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2013


Dan Rys Joins WFS as VP Commercial Loan and Business Development

WFS Celebrates Bloomfield Grand Opening

WFS Teaches the Children To Save Day

WFS Announces Bloomfield Celebration Kindle Fire HD Winners

WFS Announces Frank Carmon, IV as New Board Member

WFS to Co-sponsor SummerWind Free US Coast Guard Concert
WFS Donates $30,000 to Windsor Historical Society
WFS To Open New Office In East Windsor

WFS Announces East Windsor Grand Opening Celebration Kindle Fire HD Winners

East Windsor Office Holds Ribbon Cutting

WFS Donates to JFACT of CT

WFS Donates to 3 East Windsor Organizations

WFS President/CEO Elected to Board of American Bankers Association

WFS Opens Branch at Bloomfield High School

 

 

 


2013

 


DANIEL J. RYS JOINS WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS

 

(WINDSOR, CT – FEBRUARY 2013) – Windsor Federal Savings’ President, George Hermann, along with Ray Halsted, Senior Vice President Commercial Lending, are pleased to announce that Daniel J. Rys has joined the Association as Vice President – Commercial Loan and Business Development.

Rys, a longtime South Windsor resident, is a seasoned professional with over thirty-nine years of diverse bank experience with extensive experience in community association lending, commercial business development, credit review and analysis, finance, retail, operations, audit and compliance, technology, strategic planning, business development, and human resources. He has contributed to successful mergers and acquisitions, created and revised programs, developed new business opportunities, and coordinated training programs and seminars for banking staff and management.

“Dan brings an impressive community bank background to our institution”, commented Ray Halsted, Senior Vice President of Lending. “His expertise with specialized commercial products that will be offered to both new and existing customers will help us broaden our customer base and enhance the communities we serve.”

Dan received a B.A. in Political Science from Central Connecticut State University and completed the National School of Banking and Executive Development Programs at Fairfield University.  Additionally, he is very active with numerous community service organizations including various committees for the Condominium Association Institute; Commissioner of the South Windsor Agricultural Land Preservation; and currently serving on the finance committee of the Rotary Club of South Windsor.

An avid fan of basketball, golf, and travel, Dan also enjoys helping customers achieve their financial objectives by not only providing the appropriate products and services but by providing education and becoming a value added resource for their business.

 

 

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS CELEBRATES BLOOMFIELD GRAND OPENING

Pictured Left to Right: Harold Harper, WFS AVP, Kellie Maliszewski, WFS Branch Operations, Thom Hooper, Town of Bloomfield, Mayor Shulman, State Representative David Baram, George Hermann, WFS President, Bob Verrengia, WFS Chairman of the Board

(Bloomfield, CT – May 6) – On a beautiful spring evening this past week, Windsor Federal Savings held a Grand Opening celebration to mark the official kick-off of its new Bloomfield location, at 54 Jerome Avenue.

Bloomfield Mayor Sydney Schulman cut the ceremonial ribbon at the entrance to the new building, while inside, customers, business leaders and local officials enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and beverages while mingling in the new, customer-focused lobby.

In a special presentation, donations of $2500 each to Foodshare and Bloomfield Volunteer Ambulance were made by Harold Harper, Windsor Federal Savings’ Assistant Vice President, and Kellie Maliszewski, Branch Operations Manager.

Christine O’Rourke, Foodshare Executive Vice President and COO, believes that the donation will help in their quest to focus on the root causes of hunger: “This donation will make an enormous difference in Foodshare’s efforts to end hunger. It will allow us to provide that much more food to people in need, and it will give us the freedom to work with the broader community to address the underlying causes of hunger.”

Patrick Braun, President of Bloomfield Volunteer Ambulance Fund, expressed their appreciation, as well:  “we’re very grateful for this generous donation from Windsor Federal, and we appreciate their longstanding support.  We’re far along in our fundraising for a new ambulance, and this will help in a big way.”

Windsor Federal Savings’ President and CEO George Hermann believes the local support for the evening was outstanding: “we can’t thank everyone enough for their participation in this event.  We’re appreciative of the very strong backing by the Bloomfield community for our Grand Opening, and we look forward to continuing to our great relationship with Bloomfield.”

