Credit Union News
Assisting WSX 25-Year Club Golf Scramble
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
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
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
“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.
Choice America Honors Hancock County Senior Services
at Annual Meeting
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.
to a record $381 million.
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
“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
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
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
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
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
or look for the MoneyPass logo on the machine.
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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
America's eight locations.
is a $2.00 fee for VISA Gift Cards.
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