Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union (MVFCU) was chartered December 7, 1948. Credit unions hold the philosophy of “people helping people”, which is why this hometown credit union was established by farming residents of the area. There were 20 members reported the first month with an initial share balance of $395.00. Growth was slow at first and all work was done by volunteers. Through the perseverance and vision of many MVFCU pioneers, the credit union has grown and thrived.
Below is a timeline highlighting significant MVFCU events that have had the most impact on our members.
Thanks to the volunteers, staff and members, MVFCU has seen many improvements and member benefits added over the years. We look forward to many more years of serving our community!
|1948||•||December 7, the credit union signed their original charter in Palmer|
|Savings cap of $500 was lifted||•||1954|
|1971||•||First full time manager was hired|
|•||Matanuska Susitna School FCU merger|
|Reached $1 million in assets||•||1972|
|1976||•||Willow Community Office opened|
|Wasilla Community Office opened||•||1978|
|Began offering share draft accounts||•|
|1982||•||Charter field of membership expanded to include MEA service area|
|Beginning of Alaska Option Automated Teller Machine services||•||1983|
|1984||•||First Annual AVIS Sale|
|Easy Access by Phone implemented||•||1989|
|1993||•||Plan America Center opened (currently Matanuska Valley Financial Services)|
|Conversion to Symitar Systems, Inc.||•||1995|
|1996||•||Began offering VISA CheckCards|
|•||Easy Access PC implemented|
|•||Web site established|
|Eagle River Community Office opened||•||1997|
|1998||•||Reached $100 million in assets|
|•||Big Lake Community Office opened|
|•||Mortgage Service Department was established|
|Joined the Shared Branching Network||•||2002|
|Seward Meridian Community Office opened||•|
|2003||•||Began offering commercial and construction loans|
|•||New Willow Community Office location|
|Sunshine Community Office opened||•||2005|
|Began offering VISA Credit Cards||•|
|2008||•||Meadow Lakes Community Office opened|
|Exceeded $300 million in assets||•||2009|
|2011||•||Palmer Carrs Community Retail Office opened|
|•||Knik-Goose Bay Community Retail Office opened|
|•||First "Get Real" Financial Reality Fair: teaching financial literacy to high-school-aged children|
|•||First Annual Adventure Sale|
|Acquired Kunia Federal Credit Union/Waipahu, Hawaii Community Office opened||•||2012|
|2013||•||MVmobile app launched|
|•||December 7: MVFCU's 65th Birthday|
|•||Launched this new website incorporating our previous credit union, commercial lending, and home mortgage websites into one functional site|
|MV Member Express online
|First Annual SNOWSOON Event||•|
|2015||•||Coming: 30th Annual AVIS Sale|
...membership shall be as set forth in the attached bylaws
IN WITNESS WHEREOF we have hereunto
Carl R. Rasmussen
Credit unions are financial cooperatives. They are member owned, democratically run, and have a volunteer board chosen from the membership by the membership.
Hermann Schulze-Delitzsch put forth effort for credit unions in order to help combat poverty and created a credit union in Germany in 1852. Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen is remembered as the father of the credit union movement. In 1864 as Mayor of Flammersfeld, Germany, he asked his people to pool their savings and make loans to one another at reasonable rates. The principles he used to establish the credit union are still fundamental today. He went on to start more than 425 credit unions.
Alphonse Desjardins, a Canadian journalist, brought the idea of credit unions to North America. In 1901 he opened the first North American credit union in Quebec, Canada.
Not long after, Edward Filene, a wealthy department store owner heard about credit unions and was convinced they would help people. Pierre Jay, a bank commissioner in Massachusetts, reached the same conclusion. He and Filene met with Desjardins, who helped them start the first credit union (St. Mary’s Bank) in the United States, namely, Manchester, New Hampshire.
Filene hired a lawyer by the name of Roy F. Bergensen. By 1921, they had started a national organization to promote credit unions. In 1934 this organization became known as the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) focusing on serving credit unions and has continued to do this important job.
In 1934, the Federal Credit Union Act, a federal law allowing credit unions to be incorporated in any state in the country, was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. » top «
Cooperatives are businesses, in many ways like any other business. But a cooperative belongs to the people who use it, and it operates solely for the members’ benefit. Cooperatives vary, but all co-op businesses run in accordance with seven basic principles, many of which have been part of the co-op philosophy from their beginnings more than 150 years ago.
- Open and voluntary membership. It’s important that members choose voluntarily to become members. Coerced membership would be meaningless.
- Democratic member control. "Members ultimately control their cooperatives, in a democratic manner."
- Member economic participation. “Cooperatives operate so that capital is the servant, not the master, of the organization.”
- Autonomy and independence. While governments determine the legislative framework within which co-ops function, this principle asserts that co-ops also have an “essential need to be autonomous in the same way that enterprises controlled by capital are...”
- Education, training, and information. This principle says members can play their role in the cooperative only when they understand that role and the co-op.
- Cooperation among cooperatives. Cooperators believe that co-ops have a unique opportunity to protect and expand the interest of ordinary people. This kind of one-for-all and all-for-one idea is unique among businesses.
- Concern for community. Cooperatives exist primarily for the benefit of their members. Because of this strong association with members, they also are often closely and actively tied to their communities.
Ben Franklin helped establish the first co-op in Philadelphia in 1752. In 1844 a poverty stricken area organized a cooperative in Rochdale, England. That same year, cooperative theories were developed. Credit societies were a part of that effort. » top «