Friends Club Newsletter

Q UARTER O NE 2018

Rose Parade December 29, 2018-January 3, 2019 Also featured: Kentucky, Alaska, Japan, Arbor Day Farm, New England, and Kansas City.

Featured Extended Travel

2018

Kentucky Page 15

Japan Page 16

(See for details about travel show)

Arbor Day Page 17

(See for details about travel show)

Alaska Page 18-19

New England Page 20-21

Kansas City Page 22-23

Rose Parade Page 24-25

(See for details about travel show)

Comments from Karissa

We hope you had a memorable 2017 and welcomed 2018 with wonder and excitement. We are looking forward to being a part of your 2018 memories. Happy New Year!

Improved E-newsletter: Confirm Your Email Address – Speaking of new, we wanted to let you know that we have an improved interactive electronic newsletter that is sent approximately the day the print newsletter hits mailboxes. If you would like to receive the new and improved electronic newsletter in addition to the print version, be sure to confirm your current email address with us by calling the Customer Contact Center at 800-445-5725.

Ambassador Referral $1,000 Winner – Speaking of wonder and excitement, I’m happy to announce our 2017 Ambassador winner of the $1,000 drawing to put toward a

Friends Club 2018 trip—Mary Young of Cedar Rapids! Mary referred two new members to Friends Club, and both members opened a Friends Club Checking account with Hills Bank! Thank you, Mary, for referring your friends and family, and congratulations on being drawn as the winner! The next drawing will take place in December 2018.

To become an Ambassador, you only need to have a Friends Club checking account with Hills Bank and then refer a friend or family member who also opens a Friends Club Checking account. Each time you refer someone, Ambassadors will receive an entrance into a drawing to win $1,000 credit toward a Friends Club extended trip, the choice between a free day trip or $100 off an extended trip, and, both you and your friend will receive a $50 bonus each! The Hills Bank Friends Club 2019 extended travel line-up will be announced in the April 2018 newsletter, hitting mailboxes the first week of April. At that time we will start to take registrations for the trips. We will also do a 2019 Preview Show to briefly highlight each trip, answer questions about group travel and Friends Club, and tell a bit more about our long standing relationship with Star Destinations. See below for the Preview Show registration details.

Sincerely,

Karissa Wikert

2019 Friends Club Travel Preview Show Monday, April 23, at 6:00 p.m. at Hills Bank in North Liberty (590 W Forevergreen Rd.) Register with Karissa Wikert at 319-358-2230 or Karissa_Wikert@HillsBank.com. 3

LOCAL EVENTS

Revealing the Truth: Nancy Hanks Hills Bank in Mount Vernon (720 1st Ave) Tuesday, January 16, 1:00 p.m.

Abraham Lincoln was conspicuously silent about the family of his mother, Nancy Hanks, and to this day, many biographies of Lincoln continue to present mistaken accounts of her ancestry. Speaker Rich Hileman addresses the fallacies associated with President Lincoln’s mother through his presenting topic of Nancy Hank’s parentage. Hileman is a longtime resident of Mount Vernon, and through years of research, successfully debunked the more than one-hundred year- old dispute regarding Nancy Hank’s lineage. As a key contributor to the Mitochondrial DNA Study, and well-versed in newly uncovered historical evidence, Hileman’s presentation will appeal to both history buffs and current event enthusiasts alike. Register by Thursday, January 11, with a Friends Club representative at 319-679-2103 or Brenda_Langenberg@HillsBank.com.

Gems of Hope Hills Bank in Cedar Rapids (3905 Blairs Ferry Rd) Thursday, January 25, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Gems of Hope Inc. is a nonprofit organization that brings hope to Corridor cancer patients and their families through handcrafted inspirational gifts. Featuring an encouraging quote and accompanied by a small gift known as a “gem,” each card created can bring hope and inspiration to patients struggling with cancer. Join in supporting the efforts of the Gems of Hope organization by participating in this workshop. Register with Joy Newhouse at 319-654-8110 or Joy_Newhouse@HillsBank.com.

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One Room Country School House Life Lessons Hills Bank in Hills (131 E Main St) Monday, February 12, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Dwight Seegmiller, President and CEO of Hills Bank and Trust Company, grew up on a small dairy farm near Decorah, Iowa and attended a one room country school through the 6th grade. Dwight understands the importance of his rural background and shares his values and common sense philosophies in a humorous presentation entitled: Most Everything I Need To Know About Life I Learned In A One Room Country School (MEINTKALILIORICS). A graduate from Iowa State University, Dwight joined Hills Bank in 1975 and has been President and CEO since 1986. Register with Kelsey Redlinger at 319-679-2128 or Kelsey_Redlinger@HillsBank.com.

Cards and Snacks Hills Bank in Mount Vernon (720 1st Ave) Tuesday, February 13, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Escape the cold winter weather with cards and conversation! Cards will be available for you to play your favorite game and refreshments will be served. Register by Friday, February 9, with a Friends Club representative at 319-679-2103 or Janet_Dohmen@HillsBank.com.

