Martha’s Vineyard Bank kicks off its 110th anniversary celebration


Martha’s Vineyard Bank recently announced the start of its yearlong celebration to mark 110 years of banking on Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod. According to a press release, “There are a host of exciting initiatives planned which will engage the community at large, from philanthropic activities to children’s competitions, to investment and banking incentives.”

The bank will begin the new year with a new logo, which drops the word “savings” from its name to reflect the full-service bank that it has become — which includes commercial banking and private banking, as well as trust and investment services. The tall ship’s full sails in the logo represent a look to the future as the bank aims to “propel its customers toward their financial goals.”

One customer who will be highlighted in the new year has been identified as a descendent of the person who opened the third-ever account with the bank, circa 1909.

The bank will have some fun history and activities geared around this exciting part of its past.

The press release goes on to state that the bank values all its customers and will hold a customer-appreciation week from Tuesday, Feb. 19 through Saturday, Feb. 23. There will be various activities, and refreshments. In April, for the actual anniversary date, there will be a birthday party.

In its efforts to maintain one of its core values, maintaining strong community, the bank consistently supports area nonprofits. One such program is the Food Drive, which continues through February, for the Island Food Pantry and the Falmouth Service Center. Bank staff and customers may donate canned goods and pantry items during regular banking hours in all Martha’s Vineyard Bank lobbies, both on the Island and in Falmouth, through the end of the month.

Children have been involved in the bank’s savings program through their schools since the 1950s;, thousands of kids have been introduced to the lifetime benefits of saving money. The bank has announced a “Teach the Kids to Save Week” slated for later this year.