Merchants Bank & Trust and Its
Employees Receive WBA Literacy Awards
09/28/11 by Donn Williams
Farmers & merchants Bank &
Trust and 15 of its employees have been honored by the
Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) for their outstanding
efforts to improve financial literacy.
The 2010-2011 Bankers Promoting Financial Literacy Award was presented to
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust at the WBA Consumer
Education Conference, Sept. 13, at Wisconsin Dells, Wis. The
award recognizes the bank for its considerable commitment of
time and resources toward financial education in local
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust Loan Review Officer/Credit Analyst Lloyd
Cook was presented with the WBA’s Financial Literacy Banker
Award. The award is given to bankers who devote significant
time and effort to improving financial literacy. Last year,
Cook gave 96 financial education presentations in local
Cook, loan processor Nancy Lemery and teller Kay Carlson were each
presented with a Certificate of Excellence by the WBA for
demonstrating superior dedication to improving financial
literacy. Carlson gave 32 financial education presentations
and Lemery 21 in local classrooms.
Additionally, the following Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust employees
each received a Certificate of Participation for
volunteering their time and talents to teach financial
education skills: Cook, Lemery, Carlson, Faye Heraly,
Lorraine Porte, Yvonne Erickson, Julie Vanderwalle, Tammy
Billock, Raeanne Klatt, Brenda Gertz, Mary Wilde, Mary
Kornusky, Mike Piasecki, Stephen Votis, and bank President
“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 their
means, saving and borrowing for worthwhile purposes will
help them lead successful lives.”
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust participated in the nationwide Teach
Children to Save and Bankers Promoting Financial Literacy
campaigns last April. Employees went into local grade and
middle school classrooms in Marinette and Menominee to teach
personal finance lessons to more than 1,000 students.
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust is a 108-year-old, locally owned,
community bank with locations at 1644 Ludington St. in
downtown Marinette; 2811 Roosevelt Road, near the mall, in
Marinette; and 114 S. Highway 141 in Crivitz.
Merchants Bank & Trust and
Employees Selected to Receive WBA Literacy Awards
08/10/11 by Donn Williams
Farmers & Merchants Bank &
Trust will receive the 2010-2011 State Bankers Promoting
Financial Literacy Award at the Wisconsin Bankers
Association Consumer Education Conference, Sept. 13, in
Wisconsin Dells. The award recognizes the significant
commitment of time and resources the bank commits to
Additionally, employees Kay Carlson, Lloyd Cook and Nancy Lemery will
each receive Certificates of Excellence at the conference,
and Cook will receive an individual Banker Award in
recognition of the number of presentations each made during
the National Teach Children to Save Day campaign.
Last April, Carlson, Cook and Lemery, along with fellow employees Tammy
Billock, Yvonne Erickson, Brenda Gertz, Faye Heraly, Raeanne
Klatt, Mary Kornusky, and Lorraine Porte visited more
than 50 classrooms in schools in Marinette and Menominee to
teach hundreds of students valuable lessons about saving
money, budgeting and developing financial skills.
06/14/11 by Donn Williams
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust awards
$7,000 in scholarships
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust has awarded seven, $1,000 scholarships
to senior graduates of area high schools and a UW Marinette
The bank presents the scholarships each year to help deserving students
begin their post secondary educations.
“Part of our mission is to be a good corporate citizen,” explained
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust President Thomas Maxwell.
“We accomplish this primarily by emphasizing our support for
youth activities and education.”
The students who received Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust scholarships
· Jeff Gardon, a
sophomore at UW Marinette. Gardon, the son of Michael and
Margaret Gardon, is majoring in education and plans to
transfer to UW Green Bay after he obtains his associate
Jeff Gardon - UW-Marinette
· Emily Techmeier,
a graduate of Marinette High School. Techmeier, the daughter
of Kirt Techmeier and Diane Erickson, has been accepted into
the Honors Program at St. Norbert College. She plans to
major in computer science/graphic design and minor in music
Emily Techmeier Marinette HS
Rachel Blake, a graduate of Menominee
High School. Blake, the daughter of Vince Blake and Jody
Field, will attend Northern Michigan University and major in
zoology. After graduation she would like to work outside the
United States as a field researcher.
Rachael Blake - Menominee HS
· Andrew Bradford,
a graduate of Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy. Bradford, the
son of Steve and Ann Bradford, will attend UW LaCrosse and
major in radiation therapy.
Andrew Bradford - St. Thomas Aquinas
· Joseph Schuelke,
a graduate of Peshtigo High School. Schuelke, the son of
Steve and Betty Schuelke, will attend UW Marinette to obtain
his associate degree and then transfer to Michigan
Technological University to earn a degree in engineering.
Joseph Schuelke - Peshtigo HS
· Justin Myszka, a
graduate of Crivitz High School. Myszka, the son of Eric and
Lori Myszka, will attend the United States Military Academy
at West Point and major in mechanical engineering. He plans
to become an army officer and aviator, and advance to the
rank of general.
Justin Myszka - Crivitz HS
· Kayla Nystrom, a
graduate of Wausaukee High School. Nystrom, the daughter of
Rodney and Lisa Nystrom, plans to attend Carroll College and
major in health sciences with a focus on sonography. After
graduation she plans to work as an ultrasound technologist.