 

 

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WFS Announces Kindle Fire HD Winners

In celebration of the Grand Opening of the banks' Bloomfield Office, a weekly raffle was held during the month of May for the Kindle Fire HD.  The winners are:

April 30, 2013 Winner
Denise Newman-Sinclair

May 11, 2013 Winner
Joyce Coleman

 

 

May 20, 2013 Winner
Monique Wrice

 

 

May 28, 2013 Winner
Corey Crews

 

 

June 3, 2013 Winner
Edwin Allen

 

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS PROMOTES SAVINGS BENEFITS TO STUDENTS
AS PART OF “TEACH CHILDREN TO SAVE” DAY

 

(WINDSOR, CT- MAY 2013) – Branch managers from each of the five Windsor Federal Savings locations went in to their communities on April 23rd and held informational classes as part of the nationally recognized “Teach Children to Save” Day.

Students ranged in age from preschool to third grade, and each was given a complimentary piggy bank as a way to encourage the saving process.  Mark Walker, Vice President and Regional Manager of Windsor Federal Savings, coordinated the event, and found the children to be quite receptive: “Our goal was to teach children about the benefits of saving in a way that was fun and informative at the same time.  It was a great chance to reach out to young kids and help them establish strong saving habits.”

Teach Children to Save is a national campaign to organize banker volunteers in efforts to educate young people about the importance of developing a lifelong savings habit. It was established by the American Bankers Association in 1997, and has reached more than 5.6 million young people through the commitment of more than 121,000 banker volunteers. This year, Windsor Federal Savings employees were part of a group of over 10,000 bankers in 49 other states, taking part of this nationwide effort to improve financial literacy.

 “Helping young people develop good saving habits is a national initiative that we’re proud to be a part of” said George Hermann, President and CEO of Windsor Federal Savings.  “Saving regularly and developing strong financial literacy are life skills that every child should acquire, and we have made a conscious effort to help students in our communities actually make that happen.” 

Carmen Arace Intermediate School, Bloomfield

Smallworld Daycare, Granby

Amazing Daycare visited our Wilson Office

 

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT
OF FRANK CARMON, IV to BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

(WINDSOR, CT – JUNE 2013) – Windsor Federal Savings is pleased to announce the addition of Frank Carmon, IV to the Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Mr. Carmon is the controlling shareholder of Carmon Community Funeral Homes, which operates nine Funeral Homes in the Hartford area.  He is also the founder and president of the Cremation Society of Connecticut, a web-based cremation service provider that services the entire state of Connecticut.   

Mr. Carmon is a member and past President of the Exchange Club of Windsor, and is the head trustee of Washington Masonic Lodge #70 A.F. & A.M.  He is also a past board member of the Windsor Historical Society, and he currently serves as the first vice president of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce.  He and his wife, Taryn, and family are Windsor residents.

“We are pleased to have Frank as a member of our Board of Directors” said George Hermann, President and CEO of Windsor Federal Savings.  “His business expertise and civic involvement in our communities are valuable additions to our institution.

 

 

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Three Windsor Businesses to Sponsor
SummerWind’s Free United States Coast Guard Band Concert

(WINDSOR, CT – JUNE 2013) – Windsor Federal Savings, Rabbett Insurance and Vantis Life are co-sponsoring the free United States Coast Guard Band concert to be held at the SS&C SummerWind Performing Arts Center on June 29th beginning at 7:00 pm with gates opening at 6:00 pm.

The United States Coast Guard Band is the premier band representing the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. The 55-member ensemble is based at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

In addition to performing concert tours around the nation, the band has also played in the former Soviet Union, Canada, England, Japan and Taiwan. In 2008, the Coast Guard Band became the first premier American military band to perform a concert tour of Japan.

All United States Coast Guard Band Concerts include a broad spectrum of music, from wind ensemble classics to swinging jazz charts.

For additional information, go to sscsummerwind.org

Pictured Left to Right:  Mike Rabbett, Rabbet Insurance; George Hermann, President Windsor Federal; Douglas E. Kerr, President, Board of Directors, SS&C SummerWind; Michael L. Campbell, Executive Director, SS&C SummerWind; Marge Berky, Executive Secretary to the President & CEO, Vantis Life.

