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2011

 

CRIS Radio Announces Unique Dining & Dancing In The Dark Event
Lori LePauloue New Vice President, Residential and Consumer Lending 
Rosa Segars - Celebrating 40 Years
Steven Erickson Newly Appointed Board Member
Windsor Federal Savings Is Joining In The Fight To Prevent Financial Elder Abuse
Free Shred Day Part of WFS 75th Anniversary
WFS Makes 75th Anniversary Donations to Education Foundations
WFS Makes Space for FOGPL
WFS Donates $20,000 to Windsor Historical Society
WFS Opens Branch At Windsor High School
WFS Hosts Windsor Chamber Office Hours at Wilson Branch

WFS Provides Coin Counter In Granby Office

Dale Leifert New VP Deposit Operations/Customer Service Center
WFS Teams with Windsor High School to Improve Financial Literacy

 

 

 

2010

Windsor Chamber Names WFS 2010 Business Of The Year
Community Banks Need Level Regulatory Field
Windsor Federal Savings Partners With GoDirect Campaign
"Free Shred Day" Keeps Identity Theft At Bay

 

 

2009

Windsor Police Department Receives An Early Christmas Present 
Windsor Federal Savings Donates $4,000 to Foodshare
Windsor Federal Savings Holiday Consumer Spending Tips
Smallworld Daycare Decorates Windsor Federal Savings Christmas Tree
Granby Office of Windsor Federal Savings Holds Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Carol Shaver, Manager of Residential and Consumer Lending
Ray Halsted, Vice President Commercial Lending, Business Development
Mark Walker, Vice President, Regional Branch Manager
Granby Groundbreaking

 

2008

Tis The Season To Use Credit Wisely
Windsor Federal Savings Donates $3,000 to Foodshare
North Central Square Office Holds Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Windsor Federal Savings Announces New Business Banking Officer  

 

2007

Wilson Office Opens
Windsor Federal Savings Takes Leadership Role in Windsor’s 375th Anniversary Celebration
Jan Kelley, Director of Human Resources Promoted to Vice President

Mary-Lynn Kinney, CFO promoted to Senior Vice President

Robin Myers Promoted to Assistant Branch Manager of the Main Office

Michelle Carroll Promoted to Business Banking Officer

Windsor Federal Savings Announces Winners of Personal Shredders

Windsor Federal Savings Helps Keep Firefighters Safe

Lori Grillo New Mortgage Originator For Windsor Federal Savings

2006

Windsor Federal Savings Collects Food and Toys for families - Commitment to Community Ramps Up for Holidays
70th Anniversary Celebration Winners

Windsor Federal Savings Marks Historical 70th Anniversary - Community Landmark Since 1936

Community Wide Ribbon Cutting of New Poquonock School All Access Playground

Windsor Federal Savings contributes over $75,000 in community donations in 2005 - Commitment to Local Causes to Continue in 2006
Windsor Federal Savings Named Business of the Year
 
Windsor Federal Savings Takes Stand Against Identity Theft

Windsor Federal Savings Announces Winners of 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredders

Windsor Federal Savings Celebrates Employee Milestone - Rosa Segars Honored for 35 Years of Dedicated Service

Mark Griffin Announces New Bloomfield Branch Manager

Windsor Federal Savings Purchases Bloomfield Office Building & Property

Windsor
Federal Savings Generously Donates For Renovation Efforts of Bloomfield’s Prosser Library

 


2011

CRIS Radio Announces Unique Dining & Dancing In The Dark Event

Blumenthal named honorary chair  

WINDSOR, CT - MARCH 2011 - Imagine dining in nearly complete darkness with just the flicker of a candle to guide you. CRIS Radio, a 31-year-old nonprofit that broadcasts news and information for people who are blind, physically challenged or learning disabled, promises a fun-filled and unique evening at its Dining & Dancing In The Dark fundraiser on April 9 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor .

The lights will come back on following a dinner of prime rib, chicken marsala or spinach ravioli, when the dancing portion of the evening begins to the music of the well-known band, The Cartells. The event also will include a dance demonstration audio-described by WFSB meteorologist Scot Haney, who will serve as emcee.

Senator Richard Blumenthal is honorary chair of the event, in which four organizations and/or individuals will be recognized for their achievements that include improving access for people who are blind and print handicapped. The honorees include:

  • The Computer Co. in Rocky Hill, CRIS Radio Small Business of the Year;
  • Windsor Federal Savings in Windsor, CRIS Radio Financial Institution of the Year;
  •  Lions Club, CRIS Radio Civic Organization of the Year;
  • Steve Famiglietti, Manager, Vocational Center for adults who are blind or visually impaired at Oak Hill in, Hartford, CRIS Radio Educator of the Year.

 Eileen Hasson, president of The Computer Co. in Cromwell, is being recognized for her company’s dedication to CRIS Radio’s Web site that now includes on-demand programming. Mark Griffin, president of Windsor Federal Savings, and Mark Lyons, chair of the Connecticut council of the Lions Club, will accept the honors on behalf of their organizations, both long-standing supporters of CRIS Radio. The final honoree is Steve Famiglietti for promoting classes in assistive technology and computer access training to help people who are blind and disabled find meaningful employment.

Table and event sponsors are available. For more information and to purchase a ticket, e-mail info@crisradio.org or telephone 860-527-8000.

 

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Lori LePauloue new Vice President, Residential and Consumer Lending at Windsor Federal Savings

WINDSOR, CT – MARCH 2011 - Mark E. Griffin, President of Windsor Federal Savings is pleased to announce that Lori LePauloue has joined the Association as the Vice President of Residential and Consumer Lending.

A native of Maine, Lori is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of community banking experience, with an in-depth background in retail banking and sales management specializing in mortgage, consumer and small business lending. Her most recent position was at TD Bank as Vice President – Mortgage Sales and Support where she managed the Mortgage Support Call Center.  While at TD Bank her career also included Business Development Manager and Mortgage Loan Originator. Prior to her employment with TD Bank, she worked in retail branch banking and consumer and mortgage lending with Citibank.

Lori attended The New England School of Banking at Williams College, as well as, completed courses at Westbrook College and the University of Southern Maine.  She has been active within her hometown community participating with the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Habitat for Humanity and various charitable organizations.

An avid sports fan and traveler, Lori also enjoys a good book, concerts, animals and spending time with family and friends. She will be making her home in Enfield.

 

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS ON THE JOB
Windsor Federal Savings Employee Rosa Segars Begins 41st Year

WINDSOR, CT – MAY 2011 – When the number 40 is used in conversation these days, often heard are comments such as “over the hill”, or perhaps “it’s the new 30”. What is rarely heard, however, is the number 40 and “same employer for every one of those years”. Which is why it’s truly remarkable when an employee reaches their 40th anniversary, and is still working! Windsor Federal Savings employee Rosa Segars just celebrated her 40th year with the bank, and keeps on rolling.

To give some perspective on just what life was like in 1971, consider this: Ed Sullivan was still on network television. Disney World opened their doors for the first time in Orlando. Richard Nixon was President, and The French Connection won the Academy Award for best picture.

Even more amazing is that in the banking world, computers were just beginning to be used in 1971. Plus, the ATM, the internet, and online banking were nothing but a dream, and Mark Griffin, Windsor Federal president and CEO, was a freshman in college! Clearly, there have been enormous changes during Segar’s 40 year career, especially related to banks that have merged, consolidated or simply gone by the wayside. For all of its advancements in banking, however, Segars said she is very proud that Windsor Federal Savings’ commitment to customer service has remained.

“I have seen a lot of changes in my years,” said Segars, a Windsor resident. “But I really enjoy coming to work because of the special people and sense of community here. In all my years that’s never changed.”

In an era that has seen unprecedented changes in the ways banks deal with their customers, that community-based approach – like Segar’s longevity – bucks a trend. For fans of personalized service, caring employees, and a friendly, unpretentious atmosphere, that’s a good thing.

“Our motto, neighbors helping neighbors, says it all”, says Mark Griffin, president and CEO of Windsor Federal Savings. “Like Rosa says, the sense of community you find here is what sets us apart. Our customers know that they will be treated with respect and courtesy-every day. There are lots of banking choices out there, and our customers – and employees – know that bigger isn’t necessarily better.”

Segars has become a mainstay of the banking experience for Windsor Federal Savings customers and employees alike. Says Bill Lidestri, Senior Vice President of Operations: “She’s really a super person. Everyone looks forward to seeing her, her warm personality and her big smile. She sets a great tone.” Customer service supervisor Lois Pinkham echoes those comments: “Rosa is a pleasure to work with. She always has a positive attitude, says hello to everyone, and has that wonderful smile.”

For Windsor Federal Savings employees and customers alike, that smile is contagious, and a welcome part of each day-as it has been for the past forty years, and counting.

 

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Steven Erickson Newly Appointed Board Member of Windsor Federal Savings

WINDSOR, CT – JUNE 2011 - Mark E. Griffin, President of Windsor Federal Savings is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven Erickson to Windsor Federals' Board of Directors.

Mr. Erickson is a Certified Public Account and partner in the firm of Whittlesey & Hadley, P.C.. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Drake University and a Master of Science in Economics from Trinity College.

