Credit Union News
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!
Weirton United Way
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.
The golf tournament is one of the premier events on
the Weirton United Way fundraising schedule for the
Credit Union Honors Employees
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
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
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
Scott E. Winwood, President and CEO, and J. C. Peterman,
Chief Financial Officer, presented the appreciation
awards to the following employees for their service:
– Maribeth Krzys
25 years—Lori A. Baker, Vicky L. Black,
and Linda L. Cattrell
Years—Dorie Harpold and Kim Wood
years –Tiffany Stewart
Years—Sandra J. Guzzo
5 Years—Karen E. Dougherty and Stacey
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
Credit Union has joined the MoneyPass Network so
that our members will have access to over 25,000
ATMs in 50 states surcharge-free. To locate an ATM
in the MoneyPass Network, click on the following
or look for the MoneyPass logo on the machine.
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 $2.50 fee for VISA Gift Cards.
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