Joys of connection
I have written before about the deep level of personal satisfaction that comes with being the Chair of the Bank First Board. I feel this so strongly when I visit schools that receive awards for showing initiative in teaching projects through our Teaching Initiatives Program. I also feel it when I participate in any activity with one of our charity partners along with Bank First staff members. In this context, not only am I reminded again of the wonderful staff we have, their team spirit and their work ethic but also see how we strengthen other worthy entities as they strive to make the world a better place for those who struggle, who face significant challenges every day.
A recent example of this is a World Record attempt undertaken by the impressive charity that is Pinchapoo. We are partnered with them because we admire the wonderful work they do to provide people who meet the aforementioned profile with essential hygiene products. A mark of a society is how well it protects its most vulnerable members and this aligns very strongly with our values at Bank First.
So, one Sunday, I found myself with thirteen other staff members at Caulfield Racecourse attempting to break a long-standing USA record of how many hygiene packs could be packed in a certain time. Other like-minded sponsors also sent teams so competition was fierce but all were there for the same reason – to be a force for good. Stringent quality controls were in place and the main feeling that emanated from the four hours or so we spent there was inspiration. Inspiration for the founder and team of that charity, for all those who participated with such enthusiasm on their weekend, and for our own Bank First team who demonstrated yet again their collaboration, their organisation skills, their commitment to our Members and their good will. The record was broken.
When people ask me what’s special about being a mutual bank this is the kind of story I tell them. By being a Member of Bank First, you too play a part in supporting such worthy activities. Thank you.
Bernie Lloyd, Chair