Credit Union News
Boost for United
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
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.
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Choice America Sponsors Fashion Show Runway
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.
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