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Farmer Wins Virginia Bankers State Contest

01-Jun-2017 The Virginia Bankers Association (VBA), headquartered in Richmond, VA, announces Hazel Farmer, Senior Vice President and Consumer Education Director for Bank of Lancaster/Virginia Commonwealth Bank, is the State Winner of the “Share Your Financial Literacy Story” Contest.


The Virginia Bankers Association’s State “Share Your Financial Literacy Story” Award was presented to Hazel Farmer, Senior Vice President and Consumer Education Director for Bank of Lancaster/Virginia Commonwealth Bank. Farmer shared the Award with long-time student saver Jovani Robinson. On hand for photo was (l to r) Julien Patterson, school bank supporter and director of the Bank’s holding company; Farmer; Robinson; Susan Pittman, Senior VP and Market Leader for the Bank’s Northern Neck offices and President of the Lancaster Middle School PTA; and Dr. Elizabeth Crowther, President of RCC and director of the Bank’s holding company and trust company.


Farmer has been a cheerleader and promotor of the VBA’s financial literacy programs since their inception. “During my long tenure with the Bank, I certainly have many stories to share! But my favorite story, and the one that won, involves our Bright Futures School Bank at Lancaster Middle School and a very special young man named Jovani Robinson,” states Farmer. “The school bank started 10 years ago and Jovani was one of our early savers. When I first met this middle schooler, he was so quiet and shy. He came to the school bank with his baggie of coins every time the door was open, and he was recognized many times as one of our Top Savers. I have enjoyed watching him grow from a middle schooler to a graduate of Lancaster High School. Today he attends Rappahannock Community College, works at the local Walmart, and continues to save. When I first met Jovani, I was about a head taller than him. Today, he is well over a head taller than me! It is so rewarding to see a young person understand the importance and the joys of saving, and Jovani was one of the students who ‘got it!’ I am extremely pleased to share this recognition with him.”
On hand for the presentation was Julien Patterson, holding company director for the Bank, who was present when the school bank opened and over the years has been a supporter of the program. Dr. Elizabeth Crowther, President of RCC, was also on hand and added to the special day by presenting Robinson with a gift certificate to the RCC Bookstore. Crowther serves as a director for the Bank’s holding company board and trust company. Susan Pittman, Senior Vice President and Market Leader for the Bank’s Northern Neck Offices, also shared in the presentation. Pittman is the President of the PTA for Lancaster Middle School, home of the Bright Futures School Bank.
Farmer stated, “Jovani was quite surprised and honored to share in this State recognition with me. And we were both very pleased to have these community leaders present for the recognition.”


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