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Three Activities for a Memorable Summer

Three Activities for a Memorable Summer

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, there is no doubt that summer fever is growing in every family household. Now is the time for parents to begin thinking about how they are going to make this summer a memorable one. Equally as important is how they will do this without breaking the bank.

At FIB&T our employees are family-focused, so we asked around to see what budget-friendly activities they have planned with their families this summer. Whether you have an adventurous family, or a lay-low, relaxed family, one of these activities will for sure hit the spot for this summer:

Grow a Garden

 Garden“Growing up, my grandma always planted a garden and I have so many amazing memories from this! I want to make sure our kids have the same memories and can hopefully pass them on to their kids someday. We also can our vegetables and fruits to have fresh, healthy and inexpensive meals year round.” -Chelsea Marcyes, Fraud Specialist

Growing a garden is not only a great bonding experience for the family, but it also gives your family healthy snacks and meals for a generally low cost for the rest of the year. With the help of the whole family, it is easy to keep up your garden. Assign different jobs each week to each family member so that everyone has a chance to learn something new. Plus, by growing a garden all summer it will give your children something to look forward to for the end of the summer.


Visit a Local Lake

“One of my family’s favorite things to do during the summer is spend the weekends on the lake! From May until the end of September we try to spend as much time on the lake as possible.” –Jada Helfrich, Deposit Operations Specialist 


Gather the family up and head to the closest lake! Whether it is Detroit Lakes, Canyon Lake, or Lake Sakakawea, a family trip to the lakes is always a fun way to spend the day. One of the benefits of going to the lake is that there are an unlimited amount of fun activities for your family to do. Grab a few fishing rods and go fishing, or even simpler, just go swimming! Your children will stay entertained for hours between playing in the sand and splashing in the water. Make a whole day out of it and pack a picnic to have on the beach. You could even include some of those veggies from your garden!


Walk and Explore New Places


“We like to take our kids to various playgrounds in town (and it’s free)!”-Naomi Keney, Credit Review

As simple as it is, walks are one of the best parts of summer. At the end of the day, it is nice go on a walk down the street, catch up with your significant other, and spend time with your children. Not only is it a great way to bond, but also a way to get a little exercise in before the day ends. If your family is feeling up to it, you could make a trip out of it by walking to a close playground, or even go on a hike! Either way, you will end your day feeling refreshed and closer to your family, without having to spend any money.

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Fathers of First International Bank & Trust

He is every little boy’s biggest hero, and every little girl’s first love. Whether he is teaching his son how to throw a baseball or teaching his daughter how to ride a bike, a father teaches a child about life by simply being a role model, being their biggest fan, and sharing their unconditional love.

As a community and family bank, First International Bank & Trust houses some of the best fathers around. With Father’s Day behind us, we wanted to share how some of our amazing dads spent their special day:

Personal Banker Cody Schafer

Cody Schafer is a Personal Banker at our Southwest location in Fargo, ND. He just celebrated his third Father’s Day on June 21. Although he did not have any big plans, Father’s Day fell on the weekend of his wife’s birthday. Cody enjoyed a fun, family weekend with his two favorite girls. His ideal Father’s Day would include a nice, relaxing day spent at the lake or at home, and smoking some sort of meat. Cody loves spending Father’s Day with his two girls and is looking forward to spending next Father’s Day with their new addition as they're expecting Baby Schafer #2.

“I was blessed with becoming a father in May two years ago, and could not be happier to be a dad.”


Not only does Shannon Hammeren play an important role as our Director of Information Technology at First International Bank & Trust, but is also a father of three. Both of these roles keep him more than busy. Therefore, Shannon was looking forward to a relaxing Father’s Day, involving a lot of peace and quiet. With his children ranging from ages 2 to 9-years-old, Shannon and his wife, Julie, wanted to take the kids to a movie or the water park, due to the beautiful weather. Aside from being a huge Transformers fan, Shannon loves getting out to the farm with his family where they ride 4-wheeler, hunt, and help with harvest.

Director of Information Technology Shannon Hammeren

“In the summer we like going to the park, going on bike rides, and going to the water park.”

While our employees take pride in the roles they hold at the bank, at the end of the day their greatest role is Father.

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