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First Choice America Supports Family Connections

SUPPORTING FAMILY 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 Weirton 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

At 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 they live.
Photo provided by Craig Howell of the Weirton Daily Times.


Community Spirit Award 

A highlight 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 rating.
        Built assets to a record $395 million.
        Increased deposits to a record level $337 million.
        Maintained a strong capital position.

     “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 the Board.
      “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 serve.
      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.


A Lift For Rotary

First Choice 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 d’oeuvres.



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 following link:
Moblie Banking.

*App is free for all members; however, your wireless messaging and data rates may apply.



The New BillPayer System is Here!

The new BillPayer system here!  This change gives the system a whole new look, along with great new features. 
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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