CU Happenings – Dec. 5

Alabama Credit Union mourns passing of former CFO

Alabama Credit Union is mourning the passing of Kathy Davis.

Kathy worked for the credit union for 26 years and retired in 2013. She began her employment as an accounting clerk and gradually moved through the ranks to eventually become chief financial officer. Kathy spent her last several years as a call center manager — she had requested a position where she wouldn’t work with examinations and audits.

“Anyone who ever met Kathy would say she was the nicest person they’d ever come in contact with,” said Steve Swofford, president of Alabama Credit Union. “Her very strong faith enabled her to cope with pancreatic cancer with a positive attitude. She will be missed by her family, friends and former co-workers.”

Credit Union of Georgia joins bell ringing

Credit Union of Georgia helped kick off the Salvation Army’s bell-ringing season during the 2019 Red Kettle Kick Off at the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre on Nov. 23.

Thanksgiving was later than usual this year, so the Salvation Army had less than one week to fundraiser. Credit Union of Georgia presented a check of $1,250 to support the cause and will have employees volunteering at bell-ringing locations.

“Growing up, I loved being able to drop my coins in he red kettles during he holiday season — it felt so good to give back,” said Kathy Winiarczyk, business development representative at Credit Union of Georgia. “I’m proud to be a part of an organization that values giving back to the community and allows me to volunteer.”

The credit union not only makes a donation each year, but has become more involved with the Salvation Army recently. Vice President of Information Technology Tom McNutt is currently serving on the board for the nonprofit. He helped launch the Salvation Army Dip Jar — a machine that can take donations from credit cards on the side of the signature red kettles.

Alabama ONE hosts Fairytale Friends Breakfast with the Berenstain Bears

Alabama ONE hosted its first Fairytale Friends Breakfast with the Berenstain Bears on Nov. 16 at the Cypress Inn Pavilion in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The breakfast welcomed more than 150 children and parents to spend quality time with their favorite fairytale characters. Kids were encouraged to wear their favorite Disney princess or Marvel character costumes.

Proceeds from the Fairytale Friends Breakfast go to Alabama ONE’s Operation Credit Union Christmas program. Since 2003, this program has provided Christmas gifts for more than 5,100 children in need throughout the Tuscaloosa community.

The Fairytale Friends breakfast featured two seating times, visited by the following characters:

8 a.m. CT – Moana, Rapunzel, Belle, Ariel, Elsa, Olaf, Spiderman, and Jake the Pirate

10 a.m. CT  – Moana, Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Belle, Elena of Avalor, Ariel, Jake the Pirate and Spiderman

In addition to the characters, there were also a Balloon Twister “Jedi” and Glitter Tattoo Fairy from 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CST. Children also received a professional photo, autographs from all the characters in their own autograph book, “swag” bag, as well as a special appearance from Cinderella, Prince Charming, Tiana, Snow White, the Beast, as well as Brother and Sister (Berenstain) Bear!

A silent auction was also held during the event to also benefit Operation Credit Union Christmas. Tickets were $30 each for adults and children over 1 year old. Children under 1 year old received free admission.

McCoy Federal Credit Union supports Thanksgiving Basket Brigade Central Florida

McCoy Federal Credit Union’s Central Florida offices and 27 Community Connection joined together to fill laundry baskets with holiday food and treats to help a family of five (pets included!) enjoy a bountiful meal on Thanksgiving day.

Each year, hundreds of volunteers donate and deliver tailor-made baskets to the Thanksgiving Basket Brigade Central Florida food drive. More than 10,000 individuals received a Thanksgiving dinner in 2019.

Credit Union of Georgia collects 728 rolls of toilet paper for seniors 

Credit Union of Georgia recently hosted a highly-successful drive at the Towne Lake Branch in Cherokee County, Ga., to collect 782 rolls of donated toilet paper for the Cherokee County Volunteer Aging Council.

Assistant Branch Manager Beth Whatley recently decided to spearhead the toilet paper drive.

“I started volunteering for them when I found out all the VAC does for seniors in the Community,” Whatley said. “The provide all kinds of emergency support to low-income seniors, including providing them with toilet paper when they need it. When I realized all the support this organization gives, I just knew I wanted to get involved. No one should not have toilet paper!”

Credit Union of Georgia has worked with the Volunteer Aging Council before. This fall, it sponsored the nonprofit’s inaugural golf tournament that helped raise more than $21,000.


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