Steve is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts (AICPA) and Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accounts (CSCPA). He is an active participant in community projects, oftentimes serving in a leadership role for local business and community groups. Currently, he serves as vice-president of the Windsor Education Foundation, member, and two-time former president of the Rotary Club of Windsor, member of the finance committee for the United Way of Greater Hartford and Board member for Community Health Resources.

Accomplishments include the Paul Harris Fellow award for service to the Community and the Rotary International award.

A long-time resident of Windsor, Steve enjoys golfing, basketball, spending time with family and friends and serving the community.

 

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS IS JOINING IN THE FIGHT TO PREVENT FINANCIAL ELDER ABUSE

WINDSOR, CT – JUNE 2011 – To spotlight June 15th “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day”, Windsor Federal is offering tips on how to identify and prevent elder financial abuse.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, seniors throughout the United States lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation.

“Seniors are valued members of our community and it is our responsibility to ensure they live safely and with dignity,” explained Mark Griffin, President.  “They can steer clear of financial abuse by being alert to the signs and knowing who to turn to for help.”

Windsor Federal Savings offers the following tips to our elder consumers:

  • Never give your Social Security number, account numbers or other personal financial information over the phone unless you initiated the call.

  • Don’t open e-mails from unknown sources, and beware of any notice claiming you have won a lottery.

  • Shred receipts, bank statements and unused credit card offers before them away.

  • Review your monthly accounts regularly for any unauthorized charges.  Report lost or stolen checks immediately.

  • Order copies of your credit report once a year to ensure accuracy.

  • Lock up your checkbook, account statements and other sensitive information when others will be in your home.

  • Do business with companies you know are reputable, or first check their references and credentials.  Beware of any home improvement contractor that comes to your door or tries to sell you services over the phone.

  • If a stranger needs to send you payment for something, insist on a check for the exact amount.  Never accept a check for more and wire the difference back.

  • Never let someone pressure you into agreeing to loan terms before you’ve had a chance to review them in writing with a trusted advisor.

  • Report any unusual account inquires you receive—whether by phone or e-mail—to your banker, who will take measures to protect your account and notify authorities.

  • Carefully choose trustworthy people to act as your agent in all estate-planning matters.

  • Talk to your local banker about any financial needs, concerns or questions.

 

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SHRED DAY PART OF WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS 75th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

WINDSOR, CT – JUNE 2011 Turning 75 years old for most means easier schedules, lighter workloads, and “the golden years”.  At Windsor Federal Savings, turning 75 is quite the contrary: they are busy adding new customers, rolling out new products and services, and participating in an ever-growing list of community activities, like the recently held “Shred Day” in Windsor.

“Our strong community involvement is one of the ways that we stand out from other banks” said Mark Griffin, Windsor Federal Savings President and CEO.   “We take an active role in each one of the communities we’re in, and the recent Shred Day is just one example of that.  It also highlights our commitment to combating identity theft.”

This year’s Shred Day – the 6th annual, and 8th overall – was held on Saturday, June 4th, at the Bank’s Loan Center in Windsor.  With on-site shredding services by East Windsor-based Infoshred, the event was an unprecedented success, with over 22,500 pounds of documents shredded – and kept out of the hands of identity thieves.  Stacey DiPiazza, owner of Infoshred, thinks the event-and its associated benefits – is a great idea:  “Any documents that have personal information, or that can be traced back to an individual, really should be shredded.  Windsor Federal Savings was one of the early adopters of document shredding and was one of Infoshred’s first clients. We have been working with them since 1996.”

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), nearly 9 million Americans will have some form of their identity stolen this year alone. With proper protection, that number could drop dramatically.  Among other things, the FTC strongly recommends that you “always shred your charge receipts, copies of credit applications, insurance forms, physician statements, checks and bank statements, expired charge cards that you're discarding, and credit offers you get in the mail”.  For businesses, that list gets even longer, and companies such as Infoshred offer convenient services for any size business.

While stopping identity theft was a big part of Windsor Federal’s Shred Day, it wasn’t the only part.  Being a good neighbor was a large component, as well.  Infoshred Security Professional John Pender, who worked the event, had this to say: “When folks come up to the truck they typically are shocked to find that it is a free event, and they always express what a wonderful service that the bank is providing. It’s just doing something nice and generating goodwill in the community.” According to Windsor Federal’s coordinator, Robin Stanwick, Shred Day is part of “walking the walk”.  “Lots of businesses have a motto of one kind or another, and then tend to forget to do what they say they will. At Windsor Federal, we make a concerted effort to be involved in the community, and believe that our actions should be consistent with our motto of neighbors helping neighbors.”

 

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS MAKES DONATIONS TO CELEBRATE 75TH BIRTHDAY

WINDSOR, CT – JUNE 2011 On June 14th, Windsor Federal Savings held a birthday celebration to commemorate their 75th year in business.  The event was held at their Main Office in Windsor, and was replete with cake, balloons, local dignitaries, and a slight variation from the traditional birthday party - Windsor Federal didn’t receive gifts, but gave them, instead.

The lucky recipients of the gifts were the Education Foundations of Windsor, Granby and Bloomfield.  Each foundation was formally presented a $2,500 check by Mark Griffin, President of Windsor Federal Savings, who commented, “Each one of these foundations serves their school systems and towns in a way that benefits students and citizens positively.  At Windsor Federal, we try to do the same, not just with our customers, but with the communities that we’re a part of.  We’ve been active in our communities for 75 years, and we look forward to the next 75.”

Florence Barlow, Co-President of the Windsor Education Foundation, had this to say - “We can’t thank Windsor Federal enough for all the work that they do. Whenever we’re having (an event), they’re always there to help out. Every single penny donated goes into the Windsor Schools”.  Her counterpart from the Granby Education Foundation, Rebecca Brewer, was equally appreciative - “Windsor Federal has been very supportive of the Education Foundation; in the past they have sponsored various events to help education initiatives in the entire town, for projects that are outside the school budget – (which includes) any nonprofit organization that serves Granby.”  Desmond Collins, Treasurer of the Bloomfield Education Foundation also expressed their appreciation, “Funding of this nature doesn’t come along very easily, with the economy the way it is. Windsor Federal has always been very generous to us, and we’re really excited that they’re celebrating 75 years!”

In addition to the representatives of the local Education Foundations, on hand for the celebration were Windsor Mayor Don Trinks; Bloomfield Mayor Sid Schulman; and Granby First Selectman John Adams. Adams commented on the involvement of Windsor Federal in Granby -  “Windsor Federal have been tremendous members of our community. Whenever there has been a need – such as Granby 225, the Granby Education Foundation, even ads in the yearbook – they have always stepped up. We appreciate very much their continued support for various town events.”

 

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS PROVIDES SPACE FOR GRANBY LIBRARY FRIENDS

GRANBY, CT - JULY 2011 – What do you do with an old bank building, when you’ve built a new one across the street?  You let your “friends” use it, of course! In this case, the “friends” would be Friends of Granby Public Library (FOGPL), and the use would be sorting books for their annual fund raiser, the “used book sale”, to be held at the Granby Senior Center on September 23, 24, and 25.

Del Shilkret, FOGPL President, originally thought the idea of using the old Windsor Federal location was “a shot in the dark”.  But after approaching Windsor Federal branch manager Jim Matejek about the idea, the pair got the ball rolling, and eventually the idea became a reality.  “We’re so grateful to Windsor Federal, it’s been terrific”, said Shilkret.  “We used to spend almost an hour setting up and tearing down tables in our previous location, so this has been very helpful.”  Matejek was just glad that it worked out. “I was just hoping to help the group out in any way I could, and now they can use the space as needed for their book sorting.”

Carole Bernard, who manages the numerous volunteers for the Friends group said, “It’s such a win-win, to have otherwise unused space be used for the community good.  We’re extremely grateful to Windsor Federal for their support of our efforts.”  Those efforts are all aimed at preparing for the annual sale, which is their primary fund raiser, and which has become even more important as the economy has sputtered in recent years.  In fact, FOGPL actually helped restore Sunday hours during the winter months this year at the Granby library after recent budget cuts had necessitated its closure.

The sale has grown both in popularity and in variety in its twenty-nine year existence. There is a wide array of books, games, puzzles, board books, audio books, DVDS, and CDs at the sale.  One category, called “coffee table books, vintage and collectibles”, includes coveted first editions and autographed copies.  The sale has established a reputation in the area for its quality offerings and great prices.

The FOGPL used book sale will be held at the Granby Senior Center, on Friday, September 23rd from 6:30 pm - 9 pm; Saturday, September 24th from 9 am - 3 pm; and Sunday, September 25th from 11 am - 2:30 pm.  Friday’s session has a $5 charge that allows potential buyers a “first look”. Saturday is “priced as marked” day, and Sunday is “pay what your conscience dictates” day.

