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On August 13, 2012 there will be some changes to your Online Banking Account (OLB). When you login you will be prompted to answer 10 security questions. Some of these questions will be the same however the majority of them will be new. The other change will be with your password. Passwords will now have eight characters and will require at least one each of the following: uppercase letter, lowercase letter, a number and a special character. This is added security to help protect our OLB accounts. These changes are part of our on-going effort to keep our OLB safe and secure for member use. If you have any questions please feel free to ask any of our staff for help.

The Cook Area Credit Union will be closed this Friday, August 3rd at 4:00 p.m. for our Annual Golf Tournament and Steak Fry that supports the Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.

Money Desktop

All Your Accounts in One Place, Even those that aren’t with us!! Moneydesktop is now available to all on-line banking users. If you are not presently using our online banking service, and would like to start, call us today and we can get you started. Moneydesktop is a personal financial management tool that you can use to keep track of your expenses and spending habits. You can organize and track all of your finances in one location. You will have the ability to not only track your credit union accounts but you can add accounts, such as your credit cards and loan payments at other financial institutions. You can also create a budget and monitor how you are doing. Moneydesktop also has an app for your phone. It is a great financial tool and we think you will enjoy using it. All you need to do is use our free on-line banking service.

Visit the Credit Union the week of April 22-28 and help the us celebrate National Credit Union Youth Week. This year’s theme, “Be a Credit Union Super Saver” shows youth and teens how we can help them utilize their own strengths and credit union resources to meet financial goals. The Credit Union will have the following events going on during Youth Week:

Youth Savings Challenge: We challenge youth’s of all ages to take part in a National Youth Savings challenge. Each youth who deposits into their savings account during Youth Week will get a coupon for a free cookie at Cook’s Subway.

Coloring Contest: For Grades 5th and under, Coloring Sheets will be available at the Credit Union and passed out at school. The grand prize will be a Kindle.

Drawings: For grades 6th and up may come into the Cook Area Credit Union and register to win a Kindle.

Financial Education: Staff from the Credit Union will be coming into the schools teaching about various financial topics.

Hope to see you at the event!!!

E-Statements

Did you know you can get your monthly statement via our online banking website? You can go Green by signing up for e-statements. The average cost per paper statement is $5.00. This includes the cost of the paper, ink, envelopes, postage and the staff hours to prepare the statements for mailing. Call the credit union office today to sign up.

We have partnered with the Country Store offering to our members who are purchasing a new or used vehicle, or refinancing an existing vehicle loan at another financial institution with us, gas certificates worth up to $200.00. We have fantastic loan rates. We are discounting our already low rates by 1%. That means you could finance a new vehicle for as low as 2.99% or a used car for as low as 3.49%. If you have recently purchased a new or used car you can refinance it with us for the same low rate.

Paper savings bonds will not be sold through the credit union or any other financial institution or by mail order after December 31, 2011. You can buy electronic savings bonds online through TreasuryDirect: www.treasurydirect.gov. This move is expected to save taxpayers an estimated $70 million over the next five years. You will still be able to redeem your paper bonds at the credit union. If your paper bonds should be lost, stolen or destroyed you can have them reissued in paper or electronic form.