Mark your calendar and plan to attend BrightStar Credit Union’s Free Financial Fitness Fair, Thursday, January 30, 5:30 p.m. Get on track for a healthier financial future. Free seminars, snacks and giveaways. Location: Walter C. Young Middle School (901 NW 129th Ave, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028). Click the image for more information.
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 (www.BrightStarU.com).
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 http://www.bscu.org.
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: https://www.bscu.org/owners/
We recently performed another random good deed—this time for longtime BrightStar member Mrs. Elaine W. To show her our appreciation, one of our Service Agents, Diane R., presented Mrs. Elaine with a lovely plant. Mrs. Elaine said she would put it in her kitchen.
“Thank you BrightStar for providing me with uncommon service. I understand the difference between a bank and a credit union. The service that I receive from (Diane) is second to none.”
Well thank you, Mrs. Elaine, and we hope you enjoy your plant.
Last month we started a new program called “BrightStar Good Deeds”. This week we’re sharing another random Good Deed performed by staff in our Member Service Center (phone center). They surprised Member Margaret W. with a delicious cake to celebrate her birthday. Margaret, fighting the tears, said “From now on, I’m going to celebrate life, and birthdays are a reminder that everyone is special. Thank you BrightStar for helping me to realize this.”
Margaret you truly are very special! We appreciate you and always look forward to seeing you in the Credit Union. Thank you for your membership! Stay tuned as we perform more little random acts of kindness to express our love and gratitude to our members! You might even be next…
February is Black History Month. This month and throughout the year, we help commemorate the contributions of African-Americans who have worked to positively shape our world and future. As part of this effort, BrightStar is a proud sponsor of the annual Sistrunk Historic Festival, Parade & Gala. The Sistrunk organization’s mission is to celebrate the historical and cultural contributions of people of African-American and Caribbean descent and their impact on the global community. The Sistrunk events are among the oldest African-American events in the Broward County area. The Sistrunk Parade and Street Festival will be held on Saturday, February 26th. More info is available at http://sistrunkfestival.org. The Sistrunk Gala will be held in a few months time, and we will announce those details later.
In addition, we are pleased to honor The Westside Gazette on their 40th anniversary. The Westside Gazette is Broward County’s oldest and largest African American owned and operated newspaper. Congratulations on 40 years of “Faith, Family & Community!” We also join The Westside Gazette in honoring Florida’s four historically black colleges and universities. You can see our ads below.
On February 25th, 2011 BrightStar CU will be giving away five $20 gift certificates to ACE Educational Supplies. ACE Educational Supplies provides high quality Educational Supplies for public schools, private schools, teachers, parents and students. ACE has been serving South Florida school teachers with discounted Educational Supplies for 36 years and became the largest Educational Supply store for educators.
All you have to do is like BrightStar’s page on facebook at www.facebook.com/BrightStarCU. If you know a teacher or student that would like some new supplies, help spread the word!!Good Luck
For more information on ACE Educational Supplies, check out their website http://aceeducational.com/
Our offices will be closed on Monday, February 21st for the Presidents day Holiday. Online Banking and BillPay, Call24, debit card and ATM services will all be available for your convenience. Our offices will reopen to our normal schedule again on Tuesday, February 22nd. To see our hours and locations, click here http://www.bscu.org/Locations/.
We’re a participating sponsor of the Florida Renaissance Festival going on right now, and we’ve got the hook up on some great deals. Get $5 off an adult ticket purchased online. See our website for details https://www.bscu.org/ren-fest/ . The festival runs through March 13 at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. Log on to www.Ren-fest.com for additional event details.