Local Retiree Shows a Heart for the Homeless

Friday, September 08 at 04:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

There’s one thing people need to know about Johnette Weiss.

“She’s a very strong-willed woman,” her friend, Robert Peoples, said with a laugh. “She wants something done, she’ll get it done.”

Weiss’ strong will has served her well over her 75 years. Visually impaired most of her life, Weiss spent 40 years working as an instructor at World Services for the Blind. Now retired, she channels her energy and determination into making hygiene kits for the homeless “because everybody needs some deodorant, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, just anything to make us more presentable. It makes a person feel good about himself or herself if they're clean.”

Weiss is the 21st person to be featured in Arvest Bank’s People Helping People video series. The series is designed to celebrate individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference.

Weiss’ desire to help others was ingrained early. She grew up on a farm and remembers her mother, Ann Bartholomew, sharing extra milk, eggs and vegetables with a nearby neighbor in need. Weiss said her mother didn’t have extra money to give the neighbor, so she helped the only way she could.

“It made an impression on me as a little girl and now I want to help some, too,” she said.

That experience has shaped her approach to life over the years. "My philosophy in life is if each person can make a little bit of difference, can make life a little bit better for someone, then we’ve done something good.”

Weiss has been retired for about 10 years, and has been preparing the hygiene kits for about eight years. One of the challenges she faces when she is assembling the kits is to keep the items separated. She uses braille lables to help her with the task.

“I see the need for the homeless because just about every time you go shopping you're going to see someone that's asking for some help,” Weiss said. “I can't help every one of those people, but I can put together those hygiene kits, and I take them to the shelter that passes them out. They see those people that need that specific help, and they can use those kits to make that person's life just a little bit better.

“It makes me feel good to know I'm helping others because it just makes me feel that I'm being the kind of person I ought to be.”

Watch* Weiss tell her story of helping others. Keep an eye on our social media channels for videos highlighting the good works of dedicated citizens in the communities Arvest Bank serves.

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Tags: Arkansas, People Helping People

Lawton Food Bank & Countrymart hold Supermarket Sweep

Friday, September 08 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Lawton Food Bank has partnered with Countrymart to hold a Supermarket Sweep. 

Tickets can be purchased at any Lawton Arvest Bank location, Red River Federal Credit Union, Oklahoma Blood Institute and the Lawton Food Bank. 

Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20. 

The drawing will be held on November 3 and the sweep will be held at 9am on Saturday, November 18 (the weekend before Thanksgiving). 

The winner will be given 3 minutes to run through Countrymart and load their cart with as many groceries as they can. 

For questions or to purchase tickets you can contact Angela Spradlin at aspradlin@arvest.com or (580) 250-4540.

Rules and limitations apply. Country Mart and Lawton Food Bank are not responsible for any injury caused during this event. Items in cart may not be stacked higher than the cart handle bar, however bottom rack on cart may be utilized. Items must be food/household items. No alcohol, tobacco, lottery, gift cards or pharmaceuticals. Limited to six items of any one product. If winner is unable to physically participate in sweep, they may designate another person to run the event as long as they are 18 years of age or older. Only one person will be allowed to run the sweep. Do not have to be present for drawing in order to win.

