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Today, millions of credit union members worldwide will celebrate International Credit Union Day, commemorating their role as not-for-profit financial cooperatives that provide a safe, affordable alternative to for-profit banks.
Our proud history will be revered. Many calories will be consumed.
This year’s theme—Local. Trusted. Serving you.—underscores credit unions’ commitment to their communities and celebrates the significant social and economic value they’ve brought to both developed and emerging nations.
Here’s a sampling of special International Credit Union Day activities credit unions have in store:
• SF Police Credit Union will be holding a photo contest with two categories: International landmarks and first responders in action.
The winner for each category will receive $250. Members who submitted first responder photos by Sept. 25 could have their photos featured in the credit union’s 2011 calendar.
• Redwood CU, Santa Rosa, Calif., will celebrate International Credit Union Day by performing good deeds within its local communities, such as paying parking fees in San Francisco, bagging groceries with its eco-totes in Santa Rosa, and handing out school supplies on local college campuses.
• Allegiance Credit Union, Oklahoma City, posted this International Credit Union Day video on YouTube:
• PALCO Federal Credit Union, Muncy, Pa., will hold a free safety day, offering children’s fingerprinting and safety kits, child seat safety checks, and shredding of personal documents.
• Qside Federal Credit Union, Flushing, N.Y., will host a food drive to benefit a local food pantry. All donors will receive an entry to win a $100 gift card.
Members who open a children’s account during International Credit Union Week will receive a $50 prepaid gas card.
And all members who make a deposit or enroll in a new credit union account or service on International Credit Union Day will get a free gift and a chance to win a $100 gift card.
• Coast Central Credit Union, Eureka, Calif., will host Chamber of Commerce catered receptions at two of its branches from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., allowing members, local business owners, and community members to mingle.
• Highmark Federal Credit Union, Rapid City, S.D., will offer a Celebration Loan Special. Qualified members will receive a 50 basis point interest-rate reduction on new auto loans. These loans will be priced as low as 3%.
• Space Age Federal Credit Union, Aurora, Colo., will let members spin a prize wheel for the chance to win various items, including gift cards, credit union giveaways, one-day rate specials, coupon books, and cash. It also will provide cupcakes and other refreshments.
• CODE Credit Union, Dayton, Ohio, will host a Financial Check Up, where members review what they’re paying on various loans and get the chance to lower their payments with credit union services.
• Chemical Credit Union, Clinton, Iowa, will offer members free lunch—served by the board of directors. It also will have on hand representatives from Premier Lending Alliance to answer questions about mortgages.
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