Bank trips popular with local residents

Nathan Domenighini

Doug and Alison Robinson might have what many would consider a dream job.

The Robinsons, now co-travel directors for Morton Community Bank, get to plan and take about 11 trips a year, sponsored by the bank.

“We really found that we enjoyed it,” Doug said. “We’ve been going to very interesting places we have never seen before.”

But, the best part is the discussion with those who participate in the trips, he said.

“The greater enjoyment has been talking with people that travel with us,” Doug said. “It’s just been a treat.”

The trips are popular with the Goldens, a group of residents 55 and older who gather at the bank once a month for cookies and coffee, he said.

It is at those get-togethers, Doug said, that some of the most interesting stories come about. And, he gets to hear more of them when the bank hosts several trips throughout the year.

The Robinsons have set up a “travel center” at the bank’s 22 branches throughout Central Illinois. There, customers and non-customers are able to browse the variety of trips the bank offers.

On April 13, the group will take a one-day bus trip to DeKalb on a Peoria Charter Coach. There, it will see the third annual Heartland International Tattoo, an event that honors all United States and Canadian military music units and national entertainers. The group will then have an included dinner at the Kishwaukee Country Club.

On May 1 and 2, the group will travel to Racine, Wis., where it will visit the Jelly Belly candy warehouse, visit the historic Gethsemane Lutheran Church, stop by the SC Johnson Co. and stay overnight at a Marriott hotel.

The trips are offered to anyone interested.

“People can look forward to getting out of the house for a day at least once a month,” Doug said. “It’s fun to plan things and watch people enjoy what we have planned.”

For more information, contact Doug or Alison Robinson at 263-1233.