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The latest news, announcements and information from Alpine Bank.

Junior Golfers Chosen for Alpine Bank Pro-Am Foursome

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For the sixth year in a row, Alpine Bank has selected four up and coming golfers to play in the Alpine Bank foursome at this year’s Rockford Pro-Am on Monday, July 14, 2014. Alpine Bank is pleased to announce that its foursome will include: Lexi Graf, Aren Boxleitner, Marcus “Reid” Anderson and Joey Watts.

Alpine Bank returns this year as a prime sponsor of the Rockford Pro-Am. Like the last five years, the bank is choosing to fill its foursome with young, aspiring golfers, giving them the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in such a prestigious event alongside golf professionals. In April of this year, the bank extended a special invitation to young golfers to apply to play in the Alpine Bank foursome. The application process involved an application where applicants noted their golf skill/ability, extracurricular activities and a personal statement explaining how playing at the Rockford Pro-Am would benefit them. In addition, each applicant was asked to submit a one-page letter of recommendation from a non-family member (i.e. coach, teacher, mentor, etc.). Fifteen junior golfers from the area applied to play. A selection committee reviewed the applications.

“I would like to thank all of the talented, young golfers who applied,” said Matt Roegner, executive vice president of Alpine Bank. “We were pleased to receive applications from so many skilled players, all of whom anyone would be proud to have on their team.”

In the coming weeks, Alpine Bank will choose the PGA Pro Golfer who will play alongside these talented individuals.  Last year’s foursome, with Kenny Perry, took second place in the tournament.

Alpine Bank will be hosting a special luncheon for the foursome players, as a special thank you and to become acquainted with one another.  Following the luncheon, the players will be treated to a round of golf at Forest Hills Country Club.

About Rockford Pro-Am     
The Rockford Pro-Am is the nation’s longest-running, free-standing pro-am not associated with a professional tournament. This year it will be held at Forest Hills Country Club on Monday, July 14, 2014, and will feature amateur foursomes paired with professional golfers. The foursomes play in a best-ball handicapped format, while the pros keep straight 18-hole scores. Cost is $5 and tickets are available at the gate. Parking for the Pro-Am will be available at the Kraft Food lots on Forest Hills Road and the Sears Essential lot on Riverside Boulevard. A continuous free shuttle bus will run from Sears Essentials to Forest Hills Country Club from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.therockfordproam.com.

Chris Johnson Joins Alpine Trust & Investment Group

JohnsonChris_05_2014Bill Roop, President of Alpine Bank, has announced that Chris Johnson has recently joined Alpine Trust & Investment Group as Vice President and Trust Officer. Mr. Johnson brings with him nearly 20 years of experience in the financial industry, with 16 of those years in trust and investments. His office is located in the Alpine Bank location at 600 South State Street in Belvidere.

Mr. Johnson grew up in the DeKalb area and attended Northern Illinois University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Master of Business Administration (MBA).  He, his wife and four children are excited to be back in the area to serve the communities he calls home.

“On behalf of Alpine Trust and Investment Group, I am pleased to welcome Chris to our team of trust experts,” said Lee Mayer, Executive Vice President and Senior Trust Officer. “His expertise and commitment to his clients exemplifies our fundamental principle of people helping people.”

Calling All High School Golfers: Would you like to play in the 2014 Rockford Pro-Am?

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As a prime sponsor of this year’s Rockford Pro-Am, on July 14, 2014, Alpine Bank will have one foursome play in the tournament. Like the last five years, it is our desire to provide four up and coming golfers in our area the opportunity to play in this prestigious event.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, per the following application criteria.   Applicants must be currently enrolled in 9th – 12th grade, reside in Northern Illinois, and have previous golf experience – whether playing for a school team or independently.  Golfers who have played in one of our previous foursomes are not eligible to reapply.

