The Farmers & Merchants Bank honored its outgoing and incoming Junior Board of Directors on Wednesday May 25th with a cook out at the Plaza Arts Center.  The 2010-2011 Junior Board along with the 2011-2012 Junior Board, their families and school officials were treated to dinner and dessert as a way for the Farmers & Merchants Bank to say thank you for their commitment to the program.   

This past year was the second year the bank has selected a Junior Board of Directors and it continues to grow in size and popularity

“Looking back on our two years with our Junior Board of Directors, I think the program has been a huge success,” explains Greg Chamberlain, Loan Officer and Bank Advisor to the Junior Board.  FMB may make a few minor adjustments to the program in the coming year to not only focus on the banking industry but also teach the students the importance of team work and being a good leader in the community.  “Our goals include giving the students exposure to a career in banking as well as leadership training and financial responsibility,” Chamberlain said.  The monthly meetings, which the students are compensated for, are not the only things scheduled for the Junior Board.  Chamberlain has plans to take the students on a field trip to the FDIC office in Atlanta, have them participate in a ropes course at Rock Eagle 4-H Center, at least one public service project and each student will take personality tests.  Through these activities the Junior Board members will learn more about who they are and how to successfully market themselves for the future college and job interviews they will soon be thrust into.  

Joe Hudson, Executive Vice-President of FMB is very pleased with the progress of the program.  “It is obvious to me that the Farmers & Merchants Bank Junior Board of Directors program is attracting some of the brightest students in Putnam County.”  Hudson continues, “Our two years have been a huge success and we are looking forward to what next year will bring.”  At the Cook Out the 2011-2012 Junior Board of Directors were announced and the outgoing Junior Board were presented with certificates honoring their dedication to the program.  “We are looking forward to another year of the Junior Board and we are excited about the new board members and all they are going to accomplish this year,” states Chamberlain.

The 2011-2012 Farmers & Merchants Bank Junior Board of Directors consist of Kaitlyn Little, Kaitlyn Parham, Matthew Kennedy, Sara Bridges, Blair Milo, Annie Wood, Macy Malcom, Chase Montgomery, Macey Cooper, Heather Beck, Emily Silva and Saliynah Drumgoole.  For more information on the Junior Board of Directors or how Farmers & Merchants Bank can assist you in your financial needs, please visit our website at www.ibankfmb.com or call (706)

485-9941.

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