What's Happening at ESFCU!

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Thursday, February 8th
310 West 12th
Walnut 2nd graders Tour ESFCU

We were happy to welcome 2nd graders from Walnut Elementary School to our 310 location.  49 students and their teachers came for the tour.  They explored the Drive Thru area, the Vault, the ATM, the world of Loans and estimated how many coins were in our coin jar.  These kids were amazing and we all learned something!


Tuesday, February 6th
2018 Lyon County Spelling Bee

ESFCU has been a proud sponsor of the Lyon County Spelling Bee for many years.  This year, the competition was held at Reading Elementary School.  After 20 rounds, Olpe 8th grader, Baylee Richards came away with the title.  She will go on to compete in the state bee in Topeka.  Congratulations, Baylee!!!


Tuesday and Wednesday
February 6th and 7th
Emporia Middle School

ESFCU Branch Manager, Darin Musick and Consumer Loan Officer, Bill Huth visited with Nancy Lawson's Business Essential classes at Emporia Middle School on February 6th and 7th.

(Pictured from L:  ESFCU Loan Officer, Bill Huth and Branch Manager Darin Musick)


Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Industrial Branch

At the monthly meeting of the Board of Directors, checks were presented to Abundant Harvest and Corky's Cupboard, the recipients of our holiday Skip a Payment Promotion. 

(Pictured from L:  ESFCU CEO, Angie Miller; Lee Alderman; Blythe Eddy; Susie LeGault, ESFCU Marketing Director)

This is the 7th annual promotion which allows members to skip their November or December consumer loan payment.  We ask that they donate $15 per loan payment skipped to be donated to local charities.  Members have extra money for the holidays and members of our community receive much needed help.

This year, 134 loan payments were skipped and over $1,900 was donated.  The Board of Directors decided to split the monies between Abundant Harvest and Corky's Cupboard.  Both of these organizations are dedicated to providing food and necessities to those in need in our community and on the campus of Emporia State University.

“Skipping a payment is a great way for our members to have ‘extra’ cash for the holidays and, in turn, our members are glad for the opportunity to give to someone else in our community.  What a honor it is to present the monies to Abundant Harvest and Corky’s Cupboard on behalf of our credit union membership.” said Angie Miller, CEO of ESFCU.

The checks were presented to Blythe Eddy, Director of Student Activities and Community Service at ESU representing Corky's Cupboard and Lee Alderman, Director of the Abundant Harvest Food Kitchen.


Thursday, November 16th
National Teachers Hall of Fame Radio Auction

ESFCU is a proud supporter of the National Teachers Hall of Fame.  We are pleased to host the 26th Annual Radio Auction at our 24th and Industrial branch location.  Over $16,000 was raised with all of the money going to the 2018 Induction week celebrations.

Photo of NTHF Auction

Tuesday, November 14th
American Education Week Cookie Delivery

ESFCU partners with the Emporia NEA and USD 253 to bring cookies to all employees of the district.  The cookies are taken to each USD 253 location.  KVOE is on hand to do a live remote at each location highlighting all of the good things happening at that location.  ESFCU CEO, Angie Miller and Operations Manager Joni Vaughn were part of the delivery this year.

In addition to the cookies, ESFCU gives out a $20 Visa Gift Card to one lucky employee at each location.  It's just our way of saying Thank You to all the employees who do such a wonderful job in the educating of our children.

Picture of those involved in American Education Week Cookie Delivery.


Monday, November 13th
Emporia Community Foundation Match Day Event

ESFCU is proud to partner with other financial institutions in our area to sponsor the Growing Up Giving program.  Each year, we donate money to local elementary school students.  They explore all of the organizations that are part of the Match Day event.  Then they decide where their dollars will be donated to.  The Emporia Community Foundation then matches those funds.

What a great way to teach kids about all of the wonderful organizations that provide so much to our community and how good it feels to give!

Picture of Elementary kids at Emporia Match Day

Sunday, October 29th
ESU Dig for the Cure Volleyball Game

ESFCU staff members volunteered their time to partner with Newman Regional Health to sponsor the Dig for the Cure ESU Volleyball Game.  We helped hand out Tshirts as part of the fundraising effort for the JuneBug Cancer Fund.

Dig for the Cure Poster


Thursday, October 12th
ESU Benefits Fair

ESFCU is proud to serve ESU employees.  We love any chance we can get to come on campus and visit with them.  This is the 3rd year we have had an opportunity to participate in the ESU Benefits Fair.  We had a gift for each employee who stopped by our table. Everyone walked away with more in their pocket than they had!  Thanks to all who stopped by and Congratulations to Amanda Lickteig who won the Apple iPad!


