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2017

October

First Capital FCU Celebrates Its Members During International Credit Union Day!

York, PA - First Capital Federal Credit Union celebrated International Credit Union Day with a special event on Thursday, October 19, 2017.  Vendors such as Liberty Mutual Insurance, Krouse Travel, the Jewish Community Center, and Enterprise Car Sales, took part in the day at First Capital’s West York Office located at 1601 Kenneth Road, York, each touting the benefits they provide to members. 

“A lot of our members don’t realize the many benefits available to them through the Credit Union,” said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing.  This day is designed to showcase those relationships and help our members realize how valuable their membership really is.” 

In addition to the vendors, the blood mobile was on site collecting blood from members, staff and the community.  Food trucks served up everything from Chinese food, pulled pork sandwiches and fries, to shaved ice, from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Members also walked away with giveaways and entered to win door prizes.  New this year, First Capital offered free shredding from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. for staff, members, and the community. 

Our branches also took part in the day with table displays touting the benefits of membership, food, giveaways and door prizes.

First Capital Employees Practice Safety and Wellness during Employee Enrichment Day!

York, PA – First Capital Federal Credit Union staff spent Columbus Day focusing on safety and wellness.

“First Capital may be closed on Columbus Day, but the staff is still hard at work,” said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. “We use Columbus Day each year for enrichment whether that’s training, team building, or helping out other businesses in our community.”

 This year’s Employee Enrichment Day began with an active shooter presentation by Spring Garden Township police. Then, we had a karate and self-defense demonstration by Tuesday Stottlemyer, a 4th degree black belt and one of First Capital’s Member Service Representatives, along with several others from Kim’s Karate.

 After a delicious lunch, First Capital staff toured the Jewish Community Center (JCC) to learn more about the programs they offer. The afternoon was spent learning about bias and how it affects your interactions with people. The day wrapped up with chair yoga taught by an instructor at the JCC.

We also used this day to celebrate the retirement of two long-time employees - Judy Chisholm and Diana Brown.  Judy has been with First Capital for 20 years and Diana is celebrating 31 years.  They will both retire at the end of the year.

July

First Capital FCU Takes Its Young Members Out to the Ballpark!

York, PA – On Friday, July 21, 2017, First Capital Federal Credit Union treated those in its youth programs to a free baseball game at the local ballpark.

"The baseball game was quite a hit," said Tara Houser, Vice President of Marketing. "We offered free tickets to the game to all of our young members to thank them for their membership. Parents and friends could purchase additional tickets for $15.00 each. We had nearly 100 people join us for the evening."

First Capital employees organized and worked the event. And, all those who attended the game enjoyed a two hour all-you-can-eat buffet which included pizza, hot dogs, applesauce, chips, animal crackers, and a cake.

Despite the heat, the families had fun mingling with other members and cheering on the York Revolution.

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June

First Capital FCU named Best Credit Union in York in Susquehanna Style Magazine

York, PA - On June 29, 2017, First Capital Federal Credit Union managers attended Susquehanna Style Magazine's "Best of" Bash. First Capital was selected as the Best Credit Union in York County by Susquehanna Style readers. The celebration was held at The Bond in York and recognized all of the businesses voted as the Best of York, Best of Harrisburg, and Best of Lancaster. Local caterers and bakers provided food for the event while other vendors set up table displays with information about their services, coupons and giveaways. The evening was filled with music, mingling, and lots of fun. Hundreds of people representing other 'Best Of' companies attended the event.

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Book Nook Bonanza 2017 Deemed a Success!

York, PA – On June 23 - 25, 2017, First Capital Federal Credit Union staff volunteered their time at the York Hospital Auxiliary's Book Nook Bonanza 2017. This year's Book Nook offered more than 250,000 books, as well as puzzles, DVDs, and artwork for low prices. In all, the three-day sale, held at the York City Ice Arena, raised more than $42,000.00. This year's proceeds will be used for the York Hospital Auxiliary's Small Grant Program which assists WellSpan staff with programs and equipment costs.

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First Capital Staff Help Prepare for the Book Nook Bonanza During the United Way Day of Action!

York, PA – On Friday, June 16, 2017, First Capital Federal Credit Union staff helped sort books in preparation for the York Hospital Auxiliary's Book Nook Bonanza coming up June 23 – 25 at the York City Ice Arena. This annual event offers more than 250,000 books, as well as puzzles, DVDs, and artwork for sale at low prices. Throughout the year, these items are donated to the sale by members of the community.

First Capital volunteered at the warehouse as part of the United Way Day of Action. The Day of Action is one of the largest volunteer events in York County. Hundreds of individuals participated in more than 60 projects at local agencies. And, managers at First Capital did their part to help out.

"It was a great opportunity to get out in the community and live our mission of people helping people," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "It's rewarding to know that we are giving back to those in our community."

The Book Nook Bonanza is the largest fundraiser for the York Hospital Auxiliary. The three-day sale typically raises around $50,000.00 for the Auxiliary to use toward its small grants program which assists WellSpan staff with programs and equipment costs.

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May

First Capital FCU Awards Three $1,000 Dennis Flickinger Honorable Scholarships to Members!

York, PA- First Capital Federal Credit Union is proud to announce Sabrina Stough, Hayley Arnold, and Jena Bixler as the 2017 Dennis Flickinger Honorable Scholarship winners. This week, all three winners visited First Capital to receive their checks for $1,000 to be used towards their first year of schooling.

"It's great to be able to give this money to Sabrina, Hayley, and Jena to help them accomplish their educational goals," said Sue DeStephano, President/CEO. "We know they'll go far."

Sabrina attends Dallastown Area High School. She will enter West Virginia University this fall and pursue a degree in health sciences. Her goal is to become an orthopedic surgeon. Sabrina plays on the varsity basketball team, is involved with track and field, and is in the varsity club. She is also involved with her church and helps with the Dallastown Youth Basketball program.

Hayley is a student at Spring Grove Area High School. She will enter West Chester University in the fall and pursue a degree in biology. Hayley aspires to become a pediatrician. Hayley is involved with Link Crew, National Honor Society, History Club and Field Hockey, just to name a few. Outside school, Hayley is involved with her church.

Jena is a student at West York Area High School. She will start classes at York College in the fall and pursue a degree in graphic design. Jena is on the distinguished honor roll. She also plays field hockey and organized the Kilts for a Cause game to support the Rescue Mission.

The First Capital scholarship program was renamed the Dennis Flickinger scholarship program in 2016 to honor our former CEO, Dennis Flickinger, who retired in 2015. Dennis advocated for financial education in schools and worked tirelessly to promote Credit Unions as a better choice for their financial future.

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April

Leading Businesses in Region Recognized by The Manufacturers' Association as Top Manufacturer of the Year, Community Investor, Innovator and Partner

York, PA - The Manufacturers' Association, a growing regional trade association serving manufacturing, production and logistics in Pennsylvania and Maryland, recently honored the recipients of its 2017 annual Manufacturing Awards.

Presented as part of their awards segment at their April 26 'Annual Event' at The Pullo Center in York, the occasion set the backdrop for the Association to publicly honor and recognize its member companies and partners who have made a difference in the regional economy, the lives of their employees, their community, and the local manufacturing sector.

Honored as Manufacturer of the Year was Matthews International. Located in York County, Mathews International employs nearly 350 people in southcentral PA, and has an 85-year heritage of manufacturing in York, where many know of the company's brand as York Casket. Through recent acquisitions the company has been able to expand its market and add employment – 70 employees in the past year. Matthews has also made multi-million dollar investments in manufacturing equipment and other facility upgrades at the York location - purchasing new equipment, investing in robotic equipment and other automation, as well as productivity and environmental improvements.

Recognized as the Association's outstanding Community Investor was First Capital Federal Credit Union. Presented each year to the company that shows a concerted commitment to the betterment and growth of the local or regional community(s) in which it does business, this award honored First Capital Federal Credit Union – a not-for-profit, full-service financial institution owned by its members, operated in York County for more than 60 years. A few of the many community activities which First Capital is committed to include: Adopt a Family, Clothes donations to the Salvation Army, Financial Donations to the York Cancer Center and the American Heart Association, and educational and mentoring opportunities to local students through the Career Exploration Program and Student Tours. They also host the York County Alliance for Learning in their offices.

Honored as Manufacturing Innovator was Harley-Davidson Motor Company (York Vehicle Operations), for its innovative use of the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technology, to maintain critical equipment. Harley-Davidson has become an automotive industry leader by adopting this cutting-edge Smart Sensor technology, which allows remote and wireless collection of real time machinery data that increases equipment uptime by predicting equipment failures, plans maintenance activities in advance, and also prevents machine failures from occurring in the future.

The Lancaster Workforce Development Board was recognized as the Association's Partner of the Year. The lead organization in Lancaster County for workforce planning and development, it administers federal and state funds to support job seekers, dislocated workers, employers and young people. The Board recently reorganized and created a new industry sector strategy focusing on manufacturing to produce better training and hiring outcomes for the industry.

As a result, the Board developed an Industry Training Partnership for Advanced Manufacturing, which succeeded in securing funds to support technical training for the manufacturing workforce. They have also secured training funds through the federal Make it in America program – to help re-shore production to Pennsylvania.

The four individual manufacturing and partnership awards were also presented by Doug Hall, nationally noted systems innovation practitioner and best-selling author, who served as the Association's keynote speaker for the April 26 gathering.

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First Capital FCU Donates to the Salvation Army of York!

York, PA – On Thursday, April 20, 2017, First Capital Federal Credit Union's President/CEO Sue DeStephano and Community Engagement Officer, Lisa Barshinger, presented a check for $650.00 to the Salvation Army of York's Major Dennis Camuti, Corps Officer & Area Coordinator and Michele Baker, Director of Advancement.

The money was raised through our First Cap Gives Back program, a new initiative for us. For 2017, we selected four charities to support, one per quarter. And, the Salvation Army of York was chosen as the 2nd Quarter charity. To raise money, staff sold chocolate Easter Eggs to members at all of our branches, employees paid $5.00 to wear jeans on a specific day, and we sponsored a table at the upcoming Boots and Bags event. In all, First Capital donated $1,900 to the Salvation Army of York, $650 of which was presented today as the remainder of our donation.

"Thank you to the whole First Capital FCU team--for this generous gift, said Michele Baker. "We're honored to be this quarter's recipient of your fundraising."

For 3rd Quarter we will focus our fundraising efforts on the United Way of York County and for 4th Quarter, Leg Up Farm.

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Youth Financial Advisory Board Helps Prepare Students for Life After High School!

York, PA – On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, First Capital Federal Credit Union's Youth Financial Advisory Board (YFAB) held its last meeting for the 2016-2017 school year. During the four sessions held over the course of two months, York County high school students learned about budgeting, understanding your credit, jobs available in the financial services industry, as well as the differences between banks and credit unions.

"This year we changed our focus," said Lisa Barshinger, YFAB Coordinator. "We made the sessions more educational, which we thought would better prepare students for life after high school."

Fifteen juniors and seniors participated in all 4 sessions. During the last session, we awarded two students with $500 scholarships; Abby Jovich from Central York High School and Meagan Holder from South Western High School. Three other students received gift cards as well.

We are currently accepting applications from York County High School juniors and seniors for the 2017 – 2018 YFAB sessions. Please contact Lisa Barshinger at 717.747.6393 or by email at lisab@firstcapitalfcu.com for more information.

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March

First Capital Federal Credit Union Receives Diamond Award For Outstanding Marketing, Business Development Achievements!

York, PA – First Capital Federal Credit Union in York, PA was recently honored with a "Category's Best" Diamond Award, which recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry.

The award was presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing & Business Development Council, a national network comprised of over 1,200 credit union marketing and business development professionals. Awards are given in each of 30 categories ranging from advertising to community events and beyond.

First Capital Federal Credit Union won the video category for its entry, entitled "Financial Feud Video". The video is a fun, interactive way to showcase the differences between credit unions and banks.

"The credit union industry has no shortage of marketing and business development talent, but, as the name of the prize suggests, these professionals shine the brightest," said Amber Scott, Chair of the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council's Diamond Awards Committee and VP Marketing & Communications at 1st MidAmerica CU. "Bold, inventive and fearless in the face of uncertainty, the 2017 Diamond Award winners inspire us to aim higher and try new approaches."

Award winners were recognized at the council's 24th annual conference held March 29-April 1 in San Antonio, Texas. For more information on the Diamond Awards or to view the entire list of winners, go to www.cunacouncils.org/awards.

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First Capital Federal Credit Union Holds Its 62nd Annual Membership Meeting!

York, PA – On March 23, 2017, First Capital Federal Credit Union held its 62nd Annual Meeting at its headquarters located at 1601 Kenneth Road, York. During the meeting, the Board of Directors discussed credit union business and then held an election.

This year we re-elected two incumbents – Scott Kurz of Minuteman Press and Stewart Olewiler III, Manchester Township Zoning Officer.

We also said goodbye to Rita Hoover. Rita, the CFO at GGS Information Services, resigned from the board after serving 10 years.

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First Capital Federal Credit Union Holds Its Career Exploration Program!

York, PA – On March 23, 2017, First Capital Federal Credit Union in conjunction with The York County Alliance for Learning (YCAL), held a Career Exploration Day. More than a dozen sophomore, juniors or seniors from area high schools came to First Capital's headquarters for a look inside the financial industry.

We began the day at 9:00 a.m. with an introduction and tour of First Capital. Students had the opportunity to meet with various staff who help make the credit union run. From IT to Accounting, the students learned how every position works together to contribute to the Credit Union's success. After the tour, students heard from a career panel. The individuals on the panel talked about their career path and how they got to where they are today. Then, our team discussed the differences between banks and credit unions and students played an interactive game, "Who wants to be a First Capital member."

After a break for lunch, we discussed budgeting and students took part in a budgeting activity. To end the day, we played a jeopardy-like gave that quizzed them on the stuff they learned during the day-long session. The day wrapped up around 2:00 p.m.

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First Capital Participates in Blue Jeans for Babies!

York, PA - On March 16, 2017, First Capital presented a check for $385.00 to the March of Dimes. Staff paid $5.00 to wear blue jeans on designated days as part of the March of Dimes "Blue Jeans for Babies" initiative.

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First Capital FCU Hosts Students from York County High Schools!

