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Tuesday, February 19 2019
Rondout Savings Bank’s 150 Ways of Giving works with The Kingston Police Benevolent Association to benefit Family Inn
December 21, 2018
In celebration of a century and a half of philanthropy and service, Rondout Savings Bank is marking their 150-year celebration with a Calendar of Giving program. A different non-profit organization is featured each month, fostering community engagement and financial support. In each of the bank’s locations, donation dropoffs are featured in the lobbies keeping the spirit of philanthropy alive throughout the year. This momentous year included many events recognizing and thanking the community.
For the month of December, Rondout Savings Bank’s 7 locations collected new unwrapped toys for the area’s children and delivered them before Christmas. The Kingston Police Benevolent Association referred the donations to The Family Inn, part of Family of Woodstock, whose mission is to provide confidential and fully accessible crisis intervention, information, prevention, and support services to address the needs of individuals and families. The scope of the agency’s vision allows them to bring to bear resources to address a broad spectrum of human problems.
In early December, the bank dropped off the toys to Ricki T. Abramson, Program Director of Family Inn and Caitlin Welch, Assistant Program Director of the Family Inn. The Bank was able to collect 117 great toys, with the Broadway branch collecting the most at 41 toys! Thank you to our generous clients and employees.
Rondout Savings Bank’s Brittany Schatzel Selected to Join Prestigious BAI Emerging Leaders Network
September 1, 2018
Rondout Savings Bank’s Brittany Schatzel, Broadway Branch Manager, has been selected to join the BAI Emerging Leaders Network, a selective professional development network dedicated to fostering growth of future leaders who will drive positive change in the financial services industry.
Brittany is one of 100 Emerging Leaders chosen by BAI to join its Emerging Leaders Network, which recognizes up-and-coming financial services leaders from around the world with less than 10 years of experience in the industry. The network provides learning, mentoring, networking and recognition opportunities to aid in the development and career success of these standouts.
Brittany started her career in banking at Rondout Savings Bank in 2014 as a teller. She has since moved up through the ranks starting with a promotion to Customer Service Representative in March 2015, Head Teller in November 2015 and Assistant Branch Manager in May 2017. In July of 2018 Brittany begin her new position as Branch Manager of the Broadway office.
Emerging Leaders and their mentors attend BAI Beacon in October in Orlando, FL for a truly unique learning and networking experience. They also will participate in the year-round professional development community designed to provide relevant education, mentoring and networking opportunities; special recognition in a BAI Banking Strategies Special Report; complimentary 2019 BAI Membership and more.
“It is our responsibility as leaders to provide unique opportunities and the resources to develop up-and-coming talent in the financial services industry,” said Debbie Bianucci, President and CEO of BAI. “The BAI Emerging Leaders Network comprises of distinguished, diverse rising stars in the industry who demonstrate unparalleled leadership characteristics. I look forward to helping and watching them grow into the leaders of tomorrow.”
Rondout Savings Bank’s 150 Ways of Giving Benefits Semper Fi Parents of the Hudson Valley in July
August 31, 2018
In honor of Rondout Savings bank’s 150th year anniversary a Calendar of Giving program was created. Throughout 2018 a different local non-profit organization is chosen each month, fostering community engagement and financial support. In each of the bank’s seven locations, donation boxes are in the lobbies keeping the spirit of community alive throughout the year. This momentous year will include many events recognizing and thanking our community.
The month of July featured Semper Fi Parents of the Hudson Valley, a volunteer organization that works to support our military heroes and their families. Rondout Savings Bank collected individually packed food and personal items for the non-profit organization to create care packages.
In early August, the bank dropped off their collected items to Joanne Petersen, President of the organization. The bank was able to collect over 550 items to donate, including 202 items from the Uptown Branch alone! The organization will be using the items in November at the Poughkeepsie Galleria to make care packages to send to the military.
Rondout Savings Bank’s President and CEO Delivers Donation to The ARC of Ulster- Greene
July 16, 2018
KINGSTON, NY, July 16, 2018
Rondout Savings Bank is continuing to mark their 150-year celebration with their Calendar of Giving program. A different local nonprofit organization is featured each month, fostering community engagement and financial support. In each of the bank’s locations, donation drop-offs are featured in the lobbies keeping the spirit of philanthropy alive throughout the year.
