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VIDEO: Happy Holidays 2014  by Tara

December12

Fresh, fun, financial & FESTIVE! That’s what we’re all about at Linn Area Credit Union. If you’re a member here already, you know that we are anything but ordinary. In true Linn Area fashion, here is our way to say HAPPY HOLIDAYS! {Be sure to wait for the bloopers at the end!}

The Cookie Poll: Iowa vs. Iowa State  by Tara

September12

Team Marion cookiesA house divided???

Our Marion team fueled the Iowa vs. Iowa State feud with their very special cookie promo! All day long members delightfully decorated cookies in their team’s colors.

Which team do you think had the most cookies represented??? While you ponder your answer, here’s a pic of our Marion team (aren’t they lovely??) :

 

Team Marion Picture

IOWA!!!

And, just in case you were wondering, those in the drive weren’t left out! Our account reps even served cookies to those members who didn’t come inside. Take a moment and imagine the kids’ eyes when they 1) heard there were COOKIES and 2) got these cookies decorated in true Hawk, State or smiley faced fashion.

Just another way we show how much we LOVE our members. :o)

Treasure Hunting  by Matt

August26

Treasure ChestWould you believe that there is a magical place where lost things have been found, and someone’s trying to give it back to you? Would you believe that this fantastic person is backed by a whole office of assistants who want nothing but to help you find what was long ago forgotten? It’s not a genie in a Cave of Wonders, but for some, it can still end in treasure!

I’m talking about the Treasurer’s office of the State of Iowa and the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt! Maybe you’ve heard of their site, maybe you’ve seen their booth at the State Fair, but their primary job is to collect forgotten possessions, and reunite them with their owners. Most people who are familiar with this program are aware that the Treasure Hunt collects forgotten or lost account balances, but did you know they also collect things like safe deposit box contents, lost checks that were never cashed, or even unclaimed stock? There’s a lot of lost stuff out there!

I suppose you wonder how things like these can be “lost”. I mean, I don’t usually forget about my checking account…though it sometimes tries to forget me after I abuse it with some shopping, but in reality, it’s not usually like that. Often it’s related to someone moving away, or maybe never knowing they even had an account. Maybe Grandma opened an account to save for your college expenses, but never told you about it. Many times it’s due to the owner passing away and beneficiaries never finding the property.

So now the important part…how can you get your hands on anything out there that might be yours?? It’s crazy easy. Just visit their website at www.greatiowatreasurehunt.com to see if there’s anything out there for you. If you jump on it quick enough, you just might just find yourself a few extra coins to spend on something nice for the holidays!

Have a story about you or someone you know that’s found success with the Treasure Hunt? Comment and share!

Our Glowing Event  by Tara

June20

Balloon Glow 2013-1

We are big believers in family traditions. Every year we share one of our favorite Linn Area family traditions with our community – the Balloon Glow. This well-known event is part of Freedom Festival (it’s our favorite part, but we’re a little biased!). Heck, nearly 17,000 people enjoyed it last year alone!

Yet again, we are sponsoring this family evening. Do note that it’s FREE with your Freedom Festival button and buttons can be bought at the gate. Kids age 5 and under do NOT need a button! Balloon Glow will be held Tuesday, June 20th at Brucemore. Gates open at 5:30 pm. Additional details can be found here (parking, shuttle buses, etc.).

To say that this event “is for young and old alike” may sound super cheesy, but it’s the honest to goodness truth! I remember going on one of my first dates with my now husband to Balloon Glow. I packed us a picnic basket full of yummy treats and some choice beverages and away we went for a lovely evening of music and picturesque views.

And I can’t even explain to you how much the kids LOVE this event. Whether it’s running up for their 5th Linn Area hot air balloon tattoo, grooving along to the music or ohh-ing and aww-ing over the hot air balloons, kids totally dig this family night out.

This year you’ll be entertained from 7:00-10:00 pm by the foot tapping, chair dancing, make you want to DANCE sounds of the Airwaves, an awesome local band. Ready for a taste of what sort of fun is ahead? Check out their website at www.airwavesband.com.

Don’t forget to say hi to all the familiar Linn Area faces as you come in through the entrances! We’ll be the ones putting the hot air balloon tattoos on all willing participants! Around 40 of us will be there that night – even some of our very own family members will be lending a hand, as well!

Feel free to take pics and post them to our Facebook Page or Tweet @LinnAreaCU with them.

Tell us in the comments below: What’s your favorite Balloon Glow memory?

Our Little Science Experiment  by Tara

January7

With the record cold keeping the kids home from school and everyone else shivering to their core, we thought this would be the perfect time for a little science experiment! After seeing videos circulating the Web showcasing people throwing hot water into the air to create snow or a steamy mist, we just HAD to try it for ourselves:
 

Have you done this yet?? Make sure you stand the opposite way of the wind, or else you just might end up like a coach following a winning football game. ;) How are you keeping busy during these super, ridiculously cold days?