York, PA – On March 7, 2017, First Capital Federal Credit Union hosted sixteen juniors and seniors from several York County High Schools for the first session of our 2017 Youth Financial Advisory Board (YFAB). In this session the students learned about the differences between credit unions and banks, toured First Capital's office and spoke with employees to learn about the various positions and job opportunities available in the financial industry.

"We are excited to work with the students," said Lisa Barshinger, YFAB Coordinator. "Being able to not only share important financial information to prepare them for adulthood but to also be able to show them what jobs are available to them in the future is very valuable."

In the three remaining sessions scheduled for March and April, students will learn more about budgeting, credit and the importance of your credit score.

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First Capital FCU Hires New Assistant Vice President of Consumer Lending!

York, PA - First Capital Federal Credit Union has hired Birgitta Natale as its new Assistant Vice President of Consumer Lending. Birgitta comes to First Capital with more than 21 years of experience in the Credit Union, Banking and Financial Services Industries. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the credit union and most recently served as Mortgage Operations Manager for United Nations Federal Credit Union in New York.

On a personal note, Birgitta is a native of Sweden and in her spare time she enjoys working out, gardening, and reading.

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February

First Capital FCU's Lisa Barshinger & Jeremy Ackerley Awarded Pennsylvania Credit Union Association Scholarships!

York, PA – On February 24, 2017, Lisa Barshinger, Community Engagement Officer and Jeremy Ackerley, E-Services Specialist for First Capital Federal Credit Union, received scholarships from the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association. Lisa and Jeremy were two of nine credit union professionals from across the state to be chosen to receive the Judge/Bradley Memorial Scholarship. The recipients will receive tuition and expenses to attend the Judge/Bradley Leadership School to be held August 13-17, 2017 at Penn State University.

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The Judge/Bradley scholarships were established in 1972 by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association to perpetuate the memory of all past Association Boards of Directors and are awarded annually to deserving credit union professionals of a member credit union who wish to attend the Judge/Bradley Leadership School. Applicants are eligible to win this scholarship up to two times. This is Lisa's second scholarship win and Jeremy's first.

Lisa Barshinger is the Community Engagement Officer for First Capital FCU. She is responsible for fostering relationships with Select Employee Groups, providing financial education at York County schools, and heads our First Cap Gives Back community involvement program.

Jeremy Ackerley serves as the E-Services Specialist at First Capital FCU. Jeremy is responsible for analyzing and delivering a superior member experience through technology and personalized attention.

First Capital FCU Volunteers with Junior Achievement to Provide Financial Literacy to Students!

York, PA – On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, eight employees from First Capital Federal Credit Union volunteered as financial advisors for Junior Achievement's, Real Life. The Real Life simulation focuses on financial literacy. Each student is given a life scenario which includes his/her age, job, salary, family status, etc. Students then choose a vehicle, a home to rent, a cell phone and food plan, among others. The goal is to budget their money to live within their means. They had to make hard hitting, real financial decisions on the fly. "It was really interesting to see the decisions each student made," said Tara Houser, First Capital FCU's Vice President of Marketing. "At times the volunteers had to question whether the decision that was made was the best one and help guide the student down a different path."

Each volunteer worked with 5 or 6 students. The students were seniors from Red Lion High School. The students arrived at 9 am and the day wrapped up around 1:30 pm.

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First Capital FCU Hosts West York Area High School Students!

York, PA – First Capital Federal Credit Union hosted students from the West York Area High School on Friday, February 10, 2017. 52 students visited the CU's Kenneth Road branch to learn the differences between banks and credit unions and all the benefits credit unions offer. They started their visit with a fun game and ended with a tour of the branch to learn about the various positions and job opportunities available in the financial industry.

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First Capital FCU Staff Participate in National Wear Red Day!

York, PA - On February 3, 2017, First Capital staff wore red to support the Go Red for Women movement. First Capital also sponsored a table at the Go Red for Women Luncheon held at the Out Door Country Club. In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute created National Wear Red Day to take action against heart disease, the number one killer of women. Millions of people all across the country took part in the special awareness day.

But, in addition to recognizing National Wear Red Day, First Capital is selling hearts through Friday, February 17, 2017 to raise additional money for the American Heart Association. The hearts sell for $1.00 each.

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January

First Capital Helps Fight Cancer!

York, PA - During 4th Quarter 2016, First Capital Federal Credit Union held a credit card promotion to benefit the York Cancer Center. The promo stated that for every person who took out a credit card October – December 2016, First Capital would donate $2.00 to the York Cancer Center. Fighting cancer is important to First Capital staff. In 2010, we created the No One Fights Alone campaign to help employees who were battling the disease and through the years it has expanded beyond that.

"Cancer has touched the lives of many families, friends and members, that's why First Capital has committed to this campaign," says Sue DeStephano, President/CEO. "It's all about people helping people."

This check for $250 is just a small way we can give back and help those locally who are battling the disease.

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Helping Children Stay Warm This Winter!

York, PA – On Friday, January 20, 2017, First Capital Federal Credit Union's VP of Marketing, Tara Houser and Community Engagement Officer, Lisa Barshinger delivered hats, mittens, and scarves to the Salvation Army of York. The cold weather gear was donated by members and staff during the holidays and placed on the Hat & Mitten trees located in our branch lobbies.

"We thank the staff and members of First Capital who so graciously gave us these items to help keep local children warm this winter," said Norma Escobar, Salvation Army Family Services Director. "It's because of companies like First Capital that we are able to support as many as we do."

The items will be given to the children involved in the Salvation Army's youth services.

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2016

December 2016

First Capital Employees Bring Christmas to a Family in Need!

York, PA – Employees of First Capital Federal Credit Union once again adopted a family from the Bell Family Shelter, a 30-day emergency shelter serving homeless families in York County.

"It's really a wonderful reflection on our employees that we are able to adopt a family again this year," says Michele Wherley, Human Resources/Training Manager. "We are living our mission statement of putting the financial well-being of our members and dedication to our community FIRST."

On Thursday, December 15, 2016, Mom stopped by First Capital to express her appreciation and to accept the presents for her family.

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First Capital Members & Employees Bring Christmas to Those in Need!

York, PA – Christmas is a time of giving, and members and employees of First Capital Federal Credit Union have certainly gotten into the spirit. Dozens of toys came in to each First Capital branch to be donated to Toys for Tots, a program created by the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve to help needy children. Hats and mittens are also filling up the hat and mitten tree. The cold weather gear will be donated to several local charities in January to help children in need. In addition, canned goods were collected from November – December, in branches and at our holiday party, for the York County Food Bank.

"It's a busy time of year, but First Capital employees and members continue to open their hearts and wallets to help others," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "That's what the credit union philosophy of People Helping People is all about!"

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November 2016

First Capital FCU Employee Selected as 2017 Youth Ambassador for the York Chapter of Credit Unions!

York, PA – On November 7, 2016 at the York Chapter of Credit Unions meeting, Rachel Barker was selected as the 2017 Youth Ambassador. Rachel competed in the local competition against Nicolette Tate from White Rose Credit Union. Rachel will move on to represent the York Chapter of Credit Unions in the 41st Youth Ambassador of Pennsylvania Contest in May 2017. As the chapter winner she will receive a check for $250 for her win.

Rachel is a Member Service Representative at First Capital Federal Credit Union. The 20-year old Dallastown Area High School graduate is currently attending York College, pursuing a degree in Accounting. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and hiking.

Also during the meeting, Jay Parrish, Members 1st FCU, talked about mobile payments and choosing the right payment solution for your credit union.

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October 2016

First Capital FCU Hosts West York Area High School Students!

York, PA – First Capital Federal Credit Union hosted students from the West York Area High School on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Sixty-three students visited the CU's Kenneth Road branch to learn the differences between banks and credit unions and all the benefits credit unions offer. They started their visit with a fun game and ended with a tour of the branch to learn about the various positions and job opportunities available in the financial industry.

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First Capital FCU Takes Part in Leg Up Farm's Fall Fest!

York, PA – On Saturday, October 15, 2016, First Capital Federal Credit Union was the title sponsor for Leg Up Farm's Fall Fest. This was the fourth year for the festival which featured an open house, pumpkin painting, birdhouse making, a Trick or Treat trail, silent auction, craft show, and vendor booths. An estimated 3,000 people came out for the free event that ran from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Leg Up Farm is a non-profit therapy center in York County for children with disabilities and developmental delays.

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First Capital FCU Holds Member Benefit Day as Part of International Credit Union Day!

York, PA - First Capital Federal Credit Union celebrated International Credit Union Day with a special Member Benefit Day on Thursday, October 20, 2016. Vendors such as Liberty Mutual, Sprint, Krouse Travel, and Enterprise Car Sales, took part in the day at First Capital's West York Office located at 1601 Kenneth Road, York, each touting the benefits they provide to members.

"A lot of our members don't realize the many benefits available to them through the Credit Union," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. This day is designed to showcase those relationships and help our members realize how valuable their membership really is."

In addition to the vendors, the blood mobile was on site collecting blood from members and staff. Food trucks served up everything from Chinese food and chicken fingers and fries, to pumpkin funnel cakes from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Members also walked away with giveaways and entered to win door prizes. New this year, First Capital is also holding a decorative pumpkin contest for staff and members that will last through tomorrow. Staff decorated pumpkins and members can pay a dollar to vote for their favorite. All money raised will benefit the United Way of York County.

Our branches also took part in the day with table displays touting the benefits of membership, food, giveaways and door prizes.

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First Capital Employees Practice Safety, Wellness, and Giving Back during Employee Enrichment Day!

York, PA – First Capital Federal Credit Union staff spent Employee Enrichment Day learning about fire safety for fire prevention month. The staff learned about the various types of fire extinguishers and how to use them. The second part of the day, Holly Morreels from WellSpan's EAP talked to staff about stress management and the various techniques you can use to reduce your stress. After the morning sessions wrapped up, we headed over to Leg Up Farm, a non-profit therapy center for children with disabilities and developmental delays, for lunch and a day of giving back. We helped weed, wash windows and prepare for the Leg Up Farm Fall Fest which is coming up on October 15, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

"First Capital FCU may be closed on Columbus Day, but the staff was still hard at work," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "We use Columbus Day each year for enrichment whether that's training, team building, or helping out other businesses in our community." What a rewarding day!

During the outing, First Capital was also able to provide Leg Up Farm with a check for $500 which came through our partnership with Enterprise Car Sales.

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July 2016

First Capital FCU Takes Its Young Members Out to the Ballpark!

York, PA – On Saturday, July 30, 2016, First Capital Federal Credit Union treated those in its youth programs to a free baseball game at the local ballpark.

"The baseball game was quite a hit," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "We offered free tickets to the game to all of our young members to thank them for their membership. In all, we had over 100 people join us for the evening."

First Capital employees, who serve on the NextGen committee, organized and worked the event. Members enjoyed a two hour all-you-can-eat buffet which included pizza, hot dogs, applesauce, chips, animal crackers, and cake.

Unfortunately the game was delayed due to rain, but the families had fun mingling with other members and eating the food provided. And, they could even receive a voucher to attend another game this season if they didn't want to stay until the game ended late in the evening.

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First Capital FCU Hires and Promotes Four People!

York, PA - First Capital Federal Credit Union has hired a new branch manager and has promoted three people within the organization.

David Brown has joined the team as the branch manager of our East York Office located at 2801 Eastern Boulevard. In his new position, David is responsible for the daily operations of the branch as well as building new relationships with local businesses and members.

David has managed divisions of non-profit organizations since 1991 after working for his alma mater, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, upon graduation from college in 1989. While managing divisions for this same non-profit in Ohio, Texas, New England, and North Carolina, prior to coming to Pennsylvania in 2007, he has continually been involved with personal development and education. This has included leadership training, cross-cultural development learning American Sign Language and presently Spanish while pursuing two master's degrees. In 2012, he joined Northwest Bank of Warren, Pennsylvania and served as a Personal Banker at the West York branch.

On a personal note, David is a father to three teenagers. In his spare time he rides motorcycle, serves as a musician at a local church, and has performed with the National Christian Choir of Washington, DC.

Jeremy Ackerley celebrated his three-year anniversary as a Member Service Officer with First Capital in March and is excited to jump into the new E-Services Specialist position. A self-described gadget geek, Jeremy looks forward to delivering a superior member experience through technology and personalized attention. Jeremy has a Specialized Associates Degree in Business Management and will be attending the Judge/Bradley Leadership School in August.

In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys running and spending time with his husband and their three furbabies.

Lisa Barshinger has been promoted to Community Engagement Officer. For the past five years, Lisa has worked as First Capital's Business Development Representative. In her new role, Lisa will help lead the business development initiatives as well as work to enhance our community and school involvement.

Although has spent her career in the credit union industry. In May 2004, she began work at Lancaster Postal Employees Credit Union. She also spent time at Lancaster Red Rose Credit Union and Belco Community Credit Union before joining First Capital in 2011. This year she was one of ten chosen to receive a scholarship to attend the Judge/Bradley Leadership School in August.

Lisa serves on the Junior Achievement Women's Symposium Steering Committee and as Classroom Volunteer. She is also on the Leg Up Farm Fall Fest Committee. She is currently President of the Women's Independent Networking Group; Program Chair of PRE York Chapter; and a York County Economic Alliance Ambassador.

On a personal note, Lisa and her husband have two children. She enjoys spending time at the beach and cheering on the Phillies and Eagles.

Kelsey Bistline has been promoted to Business Development Representative. Kelsey joined the First Capital team in 2014 as a Member Service Representative. In her new role, Kelsey will work with our partner companies to promote membership and financial education.

Kelsey attended Millersville University and Penn State York before joining the First Capital team. Her prior work experience includes Leg Up Farm; Northeastern High School and Lifeway Christian Store. In May of 2016 Kelsey earned the title of Pennsylvania Credit Union Youth Ambassador and will spend the next year representing First Capital and the state of PA in credit union conferences around the country. She is involved in the youth committee at the First Capital and volunteers with Junior Achievement.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family; crafting/Pinterest; watching the Orioles and Capitals; playing volleyball and tennis; and watching Hallmark movies.

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June 2016

Book Nook Bonanza 2016 Deemed a Success!

York, PA – On June 24-26, 2016, First Capital Federal Credit Union staff volunteered their time at the York Hospital Auxiliary's Book Nook Bonanza 2016. This year's Book Nook offered more than 250,000 books, as well as puzzles, DVDs, and artwork for low prices. In all, the three-day sale, held at the York City Ice Arena, raised more than $50,000.00. The York Hospital Auxiliary gives many small grants within WellSpan to assist with programs and equipment costs. This year's proceeds will be used for the Auxiliary Small Grant Program.

