FAIRWINDS Credit Union August 2010 ADVOCATE for Members
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Message from the President/CEO

With the largest financial reform bill in recent history signed into law, many consumers are taking solace knowing measures are in place to promote stability within the financial markets. The reform aims to prevent financial institutions from the self serving practices that contributed to the financial meltdown and caused unwelcome stress to so many Americans. I’d like to take this opportunity to review how this new legislation impacts FAIRWINDS and you as a member.

A large part of the financial reform addresses transparency and open disclosure by financial institutions in the products and services offered. This allows the consumer to make better informed decisions when it comes to their finances. As member advocates, FAIRWINDS will continue its practice of doing what is in the best interest of the member and not just the bottom line. Our operating philosophy is, and always has been, based on the practice of transparency, simplicity, trustworthiness, and benevolence.

Another consumer protection included with the legislation is that it makes permanent the $250,000 insurance guarantee for account holders. This coverage is insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and applies to every member of the credit union.

The credit union industry benefits as well from the new legislation. Congress recognizes the importance the cooperative structure of credit unions brings to its members and the economy and has left its regulatory structure intact and independent. This underscores the value that credit unions offer to consumers through their non-profit structure and their philosophy of people helping people.

At FAIRWINDS we always seek to act in your best interest and help improve your financial well-being. This is our purpose and always will be. On behalf of FAIRWINDS Credit Union I would like to thank you for your membership and your participation in our cooperative.


Larry F. Tobin

The ADA Bears Are Back!

Our annual teddy bear sale to help support the American Diabetes Association is in full swing and runs through November 6. Bears are on sale for $10 each or three for $25 with all proceeds going to the ADA. Stop by your favorite FAIRWINDS branch to purchase a furry friend, including our college bears.  Whether you’re a UCF fan or a Gators grad, we have a bear for everyone.

Also make sure to mark your calendar and join the FAIRWINDS team at the annual Step Out to Fight Diabetes Walk on Saturday, November 6 in Loch Haven Park.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.  Keep checking our website for more details about the walk and how you can help make a difference in the fight against diabetes.

shredfestShred Fest at Vista Lakes

Saturday, August 28

FAIRWINDS Vista Lakes Branch
7037 Narcoossee Road
Orlando, FL 32822
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Protect yourself from identity theft by safely destroying your personal documents and papers in our shred truck, courtesy of Crown Shredding.

Click here to see all of the Shred Fest dates and locations for 2010.

Be sure to stay tuned to as the 2011 dates and locations will be announced soon!

"Homebuyers Workshop"

Saturday, August 28

FAIRWINDS Corporate Center
3087 N. Alafaya Trail
Orlando, FL 32826
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Thinking about purchasing a home?  How can you best prepare for the homebuying process?  Please join us at this special complimentary workshop designed for homebuyers. Area professionals will share their expertise on topics including: understanding your credit report, homeowners insurance, appraisal and home inspection process, what to expect at closing, and much more. Plus, FAIRWINDS’ lending experts will provide you with techniques and strategies to help improve your credit score.

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