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Rohrich retires after 33 years with FCCU

First Community Credit Union (FCCU), announces the upcoming retirement of Dean Rohrich, Vice President of the Bismarck Market. Rohrich has been employed with FCCU for 33 years.

Rohrich started with First Community in 1984, as the Napoleon Branch Manager. From 2000 to 2008, he was the Branch Manager in Bismarck. He continued his journey across North Dakota and began his new role as the Valley City Branch Manager in 2008, where he stayed until 2015 when Rohrich became the Market Manager in Bismarck and then Vice President of the Bismarck Market, January of 2016.

Over the last three decades, Rohrich has seen several significant changes take place at FCCU. From technology, branch growth, new products and services, to the growth of FCCU overall, he has seen it all. "The only thing that hasn't changed," Rohrich said, "is the good old fashioned member service."

Rohrich has been an integral part of the credit union since March 1984. He has played an important role in the growth and success in the markets where he has worked. Under his thoughtful style of leadership and his genuine passion for others, Rohrich has counseled and served thousands of members and has inspired countless colleagues to always perform at their best. Rohrich's contributions will always be valued and remembered. His hard work, commitment, and dedication are worthy of admiration.

"The greatest compliment you can receive is when a member comes up to you and asks for your advice," shared Rohrich. "I have enjoyed my time here over the years as Branch Manager and I can't thank our members, as well as my staff enough. They are like my second family."

FCCU will be hosting an open house at their Bismarck North branch, located at 3201 Weiss Avenue, on Thursday, August 10th, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in honor of Rohrich. Cake and coffee will be served. Please join FCCU as we thank Rohrich for his many years of service to FCCU and its members.

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First Community Credit Union Raises $2,500 for Special Olympics of North Dakota

First Community Credit Union (FCCU) recently held fundraisers for Special Olympics of North Dakota (SOND). SOND is an organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. FCCU raised $2,500 for the organization.

The funds were raised by flower sales around Mother's Day, an employee grill out, ice cream sales and jeans Fridays. There were also volunteer opportunities for staff. About 20 FCCU volunteers helped at the spring and summer games held in Valley City and Fargo respectively. The competitions included a variety of athletic competitions where employees helped by selling souvenirs, facilitating track and field races and activities at Olympic Town.

"I'm a partner for Special Olympics volleyball and it's the highlight of my year, said longtime SOND volunteer and FCCU employee in Bismarck, Melissa Johannes." She continues, "I love getting together to practice with the individuals and playing the game. They are some of the most competitive people you'll ever have the privilege of playing with. It's great to see the joy in their faces when they win a game and then the agony of defeat too. It's great to get together. We have a blast!"

Thank you, to everyone involved, for helping support Special Olympics of North Dakota and for your continued support of our quarterly charities.

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Barb Braun, Mandan Director of Special Olympics of North Dakota alongside FCCU employee Zachary Dosch, Vice President, Bismarck Market


First Community Credit Union To hold Fundraisers for Local Food pantries

During each quarter of 2017, First Community Credit Union (FCCU), will hold fundraisers for different worthy organizations. The charities are voted on by employees. Each quarter, FCCU will hold various events and fundraisers to support the charities in their own unique way.

The third quarter fundraising organization, as chosen by FCCU staff, is local food pantries. To support the cause, they will be holding a food drive at each branch for staff, members, and the community. Here are some suggested items that you can donate:

  • Canned items such as soup, fruit, vegetables, tuna, and beef stew.
  • Boxed dinners such as macaroni & cheese and rice.
  • Kid-friendly items such as granola bars, fruit snacks, raisins, graham crackers, fruit cups, and pretzels.
  • Peanut butter, jelly, mayonnaise, salad dressing, and spaghetti sauce.
  • Cold cereal, hot cereal mixes, and breakfast bars.
  • Non-food items such as paper products, soap, shampoo, and toothpaste.

The items and funds collected will be donated to the following local agencies according to branch:

  • Jamestown - Salvation Army
  • Valley City - Barnes County Food Pantry
  • Bismarck - Great Plains Food Bank
  • Steele - Kidder County Food Pantry
  • Fargo - Great Plains Food Bank
  • Portland - Mayport Food Bank
  • Napoleon - Logan County Food Pantry
  • Wishek - Wishek Food Pantry
  • Oakes - Oakes Food Pantry
  • Milnor - Sargent County Food Pantry
  • Wahpeton & Hankinson - Richland County Food Pantry

FCCU will also be creating "The Community Cookbook" to raise additional funds. They are working with local food pantries and will have recipe submission forms and order forms available at both the FCCU branches and at the food pantries. Cookbooks are being presold for $10 each. Recipe submissions and cookbook orders must be place by Friday, August 4th. In addition to the food drive and cookbook, FCCU is encouraging financial donations for those that don't want to donate items, but would like to donate money and help support the cause.

To find out more, stop into your local branch. First Community Credit Union thanks you in advance for your support of this worthy cause.


Awards Season Arrives at First Community

FCCU was recently recognized for our charity work as a Credit Union, as well as our dedication to our members by the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas (CUAD). Hundreds were in attendance at the credit union conference in Deadwood, SD, as FCCU was recognized with two first place awards.

FCCU was presented the Dora Maxwell award, which focuses on community involvement, as well as the CU Social Good Award of the Year. Both awards were won for the Credit Union's fundraising efforts for our second quarter charity in 2016, Project Ignite Light.

The fundraisers that were the backbone towards the success of our second quarter charity were a pajama drive for individuals to donate, and a blanket drive where staff, members, and community members worked hand in hand to tie plain and patterned pieces of fleece fabric together in order to create new fleece-tied blankets. Last year there were 170 new two-piece pajama sets in sizes newborn through eighteen years of age and 60 new fleece-tied blankets donated to Project Ignite Light.

In addition to the pajama and blanket drives, all fifteen branches collectively raised $3,000, which was raised from casual Fridays, a Jeans Week, and a baby/kid photo contest of the employees' childhood photographs. Members and employees were able to vote for categories such as cutest, best smile, most embarrassing, and most changed.

"It's an honor to receive these awards," says Janna Bergstedt, Vice President of Marketing. "We are proud of the communities that our branches reside in because we are able to show our support to these organizations in a greater way with our communities' support. After all, life is better with community."

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FCCU Receives 2017 Dora Maxwell Award and the 2017 CU Social Good Award. Pictured from L to R: Dayne Headland and Colin Wegenast, FCCU Board of Directors, Sean Rinkenberger, FCCU CFO, Cali Sailer, Retail Manager, Steve Schmitz, FCCU President and CEO, Jeff Olson, Credit Union Association of the Dakotas' President and CEO, Clayton Lilleby, FCCU VP of Sales and Branch Administration, and Owen Olson, FCCU Board of Directors.


Special Olympics Named as Second Quarter Charity

The second quarter organization, as chosen by FCCU staff, is Special Olympics of North Dakota (SOND), which is an organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

To support Special Olympics, various branches will be preselling flowers until May 3rd for spring and Mother's Day. We will also be holding an office Olympics as both a fundraiser and an internal team-building event.

FCCU will also hold casual Fridays for employees and branches will be selling ice cream SONDaes to help raise additional funds. Staff are also encouraged to support local Special Olympic athletes by volunteering.

For more information, visit your favorite FCCU representative today.


FCCU Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipients

First Community Credit Union's Board of Directors has once again awarded scholarships to first year college students from its membership. 17 graduating seniors from around the state will be receiving college scholarships. This year, FCCU will fund $40,000 in scholarships to members of the credit union, including multi-year scholarships.

We are honored to provide nine multi-year $1,000 scholarships to the following students to use toward their college academia: Cole Ketterling and Michael Fettig of Wishek, Garrett Scheel of Dilworth, MN, Jake Rames of Glyndon, MN,Hannah Anderson of Milnor, Alyx Schmitz of Oakes, Dawson Rouse of Bismarck, Taylar Kloster of Fairmount, and David Fehr of Wahpeton.

An additional eight single-year $1,000 scholarships were given to: Lakin Mauch of Mooreton, Tanner Carlson of Baldwin, Mya Steinwehr of Hankinson, Erin Freeland of Mayville, Shelby Roney of Oakes, Birgen Black of Bismarck, Morgan Ziesch of Pettibone, and Caitlyn Ell of Wilton.

Over the past 21 years, FCCU has provided more than $185,000 in college scholarships. The Board of Directors recognizes the importance of young people getting a good education and wants to encourage them to do their best. FCCU continues to do its part in providing incentives to help students reach their full potential. In recent years, the Credit Union donated $1 million into a scholarship foundation to provide additional scholarship dollars to graduating high school students.