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First Capital FCU Staff Go To Camp for the United Way Day of Action!

York, PA – On Friday, June 17, 2016, First Capital Federal Credit Union staff helped prepare The ARC of York County's Camp Pennwood for this season's campers. We painted playground equipment, mowed, weed wacked, power washed and cleaned pavilions. In all, the day was a lot of fun.

First Capital volunteered as part of the United Way Day of Action. The Day of Action is one of the largest volunteer events in York County. Hundreds of individuals participated in more than 60 projects at local agencies. And, managers at First Capital did their part to help out.

"It was a great opportunity to get out in the community and live our mission of people helping people," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "It's rewarding to know that we are helping improve the lives of others."

Since 1962, The ARC of York County's Camp Pennwood has been providing a wide range of summer camp activities, such as swimming, arts and crafts, music, games, etc. Camp Pennwood offers a highly structured summer camp program for children with disabilities – a program that they might not otherwise experiences. At the same time, it provides valuable opportunities for integration and inclusion through participation in activities with people of all abilities.

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May 2016

Kelsey Bistline Named 2016 Credit Union Youth Ambassador of Pennsylvania!

York, PA – At the 40th Annual Youth Ambassador Contest of Pennsylvania, Kelsey Bistline of First Capital FCU, York, representing the York Chapter of Credit Unions was named 2016 Credit Union Youth Ambassador of Pennsylvania. The annual statewide contest was held during the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association's (the Association) 82nd Annual Convention & Expo held May 15-17 at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington. Bistline is a Member Service Representative at First Capital FCU. For the next year, as the Pennsylvania Credit Union Youth Ambassador, Bistline will represent the Association at various events and conferences

The First Alternate was awarded to Deborah Jensen. She is employed as a Senior Financial Service Representative at Citadel FCU, Exton. Jensen represented the Lan-Chester Chapter of Credit Unions.

The Second Alternate went to Adam Remshifski. Remshifski is a Marketing Analyst & Communication Coordinator at American Heritage FCU, Philadelphia, and represented the Philadelphia Chapter of Credit Unions.

Twelve finalists won regional contests before advancing to the state finals. The finalists completed a written exam before presenting speeches about credit union topics. A panel of five judges selected the winner, tallying scores from the test, personal interview, and speech.

The Association conducts the contest to attract young people to credit unions and to prepare them for leadership roles within the industry. Credit union members between the ages of 17 and 25 are eligible to compete in the competition.

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First Capital FCU Welcomes New Supervisory Committee Members and Says Goodbye to Another!

York, PA – First Capital Federal Credit Union announces the appointment of Michael Newsome and Michael Black to the Credit Union's Supervisory Committee.

Michael Newsome recently retired as the Vice President & CFO of the Wolf Organization. He worked there for 7 years. Prior to that, he was the Controller at the York Daily Record for 22 years. Mr. Newsome has more than 37 years of accounting and finance; management; human resources; customer service; technology, and loan management-related experience.

Michael Black is the Vice President of Sales for Doceo Office Solutions. He has worked at Doceo for the last 7 years. Prior to that, Mr. Black was in banking, working for 11 years in multiple capacities from Business Banking Officer to Branch Manager.

"We are thrilled to have both Mr. Newsome and Mr. Black join our Supervisory Committee," said Sue DeStephano, First Capital's President/CEO. "Adding two individuals with such experience only adds to our talented staff and Board of Directors."

On another note, Arthur Ferree, Chairman of the Board, has resigned his position. Mr. Ferree served on the committee for 24 years. The Board of Directors has since appointed Mr. Newsome as the new Chairman.

First Capital welcomes the addition of Michael Newsome and Michael Black and looks forward to their service on the Supervisory Committee. We also thank Arthur Ferree for his time and dedication to the Credit Union for the past 24 years.

April 2016

First Capital FCU Awards Two $1,000 Dennis Flickinger Honorable Scholarships to Members!

York, PA- First Capital Federal Credit Union is proud to announce Lili Sweeney and Andrew White as the 2016 Dennis Flickinger Honorable Scholarship winners. This week, both winners visited First Capital to receive their checks for $1,000 to be used towards their first year of schooling.

"It's great to be able to give this money to Lili and Andrew to help them accomplish their educational goals," said Sue DeStephano, President/CEO. "We know they'll go far."

Lili attends Central York Senior High School. She will enter the University of Pittsburgh this fall and pursue a degree in medicine. Her goal is to specialize in genetics research in order to improve the lives of children. Lili is the Captain of the varsity swim team, participates in soccer and peer tutoring. She is the Chair of Mini-thon and is a Peer Leader. Lili is also involved with her church and volunteers at York Hospital.

Andrew is a student at West York Area High School. He will enter Penn State University in the fall and pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Andrew aspires to work with rockets or planes in relation to space to help further our knowledge in that arena. Andrew has received numerous awards for his academic achievements. He is also actively involved in jazz, lab, concert, and marching band; Envirothon; Physics Team and Rocket Team; among others. Outside school, Andrew is a participant in the First Capital Drumline; is a Wellspan volunteer; and helps at the soup kitchen at the Elks Club.

The First Capital scholarship program was renamed the Dennis Flickinger scholarship program in honor of Dennis Flickinger, First Capital's CEO for the past 26 years, who retired at the end of 2015. Dennis advocated for financial education in schools and worked tirelessly to promote Credit Unions as a better choice for their financial future.

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First Capital FCU Volunteers with Junior Achievement to Provide Financial Literacy to Students!

York, PA – On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, five employees from First Capital Federal Credit Union volunteered as financial advisors for Junior Achievement's, Real Life. The Real Life simulation focuses on financial literacy. Each student is given a life scenario which includes his/her age, job, salary, family status, etc. Students then choose a vehicle, a home to rent, a cell phone and food plan, among others. The goal is to budget their money to live within their means. They had to make hard hitting, real financial decisions on the fly.

"It was really interesting to see the decisions each student made," said Tara Houser, First Capital FCU's Vice President of Marketing. "At times the volunteers had to question whether the decision that was made was the best one and help guide the student down a different path."

Each volunteer worked with 6 juniors and seniors from Red Lion Area Senior High School. The students arrived at 9 am and the day wrapped up around 12:30 pm.

Office Olympix 2016 Is Officially In the Score Books!

York, PA – Employees from area businesses went for the gold during the 28th Annual Office Olympix event to benefit Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania. The event took place on April 21 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Chestnut Ridge Banquet Facility located on East Prospect Road in York. Local business leaders, including a team from First Capital FCU, dressed up as their favorite player or sports teams competed in a variety of office-type games like Racin' to the Jon, Pong, and Hula Hoop Relay. In addition to the games, folks also had the opportunity to meet the Easter Seals' Ambassador Kids and learn more about the Easter Seals mission.

To participate in the event, businesses were asked to raise at least $400. All money raised benefits Easter Seals of Western and Central Pennsylvania. The night wrapped up with an awards ceremony in which First Capital received 3rd place for fundraising with a donation totaling $1,581.

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First Capital FCU's Tara Houser & Lisa Barshinger Awarded Pennsylvania Credit Union Association Scholarships!

York, PA - First Capital Federal Credit Union's Tara Houser has been awarded the 2016 Josephine Sakovics Memorial Scholarship through the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA).

Tara is the Vice President of Marketing at First Capital Federal Credit Union. She joined the Credit Union in 2008 as the Marketing Director and was promoted to Vice President in 2014. Throughout her career with First Capital, Tara has implemented marketing strategies to engage members and entice potential members. Tara is part of the senior management team and works with staff to provide the best member experience.

Tara serves on the York Chapter of Credit Unions and the York Hospital Auxiliary Board of Directors. She was also a founding board member for the Capital Area Girls on the Run chapter. Tara was also recently inducted into the Bulldog Foundation Hall of Fame.

The Josephine Sakovics Memorial Scholarship honors Josephine Sakovics for her dedication and commitment to the credit union movement. The recipient will be provided with two nights lodging and conference registration fee to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association's Annual Convention, May 15-17, 2016.

Lisa Barshinger, Business Development Representative for First Capital Federal Credit Union, also received a scholarship from the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association. Lisa was one of 9 credit union staffers from across the state to be chosen to receive the Judge/Bradley Memorial Scholarship. The recipients will receive tuition and expenses to attend the Judge Bradley Leadership School to be held August 14-18, 2016 at Penn State.

Lisa has worked as the Business Development Representative for First Capital FCU for 5 years. She is responsible for fostering relationships with Select Employee Groups and providing financial education at York County schools.

Lisa is currently the President of the Women's Independent Networking Group. She is also involved with Junior Achievement, and is on the steering committee for the Women's Symposium. Lisa is also an Ambassador for the York County Economic Alliance.

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March 2016

First Capital FCU Donates to West York High School's Mini-Thon!

York, PA – On Friday, March 18, 2016, First Capital Federal Credit Union donated $100.00 to West York Area High School, for their Mini-THON. Mini-THON is a twelve-hour dance marathon held at high schools all across Pennsylvania to help raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund. The Four Diamonds' mission is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research.

West York Area High School's Mini-THON will be held on April 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm and will continue until 7:00 am on April 9. Donations and sponsors are still being accepted for Mini-THON. For more information, please contact: http://fourdiamonds.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=1178.

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February 2016

First Capital FCU Holds Lobby Days to Meet Sue!

York, PA - On February 11, 2016, First Capital held the first of four lobby days for members to come in to the branches and meet Sue DeStephano, the new President/CEO. The first one was held at the South York Office from 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. Members stopped by to chat with Sue, fill out a survey on how First Capital is doing, and enjoyed snacks and giveaways. The next lobby day is scheduled for today from 2:00 – 5:30 pm at the West York Branch. The last two are scheduled for Thursday, February 18 from 8:30 am – 12 pm at the West York Branch and Friday, February 19 from 2:00 – 5:30 pm at the East York Branch.

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First Capital FCU Staff Participate in National Wear Red Day!

York, PA - On February 5, 2016, First Capital staff wore red to support the Go Red for Women movement. First Capital also sponsored a table at the Go Red for Women Luncheon held at the Out Door Country Club. In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute created National Wear Red Day to take action against heart disease, the number one killer of women. Millions of people all across the country took part in the special awareness day.

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Helping Children Stay Warm This Winter!

York, PA – On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, First Capital Federal Credit Union's Vice President of Marketing, Tara Houser delivered hats, mittens, and scarves to the Salvation Army. The cold weather gear was donated by members and staff during the holidays and placed on our Hat & Mitten trees set up in our branch lobbies. Tara was also given a tour to show how children and adults utilize the organization.

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January 2016

Kevin Linden Promoted to Executive Vice President – Finance!

York, PA - On January 28, 2016, the First Capital FCU Board of Directors promoted Kevin Linden, Vice President of Finance to Executive Vice President – Finance. Kevin has been employed at the Credit Union since 1996 upon graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Finance. Kevin started in the Accounting Department as a Bookkeeper and through the course of the last 20 years, has worked his way up through the ranks. Kevin has also earned the Credit Union Executive Society Certified Chief Executive designation.

On a personal note, Kevin lives in York County with his two daughters and three pets. In his free time, Kevin enjoys golfing, attending sporting events, and spending time with his family.

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First Capital FCU Hosts Business After Hours to Introduce New President/CEO!

York, PA – On Thursday, January 14, 2016, First Capital Federal Credit Union hosted a Business After Hours in conjunction with the York County Economic Alliance to introduce Sue DeStephano as the new President/CEO. Sue was hired as a Loan Officer in 1989 by York Tracktown Employees Credit Union. In 1999, York Tracktown merged into First Capital Federal Credit Union and Sue became Lending Manager for First Capital. In 2005, she was promoted to Vice President of Lending and in 2014 transitioned to the role of Vice President of Operations to oversee branch operations, lending, collections, and business services. Then, on January 1, 2016, Sue took on the role as President/CEO.

An estimated 80 people came out for the event which was held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Credit Union's West York office located at 1601 Kenneth Road in West Manchester Township. Artistic Foods Catering provided the food for the evening.

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First Capital FCU Hires New Vice President of Operations!

York, PA - First Capital Federal Credit Union has hired David Morse as its new Vice President of Operations. Morse comes to First Capital with more than 15 years of experience in the Credit Union, Banking and Retail Industries. David began his credit union career with the City of Alexandria Credit Union as Vice President of Operations and most recently served as the Director of Retail Sales at CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union. In his new position at First Capital, Morse will oversee branch operations, lending, collections, and business services.

On a personal note, Morse was born and raised in the Syracuse, New York area. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities, exercise, and is an avid video game player.

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2015

December 2015

First Capital Employees Bring Christmas to a Family in Need!

York, PA – Employees of First Capital Federal Credit Union once again adopted a family from the Bell Family Shelter, a 30-day emergency shelter serving homeless families in York County.

"It's really a wonderful reflection on our employees that we are able to adopt a family again this year," says Michele Wherley, Human Resources/Training Manager. "We are living our mission statement of putting the financial well-being of our members and dedication to our community FIRST."

On Friday, December 18, 2015, Mom Eva and two of her children stopped by First Capital to express their appreciation and to accept the presents for their family.

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First Capital FCU Donates Cookbook Sales to Leg Up Farm!

York, PA – On December 15, 2015, First Capital Federal Credit Union donated $701.00 to Leg Up Farm, a non-profit therapy center in York for children with special needs.

"The money was raised through cookbook sales," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "First Capital members and staff shared recipes for the book while children at Leg Up Farm contributed the pictures." All proceeds from the sale of the books were given to them.

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First Capital Members & Employees Give Back This Holiday!

York, PA – Christmas is a time of giving and members and employees of First Capital Federal Credit Union have certainly gotten into the spirit. Dozens of toys came in to each First Capital branch to be donated to Toys for Tots, a program created by the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve to help needy children. Hats and mittens are also filling up the hat and mitten tree. The cold weather gear will be donated to Family-Child Resources and the Children's Home of York in January to help children in need. In addition, canned goods were collected from November – December for the York County Food Bank. Last week we made a delivery to the York County Food Bank and it totaled 313 pounds of assorted food.

"It's a busy time of year, but First Capital employees and members continue to open their hearts and wallets to help others," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "That's what the credit union philosophy of People Helping People is all about!"

