SIS Bank: Message from the President
President's Message — Winter 2017
This season is a time to be thankful–and we've sure got a lot to celebrate here at SIS Bank!
I'm grateful for our team of employees, from the recently hired to the established veterans. We're happy to have brought Keith Gosselin, Judith Pevine and Chris MacDonnell on board as Senior Vice President–Chief Information Officer, Seacoast region Mortgage Originator and Vice President–Cash Management/Treasury Services, respectively. Furthermore, we recently celebrated the 30-year work anniversary of Cheryl Patstone in Human Resources, Ellen Shaw in Deposit Operations and Laura Toth in Accounting!
I'm also appreciative to be part of a group who goes above and beyond to help its community. For example, several staff members volunteered at the Sanford Great Pumpkin Festival that we helped sponsor. We also stepped up to sponsor other great local happenings like the York Harvestfest, Shaker Hill Apple Festival, Sanford International Film Festival and the Limerick-Newfield Lions Club Touch-A-Truck.
Additionally, I'm happy to continue supporting the bank's community service morale, one that doesn't hesitate to donate to worthy causes in the area. Over the past few months, we've donated $5,000 to the Seacoast Repertory Theatre 's scholarship program, $1,000 to Grahamtastic Connection through the Mainers Home Run Hits campaign, $500 apiece to Patriot Riders of Maine–Chapter One and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute via our Employee Donation Program and $626 to Animal Welfare Society to help animals displaced by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Even more recently, we donated 35 complete Thanksgiving dinners to York County Shelter Programs and took part in the toy Scavenger Hunt through Santa's Cause Maine.
The buck truly doesn't stop there. SIS has participated in numerous "Casual for a Cause" days throughout the year, with employees raising money through these events of over $8,000 in 2017.
I'm also thankful for the opportunity to take part in holiday festivities through SIS. For Halloween, we had a lot of fun dressing up, decorating our branches and providing refreshments for our customers. And even more entertainment unfolded as the Christmas season is upon us, as we took part in the always exciting Sanford Holly Daze parade. (Be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for pictures chronicling our good times!)
Finally, it's pleasing to me that our organization, my colleagues and myself have the means and ability to share our knowledge of the financial industry to others. We launched a monthly mortgage tip on our website and are always sharing helpful money and banking advice on our blog and Facebook Page. I've also been humbled by having been elected to serve a second term on the Federal Delegate Board of the Independent Community Bankers of America® where I can advocate for small, relationship-based banking on a national level. I am also thrilled that my friend Roger Guerin–Senior Vice President, Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer of SIS–was given the prestigious James C. Scarboro Award from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado for his commitment to banking education over the last 30 years.
I invite you to celebrate all these tidings with us as we prepare for an even more productive 2018! If it's anything like how 2017 has fared, the coming year should be very special for customers, employees and the communities we serve.