Unity One CU informs: Futbol Fiebre 2017

Soccer fans,

It's that time of year again. Time for Fútbol Fiebre, Unity One Credit Union's soccer tournament for boys and girls in grades 3-5. 

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  • FREE Kona Ice**
  • A bounce house for the kids
  • An awards ceremony
  • and more!

Mark your calendars:
Saturday, June 3, 2017
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Rodeo Park - Ellis Ave.
(Across the street from Unity One)

Register your team!

*There is a limit of 8 teams for the tournament. Teams will be signed up on a first come, first served basis. In case of inclement weather, the soccer tournament will be rescheduled and coaches/players will be notified. 

**Free Kona Ice is available for all attendees. Light snacks and water will be provided to players and coaches upon request. Parents/Guardians are responsible for providing breakfast to their child prior to start of the event.

Unity One CU Informs: Meet Blanca Gomez

Our 90th anniversary continues to be filled with amazing surprises! Our latest is a brand new convenient branch. 

 The new branch is located at 201 Bursey Rd., right next to the new Keller ISD Center of Advanced Learning's Collision Center. Before you stop by, get to know a little about the Branch Manager.

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ExperienceI have a total of 11 years of experience, all of which have been with Unity One.

Position at Unity One Credit Union: Branch Manager

Hours of operation of Branch: Mon-Fri: 9am – 5pm

Contact phone number: 817-306-3103

History with Unity One Credit Union:

Before joining the Unity One team, I was a store manager for Radio Shack for five years. While still working at Radio Shack, I was hired at Unity One as a part-time teller. I spent a few years as a teller then applied for a full-time Member Service Officer position. I got the promotion and loved it. After a few more years, an Assistant Branch Manager position became available and I was promoted once more. I felt l was ready for a new challenge so, I applied for the Branch Manager position at Unity One’s BCTAL (Birdville ISD Center of Technology and Advanced Learning) location. Now, I’m responsible for both of Unity One’s in-school branches, BCTAL and our newest location at KCAL (Keller Center for Advanced Learning).  

Unity One touts itself as a hassle-free financial institution. What does hassle-free banking mean to you?

To me, hassle-free means coming in to a branch and getting what you want without having jump through loops. It means not having to worry about fees for every transaction. Most importantly, hassle-free means feeling like I’m being treated as an individual and not just another number.

What, in your opinion, do people need to know about Unity One that they cannot find on the website?

You can pretty much find everything you need to know on the Unity One website, but if I had to choose one thing people need to know but cannot find online it would be knowing and understanding the Unity One experience. It would be knowing how much we, as an organization, truly care about the communities we serve – may it be through financial education at all age levels or a friendly face greeting you by name and ready to help you with all your financial questions and needs.

Expertise (as it relates to UO products and services):

I’ve been with Unity One long enough to understand that asking questions and really listening can help me really know what a member truly needs. Once a member walks into my office, I can talk to him/her and pinpoint exactly how banking with Unity One can save money. It may be by helping members refinance an auto loan to get a lower rate or by investing money to get the best return on investment.

Other languages spoken?

Spanish is my first language. 

Proudest moment working at UO?

My proudest moment would have to be when I was nominated by all of my co-workers as Colleague of the Quarter. They were asked why I deserved to be nominated. All the nice things that were said meant more than the award itself.

Favorite website or mobile app (besides UO):

Snapchat because I’m able to see what everyone else is doing in real time and can instantly communicate with all my closest friends and family – even the ones in Mexico!

Favorite sport to watch:

Soccer! Soccer is in my blood. My dad is a soccer fanatic. My husband is soccer fanatic and played soccer throughout most of his life; and now, my two boys play.

What book are you reading now?

I’m reading “The Freedom Writers Diary.” Apparently, I’ve been under a rock because this book has been out for a few years now and there’s even a movie! I was lucky enough to meet the author of the book and the two freedom writers. I had the opportunity to hear two of the freedom writers read their diaries out loud. It was so moving I had to start reading the book.

Greatest inspiration:

My greatest inspiration is my dad. He arrived in this country as an immigrant. He established himself and got a job. I remember how he would get off work, have dinner and go right back to work without pay. He went to work without pay because he wanted to learn the different jobs within the company. He’s been with that same company for 30 plus years. He worked his way from being a janitor to being manager of whole departments. He is my inspiration because he has shown me that hard work and dedication really do pay off.

Favorite food:

Agua Chile. It is a traditional Mexican dish. It is prepared by cooking raw shrimp in lime juice and habanero. It is very spicy, but I could eat it all day.

Favorite sound:

My favorite sound is the laughter of my boys. It just tells me that they are happy and healthy.

What’s the most important thing in life?

The most important thing in life is family. They are the reason why I get up every day. They are the reason why I try my best at everything I do.

Wisest thing that anyone has ever told you:

It may sound like a cliché but I’ve always lived by the saying: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” I’ve learned that this is so true. People will not treat you how you want to be treated if you don’t first treat them the same way.

The last thing you purchased:

The last thing I purchased was a trampoline. It was a birthday present for my son.

First car (make, model and color):

It was a 1998 gold Toyota Camry. I wrecked it soon after I got it and got it painted red.

Best part of being a Texan:

The best (and worst) part of being a Texan is not knowing what the weather is like any day of the year. It means I don’t ever have to put up my winter clothes and take out my summer clothes or vice versa. I can wear a scarf in May and sandals in December.

Hobbies:

I love to go dancing. I love being a soccer mom.

If you could speak to your 21-year old self, what money advice would you give?

There’s so much about finances I would tell my 21-year old self but the two main points would have to be:

  1. Listen to your dad when he tells you to save as much as you can now.
  2. Credit can be a valuable asset, but it can also be a horrible liability. Basically, just because you have a high credit card limit doesn’t mean you need to use it all.

