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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.

First 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: 

  • Earned another Superior rating.

  • Grew assets to a record $428 million.

  • Expanded deposits to a record $367 million.

  • Preserved a 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 exclaimed.  
“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 year.”
“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,” Truax said.
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 serve.
“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 successful past!
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

First 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.





Pink October

For the third year in a row, First Choice America offices donned pink in the month of October to help fight the battle against breast cancer.  Each office had its very own theme and décor.   All eight offices sold breast cancer logos to follow their theme.  Also, employees donated money to dress down in jeans and pink throughout the month.  All monies raised  were donated to the Susan G. Komen Cancer Society.  This month long project gave Credit Union employees a chance to display their creativity while boosting a worthy cause.

Change of Hours

Effective October 1, 2016 First Choice America Announces New Hours

Main Office
Mon. – Fri.  8:30am – 5:00pm

Chester Office
Mon. – Fri.   8:30am – 5:00pm
Drive Thru:
Mon. – Fri.  9:00am – 5:00pm
Sat.  9:00am – 12:00pm


Steubenville  Office
Mon. – Fri. 8:30am – 5:00pm
Drive Thru:
Mon. – Fri. 8:30am – 6:00pm
Sat. 9:00am – 1:00pm

Wintersville Office
Mon. – Fri.  8:30am – 6:00pm
Sat.  8:30am – 12:30pm


Three Springs Office
Mon. – Fri. 8:30am – 5:00pm
Sat.  8:30am – 1:00pm
Drive Thru:
Mon. – Thur. 8:00am – 6:00pm
Fri. 8:00am – 7:00pm
Sat. 8:30am – 1:00pm

Wheeling Office
Mon. – Fri. 8:30am – 5:00pm
Drive Thru:
Mon. – Thur. 8:30am – 5:00pm
Fri. 8:30am – 5:30pm
Sat. 9:00am – 12:30pm

Elm Grove Office
Lobby & Drive Thru:
Mon. – Thur. 8:30am – 5:00pm
Fri. 8:30am – 5:30pm
Sat. 9:00am – 12:00pm



Medical Park Office
Mon. – Fri.  8:00am – 4:00pm
Wed.  7:00am – 4:00pm
(Hospital Payday Only)



Your Credit Union has joined the MoneyPass Network so that our members will have access to over 25,000 ATMs in 50 states surcharge-free. To locate an ATM in the MoneyPass Network, click on the following link: www.moneypass.com or look for the MoneyPass logo on the machine.



Visa Gift Cards Make Great Gifts!!

Do you have a hard to buy for person on your list?  Or do you want to give someone the freedom to buy what they want?    First Choice America has the perfect solution for you: a VISA Gift Card.  They are a great fit for anyone on your list.  You can buy a VISA Gift Card at any of
First Choice America's eight locations.

*There is a $2.00 fee for VISA Gift Cards.



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