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Well, we decided to go ahead and go for it-we’re now on Twitter. Signing up takes less than 5 minutes and you can follow us! Joining us on Twitter will allow you to stay up-to-date with what’s happening at Hopewell Federal.

I encourage you to follow us and send us “tweets”! You can stay up on everything at HFCU, from our annual meeting to any current specials we may be offering to community events like Operation Feed, United Way and more.  You can find us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hopewellfedcu

I think twitter is just one more avenue, that makes Hopewell Federal more accesible to you, our members. So, maybe your on the go and can’t remember how long our office is open, send us a tweet. Perhaps you don’t have time to get on the net and need the quickest shared branching location near you-send us a tweet! Or perhaps your curious about when Kirby Kangaroo will be hopping back into town-send us a tweet! We’ll even be at the statehouse in Columbus, on March 31st and we’ll be sending “tweets” as to what’s happening on CU day.

Of course, for longer, more involved questions please call us or write us on the blog.  Just remember, twitter is short, sweet and to the point! We look forward to you following us!

-Al

Business As Usual at HFCU

Today is a monumental day of sorts … as President Obama signed the stimulus package. $787 billion, that is a LOT of money that our kids and grandkids will have to pay for later.  Do you ever stop to think how many zeros go behind the $787? I have. I do believe that congress had to act to help turn the ailing economy around and like the President said, “it will take time for this to work”.  

Meanwhile, the banks are going to get another bailout and from what I hear- the numbers range from $1 to $2 billion or more. I would say, that the greed of corporate America is costing all of us plenty. Let’s face it folks, the  “good times” are over, and our country is in the re-building mode.

However, in the midst of all this turmoil, our member-owned credit union is doing very well in meeting our member’s needs. We have not received any rescue funds from the Treasury, nor will we.  Plain and simple, we do not have risky investments in our credit union portfolio. We are lending money to members for home mortgages, car purchases, consolidation loans, and more.  As always, the member has to demonstrate that they have the ability and willingness to repay the loan. The money we lend to members belongs to the other members, thus why we’re a “cooperative” so we must exercise care in our lending practices.

Even though we need to spend to get out of this recession, I also want to point out the importance of savings, in times like today. We never know when the unexpected might happen, so having a savings account is really important. It’s savings that can help us through the tough times and make our payment, if our income is disrupted. I would encourage you to spend wisely for the goods and services you need.

-Al

P.S.

I returned from vacation to find the Cammie is on the ball, the yoga ball, in her office that is… She’s determined to see this challenge through and will update you soon on her ball vs. gym savings experiment. She’s been using it, instead of a chair for more than a week. And while I can’t say for sure or not that she’s seen definite benefits, it sure has provided some humor when we walk by her office.

While the Boss Is Away…The Marketer Will Play!

Welcome to Day One, of my money saving office experiment-while Al is on vacation.

Hello everyone,

It’s me, Cammie, the Marketing Director, at Hopewell FCU. Al’s on vacation, so I’m taking over the posting reigns this week.  And I’m excited to tell you about the experiment that I’m doing while Al is out of the office.

We all have been researching ways to save money here at Hopewell Federal. We’ve posted ideas in our lobbies, Al’s posted some here on the blog, we’ve e-mailed info to those of you who’ve signed up for e-mail,  via Hopewell On-line. In my research…I found many articles on ways to save money…and one of them was to use a big inflatable exercise ball as your chair in your office instead of going to the gym.

I must say-that while I have one at home, we’ve actually never used it as an actual “exercise” ball. My husband uses it, to help stretch his back, I used it when I was pregnant as more of an ottoman, to put my feet up. And my kids just love to roll it around. I mean, we’re talking a seven-year-old boy and a two-year-old boy. It’s almost a hazard to my little guy because it’s bigger than him. So, I’ve been mulling this idea over for several weeks now. I have a fellow credit union marketing friend in Texas, who is on the ball, and likes it. So… to bring the ball in, or to not bring the ball in…that is the question. Al is on vacation after all, so now seems like the perfect time.

Let’s face it, when it comes to a financial institution, the marketing person is generally known as the kooky, creative one-surrounded by math people, so I figured, if my fellow co-workers laugh at me, that’s nothing unusual, I’m comfortable in my role as the class clown. So, strange looks and giggles, never scare me. So today, I did it. I broke down and brought the ball w/me to work.

Problem number one…it was 16 degrees this morning, so I think the ball may have actually deflated a bit in the car on my way in due to the cold! Problem solved! Leave it to our handy dandy underwriter extraordianarre to have an air pump in his car. So I’m on the ball right now!

So far, 4 co-workers have laughed and giggled, pointed and taken pictures…I do have a before photo-which I will share, after this experiment is complete.

I’ve been on it for 39 minutes, 39, and I can already feel my stomach getting sore? Is this normal? I’m so out of shape, and I’ve been mall walking at lunch for two and a half weeks now! Geesh!

Apparently the Wall Street Journal, did a big article on this exact experiment about a year ago-and it’s catching on… Don’t believe me? Just Google, Exercise Ball as Office Chair-and see how many postings come up. 

Rest assured, Al will be back next week, and I’ll be sure to post an update about my time on the ball…but if it beats a gym and saves you money…hey, why not try it? Of course, this wouldn’t be appropriate for our tellers, after all, our counter is way too high for an exercise ball, but I had to try it and since I’m in the back office, and I’m fortunate enough to have a door, I think it’s okay.

I hope you enjoy this post-and know that when we say “We’re Here to Help You Get Ahead Financially”  we really do walk the talk, or we’re on the ball, so to speak.

Have a great weekend!