First Community Credit Union Future Looks Bright for 2019
Michele Weaver Named FCCU Volunteer of the Year
College Scholarships Available
Do you know a high school senior that’s graduating this year? Make sure you let them know about the scholarship opportunities available with FCCU! Once again we’ll be offering multiple scholarships to our members this year.
FCCU has an education foundation that supports our dedication to area communities by investing in today’s youth. In 2014 we 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.
In 2019, the Credit Union will award nine $4,000 scholarships and six $2,000 scholarships, which are $1,000 per year. There are 15 scholarships available for the following schools in which FCCU has branch locations: Bismarck State College, Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Concordia College, Lake Region State College, Minnesota State University of Moorhead, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Mayville State University, Northland Community and Technical College, North Dakota State University, North Dakota State College of Science, University of Jamestown, University of North Dakota, University of Mary, University of Minnesota Crookston 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.
For full details and to access the online scholarship application, please visit our website at www.myFCCU.com in early January. The deadline to submit an application is March 15th, 2019.
FCCU Raises $6,500 for CHildren's Miracle Network Hospitals
We recently held fundraisers for our 2018 fourth quarter charity, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) through Credit Unions for Kids. Employees of FCCU choose a different organization each quarter to support by raising money and awareness. FCCU was able to donate $6,500 to CMNH, a network of hospitals that has been helping kids in need for over 30 years.
North Dakota’s local CMN hospital is Sanford Children’s Hospital in Fargo. Since 1984, Sanford Children’s has served children and families as North Dakota’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. 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 humbling to see the impact that a donation can make,” said Janna Bergstedt, Vice-President of Marketing at FCCU. Bergstedt continued to share, “While visiting the new Sanford Children’s Hospital in Fargo, we were able to see the amount of compassion and effort that staff provides to the children as well as their families. It’s an honor to be able to donate to such a worthy cause.”
Funds were raised through various means including selling chocolate bars, casual Fridays, parking spot raffle and holiday pin-ups. In addition, FCCU staff provided free lunch on International Credit Union Day for doctors, nurses and residents at Sanford Children’s.
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.
FCCU Employees Receive Yaears of Service Awards
We recently 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.
FAR Shopping Spree Winner Chosen
FCCU held a contest this fall for a $500 shopping spree that encouraged First Advantage Rewards (FAR) members to enter to win. The lucky winner was announced and presented her prize.
Congratulations to Bismarck member, Tanya Decker of Lincoln, for winning the $500 shopping spree to a store of her choice.
Jessica Nygaard, Bismarck Retail Manager, presented Tanya her prize. Tanya was thrilled to use her money at Slumberland Furniture for this beautiful fireplace and TV stand. She’ll be able to enjoy it all winter long.
Congratulations Tanya, from all of us at FCCU!
80th Annual Meeting to be Held
The 80th Annual Meeting of First Community Credit Union will be held on March 18, 2019, 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. Dayne Headland, Owen Olson and Mark Watne have submitted petitions for re-election. No other petitions were submitted. Serving on the nominating committee are Jason McKenney, Sue Corwin and Sharman Zachrison. 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 close of business, Friday, March 8.