Cocoa and Coloring Hills Bank in Marion Uptown (800 11th St) Friday, February 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Unwind from post-holiday stress with an adult coloring class! The practice of coloring generates wellness and quietness while also stimulating brain areas related to motor skills, the senses, and creativity. Cocoa, adult coloring books, and colored pencils will be provided. Space is limited to twelve participants. Register with Sabrina Martin at 319-866-7005 or Sabrina_Martin@HillsBank.com.

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Create Your New Favorite Mug! Iowa Ceramics Center (329 10th Ave SE Suite 117, Cedar Rapids) Friday, February 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Join us for a 2-hour workshop creating and decorating ceramic mugs! Participants will work with soft clay and then decorate the mug with colorful under glazes. Your finished mug will be available for pick-up 2 weeks following the class at your local Hills Bank branch. This workshop is taught step-by-step with an instructor leading the process. Space is limited to 10 attendees. This event is free to Friends Club members and $10 for nonmembers. Register with a Friends Club representative at 319-679-2103 or Heather_Mehring@HillsBank.com.

Buyer and Seller Classes with Licensed Realtor Mark Signs Hills Bank in North Liberty (590 W Forevergreen Rd.)

Seller Class: Friday, March 9, 9:30 a.m. Buyer Class: Friday, March 23, 9:30 a.m.

If you are planning to move or simply considering the possibility, join us for one or both of these classes with local realtor and Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Mark Signs. Both classes—the first focused solely on selling and the second on buying— addresses the process from start to finish, with information on tips, preparation, and available resources. Topics covered will also include aging-in-place, handling family involvement in real estate decisions, and the many local housing options available. Licensed to sell real estate in Iowa since 2004, Mark is affiliated with Ruhl & Ruhl Realty in Iowa City. If you are interested in attending one or both classes, register with a Friends Club representative at 319-679-2103 or FriendsClub@HillsBank.com.

The History of Planting and Harvesting Corn by Hand Hills Bank in Iowa City (1401 South Gilbert St) Wednesday, March 21, 2:00 p.m.

From the series "The History of Ordinary Things” with engaging storyteller and freelance curator Doris Montag, this exhibit transports the audience to a time between manually placing seeds into the ground and the high-tech mechanization of planting today. The early tools featured in this presentation include hand corn planters and grain seeders. During a time when farmers hand- picked corn, this rare collection of husking pegs and husking hooks will outline the varied history of domesticated agriculture between the 1850’s-1930’s. These artifacts are from James Montag's (Doris' father) collection. Register with a Friends Club representative at 319-679-2103 or Jaime_Roberts@HillsBank.com.

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Wine Glass Painting Hills Bank in North Liberty (590 W Forevergreen Rd) Thursday, March 29, 2:00 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to paint your own wine glass but didn’t know where to start? Come join us for a relaxing afternoon of painting among friends. You will receive one wine glass and the supplies needed to create a beautiful and usable masterpiece. You may even win a bottle of wine to take home along with your customized wine glass. Space is limited; register with Allison Bates at 319-665-5759 or Allison_Bates@HillsBank.com.

Barnyard Days Hills Bank in Coralville (1009 2nd St) Saturday, March 24, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Hills Bank in Washington (2481 Hwy 92 E) Saturday, March 24, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Hills Bank in Mount Vernon (720 1st Ave) Saturday, March 31, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Hills Bank in Cedar Rapids (3905 Blairs Ferry Rd) Saturday, March 31, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Calling all animal lovers! Attend the annual Barnyard Day event to see many “barnyard” animals and maybe even pet a few. This event is fun for people of all ages. No registration necessary.

How Iowa Met Baseball: the Myths, the History, and the Players Hills Bank in Cedar Rapids (3905 Blairs Ferry Rd) Friday, April 6, 10:30 a.m. John Liepa, DMACC Professor Emeritus and lifelong baseball card collector, will delve into baseball’s historical aspects, from early myths surrounding the sport’s “invention,” origins, and evolution of the game, to the Civil War’s impact on the spread of baseball. Liepa localizes the presentation to focus on players’ relevance to Iowa and will display his extensive collection of baseball cards for viewing before and after his presentation. John Liepa brings to life some of the first Iowa players credited in shaping the development of the game. Register with a Friends Club representative at 319-679-2103 or Todd_Shaull@HillsBank.com.

