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North Brookfield Savings Bank Awarded $150,000 Grant to Support Area Homebuyers

North Brookfield Savings Bank (NBSB) has announced exciting news for Central Massachusetts’ homebuyers.

The bank was recently awarded a $150,000 grant by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Equity Builder Program (EBP), money which NBSB will distribute to households with incomes at or below the area’s median income level. Households may receive up to $15,000 to help with down payments, closing costs and rehabilitation assistance. In addition, the bank will provide home-buyer counseling.

“We are always looking for ways to provide home buyers with support and flexibility, and this Equity Builder Program grant is a great way to do that,” said NBSB President & CEO Donna Boulanger. “Everyone deserves a chance to be a homeowner and this program makes that dream possible for more people.”

Interested homebuyers should contact North Brookfield Savings Bank’s Home Lending Center at 508-867-1302 or LendingCenter@BankNBSB.com. Applications are now being accepted and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


 

North Brookfield Savings Bank’s “Our Community is Where It’s At” Fundraiser Brings in Over $4,000 for Local Organizations

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NBSB Branch Manager Tonya Laird, NBSB Vice President of Retail Banking Patty Ostrout (second from right), and NBSB Trustee Betsy Cuddy (far right) presented a check in the amount of $2,258.00 that included the generous donations from the community and a donation from North Brookfield Savings Bank to Hearts for Heat, North Brookfield Chapter Members Ellen Smith, Chapter President Sue Lewandowski (front left), Michelle Petraitis, Crystal Caron, Tina Buzzell and Tom Lewandowski.

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NBSB West Brookfield Branch Manager and Branch Administrator Tammy Martin (far right) presented a check in the amount of $512.00 that included the generous donations from the community and a donation from North Brookfield Savings Bank to West Brookfield Senior Center Director Cynthia Norden (near right), and Council on Aging Board Member Chair Beverly Cassavant (far left) and Vice-Chair Connie Pratt (near left).

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Left to right: NBSB Palmer Branch Teller Stephanie Skaza, Assistant Branch Manager Kathy Higgins and Branch Manager Dave Golden presented a check in the amount of $828.00 that included the generous donations from the community and a donation from North Brookfield Savings Bank to Palmer Senior Center Executive Director Erin Pincince.

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NBSB Branch Manager Tina Allen (far left) and Assistant Branch Manager Pam Kozlik (near left) presented a check in the amount of $500.00 that included the generous donations from the community and a donation from North Brookfield Savings Bank to Belchertown Senior Center Executive Director Bill Korzenowski (near right) and Receptionist and Transportation Coordinator Kim Rossi (far right).

Thank you to our communities for their support!

North Brookfield Savings Bank’s first-ever “Our Community is Where It’s At” Fundraiser began in January with a mission of helping the bank’s neighbors in need. NBSB wants to thank its community members for their contributions to the campaign and announced that the fundraiser generated over $4,000.00 for four local organizations.

Each NBSB branch was paired with a local organization to raise money for, with community members adding donations to collection jars or making a suggested donation of $1 in exchange for a Community Emblem that was displayed in the NBSB branch. NBSB employees made contributions as well by donating $5 to dress down in jeans on the last Friday of the months of January and February. In addition, NBSB pledged to make its own donation to all four organizations.

Each organization reached impressive grand totals. The North Brookfield branch accepted donations for Hearts for Heat, North Brookfield Chapter, while the West Brookfield, Belchertown and Palmer branches raised funds on behalf of their respective senior centers.

“We’re very excited that the community responded so well to our first-ever “Our Community is Where It’s At” fundraiser and we want to thank them for their support” said Donna Boulanger, President and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank.  “It is an honor to be able to assist four amazing organizations in their mission of helping those in need.”

The “Our Community Is Where It’s At” fundraiser is another reason why North Brookfield Savings Bank is “Where It’s At” for the support of its communities, great customer service and specially-tailored loan and deposit products.


NBSB Announces Winner of March Hat Contest

Tamara Jachym IMG_2668_smMarch NBSB “Where It’s At” Hat Contest winner Tamara Tarpinian-Jachym received her $100 gift certificate from Tina Allen, Belchertown Branch Manager (left) and Pam Kozlik, Assistant Branch Manager (right).

Sometimes running errands doesn’t have to be such a chore—especially when it means being spotted wearing a North Brookfield Savings Bank hat.
That was the case for Tamara Tarpinian-Jachym of Granby, MA. Seen wearing her blue NBSB hat while running errands in Belchertown by Assistant Branch Manager Pam Kozlik, she was entered into NBSB’s “Where It’s At Hat Contest” and later became the contest’s March winner.

Each month, anyone spotted wearing an NBSB hat by a bank representative is entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift card to a local establishment. Tarpinian-Jachym was awarded a $100 gift certificate to Kristina’s Kafe in Belchertown.

*To be eligible to win individual must be spotted wearing the blue NBSB hat out in the community or must ask to be entered into a drawing at one of our branches. Drawing is open to all individuals and individuals are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on November 1, 2012 and can be ended at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than the second Monday of the previous months promotion. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

 


 North Brookfield Savings Bank Welcomes the Easter Bunny!

EasterThe season’s favorite creature will appear at all four branches.

Spring has finally arrived and so has the Easter Bunny. Beginning April 3, the Easter Bunny will make appearances at all four North Brookfield Savings Bank locations.

Visitors can enjoy fun activities, prizes, light refreshments and, of course, photos with the Easter Bunny. Bring the whole family and your camera to North Brookfield Savings Bank!

The Easter Bunny will visit the following branches at the following times:

North Brookfield Branch – April 3, 8:30 A.M. to 5 P.M.

West Brookfield Branch – April 4, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Palmer Branch – April 10, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Belchertown Branch – April 11, 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.


North Brookfield Savings Bank Presented with SBA Preferred Lender Program Certificate

Copy of SBA_Preferred_Lender_RLeft to right: Rick Egan, Vice President & Commercial Loan Officer of NBSB; Michelle Genovese, Lender Relations Specialist of SBA’s Massachusetts District Office; Robert Nelson, SBA; District Director of SBA’s Massachusetts District Office; Tony Piermarini, Senior Vice President and Senior Commercial Loan Officer of NBSB; Bryan Kaye, Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer of NBSB and Courtney Fitzmaurice, Commercial Credit Analyst of NBSB.

In recognition of North Brookfield Savings Bank’s acceptance into the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Preferred Lender Program (PLP), representatives of the SBA visited the Business Center at NBSB, 35 Summer Street in North Brookfield, MA on February 27.

SBA Massachusetts District Director Robert Nelson and SBA Massachusetts Lender Relations Specialist Michelle Genovese presented the bank with an official PLP certificate.

As a member of the SBA’s Preferred Lender Program, NBSB has the authority to issue an SBA guaranteed loan without prior SBA review and approval, which can mean faster loan approval for business customers. Membership in the program is only given to financial institutions that have a proven capability and commitment to small business lending, and strict adherence to SBA guidelines.

For additional commercial loan and deposit information, contact the Business Center Team at North Brookfield Savings Bank at 508-867-1302 or BusinessCenter@BankNBSB.com.


Daniel Austin of Palmer is NBSB’s February Hat Winner

Copy of Scooter crop 100_0733February NBSB “Where It’s At” hat contest winner, Daniel Austin received his $100 gift certificate from Kathy Higgins, Palmer Assistant Branch Manager, North Brookfield Savings Bank

February, the month of presidents, school vacations and Cupid, also became the month of big winnings for Daniel “Scooter” Austin of Palmer.

Austin is the February winner of North Brookfield Savings Bank’s “Where It’s At” Hat Contest. Each month, anyone spotted wearing an NBSB hat in the community by an NBSB employee is entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card to a local establishment.

Austin, General Manager of Palmer Trailer Sales, also in Palmer, was spotted wearing his NBSB hat at the Salem Cross Inn during the Chamber of Central Mass South’s Fun at Five event. As the February hat contest winner, he was awarded a $100 gift card to The Steaming Tender Restaurant in Palmer.

*To be eligible to win individual must be spotted wearing the blue NBSB hat out in the community or must ask to be entered into a drawing at one of our branches. Drawing is open to all individuals and individuals are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on November 1, 2012 and can be ended at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than the second Monday of the previous months promotion. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

Farhan Siddiqui of Monson Wins NBSB’s January Hat Contest

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Pictured, left to right, are Kathy Higgins, Palmer Assistant Branch Manager, North Brookfield Savings Bank January hat contest winner, Farhan Siddiqui and Dave Golden, Palmer Branch Manager.

2014 started well for Farhan Siddiqui of Monson, MA, if being the January winner of North Brookfield Savings Bank’s “Where It’s At” Hat Contest is any indication.

Each month, anyone spotted wearing an NBSB hat by bank representatives is entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card to a local establishment. Siddiqui was seen wearing an NBSB hat by Palmer Assistant Branch Manager Kathy Higgins and was later awarded a $100 gift card to The Steaming Tender Restaurant in Palmer.

*To be eligible to win individual must be spotted wearing the blue NBSB hat out in the community or must ask to be entered into a drawing at one of our branches. Drawing is open to all individuals and individuals are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on November 1, 2012 and can be ended at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than the second Monday of the previous months promotion. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

North Brookfield Savings Bank Named a Preferred Lender by Small Business Administration (SBA)

Business owners in Central and Western Massachusetts have been counting on North Brookfield Savings Bank (NBSB) and its team of experienced commercial lenders for a wealth of loan opportunities and support services for years. Now they can take advantage of NBSB’s status as a Preferred Lender for the Small Business Administration (SBA), which can mean faster loan approval.

“To be awarded the SBA’s Preferred Lender status is a privilege and we are proud to recognize North Brookfield Savings Bank for their lending performance and reputation,” said Massachusetts SBA Director Robert Nelson. “We look forward to working more closely with them and their customers now and in the years ahead.”

As a member of the SBA’s Preferred Lender Program, NBSB has the authority to issue an SBA guaranteed loan without prior SBA review and approval. Membership in the program is only given to financial institutions that have a proven capability and commitment to small business lending, and strict adherence to SBA guidelines.

“The SBA Preferred Lending designation gives us the ability to streamline our commercial loan process which in turn will allow us to approve and close SBA loans more efficiently,” said Anthony J. Piermarini, Senior Vice President and Senior Commercial Loan Officer.  “We are proud of our membership in the Preferred Lender Program. The NBSB Commercial Lending team has worked diligently to provide loans to businesses in our community and achieving this status demonstrates our commitment to small business lending and our business community.”

