Welcome to Fall

Summer has passed, and we are now starting the fall season.  This is my favorite season of the year.  The weather is usually nice.  Evenings cool down into the 40’s or 50’s but daytime highs can still reach into the comfortable 70’s. The leaves on the trees begin to change their colors from green, to shades of orange, yellow, and brown.  Of course if you have trees on your property, you might not enjoy them as much as I do – especially if you have to rake them up.  Since I live in a condo community, I can sit back and watch others rake the leaves and do fall yard work. 

If your children are young and still at home, they are now back in school – so you become busy with all of their many activities.  I participate in the grandparent activities with as many of our fifteen grandchildren as I can.  I love football at all levels from high school to professional.  I cheer for the Newark Catholic Green Wave, the OSU Buckeyes and (don’t laugh) the Cincinnati Bengals.  Some day the Bengals will have a winning season again.  Hope you enjoy the season and cheer on your favorite teams as well. 

Fall might be a good time for you to do a check up on your finances also.  With Christmas only three months away, won’t it be nice to have some cash to buy this year’s gifts instead of putting them on plastic.  The buy now pay later plan always comes at a cost.  I would encourage you to start thinking of setting up a Christmas club account for 2010.  We call it our HOHO club account.  Call and talk to one of our team players today to get this started. 

I encourage you to not over spend this upcoming holiday season.  I know that the temptation is great but try to exert some will power.  You’ll be glad you did.

So Long, Farewell!


I want to take this opportunity to say not only good-bye to Cammie, but to also thank her for all that she has done in her two and a half years at Hopewell Federal. Cammie will be relocating with her family to Tennessee. Credit unions are now part of who she is. Even though Hopewell Federal will be losing a credit union marketer, a credit union in Tennessee will be gaining a good one.

Cammie has moved our marketing and public relations efforts to a new level. The electronic level. One that will be challenging to maintain – but we will. Of course, Cammie came up with the “Ask Al” blog idea and even convinced me how valuable a communications tool it would become. She also convinced me that we needed to tweet on Twitter. So we do. But I drew the line when it came to Facebook. I still believe Facebook is more for social media than business media, maybe that’s old school thinking, but that’ s how I feel.

So if you will, please thank Cammie for her time here at Hopewell Federal and wish her and her family the best, as they take up residency in Tennessee. Best wishes Cammie and thank you for a job well done!



Heath Cameras, Upcoming Election Inspire This Week’s Post…

Whether you live, work, worship, volunteer or go to school in Licking County … you can be a member of Hopewell Federal Credit Union. That being said, do you play an active role in the community. What will you be doing on November 3rd of this year? We serve all of Licking County including the Heath area who has been in the spotlight lately for their upcoming elections. However you choose to vote, I hope that you will be doing you civic duty and voting in the general election.

Although this is not a major election there are many local issues and offices where you can vote. In the City of Heath, we will vote for a mayor and several council positions. I think it is very important for myself, a resident of Heath, to learn as much as possible about the candidates and vote for who I believe, will do the best for our city. Also on the ballot in Heath, will be a charter amendment to remove the cameras that have been installed on Hebron Road and 30th Street. The purpose of the cameras are to slow down traffic and make driving in Heath a safer experience. Living here, I do know that they have done that. I was surprised to read how many tickets were issued in the first weeks of operation to those going at least ten miles over the posted speed limit. This issue has also created a lot of controversy in the press. I look at it this way, if I obey the rules of the road, I will not get a ticket. Whatever you do or whatever your opinion is, your voice can be heard at the polls. And if you will not be in town to vote that day, you can always obtain an absentee ballot and vote in advance.

I don’t care if you’re a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, the only way for your voice to be counted is to vote. So do your civic duty and vote on November 3rd for the candidate of your choice and on the issues that concern you.

Have a Safe Holiday Weekend-

Until next time.