Hey, Kids! Want an exclusive pass to see all of your favorite North Dakota sports teams in action?
Join the Jr. Champions today for a behind-the-scenes look into how North Dakota student-athletes become part of championship teams! As a member, you will have the opportunity to meet players and coaches and attend exclusive events that are only available to Jr. Champions members.
Who can be a Jr. Champions member?
Membership is open to all kids ages 2 or older, in eighth grade or under, and it's completely free to join! You must rejoin Jr. Champions every year to renew your membership and receive a NEW t-shirt and other fun stuff!
How do I register?
Starting July 1st, you will be able to register in-person at any First International Bank & Trust location in North Dakota during normal business hours, or sign up at select Fighting Hawks athletic events during the Fall and Winter sports seasons.
What does my membership include?
FREE admission to all regular season home games for Volleyball, Men's Basketball and Women's Basketball
Exclusive discounts on select Football and Hockey tickets
Free Jr. Champions T-shirt, lanyard and membership card
Picture frame magnet courtesy of Probitas Promotions
Free kids meal from Ground Round
Opportunity to be selected as the Jr. Champions Captain of the Game, where the captain receives free admission and a pregame tour
Opportunities to interact with UND coaches and student-athletes at exclusive Jr. Champions events
A birthday card good for a free large 1-topping pizza at Deek's Pizza
If you have any questions, please contact Derrick Endres at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information and to register visit UND Jr. Champions website here.
The following community groups were selected as 2019 Live First Community Giving Grant recipients!
$10,000 Grand Prize Winner:
Harvey Ambulance Service, Harvey, North Dakota Harvey Ambulance Service has served the Harvey and surrounding communities for nearly 50 years, providing emergency transport and EMT service in a coverage area of approximately 1,000 square miles. EMT’s volunteer their time to keep the service in place, and providing critical care for hundreds of residents. The ambulance service is facing a number of financial challenges, including replacing an aging vehicle, updating equipment, and the need to train more volunteer EMT’s. More information at: https://harveyambulance.org/
$2,000 Rising Star Winners:
Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports; Minot, North Dakota? Prairie Grit enhances quality of life for youth and adults living with physical and mental disabilities through providing sports and recreation opportunities. The program is seeking to expand the number of sports it offers, and the number of athletes it supports. More information at: https://www.prairiegritsports.com/
Wolf Pup Day Care; Watford City, North Dakota Wolf Pup Daycare is a nonprofit childcare center that provides quality child care to the community. Wolf Pup Daycare opened in August 2014 and cares for more than 200 children. The center is raising money to place durable turf in its private playground. More information at: http://www.wolfpupdaycare.com/
Justin’s Break the Silence; Fargo, North Dakota Justin’s Break the Silence was founded in September 2016 by Curtis & Lynne Olien, following the suicide of their son, Justin. The mission of Justin’s Break the Silence is to let people know it’s important to “break their silence” and ask for help if they are struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or suicidal thoughts, and to encourage open communication about these topics. The non-profit is hoping to bring Jeff Yalden, a motivational speaker to Fargo-Moorhead next fall to speak at a number of schools and community forums. More information at: https://www.justinsbreakthesilence.com/
Veterans Outdoor Adventures; Mott, North Dakota Veterans Outdoor Adventures is a non-profit organization dedicated to North Dakota Veterans, 911 Responders and their Families. The organization provides unique ways to heal from traumatic injuries, both mental and physical while being in the outdoors. More information at: https://www.veteransoutdoors.org/
Arizona Helping Hands; Phoenix, Arizona Arizona Helping Hands is a non-profit organization which provides essential needs to boys and girls in foster care in Arizona. The organization provides beds, cribs, clothing, diapers, and personal care items, birthday and holiday gifts, and school supplies and backpacks to the more than 14,000 children living in foster care in Arizona. More information at: https://azhelpinghands.org/mission/
$1,000 Fan Favorite Winners:
Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue; Rolla, North Dakota Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue is non-profit organization run out of a garage that serves mostly the communities within Rolette County, ND. Their dream is to get out of the four kennel garage they are in and build a physical shelter where they can rescue animals, offer free and low cost spay clinics, vaccination services and community outreach programs. TMAR saves 70-100 dogs, puppies, cats and kittens each month. Since its existence, TMAR has saved nearly 4,500 animals. More information at: https://www.turtlemountainanimalrescue.org/
United Chinese Americans of Fargo-Moorhead; Fargo, North Dakota The United Chinese Americans Fargo-Moorhead (UCAFM) is an organization dedicated to promoting fellowship and friendship among Chinese Americans, to increasing public awareness and understanding of the Chinese arts and culture, and to helping Chinese Americans integrate into the Fargo-Moorhead Community. More information at: http://www.ucafm.org/en/index.html
4 Luv of Dog; Fargo, North Dakota 4 Luv of Dog is a volunteer run, non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehoming dogs. The majority of the organizations rescue dogs are placed in foster homes, with a few residing at our facility. More information at: http://www.4luvofdog.org/wp/
Safe Kids Grand Forks; Grand Forks, North Dakota, $750 Safe Kids Grand Forks is a childhood injury prevention coalition that covers northeast ND and northwest MN. The organization focuses its efforts on reducing preventable injuries to children - their number one cause of death. Safe Kids just launched an adaptive aquatics program that helps children with special needs to learn water safety skills to keep them safe in an aquatics setting. More information at: http://safekidsgf.com/
RoughRider AMUCS, Bismarck, North Dakota, $750 RoughRider AMBUCS is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide mobility & independence to individuals with disabilities. The organization provides scholarships to therapy students, and by providing Amtryke therapeutic tricycles to individuals with disabilities. More information at: https://roughriderambucs.wixsite.com/bismarck#!
