It is with much sadness we share the passing of our Founding Chairman, Dick Menting. Dick was true community man, having dedicated the last 20 years of his life to his community. The beneficiaries of his hard work and commitment to giving back to the community are widespread.
Dick established a Steering Committee in 2001 for the formation of a Community Bank when the Commonwealth Bank closed their branch in Maling Road and left the precinct without a bank. Union Road, Surrey Hills was in a similar predicament, so together with a group of locals from Surrey Hills, our company was formed. Dick was a driving force behind the establishment of our first two branches in Canterbury and Surrey Hills and later the opening of the Ashburton and Balwyn branches. He was our Board Chairman for ten years, became our Chief Executive Officer for a period and remained as a Director on our Board until his passing.
Dick was proud of the contributions we made to our community and worked tirelessly to ensure the growth of our bank network, so we could continue to provide funds to upgrade community facilities, purchase equipment, provide grants for community welfare organisations and support those vulnerable in our community.
Dick’s legacy will live on in this community and we are committed to continuing the good work he started all those years ago. He will be missed by many.
Our tribute to Dick can be seen here.