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WSX 25-Year Club Picnic Set

Supported by a generous contribution from First Choice America Credit Union, the Weirton Steel 25-Year Club will stage its 72nd ladies and men’s annual summer picnic on Saturday, July 21st at 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Serbian Picnic Grounds in Weirton. 
Pictured are (front row, l-r) Kenneth Truax, First Choice America Board Member; Paul Poland, WSX 25-Year Club Member; Edward Kennedy, First Choice America Board Member; Ron Baker, WSX 25-Year Club President; Scott Winwood, First Choice America President and Chairman of the Board; Brenda Ice, WSX 25-Year Club Member; Robert Mrvos, First Choice America Board Member; and John Thayer, First Choice America Board Member.  Pictured are (back row, l-r) Ernie Nicholas, Jr., WSX 25-Year Club Member; Perry Duckworth, WSX 25-Year Club Member; Cecil Williams, WSX 25-Year Club Member; Gary Bee, WSX 25-Year Club Member; and Dan Kelly, WSX 25-Year Club Member.

Barnyard Bash a Success

First Choice America hosted its annual Cool Kids Fun Days with a theme of “Barnyard Bash”.  During the 4 day event, children were entertained with inflatable amusements and games.  Each child received a goody bag, and were treated to hot dogs, freeze pops and popcorn. Local radio station, FROGGY, was on hand for a Live Action Broadcast. FROGGY brought Mister Froggy, who was joined by Kenny the Kangaroo, WTOV9’s Snowbird and a loveable cow. The festive atmosphere was topped off with great prizes, which included baskets of toys, Kennywood tickets, and Washington Wild Things tickets. 
During these fun days, safety lessons were taught by local police, sheriff, and fire departments.  Chester and Weirton events presented a canine officer show with the local deputies and police force, while the Steubenville kids learned lessons in drinking and driving through impaired goggles. Wheeling and Weirton also had their fire departments bring smokehouses to teach the children fire safety.
The Barnyard Bash was brought to local neighborhoods in Chester, Steubenville, Wheeling and Weirton.  All four days were successful, which was measured by the smiles on the children’s faces!

Supporting the 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 37th Annual Golf Classic scheduled for Monday, June 11th at Williams Golf and Country Club. 
At the check presentation, in the front row, are (l-r) Chris Hatala, 2018 United Way Campaign Vice Chairman; Luke Myers, 2018 United Way Chairman; John Kirlangitis, Tournament Director; Scott Winwood, First Choice America President/CEO and Chairman of the Board; and Linda Stear, United Way Executive Director.  In the second row (l-r) are First Choice America Board Members: Kenneth W. Truax, Robert G. Mrvos, John R. Thayer, and Edward L. Kennedy.
The golf tournament is one of the premier events on the Weirton United Way fundraising schedule for the year.

Credit Union Honors Employees

Pictured are the recipients of awards for service, seated from left to right are: Karen Dougherty, Maribeth Krzys, Sandra Guzzo, Dorie Harpold, and Kim Wood.    Standing from left to right are: Stacey Fisher, Vicky Black, Lori Baker, and Linda Cattrell. 

    “As Chairman of the Board, I wish to thank and congratulate each employee of First Choice America for your dedication, your hard work, your team spirit and your commitment to excellence,” said Scott E. Winwood at First Choice America Credit Union’s Annual Employee Appreciation event on Friday night, May 4th.
    Honored with service awards were 10 employees at a banquet held at the Williams Golf and Country Club in Weirton.
Winwood noted, “Despite tepid economic conditions and vigorous competition, First Choice America had another successful year.”  He noted that the business set all-time highs in several key financial categories – total assets of $452 million; loans $135 million; deposits $387 million, and investments $289 million.
    Additionally, First Choice America maintained its “Superior” rating from an official industry rating group for safety and soundness.  And once again, for the ninth consecutive year, the Credit Union received a flawless audit from our independent auditors, which is the tenth time the company has accomplished this distinction in the last eleven years and is unparalleled in our Credit Union’s long history.  Both achievements demonstrate our unwavering commitment to excellence.
    He added, “All of these things—accomplished in a shifting 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”.  “Your collective skills, 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 a second place national award in the Dora Maxwell Social responsibility program sponsored by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).  It is the first time the Credit Union has been recognized nationally for our philanthropic efforts and also the first West Virginia Credit Union to earn such a distinguished honor.    In addition, First Choice America took home the first place Dora Maxwell Award from the West Virginia Credit Union League for the 15th consecutive year.
    Scott E. Winwood, President and CEO, and J. C. Peterman, Chief Financial Officer, presented the appreciation awards to the following employees for their service:

             30 years – Maribeth Krzys
             25 years—Lori A. Baker, Vicky L. Black, and Linda L. Cattrell
             20 Years—Dorie Harpold and Kim Wood
             15 years –Tiffany Stewart
             10 Years—Sandra J. Guzzo
             5 Years—Karen E. Dougherty and Stacey Fisher.


Helping 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 2018 Relay for Life of Brooke/Hancock Counties is scheduled for Saturday, June 2nd at Brooke High School.  Last year, almost $50,000 was raised in Brooke/Hancock Counties to aid in the fight against cancer.
Pictured are (l-r) Tammy Hornick, Co-Chair of the Relay for Life of Brooke/Hancock Counties and Scott E. Winwood, President & CEO of First Choice America Credit Union.  Tammy has been Co-Chair of the event for 13 years and thanked First Choice America for their continued support and generosity over the years.          







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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 $2.50 fee for VISA Gift Cards.



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