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Archive for April, 2010

First Source Branch Manager Mel Greiner graduates from Leadership Mohawk Valley

Monday, April 26th, 2010

First Source is proud to announce the upcoming graduation of Mel Greiner from Leadership Mohawk Valley. Leadership Mohawk Valley is a dynamic, ongoing program to build leadership resources within the Mohawk Valley area.

Mel will be the 8th manager out of 13 total managers to graduate so far from First Source. Mel is the Branch manager at the Herkimer branch. We are proud to have her as part of our family, way to go Mel! The LMV luncheon graduation is scheduled for May 12th at the SUNYIT Campus.

What a Ride Part 5

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

7 First Source employees and 2 family members are getting serious about their commitment to ride over 90 miles on May 21st as a part of The Ride For Missing Children. This is what First Source employee Kristy Nole had to say about her commitment:

What does this 100 mile Ride mean to you
When we began meeting with Frank Williams and the committee regarding our First Source sponsorship of the Ride, I was so impressed and moved to hear of the work done through this local organization on behalf of children, families and communities nationwide. Now having attended the rider meetings and training rides, I can’t believe I have missed out all of these years! To think that I, in some small way/shape/form, can help contribute to reuniting a missing child with their family or help keep our kids safe through education is such a privilege. As a parent, I know firsthand that there is no greater cause than that of protecting our children from harm. You look at the faces of the riders and they range from parents and siblings of missing children such as Ed Smart to the everyday Joe such as myself that is simply touched by the stories told. And you never know who you are in the company of. There is a unique camaraderie that exists among the riders, made up of words unspoken and experiences not likely shared. I can’t explain it but it is truly powerful. There is a quote by Margaret Mead that we often use in our community outreach and that is “Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” The Mohawk Valley may represent a small pool of the Population but I am always astounded at the outpouring of goodwill that we are responsible for. I am proud to be a part of it.

As a first time rider, what words describe how you are feeling about the big day?
Anxiety, Excitement, Fear, Honored, Inspired, Hopeful (I wear a band of HOPE on my wrist every day and I don’t think there is any better word to describe what this ride is about)

How are you doing on the training rides?
Though I must admit I did skip out this past weekend, I have completed 3 formal training rides to date. The most I’ve ridden is 30 miles. I feel quite confident in my abilities but am often brought back down to size once I realize there are still more than 60 miles left to go.

Why First Source?

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Amy Mancino, Assistant Vice President of Member Services at First Source Federal Credit Union, talks about why she believes First Source is the best place to build your financial relationship. Hint: Our first priority is to help our Members realize their dreams. Along with our personal service and a sincere interest in your financial success, we give you every opportunity to live the life you want, and the life you deserve.

Fighting For You

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

New proposed legislation may not be in your best interest.

Along with First Source Board Member and President of JAY-K Lumber Dean Kelly, I had the opportunity to visit with U.S. Senator Charles Schumer when he visited JAY-K Lumber this past week. I had a brief chance to mention a letter I sent to him recently on behalf of First Source and other credit unions.

At First Source, we’re committed to promoting and protecting all credit unions, to make sure we can continue to provide excellent service to our Members. With that commitment comes an obligation to educate our elected officials in Washington and Albany about the difference between credit unions and banks, and to share our point of view on legislative issues that affect us.

During the past several years, we’ve seen a constant stream of news about problems in the financial services industry. Problems that have hurt millions of consumers across America.

How does this bring us to Senator Schumer? Congress has responded by introducing legislation that would create a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, with sweeping new regulations whose sole purpose is to protect consumers from unscrupulous lenders and others who take advantage of them.

While we generally support the new legislation, we don’t want credit unions, which did not cause the mortgage crisis or other problems that led the country into recession, to be subject to new regulations prompted by the actions of other, less-responsible financial services firms. Credit unions, by their very nature, work to protect consumers and only offer products and services that are in the best interests of their Members.

Senator Schumer has been a long-time supporter of credit unions. The Senior Senator from New York has even been working to raise the limit on the number of business loans credit unions can make so they can make more loans to small businesses. We’ve asked him to consider an amendment to the new bill that would exempt credit unions from the additional consequences and costs that banks have earned. This would reward credit unions for our responsible financial practices (before, during and after the bail-out), and allow us to keep fees low and save money for our Members.

Join me in thanking Senator Schumer for his continued support and consideration of this amendment!

Mike Parsons

What a Ride Part 4

Monday, April 12th, 2010

7 First Source employees and 2 family members are getting serious about their commitment to ride over 90 miles on May 21st as a part of The Ride For Missing Children. This is what First Source employee Tanya Keller had to say about her commitment:

What does this bike Ride mean to you?
At first, for me, it was a way to challenge myself physically and also, a way that I could show my support, as an employee, to a cause that First Source supports. However, as I began attending the events and meeting the wonderful people involved in this amazing cause, I see what a difference ‘The Ride’ truly makes in the lives of so many families all across our country. I feel incredibly honored to have been given the opportunity to be a part of it all!

As a first time rider, what words describe how you are feeling about the big day?
I am a little nervous, but I think the excitement and enthusiasm I feel about it will definitely get me through.

How are the training rides going?
Was this question geared at just me? Ha! Well, my fellow riders all know about some challenges I’ve faced with some chain/shifting problems and Merritt Place on my first training ride, but overall, I have become much more comfortable & confident in my ability to ride with large groups of people. The training ride last weekend was so much fun and the weather was so cooperative, I can’t wait to get out there again this weekend. My fellow riders, especially on Team First Source, have been so encouraging and supportive, I don’t think I could do it without them!

First Source is the luminary sponsor this year!

Help Team First raise money – donate here:

What A Ride Part 3

Friday, April 9th, 2010

7 First Source employees and 2 family members are getting serious about their commitment to ride over 90 miles on May 21st as a part of The Ride For Missing Children. This is what First Source employee Catherine Infantino had to say about her commitment:

Ok for me who is a first year rider for The Ride For Missing Children it is so thrilling and hugely touching to be a part of such a great organization.  I have riden in the past years for other organizations which I will continue to do as well. This is something that when you start you will always do year after year.  To see and know that what all these riders accomplish is more than just the ride. It is making a huge difference for the organization.

The training rides I find very useful.  We need to be comfortable riding with the group going forward and if we were to wait and just hop on and ride that day it could be very dangerous. We need to get to know all our neighbor riders for an organized day ahead. I am soo excited for May 21stand also to hear of all its great successes ($) after our ride.

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