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Retirement Celebration Held for First Capital FCU's President/CEO!

York, PA-On Thursday, December 3, 2015, First Capital Federal Credit Union hosted a credit union colleague retirement party for Dennis Flickinger. Dennis will retire at the end of the year after serving 26 years as President/CEO.

Before joining First Capital in January 1990, Dennis worked in financial management for the U.S. Army for 21 years. During his tenure at First Capital, Dennis held numerous leadership positions in Pennsylvania's credit union movement, including president of the York Chapter of Credit Unions. He served on the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association's (PCUA) Regulatory Review and Governmental Affairs Committees, the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank's Credit Union Council; and served on the Board of Directors of Mid-Atlantic Corporate Federal Credit Union as Supervisory Committee Chair and Board Chair.

The party was held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Out Door Country Club. A string quartet from Dallastown Area High School performed as guests arrived. During the evening, Patrick Conway, PCUA President and Rick Wargo, PCUA Executive VP/General Counsel, spoke and shared that PCUA had made a contribution in Dennis' name to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation. Mid-Atlantic Corporate FCU President Jay Murray also spoke along with Bill Bowker, Glatco CU President/CEO; Tom Clippinger, a former First Capital Board Member; and Stewart Olewiler III, First Capital's Board Chairman. After the speeches, the Board of Directors and Senior Managers revealed that the Board Room at the West York Office and First Capital's Scholarship Program has been named in his honor. About 80 people were in attendance for the event.

"It was a bittersweet night for me," said Dennis Flickinger. "As much as I like the idea of retiring, I've enjoyed getting up every day and going to work at First Capital. I will miss the people who have become like family these past 26 years."

Dennis and his wife, Linda plan to stay in the area at this time, but may eventually head to Colorado to be closer to their son.

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November 2015

First Capital Federal Credit Union Partners with the York County Alliance for Learning!

York, PA – In November 2015, First Capital Federal Credit Union began a partnership with the York County Alliance for Learning (YCAL). YCAL works with businesses and schools to provide career education, relevant academic experiences, and work-based learning opportunities for York County students.

"First Capital was already affiliated with YCAL to offer educational seminars to high school students in several York County school districts, so it seemed a natural fit to work together," said Dennis Flickinger, President/CEO. "Our affiliation will continue to help build strong connections between York County businesses, schools, and students."

The partnership entails providing office space for the YCAL Coordinator, Kevin Appnel. Kevin will work out of First Capital's West York Office. Before joining YCAL, Kevin held multiple management positions at YTI Career Institute and was most recently an independent insurance producer.

"We're excited to have Kevin on our team," said Kathie Ingoglia, YCAL Board Chair. "We feel his well-rounded background in career education and his connections to the community will help to strengthen our existing relationships with educators and businesses in York County."

What's Cooking at First Capital FCU?

York, PA - On Friday, November 20, 2015, WGTY 107.7 and Presenting Sponsor First Capital Federal Credit Union hosted York Ladies Nite at the Wyndham Gardens in York. The event ran from 6:00 – 10:30 pm and featured dozens of vendors including First Capital FCU, Krouse Travel, various home-based businesses, among others. This year First Capital tried something a little different. "We wanted to focus on all of the ingredients that make up the Credit Union including Kasasa, a line of rewards-driven checking accounts," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "So, we created a display to showcase What's Cooking at First Capital." The display helped start dozens of conversations. Hundreds of people came out for the event and a chance to win door prizes, sample food, and take in our budgeting and couponing seminars. The event wrapped up with a post party concert with country artist Dylan Scott.

First Capital FCU's Lisa Barshinger Appears on Fixing Your Finances

York, PA - Lisa Barshinger, Business Development Representative at First Capital FCU, was interviewed on November 19, 2015 on Fox43 Morning News in a segment called Fixing Your Finances as part of this year's iBelong campaign. In the interview, Barshinger discussed the ways that young consumers can benefit from becoming members of a credit union. She pointed to credit union-offered financial education as one of the most significant reasons. Barshinger spoke about a few of the initiatives credit unions use to educate young consumers, such as the Deep Sea Savers Club at First Capital, and why credit unions can help members more than banks.


October 2015

First Capital FCU Holds Member Benefit Day as Part of International Credit Union Day!

York, PA - First Capital Federal Credit Union celebrated International Credit Union Day with a special Member Benefit Day on Thursday, October 15, 2015. Vendors, such as Liberty Mutual, Sprint, Krouse Travel, and Enterprise Car Sales, took part in the day at First Capital's West York Office located at 1601 Kenneth Road, York, each touting the benefits they provide to members.

"A lot of our members don't realize the many benefits available to them through the Credit Union," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. This day is designed to showcase those relationships and help our members realize how valuable their membership really is."

In addition to the vendors, First Capital taped messages from the membership to use in a new CU campaign, #creditunioning. The blood mobile was also on site and collected several pints of blood. And members didn't walk away hungry. They were able to purchase food from food trucks in our parking lot. The food trucks served up Chinese food; fries, crab cakes and fried cheese curds; as well as pumpkin funnel cakes and shaved ice; from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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First Capital FCU Employees Get Branded!

York, PA – First Capital Federal Credit Union staff spent Columbus Day, October 12, 2015, in Brand Camp and participating in teambuilding exercises. Our team arrived at the Verandah Room at the York Fairgrounds in the morning and learned about branding from Gavin Advertising's Mandy Arnold. Ms. Arnold talked about how branding is more than just a logo, it's the experience you have or feelings you get from a particular product/service. After an interactive session, the staff had lunch then launched into several team building exercises courtesy of Teambuilders Training Services. We broke into groups to create a jingle about First Capital; learned that we all are different and need to embrace each other's differences in order to work well together; and learned that working alone is not always the best idea.

"First Capital FCU may be closed on Columbus Day, but the staff was still hard at work," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "We use Columbus Day each year for enrichment whether that's training, team building, or community involvement." What a rewarding day!

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September 2015

A Wet Day for a Wellspan Golf Tournament!

York, PA – On September 21, 2015, some members of the First Capital Federal Credit Union management team participated in the Annual Wellspan Health Golf Tournament. Despite a rainy day, it was a fun tournament with nearly 300 golfers. All proceeds from the tournament will be used to support Wellspan Community Health Programs.

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Cornhole Game Held at First Capital Booth During Central Penn Parent's Family Festival York!

York, PA – On September 19, 2015, First Capital Federal Credit Union took part in Central Penn Parent's Family Festival York. From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., hundreds of families stopped by Cousler Park to check out the event. The event had everything from bounce houses and live musical performances to pony rides, face painting and dozens of vendors. First Capital had a cornhole game set up at its booth for children and adults to play to try to win a prize.

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First Capital FCU Takes Part in Pre-School Pals Day!

York, PA – On September 18, 2015, First Capital Federal Credit Union took part in Pre-School Pals Day at the York Fair. From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., pre-schoolers and an accompanying adult were admitted into the fair for free. First Capital saw many wide-eyed youngsters and gave out coin purses for them to stash their cash. Pre-School Pals Day was sponsored by WGTY 107.7.

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August 2015

First Capital Participates in Patriot Par 3 Golf Challenge!

York, PA – On August 11, 2015, First Capital Federal Credit Union participated in the Patriot Par 3 Challenge Golf Tournament. The tournament was held at Heritage Hills Golf Resort where the 18-hole championship golf course was transformed into 36 holes of Par 3 golf. First Capital was the General's Table sponsor for the event which raised funds to support the Keystone Wounded Warriors.

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First Capital FCU and Enterprise Car Sales Donate $2,500 to Leg Up Farm!

York, PA – On August 10, 2015, First Capital Federal Credit Union and Enterprise Car Sales donated $2,500 to Leg Up Farm, a non-profit therapy center in York for children with special needs. The money for the donation was raised through the Enterprise Care-A-Thon, a corporate initiative that the Enterprise Car Sales office in Mechanicsburg won with the help of their credit union partners.

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July 2015

Hot Dog Eating Contest Benefits CMN Hospital!

Mid-Atlantic Corporate FCU raised $1,750 for Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital as a result of its 2nd annual Hot Dog Eating Contest. Several central Pennsylvania credit unions came together for the event held on July 23, otherwise known as National Hot Dog Day. Brent Shaffer of Mid-Atlantic Corporate took the crown and surpassed last year's record, eating seven hot dogs in five minutes. Over 50 hot dogs were consumed between the champion and his fellow contestants: Lindsey Brewbaker, Members 1st FCU; Richard Carberry, Sollievo; Andrea Hoak, ATON; Jeremy Holtzapple, First Capital FCU; Andrew Hummel, MY CU Services; Stephen Juliano, Members 1st FCU; Paul Perini, Belco Community FCU; and Brandon Wanner, Hershey FCU. Good job Jeremy!

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June 2015

Becca Grosh Appears on Fox 43 Morning News!

York, PA – On Thursday, June 25, 2015, Becca Grosh represented First Capital and the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association on Fox 43's morning newscast. She was interviewed for the Fixing Your Finances segment where she talked about the importance of teaching financial education at a young age. In May, Becca won 1st Alternate in the Youth Ambassador Contest of Pennsylvania. She is a lending services assistant at First Capital.

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First Capital Staff Take Part in Western Hoedown for the United Way Day of Action!

York, PA – On Friday, June 19, 2015, First Capital Federal Credit Union staff took part in a Western Hoedown at Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community's Personal Care Department in New Oxford. The event featured games like "Panning for Gold", "Rope the Horse", and "Guess the Cowboy". First Capital staff worked the games and helped get residents engaged in the activities of the day. In addition to the games, residents could also take a carriage ride and get their mug shot taken! The day ended with a delicious meal and a square dance.

First Capital volunteered as part of the United Way Day of Action. The Day of Action is one of the largest volunteer events in York County. More than 700 individuals participated in over 60 projects at local agencies. And, managers at First Capital did their part to help out.

"It was a great opportunity to get out in the community and live our mission of people helping people," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing.

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May 2015

First Capital Hosts Grand Opening Celebration at New East York Branch!

York, PA – First Capital Federal Credit Union celebrated the Grand Opening of its new branch on Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. First Capital gave out cookie cutters and York Revolution tickets; provided games and activities for the kids; and served up hot dogs and chips. Entertainment was provided by WARM 103 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Folks who attended the event also had a chance to win raffle prizes, donated by local businesses, every 30 minutes and spin the First Capital prize wheel. In all, the event was hugely success with more than 300 people in attendance.

The new branch is located at 2801 Eastern Boulevard in Springettsbury Township. The 3,600 square foot branch features three drive-thru lanes, both walk-up and drive-thru ATMs, a safe deposit vault, as well numerous other amenities.

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York County Economic Alliance Hosted Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for First Capital Federal Credit Union

York, PA – The York County Economic Alliance hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of First Capital Federal Credit Union's new East York branch on Friday, May 29 at 1 p.m. at 2801 Eastern Boulevard in York.

First Capital Federal Credit Union is a $165 million asset-size credit union with nearly 18,000 members based in York, PA.

"With the opening of First Capital's new branch, First Capital has completed the transition of all of the Credit Union's branches to state-of-the-art facilities to better serve our ever growing membership for years to come," said Dennis Flickinger, President/CEO.

An estimated 40 people were on hand for the ribbon cutting including the building's contractors and architects, the JEM Group and Willigerod & MacAvoy; as well as other business members affiliated with the York County Economic Alliance; and First Capital staff. We served light refreshments and gave out cookie cutters to those who attended.

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First Capital Federal Credit Union Awards West York High School student with the Ultimate Prom Package!

York, PA – On Friday, May 22, 2015, First Capital Federal Credit Union awarded one lucky high school student with the Ultimate Prom Package. Students at West York Area High School were asked to participate in an Instagram contest run by First Capital Federal Credit Union. We asked students to tell us how they were giving back to their community and living the credit union mission of 'people helping people.' To be eligible for the contest, students had to follow FirstCapitalFCU on Instagram, post a picture of themselves (#givingbackfirstcapitalstyle) giving back to the community and tell us what they are doing in the photo, and get people to like their picture. First Capital's NextGen committee picked the 3 pictures with the most likes and judged them based on the student's community involvement.

It was a very tough decision, but we selected Jordyn Gentzler as our winner. She received a limo ride to the prom for her and her friends, a $50 gift certificate to a nail salon, a $50 gift certificate for flowers, and 2 prom tickets, courtesy of First Capital.

On Friday, Lisa Barshinger, Business Development Representative, and Tara Houser, Vice President of Marketing, had the honor of meeting up with Jordyn and her friends as the limo arrived at her doorstep.

"We wanted it to be a night she would never forget, said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "First Capital was happy to work with the West York Area High School to sponsor the Ultimate Prom Package as well as the favors and photo booth at the prom."

After seeing Jordyn off, Lisa and Tara headed to prom to set up the First Capital table display. First Capital sponsored the TapSnap photo booth and gave students picture frames as their prom favor.

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First Capital FCU Volunteers with Junior Achievement to Provide Financial Literacy to Students!

York, PA – On Friday, May 22, 2015, employees from First Capital Federal Credit Union volunteered as financial advisors for Junior Achievement's, The Challenge at Finance Park™. The Finance Park simulation focuses on financial literacy. Each student is given a life scenario which includes his/her age, job, salary, family status, etc. Students then choose a vehicle, a home to rent, and a cell phone plan, among others. The goal is to budget their money to live within their means. They had to make hard hitting, real financial decisions on the fly. "It was really interesting to see the decisions each student made," said Tara Houser, First Capital FCU's VP of Marketing. "At times the volunteers had to question whether the decision that was made was the best one and help guide the student down a different path."

Each volunteer worked with 5 to 6 students. Friday's group were students from Dover and Central York High Schools. The students arrived at 9 am and the day wrapped up around 12:30 pm.

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First Capital Congratulates Two Young Savers!

York, PA – On May 21, 2015, First Capital rewarded two young members for their participation during April's National Credit Union Youth Month™. This year's theme was "Wild About Saving™" and using that theme, credit unions across the country came up with creative ways to get children involved in the credit union and in saving money.

For our Deep Sea Savers (ages 2-13), we offered animal lollipops for every $25 deposit. Each lollipop was worth a different dollar amount and depending on which animal the child chose, he/she was awarded extra money, courtesy of First Capital, to deposit in his/her account.

