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Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust and Its
Employees Receive WBA Literacy Awards

09/28/11 by Donn Williams

FMBT Employees Earn WBA Awards for their outstanding  efforts to improve financial literacy     FMBT's Lloyd Cook received WBA Award for outstanding efforts to improve financial literacy

   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 schools.

  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 classrooms.

  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 Thomas Maxwell.

  “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.

Farmers & 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 financial education.
  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.

 Seven Scholarships Awarded
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 student
  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 are:

·        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 degree.

Jeff Gardon Peshtigo HS Scholarship Winner 2011
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 Techneier Marinette HS Scholarship Winner 2011
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 Scholarship Winner 2011
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 Academy Scholarship Winner 2011
Andrew Bradford - St. Thomas Aquinas Academy

·        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 Scholarship Winner 2011
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 Scholarship Winner 2011
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 Scholarship Winner 2011
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 Crivitz.

Albright Scholarships Established
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 UW-Marinette.

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 director.

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 mail.

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 campus.

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 [] 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 awards banquet. 

 Bankers Teaching Children to Save
04/13/11 by Donn Williams

Teach Children to Save April 2011
Kay Carlson

Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust Teller Kay Carlson is shown here teaching a lesson about saving money to kindergartners at Garfield Elementary School in Marinette.

  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 in Menominee.

Arthur Gardner MHS Drama Scholarship established
01/24/11 by Donn Williams

  Arthur Gardner
Arthur Gardner

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 senior.

  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 Front.”

  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 Dodger Stadium.

  In 2005, Gardner donated the funds to purchase the scoreboard at Marinette High School’s Higley Stadium.

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