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Gerber FCU Colleagues Donate Blankets to TrueNorth

FREMONT, Mich. (6/28/18) Gerber Federal Credit Union employees tied blankets for donation to TrueNorth Community Services.  Marielle Richie (Pictured Center), Gerber FCU Education Coordinator, presented 4 bags filled with fleece blankets to TrueNorth Housing Resource Specialists Sondra Basso (Pictured Left) and Lisa Reinecke (Pictured Right).  TrueNorth’s Housing Resource helps individuals and families find safe affordable housing.

Gerber FCU Awards Newaygo resident with $100 Visa Gift Card

FREMONT, Mich. (6/5/18) Gerber Federal Credit Union (Gerber FCU) Newaygo Branch Manager, Patti Scherf (pictured right) awarded Newaygo resident Mary Brunette (pictured left) with a $100 Visa Gift Card as a drawing prize following the Newaygo Home, Health & Garden Show hosted by the River Country Chamber of Commerce at the Newaygo Middle School.

Gerber FCU Donates 100 Backpacks Stuffed with School Supplies to Local Kids in Need

FREMONT, Mich. (5/24/18) Gerber Federal Credit Union purchased backpacks filled with supplies from Yoobi, an innovative school supply company, for donation to local schools.  For every supply Gerber FCU purchased, Yoobi donated an equal number of items to high-need elementary schools across the U.S. through the Kids in Need Foundation, creating an impact both locally and nationally.

Gerber FCU’s John Buckley, President/CEO (pictured in school visits with Principals), and Heather Wiersema, Marketing Manager, distributed a total of 100 backpacks to the following school districts: Big Jackson, Fremont, Fremont Christian, Grant Christian, Grant, Hesperia, Holton, Newaygo and White Cloud.

“Our employees were excited to participate with the backpack assembly and had such a great time,” said John Buckley.  “Anything is possible when children begin the school year with the tools they need to succeed.  We’re proud to partner with Yoobi to give kids a great start.”

Find out more about Gerber FCU’s youth programs here.

Gerber FCU Hosts 68th Annual Meeting

FREMONT, Mich. (4/14/18) Mother Nature decided to have a little fun with us for Gerber FCU’s 68th Annual Meeting this year. Instead of Spring flowers on Saturday, April 14th, we woke up to freezing rain and blustery winds.  For the safety of our members and employees, we made the decision to present a shortened program for our 68th Annual Meeting and send everyone home before the weather progressed any further. Despite the weather we had quite a few attend!

Members were greeted by John P. Buckley, Jr, Gerber FCU President/CEO and Luci Moore, Gerber FCU Board Chair. They delivered a brief report on the credit union’s performance in 2017 and held the election for the 2018 Board of Directors before dismissing members and employees to grab a lunch and beverage to take home.

CureUs volunteers setting up for The BreakThrough Tour concert happening later that night at the high school were thankful to use the leftover meals from our meeting.

Gerber FCU Awards $2,750 in Annual Scholarships

FREMONT, Mich. (4/3/18) Gerber Federal Credit Union awarded a total of $2,750 as a result of its Annual Essay Scholarship program.  Entrants were asked to explain “Why is it important to establish and maintain good credit?” in 300-500 words.  Entries were accepted from Gerber Federal Credit Union members currently attending their senior year of high school and planning to attend an accredited technical school, community college, trade school, four-year accredited college or university, or an apprentice program.

Madelynn Pascavis from Fremont High School is the First Place winner.  She was awarded $1,750 and publication of her essay in the Gerber FCU quarterly member newsletter.  Stephanie Heger from Fremont High School is the Second Place winner and was awarded $750.  Gideon Looy, a Home School Student from Big Rapids is the Third Place Winner and was awarded $250.

“Financial literacy is a key determinant of success in today’s society.  Gerber FCU is committed to providing excellent resources and opportunities to learn for all of its members, no matter where they might be on their life’s journey,” said John Buckley, President/CEO of Gerber Federal Credit Union.

Essays were submitted by email and mail.  Our panel of judges included 4 educators from various school districts and a member of management at a local hospital.  Judges evaluated the essays on Topical Relevance and Quality of Writing after all identifying information was removed. 

For more details regarding Gerber Federal Credit Union’s Annual Essay Scholarship, visit and watch the quarterly member newsletter Dollars & Sense for 2019 entry requirements.

Gerber FCU awards member with $100 Fremont Fun Cash

FREMONT, Mich.  (4/3/18)  Gerber Federal Credit Union (Gerber FCU) President/CEO, John Buckley awarded credit union member Denise Anderson with $100 Fremont Fun Cash as a drawing prize following the Fremont Home & Garden Show hosted by the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce at the Fremont Middle School.

Gerber FCU Donates Almost 700 Books to Local Second Grade Students

FREMONT, Mich. (4/2/18) John Buckley, President/CEO of Gerber Federal Credit Union (Gerber FCU), read the book The Penny Pot by Stuart J. Murphy to second grade students at local schools during the month of March.  The popular book illustrates a day at the face-painting booth during the school fair and provides plenty of opportunities to count combinations of coins adding up to fifty.

Following the book read, Buckley discussed good money management and presented every student, their teacher and their school library with a copy of the book.  Gerber Federal Credit Union donated a total of 685 books to the following school districts: Big Jackson, Fremont, Fremont Christian, Grant Christian, Grant, Hesperia, Holton, Newaygo and White Cloud.

“It is always a pleasure to read to these kids and have them react as they do.  We discussed how the children in the book putting their extra pennies into a pot to help out a friend is very similar to how credit unions work!  Members pool their money in order to be able to provide loans to those who need them.  Great discussion and lessons learned, we look forward to our next visit!” said John Buckley.

Find out more about Gerber FCU’s youth programs here.

Gerber FCU recognized as take-charge training team at CUNA Experience Learning Live!

FREMONT, Mich.  (1/4/18)  The 2017 CUNA ELLy Awards were presented at the CUNA Experience Learning Live! conference. Winners of these awards represent top achievers in the field of credit union training.  Gerber Federal Credit Union’s Education Coordinator Marielle Richie was awarded the eLearning Award.

Credit union trainers who are able to create innovative and unique experiences for their staff are one of the main contributors to the credit union movement’s progress,” said Courtney Cantwell, CUNA instructional design manager. “These awards shine a spotlight on some of the individuals and credit unions most dedicated to enhancing their learning environment.”

CUNA ELLy Award winners are selected by a team of industry judges based on the vision, development and results of their original training programs throughout 2017. In addition to on-site recognition, this year's winners will receive national recognition in industry training and credit union publications.

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Gerber FCU Employees Set Another Record with United Way Donation!

FREMONT, Mich.  (12/07/17)  Ellen Davis, Gerber FCU Assistant Vice President – Human Resources, John Buckley , Gerber FCU President/CEO and Lori Little , Gerber FCU Vice President – Operations and current United Way of the Lakeshore Committee Member, presented a check in the amount of $12,063.99 to the Lakeshore Newaygo County Director James Rynberg and 2017 United Way Campaign Chair Robert Ross. 

“Our generous employees raised $8,042.66 for the United Way,” said John Buckley “Gerber FCU donated a 50% match, bringing our total contribution to $12,063.99!”