Monday, August 18, 2014

Simpson County Platinum Club Luncheon

Political cartoonist Marshall Ramsay was the guest speaker for two luncheons held this summer for  members of the Peoples Bank Platinum Club.
Ramsay entertained Platinum Club members who attended last Thursday’s luncheon in Mendenhall with stories of his beginnings as a cartoonist, his busy family of a wife and three boys, the family’s adventures with a series of dogs, and, more seriously, his bout with melanoma, a potentially deadly form of cancer.
Along the way, the two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist showed pictures of some of his more famous cartoons, which have appeared for several years in the Clarion-Ledger, the New York Times and USA Today.
He also shared his faith and his philosophy of life.
“Every day is a blessing,” he said.  “You have to lean into it.”
“Bad things will happen to you,” he cautioned, “but great things will come from them.  Some of the best things in my life have come from my worst moments.”
Ramsay recalled the day that his publisher at the Clarion-Ledger cut him back to part-time in a cost-cutting measure. 
He said that “worst moment” actually expanded his career.  He used his extra time to write several books and take to the speakers’ circuit, things he never thought he could do.
“I had to learn how to laugh at the things that drove me crazy,” he said.  “I could have been angry or I could have made a joke.  I made a joke.”
He advised his audience not to be afraid to try new things.  “You may fail,” he said, “but you may succeed!”
Despite the fun he makes of Mississippi’s political figures in his cartoons, he says he loves people, even those he disagrees with politically. 
Approximately 165 Platinum Club members attended the August 14 Mendenhall luncheon in First Baptist Church’s Family Life Center.  The meal was catered by Smokey Mountain Grill.
The summer’s first luncheon was held in Collins on July 24 at the Collins Civic Center.  There, Ramsay spoke to about 60 Platinum members and staff of Peoples Bank.  Lunch was catered by Morgan’s on Main.
Peoples Bank Platinum Club organizes trips and other events for customers age 50 and over and provides a variety of services and “perks.”
More information on Platinum Club membership is available at any office of Peoples Bank or by contacting Oliver McLean, Platinum Club director, at 601-832-1752.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Platinum Club Covington County Luncheon

Special guest speaker was Marshall Ramsey, editoral cartonist, author and radio host. 
PB employees Oliver McClean, Vicky Dawsey, Donna McClean & Debbie Walker
Oliver McClean, Collins Mayor V.O. Smith & Marshall Ramsey
Debbie Walker checking in guests
Marshall Ramsey entertains guests
Platinum Club Director Oliver McClean welcomes guests
Marshall Ramsey signs Fried Chicken & Wine and Banjo's Dream.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Kim Neely Promoted To Mortgage Loan Officer

Peoples Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Ammann today announced that Kim Neely has been promoted to Mortgage Loan Officer at the Jackson Avenue Branch in Mendenhall. Ms. Neely has been in the banking industry for the past 13 years.
Prior to being named a Mortgage Loan Officer, Ms. Neely served as a Loan Assistant. She is a graduate of Magee High School and attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College and William Carey University, where she majored in Banking and Finance.
Ms. Neely resides in Braxton with her husband, Lance, who is a Vice President at Environment Masters in Jackson. The Neelys have two children: their daughter Regan is a sophomore at Copiah-Lincoln Community College while their son, Peyton, is a junior at Simpson Academy. They are members of Calvary Baptist Church where she serves on various committees. In addition, Ms. Neely is a member of Peoples Bank’s Relay For Life team and serves as Treasurer of the Simpson Academy Booster Club.
“Kim has been an outstanding Loan Assistant for many years, and I am pleased to announce her promotion to Mortgage Loan Officer,” Ammann said. “Our loan customers who have experienced her dedication to efficient, professional practices will now be able to rely on her as their lender. I am entirely confident she will continue to excel in her new role at Peoples Bank.”

Friday, June 6, 2014

Dennis Ammann elected to Mississippi Bankers Association Board of Directors

Dennis Ammann of Mendenhall has been elected to a 3-year term on the Mississippi Bankers Association Board of Directors.
      Ammann fills an at-large position on the Board, which governs the 125-year-old association. MBA’s membership includes commercial banks and savings institutions operating in Mississippi.  The association's members hold 95 percent of the bank deposits in the state.
Ammann serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Peoples Bank in Mendenhall.  He has been with the bank for 15 years.
He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi.  He is also a graduate the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University and the Academy of Professional Banking.  His involvement in the MBA has included serving on the Legislative Committee and Nominating Committee.
Active in his community, Ammann serves on the board of Simpson County Economic Development District, the board of Simpson County Community Foundation and the board of the Mendenhall Sports Club.  He also serves as the Director of the Simpson County Development Foundation.

