Monthly Archives: November 2011

Vote 4 Us!

Hey, guys, we need your vote! BrightStar has a chance to win a $2500 grant from CSCU. If we win 100% of the funds will be donated to the Broward Schools Homeless Student Education Fund.  But the only way we can win is if we get the most votes. Here’s how to help:  Become a fan of CSCU on Facebook and then vote for BrightStar by simply commenting on CSCU’s wall post with BrightStar Credit Union’s name.  Everyone can vote once per week starting NOW.  The credit union with the most votes on December 16th will receive the grant.

 Here’s the link to the CSCU page:!/CSCUmembers

 Plus, it gets even better. If we win the grant, BrightStar will match the funds for a total of $5000 donated to the fund. Students need your help—vote today.  Thank you!

Toy Drive! We’re Collecting Toys at Our Branch Locations


BrightStar CU is having a toy drive now through December 12, 2011.

Help Spread a Little Holiday Cheer! BrightStar Credit Union is holding our Annual Holiday Toy Drive.  The toy drive is a great way for members and BrightStar employees to help make a difference.  We have partnered with Family Central Inc. on this project.

We’ve placed a Toy Drive drop box in each BrightStar location for you to make toy donations.  NEW unwrapped toys are needed for ages infancy to 17 years.  Please click here to view a list of suggested items.  The deadline to drop off toys at BrightStar is Monday, December 12, 2011.  Gift cards and movie passes are also welcome.

Help spread the word about the Toy Drive so we can collect as many toys as possible for needy kids.  Even small donations can go a long way.  Have a wonderful Holiday Season, and thank you for your support.

Congrats to Sherri, Winner of an Apple iPad!

Congrats to Sherri D. winner of an Apple iPad for the month of October. We’re giving away one more for the end of November. You could win too if you register for BrightStar e-Statements before November 30, 2011. If you’re already registered, then you’re entered!

 e-Statements are the free, convenient way to keep track of your Credit Union accounts online. Members can register for e-Statements within Online Banking by simply clicking on the e-Statements link.

 More info is available on our e-Statements info page here:

BrightStar Wins South Florida’s Credit Union of the Year


A visitor at BrightStar's recent 65th Anniversary Party in the Park holds a star.

BrightStar Credit Union was named 2011 Credit Union of the Year today by the South Florida Business Journal as part of their Excellence in Banking Awards.

The Credit Union was selected for its involvement in the community, and because they have contributed to the local economy by granting thousands of consumer loans and hiring staff (rather than laying off staff like some organizations have had to do). Another factor in the award was the Credit Union’s growth in loans and members, which are some of the best growth rates in the U.S.

BrightStar’s CEO, Ralph Crockett said about the win, “This is a great honor for all of us. The congratulations goes to all of our staff who work hard every day to wow members with great service. This is also a win for our members, since they are the owners of the Credit Union. I think there’s a sense of pride being part of a credit union which has been called the best.”

BrightStar made $68 million in loans to members for the period from June 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011 and also expanded its number of staff by 5%. Both of these are significant factors which have contributed positively to the local economy.  The Credit Union is well-managed, well-capitalized and has never needed one penny of taxpayer bailout money.

BrightStar, which also won the 2010 AFP Philanthropic Company of the Year for Broward County, is a huge contributor to education. The Credit Union contributes more than 5% of its net income to Broward County Public Schools. Some of the programs include sponsoring Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips for 40 schools, financial literacy presentations to thousands of students, internships and several in-school, student-run credit unions. BrightStar also supports the Historic Sistrunk Festival, the Young at Art Children’s Museum and recently launched its financial literacy website, BrightStar University (

BrightStar has more than 46,000 members, $340 million in assets and is insured by the NCUA, an agency of the federal government.  Learn more at

BrightStar is also happy to congratulate the award finalist, Dade County Federal Credit Union — another fine south Florida credit union.

Learn more about BrightStar Credit Union and join here:

Why is BrightStar Brighter than the Average Bank?

We compared our free checking to several local banks.  Rather than brag, we’ll simply refer you to this handy comparison chart (PDF). If you know someone looking for the best free checking, be sure to refer them to BrightStar.

 Click below to see for yourself.


South Florida Business Journal’s Broward Ultimate CEO

BrightStar’s President & CEO Ralph Crockett, was honored last week at the South Florida Business Journal’s Broward Ultimate CEO Awards. The program celebrates the careers and leadership of ten (10) successful Broward County CEO’s who have set the standard in the Broward business community, including civic leadership, business success and community involvement.

 When Mr. Crockett received his award, he was quick to say that our success at the Credit Union is due to the work and dedication of all BrightStar staff.

 Thanks, Ralph, and congratulation on being a 2011 Broward Ultimate CEO. Your BrightStar family is very proud of you. Click the link below to see to watch the video of Mr. Crockett and the rest of the winners.