President’s Message – Spring 2020
Finding optimism during unprecedented times.
I don’t think anyone could have ever imagined that we would be starting off the Spring season in the situation we find ourselves in now. It has certainly been a time where we’ve all had to learn how to adjust and manage on the fly, between a shift in the work place and how we operate, as well as students who have had to move learning from inside the classroom to online.
Here at Partners Bank, we’ve always had a pandemic policy in place, but never did I think we would have to execute it. However, I praise our employees on how they have all responded. During a time of stress and uncertainty, the staff took this in stride, reacting appropriately and doing everything possible to make sure we remained ready to serve our customers and keep everyone safe.
As government officials called for fewer group settings and high-quantity gathering locations, the Bank decided to move to a drive-up only banking service with the protection of both our customers and staff in mind. I have been pleased to see the adjustments our staff has made, and I can’t thank our customers enough for their patience and understanding. With that said, Partners Bank is still here for you and we’ll do what we can to make sure you receive the service that you deserve.
As we navigate through these challenges, I do want to take a moment to look back at what we were able to accomplish before this all unfolded. The Bank’s commitment to giving back to the community has remained one of our highest priorities. For starters, we joined hands with the Maine Banker’s Association as they rolled out their Food Insecurity Program. Partners and all other Maine Bank’s came together to raise $61,000 for food charities across the State of Maine in less than a day. We were pleased to donate $2,500 to the Waterboro Food Pantry as part of this program.
Our Employee Donation Program rounded out the winter strong with $500 each to the Alzheimer’s Association, LearningWorks, and Special Olympics Maine. It is truly humbling to see the organizations that are close to the hearts of our employees each month we pick another employee to select an organization of their choice to receive this monthly gift.
We’re certainly all anxious to get our sports back. Partners Bank has always enjoyed connecting sports with our mission of giving back. When baseball finally returns to the field, we’ll all be waiting for that first homerun off the bat of one of our favorite Boston baseball players, as Homeruns for Good has returned to the bank. Each time a homerun is hit at home in Boston, the Bank will donate $25 to a local veteran’s organization.
Donations and sponsorships always get us excited, but internally we have more exciting news. We officially announced the hiring of our new Chief Financial Officer, Jennifer Stauffis, as she steps into the role formerly held by Roger Guerin who has since embarked in his well-deserved retirement. Furthermore, our Wells Market Manager position opened up after Amanda Fitzgerald was promoted to a new role within the bank. It didn’t take long to find the perfect fit, bringing on Emily Frechette to fill that void. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Bank, having spent many years in the Wells/Ogunquit market in similar roles.
Partners Bank has always been dedicated to making sure our customers have the products and services they deserve. Our team of electronic banking professionals have been hard at work, testing a new online account opening system that will soon allow for both new and existing customers to open up a new account from the comfort of their own home and right from the convenience of their computer or mobile device.
In case you were wondering, the banking system is as strong as ever. The banking industry has never been stronger in the last 15 years. Partners Bank is a well-capitalized bank. Your deposits remain safe, further backed up by the FDIC and supported with the full faith and backing of the United States government. During this time of uncertainty, it’s not always easy to remain patient, but I am confident that as long as we all do our part, we’ll get through this. Partners Bank is here every step of the way and we’ll work with you to accomplish your banking needs despite the necessary changes that have had to be made to what we would consider a normal banking experience.
I send wishes of health and safety and hope we are able to reconnect soon!
Blaine A. Boudreau