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Oswego County Federal Credit Union Offices Close Jan. 25 For Move Into New Oswego Office

“All of our offices will be closing on Jan. 25 at noon while we move into our new office at East Fourth and Bridge streets in Oswego,” said Bill Carhart, Oswego County Federal Credit Union CEO. “ During this weekend (1/25/13-1/28/13) there will also be an interruption in the Online Banking Platform. All offices will be open for business as usual on Jan. 28. We look forward to serving you in our new location and thank you for your patience.

“Our new office will replace our East Seventh Street location and provide our members with even more reasons to join us. It is about 3,500 square feet—more than twice the size of our East Seventh office—features two drive-through lanes and a drive-through ATM, among other member amenities.

All of our offices will be closing on Friday, Jan. 25 at noon while we move into our new office at E. 4th and Bridge St. (above) in Oswego,” said Bill Carhart, OCFCU CEO. “ During this weekend (1/25/13-1/28/13) there will also be an interruption in the Online Banking Platform. All offices will be open for business as usual on Monday, Jan. 28. We look forward to serving you in our new location and thank you for your patience.”

All of our offices will be closing on Friday, Jan. 25 at noon while we move into our new office at E. 4th and Bridge St. (above) in Oswego,” said Bill Carhart, OCFCU CEO. “ During this weekend (1/25/13-1/28/13) there will also be an interruption in the Online Banking Platform. All offices will be open for business as usual on Monday, Jan. 28. We look forward to serving you in our new location and thank you for your patience.”

In December 2010, OCFCU opened a brand new office in Mexico at 5828 Scenic Ave. (Route 3) where they converted and renovated the village’s former railroad depot into a modern credit union, Carhart said. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. The credit union’s third office is at 300 W. First St. in Oswego.

Founded in 1975, OCFCU is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative association, which serves more than 7,500 members from throughout Oswego County. OCFCU’s charter was revised in early 2007 so that anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Oswego County is eligible to join.

OCFCU’s 300 W. First St. office can be reached at 326-0138 and the new office will have the same number as the 175 E. Seventh St. office: 343-7822.  The 5530 Scenic Ave. (Route 3) Mexico office can be reached at 963-2722.  Further information can also be found online at www.oswegofcu.com

Oswego County FCU’s Avery Named as ‘Outstanding Ten under 40′ Board Member

Oswego County Federal Credit Union (OCFCU), recently announced that Atom Z. Avery, 33, a member of their board, has been recognized by the Sept. 2012 Credit Union Times as an outstanding leader, said Bill Carhart, OCFCU CEO.

“Atom is one of only ten credit union leaders across the country who received this honor,” Carhart said. According to the publication (www.cutimes.com): “Young, motivated and fearless, these 10 professionals…all have the same goal in mind: bring innovative ideas to credit unions and see that they achieve growth and success.”

Oswego County Federal Credit Union (OCFCU), recently announced that Atom Z. Avery, 33, a member of their board, has been recognized by the Sept. 2012 Credit Union Times as an outstanding leader, said Bill Carhart, OCFCU CEO.

“Atom has been invaluable in helping us develop an iPhone App, as well as an online program that allows our members to view all of their financial data,” Carhart said.

“I was surprised and honored when I heard the news,” Avery said. “ This has been a great board for me to serve on and I look forward to our continued success.”

Avery, an Oswego native, has owned Avery Rental Properties LLC since 1999 and All Season Inn Corp. since 2009. Among his properties is the Beacon Hotel, 75 W. Bridge St., Oswego, which is a renovated historic building.

“I have served on other boards in the past that were not my passion,” Avery said. “ I realized quickly that financing and helping our members achieve their dreams was something I wanted to be a part of.

“I think CU boards/committees need young voices to keep the committee abreast of new desires and the needs of the members at-large. For example, with changing technology, younger members often have fresh ideas and the energy to go after implementing them. There is tremendous knowledge and perspective, however, to be gained from older board members. I don’t believe a person’s age is as important as their willingness to listen to new ideas, learn from the past, and improve the present.”

