Archive for March, 2009

Message from the NCUA: ‘Your money is safe’

A message from Jane Bryant Quinn and the National Credit Union Administration. Learn more about your share insurance on their site.

State of the credit union

On Thursday, we held a “State of the Credit Union” presentation for local treasurers, business leaders, and organizational leaders where we outlined how we did in 2008, and what we’re working on for 2009.

Above all? Despite the economy, we did pretty well for ourselves.

American 1 had a good feeling as far back as April, and even during the summer before the big economic crisis hit, that we were doing okay. Others were saying that credit unions were among the safest places to put your money.

And now, as we look back on the crazy year that was 2008, we can say we did the right things to keep our ship upright and sailing steady.

We have the wisdom of our board of directors and the support of our members and the community to thank for our success. With all the doom and gloom around us these days, it’s nice to be seen as a secure place to save for the future.


Project: Zero Waste deadline extended

Attention Waste Haters: we’re extending the deadline of our Project: Zero Waste. You can now register to participate until Friday, April 10.

Project: Zero Waste aims to take care of your materials, like e-waste, paper and plastic, tires, scrap metal, yard waste, personal documents, and more. We’ve teamed up with a bunch of local waste haulers and recyclers to make sure your junk gets disposed of in an environmentally-responsible way.

You can drop off most of your materials for free. We’re only charging for a few items, like tires and LP tanks, because these items cost so much to handle properly.

Project: Zero Waste takes place on Saturday, April 18 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can sign up for a time that works best for you.

Drop by projectzerowaste.com to download a registration form, and get it to us by April 10.

Spring Women’s Expo 2009 winners

Women's Expo - Theresa and Ricco

We’re proud to announce the three winner’s of the Gold Crown Jewelers prize drawing from our Spring Women’s Expo, as well as our two other prize winners.

First prize, a topaz pendant on a 14k gold rope chain, goes to Theresa Gollakner from Jackson (above). Theresa has been to many American 1 Women’s Expos, and was amazed to hear our phone call telling her she was the winner.

“I was glad I was sitting down,” she said.

The best part? We gave her Gold Crown’s prize on her birthday.

Women's Expo - Cindy, Ricco, and Judy

Next up are Cindy Jane Vass, our third prize winner (left), and Judy Goodall (right), our second prize winner.

Cindy won a pair of amethyst earrings. This expo was Cindy’s first. Her mom, who recently moved back to Michigan from Florida, told Cindy about our expo – and they came together.

Judy won a 10k gold fashion ring. Judy likes to take her sister to our Spring Women’s Expo because it falls right around her sister’s birthday.

Ashley E.: Women's Expo $200 winner

Ashley Erwin from Concord (above) won our $200 shopping spree. Ashley won just by entering her name into our drawing.

Nancy F.: Women's Expo $100 gas card

Nancy Fowler (above) won our $100 gas card drawing by riding the shuttle bus to the expo.

Nancy came to the expo to shop, and spent four hours browsing through the vendors.

Congratulations to all our prize winners. Check out more photos on our Flickr page.


An award-winning credit union

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American 1’s board of directors was on-hand to accept the Jackson Citizen Patriot’sCorporate Citizen of the Year” award last week at a banquet held by the newspaper.

We also learned that our Women’s Expo won a CUNA Diamond Merit award. It seems we’re really good at getting the word out about the expo, and we were recognized for it by a national credit union association.

We couldn’t do any of this without our supportive members, of course, so we really have you to thank.

The Crisis of Credit, visualized



Looking for an easy way to digest the “credit crisis?”

Check out the Crisis of Credit visualized by Jonathan Jarvis. It’s a great way to get a handle on things like mortgage investors, sub-prime mortgages, and why the banking credit system is supposedly “frozen.”

Any creative ways to earn extra cash?

The Five Cent Nickel blog has posted “36 ways to earn extra money,” with tips like the usual “sell stuff around the house,” and “get a second job.” But how about “renting ad space on your car?” Or “make and sell crafts?”

Economic times like these call for the creative solutions – what’s one creative way you’re earning extra money?

Win an inter-Michigan trip at an American 1 event

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Do you heart Michigan? We sure do, and that’s why we’re offering a chance to win a Great Lakes State getaway package.

How do you win? Simple. Pick up one of the above entry cards at any American 1 event in 2009. You can see a full list on our Events page.

Fill out the card, take it to any American 1 branch location, and give it to a member service specialist. That’s all you have to do.

Our first vacation, slated for this summer, features:

  • Binder Park Zoo season pass
  • 2 adult/2 child Michigan’s Adventure tickets
  • 20 Lansing Lugnuts vouchers, to be used at any game
  • $100 gift card to Goodrich Quality Theaters
  • $75 gas card

It’s an impressive prize package, and you could win. Just make sure you pick up an “I Heart MI” entry card at any American 1 event – starting with the Spring Women’s Expo this Saturday!

Check the card for full contest details.


February membership winner

February 2009 membership winner

Marina B. of Jackson referred her son to American 1 to open up a membership in February. For that, Marina wins our Pistons ticket package: four Detroit Pistons tickets, free snacks, free parking, and a picture down on the basketball court.

Marina is treating her brother and family to the game.

Thanks for referring a new member, Marina!



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