September 2020
HCI Monthly News & Updates
Message from our Board Chair

Hello, my friends! I hope this finds you well as summer is coming to an end. It has been a long summer and a short summer – so here is the long and the short of it:

As you start to look at 2021 and 2022 – think of booking with HCI PTOs… exclusively! You will be glad you did! We brag all the time how much we love our PTOs but here is the why:

HCI Preferred Tour Operators have continued to work during this covid travel shutdown, especially for our HCI bankers. They have been joining in on our rally calls, listening to our needs, frustrations, and concerns. They have been working to find ways to make our position as a club director a little easier to handle with all of the changes that keep coming at us. Working on altering their tours to accommodate smaller groups with the same exciting adventure. They have been working, even though they have not had any trips happening. All for us! They know us and they know our needs. PTO could stand for Personal Tour Operator, or Private Tour Operator.

So, I am reaching out to all of my banker family; Let us show our love in return for our HCI PTOs, they deserve it! 

“Family… a group experience of love and support.” - Marianne Williamson

Together we can!


Melanie Davis, CBCD
Farmers Savings Bank & Trust
Vinton, IA

4 Simple Questions

This month's issue of our Newsletter is focused on the incredible work our PTOs have done to help our bank club directors manage the Covid-19 challenges. In that spirit, we asked the bankers to respond to 4 survey questions about their interactions with PTOs this year:
We will post the results in the October newsletter.
Here are the responses to the August questions. Thank you to our respondents. Sounds like you're staying busy and enjoying some fun and interesting hobbies and books!!

What new hobby have you picked up?
  • Learning how to stay occupied during quarantine
  • Stand-up paddleboarding
  • Mexican Train (game), Biking
  • Sewing and baking
  • Healthy cooking
  • Gardening
  • Organization - EVERYWHERE and EVERYTHING
  • Lots of reading and Netflix
  • Gardening has become a bigger focus and joy!!
  • Working with buttons - lots of crafts on Pinterest
  • Bingeing on movies
  • Finding alternative news sources
  • No new hobbies but enjoying my usual.
  • Reading
  • Bicycling up to 15 miles in 1 1/2 hrs
What new books have you read?
  • No new books - crochet a lot!
  • "Where the Crawdads Sing"
  • "Becoming", M Obama ; "You Can't Do It Alone", M Whitesell
  • Everything from Ashley Farley
  • "Uncommon Service"
  • "Where the Crawdads Sing" - HIGHLY RECOMMEND
  • "Outlander" series
  • "Decluttering at the Speed of Life" by Dana White
  • Lots of mystery series, currently based on quilts
  • "American Dirt"
  • "The Hidden Life of Trees"
  • "Educated", Tara Westover
  • "Where the Crawdads Sing"
  • Too busy riding my bike and being outside
What new recipes have you tried?
  • Chicken, walnut, grape & cranberry pasta salad
  • Chicken, peppers, potatoes,onion kabobs on grill
  • Sourdough Bread
  • Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
  • Will try making pickles since I took up gardening
  • Seared Scallops (: YUM
  • Several Crock-pot recipes
  • Homegrown tomato sauce!
  • Summer vegetable recipes-slow cooker soup, zucchini
  • Brussel sprouts
  • BBQ Tacos
  • Blue Cheese Potato Salad!
  • Blueberry Streusel Bread
  • Many muffins new recipe each week
Happy Thoughts

Several of our club directors have sent us videos where they share their experiences working with HCI Preferred Tour Operators. Click on the names below to watch.