Neighborhood News
April 2020

Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.



“What did the Governor say?” Five words that are repeated in our bank lobby on a regular basis. Because, while all operations at Settlers Bank remain open, the lobby is open by appointment only. The good news is, we see loads of customers at the drive-thru every day. The tough news is, for us anyway, we miss seeing all of our regular walk-in customers. Each one of you brings such joy to our staff. It’s hard to generate that kind of camaraderie through the drive-thru or on the telephone, although we’re working hard at it! But when you come in to our lobby with your children, or your dog, or your tube sock full of coins, or your quick-witted banter, you make our day! You, the warriors of the walk-up window, are missed more than we can express. Oh, we happily serve you over the phone or through the drive-thru, but we miss the relationship we have come to enjoy as you stand at the teller line, or sit on the sofa and read the paper, or come in to get your Friday breakfast (also known as popcorn). So, will we continue to serve you over the phone or in the drive-thru with the 100% excellence you deserve and have come to expect? You bet we will. But, do we want our lobby closed one single minute beyond the Governor’s directives? Heck no! And so we ask again today, “What did the Governor say?”, and hope for the day we hear, “Now.  Now it’s safe for customers and employees. You may open your lobby”. Until then, see you at the drive-thru.

Save the Date: Shred Day 
May 30, 2020

Settlers Bank Loan Processor and Homeschool Mom
Extraordinaire Michele Martin with her ‘class’. 

Slice of P.I.E. (Partners in Education)

It seems like well more than a month ago since we last saw our Partners in Education at Putnam and Harmar Elementary Schools. As much as we miss seeing the students and their amazing teachers, we are grateful that families are at home together, trying to weather the Coronavirus Pandemic while maintaining a semblance of order concerning education. Homeschooling is probably new to most parents in our community, and we, at Settlers Bank, sympathize because a few of our employees also have school aged children. It has been said, “There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.” An understatement for sure. So, to all of the virtuous (and exhausted) moms, dads, or grandparents who are in the trenches with the next generation of leaders in our country, we salute you.  And teachers, thank you for the extra hard work you’re doing in the unchartered waters of on-line teaching. Our students will be better citizens because of the diligence and creativity you are modeling. The rest of the school year gets shorter every week, so hang in there parents, teachers, and students (who are desperately missing their friends). ‘How much longer?’, we all ask, just like when we were little and on a long car trip with our parents. And how would your mother always respond? “We’re almost there. Just a little longer.” See, mother does know best.

There's no such thing as bad weather,
only inappropriate clothing. 

Ranulph Fiennes

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