 

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS DONATES $20,000 TO WINDSOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY

WINDSOR, CT - AUGUST 2011 - When Christine Ermenc, Executive Director of the Windsor Historical Society, found out that Windsor Federal Savings was donating $20,000 to the Society to help a number of projects and initiatives, she knew that the exhibit opening up this September, “Windsor: Bridging Centuries, Bridging Cultures- 400 Years of Windsor Stories,” was going to be a hit.  She also knew that many of the Historical Society’s important projects and infrastructure improvements were once again getting valuable support from Windsor Federal.

Keeping history alive for future generations can sometimes be a daunting task.  It is painstaking work, requiring patience, organization, lots of help, and a healthy public interest.  In addition to those, it can be quite expensive to be certain that local history will be suitably preserved, in a condition that merits viewing and understanding by interested future citizens. Projects like backup generators, energy efficiency and lighting upgrades, and even facility improvements have all been, or will be, undertaken at the Windsor Historical Society thanks to the continuing support of Windsor Federal and other community members.

“Public and community support is vital to keep those projects moving forward and to enable the Society to do the things necessary to ensure a healthy future”, said Mark Griffin, President of Windsor Federal Savings.  “We’re happy to help.  I encourage people to get out to see the new exhibit and to experience all that the Society has to offer.  It really is a wonderful resource.”

Windsor Federal, according to Ermenc, has been a good neighbor to the Historical Society. “They are a tremendously community-spirited organization.  We’ve always had a close working relationship with them, and a lot of support – not just financial. We’ve really benefitted from our association with Windsor Federal”.

“Bridging Centuries, Bridging Cultures-400 Years of Windsor Stories” opens September 27th.  For more information, contact the Windsor Historical Society at 860.688.3813, or go to WindsorHistoricalSociety.org

 

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS OPENS FIRST HIGH-SCHOOL BRANCH

WINDSOR, CT - SEPTEMBER 2011 - In what is considered a rare occurrence in Connecticut, Windsor Federal Savings opened a new bank branch at Windsor High School which included a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 12th.  The student-run Windsor High School branch is Windsor Federal’s first in-school location, and one of a small number of in-school bank branches in the entire state.

Seven  members of the Windsor High School honors accounting class, taught by business education teacher Gloria Wellington, will operate the branch, which will be open Monday through Friday from 11 – 1.  The students all participated in a summer training program at various Windsor Federal branches, where they were instructed in banking protocols, company expectations, customer service, and received hands-on teller training.  Each student was also paired with a Windsor Federal “Manager Mentor” to assist them with their training.

“This was truly a collaborative, community initiative.” said Mark Griffin, president of Windsor Federal Savings.  “The strong spirit of teamwork and cooperation shown by everyone helped to make this a very smooth process.  The benefits it will bring to Windsor High students will be tremendous, and we’re quite grateful to the administration and faculty, as well as our Windsor Federal team, for working so hard to make it happen.”

Russell Sills, Windsor High School principal, said, “It’s a fabulous idea for us.  We had been exploring ideas to increase the financial literacy of our students, so the idea of having a working bank in the building is completely in line with that.  Plus, (the bank operation) will be tied into our accounting curriculum, so it’s a win-win.”

Windsor Federal’s role in the collaboration, beyond an operational position, is to assist the students in their efforts to increase their financial literacy, to enhance their knowledge of workplace and career opportunities, and to help students with a hands-on implementation of classroom concepts.  The students, according to teacher Gloria Wellington, should benefit nicely.  “We’re going to teach the history of banking, we’re going to teach money.  This is a hands-on project for the students not only to learn a life skill, but also as a career opportunity.  You can’t imagine how excited I am.”

Similar thoughts were expressed by Deb Maccarone, supervisor of technical and career education for the Windsor Public Schools. “Everyone talks about 21st century skills and workplace readiness, so this is where the rubber meets the road. The students are not just learning in the classroom, but they are actually getting a chance to practice it here. So that whole aspect, which can be so difficult in the classroom, they actually have the opportunity to do it.”

 

 

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS HOSTS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OFFICE HOURS AT WILSON BRANCH

WINDSOR, CT – SEPTEMBER 2011 - Windsor Federal Savings announced today that their Wilson branch will host satellite office hours for the Windsor Chamber of Commerce starting in mid-September.

Beginning on Thursday September 15th, Jane Garibay, Windsor Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, will be on location at the Windsor Federal Savings Wilson branch, 321 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, every Thursday from 2-4.

Garibay believes that the branch hours will come in handy for Wilson area businesses.  “In Windsor, we have First Town Downtown which assists businesses in the center, and we also focus on the Day Hill area.  In Wilson, Windsor Federal has the perfect location, so we’ll hold office hours there.  Members can come in and we can help connect them with resources to help their businesses. We also hope to do some marketing, and an event that includes those businesses, and we want to connect them with the other member businesses in town like those in Windsor Center and Day Hill Road.”

“The Windsor Chamber of Commerce is a wonderful resource for area businesses, and hosting them at our Wilson location was an easy decision” said Mark Griffin, Windsor Federal Savings President.  “Whether it’s planning, marketing, or simply a casual discussion of growth ideas, the Chamber can help.  I encourage companies to stop in and utilize the many business tools they have to offer.”

Appointments are not necessary, and walk-ins are welcome.  For further information, contact the Windsor Chamber of Commerce at 860-688-5165.

 

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Dale Leifert new Vice President of Deposit Operations at Windsor Federal Savings

WINDSOR, CT - SEPTEMBER 2011 - Mark E. Griffin, President of Windsor Federal Savings is pleased to announce that Dale Leifert has joined the Association as Vice President, Deposit Operations/Customer Service Center.

Dale has several years banking experience, most recently as Vice President, Bank Operations of Union Savings Bank (formerly The First National Bank of Litchfield). She attended Northwestern Connecticut Community College and Computer Processing Institute, and also completed numerous training courses through ABA and CFT.

Dale, who resides in Winsted, currently serves as a three-term Treasurer for the Goshen Historical Society and recently named a Corporator in 2010. She enjoys spending time with her family, landscaping and is an avid reader.

 

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS PROVIDES COIN COUNTER AT GRANBY BRANCH

GRANBY, CT – OCTOBER 2011 – Windsor Federal Savings announced today that they will provide a self-service coin counting machine at their Granby location, effective immediately. The user-friendly machine will be provided as a free service to Windsor Federal customers and will allow them to easily have their loose change counted and verified.  Foreign coin is not accepted, and will be returned to the customer.

“The customer response to the self-service kiosk at our Windsor location has been just tremendous, and we expect the same at our Granby branch” said Windsor Federal Savings Vice President and Regional Manager, Mark Walker. “It’s a fun and easy machine to use and it provides a receipt so customers know their exact counted amount.  The days of having to roll coins are over, as the machines count mixed coinage simply and easily.”

Jim Matejek, Granby Branch Manager, sees it as a service to his customers.  “We strive to be a vibrant member of our community, and this is simply another way to be a good neighbor.  There are no fees for customers, and the machine is actually quite easy to use.  Once the coin is counted, customers just bring the machine generated receipt to a teller for deposit or to obtain their cash.  It’s that easy.  As always, any member of our staff is available to provide assistance where needed.”

The coin counting machines are available during normal business hours at the Main Office, and the Granby branch, which are: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9 – 4; Thursday and Friday, 9-6; and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

 

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS TEAMS WITH WINDSOR HIGH SCHOOL TO IMPROVE FINANCIAL LITERACY  

WINDSOR, CT – DECEMBER 2011 – Gloria Wellington, Business Education teacher at Windsor High School, is always looking for ways to tie course curriculum to real world situations. Having Mark Walker, Windsor Federal Savings Vice President and Regional Branch Manager, as a guest lecturer seemed like a great opportunity, and a way for the students to get a perspective they might not otherwise see. So began a collaborative effort, based on the FDIC “Money Smart “program for young adults, which kicked off on December 16th at Windsor High School in the Honors Accounting class.

“It is my hope that we have a substantial transfer of knowledge and skills to the students, and working with Mark on the four learning modules has been quite helpful” said Wellington. “We want students to graduate with a working knowledge of financial matters, and we want finance to come alive for them”. 

“Financial literacy is critically important for young adults to master, and we’re trying to assist in that regard” said Mark Walker, Windsor Federal Vice President. “Students are learning ways to be the managers of their own finances, which is truly a life skill. Being good neighbors is part of our company culture, and this is one of the ways that we try to give back as an organization.” 

The four major topics that are being covered in the classroom are: Pay Yourself First, Save, Save, Save; Borrowing Basics, Intro To Credit; Charge It Right, Make Credit Cards Work For You; and Paying For College And Cars, Information About Loans. Money Smart for Students was initiated nationally by the FDIC in 2008, and is geared towards students up to 20 years old. 

Windsor Federal also collaborates with Windsor High School on their in-school bank branch, which is overseen by Windsor Highs’ Wellington, as well. The in-school branch has been in operation since September, and is part of a national initiative to increase financial literacy and skills, also driven in part by FDIC programs for students. Student run bank branches are strongly encourage by the FDIC, which also is developing school-based initiatives under the “Alliance for Economic Inclusion” to help financial institutions and other groups set up student-run banks across the country. 

