Community Banking Month Spotlight: The Murray Bank
Today’s Member Spotlight focuses on The Murray Bank from Murray, Ky. In the following interview, Marketing Coordinator Tim Stark explains how his community bank’s school spirit makes it unique.
What is unique about your community bank?
As the only locally owned bank in our community, The Murray Bank is heavily involved with both of our local school systems. We came up with a creative way to not only help, but to allow customers and fans to have a way to show their school spirit and earn money for their prospective school system at the same time. The Murray Bank offers two “Spirit Debit Cards,” one for each of our local school systems. Each card features a logo of the school of choice on the face of the card, and customers can choose which school-themed card they would like to use. For each swipe of the Spirit Debit Cards, The Murray Bank shares the fee income per transaction with that school. In February 2015, The Murray Bank was pleased to present each school with a check in the amount of $5,500. With this year’s donation, The Murray Bank Spirit Debit Card donation totals more than $27,500 to each school.
What is the quirkiest, strangest or funniest thing you’ve seen at your community bank?
One of the funniest things I have seen in my short time here was when we participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last year. The reactions of the president, vice presidents and other officers were priceless. To have more than half of our office staff participating in one way or another, and to be able to have some of our local ALS patients come out and watch, was a very special day. To see them laughing at us freezing as the ice water was poured on us was worth every chill!
What is your proudest moment from your time at your community bank?
One of the proudest moments I have happens every day when I go out into the community and visit with our customers and future customers. I am proud to work for an organization that is community oriented and community supported. And to hear our customers talk about how they are proud to bank with us because of what we do for our hometown every day, makes me proud every day.
What is your favorite project you’ve ever worked on at your community bank?
My favorite project I have worked on so far has been The Murray Bank “Back to School Family Movie Matinee.” We offer an opportunity for our community to come out and have a family day at our local theater, right before the kids start back to school in the fall. We pay the price of admission and offer free popcorn and soda to all who attend. We offer door prizes, free pictures made with props from the movie and an overall fun atmosphere as our staff works the ticket counter and refreshment stand. Last year we showed the movie “Planes: Fire and Rescue” and brought out the local fire department and firefighters for the kids to interact with. The kids could get into the fire trucks, talk with the local firefighters, and have their pictures made with the firefighters.