The Wisconsin Bankers Foundation awarded 29 banks and 13 individual bankers from around the state with Excellence in Financial Education awards. Submitted photo
The Wisconsin Bankers Foundation awarded 29 banks and 13 individual bankers from around the state with Excellence in Financial Education awards. Submitted photo

Submitted by Ryma Lindquist, First Bank of Baldwin

BALDWIN, WI – The staff of First Bank of Baldwin earned recognition recently for their outstanding financial education efforts with an award from the Wisconsin Bankers Foundation (WBF).  Ryma Lindquist and Lisa Lyon accepted a Bankers Promoting Financial Literacy Award for contributing their time and talent to the community.

The Foundation awarded 29 banks and 13 individual bankers from around the state with Excellence in Financial Education awards on November 14 at a special breakfast during the WBA LEAD360 Conference to honor their commitment to growing financial education in their communities. In addition, 98 bankers received certificates recognizing their contributions of time and talent given to the community through at least five financial education presentations.

From June 2017 through May 2018, nearly 500 bankers from across the state reported over 1,600 personal finance presentations, which reached nearly 39,500 consumers of all ages. In the month of April alone, in conjunction with Teach Children to Save Day, bankers from over 30 institutions reported nearly 300 presentations that reached nearly 9,000 students.

“Consumer education is an important part of banking, no matter what the banker's role is at their institution," said WBF Board Chair Rose Oswald Poels, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Bankers Association. "We commend these bankers for their dedication and commitment to improving financial education not only for the benefit of individual consumers, but also the community as a whole.”

The Wisconsin Bankers Foundation is a Wisconsin non-stock corporation organized for charitable and education purposes dedicated to promoting financial literacy and financial responsibility to the public and to broaden consumer empowerment in the financial services industry primarily through research and education.