Tags: Lawton, Oklahoma

Equifax Breach: What you need to know

Friday, September 08 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest News
On September 7, 2017, Equifax, a U.S.-based consumer credit reporting agency, announced a cybersecurity incident they say affected approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. This event did not involve Arvest banking systems, and Arvest does not currently have access to the list of our customers potentially impacted. At Arvest Bank, our teams continually monitor customer accounts for fraudulent activity. If unusual activity is observed and action is required, we will contact our customers.
Equifax is offering a website—www.equifaxsecurity2017.com*—where you can check whether you are one of the people whose data may have been compromised. In addition to this site, Equifax says they will send direct mail notices to consumers whose credit card numbers or documents with personal identifying information were impacted. Additionally, Equifax has established a dedicated call center to assist consumers. The call center is open seven days a week, from 6 a.m.-midnight Central. The call center number is (866) 447-7559. In the event any Arvest cards are determined to have been exposed by Equifax, we will contact those customers with next steps.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a blog on its website – www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog* -- in which it explains what consumers should do to help protect their information from being misused.
The FTC blog also shares the following steps consumers can take to help protect themselves after a data breach: 
  • Check your credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – for free – by visiting annualcreditreport.com*. Accounts or activity that you don’t recognize could indicate identity theft. Visit IdentityTheft.gov* to find out what to do.
  • Consider placing a credit freeze on your files. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name. Keep in mind that a credit freeze won’t prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts.
  • Monitor your existing credit card and bank accounts closely for charges you don’t recognize.
  •  If you decide against a credit freeze, consider placing a fraud alert on your files. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name really is you.
  • File your taxes early – as soon as you have the tax information you need – before a scammer can. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Respond right away to letters from the IRS. 
Visit IdentityTheft.gov/databreach* to learn more about protecting yourself after a data breach. 
Arvest takes your privacy and security seriously. To report Identity theft or financial fraud, please contact Customer Service immediately at (866) 952-9523. To report suspicious email messages, phone calls or text messages, please forward the message, or send a description of the call, to reportfraud@arvest.com. To report a lost or stolen card, please contact Customer Service or use our Contact Us page: https://www.arvest.com/contact/banking. To learn more, please visit https://www.arvest.com/about/privacy-and-security
As a reminder, Arvest offers IDProtect® as a value added feature of the following checking accounts; myBlue, Arvest Club and Preferred Club. 
If you are currently a customer in one of these accounts, you have the option to register for Credit File Monitoring and Total Identity Monitoring. Credit File Monitoring provides daily monitoring of your credit file and provides automated alerts of key changes to your Experian, Equifax and TransUnion credit reports. Total Identity Monitoring provides monitoring for over 1,000 databases including credit, Social Security, public records, real property records, telephone and many others. Registration and activation is required to obtain Credit File Monitoring and Total Identity Monitoring. You can register and activate Credit File Monitoring and Total Identity Monitoring by going to www.IDProtectMe247.com*.
Click here to learn more about the features and benefits of IDProtect®.
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Tags: Consumer Protection

Arvest Bank Announces Wiley Hiring

Thursday, September 07 at 06:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank is pleased to announce the hiring of Rachel Wiley in its Oklahoma City market. 

As a regional portfolio manager for Arvest Wealth Management, Wiley will be based at the Arvest branch at 9350 S. Western in Oklahoma City, but cover the Oklahoma City, Shawnee, and Lawton areas. Wiley has worked in the financial services industry since 2003, and her expertise is in holistic financial planning, and complex life and investment strategies for high net worth individuals.
In her new role, Wiley’s primary job functions will be as an internal resource for both trust officers and client advisors, providing advice on critical financial matters, financial analysis, auditing, and sharing best practices.
Wiley double-majored in finance and accounting at the University of Central Oklahoma, and is a two-time recipient of the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) President’s Award. She’s also actively engage in community affairs, including organizations such as United Way of Central Oklahoma and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Wiley lives in Moore with her three children. They attend Life.Church.
About Arvest Bank
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.
Tags: Associates, Oklahoma City

Conversations from the Top in Kansas City

Thursday, September 07 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Kay Barnes, two-term Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, will speak at the sixth event of Central Exchanges’ 2017 Conversations from the Top series. 
Arvest is proud to support this moderated fireside chat with executive women in leadership throughout Kansas City.Mayor Barnes will share her insight on Friday, September 15th from 11:45am to 1:00pm at Central Exchange Downtown (1020 Central St, Kansas City, MO). Registration* is required.
In the Conversations from the Top series, you will hear inspirational stories from women who have faced challenging issues as they worked their way to the top of their field. They share insight about their journey and will give you things to think about in how you can achieve your own goals. September’s speaker, Mayor Kay Barnes is a native of St. Joseph, Missouri. She earned a B.S. degree in secondary education from the University of Kansas, Masters Degrees in Secondary Education, as well as Public Administration – Organizational Behavior from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  
Mayor Barnes is the embodiment of servant leader. She is a nationally recognized consultant and trainer who has developed a unique foundation of learning and experience in education, human resource and organizational development. With over 25 years of professional and volunteer experience interfacing among political, corporate, governmental and not-for-profit sectors in the community to initiate and facilitate positive change she has the strong ability to conceptualize, problem solve, communicate practical alternatives and develop long-term goals.
One of the first two women on the Jackson County Legislature and elected to the Kansas City council in 1979, Barnes was the first female mayor of Kansas City and has received the most credit for her work in improving Downtown Kansas City and working for initiating the revitalization of the urban core. She is also credited with the Sprint Center arena in Kansas City that opened on October 10, 2007. She was first elected mayor on her birthday in 1999, and re-elected for a second term in 2003. In late 2007, Barnes announced she would run in the Democratic primary for Missouri's 6th congressional district, held by four-term Republican Sam Graves.
Mayor Barnes is the Distinguished Professor and Founding Director for Public Leadership at Park University. She sits on the boards of private and public corporations and was appointed a Fellow of the Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas. She has been honored with numerous national and regional awards and recognitions. She is a founding and original member of Central Exchange.

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Tags: Kansas City, Missouri

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