We are pleased to report that 2019 continues to be a great year for us and that the future looks increasingly bright. We always strive to offer competitive rates and superior services, and we credit our continued growth to this commitment. In light of this growth, Bridgewater Financial Advisors has moved to our Main Office at 756 Orchard Street in Raynham, MA. This move allows the Trust Services Department to continue expanding and also increase the availability and accessibility of our professionals.
I am pleased to report that our employees have logged 950 community service hours within the first nine months of our fiscal year. Engaging in our community is important to us, and it is our goal to continually increase our impact.
We had a great time hosting our Seasons of Bridgewater Savings Photo Contest on Facebook. All looking for a chance to win the grand prize and a spot in the 2020 Bridgewater Savings calendar. We enjoyed seeing the community through many different lenses. Congratulations to Emily Manning for winning first place and to Linda Silvia and Nancy Smith for winning second and third place, respectively.
We are proud to announce that BSB awarded 14 academic scholarships this graduation season totaling $21,000.
As a team, we enjoy participating in community events where we can support great causes while becoming better acquainted with the community. We recently hosted the 17th Annual Foundation Golf Classic at LeBaron Hills Country Club. Altogether $40,000 was raised from the event and there were 144 golfers. All proceeds from the tournament go directly to The Bridgewater Savings Charitable Foundation, and will be distributed as financial grants and monetary gifts to local non-profit organizations.
We made our annual appearance in the Bridgewater 4th of July parade. Employees and their families surrounded our float, it was a sea of yellow!
In June, we hosted a joint business after-hours event with the Metro South Chamber of Commerce, Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce, and Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce. The event was well attended, we thank all who stopped in to say hello!
Zelle® is officially here and we continue to see an increase in users! We have implemented this innovative person-to-person payment service into our suite of digital services to add more convenience to your everyday life. Zelle® is accessible through the Bridgewater Savings Bank mobile app.
Your financial security is one of our top priorities. Debit card controls is a smart tool that helps you control where, when and how your debit card is used. Turn your card off if you misplace it, set spending limits, receive instant notifications whenever your card is used, or define geographic regions. The power to protect your debit card is in the palm of your hand. This feature is available now in your BSB Mobile app.
BSB is proud to be a participating Bank of the SUM® Network. Access your money at any SUM® ATM without a surcharge! With thousands of ATMs across the country, finding a SUM ATM is easy, just look for the SUM logo on participating ATMs.
We are in the process of renovating our Bridgewater Center Office on Main Street in Bridgewater. The project will be wrapping up mid-August. Stop in and check out our renovated space!
The Bank is now on Twitter and Instagram. Follow us for news and updates!
With the addition of the Government Banking division, we have been able to fulfill a specialized need within the communities we serve. This expansion of products and services has enabled the Bank to serve municipalities including states, cities, towns and regional authorities. The Bank is thrilled to have Donna Brunelli on our team. Her diverse experience and commitment to excellence will be valuable to our municipal clients.
As 2019 continues, our focus will remain fixed on offering our customers dependable financial solutions, ensuring individualized service, and making a positive impact throughout our communities.
Peter Dello Russo, President and CEO