Rick Egan, NBSB Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer, will serve as the bank’s SBA loan specialist, and he along with Bryan Kaye, Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer both look forward to assisting small business owners with expedited loans.

“Preferred Lender status is another way we can support small business owners in our service areas, and that’s the commercial lending team’s goal every day we come to work,” Egan explained.

Egan can be reached at 508-867-0732 or regan@banknbsb.com and Kaye can be reached at 413-323-7057 or bkaye@banknbsb.com.  For additional commercial loan and deposit information, contact the commercial lending team at 508-867-1302 or Business@BankNBSB.com.


FamilyFirst Bank to Merge with North Brookfield Savings Bank with Benefits for the Customers, Local Communities and More

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 Great things are happening in Ware, East Brookfield and Three Rivers of Palmer, and the outcome is going to be positive for the banking customers and communities involved.

North Brookfield Savings Bank (NBSB) of North Brookfield, MA, established in 1854, recently announced that FamilyFirst Bank (FFB) of Ware, MA will be merging into NBSB, pending the approval of the Corporators of NBSB, the shareholders of FFB and the approval of the banks’ regulators.

NBSB currently operates branches in North Brookfield, West Brookfield, Palmer and Belchertown and online at NorthBrookfieldSavingsBank.com. In late spring NBSB will add FFB’s three branches in Ware, East Brookfield and Three Rivers of Palmer with all branches continuing to operate. The merger will allow NBSB to meet the expanding needs of customers while increasing its commitment to the communities in which it serves.

“We look forward to welcoming our business and personal banking customers from our new communities,” said NBSB President & CEO Donna Boulanger. “With the addition of the three FamilyFirst branches we will be able to expand our service area, which is an added convenience for all of our customers. We will continue to provide the same friendly customer service they deserve while offering a wide range of valuable products and services.”

According to the NBSB and FFB, the joining of these two institutions was an obvious choice.

“FamilyFirst Bank and North Brookfield Savings Bank share a common culture with an emphasis on community banking, making this merger a clear and natural fit,” Boulanger continued. “NBSB has always made community involvement a priority, whether it is through donations, volunteerism, or local event participation. We look forward to doing the same in our growing communities.”

FFB and NBSB reassure their customers that disruption will be minimal and there is no need for concern. The transition is expected to be seamless for customers, as NBSB uses the same data processing system that FFB staff and customers are accustomed to.  FFB customers will enjoy similar products and services at NBSB. All customers will be notified well in advance of details of the transition.

“This merger is great news and benefits our customers in many ways,” said FFB President & CEO Michael Audette. “There is the added convenience of more branch locations, excellent products and services, outstanding customer service, expert advice and, in most cases, lower fees with NBSB. Not to exclude the involvement and support NBSB will be able to offer the communities of Ware, East Brookfield and Three Rivers of Palmer. It is really wonderful.”

NBSB is excited to build the kind of strong community partnerships in its new neighborhoods, as it has created in its current service areas. Among some of its current partnerships and initiatives are:

  • Camp Putnam of New Braintree, MA – NBSB employees recently assisted in the restoration of a lodge and cabin at this camp for Massachusetts youth. In addition, the bank has led fundraising efforts for the construction of a new Arts and Crafts building with the popular Cookbooks for Camp Putnam campaign.
  • The “Our Community is Where It’s At Fundraiser” – Raises money for several local area organizations through donations in the bank’s branches and matching contributions by the bank.
  • Hearts for Heat, North Brookfield Chapter – Fundraising at local branches along with an annual matching gift of $1,500.
  • Senior Centers – Ongoing support of local senior centers, including donations as well as fraud and identity theft seminars provided free of charge by bank staff.
  • Food Drives and Toy Drives – Conducted annually at all four NBSB branches.
  • Scholarships – NBSB provides annual scholarships to numerous local high school students seeking to further their education.

Volunteerism and financial support in the community are an important part of doing business at NBSB, but so are fun and interactive events. For example:

  • When NBSB launched the Cookbooks for Camp Putnam Campaign, 500 recipes were donated by residents at NBSB branches and online.
  • Thanks to the “Where It’s At” Hat Contest, any time a resident is spotted wearing an NBSB hat by a bank representative, he or she is entered into a monthly drawing to win a $100 gift card to a local establishment.
  • NBSB branches host holiday parties with refreshments, games for kids and “celebrity” appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

These are just a few reasons why NBSB is “Where It’s At” for Central and Western Massachusetts residents, businesses and communities.


North Brookfield Savings Bank’s Donna Boulanger Elected to FHLB Boston Board

Boulanger_Color_Web_5x7North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce that President and CEO Donna Boulanger has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. Effective January 2014, Boulanger will begin a three-year term on the Board.

The Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Boston is cooperatively owned by more than 450 New England financial institutions, providing reliable access to wholesale credit for its members. The shared strength of its members helps local financial institutions support local consumers, businesses and communities.  In addition, the Bank has a mission of supporting affordable housing and community development.

The Bank is part of the Federal Home Loan Bank System, which is comprised of 12 regional Federal Home Loan Banks and approximately 7,600 community based lending institutions.

During her three-year term on the Board, Boulanger will represent Massachusetts-based members of FHLB Boston.

“Throughout my career and my prior work with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston I’ve seen the positive effect that this agency has on local financial institutions and local communities,” Boulanger said. “It’s an honor to be a member of this Board and a voice for financial institutions in Massachusetts.”

Boulanger also currently serves on the First District Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Massachusetts Bankers Association Board of Directors, the Depositors Insurance Fund Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of the Worcester-based Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts. She has been president and chief executive officer at North Brookfield Savings Bank since 2008.


FamilyFirst Bank Merging with North Brookfield Savings Bank

North Brookfield Savings Bank (NBSB), of North Brookfield Massachusetts and FamilyFirst Bank (FFB) of Ware Massachusetts have entered into a definitive agreement to combine into a single mutual savings bank.   The combined bank will operate under the name and charter of North Brookfield Savings Bank.   The transaction is subject to the approval of the Corporators of NBSB and the shareholders of FFB as well as the approval of the banks’ regulators.

FamilyFirst Bank operates three banking centers located in Ware, Three Rivers Village of Palmer and East Brookfield, Massachusetts.  “These branch locations complement the North Brookfield branch system very well,” stated NBSB President & CEO Donna Boulanger.  NBSB operates four banking centers in North Brookfield, West Brookfield, Palmer and Belchertown.  All existing FamilyFirst branches will continue to operate, as will all North Brookfield Savings Bank branches.

“FamilyFirst has created a customer-first culture with a strong focus on community, making this a natural fit for North Brookfield Savings Bank,” said Boulanger. “We look forward to introducing NBSB’s products and services to FamilyFirst’s customers and to supporting the local communities.”

North Brookfield Savings Bank, founded in 1854 and based in North Brookfield, Massachusetts, is a mutual savings bank with over $200 million in assets. NBSB has received the highest Five Star Superior Bank rating from Bauer Financial for 74 consecutive quarters.  The combined bank will have in excess of $260 million in assets.

“I look forward to working with NBSB to complete this transaction for the benefit of FamilyFirst customers and employees. NBSB has a history of being committed to providing superior products and services delivered with a true personal touch,” stated FamilyFirst President & CEO Michael Audette.

Both banks use the same core technology providers so the integration of the banks should be an easy transition for FamilyFirst customers.  The transaction is anticipated to close late first quarter or early second quarter 2014.

About North Brookfield Savings Bank:

North Brookfield Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank with full-service branches in North Brookfield, Belchertown, Palmer and West Brookfield and has been “Where It’s At” for specially-tailored products and great customer service since 1854. NBSB offers a wide variety of deposit and loan products for individuals and businesses throughout Central Massachusetts and continually supports the communities in which it serves. All deposits are insured by the FDIC and the Depositors Insurance Fund. For additional information, please call 1-866-711-6272.


West Warren Resident Wins NBSB’s December Hat Contest

Shaun Charbonneau - Hat Winner 001Pictured, left to right, are Pam Kozlik, Belchertown Assistant Branch Manager, and North Brookfield Savings Bank December hat contest winner, Shaun Charbonneau.

Shaun Charbonneau of West Warren, MA closed out 2013 on a positive note as the December winner of North Brookfield Savings Bank’s “Where It’s At Hat Contest.”

Each month, anyone spotted wearing an NBSB hat by bank representatives is entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card to a local establishment. Charbonneau was seen wearing his NBSB hat in Belchertown by branch teller Chris Barnes. After winning the December drawing, he was awarded a $100 gift certificate to McCarthy’s Pub, also in Belchertown.

*To be eligible to win individual must be spotted wearing the blue NBSB hat out in the community or must ask to be entered into a drawing at one of our branches. Drawing is open to all individuals and individuals are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on November 1, 2012 and can be ended at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than the second Monday of the previous months promotion. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

North Brookfield Savings Bank Launches the “Our Community is Where It’s At” Fundraiser

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Community Emblems (shown above) will be displayed for each $1 suggested donation made at any North Brookfield Savings Bank branch towards either the North Brookfield Chapter of Hearts for Heat, the West Brookfield, Palmer,  or Belchertown Senior Center.

North Brookfield, MA—It’s a new year, so North Brookfield Savings Bank decided to kick things off with a great new fundraiser that will help neighbors in need.

North Brookfield Savings Bank (NBSB) is excited to announce the first ever “Our Community is Where It’s At” fundraiser, which includes significant goals for supporting area organizations. During January and February, NBSB aims to raise $2,000 for the North Brookfield chapter of Hearts for Heat and $500 each for the West Brookfield Senior Center, Belchertown Senior Center and the Palmer Senior Center. Fundraising charts will track progress at each branch.

“These organizations perform incredible work in our communities, making them great choices for the ‘Our Community is Where It’s At’ fundraiser,” said NBSB President & CEO Donna Boulanger. “We look forward to joining with our community members to show support for Hearts for Heat, the West Brookfield, Palmer and Belchertown Senior Centers, and the residents these organizations help.”

Donations to Hearts for Heat, which helps residents in need pay for heating fuel, may be made at NBSB’s North Brookfield branch, while the West Brookfield, Belchertown and Palmer branches will raise money for their respective senior centers. Community members may contribute via donation jars at each branch or by giving a $1 suggested donation in exchange for a Community Emblem, which will bear the donor’s name and be displayed in the branch.

