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Boost for United Way

First Choice America Credit Union continued its strong support for the Weirton United Way with a generous donation to the charity’s 35th Annual Golf Classic scheduled for Monday, June 13th at Williams Golf and Country Club.  At the check presentation, in the front row, are (l-r) Kenneth W. Truax, Credit Union Chairman; John Kirlangitis, Tournament Director; Tom McDonald, 2016 United Way Campaign Chair; and Linda Stear, United Way Executive Director.  In the second row (l-r) are Edward L. Kennedy, Credit Union First Vice Chairman; Robert G. Mrvos, Credit Union Treasurer; and John R. Thayer, Credit Union Director.  Standing in the back is Scott E. Winwood, Credit Union President/CEO and Director. The golf tournament is one of the premier events on the United Way fundraising schedule for the year.





Helping to 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 2016 Relay for Life of Brooke/Hancock Counties is scheduled for Saturday, June 4-5 from 6pm to 12am at Follansbee Middle School.  Last year, more than $81,000 was raised in Brooke/Hancock Counties to aid in the fight against cancer.

Pictured are (l-r) Scott E. Winwood, President & CEO of First Choice America Credit Union and Tammy Hornick, Co-Chair of the Relay for Life of Brooke/Hancock Counties.    Tammy has been Co-Chair of the event for 12 years and thanked First Choice America for their continued support and generosity over the years.                                           



First Choice America Honors Employees

Pictured are the recipients of awards for service, seated from left to right are: Lynn A. Stake, Jeanine M. Keenan, Sandra Kinsel, Nancy Buchanan, and Tammy Fuoco.  Standing from left to right are: Carol Rodriguez, Paula Spataro, Sheldon McElfresh, Richard Bryan, and Karen Monigold. 

WEIRTON—“As Chairman of the Board, I wish to thank and congratulate each employee of First Choice America for your dedication, your pride, your team spirit and your commitment to excellence,” said Kenneth W. Truax at First Choice America Credit Union’s Annual Employee Appreciation event on Friday night, May 6th. Honored with service awards were 14 employees at a banquet held at the Williams Golf and Country Club in Weirton.
Truax noted, “Despite sluggish economic conditions and a continued low interest rate environment, First Choice America had another successful year.”  He noted that the business set all-time highs in several key financial categories – total assets of $425 million; deposits $364 million, and investments $277 million.
Additionally, First Choice America received another “Superior” rating from an official industry rating group for safety and soundness.  And once again, for the seventh consecutive year, the Credit Union received a flawless audit from our independent auditors, which is the eighth time the company has accomplished this distinction in the last nine 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 weak 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 the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award from the West Virginia Credit Union League in recognition of the Credit Union’s continued strong community support of those in need.  This represents the 13th consecutive year that First Choice America has received this distinguished honor.
Scott E. Winwood, President and CEO, and J. C. Peterman, Chief Financial Officer, presented the appreciation awards to the following employees for their service:
             45 years—Sondra K. Ronshausen
             35 years – V. Nancy Buchanan
             30 years – Richard D. Bryan
             25 years—Dawn M. Swiger
             20 years—Teresa M. Lewis
             15 years—Darlene Ellis, Tammy L. Fuoco, Karen D. Monigold, Paula Spataro, and Lynn A. Stake
             10 Years—Sheldon R. McElfresh
               5 Years—Jeanine M. Keenan, Sandra Kinsel, and Carol Rodriguez


Helping Rotary Charities

Repeating its traditional assistance, First Choice America Credit Union made a significant donation in support of the 2016 Weirton Rotary Club’s Kentucky Derby fundraiser. Pictured are Mike Gianni, Rotary member and Scott E. Winwood, President and CEO of First Choice America. This year’s 142nd  Kentucky Derby “Run For The Roses” will find Rotary and community boosters gathering at Williams Country Club on Saturday, May 7, 2016 for Weirton Rotary’s 12th Annual Charity Event.  From 5:30 to 10:30, there will be hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and entertainment by “T” & Rich Dueling Piano Show. 






First Choice America Sponsors Fashion Show Runway
First Choice America Credit Union once again is serving as the runway sponsor for the 2016 Weirton United Way Fashion Show on Sunday, May 15 at 2 p. m. at the Serbian-American Cultural Center.  Tickets are $30 each and include dinner and the Fashion Show featuring apparel from SerendDipity Boutique.   Pictured are (, l-r) Linda Stear, Executive Director Weirton United Way; Tom McDonald, 2016 United Way Campaign Chair; Scott E. Winwood, President and CEO of the Credit Union; and Rachel Price  Administrative Assistant of the Weirton United Way.  The Weirton United Way supports 13 member agencies.




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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