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Cool Kids Barnyard Bash is
 Coming Your Way!
Join Us For a FREE Day of FUN!


11:00am – 2:00pm  
Chester City Park, Chester – Tuesday, June 19th     
Jim Wood Park, Steubenville - Wednesday, June 20th
Sonneborn Shelter, Wheeling Park - Thursday, June 21st   
 
Millsop Community Center, Weirton - Friday, June 22nd
 

Refreshments    Prizes     Inflatable Amusements       Games    Special Guests     FROGGY Live Action Broadcast

*All Children Must Be Accompanied By An Adult No pets allowed. First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union is not responsible for any injuries or losses that may occur at our Cool Kids Events.
 

Supporting the Weirton United Way

First Choice America Credit Union continued its strong support for the Weirton United Way with a generous donation to the charity’s 37th Annual Golf Classic scheduled for Monday, June 11th at Williams Golf and Country Club. 
At the check presentation, in the front row, are (l-r) Chris Hatala, 2018 United Way Campaign Vice Chairman; Luke Myers, 2018 United Way Chairman; John Kirlangitis, Tournament Director; Scott Winwood, First Choice America President/CEO and Chairman of the Board; and Linda Stear, United Way Executive Director.  In the second row (l-r) are First Choice America Board Members: Kenneth W. Truax, Robert G. Mrvos, John R. Thayer, and Edward L. Kennedy.
The golf tournament is one of the premier events on the Weirton United Way fundraising schedule for the year.
 


Credit Union Honors Employees

Pictured are the recipients of awards for service, seated from left to right are: Karen Dougherty, Maribeth Krzys, Sandra Guzzo, Dorie Harpold, and Kim Wood.    Standing from left to right are: Stacey Fisher, Vicky Black, Lori Baker, and Linda Cattrell. 

    “As Chairman of the Board, I wish to thank and congratulate each employee of First Choice America for your dedication, your hard work, your team spirit and your commitment to excellence,” said Scott E. Winwood at First Choice America Credit Union’s Annual Employee Appreciation event on Friday night, May 4th.
    Honored with service awards were 10 employees at a banquet held at the Williams Golf and Country Club in Weirton.
Winwood noted, “Despite tepid economic conditions and vigorous competition, First Choice America had another successful year.”  He noted that the business set all-time highs in several key financial categories – total assets of $452 million; loans $135 million; deposits $387 million, and investments $289 million.
    Additionally, First Choice America maintained its “Superior” rating from an official industry rating group for safety and soundness.  And once again, for the ninth consecutive year, the Credit Union received a flawless audit from our independent auditors, which is the tenth time the company has accomplished this distinction in the last eleven years and is unparalleled in our Credit Union’s long history.  Both achievements demonstrate our unwavering commitment to excellence.
    He added, “All of these things—accomplished in a shifting economy—can only be attributed to the dedication, hard work, and pride of First Choice America’s skilled team of employees.  Clearly our employee group is exceptional, and on behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank and congratulate each of you for your excellent work”.  “Your collective skills, knowledge, and strong commitment make First Choice America the success it is today, and positions us for an even greater future.”
    Also, First Choice America recently received a second place national award in the Dora Maxwell Social responsibility program sponsored by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).  It is the first time the Credit Union has been recognized nationally for our philanthropic efforts and also the first West Virginia Credit Union to earn such a distinguished honor.    In addition, First Choice America took home the first place Dora Maxwell Award from the West Virginia Credit Union League for the 15th consecutive year.
    Scott E. Winwood, President and CEO, and J. C. Peterman, Chief Financial Officer, presented the appreciation awards to the following employees for their service:

             30 years – Maribeth Krzys
             25 years—Lori A. Baker, Vicky L. Black, and Linda L. Cattrell
             20 Years—Dorie Harpold and Kim Wood
             15 years –Tiffany Stewart
             10 Years—Sandra J. Guzzo
             5 Years—Karen E. Dougherty and Stacey Fisher.

