Education Newsletter 2009

2009 Hi-Q

We had another successful year.  As parents or grandparents of local students, you may have had the opportunity to attend a match or two.  They are very challenging and exciting to watch and the students do an excellent job.  We are proud of the effort put forth by all schools participating.

The annual banquet was held in April, 2009 at Schussler's in Peshtigo.  Tom Maxwell presented the following awards to this year's winners:

$2,000.00 - Peshtigo High School
$1,500.00 - Suring High School
$1,000.00 - Menominee High School

Scores are provided on our web site throughout the year.

Click here to go to the "Official" Hi-Q website

2009 Leadership Academy

Tom Maxwell - Bank President - speaking to the Marinette Menominee Chamber Leadership Academy
 (image by Donn Williams)

Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust President Tom Maxwell urged people enrolled in the chamber of commerce’s Leadership Academy to give back to their community through public service on Oct. 20.
 “It is important to be involved in public service,” he said. “It’s more important today than ever.”

Maxwell spoke on the subjects of “the ethics of leadership at work and Boardsmanship,” during the group’s October meeting.

He has been a member of numerous boards and community organizations during the past three decades, most notably the Marinette Board of Education for 24 years. He served 19 years as it’s president..

“In any position of public trust, you have to act with integrity all the time,” Maxwell emphasized.

He told the Leadership Academy a board member’s job is to set policy. He or she must lead and not be a rubber stamp, be flexible and willing to compromise, and be accountable to the public.

Leadership Academy is an eight month course offered by the Marinette Menominee Chamber of Commerce. Participants are exposed to different aspects of the community through day long presentations and educational outings. The experience prepares academy members to serve on boards, run for office, initiate projects, and become community leaders.


2009 Financial Education

2009 PEP Award Winners Kay Carlson Lloyd Cook and Nancy Lemery
l to r:  Kay Carlson, Lloyd Cook & Nancy Lemery
photo by Donn Williams

Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust employees Kay Carlson (left), Lloyd Cook (center) and Nancy Lemery (right) recently were presented with Certificates of Excellence by the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) for their outstanding education efforts in local schools. Carlson also received the WBA's Teach Children to save Day Award for the fourth consecutive year. She offered lessons on the basics of money management in 42 local classrooms this year.

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. – Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust and three of its employees have been honored for their outstanding financial education efforts by the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA).

  The bank was presented the 2008-2009 State Personal Economics Program (PEP) Bank Award Sept. 10, at the WBA’s Consumer Education Conference in Wisconsin Dells. The award recognizes the considerable commitment of time and resources Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust has made to financial education.

  Kay Carlson, the bank’s PEP coordinator, received the WBA’s Teach Children to Save Day Award for the fourth consecutive year. She and fellow employees Lloyd Cook and Nancy Lemery also were given Personal Education Program (PEP) Certificate of Excellence Awards. Together they gave 116 Teach Children to Save classroom presentations this school year.

  Certificates of Participation were presented to bank employees: Mary Argall, Debra Atwood, Tammy Billock, Yvonne Erickson, Terry Girard, Greg Goetzman, Raeanne Klatt, Mary Kornusky, Terry Lucas, Patti Nicklaus, Faye Heraly, Kathy Phillips, Sue Porter, Mary Thielen, Patty Vieth, Mary Wilde, and bank President Thomas Maxwell for their involvement in the program.

  “We are grateful that the WBA has recognized our employees for their continuing commitment to financial education,” Maxwell said. “Teaching young people about budgeting, living within your means, and saving and borrowing for worthwhile purposes is a key to a successful life.”

  Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust employees visited 65 public and private school classrooms in Marinette and Menominee last April to offer lessons on the basics of money management, saving and budgeting to 1,320 students. Statewide 804 bankers participated in the WBA’s PEP program reaching more than 64,000 students.

 The effort was part of Teach Children to Save Day, a nation wide event held this year on April 21.

