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Counting our Blessings

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Published on November 26, 2021

Counting our Blessings

This is the time of year when we reflect on what we’re truly thankful for. There are so many people to thank and so many reasons to be grateful. Here are just a few of the things on our minds as Thanksgiving approaches.

We are grateful for your help in achieving our annual scholarship fundraising goal
Thank you to our members, team members, and business partners, all of whom helped us reach our fundraising goal of $100,000 to fund our Foundation Scholarship program.

You gave one dollar at a time in our lobby Giving Bowls. You gave when you agreed to let us keep the change when cashing checks and with your coin receipts. You gave through your businesses. You gave to honor education and to help the Michigan economy.

As a result of your partnership, each of the 25 scholarships we'll award next May will be fully funded through member donations.

Applications for the 2022 Circle of Scholars are now available at

We are grateful for local businesses
These past 18 months have been challenging for everyone, but especially for business owners. We are grateful for your hard work and determination to keep moving forward. Your storefronts and restaurants turn city blocks into cherished hometowns. Your perseverance has been remarkable. Remember, we are here for you when you need us.

We are grateful for our charitable partners
Give Big Month kicked off on September 1. It was 30 days of non-stop giving of our time and various talents to help our communities. It was 30 days of giving back and our team certainly did Give Big. During September, we gave 1,112 volunteer hours and we are well on our way to 7,000 volunteer hours by year’s end!

Last year, many of our charitable efforts were virtual. This year, we were back out in our communities, and we can’t thank you enough for welcoming us. It was great to exchange smiles and laughs in person, and you made it possible for us to fulfill our promise to help those in need.

We are grateful for you for so many reasons
The greatest compliment we can receive are your referrals to your family, friends, and neighbors. To know you think that highly of us is humbling, to say the least. By the end of October, we had nearly 1,000 new members by referrals. Thank you!

We also want to thank you for taking the time to leave us a Google review. In this digital age we live in, positive reviews are so important. We are proud to say that we have more than 7,000 5-star Google reviews ̶ that’s the highest rating you can give! We truly appreciate your feedback and use it to enhance and simplify your experience as a member.

Finally, thank you for allowing us to be your trusted financial partner and helping you achieve the life you desire.

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