SIS Bank: Message from the President

President's Message - Spring 2018

The accomplishments of SIS Bank so far this year have surely put a spring in our step!

The beginning of the year tends to be slow for some organizations, but not for SIS Bank! The Bank and our employees have been busy bees; supporting a number of causes, reviewing and updating products to better meet our customers' needs and even launching new product features and helpful tools.

It's been my pleasure to be part of a team that has continued the Bank's community outreach of helping to heat the homes of some local, deserving families. For a fifth year in a row, we were able to help nine families secure the heating fuel they so needed to push through this chilly season until the warmer weather comes. Our employees joined together and raised enough money to provide six families with 100 gallons of fuel each, two more families than last year! Two anonymous business customers also made donations to help another two families. And, of course, SIS Bank couldn't help but spring for another donation of 100 gallons of fuel for a ninth family in need, totaling 900 gallons of heating fuel for these nine families.

Additionally, I'm pleased with how well our Employee Donation Program has been going. January saw a $500 donation to the Sanford Food Pantry, and in February we donated $500 to the Maine Children's Cancer Program (MCCP). It's truly rewarding to be able to give back and support the local charities and organizations that are near and dear to our employees. Also gratifying was making a donation of $2,500 in support of the new ice rink built in Sanford's Central Park, which opened on February 27 to kick off the City's 250th Anniversary celebrations. Our philanthropic efforts continue to span across our communities, with donations made to the Saco River Theatre, New Hampshire Theatre Project and United Way of York County most recently.

More than just supporting the needs of our community, we have also taken the time to review our product bundles and services to ensure we continue to meet the needs of our customers. We just wrapped up our successful CD and IRA specials that kicked off 2018. As The Bank that Listens, we heard our customers asking for more free checking options as other financial institutions are adding more fees to their accounts. We have some great checking account options to fit differing lifestyles and financial goals, and including our Ultimate Checking Account with the added feature of free ATM use anywhere!* With our customers ever in mind, we have planned a mortgage special with options for people who are looking for a mortgage or a home equity line, or even for someone who is planning to build a home and will need a solid construction loan. The SIS Construction Loan is an especially great option to consider because of its one-time-close feature! And for our business customers, we have added specials to our Business Banking Bundle specifically designed for small businesses. Stay tuned for updates on these specials coming soon!

We even replaced our online budgeting tool, formerly FinanceWorks, with Money Management. This intuitive budgeting and account management tool has all the bells and whistles our customers have come to know and love from FinanceWorks, with some really cool new features, too! From its mobile capabilities as an app, to transaction tagging for smarter organization and a better representation of your data including goals, trends and debt payoff; Money Management has proven itself to be just what our customers wanted to manage their accounts. You can even elect to receive notifications via SM Text Message for each account based on parameters you set!

And we're not the only ones consumed by new apps and beneficial technology... Cache, our trusty husky dog tech blogger, filled his days during the month of January checking out apps to help you make and stay on track with those New Years' Resolutions. In February, Cache found some great apps to help our customers pull off a flawless Valentine's Day, from sending flowers and candies to out-of-the-box gifts and salutation ideas. With tax season upon us, Cache switched gears to sniff out DIY tax preparation programs for his March blog, finding TurboTax to be the "cat's meow"-as his cat-sister, Clawdia, calls it.

Lastly, but certainly not least, I am pleased to announce our growing list of local attractions for our discount program available to our Silver Lining, Veterans and Golden Rewards members. These attractions include: Get Air Trampoline Park (Portland, ME), Maine Indoor Karting (Scarborough, ME), Bowl-A-Rama (Sanford, ME), the Seacoast Science Center (Rye, NH) and others. For a full list of attractions and how you can take advantage of our discount programs, talk to your local SIS branch Assistant Manager!

With spring in the air and a complement of fresh donations, product packages and new specials, what's not to love at SIS this season?!

Best wishes,

Blaine Boudreau

*Use another bank's ATM and SIS will rebate the service fee charged by other banks if you have an SIS Debit MasterCard©.