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3rd Quarter 2009


Culture, Cooperation – and CASH! SC Credit Unions Team Up For Innovative Campaign

Armed with a video camera, a hot car and cold cash, a team of young adults will crisscross the state of SC in a unique, multi-year credit union awareness campaign. Discover Our Culture, a cooperative effort sponsored by over half of the SC credit unions, will raise awareness of the unique cultures, people & places of SC, as well as the positive aspects of credit unions. For South Carolinians, there’s an added bonus: the constant chance to win various amounts of CASH during the course of the campaign!
This innovative campaign is sure to generate a lot of excitement across the State, and SPC Cooperative Credit Union is pleased to be a part of this effort. “Discover Our Culture will be a fun and interesting look at the wide variety of people and places that make life here in SC so unique,” said SPC CEO, Bill Varn. “ Along the way, we think this campaign will make more people aware of just how special credit unions are, and how we are working together to make life better for all South Carolinians.” 
Discover Our Culture features the “CU CRU,” a group of young adults who travel to SC festivals, historic sites and other unique places in the “CU CRUZER.” The CU Cru videotapes and blogs about the special people and events they encounter in their travels. These people and events are then spotlighted on the campaign web site, www.itpays2cu.org.
Another exciting feature of the multi-year campaign is the “itpays2CU” program, which allows people (existing members or not) to win prize money from the CU Cru in two ways. Visitors to www.itpays2cu.org can register to win BIG MONEY prizes by correctly answering 2 or 3 easy questions about credit unions. Also, people who display the campaign car magnet on their vehicle are eligible to win cash on the spot if the CU CRUZER sees them out on the road.
So be sure to log on to www.itpays2cu.org and take the quiz, and stop by any SPC Cooperative Credit Union branch and pick up a campaign car magnet to display on your car. And be on the lookout for the CU CRUZER – if they C U, you may be one of the lucky people cheering about how “itpays2CU!!!”
National Credit Union Youth Week Magiquest Winner
Congratulations to 11 year-old Emmanuel student, Brianna Melton, for winning a weekend getaway to MagiQuest in Myrtle Beach. The vacation package included a two night hotel stay in Myrtle Beach, 4 passes to MagiQuest, 4 wizard wands, and $100 spending cash. Savasaurus Kids Club members were automatically entered into the drawing with $25 deposits into their accounts during Youth Week, April 20-24.
More than 400 young SPC members deposited money into their accounts (totaling just under $20,000) and 17 new youth accounts were opened during the 2009 National Credit Union Youth Week. We are proud to have encouraged so many to start saving at such an early age! 
Bill Pay Winner
Congratulations to SPC’s 2nd Quarter Bill Pay Winner, Shan Lewis.    SPC made the payment on one of Shan’s already scheduled bills through the SPC Bill Pay service for her during the month of April. Shan told SPC, “Thanks! SPC Bill Pay is quick, user friendly, and a money saver on stamps. With two young children, it has definitely made paying bills easier for me. I highly recommend it for all SPC members!” 
Users of this FREE* service are automatically entered to win a bill paid by SPC through June 30. Visit www.spccu.org for details about how you can enjoy the benefits of SPC Bill Pay. 
2009 Darlington County Youth Challenge
April 20-24, 2009
More than 900 students representing 12 schools throughout Darlington County participated in the SPC Credit Union Youth Challenge during the 2009 National Credit Union Youth Week, April 20-24. SPC sponsored a week-long contest filled with opportunities for students from kindergarten through 12th grade to learn basic financial instruction while competing for prizes.   Elementary students completed short essays or coloring sheets, and middle and high school students participated in an online scavenger hunt. Student winners each received complimentary SPC Savings Accounts including an initial $25 deposit, and other great prizes. Participating schools were entered in a $1000 school grant drawing and each teacher into a $500 drawing.
Congratulations to the following winners:
Essay Contest $100 Gift Card:
Chrisshawn Leonard, Carolina Elem.
Coloring Contest $100 Gift Card:
Keisler Cottingham, North Hartsville
$500 Teacher Winner:
Melissa Morris, Washington Street Elem.
Classroom Winner (5K-5th):
Ms. Pletcher’s 3rd Grade Class,
Carolina Elementary
Classroom Winner (6th – 12th):
Dianne Byrd’s 6th Grade Class,
Hartsville Middle School
Online Scavenger Hunt:
1st Place - Laptop
Jack Powell, Hartsville Middle School
2nd Place - iPod Touch
Hanna Dearing, Hartsville Middle School
3rd Place - PSP
Morgan Davis, Hartsville Middle School
Picture Yourself With A New Vehicle at an Amazing Discount!