Doing its part to kick-start each campaign, NBSB is contributing the first $1,500 to Hearts for Heat and the first $250 for each senior center. Many NBSB employees already made a $5 donation to their branch’s organization and as a ‘thank you’ they were invited to dress down on the last Friday of December. They will also have the chance to chip in by making two additional $5 donations in exchange for dressing down on the last Friday of both January and February.

The “Our Community Is Where It’s At” fundraiser may be new, but North Brookfield Savings Bank has always been “Where It’s At” for the support of its communities, great customer service and specially-tailored loan and deposit products.


North Brookfield Savings Bank Promotes Caitlin Burns to Senior Mortgage Processor/Closer

Caitlin BurnsNorth Brookfield Savings Bank (NBSB) is pleased to announce the promotion of Caitlin Burns to Senior Mortgage Processor/Closer.

Burns, of West Brookfield, MA, previously served NBSB customers as a Loan Servicing Representative before being promoted to Mortgage Processor. She holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Worcester State University.

“With her extensive mortgage and loan experience, Caitlin was an obvious choice for Senior Mortgage Processor/Closer,” said NBSB President & CEO Donna Boulanger. “She has shown incredible attention to detail and excellent customer service during her time at North Brookfield Savings Bank.”

“I am very happy to be working at a bank that places such importance on providing customers with a supportive and effortless mortgage experience,” said NBSB Senior Mortgage Processor/Closer Caitlin Burns. “I look forward to continuing my career here and assisting our customers throughout the mortgage loan application process in any way that I can.”


High School Students Receive Financial Literacy Education from an Expert

Andrew Leighton NBSB with Wreath2Once a week, North Brookfield Savings Bank West Brookfield Assistant Branch Manager Andrew Leighton joins Barbara Fellmeth’s class at Quaboag Regional Middle High School, where he leads a discussion in financial literacy with the students in the Journey Program. Andrew’s financial literacy class covers topics such as balancing a checkbook, how to open a bank account and setting financial goals, as well as other banking fundamentals.

Students in the class recently gave him a wreath adorned with coins, a large dollar bow and a note that said “With Love, From the Journey Kids.” The wreath was made especially for Andrew, by the students, to show their appreciation for all he teaches them. Leighton said the pleasure is all his.

“It has been an absolute joy to work with Mrs. Fellmeth and her class, and I was delighted to accept their gift of a wreath,” he said. “I really look forward to the rest of the year with them.”


North Brookfield Savings Bank Promotes Four Employees

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From left to right: Tina Allen, Belchertown Branch Manager; Pam Kozlik, Belchertown Assistant Branch Manager; Kathleen Higgins, Palmer Assistant Branch Manager; and Andrew Leighton, West Brookfield Assistant Branch Manager.

North Brookfield Savings Bank (NBSB) is excited to announce several promotions and staffing changes within their branches. Tina Allen has been promoted to Belchertown Branch Manager, Pam Kozlik has been promoted to Belchertown Assistant Branch Manager, Kathleen Higgins has been promoted to Palmer Assistant Branch Manager and Andrew Leighton has been promoted to West Brookfield Assistant Branch Manager.

“We’re proud to recognize Tina, Pam, Kathy and Andrew’s efforts,” said Donna Boulanger, NBSB President and CEO. “Their promotions are well deserved, and we’re looking forward to the continued value they will bring to the growth and success of North Brookfield Savings Bank, our customers and the communities that we serve.”

Tina Allen, of West Brookfield, MA, formerly held the position of Supervisor at the North Brookfield Gilbert Street branch location and has many years of valuable management experience to offer to the Belchertown Branch. “I feel very fortunate working for a bank that cares about their community and encourages the success of their employees. I am thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow with North Brookfield Savings Bank,” she said.

Her new position as Belchertown Branch Manager encompasses many aspects that Allen is eager to explore. “I’m looking forward to getting to know not just our current customers, but also potential new customers from the area, and to being actively involved in the community. I also look forward to building a team that best fulfills our customers’ banking needs.”

Pam Kozlik, of Ware, MA, holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Western New England University. Before coming to NBSB, she worked as an Instructional Supervisor in the Supportive Learning Services Department of American International College. Among other duties, in her new position as Belchertown Assistant Branch Manager, Kozlik will supervise the teller line, open new accounts and take loan applications.

“I look forward to getting to know the people of Belchertown and working with them to find the products that best fit their needs,” she says. “This is exciting new territory for me, but I welcome the challenge and look forward to growing and learning in the banking industry.”

Kathleen Higgins, of Brimfield, MA, also expressed excitement about her new position as Palmer Assistant Branch Manager. “It has been my pleasure building relationships with our customers, and I will continue to go above and beyond to make sure that they receive the service they are accustomed to,” she said.

Higgins was previously a Supervisor at NBSB as well as a Financial Service Representative at Southbridge Savings Bank. “I look forward to growing with the bank in my new position,” she said.

Andrew Leighton, of Belchertown, MA, was most recently a Supervisor at NBSB and is eager to begin his new role and take on more responsibility. As the West Brookfield Assistant Branch Manager, Leighton’s responsibilities will include overseeing the day-to-day operations of the branch, assisting customers with their deposit accounts and loans inquiries, and providing them with the outstanding customer service they have come to know from him.

“I have built my skills at NBSB and I’m very thankful for the knowledge and experience I’ve gained,” he said. “I look forward to continued community involvement and a successful future at NBSB.”


NBSB Hat Contest’s November Winner Awarded $100 Gift Card to Salem Cross Inn Restaurant

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Pictured, left to right, are Andrew Leighton, West Brookfield Assistant Branch Manager; North Brookfield Savings Bank November hat contest winner, Timothy Cantwell; and Tammy Martin, Branch Administrator.

One month after celebrating its one-year anniversary, North Brookfield Savings Bank’s Where It’s At Hat Contest keeps rolling.

The contest’s November winner is Timothy Cantwell of Warren, MA. Cantwell was spotted wearing an NBSB hat in the town of West Brookfield by Jennifer Berthiaume, a teller at the bank’s West Brookfield branch. He has been awarded a $100 gift certificate to Salem Cross Inn Restaurant and Tavern.

As part of the Where It’s At Hat Contest, whenever a resident is spotted wearing an NBSB hat by a bank representative, he or she is entered into a monthly drawing for a $100 gift card to a local establishment.

*To be eligible to win individual must be spotted wearing the blue NBSB hat out in the community or must ask to be entered into a drawing at one of our branches. Drawing is open to all individuals and individuals are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on November 1, 2012 and can be ended at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than the second Monday of the previous months promotion. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

Dave Golden Appointed Chairperson of the Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce for 2014

Dave Golden QHCC Chairperson 2014

North Brookfield Savings Bank employees showed their support for coworker Dave Golden, Palmer Branch Manager, at the QHCC Annual Dinner, where he was appointed Chairperson for 2014. Pictured, left to right back row, are Renee Jurczyk, Supervisor; Tina Allen, Belchertown Branch Manager; Dave Golden, Palmer Branch Manager; and Peggy Carr, Senior Vice President. Pictured, left to right front row, are Tonya Laird, North Brookfield Branch Manager; Patty Ostrout, Vice President; and Tammy Martin, Branch Administrator.

North Brookfield Savings Bank is proud to announce that Palmer Branch Manager Dave Golden was recently appointed chairperson of the Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce (QHCC) for 2014. His appointment to this position was announced at the Chamber’s annual dinner this November.

“I am pleased to congratulate Dave Golden on his appointment as next year’s chairperson for the Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce,” stated Senior Vice President of Human Resources Peggy Carr. “I know he will do a terrific job representing the Chamber as well as North Brookfield Savings Bank, and I know everyone at the bank wishes Dave the best of luck with this new position.”

Golden has been with NBSB for nearly five years and enjoys living and working in Palmer, where he is branch manager. In his new role as chairperson for the QHCC, he will work to expand the chamber’s membership and help current members fully utilize the wide range of benefits available to them.

“I’m very excited about working with the strong executive board and board of directors that the Quaboag Hills Chamber is privileged to have,” stated Golden. “My hope is that together we can grow our membership by spreading the word about the benefits of this chamber.”

The Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce advocates for the growth of the region’s communities and businesses. It is a unique organization because it does not rely on government funding, but rather is completely supported by business membership. It further distinguishes itself from other regional chambers of commerce with its strong support of tourism to the region.


Youngest $100 Gift Card Winner Marks the NBSB “Where It’s At” Hat Contest 1-Year Anniversary

Damien Clinton October Winner 2013

As the October winner of NBSB’s Hat Contest, seven year old Damien Clinton of Charlton was awarded a $100 gift card to Klem’s by North Brookfield Branch Supervisor Renee Jurczyk.

Showing his love for the Red Sox and North Brookfield Savings Bank all at once turned out to be a good thing for seven year old Damien Clinton of Charlton, who became the youngest winner of the bank’s Where It’s At Hat Contest, just as the contest celebrated its one-year anniversary.

During the bank’s Red Sox Customer Appreciation Day, when ball park fare was served at all four branches and donations were raised for the bank’s Fall Harvest Food Drive, Clinton was spotted wearing his NBSB hat at North Brookfield Gilbert Street branch while visiting with his grandfather, Thomas Pelley, also of Charlton.

Each month, as part of the Where It’s At Hat Contest, anyone spotted wearing an NBSB hat by a North Brookfield Savings Bank representative is entered into a monthly drawing for a $100 gift card to a local establishment. Clinton was spotted wearing his hat by Belchertown Branch Manager Tina Allen and was awarded a $100 gift card to Klem’s of Spencer, MA.

When asked what kind of purchase he had in mind for Klem’s, he said with a beaming smile, “I’m probably going to buy LEGOs.”

November 1, 2013 marked the one-year anniversary of the Where It’s At Hat Contest. The contest highlights North Brookfield Savings Bank’s Where It’s At campaign, which reminds individuals and businesses that NBSB is “Where It’s At” not only for community support but also for great customer service, products like specially-tailored consumer or commercial loans, first-rate mortgages, free checking and savings accounts and much more.

*To be eligible to win individual must be spotted wearing the blue NBSB hat out in the community or must ask to be entered into a drawing at one of our branches. Drawing is open to all individuals and individuals are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on November 1, 2012 and can be ended at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than the second Monday of the previous months promotion. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

 


Mrs. Santa Claus Returns to NBSB’s West Brookfield Branch, December 8

Mrs. Santa Claus is returning to West Brookfield, and it’s all in the name of making sure that every child can enjoy the holidays to the fullest this year.