"FCCU would like to extend our congratulations to the winners of the 2017 First Community Credit Union Scholarship Foundation Program. Best of luck to all our graduates this year," said Steve Schmitz, CEO of First Community Credit Union.

During its 78 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest credit union with 150 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.

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FCCU Hires Jackie Cordie as New Branch Manager

(Valley City, ND) – First Community Credit Union of Valley City is proud to announce the hire of Jackie Cordie as their new Branch Manager and Ag/Commercial Loan Officer.

As Branch Manager, Cordie is responsible for the administration and daily operations of First Community Credit Union's Valley City branch located at 115 5th Ave NE. Cordie is also an Ag/Commercial Loan Officer and has the opportunity to assist members with agricultural and commercial loans.

Cordie is originally from Sisseton, SD, and is a graduate of Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, as well as an Associate of Applied Science degree in Accounting and Business Management from Interstate Business College in Fargo. Cordie joins the Credit Union with thirteen years of banking experience, including six years in commercial banking and five years in a role of Branch Manager.

"I am excited about my new position with FCCU because I embrace what a local financial institution means to its members and community," said Cordie of First Community Credit Union. "My position will use of my background in commercial banking and management to provide outstanding customer service and be able to financially help our members. I invite the community to stop in, say hello, and find out what FCCU is all about."

During its 78 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be one of North Dakota's largest credit unions with 150 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.

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FCCU Hires Zachary Dosch As Vp Market Manager Of Bismarck

(Bismarck, ND) - First Community Credit Union (FCCU) is proud to announce the new hire of Zachary Dosch as their VP Market Manager of Bismarck. Dosch is located at FCCU's Bismarck North branch at 3201 Weiss Avenue in Bismarck.

Dosch, a Bismarck native, joins the Credit Union team with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with a minor in Management Information Systems, as well as a Master's in Business Administration, all from the University of Mary.

With experience in the financial industry for eight years, Dosh's most recent position, prior to FCCU, was a Business Banking AVP at Bremer Bank in Bismarck.

During its 78 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be one of North Dakota's largest credit unions with 150 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.

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First Community Credit Union Raises $5,000 For Project Ignite Light

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First Community Credit Union (FCCU) recently held fundraisers for Project Ignite Light, an organization that supports area abused and foster children. Since January, employees of FCCU raised $5,000 for the organization. In addition to the funds, FCCU donated 106 fleece blankets and 270 pajamas to Project Ignite Light's 'Bags of Hope.'

Project Ignite Light strives to give thousands of abused children a piece of security and hope. They do this by providing 'Bags of Hope' delivered through local advocacy centers. The bags are customized for the child's age and gender and include items such as a blanket, pajamas, undergarments, personal hygiene items, flashlight, book and a water bottle. Every reported abused child receives a free bag. Currently they provide approximately 250 bags each month throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Since their founding eight years ago, Project Ignite Light has helped 14,000 children and they have a goal of bringing this program nationwide. For more information visit http://www.ignitelight.org/.

"This is an overwhelming outpouring of support," said Amanda Geisler VP of Growth and Development for Project Ignite Light. "We cannot do what we do, without fundraisers like this and community outreach."

Each quarter FCCU's 150 employees choose an organization to support by raising money and awareness. Abused and foster children were the focus of the first quarter charity and Project Ignite Light was the organization chosen to support.

During its 78 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be one of North Dakota's largest credit unions with 150 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.


First Community Credit Union's Administrative Building Expands in Jamestown

First Community Credit Union's (FCCU) administrative office in Jamestown has been undergoing a few changes over the last couple of months. The FCCU Administrative office will not only be expanding, but will also have a fresh new look.

FCCU purchased the former Rental Store that is connected to their building. At this time, the plan is for the operations and member relations departments to relocate to the new space, which is approximately 3,000 square feet. In addition, the vendor entrance will relocate from the east to west side.

The entire outside of FCCU's administrative building has also been receiving a facelift that should be completed by summer. It will feature a more modern look incorporating stonework.

"When we moved to the administrative building nearly ten years ago, the goal was to streamline processes and to increase efficiency," said Steve Schmitz, President and CEO. "Since then our Credit Union has grown exponentially and this expansion allows us to better serve our growing membership base now and for years to come."

The administrative building supports the Credit Union branches in various departments including operations, human resources, loan processing, accounting, and marketing.

During its 77 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest Credit Union with 160 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.

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78th Annual Meeting of First Community Credit Union

Nearly 200 people gathered together for the 78th Annual Meeting of First Community Credit Union on March 20, 2017 at North Dakota Farmers Union. The meeting included speeches from board president, Owen Olson, guest speaker, Jeff Olson of the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas, and CEO, Steve Schmitz. Controller, Sean Rinkenberger, reviewed the Statement of Financial Condition and attendees approved both the financial report as well as the work of the board as completed in 2016.


There were two positions up for re-election for FCCU's board of directors - Colin Wegenast and Sandy Franke. There were four candidates - Colin Wegenast, Sandy Franke, Patrick Pfeiffer, and Rodney Buck. Board member and nominating committee member, Sharman Zachrison shared the election results with attendees. Colin Wegenast and Sandy Franke were re-elected to our board for three-year terms.


"As I look back at the achievements we reached this past year, I know that we wouldn't have been able to accomplish this without a team effort," said CEO Steve Schmitz ending his president's report. He continued," Our success has been a direct result of the hard work of our employees, the commitment of our Board of Directors and Audit Committee, and the support and patronage of our more than 32,000 members. We look forward to working and growing with you in the future. I thank each of you for your part and look forward to another successful and prosperous year in 2017."

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First Community Credit Union Employees Earn IRA specialist Certifications

First Community Credit Union would like to congratulate the following individuals for earning their Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Specialist Certifications:

• Alicia Becker - MSR - Napoleon

• Tammy Bernhardt - Branch Manager - Milnor

• Amanda Kirkeby - Branch Manager - Portland

• Randi Malsam - MSR Team Lead - Bismarck Downtown

• Jessica Nygaard - MSR Team Lead - Bismarck North

• Char Pikarski - MSR Team Lead - Wahpeton

• Ross Pritchert - Financial Services Representative - Valley City

• Rhonda Rogers - Financial Services Officer - Portland

• Lisa Skjefte - MSR - Oakes

• Amy Smith - MSR - Milnor

• Jennifer Stock - MSR - Wishek

• Ashley Stringer - Financial Services Representative - Jamestown Main

• Angie Thomas - Financial Services Officer - Fargo 45th

• Ben Watkins - Financial Services Officer - Fargo 45th

• Michelle Wobbema - MSR Team Lead - Valley City

These individuals passed a six week eLearning series, followed by a written and automated live scenario exam to earn their certifications.

"These employees displayed such great dedication to personal growth and development throughout this series. Not only did they grow as individuals, but also as employees," said Stephanie Finck, Chief Operations Officer with FCCU. She goes on to say, "I look forward to seeing where the application of this new knowledge will take them."


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First Community Credit Union Raises $13,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

First Community Credit Union (FCCU) recently held fundraisers for 2016 fourth quarter charity, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) through Credit Unions for Kids. Employees of FCCU chose a different organization each quarter to support by raising money and awareness. With a match from COOP Financial Services, FCCU was able to donate $13,000 to CMNH, a network of hospitals that have been helping kids in need for over 30 years.

North Dakota's local CMN hospital is Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo. In 2015 the hospital cared for approximately 62,000 children from all over the state of North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Money raised for CMNH at Sanford Children's helps to fund lifesaving medical equipment, special programs unique to sick and injured children, research and education. 

"It's incredible to see the impact that a donation can make, even if that donation is something as simple as dressing up like a penguin and high-fiving a few kids," said Ally Nill, Marketing Specialist for FCCU. Nill continued to share, "While visiting Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo, we were able to see the amount of personal care and effort they put into providing the best care for the children, as well as their families, through their new technology and skilled staff. On behalf of FCCU, we are honored to support such a wonderful cause."

Funds were raised through various means including selling chocolate bars, casual Fridays, parking spot raffle, holiday icons, and Shop for Miracles, where FCCU made a donation on International Credit Union Day. One additional fundraising attempt, made by the Credit Union's Administration Office, was a penny drive to create a way for individuals to vote for their favorite Christmas decorated department. This fundraiser raised $525.

The $6,600 raised by FCCU was matched by CO-OP Financial Services as part of its CO-OP Miracle Match program. This $1 million annual matching funds program matches contributions at the local level, expanding the contributions raised by credit unions for CMNH.

Credit Unions for Kids is a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues/associations and business partners from across the country, engaged in fundraising activities to benefit 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Adopted as the credit union movement's charity of choice, they are the 3rd largest sponsor of CMN Hospitals. One hundred percent of every dollar donated through Credit Unions for Kids goes back to the local CMN Hospital.

During its 77 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest Credit Union with 160 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.