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Canvas Painting Party Big Picture Gallery & Studio in North Liberty (Hwy 965 Suite 3) Saturday, April 7, 11:00-1:00 p.m. What better way to bypass gloomy early spring weather than by painting with bright colors? Attend a canvas painting party at Big Picture Gallery in North Liberty to learn canvas painting techniques with the guidance of an art expert. Each participant will gain a new piece of canvas- painted artwork created by none other than themselves! Cost is $6 per member and $10 per nonmember. Space is limited; register by Thursday, April 5, with Sue Votroubek at 319-626-8760 or Sue_Votroubek@HillsBank.com. Anti-Aging with Ageless Grace Hills Bank in Coralville, lower level (1009 2nd St) Tuesday, April 17 or May 8, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Ageless Grace maintains and strengthens brain health by activating all 5 functions of the brain— analytical, strategic, kinesthetic learning, memory/recall, creativity and imagination— and simultaneously addresses all 21 physical skills needed for lifelong, optimal brain function. The program consists of simple exercise techniques, based on daily, natural movements that focus on preserving body and mind. Both sessions will be led by Beth Pelton, Ageless Grace Educator and owner of Body Moves Fitness and Wellness Center in Coralville. Please wear comfortable clothing. Register for one of the classes with a Friends Club representative at 319-679-2103 or at FriendsClub@HillsBank.com.

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Meet the Archivist: Glimpses of UI History Hills Bank in Coralville, lower level (1009 2nd St) Thursday, April 19, 10:00 a.m.

The University of Iowa has a long, distinguished, and colorful history. University archivist David McCartney will recount stories that have shaped UI’s development and discuss the archive's efforts to preserve the University records. Added bonus: We’ll show a 10-minute film released in 1944, and recently restored, celebrating the life of Nile Kinnick. David McCartney, C.A., is the University of Iowa archivist, a position he has held since 2001. A native of Charles City, he has master's degrees in history and library science from the University of Maryland at College Park and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently president of the Midwest Archives Conference. Register with a Hills Bank representative at 319-679-2103 or at FriendsClub@HillsBank.com.

Container Gardening Reha Greenhouses (1160 Hwy 22, Wellman) Monday, April 23 or Tuesday, April 24, 10:00 a.m.

Marianne Reha-Van Roekel will demonstrate how to create the perfect container garden while sharing other helpful gardening tips. Cost per person is $25 (payable at the event), which covers all the supplies needed to make your own 12-inch planter. Planters will be taken home at the end of the class. Space is limited; register for one of the classes with Jo Edgington at 319-646-4012 or Jo_Edgington@HillsBank.com. If Your Golf Skills are Green… Pleasant Valley Golf Course (4390 Sand road SE, Iowa City) Wednesday, May 2, 9:00 a.m. …then take the first step to improve your skills by joining PGA Professional Tom Hein for a putting and chipping lesson at Pleasant Valley Golf Course. Considered part of the “short game” in golf, putting and chipping don’t require a big swing or great strength. In fact, anyone can become proficient in what is considered one of the easiest swings to learn. Practice the short game basics in a hands-on setting, and experience how fun and approachable the sport of golf can be. Space is limited to 12 participants. Register with a Friends Club representative at 319-679-2103 or at FriendsClub@HillsBank.com.

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Bingo Parties

January/February Birthdays in Washington (2481 Hwy 92 E) Wednesday, February 7, 9:00 a.m. Register with Elaine Moore at 319-863-7805 or Elaine_Moore@HillsBank.com. January/February/March Birthdays in Kalona Bingo (120 5th St) Thursday, February 8, 8:00 a.m. Register with Jalyn Fuhr at 319-656-5813 or Jalyn_Fuhr@HillsBank.com. January/February Birthdays in Mount Vernon (720 1st Ave) Tuesday, February 20, 1:30 p.m. Register by Friday, February 16, with Janet Dohmen at 319-866-7066 or Janet_Dohmen@HillsBank.com. January/February Birthdays in Cedar Rapids (3905 Blairs Ferry Rd NE) Tuesday, February 20, 1:30 p.m. Register by Friday, February 16, with Barb Colehour at 319-447-8407 or Barb_Colehour@HillsBank.com. January/February/March Birthdays in North Liberty (W 590 Forevergreen Rd.) Thursday, March 22, 10:00 a.m. Register by Tuesday, March 20, with Sue Votroubek at 319-626-8760 or Sue_Votroubek@HillsBank.com.

March/April Birthdays in Cedar Rapids (3905 Blairs Ferry Rd NE) Tuesday, April 17, 1:30 p.m. Register by Tuesday, April 10 with Barb Colehour at 319-447-8407 or Barb_Colehour@HillsBank.com.

Cedar Rapids (3905 Blairs Ferry, lower level) Friday, January 19, 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, 9:00 a.m.; doors open at 8 a.m. Marion (3204 7th Ave.) Friday, February 16, 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, 9:00 a.m.; doors open at 8 a.m.

Mount Vernon (720 1st Ave) Events start at 8:30 a.m.