 

 

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS DONATES $30,000 TO
WINDSOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S
STRONG
-HOWARD RESTORATION CAMPAIGN

Pictured: Christine Ermenc, Executive Director of the Windsor Historical Society; George Hermann, President & CEO, Windsor Federal

(WINDSOR, CT – JULY 2013) – Windsor Federal Savings is donating $30,000 to the Windsor Historical Society’s Strong Howard House restoration project, currently underway on the Palisado Green in Windsor.

The restoration to the Society’s signature red clapboard building is being conducted in multiple stages, with phase one slated to be completed this fall, with additional work underway through 2015.

Christine Ermenc, Executive Director of the Windsor Historical Society, says the project is focused on allowing visitors a largely hands-on experience: “Windsor Federal Savings’ early and generous support will allow us to transform our Strong Howard House into a place where school children and visitors of all ages are invited inside to touch, smell, explore, and relive what life was like two hundred years ago.”

Christina Vida, Curator for Collections and Interpretation for the Historical Society directs student programs and tours that aim to accomplish that goal, and she ensures that Historical Society programs meet the standards set for Social Studies content in Connecticut – a benefit to both students and teachers alike.

Windsor Federal Savings President and CEO George Hermann believes that learning from historic preservation has significant benefits: “The Strong Howard restoration project is incredibly important, not only for the improvements to the building’s infrastructure, but for the enhancements it will bring to the learning experience as well. The Windsor Historical Society is a great resource, and I encourage people to get out and see all that they have to offer.”

To learn more about the restoration campaign or programs offered by the Windsor Historical Society, call them at 860.688.3813, or go to their website: www.windsorhistoricalsociety.org  

 

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NEW WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS EAST WINDSOR BRANCH ANNOUNCED

 

(Windsor, CT, July 2013) – Windsor Federal Savings will open a brand new location in East Windsor this Fall, the bank recently announced.

The full service branch will offer a complete array of banking services to meet the needs of both residential and commercial customers, and will be staffed by experienced Windsor Federal team members.  “Being a good neighbor is one of our core values, and our involvement in East Windsor will reflect that commitment” said George Hermann, President and CEO of Windsor Federal Savings.  “East Windsor has a great sense of community, and we look forward to building a strong partnership with residents and businesses alike.”

The new branch will be located at 1 Shoham Road in East Windsor, with a Grand Opening planned during the fall.

 

 

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WFS Announces East Windsor Kindle Fire HD Winners

In celebration of the Grand Opening of the banks' new East Windsor Office, a weekly raffle will be held during the month of September/October for the Kindle Fire HD.  The winners are:

 

September 21, 2013 Winner
Elaine Perron

September 28, 2013 Winner
David Johnson

October 5, 2013 Winner
Sheila Gleckman

October 12, 2013 Winner
Linda Mikan

October 19, 2013 Winner
William Thim

 

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS OFFICIALLY OPENS EAST WINDSOR BRANCH
 

Pictured l to r:  Adam Vaicekauskas, Branch Manager WFS, Jim Richards, Executive Director, East Windsor Chamber, Denise Menard, 1st Selectman East Windsor, State Rep Christopher Davis, George Hermann, CEO & President WFS and Bob Verrengia Chairman of the Board WFS

(EAST WINDSOR, CT – September 26, 2013) – Windsor Federal Savings officially opened their new East Windsor office on September 26th with a traditional ribbon cutting and grand opening reception.

East Windsor First Selectman Denise Menard cut the ceremonial ribbon outside the newly opened branch, together with State Representative Christopher Davis, George Hermann, President and CEO of Windsor Federal, as well as Robert Verrengia, Windsor Federal’s Chairman of the Board, Adam Vaicekauskas, Branch Manager, and Jim Richards, Director of the East Windsor Chamber.

Customers, employees and local officials gathered inside and outside of the new branch, located at 1 Shoham Road in East Windsor, to celebrate the opening.  George Hermann, Windsor Federal President and CEO, reflected on the opening of the new location, “Our growth as an organization remains strong, and we’re thrilled to be in East Windsor, which is a great fit for us.  We look forward to being a good partner with the East Windsor community, and to being good neighbors as well.”

During the reception, East Windsor First Selectman Denise Menard shared her thoughts on the town’s newest business: “We’re very excited to have Windsor Federal Savings with us.  We hear they’re a great community bank, and we know they’ll be a good contributor to the town.”  Branch Manager Adam Vaicekauskas commented on what East Windsor customers can expect at the new branch: ““We are delighted to be a part of this amazing community. We invite folks to stop in and visit us, and to meet our friendly team.  “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” is more than just our motto; it’s a standard for how we treat every customer. We’re working hard to make sure every neighbor knows just how important they are to us.  After all, they’re the reason we’re here!!”