During White Christmas in West Brookfield on Sunday, December 8, North Brookfield Savings Bank will welcome Mrs. Claus to its West Brookfield Branch at 128 West Main St. (Rt. 9) from 12 noon to 3 p.m. The event will feature free cookies and cider, a drawing for the amazing “Everything Basket”, and photo opportunities with Mrs. Claus for children and pets.

All donations made during Mrs. Claus’ visit will be matched by the bank, with proceeds benefitting the West Brookfield Police Association’s Holiday Toy Program. Donations are not required.

“Our West Brookfield Branch always looks forward to White Christmas in West Brookfield, and having Mrs. Santa Claus visit us every year makes it truly unique,” said NBSB Branch Administrator Tammy Martin. “The holiday spirit is alive and well here at North Brookfield Savings Bank and we’re delighted to be able to spread that cheer with donations to the toy program. Everyone is welcome to join us.”

The event is part of White Christmas in West Brookfield, an annual town-wide celebration.  It is highlighted by hayrides, open houses, a gingerbread contest, an elf hunt for kids, culminating in the tree lighting on the town common with the holiday concert at the Great Hall. For more information, visit www.wbrookfield.com.


It’s That ‘Santa Day’ Time of Year Again

North Brookfield Savings Bank to host Belchertown Santa Day
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Gabby Cramer of Belchertown, who attended last year’s Belchertown Santa Day with her father, Gerald Cramer, Jr., poses with Santa.

As the holiday spirit grows each year, one thing is for sure, Santa Claus is on his way to Belchertown for Santa Day.

On November 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at North Brookfield Savings Bank’s Belchertown branch, at the corners of Routes 9 and 202, Santa Day means free cider and cookies and a chance for children and pets to have their photos taken with Santa. It also marks the return of the popular Reindeer Search game, in which Santa’s nine reindeer will be hidden around the branch. Every time a child finds one of them he or she earns a sticker, and six stickers earns a goodie bag.

“Belchertown Santa Day is one of our favorite days of the year because we get to help spread the holiday spirit and see so many of our customers, friends and neighbors,” said North Brookfield Savings Bank president and CEO Donna Boulanger. “As a mutual savings bank we’re always looking for ways to celebrate and give back to the community and this is another way we can do just that.”

In addition to Santa Day, NBSB is holding its Annual Toy Drive at all four branches, including North Brookfield, Belchertown, Palmer and West Brookfield, with the toys going to local toy drives in each community. The bank has a goal to collect 1,000 plus items and with every toy/dollar collected the bank will contribute $1, for a total of up to $1,000.

While Santa Day is free, visitors will have the opportunity to make a donation to the Belchertown Firefighters’ Association’s Adopt-a-Family Program toy drive, and/or contribute a new, unwrapped toy for children ages infant to 12 years old, with the donations being matched by the bank.

“Events like Santa Day are what the holidays are all about. It’s a holiday party and a fundraiser that supports the community all rolled into one,” continued president and CEO Donna Boulanger.


Annual Toy Drive Returns to North Brookfield Savings Bank

North Brookfield Savings Bank is excited to announce that its Annual Toy Drive returns this year to all four branch locations.

From November 4 through December 8, the bank will accept donations of new and unwrapped toys for children between the ages of infant to 12 years old. All toys collected will be donated to local toy drives in each community. These organizations, in turn, will make sure that local children in need receive holiday presents.

In addition, to help local toy drives cover associated costs, the bank and its employees are making separate monetary donations.  For every toy collected the bank will donate $1, with a maximum of $250 donated per branch. Employees, through their annual “Coffee for a Cause” fundraiser, can choose to pay a dollar for the cups of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. In past years, Coffee for a Cause fundraisers have raised more than $500.

Also, all donations made at NBSB’s “Belchertown Santa Day” on November 30th and “West Brookfield White Christmas Open House with Mrs. Claus” on December 8th will go to local toy drives.

“As a mutual savings bank, supporting the local community is part of what we do, and that includes important fundraisers like the Annual Toy Drive,” said North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO Donna Boulanger. “Every time a new, unwrapped present comes in we know that a local child will experience joy this holiday season.”


North Brookfield Savings Bank Promotes Tonya Laird to Branch Manager

Tonya Laird_NBSB IMG_98722North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Tonya Laird to Branch Manager at the bank’s North Brookfield/Gilbert Street location from the her previous position of Assistant Branch Manager.

Laird, a resident of North Brookfield, joined North Brookfield Savings Bank in 2002 as a teller. She brings with her an employment and educational background in customer service, management, IRAs and other facets of banking and finance.

“With her management expertise, Tonya has been a valuable employee for many years and we’re very excited to see her take over as the Gilbert Street location’s Branch Manager,” said NBSB President and CEO Donna Boulanger. “Our staff and our customers are in great hands with her at the helm.”

Laird said she looks forward to continuing her career with North Brookfield Savings Bank and credits her co-workers and the bank’s customers with making the last decade so meaningful.

“Because of our wonderful customers and exceptional staff, this has been an incredible opportunity for me, and I’m proud to work for an institution that places so much importance not only on its customers, but also the local community,” she said.


North Brookfield Savings Bank Celebrates Red Sox Customer Appreciation Day

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NBSB’s North Brookfield Branch celebrated Red Sox Customer Appreciation Day with ball park fare and Red Sox gear. Pictured, left to right, are Patty Ostrout, Vice President of Retail Banking; Laurie Lacaire, Teller; Renee Jurczyk, Supervisor; Theresa Ruiz, Teller; and Tina Allen, Supervisor.

Showing appreciation for its customers and love for the Red Sox while drumming up support for its Fall Harvest Food Drive, North Brookfield Savings Bank recently held its Red Sox Customer Appreciation Day.

On October 11, at each NBSB branch, customers enjoyed free ball park fare, including hot dogs, chips and soda, and employees were given the opportunity to wear Red Sox team gear in exchange for a donation to the Fall Harvest Food Drive.

“Everything came together for our Red Sox Customer Appreciation Day. Customers and employees had a great time, the event helped benefit the Fall Harvest Food Drive and the Red Sox were in the thick of the playoffs, which generated a lot of excitement,” said NBSB Vice President of Retail Banking Patty Ostrout.

North Brookfield Savings Bank’s Fall Harvest Food Drive will continue through the month of October. Anyone is welcome to drop off non-perishable food items, toiletries and paper goods or monetary donations at any North Brookfield Savings Bank branch, as well as the bank’s corporate and loan office, and the bank will deliver those donations to local food pantries. For every item/dollar donated the bank will contribute $1, for a total of up to $2,000.


North Brookfield Savings Bank Announces September Hat Contest Winner

Donald GrimesThe tradition continues! North Brookfield Savings Bank has given away another $100 gift certificate to a local establishment as part of its “Where It’s At” Hat Contest. Donald Grimes (pictured, left) of Brookfield is the contest’s September winner and was presented with a gift certificate to Salem Cross Inn Restaurant and Tavern in West Brookfield by NBSB West Brookfield Branch Teller Jennifer Berthiaume (pictured, right).

Each month, bank representatives look for residents wearing NBSB hats in the community, and those spotted are entered into a monthly drawing for a $100 gift certificate to a local establishment. Grimes was spotted wearing a North Brookfield Savings Bank hat by NBSB’s West Brookfield Branch Supervisor Mary Antinovitch at the West Brookfield Farmers’ Market, where he was representing his company, Grimes Apiary.

The Where It’s At Hat Contest highlights North Brookfield Savings Bank’s Where It’s At campaign, which reminds individuals and businesses that NBSB is “Where It’s At” for great financial products, banking services and much more.

*To be eligible to win individual must be spotted wearing the blue NBSB hat out in the community or must ask to be entered into a drawing at one of our branches. Drawing is open to all individuals and individuals are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on November 1, 2012 and can be ended at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than the second Monday of the previous months promotion. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

NBSB’s Fall Harvest Food Drive Aims to Help Families and Neighbors in Need

Bank’s branches and corporate office collaborating with local food pantries

Food Drive 2012

Jennifer Berthiaume, (left) Teller at NBSB’s West Brookfield Branch, and Tonya Laird, Assistant Branch Manager/IRA Specialist at the West Brookfield Branch, during last year’s Fall Harvest Food Drive.

As the seasons change, thoughts turn to family and holidays, and North Brookfield Savings Bank is no different. In support of families and individuals in need, the bank, in collaboration with local food pantries, is once again organizing the Fall Harvest Food Drive.

During the Fall Harvest Food Drive, taking place October 1-31, residents are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items, toiletries and paper goods at any North Brookfield Savings Bank branch, as well as the bank’s corporate and loan office, and the bank will deliver those items to local food pantries.

The bank has a goal of collecting a minimum of 2,000 items overall. In addition, for every item donated the bank will contribute $1, for a total of up to $2,000. These funds will be disbursed to the local food pantries to assist with the purchase of additional items and associated costs.

“It is our hope that the Fall Harvest Food Drive will help families and neighbors who are struggling with hunger and need our help,” said Donna Boulanger, president and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. “With the generous support of our customers, friends and neighbors we can really make a difference in all of our communities.”


North Brookfield Savings Bank Announces August Hat Contest Winner

NBSB_Davey and GoldenAs it does every year, the 2013 Nostalgia Day in Palmer, MA drew a large crowd on August 17, but this time one of the attendees won a $100 gift card, thanks to North Brookfield Savings Bank’s Where It’s At Hat Contest.

Alice Davey, Community Development Director for the Town of Palmer and a Monson resident, was spotted at the festival wearing an NBSB hat by Palmer Branch Supervisor Kathy Higgins. As part of the ongoing Where It’s At Hat Contest, when North Brookfield Savings Bank representatives see someone wearing an NBSB hat in the community, he or she is entered into a monthly drawing for a $100 gift card.

Davey (above left), the August winner, was awarded a $100 gift card to the Steaming Tender Restaurant in Palmer by Palmer Branch Manager Dave Golden (above right).

The Where It’s At Hat Contest highlights North Brookfield Savings Bank’s Where It’s At campaign, which reminds individuals and businesses that NBSB is “Where It’s At” for great financial products, banking services and much more.