In June, the bank featured The Arc of Ulster-Greene, a private not-for- profit agency founded in 1956 by families in Ulster and Greene Counties who believed that their children with disabilities should have the same opportunities as their peers. The Arc provides individualized services to every person, featuring a broad range of innovative and effective programs designed to foster independence, productivity, and participation in community life. Rondout Savings Bank had collection boxes in each of their seven locations, collecting art supplies for this nonprofit organization.
“We are proud to support The Arc and the great work they do to help people with disabilities have opportunities to experience full lives,” remarked Cheryl Bowers, President and CEO of Rondout Savings Bank. In early July, the bank dropped off their collected items to The Arc’s
Business Development Officer Gary Bellows and Lori McCabe, Director of Communications and Public Relations—a total of 145 art supplies were delivered. The Arc’s art program provides people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) the opportunity to explore artistic
mediums, such as painting, drawing, and sculpture.
Rondout Savings Bank’s 150 Ways of Giving Helps the YMCA’s Bike Programs
June 22, 2018
Rondout Savings Bank is celebrating it’s 150th anniversary by donating to a different local non-profit organization each month, fostering community engagement and financial support.
The month of May featured the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County, a community-based organization providing social and recreational
services to the residents of Ulster County. Rondout Savings Bank had collection boxes in each of their seven locations, collecting bicycle
helmets for the non-profit organization.
In early June, the bank dropped off their collected items to the YMCA’s President/CEO Heidi Kirschner and Tom Polk, Bicycle Educator—a total of 49 bike helmets were delivered. The YMCA offers many bicycling programs—from youth to adult—including Bike It! Youth Bicycle Education Program, Smart Cycling Adult Bicycle Education Class, and the Annual Tour de Kingston and Ulster Road Ride to name just a few.
Rondout Savings Bank Celebrates 150th Anniversary with Donation to Kingston
May 31, 2018
KINGSTON – “I like to think of the City of Kingston as a city of firsts”, said Kingston Mayor Steve Nobel. He was referring to the first lighthouse on the canal back in the 1800’s, and the first woman to operate it; bringing us to the first woman president of Rondout Savings Bank, Cheryl Bowers.
“Its a little bit less about being the first woman as much as it is being the first president that starts the next 150 years.”, said a very humble Cheryl Bowers. Bowers was named the bank’s fourteenth president back in November of 2017.
The evening began with a reception at the Homeport Barn at the foot of Broadway in Kingston. After hor d oeuvres, a welcome from Cheryl Bowers, and cake the crowd moved to the Visitor’s Center. Situated on the grassy knoll, next the the Visitor Center building, the structure stood wrapped in a blue cloth, awaiting its unveiling.
Hundreds gathered around the 10 foot structure that only revealed the blue stone base of the monument. Ulster County Chamber of Commerce President Ward Todd MC’d the event with quick congratulatory words from himself, mayor Noble, and Rich Kleban who came to represent the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, where a Rondout Bank Hyde Park location resides.
After the speeches, Bowers cut the ribbon and behind her, the cloth was snapped away from the structure to reveal a five foot steel lighthouse as a symbol of Rondout’s mission throughout its 150 year history to be a beacon of trust and to provide guidance to the community it serves. Local artist Johnny Poux was commissioned by Rondout Savings Bank to create the lighthouse.
“Two words”, said Tony Marmo, owner of Normann Staffing. “Customer Service. That’s why the bank has been a cornerstone of this community for so long. The staff and management provides consistent and unmatched customer service.”, he said.