For more information about the FDIC “Money Smart” program, please contact your local Windsor Federal branch manager, or go to http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/young.html  

 

 

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2010

Windsor Chamber Names WFS 2010 Business Of The Year

Windsor, CT - June 2010 - Windsor Federal Savings has been selected as a co-recipient of the “Business of the Year” Award by the Windsor Chamber of Commerce. The award is recognition by the Windsor Chamber of an organization’s devotion to Community Service and dedication to the improvement of the Town of Windsor.

The award was presented to Windsor Federal Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Mary-Lynn Kinney at the 61st Annual Windsor Chamber Dinner and Meeting, held at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott on Friday, June 11th.

According to Windsor Federal President Mark Griffin, giving back to the community is a core company value: “we have always believed as an organization that to truly be a part of the community, you have to be ready to help your neighbors, in any capacity. Our monetary donations are only one part of our approach. We also try to donate time and talent to help our communities and their various needy causes. We are honored to help wherever possible, and are grateful for the award”.

Windsor Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jane Garibay agrees. “Windsor Federal is always there when asked. They are a true pillar of the community, and they give in so many, many ways. We are proud of their commitment, both to the Town of Windsor, and beyond.”

 

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Windsor Federal's "Free Shred Day" Keeps Identity Theft At Bay

Windsor, CT - April 2010 - Saturday, April 24 was a sad day for identity thieves in the Hartford area.  While none were apprehended, a huge dent was put in their efforts due to Windsor Federal Savings’ “Free Shred Day”, held at the Windsor Federal loan center in Windsor.

By 9:30 that morning, over 9,000 pounds of potentially sensitive documents had been shredded, courtesy of East Windsor-based Infoshred, including old tax returns, medical records, financial statements and other personal documents.   What was good for the community was definitely bad for identity thieves.   “Identity theft comes in many forms and affects people in many different ways” said Mark Griffin, president and CEO of Windsor Federal Savings.  “The Free Shred Day is one way Windsor Federal can provide the community with a quick and easy way to destroy unneeded personal documents to help protect against this growing criminal activity”.

By 1:00 p.m., over 22,000 lbs of documents had been shredded – over 11 tons of paper that were processed by Info Shred and then sent for repulping and baling, saving an estimated 130 trees in the process, and avoiding countless headaches that might have occurred from identity theft.

This is the fifth year in a row that Windsor Federal and Infoshred have teamed up, and according to Infoshred Owner Stacey DiPiazza, its well worth continuing.  “Any documents that have personal information, or that can be traced back to an individual, really should be shredded.  Whether they are personal or business related, human resources, sales, or really anything that personally identifies, they should be destroyed.  Our commercial clients like Windsor Federal rely on us for our security, convenience, environmental responsibility, and to give them peace of mind.  Windsor Federal’s Shred Day is a great idea, and we’re happy to participate.”

According to Windsor Federal’s Robin Stanwick, customers look forward to the event all year long.  “Our customers circle the date on their calendars early on, and plan on it.  The number of people participating has increased every year.  We have done the event at other branch locations as well, and expect to have another one this coming October 23rd, so watch our website for details”.  For more information go to www.windsorfederal.com and www.infoshred.com.

 

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Community Banks Need Level Regulatory Field
By Mark Griffin

Windsor, CT - April 2010 - In the aftermath of one of the biggest financial meltdowns in U.S. history, Sen. Christopher Dodd and the Senate Banking Committee have been working diligently to craft a response to many of the causes of the meltdown with a bill entitled: “Restoring American Financial Stability,” proposing, among other things, to create a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  

On the other side of the Capitol, the House has already passed its own version of financial reform, and both sides are continuing to push their versions forward.  As of this writing, the full Senate is negotiating and debating this financial regulatory reform legislation.

Clearly, a response to the financial crisis was warranted, and prevention of many of the corporate “bad behaviors” that contributed to this unprecedented situation was necessary.

However, many, if not most, of those bad behaviors did not involve community banks.  At Windsor Federal and at thousands of other community banks around the country, we have always believed that adherence to sound business practices – a common sense approach, if you will – is the best way to avoid trouble and excessive risk.  For example, when many mortgage originators around the country were accepting loan applications that had no verified details – “stated only” in industry parlance – most community banks were still requiring verification to ensure the quality of our loans were as strong as possible.  In other words, we avoided the sub-prime’s because it didn’t make business sense to take that type of risk.

Community banks are highly regulated entities that “play by the rules” and are important sources of credit to businesses and consumers alike.  In fact, there are more than 8,000 community banks in the United States.  Because we are deeply rooted in our cities and towns, we know our customers, we know our local businesses, and we can make sound financial decisions that contribute positively to the growth of the communities we are involved in.  Community banks are in business for the long-term, and we run our businesses with a broad horizon in mind.

One thing that we can’t do, however, is compete with organizations – “non-bank entities” as they are called – that get to play by a different set of rules. Just as both teams in a sports contest have the same rules to follow – and the same penalties if they don’t – we need all players to have the same rules, and the same resulting responses from regulators if they are not.

According to Comptroller of the Currency John Dugan, poor credit underwriting was a key factor in the recent financial crisis, and “nearly 60 percent of non-prime mortgage loans and foreclosures in the ‘Worst 10’ markets were from originators not supervised by any federal banking agency.”  There is a prime example of who the culprits were, and why they need oversight.

 Simply stated, the referee needs to be able to apply the rules to all teams equally, which the current version of the proposed Senate bill does not address.  If it does not, community banks will be at a competitive disadvantage, adding to our already substantial regulatory overhead, and could even lead to multiple sets of examiners reaching separate conclusions without being coordinated.

We applaud the intentions of Senator Dodd and the Senate Banking committee, and we hope that they will address the need for common standards – and penalties – for banks and non-banks alike, to help make the playing field level.  We also hope that they will embrace the idea that “examining the un-examined” – in other words, non-bank entities – will lead to stronger controls and preventions than adding to an already burdensome regulatory structure.

Mark Griffin is president and CEO of Windsor Federal Savings, a community bank based in Windsor.

 

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Windsor Federal Savings Partners With GoDirect Campaign

Windsor, CT – April 2010 - Windsor Federal Savings is proud to partner with GoDirect – a campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank to inform people who receive federal benefits about the advantages of direct deposit and help them sign up for it.

Direct deposit provides the safest method of receiving Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) checks. It eliminates the risk of lost or stolen checks, and helps protect against fraud and identity theft. Furthermore, direct deposit provides people with immediate access to their money from virtually everywhere, which can be vitally important in the case of a natural disaster or a major life change.

Direct deposit also saves taxpayers millions of dollars. If every current federal benefit check recipient switched to direct deposit, it would save taxpayers about $130 million a year. Almost all the money saved remains in the Social Security Trust Fund – a benefit to all Americans for years to come.

Switching to direct deposit is a small but important way that people who get Social Security and SSI checks can improve their lives. GoDirect makes it quick and easy to sign up – just call the toll-free helpline (800) 333-1795 or sign up online at www.GoDirect.org or stop by any office of Windsor Federal Savings.

 

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2009

Windsor Police Department Receives An Early Christmas Present 

WINDSOR, CT – December 2009 On Thursday, December 24, 2009, the Windsor Police Department received an early Christmas present from Windsor Federal Savings in the form of four Pulse Pens which will be used as a tool to assist Windsor Detectives during interviews.

The Pulse Pens are a pen-based computing tool which combines ink with digital technology.  Using special paper, the pen records what the detective writes, while at the same time, records audio as they are writing.  Later, the pen will play back not only what was written, but what it was hearing at the time the interview was conducted ideally capturing the essence of and attitude behind what people sayThe implications and benefits for the Windsor Detectives are obvious; there will never be a doubt about what a subject said, the pen will provide that certainty.

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Windsor Federal Savings Donates $4,000 to Foodshare

WINDSOR, CT – December 2009 – On December 11, 2009, Robin Stanwick, Marketing Coordinator for Windsor Federal Savings, presented a check in the amount of $4,000 to Foodshare's Vice President, Christine O'Rourke.

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HOW TO AVOID THE HOLIDAY HANGOVER
Windsor Federal Savings Holiday Consumer Spending Tips
 

WINDSOR, CT – December 2009 – Will holiday spending leave consumers’ budgets in the red? Not necessarily, if consumers use the American Bankers Association Education Foundation’s holiday spending tips as a guide.

“Consumers spreading holiday cheer should keep in mind that January bills are only weeks away,” explains bank president Mark Griffin. “Simple planning could be the cure-all for the dreaded holiday hangover and help to keep the debt of Christmas at bay.” 

To help consumers spend within their means and have a financially happy New Year, Windsor Federal Savings offers the following tips: 

  • Develop a budget. Before you start your holiday shopping, develop a realistic holiday budget.  Be as detailed as possible and include items like postage, gift
    wrap, greeting cards, decorations, food, travel expenses and charitable contributions. 
  • Make a list and check it twice. Keep your gift list limited to family and close friends, noting how much you want to spend on each.  Be creative and send
    greeting cards or handwritten letters of appreciation to those outside of your list. 
  • Shop for bargains. Avoid shopping while rushed or under pressure which can
    lead to overspending.  Always comparison shop and re-evaluate your purchase to make sure that it is within your budget.
  • Use credit wisely. Limit using credit for holiday spending. If you must use credit, use only one card, preferably the one with the lowest interest rate.  It’s a good
    idea to pick a date to pay off your holiday credit card bills.  Remember to review statements carefully for unauthorized charges.