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Pictured in Photo: Samantha Walters (L) and Angie Thomas (R), both of First Community Credit Union, present check to Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo, ND.

FCCU's Kris Hanneman Recognized as Volunteer of Year

First Community Credit Union (FCCU) has recognized Kris Hanneman, Business Associate, as their 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Hanneman has been employed at FCCU for three years.

Hanneman is the chairperson for Stick it to Cancer, which is an annual fundraising event involving the high school hockey community to help raise funds for Lend a Hand. The funds raised help families within the Class/Clay County area that are undergoing a medical crisis. She is on the Booster Board for Fargo North High School and helps instruct Confirmation classes at Hope Lutheran Church, in Fargo. Through these service projects she has had the opportunity to help with bingo at the Veteran's Hospital and spend time visiting residents at local nursing homes, amongst other projects.

"I am humbled to receive the 2016 Volunteer of the Year award from FCCU. I have enjoyed working within the community. I love volunteering with the youth programs, whether it be at church or within the schools, because I feel it is important to give back as best as I can. I volunteer with so many great people and their efforts are equivalent to mine", says Hanneman. She continues to share, "Helping people through service is something I believe in doing and being recognized is very nice. I feel blessed to work for an organization that allows me to volunteer and supports my efforts."

The volunteer program launched in 2015. Whether it is helping at church, coaching basketball or volunteering at the local humane society, FCCU wants to encourage, recognize, and reward staff who are involved in our local communities. Hanneman accumulated over 90 hours of volunteer time, outside of work activities, giving her the title of Volunteer of the Year. Overall, FCCU staff accumulated nearly 2,000 volunteer hours throughout 2016.


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First Community Credit Union to Hold Fundraisers for Abused & Foster Children

During each quarter of 2017, First Community Credit Union (FCCU) will hold fundraisers for different worthy organizations. The charities are voted on by employees. Each quarter, FCCU will hold different events and fundraisers to support the charities in their own unique way.

The first quarter fundraising organization, as chosen by FCCU staff, is Project Ignite Light, which is an organization that gives thousands of abused children a piece of security and hope. They provide about 200 "Bags of Hope" to every reported abused child in Minnesota, North and South Dakota. The bags are free for the child and delivered through local advocacy centers. Each bag is customized for the child's age and gender and includes a blanket, pajamas, undergarments, personal hygiene items, flashlight, book and a water bottle.

To support Project Ignite Light, each branch will hold a pajama drive for staff, members and people of the community to donate. FCCU is collecting new two-piece pajamas in sizes newborn through 18 years of age. New fleece tie blankets are also accepted as a donation. They must be 1.5 yards each side and consist of two piece of fabric; one solid and one patterned. For specific instructions, please visit: www.ignitelight.org. The pajama and blanket drive will go through March 31st, 2017.

FCCU will also hold casual Fridays, casual day with tennis shoes, and an internal silent auction for employees to help raise additional funds.

Project Ignite Light is a faith based organization that provides children with important items needed when examined at local Children's Advocacy Centers around the United States for sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect. The organization was founded in 2008 by Jamestown native, Pebbles Thompson. They function out of the old Barnes County North School in Rogers, ND. More information can be found at www.ignitelight.org.


College Scholarships Now Available Online

Do you know a graduating high school senior who is looking for scholarships to help pay for college? First Community Credit Union will again be offering multiple scholarships to members of the Credit Union.

In recent years, First Community Credit Union created a program that supports their dedication to area communities by reinvesting in youth. FCCU donated $1 million into a scholarship foundation to provide additional scholarship dollars to graduating high school students. The earnings from the foundation go to fund scholarship opportunities, including multi-year scholarships for members of the credit union for years to come.

The credit union will award seven $4,000 scholarships and two $2,000 scholarships, which are $1,000 per year. There are nine scholarships available for the following schools in which FCCU has branch locations: Bismarck State College, Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Mayville State University, North Dakota State University, North Dakota State College of Science, University of Jamestown, University of Mary, and Valley City State University.

In addition, a limited number of individual one-year scholarships will be available to any college, university, or trade school of the student's choice at the value of $1,000.

We've moved our scholarship application process online. Applications can be created, saved and submitted with our FCCU Scholarship Application. The deadline to submit an application is March 17, 2017.

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Annual Meeting & Board Elections to be Held

The 78th Annual Meeting of First Community Credit Union will be held on March 20, 2017, beginning at 5:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Farmers Union Conference Center located at 1415 12th Avenue SE in Jamestown.

Two positions on the Board of Directors need to be filled. They are three year terms. Serving on the nominating committee are Dale Enerson, Julie Schmidt, and Sharman Zachrison. Voting ballots will be available at your local credit union office on Wednesday, February 22 through the close of business onFriday, March 10. You can also vote at the Annual Meeting on March 20. To review bios of board nominees, please view FCCU newsletter.

Following the business meeting, a meal will be served. Meal tickets must be purchased in advance for $2 and can be picked up at any FCCU office prior to close of business, Friday, March 10.

Attention Business Members!

If you intend to vote on your business' behalf for the upcoming board election, action is required on your part. According to FCCU Bylaws:

Article VII Elections Section 3:

…Business/commercial/organizational accounts must file a Certificate of Representation form with First Community Credit Union, each year by January 31st.

This form authorizes an individual to represent your business and cast a vote for FCCU's Board of Directors. Click here to view the Certificate of Representation or if you would like a hard copy mailed to you, please call 701-253-5127.

Employees Receive Years of Service Awards

We recognized several employees for their years of service to our Credit Union at our staff Christmas party. Their hard work, dedication, and loyalty day after day, year after year, is greatly appreciated. Please, join us in thanking the following employees for their years of service to our members.

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Expansion Planned for Administrative Office

FCCU announces expansion plans for its administrative office in Jamestown. We recently purchased the Rental Store that's connected to our existing administrative office located at 310 10th Street SE in Jamestown. With this purchase, FCCU will expand our headquarters with an additional 3,000 square feet. A remodel of the new internal space and also the entire outside of the building is slated to be finished in the summer of 2017.

"When we moved to the administrative building nearly 10 years ago, the goal was to streamline processes and to increase efficiency," said Steve Schmitz, President and CEO. "Since then our Credit Union has grown significantly and this expansion allows us to better serve our 32,000 members and future membership for years to come."

The administrative building supports the Credit Union branches in various departments including operations, human resources, loan processing, accounting and marketing.

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Ground Broken for New Fargo South Location

We're excited to share the latest expansion plans for our new Fargo South location. The 28,000 square foot facility is expected to be up in the fall of 2017 and is located at 5201 42nd Street South in Fargo.

Construction began in September and a formal ground breaking ceremony was held with the Fargo Moorhead Chamber on October 12th.

"Continued growth in the Fargo market has allowed the new facility to be built," said Craig Grundstrom, VP of the Fargo Market. He continues, "A third location in Fargo allows us to serve our growing consumer and commercial members as development continues rapidly in south Fargo."

It's a rather unique design that is sure to stand out. Natural light will be utilized, as well as a very modern design. Approximately 8,000 square feet will be finished at opening; this includes eight offices, break room, conference rooms, and lobby area. A large portion of the building will be unfinished with plans for rental space and room for future growth.

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FCCU Employees Earn IRA Certification

Five FCCU employees recently earned their Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Specialist Certification:

  • Keri Schall, MSR Team Lead in Oakes
  • Danette Enzminger, MSR in Steele
  • Kem Huisman, MSR at Bismarck Downtown
  • Melissa Johannes, Retail Manager in Bismarck
  • Josh Fettig, MSR in Bismarck

These individuals passed a six week eLearning series, followed by a written and oral exam to earn their certification.

Keri began with FCCU in 2004 as an MSR, but left from 2009 to 2012, before returning and being promoted to MSR Team Lead. Danette joined the credit union in August of 2013. Melissa began as an FSO in 2014 and was promoted to retail manager earlier this year. Josh has been with us since May of 2013 and Kem January of 2016.

"These employees displayed such great dedication to personal growth and development throughout this series. Not only did they grow as individuals but also as employees," said Stephanie Finck, VP of Operations with FCCU. She goes on to say, "I look forward to seeing where the application of this new knowledge will take them."

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FCCU Chief Financial Officer Retires and Successor is named

David Rogers, FCCU's Chief Financial Officer, retires after five years at the Credit Union.

Rogers moved to Jamestown after accepting the CFO position and starting on August 25, 2011. Rogers, who grew up in Chicago, IL, earned a B.A. in Economics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and a Ph.D. at Columbia University in New York City. He held several senior level banking and finance positions over the years, and even spent three years as a banking professor at Northern State University in South Dakota.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my work at the Credit Union and the opportunity to collaborate with such fine people. FCCU is a first class organization," Rogers said as he reminisced about his last few years.