Unity One CU informs: St. Paul Member Appreciation Day

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Celebrate with us as we mark the 90th birthday of Unity One Credit Union
and party on with good times, fun prizes and great eats!


Friday, May 19, 2017

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Unity One Credit Union
5300 S. robert trail ste. 100
inver grove heights, mn 55107

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About Unity One Credit Union

Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals. 

Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, St. Paul, MN and Kansas City, KS may apply for membership. Unity One CU has eight branches to serve over 30,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

Unity One CU Scheduled Maintenance (May 2017)

System Maintenance will be conducted on the following days. This may affect online, mobile and telephone banking performance temporarily. Thanks for your patience.

Tuesday, May 15, 7-12 p.m.
Wednesday, May 31, 2-5 p.m.

 


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Unity One CU informs: Unity One to open ninth branch location!

IMG_3350.jpgFort Worth, TexasConvenience is the word for Keller Independent School District students, teachers and area residents as their banking options will soon increase. Unity One Credit Union is set to open their ninth branch at the Keller ISD Center for Advanced Learning (KCAL) on Friday, April 21, 2017.   

Hundreds of students, staff and community members were introduced to the new branch at the school’s dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, April 18.  KCAL is the District’s first-ever campus devoted to career and technical education. 

IMG_3358.jpg“Unity One is thrilled for the opportunity to partner with Keller ISD for the historical opening of KCAL. Our goal is to give students a solid foundation of money management skills through both hands-on learning and classroom presentations. Financial literacy is more important than ever, and we want to help students prepare to make wise financial choices in the future,” said Gary Williams, president of Unity One Credit Union. 

The KCAL branch, located at 201 Bursey Road, welcomes members Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The branch will employ Keller ISD students as tellers and is equipped to provide the credit union’s full menu of products and services including deposits, withdrawals and loan processing. The branch will also serve as a CO-OP Shared Branching site in the near future.

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About Unity One Credit Union

Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals. 

Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, St. Paul, MN and Kansas City, KS may apply for membership. Unity One CU has nine branches to serve over 30,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

About Shared Branching

Through the cooperative power of CO-OP Shared Branching, credit union members can leverage the strength of the fourth largest branch network in the country. More than 1,800 institutions participate in CO-OP Shared Branching, representing thousands of locations in 50 states. CO-OP Shared Branching was created by credit unions, for credit unions

Unity One CU informs: You can have our cake, and eat it too!

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Celebrate with us as we mark the 90th birthday of Unity One Credit Union
and party on with good times, fun prizes and great eats!

Plus, join us for Unity One Credit Union's
annual membership meeting at 12:00 p.m.


Friday, April 28, 2017

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Unity One Credit Union • Campus Branch
6701 Burlington Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76131

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About Unity One Credit Union

Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals. 

Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, St. Paul, MN and Kansas City, KS may apply for membership. Unity One CU has eight branches to serve over 30,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

Financial Literacy Tip of the Week: Financial Planning

In honor of April’s Financial Literacy Month we are sharing a personal finance tip taken from Jean Chatzky’s “Money Rules, The Simple Path to Lifelong Security.”

Financial Tip of the Day:

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Financial plans don’t fail people. People fail to plan.

The only way to find financial security is to draw yourself a map. Folks who have specific financial plans that detail what they want – say, retirement at 67 with a paid off mortgage, membership at the local golf club, and enough money to take two trips to the Caribbean a year – save more than people who don’t have specific financial plans. Why? Because human beings are easily distracted (especially by shiny things). So unless you have a road map that tells you where you’re going, it is very, very hard to get there. It’s not that the map will never change. One day you’ll wake your significant other up with a rousing share and tell her or him: “I don’t want to retire in this house. I want to move to Belize!” At which point you can make a new road map and follow that until, inevitably, you change your mind again. Revising your specific plans for the future is far better than not having any plans at all.

 

Unity One CU informs: What kind of saver are you?

What kind of saver are you? Find out at your credit union. 

 

Unity One CU informs: Senior Synergy Expo

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and Cigna invite all boomers, seniors and caregivers to join them for a health and lifestyle expo at the Will Rogers Exhibit Hall. Come learn about the services available in Tarrant County that will empower you to live a healthier lifestyle. This FREE event features free health screenings, free workshops and free parking!

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About Unity One Credit Union

Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals. 

Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, St. Paul, MN and Kansas City, KS may apply for membership. Unity One CU has eight branches to serve over 30,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™

Chisholm Trail 150th Anniversary

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the historic Chisholm Trail. This trail was especially important to the economic boom of Fort Worth's western heritage and its colorful history.

 

A bit of economic history in regards to the trail:

Chisholm Trail was a trail used in the post-Civil War era to drive cattle overland, from ranches in Texas to Kansas railheadsGreat herds of Longhorns were driven from Texas to Kansas; and Fort Worth was on the main route — the Chisholm Trail.

Lowing herds camped near the town, and cowboys galloped into Fort Worth, firing their pistols into the air and even riding their horses into the saloons. The red-light district that sprang up, one of the most infamous and the basis for many visions of the Wild West, came to be known as “Hell’s Half Acre.”

Though indulging the vices of Chisholm Trail cowboys that gave the town a less-than-angelic reputation, legitimate business poured into the area to serve the drovers as well. Fort Worth became the trading point for the whole northwest region. 

 

Special events are being held in honor of the trail. The celebrations will culminate with a parade in commemoration of Chisholm Trail in the Fort Worth Stockyards. It will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 4:00 PM. It will begin with a Military March followed by a cattle drive, signifying the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the Chisholm Trail era.  

 

 

 

 

Reference: http://fortworthtexas.gov/about/history/

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