Friday Financial Forum May 27 in Bartlesville, Okla.

Tuesday, May 24 at 05:40 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Join us Friday, May 27, at 9:45 a.m. for a unique Friday Financial Forum. We will meet as usual at the Friday Forum Room at Arvest's Eastside Branch, located at 4225 S.E. Adams Rd. in Bartlesville, Okla.* where every Friday, we invite customers like you to attend our one-hour Financial Forum! 

This week you are all in for a real treat as we have Ladies Plus One presenting music, community information, economic updates, patriotic tributes and a few funny anecdotes!  
We will begin with a 9:45 a.m. pre-forum performance by Kathy Stewart, harpist, Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra, who will perform a selection from the upcoming OK Mozart Showcase Events entitled “A Sound of Heaven-Harps.”

Here are the exceptional ladies who will be presenting at this Friday Financial Forum:
  • Hannah Davidson, Bartlesville 11th grade student, will open the forum by singing a patriotic favorite. An accomplished vocalist who loves acting, she has performed in several Children’s Musical Theatre productions.
  • Sonya Reed, Arvest Wealth Management, Vice President & Regional Investment Officer, whose expertise in the asset management area is well known and appreciated, will present an Oklahoma Economic Update.
  • Lisa Beeman, City of Bartlesville community development director, who is continually working to help the City of Bartlesville customers plan, build and care for the land in Bartlesville, will report on community developments.
  • Liz Fugate, successful broker-realtor, who is known for her extensive knowledge of Bartlesville, her expertise in real estate and her exceptional customer consideration, will bring an update on the local housing market.
  • Terri Taylor, Arvest Wealth Management, V.P. and Client Advisor, who has been with Arvest for 27 years, will update attendees on the many opportunities available through Arvest for financial planning.
  • Stephanie Lief, Bartlesville’s SUNFEST director, will talk about this year’s annual festival which will be held June 3, 4 and 5 at Sooner Park. 
  • Barbara Fulton, Bartlesville chapter president of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, will present a project to send thank you notes during July to our military stationed around the world.
Our featured speaker will be Joe Todd, veteran, writer and historian, who will present a special tribute story in honor of women veterans of WWII. He is well known for his extensive interviews of veterans who have served their country with honor, publicizing their narratives for future generations.
Wear your patriotic colors and join us this Friday for delicious refreshments, beautiful music and to hear all about the goings on in Bartlesville!
If you have any questions about the event or would like us to add someone to the invitation email list, please contact Billie Roane at (918) 337-4358. We look forward to seeing you there!

**Sonya Reed - Oklahoma Insurance License #111796 
**Terri Taylor - Oklahoma Insurance License # 40099776 
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution. 

Tags: Bartlesville, Community Support, Oklahoma

How to Keep Your Devices Secure

Monday, May 23 at 10:55 AM
Category: Personal Finance

This is the third of a three-part series on protecting your personal information. 

Securing your electronic devices is just as essential as securing your information offline. Here are some ways to make sure you’re being smart with your use of technology.  

Use Security Software
Install anti-virus software, anti-spyware software and a firewall. Set your preference to update these protections often. Protect against intrusions and infections that can compromise your computer files or passwords by installing security patches for your operating system and other software programs.

Avoid Phishing Emails
Don’t open files, click on links, or download programs sent by strangers. Opening a file from someone you don’t know could expose your system to a computer virus or spyware* that captures your passwords or other information you type.

Be Wise About Wi-Fi
Before you send personal information over your laptop or smartphone on a public wireless network* in a coffee shop, library, airport, hotel or other public place, see if your information will be protected. If you use an encrypted website, it protects only the information you send to and from that site. If you use a secure wireless network, all the information you send on that network is protected.

Lock Up Your Laptop
Keep financial information on your laptop* only when necessary. Don’t use an automatic login feature that saves your user name and password, and always log off when you’re finished. That way, if your laptop is stolen, it will be harder for a thief to get at your personal information.

Read Privacy Policies
Yes, they can be long and complex, but they tell you how the site maintains accuracy, access, security and control of the personal information it collects; how it uses the information; and whether it provides information to third parties. If you don’t see or understand a site’s privacy policy, consider doing business elsewhere.

