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Contest: Highlight Reel  by Tara

January8

Whew! What a year 2012 turned out to be! We know you guys were all super busy doing amazing things and surely snapping lots of pics along the way! We’d love to see your favorite from the year and add it to our Highlight Reel! It could win you a $100! Click here if you’re ready to get started right now! The sooner your pic is up, the sooner people can start voting for it!

What kind of pics are we looking for? Anything that was important to YOU during the year! Weddings, babies, fur-babies, family pics, babies, vacations, a “first”, a school-time success, babies – anything! (Sorry, we’re suckers for babies!)

It’s so easy to enter this contest! You have until midnight on Tuesday, January 15th to add your favorite picture from 2012 along with a caption here. Then you and everyone else can vote for your favorite entry! We will choose a winner out of the top 5 most voted for pics. The lucky winner will get a $100 Visa gift card!

If you do NOT have a Facebook account – no worries! You can still use the same entry form to upload a picture and to vote. If you have a Facebook account, you can use a pic that’s already on your page. Makes entering really simple! Questions, just send Tara an email by clicking here.

Enough dilly-dalling! Time to enter your favorite pic from 2012 and get VOTING!

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5 Days of Giving: Day 5  by Tara

December21

It’s time to wrap up our “5 Days of Giving” contest by unwrapping one last gift!

Congratulations, Becky!

5 Days of Giving: Day 4  by Tara

December20

Enjoying the BLIZZARD, friends? The blizzard of EXCITEMENT that is! That’s right – it’s Day 4 in our “5 Days of Giving” contest!

Congratulations, Rhonda!

5 Days of Giving: Day 3  by Tara

December19

Some people were woken up at 4:00 am this morning by a blizzard warning on their phone. Me? I was was woken up by the excitement of knowing that it’s Day 3 in our “5 Days of Giving” contest!!! Hip hip HOORAY! Who will be the lucky winner and what will she unwrap???

Congratulations, Alyssa!

5 Days of Giving: Day 2  by Tara

December18

We are back and ready to share with you the next winner in our “5 Days of Giving” Contest!

Congratulations, Kathleen!!!

Did you miss the winner of Day 1? Click here.

5 Days of Giving: Day 1  by Tara

December17

Linn Area Credit Union wanted to put a little jingle-jangle back into your pockets this holiday season! Alas, our “5 Days of Giving” was born. Over a 1,100 people entered to win a chance to unwrap one of five fabulous gift boxes, each containing a gift card of up to $100 and some snazzy Linn Area Credit Union swag. Here is the winner of Day 1… JEFF!

Congratulations, Jeff!

Stay tuned – we’ll be posting one video each day this week!

Didn’t win this time around? Keep your eye on all our social media! We’ll be having another contest soon!

Contest: 5 Days of Giving  by Tara

December7

5 Days of Giving

Linn Area Credit Union wants to put a little jingle-jangle in your pockets this holiday season! Fill out your info here for a chance to unwrap one of five fabulous gift boxes, each containing a gift card of up to $100 and some snazzy Linn Area Credit Union swag. Everyone is welcome to participate – even if you’re on the naughty list!

Ho-ho-hoooold on one sec! Before you enter, make sure you take a look at our Official rules at the bottom of this page! The five winners must be available to come to Linn Area Credit Union’s office at 3015 Blairs Ferry Road between Tuesday, December 11th and Friday, December 14th between the hours of 8:30 to 5:00. Our little elves will film each winner unwrapping their gift. All the videos will be posted the week of December 17th.

You better watch out, you better not shout, you better not procrastinate – you only have until midnight on Monday, December 10th to enter! Oh my, Cupid and Vixen! Dash to sign up now!

Dad-ism Contest Winner Revealed!  by Tara

June21

As dad Shaun Fenton would say, “Hold onto your tootsies!” It’s time to reveal the winner of our Dad-ism drawing!

Thanks to everyone who shared their favorite Dad-isms! There were some doozies! Believe it or not, no two dads had the same Dad-ism! Click here to read some of the hilarious Dad-isms and check out the pics of these wise papas with their families.

All of the dads’ names were entered into a drawing and one lucky duck was pulled out on Tuesday morning. The winning dad was…

Tom Worsfold!

Tom’s daughter Amanda wrote in saying:

Whenever we ask my dad (if he can do) something, such as turn up the volume on the TV, he always replies with “Sure, I can turn it up, I can turn it down…” It gets really annoying sometimes, but it’s why we love him. :)

Well, we bet that he can find a great way to spend the $200 gift card! Congratulations to Tom and thanks to everyone who shared their favorite Dad-isms.

Keep your eyes peeled – a new fun contest is just around the river bend! (Anyone else familiar with Disney’s Pocahontas?? Yep, I just sang the last part of this blog post.)

Contest: Dad-isms!  by Tara

June11

Dads say the darnest things. Come on, we all know it’s the truth!

This Father’s Day, we want to hear your favorite Dad-ism. What’s a Dad-ism? It’s a phrase that your dad says over and over and over again; typically hilarious, even if they don’t mean it to be.

“When I was your age, we didn’t (bla bla bla), we had to (bla bla bla) and we were happy.”

“I will turn this car around.”

“Did someone see that duck?” (after passing wind)

We know you’re laughing out loud right now as you think of some of YOUR dad’s Dad-isms! Quick – before you forget – send us a picture of your dad (or other father figure in your life) along with your very favorite family-friendly Dad-ism (keep it clean, folks!). All dads will be entered into a drawing. One lucky papa will be drawn to win a $200 VISA gift card.

How to Enter

To enter, email the following four items to me (Tara) at tbross@linnareacu.org or mail to 3015 Blairs Ferry Rd, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 Attn: Tara Bross:

  1. A  picture of your father (or husband, grandpa, etc.).
  2. Your favorite family-friendly Dad-ism.
  3. Your Dad’s contact info (full name, address, phone number, email).
  4. Your contact info (full name, address, phone number, email).

