Can it really be October already? It's been awhile since we have posted, but where did the time go? Let's see if we can explain this...

Summer was a very busy time for us as we planned the 60th Anniversary Celebration and held our 60 Prizes in 60 Days contest.  Our marketing coordinator, Heather, had a great time putting smiles on members' faces as she had the pleasure of calling each one to let them know they had won.  Our branches were busy with members taking advantage of the 60th Anniversary Unsecured Loan and Visa Balance Tranfer promotions that were offered to help them save on interest.  And on September 21st, about 200 members joined us as the Hayes Avenue Branch to celebrate what is most important to us....OUR MEMBERS! DSCN1219

VLFCU was also a major sponsor of Stuff the Bus Erie County.  The cuBe truck hit the streets to pick up donations at local businesses before the Wrap Up event at the Sandusky Mall in early August.  Thanks to generous community members and organizations, 300 students attending Sandusky, Sandusky Central Catholic, and Perkins Local Schools received a new backpack stuffed with school supplies.  We thank our partners in this endeavor: The Sandusky Mall, United Way of Erie County, Sandusky Volunteer Center, and Ohio Business College and to the volunteers who helped unload, sort, inventory, and pack the supplies! 

So, what's on the horizon?  At VLFCU we are always working on the next  contribution, and the holiday season is certainly critical to our community.  Here are ways that we are giving back this season with help from our members and local residents. 

Coats for Caring:  November 1 - December 3, 2016.  Drop off gently used winter coats and apparel at any VLFCU branch or during the BAS Broadcasting Coats for Caring Event at the Sandusky Mall on December 3rd.  Look for the VLFCU cuBe truck near center court. Donations will benefit families served by the Erie and Huron County Departments of Jobs & Family Services.

VLFCU Annual Toy Drive: November 1 - December 10, 2016:  Drop off new, unwrapped toys or make a monetary donation at any VLFCU branch.  We will also host a wrap-up event with activities for the kids at the Sandusky Mall on December 10th.  Donations will benefit families served by the Erie and Huron County Departments of Jobs & Family Services. 

Salvation Army Red Kettle Fund: November 1 - December 31, 2016: Buy a delicious candy bar for $1 when you visit any VLFCU branch and the proceeds will be donated to the Sandusky Salvation Army.  Try a different one each time you visit!  They also make great stocking stuffers! 

So as you can see, it's really easy to get into the holiday spirit at VLFCU!  You don't have to spend much to help make the holiday bright.  We hope to see you soon!   

Debit MasterCard® Members - Please take note that fraudulent activity has increased drastically across the United States.  Purchases made with your VLFCU Debit MasterCard® currently require the use of your PIN at merchants designated as grocery, department stores, pharmacies, and discount stores across the country.  Please choose “debit card” at the register and enter your 4 digit PIN number when making purchases at such merchants.  Your card may not be accepted as a “credit card” outside of our local area.

VLFCU members can rest assured that you will not be liable for any fraudulent charges applied to your Debit MasterCard®.  Should you suspect fraud, please call our Card Department during business hours at 419-625-9025, option 4.  After hours, please call 1.800.264.5578. Also remember to call us if you will be traveling outside Ohio so we can activate your card within the area of your travel.    

At VacationLand FCU, your financial security is our top priority!  Please call us if you have any questions regarding this issue or any other matter regarding your accounts.

college money jarFor twenty years VLFCU has recognized the efforts put forth by those members pursuing a college degree.  Although we received many qualified candidates, our committee was able to reach an agreement on the six scholarship recipients and award each with $500 to use towards their postsecondary education.   We would like to congratulate all graduates of the Class of 2016 as we recognize the achievements of the following students.   

Stanley Gilbert III:  Stanley is a graduate of the Sandusky High School and has been accepted into the College of Engineering at the University of Toledo.  His goal is to return to our area in the future and become a mechanical engineer for the NASA Plumbrook Station.  While at Sandusky High School, Stanley participated in bowling, golf, National Honor Society, National Technical Honors Society, marching band, symphonic band, and orchestra.  He also volunteered for Zion Lutheran Church’s Vocational Bible School, the Crossroads Homeless Shelter, and the St. John’s Community Garden.

