Is Your Money Safe?

August 18, 2008

In light of those bank failures earlier this Summer, here’s a short(1 min) video about the safety and soundness of America’s credit unions.  It’s from the president of the Credit Union National Association, Dan Mica.

Actually at this time Piedmont Credit Union is financially stronger than it has ever been!  This is thanks to the thousands of members who have trusted us and faithfully used our services over the years.


An ethical question?

August 15, 2008

Our latest poll asks an ethical/moral question about money.  Well maybe it’s moral?  I guess the poll really is geared to reveal whether or not people have morals when it comes to money or whether decisions are based on logic and consequences.  Anyway here it is…


Wrap-up of the 3rd Annual Lego Build-Off

August 7, 2008

The 3rd Annual MDA Lego Build-Off was again a huge success raising over $5,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association!  Everyone had a good time racing lego cars, building lego towers, and marveling at the many complex lego creations on display.  Brian Korte of Brickworkz.com showed off some of his latest lego portaits.

Here’s a little something I took away from the event…

…A new avatar!  Russ Liberty made visitors “Look Like a Lego!” He had a long line even after the Build-Off was over.


Welcome New Teachers!

August 6, 2008

School is just about ready to start!  There are hundreds of new teachers and educators about to start new careers in Southside VA classrooms.  Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting the Henry County New Teacher Orientation held at Magna Vista High School.  They appear to be a very good group of people.

One person I met is Miguel, a Spanish teacher.  In speaking with him I found that he has traveled the world and was once a lawyer in his home country of Spain before teaching in the U.S.  I don’t doubt that his overall life experiences will make him a wonderful teacher and a favorite among students.  Then there was Mrs. Layne, a returning Henry County teacher, who I found looking up at the list of students who have received academic honors over the years.  I asked if any of her kids were up there.  She proudly said “Yes, quite a few”.  Upon finding out that she taught English I told her my story about how I did very poorly in high school English.  However, I learned much more about English (and about life in general) from those classes in which my teachers challenged me and made me suffer the consequences of half-hearted work.  (Thanks Mr. Raferty!)

There were other teachers I met both new and returning.  Magna Vista High School is nestled in a beautiful part of Virginia.  They even have a really nice greenhouse where they grow plants and flowers for sale.  I bought a lovely Caladium for $2!!!

Here are a few flickr photos from the New Teacher Orientation.


A Great Deal!

August 4, 2008

Here’s one of the best deals available anywhere.  Are you ready? It’s your local public library.

You can read all the books you want and not pay one red cent!  Many libraries even let you check out dvd movies for free!  Last weekend my wife & I watch a delightful romantic comedy called “The Holiday”.  We got “Old Yeller” for the kids.  I cried, again.

So when is the last time you used your library card?


Our Heartfelt Condolences…

August 1, 2008

On behalf of Piedmont Credit Union our hearts go out to the family, friends, and co-workers of Samuel Massie.

Samuel Massie, 1954-2008

Samuel Massie, 1954-2008

Below are links to the Register & Bee articles about him.  As a teacher and principal he was a faithful educator devoted to the betterment of his students.  He touched many many lives in our community.  Read more about him here and here.