Friday, January 5 Friday, February 2 Friday, March 2

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DAY TRIPS

Discounted Tickets—Motown the Musical Sunday, March 4, 1:00 p.m. Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City

Experience the “true American Dream” story through Motown creator Berry Gordy’s journey to stardom. From featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, Motown the Musical will entertain from beginning to end, with classic songs like “My Girl,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and many, many more. Not only did Berry Gordy launch the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more, Motown shattered barriers, shaped lives, and encouraged all music enthusiasts to move to the same beat. The discounted group ticket price for Parterre Zone 1 seating is $82 per person. Place your order with a Friends Club representative at 319-679-2103 or at FriendsClub@HillsBank.com. Payment will be due upon ordering with Hills Bank Friends Club and tickets can be picked up at Hancher’s Will Call window within two hours prior to the show’s start time.

Discounted Tickets— Apples in Winter Riverside Theatre in Iowa City (213 N. Gilbert St) Sunday, March 11, 2:00 p.m.

Winner of the Smith Prize from the National New Play Network, Apples in Winter is a play about mothers and sons and how we punish and provide for those we don't understand, even when we love them. From the mind of Jennifer Fawcett (local talent and nationally known, who brought us the hit plays Birth Witches and Goat Show) comes the story of Miriam, a mom who is making a pie for her son for the very last time. As a tradition, her son Robert is granted a last meal, his mother’s pie, as he has seven hours before execution after being on death row for first-degree murder. Artistic director Sean Lewis says this play is "heartbreaking and award- winning for good reason.” You’ll have the opportunity to join actress Marquetta Senters for a talk back session after the performance! The Friends Club member discounted ticket price is $23, and ticket payment and pick-up will be at Riverside Theatre’s Will Call window. You must first register with Meg Sinnott at 319-358-2278 or Meg_Sinnott@HillsBank.com.

Follies "Dancin' Thru Life" Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids Saturday, March 24, 2:00 p.m.

The Cedar Rapids Follies all-star cast will tango through decades of song and dance, from Broadway showstoppers to Saturday Night Fever with stops at Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory in between. Feel the electricity as this cast of talented singers and dancers bring your favorite melodies to life. Toe tapping is highly encouraged. Price per person is $63, which includes motorcoach transportation from the Iowa City Fairgrounds, the show, and taxes and gratuities. Register with Karissa Wikert at 319-358-2230 or at Karissa_Wikert@HillsBank.com.

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Rise Up, O Men Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse, Rock Island Wednesday, April 4

Rise Up, O Men is a new musical featuring the men of a small rural Lutheran church circa 1964 and everyone’s favorite church basement ladies. As these hard- working farmers discuss scrap lumber piles and the benefits of solder vs weld, they unintentionally disrupt the order of the kitchen. But that’s what happens when roosters are let in the hen house! Humorously portrayed, enjoy some light-hearted, folksy humor and witty songs, with sprinkles of sweetness that is the hot dish of this series. Price per person is $80 and includes motorcoach transportation, the matinee show, lunch and dessert, and all taxes and gratuities. Register with a Friends Club representative at 319-679-2103 or at FriendsClub@HillsBank.com.

Les Miserables Des Moines Civic Center Saturday, April 21, 2:00 p.m.

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude- Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables . Directly from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway, “Les Miz is born again!” The musical is set against the backdrop of 19th-century France and tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. Price per person is $168, which includes motorcoach transportation, lunch at a local restaurant, the matinee performance, and all taxes and gratuities. Register with a Friends Club representative at 319-679-2103 or FriendsClub@HillsBank.com.

18th Century Trolley Tour Galena, IL Thursday, May 3

Join the journey to Galena for a day full of history, shopping, and sight-seeing. The group will climb aboard a trolley for a narrated tour of Galena, featuring the historic downtown Galena and East Galena Township, and covering the history from the turn of the 18th century to present day. The tour will include stops to the JDC Historical Society and Ulysses S. Grant’s home. Following lunch at the historic DeSoto House Hotel, the remainder of the afternoon is yours to shop and explore this picturesque town. Known as the “Helluva Half Mile” Galena’s Main Street offers more than 125 shops and restaurants. From candy and ice cream shops to fashion boutiques, art galleries, and antiques, this 1800s street boasts original buildings and absolutely no big-box brands. Price per person is $136 and includes motorcoach transportation, lunch, and admission to all activities listed in the itinerary. Register with Meg Sinnott at 319-358-2278 or Meg_Sinnott@HillsBank.com.

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Discounted Tickets—Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City Sunday, May 6, 3:00 p.m.

Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently recognized as one of the great orchestras in the world. The musicians showcase a vast repertoire that spans from Baroque to new music, thrilling audiences at home and in great concert halls across the globe. Led by conductor Semyon Bychkov, the orchestra will be joined by sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque, who, according to the New York Times, are “the best piano duo in front of an audience today.” The discounted group ticket price for Parterre Zone 1 seating is $82 per person. Place your order with a Friends Club representative at 319-679-2103 or at FriendsClub@HillsBank.com. Payment will be due upon ordering with Hills Bank Friends Club and tickets can be picked up at Hancher’s Will Call window within two hours prior to the show’s start time.

