Cotton Recognizes Arkansan of the Week: David McBee

Friday, May 27 at 07:55 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Regional Manager recognized as Arkansan of the Week for his involvement in charitable causes.

WASHINGTON – Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) this week recognized David McBee as “Arkansan of the Week” for his positive work in his community. 

I would like to recognize David McBee of Gassville, Arkansas as this week’s “Arkansan of the Week,” for his charitable contributions to his North Central Arkansas community. By day, David is the regional manager at Arvest Bank’s Yellville branch, but he spends much of his free time after work and on the weekends volunteering for numerous causes in the area.

Last year, David’s leadership helped his Arvest branch become the top fundraiser in the state for the “Cotter Backpack Program”, a local charity that provides backpacks of food to school children in need. His efforts led to Cotter schools receiving the Spirit of Arkansas award two years in a row. David also spends countless hours organizing the annual Cotter Warrior 5K Color Run each fall. And earlier this year, David planned a community “Feed the Pack Day” where volunteers collected change at intersections and various other sites around the Mountain Home and Gassville area and donated the proceeds to fight hunger in the region. On the weekends, you can find David at the football field, where he is one of the voices of the Arkansas Tornados, a local semi-professional football team. I think Cotter High Principal Amanda Britt said it best when she wrote in her nomination of David, “He is always willing to step in and help for anything we need.”

David’s tireless dedication to his community is Arkansas at it’s very best and I’m proud to recognize his many contributions in this small way. David, on behalf of all Arkansans, thank you for all you do to make our state a better place.

Tags: Arkansas, Associates, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas, Press Release

Alpena Students in Arkansas Hold Food Drive for Local Food Pantry

Friday, May 27 at 07:10 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Students in Alpena School District in North Central Arkansas celebrate food drive success by pouring pasta on principal.

YELLVILLE, Ark. – Students in the Alpena School District’s junior high and high schools collected 450 nonperishable food items in support of Ozark Share and Care, a local food pantry. Following the success of the schools’ food drive and to celebrate their accomplishment, students were allowed to pour a large bowl of pasta on high school principal Steve Watkins’ head during a recent school assembly.  

The food drive was held in support of Arvest Bank’s 6th annual 1 Million Meals campaign, a two-month food and funds drive to collect monetary donations and nonperishable food items for a designated local food partner that supports hungry families. This year’s food partner is Ozark Share and Care.  As part of the 1 Million Meals campaign, communities may drop off non-perishable items or cash donations at any Arvest Bank branch in the four-state territory Arvest serves through May 28.  

“Food insecurity is widespread in North Central Arkansas, as it is in every community,” said Scott Tennyson, Market President for Arvest Bank in Harrison. “Every donation makes a difference for those who need food and when we come together as a community, great things happen. We appreciate the work every student put into this drive!” 

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. Arkansas ranks among the top ten states nationally for food insecurity, with 20 percent of households statewide living without food for every meal.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas

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

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