4/14/2018 10:04:00 AM US Bank awards $5000 to Backus Legion on behalf of employee Melinda Thein
U.S. Bank Regional President Michael Markman of St. Cloud, far right, presents a $5,000 check to the Backus American Legion Sat., April 7, in recognition of its veterans and community service programs. The award was presented on behalf of bank Vice President Melinda B. Thein, left, who works out of the Twin Cities on bank programs assisting veterans and non-profit community organizations. Thein, a U.S. Army veteran and West Point graduate, was honored for her work by the bank with the award with the provision that she name a favorite non-profit organization as the recipient. Legion Commander Eugene Gagnon, accepted the award on behalf of the Legion and the post Auxiliary and Sons of the Legion.
U.S. Bank Saturday awarded $5,000 to the Backus American Legion in recognition of its veterans and community service programs on behalf of employee Melinda B. Thein, a bank executive who works on a variety of the institution's initiatives in those areas.
Bank executives and Thein, who is a bank vice president working out of the Twin Cities, a U.S. Army veteran and graduate of West Point, appeared at a ceremony at the Legion. The grant was given to the Legion because in recognition of her work on community and veterans programs the bank honored Thein with the grant with the provision that she name a non-profit organization as a recipient.
"I am thankful to have this opportunity to thank you all for serving our country," said Michael Markman, regional bank president from St. Cloud serving central and northern Minnesota, who presented the award to Legion Commander Eugene Gagnon. Legion and the post's Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion members attended the event as well as two other U.S. Bank executives, Nick Hummel, Brainerd and Pine River branch manager, and Thomas Norman, market president.
Thein said she nominated the Legion for the award because of its work in serving veterans, seniors, and youth and other community activities, including providing a free meeting place for organizations and political interest groups. She mentioned Memorial Day Ceremonies, placing flags on veterans graves at cemeteries, senior dances, holiday parties for children, and providing a forum for art classes. The Legion and Auxiliary also provides scholarships and other financial support for education and extra-curricular student activities and donates funds for fire and rescue units, community festivals, recreation trail maintenance, distressed families and 4-H and scouting units. Veterans programs include support of holiday parties for veterans at VA hospitals, holiday gifts and USO support for active duty troops and assistance for veterans with post-service medical and emotional issues.
"The Backus American Legion embodies values we hold dear at U.S. Bank," Thein said. "We believe in the power of possible, and the Backus American Legion makes possible happen."
Markman said the bank's commitment to serving veterans has included hiring more than 2,000 reservists and other veterans, donating 13 homes to returning service personnel and assistance to those needing home improvements and repairs.
Thein is the daughter of William and Melvern Taylor of Backus. William is a past Backus post commander and Melvern a past Auxiliary president.