Rock Star Super Savers (ages 14-25) were entered into a drawing for a pair of Hersheypark tickets when they deposited $50 or more, once per week. At the end of the month, Kylie G. was randomly chosen as our winner.

During the month, First Capital also took part in the Credit Union National Association's youth savings challenge. Credit unions all across the country entered the contest but only 25 were chosen to receive $100 to give to one young saver. First Capital FCU was chosen as one of the 25 CUs and we in turn chose Nikki H. to receive our $100.

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Dennis Flickinger Receives the Credit Union Professional of the Year Award!

York, PA – The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association handed out its most prestigious award during the closing luncheon on May 16, 2015 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Dennis Flickinger, CEO of First Capital Federal Credit Union of York, received the William W. Pratt Award for Outstanding Professional of the Year.

Flickinger began his career as a Supervisory Committee volunteer for the Fort Eustis FCU, Virginia, in 1976. Following his retirement from the U.S. Army, he became President/CEO of First Capital FCU in January 1990. For the past 25 years, he has assumed numerous leadership positions in Pennsylvania's credit union movement, including president of the York Chapter of Credit Unions from 1998-2012. He has served on the Association's Regulatory Review and Governmental Affairs Committees, as well as the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank's Credit Union Council.

For the past 10 years, he served on the Board of Directors of Mid-Atlantic Corporate Federal Credit Union as Supervisory Committee Chair and Board Chair. Flickinger is extremely active in many local initiatives in the York community and is tireless advocate of youth involvement in credit unions.

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Becca Grosh Wins First Alternate in 39th Annual Youth Ambassador Contest of Pennsylvania!

York, PA – On Friday, May 15, 2015, during the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association's (PCUA) 81st Annual Convention & Expo in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Becca Grosh represented First Capital FCU and the York Chapter of Credit Unions in the 39th Annual Youth Ambassador contest. Ten contestants, representing chapters from across the state, took part in the finals. Contestants were judged on three things; their credit union knowledge, their personality, and a speech on a credit union topic of choice.

The First Alternate was awarded to Becca Grosh, 24, of York. She is employed as a Lending Services Assistant at First Capital FCU. She attended Lancaster Mennonite High School, and took some time off from the credit union to travel and do mission work for her church.

Sara Newell of Erie, representing the Erie Chapter of Credit Unions, was named 2015 Credit Union Youth Ambassador of Pennsylvania. And, Eric Ammon representing the Lan-Chester Chapter of Credit Unions received Second Alternate.

The PCUA conducts the contest to attract young people to credit unions and to prepare them for leadership roles. Credit union members between the ages of 17 and 25 compete and are sponsored by the Association's chapters.

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First Capital FCU's New East York Branch Now Open!

York, PA – On Monday, May 11, 2015, First Capital Federal Credit Union opened its new East York Branch. The branch, located at 2801 Eastern Boulevard in Springettsbury Township, replaces the branch, located at 161 Kent Road. The new branch is state-of-the art.

"With the opening of First Capital's new East York Branch, we have completed the transition of all of the Credit Union's branches to state-of-the-art facilities to better serve our ever growing membership for many years to come." said Dennis Flickinger, President/CEO.

First Capital has been looking for the perfect location for its new East York branch for many years. We finally found the perfect spot at what was once the site of the old IRS building. This branch provides First Capital important visibility that our location on Kent Road did not.

First Capital will host a Grand Opening celebration on May 30, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. There will be a live radio broadcast by WARM 103, food, giveaways, and more.

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April 2015

First Capital FCU Awards Two Scholarships to Members!

York, PA- First Capital Federal Credit Union is proud to announce Camille Hoover and Sela Fuhrman as the 2015 Scholarship winners. Today both winners visited First Capital to receive their checks for $1,000 to be used towards their first year of schooling.

"It's great to be able to give this money to Camille and Sela to help them accomplish their educational goals," said Dennis Flickinger, President/CEO. "We know they'll go far."

Camille attends West York Area High School. She will enter the University of Nebraska – Lincoln this fall and pursue a degree in meteorology and climatology. Her goal is to help the public by delivering accurate weather information. Camille is a member of the National Honor Society and has received the Lamp of Learning Academic Achievement Award. She is involved with marching, jazz, symphonic, and pit band; is on the tennis team, student council, robotics team, and yearbook committee.

Sela is also a student at West York Area High School. She will enter Kutztown University in the fall and pursue a degree in leisure and sport studies. Sela hopes to help people with their fitness and health goals. Sela is involved in basketball and has also participated in track and field. She has helped with the JROBWALK, a fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer, and has coached 4th, 5th, and 6th grade girls' basketball.

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Dennis Flickinger, First Capital FCU President/CEO; Camille Hoover, West York Area High School 2015 scholarship winner

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Dennis Flickinger, First Capital FCU President/CEO; Sela Fuhrman, West York Area High School 2015 scholarship winner

Youth Financial Advisory Board Shares Input on Financial Services for Young Adults!

York, PA – On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, First Capital Federal Credit Union's Youth Financial Advisory Board (YFAB) held its last meeting for the 2014-2015 school year. During the four sessions held over the course of the last several months, York County high school students worked with members of the First Capital FCU NextGen committee, an internal committee that works to provide financial products and activities for children and young adults, to explore the various products and services that appeal to them.

"This feedback is essential in order to help First Capital continue to offer stellar programs for children and young adults," said Lisa Barshinger, YFAB Coordinator. "Our youth is our future and we must offer them products and services that will meet their needs."

Fourteen juniors and seniors participated in all 4 sessions. During the sessions, they offered us insight on what they look for when it comes to scholarship applications. Because of this feedback, First Capital changed its scholarship format from written essay to video essay. Students also provided us information on things they want or expect from their financial institution. But, this was also a learning process for them! Many students did not know the difference between credit unions and banks. First Capital discussed these things as well as what students need to know to have a successful financial future.

Each session was fun and informative! We provided them dinner and after the discussion they took part in a fun activity - tubing at Avalanche Express, bowling and laser tag at Laser Alleys, and watching a York Revolution baseball game.

During the last session, parents and teachers were invited to join the students for a wrap up session and the announcement of our two scholarship winners. The students were asked to submit video commercials to enter the scholarship contest. We awarded two $500 scholarships to: Lindsey Ellis, a Dallastown High School senior and Katie Mummert, a Christian School of York junior.

We are currently accepting applications from York County High School juniors and seniors for the 2015 – 2016 YFAB sessions. Please contact Lisa Barshinger at 717.747.6393 or by email at lisab@firstcapitalfcu.com for more information.

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Students and parents attend the last session of YFAB

Once Upon a Time…Office Olympix Returns for a Magical Night!

York, PA – Storybook characters came to life and battled it out for power during last night's Office Olympix event to benefit Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania. The event took place from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Valencia Ballroom located at 142 North George Street. Local business leaders, including the Money Monarchs from First Capital FCU, dressed up as their favorite "Once Upon a Time" characters and competed in a variety of office-type games like Swivel Chair Relay, Racin' to the Jon, and Office Task Relay. In addition to the magical games, visitors also had the opportunity to meet the Easter Seals' Ambassador Kids and learn more about the Easter Seals mission.

"Although this was a fun event, the most important part was knowing we were helping local children and adults with disabilities and special needs gain opportunities for independence," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing at First Capital Federal Credit Union.

To participate in the event, businesses were asked to raise at least $400. The night wrapped up with an awards ceremony in which First Capital was recognized as the top fundraiser of the evening with a donation totaling nearly $1,700. All money raised benefits Easter Seals of Western and Central Pennsylvania.

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Financial Services Career Exploration Program Wraps Up!

York, PA – On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, First Capital Federal Credit Union wrapped up its second annual York County Alliance for Learning (YCAL) Career Exploration program. The program focused on the various jobs available in the financial services industry. Every other Tuesday from January – April, students from Red Lion, Central York, and West York High Schools joined us for dinner and informative and interactive sessions. They learned the differences between credit unions and banks, the importance of credit scores, how the loan process works, as well as what educational background is needed for the different jobs within the financial industry. The April 14th session concluded with the students sharing what they've learned and enjoyed most. Each student then received a certificate for completing the program and some First Capital goodies to take home.

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March 2015

Board Member Retires After 26 Years of Service!

York, PA – On Thursday, March 26, 2015, First Capital Federal Credit Union held its Annual Meeting at the Main Office located in West Manchester Township. During the meeting, the Credit Union recognized Tom Clippinger, who retired after serving 26 years on First Capital's Board of Directors.

Tom Clippinger recently retired as the Director of Operations at Tekgard Inc., a manufacturer of advance thermal management systems for the defense industry. Tom received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Colorado. Throughout his four decade career, Tom held senior management positions with local manufacturing companies including Voith Hydro, Engel Machinery, Graham Engineering, and Precision Custom Components. In addition to serving on First Capital's Board, Tom has served the York County community as a former board member of the Manufacturers Association of South Central PA and the United Way of York County. Tom and his wife Joan reside in northern York County where they raised their daughter and son; they have two grandsons. Tom enjoys outdoor activities which include golfing, kayaking, fishing and hunting.

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Dennis Flickinger, President/CEO; Tom Clippinger, retiring board member; Stu Olewiler, Board Chairman


January 2015

First Capital Awards 60" HDTV to one Lucky Member!

York, PA – In 2014, First Capital Federal Credit Union celebrated its 60th Anniversary with specials throughout the year. The Credit Union ran special loan promotions around the number 60, created a cookbook, etc. Another one of promotions was aimed at rewarding our new members. For every member who joined First Capital in 2014 and referred a member to the Credit Union through our Refer-A-Friend program, not only did both members receive $10, they were also entered into a random drawing for a 60" HDTV. On January 15, 2015, First Capital awarded the 60" HDTV to Brooke Collins. Congratulations Brooke. It really does pay to be a member!

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December 2014

First Capital Members & Employees Help Those in Need!

York, PA – Christmas is a time of giving and members and employees of First Capital Federal Credit Union have certainly gotten into the spirit. Dozens of toys came in to each First Capital branch to be donated to Toys for Tots, a program created by the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve to help needy children. Hats and mittens are also starting to fill up the hat and mitten tree. The cold weather gear will be donated to Family-Child Resources and the Children's Home of York in January to help children in need. In addition, canned goods were collected from November – December for the York County Food Bank. In November we made the first delivery to the York County Food Bank and it totaled 137 pounds of assorted food. Yesterday, we donated another 130 pounds of food and presented them with a check for $140. "It's a busy time of year, but First Capital employees and members continue to open their hearts and wallets to help others," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "That's what the credit union philosophy of People Helping People is all about!"

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First Capital Employees Bring Christmas to a Family in Need!

York, PA – Employees of First Capital Federal Credit Union once again adopted a family from the Bell Family Shelter, a 30-day emergency shelter serving homeless families in York County.

"It's really a wonderful reflection on our employees that we are able to adopt a family again this year," said Michele Wherley, Human Resources/Training Manager. "We are living our mission statement of putting the financial well-being of our members and dedication to our community FIRST."

On Thursday, December 18, 2014, Mom Carrie and two of her children stopped by First Capital to express their appreciation and to accept the presents for their family.

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Photo (left to right): Sue DeStephano, VP of Operations, First Capital Federal Credit Union; Carrie and her two children, Adopted Family

First Capital Federal Credit Union Breaks Ground on New Branch!

York, PA - First Capital Federal Credit Union 'officially' broke ground on its new East York branch, located at 2801 Eastern Boulevard in Springettsbury Township, on December 11, 2014. First Capital's Board of Directors and Management team were on hand for the photograph. The new East York branch is scheduled to open in spring 2015. It will replace the current East York branch located at 161 Kent Road.

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Photo (left to right): Kevin Linden, Arthur Hendrix, Dennis Flickinger, Tom Clippinger, Ed Fadely, Stewart Olewiler III, Tara Houser, Jenna Reachard, Sue DeStephano, Scott Kurz, Scott Grob, Rita Hoover, Wendy Spangler, Chuck Burkhardt


November 2014

York County Goes 'Krazy' for Kasasa!

York, PA-On Friday, November 21, 2014, WGTY 107.7 and Presenting Sponsor First Capital Federal Credit Union hosted York Ladies Nite at the Holiday Inn in York. The event ran from 6:00 – 10:30 pm and featured dozens of vendors including First Capital FCU, a travel agency, various home-based businesses, and a spa and skin care company, among others. This year First Capital tried something a little different. "We wanted to focus on Kasasa, our new line of rewards-driven checking accounts. So, we made headlines…literally," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "We made our booth look like a newspaper with 'First Capital FCU Members Go Krazy for Kasasa' as our headline and an opening where staff or party goers could stand to be 'the picture' in the paper!" The display helped start dozens of conversations. Hundreds of people came out for the event and a chance to win door prizes, sample food from various vendors, take in a seminar and get a little exercise with Zumba breaks. The event wrapped up with a post party concert with country artist Jackie Lee.

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Lisa Barshinger, Dale Rexrode, Alicia Venable, and Sue DeStephano go 'Krazy' for Kasasa!

First Capital FCU Employee Selected as 2015 Youth Ambassador for the York Chapter of Credit Unions!

York, PA - On November 3, 2014 at the York Chapter of Credit Unions meeting, Rebecca (Becca) Grosh was selected as the 2015 Youth Ambassador. Becca will compete in the 39th Youth Ambassador of Pennsylvania Contest in May against youth ambassadors from chapters around the state. Becca received a $500 check for her win.

Becca is part of Lending Services at First Capital Federal Credit Union. She is active in her church, loves to sing and spend time with her family.

Also during the meeting, Tara Houser was named to the York Chapter Board of Directors. Tara is the VP of Marketing at First Capital Federal Credit Union.

"I'm excited to be a part of this team," said Tara. "And, I'm looking forward to seeing how the York County credit unions can work together to help those in our county."

The York Chapter of Credit Unions is an organization of not-for-profit financial institutions whose guiding philosophy has always been "People Helping People."

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Bill Bowker, President York Chapter of Credit Unions; Becca Grosh, First Capital FCU; Dennis Flickinger, President/CEO First Capital FCU


October 2014

First Capital FCU Sponsors Leg Up Farm's Fall Fest!

On Saturday, October 18, 2014, First Capital Federal Credit Union sponsored Leg Up Farm's Fall Fest. This was the second year for the festival which featured an open house and tour of Leg Up Farm, a non-profit therapy center in York County for children with disabilities and developmental delays. The event which ran from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. featured a craft show, activities for kids, food trucks, a silent auction, and table displays by various vendors. Hundreds of people came out for the event to support the center.

