First Choice America Honors Urban Mission With
Community Spirit Award
A highlight of
the annual meeting of First Choice America Credit
Union on Tuesday night was the presentation of the
annual Community Spirit Award to the Urban Mission
of Steubenville, Oh, a non-profit organization which
supports the needs of the poor and disadvantaged
through food pantries, emergency shelters, and other
essential services to people in the upper Ohio
Valley. The organization received a beautiful plaque
and a cash award of $2,500. Pictured are the credit
union’s Board of Directors and the award winner
(l-r) Edward L. Kennedy, John R. Thayer, Scott E.
Winwood, President and CEO of the credit union, Rev.
Ashley Steele, Executive Director of the Urban
Mission; Kenneth W. Truax, Chairman of the Board;
and Robert Mrvos. During the meeting, Thayer and
Kennedy were reelected to the Board of Directors of
First Choice America.
Choice America Credit Union made steady progress in
2016 amid tough competition and a lackluster
economy. Significant progress was achieved,
reflecting a strong spirit of teamwork, efficiency,
and remaining committed to the financial well-being
of the members.
Kenneth W. Truax, Chairman, said “Our employee team
worked diligently to maintain a safe, sound and
secure financial institution.” He listed these
significant achievements in 2016:
Grew assets to a
record $428 million.
to a record $367 million.
strong capital position.
“By renewing the
distinction of once again earning a ‘Superior’
rating from an official rating group for the
excellence of our capital strength, asset quality
and management ability, our credit union retained
its enviable position as one of the very elite among
America’s nearly 6,000 credit unions,” Truax
“These impressive achievements reflect the sincere
commitment to success of the officials, management,
and staff of First Choice America. Our employee
team is highly skilled, dedicated to excellence in
serving you, and very proud of the significant
strides made during the past year,” he stated.
He continued, “In addition to keeping pace with the
latest technology, we continue to offer consumers
better rates on loans and deposits, more
personalized service, and importantly, fewer fees
than other financial institutions. We strive every
day to maintain that competitive edge. We are proud
to say that no new fees were enacted during the past
“Simply put, your membership in First Choice America
is an important and meaningful economic advantage
and it adds up to “better value” for your money,”
The formidable combination of a dedicated
professional staff, excellent technology, and a
complete array of affordable financial products and
services positions us to continue making a real
difference in the financial lives of the people we
“Throughout our long history,” he added, “our Credit
Union has been recognized for our intensive,
year-round community involvement activities. We
strive to increase our value to society and embrace
the merits of good citizenship by generously
supporting a wide variety of charitable
organizations throughout the communities that we
serve. Our Credit Union has strong ties to these
communities and their residents, and make every
effort to assist when needed.”
Concluding, he said First Choice America remains a
safe haven, a reliable resource, and a leader you
can count on for all your financial needs, both
today and in the future. We have established strong
bonds with our members by providing the most cost
effective alternative for all their financial
needs. This bond is something we not only value but
cherish. We are grateful to our members for their
business and their loyalty. We will never cease in
our efforts to earn both your business and your
trust. With your continued support, First Choice
America is well-positioned for the future and we
look forward with abundant confidence based on our
During the meeting, Edward L. Kennedy and John R.
Thayer were reelected to the Board of Directors.
Richard Shaffer, Senior Vice-President of the West
Virginia Credit Union League, spoke briefly.
Mardi Gras Sponsorship
Choice America Credit Union renewed its Platinum
Level sponsorship to the Rotary Club of Weirton
Heights for its annual Mardi Gras Charity Ball
scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2017 at
Williams Golf & Country Club. At the presentation
are (l-r)Dan Spickard, Co-President of the Weirton
Heights Rotary Club; Scott E. Winwood, President and
CEO of the Credit Union and Paul Lauttamus,
Co-President of the Weirton Heights Rotary Club.
All proceeds this year will benefit the Weirton
Medical’s planned Breast Cancer Center. The Mardi
Gras event will feature music by the “Groove
Doctors”, dancing, Hors d’oeuvres & other surprises.