Welcome to Danville, Part 2

June 27, 2008

I wonder how much money will pass through Danville’s new Home Depot this weekend?  The first big store at  Coleman Marketplace opened its doors yesterday.  Tomorrow should be a big day for them as the weather will be nice and homeowners around Danville, VA will no doubt find new reasons to work on old house projects.  I’m sure Home Depot will feel quite welcome here in Virginia’s Piedmont!

I want to thank Home Depot for inviting our own “Dollars for Dually” campaign to be at their Grand Opening on Saturday as well.  All donations will go towards helping God’s Pit Crew replace their oldest dually pickup truck.  We’ll be there from 10:00am until 2:00pm along with WAKG 103.3FM.

Finally if you visit the Home Depot Grand opening tomorrow here’s a link to a Behr paint rebate. (Expires 6/30/08)


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!

A Savings Story … This is what credit unions are all about.

May 23, 2008

Yesterday while visiting one of our member companies, I met a very nice woman who had purchased a car just a few days ago. Her supervisor had wisely suggested that she check on a loan at the credit union instead of keeping the loan from the dealership. So she came to speak with me. When I calculated that her current interest rate was 21% I thought I had made a mistake, but she confirmed that I was correct. I thought perhaps she had a very rocky credit history but that was not the case. It wasn’t perfect, but it certainly wasn’t poor either. Fortunately the dealer had not processed the paperwork and she had a few hours to get a loan through our credit union.

So we made her a new loan which saved her loads of money! Below you’ll see just how much she saved…

Dealer Loan

Piedmont CU Loan

Over $4,000 Dollars!!!! She chose to use some of that savings to buy our 48 month mechanical breakdown protection and GAP protection for her loan. Her total cost of the loan even with those add-ons was still $2,000 less than the dealer loan! As you can see, here’s yet another happy credit union member. And that’s who it’s all about!

Happy Piedmont CU Member

We’ve Been Very Bad Today

February 14, 2008

Any new year’s resolutions that somehow made it this far have just been blow away.  But Sweets 4 Sweethearts Logoit was for a good cause!

Today credit unions across Virginia participated in Sweets 4 Sweethearts, a fund raiser for the Children’s Miracle Network. Credit union staff and families brought in homemade goodies to share with credit union members. The catch… members must first contribute at least $1 to the Children’s Miracle Network. All the proceeds will go to our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. For us that’s in Lynchburg, VA, about an hour North of Danville.

As an added bonus it turns out that our Member Service Rep. Stacey, when she’s not being super nice to credit union members, makes holiday baskets in her spare time. So we decided in addition to our smorgasbord of treats that we would raffle off one of her beautiful Valentine’s Gift Baskets. So far there has been more interest in that than in the sweets!Valentine's Gift Basket

Thanks to everyone who brought in goodies including Hall’s Pastry Shop and Nestle USA who helped to supplement what the Piedmont CU staff brought. Most of all thanks to all our members who have so greatly helped out the Children’s Miracle Network!

Table of deserts

Two great reasons to stop by Piedmont Credit Union before year end.

December 7, 2007

1) For members who stop by one of our branches during this month, we’re giving away 2008 calendars. They have lovely landscape scenes from across America. The December ’07 photo is pictured at the bottom of this post. You had best hurry on over because they’re are going quickly!

2) Also at our two branches, until year end, we’re collecting items for The Homeless Shelter in Danville. While homelessness does not appear to be a rampant problem in Danville, our local homeless shelter stays plenty busy. Their director, Cindy Hill, says that during and after the Holidays there is usually an increase in those who are temporarily without a place to stay. Here is a list of items that they have an ongoing need for:

  • Canned Cola
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Cup Soups
  • Razors
  • Coffee and Hot Chocolate
  • Pop-top Foods (like Chef Boyardee)
  • Laundry and Automatic Dishwasher Detergent
  • Trash Bags
  • Women’s Personal Items

Mrs. Hill says that an important need in the winter is money. This is due to the increased energy costs that come with heating the building. We’re not collecting money at the credit union so if you are interested in helping The Homeless Shelter in this way you may contact Cindy Hill directly at (434)799-3671. She is also very appreciative of groups that want to prepare or bring meal for a group of 5-15 people.

Here’s that photo from the 2008 calendar:

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Classic Computers and the CU Movement

August 6, 2007

Some people might remember the old computApple 1er used in this ad which appears on piedmontcu.org. It is an Apple 1, the original model sold by Apple Computer. While Apple’s legendary story was before my time, I can still trace back my affinity of technology and computers to my experiences with with an Apple II in elementary and middle school. I wonder if 30 years from now the computers, laptops, PDA’s, and iPhones of today will look as antiquated as this wooden computer? Maybe wood is ready for a comeback? This would really prove the argument that Apple was ahead of it’s time.

Something else that is ready for a comeback or a resurgence is the credit union movement. In the last 10 months 11 local business have begun to offer PCU to their employees. These are all businesses that are too small to support their own credit union. What will the credit union look like in 30 years? That’s up to our members. And that’s the beautiful thing about credit unions. Members(You) can can exercise their ownership and get involved in the operation of the credit union. With everyone contributing in some way or another we can rest assured that our credit union will always stay relevant to our members and meet their needs.

FYI: While visiting Stuart Elementary School this morning what do you suppose that I found gracing the wall the Kindergarden classroom? Three Apple IIe computers and one Apple IIgs! These old computers are still helping to inspire children.

Update on the 2nd Annual Lego Build-Off

August 4, 2007

Those that fought the heat today and came out to the 2nd Annual Lego Build-Off know that it was well worth it!  The event raised over $4,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association!  At the end there was an added bonus for Morgan Hall, the young man who inspired Mandy Matherly to start the Annual Lego Build-Off.  Several local businesses chipped in to send he and his family off on an all expense paid trip to LegoLand in Carlsbad, CA.  It was a really great time!  I think this event was a shining star for our city and I can’t wait to see how it develops and grows in the coming years.   What a wonderful way to help work towards a cure for Muscular Dystrophy!

Please forgive me for not having any pictures!