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10 selecttraveler.com J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 7 BY ELIZA MYERS W hen Jill Becker characterizes the First State Bank's Vista Club as very active, she isn't exaggerating. Wildly successful might be a more accurate de- scription. "We recently had 174 people go on a Rhine Riv- er cruise," said Becker, travel coordinator for the Vista Club. "We sold out the whole ship and got an exclusive charter. We also already have deposits for nearly two motorcoaches full of members for our 2017 Yosemite trip and for our Bermuda Cruise in 2017. Our club seems to get more popular all the time." Talking to Becker provides one clue why: contagious enthusiasm. When she describes her job with First State Bank's Vista Club, it be- comes quickly apparent that she fi nds real joy in traveling with her club members. Born: LaSalle, Illinois Education: Associate arts degree from Illinois State University Employment: Becker has a wide range of jobs on her resume; she has retail, health care and automotive experience. Becker served as a flight attendant for 13 years with ATA Airlines, worked at a travel agency for several years and started as one of the bank's Vista Club coordinators in 2010. Family: Two daughters, one son and one granddaughter Hobbies: Travel and reading First State Bank has served an agri- cultural area in central and northern Illinois for 76 years. With about $850 million in assets, the bank boasts 21 branches and a dynamic travel club of approximately 2,400 people. Bank clients ages 50 years or older with $5,000 in deposits are eligible to trav- el with the bank's Vista Club. M E N D OTA , I L L I N O I S FIRST STATE BANK "We just have fun," said Becker. "It feels like we are bringing along our friends and saying, 'I want you to see this amazing place with me.'" is sense of fun and enthusiasm helps explain how Becker and her other Vista Club partners have happily introduced many of their 2,400 members to wonders across the United States and the world. PARTNERS IN FUN Because First State Bank includes 21 branches throughout central and northern Illinois, Becker doesn't have to manage the bank's Vista Club all by herself. Instead, she works with fi ve other Vista Club co- ordinators located in various locations, including one co-coordinator that works directly with her at the Mendota branch. Jean Simkins shares Becker's zeal for the bank travel program. Simkins had previously prepared for retirement before the bank job, but its promise of travel tempted her to stay in the workforce. She and J I L L B E C K E R T R A V E L C O O R D I N A T O R checking in W I T H J I L L B E C K E R First State Bank members enjoy lunch together in Lucerne, Switzerland.