It seems by now as if our Pandemic has gone on forever, and time has continued moving at a reduced pace.
Thankfully, an increasing number of vaccinations are moving forward at a rapid pace, and that is now helping to return our business activities to a more normal level of activity.
But often, things are not as they appear!
Even though many of us have been experiencing ‘COVID Malaise,’ PACB has found in the last 12 months of this scourge many successes and triumphs ─ working remotely and successfully undertaking new programs and initiatives, developing new high-value educational sessions both in-person and online, and continuing to advance our government advocacy issues ─ all in ways to better benefit the valued members of this Association.
In the last several months alone, we’ve celebrated the success stories of diversity and inclusion and highlighted many such pro-active initiatives found within our member banks. We showcased how other community banks are dealing with a return to normal operations, in our recent print magazine, under the topic of “Resilience.” And we’re developing a new e-newsletter format to help expand our reach to a broader readership ─ at the end of this Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting the success of many female leaders with “Women in Leadership” as our main focus. Last but by far not least, we’ve been developing a new online interactive member platform, PACB Connect!, as part of our new Connected Community, which members and our preferred providers will see more about in both April and May.
Also, in the weeks ahead, you will see new details regarding PACB’s in-person Convention 2021 in September in Scottsdale, AZ, where a return to business normalcy will mean three days full of informative presentations ─ and finally, the opportunity to again network with vendors and your banking peers! We’re also proceeding with expanded educational offerings online for late May (the PACB Marketing Conference) and our in-person Mutuality Conference in early June in Hershey, PA). On the advocacy side, we hope you can join PACB in late April for the Spring Annual Event, which allows members and their teams a great chance to meet with the PA Congressional Delegation and engage them on important issues.
Pandemic or not, PACB remains a powerful locomotive that continues to move its services, products, and messaging so that community banks can remain independent, strong, and profitable. As the Association today helps drive a return to more normalcy, rest assured PACB has been continuing its work in expanding its legacy of providing the services and benefits that support the needs of community bankers in what continue to be challenging times.