The Season of Giving

iStock_000031633114_Full (1)Recently, the Wellness Committee of STAR Bank challenged its employees to “get off the couch” in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, a time when people tend to do more eating and less moving.  During the 6-week challenge, employees were asked to check-in with weekly emails, detailing the activities that got them off the couch and moving.  Employees who registered for the challenge and actively participated for the full six weeks received a $25 award.

The majority of employees who participated in this challenge chose to donate their award to four food banks within STAR’s footprint:  Community Harvest Food Bank in Fort Wayne, Gleaner’s Food Bank in Indianapolis, St. Martin’s Food Pantry in Marion, and Second Harvest Food Bank in Muncie, with each organization receiving $1,006.25.

“As a family-owned bank that started more than 70 years ago in Indiana, STAR takes great pride in our Hoosier roots,” shares Jim Marcuccilli, President and CEO of STAR Bank. “We are committed to fully investing in the communities where we live and work.  That commitment comes not only from the corporate level, but our employees, as well, who fully embrace our vision and values, which include Growing by Serving and Community Leadership.  I am extremely proud of our employees’ selfless giving to those in need.”

Please consider helping your neighbors in need this holiday season by donating to YOUR local food bank.

Be Prepared for Cyber Threats

Think about how many times you have gone online in the past week. What did you do while online? Check your e-mail? Track your finances? Share pictures? Download videos?

The Internet today has become an invaluable resource in both our personal and professional lives. We have access to more information than ever. With this added accessibility comes a great deal of risk and added responsibility.

Cyber crime continues to be very costly for organizations and is a problem that is not going away anytime soon. The government estimates that the annual cost of cyber crime per organization spanned a range of $1.3 million to $58 million. And the cost of cyber crime increased 26 percent, or $2.6 million from 2012 to 2013.

Cyber threats are real. They don’t just happen to someone else, they can happen to you. That is why STAR Bank has joined forces with the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign — Stop.Think.Connect.™

The campaign’s objective is to help you become more aware of growing threats and arm you with the tools to protect yourself, your family, STAR Bank, and our national security.

The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign offers the following advice:

  • Stop: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
  • Think: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family’s safety.
  • Connect: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.
  • Stop.Think.Connect.: Protect yourself and help keep the web a safer place for everyone.

For more Stop.Think.Connect. programs and opportunities, please contact STAR Bank and visit

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Authored by Von Bultemeyr
STAR Financial Bank
Information Security Officer

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