Elaine Gimblet Spends Retirement Years Giving Back – People Helping People Created by Arvest Bank

Friday, June 08 at 09:00 AM
Category: People Helping People

Elaine Gimblet, equine therapy volunteer, has two passions in life: being around horses and being around kids. She received her first pony at age 8; by age 11 she began teaching horseback riding lessons and continued this throughout high school and college. During her work years as a teacher, Elaine loved working hands-on with the students. After she retired, Elaine says she didn’t quite know what to do with herself until she saw an ad to be a leader for Hearts and Hooves.

 
“I knew that I wanted to be around horses, and this volunteer opportunity sounded good to me,” said Gimblet. “It’s a really good feeling that you’re making a difference, to know you’re helping is so rewarding.”

Stacy Alberson, occupational therapist, explains how the volunteer as a leader is especially important because their job directly affects their clients. Alberson says a typical session at the barn consists of a volunteer getting the horse ready – deciding what tack they need for the ride, and which horse would work best for the client and their needs for their individual movements.

“Elaine always greets the children with a smile and with their name, and that is so important,” said Alberson. “We may start the day with grooming, or introductions, and petting, or even just start by getting on and riding – but everything we do out here has a purpose.”

Alberson says Gimblet is very patient with the horses and the therapists, which allows their clients to also stay in a nice calm place, without having a reaction.

“That’s the key to being an amazing volunteer,” said Alberson. “She really understands the purpose of what she’s doing, why she’s doing it, and truly knowing the benefit behind it.”

Jeff Hearne, parent of Ethan, a Hearts and Hooves client, speaks to just how important it is to have a familiar face in the arena when the children come to do their therapy.

“Knowing that Ethan is familiar with the people who he comes out here with really helps him progress with his therapies,” said Hearne. “Elaine has been leading Ethan for quite some time. It makes me feel good, knowing that there are people who are caring, and who want to do this.”

The MarCom Award-winning videos are available via Arvest’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and the Arvest Blog – and the bank will make related posts each time a new story appears. Additionally, Arvest social media followers can help spread the word about these inspiring community members by sharing, liking and retweeting the videos. Gimblet's video launched on June 8. 

The MarCom Award-winning videos are available via Arvest’s social media channels – YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and the Arvest Blog – and the bank will make related posts each time a new story appears. Additionally, Arvest social media followers can help spread the word about these inspiring community members by sharing, liking and retweeting the videos. Gimblet’s video launched on June 8.

Arvest Bank

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 15 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: Little Rock, People Helping People
 

“Biggest Savers” in Flippin and Yellville-Summit Schools Recognized by Arvest

Thursday, June 07 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Fifth grade students in Flippin and Yellville-Summit Schools recently learned who among them earned the title of the ‘biggest saver.’ The designation comes after a school year of saving and budgeting as part of Arvest Bank’s annual Dollars and Sense program that teaches students best financial practices.


Arvest Bank recognized Yellville-Summit 5th grader Caleb Hartle for saving $450 during the 2017-2018 school year. Classmate Mikayla White saved the second-largest amount with $178.62. The entire 5th grade class at Yellville-Summit saved a total of $628.62.

The biggest saver among students in Flippin was Adrianne Benedict with $470. Jace Copeland was second, saving $208 and Caden Dawson was the third highest saver, putting back $150. The 5th grade class at Flippin saved a collective total of $1,517.19 by the end of the school year.

Arvest Bank’s Dollars and Sense program teaches students of all ages the importance of saving and budgeting, as well as general information on banks, money, bartering and other relevant topics.

“Two of the most important financial skills we can master are saving and budgeting, and they are habits children need to practice at an early age,” said Tiffany Watkins, assistant vice president and marketing director for Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “Every student walks away from this experience with more knowledge about how to manage their money and they all ended the school year with savings they didn’t have when the school year began.”

Students were encouraged to save their own money throughout the school year and utilize the information they learned in the program to help increase their savings. As students deposited money into their personal savings accounts and brought the deposit slip to class, they received credit for their accomplishment.

For more information on the Dollars and Sense program visit www.arvest.com

 

Tags: Arkansas, yellville
 

Arvest Foundation Announces Gift to Aid Cassville Police

Tuesday, June 05 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Cassville Chief of Police Dana Kammerlohr has been assisted in her effort to purchase a drug dog thanks to a $3,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.


The grant was made to Progress & Action Through Community Effort (PACE).

“The Arvest Foundation’s generosity will be a big help to the Cassville Police Department,” said PACE president Mike McCracken. “These kinds of gifts help all of us who call this area home.” 

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support PACE and Chief Kammerlohr,” said Whitney Craig, community bank vice president for Arvest in Cassville. “This donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area, and it demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the communities we serve.”

Tags: Arvest, Arvest Foundation
 

Arvest Bank Promotes Grindle

Monday, June 04 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce that Linda Grindle has been promoted to the position of community lender.


Grindle most recently worked as a financial sales representative at Arvest. In her new role, she will focus on providing mortgage and consumer loan products, including home equity and construction loans, to both consumers and small businesses.

“We are very excited to have Linda join our team,” Arvest mortgage loan manager Carla Green said. “We know she will do a great job with her background in mortgage lending, as well has her experience with consumer lending.”

Grindle will primarily cover the Kimberling City and Branson West areas.

Tags: Springfield
 

Arvest Bank Adds Callahan and Faciszewski to Board of Directors

Friday, June 01 at 01:00 PM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Jared Faciszewski and Amy Callahan have joined its local board of directors in Benton County.


Callahan founded the shopper marketing firm Collective Bias® in 2009, and oversees its operations. With more than 15 years of industry experience, Callahan has been recognized as a Forty Under 40 member by both Arkansas Business and the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal. Additionally, she and Collective Bias have been recognized by Forbes and Inc. magazines.

Among other civic endeavors, Callahan serves as the president of the Rogers Public Education Foundation and is a board member for Community Venture Foundation.

Faciszewski has been a partner at RZC Investments, a Northwest Arkansas-focused direct investment fund, since 2016. Prior to that, he spent two years with the Walton Family Foundation. Faciszewski is a graduate of Colorado College and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

“We are thrilled to add Amy and Jared to our board,” said Craig Rivaldo, Arvest president for Benton County. “Both have expertise and insights that will be invaluable to us here at Arvest. Additionally, they also are active and respected parts of the community here in Northwest Arkansas. There is no doubt they will be strong parts of our team.”

Callahan and Faciszewski are replacing Robert H. Lewis and Janie Darr.

 

 

Tags: Arvest, Bentonville

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