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Day 2: Philanthropy & Trusteeship Day

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

BrendaDay2Pic_smAfter a month’s break, I was very much looking forward to my second LMV day. I realized that after such an intense orientation and then having a month off, I missed the LMV experience and the new people I’d met. I was happy that our next scheduled opportunity to get together was finally here.

This was our first true classroom program day. Our focus was “Philanthropy & Trusteeship”. It was a very packed and intense day, but I felt it was structured, organized, and executed very well. The day had a nice flow, and a good mix of presentation and conversation, interacting with each other, and completing thought-provoking exercises. We were constantly thinking and doing, and I enjoyed the well-rounded approach.

The most memorable part of the day for me was going through the “Grab the Gavel” exercise. We were broken into teams, and given a description of a fictitious board we were sitting on for an organization that had some issues. As a board, we needed to work together to identify the root of the issues, and develop tangible action items as solutions. It was a short timeframe, with varying personalities and work styles, working together to solve the issues. It was very intense and high-pressure to have these deliverables needed so quickly, but it was a positive experience and very eye-opening for me. Our team worked well together, and I was able to see different leadership styles at work.

Another exercise we completed was sort of confusing as we were going through it, but at the end we realized that was precisely the point. We learned how important is it to have a clearly defined set of objectives and good communication to receive a desired outcome. While this seems like common knowledge, it really is different when you’re in a situation lacking what you need. It was a great teaching moment.

We were also broken into our project teams and given our themes. After ranking our interests by categories, we were filtered into groups that also took into consideration our leadership styles, gender, occupation, age, expertise, etc. to ensure we were broken into well-rounded, diverse groups. I am excited to be part of the “Arts and Culture” team, which is exactly where I’d hoped to be.

To sum up the day, it was intellectually stimulating and socially engaging. I look forward to our next LMV session.

The Adventure Begins: First Day

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

BrendaLMV_blog2My first day (actually 2 days, there’s an overnight) went well. We heard from leaders in the community, learned a lot about each other and ourselves, and participated in trust exercises. Our group is very diverse, with many different career stages represented. This offers a lot of opportunity to learn from each other.

It was very different for me to have just met a group of people, and now have to put my blind faith in them. We had to work as a team through different exercises and tasks, but the craziest for me was a ropes course. Here we are supporting each other, mentally and physically, right from the start. There was no getting my feet wet. We jumped right in. While not my normal comfort zone, I learned that I could do it, and accomplished something bigger, working for a common goal in the process. And it was very smooth. I couldn’t believe how easily we fell right into step.

The highlight of my day was actually a kickball game. I am not athletic and would not generally choose to participate in something like this. But I jumped in, as it was part of my new adventure. I wanted to be there to support my team and have them know they could count on me. To my surprise, I actually completed a double play! Who knew I had it in me?! I look forward to uncovering new things about myself as I go.

Of note, I have homework. This is a serious course to develop myself as a leader. I’m cautiously optimistic about the fact that I also immediately had 35 new Facebook friends with whom to connect outside of the classroom.

– Brenda Rogowski, Loan and Deposit Operations Manager LMV Participant

Finding My Place

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

I was excited and nervous when I found out I was selected as this year’s Leadership Mohawk Valley participant on behalf of First Source. I wanted my experience to be meaningful, and to make my team proud. The only exposure to LMV I’d had was through First Source, and other employees who had gone through the program. My basic understanding was that I would be part of a diverse group that would learn and grow together while working on a project to help our community.

My biggest goal as I go through the program is to find my passion, and discover a new way to serve within the community. I have volunteered in the past, but I tend to be a behind-the-scenes girl, always on the periphery. I would like to learn what’s out there, and be more proactive in seeking out opportunities to connect with my community.

I also want to challenge my thinking. I tend to be agreeable and go with the flow. I want to make sure I truly contribute something meaningful. I want to find that undiscovered interest, find that new community connection, and carry that passion forward.

– Brenda Rogowski, Loan and Deposit Operations Manager, LMV Participant

Dreaming of a New Home?

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

home_readyAre you at that point in your life where you’re tired of renting, and ready to step up and buy a home? Or maybe you’ve outgrown the home you’re in, and you’re ready to make a move to a new space. Either way, there’s a lot to consider: how much you can afford, how your ongoing expenses will change, how you can put together a new budget to make sure you’re comfortable once you buy, and finding a loan you can handle. Having all that information together is what we call being “home-ready”, and we can help you get there.

Before you even start shopping, make an appointment to see us, and together we’ll figure out how much you can afford, show you how you can budget for ongoing expenses, and even give you great tips for smart home shopping. And it turns out we have great mortgage rates, too!

Start on our mortgage page, where you’ll find links for helpful tips, rates, answers to common questions, and even a way to get your application started. Then give us and if you’re ready, you can start the application process right here.

Send us a request online, or call 315-735-8571 to make an appointment now, and then you get to enjoy the fun part: shopping for your new home!

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