President’s Message – Summer 2019
For most, summer is a time for R&R, but not for your favorite, local bank! Having just completed our transition to our new name, we’re ramping up for summertime activities and community initiatives.
It is with the greatest pleasure that I share the good news that we have successfully transitioned to our new name, Partners Bank. The rebranding process has been very well received in all our markets. In addition, it has been noted by many in the banking community and outside of our traditional markets! Our new name became official on July 1 and we celebrated throughout our branches with food, fun and giveaways. At our Main office in Sanford, we also hosted The Shark FM morning show with a Heroes Breakfast and had WBLM-FM on-site for free burgers, hot dogs and Dairy Queen ice-cream. The event was well attended and enjoyed by customers and community members alike. We thank everyone who came out to celebrate and hope you all enjoyed the food, drinks, fun activities and prize giveaways as much as we did!
If you missed our July 1 customer celebrations, don’t worry—we have two more lunch parties already in the works for the coming months! Join us and WBLM-FM for free BBQ on Monday, August 12, at our York branch and on Friday, September 13, at our Wells branch. There will be more prize giveaways as well as chances to win concert tickets with WBLM as they broadcast live from both events.
Our employees also had a fun celebration with a special Partners Bank Night at the Sanford Mainers baseball game. As always, we enjoyed the game and watching the smiles on the children’s faces.
Speaking of our rebranding happenings, have you seen our new website yet? It features an entirely new look and updated functionality. Our Blog Mascot, Cache, reviewed these updates in a blog post recently. We’re in the process of getting photos for all our branches to add to our site, but in the meantime, be sure to stop into your local Partners Bank branch to check out the updates. You can even take a drive down to what will be our newest branch in Rye, NH. Located at 243 Central Road in Rye, we broke ground on July 10 and are in the process of building out this new Partners Bank branch, which will include a community conference room for the public to use! (We hope to have this branch open by late fall or early winter of this year.)
As The Bank That Listens® and as a brand that stands for partnership with our communities, it should come as no surprise that we are continuing our Employee Donation Program. For the last 40 months, an employee has been randomly selected to choose a charity of his or her choice to receive a $500 gift from the Bank. In May, it was York County Community Action Corporation (YCCAC), chosen by Charlene Conant; in June (our final month as SIS Bank), it was PruittHealth Hospice, chosen by Kathleen MacDonald, and our first official month as Partners Bank saw K9s on The Front Line as the chosen charity, selected by Kelly Nolette.
Our significant commitment to local nonprofits in the form of donations and volunteer hours continues to enhance the lives of many in the communities we serve. We recently made a five-year commitment to the Gosnell House in the amount of $50,000. The Gosnell House provides a comfortable homelike setting for hospice care. We donated $4,500 to the Southern Maine Veterans’ Cemetery to sponsor one of 13 tablets that will form a POW/MIA Veterans’ Monument there. And, we once again served as a Gold Sponsor for the annual Randall’s Run and Walk for the Gym 5K that benefits the Nasson Community Center and The Little Theatre.
And that’s not all we’re doing with the community! Be on the lookout for entry information and contest details about our annual Calendar Photo Contest. We invite our customers and community members to submit their (original) scenic photos of local Maine and New Hampshire for a chance to be featured in the 2020 Partners Bank calendar. Photos will be chosen for the calendar cover and for each month. Customers will have a chance to vote on their favorite photo from the 13 featured in the calendar. The person who submitted the photo chosen for the favorite will receive a $100 prize, while the photographers of the other 12 selected images will receive $25.
We’re certainly enjoying the sun and fun this summer as we’re out and about working with the community, and we look forward to growing our partnerships through this second half of the year.
Blaine A. Boudreau