*To be eligible to win individual must be spotted wearing the blue NBSB hat out in the community or must ask to be entered into a drawing at one of our branches. Drawing is open to all individuals and individuals are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on November 1, 2012 and can be ended at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than the second Monday of the previous months promotion. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

Local Hot Air Balloonist Wins NBSB July Hat Contest

Dick VarneyProving that it’s possible to be spotted wearing a North Brookfield Savings Bank hat just about anywhere and to win the mutual savings bank’s monthly $100 gift card drawing, Dick Varney (above) of North Brookfield has been named the NBSB Where It’s At Hat Contest winner for the month of July.

Varney, a commercial hot air balloonist and owner of R. Varney Realty, was seen wearing a North Brookfield Savings Bank hat by NBSB Senior Vice President Peggy Carr when Carr was a guest on an Aerial Adventures Hot Air Ballooning ride piloted by Varney.

Since November of 2012, the bank has been on the lookout for residents wearing North Brookfield Savings Bank hats out in the community. When spotted, hat wearers are entered into a monthly $100 gift card drawing. As the July winner, Varney was given a $100 gift card to Two Chefs Restaurant and Pastry Shop in Spencer, MA.

The Where It’s At Hat Contest is ongoing and highlights North Brookfield Savings Bank’s Where It’s At campaign, which reminds individuals and businesses that NBSB is “Where It’s At” for great financial products, banking services and much more.

*To be eligible to win individual must be spotted wearing the blue NBSB hat out in the community or must ask to be entered into a drawing at one of our branches. Drawing is open to all individuals and individuals are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on November 1, 2012 and can be ended at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than the second Monday of the previous months promotion. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

Nostalgia Day, Saturday, August 17

Visit us at our booth at the Palmer Nostalgia Day on Saturday, August 17 from 11am – 7pm at Legion Field, Converse Street in Palmer, MA. Our booth will be Where It’s At for fun activities and prizes only while supplies last. The Fair will have nostalgic activities, food and merchandise vendors, assorted booths, children’s activities, field events, games and more. We hope to see you there!


Shirley Batsie Memorial Rose Sale, September 13, 1 – 5pm

Join us at our North Brookfield branch location to purchase beautiful rose bouquets for just $8 a dozen. All proceeds benefit the Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital. Rose sale sights will be advertised in your local newspapers. This event is sponsored by Otto Florist & Gifts.


North Brookfield Savings Bank Hat Contest Awards Another $100 Gift Certficate

Robert Papineau of North Brookfield is the June winner of North Brookfield Savings Bank’s Where It’s At Hat Contest. Each month the bank awards another resident with a $100 gift certificate to a local establishment, and Papineau will enjoy some no-cost dining at the Salem Cross Inn Restaurant and Tavern in West Brookfield.

During the contest, which is ongoing, residents who are seen wearing NBSB hats in the community by bank representatives are entered into a monthly drawing for a gift card or gift certificate to a local establishment. Papineau was spotted wearing his North Brookfield Savings Bank hat by Jack Lawlor, North Brookfield Branch Manager.

The Where It’s At Hat Contest highlights North Brookfield Savings Bank’s Where It’s At campaign, which reminds individuals and businesses that NBSB is “Where It’s At” for great financial products, banking services and much more.

*To be eligible to win individual must be spotted wearing the blue NBSB hat out in the community or must ask to be entered into a drawing at one of our branches. Drawing is open to all individuals and individuals are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on November 1, 2012 and can be ended at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than the second Monday of the previous months promotion. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

Roland Gauthier Elected North Brookfield Savings Bank Chairman of the Board

North Brookfield Savings Bank recently announced that the bank’s Board of Trustees elected Roland A. Gauthier to serve as Chairman of the Board, effective May 6, 2013. His election follows the retirement of longtime Chairman, John J. (Buddy) Lane.

Gauthier is a resident of North Brookfield, MA, with his accounting firm located in Spencer, MA. He has been an NBSB Corporator since 1978 and a Trustee since 1982. He is also the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Quinsigamond Community College, has served as President of the Board of Directors for the Quinsigamond Community College Foundation, and is a Navy veteran. In addition, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, and has taught accounting classes at Worcester State College and Mt. Wachusett Community College.

“Roland’s expertise in financial matters and his contributions to North Brookfield Savings Bank and the community through the years make him a great choice for Chairman of the Board,” said Donna Boulanger, North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO.



North Brookfield Savings Bank Hat Contest Gives Chances to Win $100 Gift Certificate!

Jeff Melbourne of Palmer is the May winner as the monthly contest celebrates its six-month anniversary

Now six months old and showing no signs of slowing down, North Brookfield Savings Bank’s Where It’s At Hat Contest continues to award residents with gift cards to local businesses.

It all started in the summer and fall of 2012, when NBSB gave out free hats at area festivals. Then, in December of 2012, the contest itself was launched: Each month the bank gives Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards to residents who are spotted wearing their NBSB hats in the community, with all those residents being entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card to a local business.

Jeff Melbourne (above right) of Palmer won the May drawing and was presented with a $100 gift certificate to the Steaming Tender Restaurant in Palmer by Dave Golden (above left), NBSB Palmer Branch Manager. Melbourne was originally spotted walking out of Palmer Plaza Pride gas station and market by NBSB Palmer Branch Supervisor Kathy Higgins.

“Month after month, the Where It’s At Hat Contest gives us the opportunity to make new friends in the community, and to get to know many of our customers outside of our branches,” said Donna Boulanger, NBSB President and CEO. “Best of all, we have fun awarding people with a gift card to a local store or restaurant.”

The Hat Contest highlights North Brookfield Savings Bank’s Where It’s At campaign, which reminds individuals and businesses that NBSB is “Where It’s At” for great financial products, banking services and so much more.

*To be eligible to win individual must be spotted wearing the blue NBSB hat out in the community or must ask to be entered into a drawing at one of our branches. Drawing is open to all individuals and individuals are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on November 1, 2012 and can be ended at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than the second Monday of the previous months promotion. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

NBSB Promotes Rick Egan to Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer

North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce that Rick Egan has been promoted to Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer. Egan will be responsible for developing new and existing commercial lending relationships, informing business customers on available lending products and helping borrowers achieve their financial goals.

Egan previously served as Assistant Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer for NBSB. He has more than 20 years of professional banking experience and is a graduate of the New England School of Advanced Commercial Lending and the Massachusetts Bankers School for Financial Studies.

“Rick’s knowledge of commercial lending and his ability to provide a high level of service to the business community was evident from the moment he joined North Brookfield Savings Bank,” said Donna Boulanger, NBSB President and CEO. “His promotion is well earned and well deserved.”

A resident of Ashburnham, Egan serves on the Board of the Quaboag Valley Business Assistance Corporation (BAC) and is a member of BAC’s Technology Grant Subcommittee; is active in the Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce and the Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce; and is a past member of the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce, where he was a member of their Ambassador Committee.

“With its focus on customer service and commercial growth, North Brookfield Savings Bank has been a wonderful fit for me,” Egan said. “The timing has also been excellent, because right now there are incredible opportunities for businesses of all sizes in Central Massachusetts.”


Shaler Combs is the April Winner of NBSB’s Ongoing Hat Contest

Shaler Combs (center) was presented with a $100 gift card to Klem’s home and garden center in Spencer, MA by North Brookfield Savings Bank staff at the Gilbert Street/North Brookfield Branch.

Combs, of North Brookfield, won the April “Where It’s At Hat Contest,” in which residents who are spotted out in the community wearing an NBSB hat are awarded a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. Then, all those who are spotted each month are entered into a drawing to win that month’s prize—a $100 gift card to a local business.

Combs was spotted wearing an NBSB hat by Branch Teller Laurie Lacaire in the Hannaford Grocery Store Plaza in North Brookfield.

The Hat Contest is ongoing and highlights North Brookfield Savings Bank’s Where It’s At campaign, which reminds individuals and businesses that NBSB is “Where It’s At” for great financial products, banking services and so much more.

*To be eligible to win individual must be spotted wearing the blue NBSB hat out in the community or must ask to be entered into a drawing at one of our branches. Drawing is open to all individuals and individuals are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on November 1, 2012 and can be ended at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than the second Monday of the previous months promotion. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

North Brookfield Savings Bank Will Host Blood Drives in June, July, August and September

Partnership with Baystate Medical Center to support Level 1 trauma center

Helping the only Level 1 trauma center in Western Massachusetts maintain outstanding care, North Brookfield Savings Bank is sponsoring blood drives at four of its branches during the months of June, July, August and September. The blood drives will supply much-needed blood to Baystate Medical Center (BMC) of Springfield and will be conducted via BMC’s state-of-the-art bloodmobile.

“Bay State Medical Center does incredible work serving people throughout Central and Western Massachusetts, and we’re excited to play a role in helping them do that,” said Donna Boulanger, President and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. “Every time someone donates blood it has the potential to save several lives.”

As an added incentive, donors at the June blood drives in Palmer and Belchertown will receive one-day passes to Six Flags, while supplies last, and donors at the July and August blood drives in West Brookfield and North Brookfield will be given tickets to the Big E; gifts planned for the September blood drives are still being discussed. Snacks and refreshments will also be provided at each blood drive.

To participate, donors must be at least 17 years old (or 16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.

Blood Drives will take place at the following North Brookfield Savings Bank locations on the following dates, between the hours of 12 noon and 5 p.m.

Palmer: Friday, June 7 and Friday, August 9.

Belchertown: Friday, June 28 and Friday, August 30.

West Brookfield: Friday, July 19 and Friday September 20.

North Brookfield: Friday, July 26 and Friday, September 27.

To schedule an appointment to donate, contact the appropriate North Brookfield Savings Bank branch location or call Cheryl McGrath of Baystate Health at 413-794-4600. Appointments are optional; donors may simply stop by on the day of the Blood Drive.

“The need for blood is high right now and North Brookfield Savings Bank does an incredible job of bringing the community together to make a difference,” said Sue Stockley, BMC Recruiter. “We look forward to continuing to partner with them, and to meeting donors at all the blood drives.”


NBSB Names Bryan Kaye New Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer

North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce that Bryan Kaye has been named Vice President / Commercial Loan Officer.

Formerly a Commercial Loan Officer at Freedom Credit Union of Springfield, MA, Kaye holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Bluffton University and attended Omega Performance Group’s CU Business Lending School. He is also involved in the Western Massachusetts Chapter of SCORE and is a former board member of the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield.

