ChoiceOne Bank is providing a donation totaling $50,000 over two years to Cherry Health, an independent nonprofit and comprehensive primary health care provider. Jim Bosserd, Chief Executive Officer of ChoiceOne Bank, said the money is targeted to fund an overall project totaling $1.17 million, and will go toward two projects in Grand Rapids and Cedar Springs. “As the local community bank, it’s important for us to support our families and our communities,” said Bosserd. “Cherry Health provides services to all individuals, regardless of their ability to pay. A sliding fee payment scale based on income and family size is available to those with no insurance. Healthy families make for healthy communities. That’s important to us at ChoiceOne Bank.” The projects in Grand Rapids and Cedar Springs will develop facilities to expand services at these two sites. Innovation Central High School in Grand Rapids will move its medical facility from City High Middle School to Innovation Central, which serves approximately 800 students in Grand Rapids. The health center will care for all students ages 10 through 21. In the Red Hawk Building in Cedar Springs, services are provided to all 3,500 students and their siblings throughout the district ages 3 to 21. The facility offers a wide range of services from medical to behavioral, which allows for accessible care when and where students need it. Students and families are currently being served at the health center through the summer and into the 2015-2016 school year. Cherry Health has facilities in Kent, Barry, Montcalm and Wayne counties. Services provided by Cherry Health include primary care, women’s health, pediatrics, dental, vision, behavioral health, five school based health centers and employee assistance for employers. About ChoiceOne Bank ChoiceOne Bank is a full service financial institution with offices in Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Newaygo Counties. Member FDIC. ChoiceOne Bank offers insurance and investment products through its subsidiary, ChoiceOne Insurance Agencies, Inc. ChoiceOne Financial Services, Inc. is the holding company headquartered in Sparta, Michigan and the parent corporation of ChoiceOne Bank. The company is publicly traded and is available on the OTCQX under the symbol “COFS.” For more information on the bank, please visit ChoiceOne’s website at www.choiceone.com.
ChoiceOne Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Kent G. Gagnon as business development officer. In this position, Gagnon is responsible for creating new opportunities and developing long-term relationships with the local business leaders in the communities the bank serves. “As more businesses recognize us as the local choice for all their banking needs, Kent will help us nurture these relationships,” said ChoiceOne Bank President and CEO James Bosserd. “Kent has a successful career in banking and shares our values of serving our customers as the local community bank.” With 23 years of extensive banking experience with two major banks, Gagnon has moved through the ranks of banking, including branch management, treasury management and business development. He has his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind. Committed to the community, Gagnon is a lifelong resident of the area, growing up on “The Ridge.” He is a 20-year member and past president and treasurer of the Comstock Rotary Club, former vice chair of the executive committee and current board member of Guiding Light Mission, and sits on the Finance Council for Holy Redeemer Church. Gagnon and his wife Teresa reside in Jenison with their four children. ChoiceOne Bank is a full-service financial institution with offices in Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Newaygo counties. ChoiceOne Bank offers insurance and investment products through its subsidiary, ChoiceOne Insurance Agencies Inc. ChoiceOne Financial Services Inc. is the holding company headquartered in Sparta, and the parent corporation of ChoiceOne Bank. For more information, please visit www.choiceone.com.
