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American 1 Fall Women’s Expo guide


Thinking about heading to American 1’s Fall Women’s Expo this weekend?

If you didn’t catch the Jackson Citizen Patriot’s Uniquely You magazine with our special Women’s Expo insert, you can download it here.

Winter Wonderland added to Nite Lites

Nite Lites

You may have read in the Jackson Citizen Patriot that American 1 is adding a Winter Wonderland event to John Spink’s Nite Lites Christmas light show at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.

The American 1 Winter Wonderland will coincide with Spink’s Nite Lites from Saturday, Dec. 12 to Wednesday, Dec. 23 at the American 1 Event Center. The event will feature decorated holiday trees, vendors offering hand-crafted items, a kids craft area, food and drinks of the season, and a visit from Santa Claus. Entrance to the American 1 Winter Wonderland will be at no additional cost to the Nite Lite visitors.

Thousands of cars drive through Spink’s Nite Lites event each year at the Jackson County Fairgrounds during the holiday season, starting after Thanksgiving.

“I’ve been looking to increase the activities we offer at Nite Lites for several years,” John Spink, owner of Nite Lites, says. “It takes a lot of work to create something from scratch and, with their success at coordinating events, I felt American 1 would be the perfect business to approach about supporting it.”

Liz Niles, our community relations manager, is looking for businesses to participate in the Holiday Tree Decorating Contest and vendors to offer holiday handmade crafts for the event.

“The Jackson community has been so supportive when it comes to getting involved with events that are focused on family, and this event is just that,” Niles says. “This is going to be one stunning sight you won’t want to miss.”

Local businesses will compete in the Holiday Tree Decorating Contest. During the Winter Wonderland, all the trees in the contest will serve as prizes in a silent auction that will take place during the 12 days. The winners will receive a potted blue spruce pine with decorations. Guests will also be able to vote for their favorite tree by making a donation to that tree’s donation box. After the event, the business with the most donations in their box wins the contest. The money collect will be donated to a charity of the winning business’s choice.

For more information on the Holiday Tree Decorating contest or vendor participation, contact Liz Niles at (517) 780-4139. To support the event with a donation, contact John Spink at (517) 937-6426.

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An award-winning credit union


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.

One of our own wins a new furnace


A big congratulations to our own Vanessa Suddeth: she won a brand new furnace from Lammers Heating & Air Conditioning and NewsTalk 970 WKHM. They hold an annual contest, and Vanessa – after being a finalist last winter – finally won a $3,000 furnace.

She was in the Jackson Citizen Patriot Saturday, and had this to say:

“I cried,” said Suddeth, who has lived in her home on Adams Street for 11 years. “That’s all I could do was cry and say ‘thank you, thank you.’ I was just blown away.”

This came just as the winter weather hits, when heating bills are at their highest. If you see her at our front desk at the Home Office, be sure to give Vanessa a big congratulations. Way to go!

Prepare for the Expo by picking up this magazine.

The talented folks over at the Jackson Citizen Patriot just released a fabulous new magazine, Uniquely You (above), that caters to womens’ issues and needs.

And guess what? They gave us a little section in the middle to highlight our Fall Women’s Expo, taking place this Saturday.

Uniquely you interviews several local women to find out about fashion, shopping, and fitness. Not that we’re biased, but it’s a good read. And it’s free, so you can’t beat that. Pick up a copy at any one of our branches this week, and read all about our growing expo!

Rose Parade kicks off this weekend

American 1\'s Rose Parade float

Just wanted to give everyone a peek at our custom-made float for Sunday’s Rose Parade.

Our idea was to make the entire thing out of giant lego blocks, as a way to reinforce our belief in “building the community.” From what the Parade Company has shown us, it’s going to be a sweet design. According to them:

The Parade Company used over 100 Lego-like blocks to create the building in the float. These blocks are so large that it would take over 140,000 actual-size bricks to make the same building. Additionally, if the flag was actual size, it would measure over 20 feet wide and 32 feet long.

The whole Rose Festival weekend kicks off tonight with the Dance Party in the Parking Lot over at Art 364. Then it’s the Rose Festival Strongman competition on Saturday at Ella Sharp Park. On Sunday, the parade starts at 1 p.m. and the Party in the Park takes place right after the parade gets done.

Head to the Rose Festival’s web site for a full schedule and all the details. Also, Brad Flory wrote a funny piece in the CitPat giving some of the Rose Parade’s background.

Stop by our welcome tent at Ella Sharp on Sunday, grab a chicken barbeque dinner, and enjoy all the fun happening this weekend. We’re awfully proud to be the presenting sponsor for the Rose Parade and Party in the Park. It’s an event that screams “Jackson,” and we’re glad to be a part of it.

Financial tips from local columnist.

Those that know Jackson Citizen Patriot columnist Brad Flory wouldn’t exactly call him a “financial expert.” Coney dog expert, maybe. Pazcki expert, definitely. But personal finance?

Despite his lack of credentials, Flory does have some advice – based on his own check-writing experiments in college – for credit union members.

“The middle class is pessimistic, according to an April 9 Pew Research Center study, in part because we are deep in debt for lifestyles we cannot afford,” Flory says.

Check out Flory’s always-humorous column for more advice from the not-so-sage elder.

Dead last at Supermarket Sweep, and loving it.

Wobbly Wheel winners Wendy, Katie, and me.

Eleven teams raced through Felpausch Food Centers on Tuesday for our annual Media Supermarket Sweep. All the food teams collect is given to the Food Bank of Southcentral Michigan, who then turns it over to our local Salvation Army food bank.

Last year our American 1 team did pretty well. This year? Dead last. We earned the Wobbly Wheel award after grabbing only 46 of the 60 or so food items scattered throughout the store.

Oh well. We did it for a good cause, and all of our branches collected two shopping carts full of food besides what we collected during the sweep.

The Salesman team won again, with WLNS Channel 6 taking second at the Jackson Citizen Patriot team taking third.

“We’d like to thank the Jackson Felpausch for graciously opening up their store for the Sweep, and Spartan Stores and American 1 for their support as well,” said Dan Salerno, the Food Bank of South Central Michigan’s director of development. “Ultimately it’s needy households in Jackson that are the winners, receiving a real boost from the food picked up today.”

That’s right. Next year, we’ll try to make sure we “boost” our total for the Food Bank.

You can check out more photos from the even on our Flickr page.

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