Archive for June, 2008

Are you cramming, shaving, or minting?

cramming shaving minting?

You can tell a lot about a person by what they search for.

Consider the picture above – that’s how people found our post on new scams used by identity theives.

But what does it mean? Are people doing research on these new frauds? Were they a victim? Are they looking them up to learn how to use them to steal people’s identities?

There’s no answer. But every other day or so we get the same three search terms popping up in our WordPress dashboard, and it got me curious.

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Ten students win our $1,000 scholarship

Five students at our scholarship banquet

A big congratulations to the ten high school grads who won our annual $1,000 scholarship. We had a banquet for the winners yesterday morning to help them celebrate.

All ten students were highly involved in both extra curricular activities and their community while in high school. Each wrote a 2,500-word-or-less essay on the benefits of altruism and how they improved their community through service. We had a scholarship committee read over each essay and award the best with the $1,000 scholarship.

We’ve given scholarships since 2000, and raise the money through our Skip-a-Pay program (where members can skip one month’s loan payment for $25). We’re so proud of these community-minded students.

The winners were:

  • Jessica Sandin (Bellevue High School)
  • Chelsea Cox (Western High School)
  • Emily Harris (Chelsea High School)
  • Jennifer Shaffer (Camden-Frontier High School)
  • Jacob Johnson (Hanover-Horton High School)
  • Maria Taylor (Jonesville High School)
  • Ryan Linderman (Northwest High School)
  • Luke Clore (Hanover-Horton High School)
  • Adam Watson (Union City High)
  • Jacob Heller (Bellevue High School)

Remarkably, we gave out scholarships to students in all four of the counties we serve.

Congratulations to our 10 winners. Look for information on next year’s scholarship contest around the first of the year.

Movie in the Park moved indoors

Wouldn’t you know it: the threat of rain is moving our first Movie in the Park of the summer indoors.

Our “chick flick” movie will show at the Parkside auditorium instead of downtown this Friday, June 27. The movie, “The Wedding Planner,” will start at 9 p.m. Admission is free, and American 1 will provide low-cost refreshments and snacks.

Sorry we had to move it, but Mother Nature has her own plans.

Fair manager optimistic about Event Center partnership

American 1 president/CEO Dave Puckett and fair manager Steve Thelen

With the “shop local” movement in full swing, Jackson County Fair Manager Steve Thelen thinks a local “have fun” movement should accompany it, especially with high-quality venues and entertainment outlets “right down the street.”

“Folks can revisit what they have locally,” Thelen says. “This community has tons of opportunities.”

Thelen is optimistic about American 1’s sponsorship of the new American 1 Event Center at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. The partnership, he says, will ensure a community cornerstone will stay functional and operational. This after American 1 pledged $112,500 over ten years for the naming rights and to help keep the facility maintained.

“This is a way, through the partnership with American 1, to insure the Event Center’s financial stability,” Thelen says. “The light and fuel bills aren’t going down anytime soon. We have to make sure we can cover our base costs so we can provide local entertainment.”

Providing local entertainment is what the American 1 Event Center can do best. Continue reading ‘Fair manager optimistic about Event Center partnership’

‘Community Booster’ and more from the CitPat

We’ve received a bit of attention from the Jackson Citizen Patriot this past week.

In case you missed it, here are the articles that have featured American 1 and our role in the community. We appreciate the attention, but ultimately it’s what we’ve always done.


Look for my talk with Steve Thelen, manager at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, early next week.


The Rose Parade in (moving) pictures



A little something we put together to show what a great time we had at the Rose Parade and Party in the Park. Check out a few more of our videos on our YouTube page.