Coins - Winter 2011

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Piedmont Credit Union Wins Corporate Cup!

The 2010 Riverview Rotary Christmas Parade was held on December 11, 2010 in downtown Danville. The theme of the parade was Community Christmas Spirit. Our float, aptly named, "The Spirit of Our Community", was awarded the Corporate Cup! This is the highest honor for businesses that created floats for the parade.

Our float took the form of a city street which depicted three core virtues which are evident in our community. The first, Faith, was expressed by Christmas carolers in front of a chapel. Hope was seen in the eyes of a new mother and father brining home the gift of new life. They are filled with anticipation of what the future holds for their family, just as our community awaits a prosperous future in coming days, years and generations. Charity is perhaps the most apparent virtue displayed in our community. In this part of Virginia there is rarely a shortage of people too busy to help someone in need. There are so many organizations right here in our community that make a huge difference in people's lives on a daily basis. But it always starts with a single person reaching out to help another expecting nothing in return. Our float featured a little Food Bank to express this. It was our hope that parade goers were encouraged to share their own faith, their hope, and charity to better the community that we know and love.

The idea for building a float started with Ruben Cardwell, credit union member and member of the Eastside Ryders Motorcycle Club. Dan Veasey of Piedmont CU said, "I had no idea we would build a float until Ruben approached me with the idea in October. It was incredibly difficult, but lots of fun as well. It was great to come together with new and old friends to make it happen."

The Corporate Cup will be on display at the credit union until next year's Christmas Parade when it will once again be up for grabs. For more photos of the float at the parade and during construction visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/piedmontcu.

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Discounts

Contact our office for details on this great new discount available to Piedmont Credit Union members.  Members can receive up to 10% off when booking car rentals at Virginina enterprise locations or online at www.enterprise.com.

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Featured Savings Story

In each issue of coins we'll feature a Savings Story from our website.  You are invited to share your very own stories and experiences relating to money & savings at www.piedmontcu.org/savingsstory.

Bad Advice About Credit Repair

During my late nights working on the more detailed parts of our Christmas Parade float I had the television on to keep me company. I was amazed at the message of some commercials that promoted the idea of repairing your poor credit by purchasing and financing a new car. Effectively they said the answer to all your credit dilemmas is to borrow more money! This could not be farther from the truth. The truth is... Click here to read the rest of this Savings Story online.

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Get Financially Fit!

Being a good manager of one's money and finances is very important. Your financial health affects every part of your life. Starting in February Piedmont Credit Union will host a series of Financial Health Days.

Visitors to the credit union will learn about credit, credit repair, and establishing credit. They will even have the opportunity to obtain a free copy of their credit report with a free analysis of it by our lending staff.

Think you don't have enough money to ever save any? You'll learn how to setup a working budget and start saving money regularly. On-site BEST Initiative volunteers will even offer their free tax preparation services to those who qualify.

Don't miss this opportunity to better your financial health or at least take inventory of where you are now. The dates for these events will be published soon. The first Financial Health Day will be in early February, the second in early March, and possibly even a third event in early April.

There will also be several great door prizes! For more information contact our main office at 434-797-1954 or visit www.piedmontcu.org/FinancialFocus.

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Financial Focus - Golden Retirement Recap

On November 8, 2010 Piedmont Credit Union hosted its second Financial Focus event, Planning for a Golden Retirement. About twenty credit union members & guests came out to learn about the complicated world of retirement planning. If you missed the event there is a partial audio transcript available on our website.

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Care Packages for Soldiers

Through Valentine’s Day (2/14/2011) Piedmont Credit Union will be collecting items to go into care packages for some of our soldiers who are deployed in Afghanistan. Take some time to drop off something to share with these brave men & women so they can experience a few of the comforts of home while they are on active duty. A fairly comprehensive list of items which could be useful to share is located on our website or at our office. (Please share only new items.)

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Employee Anniversaries

Congratulations to...

  • Mealie Scott, 9 years
  • Teresa Tuck, 5 years
  • Stacey Saunders, 5 years
  • Alice Ann Crowl, 1 year
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Upcoming Holiday Closings

  • Martin L. King, Jr. Day - PCU will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2011.
  • President's Day - PCU will be closed on Monday, February 21, 2011.
  • Easter Monday - PCU will be closed on Monday, April 25, 2011.
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