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First Choice America Awards 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 Table of Hope of Weirton, WV.  This non-profit organization supports the community with free meals open to the public 3 days a week.  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, Kenneth W. Truax, Robert G. Mrvos, Mandy Merico, Table of Hope Coordinator; Scott E. Winwood and John R. Thayer.  

 

 

 


 


    First Choice America Credit Union continued to make significant progress in 2018, despite strong competition and a tepid economy.  The Credit Union moved steadily forward with the excellent performance of a dedicated employee team and the tremendous support and loyalty of its 38,000 members.
    Scott E. Winwood, Chairman, said “Our employee team worked diligently to maintain a safe, sound and secure financial institution for its members.”  He listed these significant achievements in 2018:

 ·                    Earned another “Superior” rating.
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                    Grew assets to a record $448 million.
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                    Increased loans to an all-time high of $142 million.
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                    Expanded deposits to a record $383 million.
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                    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 5,500 credit unions,” Winwood exclaimed.  
    “These impressive achievements reflect the sincere commitment to success of the Officials, Management, and Staff of First Choice America.  Our employee team is professional and highly skilled, dedicated to excellence in serving you, and very proud of the significant strides made during the past year,” he stated.
      He continued, “Technology is one of the important factors to success in today’s financial world, First Choice America offers state of the art technology to allow our members access to their accounts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Looking ahead, we intend to maximize our investments in technology to better serve our members and strengthen our position in a very competitive marketplace.  While keeping pace with the latest technology, we continue to offer members better rates on loans and deposits, more personalized service, and importantly, fewer fees than other financial institutions. We are proud to say that no new fees were enacted during the past year.”
     “Your membership in First Choice America is an important and meaningful financial advantage and it adds up to “better value” for your money,” Winwood 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.”
     “Our Credit Union strives to embrace the merits of good citizenship by generously supporting a wide range of charitable organizations in the communities that we serve.” he added, “Throughout our long history, our Credit Union has earned countless awards and commendations for our intensive year round community involvement practices.  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 79 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, Scott E. Winwood was reelected to the Board of Directors.  Kenneth R. 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 Silver Level sponsorship to the Rotary Club of Weirton Heights for its annual Mardi Gras Charity Ball scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Williams Golf & Country Club. At the presentation are (l-r), Scott E. Winwood, President and CEO of the Credit Union and Jack Fowler, 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 “King Krab Blues”, dancing, Hors d’oeuvres & other surprises.

 

 

 

 

 

Major Sponsor for United Way

First Choice America Credit Union renewed their sponsorship as a title sponsor for the Weirton United Way Super Bowl Eve Tailgate Party.  Pictured in the check presentation are Linda Stear, Executive Director of the Weirton United Way; Scott E. Winwood, President  & CEO of First Choice America Credit Union; Luke Myers, 2018 United Way Campaign Chairman; and Chris Hatala, 2018 United Way Vice Chairman.   The party will be held on February 2, 2019 at the Pepsi Cola Roadhouse from 7pm to 11pm with doors opening at 6:30.  There will be free food, beverages, music, prizes and fun.  During the evening, the raffle for a $1500 Visa Gift Card will be held.   Tickets for the event are available at First Choice America Offices or the Weirton United Way.    Tickets for the party are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.   The party is for adults 21 and over.  
 

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.


 


Raising Awareness


As we have done for the past 4 years, our offices are donned in pink decor for the month of October.  During this time, we are selling ribbons/logos to raise money for Breast Cancer charities.  Our staff has also donated money throughout the month to dress down.
First Choice America cares about the communities we serve. We are proud to announce that over the past 4 years we have raised over $18,000 to assist worthy charities in the battle against breast cancer.  Pictured are some highlights from First Choice America Offices.

 

MoneyPass

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.

 

 

 

Holidays

Click on the following link to for Credit Union holiday closures: Holidays

 

 

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