Nancy Lemery, Lloyd Cook & Kay Carlson WBA PEP Award Winners 0809
l to r:  Nancy Lemery, Lloyd Cook & Kay Carlson
August 12, 2009

Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust will receive the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) 2008-09 State Personal Economic Program (PEP) Bank Award at the association’s Consumer Education Conference, Sept. 10, 2009 in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
The WBA announced the bank’s selection in July.
The award recognizes the significant commitment of time and resources the bank commits to financial education.
“Financial education is a key ingredient for a successful life,” said Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust President Tom Maxwell. “Our employees are dedicated to helping young people learn the importance of budgeting, living within your means, saving, and borrowing for worthwhile purposes.”
Bank employees Kay Carlson, Lloyd Cook and Nancy Lemery will each be given a Certificate of Excellence at the conference in recognition of the large number of presentations each gave during the past year as part of the Teach Children to Save program.
Carlson, the bank’s PEP coordinator, will also be presented with the WBA’s Teach Children to Save Day Award for her outstanding achievements in conjunction with that program. It is the fourth year in a row she has been selected to receive this honor.
Teach Children to Save is sponsored by the WBA and American Bankers Association Foundation. It sends bankers into K-12 classrooms across the country to teach students the fundamentals of saving.
The three Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust employees being recognized, along with seven other bank employees, visited 65 public and private school classrooms in Marinette and Menominee in late April, offering lessons on saving to 1,320 students.

Picture and press release 08/06/09 Donn Williams - Director of Marketing - fmbt


WBA PEP Winner Kay Carlson
l to r:  Russ Weyers - WBA Chairman, Kay Carlson - fmbt & Kurt Bauer - WBA President/CEO
Photo courtesy of WBA
February 12, 2009

Marinette Banker Recognized for Achievement in Teaching Financial Education

"MADISON – Kay Carlson, a teller at Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust in Marinette, was recently recognized at the annual Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) Bank Executives Conference, Feb. 10, for earning top honors for her financial education efforts during the past year.

Carlson was originally recognized for her involvement with the WBA Personal Economics Program (PEP) on Sept. 18 with its top of four individual awards, the PEP Banker of the Year Award. This honor is bestowed upon one Wisconsin banker each year who gives the most financial education presentations in their communities. She was chosen to be honored again at the WBA Bank Executives Conference, the largest annual gathering of Wisconsin bankers, in recognition for her exemplary commitment to financial education.

From June 2007 to May 2008, Carlson gave 49 presentations throughout her community, reaching 1,082 consumers of all ages.

Carlson was also awarded the Teach Children to Save Day Award. This honor is bestowed upon one Wisconsin banker each year who gives the most financial education presentations in their communities throughout the month of April for National Teach Children to Save Day.

Of Carlson’s 49 presentations this year, 47 of them were given for Teach Children to Save Day in April. This is the third consecutive year she has received this award.

“Educating children, teens and adults about personal finance not only benefits individuals, but our communities as a whole,” said Kurt Bauer, WBA president and CEO. “We commend Kay for carrying out a long-standing industry commitment to improving financial literacy.”

In addition, Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust received one of 49 bank awards. Three of the bank’s other employees were also recognized for their commitment to financial education with certificates of excellence for completing 20 or more presentations throughout the year. Those bankers are: Tammy Billock, Lloyd Cook and Nancy Lemery."


For more information, contact Eric Skrum, (608) 441-1216

2009 Scholarship Recipients

Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust has awarded seven $1,000.00 scholarships to graduating seniors from area high schools and a UW Marinette Student.
The bank presents the scholarships each school year to help deserving students get a good start on their post-secondary educations. "Part of our mission is to be a good corporate citizen," said F&M Bank & Trust President Thomas Maxwell.  "We accomplish this primarily by emphasizing our support for youth activities and education."

The students who received scholarships are:

Kassondra Evans - UW-Marinette
Theodore Lentz - Marinette High School
Steven Luplow - Menominee High School
Rachael Christensen - St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
Marin Kniskern - Peshtigo High School
Ocean Sikowski - Crivitz High School
Katie Jo Stumbris - Wausaukee High School

Selection of the F&M Bank & Trust recipients was made by each school's honors committees.

The bank serves the community from locations on Ludington Street and Roosevelt Road in Marinette and U.S. 141 in Crivitz.

2009 Get Smart About Credit Day

Terry Girard - Bank VP - speaking to Economics students at Marinette HS
(image by Donn Williams)

Terry Girard, vice president and loan officer at Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust, spoke to the students in Darren Sommerfeldt’s economics class at Marinette High School Oct. 15 about credit, and the dos and don'ts of using it.

The presentation took place on “Get Smart About Credit Day,” a day set aside each year by the American Bankers Association to connect bankers with students to provide them with the knowledge they need to be responsible money managers.


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