In July, OCFCU announced construction of a new office on the corner of E. 4th and Bridge St., Oswego that will replace their 175 E. 7th St. office, Carhart said. It will be about, 3,500 sq. ft. —about twice the size of the E 7th. St. office—and it features two drive-through lanes and a drive-through ATM, among other member services. Construction will be completed in early winter this year.

In Dec. 2010, OCFCU opened a brand new office in Mexico at 5828 Scenic Ave. (Route 3) where they converted and renovated the village’s former railroad depot into a modern credit union, Carhart said. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. The credit union’s third office is at 300 W. 1st St. in Oswego.

Founded in 1975, OCFCU is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative association, which serves more than 6,300 members from throughout Oswego County. OCFCU’s charter was revised in early 2007 so that anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Oswego County is eligible to join.

OCFCU’s 300 W. 1st St. office can be reached at 326-0138 and the 175 E. 7th St. office can be reached at 343-7822.  The 5828 Scenic Ave. (Route 3) Mexico office can be reached at 963-2722. . Further information can also be found online at www.oswegofcu.org.

Oswego County Federal Credit Union, Make-A-Wish, Team Up For ‘Summer Of Dreams’

Oswego County Federal Credit Union (OCFCU), has partnered with Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central New York to raise $6,000 by Aug. 31 to grant a “wish” for an Oswego County Make –A-Wish child, said Bill Carhart, OCFCU CEO.

“We’re calling it our ‘Summer of Dreams,’” Carhart said. “We’ll be raising the money through donations at all our offices in exchange for special Oswego County Federal Credit Union “wish” apparel we’ve developed for this mission. For example: a $10 donation earns a credit union hat or embroidered grocery tote; a $20 donation earns a Retro ‘Pac-Man’ shirt; and a $30 donation earns a golf polo shirt—all available in a variety of sizes and colors.

Oswego County Federal Credit Union (OCFCU), has partnered with Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central NY to raise $6.000 and grant a “wish” for an Oswego County Make –A-Wish patient, said Bill Carhart, OCFCU CEO. In support of this campaign, OCFCU developed a television commercial taped at the Make-A-Wish Central NY Chapter offices that will air from June through August. Make-A-Wish child Kyle Ford, (center) of Fulton was in OCFCU’s commercial. Joining him are, from left: Olivia Colabufo, manager, program services for Make-A-Wish; Mary Greeney, OCFCU operations manager; Aimee Johnson, OCFCU senior lending officer; and Andrea Marshall, director of development for Make-A-Wish. Ford’s shirt is part of the selection of apparel created by OCFCU for people to receive in return for wish donations. For more information on Make-A-Wish, visit www.cny.wish.org.

“Every donor also receives a Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York calendar and the first 100 donors will also receive a free shirt with the  “I helped grant a wish” slogan on it with the credit union and Make-A-Wish logos. Every dollar that’s donated goes directly toward granting this wish. The credit union is providing the apparel at no cost to the donor or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “ Make-A-Wish Foundation will select the Oswego County wish child whose wish will be adopted.

“The support of Oswego County Federal Credit Union is helping us in three critical areas: raising money, raising awareness and supporting the Adopt-A-Wish® Program. Even more meaningful to me is Bill Carhart’s personal commitment as a former member of our Board of Trustees. Involving his team and the Oswego Community supports our mission and helps to share the power of a wish®”, said Diane Kuppermann, executive director, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York.

To-date, the Central NY chapter has granted more than 28 wishes since September 1, 2010 and has more than 55 wishes in process.  The organization has granted more than 207,000 wishes nationally.

According to their web site  (www.cny.wish.org): “Incorporated in 1985, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central New York, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to granting special wishes to children between the ages of 2-1/2 and 18 who are living with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. In granting a favorite wish, the Foundation strives to provide the wish child and family with extra-special memories of joy and laughter, which are in dramatic contrast to the hospital, doctors, and treatment programs. A wish offers a welcome respite – a time for just plain fun!

“The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York serves 15 counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga & Tompkins. Since 1985 the wishes of more than 1,270 special Central New York kids have come true.”

Founded in 1975, OCFCU is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative association, which serves more than 6,300 members from throughout Oswego County. OCFCU’s charter was revised in early 2007 so that anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Oswego County is eligible to join.

