Education News & Resources 2012
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 FMBT Employees Honored For Their Financial Literacy Work
Article by Donn Williams, Marketing

September 13, 2012 - MADISON, Wis. – Lloyd Cook of Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust has been named the Financial Literacy Banker of the Year by the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA). In addition, the bank and 16 of its employees have been recognized by the WBA for their outstanding efforts to improve financial literacy.

 The WBA’s Bankers Promoting Financial Literacy program honored Cook, the bank and its employees at the association’s Consumer Education Conference on Sept. 13.
 The Financial Banker of the Year Award is presented each year to the top Wisconsin banker who gives an outstanding number of financial education presentations in his or her community.
From June 2011 to May 2012, Cook gave 148 presentations in schools, exceeding his effort the previous year by 52 presentations.

 “Financial literacy and personal finance in particular, are key ingredients in a person’s success in life,” said Cook, the bank’s local loan review officer/credit analyst.

 In addition, Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust received one of 45 awards given to Wisconsin banks for making a commitment to promote financial literacy in the past year.
Cook was joined by Kay Carlson of Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust in receiving a Certificate of Excellence for their financial literacy work during the past year. Carlson gave 30 presentations in schools.

 For volunteering their time and talents to teach financial education skills the following Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust employees received Certificates of Participation: Alane Barstow, Tammy Billock, Mindy Campbell, Yvonne Erickson, Marguerite Lozier, Thomas K. Maxwell, Thomas K. Maxwell II, Laura McMahon, Shannon Parrett, Mike Piasecki, Lorraine Porte, Sue Porter, Renee Rabideau, Julie Vande Walle, and Steve Votis.

“We are grateful that the WBA has recognized our employees for their continuing commitment to financial education,” said bank President Tom Maxwell. “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 campaign last April. Employees went into local grade and middle school classrooms in Marinette and Menominee, and taught personal finance lessons to more than 1,200 students

  Lloyd & Kay
Lloyd Cook pictured holding the Financial Literacy Banker of the Year Award and Kay Carlson with a Certificate of Excellence. The two FMBT employees were recognized by the Wisconsin Banker's Association for their outstanding efforts to improve financial education. Photo by Donn Williams, Marketing

Seven Scholarships Awarded to Area Students
07/16/12 story by Donn Williams, Marketing

Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust awarded seven, $1,000 scholarships to six graduating seniors   from area high schools and one University of Wisconsin-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," said Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust President Tom Maxwell. "We accomplish this primarily by emphasizing our support for youth activities and education."


 The students who received Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust scholarships are:

Amy Cegelski Amy Cegelski, a graduate of Marinette High School. Amy is the daughter of Kevin and Nancy Cegelski  of Marinette. She will attend the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and major in chemistry/pre-dental and minor in Spanish. Later she hopes to study abroad, then attend the Marquette University School of Dentistry.
Austin Maas Austin Maas, a graduate of Menominee High School. Austin is the son of Michael Maas and Brenda Schwartz of Menominee. He will attend the University of Michigan and major in Kinesiology. Later he plans to attend medical school to study radiology.
Sean Denby Sean Denby, a graduate of Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy. Sean is the son of David and Kathy Denby of Marinette. He  will attend Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and major in History.
Luke Hannon Luke Hannon a graduate of Peshtigo High School. Luke is the son of Mark and Debbie Hannon of Peshtigo. He will attend the University of Wisconsin-Marinette, then transfer to a four-year engineering college and major in computer engineering. Luke's long term goal is to obtain a master's degree.
Jennifer Deschane

Jennifer Deschane a graduate of Crivitz High School. Jennifer is the daughter of Mark and Suzanne Deschane of Crivitz. She will attend Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis., and major in biology and environmental science. Her goal is to work in wildlife conservation.

Brett Edlbeck

Brett Edlbeck, a graduate of Wausaukee High School. Brett is the son of Patrick and Michelle Edlbeck of Porterfield. He will attend the honors college at Michigan State University and major in actuarial science. Brett's long term goal is to become an actuary.

Nicole Garbrecht

Nicole Garbrecht, a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Marinette. Nicole is the daughter of Craig and Darlene Garbrecht of Oconto Falls. She plans to transfer to the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and major in elementary education. Following graduation, Nicole would like to work as a Speech Therapist or Spanish teacher.

Bankers Teaching Children to Save
04/19/12 story by Donn Williams, Marketing

Bankers from Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust are volunteering their time to go into classrooms in Marinette and Menominee schools during April to help children develop lifelong saving habits.

Their effort is part of the 16th annual Teach Children to Save campaign, sponsored by the Wisconsin Bankers Association and American Bankers Association Education Foundation. April 24 is national Teach Children to Save Day.

“It’s important to talk to children about saving at an early age and reinforce it throughout the years,” said Kay Carlson, coordinator of Bankers Promoting Financial Literacy at Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust.

The Teach Children to Save campaign kicked off on Monday, April 16, when Carlson, Tammy Billock, Nancy Lemery and Faye Heraly gave presentations to kindergarten, and first grade students at Park Elementary School in Marinette.

They and fellow bank employees Mary Kornusky, Alane Borths, Raeanne Klatt, Mary Wilde, Julie Van De Walle, Laura McMahon, Kathy Phillips, Renee Rabideau, Shannon Parrett, Mike Piasecki, Terry Girard, Steve Votis, and Tom Maxwell II will give 58 presentations to 1,083 grade school, junior high and high school students this month.

In addition to Park School, they will also visit Garfield and Merryman elementary schools and Trinity Lutheran Church School in Marinette, and Central Elementary School, Blesch Intermediate School, Menominee Middle School, and Menominee High School in Menominee this month.

The bankers use their experience to inspire students to become life-long savers. They teach children how to spend money wisely and discuss the difference between needs and wants.

“We explain to the younger children why it’s a good idea to keep their money in a bank,” Carlson said. “I ask them, ‘What are you saving for?’ to get them thinking about saving. Just plant the seed and hope it grows.”

Since its inception, the Teach Children to Save program has reached more than 5 million young people nationwide with the help of more than 100,000 bank volunteers.


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