Credit Union News
Choice America Supports Family Connections
CONNECTIONS – First Choice America Credit Union once
again renewed its Emerald Level sponsorship towards
this year’s fundraising dinner-dance of Family
Connections. Pictured are (l-r) Mrs. Jean Bartholow,
Chair of the Fundraising Committee of Family
Connections, and Scott E. Winwood, President and
Chairman of the Credit Union. The event will be
held at the Serbian-American Cultural Center in
on May 3rd with the theme of the Wizard of Oz.
Proceeds will directly benefit Brooke Place, a
residential facility for teenage girls. The evening
will include dinner, beverages, dancing and
raffles. Joanne Dobrzanski of Colliers is the
Executive Director of Family Connections.
First Choice America Recognized
this year’s annual meeting of the Weirton Area
Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber recognized First
Choice America Community Federal Credit Union’s 75th
anniversary with a beautiful plaque. Credit Union
officers pictured with the award are (l-r) John R.
Thayer, Board member; John C. Peterman, Chief
Financial Officer; Edward L. Kennedy, Board member;
Scott E. Winwood, President, CEO and Board member;
Robert G. Mrvos, Board member and Kenneth W. Truax,
Board member. Brenda Mull, Chamber
President, recognized First Choice for it's
tremendous financial success over the past 75 years
and praised the organization for its strong
commitment to its members and the communities in which
Photo provided by Craig Howell of the Weirton Daily
of First Choice America Credit Union’s 75th
Annual Meeting on Feb. 18 at the Serbian-American
Cultural Center was the presentation of the annual
Community Spirit Award to the St. John’s Home for
Children in Wheeling. The award consisted of a
plaque and donation to the charity. At the
presentation are (l-r) John R. Thayer, Board member
of the credit union; Scott E. Winwood, President and
CEO; Terry McCormick, Executive Director of St.
John’s Home for Children; Robert G. Mrvos, Chairman
of the credit union’s Board; Edward L. Kennedy, and
Kenneth W. Truax, credit union board members.
From its humble beginnings in North Weirton—a
one-room operation with $20,000 in assets and 977
members in its first year—First Choice America
Credit Union has flourished over the last three
quarters of a century and today is the largest
credit union in West Virginia with assets of nearly
$400 million and 40,000 members.
The credit union celebrated its 75th
Anniversary Tuesday night at the
Serbian-American Cultural Center in Weirton.
Progress was hard-won due to an economy that was not
exactly robust; perhaps tepid might describe it
best. Despite the lackluster economy, First Choice
America recorded these significant achievements:
Earned another Superior
Built assets to a record
Increased deposits to a
record level $337 million.
Maintained a strong
“The credit union renewed the distinction of again
earning a “Superior” rating from an official
industry rating group, recognizing the excellence of
its capital strength, asset quality and management
ability. As a result, First Choice America retains
its position among the elite of America’s 6,700
credit unions,” said Robert G. Mrvos, Chairman of
“And our 104 employees are highly skilled,
committed to excellence in serving you, and very
proud of the significant strides made during the
past year. In a major step forward to maintain our
commitment to offer the best available technology,
our credit union initiated mobile banking in July.
Our mobile app has been overwhelmingly accepted by
our members—approaching 5,000 to date. No new fees
have been enacted, nor any adjustments made to our
long list of benefits. Across our 75 year history,
our mission has been clear—offer the most complete
and affordable array of financial products and
services to our membership,” the Chairman said.
Throughout our 75 year history, our credit union
has earned countless awards and commendations for
our intensive year-round community involvement
practices. We work to increase our value to society
by generously supporting a variety of charitable
organizations throughout the communities that we
In summary, First Choice America is proud of our
rich heritage of serving our members and the
communities in which they live. Across our 75 year
history, we have established strong bonds with our
members by providing the most cost effective
alternative for all their financial needs. This bond
is something we not only value but cherish.
He added, “With your continued support, First Choice
America is well-positioned for the future buoyed by
the confidence of a successful 75 year history.”
Reelected to new three-year terms on the credit union’s
Board of Directors were John R. Thayer and Edward L.
Kennedy, veteran officers of the credit union.
First Choice America’s annual Community Spirit Award
was presented to the St. John’s Home for Children in
Wheeling, WV. Mr. Terry McCormick, Executive
Director, accepted the plaque and cash award.
America Credit Union renewed its Platinum Level
contribution to the Rotary Club of Weirton Heights
for its annual Mardi Gras Gala scheduled Saturday,
March 1, 2014 at 7 p. m. at Serbian American
Cultural Center. At the presentation are (l-r) Scott
E. Winwood, President and CEO of the credit union;
and Jenny Anderson, Rotary Club President. All
proceeds benefit the Table of Hope. The event will
feature music by Adam Brock & his Soul Band and hors
Tablet Winners Announced
Six lucky winners won tablets from First Choice
America. The Credit Union had a a drawing for
people who signed up for Mobile Banking in the first
3 months The winners were: Brenda Crockett,
Larry Helms, Brian Lewis, Nancy Sobel, Lee Van Horn,
and Gregory Williams. Members can access their
accounts with just a touch of a button with Mobile
Banking. This easy to use app is FREE* for all
members. Find out more about First Choice
America's Mobile Banking service by clicking on the
*App is free for all
members; however, your wireless messaging and data
rates may apply.
The New BillPayer System is Here!
new BillPayer system here! This change gives
the system a whole new look, along with great new
If you already use our BillPayer system, all of your
payees have converted to the new system. You will
not have to retype all of your information back in.
You will now be able to categorize bills, group
bills and sort bills through BillPayer.
Some bills also will be able to be sent directly to
your BillPayer account. You will be able to do
this next to bills that have the “Get Bill” icon.
With this feature you will be able to set up
reminders when bills are due.
One of the biggest features on the new
BillPayer system is "Pop Money". Pop
Money allows you to transfer money to anyone's
account at any financial institution. To use
pop money, all you need to know is the receiver's
email address, mobile number, or account information
(routing number and account number).
*BillPayer is free for the first six months and
$4.95 a month thereafter. “Pop Money” has a
fee for each occurrence.
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