Thursday, September 7th
2nd Annual ESU Stinger Shutdown

ESFCU staff members participated in the 2nd Annual ESU Stinger Shutdown.  This is one of the events our staff looks forward to.  It's a chance for our staff, board members and family members to get together and have fun before the ESU football home opener!


August 2017

Back to School Visits.

August was a busy month for your ESFCU staff.  It is also one of the months we look forward to the most.  Going out and saying hello and welcome back to school to all of the employees who work so hard to educate the students in our area is a privilege! 

We started off the month by sponsoring the ENEA New Teacher Lunch. We got a chance to visit with the teachers who are new to USD 253.  It was our chance to talk for a few moments about the credit union and, of course, to hand out some cash to a few lucky winners!


Tuesday, August 8th
Flint Hills Technical College
We sponsor a breakfast for all of the employees at Flint Hills Technical College.  We really enjoyed getting a chance to see everyone!  Each employee received an ESFCU bank with a Save to Win insert inside- and various amounts of cash.  Everyone got at least $1.  We had a chance to talk to them about the new Save to Win product and wished them a successful school year ahead!



Thursday, August 10th
USD 253 Back to School Breakfast
We had a blast seeing all of the USD 253 employees!  We handed out our banks (with surprise cash amounts!) and we had our colorful pens to hand out as well.  There is so much positive energy at this event.  They are definitely Emporia Proud!



Tuesday, August 15th
USD 252
Back to School Lunch in Hartford

It's always a treat to see USD 252 employees.  What a special group!  Thanks for letting us be a part of your day.

And good luck with your 10 penny challenge!

We also had some staff members bring lunch to the USD 243 employees at Waverly on August 15th.  Thanks for letting us come and welcome everyone back!



Friday, August 18th
USD 251 at Flint Hills Technical College
Our last school district visit was with the employees of USD 251.  They met at Flint Hills Technical College.  We got to see them bright and early to welcome them Back to School! 



Our Welcome Back to School journey ended with the Annual Block Party for ESU and FHTC students.  Our ESFCU students took front and center to welcome the students back, tell them about our Mobile App and our on-campus ATM and help them SPIN THE WHEEL for prizes!


Looks like the school year is off to a very promising start!  Hope everyone has a year filled with fun and success!


July 27, 2017

On this day 80 years ago, our credit union was founded.  That was a momentous day for the 28 original members of the Emporia Consumers Federal Credit Union.  Those employees of the Emporia Grocery Cooperative and the Lyon County Oil Cooperative took their $28.88 and began what would become an $80 Million asset credit union.

It was people helping people. 

That's the spirit of why credit unions came into being and what we still believe today.

To celebrate, we hosted a Birthday Bash at both of our locations.  We invited members to stop in and have some refreshments.  While they were here, we asked them to guess how many special ESFCU coins were in the party hat. The closest guessers would receive either a box of candies popular in 1937 or a deck of 1937 trivia playing cards.  We kicked off a month long promotion encouraging members to bring in new members- and Spin the Wheel for CASH!  We promoted our new Save To Win savings account to encourage our members to save.




These are all things we thought those original members might have done to celebrate the day that their charter was granted - July 27, 1937.

Thanks to all who stopped by.  Here's to our next 80 years!!


June 21, 2017
National Teachers Hall of Fame Welcome Dinner

June 19th began the National Teachers Hall of Fame Induction Week.  As part of the festivities, ESFCU sponsors the Welcome Dinner at the ESU Alumni Center.  This informal dinner is a chance for the inductees to the Hall of Fame to relax and enjoy a meal with their host families and Emporia dignitaries. 

ESFCU Board President, Aron Dody started off the evening with a warm welcome.

A special thanks to National Teachers Hall of Fame Executive Director, Carol Strickland for letting us be a part of this momentous week!


May 11, 2017
Health Walk at Newman Regional Health

Your ESFCU staff members were on hand to help celebrate National Hospital Week at Newman Regional Health.  We sponsored the Health Walk on Thursday, May 11th.  Each employee who participated received an Exceptional People Extraordinary Care T shirt along with a Strengthen Your Finances/Strengthen Your Body booklet.  They also registered to win one of 10 $15 drawings.

All employees were put into a drawing to win 1 of 2 Fitbits.

We loved being at the hospital celebrating those exceptional people!




