Kids Construction Zone
First Choice America celebrated its 11th
year of Cool Kids Fun Days this June with
the “Cool Kids Construction Zone” theme.
The week started at Chester City Park on
June 23rd, then traveled to
Steubenville’s Jim Wood Park on the 24th
of June, then headed south to Sonneborn
Shelter at Wheeling Park on June 25th,
and finished off the week on June 26th
at First Choice America’s Three Springs
Office in Weirton. Over 1,000 children
enjoyed the festivities during the 4 day
period. All of the children in attendance
received yellow hard hats and goodie bags
with construction themed treats inside. A
variety of inflatable amusements added
excitement to the event, along with
broadcasts from FROGGY Radio stations.
WTOV9’s Snowbird, Kennywood’s Kenny the
Kangeroo, and FROGGY Radio’s Mr. Froggy were
all on hand to welcome the children to this
free event. Once again, the Cool Kids Fun
Days were a huge success!
Enclosed in the June
statements for the Credit Union is an insert about
Credit and Life Disability Insurance, which will
help protect your family in time of need. You
can view the information by clicking on the
Credit Life and Disability
Boost for Weirton
America Credit Union continued its strong support
for the Weirton United Way with a generous donation
to the charity’s annual golf tournament scheduled
Friday, June 12th at Williams Golf and
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,
President of First Choice America presenting a
generous check to John Kirlangitis, Tournament
Director; Michael Hagg, 2015 Campaign Co-Chair;
Robert G. Mrvos, Credit Union Director; and John R.
Thayer, Credit Union Chairman. The golf tournament
is one of the premier events on the United Way
fund-raising schedule for the year.
New Security Upgrade
for On-line and Mobile Banking coming May 21, 2015
All online banking users
(including mobile phone app users) will be required
to re-enroll in Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) at
their first log in AFTER the update on May 21,
2015. Your MFA is your security questions,
passphrase, and picture that you see when you log
into your account. The re-enrollment will ONLY
change your security questions, answers, image, and
phrase. Your User ID and password will NOT change
during this process. Once the enrollment is
complete, you will have bound your device to the
database and the normal log in processes will be
used going forward. Please click on the following
links and follow the steps:
MFA_Step by Step ReEnroll
by Step Guide How to Clear Cookies
Helping to Save Lives
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 2015 Relay for Life of Brooke/Hancock
Counties is scheduled for Saturday, June 6-7 from
6pm to 12am at Follansbee Middle School’s Football
Field. Last year, more than $94,000 was raised in
Brooke/Hancock Counties to aid in the fight against
Pictured are (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 11 years and thanked First Choice
America for their continued support and generosity
over the years.
Choice America Honors Employees
are the recipients of awards for service, seated
from left to right: Julie Brown, Linda Chappell,
Louis Stock, Betty Jo Welch, Donald Hood, Rochelle
Sligar, and Michelle Kendall. Pictured standing
from left to right: Grace Blake, Mary Walker, Debra
Burch, Deborah Caine, Dyonna Strauss, Michele
Brothers, and Tamara Hughes.
“As Chairman 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 John R. Thayer at
First Choice America Credit Union’s Annual Employee
Appreciation event on Friday night, May 8th.
Honored with service
awards were 19 employees at a banquet held at the
Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton.
“Despite sluggish economic conditions and 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 $422 million; deposits
$362 million, and investments $272 million.
Choice America received another “Superior” rating
from an official industry rating group for safety
and soundness. And once again, for the sixth
consecutive year, the Credit Union received a
flawless audit from our independent auditors, which
is the seventh time the company has accomplished
this distinction in the last eight years and is
unparalleled in our Credit Union’s long history.
Both achievements demonstrate our unwavering
commitment to excellence.
“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” added Thayer. “Your collective
skills and 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 12th
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 their service:
years—Deborah L. Caine
25 years—Mary K. Walker
20 years—Julie Brown
15 years—Maria T. Barilla, Grace C.
Blake, Michele Brothers, Linda S. Chappell, Tamara
Hughes, Michelle P. Kendall, Lisa J. Powell, Melissa J. N. Snyder, Dyonna L.
and Betty Jo Welch
10 Years—Debra L. Burch, Donald R.
Hood and Rochelle L. Sligar
5 Years—Louis R. Stock
Assisting Rotary Charities
its traditional assistance,
America Credit Union made a significant donation in
the 2015 Weirton Rotary Club’s Kentucky Derby
fundraiser. Pictured are (seated, l-r) JoAnn Babela,
member; Scott E. Winwood, President and CEO of First
Choice America; and Rhonda Quattrochi, Rotary
Committee Chair. Standing in the back (l-r) are Doug
Finton and Mayor George Kondik, both Rotary members.
This year’s 141st Kentucky Derby “Run For
The Roses” will find Rotary and community boosters
gathering at Williams Country Club on Saturday, May
2nd for Weirton Rotary’s 11th 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 Credit Union once again is serving as
the runway sponsor for the 2015 Weirton United Way
Fashion Show on Sunday, May 17 at 2 p. m. at the
Serbian-American Cultural Center. Tickets are $30
each and include dinner and the Fashion Show
featuring apparel from Anna-Kay’s Unique Fashions.
Pictured are (seated, l-r) Amber Hagg, 2015 United
Way Campaign Co-Chair and Kristin Bowman Cross,
Executive Director and Event Chairperson of the
Weirton United Way. Standing in the back (l-r) are
Scott E. Winwood, President and CEO of the Credit
Union; and Michael Hagg, 2015 United Way Campaign
Co-Chair. United Way supports 14 member agencies.
Visa Gift Cards Make Great Gifts
you have a hard to buy for person on your list?
Or do you want to give someone the freedom to buy
what they want? First Choice
America has the perfect solution for you: a VISA
Gift Card. They are a great fit for anyone on
your list. You can buy a VISA Gift Card at any
America's eight locations.
is a $2.00 fee for VISA Gift Cards.