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PEGGY MULLIGAN

Peggy's retirement

After 40 dedicated years with MVFCU, Peggy Mulligan has retired.

MVFCU knew they had someone special when she received flowers on her first day of work! She was always there for the credit union when we needed her. Peggy knew how to keep everthing straight and running smooth whether it was early mornings getting things started (making Al's coffee and giving him a wakeup call) or the long days of bookkeeping and accounting. Through the years, Peggy wore several hats including Senior Accountant, Programming Analyst, Records Manager, and BSA Compliance Officer. If you needed an answer, she was the one you called! We are fortunate to have Peggy as a friend, co-worker, and supervisor.

We wish Peggy and her family the best in their retirement adventures.

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The Authentic Difference

By Al Strawn MVFCU CEO Al Strawn

The 2016 International Credit Union Day theme is: The Authentic Difference, celebrating what makes credit unions truly unique. What sets credit unions apart? It’s more than lower fees and better interest rates; it’s our core principles and values that put the well-being of members before profits.

For the credit union to achieve its full potential, we must find a balance between task and relationship. Task refers to getting the job done. This might mean completing a transaction, balancing the books or weeding the flowers. Focusing on task is important because we all have work to do and others are depending on us. On the other hand, relationship is more about how we connect with others. Key ingredients in positive relationship include: honesty, trust, patience, communications and forgiveness. To build lasting relationships takes time and effort.

All of us have natural tendencies to focus on one or the other. Some, are like a laser beam, focused on getting the task competed, even to the detriment of those around them. Others, are so concerned with relationship that they barely have time, energy or decision making capacity to take action.

Creating a balance between task and relationship is a personal goal I have been working on for a long time. It may be hard for some of you who know me to believe that for many years I was very much a workaholic. Getting the task completed was priority number one and relationship was a distant second. As the years began to accumulate and many important relationships were lost, my priorities began to change and the credit union changed with me.

More than just performing a bunch of transactions and growing accounts, credit unions are by design all about building lasting relationships with our members. We are instructed to “love your neighbor as yourself.” This places a special emphasis on relationship. Although, there is much work to do, we must always go about our tasks with an eye towards caring for each other. The early founders of the credit union movement described this perfect balance when they coined the phrase “People helping People.”

Brian Branch, World Council president and CEO explains: “Credit unions differ — in both philosophy and structure — from other financial institutions. In addition to community commitment and positive economic and social change, we put people before profit to provide all members with affordable financial services. This is the authentic difference that makes a real impact in our world.”

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Honoring our Volunteers

Earlier this year the credit union Board of Directors created two new positions to recognize the past service of credit union volunteers: Director Emeritus and Volunteer Emeritus. These titles are given to individuals who formerly served the credit union with outstanding dedication and distinction on either the Board of Directors or Supervisory Committee. Since its inception, three individuals have received this special recognition: Helen Munoz, Krystyna Colberg and Norma J. Benson.

Helen Munoz served as a member of the Board of Directors for more than 15 years rarely missing a meeting. She is an outspoken advocate for financial literacy within our schools. In 2015, the Alaska Credit Union League established the Helen Munoz Champion of Financial Literacy Award to recognize organizations or individuals for their efforts to advance financial literacy in Alaska.

Krystyna Colberg recently stepped down after serving over 15 years on the Board of Directors. During her service she was instrumental in directing the future course of the credit union through her work establishing the Board’s Ends Policy and long term strategic vision. Krystyna served as Secretary/Treasurer for many years always with an eye towards building upon a solid foundation and focusing on serving member needs.

Norma J. Benson served as chairman of the Board of Directors for over 30 years until her passing in 2010. During her tenure on the Board, though she was soft spoken, she was known for being a great leader and not afraid to make decisions. Norma also served the credit union movement both at the state and national level. She was very active in the National Association of Credit Union Chairpersons (NACUC). In honor of her service, NACUC has established the Norma Benson Memorial Scholarship to give volunteer directors from credit unions of modest means the opportunity to participate in high-level leadership training.

These distinguished women are invited to attend regular board meetings, serve on ad hoc committees, and represent the credit union at various functions. This allows for them to pass on their wisdom to the up and coming board members and volunteers. Emeritus members are a tremendous resource to our credit union in the past, and now will be in our future.

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Introducing Vince Stanley, Matanuska Valley Financial Services Financial Advisor

Vince MVFS

Please join us in welcoming our new MVFS Financial Advisor, Vince Stanley! With a motto of “protect, preserve, and grow”, Vince is eager to help our members build their best financial future through investments, retirement planning, 401k rollovers, and much more.

Vince was born on the Island of Guam and grew up Sunnyvale, California. He is a U.S. Navy and Vietnam veteran and served 4 years on the U.S.S. Enterprise. He is also a graduate of San Jose State University with a degree in Business Administration – Accounting.

He now calls Wasilla home and is looking forward to that great northern adventure. He has a son Benjamin, daughter Rebecca, a son-in-law Bryan, 3 beautiful granddaughters and 2 foster grand kids. He brings 21 years of experience to MVFS and is looking forward to helping the members of the community achieve their financial goals.

To meet with Vince at no cost or obligation, call 907-745-9182.

Securities sold, advisory services offered through CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. (CBSI), member FINRA/SIPC , a registered broker/dealer and investment advisor. CBSI is under contract with the financial institution to make securities available to members. Not NCUA/NCUSIF/FDIC insured, May Lose Value, No Financial Institution Guarantee. Not a deposit of any financial institution.
FR-1599279.1-0916-1018

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Holiday Loan

Holiday Loan

With an MVFCU Signature Holiday Loan

Instead of charging holiday gifts to a high-interest credit card, consider applying for an MVFCU Signature Holiday Loan. Save yourself some cash by heading to MVFCU. We offer rates far below the average credit card, allowing you to make the holidays bright, for less.

Is a Holiday Loan Right for You?

We never recommend spending beyond your means. As Scrooge-y as it sounds, “the holiday spirit” is no excuse for financial negligence. However, if you have to go over budget and don’t want to damage your credit score, a holiday loan from MVFCU is a good compromise. Stay away from similar loan products at check cashing and payday advance companies; these often have crazy-high interest rates (some as high as 100% or more) and stricter payment deadlines. Credit unions are not-for-profit and member-focused, which often allow us to offer the lowest rates in town, and the best financial counseling for low-income and middle-income families.

November 14-December 31

This year's Holiday Loan promotion will run from November 14 through December 31, and our official rates for this year will be announced early in November, so stay tuned to mvfcu.coop and our MVFCU Facebook page!

 

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