Jonathan Guerrero: Jonathan is a graduate of Huron High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society, choir, chorale, and the singles tennis team.  He volunteered for the Ohio Veterans’ Home, and is a student leader for his church’s youth group.  Jonathan aspires to become an attorney and plans to study political science and history at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Alexandria Osborn:  Alexandria graduated from Norwalk High School and will be attending Kent State University this fall to pursue a degree in Speech Pathology.  Her extracurricular activities included the Foreign Language Club, Key Club, and volleyball team.  Currently she is employed by the Cameo Pizza at Eagle Creek Golf Club and by A-1 Auto Sales in Norwalk. 

Madison Paden:  Madison is a graduate of Vermilion High School where she graduated within the top 10% of her class.  She participated in the National Honors Society, Scholastic Art Show, Model UN, and cross country.  Outside of school, she competed with a community youth choir.  Madison is pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in order to reach her career goal of researching organ regenerative medicine. 

Erica Reber:  Erica graduated from Edison High School and plans to attend Kent State University where she will major in Pre-Med.  Her school involvement included volleyball, basketball, softball, Academic Challenge team, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Key Club, Math Club, Student Council, and Buckeye Girls State.  Erica volunteered for Firelands Regional Medical Center, her church, and was a peer tutor. 

Gregory Sennish: Gregory is a graduate of Perkins High School and has been accepted by Kent State University where he will pursue dual degrees in Graphic Design and Computer Animation.  He plans to pursue a career in television and film production.  Gregory’s high school involvement included marching band, student council and the Drama Club.  He is employed by Cinemark Stadium.  

May 20, 2016: Due to an increase in Debit Card fraud, purchases made with a VLFCU Debit MasterCard® may temporarily require the use of your PIN at merchants in Columbus, Ohio and the surrounding communities of Powell, Dublin, Whitehall, Springfield & Grove City. Merchants designated as grocery, department stores, pharmacies, and discount stores are affected by this security measure.  To clarify, your debit card is not being blocked in these cities, but a PIN must be entered as a signature will not be accepted.  

VLFCU members can rest assured that you will not be liable for any fraudulent charges applied to your Debit MasterCard®.  Should you suspect fraud, please call our Card Department during business hours at 419-625-9025, option 4.  After hours, please call 1.800.264.5578. 

At VacationLand FCU, your financial security is our top priority!  Please call us if you have any questions regarding this issue or any other matter regarding your accounts.

 

April is National Credit Union Youth Month

Our month-long youth celebration is focused on the theme of Credit Union Strong.

FB CU20Definition 1200Young people face a bewildering financial landscape in their immediate future—one where technology has made spending as easy as breathing and the cost of higher education continues to skyrocket. That’s why we believe it’s more important than ever to ensure our youth possess strong money management skills.

As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, our core values include member education and social responsibility. We care about the community where we live and work, and the people in it. We look forward to watching the next generation grow and make it even better.

By instilling the habit of saving at a young age, offering positive encouragement, and providing financial education, we can prepare our community’s youngest members for brighter futures by helping them grow into financially capable adults. Credit union strong means having the money skills to embrace an awesome future, and leaving your community better than you found. That’s why we take our mission of helping youth so seriously.

Of course, we realize the biggest influence on anyone’s life is his or her parents. So if you want to start your kids on a path to financial strength, participating in Credit Union Youth Month is a good start. Bring your financial fitness buffs into VacationLand Federal Credit Union and help them pump up their savings!  We have youth savings products for kids age 0-19.  

       Credit Union Youth Month April Activities 

       Coloring contest for kids age 1-12

       Free gift for all new youth account members

      Giveaways/goodies for kids visiting our branches in April 2016