Fox Valley Area Departures


We begin our day at the new Bright Farms hydroponic facility scheduled to begin production on June 30. This 4-acre greenhouse has five pools for growing a variety of greens including leaf lettuces, spinach, herbs, and a dedicated area for growing tomatoes. This is definitely not like any "farm" you have ever seen and seems more like something out of science fiction. Watch the bees in action as they do their pollination duties. If you have never seen a hydroponic farm, you are in for an amazing lesson!

Following our "farm" visit we will be treated to a delicious lunch at the Flight Deck located at Tom Koritz Field in Rochelle, which is also the home of Chicago Land Sky Diving Center. Lots of goodies are on the menu, and then we will be captivated by a presentation about sky diving.

After our busy morning and delicious lunch, we will travel back in time to visit the amazing Roberts WW II Armory. This world class museum specializes in the acquisition and display of armored vehicles, artillery and many other artifacts used by the U.S. in World War II. During WW II reenactments, the museum usually portrays the 70th Tank Battalion. The purpose of this museum is to preserve the history of World War II and to honor those who served. If you like history, you will love this place! Check out the website at, and see the huge array of items. This Armory is a well-kept secret and only open to the public a few days of the year! Our Veterans will be honored here for their service to our country with a few surprises! You will be excited to see the old and the new -- Call today!


$15 pp = Drive yourself and meet in Rochelle;

$40 pp = Ride with Shelly

$45 pp = Use the motor coach from Mendota or LaSalle.

Fee includes: Tours, lunch, tips, and transportation if desired

Pick-Up Schedule: Depart LaSalle Flying J at 8:45 a.m. and Mendota Civic Center at 9:15 a.m. The coach could also pick up at FSB Rochelle (space permitting) for moving around Rochelle.

Deadline for Sign-Up: Friday, November 4, 2016

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016 AT 10:00 A.M. -- COIN STORIES, presented by Ron Beckstrom


Come and see how the Vista Club does "Antiques Road Show" for Coins/Currency! Ron will share his interest in coin collecting, discuss some interesting facts about money, and then take the time to answer any questions you may have regarding coins and currency. Each attendee can bring 3 - 4 items and have Ron appraise them and offer up a bit of history on those items. Join us for this opportunity to see if that old coin you found in the back yard is really a rare find! Light refreshments will be served.

Cost: $ 0


Reservations begin Monday, October 3. Please call Shelly at (630) 584-7100, X51338 for your spot!

This event will be held at our First State Bank location at 75 S. Randall Rd, North Aurora, IL.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016 -- CHRISTMAS-WITH-THE-CLUB, Joliet & Romeoville, IL

Please join us for our 2016 Christmas Season Celebration! Enjoy food, fun, and fellowship with Vista Club members from all 21 First State Bank locations. We will

travel to Joliet and gather at the Joliet Area Historical Museum.

 All decked for the holidays, this impressive museum was formerly a Methodist Church built in 1909 and now houses the Route 66 Experience & Welcome Center. The museum offers a variety of wonderful displays including a tribute to the I & M Canal, Joliet sports figures, and boasts a step-in Lunar Lander Simulator envisioned by Joliet's John Houbolt for the Apollo 11 race to the moon. You can view many more exhibits which illustrate how the past shaped the world you now enjoy.

 Enjoy some delicious finger foods and Christmas cookies while recalling memories with your Vista friends from previous trips.

Our Vista Club Christmas Party continues as we travel to White Fence Farm where you will enjoy a delicious pre-selected entrée of either their famous Fried Chicken, Broiled Fish, or Ribeye Steak! All dinners will be served with salads, corn fritters, and delicious dessert! Then sit back and enjoy the entertaining Christmas program planned for you.

Cost: $89 pp -- Be prepared to select your dinner entrée when registering.

Fee includes: Self-guided tour of museum, food, beverages, dinner, entertainment, transportation, taxes and tips.

Pick-Up Schedule: All motor coach routes, locations, and time schedules will be available by early November.

For more information on the Fox Valley Departures contact:

Shelly Crowley, 630.584.7100 ext. 51338 or