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2016 Annual Employee Pumpkin Contest

Congratulations to our 2016 Annual Employee Pumpkin Contest Winners

FIRST PLACE: Accounting – Peacock

SECOND PLACE: Branch 1 – Angler/ Blow Fish Underwater Scene

THIRD PLACE: Brand Loyalty – Double Scoop Ice Cream w/ a Cherry on Top

Thank you for your votes.

New Fireboat Marks Loma Prieta Anniversary

San Francisco celebrated the 27th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake Monday by commissioning an $11.5 million insurance policy — a brand-new fireboat.
The boat, which is 88 feet long, can pump 18,000 gallons of bay water per minute. It is essentially a floating fire hydrant and a regional asset that can fight blazes anywhere on the shores of San Francisco Bay.

The new boat, painted red and white, will be the city’s third fireboat. It was named St. Francis and christened with the traditional bottle of Champagne by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who helped get $8 million in federal grants, the majority of the cost.

The boat was the star of a ceremony held in bright sunshine at the ferry dock at McCovey Cove just outside AT&T Park. After speeches and assorted dignitaries got a quick tour, the St. Francis was moved out on the bay and pumped water high in the air, like geysers, as the crowd applauded and the Riordan High School band played.

Nico Rivera, 8, who is a third-grade student at SS Peter and Paul’s School in North Beach, came up with the boat’s name. A jury picked “St. Francis” from among 300 entries submitted by San Francisco schoolchildren. Nico was on hand Monday to recite a poem about fireboats and to help Feinstein christen the vessel.

“This is the most beautiful boat I was ever on,” said Joel Delizonna, the senior of the three pilots assigned to the city’s fireboats. The St. Francis is based at Fire Station 35 on the Embarcadero with the city’s other two fireboats, the 1954 vintage Phoenix and the even older fireboat, Guardian. The station also houses an engine company of four firefighters, and three fireboat personnel.

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San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program

Join SF Station 49 at SPEAKEASY, and support a great cause
on November 29th from 1pm- 10pm

$1 from every pour will be donated to the SF Firefighters Toy Program.
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, 1195 Evans Avenue, near Station 49

Bowling Toy Drive

Join the Local 798 SFFD Bowling Team for a Bowling Toy Drive
at Sea Bowl on December 1st at 7pm
4625 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacifica, CA
Don’t forget to bring a toy, and enjoy the drink specials and raffle prizes.

24th Annual Old-Timers' Night Dinner

The 2016 Phoenix Society of San Francisco invites you to join us at our 24th Annual Old-Timers’ Night Dinner

Honoring Retired S.F.F.D. Veterans:
Lt. Early Davis – E23, T5, Lt. BFP, E5-T5 (Swing), E40, DOT
Lt. Bill Moe – FF Old E16, E28, T13, T2, Lt. Fireboat, E41, E25, T17, BFI
FF Bob Moore – FF T5, T3, T1, R1, Airport Rescue 1
FF Dan O’Donnell – FF E1, Rescue 1

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Spanish Cultural Center- Patio Español
2850 Alemany Blvd. at Farragut Ave., San Francisco

10th Annual Johnny V. Memorial Toy Run

Wind & Fire MC – Barbary Coast Chapter – San Francisco

presents “The 10th Annual Johnny V Memorial Toy Run”

Saturday, November 5th, 2016
2225 Jerrold Street, San Francisco, CA

Registration: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Donation: $25 (Rider $5)
with New Unwrapped Toy

A run dedicated to benefit, “Local798’s”, San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program, In Memory of (Firefighter, Brother, Toy King) John Voelker, “Johnny V”

Workshop: Financial Planning

Financial Planning Workshop

Most Americans will complete their education without ever taking a class on the topic of financial planning. Instead, we get our education from the School of Hard Knocks! SF Fire Credit Union and CUSO Financial Services, L.P. (CSF)* are here to help. We’re hosting a workshop designed to answer your questions. We will discuss goal setting, budgeting, planning for emergencies, credit, investing, retirement planning and more.

Wednesday, October 19th at 6:15 p.m.
Stonestown Branch
565 Buckingham Way, San Francisco, CA
Register with Kevin Rucker
(415) 674-4874 | krucker.cfsinvest@sffirecu.org

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Protecting Members from Elder Financial Abuse

Rules and Regulations

In the “Rules and Regulations” series, we’re hoping to inform members of the regulatory reporting that we’re required to follow in order to comply with banking regulations. In this article, we’re addressing elder financial abuse.

What is Elder abuse?

Elder abuse in the credit union world refers to the financial abuse of an elder (any person residing in California who is 65 years of age or older) or dependent adult (anyone between the ages of 18 and 64 who has physical or mental limitations that restrict their ability to carry out normal activities or to protect their rights). Financial abuse is generally the taking of real or personal property for wrongful use, or assisting in doing so.
Unfortunately, the perpetrators most often include family members, specifically spouses, children or grandchildren. Other perpetrators may include individuals who seek out vulnerable seniors with the intent of exploiting them.

How does SF Fire Credit Union identify possible elder abuse?

A few of the things we look for include:
Statements made by the apparent victim or suspect
Changes to banking patterns or practices, unusual activity, such as large withdrawals or large wires
Abrupt changes to legal or financial documents, such as power of attorney or trust instruments
Sudden confusion by the apparent victim regarding their personal financial matters
Establishment of unnecessary credit for the apparent victim for themselves or another person

What is the Credit Union required to report?

We are required to report suspected financial abuse of an elder or dependent adult to the Adult Protective Services agency (APS) or law enforcement in the county where the apparent victim lives within two working days. Financial institutions that fail to comply with this timeline are subject to civil penalties of up to $5,000.

How can members report suspected elder abuse?

If you suspect that you or someone you know are a victim of elder abuse, we encourage you to contact us at the Credit Union, or reach out to your local authorities.

Questions?

If you have questions about elder abuse, please contact Chris Van Sickle, our VP of Internal Audit/Compliance at cvansickle@sffirecu.org, or Emily Borowski, our Internal
Audit & Compliance Manager at eborowski@sffirecu.org.

Important Election Notice

The Annual Meeting of the Members and elections of the Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee will be held on Presidents Day, Monday, February 20th, 2017, at the Spanish Cultural Center located at 2850 Alemany Blvd. in San Francisco.

There are three positions on the Board of Directors and two positions on the Supervisory Committee which are up for election.

Nomination petitions must be received at the Main Branch of SF Fire Credit Union by November 22nd, 2016.