The Rules

• All entries must be received no later than 5:00 pm CST on Monday, June 18th. The winner will be contacted on Tuesday, June 19th.

• One entry per household.

• Incomplete entries will not be eligible (see the four entry requirements above).

• Your entry must be emailed to tbross@linnareacu.org or mailed to 3015 Blairs Ferry Rd, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 Attn: Tara Bross. No other forms of entry will be accepted.

• All people that enter must live in Linn or surrounding counties.

• Linn Area Credit Union employees and their immediate families are encouraged to participate, but are not eligible to win.

• No purchase necessary.

• By submitting an entry, you are giving permission for Linn Area Credit Union to use your name, picture and submission for promotional and advertising purposes, including but not limited to our website, our blog, Facebook and Twitter.

Questions? Just shoot me (Tara) an email at tbross@linnareacu.org.

Nom the Mom 2012: Surprising the finalists!  by Tara

May18

Three incredible women. Nearly 300 votes. One winner was determined, but all three were honored. Here’s how it all went down when we surprised each on the finalists on Friday, May 11th:

Judy Brewer
Status: Runner Up

Surprised at: Carlos O’Kelley’s
Co-Conspirator: Elizabeth, her daughter

Judy was already having a fabulous Friday when I came to surprise her. Elizabeth was graduating from college the following day, so Judy’s sister came up for a visit and all the girls planned on doing lunch together followed by a pedicure. Oh la la! I worked with Elizabeth to catch them just after they got seated at Carlos O’Kelley’s. After a series of texts, calls and one really awful parking job, I met Elizabeth outside the restaurant, where she led me to meet the wonderful Judy.

As I approached the table with a gorgeous arrangement of flowers, her mom’s face erupted into a huge smile. I introduced myself and let her know that she was a runner up in our contest. She was extremely grateful and overwhelmed with the honor. Like the selfless mom that we’ve come to know and love, Judy started gushing about how fabulous her daughter is. It was obvious that these two have an incredible relationship.

I didn’t keep the family very long so that they could continue on with the rest of their “girls day,” although I’m certain Judy would have been totally fine if I started sneaking a few chips with salsa and then joined them for a pedi. That’s just the kind of wonderful mama she is!

Karen Brenneman
Status: Runner Up
Surprised at: Her Home
Co-Conspirator: Greg, her son

Surprising Karen was a little bit different. She had taken the day off work, so Greg and I weren’t sure where she would be at any given time. So instead of trying to chase her down, I called to let her know about the little surprise that Linn Area Credit Union wanted to give her. I have to tell you that even after a short convo on the phone, it was easy to tell why she had so many votes of support. Such a sweetheart!

I popped over to Karen’s home in the afternoon and was greeted with a warm smile. She was just as easy to talk to in person as she was on the phone – whew! As we chatted about the contest, Karen started to tell me about how her son Greg can’t keep a secret and told her right away about his story. It was really cute.  8-) As she told me more about her children and how proud she is of them, the tears started coming. Oh man. Even I got a little choked up!

Karen certainly is an amazing woman and we’re so glad that Greg nominated her!

Helen Girard
Status: Winner of the City Looks Salon & Spa Day of Beauty
Surprised at: Truman Elementary
Co-Conspirator: Shirley, her daughter

For the second year in a row, the person your chose as your winner had NO IDEA that she was even nominated. (I swear, I don’t know how people make it happen!) When Shirley heard about the contest, she started to contact not just her own friends and family, but she got in contact with the schools that Helen volunteers at. Many of the votes came from parents and past students whose lives she had touched tremendously. But Shirley didn’t stop there. Nope. She hacked into her mom’s email and managed to get contact info for Helen’s past colleagues and friends from college. Talk about a group effort.

Shirley continued her super stealth moves, determining where her mom would be volunteering that afternoon and then working with that school to allow us the clearance to make the BIG surprise. So at 2:00 pm on Friday afternoon, I pulled into Truman Elementary and waited for the “a-ok” from Shirley. Funny story, as Shirley was arriving at the school, her mom was on the road at the same time. Shirley had to quickly divert to a side street before Helen noticed her!

Once I got the all clear, Shirley and a Truman co-conspirator ushered me to the perfect hiding place off to the side on the gym. Shirley stood with me, shaking with excitement. Literally, the girl was shaking like a leaf. We could hear them bringing in the group of kindergarteners that Helen was working with that day. Helen joined them, none the wiser… cue me and a basket of goodies! (Click here to see the video of how it all went down!)

To say that Helen was shocked is the understatement of the year. In true form, after the initial shock, Helen turned to the group of kids and started to tell them how special each and every one of them are. Sure, her words were directed to the kids that were in the gym at that very moment, but it was clear to me that they applied to every person that she had ever influenced. This woman whole-heartedly believes in the success of the kids, not only in school, but in their home lives as well.

Needless to say, there were lots of tears and hugs.

As we started to give Helen more details about the contest, she was overwhelmed to find out how many people had come out of the woodwork to vote for her. What I wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall when Helen reads all the wonderful comments that people left as to why she was deserving of the Day of Beauty. Hopefully there are many boxes of Kleenex available for that tear jerking experience!

Indeed, Helen is very deserving of some pampering and we’re proud that she will reign as our Linn Area Credit Union 2012 Nom the Mom!

We couldn’t be happier that these three women were our 2012 Nom the Mom finalists. What impeccable examples of love, strength and unconditional love. Congratulations goes out to all of them and their families! A big thank you goes out to City Looks Salon & Spa for putting together the gorgeous basket for our winner. And, of course, thanks to all of you who voted!

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