Rondout Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank that has been in business for over 145 years. Every year our Bank picks two “Charities of Choice” which are organizations the employees select and raise money for. In past years, we have supported such organizations as the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club, the YMCA of Ulster County, the American Cancer Society, the Warrior Transition Unit, the Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund, The Queens Galley, the Happy To Help Food Pantry, The Alzheimer's Association and the Happy Christmas Fund. This year we've selected the Center for Spectrum Services and the WGHQ Happy Christmas Fund.
Business Holiday Networking Event - Our annual Rondout Savings Bank Business Holiday Networking Event was hosted on December 11, 2013, at The Twaalfskill Club. This event allowed our business customers a chance to network with each other, and allow a way for the bank to say thank you for all their support in 2013. In light of the Holiday Season instead of spending money on a giveaway that someone might just throw away, Rondout committed $500 to a charity of choice, which was decided by casting a ballot and with the choices being: The Boys and Girls Clubs, Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley, People’s Place, Ulster County SPCA, Children’s Home of Kingston, Hospice Foundation and Queens Galley. After tallying the entire ballots The Boys and Girls Clubs will receive $500 for this Holiday Season.
RSB Holiday Party: Set at the beautiful Hillside Manor, this year’s Holiday Employee Appreciation Party, “Celebrate an Evening with the Stars” was a wonderful time sponsored by Rondout Savings Bank. Everyone was dressed to the “nines” and had a blast eating, drinking and dancing. The highlight of the night was the presentation of awards by president Jim Davenport to this year’s winners after tallying a vote by their peers…although there was only one actual award given out, everyone is considered a winner on Team Rondout! Pictures are available and will be delivered by HR, you all look great! A special thank you this year’s holiday party committee: Cindy A., Gina P., Richard B. and Crystal J.
Ulster County Chamber of Commerce Waterfront Mixer - Chamber members are invited to enjoy the hospitality of Hudson River Cruises on this sold out cruise on the Rip Van Winkle. Sponsored by Rondout Savings Bank, these mixers give business owners the opportunity to get together as a large group in a beautiful setting and get to know each other while having a great time. Person to person networking is the best way to build a successful business.
Hyde Park Senior Picnic - Each summer, The Dutchess County Senior Picnic Program serves a free Chicken Bar-B-Que to almost 5,000 residents at 10 different locations. It's a great opportunity for seniors to express their questions and concerns directly to the staff of the Division of Aging Services and at the same time enoy the fellowship of their friends and neighbors. On June 19th, Rondout Savings Bank sponsored the event held in Salt Point near Hyde Park (site of our newest branch opening this fall) at the Frances J. Mark Memorial Park. It was a beautiful day attended by over 100 seniors who warmly welcomed us! Pictured below are Bryan, Steve and Jim who manned the table, and Jim with the winner of our raffle basket, Kenneth Bartlett.
July 4th Celebrations - This year we were not only down on the strand sponsoring the music at the city of Kingston's fireworks celebration, but we also co-sponsored the Hyde Park 4th of July parade. There was a large group of volunteers from the bank who, in spite of the heat, greeted over 1,000 of our new neighbors with lots of great give-aways and smiles... RSB blue and white balloons could be seen up and down the entire parade route!
RSB Fundraising Updates:
Final Holiday Raffle - Our last fundraising event of the year for our charity of choice recipients was a raffle for the “Ultimate Baker’s Basket” is filled with everything from mixes, utensils, decorations, cookware and so much more! The client winner was Gail
2013 Charity of Choice - A huge thank you to our Fundraising Team headed up by Susie and Tonya and supported by the entire Rondout Savings Bank team for a job well done. This year surpassed all previous years with a new grand total of $5,592.26! This total was divided between the WGHQ Happy Christmas Fund and the Center for Spectrum Services.
Holiday Adopt-A-Family - This year, we had the privilege of adopting two families - one from each side of the river. The family from Dutchess County is a single mom with one teenage son and one teenage daughter. We found them through Family Services of Dutchess County. The family from Ulster County is a single mom with three small children. We found them through Project HOPE. This final undertaking for our fundraisers started out slowly, but thanks to everyone’s Christmas spirit, ended up catching fire and the result was delivering a truck load of presents to our two families. Bank employees generously donated a total of over $820.00 for gifts for the two families. Every child was given a complete outfit (top and bottom) along with sweatshirts, shoes, socks and pajamas. Non-clothing items included arts and crafts, purses, jewelry, sports equipment, toys, pots, pans and cookie sheets. There were also many items which were donated by employees for the families which included Avon gift sets for the mothers, board games, popcorn buckets, movies, a bracelet maker, a DVD player and a digital coffee pot. Both families received a “entertainment” bucket with three family DVDs, popcorn, candies and the bank donated movie tickets, reminding us what the true spirit of Christmas is all about. Thank you to all who donated and Happy New Year!
Father's Day Raffle - Congratulations to our winners and to everyone who helped make this fundraiser a success. The total money raised from the Father's Day Keurig Raffle was 348.00! We are now more than half way toward reaching our goal.
Car Wash Fundraiser! - Sunday, July 21st we had our second annual car wash at the Ulster Avenue Branch. This year we wanted to kick it up a bit so, besides offering a super car wash, hot dogs, chips and cold beverages, radio station WBPM was there with a live broadcast to liven up the event! It was a perfect day and a great opportunity to make money for our charities while having fun doing it.. in fact, we made a whopping $365.00!