January 2018
Message from our Board Chair 

With each new year our clubs face bigger challenges and greater opportunities. My goal for the coming year is to beat the challenges and grab the opportunities with equal zest! I hope to accomplish this with the help and support of my HCI family.  I am looking forward to the coming year and our wonderful Peer Group conference being held in Branson this March.  Even though I have attended this conference every year for over a decade, I still learn something new - something that will improve my club - each time I go. I think you'll find that being there is a valuable experience for you and your club.  If you have not already signed up for the conference and the FAM, there is still time.  If you  have,  I look forward to seeing you there.

May this New Year bring with it all the joys and happiness you could ever wish for! Happy New Year! 

Valerie Kelsey, CBCD    

There's still time to register.  You won't want to miss it!!

Two Ways to Attend Peer Group for FREE
Heritage Clubs International encourages our Club Directors to look ahead and plan for a strong transition of leadership.  You'll want the club to remain solid when the club director retires, so plan ahead for this transition.
Attendance at Peer Group is an important part of your succession planning, and we are excited to introduce a new discount program to encourage successor participation.
The retiring director can now bring his/her successor to Peer Group for FREE.
R egistration fees will be waived if the following conditions are met:
  • Retiring director is registered to attend
  • Retiring director is planning to retire within 2 years
  • Successor must be being considered to assume the leadership of the club
If you are a new club director and haven't attended Peer Group in the past, you may be eligible to attend the Branson conference for FREE.
Take advantage of these special registration pricing deals today! C ontact  Tina to learn how.
We can't wait to see you all in Branson! 

Renew your membership today 
Memberships will automatically lapse this month, so if you haven't yet renewed, take a minute to do it now.  Don't lose access to HCI's best practices and member contact info.  You must be a member in good standing in order to attend Peer Group, too.
The renewal forms can be completed quickly electronically, and will save time and expense.  If you don't remember how to do it, follow these instructions. You will want to click on  Renew until 01 Jan 2019

If you don't have your password, click the Forgot Password link and an email will be sent to you with simple instructions for resetting it. Once logged in, you will be able to renew your membership.  If you do not have an existing membership in the database even though you have had an HCI membership in the past, don't worry. It is likely that the membership has not been activated in the new database.  Simply contact Tina Goeske at 877-881-0229 to have it activated.  The annual renewal fee is $100, but may be waived by having 15 passengers travel with an HCI Preferred Tour Operator. If you are not able to renew online, contact Tina for assistance.

Member Spotlight: Amanda Hall  
Ash Flat, AR
Amanda Hall is a club director with an atypical background.  She owns a small health club in the area that has a Silver Sneakers Program.  When she heard about the position at FNBC Bank in 2015, she "thought it would be a really fun job."  She loves people, traveling and doing things that keep older people active.  She has 1500 club members and tries hard to come up with creative ways to make the club more exciting.  She rents out a theatre every month to show free movies, she gives away cash and prizes at parties - all of which are themed, and she plans specialty trips in Arkansas every year so people can learn more about their home state.

Amanda likes to use HCI Preferred Tour Operators for her larger trips and finds that their tour guides and bus drivers really "make the trip."  She has also found great success in planning different tiers of trips, offering more economical trips at times that everyone can afford.  While most of her trips are designed for those 50 and better, she is seeing a new trend where younger people (aged 30-45) are wanting to travel with her group. 

The FNBC Passport Club has several trips coming up in 2018, including a visit to Spain with Collette and a ladies-only trip to the Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas.

Partner Profile: Hardy's Reindeer Ranch
Julie Hardy
Have you ever kissed a reindeer? Okay, maybe this isn't on your bucket list, but Julie Hardy of Hardy's Reindeer Ranch believes that you will be so fascinated by her reindeer that you won't want to leave. In fact, she says, "the adults love the reindeer more than the kids do!" And after having done the 2-day, 3-night mystery trip, "many can't wait to come back and do it again," she says.

Mark & Julie Hardy love to tell their story. They started the Reindeer Ranch in 1995 when they purchased their first two reindeer to help sell Christmas trees on their farm. Two years later they went to Palmer, Alaska and spent a week on a reindeer farm before purchasing 13 more of the lovable animals and flying them home to Illinois. Since then, the Hardy's have created a unique, year-round interactive mystery experience - full of clues, prizes and surprises - for visitors from all over the world on their 80-acre working farm. In addition to the corn maze, cookouts and hayrides, they offer Branson-style entertainment in their saloon-themed banquet hall, complete with music, comedy and audience participation to give their guests a delicious and fun experience.

Julie creates specialized themed packages for groups with hub and sp oke itineraries and great attractions throughout Central Illinois. The Reindeer Ranch is located just 120 miles south of Chicago and 190 miles north of St. Louis in Rantoul, Illinois.  Plan a trip to the Reindeer Ranch that will engage and delight your customers.  You can reach her at   reindeerranch@hotmail.com or 217-8 93- 3 407.  


Avalon Waterways is excited to offer an exclusive FAM opportunity to Heritage Clubs International member banks!  We will be sailing from Paris to Normandy and back from June 23 - 30, 2018. This trip will be hosted by Rachelle Hildebrandt Stoutt, Matt Galloway and Joanna Dyer from the Globus family, and Ted Nelson from HCI.  We would love the opportunity to show you the Avalon difference first-hand and encourage you to apply for one of the limited number of spaces we have available.  You can apply simply by  mailing groupFAM@globus family.com with the name  of your bank club and your full name. If you plan to bring a companion, please include their information as well.
The cruise itself will embark in Paris on June 23, sailing to Vernon, for a choice of guided visits to either Claude Monet's stunning gardens at Giverny or magnificent Bizy Castle. Continue to Les Andelys with its Château Gaillard, built by England's King Richard the Lionheart in 1196, and enjoy guided sightseeing. Then, on to Caudebec, where you choose between an included excursion to the poignant Normandy landing beaches or a fascinating "Taste of Normandy." Visit Joan of Arc's historic Rouen, and in Conflans, choose between a visit of Vincent van Gogh's Auvers-sur-Oise or Napoleon and Josephine's elegant Château de Malmaison before heading back to Paris. During your last day on the Seine, a Local Expert will show you some of the famous sights, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more!
The HCI member rate will be $119, which includes the cruise in a category P suite cabin, port charges, on-board gratuities, and arrival & departure transfers ($3700 value).  Companions sharing the same cabin are welcome at a rate of $799.  Airfare, optional excursions, extra nights and transfers on extra nights are not included in the price.

We would love to have you join us for this fantastic Avalon river cruise, so please let us know if you would like to join by January  31st .

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