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A Cadillac woman is the winner of the first Facebook contest held in conjunction with a statewide effort to raise awareness about credit unions, and she will receive a $700 prize today, Thursday, Aug. 23, at 1 p.m. at Wexford Community Credit Union’s Lake City Branch, for her winning response.

“I love puzzles and I love my credit union so this competition grabbed my attention right away,” said Rosemarie McConnell, 54, of Cadillac and the winner of the contest, which was posted July 24. “I’m really excited to be able to share the prize money with my family, and to open a credit union account for my 2-year-old grandson. Credit unions have been terrific to our family, so I want to get him started early.”

“Michigan credit unions are always looking for innovative and fun ways to give money back to our members, and this Facebook competition is another example of our commitment to the families we serve,” David Adams, CEO of the Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates said. “We’re excited to be using social media to further showcase the credit union difference and the collective power of Michigan credit unions,” Adams added.

“Giving back to our members is what we are all about,” Fred Schuster, CEO of Wexford Community Credit Union said. “We are thrilled to have Rosemarie as a member, and even more excited to present her with a $700 check.”

The puzzle McConnell solved asked entrants to complete a phrase by filling in missing letters, highlighting a benefit of credit unions: “Lower fees and loan rates combined with exclusive discounts add up to big savings for credit union members.”  More than 50 entries were submitted, and McConnell was the first to solve it.  McConnell has been a credit union member for more than 30 years.

The contest is part of a statewide campaign aimed at raising awareness of Michigan credit unions which also included the launch of a new online portal for Michigan credit union information,

The next CU Link Facebook promotion, “What would you do with $1,240?” begins today and runs through Sept. 23, 2012. This sweepstakes highlights another benefit of credit union membership: lower auto loan rates which can save members an average of $1,240 over the course of a loan. The CU Link Facebook page can be found at:

Two additional promotions will take place in 2012.

About the Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates
Organized in 1934, the Michigan Credit Union League is the trade association representing credit unions statewide. Based in Lansing, MCUL offers credit unions assistance in the areas of regulatory compliance, legislative advocacy, media advocacy and operational information. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at

About Wexford Community Credit Union
WCCU, which has offices in Cadillac and Lake City, serves members in Wexford, Missaukee and Osceola counties. The credit union was founded in 1953 and has grown to serve over 9,000 members and has assets over $42 million. We offer small town service with big town advantages.  Visit us online at


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