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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - Saturday, February 3, 1973 Keith Sveinson leads the Royal's agricultural 'HELD TEAM' The Agricultural Department, headquartered in Calgary, offers a specialized service to Alberta farm communities - consisting of a series of unique programs to help farmers and ranchers in all aspects of rural development and agricultural finance. "Farmplan" is a flexible lending program offering a wide variety of services and loans - for operating, feeder livestock and breeding stock, machinery and equipment, buildings and improvements, and land. It includes individual counselling as to the type of loan best suited to particular requirements, supportive services such as expert financial advice and built-in financial self-analysis. Another program that is proving an asset to the agricultural community is "Farmplan" Insurance - an optional group creditor life insurance. The Agricultural Department liases closely with Government and all sectors of agribusiness, maintaining a fine relationship with marketing agencies and farm organizations. Manager Keith Sveinson and his assistant Stuart Bond are at the nerve centre of Alberta agriculture and are always ready to help the farmers and ranchers of this province through their local Royal branch managers. Basically, the Department provides agricultural "know how" which,coupled with the Royal's banking expertise, creates a total service for Alberta agriculture. An important member of the Royal's agricultural team is Chuck Gagne, assistant manager in Lethbridge, primarily involved in agriculture. Chuck is a true native Albertan . . . born and raised on a farm, he joined the bank fifteen years ago. He works directly with farmers advising them with regard to farm loans and helping them with their financial affairs. This involves a fair amount of travel, visiting farms around Lethbridge, and he also keeps in close contact with his colleagues in Calgary. Chuck held the same kind of position in Calgary and moved to Lethbridge a year ago. At the moment he spends most of his spare time building a rumpus room - his second in two years! When he's not with his young family, Chuck enjoys curling and in summer he's involved in little leagus baseball. Agricultural Manager, Keith Sveinson, (far rii,ht}t is an agrologist with sound, practical experience in agricultural banking. Born in Innisfail, Keith earned a degree from the University of Alberta, majoring in Animal Science and Economics. He has served the Alberta agricultural community since 1957. Keith is totally involved in the agricultural life of this province. In addition to his regular bank responsibilities, he serves on various committees concerned with agribusiness, agricultural colleges and the farm business community. He is typical of the specialized expertise that the Royal offers Alberta tc b Keith is also involved in various farm and urban youth group1!, and occasionally he disappears to do some fly fishing. 99 ervi Stuart Bond is Keith Sveinson's right hand man and his education and experience ideally complement Keith's. Originally from Saskatchewan, Stuart spent much of his youth on his uncles' farms. He graduated from the North Dakota State University with a B.Sc, majoring jn Agricultural Economics, and then into the agribusiness, specializing in fertilizer sales and promotion. He joined the Royal Bank's agricultural team in 1972. A relative newcomer to Calgary, Stuart spends most of his spare time v/ith his young family - but he is an avid hunter and hopes to find time soon to pursue his favourite sport. Stuart is very enthusiastic about his job and the vital part that the Royal plays in modern agriculture in Alberta, t Elaine Parko is one of the attractions in the Royal's branch in Morinville where her smile has been welcoming the bank's customers for over four and a half ysars. Elaine and her husband Allan ye leading pretty busy lives these days . . . their daughter, Laura LynnV; is just six months old and they are also in the process of having a house built for them. When they do get some spare time they both enjoy curling, "but just for fun, not competitively". This warm smile belongs to Judy Patterson, a teller at the Royal in Red Deer. Judy moved to Red Deer from Calgary in October. She and her fiance, who's in the R.C.M.P. plan to marry in April and at the moment both spend most of their spara time house-hunting. If she's not out looking for houses, then you'll sea Judy out walking her dog, Thera, wfio is half Maltese and half Pomeranian (does that make a Malteranian?) Judy comes from Winnipeg originally but has settled into Red Deer very easily and looks forward to becoming a part of the community. Harold Stackhouse, Branch Manager in Brooks is Brooks an "old hand" with' the Royal and Tn agriculture. He has been v/ith the Royal since 1934, taking time out to serve with the RCAF in the Middle East. Harold's work involves him heavily in agriculture, as Brooks is an important farming and ranching area - basically it is cattle country but there is also considerable potato, vegetable and alfalfa production. Harold is also interested personally in agriculture; his retirement dream is to own a ranch and breed top quality cattle. His favourite food, naturally, is beef. Grande Prairie is an area of Alberta where practically all business is related to or dependent on agriculture. The Royal's man on the spot is manager Bill Wood who has a solid background in agricultural banking v/ith the Royal in Alberta going back to 1935. He has worked all over the province, mostly in rural areas, Innisfail, Fairview and Evansburg to name but a few. Bill is a relative newcomer to Grande Prairie, having only arrived a year ago, but he and his wife and their three school age children are feeling very much at home. Most of his time is spent with his family and he is also a member of the Rotary Club and enjoys a relaxed session of curling. ROYAL BAN K serving Alberta ;