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December 5, 2012 – FMFCU Media Branch hosts Media Business Authority Holiday Mixer

Media, PA – Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU) hosted the Media Business Authority (MBA) Holiday Mixer to kick start the holidays. Many local officials and business owners were in attendance including FMFCU branch staff and corporate employees.

Zubair Kahn, MBA Executive Director, MBA Board Member, Bryan Messick, along with the FMFCU Media Branch staff and MBA staff did a wonderful job decorating the branch for the season. Santa and carolers from Hedgerow Theatre also appeared to complete the festive gathering.

November 21, 2012 – FMFCU Opens First Student-Operated Branch in Chester County

Downingtown, PA – Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU) partnered with Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) to open its first student-operated branch in Chester County, Pennsylvania.  The new office resides inside the CCIU Technical College High School (TCHS) Brandywine Campus and has a two-fold mission: promote financial awareness to students, teachers, and the public and provide hands-on work experience to students enrolled in the TCHS Banking and Financial Services program.

“Many people know more about their Facebook account than their credit union or bank account,” said Rick Durante, vice president of education at FMFCU and executive director of the FMFCU Foundation.  “We are helping young people get off to a good start in terms of financial literacy.
“Students learn about banking, finance, accounting, marketing, and sales in the classroom, then put those skills to use in an operational financial institution.”

The TCHS Branch is open to the public three days a week and modeled after five other student-operated FMFCU branches in Delaware County high schools.

“Due to our career and technical education setting, the amount of time these students will spend in an experiential education facility is unheard of in Chester County,” noted Principal Seth Schram. “It is the beginning of a collaborative effort that may influence hundreds of young adults in years to come.”
The branch is a mini-version of other FMFCU offices, and students are trained similarly to any new credit union hire.  While working, they open accounts, take deposits, make withdrawals, and market the branch under supervision of an on-site FMFCU coordinator.

About TCHS Brandywine Campus
The Technical College High School Brandywine Campus is a public high school specializing in career and technical education. It is operated by the Chester County Intermediate Unit. With the exception of Teacher Academy, its career and technical programs are high-priority occupations, aligned to Pennsylvania State Standards and national industry certifications. TCHS Brandywine serves students in the Coatesville Area, Downingtown Area and West Chester Area school districts, and Bishop Shanahan High School


June 29, 2012 – FMFCU Opens New Branch in Downingtown

Downingtown, PA – Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU) recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open its new Downingtown office in the Brandywine Square Shopping Center at Route 30 and Quarry Road.  Members of the FMFCU Board of Directors and Executive Team, along with local dignitaries, were on hand to commemorate the event.

“Opening another branchin Chester County allows FMFCU to better serve current and new members residing or working in and around Downingtown,” said John T. Powers, FMFCU Vice President/Chief Retail Officer.  “Plus, we are extremely pleased to offer seven day-a-week banking at this location.”

The Downingtown Branch staff subsequently hosted a grand-opening celebration featuring prize drawings and the opportunity to unlock the FMFCU Treasure Chest filled with cash prizes.  During the event, children filled a bag of their favorite candies from the FMFCU Candy Bar, had their face painted courtesy of Paint Your Face by Jennifer, and received a balloon creation from Balloon Magic Artist, Jack Hardesty. 

“It was a great turnout for both our ribbon cutting and grand-opening celebration,” commented  Josh Oravis, Downingtown Branch Manager.  “Our staff took pride in showcasing our beautiful new office and welcoming many new members to FMFCU.”


June 27, 2012 – FMFCU Celebrates Opening of First Out-of-State Branch

Wilmington, DE – Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union officially opened its first out-of-state branch at Saint Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware on June 7.  Members of the FMFCU Board of Directors and Executive Team, along with hospital representatives, gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception to commemorate the grand opening.

A special, all-day grand-opening celebration was held for Saint Francis employees in the branch and hospital’s VIP Hallway on June 8.   It included a drawing for Free Hospital Parking for One Year in the Clayton Street Garage.   

Saint Francis

June 4, 2012 – FMFCU Hosts Shred Event at Broomall

Broomall, PA – The Broomall Branch of Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU) held its annual free Shred Event in May in an effort to preserve the environment and help prevent identity theft. 

During the three-hour, Saturday morn2012 Ride Your Bike To Working event, Wiggins Shredding of West Chester destroyed 16,100 pounds of confidential material and securely shredded over eight tons of paper. 

“As a result, 137 trees were preserved, representing a 64% energy savings, 58% water savings and 74% less air pollution,” said John T. Powers, FMFCU Vice President/Chief Retail Officer.  “Participants should feel a sense of accomplishment for their efforts.”

Representatives from Enterprise Car Sales and Liberty Mutual Insurance attended providing special discounts, showcasing cars through a virtual car sale and answering insurance questions, respectively.

During the event, funds were also collected to support financial literacy efforts of the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union Foundation.