We at Windsor Federal Savings are committed to helping our customers save for the future and are here to help you meet your financial goals.

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It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas!
Smallworld Daycare Decorates Windsor Federal Savings Christmas Tree
 

WINDSOR, CT – December 2009 – On Friday, December 4, 2009, about  25 children from Smallworld Daycare in Granby visited the new Granby Office of Windsor Federal Savings and festively decorated their Christmas Tree.  Smallworld Daycare is no stranger to the bank, for the past 20 years children from the daycare have decorated the office tree.

This year, the children, who range in age from 2-4 years old, made all the decorations including old-fashioned paper chains, icicles designed from aluminum foil, glitter snowflakes and a tissue flower as a tree topper.  “This Christmas Tree belongs in a museum”, stated marketing coordinator, Robin Stanwick, “I am so touched by the spirit of Christmas thanks to the children”.

After the tree decorating, the children sang Christmas Carols to all staff and customers, enjoyed cookies with juice and dropped off a huge red Santa bag filled with a new toy, which each child purchased, for the Toys For Tot program. Thank you Smallworld…this is what Christmas is all about!

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Granby Office of Windsor Federal Savings Holds Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Granby Office of Windsor Federal Savings held their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 21 Hartford Avenue.  In attendance were Granby First Selectman, John Adams; Town Manager, Bill Smith; Director of Community Development, Fran Armentano; Windsor Federal Savings Board Members, Bill Chiodo, Mike Rabbett, Brian Quagan; President, Mark Griffin and Branch Manager, Jim Matejek. 

The office, which opened for business on October 5, 2009, is a full service bank offering free checking, free online banking and bill pay along with a variety of business services and loan products.  This new branch is not only more energy-efficient, but also has two drive-up lanes, a much needed drive-up ATM, as well as more office space and a greater variety of safety deposit boxes.   The office is open Monday – Wednesday 9 to 4; Thursday and Friday 9 to 6; and Saturdays 9 to1 2. The drive-up window opens at 7:30 am Monday through Saturday.  

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Carol Shaver new Manager of Residential and Consumer Lending at Windsor Federal Savings

WINDSOR, CT - July 2009 - Mark E. Griffin, President of Windsor Federal Savings is pleased to announce that Carol Shaver has joined the Association as the new Manager of Residential and Consumer Lending.

Carol has over 15 years of mortgage, banking, and management experience.  Most recently with Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) where she developed, implemented and designed guidelines, policies, and procedures for Governor Rell’s Emergency Assistance program and CT FAMILIES Programs.

Prior to CHFA, Carol was with Liberty Bank as an Assistant Loan Servicing Manager and with Shawmut Mortgage Company as Assistant Vice President/Loan Servicing.  Carol has developed herself professionally through course work at the Mortgage Bankers Association and has been involved with community projects for the United Way and Junior Achievement.

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Raymond Halsted New Business Development Officer at Windsor Federal Savings

WINDSOR, CT - July 2009 - Mark E. Griffin, President of Windsor Federal Savings is pleased to announce that Raymond Halsted has joined the Association as Vice President, Commercial Lending and Business Development.

Ray is a seasoned professional with over 38 years of commercial lending, business and community banking experience, most recently as Vice President, Northern Region Manager of Business Banking with New Alliance Bank.

Prior to his employment with New Alliance, Ray worked at New England Bank, joining as Assistant Vice President and advancing within the organization until becoming its President and Chief Lending Officer.

Education includes Manchester Community College, University of Hartford, University of Massachusetts and Williams College Graduate School of Commercial Banking where he completed several comprehensive Banking, Branch, Residential and Commercial Lending programs.

Ray is an active participant in community projects, oftentimes serving in a leadership role for local business and community groups. He currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors, Treasurer, Chairman of Finance and the Investment and Development Committee for the Visiting Nurse and Health Services of CT. He has also been active with the Kiwanis Club of Windsor, Boy Scouts of America, United Way, American Cancer Society and the Windsor Chamber of Commerce.

Ray resides in Windsor with his wife, enjoys golfing, sailing and serving the community.

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Mark Walker - Vice President, Regional Branch Manager at Windsor Federal Savings

 

WINDSOR, CT – May 2009 - Mark Griffin, president of Windsor Federal Savings, is pleased to announce Mark D. Walker has joined the Association as Vice President – Regional Branch Manager.

Mark brings with him over 25 years of banking experience, most recently as Vice President and Branch Manager with Bank of America. He attended Central Connecticut State University and the University of Virginia where he completed a comprehensive Retail Bank Management program.  In his position with Windsor Federal Savings, Mark will oversee the operations of the branch offices, providing guidance to the Branch Managers in the sales, customer service, administration, and management areas.

Current president for The Bridge Family Center, director, board member and trustee of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce, The Children’s Museum, Trinity Christian Fellowship and West Hartford Youth Basketball League; Mark is also a volunteer mentor for West Hartford Public Schools.

Mark, who resides in West Hartford with his wife and three children, enjoys golf, reading and all sports. 

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Windsor Federal Savings Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Granby Location

 

GRANBY, CT — February 20, 2009 — Windsor Federal Savings held a groundbreaking ceremony at the future home of its Granby branch at 21 Hartford Avenue – directly across the street from its current location.  On hand for the festivities were Town Manager, Bill Smith; Director of Community Development, Fran Armentano; Windsor Federal Savings Board Member, Mike Rabbett; Branch Manager, Jim Matejek; and President, Mark Griffin.

After first opening its doors at its present location in 1973, the branch has since grown along with the Town of Granby.  This new branch will not only be more energy-efficient, but will also have two drive-up lanes, a much needed drive-up ATM, as well as more office and conference space and a greater variety of safety deposit boxes.  Through offering its customers the very best in products and customer service and continuing its commitment to the Town of Granby and surrounding communities, Windsor Federal Savings is taking seriously its responsibility to be a valuable neighbor.

When asked why a new branch is being built during such difficult economic times, Mark Griffin said, “Our mutual ownership structure allows us to operate with a more long-term outlook in mind.  Due to our sensible business practices, we remain safe, secure and strong.  We have always been a community bank and plan to stay that way as we move forward.  That’s what “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” is all about,” said Griffin.

A late summer/early fall opening is anticipated.

 

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2008

Tis The Season To Use Credit Wisely
Windsor Federal Savings Savvy Holiday Spending Tips

(Windsor, CT, December 9, 2008) – As the gift-giving season approaches, Windsor Federal Savings has tips to help consumers use credit wisely and avoid a holiday hangover.

“Basic holiday expenses can put a strain on consumers’ finances — especially in an already stressed economy,” said Mark Griffin, president. “Being a savvy spender is key to avoiding the debt of Christmas past and having a financially happy new year.”

Windsor Federal Savings encourages consumers to be of good cheer this season using the following tips:

  • Create a Budget
    Before you start your holiday shopping, develop a realistic budget. Be as detailed as possible. Look at past banking and credit card statements as well as receipts from last year to gauge your holiday spending.

  • Be a Scrooge
    The fewer lines of credit you have, the easier it is to keep track of bills and pay off debt on time. Use caution when you consider applying for additional cards.

  • Don’t Let the Grinch Steal Your Holiday
    Beware of fraudsters or suspicious offers to buy products. Do not enter your credit card number unless you are certain the Web site is trustworthy. Keep receipts and billing statements to check for unauthorized charges. Shred documents that contain personal information.

  • Do You Hear What I Hear?
    Understand the terms of your credit card. Credit cards are great financial tools when used with care. Use ABA’s “Guide to Credit Cards” to understand the specifics of credit card use.

  • Fight the Temptation
    Holiday shopping can be overwhelming and sale items can make it difficult to say no. Resist impulse shopping and stick to your budget.
     

Visit www.getsmartaboutcredit.com for more holiday spending and financial management tips.

Consumers can also access more than 20 online credit education programs developed by credit card providers and financial institutions.

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Windsor Federal Savings Donates $3,000 to Foodshare

(Windsor, CT, November 25, 2008) Employees representing each department of Windsor Federal Savings did the "turkey trot" to Foodshare on Friday, November 21, 2008 at noon to hook up with Gloria McAdam, president of Foodshare and Scot Haney from Channel 3 to present them with a $3,000 donation which was donated by the employees in lieu of the Annual Employees Christmas Party.

“This is a difficult time of year for many families and if there is any way we are able to help we should.” said Lisa Benton, Senior Bookkeeper, “Who knows when one of us might be on the other side and need this assistance, it is a very uncertain time.  I’d like to think if I ever needed this kind of assistance there would be people out there willing to help.”  This sentiment was expressed by the majority of the banks employees.

To ensure that a family in need receives gifts for Christmas, the bank has also adopted a family in the towns of Windsor, Bloomfield and Granby.  If you would like to help out a family in need this holiday season, toys and food can be dropped off at each office to be donated to various town food banks, toy drives and toys for tots.