“Bryan’s experience working with small and medium-sized businesses and his impressive understanding of the commercial loan process makes him a great asset to the business community,” said NBSB President and CEO Donna Boulanger. “We’re very excited to welcome him to North Brookfield Savings Bank.”

Kaye, of East Longmeadow, MA, is looking forward to being part of NBSB’s future, including the development of new opportunities in Western Massachusetts.

“NBSB is growing and looking to expand its commercial program into Western Mass and that’s exciting,” he said, adding that he also likes the bank’s overall approach. “They have excellent customer service and are aggressively looking for commercial loan opportunities.”


North Brookfield Savings Bank Supports Hearts for Heat

$1,500 check to North Brookfield chapter helps make fuel payments possible

Although the summer season is approaching, the work of North Brookfield’s Hearts for Heat is never finished. This winter, the organization helped cover fuel costs for many residents in need and North Brookfield Savings Bank was there to provide much needed support.

On April 8, North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO Donna Boulanger (far left) and North Brookfield Savings Bank Trustee Betsy Cuddy (far right) presented a $1,500 check to Tom Lewandowski, Sue Lewandowski (center) and Ellen Smith of the North Brookfield chapter of Hearts for Heat. The $1,500 check represented a matching donation, equal to what residents contributed during Hearts for Heat’s capital campaign.

“Donations from organizations like North Brookfield Savings Bank are vital to the mission of Hearts for Heat and to the well being of North Brookfield residents. They ensure that every single penny donated by residents goes directly to helping people heat their homes,” said Hearts for Heat President/Secretary Sue Lewandowski.

The North Brookfield Hearts for Heat chapter confidentially provides fuel, including oil, gas and wood, to North Brookfield residents on a fixed income, including the elderly, those who are disabled or sick, and unemployed or underemployed individuals and families. Additional Hearts for Heat chapters in Leicester, Spencer and Princeton, provide the same service for residents of those towns.

“Hearts for Heat is making a difference right here where we live and work,” Boulanger said. “Their efforts help build stronger families, which improves the health and well being of the entire community. Most importantly, they keep people from having to choose between heating their home or putting food on the table.”

Donations like this are part of doing business at North Brookfield Savings Bank, a mutual savings bank that operates for the benefit of its customers. NBSB continues to show it is “Where It’s At” for financial products and services and supportive and fun community events.


North Brookfield Savings Bank’s Community Cookbook Now Available

Proceeds will support Camp Putnam Arts & Crafts Building Project

Donna Boulanger, President and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank (left) and Jack Lawlor, shared the new North Brookfield Savings Bank Community Cookbook with Camp Putnam Director Todd Stewart.

After putting out a call for recipes for its Cookbooks for Camp Putnam campaign and receiving an overwhelming response, North Brookfield Savings Bank is excited to announce that “The North Brookfield Savings Bank Community Cookbook” is now available at all NBSB locations in North Brookfield, Belchertown, Palmer and West Brookfield.

With 500 recipes contributed by members of the community, the cookbook is available for a donation of just $10.00 and includes categories like Appetizers and Beverages, Main Dishes, Vegetables and Side Dishes, Cookies and Candy, Desserts and more. There is even a featured recipe for Chicken Pot Pie contributed by none other than Senator Stephen Brewer.

All proceeds from the cookbook campaign will go directly to Camp Putnam in New Braintree to help the camp construct a new Arts and Crafts Building. Children from the Greater Worcester area attend Camp Putnam each summer for a true residential camp experience, regardless of income level.

“We were overwhelmed by the number of people who contributed recipes, and thanks to their efforts this is an impressive cookbook,” said Donna Boulanger, President and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. “Most importantly, we’re proud to be leading an effort that supports such a great organization as Camp Putnam and we encourage the community to donate to show their support for the cause.”

In addition to proceeds from the cookbooks, the Bank is also making a separate $10,000 donation to ensure that campers will be able to enjoy arts and crafts in a safe and suitable building.

“North Brookfield Savings Bank’s support through the years has translated into incredible learning and growing opportunities for our campers, and this is no different,” said Camp Putnam Director Todd Stewart. “Arts and crafts at Camp Putnam is a vital part of the camp experience, and we love how the cookbook campaign ties in nicely with that.”

NBSB’s support of Camp Putnam is another example of why the bank is “Where It’s At” for Central Massachusetts residents, communities and businesses. In addition to providing great customer service and products that customers have come to know and count on—products like specially-tailored consumer or commercial loans, first-rate mortgages and checking or savings accounts—NBSB is also a supportive and fun community bank. No matter what, NBSB caters to customers’ needs.


North Brookfield Savings Bank Congratulates Gloria Brouillette, Winner of March Hat Contest!

Gloria Brouillette of Palmer is the March winner of North Brookfield Savings Bank’s “Where It’s At Hat Contest,” and was presented with a $100 gift card to Steaming Tender Restaurant in Palmer.

As part of the contest, residents who are spotted in the community wearing an NBSB hat by a bank representative are awarded a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. Then, all those who are spotted each month are entered into a drawing to win that month’s prize—a $100 gift card to a local business.

Brouillette was spotted on Park Street in Palmer by Palmer Branch Supervisor Kathy Higgins.

The contest highlights North Brookfield Savings Bank’s Where It’s At campaign, which reminds individuals and businesses that NBSB is “Where It’s At” for great financial services products and more.

*To be eligible to win individual must be spotted wearing the blue NBSB hat out in the community or must ask to be entered into a drawing at one of our branches. Drawing is open to all individuals and individuals are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on November 1, 2012 and can be ended at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than the second Monday of the previous months promotion. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

NBSB Homebuyers Night a Success

March 12 event helped guests prepare for home buying and refinancing

For its recent Homebuyers Night, North Brookfield Savings Bank brought realty, lending and legal experts to the bank’s Belchertown branch, including Janise Fitzpatrick (center) of Jones Group Realtors, David R. Rocheford of the Law Office of David R. Rocheford (right), and NBSB’s own Senior Vice President, Retail Lending Manager Donna Tiso (left).

The Homebuyers Night helped guests prepare for every phase of the home buying experience in a fun and relaxing environment that included dinner and gifts.

“Information is power when it comes to buying a home, building a new home or refinancing,” said Tiso, who organized and hosted the event. “We encourage all of our customers to learn as much as they can about the process before they embark on it, and this was an enjoyable way for NBSB to provide that opportunity.”

The Homebuyers Night is another example of why the bank is “Where It’s At” for excellent financial products and services, educational opportunities and much more.


NBSB Names Jay Jil new VP of Information Technology

North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce that Jay Jil has been named Vice President of Information Technology. Jil, formerly Vice President of Information Technology at Mansfield Bank, based in Mansfield, MA, joins NBSB with more than 15 years of experience in information technology. Jay is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, CISSP. CISSP is a globally recognized standard of achievement that confirms his knowledge in the field of information security.

“With his wealth of IT knowledge, Jay is a welcome addition to our team,” said NBSB President and CEO Donna Boulanger. “Information technology is an integral part of banking in the 21st century and it is of the utmost importance that we provide safe and secure banking for our customers. Jay’s expertise will ensure that we continue to do that.”

Jil, of Cumberland, Rhode Island, said he looks forward to the challenges and opportunities of his new position.

“I’m incredibly excited for this new stage of my career,” Jil added. “North Brookfield Savings Bank is a wonderful place to work. The staff has been great and I appreciate being part of a community bank like NBSB.”


Boulanger of North Brookfield Savings Bank Named to Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Advisory Council, and more.

Boulanger_Color_Web_5x7Donna Boulanger, President and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank, is now serving on committees for two important institutions, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston named Boulanger to its First District Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. The Council compiles information on the economy, lending conditions and other issues facing communities throughout New England and provides that information to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

“I look forward to serving on this committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston as a representative of Central Massachusetts’ community banks, businesses and consumers,” said Boulanger, who has been NBSB’s President and CEO for five years.

In addition, the Worcester-based Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, which works to improve the health of those who live or work in Central Massachusetts, has named Boulanger to its Audit Committee.

“The Health Foundation of Massachusetts is a wonderful organization that touches the lives of people throughout our region every day,” Boulanger said. “It’s an honor to be a part of that mission, and I look forward to helping in any way that I can.”


North Brookfield Savings Bank Congratulates Phil Bricault, Winner of February Hat Contest!

Jack Lawlor, Branch Manager of North Brookfield Savings Bank’s North Brookfield branch (left), and Branch Teller Laurie Lacaire presented Phil Bricault of North Brookfield with a $100 gift card to Two Chefs Restaurant in Spencer, MA.

Bricault won the February “Where It’s At Hat Contest,” in which residents who are spotted out in the community wearing an NBSB hat are awarded a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. Then, all those who are spotted each month are entered into a drawing to win that month’s prize—a $100 gift card to a local business.

The Hat Contest is ongoing and highlights North Brookfield Savings Bank’s Where It’s At campaign, which reminds individuals and businesses that NBSB is “Where It’s At” for great financial services products and more.

*To be eligible to win individual must be spotted wearing the blue NBSB hat out in the community or must ask to be entered into a drawing at one of our branches. Drawing is open to all individuals and individuals are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on November 1, 2012 and can be ended at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than the second Monday of the previous months promotion. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

North Brookfield Savings Bank Congratulates Buddy Hood, Winner of January Hat Contest!

NBSB Palmer Branch Manager Dave Golden (left) and Supervisor Kathy Higgins presented Buddy Hood of Brimfield with a $100 gift card to the Salem Cross Inn restaurant in West Brookfield, as part of North Brookfield Savings Bank’s “Where It’s At Hat Contest.”

Hood was spotted wearing his NBSB hat at Diamond Junction Bowling Lanes in Palmer, MA by NBSB Belchertown Assistant Branch Manager Warren Izyk.

Representatives of the bank will continue to be out in the community looking for residents wearing NBSB baseballs hats. Those spotted in their hats will be entered into a monthly drawing for a $100 gift card to a local establishment and will receive a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card on the spot.

*To be eligible to win individual must be spotted wearing the blue NBSB hat out in the community or must ask to be entered into a drawing at one of our branches. Drawing is open to all individuals and individuals are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on November 1, 2012 and can be ended at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than the second Monday of the previous months promotion. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

North Brookfield Savings Bank Congratulates Amy Hutchinson, Winner of December Hat Contest!