First Community Credit Union is proud to announce that Sean Rinkenberger will be Rogers' successor as the new CFO.

Rinkenberger is originally from Bottineau, ND. He attended Jamestown College, now the University of Jamestown, for his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with minors in Business Administration and Management.

Rinkenberger started as the Controller at FCCU on May 4, 2015. Prior to joining the Credit Union, he was employed with Brady Martz and Associates in Bismarck, ND for public accounting, where he became a Certified Public Accountant. He also spent one year as the Chief Financial Officer of St. Andrew's Health Center in Bottineau, ND.

"I feel very fortunate for the opportunity to serve our membership alongside the talented team of employees at FCCU. First Community is a great place to work and I am excited to take on this new role," said Rinkenberger of the Credit Union. He will continue to be located at FCCU's Administration Office, located at 310 10th Street SE in Jamestown, ND.

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FCCU Receives Crystal Performance Award

FCCU was recently awarded the Crystal Performance Award by Raddon Financial Group (RGF). The award was designed to recognize credit unions for achieving a top ten ranking based on the RFG Performance Index, a balanced scorecard measurement of growth, income, efficiency and margin management. Each year, more than 500 credit unions are evaluated for the Crystal Performance Award through RFG's CEO Strategies Group program. FCCU was ranked among the top three percent of all credit unions analyzed by RFG for two consecutive reporting periods.

To be eligible for the Crystal Performance Award, a credit union must participate in the CEO Strategies Group for an in-depth analysis of the credit union's financials, sales, products and member household relationships. Beginning in 2009, RFG recognized the top credit unions in two asset classes based on their performance: credit unions above $500 million and below $500 million in assets. The Crystal Performance Award is presented annually at Raddon's CEO Forum.

"This award is the result of each and every employee's hard work and dedication to our members," said Steve Schmitz, FCCU president and CEO. "We continue to be a leader in our industry and this award helps support that notion."

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FCCU Raises $2,000 and 2,193 Items for local food pantries

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Combine in Napoleon - features the Napoleon Branch - Can Sculpture Winners

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Jamestown Wishing Well - features the Jamestown Branch - 2nd place in Can Sculpture

FCCU recently held fundraisers to collect over 2,193 items and rose $2,000 for food pantries. Items ranged from mac and cheese to fruit cups and granola bars, to even juice boxes all easy to use items for children and families that can use some assistance.

FCCU wanted to have some fun, all while supporting a good cause; so, they also held a can sculpture contest between the branches and departments to see who could build the best sculpture out of canned goods. The sculptures were displayed in the lobby areas of each branch for members to view. After each sculpture was submitted, we asked staff to vote for their favorite sculpture and the Napoleon branch's combine sculpture won with Jamestown Main's wishing well coming in close behind. All of FCCU's 15 branches collected proceeds from casual Fridays and member donations, which were split among the organizations.

A sincere thank you to everyone who brought items and supported this cause. Not only did we help stock the shelves at local food pantries, but we also had fun while doing so. We thank you for your continued support of these worthy organizations.

During its 77 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest Credit Union with 160 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.

FIRST COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION NAMED TO TOP 200 HEALTHIEST CREDIT UNION LIST

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FCCU Senior Management Team, from L to R: Janna Bergstedt, Sean Rinkenberger, Darin Finck, Jim Vollrath, Stephanie Finck, Jerry Janz, Steve Schmitz, David Rogers, Kelly Heyer, Carol Gleave, and Clayton Lilleby.

FCCU recently was named to the 2016 edition of the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America list released by DepositAccounts.com. FCCU was one of just 42 credit unions that made the list for the third consecutive year.

DepositAccounts.com recognizes those who have shown exceptional fiduciary responsibility in the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America, with FCCU being ranked number 43 out of 6,003 credit unions.

"It is an honor to be named to this list," said Steve Schmitz, FCCU President/CEO. He continues, "Our success has been a direct result of the hard work of our employees, the commitment of our Board of Directors and Audit Committee, and the support and patronage of our more than 32,000 members."

Each year, DepositAccounts.com evaluates the financial health of every federally insured credit union in the United States, more than 6,000 total. In order to determine a comprehensive health score, each institution is graded on several factors including capitalization, deposit growth, and a loan to reserve ratio.


First Community Credit Union to Hold Fundraisers for Local Food Pantries

During each quarter of 2016, First Community Credit Union (FCCU), will hold fundraisers for different worthy organizations. The charities are voted on by employees. Each quarter, FCCU will hold different events and fundraisers to support the charities in their own unique way.

The third quarter fundraising organization, as chosen by FCCU staff, are local food pantries. To support the cause, they will be holding a food drive at each branch for staff, members, and the community. Here are some suggested items that you can donate:

  • Canned items such as soup, fruit, vegetables, tuna, and beef stew.
  • Boxed dinners such as macaroni & cheese and rice.
  • Kid-friendly items such as granola bars, fruit snacks, raisins, graham crackers, fruit cups, and pretzels.
  • Peanut butter, jelly, mayonnaise, salad dressing, and spaghetti sauce.
  • Cold cereal, hot cereal mixes, and breakfast bars.
  • Non-food items such as paper products, soap, shampoo, and toothpaste.

The items and funds collected will be donated to the following local agencies according to each branch:

  • Jamestown - Salvation Army
  • Valley City - Barnes County Food Pantry
  • Bismarck - Great Plains Food Bank
  • Steele - Kidder County Food Pantry
  • Fargo - Great Plains Food Bank
  • Portland - Mayport Food Bank
  • Napoleon - Logan County Food Pantry
  • Wishek - Wishek Food Pantry
  • Oakes - Oakes Food Pantry
  • Milnor - Sargent County Food Pantry
  • Wahpeton - Richland County Food Pantry
  • Hankinson - Richland County Food Pantry

FCCU also wanted to have some fun, all while supporting the cause; so, they will be holding a can sculpture contest between the branches and departments to see who can build the best sculpture out of canned goods. The sculptures will be displayed in the lobby areas for members to view. In addition to the food drive and can sculpture contest, FCCU is encouraging financial donations for those that don't want to donate items, but would like to donate money and help support the cause. They encourage all employees to volunteer their time serving at their local food shelter or similar causes, such as Meals on Wheels programs and the homeless shelter.

To find out more about how to support this cause, stop into your local branch today or visit www.myFCCU.com. First Community Credit Union thanks you in advance for your support of this worthy cause.

During its 77 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest Credit Union with 160 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.


First Community Credit Union Raises $3,000 for Project Ignite Light

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From L to R – Back row: Janna Bergstedt, Tina Willason, Melissa Johannes, Lynzee Kutz, Randi Malsam, Haley Inczauskis, Josh Fettig, Ross Pritchert, Danette Enzminger, Bobbie Eberhardt, Amanda Geisler of Project Ignite Light, Clayton Lilleby, Wanda Oster, Amanda Hoffman, Karen Smith, Dawn Gray, Jacie Volk, Steve Schmitz. Front Row: Ally Nill, Stephanie Biggs, Charlotte Pikarski, Brooke Schmeichel, Ashley Stringer, Becky Pergotski, Angie Thomas, and Christina Kuntz.

First Community Credit Union (FCCU) recently held fundraisers for Project Ignite Light, an organization that supports area abused and foster children. Since April, employees of FCCU raised $3,000 for the organization. In addition to the funds, FCCU donated 60 fleece blankets and 170 pajamas to Project Ignite Light's 'Bags of Hope.'

Project Ignite Light strives to give thousands of abused children a piece of security and hope. They do this by providing 'Bags of Hope' delivered through local advocacy centers. The bags are customized for the child's age and gender and include items such as a blanket, pajamas, undergarments, personal hygiene items, flashlight, book and a water bottle. Every reported abused child receives a free bag. Currently they provide approximately 300 bags each month throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Since their founding eight years ago, Project Ignite Light has helped 11,000 children and they have a goal of bringing this program nationwide. More info at http://www.ignitelight.org/.

"This is an overwhelming outpouring of support," said Amanda Geisler VP of Growth and Development for Project Ignite Light. "We cannot do what we do, without fundraisers like this and community outreach."

Each quarter FCCU's 150 employees choose an organization to support by raising money and awareness. Abused and foster children were the focus of the first quarter charity and Project Ignite Light was the organization chosen to support.

During its 77 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest Credit Union with 160 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.


First Community Credit Union Receives the Dora Maxwell Award

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FCCU's President/CEO, Steve Schmitz (R), accepts Dora Maxwell award from Credit Union Association of the Dakotas' President, Jeff Olson (L).

First Community Credit Union was recently recognized for their charity work, as well as dedication to their members by the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas (CUAD). Hundreds were in attendance at the credit union conference in Bismarck, as FCCU was recognized with a first place award.