Rondout Savings Bank’s 150 Ways of Giving Continues to Make 2018 A Meaningful Year
May 18, 2018
To honor Rondout Savings Bank’s 150th year anniversary they continue their success with their Calendar of Giving program. Each month a different non-profit community organization is featured fostering community engagement and financial support. In each of the bank’s locations, donation drop-offs are featured in the lobbies keeping the spirit of philanthropy alive all year-long. The month of March featured the American Heart Association, an organization that helps people build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Rondout Savings Bank had collection boxes in each of their seven locations, collecting grocery gift cards for healthy food. “Rondout Savings Bank is proud to support the American Heart Association as part of our year-long 150 Ways of Giving program,” said Susie Dallies, Vice President, Director of Operations and Retail Banking. Ms. Dallies, whose daughter was born with a congenital heart defect is no stranger to this organization and has supported them in the past. She is just one of the bank’s many employees who volunteer their time and donate to those non-profit organizations that positively impact the community. In early April, the bank dropped off their collected items to Danielle Schuka, Regional Director, Dutchess & Ulster County for the American Heart Association—a total of $772 in gift cards that will help many people in need.
Rondout Savings Bank’s 150 Ways of Giving ‘Breaks the Table’ at Family of Woodstock
May 18, 2018
Rondout Savings Bank is marking their 150-year celebration with their 150 Ways of Giving program. A different non-profit organization is featured each month, fostering community engagement and financial support. In each of the bank’s locations, donation drop-offs are featured in the lobbies keeping the spirit of philanthropy alive throughout the year. This momentous year will include many events recognizing and thanking the community.
The month of April featured Family of Woodstock, an organization that provides confidential and fully accessible crisis intervention, information, prevention, and support services to address the needs of families and individuals. Rondout Savings Bank had collection boxes in each of their seven locations, collecting baby essentials for the non-profit organization.
In early May, the bank dropped off their collected items to Family of Woodstock’s Executive Director Michael Berg and Kerry L. Wolfeil, Team Leader of Child Care Services—a total of 216 essential baby items were delivered. As Rondout employees Jennifer Fabiano, AVP, Director of Marketing; Megan Donahue, Marketing Administrator; Tara Dates, Accounts Payable; and Melanie Koskie, Team Leader of Finance were loading the items onto the conference room table, it broke! Luckily, all the donated items were unharmed.
Rondout Savings Bank’s 150 Ways of Giving Continues with Success
March 21, 2018
KINGSTON, NY, March 21, 2018
Rondout Savings Bank has already begun to highlight their 150 Ways of Giving fostering community engagement and giving financial support to local organizations. A different organization will be featured each month, keeping the spirit of fueling philanthropy alive all year long. This momentous year will include many events recognizing and thanking the community.
The month of February featured Dutchess Outreach, an organization that offers a range of vital services to widen food access, increases advocacy, and provides emergency relief to those in need as the benefactor of the community’s generosity. Rondout Savings Bank had collection boxes in each of their seven locations, collecting non-perishable food and/or toiletry items.
In early March, the bank dropped off their collected items to Dutchess Outreach—a total of 153 items that will help many people in need.
SUNY New Paltz School of Business Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees
February 20, 2018
Since 2001, the School of Business Hall of Fame has recognized the achievements of students, faculty, alumni and community members who have made significant contributions to their respective business professions and to the educational activities at New Paltz.
The School of Business is pleased to announce its 2018 Hall of Fame inductees:
Business Person of the Year: Cheryl Bowers
On Jan 1, 2018, Cheryl Bowers became the first woman President and CEO of Rondout Savings Bank, which has served individuals and businesses in the Hudson Valley for 150 years.
She is an active participant with the New York Bankers Association, where she serves on the Education Committee and Women in Banking Conference Committee and is a regular speaker at the Annual Women’s Leadership Conference.
Bowers has also made numerous contributions to her community. Among her many regional engagements, she serves on the boards of the Ulster Community College Foundation, the Kingston Boys and Girls Club, the Lions Club of Kingston, and Vassar Brothers Medical Center. She is a past Board Chair of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce, a past honoree of the YWCA Tribute to Women and was named Volunteer of the Decade by Gateway Community Industries.
To learn more click here.
150 Ways of Giving Ulster County SPCA Donations
January 31, 2018
In celebration of a century and a half of philanthropy and service, Rondout Savings Bank kicks off their 150th year celebration with a Calendar of Giving. Rondout Savings Bank has already begun to highlight their 150 Ways of Giving fostering community engagement and giving financial support to local organizations. A different organization will be featured each month, keeping the spirit of fueling philanthropy alive all year long. This momentous year will include many events recognizing and thanking the community.