Amy Hutchinson of Belchertown was awarded a $100 gift card to the Steaming Tender Restaurant in Palmer, as part of North Brookfield Savings Bank’s “Where It’s At Hat Contest.” Hutchinson was spotted wearing her NBSB hat at the Industrial Park in Palmer by NBSB Palmer Branch Teller Pamela Kozlik.

Representatives of the bank will continue to be out in the community looking for residents wearing NBSB baseballs hats. Those spotted in their hats will be entered into a monthly drawing for a $100 gift card to a local establishment and will receive a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card on the spot.

*To be eligible to win individual must be spotted wearing the blue NBSB hat out in the community or must ask to be entered into a drawing at one of our branches. Drawing is open to all individuals and individuals are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on November 1, 2012 and can be ended at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than the second Monday of the previous months promotion. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

North Brookfield Savings Bank Hat Contest Continues, Hat-Wearing Fans Awarded Gift Cards!

NBSB announces November winner of the Where It’s At Hat Contest’s $100 prize, Joe Chenevert.

It was something of a fan appreciation moment when November’s Hat Contest winner Joe Chenevert was awarded a $100 gift card to Klem’s by NBSB Deposit Operations Representative Joanne Thompson, who originally spotted Chenevert wearing his NBSB hat, and Patty Ostrout, Vice President of Retail Banking.

Fans of North Brookfield Savings Bank, take note: as part of its “Where It’s At Hat Contest,” representatives of the bank are out in the community looking for residents wearing NBSB baseballs hats. In fact, the bank has been handing out Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards to residents spotted wearing their NBSB hats since November, and those residents are entered into a monthly drawing for a $100 gift card to a local establishment.

The winner of November’s drawing, Joe Chenevert of New Braintree, was awarded a $100 gift card to Klem’s home and garden store in Spencer, Mass. Chenevert was spotted wearing his NBSB hat at the New Braintree Town Hall during a New Braintree Country Fair meeting by NBSB Operations Representative Joanne Thompson.

“Congratulations to Joe Chenevert,” said Vice President of Retail Banking Patty Ostrout. “The Where It’s At Hat Contest is another opportunity for us to be out in the community, meeting people like Joe and getting to know our friends and neighbors during the holiday season. We’re looking forward to awarding more gift cards as the holidays continue.”

The Where It’s At Hat Contest is part of the bank’s Where It’s At campaign, which highlights NBSB’s involvement in the communities it serves, including its support of youth, family and senior programs. In addition to the hat contest, for example, NBSB also recently hosted Santa Claus at its Belchertown location and Mrs. Claus at its West Brookfield branch, and during December and January NBSB representatives will be visiting area senior centers to present seniors with information on fraud prevention.

Most importantly, North Brookfield Savings Bank is “where it’s at” for great customer service and products that customers have come to know and count on – products like specially-tailored consumer or commercial loans, first-rate mortgages and free checking and savings accounts.

*To be eligible to win individual must be spotted wearing the blue NBSB hat out in the community or must ask to be entered into a drawing at one of our branches. Drawing is open to all individuals and individuals are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on November 1, 2012 and can be ended at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than the second Monday of the previous months promotion. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

NBSB Pledges $10,000 for the Camp Putnam Arts and Crafts Building Project

Donation and Cookbook for Camp Putnam will support Arts and Crafts Building Project

North Brookfield Savings Bank president and CEO Donna Boulanger (middle) and Patricia Ostrout, NBSB Vice President, Retail Banking, presented Camp Putnam Director Todd Stewart with a $10,000 check to support the camp’s Arts and Crafts Building Project.

North Brookfield Savings Bank has made the restoration and construction of buildings at Camp Putnam, located in New Braintree, a mission of sorts – a mission that has included helping the camp refurbish a cabin and a lodge in recent years. Now, after learning about the need for a new Arts and Crafts Building at the camp, NBSB is supporting the fundraising effort in multiple ways, including a $10,000 donation.

Moreover, the Community Cookbook for Camp Putnam campaign is an ongoing fundraiser. Community members and employees submitted their favorite recipes to North Brookfield Savings Bank to help create a cookbook which will be sold in the spring. All proceeds from sales of the resulting cookbook will further assist the Camp Putnam Arts and Crafts Building Project.

NBSB president and CEO Donna Boulanger said the bank looks to support and partner with organizations in the community that share their values, which explains NBSB’s enduring relationship with Camp Putnam.

“Camp Putnam provides a welcoming environment for children throughout Central Massachusetts, and that’s something we truly believe in and want to support in any way we can,” Boulanger explained. “It’s a place where kids can grow, learn and discover through activities like arts and crafts, but they need safe and suitable buildings to truly make it work. As one camper explained at the Arts and Crafts Building fundraising kickoff, ‘Kids are often judged, but with art the results are never wrong.’ We agree and we know that a new Arts and Crafts Building will build campers’ confidence for years to come.”

Camp Putnam’s existing Arts and Crafts Building is in a state of disrepair, requiring a new roof and major repairs to both the floor and the ceiling, and the original studs are beginning to rot. In short, maintaining it is not financially feasible. Moreover, the space was not designed to house arts and crafts activities; in fact the building was constructed from the remains of two portable Worcester Public Schools classrooms, which were trucked out in panels in 1966.

Now, Camp Putnam has its sights set on a building that will be truly appropriate for arts and crafts – one with more usable space, shelving for easy access to supplies, sinks and more – but they need $120,000 to make it a reality.

“The bulk of it will be a big, airy classroom space and a small office, with a full-length covered porch outside and some outside workspace as well,” explained Camp Putnam Director Todd Stewart. “We need the continuity of a vibrant arts and crafts program – the kids love it and it’s been part of the camp experience forever.”

Stewart praised NBSB for its continued support, not only with the Arts and Crafts Building Project, but with the Adopt-a-Cabin program in 2011 and a Join Coins for Camp Putnam fundraiser in May of 2012 that helped the camp purchase new bunk beds.

“For the last several years, North Brookfield Savings Bank has just been a wonderful community partner,” Stewart added. “They’ve stepped up to the plate numerous times, and not just financially but by putting their own boots on the ground and helping us paint and restore cabins and lodges. When we have a need, NBSB seems to jump in with both feet, and it’s a real community effort.”

About Camp Putnam: Located on 150 acres of fields and forest in rural New Braintree, Camp Putnam has been serving the children of the Greater Worcester Area for over 60 years. The emphasis at Camp Putnam is on providing a safe, healthy, residential summer camping experience that is affordable for all families, regardless of income. Camp Putnam is not a sports camp, a specialty camp or a computer camp; it is a camp in the truest sense of the word, a place where kids and staff interact with nature all day, each and every day.


Residents spotted wearing NBSB baseball hats will get Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards, while supplies last.

North Brookfield Savings Bank employees are taking their hats off to the community – but they’re doing so by rewarding residents who keep their hats on.

NBSB’s “Where It’s At” campaign kicks off on November 1. During the campaign, bank representatives will award Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards to individuals spotted wearing North Brookfield Savings Bank baseball hats in the community, while supplies last.* Those same individuals will be entered into a drawing that rewards one recipient per month with a $100 gift.*

This creative campaign shows the community that North Brookfield Savings Bank truly is “where it’s at,” and not only for the great customer service and products that customers have come to know and count on – products like specially-tailored consumer or commercial loans, first-rate mortgages and free checking or savings accounts – but also as a supportive and fun community bank. No matter what, NBSB caters to customers’ needs.

NBSB baseball hats were distributed this summer and fall throughout Central and Western Massachusetts at events such as North Brookfield’s 200th Anniversary Parade and the Belchertown Fair Parade.

“We love being a part of the community, and we thought this would be a fun way to reward our friends and neighbors for their loyalty over the years,” said Donna Boulanger, president and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. “I guess you could say we’re taking our hats off to them for keeping their NBSB hats on.”

NBSB is deeply involved in cities, towns and neighborhoods around Central Massachusetts. Recent projects include the Fall Harvest Food Drive, in which NBSB set a minimum goal of collecting 500 food items at each branch location for local food pantries. NBSB is also in the second year of a three-year commitment to donate $15,000 to Quinsigamond Community College to help low-to-moderate income students enrolled at the college’s Southbridge Campus.

“We see fundraising and partnering with local institutions as integral to our mission,” Boulanger said. “It helps us serve our customers and it helps the community as a whole grow and prosper. It makes Central Massachusetts a better place to live for all of us.”

*To be eligible to win individual must be spotted wearing the blue NBSB hat out in the community or must ask to be entered into a drawing at one of our branches. Drawing is open to all individuals and individuals are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on November 1, 2012 and can be ended at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than the second Monday of the previous months promotion. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

North Brookfield Savings Bank Contributes $5,000 to Quinsigamond Community College

From left to right: Patty Ostrout, Vice President of Retail Banking; Betsy Cuddy, North Brookfield Savings Bank Trustee; Dr. Gail E. Carberry, President of QCC; and Victor Somma, Director of Community Affairs

North Brookfield Savings Bank recently made a $5,000 contribution to Quinsigamond Community College via the QCC Foundation. The contribution is the second installment of a three-year, $15,000 pledge for scholarships for low-to-moderate income students enrolled at the college’s Southbridge Campus.

“At a time when paying for a college education can be so difficult, this contribution will provide scholarships to help students obtain the degree they deserve so they can succeed in the professional world,” stated Donna Boulanger, president and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. “We are honored to be able to make this contribution to the community.”

The QCC Foundation supports Quinsigamond Community College in offering affordable, high-quality degree and certificate programs to residents in its service area through private sector fundraising initiatives and strategic partnerships with businesses and corporations in key economic sectors.


North Brookfield Savings Bank Donates Artwork to Benefit Old Sturbridge Village

Donna Boulanger, president and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank presented the piece “Sturbridge Barn” to Gary Galonek, National Sales Manager for All Star Incentive Marketing of Fiskdale, Mass.

North Brookfield Savings Bank recently donated a limited edition print of the piece “Sturbridge Barn,” sketched by artist William R. Kleinedler, to Old Sturbridge Village (OSV). The piece will be auctioned off at the Old Sturbridge Village Gala “It Takes a Village” on September 15, 2012 at the Oliver Wight Tavern.

The piece was presented by Donna Boulanger, president and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank to Gary Galonek, National Sales Manager for All Star Incentive Marketing in Fiskdale, MA. Galonek is an overseer at Old Sturbridge Village and also a member of the Gala Committee.