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North Central Square Office Holds Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

North Central Square Office of Windsor Federal Savings Holds Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

(Windsor, CT, October 28, 2008) The North Central Square Office of Windsor Federal Savings held their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Monday, October 27, 2008 at 695 Poquonock Avenue. The new location shares the plaza with Price Chopper and Buffalo Wild Wings.

The office, which opened for business on September 29, 2008, is a full service bank offering free checking, free online banking and bill pay and a variety of loan products including a 1st Time Home Buyers Program.  Conveniences include; two drive-up lanes, drive-up ATM, night depository and is open Monday – Wednesday 9 to 6; Thursday and Friday 9 to 7; and Saturdays 9 to 2.

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Windsor Federal Savings Announces New Business Banking Officer

(Windsor, CT, June 19, 2008) Lynne Stanley new Business Banking Officer at Windsor Federal Savings

Mark E. Griffin, President of Windsor Federal Savings is pleased to announce that Lynne Stanley has joined the Association as their new Business Banking Officer.

Lynne brings with her over 20 years experience in the banking and retail industry. She attended Becker College where she received an Associates in Business. Lynne resides in Granby and enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and golfing.

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2007

Windsor Federal Savings Announces Opening of New Wilson Office

Mark E Griffin, President of Windsor Federal Savings is pleased to announce that the Wilson Office moved into their new building located at 321 Windsor Avenue in Windsor and officially opened for business on Monday, October 22, 2007.

The new Wilson Office facility offers the convenience of two drive-up lanes, a much needed drive-up ATM machine, night depository and will be open on Saturdays.  Coffee and tea are always available for customers and as a treat, pastries and cookies from The Beanery Bistro will be provided the first 2 weeks.

An official ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for early November.

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Windsor Federal Savings Takes Leadership Role in Windsor’s 375th Anniversary Celebration
Hometown Bank to be Presenting Sponsor
for historic hometown celebration

Windsor Federal Savings President Mark Griffin announced this week that Windsor's hometown bank will be a Presenting Sponsor of Windsor’s 375th anniversary events.

“Like so many people here, our roots are in Windsor and we wanted our bank to play an important part of this anniversary celebration,” Mr. Griffin said.  In fact, aside from our financial support, we are going to encourage our employees and customers to get involved in this celebration that all of New England will be watching and enjoying.”

Event Chairperson John Pier said, “I’m pleased that Windsor Federal Savings decided to take such an active role in this historic anniversary of our town’s founding, but frankly, I’m not surprised.  Their motto is ‘Neighbors helping neighbors since 1936,’ and over the years I, like thousands of Windsor residents, have come to learn that they mean it.”

“I couldn’t be more proud of Windsor Federal Savings’ support for an event that people will remember for decades,” Mr. Pier said.

Windsor 375 is a committee of community volunteers led by the Chamber of Commerce, the Windsor Historical Society and the Town of Windsor organizing a variety of events and activities ending in September of 2008 to mark the 375th birthday of Connecticut ’s first town.

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Janice Kelley Promoted to Vice President

Mark E. Griffin, President of Windsor Federal Savings is pleased to announce the promotion of Janice Kelley to Vice President / Director of Human Resources.

Jan joined our staff as Director of Human Resources in November 2005 with more than 25 years experience in Human Resources; 20 of those years at Mechanics Savings Bank as Vice President – Human Resources.  She attended and received her degree from Central Connecticut State University and is a graduate of the Connecticut School of Finance and Management.

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Mary-Lynn Kinney Promoted to Senior Vice President

Mark E. Griffin, President of Windsor Federal Savings is pleased to announce the promotion of Mary- Lynn Kinney to Senior Vice President / Chief Financial Officer.

Mary-Lynn joined Windsor Federal Savings as Vice President in August 2000, with over eighteen years of financial analysis, reporting, and investor relations experience with several diverse institutions including Mechanics Savings Bank, and a $5.8 billion publicly held California institution. In April 2003, in recognition of the financial strengths that she has brought to our bank she was appointed Chief Financial Officer by our Board of Directors.  Mary-Lynn is a current member of the National School of Banking Class of 2008.  She is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.

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Robin Myers Promoted to Assistant Branch Manager, Main Office

Mark E. Griffin, President of Windsor Federal Savings is pleased to announce the promotion Robin D. Myers to Assistant Branch Manager – Main Office.

Robin joined the bank in 2001 and has worked as a Teller, Customer Service Supervisor and Personal Banking Representative.

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Michelle Carroll Promoted to Business Banking Officer

Mark E. Griffin, President of Windsor Federal Savings is pleased to announce the promotion of Michelle A. Carroll to Business Banking Officer.

Since starting in 2005, Michelle has held the position of Personal Banking Representative and Retail Banking Specialist.  She is responsible for providing support for our online cash management services and serving as an account representative for business banking relationships.

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Windsor Federal Savings Announces Winners of Personal Shredders

Each Office of Windsor Federal Savings held a raffle giving away a Personal Crosscut Shredder to promote their 2nd Annual Free Shred Day.  The drawing was held on June 13th and the winners are....

Main Office:  John Motyl
Wilson Office:  William Zagorski
Day Hill Office:  Richard Rasmussen
Granby Office:  Donna Cole
Bloomfield Office:  Bill Oday

Congratulations to all!!

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS HELPS KEEP FIREFIGHTERS SAFE

 

Windsor Federal Savings once again proved their credo of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” as president Mark Griffin awarded generous donations to the volunteer fire departments in Windsor , Granby , East Granby and Bloomfield as part of their 70th anniversary celebration and the banks steadfast commitment to the community.

 “We wanted to make a donation that would benefit the community as a whole.” stated Mark Griffin, “The Fire Departments are there to serve the entire community 24/7 and without them, the safety of the residents and their property would be at jeopardy. We appreciate everything they do.”

“Windsor Federal Savings bends over backwards for the fire department.” Chief Lewis of the Windsor Fire Department said. “When I learned about the donation they were making I thought, fantastic, not many corporations would do this and it is really appreciated and I want to express my gratitude.”

Lewis said that the money was already earmarked for the purchase of voltage detectors for the officers of each of the fire companies.  “These tools will be used to ensure the safety of all the firefighters.” Lewis said, “When firefighters are fighting fires they are pulling open walls looking for sparks or flames with metal tools like hooks and halligen tools. These voltage detecting devices are able to detect electrical current so we can eliminate the possibility of hitting live wires and getting shocked.” Lewis said after the purchase of the voltage detectors if any monies were left over it was going to be used toward the purchase of new leather boots for the fire fighters. “Every little bit helps.” He went on and said about the donation, “We are so grateful to Windsor Federal Savings. They are big, yet they still have that community orientation and that small town feel.”

“Due to the generosity of Windsor Federal Savings, we will be able to purchase and upgrade safety equipment for our firefighters.” stated Chief Al Christensen of the Lost Acres Fire Department, “Every little bit helps.”

East Granby Volunteer Fire Department, Chief Don Zessin has earmarked the monies to purchase a Holmatro Hydraulic Rescue Cutter Tool which is similar to the jaws of life.  “The department was really excited when I told them about Windsor Federal Savings donation” said Fire Chief Zessin. “It came as a pleasant surprise and we really appreciate their support of our firefighters.”

Chief Art Gold of the Blue Hills Fire District said the money couldn’t have come at a better time.  The fire district soon will become one of 39 municipalities in the CAPTAIN Fire project which is the name of the mobile data system used for public safety services in the Capitol Region.  “We were budgeted to purchase only three laptop units to use with this network but due to the generosity of Windsor Federal Savings, we will be able to purchase one more laptop unit.”  Gold also stated, “To have a company that’s not even located in our fire district step forward and make a donation is totally great.”

As for the Bloomfield Center Fire District, Chief Bill Riley has earmarked the monies to purchase gas meters which monitor CO levels along with other general fire fighting equipment.  “What a wonderful gesture on the part of Windsor Federal Savings to acknowledge the fire departments in the towns they serve” said Chief Riley. “Our funds are limited when it comes to purchasing needed equipment and every little bit helps.”  

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Lori Grillo New Mortgage Originator For Windsor Federal Savings

Mark E. Griffin, President of Windsor Federal Savings is pleased to announce that Lori Grillo has joined the Association as their new Mortgage Originator.

Lori brings with her a diverse background in banking, including work experience in the investment and mortgage areas. Lori was a Mortgage Loan Officer with TD Banknorth and she worked with PHH Mortgage Corp. as an Account Manager, Mortgage Advisor. Lori enjoys home remodeling, gardening and attending auctions. Lori can be reached at 860-298-5359 or email her.

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2006

WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS COLLECTS FOOD AND TOYS FOR FAMILIES
Commitment to Community Ramps Up for Holidays

Windsor Federal Savings five branch offices will serve as drop-off points for unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items destined for local food banks and social service organizations this holiday season. Members of the public, customers and employees are encouraged to take advantage of the drop-off areas and help local families.

Toy and food collections begin at all locations the week of November 13th.  Collection areas will be clearly marked and easily accessible in each office’s lobby.

