Message from the Chairman
|John Sweeney, Chairman|
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Supervisory Committee, and staff, it is my pleasure to present this annual report to the members of SF Fire Credit Union.
Many are aware of the Credit Union’s proud history of serving the firefighting community since 1951. Our humble origins trace back to a small office at 17 Engine on Jessie Street, where a group of the San Francisco Fire Department’s finest first made a difference in the financial lives of fellow firefighters and their family members. Art McIntyre, Larry Murray, Larry Kelly, Jake Palu, Ed Mitchell, Bill Mooney, Frank Brissette, John Tully, George Kelley, and others started a tradition of providing members with the services they need, with a level of personal service they deserve. It’s unlikely any of them could have predicted that sixty-two years later, economic and regulatory pressures on small credit unions would result in their need to merge with larger ones, and result in a return to our roots at Jessie Street. Our recent merger with Bay Media Federal Credit Union not only ensures their members continued access to credit union services, but also provides our members with the convenience of a new SF Fire Credit Union branch located just a few steps from where 17 Engine once stood.
While the honoring of our history will never waiver, it’s just as important to focus on the present and future. The members of SF Fire Credit Union should know that the core values of this organization remain intact, and will continue to do so. Our respect for the firefighting community is steadfast, as is our pride in serving it. We also understand that as a member-owned financial cooperative, we exist to provide you with the best possible value while operating in a manner which maintains the safety and soundness of the credit union. I believe that the staff and management of SF Fire Credit Union do an excellent job in upholding these values, and thank them for their continued commitment to improving the financial lives of our members.
In closing, I’d like to thank our membership for their continued support and loyalty to the organization. You have been the key to our success in the past, and why we will prosper in the future.