The month of January featured the Ulster County SPCA as the benefactor of the community’s generosity. Rondout Savings Bank had collection boxes in each of their 5 branches, collecting bags and cans of dog food and cat food to help feed the UCSPCA’s residents. As the UCSPCA does not receive any funding other than what they receive as donations, this was a very important collection.
On February 14th, the bank dropped off their collected items to the shelter on Wiedy Rd in Kingston; a total of 162 bags and cans of food!
To find out more about Rondout Savings Bank’s 150 Ways of Giving Campaign click here.
Ulster Chamber Mixer at The Boys & Girls Club of Kingston
December 19, 2018
The Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce December Mixer took place at the Boys & Girls Club of Ulster County in Kingston on Greenkill Avenue. The gym was decorated with a festive Christmas tree and snowflakes; also around the room were posters from former Club Members about how much the Club had helped them. Executive Director Dan Whalen spoke about the club mentioning former long time Executive Director Joe Fay and thanking him for all that he has done in the community. While attendees networked and enjoyed food catered by The Chateau they enjoyed a video made for the Club showing how much it does for our community. In the holiday spirit the Young Ulster Professional were collecting hat, scarf, and glove donations for local children and by the end of the night the box was overflowing!
Ulster Chamber Holiday Breakfast Meeting Dr. Donald P. Christian
December 18, 2018
December’s Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce Holiday Breakfast was sponsored by Rondout Savings Bank. This years breakfast was festive with holiday decorations and the Kingston Catholic School Choir sang some holiday favorites! The speaker was Dr. Donald Christian, President of SUNY New Paltz. Dr. Christian updated the attendees on the recent additions and other changes at the college. As part of our sponsorship for the chamber breakfast we provided a nice treat for all the attendees thanking them for all that they do within the community and helping us grow. To see more about our gift and promotion click here: https://www.rondoutbank.com/2018/10/09/creditcard/
Benedictine Health Foundation’s 49th Annual Winter’s Eve Gala
December 15, 2018
The 49th Annual Benedictine Health Foundation’s Winter’s Eve Gala took place on December 15th at The Chateau in Kingston. The honorees for this years gala were The Beichert Family, St. Benedict Award for Community Spirit and Zoe Weinstein, M.D, St. Benedict Award for Medical Excellence. Rondout Savings Bank team members attend the gala to show our support for the foundation and the honorees. The mission of the Benedictine Health Foundation is to raise and distribute resources to support quality and compassionate health care that improves the physical, psychological, and spiritual well being of those who are vulnerable and underserved in Ulster County.
Dare to Soar Lunch
November 28, 2018
Two times a year very special employees at Rondout Savings Bank get awarded the Dare to Soar Award. This Award is given to individuals that exhibit strong work behavior and cultivate a culture of excellence and it is exceptionally distinctive because all nominations come from co-workers. This years winners were Brooke Frasch, Loan Processor and Jeanette Gavis, Mortgage Underwriter! They have dedicated themselves to the ongoing improvements in the Residential area, have proven to be true team players, and provide their customers with outstanding service. Congratulations to all the nominees and a special congratulations to Jeanette and Brooke!!
Lions Club of Kingston Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
November 20, 2018
The tradition of Rondout Savings Bank and Ulster Savings Bank coming together for the Holidays to help those in need continued this year. The Lions Club Dinner took place at the Gateway Foundation on Tuesday November 20th. The Dinner requires a lot of volunteers for set up, serving and cleaning up thankfully we have wonderful volunteers that donated their time to helping those in need. The dinner was a great success and all those who attend enjoyed it! Thank you to everyone that helped with making this dinner a success!
Go Red for Women Ulster- Dutchess Luncheon
November 9, 2018
The Go Red for Women Luncheon took place on November 9th at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie this year. The luncheon event is put on by the American Heart Association to raise awareness and learn how to take care of your heart! This years luncheon included a presentation about proper heart health, speakers included our very own Director of Operations and Finance Susie Dallies and her daughter Madison. The event featured a dance lesson for exercise, stations to learn about different ways to stay healthy and happy, and of course the annual “purse-sonality” raffle!