Technology greatly benefits our lives, but we need to protect it so it doesn’t harm our lives too.

Information courtesy of FTC Consumer Information.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution. 

Tags: Consumer Protection, Privacy and Security

Hunger Initiative Surpasses Goal

Monday, May 23 at 06:20 AM
Category: Arvest News

Campaign reaches 1.17 million meals with one week left to give.

LOWELL, Ark. — Arvest Bank announced in early April the beginning of its sixth annual 1 Million Meals initiative, which challenges bank associates, customers and community members to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves by providing meals to those in need. Today, the bank announced the campaign has exceeded one million meals, reaching the goal with one week remaining in the campaign. A total of 1,175,751 meals have been raised.

Thanks to our customers, associates and community, we are able to announce we have surpassed our goal of one million meals raised with time still left in the campaign. We are honored to work with over 60 food partners to help those in need in our community, and we aren’t done yet! We will continue to work on their behalf in hopes of providing a boost during the summer months, when food supplies often run low and fundraising can be a challenge.

Arvest branches throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma have been participating in the 1 Million Meals initiative by collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations. These efforts will continue through May 28, with the donations given to the local communities Arvest serves during the first two weeks of June.

Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for local, hungry families.

Community members can help by dropping off nonperishable food items or making monetary donations at any local Arvest branch, or by making monetary donations by calling (866) 952-9523.

For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Charitable Giving, Community Support

Teaming Up With Buffalo Wild Wings in Mountain Home, Ark. to Support Food Bank

Monday, May 23 at 05:25 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Mountain Home, Ark. restaurant to donate a portion of sales from guests who dine-in on May 25 to 1 Million Meals to support local food bank.

YELLVILLE, Ark. – Buffalo Wild Wings in Mountain Home will hold a one-day “give back” event called “Eat Wings, Raise Funds” in support of Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign to help alleviate hunger in North Central Arkansas. Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 10 percent of every guest check from customers who dine in on Wednesday, May 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. to the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas. The donation is in support of Arvest Bank’s 6th annual 1 Million Meals campaign, a two month food and funds drive that supports local food partners. Buffalo Wild Wings is located at 1195 Hometown Commons in Mountain Home.  

“The times when we are hungry and sitting down to our next meal can be the most influential times in supporting those who don’t have enough food on a daily basis,” said Sally Gilbert, president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home. “Hunger is painfully silent and none of us know who is in need  from the child next door, to a colleague at work. We appreciate Buffalo Wild Wings’ generosity to donate a portion of their revenue on this one day and we hope the community will join us for dinner on May 25.”

Arvest associates will volunteer as greeters and will assist with customer service the day of the event.  Arvest Bank’s 6th annual 1 Million Meals initiative challenges bank associates, customers and community members to participate in fundraising efforts and nonperishable food drives to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.  Non-perishable food and monetary donations may be made at any Arvest Bank location through May 28.  All donations stay local. 

The initiative is needed, as the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) reports 17 percent of American households surveyed in 2014 reported food hardship, or not having adequate funds to provide enough food for their family.

Arvest is conducting its annual initiative in the spring this year rather than its traditional fall timeframe due largely to the fact that food banks report an increased need for food items in the summer, when many children do not have the benefit of eating meals at the schools they attend. Donations to food banks also tend to be lower in the spring and summer than at other times of the year. For more information on 1 Million Meals, visit  

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, North Central Arkansas

Free Patriotic Debit Cards May 21-28

Friday, May 20 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

As we honor current and fallen soldiers for their bravery with Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day, we’re offering our patriotic and military debit card series free to new and existing customers May 21-28, 2016. Existing customers are typically charged a replacement fee of $7.50. Debit cards are always free with any new checking account.

Select from seven debit cards in the patriotic and military debit card series to show your appreciation for a specific branch of the military or to simply show your American pride. You can also find more specialty debit card designs at

To order your debit card call customer service at (866) 952-9523 or visit your local branch.

Holiday Hours
Arvest will maintain normal Saturday hours for Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Arvest will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 30, 2016.   

For your convenience you can bank 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using:
Thanks to all the service men and women who gave their lives to preserve our freedoms!
Available for use with checking accounts only; $50 minimum deposit required to open account.

Tags: Debit Cards, Holiday Hours

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