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Becky Braun, Internal Auditor/Compliance Officer, and Tara Houser, VP of Marketing work the First Capital table during Leg Up Farm's Fall Fest.

First Capital FCU Holds Member Benefit Day as Part of International Credit Union Day!

First Capital Federal Credit Union celebrated International Credit Union Day with a special Member Benefit Day on Thursday, October 16, 2014. Vendors, such as Liberty Mutual and Enterprise Car Sales, took part in the day at First Capital's West York Office, each touting the benefits they provide to members.

"A lot of our members don't realize the many benefits available to them through the Credit Union," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. This day is designed to showcase those relationships and help our members realize how valuable their membership really is."

In addition to the vendors, an identity theft seminar was held at Noon and First Capital provided free credit checks to members. The blood mobile was also on site and collected 22 pints of blood. And members didn't walk away hungry, food trucks served up Mexican food; fries, crab cakes and fried cheese curds; and ice cream; from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The food trucks then donated a portion of their proceeds to the York County Food Bank. In all, we collected $140.

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First Capital FCU Employees Help Out at Steam Into History!

York, PA – First Capital Federal Credit Union staff spent Employee Enrichment Day at Steam Into History in New Freedom, PA. Steam into History operates a 1860s steam train in which you can ride the rails and learn the Civil War history in York County.

Our team arrived at Steam Into History in the morning and learned from Wellspan's EAP representative, Holly Moreels, about personality traits and how everyone can get along in the workplace. After that, we spent two hours helping out around the train station. Staff cleaned the store and organized merchandise, removed carpeting, moved shelves, polished the brass on the steam engine, created pieces for the upcoming Scream Into History train ride, among other things. After lunch, we had a fashion show to go over the revised dress code policy and then hopped on the train for ride back in time. The day wrapped up with a sweet treat for staff along the rails.

"First Capital FCU may be closed on Columbus Day, but the staff was still hard at work," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "We use Columbus Day each year for enrichment whether that's training, team building, or helping out other businesses in our community." What a rewarding day!

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Mary Corbin and Chuck Burkhardt polish brass on the steam engine.

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First Capital staff on the train ride.


September 2014

First Capital FCU and Its Members Support Our Troops!

York, PA- During the month of August, members and employees of First Capital Federal Credit Union collected donations for our troops serving overseas. And, on September 12, 2014, a day after Patriot Day, First Capital donated those items to Becky Bair, Volunteer Leader of Support Our American Recruits (SOAR). SOAR is affiliated with the York-Adams Chapter of the American Red Cross and was started in 2001 as a support group for family members and loved ones of military personnel to provide a place for people to come together and support one another. The group also supports the troops by sending care packages to those from York and Adams County who are serving overseas. In all, First Capital collected everything from toothbrushes, toothpaste and other toiletries to peanut butter and oatmeal. "I was very pleased with the amount of donations that came in," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing, "This is just one little way we can do our part to support our troops."

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Becky Bair, SOAR, stopped by First Capital FCU to pick up the donations collected for our troops!


June 2014

Girl Scout Camp Gets a Fresh New Look!

York, PA - On Monday, June 30, 2014 First Capital Federal Credit Union staff stained buildings at Camp Echo Trail in Felton as part of the United Way Day of Action. The Day of Action is one of the largest volunteer events in York County. More than 700 individuals participated in over 60 projects at local agencies. And, managers at First Capital did their part to help out the Girl Scouts.

"It was a great opportunity to get out in the community and live our mission of people helping people," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing.

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Camp Echo Trail was founded in 1953, and the 315-acre camp offers open spaces for field activities and in the summer can house up to 264 people.

Book Nook Bonanza 2014 Deemed a Success!

York, PA – On June 20-22, 2014, First Capital Federal Credit Union staff volunteered their time at the York Hospital Auxiliary's Book Nook Bonanza 2014. This year's Book Nook offered more than 250,000 books, as well as VHS, DVDs, and artwork for low prices. In all, the three-day sale, held at the York City Ice Arena, raised more than $50,000.00. The York Hospital Auxiliary gives many small grants within WellSpan to assist with programs and equipment. This year's proceeds will be used for the Auxiliary Small Grant Program.

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May 2014

First Capital FCU Employee Wins Second Alternate in 2014 Pennsylvania Youth Ambassador Contest!

York, PA - First Capital Federal Credit Union is proud to announce Devan DeShong, a First Capital employee and the York Chapter of Credit Unions youth ambassador, has been chosen as Second Alternate in the 38th Youth Ambassador of Pennsylvania Contest. He competed against 13 other youth ambassadors from chapters around the state on May 19th. DeShong was declared the 2nd Alternate during the PCUA Annual Convention & Exposition in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Winner was Lauren Hoffman from AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union and First Alternate went to Steven Dill from Widget Financial. Devan received $500 and a clock for his win.

Devan is the Network Administrator at First Capital FCU and has been with the Credit Union for two years. In his free time, Devan enjoys working on cars, restoring his Jeep, and playing guitar.

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First Capital FCU Awards Two Scholarships to Members!

York, PA - First Capital Federal Credit Union is very proud to announce Jonas Tucker-Alleyne and Megan Hogan as its 2014 Scholarship Winners. Both winners recently visited First Capital to receive their checks for $1,000 to be used towards their first year of schooling.

"It's great to be able to give this money to Jonas and Megan to help them accomplish their educational goals," said Dennis Flickinger, President/CEO. "We know they'll go far."

Jonas attends Central York High School. He will enter Oral Roberts University this fall and pursue degrees in International Relations and Business. His goal is to make a difference and influence all sections of the world. Jonas served as the Master of Ceremonies for a diversity celebration at Central York. He is involved with student government, is a peer leader and tutor. And, he acts as youth leader and helps feed the homeless.

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Megan is a student at Dallastown Area High School. She will enter Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and pursue a degree in Biology/Pre-Vet. Megan plans to one day become a veterinarian. Megan is involved in track and field, symphonic band, and jazz band. She also works with YoungLife and spent time shadowing a local veterinarian.


April 2014

First Capital FCU Showers You With Great Rates!

York, PA – Showering you with great rates…watch your money grow at First Capital FCU! That was the theme for First Capital Federal Credit Union's booth during the 2014 International Business & Workforce Expo on April 29 and 30. First Capital utilized an umbrella with foam raindrops attached to it which had our current auto, home equity, etc. rates on them. There were also pots of flowers with One Million Dollar bills growing out of them. The bills contained wildflower seeds which folks could plant in their gardens at home. First Capital gave away umbrellas during Networking Night on the 29. And, the one million dollar bills containing seeds were given out during the event on April 30.

"The theme was a hit with attendees because it was pouring down rain during the entire two-day show," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "People loved that we had umbrellas to hand out as well as the seed bills."

This year's Expo featured domestic and international businesses, an International Trade Conference as well as student groups who visited various booths to learn more about job opportunities available to them.

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First Capital FCU Protects Your Credit!

York, PA – On April 1, 8 and 10, 2014, First Capital Federal Credit Union held 'Protect Your Credit' events, one at each branch, to pull members' credit reports to check for fraud. Coming off of the heels of an attempted identity theft at one of our branches (we helped police nab the fraudster), these events are just one more way First Capital is going the extra mile to make sure you are protected.

"Oftentimes people get caught up in the business of life and don't take the time to check their credit report," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "But, First Capital is taking steps to change that."

Dozens of people came out for the events to take advantage of the opportunity to sit down with a Member Service Officer who reviewed their credit report with them, explained what was on it and made sure everything was reporting correctly. Snacks were provided and those who attended the event were entered to win a $100 Visa Gift Card.

This is the first time First Capital has scheduled an evening event for credit checks, but we do offer this service every day free of charge. In all, the event raised awareness and helped some save money.

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Superheroes battle it out at this year's Office Olympix!

York, PA – Superheroes overpowered downtown York on April 24, 2014 as they battled it out in the 26th Annual Easter Seals' Office Olympix event. Teams of superheroes from local businesses competed in a variety of games from 6:30 – 8:45 p.m. at the Valencia Ballroom located at 142 North George Street. In addition, they also had the opportunity to meet the Easter Seals' Ambassador Kids and learn more about the Easter Seals mission. To further support the Easter Seals mission, this year, special guests Dave and Angie Kot, spoke about their non-profit, "Autism at Face Value." They were on hand to sign their comic book which is written about an autistic superhero. Dave also donated a portion of last night's comic book sales to Easter Seals. The event was a great success bringing in over $33,000 for Easter Seals of Western and Central Pennsylvania.

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First Capital's Money Marvels play the Radio Replay game run by Liz Bell and the WARM 103.3 staff.


February 2014

First Capital FCU and York Chapter of Credit Unions Win 2nd Place Awards in National Competition!

York, PA – On February 26, 2014 in Washington D.C., First Capital Federal Credit Union received 2nd place for CUNA's Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award. This award recognized the success of First Capital's Deep Sea Savers and Rock Star Super Savers programs, and the benefits they provide our young members.

During the evening, we also celebrated the York County Chapter of Credit Unions' 2nd place Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award for the Homes for Our Troops benefit concert held on September 11, 2012.

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A Tubing Adventure with Scuba Sammy and Roxy Rockstar!

York, PA – On Saturday, February 22, 2014, staff and members of First Capital Federal Credit Union enjoyed a day of tubing at Heritage Hills AvalancheXpress™.

"AvalancheXpress Day was quite a hit," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "We offered free tickets to our Deep Sea Savers and Rock Star Super Savers to say thank you for being a member of the Credit Union. In all, about 60 people came out to play in the snow."

First Capital employees, who serve on the Youth committee, organized and worked the event. Activities included a bean bag toss, sand art, and a magnet coloring station. Folks also enjoyed cookies, cocoa, coffee and water and a place to relax between tubing runs. Roxy Rockstar and Scuba Sammy, the mascots for our youth program, were on hand to take part in the fun and games.

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Roxy Rockstar and Scuba Sammy have fun during AvalancheXpress Day.

First Capital FCU Hosts YCCVB Networking Breakfast!

York, PA – On Wednesday, February 12, 2014, First Capital Federal Credit Union hosted a valentine-themed networking breakfast in conjunction with the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau (YCCVB). Nearly 30 members of the YCCVB from various businesses in the community came out for the event. Aside from breakfast and networking, members had the opportunity to tour First Capital's South York Branch, the first LEED® Gold certified financial institution in York County.

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YCCVB members enjoy the networking breakfast held at First Capital Federal Credit Unions' 'Green' Branch.

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YCCVB members tour First Capital's 'Green' Branch.


January 2014

Helping Children Stay Warm This Winter!

York, PA – On Thursday, January 16, 2014, First Capital Federal Credit Union's VP of Lending, Sue DeStephano and Amber Zorbaugh, Card Services Specialist donated hats, mittens, scarves and socks to the Children's Home of York. The cold weather gear was donated by members and staff during the holidays and placed on our Hat & Mitten tree until donation time. In addition to the hats and mitten, First Capital also donated a check for nearly $400.00 to the Home. The money was raised during our 4th Quarter 2013 credit card campaign. For every approved card, First Capital donated $2.00 to charity. Nance Montgomery, Development Coordinator for the Children's Home of York was on hand to accept our donations.

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Sue DeStephano, VP of Lending and Amber Zorbaugh, Card Services Specialist provide Nance Montgomery, Development Coordinator for the Children's Home of York with cold weather gear and a check for nearly $400 to help the children they serve stay warm this winter.

First Capital FCU Thwarts Identity Thief!

York, PA – On Friday, January 10, 2014, a man came into First Capital Federal Credit Union asking to become a member and apply for a loan. He claimed to live in Ohio, but work locally. During the interview process, he could not tell us the name of the friend who referred him to us. He also could not answer why he had certain items on his credit report. Lastly, the pay stub he produced had inconsistencies. All of this raised red flags for the Member Service Officer who was working with the man. After he left, First Capital FCU contacted Springettsbury Township police and told them about the situation. We then set up a sting operation with the police over a two-day period. The man came into the Credit Union on Tuesday to sign his paperwork…and police were waiting. Once signed, the police placed him into custody.

At this time, Springettsbury Township police have charged the man with criminal identity theft, forgery, among other charges. He is in the York County prison on $250,000 bail.

"Coming on the heels of the Target breach, it's great to know how a local financial institution and the police are taking steps to stop these identity thieves," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "I'm so proud of our team for not just denying the man membership and allowing him to walk away and potentially hit another financial institution, but to actually stop him from targeting another institution and victim."

Providing Financial Literacy to Students!

York, PA – On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, First Capital Federal Credit Union staff volunteered as financial advisors for Junior Achievement's, The Challenge at Finance Park™. The Finance Park simulation focuses on financial literacy. Each student is given a life scenario which includes his/her age, job, salary, family status, etc. Students then choose a vehicle, a home to rent, a cell phone plan, and furniture to purchase, among others. The goal is to budget their money to live within their means. They had to make hard hitting, real financial decisions on the fly. "It was really interesting to see the decisions each student made," said Tara Houser, First Capital FCU's VP of Marketing. "At times, the volunteers had to question whether the decision that was made was the best one and help guide the student down a different path."

Each volunteer worked with 6-7 students from Central York and Susquehannock High Schools. The students arrived at 9:00 a.m. and the day wrapped up around 1:00 p.m.

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Students from Central York and Susquehannock High Schools take the Challenge at Finance Park and receive guidance from volunteers from First Captal Federal Credit Union.

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December 2013

First Capital Members & Employees Bring Christmas to Those in Need!

York, PA – Christmas is a time of giving and members and employees of First Capital Federal Credit Union have certainly gotten into the spirit. Dozens of toys have shown up at each First Capital branch daily to be donated to Toys for Tots, a program created by the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve to help needy children. Hats and mittens are also starting to fill up the hat and mitten tree. The cold weather gear will later be donated to Family-Child Resources and the Children's Home of York to help children in need. In addition, canned goods are being collected for the York County Food Bank. In November we made the first delivery to the York County Food Bank and it totaled 108 pounds of assorted food. "It's a busy time of year, but First Capital employees and members continue to open their hearts and wallets to help others," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "That's what the credit union philosophy of People Helping People is all about!"

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Sue DeStephano places toys donated by her BUNCO group into the Toys for Tots bins.

