Ongoing Celebration

McGregor, TEXAS (November 7, 2014) -- First National Bank McGregor was joined by more than 250 guests on the evening of Thursday, November 6, 2014 as it celebrated its 125th anniversary at a public event. The festivities were held in the bank's downtown McGregor location on Main Street, not far from its original founding site in the 19th century. First National Bank McGregor (FNB McGregor) is the oldest bank in McLennan County, and the seventh oldest national bank in Texas still operating under its original charter.

“We are celebrating the bank’s 125th anniversary throughout 2014, “ said First National Bank McGregor’s president, David Littlewood, “But we believed inviting the public to a charter celebration, almost like a birthday party, was the perfect opportunity for us to say thank you for their support and trusting us to meet their financial needs since 1889.”

Littlewood and FNB McGregor Chairman and CEO Mike Beard were presented a certificate by Scott Ward, assistant deputy comptroller of the Office of the Comptroller of Currency, and a plaque by Brien O’Connor, vice president of the Texas Bankers Insurance Agency, given on behalf of the Texas Bankers Assocation. In addition, City of McGregor Mayor Pro Tem Francisco “Frank” Leos read a proclamation naming November 6, 2014 First National Bank McGregor Day.

“NOW, THEREFORE, I… on behalf of the McGregor City Council, do hereby proclaim Thursday November 6, 2014 as


and encourage all citizens to join me in celebrating the lives of the employees of First National Bank McGregor and in remembering the bank’s leadership and impact in our City of McGregor.”

The bank’s oldest customer, 100-year-old Jeannette McGinnes, was honored at the celebration, and shared her memories of banking with FNB McGregor for more than 80 years.

“Several decades ago, I was studying abroad at a university in Mexico City, and had to get money from home, like all the other students did,” said McGinnes. “First National Bank McGregor always got my money there on the first of the month, while all the other big name banks were late for everyone else!”

Representatives from 29 nonprofits in Bell, Coryell and McLennan counties were also honored at the celebration, as participants in the First National Bank McGregor Charity Champions program. Charity Champions was launched by FNB McGregor as a 125th anniversary initiative in partnership with Baylor University. The mission of the program is to increase awareness of the work done by charities across Central Texas by recognizing a different winning nonprofit at each home football game played at McLane Stadium. With a desire to reinvest into these organizations, FNB McGregor will cover costs associated with executive leadership training in partnership with 360 Solutions, for board members of each winning charity.

So far this season, FNB McGregor has announced four Charity Champions, including CASA of McLennan and Hill Counties, AVANCE Waco, Generations Adoptions and the Waco Family Abuse Center. Two additional winning nonprofits will be announced during 2014, and the Charity Champions program is slated to continue through 2016.  To be considered as a First National Bank McGregor Charity Champions candidate, applicants should visit the program site  to register. To qualify, an organization must have a service office located in Bell, Coryell or McLennan counties.

 First National Bank McGregor CEO and Chairman Mike Beard explained that, through Charity Champions, the bank hopes to establish an endearing,
community-based program that will help organizations already working to make a difference in our area.

“Our customers and the communities of Central Texas are the reasons First National Bank McGregor is still here after 125 years, and we want to continue to help meet their needs,” said Beard. “That always has been and always will be our mission, and it certainly remains the focus of our 125th celebration throughout 2014.”