Employees of Kennebec Savings Bank

Kennebec Savings Bank has been involved in the American Lung Association of Maine's annual bike trek in one way or another since 1988 when the bank's president, Mark Johnston, took up cycling and rode in his first Trek Across Maine. For the last few years, the bank has sponsored an employee cycling team, the "Loan Rangers," which grew to 22 members in 2005 from nine just a couple of years ago. This year, the team already has 40 riders registered and hopes to add more before Trek weekend, June 16-18. The 2005 team raised $22,000 for the American Lung Association of Maine, and they hope to top that amount this year. Already, they are ranked third among all teams for fundraising in 2006.

Kennebec Savings Bank employees don't just contribute by riding in the Trek; they also volunteer each year to register thousands of cyclists and count pledge money for an event that is one of the largest and most successful for the American Lung Association. Even those employees who are not volunteering on-site at the Trek are helping out by putting in extra hours to cover for the volunteers and riders.

Recently, Kennebec Savings Bank was recognized for its participation in the Trek Across Maine with a Community Bank Service Award from the Independent Community Bankers of America. "We were delighted to learn that we are being recognized by ICBA for our community involvement. Kennebec Savings Bank employees take great pride in their commitment . . . our commitment ... to the communities we serve," said Mark Johnston. "They take particular pride of our involvement in the American Lung Association of Maine's Trek Across Maine because it is a true team effort."