Heritage Club News: September-October

Heritage Club News: September-October


We have a number of fun events and educational opportunities for First International Bank & Trust Heritage Club members. Learn more in the September/October newsletter issue here

Curious about Heritage Club and the benefits of being a member? Stop by and visit your local banker or visit our website to learn more. 

Gretchen's Corner

GretchenFamily vacations! I love going on a vacation; in fact, it is one of the fondest memories of my childhood. I am sure you and your families perhaps did the same as my parents which was “load up the car, grab the kids and head off for an adventure!”

I loved trips with my parents and siblings. My parents, Bill & May, would take our family across America in our station wagon (pretty fancy if the station wagon had wood trim side panels!).

My dad was often the driver while my mom mapped out our trip on a regular fold out paper map. It seemed we would start our vacation on an early Monday morning: lunches packed for the road, suitcases filled, coffee in a thermos to keep my dad awake and a few toys to keep me, along with my brother and sister, entertained.

Our family took summer road trips to Seattle, Washington DC, New York City and Denver to name a few places. We drove on interstates, along with toll roads where you needed money to take the faster, better roads. We stopped at rest areas to enjoy packed lunches and we saw famous monuments along the way. Each experience opened my eyes to sites beyond Minnesota and taught me the thrill of travel. I really don’t know how my parents did it for two weeks in a car locked up with three children! A few of the trips, my Aunt and Uncle, or a family friend would join us too. All aspects must have been “challenging”—bathroom stops, new motels each night, tired kids sitting for long periods of  time and kids that needed to get out and walk around. I think that’s why my Dad ALWAYS drove the car; my mom was the entertainment chairman of the car.

Read more about Gretchen's latest family vacation!

What's Happening Now

Three Simple Rules to Help Protect Your Personal Information Online

Did you know that one of the largest areas of Internet security risk is personal information? Your same, address, bank details, shopping preferences and even information shared on social media sites can be used for identify theft and fraud.

The good news is you don’t need in-depth knowledge of computers or the Internet to keep you and your information safe.

Rule #1

Only share personal and bank related information with people you know and trust! This information should only be shared over the phone when you are absolutely certain who you are speaking with.

When you visit www.fibt.com, you will know the website is secure because a little padlock will be beside the website name and the website will start with https://.

Rule #2

Beware of email. First International Bank & Trust will never contact you via email asking for personal information. If you receive a mysterious email from a bank or other individual asking for your financial or other private, personal information, be skeptical and do not provide it via email.
Emails and text messages are like sending a postcard, always assume someone else could be reading them.

If a website or email has spelling and grammar errors, or looks like it may be an imitation - this should be a warning bell. It would be in your best interest to pick up the phone and confirm any source you feel uncertain about.

Rule #3

Feel free to say “no” and trust your instincts. Exploiters and abusers often are very skilled. They can be charming in their efforts to convince you to give up information and control of your finances. If something doesn’t feel right, it may not be and you have a right to say “no.” If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Sometimes low vision, a hearing impairment, or physical limitation keeps us from doing the things we want to do – including finance management. Our friends at Assistive are here to help! They help people find Assistive Technology solutions that will give you greater peace of mind and confidence:

  • Don’t let vision loss keep you from keeping your finances private. Assistive may help you read when seeing is difficult.
  • Trouble hearing your trusted bankers, automated messages, and loved ones on the phone? Learn about amplified and captioned phone options that may help you hear and understand when it’s the most important!
  • A calculator for everyone – hands free, big button, talking, and more. Find the perfect one for you!

Heritage Club Highlights

Elgin - Treats will be served in the bank lobby in celebration of the 1st day of Autumn!
Fargo-Moorhead - Please mark your calendars for dessert and coffee time!
Harvey - Come in and register for a Fall Gift Basket during the month of September!
Killdeer - Stop in and sign up for a $50 Gift Certificate to the new Killdeer Pharmacy, a one
month membership to the Killdeer Pool and Fitness Center, and a pair of tickets to the Hilltop Heritage Foundation 29th Annual Steak Fry.
Fessenden - Join us for coffee and treats in the lobby for social security day!
MinotCheck out the Bank of Scandinavia presented by First International Bank & Trust September 27–30!
WillistonCome join us at for Halloween treats!
Watford City  - We will be hosting a golf scramble in September!
Staples/Motley - Come join us for cookies on Halloween!

Featured Recipe

Butternut Squash Soup

We would love to feature your recipe in the next edition of our Heritage Club newsletter. Submit your favorite recipe by email or mail (3001 25th St. S, Fargo, ND 58103 - Attn: Marketing). Be sure to add a note about what makes the recipe special!

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