In addition to collecting donations, Windsor Federal Savings will participate in the Adopt-A-Family program, adopting three families living in Windsor, Granby and Bloomfield. A family “Wish List” will be provided and Windsor Federal Savings employees will shop for and then wrap the gifts.

“Over and above the contributions we make year-round, we’re joining forces with our neighbors to make an even bigger difference in the community during the holidays,” said Mark Griffin, president and CEO of Windsor Federal Savings.  “We invite all of our customers and members of the public to come by and give whatever they can to make this time of year brighter for everyone in our community.”

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Windsor Federal Savings Announces 70th Anniversary Celebration Winners

Grand Prize Winner: 40" Samsung LCD HDTV - Ronald Ridolfo

1st Place Winners: $500 Mobil/Exxon Gas Card

Main Office:  Mary Kay Shannon
Wilson Office:  Carl Robinson
Day Hill Office: Ann Baldwin
Granby Office : Megan McDonald
Bloomfield Office : Zan Dakers

2nd Place Winners: Weber Gas Grill

Main Office: Paulette Grant
Wilson Office : Lula Jones
Day Hill Office: Kimberly Woodward
Granby Office : Jason Andrus
Bloomfield Office : Christine Butler

 3rd Place Winners: $100 Geissler's Gift Card

Main Office: Mary Ellen Straut
Wilson Office : S. McFarlane
Day Hill Office : Ann Marie Nock
Granby Office : Bob Cawthon
Bloomfield Office: Ricky Nelson

Congratulations to All!!!!

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS MARKS HISTORICAL 70TH ANNIVERSARY
Community Landmark Since 1936

In 1936, gasoline cost about 10-cents per gallon; Franklin D. Roosevelt was re-elected to the second of four terms as President of the United States ; Jesse Owens won four gold medals in track at the Berlin Olympics; and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind was the runaway best seller of the year. Since 1936 there have been 11 U.S. presidents; the U.S. has fought in five wars; gasoline has risen to over $3 per gallon; and people have gone to the moon and back and continue to routinely fly in space.

One business landmark in Windsor, Conn. also began in 1936 and has seen it all. Windsor Federal Savings opened its doors for the first time above the Plaza Theater on Broad Street 70 years ago and marked the anniversary in October with a series of events.

 “We still fondly remember our roots at the Plaza Theater—it’s still there and we’re right next door to it,” said Mark Griffin, president of Windsor Federal Savings. “As banks have come and gone in our community, Windsor Federal Savings is 70 and still going strong. We’re very proud of our history of service to our customers and giving to the community, and we’re pleased to truly be an American institution right here in Connecticut.”

On October 20, the Main Office of Windsor Federal Savings held a 70th Anniversary cake cutting ceremony. Mark Griffin, president and Bill Chiodo, Chairman of the Board, hosted the Mayors of Windsor and Bloomfield, and the First Selectman of Granby. Also in attendance were customers of 50 years or more.

In celebration of their 70th Year, Windsor Federal Savings will support the communities it serves by making a donation of $2,500 each to the Windsor, Granby, East Granby, and Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Departments.

“Over the years, we’ve worked diligently to serve our customers in meeting their banking needs while also staying focused on being an integral part of our community,” said Griffin. “We have always been a community bank and plan to stay that way as we move into our next 70 years.”

Windsor Federal Savings Branch Timeline

Main Office

  • February 1936: Main Office opens above the Plaza Theater, Windsor.
  • Sept. 30, 1950: Main Office moves to 230 Broad Street, Windsor.
  • November 17, 1957: Main Office moves to 250 Broad Street (current location)

Wilson Branch

  • July 9, 1960 opens at 258 Windsor Avenue, Windsor.

Day Hill Branch

  • Oct. 1974: Poquonock Satellite office opens at 1769 Poquonock Avenue, Windsor
  • Nov. 1, 1999: Poquonock Satellite office moves to 555 Day Hill Road, becomes Day Hill Branch, Windsor.

Granby Branch

  • July 1973: Granby Branch opens at 1 Bank Street, Granby.

Loan Office

  • Moved to 270 Broad Street, Windsor on May 7, 2001

Bloomfield Branch

  • Sept. 27, 2004, Bloomfield Branch opens at 54 Jerome Avenue, Bloomfield.

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COMMUNITY-WIDE RIBBON-CUTTING OF NEW POQUONOCK SCHOOL ALL-ACCESS PLAYGROUND

Windsor Students Collect More Than 1 Million Pennies – One Coin at a Time

Windsor residents of all ages were invited to a Community-Wide Ribbon Cutting to formally open Poquonock Elementary School’s new “All-Access Playground”. The free celebration took place on Thursday, October 5 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the playground at 1760 Poquonock Ave.

 

To kick off the celebration, dozens of Poquonock students cut a long ribbon at the very same time. After the ceremony, children enjoyed a community playtime on the new handicapped accessible playground. The new playground will be used by children who live throughout Windsor.

 

“This special opening celebration is the culmination of four years of fundraising at Poquonock Elementary School,” explains Nancy Cheney, Playground Committee Co-Chair. “Since we kicked off our fundraising project, children have deposited more than 1 million pennies into a large collection machine in the school hallway. The collection unit was specially designed and built by students, and featured tubes for counting by 10,000s and a glass window, so the children could see the number of coins steadily grow. Before it was emptied, the collection box was estimated to weigh 5,511 lbs. or 2.7 tons – about the weight of three cars. In fact, if the pennies were stacked into a single column, it would be more than 5,000 feet tall!”

 

Poquonock Elementary School students, their families, and the school’s PTO have been hard at work raising funds for the $80,000 project since 2002. They raised money at annual tag sales and karate clinics, at booths at Windsor’s Shad Derby, at birthday parties, through a raffle, and even while trick or treating. Local businesses and civic associations, and community families stepped forward with their own generous contributions to ensure that enough funds were raised beyond the million-penny drive. The playground was constructed in four phases with all of the labor provided by the Poquonock Elementary School parents, teachers, and PTO members.

 

Throughout the month of September, the entire school has been counting down the days by counting up the pennies. The October 5th 5 p.m. event  capped off a day-long celebration that included a special school-wide assembly, featuring the return of former Poquonock students who built the original penny collection machine. Windsor Federal Savings generously provided employees to coordinate the counting of all the pennies. In addition, Cummins-Allison Corporation transported special high-speed coin counting machines with a supervisor down from Massachusetts, at no cost to the school, to facilitate the project.

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS CONTRIBUTES OVER $75,000 IN COMMUNITY DONATIONS IN 2005
Commitment to Local Causes to Continue in 2006

Windsor Federal Savings today released its 2005 list of donations indicating a total of over $75,000 given to various organizations within the communities of Northern Connecticut including the towns of Windsor, Granby, Bloomfield, Windsor Locks, East Granby, Simsbury, Suffield and Hartford.

During the 12-month period ended (December 31, 2005), the bank made a multitude of small to large community donations including $5,000 to American Red Cross to help Hurricane Katrina victims; $3,000 to the Windsor Historical Society for various programs including Living History Day; $3,500 to the Windsor Chamber of Commerce’s “Nightmare on Broad Street;” $1,700 to the Town of Granby’s “Sounds of Summer Concert Series”, $2,500 to The Granby Chamber of Commerce “Celebrate Granby in the Park” event and $10,000 to the Bloomfield Prosser Library to renovate the Children’s room flooded in October 2005.

One of Windsor Federal Savings company mantras is to support community charitable organizations through financial contributions as well as to encourage community involvement on the part of its employees.

“We’ve been a part of the community for more than 70 years,” said Mark Griffin, president and CEO of Windsor Federal Savings. “We feel we are neighbors to everyone in the community and our philanthropic activities are one way we can contribute back to the community in addition to providing the personal banking services we offer every day.”

Whether helping to renovate a local flood-ridden library, or supporting local little league teams, Windsor Federal Savings maintains all of its corporate giving within the communities it serves.

“Many of our 2005 donations are ones we’ve made annually for years. It just makes sense for us to contribute when the community has been a part of our success for all this time,” said Griffin.

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS NAMED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Windsor Chamber of Commerce Honors Bank for Volunteerism and Donations

Windsor Federal Savings is the recipient of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce’s 2006 Business of the Year Award.

The award recognizes Windsor Federal Savings’ endless support of the Windsor community and Chamber through volunteerism and monetary donations. Windsor Federal Savings received the award at the Chamber’s 57th Annual Dinner and Business Meeting June 9 at the Windsor/Hartford Marriott.

“Windsor Federal Savings provides substantial monetary donations, but they also volunteer their time and their employees time for community events,” said Jane Garibay, executive director of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce. “They set the standard to which all businesses should aspire.”

Supporting community charitable organizations through financial contributions and encouraging community involvement on the part of its employees are philanthropic values deeply rooted in the banks history, according to Mark Griffin, president and CEO of Windsor Federal Savings.

“For more than 70 years we’ve been a part of the community,” said Griffin. “As neighbors to everyone in the community it’s important for us to take an active role in supporting our home and customers.”

Whether helping to renovate a local flood-ridden library, or supporting local little league teams, Windsor Federal Savings maintains all of its corporate giving within the communities it serves.

