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25 Year Club Gears for Picnic
With assistance of a generous contribution from First Choice America Credit Union, the Weirton Steel 25-Year Club is gearing up for its annual picnic slated on Saturday, July 12 at the Serbian Picnic Grounds in Weirton. Pictured are (front row, l-r) Markos Apesos, Club Past President; Ray Buratynski, Club Past President; Brenda Ice, Club 2nd Vice President; Scott E. Winwood, Chairman and CEO of the Credit Union; Bill Walters, Club President; and Ron Baker, Club 1st Vice President.  In the rear row (l-r) are Edward Kennedy, Credit Union Board Member; Robert G. Mrvos, Credit Union Board Member; Ernie Nicholas, Club Past President; John R. Thayer, Credit Union Board Member; and Kenneth W. Truax, Credit Union Board Member. 



Fun For All at Cool Kids Events

Repeating a summer ritual for the ninth year, First Choice America Credit Union staged four picnics in June for the “Cool Kids” of the Upper Ohio Valley. Hundreds of youngsters and their families and friends turned out to enjoy the attractions at grassy sites in Weirton, Steubenville, Wheeling and Chester.
At the Three Springs Drive site in Weirton, the sun-drenched grassy field became a sea of bright, yellow tee shirts worn by credit union employees manning the food and beverage stations, plus the prize registration sites.  Each site offered the kids identical rides and attractions. A huge inflated tug boat standing on end became a nifty slide; at the baseball challenge, a ball jiggled on an air current defying the batter’s skill; there was a “bounce house,” and a “Kool Kat” tunnel. Kids spun the “Birthday Wheel” of Froggy Radio hoping to win a prize.  The “Cool Kids” expended tons of energy having fun at the four events. They could bounce, throw, slide, bat, crawl, climb, ride, eat, drink, romp, shout, scream and pet the police dog.  In all, the four picnics were a great fun day for the younger set. In all, the energy expended by the Cool Kids matched the pride of the credit union upon having reached its 75th year of service to Ohio Valley residents.

Boost for United Way Golf Classic

First Choice America Credit Union continued its strong support of the Weirton United Way with a Gold Level Sponsorship for the charity's annual golf tournament scheduled for Monday, June 9th at Williams Country Club.  At the presentation are (l-r) Edward (Ted) Kennedy, Credit Union Director; Kristin Bowman Cross, Executive Director of the charity; Kenneth W. Truax, Credit Union Director; Scott E. Winwood, Chairman and President of First Choice America presenting a check to John Kirlangitis, Tournament Director; Michael Hagg, 2014 Campaign Chairman; Robert G. Mrvos, Credit Union Director; and John R. Thayer, Credit Union Director.  The golf tournament is one of the premier events on the United Way fund-raising schedule for the year.

And the Winner is....

Congratulations to Ben Sharp, he is the grand prize winner of the $750 gift card, which was awarded for the Credit Union's 75th anniversary.   Ben registered at the Wintersville office. He is pictured with the Wintersville Office Manager, Juanita Barrett.  The Credit Union also awarded 40 prizes of $75 during the milestone event. Those winners are from our Chester Office: Jeremiah Stouffer, Kathy Laurenza, Robert Harris, Christina Gialluco, and Joseph Gatrell, Jr.; from our Elm Grove Office: John Abrigg, Jr., Jean Kurtz, Mary Shaw, Dawn Zelewicz, and Ronald Finsley; from our Wintersville Office: Verna  Jean Kovach, Charles Striker, Stanley Virtue, Douglas Boyles, and Annamarie Taylor; from our Main Office: Joseph Bress, Raymond Meloy, Billy Shreve, Margaret Weible, and David Miller; from our Steubenville Office: Marilyn Ford, Judith Foglietti, James Easton, Mark Baker, and Arlene Felsoci; from our Medical Park Office: Dennis Minch, Edward Adamovich, Jo Ann Andlinger, Amy Lynn Kuntz, and Burlen Shreve, Jr.; from our Three Springs Office: Charles Metz, James Anderson, James Williams, Ray Pratt, and Thomas Moore; and from our Wheeling Office: Suzanne Trovato-Bober, David  Yuncke, Brett Edwards, Trudy Snyder, and Dana Brooks.

Celebrating 75 Years

Pictured at the cake cutting ceremony
at the Main Office in Weirton are John
R. Thayer, Treasurer; Scott E. Winwood, President & CEO and Chairman of the Board; J.C. Peterman, Chief Financial Officer, and Edward L. Kennedy, Board Member.   The Credit Union celebrated
75 years of business on May 16, 2014.

Saving Lives

Helping people fight back against cancer, First Choice America Credit Union renewed its Silver Sponsorship of $500 for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.  The Relay for Life of Brooke-Hancock Counties is scheduled Saturday, June 7 from 6 p.m. to 12 p.m. at the Follansbee Middle School football field.  Pictured are Tammy Hornick, Co-Chair of the Relay for Life, and Scott E. Winwood, Chairman and President of First Choice America.  There is a $10 registration fee which goes to ACS.  Last year, more than 1,000 people registered for the event, raising $126,147 to fight the deadly disease.  Tammy has been co-chair of the event for 10 years and thanked First Choice America for their generosity over the years and continued support.





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