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Michigan Credit Union League Home » Information Services » Publications » Contact » 2009 » 1st Quarter » CUs & People  

Sandra Tomlin, VP of community relations for Michigan First CU, holds up the credit union’s donation with an employee of WWJ and members of the Sigma Delta Tau sorority from Eastern Michigan University.

Meijer and credit union staff pose at the new Frankenmuth CU branch
located in the Essexville Meijer.

Marshall Community CU staff pose before the ribbon cutting at their new Battle Creek branch.

Posing with the credit union’s donation to Camp Rock are (left to right) United FCU Business Development Manager Todd Whiteman; Nicole Weber, volunteer at The Rock and a student at Hope College; Youth Ministries Supervisor Ashley Avers; United FCU Holland Branch Manager Michele Chaney.

Steve Parker, fund development specialist for The Haven of Rest (left) and Eric Sheldon, marketing administrator for Post Community CU, present the credit union’s donation.

 Michigan First CU (MW) has donated $8,830 to the Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) following fundraising efforts during Michigan First CU’s annual “Holiday Brights” event series in December. The check was presented during the sixth annual WWJ Newsradio 950 Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW, held Feb. 6-7 at the MotorCity Casino in Detroit. Funds for THAW were raised with vendor donations during the Holiday Brights Arts & Crafts Holiday Bazaar and from Michigan First CU, which donated $10 for each person who joined the credit union in December. Michigan First CU is an official sponsor of the radiothon. “Supporting the community remains a core value of Michigan First Credit Union, and in these challenging economic times it is vital for us to step up to the plate and help the members of our community,” said Michael Poulos, president and CEO of Michigan First Credit Union. “It is because of the generous support of our members, employees and the community that we were able to raise money to assist THAW in providing heat for many families in need of support this winter.” The Holiday Brights event series brought together the community for family-friendly activities, an Arts & Crafts Holiday Bazaar that featured hand-made crafts and specialty gifts from nearly 40 local artists, fundraisers for THAW and other events benefiting regionally located human services organizations, including the American Red Cross Blanket Days and American Red Cross Blood Drive.

U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich, recognized Kensington Valley Community CU (OC) in the Congressional Record on Feb. 2 for the credit union’s 50th anniversary. The Congressman described the credit union’s history and growth and recognized its value to the Detroit area. “Kensington Valley Community Credit Union has become a landmark in the community it serves by providing important financial services to its members,” McCotter said. “[The credit union] has had a long and distinguished history in the Detroit area. I ask my colleagues to join me in congratulating the Kensington Valley Community Credit Union on its 50th anniversary and honoring the institution's devoted service to the community and our country.”

Frankenmuth CU (MM) celebrated the grand opening of its two new branches located in the Birch Run and Essexville Meijer stores with ribbon cutting ceremonies on Dec. 22 and Dec. 29. “We are so impressed by all of the cooperation shown by the Meijer staff,” said Frankenmuth CU CEO Vickie Schmitzer. “We’re blessed to have this opportunity to have a presence at the Birch Run and Essexville locations for the convenience of our current and future members.” With the opening of these two facilities, the credit union now has a total of nine branch locations in the Millington, Vassar, Reese, Richville, Saginaw, Frankenmuth, Birch Run and Essexville areas.

Marshall Community CU (BC) celebrated the grand opening of their new branch in Battle Creek the week of Dec. 15. Events took place at their new state-of-the-art office located in Wattles Park. In honor of the new location, the credit union donated a total of $2,000 to local organizations including S.A.F.E. Place Shelter, Food Bank of South Central Michigan, The Haven of Rest, Inasmuch House, and The Salvation Army. “We are so thrilled to be a part of this community,” said Marshall Community CU CEO Peggy Day. “We wanted to show our appreciation by giving to some of the organizations that greatly help the people of the Battle Creek area.” The Battle Creek branch is the second office for the credit union, with their headquarters in Marshall. The new branch features the latest banking technology, including remote teller stations. ”This branch provides an added level of convenience for the day to day lives of our busy members who live and work in this area, as well as another banking option for potential members," Day added.

Mid Michigan Credit Association, a nonprofit organization started by a small group of creditors and collectors to provide credit education, recently disbanded and provided the Michigan Credit Union Foundation with a generous $8,792 donation of their liquidated funds. “Most of our attendees and the money that we received for seminars came from the credit union community,” said Sam Frangie, vice president of collection for LAFCU (LN) and a founder of Mid Michigan Credit Association. “When it came time to liquidate our funds, we decided that this money should go back to benefit credit unions.” The Michigan Credit Union Foundation thanks the former members of Mid Michigan Credit Association for their large donation and their service and dedication to credit education.

Extra CU (ME) and Clintondale Middle School have partnered to open a new student branch in an effort to provide financial education to middle school students in the Clintondale school district. Students will follow a specially designed curriculum, while handling transactions for students, faculty and staff of both the middle and high schools, along with the high school students currently in the Extra CU program located inside Clintondale High School. Incentives are offered to the middle school students that choose to open accounts, such as cash rewards for good grades and prizes for making regular deposits. “We have had a strong financial education program for almost two decades, but it wasn’t until last year that we were able to open a middle school program,” said Extra CU President/CEO Deidra Williams. “Kids at this age are eager to learn and truly understand the importance of managing money. They can understand the impact because they see it every day all across the state of Michigan.”

United FCU (SW) donated an All-In-One Printer and a LCD Projector to Camp Rock Ministries of Holland. The presentation was made Jan. 23 by Todd Whiteman, United FCU business development manager. “It gives us great pleasure to share our resources with such compassionate community servants during challenging times,” Whiteman said. The Camp Rock ministry is part of the Holland Rescue Mission that aspires to reach underprivileged children in the Holland community, specifically children whose families live at the Mission or have at one time lived in the Mission.

Post Community CU (BC) members who participated in the credit union’s “Skip a Payment” program in 2008 raised $1,015 for The Haven of Rest, the most successful fundraising effort in the program’s three year history. The Haven of Rest Ministries was established in 1956 as The Haven of Rest Rescue Mission by Rev. Don and Wilma Chalfant to provide meals, shelter and spiritual comfort to homeless men in the Battle Creek area. Since that time The Haven has grown to offer many innovative life-skills programs such as long-term adult foster care for low income mentally or physically disabled men. 

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