OCFCU has two offices in Oswego. The 300 W. 1st St. office can be reached at 326-0138 and the 175 E. 7th St. office can be reached at 343-7822.  The 5530 Scenic Ave. (Route 3) Mexico office can be reached at 963-2722. Further information can also be found online at www.oswegofcu.com.

Oswego County 4-H, Oswego County Opportunities, J.C. Penney Partner to Offer After School Program at Mexico Middle School

Debbie Holliday, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County Program Educator, assists a sixth grade Mexico Middle School student during a Rural After School Program (RASP) session at the school. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County’s 4-H Program has secured funding for the third consecutive year from a J.C. Penney grant to help provide after school programs in our community. This year, the J.C. Penney grant will help supplement funding for the Rural After School Program (RASP) at the Mexico Middle School.

MEXICO, New York – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County’s 4-H Program has once again secured funding from a J.C. Penney grant to help provide after school programs in our community.
This is the third consecutive year that the Oswego County 4-H Program has partnered with J.C. Penney.

The partnership will allow for Cornell Cooperative Extension and the 4-H Program to also continue their relationship with Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) to run the after school program, and provide students the opportunity to see what 4-H has to offer.

“We were thrilled to have once again received the funding through the J.C. Penney grant,” said Oswego County 4-H Team Coordinator Linda Brosch. “From what I understand it is unique to receive this funding three consecutive years, so we’re very pleased to be recognized as having a program that is showing results.”

The partnership with J.C. Penney helped build the after-school programs at the Hannibal Middle School in 2007, and the Mexico Middle School last year.

This year, the J.C. Penney grant will help supplement funding for the Rural After School Program (RASP) at the Mexico Middle School.

OCO’s involvement also came in 2007, when Oswego County 4-H was seeking involvement in an established after-school program in the area, and realized that at the time OCO was in danger of losing funding for their program at Hannibal Middle School.

OCO is a local community action agency providing a wide variety of services to Oswego County.

“Our involvement in 2007 bridged the gap for funding at Hannibal Middle School, and last year we were able to expand the after-school programs in Mexico,” Brosch said. “Through 4-H involvement, we have been able to work with the after school kids and run different learning activities like wind powered airboats, water bottle rockets, and biofuel blast during the program.”

OCO After School Coordinator Deborah Daby is pleased that funding through    4-H has been awarded for a third year.

“This continues to be a wonderful partnership for OCO and 4-H,” Daby said. “We continue vital after-school programs, and 4-H can participate without having to run the day-to-day needs of the program.”

The J.C. Penney After School Fund is a not-for-profit organization set up through J. C. Penney retail stores to raise money specifically available to after school programs through organizations like 4-H. Their organization has been funding after-school programs nationwide for several years. Funding from the program comes from special in-store merchandise sales and other programs like the “Take an NFL Player to Lunch” program.

Oswego J. C. Penney Manager Jeff Bame was pleased with the news that the program was once again being funded in this county.

“It’s wonderful to see JC Penney’s outreach benefit our own community,” Bame said. “There is so much need for these enrichment programs in our schools, and the results are being shown in Hannibal and Mexico, as a result of the previous funding.”

Bame estimates that several thousand dollars was raised for the program at the local Oswego store.

“It really comes down to our customers supporting these types of fundraisers,” he said. “With this local award, they can see how their support is helping their own community.”

Brosch said the program has been a great way to connect with students that may not have known about 4-H previously and extend the mission of the program.

“These grants ensure that all young people have access to safe and enriching after-school programs, regardless of their circumstance,” said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., National 4-H Council president and chief executive officer.

4-H is an informal educational program for youth ages 5-19 built on subject matter projects developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension and by the National 4-H Council. The program information is used by interested adults who serve as volunteer leaders. Oswego County’s 4-H program is operated through Oswego County Cornell Cooperative Extension in Mexico and funded by a joint effort of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Cornell University’s New York State Land Grant College, and the Oswego County Legislature.

If you would like to learn more about Oswego County 4-H or Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, call (315) 963-7286, or visit http://thatscooperativeextension.org.

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