FCCU was presented the Dora Maxwell award, which focuses on community involvement. In commemoration of their 75th Anniversary in 2014, they gave back to the communities that they have served over the years. Employees and board members served the community by completing 75 random acts of kindness, one for each year they have been in business.


The 75 acts were broken down by branch or department; then the more than 150 employees and board members decided what they wanted to do in their own communities. The acts ranged from donating blood and playing bingo with nursing home residents to volunteering at the humane society and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.


Here are some other highlights. Bismarck staff members donated funds to purchase stuffed animals for all the children at St. Anthony's Hospital and Sanford Hospitals in Bismarck. While FCCU Bismarck employees were ankle deep in teddy bears, their Wahpeton staff reached out to the Ruby Food Pantry in Wahpeton. They were given names of five families that could use assistance in paying for their food and staff took care of paying for the families meals from the pantry.


First Community Credit Union's Fargo staff donated new and gently used toys to Nokomis Daycare in Fargo. During this time an additional act of kindness presented itself on the way to drop off the toys for Nokomis Daycare. There was a car stalled on the road, and an FCCU employee jumped out to help push the car to the nearest gas station.


The FCCU Operations department contacted social services to see if they had any needs. In the end, they donated nearly 100 items to three local families, one in particular that had been displaced from their home with little possessions. The donated items ranged from clothing to toiletries, and toys to food items.


"It's an honor to receive this award," says Janna Bergstedt, Vice President of Marketing. "We are proud of the communities that our branches reside in. After all, life is better with community."


During its 77 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest Credit Union with 150 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.



First Community Credit Union Awards Sixteen with Scholarships

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First Community Credit Union's Board of Directors has once again awarded scholarships to first year college students from its membership. 16 graduating seniors from around the state will be receiving college scholarships. This year, FCCU will fund $31,000 in scholarships to members of the credit union, including multi-year scholarships from prior years.

We are honored to provide nine multi-year $1,000 scholarships to the following students to use toward their college academia: Ben Berg of Bismarck, Elizabeth Asp of Hankinson, Kaitlyn Weigel of Kintyre, Leah Olson of Mayville, Madeline Bennett of Valley City, Mariah Schroeder of Oriska, Ryder Goolsbey of Milnor, Rebekka Wanner of Wishek, Ryder Goolsbey of Milnor, and Savannah Kramlich of Jamestown.

In addition, the following seven individuals will receive single-year $1,000 scholarships: Brooks Kenney and Gillian Dahl of Fargo, Hunter Pinke of Wishek, Kaitlyn Breidenbach of Napoleon, Katelyn Long of Kintyre, Bethany Materi and Madeline Roaldson of Bismarck.

Over the past 20 years, FCCU has provided more than $145,000 in college scholarships. The Board of Directors recognizes the importance of young people getting a good education and wants to encourage them to do their best. FCCU continues to do its part in providing incentives to help students reach their full potential. In recent years, the Credit Union donated $1 million into a scholarship foundation to provide additional scholarship dollars to graduating high school students.

"I would like to extend our congratulations to the winners of the 2016 First Community Credit Union Scholarship Foundation Program. Best of luck to all our graduates this year," said Steve Schmitz, CEO of First Community Credit Union.

During its 77 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest Credit Union with 150 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.


First Community Credit Union Promotes Lilleby to Vice President of Sales And Branch Administration

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(Fargo, ND) – First Community Credit Union (FCCU) announces that Clayton Lilleby has been promoted to Vice President of Sales and Branch Administration. In his new role, Lilleby will serve as a mentor for all branch staff in reaching goals, providing quality member service and staff development. He will continue to serve the branch network from his Fargo office, located at 4521 19th Ave S.

Lilleby joined FCCU in June of 2013 as a Mortgage Loan Officer. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bemidji State University, a Master's degree in Organizational Management and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Mary. Prior experience includes seven years of branch management and coaching staff, three years of banking, including private banking, and several years of sales and service experience.

"I am very excited and eager to begin working with the staff at FCCU in my new role. First Community Credit Union is a fantastic organization, with great employees, and I am honored to be a part of that. We are in a period of tremendous growth and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that come along with that."

During its 77 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest Credit Union with 150 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.


First Community Credit Union to Hold Fundraisers for Abused and Foster Children

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During each quarter of 2016, First Community Credit Union (FCCU), will hold fundraisers for different worthy organizations. The charities are voted on by employees. Each quarter, FCCU will hold different events and fundraisers to support the charities in their own unique way.

The second quarter fundraising organization, as chosen by FCCU staff, is Project Ignite Light, which is an organization that gives thousands of abused children a piece of security and hope. They provide "Bags of Hope" to every reported abused child in Minnesota, North and South Dakota. The bags are free for the child and delivered through local advocacy centers. Each bag is customized for the child's age and gender and includes a blanket, pajamas, undergarments, personal hygiene items, flashlight, book and a water bottle.

To support Project Ignite Light, each branch will hold a pajama drive for staff, members and people of the community to donate. FCCU is collecting new two-piece pajamas in sizes newborn through 18 years of age. New fleece tie blankets are also accepted as a donation. They must be 1.5 yards each side and consist of two piece of fabric; one solid and one patterned. For specific instructions, please visit: www.ignitelight.org. The pajama and blanket drive will go through June 28th, 2016.

FCCU will also hold casual Fridays and a baby/kid photo contest of their employees' childhood photographs to help raise additional funds. Members and employees will be able to vote for categories such as cutest, best smile, most embarrassing, and most changed. The cost to vote is $1/entry.

Project Ignite Light is a faith based organization that provides children with important items needed when examined at local Children's Advocacy Centers around the United States for sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect. The organization was founded in 2008 by Jamestown native, Pebbles Thompson. They function out of the old Barnes County North School in Rogers, ND. More information can be found at www.ignitelight.org.


During its 77 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest Credit Union with 150 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.


First Community Credit Union Raises $4,500 for North Dakota Veterans

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FCCU employees present check to Impact Foundation's Support our Veterans Fund. From L to R: Ben Watkins, Lonnie Wangen, Tony Walz, Connie Olgaard, Clayton Lilleby, Kris Hanneman, Carolyn Holtgrewe, Angie Thomas, Laura Wickham, Kevin Sunde, & Janna Bergstedt. Impact Foundation Representative, Lonnie Wangen - ND Veterans Affairs.


First Community Credit Union (FCCU) recently held a fundraiser for North Dakota veterans. All 15 branches collectively raised $4,500 for the Support Our Veterans fund, which was established to provide resources for North Dakota veterans and their eligible dependents' emergency needs.

FCCU employees held an internal silent auction that raised $1,400 in addition to casual Friday fundraisers that raised $1,900, and $500 for Valentine's Day deliveries. Additional funds were raised from chili cook-offs and other means.

In commemoration of Salute to Veterans Week in February, employees delivered goodies to veterans and active military personnel. Deliveries included:

  • 75 goodies for the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Fargo
  • 130 chocolate bars to residents living at the Veteran's Affairs Home in Lisbon
  • Veterans throughout Bismarck, Napoleon, and Steele
  • Treats for the National Guard Maintenance Shop in Jamestown

Each quarter FCCU's 150 employees choose an organization to raise money and awareness for. North Dakota veterans were chosen as the first quarter charity. First Community Credit Union would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the men and women who have served our country over the years. FCCU currently has five employees that have served in the military.

During its 77 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest Credit Union with 150 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.


200 Attend 77th Annual Meeting

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Approximately 200 people gathered together for the 77th Annual Meeting of First Community Credit Union on March 21, 2016 at North Dakota Farmers Union. The meeting included speeches from board president, Owen Olson, guest speaker, Jeff Olson of the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas, and CEO, Steve Schmitz. Controller, Sean Rinkenberger, reviewed the Statement of Financial Condition and attendees approved both the financial report as well as the work of the board as completed in 2015.

There were three positions up for re-election for FCCU's board of directors- Owen Olson, Dayne Headland, and Mark Watne. There were four candidates - Dustin Bourgois, Owen Olson, Dayne Headland, and Mark Watne. Board member and nominating committee member, Sandy Franke shared the election results with attendees. Owen Olson, Dayne Headland, and Mark Watne were re-elected to our board for three-year terms.

Following the business meeting, door prizes were announced and a meal was served.

"2015 was another successful year for FCCU," said CEO Steve Schmitz ending his president's report. He continued, "We have had a string of successful years; to the point where I think we sometimes take that for granted. Each year at this meeting we have come to expect our accountants will report on what a great year we had financially; you expect me to announce our next plans for new buildings and expansion like I did tonight, but it's not like this everywhere. Many places are struggling. This doesn't happen by accident or by chance."