Touring and Tulips Pella, IA Wednesday, May 9

Welcome the arrival of spring with a trip to Pella following the Tulip Time Festival. Lesser crowds and the anticipated peak of tulip bloom will allow for an ideal touring experience of this historical Dutch town. Stops will include a visit to the Pella Historical Village, Jaarsma bakery for delicious samples, and a visit to the Scholte House Museum and Gardens. Lunch will be a delicious Dutch cuisine catered at the Pella Opera House, followed by a private tour of the beautifully restored 1900s theatre and exclusive demonstration of the Barton Theatre Organ. The remainder of the afternoon is open for exploring the downtown shops. Price per person is $121 and includes motorcoach transportation, lunch, and admission to all activities listed in the itinerary. Register with Meg Sinnott at 319-358-2278 or Meg_Sinnott@HillsBank.com.

The Lettermen Circa ‘21, Rock Island Monday, May 14

For more than 40 years, The Lettermen have been entertaining fans throughout the country and are long-time favorites with Quad City audiences. The Lettermen have more than 50 albums—nine certified gold—and a myriad of hits, including “When I Fall in Love,” “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” “Goin’ Out of My Head,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “Hurt So Bad,” and “Shangri-La.” The Lettermen are truly universal entertainers whose music speaks louder than words. Price per person is $89 and includes motorcoach transportation, the matinee show, lunch and dessert, and all taxes and gratuities. Register with a Friends Club representative at 319-679-2103 or FriendsClub@HillsBank.com.

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HAMILTON Limited Hamilton Tickets Available – Des Moines or Chicago! Enter Our Drawings to Possibly Secure Two Tickets Despite restrictions on group orders, Hills Bank Friends Club was fortunate enough to secure tickets to two Hamilton productions in 2018—one in Des Moines and one in Chicago! Each show has 48 available tickets to sell, and due to unprecedented demand for Hamilton, we felt it would be best to hold a drawing for Friends Club members to purchase two tickets to attend either performance. Des Moines Civic Center Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. The cost per person for this day trip is $230, and includes your ticket, a buffet dinner beforehand at Prairie Meadows Casino, motorcoach transportation, and all taxes and gratuities. CIBC Theatre in Chicago There are three possibilities for a Wednesday evening performance, and we will receive confirmation from the Hamilton producers in mid-January on which date is approved— June 6, July 11, or August 22. The cost per person for this overnight trip is $640, and includes motorcoach transportation, dinner, a Mezzanine ticket to Hamilton, hotel for one night, baggage handling, breakfast, and all taxes and gratuities. *Please contact us by Monday, April 2, at 319-679-2103 or FriendsClub@HillsBank.com if you’d like to be entered into the drawings. We will draw and notify the 48 winners for both productions by Friday, April 6. Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. *Need not be present to win. Odds of winning will depend on the number of entries. Members must contact Hills Bank no later than 4/2/18 to be entered, and the drawings will be held on 4/6/18. You may only be a winner of one of the drawings. Winners will be given the opportunity to purchase two tickets for the amount of $460 for the Des Moines trip and $1,280 for the Chicago trip. Only one person per household/membership will be entered into the drawing. No purchase required to enter. For questions or more information, please call 319-358-2230 or email FriendsClub@HillsBank.com We appreciate your understanding and hope you are one of those drawn to attend this popular musical!

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KENTUCKY

Score the trifecta with three of Kentucky’s claims to fame: fast cars, elite horses, and exceptional drinks. April 26-May 1, 2018 $1,769 double occupancy $2,149 single occupancy Tour the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green and learn about the history and innovation of this iconic American car. Visit the Corsair Distillery to learn about the distinct process of crafting unique gin, rum, vodka, and absinthe, and begin a true Kentucky spirits tasting experience with some delicious samples! Kick off Kentucky Derby week with a tour of Churchill Downs and dinner on Millionaires Row while the nation’s top thoroughbred horses gallop past.

Watch Jim Beam and Evan Williams bourbon being made right before your eyes. Tour the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory to watch new bats being made and see actual bats swung by Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and other stars. This tour will be an unforgettable experience!

Please contact Karissa Wikert at 319-358-2230 or email Karissa_Wikert@HillsBank.com for a detailed brochure and to register.

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JAPAN

August 30-September 12, 2018 $9,215 per person, double occupancy $10,585 per person, single occupancy

Take a grand tour of Japan—a country where the past meets the future! Throughout the journey across the “Land of the Rising Sun,” the group will observe futuristic Tokyo, cultural Kyoto, and iconic Mt Fuji. Visits to

historical sites will include the vibrant Hiroshima to pay tribute at the A-Bomb Dome, a trip high into the Japanese Alps to explore the quaint village of Takayama, and a venture through the refined Kanazawa, the preserved Shirakawago, the dynamic Osaka, and the traditional Kyoto. Throughout the journey, experience transportation on bullet trains, accommodations in first-class hotels, and introduction to all that is Japanese cuisine, culture, and entertainment!

