Winter 2020 Newsletter

President's Message  •  HFCU to Host 64th Annual Meeting  •  Financial Feature: THE FEDERAL RESERVE 
Mary Notte Named Employee of the Year  •  Did You Know?  •  Shiver Me Shamrocks 

HFCU Scholarships Available  •   1% Cash Back  •   Liberty Mutual   •   Emerald VISA Balance Transfers


President's Message

I can say without a doubt that 2019 was definitely a busy year and one of change around Heritage Family Credit Union.  The changes that occurred revolved mostly around technological enhancements, which included a new digital banking solution, improved features for our debit/credit cards and upgraded ATM processing.  All of these new systems/processes were necessary to ensure that HFCU would remain relevant to our members for years to come. 

An image of Matt Levandowski, HFCU President/CEOUnfortunately, while this was the correct decision for the future success of HFCU, a few of these upgrades created some unanticipated challenges for our members and for that I want to apologize.  Removing the old legacy systems and incorporating all of this new technology proved to be a little more daunting than originally expected.  However, the end result of these changes will ultimately allow our members to utilize some of the most up-to-date self-service, fraud and data prevention features of any cards and digital banking services on the market today. 

I appreciate your patience and assistance in working with us to get through some of the bumps in the road.  In the near future you will see many new features being rolled out, including temporarily turning your cards off if you misplace them, requesting a new card, setting your cards for your travel and activating your cards all from your smartphone.  Also, in the second quarter, we will be rolling out an all-new “business” eBranch, specifically designed for the special needs of our business members.

Your membership and the use of our products is important to the continued success of HFCU and we will continue to work on these new solutions to create the best possible experience for our members. 

I hope you had a great holiday season and wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020. 
 

Matt Levandowski
President/CEO

 

HFCU to Host 64th Annual Meeting! 

Heritage Family Credit Union will host its 64th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at the Ron Hance Operations Center, 30 Allen Street, Rutland, VT 05701. The event starts at 6:00 pm with the Business Meeting; light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar to immediately follow. All members are invited to attend the event and exercise their right to vote. Tickets for the Annual Meeting will be available at each of HFCU’s eleven branch locations beginning Monday, March 9, 2020.

If you’re interested in running for a Heritage Family Credit Union Board of Directors seat, please send a letter of interest and resume to:
 
Attn: Nominating Committee
30 Allen Street
Rutland VT 05701
 


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Financial Feature: THE FEDERAL RESERVE


The central bank of the U.S. is charged by Congress with maintaining economic and financial stability. The fed funds rate is the interest rate financial institutions charge each other to lend Federal Reserve funds overnight, but it's also a tool the nation's central bank, known as the Fed, uses to control U.S. economic growth and a benchmark for interest rates on credit cards, mortgages, loans, and more.

The logic goes like this: When the economy slows – or merely even looks like it could – the Fed may choose to lower interest rates. This action incentivizes businesses to invest and hire more, and it encourages consumers to spend more freely, helping to propel growth. On the contrary, when the economy looks like it may be growing too fast, the Fed may decide to hike rates, causing employers and consumers to tap the brakes on their financial decisions.

The Fed’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meets eight times a year to review economic indicators including durable goods report, and unemployment rates.

How does it affect you, the member?

Some credit card and loans have a variable interest rate that is based off the Fed funds rate. If that rate goes up, you may pay more to use your credit.

Share Savings, Money Market and Certificate of Deposits may be impacted by the Fed rate, typically fluctuating in alignment with the rising or decreasing rate as the credit union return on funds is impacted.

Stock returns are often tied to the Fed funds rate and the return on your investment can be impacted by fluctuations in the rate.
 


Photo of Mary Notte and Matt LevandowskiMary Notte Named Employee of the Year

Mary Notte, Consumer Loan Specialist, was honored as Heritage Family's 2019 Employee of the Year during the Credit Union's annual staff meeting in January for her excellent work and dedication to the Credit Union and its members.
 
Mary has worked at Heritage Family Credit Union for 28 years and was the lead project manager on the Credit Union's Debit and Credit Card conversions in 2019. Mary was integral in assisting our members, training our employees, and collaborating with vendors throughout 2019 to ensure that all aspects of the card conversions were working as expected.
 
Mary approaches all she does with a positive demeanor and compassion for our members and her co-workers. Heritage Family Credit Union is proud to honor Mary Notte as the 2019 Employee of the Year!
 
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Did You Know?

The interest rate for the average credit card in the U.S. is at an Annual Percentage Rate (APR) of 17.30%. 77% of American households carry some sort of debt, and the average credit card debt is $6,028.00 per person.
 
Heritage Family Credit Union is currently offering a special, low introductory rate on balance transfers to an Emerald VISA credit card. Qualified members will receive a special introductory rate of 3.99% APR for 18 months, then a standard variable 8.75% APR or fixed rates of 9.99-12.90% APR will apply. There is no fee for balance transfers, and none of our cards carry an annual fee.
 
To learn more or apply, stop into your nearest branch, call us at 1.888.252.8932, or download the application form here.
 


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Shiver Me Shamrocks 5K March 14, 2020

Join us for the 7th Annual Shiver Me Shamrocks St. Patty’s 5K and Kids Fun Run on March 14, 2020 to benefit Come Alive Outside in Rutland County. Registration is now open!

 

HFCU Scholarships Available

Heritage Family Credit Union is once again accepting applications for (4) $1,000 scholarships. This scholarship is open to all seniors attending a high school in the HFCU field of membership, who intend to pursue further education in an accredited undergraduate program at a college, trade school or university. 
 

Applicants must:

• Be currently enrolled as a senior at a high school in HFCU’s field of membership.
• Be pursuing further education as a full-time student at an accredited undergraduate program at a college, trade school or university (minimum 6-credit semester or the equivalent) in the Fall of 2020.
• Be an exemplary member of the student body and have demonstrated leadership qualities within their school and community.

Apply today! Scholarship applications must be received no later than 5:00 pm EST on Friday, March 26, 2020. 
 

Image of Abraham LincolnHonestly, Now's the Time to Bring Us Your Loan!

Receive 1% cash back when you refinance your loan or credit card with us!* Apply online, at your local branch, or by calling 888.252.8932. Offer does not apply to real estate, business, or existing HFCU loans.


More information is available here.

 

Liberty Mutual. Image of Statue of LibertyLiberty Mutual Has You Covered

Heritage Family Credit Union is happy to provide a full suite of insurance products through our partnership with Liberty Mutual.  Heritage Family Credit Union members are eligible for a special discount through our local representative Jen Goeke. You can stop into your local branch, visit our website, or contact our Call Center toll-free at 888.252.8932 for a free, no obligation quote!

Liberty Mutual is happy to offer you a variety of coverages options including: Home, Auto, Condo, Renters, Flood, Personal Liability, Watercraft, Motorcycle and Valuable Possessions Protection. 
 
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Special, Low Intro Rate on Credit Card Balance Transfers!

Qualified members who transfer their balance to an Emerald VISA Credit Card will receive an introductory rate of 3.99% APR* for 18 months, then a standard variable 8.75% APR or fixed rates of 9.99-12.90% APR will apply.

More information is available here.