History of the Mississippi Bankers Association
On May 22, 1889, thirty-one
bankers representing twenty-seven banks met in Jackson and organized the
Mississippi Bankers Association.
Delegates elected officers and an
executive committee (now known as the board of directors). Officers included Dr. S.S. Carter of
Jackson’s First National Bank, president; W.A. Polluck of the Bank of
Greenville, vice president; and B.W. Griffith of Jackson’s Capital State Bank,
secretary and treasurer.
Annual dues were set at $10 per
bank, and a constitution and bylaws were written. A “declaration” to the constitution clearly
outlined the goals of the newly formed association and has guided the
Association for nearly 125 years:
In order to promote the general
welfare and usefulness of Banks and Banking Institutions, and to secure
uniformity of action, together with the practical benefits to be derived from
personal acquaintance and from the discussion of subjects of importance to the
banking and commercial interests of the State of Mississippi, and especially in
order to secure the proper consideration of questions regarding the financial
and commercial usages, customs and laws which affect the banking interests of
the entire State, and for the protection against loss by frauds we adopt the
following Constitution and By-Laws for the Mississippi Bankers Association.
Although necessary changes to the original constitution have been made
through the years, the purpose, goals, and ideals of the MBA formulated in 1889
have met the test of time. They have guided
the MBA as it meets the challenges, crises, and economic winds of change that
have come to our nation and state through the years.
Today, the MBA continues to serve
banks by providing education through seminars and conferences, information
through various avenues such as The Mississippi Banker magazine, and
representation in legislative and regulatory matters. The Association also
sponsors and/or endorses products and services for banks.
The Association benefits from the
strong leadership provided by Mississippi bankers serving as officers and
executive committee members. The MBA has many bank employees serving on
standing committees, providing a feeling of community for bankers across the
state. The MBA has a long tradition of educating
and involving bankers to improve their professional lives and their
relationships with customers.