May 29, 2012 - FMFCU announces Chester County Academic Competition awards (PR from Chester County Inetermediate Unit) - view the article here

May 18, 2012 – 2012 Ride Your Bike to Work Day Participation2012 Ride Your Bike To Work

John Hargrove, Vice President andChief Information Officer (left) and Langston Williams, Network Administrator (right), rode their bikes to the Media Courthouse on May 18 in support of alternative forms of transportation. Bryan Messick, AVP and Media Branch Manager (center) greeted bicyclists with FMFCU goodies. The Credit Union presented the annual event in conjunction with the Delaware County Transportation Management Association.  John and Langston even won a bike-related raffle prize!

April 6, 2012 – FMFCU Vice President Named 2012 Harold Martin Business Leadership Award Winner

Marc Ernest, Vice President of the Chester County District at Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU), was named recipient of the 2012 Harold Martin Business Leadership Award by the Exton Region Chamber of Marc ErnestCommerce. Ernest has been a Chamber Member for seven years and served as a board member for two years.

The award recognizes a businessperson from the Exton region who achieved a significant and acknowledged level of success in their business career, demonstrated leadership and a long-standing, unselfish commitment to improve the quality of life in the Exton region.
“Marc is extremely passionate about making a difference in his community,” said John T. Powers, FMFCU Vice President/Chief Retail Officer. “He exemplifies this through his many contributions to numerous civic and charitable organizations.”

For over four years, Ernest has been instrumental in leading the Chamber’s Business and Education Partnership program, “Get Real.” This program brings valuable workplace experience to Downingtown Area School District students and prepares them for life after school.

“Marc is an excellent award recipient choice because of his business achievements and dedication to our community,” said Donald E. Anders, Exton Region Chamber of Commerce President. “He exemplifies the true spirit of the award namesake, Harold Martin, an Exton businessperson who was the driving force behind the growth of many service organizations, including the Chamber.”

Ernest currently serves on the boards of the West Chester Area School District Education Foundation, Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation, Beacon of Knowledge Ministries, Inc, Caln Little League and Brandywine YMCA. He is also treasurer for Safe Harbor of Chester County.

The Chester County resident graduated from the Downingtown Area School District and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from The Pennsylvania State University.

March 6, 2012 – FMFCU VP Elected Vice President of Nonprofit Board of Directors

Rick Durante, Vice President of Education at FranklinRick Durante Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU), was elected Vice President of the Delaware County Literacy Council Board of Directors for 2012-2013.  Durante has been a board member for three years. 

“Rick is an active, contributing board member and we’re pleased to have him in this new capacity,” said Madeline Bialecki, Executive Director.  “We rely on his educational expertise and look forward to his contributions in the coming year.”

At FMFCU, Durante manages the Learning and Development Department and youth education programs.  He represents FMFCU within its partnering schools and provides financial education in many Delaware County school districts.  He also oversees the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union Foundation as Executive Director.
Durante has been closely associated with the Delco Hi-Q competition since 2004.  He is director of the scholastic competition, now in its 64th season.  Hi-Q is the oldest, continuous academic quiz competition.

In 2006, the National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) recognized Durante for having the largest one-year increase in the number of students reached in financial literacy seminars.

The Delaware County resident graduated from Interboro High School.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Temple University and Master’s Certificate in Workplace Improvement Design from The Pennsylvania State University.

February 24, 2012 – Doris Sgro, retired FMFCU employee, passes awayJohn D. Unangst

It is with great sadness and fond memories to announce that former Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU) employee, Doris Sgro, passed away on Thursday, February 23rd.

Doris recently celebrated her 89th birthday.  She was FMFCU’s second staff member joining in 1974 and its first 20 year retiree, leaving FMFCU in early 1995.  It was her zest for life and her commitment to service that led to the renaming of the FMFCU Employee of the Year award to the Doris Sgro Employee of the Year award, in October 1993.  Doris always came back to every In-Service day in October to personally present the award. 

She will be missed by all.

January 3, 2012 – Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union EmplJohn D. Unangstoyees and Members Spread Holiday Cheer through Local Charities

Broomall, PA – Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU) employees and members made contributions this holiday season to support local chapters of Operation Warm and CityTeam Ministries.

On behalf of members and employees, FMFCU presented Operation Warm with a $2,300 donation during an annual children’s holiday and coat distribution party hosted by Riddle Hospital.  Donated funds are used by Operation Warm to purchase new winter coats that are then distributed to local children in need.

“Knowing this was possible through the generosity of Credit Union members and employees, and seeing the expression on these children’s faces after they received their new coat was moving,” said Donna Surotchak, FMFCU Riddle Hospital Branch Manager.

FMFCU employees also helped createa happy holiday for children in need through CityTeam Ministries of Chester by participating in the organization’s Adopt-A-Family program.  Six local children “adopted” by Credit Union employees received a number of gifts from their holiday wish list.

“Employees generously and enthusiastically participated in this program by donating bikes, sports equipment, dolls, games and more,” noted Kelly Donnelly-Chaudrue, FMFCU Support Services Team Supervisor and coordinator of the effort.  “These toys were delivered with care, well wishes and smiles.”

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