           

Helping Save Lives

Helping to fight the battle against cancer, First Choice America Credit Union renewed its Bronze Sponsorship of $500 for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.  The 2018 Relay for Life of Brooke/Hancock Counties is scheduled for Saturday, June 2nd at Brooke High School.  Last year, almost $50,000 was raised in Brooke/Hancock Counties to aid in the fight against cancer.
Pictured are (l-r) Tammy Hornick, Co-Chair of the Relay for Life of Brooke/Hancock Counties and Scott E. Winwood, President & CEO of First Choice America Credit Union.  Tammy has been Co-Chair of the event for 13 years and thanked First Choice America for their continued support and generosity over the years.          
                                                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assisting WSX 25-Year Club Golf Scramble

First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union will be an event sponsor for the upcoming Weirton Steel 25-Year Club Second Annual Golf Scramble.  This event will take place on Saturday, May 5th at Mountaineer’s Woodview Golf Course.  The proceeds from this Golf Scramble will help with the Annual Weirton Steel 25-Year Club Picnic.  Pictured are (front row, l-r) Kenneth Truax, First Choice America Board Member; Paul Poland, WSX 25-Year Club Member; Edward Kennedy, First Choice America Board Member; Ron Baker, WSX 25-Year Club President; Scott Winwood, First Choice America President and Chairman of the Board; Brenda Ice, WSX 25-Year Club Member; Robert Mrvos, First Choice America Board Member; and John Thayer, First Choice America Board Member.  Pictured are (back row, l-r) Ernie Nicholas, Jr., WSX 25-Year Club Member; Perry Duckworth, WSX 25-Year Club Member; Cecil Williams, WSX 25-Year Club Member; Gary Bee, WSX 25-Year Club Member; and Dan Kelly, WSX 25-Year Club Member.
         

First Choice America Community FCU Receives National Recognition for Community Service

Pictured at the award presentation are Ken Watts, WV Credit Union League President; Edward Kennedy, First Choice America Board Member; Kenneth Truax, First Choice America Board Member; Jim Nussle, CUNA President; Scott Winwood, First Choice America President and Board Member; Robert Mrvos, First Choice America Board Member and John Thayer, First Choice America Board Member.

     First Choice America Community FCU recently received a second place national award in the Dora Maxwell Social responsibility program sponsored by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).
     Award winning credit unions were recognized at CUNA’s 2018 Governmental Affairs Conference held recently in Washington, DC.  First Choice America was the second place winner in the 250 million to 1 billion asset category.  Nearly 6,000 credit unions, throughout the United States, participated in this program.   In addition, First Choice America has been a first place winner of this award on the state level for many years.
     First Choice America‘s entry showcased its philanthropic efforts toward local charities, with emphasis on leadership and volunteerism.  First Choice America maintains its intensive, year-round community involvement practices through financial support, as well as countless hours of support by its officials, management, and staff of a variety of charitable organizations throughout the Ohio Valley.
     “We congratulate First Choice America Community FCU on this prestigious award,” stated West Virginia Credit Union League President Ken Watts. “Year-in and year-out, through their actions, this credit union embodies the ‘people-helping-people’ philosophy of credit unions. We are pleased to see them recognized for their efforts at the national level,” Watts added.
     “We are sincerely grateful to CUNA for this tremendous honor named for a true pioneer in the credit union industry,” stated First Choice America President Scott E. Winwood. “Our Credit Union embraces the merits of good citizenship and strives to expand our value to society by generously supporting many charitable organizations in the communities that we serve. We have strong bonds with these communities and their residents, and make a sincere effort to assist when needed,” Winwood added.
     Dora Maxwell was an original signer of CUNA’s constitution and a tireless organizer of hundreds of credit unions nationwide. She also developed volunteer organizer clubs and worked diligently with organizations on behalf of the poor. The Maxwell Award is presented to credit unions for outstanding social responsibility projects in their communities. Activities may include: solving core community problems, coordinating supply drives for the needy, raising money or organizing special events for charitable organizations, or mentoring students.
     First Choice America is a $450 million financial institution with eight local offices and has serve the Ohio Valley since 1939.

 

 
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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 $2.50 fee for VISA Gift Cards.


 

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