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Victoria Mutual Celebrates 131 Years, November 8, 2009, Kingston

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The Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) will celebrate its 131st Anniversary in November 2009. The activities to commemorate this milestone include Anniversary Church Services, Customer Appreciation Day and three Financial Seminars across the island. According to Vivienne Bayley-Hay, Vice-President, Group Marketing & Corporate Affairs, “This year, as in previous years our anniversary celebration will be centred on giving back to our customers and members and the community within which they live. An added feature to our celebration this year includes Financial Seminars in Montego Bay, Mandeville and Kingston. Given the current, uncertain economic climate, Jamaicans are constantly seeking sound financial advice and we know that these seminars will serve the purpose of providing practical financial advice to help persons achieve their financial goals. ”

The Anniversary activities will commence on Sunday, November 8 with four regional church services. Member of the Victoria Mutual Family will give thanks during the Services of The Boulevard Baptist Church at 9:00 a.m.; Power of Faith, Portmore at 7:00 a.m.; Port Maria New Testament Church of God, Trinity, St. Mary at 11:00 a.m. and Mandeville New Testament Church of God at 10:30 a.m. Victoria Mutual Team Members will participate in various segments of the service, which will include the reading of an Anniversary Message from the President & Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Richard K. Powell.

Victoria Mutual will also host a series of financial seminars under the theme: “Becoming a Millionaire…One Pay Cheque at a Time.” in Montego Bay at the West Jamaica Conference Centre on Tuesday, November 10; Mandeville at the Bloomfield Great House on Wednesday, November 18 and in Kingston at the Terra Nova All Suites Hotel on Thursday, November 26. The presentations promise to be interactive and informative with Special Guest Presenter, Sandra Shirley a Financial Consultant with over 20 years experience in wealth management and trust banking in the USA and the Caribbean and senior members of the Victoria Mutual Group.

On Friday, November 13, Victoria Mutual will celebrate with its members at the 15 local branches, representative offices in the USA, Canada and United Kingdom and VM Subsidiaries throughout the lunchtime hour with live entertainment, give-aways and an official Anniversary Cake Cutting Ceremony. The Society has also plans to make donations to several charities through the United Way of Jamaica’s Donor Option Programme and distribute books and school supplies from its recently concluded Book Drive to schools and libraries across Jamaica in December. This indigenous Mutual Building Society – The Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) was founded on November 14, 1878 by a group of clergymen led by the then Rector of the Kingston Parish Church, Rev. G. W. Downer with the aim of meeting the needs of the deserving thrifty. As the financial needs of Jamaicans change Victoria Mutual has been sensitive to those needs and now provides a suite of financial solutions through its Strategic Business Units, which form The Victoria Mutual Group. The VM Group provides financial solutions including: savings and loans; real estate and property services; money transfer; general insurance; foreign exchange trading and
wealth management and stock broking.

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