WGHQ Happy Christmas Fund
November 8, 2018
On November 8th at 1 PM Jennifer Fabiano, Director of Marketing and Terri Ferris, Retail Area Manger went live on the air to raise money for the WGHQ annual Happy Christmas Fundraiser and helped raised over $2000.00!! Over the half an hour slot Jen and Terri were able to raise money and talk about the celebratory year that Rondout Savings Bank has had so far and what is to come! All proceeds go towards helping seniors and children in Ulster County.
Center For Spectrum Services Harvest Hop Dance
November 3, 2018
Center for Spectrum Services Harvest Hop Dance took place on November 3rd at The Chateau in Kingston. This magical night was filled with fun and friends as they celebrated over harvest food from the Hudson Valley. The live music for dancing was performed by the highly sought after musical group The Phantoms, who provided the perfect music to dance along! There was also both silent and live auctions throughout the night.
The ARC of Ulster- Greene Holiday Auction
November 2, 2018
This year marks the 26th Annual ARC of Ulster-Greene Holiday Auction! It took place at The Chateau in Kingston on November 2nd and featured all sorts of fundraising options such as Fisherman’s Raffle, Live Auction, Live Auction Raffle, Silent Auction and a wine pull! Included in all the great prizes this year was Rondout Savings Bank’s baker basket! The event included a live band this year along with hors d’oeurves and a sit down dinner.
Ulster Chamber Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Recognition Dinner
October 25, 2018
This year the Ulster Chamber Business Recognition Dinner took place at Wiltwyck Golf Club on October 25th.The Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Ulster County Economic Development Alliance annually recognize “Ulster County business leaders, businesses and organizations that are leaders in their sectors, have achieved outstanding results, or shown dedication and commitment to furthering business and the quality of life in Ulster County”. This years award recipients are: Entrepreneur of the Year– Johnny LeHane, Hudson Valley Startup Fund & CLUBWAKA, Business of the Year– Mother Earth’s Storehouse, Small Business of the Year– Home Plate Deli & Caterers/ Olive’s Country Store & Café, Emerging Young Leader– Travis Rask, Daniel D. Gagnon, CPA, Tourism Business of the Year– Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa, Commitment to the Community Award– Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, The Heritage Award– Lowe Plumbing, Heating & AC, Len Cane Heart of Ulster County Award– Scott Herrington, Sav-On Party Central. We would like to wish a congratulations to all this years honorees!
Dutchess Think Local First Expo
October 24, 2018
Rondout Savings Bank had a booth at the Dutchess Chamber Think Local First Business & Hospitality Expo! The expo took place at the Civic Center Plaza in Poughkeepsie on October 24th. Throughout the day visitors came into the expo stopping at all the booths to learn about each vendor. Jennifer Fabiano, Director of Marketing and Terri Ferris, Retail Area Manager went live on the WBMP radio to tell listeners about Rondout Savings Bank! The expo was followed by a business after hours event where vendors could network with each other.
R.Y.A.N.s Run 2018
October 21, 2018
This year marks the 4th Annual R.Y.A.N.s Run in Kingston. R.Y.A.N.s Run was started to work towards eliminating the stigma attached to addiction and start an open community discussion. This year despite the cold weather our dedicated Rondout Savings Bank employees ran in the annual R.Y.A.N.s Run on Oct. 21st. The proceeds from the run help programs like Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Saugerties, Scholarships for the Kingston Parks and Rec Summer Camp, Mac Fit Kids Summer program and more. We are proud to support R.Y.A.N.s Run and the Kelder Family for all they do to educate our community about addiction including prevention programs!
Leadership Dutchess Welcome Reception
October 13, 2018
On September 13th at the Henry Wallace Center in Hyde Park the welcome reception event was held for the Leadership Dutchess Class of 2019. Leadership Dutchess is a program designed to foster the development of a group of professionals who grow and learn together over a nine – month period, all work contribute to the knowledge and understanding of leadership. Rondout Savings Bank’s Director of Human Resources Christina Myers is enrolled in the 2019 class and we wish her and the entire class the best of luck!
Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce Buy Local Expo
September 18, 2018
The Buy Local Expo took place at Diamond Mills in Saugerties this year. The expo is one of the largest networking events in Ulster County to promote our products, services, and community efforts to the hundreds of local residents that attend! This year the Rondout Savings Bank booth team was made up of Cheryl Bowers, President & CEO, Margie Rovereto, Chief Operating Officer, Michael Shaughnessy, Chief Lending Officer, Jennifer Fabiano, Director of Marketing, Leslie Sewell, Manager of Operations, Steve Sickler, Commercial Lender, Terri Ferris, Retail Area Manager, Stephanie Earl, Business Development Officer, Brittany Schatzel, Broadway Branch Manager, Clarissa Timbrouck, West Hurley Branch Manager! We would like to thank all those that stopped by our booth and we hope to see many of you next year! A special thanks to Bobby Pratt for helping us set up our booth!
United Way 2018 Day of Caring
September 12, 2018
Participants of the United Way of Ulster County Day of Caring help local non-profit agencies by stocking food pantries, delivering flowers, painting, gardening, doing light repair or small building projects! The Rondout Savings Bank Team was assigned to help The Children’s Home of Kingston at this years Day of Caring. We along with other volunteers cleaned and painted the newly renovated rec room! After everything was painted and cleaned we joined the other volunteers at Robert Post Park for a picnic.
Women’s Leadership Alliance: Leading Through Change
September 11, 2018
The Women’s Leadership Alliance put on a lunch– time panel discussion on the realities and opportunities of leading an organization through major change. The panelists included Dr. Pamela Edington– President, Dutchess Community College, Nicole Fenichel– Hewitt– Executive Director, The Art Effect and Lara Litchfield– Kimber– Executive Director, Mid– Hudson Children’s Museum. Rondout Savings Bank’s Director of Marketing Jennifer Fabiano spoke at this event as part of our sponsorship with the Women’s Leadership Alliance.
Ulster Leadership Class of 2019
September 9, 2018
The Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce has successfully hosted the Ulster Leadership Development Institute for more than 25 years, providing a rich experience for over 400 graduates. The program focuses on developing advanced leadership understanding, capacity and significance. The kick off for this program took place at the Emerson Resort & Spa and Rondout Savings Bank’s Uptown Branch Manager, Bettina Musumeci and Administrative Assistant, Gale Jaeck- Quick will be enrolled in the class for 2019. We wish them and the entire class luck!
Boys and Girls Club Wine Cruise
August 8, 2018
The 11th Annual Wine Cruise is a fundraising benefit for The Boys and Girls Club Kingston Unit and Rondout Savings Bank was a proud sponsor. This two hour cruise took place on the Rip Van Winkle featuring music by Eddie Parker, a buffet dinner by Mariners Harbor, and a tasting menu of wines & spirits by Empire Merchants North. There was also a raffle for some great prize baskets and Stephanie Earl, Business Development Officer for Rondout Savings Bank was a lucky winner of the fishing prize basket!
Health Alliance Golf Classic
August 1, 2018
Rondout Savings Bank employees started off the month of August with volunteering at the 18th Annual HealthAlliance Golf Classic! This event took place on August 1st at the Apple Green Golf Course in Highland and all proceeds benefit the HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network.
Ulster Chamber July Mixer
July 23, 2018
The Ulster Chamber Mixer took place on the Rip Van Winkle. Chamber members enjoyed a scenic cruise of the Hudson River while networking with fellow members. Live music and food catered by Savona’s. The threat of storms did not keep members away and two bald eagles where spotted from the boat by many members!
People’s Place Santa Sip N’ Sail
July 19, 2018
It was a great evening aboard the Hudson Valley Cruises’ Rip Van Winkle in support of People’s Place Holiday programs including Bag Holiday Hunger, Thanksgiving Feast and Project Santa. There was live music by Michael Dell and Maria Hickey and delicious seasonal buffet by Mariners Harbor.
Hyde Park Fourth of July 2018
July 4, 2018
Rondout Savings Bank once again was a sponsor of the Hyde Park 4th of July Parade! Rondout Savings Bank’s float this year was the lighthouse and had employees walking along side of it giving out candy. The branch was also decorated with Rondout balloons, chips with Rondout Savings Bank chip clips, and bracelets! We came in 2nd Place for the best commercial float!!