Please contact Karissa Wikert at 319-358-2230 or email Karissa_Wikert@HillsBank.com for a detailed brochure and to register.

Japan Travel Show Hills Bank in North Liberty (590 W Forevergreen Road) Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:30-2:00 p.m. (light lunch included). Register with Karissa Wikert at 319-358-2230 or Karissa_Wikert@HillsBank.com.

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ARBOR DAY FARM NEBRASKA CITY

Witness the beginning of the fall season on an adventure loaded with history and nature. Guests will spend three nights at the deluxe Arbor Day Leid Lodge, on the farm known as the birthplace of Arbor Day. Explore the farm’s 260 acres of adventure and natural beauty with a visit to Leid Lodge’s greenhouse while on a discovery ride through the orchard and vineyards. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy a September 17-20, 2018 $1,189 double occupancy $1,434 single occupancy

visit to the surrounding area at a lavender farm, the United States’ first aronia berry farm, and Vala’s Pumpkin Patch. A tour of the Museum of Firefighting and the Kregel Windmill Factory Museum has also been added to round out this history and agriculture-themed journey. Enjoy wonderful meals and delightful accommodations on this 4-day adventure to Nebraska’s fall treasures!

Please contact Karissa Wikert at 319-358-2230 or email Karissa_Wikert@HillsBank.com for a detailed brochure and to register.

Arbor Day Farm Travel Show North Liberty Forevergreen (590 W Forevergreen Rd.) Tuesday, March 27, 2018 3:00-4:00 p.m. Register with Karissa Wikert at 319-358-2230 or Karissa_Wikert@HillsBank.com.

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ALASKA

July 27-August 7, 2018 $6,295 per person, double occupancy $7,745 per person, single occupancy

Due to high interest and the success of the 2017 trip, we’ve decided to offer members another opportunity to go deep into the heart of the Alaska. We’re not talking about watching the massive mountain landscape pass you by as a ship cuts through the sparkling Alaskan waterways. Not this time. On this tour, you’ll have the opportunity to experience what few will ever see. There are no formal dinners, no mega-malls, no crowds (unless you count the wildlife), and no traffic—just the most unspoiled land and seascapes in North America at every turn. The journey will begin with a flight to Anchorage, where we’ll meet our driver and guide who will stay with the group through the entire trip. We’ll overnight here before the rest of our grand adventure begins. The trip includes a visit to Homer, the Halibut fishing capital of the world, where a local fisherman will tell us about the harbor,

fishing as a livelihood, and the marine wildlife. In Seward, explore the face of a glacier, cruise in the Kenai National Park, and experience the thrill and power of a dog sled ride! The group will then transfer to Girdwood via scenic railway with dinner on board. Girdwood will present Alaska’s scenery from much different angles; soaring above the tree line in an aerial tram and then plunging below ground to Crow Creek Mine to learn about gold mining.

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Friends Club trips are very inclusive with no hidden fees or hassles.

INCLUSIONS • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation • 10 Nights’ Accommodations

• 21 Meals (10 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 Dinners) • Admission to Attractions as Stated in Itinerary • Gratuities for Driver/Guides • Porter Service of One Bag Per Person at Hotels • Taxes and Gratuities for Included Services • Travel Protection Plan • Professional Tour Manager Not included in the price of this tour: meals/ beverages other than those listed on the itinerary, beverages other than tea or coffee with included meals, items of a personal nature/souvenirs, and phone calls and faxes from hotels.

We’ll spend a night and leisurely morning in the quaint town of Talkeetna before we transfer to Denali National Park, home of the highest mountain peak in North America. Our excursion here will plant us squarely in the center of a vast and spectacular wilderness. As we enjoy short hikes and stops along the way, we’ll gain insight into the wildlife, flora, fauna, and history of this region. This incredible trek will draw to a close with a tour in Fairbanks, including the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and cruise on the Chena River aboard an authentic sternwheeler.

Please contact Karissa Wikert at 319-358-2230 or email Karissa_Wikert@HillsBank.com for a detailed brochure and to register.

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PASADENA, October 20-28, 2018 $2,770 per person, double occupancy $3,449 per person, single occupancy NEW ENGLA

Embrace the seasonal changes fall brings while journeying through the beautiful, foliaged countryside of New England. Along the way, the group will stop to admire Niagara Falls and take a 22-mile boat tour through American and Canadian waters. This journey through the heart of the 1000 Islands will take us past sunken ships and the summer homes of the rich and famous. As we continue east we’ll stop in Lake Placid for a visit to the Winter Olympic Museum. Here we will see memorabilia from past Games and relive the “Miracle on Ice” moment before continuing on to the

shores of Lake Champlain for a ferry ride across the lake. Visits to the Albanese Candy Factory, the Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory, and the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks will satisfy any sweet tooth. As we journey on we’ll marvel at the beautiful foliage, stop at Quechee Gorge, and be welcomed into Maine with a

wonderful lobster bake dinner! In Kennebunkport, share in the upper class’s summer haven, and later explore the funky seacoast town of Portland. We will also visit the LL Bean headquarters and enjoy a free

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Friends Club trips are very inclusive with no hidden fees or hassles.