Kayla Nystrom - Wausaukee HS
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust is a108-year-old
independently owned community bank with locations at 1644
Ludington St. in downtown Marinette; 2811 Roosevelt Road in
Marinette, near the mall; and at 114 South Highway 141 in
05/18/11 by Donn Williams
MARINETTE - Two scholarships have been
established to honor the memory of a man and his wife who
were both born and raised in Marinette.
Robert E. Albright Memorial "Work-Study Success”
Scholarship, established by Joyce P. Albright, will be
awarded annually beginning in 2012 to a graduating Marinette
High School senior and to a student enrolled at
Joyce Albright, who passed away last year, graduated from
Marinette High School in 1943. Her husband, Robert, preceded
her in death in 2005. The couple resided in Calumet City,
Illinois. Joyce worked as a nurse in prenatal medicine for
more than 40 years in Chicago. Robert was a funeral
The Albrights established the scholarships to reward
academic achievement and the personal determination of
students who pursue post-secondary educations.
The Marinette High School scholarship is being funded by a
$45,000 bequest and the UW-Marinette scholarship by a
$90,000 bequest from the estate of Joyce Albright.
Marinette Youth Inc. will administer the funds for the
Marinette High School. An annual scholarship of $2,000 will
be awarded to a graduating senior who plans to attend either
college or a technical school. A Marinette High School
student should complete a school scholarship application to
be eligible to receive the Albright scholarship. The
recipient of the Albright scholarship will be selected by
the Honors Committee of Marinette High School. Recipients
will be notified at the high school awards ceremony or by
The University of Wisconsin-Marinette Foundation will manage
the funds for the UW-Marinette scholarship. That
scholarship, which will be an annual gift of about $3,200,
will be divided evenly between fall and spring semesters for
a new or continuing student enrolled at the local two-year
The scholarship will be given for the first time in the fall
of 2012 since it is an endowed fund, which must be invested
for at least one year to realize income to be awarded. “The
annual amount available may fluctuate,” said UW-Marinette
Foundation treasurer Nancy Kallgren. "Based on the size of
the gift and the average income we have been receiving from
our endowed funds, we are predicting that it will start at
$3,200. It will fluctuate based on fund performance, but
should be very close to that amount," said Kallgren.
“More than half of our students depend on financial aid to
help with costs of attending college. But with rising costs,
financial aid does not cover everything, so scholarships are
critical to helping students afford a college education. It
is wonderful to receive these funds in our foundation to
create the largest scholarship yet for our students,” said
UW-Marinette Foundation president Jennifer Short.
University recipients must be full-time students who
demonstrate financial need, maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, and
are employed full or part-time while pursuing their
associate degree. A student enrolled at UW-Marinette should
submit their completed scholarship applications to the
Campus Scholarship Committee. Applications are available on
the campus website [www.marinette.uwc.edu] beginning in
February each year and are typically due on April 1. The
UW-Marinette scholarship committee will determine which
student receives the scholarship at the campus. The
presentation will be made at the annual UW-Marinette spring
Bankers Teaching Children
04/13/11 by Donn Williams
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust Teller
Kay Carlson is shown here teaching a lesson about saving
money to kindergartners at Garfield Elementary School in
Carlson, and bankers Tammy Billock, Yvonne Erickson, Brenda Gertz, Faye
Heraly, Raeanne Klatt, Mary Kornusky, Nancy Lemery, and
Lorraine Porte are going into Marinette and Menominee
classrooms this month to teach students valuable personal
finance skills they can use the rest of their lives.
Their effort is part of the Teach Children to Save campaign,
April 12th was observed nationally as Teach Children to Save Day.
Between now and April 29 these volunteer bankers will teach savings
lessons to more than 1,100 students in 50 classrooms at
Garfield, Park and Merryman elementary schools, and St.
Thomas Aquinas Academy in Marinette; and Menominee Catholic
Central, Central Elementary and Blesch Intermediate School
Arthur Gardner MHS Drama
01/24/11 by Donn Williams
A $1,000 college scholarship for a drama
student at Marinette High School has been established to
commemorate the 100th birthday of Hollywood producer,
director and actor Arthur Gardner, an alumnus of the school.
The Arthur Gardner MHS Drama Scholarship was created by
Gardner’s son, Steven, of Beverly Hills, Calif. Donations to
fund the scholarship were made to Marinette Youth Inc. and
deposited at Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust, Marinette.
The Honors Committee at Marinette High School will select the recipient
of the scholarship based on criteria established by Steven
Gardner. It will be awarded this spring to a graduating
Arthur Gardner, who also lives in Beverly Hills, graduated from Marinette
High School in 1927. His birth name was Goldberg.
Shortly after moving to Hollywood in 1929 and beginning an acting career,
he changed his name to Gardner.
One of his first acting roles was as a German student in the epic, 1930,
Academy Award winning movie, “All Quiet on the Western
He went on to appear in a succession of films at Paramount, MGM and RKO.
He also performed in many theater groups.
During World War II, Gardner served with the Army Air Corps in the First
Motion Picture Unit with Ronald Reagan, Clark Gable and his
friend Alan Ladd.
There he met his future long-time partners Jules Levy and Arnold Laven.
In 1951 they formed Levy-Gardner-Laven Productions. The
company produced more than 20 feature films and hit
television shows including “The Rifleman” (1958-1963) and
“The Big Valley” (1965-1969).
Gardner celebrated his 100th birthday on June 7, 2010 by
throwing out the first pitch before a baseball game at
In 2005, Gardner donated the funds to purchase the scoreboard at
Marinette High School’s Higley Stadium.