"It comes down to our employees; we have a great staff that works hard! They are committed to the credit union and our membership and I want to thank again this year for their continued hard-work and dedication."

"I also want to take this opportunity to recognize the board of directors and audit committee for their service to FCCU. Their decisions, guidance, confidence, and trust have allowed this Credit Union to become what it is today."

"And finally, I want to thank each of you, the members of First Community Credit Union. Thank you for your past patronage and thank you for the business you will do with us in the coming year. We really appreciate it. Thank you."


77th Annual Meeting to be Held

The 77th Annual Meeting of First Community Credit Union will be held on March 21, 2016, beginning at 5:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Farmers Union Conference Center located at 1415 12th Avenue SE in Jamestown.

Three positions on the Board of Directors need to be filled. They are three year terms. Serving on the nominating committee are Dale Enerson, Julie Schmidt and Sandy Franke. Biographies of the candidates and voting ballots are available at your local credit union office through the close of business on Friday, March 11. You can also vote at the Annual Meeting on March 21.

Following the business meeting, a meal will be served. Meal tickets must be purchased in advance for $2 and can be picked up at any FCCU office prior to close of business, Friday, March 11.


FCCU Receives Champion of Affordable Housing Award

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L to R: FCCU's Diane Hanebutt, NDHFA Executive Director Jolene Kline, FCCU's Mike Christianson, Marita Coghlan, Darin Engstrom, Clayton Lilleby, ND Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, FCCU's Tanya Nenow, Janet Sand, and Mary Radenz

The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) recognized several lending partners and housing advocates as Champions of Affordable Housing at the 23rd Annual Statewide Housing Conference held recently.

Among the lending institutions and individuals recognized was First Community Credit Union and loan officer, Clayton Lilleby of Fargo, who received the 2015 Champion of Affordable Housing Individual Lender Award.

"The Champion awards recognize and celebrate the work of individuals, non-profit organizations, public agencies, and private sector businesses that make exceptional affordable housing contributions in North Dakota." said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

NDHFA's lender awards are based on participation in its homeownership programs and involvement in locally sponsored affordable housing projects and events. In addition to honoring lending institutions that originated the loans, mortgage loan officers that actively promoted the agency's programs were also recognized.


College Scholarships Now Available Online

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Do you know a graduating high school senior who is looking for scholarships to help pay for college? First Community Credit Union will again be offering multiple scholarships to members of the Credit Union.

In recent years First Community Credit Union created a program that supports their dedication to area communities by reinvesting in youth. FCCU donated $1 million into a scholarship foundation to provide additional scholarship dollars to graduating high school students. The earnings from the foundation go to fund scholarship opportunities, including multi-year scholarships for members of the credit union for years to come.

The credit union will award seven $4,000 scholarships and two $2,000 scholarships, which are $1,000 per year. There are nine scholarships available for the following schools in which FCCU has branch locations: Bismarck State College, Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Mayville State University, North Dakota State University, North Dakota State College of Science, University of Jamestown, University of Mary, and Valley City State University.

In addition, a limited number of individual one-year scholarships will be available to any college, university, or trade school of the student's choice at the value of $1,000.

New in 2016!

We've moved our scholarship application process online. Applications can be created, saved and submitted with our new FCCU Scholarship Application. The deadline to submit an application is March 18, 2016.


Employee Awards

We recently held our staff Christmas party and at the event we awarded several employees for their years of service to our credit union. Their hard work, dedication, and loyalty day after day, year after year, needs to be recognized and appreciated. Please join us in thanking the following employees for their years of service to our members.

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$9,000 Raised for Children's Miracle Network

The fourth quarter fundraiser has come to an end and with your help, Sanford Children's Hospital will receive an impressive $9,000. Including a 50% match from COOP Financial Services of $3,000, FCCU will present the check to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), a network of hospitals that have been helping kids in need for over 30 years.

Funds were raised through various means including selling chocolate bars, casual Fridays for charity, and Shop for Miracles, where FCCU donated 25 cents every time members used their debit card on International Credit Union Day.

North Dakota's local CMN hospital is Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo. In 2015, the hospital cared for over 80,000 children from all over the state of North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Money raised for CMNH at Sanford Children's help fund lifesaving medical equipment, special programs unique to sick and injured children, research and education. Bismarck also has a local clinic, which benefits from the funds.

On October 15, 2015, FCCU staff in Bismarck served lunch to 35 people at Sanford Hospital in Bismarck, while FCCU Fargo staff and the FCCU Marketing department served 80 people at the Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo. PeeWee the Penguin also made an surprise appearance to help put smiles on kid's faces.

"While serving lunch at the hospital I had the chance to visit with a mother who had a premature baby in the NICU," said Janna Bergstedt, FCCU Marketing Manager. "She happened to be from Jamestown and after a brief conversation about her baby that was born at just 23 weeks, she told me how grateful she was for the meal and for the time we spent at the hospital. Sarah went on to say how the small gesture really means a lot as she had already been in the hospital for a few weeks and her little boy would have to be there for several more months. With FCCU's fourth quarter charity, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, we're helping people like Sarah in Jamestown and families all around the state. It was such a wonderful opportunity to carry out the theme of 'People Helping People' that day and every day at First Community Credit Union."

Credit Unions for Kids is a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues/associations and business partners from across the country, engaged in fundraising activities to benefit 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Adopted as the credit union movement's charity of choice, they are the 3rd largest sponsor of CMN Hospitals. One hundred percent of every dollar donated through Credit Unions for Kids goes back to the local CMN Hospital.

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FCCU Steele Recognized as Local Leader in Customer Service

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Steele Area Betterment (SAB) recently awarded the FCCU Steele branch with the 2015-2016 Customer Service Award. This award was voted on by the community at the SAB Annual 'Thanks for Shopping Locally' customer appreciation picnic.

Receiving the award for FCCU was Branch Manager April Anderson, Member Service Representative Danette Enzminger, and Member Service Representative, Karen Lee. Anderson has been with FCCU for eight years, with over five of those being in Steele. Enzminger has been with FCCU for two years, while Lee has been with FCCU for seven years, most recently a year and a half in Steele.

"We are thankful to be able to serve the Steele area communities and enjoy seeing and helping our members every day," said April Anderson, Steele Branch Manager. "We look forward to you stopping in to conduct business or just say 'hi' and have a cookie and coffee."


Two FCCU Employees Earn IRA Specialist Certification

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Christina Kuntz, Operations Coordinator

Danyelle Schill, Operations Coordinator


(Jamestown, ND) – Christina Kuntz and Danyelle Schill, both Operations Coordinators with First Community Credit Union (FCCU) recently earned their Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Specialist Certification.

Both individuals passed a six week eLearning series, followed by a written and oral exam to earn their certification.

Kuntz has been with FCCU since February of 2012. She has held several positions with FCCU including Member Service Representative, Member Relations Specialist and most recently was promoted to Operations Coordinator. Schill started with FCCU in November of 2011, as a Member Service Representative. She was promoted to an Operations Coordinator in June of 2014. The duo is located at FCCU's Administrative Office at 310 10th St SE in Jamestown.

"They both displayed such great dedication to personal growth and development throughout this series. They not only grew as individuals but also as employees," said Stephanie Finck, VP of Operations with FCCU. She goes on to say "I look forward to seeing where the application of this new knowledge will take them."

During its 76 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest Credit Union with 150 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.


FCCU Raises $2,100 and 8,600 items for Third Quarter Charity

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First Community Credit Union (FCCU) recently held food drives and fundraised for local food shelters and back pack programs. All 15 branches collectively raised 8,600 items and raise $2,100. Items ranged from spaghetti Os to fruit cups and granola bars and juice boxes - all easy to use items for children who may not otherwise get a meal over the weekend while away from school.

The items and funds collected were donated to the following local agencies: Community Action in Jamestown, Epworth United Methodist Church in Valley City, Community Action in Bismarck, Kidder County Food Pantry in Steele, Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo, Logan County Food Pantry, Wishek Food Pantry, Oakes Food Pantry, Sargent County Food Pantry, and the Richland County Food Pantry.

All of FCCU's 15 branches collected proceeds from casual Fridays and member donations, which were split among the organizations. In addition, FCCU wanted to have some fun, while supporting a good cause. Each branch had specific goals and if met, their branch manager was duck taped to a wall. If we met our overall goal of 4,000 items, the marketing department would also be duck taped. We ended up doubling our initial goal, and the marketing department was in fact, duck taped.

"The children and families who will be fed, as a result of staff and community contributions, is truly amazing," said Janna Bergstedt, Marketing Manager. "We are proud to show our support to this worthy cause and a sincere thank you goes out to everyone who supported this."

During its 76 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest Credit Union with 125 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.


