Com­mu­nity bank makes presents felt

Campaspe News - - TWILIGHT MARKET -

IT WAS the El­more/Lock­ing­ton/ Rochester Com­mu­nity Bank branches’ birthdays, but it was the com­mu­nity that went home with the presents.

Lock­more Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices, trad­ing as El­more/Lock­ing­ton/Rochester Com­mu­nity Bank branches, an­nounced a $15,000 birthday present for each of the El­more and Lock­ing­ton com­mu­ni­ties as part of its 15-year cel­e­bra­tions.

On De­cem­ber 3, 2003 the El­more branch first opened to bring bank­ing back to the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and the Lock­ing­ton branch opened soon af­ter on March 3, 2004. With com­mu­nity sup­port, the Rochester branch opened a lit­tle fur­ther down the track in 2011.

On Mon­day evening Lock­more Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices chair Brad Drust made the an­nounce­ment. “It wouldn’t be a birthday with­out a birthday present so we’re thrilled to an­nounce a $15,000 com­mu­nity part­ner­ship with the El­more Progress As­so­ci­a­tion and the Lock­ing­ton De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ll use this fund­ing to bring a pri­or­ity project from each town’s com­mu­nity plan to life and we’ll see if we can bring some other part­ners on board to con­trib­ute.’’

Se­nior branch man­ager Tra­cie Kyne sup­ported the an­nounce­ment at the re­cent cel­e­bra­tions, which saw more than 100 peo­ple come to­gether at the El­more Golf Bowls Coun­try Club.

‘‘We are very ex­cited to have sup­ported some ter­rific lo­cal pro- grams, projects and events over the past 15 years. And to be able to make this of­fer­ing of two $15,000 do­na­tions is very ex­cit­ing,” she said.

“Our sup­port is made pos­si­ble by the cus­tomers of the El­more/Lock­ing­ton/Rochester Com­mu­nity Bank who choose to bank with us yes­ter­day, to­day and to­mor­row.’’

Mr Drust added: ‘‘In the past 15 years, we’ve en­joyed fan­tas­tic sup­port from the com­mu­nity — our share­hold­ers and our cus­tomers — and in re­turn we’ve pro­vided more than $1.5 mil­lion to our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘We are proud of what we have achieved for the com­mu­nity so far and we’re re­ally ex­cited about where the next 15 years will take us.’’

The ‘Com­mu­nity’ let­ters, lead by chair Brad Drust with past and present di­rec­tors.

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