First Capital Helps Children in Crisis!

York, PA – On December 11, 2013, First Capital Federal Credit Union held its holiday party during which we raffled off baskets to support the Lehman Center. The baskets were made up of items donated by our staff, Select Employee Groups, and others affiliated with the Credit Union. The baskets were all unique in that each was themed and included everything from gift cards and food to a Kindle Fire HD and DVDs. Employees purchased tickets or brought in donations to receive tickets to enter to win a basket. In all, the basket raffle raised $1,041.00 and provided dozens of wish list items to the Lehman Center, one of three "crisis nursery" locations in the York/Adams County area. The center offers emergency respite care for children birth through six years of age in a 24-hour crisis nursery, art and child-centered therapy, family advocate services, and parent support groups. This is all part of First Capital's commitment to the community.

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Michele Wherley, HR/Training Manager presents a check for $1,041.00 to Michele McWatters, Parent Support Group/Volunteer Coordinator and Martha Martin, Center Director.

November 2013

First Capital FCU Wins National Award!

The efforts of Pennsylvania credit unions were recognized nationally as five credit unions and the York Chapter won awards in this year's national Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service and Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Awards. In addition, there were two Honorable Mentions. The recipients are as follows:

Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service

  • First Place in the $5-20 million category: Keystone United Methodist FCU
  • Second Place in the $50-$100 million category: HealthCare First Credit Union
  • First Place in the $200-500 million category: Merck Sharp & Dohme FCU
  • Second Place in the Chapter category: York Chapter
  • Honorable Mention in the More than $1 Billion category: TruMark Financial Credit Union

Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Awards

  • Second Place in the $50-250 million category: First Capital FCU
  • Second Place in the More than $1 billion category: TruMark Financial Credit Union

In addition, HealthCare First Credit Union was awarded an Honorable Mention in the $50-150 million category of the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award.

The winners will be honored during a reception at the CUNA 2014 Governmental Affairs Conference, February 26, in Washington, D.C.

October 2013

First Capital FCU Holds Member Benefit Day as Part of International Credit Union Day!

York, PA - First Capital Federal Credit Union celebrated International Credit Union Day with a special Member Benefit Day on Thursday, October 17, 2013. Three vendors took part in the day at First Capital's Main Office located at 1601 Kenneth Road, York - Liberty Mutual, Enterprise Car Sales, and Sprint - each touting the benefits they provide to members. "A lot of our members don't realize the many benefits available to them through the Credit Union," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. This day is designed to showcase those relationships and help our members realize how valuable their membership really is." Special items sold at First Capital like discounted movie tickets, Visa Gift Cards, and coins, were on display at the First Capital table. Members also had the opportunity to enter a drawing for door prizes. And members didn't walk away hungry, a chili cookoff was held from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tastes cost $.25 and a bowl of chili was $2.00. In all, $122.25 was raised and will be given to the Children's Home of York. In addition to the chili there was popcorn and cookies. Free document shredding and a blood drive were also part of the special day.

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A member stops by First Capital's table during Member Benefit Day.

First Capital Employees Pitch In at Leg Up Farm

York, PA – First Capital Federal Credit Union staff spent Employee Enrichment Day working at Leg Up Farm, a non-profit therapy center for children with disabilities and developmental delays. The team arrived at Leg Up Farm in the morning and heard from Louie Castriota, President of Leg Up Farm. He told how the Farm began and his mission to help children. After his talk, we toured the facility and learned more about how they educate and work with the children. After the tour, it was down to work. Some staff helped prepare items for the Silent Auction to be held at the Leg Up Farm Open House on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Others helped wipe down horse stalls and the wood in the arena, cleaned windows and picked up horse poop in the pastures. After lunch, the staff was back to work. We pulled weeds, stained chairs, swept the parking lot, anything that was needed to help beautify the area. "First Capital FCU may be closed on Columbus Day, but the staff was still hard at work," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "We use Columbus Day each year for enrichment whether that's training, team building, or helping out other businesses in our community." What a rewarding day!

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Dale Rexrode and Devan DeShong stain chairs as part of Employee Enrichment Day.

August 2013

Sue DeStephano Represents First Capital FCU on PA Newsmakers!

On August 28, 2013, Sue DeStephano, VP of Lending, represented First Capital FCU at a taping of Pennsylvania Newsmakers. She spoke with Dr. Terry Madonna, Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, and Russell Evans, Assistant Vice President Business Development at the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, about the rising cost of higher education and what student loan options are currently available. Sue also discussed First Capital's private student loan program, CU Student Choice, and how it is an option when there is a funding GAP remaining after federal aid and scholarships have been awarded. The show will air on WGAL Channel 8 on Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 7:30 a.m.

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Dr. Terry Madonna, Sue DeStephano and Russell Evans talk about student loans on Pennsylvania Newsmakers.

First Capital FCU named Best Credit Union in York in Susquehanna Style Magazine.

York, PA - On August 15, 2013, Tara Houser, VP of Marketing, and Sue DeStephano, VP of Lending, represented First Capital FCU at Susquehanna Style Magazine's Best of York celebration held at the Yorktowne Hotel. Local caterers and bakers provided food for the event while other vendors set up table displays with information about their services, coupons and giveaways. The evening was filled with music, games, and a slide show presentation of all the winners. First Capital's named was listed as York's Best Credit Union. Hundreds of people representing other companies named 'Best of York' also attended the event.

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Tara Houser, VP of Marketing, and Sue DeStephano, VP of Lending, represent First Capital FCU at the Best of York celebration.

July 2013

Scuba Sammy and Roxy Rockstar Celebrate Their First Birthday!

York, PA – On Saturday, July 27, 2013, First Capital Federal Credit Union threw Scuba Sammy and Roxy Rockstar, the mascots for our youth program, the Ultimate Birthday Bash at The York Revolution baseball game.

"The Birthday Bash was quite a hit," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "We offered free tickets to the game to all of our Deep Sea Savers and Rock Star Super Savers to help us celebrate our youth programs 1st birthday. In all, nearly 50 people attended the game."

First Capital employees, who serve on the Gen Y committee, organized and worked the event. Activities included face painting, sand art, and a prize wheel…and they also enjoyed a two hour all-you-can-eat buffet which included pizza, hot dogs, applesauce, chips and animal crackers. Scuba Sammy and Roxy Rockstar were there to meet and entertain the children, as well! In between having fun with the activities, enjoying a warm slice of pizza, and meeting Sammy and Roxy, the youth also had the opportunity to sing happy birthday to our mascots and bite into a delicious piece of cake!

Unfortunately the game was delayed due to rain, but the families had fun with the activities and enjoyed the food. And, they even received a voucher to attend another game this season.

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Our young members sing Happy Birthday to Roxy Rockstar and Scuba Sammy!

June 2013

The Book Nook Bonanza 2013 Raises $60,000 to Help Keep Children SAFE!

York, PA – On June 21-23, 2013, First Capital Federal Credit Union staff volunteered their time at the York Hospital Auxiliary's Book Nook Bonanza 2013. This year's Book Nook offered more than 250,000 books, hundreds of magazines, as well as VHS, DVD, albums and tapes for low prices. In all, the three-day sale, held at the York City Ice Arena, raised more than $60,000.00. The money will be used to support the Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) Nurse Team. SAFE Nurses are specially trained professionals who understand the delicate nature of abuse against children. They perform the exams; make recommendations or referrals for further treatment and caregiver support groups.

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Book lovers come out in force for Book Nook Bonanza 2013.

Crispus Attucks Gets a Fresh Look During the United Way Day of Action!

York, PA – On Friday, June 21, 2013 First Capital Federal Credit Union took part in the United Way Day of Action. The Day of Action is one of the largest volunteer events in York County. More than 500 individuals participated in over 75 projects at local agencies. And, managers at First Capital did their part to help out by painting at the Crispus Attucks home in York.

"The folks at Crispus Attucks were great to work with. They painted the 3rd story windows while we handled the 1st and 2nd floor ones, said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "It was a great opportunity to get out in the community and live our mission of people helping people."

The Crispus Attucks Association of York is a non-profit that provides education services, human services, community development, and affordable housing to enhance the quality of life for a diverse population. Founded in 1931, Crispus Attucks takes its name from hero, Crispus Attucks, a freed slave and African American who was among the first to die in the American Revolution at the Boston Massacre.

The First Capital team paints woodwork at the Crispus Attucks home in York.

May 2013

First Capital FCU Competes in the 37th Youth Ambassador of Pennsylvania Contest!

York, PA - On May 17, 2013 the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association held their 37th annual Youth Ambassador of Pennsylvania Contest at the Hershey Lodge. Fourteen young, enthusiastic credit union employees and members ranging in age from 18 to 25 from around the state competed for the title of "2013 Youth Ambassador." Contestants were judged on three things…a written examination, interviews with the judges, and their speech. Representing the York Chapter of Credit Unions was our very own Member Service Representative, Olivia McClure. Although Olivia did not win, her performance during the contest made First Capital very proud.

The title of 2013 Credit Union Youth Ambassador of Pennsylvania went to Mike Williams of the Erie Chapter and Widget FCU. First Alternate was Rebecca Frischkorn of the Harrisburg Chapter and AmeriChoice FCU. Second Alternate was Nick Jones of the N.W. Susquehanna Chapter and Service 1st FCU.

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Olivia McClure represents First Capital FCU and the York Chapter of Credit Unions during the Youth Ambassador Contest.

You Can Be a STAR at First Capital FCU!

York, PA – You too can be a STAR at First Capital Federal Credit Union. During the 2013 International Business & Workforce Expo on May 7 and 8, First Capital showcased its new Star RewardsSM program. "We had a photo booth set up for attendees to dress up in funny hats, boas, sunglasses, etc." said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "We wanted them to have fun, but also wanted a unique way to share the message that they could be a star at First Capital." Attendees received a copy of their photos with a message from First Capital and our web address for more information.

Star Rewards is First Capital's new program to encourage member engagement. Members are placed in a one-star, two-star or three-star tier. Their tier level is determined by length of time as a member as well as the products and services they use. The higher the star level, the greater the rewards!

New at the Expo this year, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett stopped by the newly renamed UTZ Arena at the York Fairgrounds, to open the Expo. The Expo also featured domestic and international businesses, an International Trade Conference as well as student groups who visited various booths to learn more about job opportunities available to them.

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Dennis Flickinger, President/CEO promotes First Capital's booth at the Expo.

First Capital FCU Awards Two Scholarships to Members!

York, PA- First Capital Federal Credit Union is very proud to announce Sarah Berger and Jakyra Simpson as its 2013 Scholarship Winners. Both winners recently visited First Capital to receive their checks for $500 to be used towards their first year of schooling.

"It's great to be able to give this money to Sarah and Jakyra to help them accomplish their educational goals," said Dennis Flickinger, President/CEO. "We know they'll go far."

Sarah is an Honors student from Dallastown Area High School. She will enter Point Park University this Fall and pursue a degree in photojournalism. Her dream job is to one day work for National Geographic. Sarah is a member of the National Honor Society, is editor of her school newspaper, works on the school's literary magazine and participates in chorus, and the high school musical. She is also a mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Jakyra is an Honors student from New Hope Academy Charter School. She will enter Indiana University of Pennsylvania this Fall and pursue a degree in pharmacy. Jakyra is involved in Theater Club, is on the yearbook committee, part of the school spirit club and Student Council. She is very active in her community and helps out at the Martin Library and Crispus Attucks.

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Sarah accepts her check from Dennis Flickinger, President/CEO of First Capital. Jakyra stopped by First Capital to accept her check from Dennis Flickinger.

April 2013

Rockin' 25 Years for Office Olympix!

York, PA – There is "No Doubt" that Office Olympix which took place on April 25th was an amazing event. Nearly 40 teams from York area businesses took a "Journey" to the Valencia Ballroom to compete in the event. Dressed as their favorite rock bands, this "Motley Crue" competed from 6:30 pm – 9:00 p.m. in Olympic-style games in hopes of not feeling the "Sting" of losing. Food and drinks were provided before the games began then pizza was brought in at the end of the evening. The evening wrapped up with the announcement of game winners, top fundraisers, and raffle winners.

Participants also had the opportunity to meet some Easter Seals' kids, and learn more about the Easter Seals mission. "Although this is a fun event, the most important part is knowing we're helping local children and adults with disabilities and special needs gain opportunities for independence," said Tara Houser, Office Olympix chair. In all, the event raised more than $35,000 for Easter Seals, a new record for the event.

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Helen and Jenna, dressed as The Village People, participate in the Office Chair Relay!

February 2013

First Capital FCU Supports the Go Red for Women Movement!

York, PA - On February 1, 2013, First Capital staff wore red to support the Go Red for Women movement. In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute created National Wear Red Day to take action against heart disease, the number one killer of women. Millions of people all across the country took part in the special awareness day.

First Capital staff wore red to support the Go Red for Women movement.

January 2013

First Capital FCU Kicks Off 2013 Seminar Series!

York, PA – On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, First Capital FCU held the first seminar in its brand new 2013 seminar series. The Couponing 101 seminar featured Lisa Barshinger, Business Development Representative and avid couponer as she showed guests how to save money and become savvier shoppers without too much work. In all, we had nearly 40 people in attendance for the seminar. On February 13th, Enterprise Car Sales will be here to talk about Used Car Buying. A few other upcoming topics in the seminar series include 5 Questions You Must Ask Your Insurance Company, Financial Freedom and Budgeting. You can find a complete listing of our upcoming seminars and information on how to register on our website at www.firstcapitalfcu.com.

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Lisa Barshinger provides couponing information to seminar guests.

2012

December 2012

First Capital Employees Bring Christmas to a Family in Need!

York, PA – Employees of First Capital Federal Credit Union have kept up their annual tradition and adopted a family from the Bell Family Shelter, a 30-day emergency shelter serving homeless families in York County.

"It's really a wonderful reflection on our employees that we are able to adopt a family again this year," says Michele Wherley, Human Resources/Training Manager. "We are living our mission statement of putting the financial wellbeing of our members and dedication to our community FIRST."

On Wednesday, December 19, 2012, Eric and his daughter Paige, stopped by First Capital to express their appreciation and to accept the presents for their family.

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Michele Wherley, First Capital; Diana Moye, Bell Socialization Services; Paige and Eric, Adopted Family

First Capital Helps Fight Cancer!

