Spring has arrived in San Francisco, bringing with it an opportunity to update members on what’s been happening at the credit union since the start of the new year. It was a pleasure to speak with some of you at our Annual Meeting of Members, held on President’s Day at the Spanish Cultural Center in San Francisco. Highlights included SFFD Chief Joanne Hayes- White’s assistance in dedicating a plaque honoring the credit union’s founding members, soon to be mounted at our Mint Plaza branch which stands just a few feet from where we began at 17 Engine back in 1951. The election results for the volunteer positions on our Board of Directors and Supervisor Committee were also announced. Edward Liggins and Frances Lee were installed on the Board of Directors, as well as John Diluzio and Patrick Rabbitt on our Supervisory Committee. On behalf of staff and management, I thank these members for volunteering their time and the commitment they demonstrate in fulfilling their responsibilities. We were also pleased to award this year’s Arthur F. McIntyre Scholarship to four highly accomplished students. Congratulations to Amy Smerdel, Marc Cunningham, Claire Linney and Elizabeth Yuen for being selected, and we wish them continued success in their academic endeavors.
SF Fire Credit Union is always working hard to make doing business with us easier, and implemented some significant changes to our Real Estate Loan Program. The goal was to improve our level of service, including better communication and expedited processing of your loan. Whether you’re in the market to purchase, refinance, or looking to secure an equity line-ofcredit, I hope you’ll give us the opportunity to meet your home loan needs. We also updated the name of what was previously known as our “Money Market Savings” to “Tiered Savings.” This had no effect on the rates and terms on the account, but was changed to more accurately describe its features. More service enhancements are coming soon, including the ability to load travel notifications for your SF Fire Credit Union debit and credit cards within mobile and online banking in late April. As members currently need to call or visit a branch to report their travel plans, this service enhancement will make it easier to let us know of your planned getaways during the upcoming vacation season.
Spring will also see the return of events that have become increasingly popular over the past few years. We’ll be having a Member Car Sale at the Cow Palace on April 5th and 6th, as well as the credit union’s annual Document Shred Day held at all branches on April 18th. I hope to see you at one of these events, but if not, know that I always welcome your questions or comments and encourage you to contact me via our website (“Ask Darren”), Twitter (@SFFireCU) or mail at our California Street address.
Darren Herrmann, President & CEO