This year is especially important for Old Sturbridge Village as President Jim Donahue and the Board of Trustees have actively been creating a five-year strategic plan to increase attendance to the Village and strengthen its financial core. A record-setting number of guests are expected to participate in this year’s Gala; proceeds will help support OSV’s long-term viability.

Old Sturbridge Village is one of the largest and oldest living history museums in the country, and portrays early New England life from 1790 to 1840 with antique buildings, water-powered mills, a working farm and historians in costume. The donated piece is a sketch Kleinedler made of a barn located at OSV.

William R. Kleinedler is a United States Army veteran who served in Iraq. Prior to his military service, Kleinedler fostered a passion for capturing nature’s beauty through his artwork. After retiring from the Army, Kleinedler regained his love of art and has created numerous inspirational pieces. One of his most impressive works is a 19-foot steel sculpture entitled “Hope” that he designed, which is displayed at the Warrior Family Support Center on Fort Sam Houston, Texas; the sculpture, meant to represent the struggle of life and the flow of peace, features 75 butterflies that swirl up toward a 30-foot cathedral ceiling. Today, Kleinedler continues to study art and prove to others the influence of hope.

“We at North Brookfield Savings Bank are honored to not only make a donation to support Old Sturbridge Village, which is an important link to New England’s history, but to also support Mr. Kleinedler, who is such a model of bravery and hope,” said Donna Boulanger. “We are so humbled by his service to our country and his determination to pursue his dreams.”

About Old Sturbridge Village: Old Sturbridge Village first opened to the public in 1946. More than 21 million adults and children have visited the Village in the more than 60 years it has been open. The museum has garnered international recognition for its innovations in education and research. Old Sturbridge Village is a nonprofit educational institution with a purpose of providing modern Americans with a better understanding of their own times through a personal experience with New England’s past. For additional information, visit www.osv.org or call (508)347-3362.


North Brookfield Savings Bank Welcomes Tammy M. Martin, West Brookfield Branch Manager

Tammy Martin will be responsible for creating and maintaining relationships with existing and potential customers at the West Brookfield branch; she is ready and willing to help customers with all of their personal banking needs as well as manage the daily operations of the branch. She prides herself in providing exceptional service to each and every one of her customers. Martin received her bachelor’s degree from Worcester State College (now Worcester State University), and boasts over 10 years of experience in the banking industry. She previously held the position of Manager at the Rutland Office of Spencer Savings Bank. “Being here at North Brookfield Savings Bank has been such a great experience,” Martin said. “Working for a community bank that is so devoted to its customers’ needs makes every day enjoyable. The staff truly performs as a team and it is refreshing to come to work where everyone is always so happy.”

“We are so honored to welcome Tammy to our team,” said Donna Boulanger, president and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. “The knowledge and experience that she brings to North Brookfield Savings Bank will be essential to the continuing growth of our bank and the satisfaction of our customers.”


North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce two employee promotions and one addition.

Anthony Piermarini Promoted to Senior Vice President, Senior Commercial Loan Officer

North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce that two of its current employees have been promoted within the company, as well as the addition of a new Vice President of Retail Banking.

Anthony J. Piermarini, who joined North Brookfield Savings Bank in 2011 as Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer, has been promoted to the role of Senior Vice President, Senior Commercial Loan Officer where his responsibilities will include management of the commercial loan area and fostering business banking relationships in Central Massachusetts, in addition to supervision of staff. Piermarini has over 30 years of experience in commercial lending. “Tony brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our commercial lending department,” said Donna Boulanger, President and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. “I am confident that he will be instrumental in providing our local business owners with the attention and expertise they need in order to be successful.”

“We are building a team of commercial lenders at North Brookfield Savings Bank, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Donna Boulanger and Rick Egan to insure that our local business people get the loans and services they require to help their businesses prosper,” Piermarini said. “I believe this team has the knowledge, experience and energy to assist our customers in meeting their objectives and for North Brookfield Savings Bank to be ‘the bank where business wants to bank.’”

Donna Tiso Promoted to Senior Vice President, Retail Lending Manager

Donna M. Tiso, who also joined North Brookfield Savings Bank in 2011 as Vice President, Retail Lending Manager, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Retail Lending Manager. She will continue to oversee the loan department in the origination, underwriting and servicing of all mortgage and consumer loans. A resident of Hubbardston, Tiso has received numerous certificates from the American Bankers Association and in the past has been active in the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Oak Hill Community Development Corporation and the National Association of the Deaf. “I am truly happy to be working for such a strong community bank like North Brookfield Savings Bank, with its commitment to providing outstanding service and quality products to its customers,” Tiso said. “It’s a terrific work environment, and it makes such a difference to know that your work is appreciated.”


North Brookfield Savings Bank Welcomes Patricia Ostrout Vice President, Retail Banking

North Brookfield Savings Bank welcomes Patricia A. Ostrout as Vice President, Retail Banking. Ostrout has over 25 years of community banking experience and is a graduate of Babson School of Financial Studies. “Patricia’s expertise in providing customers exactly what they’re looking for in the retail banking area makes her a truly beneficial addition to our team” said Donna Boulanger, President and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. “I’m excited to see her skills at work.” Ostrout is also involved with the Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce, having served on the Board and as Past Chairman. “I’m delighted to be a part of this organization. Working in a community bank where customer service is the priority is so important to me,” Ostrout said. “I look forward to getting to know our customers and providing service beyond their expectations.”


North Brookfield Savings Bank Sponsors North Brookfield 200th Anniversary Celebration

At a recent gathering at North Brookfield Savings Bank, the Town of North Brookfield’s 200th Anniversary Committee was presented with a check from the Bank to assist with the Town’s year-long bicentennial celebration. Present were (left to right) John “Bud” Lane, Chairman of the Bank’s Board of Trustees, President and Chief Executive Officer Donna Boulanger, and Trustee Betsy Cuddy. They were joined by Town of North Brookfield Selectman Mary Walter, Town Clerk Sheila Buzzell, and Dr. Louis B. Grace, members of the North Brookfield 200th Anniversary Committee.

The Town of North Brookfield, incorporated on February 28, 1812, is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2012 and the Town’s 200th Anniversary Committee has planned several celebrations throughout the year to commemorate this historic event.

These celebrations will be made possible through the sponsorship of North Brookfield Savings Bank. Recently, members of the Town’s 200th Anniversary Committee were invited to the Bank’s headquarters where they were presented with a check for $6,300 to support the cause.

Donna Boulanger, president and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank, voiced her support. “North Brookfield’s 200th anniversary is a very exciting time in the town’s history and we are thrilled to play an active role not only through this sponsorship but through the celebrations,” said Boulanger. “North Brookfield Savings Bank itself was incorporated here in 1854 and has always strongly supported this town as well as the surrounding communities into which we have grown.”

Boulanger went on to say, “In 2010 and 2011 we were happy to sponsor the celebrations of the Quaboag Plantation’s 350th anniversary and the 250th anniversaries of the Town of Ware and the Town of Belchertown. We are equally pleased now to sponsor the commemoration right here in North Brookfield, where North Brookfield Savings Bank first established its own roots.”

The Bank’s Chairman of the Board, John Lane, remarked, “We’re a small community bank that has consistently supported the community throughout the years. The Bank has been serving customers of this town and surrounding towns for over 150 years and it is with pride that we show our support to the Town and its members through our participation in this anniversary.”

Celebration plans include a birthday party at the selectmen’s meeting on February 28, 2012, an Ole Town Day Celebration during the summer, a historical tour of North Brookfield, a historical presentation on North Brookfield during the Civil War, and a parade. Dates and times are to be announced.

Also sponsored by North Brookfield Savings Bank are commemorative anniversary calendars which feature historic photos of the town and ceramic coffee mugs adorned with the 200th anniversary town seal. Calendars are now available for purchase at the Haston Free Public Library and the town offices in the Duncan Building. Mugs will be available around early February at the same locations.


North Brookfield Savings Bank Co-Sponsoring American Cancer Society 2012 Quaboag Valley Relay for Life Survivors Dinner

North Brookfield Savings Bank will be co-sponsoring the 2012 Quaboag Valley Relay for Life Survivors Dinner with Bell & Hudson Insurance Agency, Inc. of Belchertown. The event will be held at 6pm on June 22, 2012 at Belchertown High School.

This is the second year North Brookfield Savings Bank has supported the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. In addition to making a $500 donation to co-sponsor the dinner, North Brookfield Savings Bank will have several employee volunteers working at the event.

The 2012 Relay for Life of Quaboag Valley will be held at Belchertown High School. Friday, June 22 will feature the Opening Ceremony, Survivor Lap and Luminaria Ceremony. On Saturday, June 23 the Fight Back event and Closing Ceremony will be held.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a chance to honor survivors, remember those who have passed, raise funds and bring awareness to current cancer research. “North Brookfield Savings Bank is privileged to co-sponsor the 2012 Survivors Dinner,” said Donna Boulanger, President and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. “The event will be a special time to honor all who have battled cancer, and our employee volunteers are excited to help make this a truly memorable occasion.”


North Brookfield Savings Bank Joins 7th Annual Walk of Champions in Support of Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Cancer Services

North Brookfield Savings Bank is registered as the “Cancer Crushers” for the 7th annual Walk of Champions on May 6, 2012 at Quabbin Reservoir. All proceeds benefit Integrated Cancer Services at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.

This will be the sixth year that North Brookfield Savings Bank has been involved with the Walk of Champions, having raised more than $11,000 to date. The 2012 goal is to raise at least $4,400. The Cancer Crushers are also aiming to be the largest team at the walk, a feat North Brookfield Savings Bank last achieved three years ago. In addition to walking, the Bank will be hosting a table to distribute water. Water will be donated by Health New England.

“North Brookfield Savings Bank is thrilled to once again participate in the Walk of Champions. For the past six years, our employees, customers and community partners have brought so much positive energy to this event and always leave feeling inspired,” said Donna Boulanger, President and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. “We’ve already started receiving donations, over 50 walkers have registered and we are looking forward to teaming up with more volunteers. The Cancer Crushers are committed to helping change the lives of friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers and others who have been affected by cancer.”

Walk of Champions has raised nearly $300,000 for Baystate Mary Lane Hospital since it was established in 2006. Over 1,000 participants attended the 2011 Walk of Champions and helped raise $64,000.

Individuals who wish to join the Cancer Crushers can go to the Walk of Champions website and enter “cancer crusher” in the search field. You can make donations on the Walk of Champions website as well. All walkers raising $50 or more receive a free t-shirt.