BENNINGTON – The Board of Directors, on behalf of management and staff, held a farewell gathering honoring Elaine Letourneau and her many contributions to the bank and community during her twenty-plus years of leadership at The Bank of Bennington.
James R. Horst, the Board Chairman, recognized Letourneau’s retirement saying, “It is with sadness, but also with understanding that I acknowledge your retirement from The Bank of Bennington. It has been our honor and privilege to have worked with you. Your imprint on the bank is strong, and you have made many friends among staff and customers alike. You have always served others, both through the Bank and your civic activities, with professionalism, integrity, and grace.”
Letourneau has been the Senior Vice President of Lending since joining the bank in 1992. The Vermont Bankers Association named her Outstanding Community Service Banker in 2012 for her civic contributions including Board participation with the Emergency Food and Fuel Free Clinic, Applegate Housing, American Red Cross, Bennington County Industrial Corporation, and the United Way. She also actively serves her church on the Finance Committee and was a youth ministry leader for several years.
Jim Brown, the bank’s President and CEO, said, “Elaine has been a key player in constructing the bank’s culture and the bank’s success over the last 20 years. It isn’t possible to overstate what she has meant to the bank and many of us who work here. The legacy of her work and spirit will long be evident here at the bank and through its employees.”
Letourneau retired in September to focus on her health and family.