INCLUSIONS • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation • 8 Nights’ Accommodations

• 16 Meals (8 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 Dinners) • Admission to Attractions as Stated in Itinerary • Gratuities for Driver/Guides • Porter Service of One Bag Per Person at Hotels • Taxes and Gratuities for Included Services • Travel Protection Plan • Professional Tour Manager Not included in the price of this tour: meals/ beverages other than those listed on the itinerary, beverages other than tea or coffee with included meals, items of a personal nature/souvenirs, and phone calls and faxes from hotels.

afternoon in Portland to explore the galleries, shops, and restaurants of the Historic Old Port District. Day seven marks the beginning of our journey home, but the touring continues! In Corning, New York we’ll explore the history of glassworks at the Corning Museum of Glass, and in Cleveland we’ll let the good times roll at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. This tour has something for everyone!

Please contact Karissa Wikert at 319-358-2230 or email Karissa_Wikert@HillsBank.com for a detailed brochure and to register.

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November 30-December 2, 2018 $859 per person, double occupancy $999 per person, single occupancy KANSAS CIT

Experience the lights, music, and festive spirit only found in Kansas City during Christmastime. The first stop will include a tour of the historic Union Station with its 95-foot ceilings, rail exhibit, planetarium, and more. The evening will be spent driving through the “Christmas in the Park” light extravaganza featuring more than 300,000 glowing bulbs and 175 animated displays.

Day two will begin with a visit to The Roasterie. Sample the famous coffee while learning about the unique coffee production processes. At the Money Museum, explore details of the American economy through challenges and education, like lifting a gold bar worth more than $500,000 and trying to spot counterfeit money. The Christmas theme will continue at the Crown Center to

see the 100-foot tall Mayor’s Christmas tree before enjoying a blast from the past at the Johnson County Museum’s 1950s All-Electric House.

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Friends Club trips are very inclusive with no hidden fees or hassles.

INCLUSIONS • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation • 2 Nights’ Accommodations • 4 Meals (2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners) • Admission to Attractions as Stated in Itinerary • Gratuities for Driver/Guides • Porter Service of One Bag Per Person at Hotels • Taxes and Gratuities for Included Services • Travel Protection Plan • Professional Tour Manager Not included in the price of this tour: meals/ beverages other than those listed on the itinerary, beverages other than tea or coffee with included meals, items of a personal nature/souvenirs, phone calls and faxes from hotels, and current baggage fees at the airport as assessed by the airline.

Concluding the day will be a visit to the New Theatre Restaurant for a spectacular dinner theater experience. On the final day of the trip, brunch will begin the day followed by shopping at the Kansas City Plaza. Afterwards, head underground to visit the SubTropolis, a 1,100- acre manmade cave and business complex. A final stop at the Ameristar Casino concludes the Kansas City adventure as we board our motorcoach and begin the journey home.

Please contact Karissa Wikert at 319-358-2230 or email Karissa_Wikert@HillsBank.com for a detailed brochure and to register.

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December 29, 2018-January 3, 2019 $3,399 per person, double occupancy $3,699 per person, single occupancy ROSE PARA

PASADENA,

Ring in the New Year and celebrate the arrival of 2019 at the Rose Parade! The journey begins with a flight to sunny California where we will be staying at the Hotel Irvine for the duration of our tour. Day two of the California adventure includes a visit to President Ronald Reagan’s presidential library and an opportunity to explore lesser known details of his life. While here, we will see a piece of the Berlin wall, step aboard Reagan’s Air Force One, and dine like a member of the President’s staff with a White House Luncheon in the Air Force One Pavilion. A full day on Catalina Island awaits the group on New Year’s Eve. This beautiful island is an oasis for shopping, dining, relaxation, and exploration, and with so much to see and do, the day is at your leisure to do as you wish. Make

sure to save your energy as we have a special evening planned to ring in the New Year, including elegant dining, live music, a Monte Carlo-style casino, and a champagne toast! New Year’s Day brings grandstand seating at the Rose Parade in Pasadena. The crowd will be mesmerized by the flower-covered floats, marching bands, and equestrian units of this famous parade before returning to the hotel for a special Southern California Backyard BBQ and a leisurely afternoon.

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Friends Club trips are very inclusive with no hidden fees or hassles.

INCLUSIONS • Round Trip Airport Transfers • Round Trip Air to California • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation • 5 Nights’ Accommodations • 12 Meals (5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners) • Professional Tour Manager • Admission to Attractions as Stated in Itinerary • Gratuities for Driver/Guides • Porter Service of One Bag Per Person at Hotel • Taxes and Gratuities for Included Services • Travel Protection Plan

Not included in the price of this tour: meals/beverages other than those listed on the itinerary, beverages other than tea or coffee with included meals, items of a personal nature/souvenirs, phone calls and faxes from hotels, and current baggage fees at the airport as assessed by the airline.

