Let’s all take a day off!

November 5, 2008

It’s a great couple months to work at the credit union!  We’ll be closed in November for Veterans Day and then two days at Thanksgiving.  Then the credit union will be closed for two days at Christmas and then again on New Year’s Day.  That’s 6 days off over a span of five weeks!  I’m certainly not complaining.  One thing to remember is that the days before and after holidays are always much more busy than usual.  I think it’s well worth it though to get to spend time with loved ones and put the worries of work aside.

What do you think? What days do you have off this holiday season?  What days do you wish you had off?

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Working Together

October 17, 2008

Last night the Piedmont Chapter of Credit Unions got together.  This group is made up of volunteers, members, and employees from different credit unions across southern Virginia.  It was fitting to meet on International Credit Union Day.  Don Graham from the Virginia Credit Union League talked about how credit unions have grown over the years all over the world and how they come to each others aid in times of need. He shared reports of how this was lived out just last month by Texas credit unions in the wake of Hurricane Ike. (You can still support credit union people affected by Ike, click here.)

Recently we actually lived it out right here.  Last week while visiting a school I ran into a teacher who was already a member of Danville City Employees Federal Credit Union (through her husband).  Since I’ve seen the statistics which say that credit unions only have about 10%-15% of the personal finance market share in America, I really didn’t try very hard to win her business.  Rather, I complimented the other credit union and thanked her for supporting it.   With 90% of people using banks, credit unions don’t need to be fighting over each others members.  It really is for the good of all credit unions that we continue to support each other even when our memberships overlap like this.

Another example happened at last nights meeting. Kevin from Martinsville DuPont Credit Union, shared about what they learned from the recent phishing and vishing attack directed against their credit union.  The information was very valuable and will no doubt find it’s way into one of our upcoming financial education courses.

I’m so pleased to once again be active in our local credit union chapter.  I’m also glad to see the goodwill and cooperative nature of local credit unions being lived out in tangible ways.  If you’re a credit union employee reading, you should certainly consider coming to a chapter meeting.  The next meeting is November 6, 2008 at the Ballou Park Senior Center in Danville, VA.  If you’re a member, you should be proud to be part of your credit union and please let your credit union know what you think of it.  If you’re not a member, you need to find a credit union!

Donate to credit union people affected by Hurricane Ike


I’m sorry Joan!

September 25, 2008

In a couple of weeks when your Piedmont Credit Union Fall 2008 newsletter hits your mailbox you might notice that Joan’s name does not appear with the list of employees.  Now don’t panic Joan, our Super Duper Share Draft coordinator, is still here.  It was completely my fault.  I was in a rush to get the newsletter done before I left for vacation in September.  When I added Mary, our new drive-thru teller, it pushed Joan’s name right out of sight!  So I humbly ask the forgiveness of one whose kindness, gentleness, fairness, accuracy, and overall wonderfulness have endeared her to thousands of credit union members. I hope they will also forgive me for giving them a scare!


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…


Welcome to Danville!

June 26, 2008

We’d like to welcome Roanoke Postal FCU to Danville.  Recently the Danville Postal Employees Credit Union merged with Roanoke Postal FCU.  This should grant a much broader array of services to Danville Postal employees and ensure that they have a credit union to call home for many years to come.  Today they are having their open house.

Welcome to Danville RPEFCU!

-Your neighbors over at Piedmont Credit Union.


Fly a Flag for the Children’s Miracle Network

June 24, 2008

Credit Unions across Virginia are once again helping the Children’s Miracle Network. Through the end of June, when you make a contribution of $5 to the Children’s Miracle Network you will receive a magnetic U.S. Magnetic FlagsFlag to display proudly on any piece of metal that you choose. It’s great for cars, refrigerators, the side of your computer, or file cabinets at the credit union. But we don’t want to keep them on our file cabinets! We want you to take them home for a good cause. If you think of more places to display your Patriotism, feel free to leave it in the comments.

There are also some small cloth flags that you may take home if you make a contribution to our God’s Pit Crew Dollars For Dually campaign. Our supplies of flags are limited!