150th Anniversary Committee Thank You Dinner
June 28, 2018
A celebratory dinner was held to thank the 150th Anniversary Committee for all their amazing work and making the event a great success! The dinner took place at Ole Savannah’s in Kingston on Thursday June 28th. Thank you to all employees for making our 150th year so special!!
Women’s Leadership Alliance: Planning Along a Lifetime Career Path
June 21, 2018
Rondout Savings Bank proudly sponsored this event and it took place on June 21st at the ChangePoint Church in Poughkeepsie. The event featured a panel of savvy women professionals that shared their first hand experience from a lifetime of careers developed by taking risks and managing transitions.
Esopus Business Alliance Anniversary Mixer
June 18, 2018
The Esopus Business Alliance held its 9th annual anniversary mixer on June 18th at the Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa. The event was sponsored by Rondout Savings Bank and included live music and delicious refreshments!
Charities of Choice Sip and Paint Fundraiser
June 14, 2018
On June 14th we held a Sip and Paint Fundraiser to support the Charities of Choice for 2018. Our charities include: Ulster County SPCA, Dutchess Outreach, American heart Association, Family of Woodstock, The YMCA, The ARC of Ulster- Greene, The Boys and Girls Club, The Benedictine Health Alliance, The Dutchess County Office for the Aging, The Claudio Cares Foundation, The Kingston Police Benevolent Society. It was a great turn out and the picture of the Eiffel Tower was painted beautifully by all who attended. We were able to raise $430!!
Ulster Leadership Celebration
June 11, 2018
Monday June 11th we celebrated Broadway Assistant Branch Manager Brittany Schatzel as she graduated from Leadership Ulster at Diamond Mills in Saugerties. June 11th is also her birthday and the whole crowd joined in to sing her Happy Birthday! Congratulations Brittany!!
United Way Raising HOPE Event
June 7, 2018
The United Way of Ulster County held their 5th Annual Raising Hope Celebration on Thursday June 7th at the Best Western Plus in Kingston. This event celebrated inspirational women who raise HOPE in our community. Among the honored were Alexis Mills, Ingrid Kulick, Jody Mesches, Casandra Beam, Melissa L. Banks, Marsha Sebro Wood, Beth Barlow, Laura Schwarz, Lauren Sheeley, and Ilana Lee Berger.
June 7, 2018
On Thursday June 7th we celebrated Hyde Park Branch Manager Rania Fakhoury as she graduated from Dutchess Leadership at the Dutchess Manor. The reception featured gourmet stations and passed hors d’oeuvres. Congratulation Rania!!
SUNY New Paltz School of Business Hall of Fame Dinner
April 18, 2018
Since 2001, the School of Business Hall of Fame has recognized the achievements of students, faculty, alumni and community members who have made significant contributions to their respective business professions and to the educational activities at New Paltz. Cheryl Bowers was honored with the Business Person of the Year Award and inducted into the SUNY New Paltz School of Business Hall of Fame on April 18, 2018. The reception was held at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. Other inductees included Denise VanBuren—Dean’s Award of Excellence, and Sandra Jackson—Alumna of the Year. Rondout Savings Bank was a proud Gold Sponsor of this event.
Rondout Savings Bank’s Realtor Spring Kick Off
April 17, 2018
We held our 2nd annual Realtor Spring Kickoff on April 17th at Frank Guido’s Little Italy. The Rondout Savings Bank mortgage team invited clients, realtors, lawyers and more to network and explain how we can make the mortgage process easy over cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a buffet style dinner. It was a great turn out and a wonderful way to kick off the 2018 home buying season!
Ulster County SPCA Fur Ball
April 14, 2018
On April 14th the Ulster County SPCA had it’s Annual Fur Ball Gala. The gala is their largest fundraiser of the year. This event features a live auction, silent auction, jewelry raffle complimented with a cocktail hour and sit down dinner. During dinner the UCSPCA showcased their accomplishments for the year which included a heartwarming video of all the animals who were saved and adopted throughout the year. Rondout Savings Bank was a proud sponsor of this event.
