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Credit Union Helps United Way Chicken Plunge

First Choice America Credit Union is among the sponsors for the inaugural Weirton United Way Chicken Plunge, set to take place at 5pm on August 15th at the Starvaggi Memorial Pool.  Participants are being lined up for the event, during which they will collect donations in exchange for the promise of jumping into the pool.  Pictured, from left to right, are  2015 Campaign Co-Chairs Michael Hagg and Amber Hagg; First Choice America President & CEO Scott Winwood; Cathie Caranda of Graphics in Print, also a sponsor for the event; 2015 Campaign Vice Chair Tom McDonald; and Rachel Price, United Way Staff.  For additional information on the event, contact the United Way Office at (304) 748-7213.



Cool 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!





Important Notice
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 following link:  Credit Life and Disability


Boost for Weirton United Way

First Choice 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 Mobile

 MFA-Step by Step Guide How to Clear Cookies 



Helping to Save Lives

Helping 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 cancer.

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.




First Choice America Honors Employees
Pictured 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.

Thayer noted, “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.

Additionally, First 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:

              40 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 L.  
                             Hughes, Michelle P. Kendall, Lisa J. Powell, Melissa J. N. Snyder, Dyonna L. Strauss
                             and Betty Jo Welch
              10 Years—Debra L. Burch, Donald R. Hood and Rochelle L. Sligar
                5 Years—Louis R. Stock


 Assisting Rotary Charities
Repeating its traditional assistance, First Choice America Credit Union made a significant donation in support of the 2015 Weirton Rotary Club’s Kentucky Derby fundraiser. Pictured are (seated, l-r) JoAnn Babela, Rotary 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. 






Helping United Way                     
First 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
Do 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 of
First Choice America's eight locations.

*There is a $2.00 fee for VISA Gift Cards.


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