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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:
 
Renée Allen, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
(800) 648-8035, ext. 29355
reneea@blueoxcu.org

BlueOx Board Member Retires After More Than 54 Years of Service

BATTLE CREEK, MI (March 11, 2019) – Long-time BlueOx Credit Union Board Member, Robert Harvey, is retiring from the volunteer Board of Directors at the end of his term in April. A BlueOx member since 1960, Bob has served in various volunteer positions since 1964, including a brief stint on the Supervisory Committee before joining the Board. As a Board Member, he served in several roles during his tenure, including Chairman for ten years, and a variety of committee assignments, including the position of Personnel Committee Chair for “as long as anyone can remember,” said BlueOx Credit Union President/CEO, Fran Godfrey. Bob earned several of the credit union industry’s highest honors from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), including the Edward A. Filene, the Roy F. Bergengren and the Alphonse Desjardins Awards.

To put it in perspective, when Bob came onboard in 1964, BlueOx Credit Union (then known as School Employees Credit Union) had one branch, 1,964 members and almost $1.5 million in assets. Currently, BlueOx has six branches, 23,389 members and $173 million in assets.

“Bob’s long-standing support, industry and institutional knowledge have been invaluable to BlueOx Credit Union. He’s always steered our attention toward member value and Credit Union financial stability, and support to our staff, said BlueOx Credit Union President/CEO, Fran Godfrey. His dedication to us has been vital to our success.”

Representing $173 million in assets, BlueOx Credit Union is a state-chartered, federally insured credit union, with membership open to individuals within seventeen counties in lower Michigan. To find out how you can join BlueOx Credit Union, visit BlueOXcu.org.

Robert Harvey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Harvey is retiring from the BlueOx Credit Union Board after more than 54 years of volunteer service.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:
 
Renée Allen, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
(800) 648-8035, ext. 29355
reneea@blueoxcu.org

 

BlueOx Credit Union Pays It Forward with Random Acts of Kindness

BATTLE CREEK, MI (Feb. 11, 2019) – BlueOx Credit Union recently set out to pay it forward to the communities that have supported the organization through the years, as well as encourage kindness and generosity throughout our local communities. The Random Acts of Kindness (RAKs) campaign is also a tie-in to BlueOx Credit Union’s Kasasa campaign “Take Back Banking,” emphasizing the consumer’s ability to have a checking account that rewards and pays them back. In addition to paying it forward by BlueOx Credit Union and its employees, the Credit Union hopes to inspire others to act on opportunities to be kind to one another.

“This campaign is a way to show the people in our communities how grateful we are for their support, paying it forward, if you will, while also promoting kindness,” said President/CEO, Fran Godfrey. “According to research from Emory University, when you are kind to another person, your brain’s pleasure and reward centers light up, as if you were the recipient of the good deed—not the giver. I believe our staff can attest to the validity of this study after having taken part in our spontaneous deliveries of kindness,” Godfrey noted.

Although there are many RAKs which can be provided with no money required, each of six branch offices was provided a budget of $250 and the freedom to choose their recipients. Acts of kindness included: recognizing special teachers at schools in Jackson and Kalamazoo who are known to go above and beyond for their students with flowers and gift cards; paying for groceries for individuals in Jackson; surprising a dedicated volunteer of Henry Ford Allegiance Hospital with flowers and gift card; donating diapers to the Inasmuch House Shelter in Battle Creek; making gasoline purchases for community members in Battle Creek; supplying hoodies, socks, hats and gloves to the Macomb County Warming Shelter and St. Margaret of Scotland Church in St. Clair Shores; contributing to the Harrington Elementary School in Albion for the creation of their “Cozy Reading Spot” in the library; gifting the Shelterhouse in Coldwater with a donation to the Backpack Buddies Program and gift cards to treat domestic violence victims and their children to a dinner out or a trip to the movies; providing pet supplies and gift cards to the Animal Rescue Project in Kalamazoo, the Cascades Humane Society in Jackson and to the Calhoun County Animal Shelter; and surprising the staff at the Jackson Animal Shelter with a pizza lunch.

Said Amy Uphaus, a teacher at the Jackson Area Career Center, “Thank you so much for this. I live my life by treating others with kindness. You made my whole month!”

Representing $173 million in assets, BlueOx Credit Union is a state-chartered, federally insured credit union, with membership open to individuals within seventeen counties in lower Michigan. To find out how you can join BlueOx Credit Union, visit BlueOXcu.org.

BlueOx Credit Union provides pet supplies to the Animal Rescue Project in Kalamazoo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BlueOx Credit Union’s Kalamazoo Branch provided pet supplies to the Animal Rescue Project.

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