April 17, 2017

80th Anniversary Celebration of Volunteers

As part of our 80th Anniversary Celebration, we wanted to thank our past and present Volunteers who have served on the Board of Directors or committees.  Thanks to all who have helped steer Emporia State Federal Credit Union through these first 80 years!

We hosted the dinner at the Clint Bowyer Community Building.  The meal was catered by Bobby D's and the Olpe Chicken House.  Thank you to Tim Miller and Steve Vaughn who served as our bartenders for the evening!  

After the social time and dinner, CEO, Angie Miller, presided over the program.  Each Volunteer and staff member was called to the front to receive certificates presented by Tana Hoffman, from the Heartland Credit Union Association and ESFCU Assistant Manager, Josh Hubler.  Along with the certificate presentations, CEO Miller talked about the accomplishments at the credit union during the past decades.

We hope all of the volunteers and staff members had a memorable evening!








April 10, 2017

ESU Employee Service Recognition

Congratulations to the 2016 Outstanding University Support Staff Employee of the Year Anna Catterson!
ESFCU sponsors this award each year.  We are so proud to present Anna with $500 in cash.

(from L:  ESFCU CEO Angie Miller, Anna Catterson and ESU President Allison Garrett)

We would also like to congratulate the 2016 Outstanding Unclassified Professional Employee of the Year Jacque Fehr!  She also received $500!

(from L:  ESFCU CEO Angie Miller, Jacque Fehr and ESU President Allison Garrett)

Congratulations to all of the ESU employees that were recognized for 10, 20, 30 and even 40 years of service to Emporia State University!

Emporia State University Employee Appreciation Day

Over 250 ESU employees stopped by the Skyline Room in the ESU Memorial Union.  They could choose a Suitcase for Cash (where they could win up to $50); play Trivia to win $1 (or $2 if they were brave enough to sing!); play Tailgate Toss to win a Gold Dollar; and enjoy cookies, brownies, popcorn and raspberry lemonade!

If the employee was already a member of ESFCU, they could bring in a new member to join and both got to Spin the Wheel for Cash!

We had a wonderful time being with ESU employees and celebrating how great they are!



Congratulations to Bryan Sailer and Susan Menke who won the Apple Watch and the Flat Out Fun iPad!


Thanks to all who dropped by!  We really do appreciate you!


February 2017
79th Annual Meeting   February 20, 2017  7:00 p.m.  Webb Hall  Emporia State University

We had over 230 members attend!

Newly elected Board Members are:
        Vicki Brooks
        Scott Capes
        Aron Dody

Here is our 2016 in Review video for those who missed it.


January 2017

On January 25th, ESFCU CEO Angie Miller and Assistant Manager, Josh Hubler presented a check for $1,180.01 to Lee Alderman, Director of the Abundant Harvest Food Kitchen.

This check represents monies donated by our members during the Skip-a-Payment program that we have offered for the last 7 years. With each loan payment skipped, members are asked to donate to those in need in our community.  "Skipping a (consumer) loan payment in November or December is a great way for our members to have extra cash for the holidays and, in turn, give to someone else." said Angie.

 This year, the Board of Directors chose to give the monies to Abundant Harvest and Emporia State University Corky's Cupboard food pantry. 

On January 26th, Angie and Josh went to Corky's Cupboard on the Emporia State University campus to give them their check for $1,000.00.  


Pictured here (from L):  Blythe Eddy, Director of Student Activities and Community Service at ESU's Center for Student Involvement; Taylor Kriley, Senior Director of the Center for Student Involvement; Josh Hubler, Assistant Manager of ESFCU; Mary McDaniel, Director of the Student Wellness Center; Angie Miller, CEO of ESFCU; Community Hornets Munashe Mangwendeca, Elayna Coleman and Brooke Bailey; and Dean of Students, Lynn Hobson.

"Josh and I were honored to present checks to both of these worthy organizations on behalf of our credit union membership."

Abundant Harvest served over 7,000 people in 2016.  They provided boxes of food; clothing and household goods as well as hot evening meals- all at no cost to those in need.  The Abundant Harvest kitchen is staffed by three part time paid employees and over 170 volunteers at the 1028 Whittier street location.  For more information about donating and volunteering for Abundant Harvest, contact Lee Alderman at 342-7439.  

Corky’s Cupboard campus food pantry provides temporary food assistance to Emporia State students. Corky’s cupboard, which opened in the spring of 2014 is available to all currently enrolled ESU students. It is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 12 to 5 p.m. while classes are in session. For information on how to donate, go to https://www.emporia.edu/getinvolved/communityhornets/corkys-cupboard/.