Planters Bank employees are actively involved in the communities of Hopkinsville and Clarksville. From serving on non-profit organization boards, to collecting items for families in need, to being politically active, employees do their parts to make a positive difference in the lives of their fellow citizens.
"One of the most rewarding activities I'm involved in," says Dawson Springs Branch Manager Anita Black, "is serving as a school-based mentor with Hopkins County Big Brothers Big Sisters. Anita has volunteered for 10 years and had the pleasure of seeing her "little" graduate last year. "She and I had worked together since she was in the fourth grade. I admit that I felt like one of my children was graduating."
Anita has been actively involved in Take Kids Fishing for the past eight years, a co-community event with Caldwell County. She is also an officer and board member of the Dawson Springs Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Programs.
As both a participant and a volunteer, VP of Ag and Commercial Lending John Bartee, Jr. has been involved with the Clarksville Area Better Beef Show for 30 years. This prestigious show, which will celebrate its 63rd year in 2013, is the oldest and longest continual junior steer show in the Southeast.
In 2012 John served as team leader for the United Way of the Greater Clarksville Area fund raising campaign. "The United Way is a truly awesome organization. Being a volunteer is just a small way I can give back and say thanks to all those that have been involved before me."
John also volunteers with Toys for Tots in Robertson County preparing and delivering toys and clothing for needy families.
AVP of Commercial Banking Emily Medvecky chairs the corporate team of the Mayor's Fitness Council. The Council was established by Mayor Kim McMillan to improve our community's fitness level and to provide opportunities for community involvement.
"As a member of Leadership Clarksville's Class of 2011, our group's focus was to implement a program that would tackle the rising concern of obesity in Montgomery County. Fortunately, Mayor McMillan was eager to work with our group, and the Mayor's Fitness Council was formed."
The overall goal of the MFC is to support and highlight plans already being done across Clarksville related to fitness, nutrition, and built environment. Most importantly, the Council emphasizes that getting and staying fit can be fun! Clarksville residents can look for monthly "Move with the Mayor" events that highlight fun ways to stay active in our community.
|VP of Ag & Commercial Lending Jason Jenkins has chaired the Christian County Cattlemen's Association Championship Rodeo since 2010. Attracting thousands from around the region, this huge event raises money for youth scholarships -- more than $20,000 in the past two years. "This is a great event for Hopkinsville," says Jason. "We are able to raise a lot of money that provides scholarship opportunties and support for many students and youth programs. I'm honored to be part of it." The rodeo is held at the Western Kentucky Fairgrounds each August.|
|Employees volunteer annually to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Bowl for Kids Sake Banker's Challenge.|
|Commerce Street Branch Manager Jan Greene organized a collection for the Life Center Foundation's Phoenix Program in December 2011. Employees and customers donated several large boxes of clothing and personal care items for women going through the program. Jan also serves on the Phoenix Program board of directors.|
|Clarksville Young Professionals Leader and Planters Bank Commercial Loan Officer Amy Jerles Orton is passionate about getting the younger generation actively involved in their community. "There's a gap between the established leaders in our community who are called on repeatedly to fill key volunteer roles," she says. "CYP works to engage younger citizens, beginning with APSU graduates, in all areas of community activity." Amy has also served on the boards of directors for the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce and YMCA. She was the Altrusa 2009 Dancing with the Stars winner.|
|Employees from the bank's Clarksville branches collected and delivered a large trunk load of food to the school system's F.U.E.L. program to help feed children whose only source of food is what they receive from the school.|
|Relay for Life teams in both Hopkinsville and Clarksville work for months coordinating a variety of creative fundraising activities for the American Cancer Society. For the past several years, bank efforrts raised well over $10,000 annually! The Hopkinsville team received the New Horizons Award in 2010 for raising the highest percentage increase from the previous year, and was also awarded the third highest fundraiser for Christian County.|
|Barry Meade, VP of Credit Administration, represents Planters Bank as part of the annual Citizens for Fort Campbell delegation in Washington, D.C. The group of some 50 community leaders from Christian, Montgomery and Stewart Counties visit with each Kentucky and Tennessee congressional representative and senator to advocate for funding and capital projects that will help sustain and enhance Fort Campbell. Barry is pictured here with Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY).|
|Suzanne Langford, Senior VP of Commercial Lending, was named 2010 Outstanding Board member for the the United Way of the Greater Clarksville region. Suzanne has served on the board for the past three years, most recently as Treasurer. Due in part to her dedication and leadership, Planters Bank received the 2011 Ben C. Parks Award for the best workplace campaign. Suzanne also serves on the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.|
|VP of Commercial Lending Kyle Luther received the 2011 Spirit Award from Austin Peay State University, which he received at the 2012 Candlelight Ball. A tireless advocate of APSU, Kyle has served as president of the APSU Governor's Club. "Upon reflecting on how much the university impacted my life, I was compelled to give back to this University of which I was a fan and a graduate. The Govs Club, which provides resources, participation, enthusiasm, attendance and appreciation to all the teams at the University, was an obvious choice for me to accomplish my objective. Being part of an organization that works together for the common goal of nurturing successful athletic teams both on and off the field of play is very rewarding."|
|Janet Calhoun, VP of commercial banking, served as 2009 United Way Campaign Chair for Hopkinsville-Christian County. Janet's leadership not only led to a successful campaign, but also to Planters Bank receiving the Gold Award and Overall Campaign Award for its outstanding contribution.|
|Kyle Higgins, branch manager at the Fort Campbell Boulevard location, has served as president of the Hopkinsville Young Professionals (HYP) since 2008. Kyle enjoys meeting, working with, and mentoring other young professionals, especially those new to Hopkinsville and those returning home after college. One of Kyle’s most significant, and most rewarding, accomplishments is mobilizing the HYP members for community service. In 2009 the group raised $25,000 for the International Rett Syndrome Foundation. “Seeing how our efforts can make such a difference in people’s lives has been the most rewarding part of my involvement. Working together, we have the opportunity to help people who really need help.”|
|Bank employees periodically collect food for Urban Ministries, an organization that provides direct assistance to those who face societal problems of hunger, homelessness, poverty, and violence.|
|Employees serve in shifts to ring the Salvation Army bell each holiday season.|