Farmers & Merchants Bank Honors Ten Special Members of the Community at the 2016 “California’s Strongest People You Can Bank On” Awards Ceremony

Awards Given Based Upon Achievements that Demonstrate Values and Strength of Character that Help Make Southern California Communities Strong

October 28, 2016

Farmers & Merchants Bank (F&M) honored 10 members of the Southern California community at its sixth annual “California’s Strongest People You Can Bank On” awards. The awards presented yesterday were given to people that demonstrated the same values and strength of character as F&M’s Declaration of Beliefs: Honesty, Faith, Loyalty, Integrity, Dedication, Gratitude, Humility, Dependability, Compassion, and Service above Self. Winners, all members of the communities F&M serves, were nominated by Bank employees and represent many communities throughout Southern California including Long Beach, Fullerton, San Clemente and Downey.

The 2016 “California’s Strongest People You Can Bank On” Award Honorees are:

Award Recipient Organization/Affiliation Community
The Honesty Award Bill Nelson Fresh Beginnings Ministries Newport Beach
The Faith Award Ken Korver Emmanuel Reformed Church/The Compton Initiative Downey
The Loyalty Award Angeles Ceballos CREER Comunidad y Familia
San Juan Capistrano
The Integrity Award Reggie Berry Goals For Life Foundation
Lakewood
The Dedication Award Dr. Miriam Mackovic-Basic Complete Women Care Inc.
Bixby Knolls
The Gratitude Award Patti Widdicombe McDonald's Garden Grove
The Humility Award Mike Sheldrake Polly's Gourmet Coffee Belmont Shore
The Dependability Award
Joe Lins Century 21 Discovery Fullerton
The Compassion Award Dr. Patricia Drown San Clemente Domestic Violence Task Force
San Clemente
The Service Above Self Award Kathy Tillotson Build Futures Downey