemical Bankers across the state visit elementary school students and spend time talking about the importance of saving money.
Growing in the Lansing Area
We are excited to announce the opening of Chemical Bank’s new loan production office in the Lansing Community. “With the opening of this new loan office, we will be able to expand into a new market and offer lending solutions not previously available to our customers” stated Craig Bishop, Owosso Community Bank President. The new office is located at 3496 Lake Lansing Road, Suite 120 in Lansing. The Loan Production Office will be staffed by Community President and Commercial Loan Officer Craig Bishop, Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer William Newberry, Wealth Management Representative Garyt Dahl, JD and Administrative Assistant Katherine Ruttinger. Members of the Chemical Bank Mortgage Lending departments will also be available to customers at this location by appointment.
Community Event Spotlight
The East Region ended October volunteering at a variety of Halloween-themed events in local communities. Our staff spent multiple evenings at the Masonic Temple in Bay City guiding visitors through a haunted maze of frightening displays! We participated at community “Trunk or Treat” activities in the townships of Hope, Billings, Bay City, Clare and Marlette. We also hosted the Barnyard Beanbag Toss game at the Midland Pumpkin Festival. During the months of November and December, our volunteers helped children select gifts for their parents and wrapped holiday presents in the Shepherd area and throughout several other local communities. We also participated in the Midland Santa Parade, the Saginaw PRIDE Parade, the Bad Axe Lighted Holiday parade; the Gladwin Festival of Lights Parade, the Harbor Beach Lighted Holiday Parade and the Project Kids event in Harrison.
Mittens for Michigan
Chemical Bank’s Mittens for Michigan campaign was off to an early start at the Freeland Branch! On Friday November 6th, thanks to the hard work of the Freeland team and generous customer donations, we were able to donate 90 pair of gloves and mittens, as well as 60 hats, to Merrill Elementary School. This was a tremendous start to a wonderful initiative aimed at keeping others warm during the cold winter months throughout the Saginaw Community. Donations of new, homemade or gently used mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves will be accepted at any Chemical Bank location through January 31st.
Volunteering … it’s what we do!
Our 3rd Annual Chemical Bank Cares Day took place on October 12th across the state of Michigan. Chemical Bankers took a break from their daily office routine to volunteer in their local communities. In total, more than 2,300 employees participated in over 230 projects statewide! Our employees volunteered at organizations such as the South Haven Memorial Library, Coloma’s Randall Park and Eastside Connections School in Niles, to name a few. While spending time with these wonderful organizations, our employees completed many volunteer projects from building wheelchair ramps and painting concession stands, to organizing food pantries and more. We are always excited to make a difference in our communities!
In addition to Cares Day, Chemical Bank employees also volunteered during the United Way of Southwest Michigan’s Senior Day of Action. Two teams of Chemical Bank volunteers raked leaves, cleaned gutters and prepared windows for the cold winter for seniors who needed assistance accomplishing these tasks. Other employees volunteered at 5K events such as the United Way Dig ‘Em Dash in Battle Creek and the Niles-Buchanan YMCA’s annual Thanksgiving Day Run on Thanksgiving morning. Our Hillsdale employees took part in a “Crazy Bowl” event, benefitting Junior Achievement of Michigan’s Edge.
Chemical Bankers also hosted numerous financial literacy classes across the region. In October, we partnered with The Center for Entrepreneurship, Neighborhoods Inc. and Battle Creek Unlimited to offer a Small Business seminar at the Kellogg Foundation. We also hosted a Fraud Prevention and Detection seminar for business owners at the Burnham Brook Community Center in Battle Creek, as well as a Credit Basics and Budgeting class in Bloomingdale. Additionally, we conducted an Organizing Financial Paperwork seminar at the Whitcomb in St. Joseph and a Credit Building seminar in Galien!