Great things happen when organizations commit to the health and well-being of their communities. ChoiceOne Bank and Spectrum Health are platinum co-sponsors of the USCA Canoe and Kayak National Championship, a community event taking place on Newaygo’s Muskegon River August 9-14. In addition to mutual sponsorship of this event, ChoiceOne Bank and Spectrum Health will participate in joint fundraising efforts to combat childhood obesity. “We are pleased to share the excitement of this pivotal athletic event for the region,” said ChoiceOne Bank President and Chief Executive Officer James Bosserd. “ChoiceOne looks forward to supporting an event that benefits our local communities. As a community bank, we are also gratified to extend this opportunity to help local youth achieve healthy lifestyles through the Community Health Outreach Fund.” The Community Health Outreach Fund targets efforts to combat childhood obesity. A pilot program focusing on childhood obesity and self-body image for youths ages 11-18 has concluded with significant results. This medically supervised long-term health and weight management program provides support, encouragement and knowledge to participants working toward goals and seeking healthy lifestyles. A pilot group of 12 youths lost a combined 393 pounds—an average participant weight loss of 33 pounds. Additional classes are being planned. “A key strategic initiative for Spectrum Health is to develop healthier communities,” stated Randy Stasik, CEO of Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital. “One way our organization intends to improve the health of our communities is to have an organization-wide fund development strategy that targets community health initiatives. To achieve this goal, the SHGM Community Health Outreach Fund was established.” Patients, customers and the public can join in the fight against childhood obesity. Make a donation by purchasing a “canoe” for $1 (minimum) at any ChoiceOne Bank location, or at the Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital Gift Shop. The 2011 USCA Newaygo Nationals is expected to attract hundreds of world-class paddlers from 30+ states, the Canadian Provinces, and at least five foreign countries, and includes a wide variety of pre- and post-race community events. The Newaygo Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor live music, children’s activities, family paddling activities, and other events designed to accommodate the paddlers and their families, and to complement race activities. Contact the Newaygo Area Chamber of Commerce at www.newaygonaturally.com […]
ChoiceOne Bank recently donated 45 computers to Love INC of Newaygo County. The computers were given to support Love INC and their commitment to helping those in the community succeed by fulfilling unmet financial needs. “When we received a call from Michelle at ChoiceOne Bank, offering us 20 computers, we were thrilled,” said Executive Director of Love INC Newaygo County Michele Zimmerman. “Just imagine our surprise and joy when we arrived to pick up the computers and there were more than 45 available.” Love INC will offer families taking their financial management classes a free computer as well as offer free computers to partner churches. “With such a large computer donation, not only will families in need benefit, but some of our partner churches will benefit as well. We can accomplish so much when we work together,” added Zimmerman. “Knowing these computers will be given to community members taking the initiative to complete financial classes at Love INC certainly makes this donation even more meaningful,” said President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank, Jim Bosserd. “As the local community bank, we want to do all we can to help the families in our communities succeed. In our profession, we know taking charge of your financial future is an excellent first step toward success.” Love INC is a national ministry carried out by more than 9,000 churches in over 135 affiliates across the United States. The congregations and community partners that make up each affiliate are addressing serious unmet needs in their local area. Love INC reaches out to these vulnerable community members, providing tangible assistance, encouragement and hope. ChoiceOne Bank is a full-service financial institution with offices in Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Newaygo counties. ChoiceOne Bank offers insurance and investment products through its subsidiary, ChoiceOne Insurance Agencies Inc. ChoiceOne Financial Services Inc. is the holding company headquartered in Sparta, and the parent corporation of ChoiceOne Bank. For more information, please visit ChoiceOne’s website at www.choiceone.com.
More clues will be released this year Hunters scouring Cannon Township for a copper coin that will give them $1,000 in free gasoline can begin looking Tuesday, September 21 when the first three of three clues each week are released. The Cannon Area Business Association (CABA) is again holding the annual treasure hunt in the memory of the township’s namesake cannon, hidden by township fathers after it fatally killed one man who was shooting it off as a prank. Today the hunt for the “cannon”—in the guise of a copper coin with the image of the cannon on one side—is worth big money, one thousand dollars in free gas to the hunter who first discovers its hiding place. “I run into people all the time from all over,” said the keeper of the coin’s hiding spot, Carl Stites of Stites Eye Care. “They tell me they love to look for the coin and do it as a family every year.” Stites said the local hunt—it is always within the boundaries of Cannon Township—has expanded its following to quite a distance. The hunt is in its fifth year and rules remain the same. The coin is located on public property, is not more than four feet off the ground, and must be turned in after being found. Clues are released each Tuesday beginning on September 21, and are available at the shops or websites of the participating businesses. Organizers have divided up the clues so that hunters must visit more than one place to find all three clues. For those who are “armchair hunters,” each Thursday edition of the Squire will have the clues of that week on the front page. “People are lined up outside the bank in the morning waiting for us to open,” said organizer Linda Anderson of ChoiceOne Bank on Belding Road. She said other participating businesses have the same experience and people sometimes make the mistake of searching the brush and landscaping of the businesses hoping to find the coin. That’s great fun, and “hunter” sightings are often called in to the Squire so a reporter can run out and interview hunters. However, the coin is never hidden on private property, so searching in the gutter of any of […]