The 2014 Pro-Am Golfer Application can be found at www.bankalpine.com/ProAm2014 or can be picked up at any Alpine Bank location.  The completed application, along with a one-page letter of recommendation from a non-family member regarding your golf skill and experience, can be returned to any Alpine Bank branch or mailed to Alpine Bank, Marketing Department, P.O. Box 6086, Rockford, IL 61125-1086.  The deadline for submission is Friday, May 16, 2014.

A selection committee will review all applications and the foursomes will be announced in May.

 

Learn More about the Rockford Pro-Am >

The Heartbleed Bug

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There has been a lot of talk about the Heartbleed Bug this past week.  Alpine Bank has been proactive in researching all aspects of www.bankalpine.com to view our vulnerability.  We have run diagnostic tests on our website to insure that it is not at risk to this threat.  We have also asked all of our third party vendors to complete vulnerability risks on their sites.  At this time, there are no known vulnerability threats to any Alpine Bank sites.

We will continue to monitor the situation and if the need arises, we will take the necessary steps to mitigate the threat of this bug.

Learn more about it at www.heartbleed.com.

Learn what you can do at http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/04/heartbleed-bug-what-can-you-do/.

Learn what banks are doing at http://www.americanbanker.com/issues/179_71/ffiec-tells-banks-to-fix-heartbleed-security-risks-asap-1066839-1.html

Alpine Bank 2014 Service Star Awards

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Bill Roop, president & CEO of Alpine Bank, announced the Employee Service Star Award winners for 2013 at Alpine Bank’s annual Employee Recognition Dinner. Alpine Bank has been awarding the Service Stars since 1998. The Service Star awards are a way to pay special tribute to those employees who really set the standard for bank employees, in the level of service they provide.

Throughout the year, Alpine employees are asked to submit nominations, called a WOW! (What Outstanding Work), in three categories.  The categories are Service to Internal Customers, Service to External Customers and Brand Champion.  At the end of each quarter a winner(s) is chosen out of the nominees to receive a quarterly award.  Out of the quarterly winners, a final yearly winner is chosen to receive the Service Star Awards.

The Service to Internal Customers Service Star Award went to Wendy Goldsworthy, Senior Application Systems Administrator.  Ms. Goldsworthy received numerous nominations throughout the year from several departments and branches.  One employee commented, “Wendy is the ‘go to’ person for any out of the ordinary supplies.  Have a button that needs to be sewed back on; Wendy has a needle and thread…”  Many others commented on her pleasant demeanor and that she is very knowledgeable and helpful.

The Service to External Customers Service Star award was presented to Bryan Gatlin, Assistant Manager – Roscoe Branch.  Nominations for Mr. Gatlin noted that he is always kind and follows through with whatever task he is given.  One coworker wrote, “He communicates well and I appreciate that so much.  I know I can count on Bryan and his kindness and his caring ways make him a wonderful asset to Alpine Bank.”

The Role Model Service Award was given to Susan Cadie, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, for her numerous nominations as Brand Champion.  Her colleagues said that she is a genuine and caring person who is always so full of excitement and exemplifies what it means to “Alpine.”  One commented, “She is the first to arrive and the last to leave a bank function, making sure it goes off without a hitch…”

In addition to the Service Star Awards, employees with 5, 10, 15, and 20 years of service received their Alpine Bank Service Pins.  Over thirty employees were also recognized for having 20-plus years of service with the Alpine Bank family.

 

Alpine Bank Community Shred Day on May 3rd

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Alpine Bank and Paper Recovery Service Corporation, a secure shredding solutions company, are partnering together again to hold Alpine Bank’s annual spring Community Shred Day on Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 9 a.m. to Noon in the parking lot of Alpine Bank’s East State Street Branch at 6838 East State Street in Rockford. Alpine Bank Community Shred Day is a FREE event open to the entire community. Attendees, without leaving the comforts of their vehicles, will be able to drop off their documents at the “shredding drive-thru” and watch Paper Recover shred them during the event on site free of charge.