 

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Pictured left to right:  David Baram, Vice President of the JFACT fund, Harold Harper, Bloomfield Branch Sales Manager, Robert Fishman, Executive Director of JFACT

WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS DONATES TO JFACT OF CT

(WINDSOR, CT – OCTOBER 2013) – Windsor Federal Savings has donated $4,000 to the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT), in order to further the educational goals of awareness and history of the Holocaust and genocide, via the Identity project in Bloomfield schools.

A brief gathering was held on October 8th at the Bloomfield branch of Windsor Federal Savings, with Harold Harper, Bloomfield Branch Sales Manager, presenting the $4,000 check to Robert Fishman, Executive Director of JFACT and David Baram, Vice President of the JFACT fund.

Bloomfield public schools director of performing and visual arts, Dr. Joseph Olzacki, together with Rabbi Philip Lazowski, of Bloomfield, created the Identity Project in 2007 as a way for high school students to learn about genocide, and themselves.  Its many faceted approach involves hands-on learning, such as trips to the Holocaust museum in Washington, musical interpretations, and much more.  Guest speakers are sometimes asked to share their experiences as living survivors of the atrocities of the Holocaust.

To learn more about the Identity project, or JFACT, contact Robert Fishman, JFACT Executive Director, at 860-727-5701, or go to www.jfact.org

 

 

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Pictured Marie Groves, Coordinator for the Five Corner Cupboard and
Adam Vaicekauskas, WFS Branch Manager

Pictured l to r:  Galen Semprebon, CT Trolley Museum President, 
Adam Vaicekauskas, WFS Branch Manager and
Fred Stroiney, CT Trolley Museum Chairman

Pictured Adam Vaicekauskas, WFS Branch Manager and
Jim Richards, East Windsor Education Foundation President

 

WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS DONATES TO THREE EAST WINDSOR GROUPS

(Windsor, CT – October 15, 2013) – Three East Windsor community organizations have received donations from Windsor Federal Savings, the bank announced today.

The Five Corner Cupboard ($1,500), the Connecticut Trolley Museum ($1,250), and the East Windsor Education Foundation ($1,200) were presented checks by East Windsor Branch Manager Adam Vaicekauskas in ceremonies on October 11th.  He commented: “We’re proud to be able to assist these East Windsor organizations, and we look forward to being good neighbors to the East Windsor community.”

Marie Groves, coordinator for the Five Corner Cupboard, says the donation will “be put to good use immediately”.  The Cupboard is located in the First Congregational Church, offers food items to East Windsor residents on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m., and is open on the third Friday of the month for one hour in the evening.  It serves approximately 125 East Windsor families, and is run completely by volunteers.

The East Windsor Education Foundation, led by President Jim Richards, helps fund non-budgeted educational items for the Town of East Windsor.  Richards says that the donation is appreciated: “Windsor Federal has truly “joined the neighborhood”, and donations like this one will really make a difference”.  Funding for educational needs is determined through an application process which is reviewed by a group of 12 board members, including a liaison from the East Windsor Board of Education.  Details can be found on their website at www.eastwindsoreducationfoundation.org

“Neighbors helping neighbors” is especially true at the Connecticut Trolley Museum, which is right next door to the Windsor Federal East Windsor branch. “We certainly appreciate this donation, especially as we work to expand exhibits in the visitor center, and promote our ambitious holiday schedule” said Galen Semprebon, Trolley Museum President.  Chairman Fred Stroiney agreed: “our Halloween events and our Winterfest are coming up, and we will have attractions in our theatre, our library, and throughout the property”.

Windsor Federal Savings’ President and CEO George Hermann thanked attendees at the recent Four Town Fair for helping decide which groups would get donations: “our participation in the Four Town Fair was a great way to get out and meet the community, and we appreciate everyone coming out and helping choose the recipients.  Our involvement in East Windsor is only just beginning.”

 

 

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WINDSOR FEDERAL’S HERMANN ELECTED TO ABA BOARD

(WINDSOR, CT – November 2013) – George Hermann, President and CEO of Windsor Federal Savings has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Bankers Association.  ABA’s board is the association’s governing body between annual conventions and is made up of CEOs from banks of all sizes.

