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2015 Board of Directors Election

As a credit union, we are a financial cooperative that is owned by its members, not stockholders. Because of this distinction, each member, regardless of the size of their account, has one vote in electing a volunteer Board of Directors. This assures that Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union remains democratically controlled so your best financial interest is not lost.

There are two (2) positions open for the 2015 MVFCU Board of Directors election. To cast your ballot, visit www.mvfcu.coop to log into MVFCUonline between April 1, 2015, and April 30, 2015, and click the eVote button above your account holder name! The whole process takes just a few minutes and saves the membership thousands of dollars in printing and mailing expenses!

If you prefer to obtain a paper ballot, visit any MVFCU office or request a paper ballot be mailed to you by calling (907) 745-4891 or (907) 694- 4891. Requests for mail ballots must be made by the close of business on April 20, 2015. All ballots must be received by the end of the day on April 30, 2015.

Election results will be announced at the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting on May 12, 2015. There will be no nominations from the floor at the membership meeting.

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Out in the Open: Landscaping Key to Home Value
By Jennifer Garrett

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You don't have to get away to the great outdoors. The best outside spaces could be in your own back—or front—yard. If you do it right, your investment in landscaping and exterior hardscaping even can help you sell your house as well as yield a decent return on investment when the time comes.

The outdoor evolution

Once upon a time it was enough to plop a picnic table in the grass. A flagstone patio and path were a nice touch. Later a neat poured concrete slab and walkway to the front door cut down on maintenance and created an easy place to keep the grill.

Those simple times are long gone.

Today's outdoor spaces are more varied, intricate, and personalized than their early predecessors. Now it's not unusual to see combinations of decks, patios, water features, and fire elements such as fire pits and fireplaces, says Rick Meinzer of Platinum Landscapes in Provo, Utah. "Fire adds warmth and extends the usefulness of the outdoor space," he says. "Some of the best hours to enjoy the environment are not in the heat of the day."

You can read the complete article at Home & Family Finance Resource Center.

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atm New ATM Network at MVFCU

MVFCU is in the process of updating your ATM services via a new ATM service provider. Our new service provider will allow us to offer members the most current and up-to-date ATM features such as enhanced security and alternate payment methods. This change should be transparent; however, if you are having any issues with your ATM or Debit card please call the Contact Center at (907) 745-4891 or (907) 694-4891.

 

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A Better Way
By Al Strawn
MVFCU CEO Al Strawn

Several years back, credit unions around the world rallied to the call: Unite for Good: A Better Way. This begs the question, how can credit unions be a force for good? What values or principles make credit unions worthy of being considered a better way? Following are some ideas.

People must always be more important than products.1 Too many times some of us get this completely backwards and try to push products on people. Selling is a mutual exchange of value. Selling is not something you do to people; it’s something you do for and with them.2 It starts with listening carefully to understand each need and only then offering a product or service designed to help.

Keep away from pride in your own programs, plans, and successes.1Pride can quickly lead to arrogance and self-importance. Pride is the inner voice that whispers “My way is best.” Whenever you find yourself wanting to do it your own way and looking down on other people, you are being pulled by pride.1 A servant’s heart with humility is highly desirable and essential for effective credit union service.

People must always be considered above the making of money.1 Success should not be measured only in dollars, but in positive impact on the lives of people, families and communities. At their best, credit unions are not for profit, not for charity, but for service. Service must be the central focus and true motivator for credit union excellence.

Do what is right, no matter what the cost.1 Trust and respect are earned one exchange at a time. No amount of rationalizing can cover for a dishonest business practice. Doing the right thing starts with honesty and requires integrity, fairness and compassion.

Be involved in businesses that provide worthwhile products or services – not just things that feed the world’s desires.1 This one is difficult in our quick paced, consumer and debt driven culture. But the early founders of credit unions had it right when they declared credit unions exist to promote thrift and provide affordable access to credit for provident and productive purposes.

These business principles are not new, also not exclusive to credit unions. I came upon them in a list as I was reading the other morning. Actually, there was one more suggestion on the list that is foundational to the other five. It is something each of us must discover on our own. My hope for our credit union is to always strive for good, together seeking a better way.

1 NIV Life Application Study Bible

2 The Member Advantage

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2015 MVFCU Annual Membership meeting

Our Annual Membership Meeting will
be Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at Evangelo’s
Restaurant in Wasilla. Doors open at 6
p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m.

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MVFCU Adventure sale
ATV
One day Only!

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Seward Meridian
Community Office
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The Fifth Annual Adventure Sale will be Saturday, May 16! Be sure to watch our MVFCU Facebook page and visit our community offices for details on rates, vendors and more!

 

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