People are invited to bring a maximum of 2 boxes of the following materials to be shredded: clean paper of any color, file folders of any color, papers containing staples, paper clips, rubber bands, and/or small binders. Materials that cannot be shredded include: trash, cardboard, telephone books, hardcover books, hanging folders, 3-ring binders, lever-arch binders, and any plastics, including computer disks, CDs, DVDs, VCR tapes, ID badges, x-rays, transparencies, etc.

Identity theft continues to be a serious growing crime in the United States. As noted on the Federal Trade Commission’s Web site, nearly 9 million Americans are victims of some form of identity theft each year. Shredding personal documents and information is just one way to avoid becoming a victim. At one of our Community Shred Day events, Alpine Bank shredded a world record, collecting an astounding 253,318 lbs. of shred, which is more than the combined weight of all of the steel parts in the Statue of Liberty.

Alpine Bank hosts two Community Shred Days each year – one in the spring and one in the fall.

For more information about this Community Shred Day, visit www.bankalpine.com or call 815.398.6500. For more information about identity theft and other important security tips, visit https://www.bankalpine.com/security-privacy.

 

About Paper Recovery Service Corporation

Based in Loves Park, IL, Paper Recovery Service Corporation provides solutions from secure document destruction to recycling for businesses in manufacturing, retail, or professional services.

Financial How-to: Become a Savings Rockstar in 2014

The most common financial resolution people make is to save more money. Considering about four in 10 American adults have no savings except what they have put aside for retirement, and six in 10 American adults do not have an emergency fund in place to cover three months of expenses, you could say America has a money saving problem.

However, Alpine Bank is here to help you put your savings account to work this year. Here are a few tips to give your piggy bank something to smile about:

Set up a budget and savings plan- this will help you see where you can cut expenses to put them into your Alpine Bank savings account. Through budgeting you should be able to see how much of each paycheck or other income you can put into savings.

Recognize that it doesn’t take much- a common mistake is thinking saving money means living on less. That’s not necessarily true. If you get paid twice a month, that’s 24 deposits to your savings account in a year.

Pay yourself first- make your first transaction on every payday a transfer for a set amount from your checking account to your savings account. Better yet, set up automatic payments to move that amount automatically every week, two weeks or however often you get paid. You can’t miss money you never had.

Create an emotional attachment to saving money- money is already an emotional subject, but the stronger connection you make with saving it the more you’ll view each possible expense in a different, better light.

Ask yourself one question- “Do I really need this?” Stopping and thinking instead of making an impulsive purchase can end up saving you loads of money over the course of a year.

Try out these tips in your life to see how much money you can save. If you need any help with managing your savings for now or in the future, get in touch with your nearest Alpine Bank location today.

A New Year, a New Website for Alpine Bank

It’s a new year, and here at Alpine Bank our New Year’s resolution is to continue providing the best service to our amazing customers. Part of that resolution lies in our new website. We designed it specifically to be more customer-friendly and easier to navigate while still offering you all the information, forms and other items you need for your financial life.

Alpine Bank wants to take you on a “guided tour” of our website’s important features to help you adjust to our new home on the web. Here are a few of the highlights:

online-bankingOnline Banking Login- logging in to your Online Banking account is one of the most important features of the website, and we’ve made sure it’s displayed prominently on the home page for easy access.  You’ll also notice the cursor automatically displays in the Online Banking login option.

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Service Pages-
if you need to find more information about any of our products and services, the main navigation is for you. Here you’ll find our various product categories. By hovering over the main category name, you will produce a dropdown menu of more exact services you may be searching for.

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Quick Links-
underneath the Online Banking login in the left hand menu you can also find quick ways to jump to specific services Alpine Bank offers. You can find any of our branch or ATM locations, login to your trust or investment account, jump to information about our online services and even apply for mortgage pre-approval online.

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Social Media-
we love engaging with our customers and letting people know what we’re up to next. Our social media links at the top left of the page link our profiles on various social networks, and the social feed in the middle of the home page gives you a look at our latest social updates.

You may find it useful to spend some time poking around and finding where everything is at. If you have any questions about the new website, please don’t hesitate to contact your nearest Alpine Bank location or call us at 815-398-6500. We hope to see you soon!