York, PA – On December 5, 2012, First Capital Federal Credit Union held a silent auction during its holiday party. The silent auction was made up of items donated by our Select Employee Groups and others affiliated with the C.U., and ranging from a framed picture and signed baseball to gift cards and duffle bags. Employees bid on the items all evening and in all raised $1,835 for the York Cancer Center. The money will be used to help cancer patients in York County pay their utilities and fuel bills this winter, as well as purchase food.

This was all part of First Capital's commitment to our No One Fights Alone Campaign. The campaign started with a desire to help two employees battling cancer and expanded beyond that. Since 2011, First Capital has raised over $7,000. That money has gone to towards cancer research and helping those locally who are battling the disease.

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Dennis Flickinger, President/CEO presents the check for $1,835 to Peggy Tilton from the York Cancer Center.

First Capital Members & Employees Bring Christmas to Those in Need!

York, PA – Christmas is a time of giving and members and employees of First Capital Federal Credit Union have certainly gotten into the spirit. Dozens of toys are showing up at each First Capital branch daily to be donated to Toys for Tots, a program created by the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve to help needy children. Hats and mittens are also starting to fill up the hat and mitten tree. The cold weather gear will later be donated to Family-Child Resources and the Children's Home of York to help children in need. In addition, canned goods are being collected for the York County Food Bank. "It's a busy time of year, but First Capital employees and members continue to open their hearts and wallets to help others," said Tara Houser, Director of Marketing. "That's what the credit union philosophy of People Helping People is all about!"

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Members drop off hundreds of toys for Toys for Tots!

First Capital Employees Raise Money for Superstorm Sandy Victims!

York, PA – First Capital Federal Credit Union staff dressed in jeans and First Capital shirts on Friday, November 9, 2012 to raise money for Superstorm Sandy victims. Two hundred and fifteen dollars was raised by employees who each paid $5 to wear jeans that day. Additionally, canisters provided by the American Red Cross were put out at each branch to raise even more money. The canisters were returned to the Red Cross on Friday, December 14th. The money raised will be used for meals and snacks and relief items such as clean-up kits and hygiene kits.

Providing Financial Literacy to Students!

York, PA – On Friday, December 7, 2012, two employees from First Capital Federal Credit Union volunteered as financial advisors for Junior Achievement's, The Challenge at Finance Park™. The Finance Park simulation focuses on financial literacy. Each student is given a life scenario which includes his/her age, job, salary, family status, etc. Students then choose a vehicle, a home to rent, a cell phone plan, and furniture to purchase, among others. The goal is to budget their money to live within their means. They had to make hard hitting, real financial decisions on the fly. "It was really interesting to see the decisions each student made," said Tara Houser, First Capital FCU's Marketing Director. "At times the volunteers had to question whether the decision that was made was the best one and help guide the student down a different path."

Each volunteer worked with 3 to 4 students. Friday's group was Sophomores and Juniors from Dover High School. The students arrived at 9:00 a.m. and the day wrapped up around 1:00 p.m.

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Tara Houser, Marketing Director, works with students from Dover High School during JA's Challenge at Finance Park.


October 2012

First Capital Holds Member Benefit Day! Benefits the Banks Can't Match!

York, PA - First Capital Federal Credit Union celebrated International Credit Union Day with a Member Benefit Day and Enterprise Car Sale on Thursday, October 18, 2012. Six vendors took part in the day at First Capital's Main Office located at 1601 Kenneth Road, York - Liberty Mutual, CUNA Mutual Group, Enterprise Car Sales, Sprint, the Family Security Plan and Bailey Coach - each touting the discounts or benefits they provide to members. "A lot of our members don't realize the many benefits available to them through the Credit Union, said Tara Houser, Marketing Director. This day is designed to showcase those relationships and help our members realize how valuable their membership really is. Special items sold at First Capital like discounted movie tickets, Visa Gift Cards, and coins, were on display at the First Capital table. Members also had the opportunity to enter a drawing for door prizes. And members didn't walk away hungry, First Capital and Enterprise provided lunch consisting of hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, chips, cookies and drinks to employees and members alike.

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First Capital's table display during Member Benefit Day.


September 2012

First Capital FCU Promotes New Youth Programs at Saturday in the Park!

York, PA - First Capital Federal Credit Union staff worked Springettsbury Township's Saturday in the Park event on September 29, 2012. The team had a duck pond grab game for those ages 13 and younger, and a coin guessing game for 14-25 year olds. Adults could enter a drawing to win a VISA gift card and a coffee mug. Throughout the day, the First Capital booth was visited by many parents and children and a lot of information on our new youth programs as well as toys was given out.

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Mary Corbin works the First Capital booth.

The York Chapter of Credit Unions hosts Benefit Concert!

York, PA On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, the York Chapter of Credit Unions sponsored a concert at the Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center titled "HONORING OUR COUNTRY'S HEROES." The concert featured well-known musician, John Sebastian, with special guests Cooney & Eliot, and benefitted Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping America's wounded warriors obtain suitable housing so they can resume a normal life.

The York Chapter of Credit Unions, an organization of not-for-profit financial institutions whose guiding philosophy has always been "People Helping People," partnered with Homes for Our Troops to raise funds in order to build a home for a LOCAL soldier who was wounded and left handicapped in the service to our Country.

The event began at 7 p.m. with the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance and Presentation of Colors followed by the musical acts. There was a special 'meet and greet' with John Sebastian and Cooney & Eliot after the performance. A special reception for local dignitaries, event sponsors, and Credit Union CEOs was held prior to the concert. Donations during the evening totaled more than $400. And, ticket sales amounted to roughly $5,000. All proceeds will be donated to roughly $5,000. All proceeds will be donated to Homes for Our Troops.

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John Sebastian performs.

First Capital Federal Credit Union Awarded Prestigious LEED® GOLD Certification!

York, PA First Capital Federal Credit Union has been awarded LEED® GOLD Certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. And, the facility is the first retail facility in York to receive Gold status.

Built by Henderson Construction Services of York, the one-story, 4,160-square-foot building, located at 2602 Course Road in York Township opened in August 2009.

"This facility is a great example of what a retail financial institution can do to have minimal adverse impact on the environment, said Stewart C. Cluck, Architect. "It should be the model for other retail facilities to follow."

First Capital achieved LEED GOLD Certification for its South York Branch because of its energy, lighting, water and material use as well as how it incorporates a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

"With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC's vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation, said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. As the newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, First Capital Federal Credit Union is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement.

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Senior Managers and Board Members with our newly installed LEED GOLD plaque.

This Wedding's a Hit!

York, Pa -On Saturday, September 1, 2012 First Capital Federal Credit Union sponsored the 6th annual Wedding Night at the York Revolution baseball game. Dave and Abby Fritz, season ticket holders, were chosen as the lucky couple to exchange "I Do's" before the game. The couple also received a free reception with friends and family and took part in the first pitch. First Capital, as the wedding night sponsor, also had the opportunity to participate in events throughout the night. Sue DeStephano, VP of Lending threw out the first pitch; Dennis Flickinger, President/CEO, presented the bride and groom with a gift from First Capital; and Scuba Sammy, "our new Deep Sea Savers mascot, made an appearance at the First Capital table.

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Scuba Sammy makes an appearance at the First Capital table.


June 2012

"New Venue, New Books, and a New Record! Book Nook Bonanza 2012 Ends in Success!"

at the York Hospital Auxiliary's Book Nook Bonanza 2012. This year's Book Nook offered more than 250,000 books, hundreds of magazines, as well as VHS, DVD, albums and tapes for low prices. These items are donated by the York community throughout the year. In all, the three-day sale, held at the York City Ice Arena, raised more than $65,000.00. That's one of the highest amounts ever raised from the annual event. That money will be used for Camp Green Zone, an asthma camp for children, as well as for Vision Therapy Equipment.

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Kayla Lewis, Member Service Representative at First Capital FCU and Book Nook volunteer, stamps hands as people enter the Book Nook Bonanza sale.

First Capital FCU Takes Part in the United Way's Day of Action!

On Thursday, June 21, 2012 First Capital Federal Credit Union took part in the United Way's Day of Action. The Day of Action is one of the largest volunteer events in York County. More than 500 individuals participated in over 75 projects at local agencies. And, managers at First Capital and 3 York Catholic students did their part to help out by weeding and mulching around the Margaret E. Moul Home.

"It was hot, but our projects were accomplished in a timely manner," said Tara Houser, Marketing Director. "We drank plenty of water and Gatorade and even enjoyed popsicles provided by the Home after our work was completed. Those at the Margaret E. Moul Home were very appreciative of our efforts and it was a very rewarding experience for us."

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Tara Houser, Alicia Venable, Sharon Miller, Eli, Becky Braun, Alex, Joseph Braun, Linda Thompson, Bill Pacacha, Wendy Spangler, Wendy Tawney

2012 Scholarship Winners

First Capital Federal Credit Union is very proud to announce Ellen Hendrix and Jade Williams as its 2012 Scholarship Winners. Both winners recently visited First Capital to receive their checks for $500 to be used towards their first year of schooling.

"It's great to be able to give this money to Ellen and Jade to help them accomplish their educational goals," said Dennis Flickinger, President/CEO. "We know they'll go far."

Ellen is an Honors student from Dallastown Area High School. She will enter Franklin and Marshall College this Fall and pursue a degree in the sciences. From there she plans to continue her education then work with the Peace Corps or Doctors Without Borders. Ellen is a member of the National Honor Society and has won numerous awards in local Science Fairs. She also plays Varsity Field Hockey and Lacrosse; and is involved in the musicals, concert choir, and Student Council.

Jade is an Honors student from West York High School. She will enter the University of Pittsburgh this Fall and pursue a medical career as a pediatrician. Jade is involved in the National Honor Society, and Student Council. She is also on the Varsity Volleyball and Lacrosse Teams. She is very active in her community and helps out at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen and serves as a Sunday School Teacher at her church.

Congratulations again to Ellen and Jade and good luck in school this coming Fall.

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Congratulations to Ellen and Jade


May 2012

Janet Fleming Competes in the PA State Youth Ambassador Competition!

York, PA - On May 20, 2012 the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association held their 36th annual Youth Ambassador Contest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Wyndham Grand. Thirteen young, enthusiastic credit union employees and members ranging in age from 17 to 25 from around the state competed for the title of "2012 Youth Ambassador."

Contestants were judged on three things a written examination, interviews with the judges, and their speech. Representing the York Chapter of Credit Unions was our very own Member Service Officer, Janet Fleming. Although Janet did not win, her performance during the contest made First Capital very proud.

Winners: 2012 Youth Ambassador:

  • April Singleton, Citadel Federal Credit Union
  • First Alternate: Andrea Graver, Pittsburgh Central Federal Credit Union
  • Second Alternate: Matthew Lynn, TruMark Financial Credit Union

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Several Credit Union Friends and Staff Members Cheer Janet on during the Contest!

First Capital FCU Volunteers with Junior Achievement to Provide Financial Literacy to Students!

Each volunteer worked with 4 to 6 students. Friday's group was Juniors and Seniors from Eastern York High School. The students arrived at 9 am and the day wrapped up around 1 pm.

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Sue DeStephano, VP of Lending, works with six Eastern York High School students during The Challenge at Finance Park.


April 2012

York County Credit Unions Join Forces for an Enterprise Car Sale!

York, PA- Five credit unions in York County teamed up for the Spring It On! Enterprise Used Auto Sales Event April 27 & 28, 2012. The event was held in the Toyota Arena at the York Expo Center and featured more than 100 Enterprise Cars for sale. Members who were pre-approved for a loan and purchased a vehicle also received $500 in their account, courtesy of Enterprise. Plus, those who came out on Friday night were also entered to win door prizes donated by each credit union. First Capital Federal Credit Union, AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union, New Cumberland Federal Credit Union, White Rose Community Credit Union and York Educational Federal Credit Union took part in the sale and together sold a total of 29 vehicles.

In addition, the Credit Unions also used the sale to promote safe document destruction by providing FREE shredding for four hours on Saturday.

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First Capital's booth at the Enterprise Car Sale.

First Capital FCU Participates in Office Olympix!

York, PA - It was like a step back in time for this year's Office Olympix. Thirty-six teams from York area businesses, dressed as characters from their favorite television shows, competed on Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm to see who could win the Olympix games and raise the most money for Easter Seals. The event took place at the Valencia Ballroom in York. The evening started off with a buffet dinner for all attendees and a parade by the Easter Seals- Ambassador Kids. Then, the games began. There were 8 games to take part in including "Racin' to the Jon" and Ping Pong Relay. First Capital Federal Credit Union came in 1st place in fundraising, raising nearly $1,500 for Easter Seals. "Although this was a fun event, the most important part is knowing we're helping local children and adults with disabilities and special needs gain opportunities for independence," said Tara Houser, Office Olympix co-chair. "First Capital Federal Credit Union is proud to sponsor the event." In all, the event raised $31,370 for Easter Seals.

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First Capital is named the top fundraiser for Office Olympix.

CU Superheroes Invade First Capital FCU!

York, PA- To celebrate National Youth Week and this year's theme of 'Be a Credit Union Super Saver', First Capital FCU is asking its staff and young super savers to dress up as their favorite superheroes for a chance at a special prize and their photo posted on Facebook. Some First Capital staff members kicked off the week in their favorite costumes. Super Teller Jess took home the prize for best dressed and received two movie tickets for her creative costume. Additionally this month, children (ages 2-12) who deposit $25.00 or more in one transaction are invited to earn some extra cash. With one hand they can reach into our coin cache and pull out a handful of coins which will also be deposited into their accounts. Not to be left out, there's something for teens the month of April too. For every deposit of $25, teens will be entered into a drawing to win a super movie prize package which includes two movie tickets, a 'superhero' DVD and candy.

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Check out Super Teller Jess. She is getting into the spirit of Youth Week.


February 2012

First Capital FCU Supports the Go Red for Women Movement!

York, PA - On February 3, 2012, First Capital staff members wore red to support the Go Red for Women movement. The movement was founded by the American Heart Association to fight back against heart disease and stroke, the number one killer of American women. Millions of people all across the country took part in this special awareness day.

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Left to right: Anna Hartman, Alicia Venable, Janet Fleming, Cathy Nelson, Sharon Miller, Amber Renick, Sue DeStephano, Neela Joshi, Gnanu Ayysola, Sheryl Keyton, Lisa Day, Judy Wire, Susan Theophel In front: Tara Houser, Helen Eisenhart

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