The Norman Transcript

March 29, 2013

First State Bank to host customer appreciation day

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — First State Bank will host an all-day customer appreciation celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 5. Free packets of flower seeds, door prizes, refreshments and other giveaways will be available while supplies last at both the 102 N. Main, Noble location and the Norman branch at 1600 W. Lindsey. The annual Spring Fling event is free and is open to everyone.

“First State has hosted the Spring Fling for many years,” says Vicki Clary, Human Resources Officer. “Well over twenty. It’s a fixture for our friends and customers in the communities we serve. We all look forward to it.”

The Spring Fling reinforces the ties First State Bank has to the history of Cleveland County. First State, the oldest bank founded in Cleveland County, was established in 1902 when lifestyles were much more rural and agricultural than today. A common practice at the turn of the 20th century, and one that some people enjoy today, found many area residents gardening to help feed their families.

“This year’s theme, Soaring into Spring, will include colorful decorations with a butterfly-type motif to emphasize the flower seed packet giveaway” Clary said. “We gave away over 500 packets of flower seeds at last year’s Spring Fling. We expect to do at least that many this year.”

Seed packets are free but quantities are limited so some restrictions apply.

“I suggest visitors arrive early for the best selection,” she said.

“Visitors can register for door prizes, pick up discount coupons, while they last, for gardening needs from local landscape companies and garden centers including Grissom’s Landscape Nursery, The Busy Bee, Pennie’s Petals, Milestones and Noble Hardware,” Clary said.

Free refreshments, such as Little Debbie Snacks, will be served.

In an effort to support and promote environmental responsibility, First State will remind Spring Fling visitors how use of “paperless” transactions help “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” natural resources.

Clary said eco-friendly products and services such as e-statements, combined multiple account statements, online banking, and electronic BillPay save an enormous amount of paper products and that each customer who chooses this method of banking can make an environmental impact difference.

“Every little bit helps,” Clary said.

First State Bank was established in 1902 and is Cleveland County’s oldest bank.

“Spring Fling helps provide customers with children an opportunity to teach them about building a solid financial future,” said Kim King, CEO and Chairman of the Board. “We give away packets of seeds to help demonstrate that planting seeds now for flowers later this year is similar to saving money today for a brighter financial future. And helping things grow is great fun for the kids.”  

The “Soaring Into Spring” Spring Fling takes place at both First State Bank locations: 102 N. Main, Noble, and 1600 W. Lindsey, Norman. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (405) 872-3434, or go to

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