WEIRTON - The Weirton-Wellsburg Chapter of the West Virginia Credit Union League celebrated International Credit Union Day with a dinner-dance Oct. 19 at Williams Country Club.
League President Kenneth Watts was the speaker.
"Beginning in 1948, credit unions have come together annually to commemorate the credit union movement's history and achievements," said Watts. "This year, a global credit union committee has chosen the theme, 'Credit Unions Unite for Good: A Better Way.'
INTERNATIONAL CREDIT UNION DAY — Those attending the 53rd annual International Credit Union Day Dinner dance are, from left, front, Olga Adams, Hancock School Employees Federal Credit Union; JoAnn Kerr, Hancock School Employees Federal Credit Union; Ed Smurda, Strip Steel Community Federal Credit Union; Dan Dudley, Eagle Can Employees Federal Credit Union; Rick Frey, Eagle Can Employees; Edward Kennedy, First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union; and Janet Stagani, Weirton-Wellsburg Chapter president and Tin Mill Employees Federal Credit Union, and, back, Susan Mains, Tin Mill Employees; Linda Cattrell, First Choice America Community; John Thayer, First Choice America Community; Kenneth Watts, West Virginia Credit Union League president; and Scott Winwood, First Choice America Community. -- Contributed
"For more than 150 years, credit unions worldwide have proudly collaborated to put people before profits in order to provide access to affordable financial services for all members. In addition to lower loan rates and better service, members experience the difference that comes through our democratic structure, service to members and social goals that credit unions embody."
The chapter includes the First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union, Strip Steel Community Federal Credit Union, Tin Mill Community Federal Credit Union, Eagle Can Employees Federal Credit Union and Hancock School Employees Federal Credit Union. Janet Stagani is chapter president.
The chapter credit union are among more than 56,000 credit unions in 101 countries of the world.
"With your support, credit unions in West Virginia have grown over the years to $3.5 billion in assets and with 400,000 members, we hope to continue growing," said Watts.
"No matter where you are in the world, access to financial services is vital. Rich or poor, we all face similar challenges in life. Together, credit unions are helping members overcome those challenges - not only in Weirton, but throughout the world."
First Choice America, founded in 1939 and the state's largest credit union, was this year's host credit union, and Eagle Can Employees was co-host. A dance followed dinner, with Disc Jockey Chico Ruiz.
There are 100 credit unions in West Virginia, 96 of which are league members.