Shirley Lechien Creates Blessing Box – People Helping People Series

Monday, September 26 at 08:10 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Shirley Lechien’s passion is helping the homeless and people in need. When she saw an Oklahoman town which had a wooden box, similar to the little free libraries that are popping up but filled with non-perishable food instead, she was inspired to do something similar where she lives in Pittsburg, Kan. With the help of community members, Shirley created two blessing boxes where people are invited to “Take what you need. Bring what you can.” Read the full story at the Joplin Globe*.

Shirley’s story is part of Arvest Bank’s People Helping People series featuring citizens giving back to their community. 
Keep an eye on our social media channels for both videos and written stories highlighting the good works of dedicated citizens in the communities Arvest Bank serves. 
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Charitable Giving, Community Support, Joplin, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, People Helping People

Helton Named Community Bank President in Lebanon, Mo.

Monday, September 26 at 07:30 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Lebanon, Mo. graduate's experience and background make him an "ideal fit."

LEBANON, Mo. — Arvest Bank is proud to announce that Josh Helton has been named Community Bank President of Arvest Bank in Lebanon.

Helton joined Arvest Bank in April 2014, as a Commercial Banker. Since then, he has been named an Assistant Vice President, then Vice President. Before joining Arvest, he had 12 years’ banking experience in Lebanon.

“I am pleased that Josh Helton was selected by our local board and executives to serve as Arvest’s Community Bank President in Lebanon,” said Brad Crain, Arvest Bank President and CEO in Springfield. “Josh’s leadership skills, work ethic, personal integrity, broad knowledge of banking, and knowledge of Lebanon and its residents make him an ideal fit for the position.”

Helton said, “Lebanon has always been my home, and being able to help the local community is very satisfying. I thoroughly enjoy working with the amazing team of associates at Arvest, and am excited for what the future has in store. The recent remodeling project of our branch in Lebanon will allow us to better meet the needs of the people who live and work here.”

A Lebanon native, Helton graduated from Lebanon High School in 1998. He earned his Bachelor of Science in finance from Missouri State University in 2002 and is currently enrolled in the 2015-2016 Missouri Bankers Association Banking Leadership Missouri program with an expected graduation date of December 2016. 

During his banking career in Lebanon, Helton has been active in community organizations. He is the president of the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce board, the current treasurer for Project 360 Youth Services, secretary for Great Life Golf and Fitness board and board member for Lebanon Regional Economic Development Inc. He is a member of the Laclede Lodge No. 83, member and past president of the Laclede County Shrine Club and previously served on the board of Lebanon’s Habitat For Humanity.

He and his wife, Jess Helton, have been married for 14 years and the couple has two daughters; Saylor, age 9, and Stella, age 6. The family attends First Baptist Church in Lebanon.

Tags: Associates, Missouri, Press Release, Springfield

Grand Opening of New ATM in Lawton, Okla.

Monday, September 26 at 06:30 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

To better serve its customers on the West side of Lawton, Okla., and the surrounding area, Arvest Bank is opening an ATM at Western Hills Christian Church, and you’re invited!

The grand opening celebration is Wednesday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 1401 N.W. 82nd St. in Lawton. Arvest associates will be on hand serving hot dogs, chips and drinks, so bring your appetite!

In addition to the celebration, Arvest is happy to announce for every transaction on that day at the new ATM, Arvest will donate $1 to the church mission fund for Western Hills Christian’s church plant in Poland!

Come join us as Arvest celebrates the opening of its new, convenient ATM in West Lawton!

Tags: ATM, Community Support, Lawton, Oklahoma

Using Social Media for Your Business Workshop in Kansas City

Friday, September 23 at 06:15 AM
Category: Business Banking

Arvest in Greater Kansas City and Solve KC will be hosting a business workshop on Oct. 20, 2016, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Arvest Bank located at 7401 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Kan. The class titled, “How to Use Social Media for Your Small Business,” is free for Arvest business customers. R.S.V.P.s are required to Monica Dahl at or (913) 953-4188. Space is limited. 

Featured speaker Kim Woirhaye-Reid is an Emmy®-nominated journalist with nearly 20 years of experience working in the media. She’s interviewed politicians, actors, everyday heroes and even hitched a ride with the KC Royals on their 2014 ALCS run. Providing in-depth and engaging news is what she loves to do. Currently, Kim is working as a marketing/PR specialist for an accounting firm as well as a freelance media consultant.
Featured speaker Andy Talbert is owner of Snow & Company and is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for establishing and growing businesses. He co-founded Snow & Co. with several friends from UMKC and has seen it grow to be "America's No. 1 Frozen Cocktail Brand" and operates a growing consultancy along with a commercial real estate development group. He is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship and leadership.
Don’t miss this opportunity; R.S.V.P. today! 

Tags: Community Support, Kansas City

Over $33K Donated to United Way in Southwest Oklahoma

Thursday, September 22 at 05:10 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Southwest Oklahoma Arvest Bank associates have been fundraising for the past several months for the United Way of Southwest Oklahoma and United Way of Stephens County. Through fundraising, associate pledges, and customer donations Arvest Bank in Southwest Oklahoma was able to provide $33,627.72 to local United Way agencies. Over the past nine years the bank has provided a total of $268,497.21.

The associates really enjoy the campaign season and love to be able to give back to the communities in which we serve. They fundraise throughout July and August by holding various fundraisers. Some of those fundraiser include: Doughnate Day, BBQ lunch sale provide by Billy Sims BBQ, candy bar sales and windshield washing. Arvest Bank Southwest Oklahoma would like to thank our customers, associates, and fundraising partners for helping us raise these funds for such a worthy cause in the community. You have truly helped us live out our mission of “people helping people.”

Tags: Charitable Giving, Community Support, Southwest Oklahoma

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