Missing something? All current and new SPC Credit Union members have the unique opportunity to save thousands of dollars on a new GM or Chrysler with Invest in America. Credit unions nationwide have already financed more than 20,000 discounted vehicles by teaming up with U.S. automakers on new American-made vehicles! While the discounts vary with the vehicle, everyone will drive away with a great deal. The deal gets even better when you finance with SPC. Thanks to our low interest rates, your savings will really add up! Visit lovemycreditunion.org for more information on getting your new vehicle at a picture-perfect price.
Notification of Membership Agreement Changes:
Please be aware that some changes have been made to the Accounts and Services section of your SPC Membership Agreement to be effective August 1, 2009. You may obtain a copy of the revised Membership Agreement at any branch office or by calling (800) 247-7228. Your acceptance of the revised terms will be demonstrated by your continued use of any existing or new account(s) or services after the effective date.
GAP Protection
Will your insurance pay off your auto loan if your vehicle is stolen or deemed a total loss? Don’t find out the hard way! Guaranteed Auto Protection (GAP) is an inexpensive way to help pay your remaining balance if your vehicle is stolen or totaled, and clear your credit for future purchases. It’s simple and can be added to your monthly payment at the time your loan is made. Talk with a loan service representative to find out more about this valuable protection.
Relay for Life Update
Thanks so much for helping SPC raise just under $14,000.00 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life! We raised a total of $13,813.50 from January through April 2009 in donations for the event in Darlington County. The funds were accumulated by collecting change from deposits, selling BBQ lunch plates, washing members’ windshields at the drive-up teller line, and selling Relay for Life luminaries, business signs and hope bracelets. The American Cancer Society will use the money to help researchers find a cure, educate communities, and offer assistance to those currently fighting the disease. Visit the American Cancer Society online at www.relayforlife.org for more details on this great event.
Class of 2009
SPC Scholarship Awards
SPC is a proud sponsor of high school students in Florence, Darlington and Marlboro Counties. Each high school in the three counties we serve selected one member of their graduating class to receive a $500 scholarship.
Congratulations to the 2009 SPC Scholarship recipients:
The Byrnes School
Mary White
Darlington High School
Jonathan McInville
Emmanuel Christian School
Caitlyn Bell
Hartsville High School
Justin McManus
Lamar High School
Shelly Goodman
Marlboro County High School
Nicholas Polston
Mayo High School MST
Kerri Bierner
South Florence High School
Veronica Stark
Trinity Collegiate School
Brooke Gainey
West Florence High School
Gary Eliason
Wilson High School     
Tyneshia Cannon
Marboro Academy
Anna Walker
International Credit Union Day
Mark your calendar for International Credit Union Day on October 15, 2009. Enjoy refreshments and giveaways in each of our branch lobbies.
SPC Wins 1st Place
in Three Community Involvement Competitions
SPC received 1st Place Awards for Desjardins Youth Financial Education, Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility, and Louise Herring Philosophy in Action. Desjardins Youth Financial Education award recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of youth financial literacy. The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Program honors credit unions for their involvement in community projects and activities. And the Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action recognizes credit unions that extraordinarily demonstrate the practical application of credit union philosophy which distinguishes credit unions from other financial service providers. All three awards are sponsored by the South Carolina Credit Union League and CUNA & Affiliates.
SPC recognizes Duane Elmore, manager of the Hartsville Piggly Wiggly, as the SPC Third Quarter Hometown Hero. Mr. Elmore was nominated as SPC’s Hometown Hero because many believe he demonstrates great kindness every day to those around him. In addition to being the hero of his wife, three daughters and six grandchildren, Mr. Elmore maintains a lasting commitment to youth throughout our community. Over the past 34 years, he has provided many teens with their first jobs and paychecks. In fact, a number of young adults that got their first job from Mr. Elmore years ago continue to work under him today. “Leading by example, he never asks someone to do something he hasn’t done himself. On any given day you can find him carrying out groceries for a customer, rain or shine,” said Julie Burch, Mr. Elmore’s daughter. Others are quick to note that Mr. Elmore is always glad to help out with donations for civic and community events with products and gift cards. Thanks for all you do for our community, Mr. Elmore!
If you would like to nominate a “Hometown Hero,” email Linda Weatherford at LHWeatherford@spccu.org. 


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