In the evening, enjoy the gorgeous California weather by relaxing with a movie night under the stars. A return to Pasadena concludes the trip, with stops to see the Rose Parade floats up close followed by a delicious lunch in Beverly Hills at Lawry’s The Prime Rib. The afternoon is free for shopping or relaxing before our farewell dinner to reminisce on our wonderful journey!

Please contact Karissa Wikert at 319-358-2230 or email Karissa_Wikert@HillsBank.com for a detailed brochure and to register.

Rose Parade Travel Show Hills Bank in North Liberty (590 W Forevergreen Road) Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Register with Karissa Wikert at 319-358-2230 or Karissa_Wikert@HillsBank.com.

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Financial Planning: Rollovers and Account Consolidation (Part 5 of 5) by Hills Bank Trust and Wealth Management Group

Knowing what to do with your retirement account(s) can be daunting. You’ve saved for your retirement for your entire working career, but now what do you do with it?

If your retirement funds are still in a 401(k) plan, you can roll them into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Rolling your retirement funds into an IRA allows you to continue to benefit from tax deferral, only paying income taxes when you withdraw funds from your IRA. Over several years, continued tax deferral can make a big difference. Additionally, you may have more investment options to choose from than your current company sponsored retirement plan offers. If you have multiple retirement accounts, consolidating your assets into a single rollover IRA can make it easier for you to keep track of your money and manage your investments. With a single account, you will be better able to see the big picture and guard against unwanted investment overlap. Reviewing your portfolio’s asset allocation and periodically rebalancing your portfolio will also be much easier. Instead of receiving multiple account statements, you receive one account statement, saving you time and effort. What’s more, with a single account, it only takes one call to your financial advisor when you have questions or concerns about your retirement savings. We invite you to work with Hills Bank's Trust and Wealth Management Group, which has over 500 cumulative years of trust and wealth management experience. • Local ownership. Work with people invested in your success. As an independent community bank with over 2,100 shareholders, our employees are the largest single shareholder, so they’re committed to your satisfaction. • Local service and decision making. When you need a broad range of collateral advice, ask our experienced wealth management advisors. With a wide breadth of knowledge in retirement and financial planning, trust, accounting, legal, and financial services, we have the ability to respond to your needs. • Professional portfolio management. Be confident knowing our investment strategy is built around you, your needs, and your goals. With broad investment expertise from internal research and advice from strategic partners, your goals are more likely to be achieved. • Clear, concise reporting. Whether you prefer paper or online, you will have access to reports that feature a clear, concise picture of your portfolio and its performance. • Fiduciary Services (e.g. Trusteeship). As a fiduciary, we make your best interest the first priority. We will act with prudence, skill, care, and diligence in the management of your assets. • Fully-disclosed wealth management fees. Feel at ease knowing that our interests are aligned with yours. Wealth management fees are fully disclosed and based upon the assets under management, not transactions or commissions, so you will know what you’re paying and how it’s calculated. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your retirement and non-retirement accounts with you. We are available to meet with you in Johnson, Linn, and Washington counties. Learn more by visiting HillsBank.com/WealthManagement, emailing Trust@HillsBank.com, or calling 1-800-899-8858.

Investment products are not a deposit, not FDIC insured, not insured by any federal governmental agency, carry no bank guarantee, and may go down in value.

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Policies/Procedures

Guests Members are encouraged to invite friends to experience the benefits of Friends Club. One guest per member is allowed to register for each event or day trip. This policy also applies to extended travel. However, after the same guest travels with Friends Club on three extended trips, the guest will be invited to join Friends Club to continue traveling with the group. Parking Day trips depart from and return to the Hills Bank on Blairs Ferry Road in Cedar Rapids and the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City, unless otherwise noted in the payment letter sent to each registrant. Parking at these locations is free. Extended trips will depart from and return to designated locations in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, which will be noted in the trip information provided to each registrant. Itinerary, Payment, and Motorcoach Seating If registered for a day trip, a payment letter with trip itinerary, and a prepaid envelope will be mailed to each registrant. The letter will be sent at least a month prior to the day trip. A bus seating list will follow, mailed separately. Please call to request information for extended travel. Cancellations If a cancellation is necessary, please find a replacement or contact the Friends Club to see if there is a waiting list and a replacement can be found for you. Refunds for cancellations or inclement weather are not guaranteed due to nonrefundable circumstances, such as pre-purchased tickets and reservations. If an event, day trip, or extended trip is cancelled due to insufficient reservation numbers, a full refund will be issued. For extended travel that uses an outside travel agent, Friends Club will adhere to the written cancellation policy of the agent. Waiting List Events, day trips, and extended travel may have a waiting list. We appreciate your understanding and willingness to be on the waiting list. Do not be discouraged, you may get a call to join us!

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