FCCU Launches EMV for Debit Cards

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In 2014, FCCU was one of the first North Dakota financial institutions to implement EMV (chip) technology for our credit cards. Just a year later, we're adding this feature to our debit cards as well. The new EMV chips increase security and decreases fraud resulting from counterfeit, lost and stolen cards. This "smart card" has a microchip embedded in the credit card that is encrypted, providing stronger security. Unlike a magnetic stripe card, it is virtually impossible to create a counterfeit EMV card that can be used to conduct an EMV payment transaction successfully.

FCCU debit cardholders should watch their mailboxes in the coming weeks for a new card and follow the activation instructions carefully. The process of using the card is different than the old magnetic stripe card.

First, swipe card

  • If the terminal is not chip card-enabled, the transaction will be processed the same as today's environment with the magnetic stripe.
  • If the terminal is chip card-enabled, the terminal will read the magnetic stripe and recognize it as a chip card.
  • The message on the terminal screen will read, "Please insert the chip card into the terminal."
  • If prompted by the terminal, insert your card.
  • The terminal will authenticate the chip card and keep it safely inside the terminal until transaction is finished
  • Authenticating every user prevents someone else from using it.

Second, remember your PIN

  • Terminals may use different formats to authenticate the card user. There are two methods that can be used to authenticate the cardholder. Those two methods are PIN and signature. A PIN is one method to verify the cardholder is the person doing the transaction. A signature is another method.

Third, remove your card

  • After receiving transaction receipt and before leaving, remember to remove card. Some terminals will beep as a reminder, but others won't.

"Diminished fraud is the main reason we're transitioning to EMV cards," said Stephanie Finck, Vice President of Operations for First Community Credit Union. "We want to be proactive in ensuring our members security and this is one way we can do just that."

EMV is an acronym for its developers – Europay, MasterCard, Visa and is the chip technology that is prominent in Europe and other parts of the world. Chip technology is already prevalent outside the United States and financial institutions are preparing for a migration of chip readers at merchants domestically.

FCCU debit cardholders, click here for more details about the transition to EMV on your card.


First Community Credit Union to Hold Re-Grand Opening for Branch Remodel

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Oakes, ND) -- First Community Credit Union (FCCU) is proud to announce that its Oakes branch has recently completed the remodel of their building. After more than 30 years of service in the Oakes community, it was time for a more modern space to better serve current and future members.

The remodel included adding a conference room, remodeling the main entrance for handicapped accessibility, restrooms that are available to m embers, and a complete transformation of the teller line. The exterior of the building also had some minor improvements.

"A branch remodel has been discussed for many years and we're excited for it to become a reality," said Steve Schmitz, President and CEO. "The updated facility will allow us to better serve our existing members as well as attain new members. We invite the Oakes community and beyond to come see our new space and celebrate with us."

A re-grand opening is planned for the week of September 8-11. The celebration will consist of loan and CD specials, door prizes, giveaways and refreshments all week. The Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at the branch at 11am on Tuesday, September 8 with a free lunch to follow that is open to the community.

During its 75 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest Credit Union with 140 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.


FCCU's Youth Week Event in Napoleon and Valley City Rescheduled

First Community Credit Union's (FCCU) Youth Week event, originally scheduled for August 6th in Napoleon, has been postponed due to inclement weather. The event will be held Wednesday, August 12th at 5:30pm at the Napoleon Park. There will be a picnic, games, free swimming, and giveaways.

FCCU's Youth Week event, originally scheduled for August 6th in Valley City has been postponed due to inclement weather, as well. The event will be held Tuesday, August 11th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the City Park. There will be a picnic in the park with food, inflatable games and other activities.

Each year, FCCU celebrates Youth Week to encourage saving amongst our youth and the importance of proper money management. This year, the theme for Youth Week is 'Wild About Saving'. Each First Community branch location holds various events and activities.


First Community Credit Union Named to Top 200 Healthiest Credit Union List

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First Community Credit Union (FCCU) recently was named to the 2015 edition of the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America list released by DepositAccounts.com. FCCU was one of 66 credit unions that made the list for the second consecutive year.

DepositAccounts.com recognizes those who have shown exceptional fiduciary responsibility in the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America, with FCCU being ranked number 147 out of 6,655 credit unions.

"It is an honor to be named to this list," said Steve Schmitz, FCCU President/CEO. He continues, "Our success has been a direct result of the hard work of our employees, the commitment of our Board of Directors and Audit Committee, and the support and patronage of our more than 32,000 members."

Each year DepositAccounts.com evaluates the financial health of every federally insured credit union in the United States, more than 6,600 total. In order to determine a comprehensive health score, each institution is graded on a several factors including capitalization, deposit growth, and a loan to reserve ratio.

During its 76 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest Credit Union with 125 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.


First Community Credit Union Raises $10,500 for Relay for Life

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First Community Credit Union (FCCU) recently held fundraisers to raise more than $10,500 for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. FCCU has chosen a different organization each quarter to raise money and awareness for these organizations.

All of FCCU's 15 branches collected proceeds from casual Fridays, which were donated to Relay for Life, as well as the money from employee vacation raffles. Various branches also held a Mother's Day bake sale to raise funds for Relay for Life. A majority of the funds were raised by FCCU Jamestown branches at the night glow golf tournament, "Golfing FORE a Cure", last August.

In addition to fundraising, the Jamestown branch participated in a Stutsman County Relay for Life walk on June 5.

FCCU has participated in Relay for Life for more than 13 years. In the last five years, the Credit Union has raised nearly $50,000 for this worthy cause.

During its 76 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest Credit Union with 125 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.


USDA Recognizes FCCU as a top Rural Housing Lender

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From Left to Right: Mark Schlenvogt, Area Director in Valley City; Bill Davis, Rural Development State Director; Tanya Nenow, Mortgage Loan Originator; Kelly Heyer, VP of Consumer Lending


The USDA Rural Development has recently recognized FCCU as a top lender in the Guaranteed Rural Housing (GRH) loan program in North Dakota. In the past year, 61 approved lenders around the state participated in the GRH program and financed $58.2 million to assist rural residents achieve homeownership. Of that, First Community Credit Union financed $4.1 million in 38 loans.

"By partnering with local lenders, we are able to help more people buy their own homes," said Rural Development Acting State Director Bill Davis. "This is important as home ownership means long-term financial stability and security for rural families."

The GRH program is a federal program that is budget neutral. The program does not rely on tax dollars and is self-supporting through fees generated by the loans. The home loans are provided by private lending institutions and guaranteed by the federal government. The program features no down payment to eligible-income households and no maximum mortgage limits.

Dwellings must be in a rural community with a population of 35,000 or less.

During its 76 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest Credit Union with 125 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.


First Community Recieves Three First Place Credit Union Awards

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(First Community Credit Union (FCCU) was recently recognized for their charity work, as well as their dedication to their members by the Credit Union Associations of the Dakotas (CUAD). Hundreds were in attendance at the credit union conference in Las Vegas, NV as FCCU was recognized with three first place awards.

FCCU was presented the Dora Maxwell award, which focuses on community involvement, for their 2013 "Gofling for a Cure" night golf tournament. The golf tournament was created as a unique effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. FCCU has been supporting the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life for the past 14 years, raising nearly 100,000 for the worthy cause. Each year, FCCU staff organize, plan and execute fundraising events.

FCCU was also awarded the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service award for their recently established Scholarship Foundation. This award is focused on the credit union philosophy of 'people helping people' as a benefit to their members. In 2013, FCCU donated $1 million into a scholarship foundation to provide additional scholarship dollars to graduating high school students. The earnings from the foundation will go to fund scholarship opportunities, including multi-year scholarships for members of the Credit Union for years to come.

Finally, FCCU was awarded the CU Social Good Award for their 75 Random Acts of Kindness project, one for each year they've been in business. The CU Social Good Award is given to a credit union that has positively affected the community and the North Dakota or South Dakota credit union movement.

"It's an honor to win these awards," says Janna Bergstedt, Marketing Manager. "We are proud of the effort we put forth to support such worthy causes and to help support our members."

During its 76 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest Credit Union with 140 employees and 15 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.


First Community Credit Union Awards Seventeen with Scholarships

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First Community Credit Union's Board of Directors has once again awarded scholarships to first year college students from its membership. Last year, FCCU donated $1 million into a scholarship foundation to provide additional scholarship dollars to graduating high school students.

We are honored to provide nine multi-year $1,000 scholarships to the following students to use toward their college academia: Kaytlyn Heick of Bismarck, Grace Schuler of Wishek, Austin Kelly of Oakes, Brenna Ketterling of Wishek, Bailey Bitz of Napoleon, Teagan Skunberg of Jamestown, Shaina Weigel of Kintyre, Brittany Roney of Oakes and Sarah Schauer of Valley City.