American Heart Association Heart Walk
March 24, 2018
The 2018 Dutchess and Ulster Heart Walk was held on March 24th at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. The American Heart Association holds this walk to help fight heart disease and stroke. They also use funds raised to allow more people to be trained in CPR, fund more research, educate more children, inspire people to make healthy choices, and ultimately save lives. The Rondout Team has raise over $7,000 and the Dutchess 2018 walk raised $186,505 to date!
YMCA Bow Tie and Blue Jeans Dinner
March 3, 2018
On Saturday March 3rd at the Best Western Plus Kingston the 3rd Annual Bow Tie and Blue Jeans Dinner and Auction was held. This celebratory night included a sit down dinner with an auction which featured many great items. All benefits from this event went to The YMCA Strong Kids Foundation, which makes sure youth from our area are able to partake in activities like memberships, swim lessons, after school programs and camps!
Rhinebeck Chamber Good Egg Award
February 21, 2018
This wonderful annual event was to honor a community member for being a “Good Egg” and going above and beyond to help others. The 2018 winner is Betsy Jacaruso, owner of Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery. This event also included speeches from the Village Mayor, Town Supervisor and Rhinebeck Central School Board President about the “State of Rhinebeck”. This event was held on February 21st at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck.
Claudio Cares Snowflake Gala
February 9, 2018
On Friday February 9th Rondout Savings Bank sponsored and supported the 5th Annual Claudio Cares Foundation’s Snowflake Gala. This event took place at Locust grove in Poughkeepsie and featured a live and silent auction with a cocktail and Hors D’oeuvre reception. The night’s honorees were Shannon and Justin Varuzzo, Erin and Stephen Reverri Jr., Hudson Valley Renegades, and Rose & Kiernan Insurance.
Dutchess Regional Chamber of Commerce Secret Garden Gala
February 3, 2018
Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce had the Secret Garden Gala on February 3rd at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. The honorees of the night included Haeley Rios of Marion Salon Spa, Devon Luty & Mark Swenson, Jr. of Dorsey Metrology, Joe Daily of Q92, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, and Nevill Smythe of Smythe Consulting. The night was a black tie event that had over 430 attendees!
Money is important, but we’ve also noticed that the idea of giving back encourages others to give, too, sometimes in terms of time and enthusiasm.
Many of us at the bank are also involved in the community in our spare time. We serve as volunteers as well as board members. Some of the organizations we volunteer our time for include:
- American Cancer Society
- Arts Society of Kingston
- Bardavon / UPAC
- Benedictine Health Foundation
- Boys & Girls Club of Kingston
- Boy Scouts of America – Rip Van Winkle Council
- Center for Spectrum Services
- Gateway Foundation
- Hudson Valley Senior Residence
- Jewish Federation of Ulster County
- Kingston Hospital Foundation
- Kiwanis Club of Kingston
- Lions Club of Kingston
- Mental Health Association
- Rotary Club of Kingston
- Ulster County Community Action
- Ulster County Development Corporation
- Ulster County Girl Scouts
- Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce
- United Way of Ulster County, and more!
- YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County
- Hope’s Fund
- Roosevelt- Vanderbilt Historical Association
- Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce
- Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce
- Community Foundation of Hudson Valley
Our Board of Trustees, staff and their families live here and share neighborhoods, schools, houses of worship and charities with you and your families.
All decisions are made locally with local interests in mind by what we believe are the best in the business. Rondout Savings Bank is committed to our friends and neighbors. We work every day to earn the business of individuals and organizations in our community, in turn, we return a significant portion of our profits back in to the community.
Thinking in banking terms, we decided to call it our “Dividend to the Community Program.” Each and every year we donate 10% of our earnings to hundreds of area non-profit organizations for a wide range of worthy purposes.
If you’re the member of a local organization with a worthwhile program or project, you can apply for a grant right here and now.
Here are some links to our community organizations:
- City of Kingston
- Small Business Development Center
- Ulster County Chamber of Commerce
- Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Arts
- Small Business Association (SBA)
- New York Department of State
Rondout Savings Bank Scholarships
Rondout Savings Bank, located in Kingston, sponsors an annual scholarship to be awarded to Business majors enrolled as freshmen or returning to Ulster County Community College. A special application is available for interested candidates and the scholarship recipient is chosen by Rondout Savings Bank.