Upcoming Community Events

I wanted to update everyone on some really great things going on in the community in the coming weeks. They all support wonderful causes, so bring the whole family out and enjoy!

  • This Saturday, October 6, from 3-6pm is the Annual Ruritan Fish Fry for Grand Junction. Grand Junction has the largest Ruritan Club in West Tennessee, and all proceeds go to benefit community activities and scholarships for the city of Grand Junction. Tickets are $10 each. The event will be held at Grand Junction City Park. There will also be live entertainment, and a drawing sponsored by The Bank.
  • Also on Saturday, October 6 at 9am will be the Annual St. Jude Trail Ride. All proceeds benefit St. Jude. The ride will start at Hines Farm, just south of Saulsbury, TN. A Billy Cook Roping Saddle will be raffled as well. Raffle tickets are for sale at The Bank for $5 each. The saddle is on display in the Grand Junction branch.
  • On Saturday, October 13 from 8am-5pm the Annual Heritage Festival will be held at Ames Plantation. There will be exhibits, live music, arts and crafts, historical displays, antique tractors and farm equipment, and more! The Bank will have a booth and will be raffling a shot gun and gift basket.

Hope you can make it to some of these great events!


Music in the Park

The Bank will be sponsoring Music in the Park on June 7 from 7-8pm. The event will be held at Yancey Park in Somerville. Bring out the whole family to enjoy live bluegrass music, cookies from Great American Cookie, and lemonade. This is a wonderful, free event that can be enjoyed with the family, friends and neighbors in the community. Hope to see you there!

Cottages for a Cure

The Bank has partnered with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in their fundraiser Cottages for a Cure. The Bank has built two childrens’ playhouses (cottages) that will be up for bid at the auction party on Saturday, May 19 at 7:00pm at the Avenue Carriage Crossing mall in Collierville.

This cottage was inspired by historic Woodburn Farms barn in Somerville. It will be raffled to the public! To enter in a chance to win this adorable cottage, simply purchase tickets at any Bank location, the Avenue Carriage Crossing, or by calling the JDRF at (901) 861-6550. The tickets are $10 each or $25 for three. 

The cottages are on display at the Avenue Carriage Crossing from now until May 19. All cottages (except the Woodburn barn replica that will be raffled) are available to purchase now, or available for auction at the auction party on the 19th at 7pm (tickets to the auction party are $35 and can be purchased here).

So everyone go look at the cottages, and buy tickets for a chance to win one! For more information, visit any of our branches for a brochure and tickets, or visit www.jdrf.org/cottages.

Spring Fever

Spring break is over, the weather is gorgeous, and we are counting down the days until Summer. I thought I would share some of the budget-friendly activities my family likes to do in our great area…

  • The Memphis Zoo– Memphis has one of the best and biggest zoos in the country! We love to go to the zoo, and for around $100, your family can get an annual membership and go as often as you like (and park for free!)! Right now, there is a dinosaur exhibit. Don’t forget to pack the kids swimsuits so they can run through the fountain!
  • Greenline – The 6.5 mile stretch of paved trail goes from Tillman to Shelby Farms. Personally, I think this is one of the greatest things Memphis has done. The whole family can safely enjoy a bike ride or walk in a beautiful setting, right through the heart of Memphis. When you get to Shelby Farms, you have to let the kids play at the…
  • Woodland Discovery playground at Shelby Farms– This is by far one of the coolest playgrounds I’ve ever seen. There is plenty to do for all ages. Pack a lunch, and bring a towel (the metal slides get really hot in the sun!).
  • Farmers Markets– There are plenty of Farmers Markets to choose from in our area. You can stroll around and look at all the beautiful produce and flowers, or support all of the locally grown goodies by buying some groceries.

There are plenty of options for ways to get out and enjoy the weather. I hope these few suggestions have helped you plan ways to get outdoors this weekend! Remember, it’s only going to get hotter!

YogaFest Collierville

Collierville now has its very own yoga studio thanks to Lisa Warmuth. I had the privilege of stopping in the studio this week for a class and a chat with Lisa. It was such a joy!

My experience. The studio was easy to find thanks to the pretty signs. As you walk in, Lisa is there to greet you at the sign in table. The studio is a beautiful room with large windows. I honestly felt like I was in either a big city, or in the middle of no-where. The calmness of the room transported you to a different place entirely. There’s a room with shelves to keep your stuff nearby, and a fridge with water. The studio is stocked with yoga mats, blocks and towels, so there really isn’t a need to bring anything except yourself. I brought my own mat, but I think several of the other people in the class used the ones at the studio.

As the class began, Lisa let us know what to expect: we would be focusing on hips. As I looked around, there seemed to be a wide array of experience, size and age in the room. I felt very comfortable being that it was my first time at the studio. Lisa used my name repeatedly in the class and fostered an atmosphere of camaraderie. It was delightful!

As the class moved on, Lisa was very good at talking us through each pose and modeling it for us. She also walks around the room, helping with form or providing assistance for deeper stretching. The class was designed for all levels of yogis, and I believe there were all levels present. Some of the poses were quite difficult, but Lisa demonstrated how each could be modified to fit your current level. She took the “scary” out of yoga.

After 75 minutes of Slow Flow, I was left feeling like I had just had a massage. Lisa even came around at the end for a light arm massage. It really was fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone, regardless of fitness level or experience with yoga.

About Lisa. Lisa started practicing yoga in 2005 as a complement to running. She completed a 200 hour RYT training program through Jason Hulshof of the Johnny Kest Center for Yoga. She lives with her husband and two children in Fayette County.

Advice for new yogis. Yoga can be terrifying. It’s extremely intimidating if you have never been to a class. “The toughest part is getting through the door,” Lisa says. She recommends to pick a class that makes sense to you (maybe it is described as a beginner class, or level 1) and go for it!

How did the Bank help? “They took a lot of the fear out of opening a small business,” Lisa says. “The whole process was really easy, from paperwork to answering all my questions. Cathy [Mathis, branch manager of Piperton] was extrememly accessible and I could drop anything off through the drive through window.”

Advice from Lisa for new business owners. Although Lisa and her family had their personal banking relationship with an out-of-state credit union, she recommended going with a community bank for a small business. Not only will they be more accessible, but they are invested in the same community as your business will be.

Go there:

YogaFest Collierville

366 New Byhalia Ste. 4A

Collierville, TN




Rivercrest Elementary Career Day

The Bank had the privilege to recently participate in Rivercrest Elementary School’s Career Day. Pat Shankle and Pat Tate represented the Bank in a booth designed to inform students about careers in banking.

They got to meet about 100 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in groups of about 5-6 at a time. The students got to ask questions about banking and investment careers, and take home a Bank piggybank.

Thanks to Rivercrest for letting us share with your students about banking!