In addition, we are honored to give eight additional single-year $1,000 scholarships to: Loren Sether of Bismarck, Kirstin Volk of Hazen, Madison Ryckman of Oakes, Breanna Roen of Fergus Falls, Cheyenne Hanson of Argusville, Quinn Vculek of Crete, Grady Mauch of Mooreton, and Elizabeth Brown of Wahpeton. FCCU will also be issuing eight second-year scholarships from last year's winners at $1,000 each.

Over the past 19 years, FCCU has given out more than $120,000 in scholarships. The Board of Directors recognizes the importance of young people getting a good education and wants to encourage young people to do their best. FCCU continues to do its part in providing incentives to help students reach their full potential.

"FCCU would like to extend our congratulations to the winners of the 2015 First Community Credit Union Scholarship Foundation Program. Best of luck to all our graduates this year," said Steve Schmitz, CEO of First Community Credit Union.

During its 76 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest Credit Union with nearly $530 million in assets, employing 140 people in 12 different communities. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members, as opposed to banks, which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.


Free Credit Seminar to be Held

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First Community Credit Union to hold Credit Confidence seminars that are free and open to the community. The course will focus on credit, including how to improve your credit score, reading credit reports, and dos and don'ts of credit/loans.

Advance registration is required and seating is limited. To sign up for the seminar, call 1-800-850-7676 or email fccu@myfccu.com. Sessions will be held in the following locations:

  • Wahpeton: Tuesday, May 12th at Noon at the FCCU Wahpeton branch at 1601 Wheatland Road
  • Valley City: Tuesday, May 12th at Noon at the FCCU Valley City branch at 115 5th Ave NE
  • Jamestown: Tuesday, May 12th at 6pm at the FCCU administrative building located at 310 10th Street SE
  • Bismarck: Thursday, May 14th at 6pm at the FCCU Bismarck North branch located at 3201 Weiss Avenue, by Menards

FCCU has certified credit counselors that have been trained to help guide in making better financial decisions. They offer group seminars on topics such as credit reports, financial awareness, budgeting and financial behavior. One-on-one sessions are also available for a more personalized approach where they review individual credit reports, create spending plans and discuss options to repay debt.

Click here for information.


$3,500 Raised for North Dakota Veterans

April 3, 2015

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FCCU recently held fundraisers for North Dakota Veterans. All 15 branches collectively raised $3,500. The funds were then donated to the Impact Foundations 'Support our Veterans Fund,' which helps with unmet needs such as stable housing.

Employees held an internal silent auction and enjoyed casual Fridays raising nearly $3,000. Pee Wee, the youth mascot, delivered Valentine's Day gifts around Jamestown as a fundraiser for our veterans. More than $600 was raised and Pee Wee made the front page of the local newspaper, as a result.

FCCU celebrated Salute to Veterans Week February 9-13th by decorating and delivering more than 200 homemade Valentine's Day cards to:

  • 15 currently deployed ND National Guard members
  • Other family and friends of staff who are currently deployed or have served our country
  • 60 veterans at the VA Hospital in Fargo
  • 130 veterans at the VA Home in Lisbon

Employees of FCCU chose a different organization each quarter to raise money and awareness for. The second quarter organization is the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. We thank you in advance for your continued support of these worthy organizations.


FCCU Launches Apple Pay, One of First to Offer Locally

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First Community Credit Union, North Dakota's largest credit union, will be one of the first locally-based financials in the state to integrate with Apple Pay. It's a new category of service that will transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay. Apple Pay combines Apple's seamlessly integrated hardware, software and services to create a unique, incredibly intuitive and elegant experience. This combination keeps payment information protected, so when adding a card with Apple Pay, the actual credit and debit card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Apple Pay is easy to set up and users will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by their credit and debit cards.

In participating stores, Apple Pay will work with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, upon availability. Within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

"FCCU has always been a leader in technology," said Steve Schmitz, President and CEO. He continues, "We're excited bring this innovative payment solution to North Dakota. Technology has come a long ways and we're proud to offer this new service to our members."


Dressler Chosen to Represent Young Professionals at National Conference

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Katie Dressler, Marketing Specialist at First Community Credit Union, recently returned from the 2015 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), in Washington DC. Dressler applied and was selected to represent North Dakota as a young professional for the "Crash" the GAC program, an event by the Cooperative Trust in partnership with Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Every state was represented by a young credit union professional at the conference. The Cooperative Trust and CUNA received a record number of 220 applications.

"I was in awe and very humbled when I received the news of being selected to represent the great state of North Dakota," said Dressler. "I knew the experience I'd come back with would be life-changing and help me grow in my career."

Crash events provide young, motivated credit union employees with opportunities to take part in top industry events that they might not otherwise be able to attend, as well as provide ideal opportunities for networking.

"Not only were the speaker sessions valuable in gaining insight in the cooperative industry, but so were the after five events," said Dressler. "I tried to be like a sponge, soaking up ideas and valuable advice from top industry leaders."

In addition to the core schedule of GAC events, Dressler attended exclusive speaker sessions and explored opportunities to help support credit unions locally and nationally. These sessions featured speakers from CUNA, the National Credit Union Foundation, CUNA Mutual Group and Filene Research Institute, and gave crashers the opportunity to pick industry veterans brains one-on-one, after the sessions ended.

Dressler says, "The amount you can learn from one-on-one conversation's at events like the GAC is phenomenal."

Crashers also participated in "Hike the Hill", where they were able to join CEOs, Board Members, and other industry leaders from their credit unions in meeting State Senators to discuss political issues affecting credit unions and our state.</p>

"My week in Washington DC was a little tiring because they had us busy from sun up to sun down, but it was truly a once-in a lifetime experience for all of us that attended," said Dressler. "I highly recommend other young professionals in the credit union industry apply for the program. You'll leave the program with more than 50 new friends, a greater confidence in your work, a new outlook on life and a passion for not only the credit union industry, but for helping others."


76th Annual Meeting to be Held

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The 76th Annual Meeting of First Community Credit Union will be held on March 16, 2015, beginning at 5:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Farmers Union Conference Center located at 1415 12th Avenue SE in Jamestown.

Two positions on the Board of Directors need to be filled. They are three year terms. Sharman Zachrison and Bonnie Nelson have submitted petitions for re-election. No other petitions were submitted. Serving on the nominating committee are Sandy Franke, Dale Enerson, and Julie Schmidt. As directed by the bylaws, the vacancies will be filled by acclamation at the Annual Meeting.

Following the business meeting, a meal will be served. Meal tickets must be purchased in advance for $2 and can be picked up at any FCCU office prior to Friday, March 6.


First Community Credit Union Raises $8,000 For Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

January 15, 2015

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First Community Credit Union (FCCU) recently held fundraisers for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) through Credit Unions for Kids. Employees of FCCU chose a different organization each quarter to raise money and awareness for. With a match from COOP Financial Services, FCCU has donated $8,000 to CMNH, a network of hospitals that have been helping kids in need for over 30 years.

North Dakota's local CMN hospital is Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo. In 2014 the hospital cared for nearly 62,000 children from all over the state of North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Money raised for CMNH at Sanford Children's help fund lifesaving medical equipment, special programs unique to sick and injured children, research and education.

"I had the opportunity to see donations in action while visiting Sanford Children's in Fargo," says Janna Bergstedt, Marketing Manager for FCCU. "Not only do they have a hospital where children receive superior care for their health, but also a unique, child-friendly and healing environment. On behalf of FCCU, we are honored to support such a wonderful cause."

Funds were raised through various means including selling chocolate bars, casual Fridays for charity, and Shop for Miracles, where FCCU donated 25 cents every time members used their debit card on International Credit Union Day.

The $4,000 raised by FCCU was matched by CO-OP Financial Services as part of its CO-OP Miracle Match program. This $1 million annual matching funds program matches contributions at the local level, expanding the contributions raised by credit unions for CMNH.

Credit Unions for Kids is a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues/associations and business partners from across the country, engaged in fundraising activities to benefit 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Adopted as the credit union movement's charity of choice, they are the 3rd largest sponsor of CMN Hospitals. One hundred percent of every dollar donated through Credit Unions for Kids goes back to the local CMN Hospital.

During its 76 year history, First Community Credit Union has grown to be North Dakota's largest Credit Union with 125 employees and 14 branches whose field of membership covers approximately one third of the state. As a credit union, FCCU is owned by its members. This is different than other financial institutions which are owned by a select group of stockholders. The Credit Union's profits are returned to the members in the form of better services, accounts, and favorable rates on savings and loans.


Employee Awards

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We recently held our staff Christmas party and at the event we awarded several employees for their years of service to our credit union. Their hard work, dedication, and loyalty day after day, year after year, needs to be recognized and appreciated. Please join us in thanking the following employees for their years of service to our members.