Ammann and his wife, Sharon, have two sons, Steven and Seth.  They are members of First Baptist Church of Mendenhall, where Ammann serves as a Deacon.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Peoples Bank Certified as a Community Development Financial Institution

         In documents released by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Peoples Bank was named one of 434 banks across America that have been certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). The certification is provided to financial institutions “that distinguish themselves by continuously working to transform the lives of America’s most underserved populations.”
The federal agency noted that nearly one quarter of American households does not have a checking account, relying instead on “costly payday lenders and check-cashing outlets”. The presence of a CDFI-certified bank indicates that a community has access to affordable financial products and services as “a staple of economically sound communities”.  The CDFI program invests in and builds the capacity of CDFI institutions to, in part, contribute to the revitalization of their communities, including financial and technical assistance that leads to lending capital and developing services. In 2011, as a result of the program, financing was made available to more than 5,200 businesses, creating more than 25,000 jobs while leveraging $1.5 billion in private investment. It also financed nearly 18,000 affordable housing units and provided financial literacy training to more than 177,000 individuals.
The U.S. Treasury Department defined CDFIs as institutions that have a “primary mission of serving low-income individuals and communities, providing loan funds for non-profit organizations as well as financing and technical assistance to businesses, microenterprises, affordable housing developers and community service organizations. It noted, too, that many certified CDFIs offer loans featuring more favorable terms than traditional banks while also providing services including business planning, credit counseling and homebuyer classes to help their borrowers use credit effectively.
                “This designation is recognition of Peoples Bank’s primary mission to make sure that our communities grow and prosper.” Ammann said. “The initiatives of the CDFI program are in line with our own with respect to providing affordable financial services and responsive loan solutions that help our communities, friends and neighbors to grow, prosper and enjoy an enhanced quality of life.”

Monday, May 19, 2014

Platinum Club Travels to Switzerland

Experiencing springtime in the Alps was the goal of 22 members and friends of the Peoples Bank Platinum Club who traveled to Europe earlier this month.
Their first four days were spent in the medieval city of Bern, Switzerland, the nation’s capital.  At a welcome dinner the first night in a traditional Swiss restaurant, the Platinum Club travelers met their counterparts on the tour, 14 members of a group from the East Coast and Canada who would round out the tour, which was organized by Collette Tours.
From Bern, the group traveled by motor coach on daytrips to see the area.  In Guyere they visited one local factory making cheese and another making chocolate, both important Swiss exports. Taking home cheese samples and eating all the chocolate they could hold made this side-trip a memorable one!
Another trip was to the resort city of Montreux, on the French-speaking side of the tri-lingual nation.  In Montreux, they toured the Castle of Chillon, which is built on the edge of Lake Geneva.
A third day trip took them to the beautiful city of Lucerne for lunch, shopping and sight-seeing. Many in the group  opted for a side-trip above the clouds to snow-covered Mt. Pilatus on a cogwheel train.
After four days in Bern, the group traveled through the spectacular Alpine scenery of greening valleys and snowcapped mountains on to Innsbruck, Austria, known as “the Olympic City” for the three winter Olympics held there. 
From the Hotel Innsbruck, the travelers enjoyed strolling the medieval lanes of the Old City, where specialty shops, restaurants, coffee and pastry shops and entertainment abound.
From Innsbruck, the group visited Lichtenstein, Europe’s smallest and wealthiest country, and went on to Salzburg, home of Mozart and of the von Trapp family made famous in The Sound of Music.
In Salzburg, they dined at the beautiful St. Peter’s Restaurant, the oldest restaurant in Europe, first serving diners in 803 A.D.  It is built into the wall of a monastery.
The next day, everyone was offered the opportunity to have a day of leisure in Innsbruck or take a sidetrip to the ski resort of Seefort, which they reached by train. Arriving in the mountain town, they loaded onto horse-drawn carriages for a tour of the countryside. 
For their mid-morning coffee break, they visited a family-run restaurant and farm, where volunteers Deborah Amman, Oliver McLean and Harry Rankin whipped up an “apfel streudel,” the traditional pastry of the region, for their hungry friends.
The final feature of the tour was a day in picturesque Bavaria, which was once a sovereign nation and is now a section of Germany. The major stop was the town of Oberammagau, where the famous Passion Play is staged every 10 years to honor a vow the villagers made to God for saving their town from the Black Plague that raged across Europe in 1633.
On their last evening in Innsbruck, the group was treated to a farewell dinner at a restaurant in the medieval district, then to a Tyrolian folk arts show featuring a fast-paced lineup of traditional Tyrolian songs, dances and fun.
After their 10-day adventure in Europe, the group arrived back in Magee on May 9.
Peoples Bank Platinum Club directors Oliver and Donna McLean will soon be mailing out information on a day-trip to New Orleans for shopping in the French Quarter, a performance of the hit Broadway musical Chicago, and dinner at Middendorf’s Restaurant on the way home. 
The summer months will also feature the annual Platinum Club luncheons in Mendenhall and Collins.

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