Mondak Animal Rescue; Williston, North Dakota, $500 The Mondak Animal Rescue is a non-profit which provides a temporary safe place for animals awaiting to find their forever homes. The Mondak Animal Center recently just opened inside the Buck Scheele Family Animal Center, and is transitioning from a foster based rescue to a brick and motor rescue. More information at: http://www.mondakanimalrescue.org/
Thank you to everyone who participated! We received a record 91 applications this year. We look forward to seeing these dollars put to use in our communities!
If you’ve ever talked to one of our bankers or needed to get to our website, you’ve probably noticed that our website address of www.firstintlbank.com gets to be a mouth-full and can easily be entered or written incorrectly. We are really excited to share that we have a new, simple URL.
With our website address changing, your favorite bankers’ email addresses will be evolving as well. Starting Friday, May 3rd, you will notice emails coming from an @FIBT.com address. Be sure to white list or update your “safe senders” in your email application so that you don’t miss any communications from us.
Updating Safe Senders List
At First International Bank & Trust, we’ve reached out to the three most common email providers for how to steps to update your safe sender list. See below and follow the simple steps to ensure your list is updated.
On the Home tab, click Junk, and then click Junk E-mail Options.
On the Safe Senders tab, check the Automatically add people I e-mail to the Safe Senders List box.
Note: Do not automatically include contacts in the Safe Sender List
In Gmail, click the Create a Filter link which is placed right next to the search box.
In the From: Field, enter the email address or addresses, domain name, or even the actual names of the people who you would like to add to the safe sender list. You can separate multiple entries using OR (in all Caps) or with the bar sign (|).
Upon completion, click Next and select Never Send it to Spam.
Click on the Settings.
Click Filters and then Add.
Enter a Filter Name.
Enter the domain of the email you what to whitelist in the Sender field or enter the email address you want to whitelist in the Recipient field.
We believe in giving back to our communities and neighbors because ultimately, if they’re healthy and thriving, so are we. Non-profit organizations support quality of life in the communities we serve, helping those in need, and giving shape to bold dreams, and noble causes.
We support the work of do-gooders, dream-makers, and care-takers every day. In an effort to promote and support the important work done by our non-profits, we’re upping the ante for this year’s Live First Community Grant program which will award a total of $25,000 to a project or cause that makes a difference within the community.
2019 Live First Community Giving Grant categories are as follows:
Grand Prize: $10,000
NEW this year! Rising Star: this grant is designed for new projects or non-profits, or existing non-profits with new initiatives in need of a little kick-start. Five winners will be selected from across our footprint to receive $2,000 each.
Fan Favorite: this grant of up to $1,000 each will be awarded based on the most votes from FIBT social media fans
Many of our customers and community members are already actively involved with great causes that could qualify for the Live First Community Giving Grant. Ideas could include:
Supporting animal shelter operations
Volunteering and buying supplies for a food bank
Updating playground equipment at a community park
Starting a community garden for growing vegetables
Purchasing a new piano for your local theater program
You can see the impact this program made for one of our previous winners here!
How to Apply:
If your organization is interested in applying for a Live First Community Giving Grant, please click here to apply between Wednesday, April 3, 2019 and Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 11:59 AM CST for instructions to submit your application and to see the Official Rules.
Applicants –visit the First International Bank & Trust Facebook page during the voting period and share your entry any time you want to remind your friends to vote. Just click “View Entries,” find your own entry and then Share. Don’t forget to spread the word! You can share on Social Media, send emails and ask your friends to do the same! Use #Livefirst in your social media posts!
How to Vote:
Click here to vote for an organization that applied for the Live First Community Giving Grant between Wednesday, April 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM CST and Wednesday, May 8th, 2019. Here you will see each organization that applied.
Please feel free to like, share and promote the Live First Community Giving Grant program on First International Bank & Trust’s Facebook page as we know many of our customers and community members are actively involved with non-profit organizations throughout our community.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
Best of luck to all applicants – we look forward to hearing your ideas!
by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education
It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. You may think you spend a lot on flowers or chocolate, but losing money in a romance scam would cost you even more. Last year, people reported losing $143 million to romance scams – a higher total than for any other type of scam reported to the FTC. And, according to a new FTC Data Spotlight, reports of romance scams are on the rise.