“I am honored to be representing our bank, our region and our industry,” said Hermann.  “Though our competitive situations are different and our local economies vary, there are core issues that concern all bankers and all communities.”

ABA represents banks of all sizes and charters and is the voice for the nation’s $14 trillion banking industry and its 2 million employees.  The association provides educational benefits and programs for its members, represents the industry in Washington and speaks on behalf of the industry in the press.

With more than a thirty year career in the financial service industry, including five years as President and CEO of The First National Bank of Suffield, Hermann joined Windsor Federal Savings, a $390 million mutual institution, in February 2012.

At present, George is Vice President of the Connecticut Community Bankers Association, a member of the Legislative Committee and past member of their Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bankers Association. Currently he is a member of the Windsor Rotary Club and serves on the Board of the Bradley Development League. He has also served as Director of the Red Cross, Hospice, and Visiting Nurse Association. 

 

 

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Pictured L to R:  Dr. James Thompson, Superintendent Bloomfield Schools,
CT State Representative David Baram, Philip K. Schenck, Jr , Bloomfield Town Manager, Mayor Sydney Schulman, George Hermann, President/CEO WFS, Bloomfield High Student Tellers:
Kimmoi Ferguson, Matthew Nathan, Hermana Henry, Kayon James,  Jhavier Leslie,  Don Harris, Bloomfield Board of Education, Sam Galloway, Bloomfield High School Principal, Gary Barcher, Bloomfield High Business Teacher, Jan Kelley, WFS Human Resources.

 

BLOOMFIELD HIGH SCHOOL, WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS
COLLABORATE ON IN-SCHOOL BRANCH

 

(BLOOMFIELD, CT – November 2013)  Sam Galloway, Principal at Bloomfield High School, has a plan, and it’s quite clear: to put the high school in the top 10 in Connecticut.  One small part of the plan was implemented on Monday, as the grand opening of the in-school branch of Windsor Federal Savings was held at a ceremony in the school library.

“Learning takes place best when the practical application of concepts learned in the classroom are applied to the real world, and this is a great example of that”, Galloway said. Getting kids energized about their future is also a key:  “The kids are very excited about this, and we’ve even come up with a “Warhawk” Checking Account.  With a curriculum integration with Mr. Barcher’s classes, this should be quite beneficial.”

The in-school branch is the culmination of a long-held dream of Board of Education Chair Donald Harris, Jr., who is also a past Principal of Bloomfield High School, with his initial interest dating back nearly 15 years.  Dr. James Thompson, Superintendent of Schools, said that the idea was backed by the Board of Education:  “Board members fully embraced this partnership and recognized the benefits to students and staff.  Bloomfield Public Schools looks forward to supporting this meaningful partnership”.

George Hermann, President and CEO of Windsor Federal Savings, believes that the in-school branch can be a great asset to the school: “financial literacy is critically important for students to learn as a life-skill, and this branch is a good example of how those skills can be sharpened.  Giving kids a look at business in action is also a valuable learning tool, as they see the correlation between what they are studying and what takes place in a business.”

The in-school branch, located just outside the Cafeteria, is manned by students from Mr. Barcher’s business classes, who undertake extensive teller training from Windsor Federal. It is supervised by a Windsor Federal manager, who ensures that all regulatory, safety and security requirements are met.

According to Mr. Barcher, the branch is integrated into the school’s personal finance curriculum and the marketing curriculum, with the finance course offering a unit on budgeting and savings, which will incorporate savings and checking accounts, complete with vocabulary and simulations. 

From the student-teller perspective, the branch has potential benefits, as well.   Hermana Henry, a junior, said that the experience she will gain was important in her decision to be a teller: “it was a great opportunity to help me narrow my choices for what I want to do in the future.”  Kimmoi Ferguson said that the value to her is in strengthening her leadership abilities: “I think we should be leaders and not followers, and in doing this I hope to build my leadership skills.”

Overseeing the entire project for Windsor Federal was Vice President Mark Walker, who said that benefits to the students far outweighed the cost to the bank: “Helping kids succeed, and changing lives; you just can’t put a dollar amount on that.  Our aim from day one was community involvement, with the hope that kids can gain financial acumen and experience.  We’re well on our way towards that goal.”

 

 

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