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WINDSOR FEDERAL SAVINGS TAKES STAND AGAINST IDENTITY THEFT

In an effort to help curb the growing threat of identity theft, Windsor Federal Savings, in partnership with Infoshred held a FREE SHRED DAY on Saturday, June 17, 2006 for their customers and the general public at their Main Office.

“Identity theft comes in many forms and affects people in many different ways—none that are good,” said Mark Griffin, president and CEO, Windsor Federal Savings. “With a few simple precautions, consumers can better protect themselves from identity theft. The free shred day was one way we were able to provide the community with a quick and easy way to destroy unneeded personal documents to help protect against this growing criminal activity.”

According to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, three percent or 3.6 million households in the U.S. were victims of identity theft in 2004. When it happens to you, identity theft can be a traumatic experience that can take days, weeks, even months to rectify.

In addition to destroying unneeded and outdated personal documents, Windsor Federal Savings encourages consumers to learn about the different ways they can protect themselves including these few suggestions:

  • Avoid phishing tactics by disregarding illegal requests of personal information disguised as legitimate banking institutions. “Reputable financial institutions, including Windsor Federal Savings, will never initiate a request for sensitive or confidential information through email, pop-up messages, or claim to be updating files. Consumers should disregard these requests,” said Griffin.

  • Social Security Numbers —Protect it, and only use your number for its intended legal use.

  • Personal Checks—Do not print phone numbers, social security numbers, or license numbers on personal checks, and destroy any old or unused blank checks.

  • Debit, credit card, and ATM receipts—resist the temptation to simply throw them out. Save them and destroy them appropriately.

  • Wallets/Purses—Carry with you only those cards you will need and use. Don’t carry your Social Security card with you.

  • Inspect Your Credit Report – Visit www.annualcreditreport.com to obtain a free annual credit report.

  • Other ways to avoid ID Theft – Use online banking services and electronic statements. Purchase a crosscut shredder.

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Windsor Federal Savings Announces Winners of 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredders

Each Office of Windsor Federal Savings held a raffle giving away a 12-Sheet Crosscut Shredder to promote their Free Shred Day.  The drawing was held on June 14th and the winners are....

Main Office winner, John Abrom
Granby Office winner, Paul Willis
Day Hill Office winner, Dorothy Howe
Wilson Office Winner:  Rufus Reedom
Bloomfield Office Winner: Terina Louis

Congratulations to everyone!

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Windsor Federal Savings Celebrates Employee Milestone
Rosa Segars Honored for 35 Years of Dedicated Service

Over the last 35 years, banking has undergone a revolution and Rosa Segars, Customer Service Specialist for Windsor Federal Savings, has seen it all.

Thirty-five years ago on May 10, 1971 when Segars joined Windsor Federal Savings as a full-time bookkeeper and general clerk, the bank had just started using computers. Today, technology has transformed the way Windsor Federal Savings serves its customers, and Segars was there to witness it all including the advent of automatic teller machines (ATMs), online and telephone banking, and debit cards.

Segars has been with the bank for half of its rich 70-year history. For all of its advancements in banking, Segars said she is very proud that Windsor Federal Savings’ commitment to customer service has remained.

“I have seen a lot of changes in my years,” said Segars, a Windsor resident. “But I really enjoy coming to work because of the special people and sense of community here. In all my years that’s never changed.” 

Windsor Federal Savings’ recently celebrated Segars’ milestone with a reception at the bank’s Windsor offices.

“Her dedication and commitment is unmatched,” said Mark Griffin, president and CEO of Windsor Federal Savings. “She has worked in a number of different capacities for us and contributed greatly to the success of Windsor Federal Savings.”

Segars and Griffin have formed a strong relationship throughout their 33 years together at Windsor Federal Savings. Both celebrate the same birthday and are the same age, but as Griffin likes to say, Segars has three years more experience than him.

Some of the words co-workers use to describe Segars include cooperative, flexible, prompt, courteous and extremely reliable. “Reliable is an understatement,” according to Griffin, also a 30-year veteran of Windsor Federal Savings. “In Segars’ 35-year career she has only missed work a handful of times.”

“She’s a staple at Windsor Federal Savings,” said Jeff Rossini, Assistant Vice President of Customer Service for Windsor Federal Savings. “Everyone knows Rosa, and she knows all of our employees and nearly all of our customers on a first name basis.”

As for how many years she will continue to work at Windsor Federal Savings, Segars says,  “I enjoy coming to work everyday and as long as I remain healthy I will be here.”  

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Mark Griffin Announces New Bloomfield Branch Manager
Lerone Logan new Branch Manager of Bloomfield Office

Mark E. Griffin, President of Windsor Federal Savings is pleased to announce that Lerone Logan has joined the Association as the Branch Manager of the Bloomfield Office located at 48 Jerome Avenue .

Lerone brings with him Branch Management and Business Development experience with the Bank of America Business Capital Corporations and Peoples Bank. He attended and received his Executive Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Haven and is a member of their Management Advisory Board.  Lerone enjoys community service activities and has been actively involved with running volunteer groups for the past five years.  He has been a consultant teacher with Junior Achievement and served on the Board of the Hartford Urban League for their Mentoring Program.  Hobbies include jogging, reading and traveling.  

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Windsor Federal Savings Purchases Bloomfield Office Building & Property

On January 31, 2006, Windsor Federal Savings completed the purchase of the building/property which houses their Bloomfield Office located at 48 Jerome Avenue.

Future plans include refurbishing the building, the reconfiguration of the parking lot to create a more convenient, safer parking area for customers and a drive-up ATM.

Windsor Federal Savings President, Mark Griffin stated, “We are really excited about the purchase of this building and the changes we plan to make.  I am looking forward to working with the Bloomfield Chamber and Bloomfield ’s Economic Development Commission in the development and enhancement of Bloomfield Center.”

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Windsor Federal Savings Generously Donates For Renovation Efforts of Bloomfield’s Prosser Library

Windsor Federal Savings President Mark Griffin presented a check in the amount of ten thousand dollars for the renovation of Bloomfield ’s Prosser Library on Tuesday January 3.

Library Director Beverly Lambert said Griffin first phoned her to ask for a tour of the library after learning of their plight from news articles he had read.  Lambert said, “He just asked if we needed help. It was nice to see what a neighborhood bank felt about the community and the library. It is wonderful to have an institution that feels as though they are part of the town.”

The President of Windsor Federal Savings, Mark Griffin, who grew up in Bloomfield said, “I have many fond memories of my childhood in Bloomfield . I went to school there until the eighth grade, I was a member of a Bloomfield Boy Scout Troop and I spent a lot of time in that library while growing up. What bothered me most was the damage to the children’s section. It is so important for kids to be reading in this day and age and I felt it was important to get things up and running quickly. As a community based bank in town, there is more to us than fulfilling the financial needs of the community, we are here to lend a helping hand in times of need.  We truly live by our slogan, “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”.

The Prosser Library is built on a hill with its ground level doors in the basement and is the most widely used entrance. Beyond the main parking lot in the rear there is a brook. The library staff and patrons are accustomed to watching the levels of the brook rise and fall with the changing seasons and fluctuations in rainfall.

Librarian Sandie Vik recalled concern over the brook many years ago. “I’ve been here a long time and I can remember sand bagging the building and picking up all the books on the lower levels many years ago when the brook was high once, but the water never got in. We all are aware of the brook and you think about it because you are parking your car right there next to it.”

On October 15, 2005 torrential rains caused the brook to swell and it spilled over its banks. Throughout the night it continued to rise and began to seep under the doors of the library. Water filled the community room that is used for adult and children’s programs. Over two feet of water flooded the carpet, the furniture and the piano that resided in that room.

The water rose into the Director’s office destroying all the computers, and the phone systems. It filled the office storage rooms, the meeting room and the staff kitchen. The stove and refrigerator and all its cabinetry were ruined. The furnace and the elevator sustained costly damage.

Librarian Maureen Slane was one of the first to discover the flood. “I came to work not knowing that the basement was full of water. I went down the stairs and I couldn’t believe my eyes, the water was up to the first landing on the stairs. The custodian went in with wading boots and that’s when we learned how bad things were down there.” Slane said.

The most heart-breaking damage occurred in the children’s library where all the toys and books were located on the lower level. Half the collection of books, the laminated furniture, any painted surfaces, the sheet rocked walls, carpet and one of the most treasured items in the library, a wooden dollhouse that was given as a memorial for little Lori Jean Watson were all under dirty water.

Supervisor of children’s services Linda Gabianelli said, “Right from the beginning there was a core of supporters that were willing to roll up their sleeves to help out. There was a major effort from most of the schools in the community and donations from individuals. Windsor Federal Savings echoed that support in a really big way. They reminded us what the difference is between a large corporation and a local business that resides in town. We are really moved by their generosity. This was tragic but it was also a nice opportunity to see how much people care about their library.”

Sandie Vik also expressed her gratitude for all the help offered the library.  Vik said, “From day one people came right out and started helping. This has all been really touching, we get overwhelmed because sometimes you just don’t know how to say thank you.”

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