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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.


First Choice America Honors Hancock County Senior Services at Annual Meeting

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 Hancock County Senior Services of New Cumberland, WV.  This non-profit organization supports the needs of the senior citizens in Hancock County. 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, Beth Wolanski, Director of the Hancock County Senior Services; Robert G. Mrvos, Kenneth W. Truax, and Scott E. Winwood.  During the meeting, Mrvos and Truax were reelected to the Board of Directors of First Choice America.




     First Choice America Credit Union made steady progress in 2017 amid vigorous competition and a tepid economy. Significant progress was achieved, reflecting a strong spirit of teamwork, efficiency, and remaining committed to the financial well-being of the members.
     Robert G. Mrvos, Chairman, said “Our employee team worked diligently to maintain a safe, sound and secure financial institution.”  He listed these significant achievements in 2017:

  • Grew assets to a record $443 million.

  • Increased loans to an all-time high of $135 million.

  • Expanded deposits to a record $381 million.

  • Preserved a strong capital position.  

     “Our Credit Union’s capital strength, asset quality and management ability help maintain our enviable position as one of the very elite among America’s credit unions,” Mrvos 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 financial advantage and it adds up to “better value” for your money,” Mrvos said.
     He then noted, “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 earned countless awards and commendations for our intensive year round community involvement practices. 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.  We strive to embrace the merits of good citizenship – and expand our value to society.

     Concluding, he said
“First Choice America is proud of our rich heritage of serving our members and the communities in which they live for the past 78 years.  We have established strong bonds with our members by providing the most cost effective alternative for all their financial needs.  We value and cherish these bonds, and are grateful to our members for their loyalty.  We will never cease in our efforts to earn both your business and your trust.  We remain a safe haven, a reliable resource, and a leader that you can count on for all your financial needs, both today and in the future.”

     During the meeting, Robert G. Mrvos and Kenneth W. Truax were reelected to the Board of Directors.  Ken Watts, President of the West Virginia Credit Union League, spoke briefly.
     Founded in 1939 in Weirton, First Choice America maintains eight offices in the Ohio Valley.

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 10, 2018 at Williams Golf & Country Club. At the presentation are (l-r), Scott E. Winwood, President and CEO of the Credit Union and Mike Gianni, Weirton Rotary Club Member.  All proceeds this year will benefit Tri State United Soccer, geared towards improvements planned for the JC Williams Soccer Complex. The Mardi Gras event will feature music by the “Groove Doctors”, dancing, Hors d’oeuvres & other surprises.




Renewed Support for United Way

First Choice America has renewed its major sponsorship for the Weirton United Way’s Super Bowl Eve Tailgate Party.  The event will be held February 3, 2018 at the Pepsi Cola Roadhouse. The party begins at 7pm, with doors opening at 6:30pm.  Tickets to attend the event are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. There will be food, refreshments, and prizes throughout the evening. For more information or for tickets, call the United Way office at 304-723-7213. Pictured presenting the check, from left, are Scott Winwood, President & CEO of First Choice America Credit Union; Pat Ford, 2017 United Way Campaign Chairman; and Luke Myers, 2017 United Way Campaign Vice Chairman.



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