Monthly Archives: October 2010

Sign Up for BrightStar e-Statements for your Chance to Win 1 of 3 Prizes

You could win either a brand new 40″ LCD HDTV, a 16GB Apple IPad, or an Amazon Kindle. It’s easy and FREE to enter. All you have to do is sign up for e-statements by November 30, 2010 and you’re entered to win. If you are already registered for e-Statements, then you are already entered into our sweepstakes. E-Statements are a greener way of managing your account for free. Join the movement help the Credit Union reduce paper usage and lower costs. Plus it might save a few trees. Sign Up Today Login to “Online Banking” from our home page Once in Online Banking Click “Online Statements.” You will then be prompted to register. Contest ends November 30, 2010. No purchase necessary. More info and official rules available online at

BrightStar CEO Ralph Crockett Receives ‘MAN OF THE YEAR’ Award

BrightStar Credit Union’s CEO & President, Ralph Crockett, has received the 2010 ‘Man of the Year’ award from the Broward County Chapter of the United Nations Association in recognition of his many professional achievements and community involvement.

 Chanel Williams, Program Chairperson of the Broward County Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA, describes Mr. Crockett as “a humanitarian that is passionate about many issues affecting our community today.  We are honored to present this well-deserved award for his charitable efforts in the community and as an outstanding corporate citizen.” 

 Since his becoming President in 2002, Mr. Crockett has spearheaded the Credit Union to continued healthy growth—and has worked to focus the Credit Union’s efforts on providing excellent member service as well as education and local community involvement. The Credit Union now has over 42,000 members and has become one of the largest credit unions in South Florida.

 “BrightStar is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative,” said Mr. Crockett.  “And as such, we offer real value and savings to our members. I am honored and humbled for this recognition from the UNA.”

Congratulations, Ralph! Your BrightStar family is very proud of you.

Happy International Credit Union Day!

It’s International Credit Union Week.  And we’d like to thank everyone for being a part of the Credit Union Movement.  Credit union members understand the CU difference.  We’re member-owned, not-for-profit cooperatives.  We care about people, and we offer real value.  Help us celebrate by joining us at your local branch on International Credit Union Day, Thursday, October 21.  Each BrightStar location will have a table filled with great giveaways for YOU, our members (while supplies last).

For over 58 years, the third week in October has been set aside by credit unions for this celebration. BrightStar Credit Union is joining other credit unions worldwide in celebrating this week with the theme of “Local, Trusted, Serving You.”

In 1946 BrightStar Credit Union was chartered by 26 Teachers of Broward County Public Schools. Today BrightStar CU is a full-service financial organization with more than 42,000 members. We offer savings accounts, checking, online services, and loans for all reasons.  We are financially safe and sound. Funds deposited in the Credit Union are insured to at least $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration, a U.S. governmental agency.

Not a BrightStar member? Don’t worry you can JOIN NOW!

Learn How to Have a Flexible and Efficient College Savings Plan

We all understand the value of a college education, but the cost is enough to break the bank for most families. You hear so much talk about the price of college, it’s easy to get intimidated – with the cost of higher education on the rise, let us show you a better way to save and prepare for this time in our students life.

Join us Thursday, October 21st for an investment seminar on Efficient College Savings Plans. The seminar will be held at our Sunrise Operations Center, 5901 Del Lago Circle, Sunrise, FL 33313. Get your questions answered by BrightStar’s Investment Representative, Luis Munoz. Refreshments will be served call Mr. Munoz at (954) 497-4182 to RSVP. For more details please visit

Sure, the numbers may look scary with college bills the way they are these days, you’ll want to do all you can to avoid needlessly wasting cash. Come join the conversation and start planning.

7 Reasons You Should Join a Credit Union This Week

Listen to Stacy Johnson, who runs a website called “Money Talks”. He recently did a story about the benefits of a credit union. Stacy gives 7 reasons to join, but many of our members know there are definitely more than just 7 reasons. If you’re a member of a Credit Union and are reaping all the rewards, spread the word just like Stacy is!

Two Week Auto Loan Sale: October 15th – 30th (2010)!

The One Day Car Sale for October 30th has been cancelled. However, due to popular demand we are having a Two Week Auto Loan Sale: October 15th – 30th. With rates as low as 2.99%APR on new and used vehicles and refinancing from elsewhere. Get Pre Approved Today! Use it to buy a new or used car at any South Florida Car Dealership during the sale period. Give our Auto Advisor, Roland, a call at 954-497-4186. He can take care of the details in getting the vehicle that you need with no hassle and no haggle pricing! Apply by phone at 954-486-2728, or by visiting your nearest BrightStar location. Conditions apply. Visit our home page  for more information.

Suze Orman on the View, really “talked up” Credit Union Credit Cards!

We have told you before, that BrightStar Credit Union’s Credit Cards are listed on with a whopping 5-STAR rating! Our cards are GREAT because we have NO annual fee, NO balance transfer fee, super LOW interest rates, a LOW late fee, and NO penalty rates. But don’t just take our word for it, Check out Suze Orman on the VIEW last week recommending credit union credit cards to the world because we are fair, ethical and offer real value to our members.

The Stars Were Out at Flanagan High School Friday October 1st!

BrightStar Credit Union employees showed our Falcon  spirit at the 2010 Flanagan High School homecoming football game. BrightStar CU was a sponsor of the game and is a partner in education with Flanagan High School. The nationally ranked Flanagan high school band & color guard had an outstanding halftime show along with the announcement of the Homecoming Court. Not to be outdone, the falcon football team advanced to an impressive 4-0 record. Cosmo, BrightStar’s Super-Saver Hero, even made time to fly in and join in on some of the fun! CONGRATULATIONS to the Falcons also, congratulations to McArthur High School for putting up a strong fight against Flanagan in the game.

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