Community Spotlight

Chemical Bank’s West Region employees and their families always enjoy having a great time celebrating while lending a hand in their communities. Take a look at a few of the events we were a part of this fall and what is coming up!

In September, Chemical Bank’s Bridge Street office in Grand Rapids participated in the Mexican Festival at Calder Plaza. More than 70,000 people attended this three-day annual celebration of the history and legacy of the Mexican culture. The money raised from Fiesta Mexicana helps promote education, culture and awareness for diversity in Grand Rapids.

Chemical Bank’s second annual ArtPrize Reception was held on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the BOB (Big Old Building) in downtown Grand Rapids. We hosted more than 200 customers and business partners for an evening of art, appetizers and refreshments. We featured Cat Boysen, a local artist from Allegan, who rendered a painting during the event, which was a unique treat for our guests. We were entertained by a talented three-piece orchestra from Grand Valley State University, and they provided music for the event. “It was a great time to connect with my clients in an informal atmosphere outside the workplace,” says Jeff Hyde, Vice President Commercial Lending in our Byron Center Office. “My clients appreciated coming down to ArtPrize, being able to take a break and enjoy refreshments and conversation.” Hyde attended the event last year and says he is looking forward to it again next year.

Thank you for donating new and gently used mittens, hats and scarves during Chemical Bank’s Mittens for Michigan campaign! Your generosity and good will helped warm the hands and hearts of people right in your community this season.


Jan. 25-26    Barry County Home Show
Feb. 15-17    Gun Lake Winterfest

It’s hard to imagine that another year is coming to an end, but as we look back at all of the events, festivals and fundraisers that Chemical Bank employees have participated in, it truly puts everything in perspective. Please join us in taking a look back at a few of the wonderful community events we were a part of throughout the year.

For the past several years, Chemical Bank has participated in the American Bankers Association’s Teach Children to Save Week. We visit second-grade classrooms all across the lower peninsula and read our
storybook entitled “Dollar the Silver Squirrel,” which teaches children about the importance of saving. In 2012, Chemical Bank’s North Region team visited more than 20 elementary schools totaling more than 1,700 elementary students; the students at Robert Larson Elementary in Harrison were even fortunate enough to meet Dollar the Silver Squirrel in person! Thank you to all of our employees that volunteered for the event and for all of the schools that participated in our savings program!

The cheese capital of Michigan and the birthplace of famous Pinconning cheese is the place to be on Father’s Day weekend for the CheeseTown Festival! The Pinconning & Linwood Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the CheeseTown Festival with the help of volunteers from the community. During this three-day weekend festival you have the opportunity to participate in a Mac & Cheese Cook Off, Ultimate Wine & Cheese Party, Cheesy CheeseTown Parade, Challenge Race, Little Meeces Race, live music, fireworks display and much more! If it sounds a little cheesy, it is … but it is also a lot of fun! Please remember to join us Father’s Day weekend in 2013!

In August, Chemical Bank employees and the Gladwin County Habitat for Humanity volunteers joined forces to work on a Habitat house in Beaverton. They had a fantastic workday on the last Saturday in August. The team completed the homeowner’s deck and did a lot of landscaping, including plants, shrubs and trees, which were donated by Chemical Bank. Our employees came from all different areas to help out with the project, including both Gladwin Downtown and Main offices, Beaverton, Standish and Midland locations. Thank you to everyone for volunteering and making a difference in our communities!

As the air cooled and the leaves turned colors, the East Region enjoyed many fall
events within the community. We would like to thank all of our customers, team members and communities for helping us to make this fall enjoyable, valuable and memorable! As we transition into the winter season, we would like to take reflect on the past few months.

The annual Sanford Lake Parkapalooza was held on Sunday, Sept. 9. Chemical Bank was proud to be one of the Sponsors at the event. We hosted the sand sculpting contest, helped with registration and created a sand sculpture display to entice entries. Determining a winner was difficult, as 24 creative sculptures entered into the contest!

The annual Tuscola County Pumpkin Festival was Oct. 3-7 with the annual parade taking place on Saturday. The “Pumpkinrama” theme was inspiring to our Chemical Bank Team as they spent many hours creating their parade entry “A Pumpkin Jamarama!” Pumpkin characters in all shapes and sizes were jammin’ down the parade route. Congratulations to our volunteers for their efforts as we were awarded 1st Place-Commercial Entry!

ALS of Michigan held their 12th Annual Walk ‘N Roll event on Sunday, Oct. 7 to raise awareness and funds to help Michigan fight Lou Gehrig’s disease. More than 140 Chemical Bank employees, along with their families and friends, showed strong support to our communities and those affected by ALS. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Walk ‘N Roll!

After seven months of construction, our new Main Street Office in Benton Harbor opened for business. The 2,800-square-foot state-of-the-art banking facility is a fullservice branch, including an ATM, a drive-up, three offices, a Night Depository and Safe Deposit Boxes. Branch Manager Linda Bolton and her staff of five are joined by Mortgage Officer Deb Yeske, who is dedicated solely to assist our customers in this community with Mortgage Services.

A Grand Opening Celebration was held on Friday, Oct. 26 where the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce assisted with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Radio personalities Pat Moody and Jim Gifford of WSJM also hosted their morning show live from the branch. Dollar the Silver Squirrel made an appearance to help out with the ribbon cutting ceremony, while customers enjoyed coffee and donuts during the morning as well as lunch and refreshments throughout the afternoon.

Our employees were very busy throughout the fall months. Our Marshall Community Bank Sales Team offered a free Business Fraud Prevention Seminar and breakfast for customers in November at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home in Marshall; in Niles, we hosted a similar seminar focusing on Identity Theft and Fraud.

Chemical Bank employees are always looking for opportunities to give back to their communities. On Aug. 25, 16 Chemical Bank employees donated their time and energy to help a deserving family achieve the
“American Dream” of home ownership. Our Chemical Bank team put their shovels to work, got their hands dirty and did some needed landscaping and yard work at a Habitat for Humanity house in Zeeland. Thanks to all of our volunteers for all their hard work!

On Saturday, Oct. 6, our Zeeland offices braved the chilly weather and celebrated Zeeland’s Pumpkinfest. Chemical Bank staff and their family members rode the Chemical Bank float in support of the annual event. Pumpkinfest celebrated its 28th year of this family-friendly event with an array of fall activities, parade, music and more. Special thanks to our Zeeland offices that sponsored and organized the pumpkin carving contest to help make Pumpkinfest successful!