Contest: I Mustache For Your Advice!  by Tara

June6

Father's Day Email image

Did your Dad ever give you advice that made you bristle, but once you had time to mullet over, you saw the wisdom? Then we mustache you a question…

What is the most memorable advice the dad in your life has given you? We want to hear it! One lucky papa will win a $200 Visa gift card.

Simply enter here and make sure to attach a picture of your dad (it doesn’t have to be related to the advice – unless the advice is to always have a mullet and then we insist!).

And, no worries, you can enter any guy who has been a father figure in your life (so you can nominate your husband, for example). Also, you do NOT have to have Facebook in order to enter. Heck, we don’t even  make you “like” us, even though we certainly like YOU!

You have until midnight on Sunday, June 16th (a.k.a. Father’s Day!) to get everything submitted! The winner will be selected on Monday, June 17th through a random drawing using on random.org. (Click here to enter!)

Don’t make it a close shave – enter today!

 

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (LACU Style)  by Ellen

December24

‘Twas the night before Christmas at LACU
Everyone was busy, so much to do!
People all working their busy shifts
Kids picking up their Kirby Christmas gifts.

Our members came in, bundled up tight
Excited for the gatherings they’re going to tonight
With cars in the drive-up and people in line
We all settled in to help them on time.

When in from the parking lot there arose such a clatter
We all were wondering what was the matter.
Everyone looked and the wave of heads bobbed
We wanted to be sure we weren’t getting robbed.

There was water on the floor because of the snow
Which made the entryway slick on the tile floor below.
When, what to our wondering eyes do we find
But a little old lady who fell on her behind.

This small woman, didn’t miss a beat
Popped up in a moment – right to her feet.
Into her giant handbag she tucked her rain bonnet
Pulled out a list, yelled out what she had on it.

“I want high yield checking! A rewards credit card, stat!
Get me a notary! Some gift cards! What are you looking at?
A Roth IRA, a Health Savings Account, too!
And some of those Plugged In services for my great-nephew!

One of our members, who was waiting in line
Watched the whole scene, chuckling from time to time.
Finally he asked, “I don’t mean to sound trite
But what is the deal with that old lady tonight?”

Before we could answer, we heard a pick-up’s roar
And a big fat old man suddenly stood in the door.
His eyes how they twinkled! His beard was so white!
The stump of a pipe he held in his teeth tight.

He walked up to the woman and said “Hello, dear.”
We said, “Mr. Claus! Good to see you! You can’t smoke in here!”
Greetings exchanged, paperwork completed, glad-handing.
Then the couple addressed all of the members still standing.

Mrs. Claus said “I was just bustin’ your britches, you sweet little dears.
Santa and I have been Linn Area members for years.
We needed to refinance our truck loan, you see.
Why not have a Children’s Miracle Network candy bar – on me?

We passed out the chocolate as they stepped outside
Climbed up in their truck and prepared for the ride.
We heard them exclaim as they revved out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

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!

Carve-O-Rama 2012 Winner!  by Tara

November5

Thank you to all of you who took the time to vote in our friendly competition! The winning department of our 2012 Carve-O-Rama is…

COLLECTIONS!

Congratulations, Collections! It is clear that your carving skills aren’t to be messed with. This department will enjoy a full year of bragging rights. Woohoo!

And, just in case you are curious, second place went to our SE Branch and the MSR/SW Drive Up Branch took third.

Thanks again to all of you who put in your two cents to help us determine our winner!

Carve-o-rama 2012  by Tara

October23

We’re all about family traditions at Linn Area Credit Union and one that many of us share with our kin is pumpkin carving!

In the spirit of Halloween, our social committee challenged each department to carve and/or decorate a pumpkin. The winning department gets nothing, nada, zip, ziltch. You see, we’re super competitive in a sibling rivalry kind of way, so we’re asking for YOUR help in determining who should take the cake (let me be clear that there is actually no cake involved, just bragging rights).

And away we go….

Collections

“Eek!” Don’t be scared of our Collections department – they are clearly talented…and seem to be pretty darned good with carving tools… EEK!!!

Consumer Loans

Knock knock. Who’s there? Boo. Boo hoo? It’s just a joke — you don’t have to cry about it. Baw ha ha! Surely no one will be crying over Consumer Loan’s adorable pumpkin!

Edgewood Road Branch

By Jove – is that pumpkin wearing a fascinator?!?! Creepy crawlys are springing from the crown jewel of this bedazzled gem of a pumpkin in an oh-so fashionable way.

HR/Training

Who knew a skeleton face could look so SWEET?!? With flowers for eyes and a sheepish grin, this is one pumpkin that won’t make you cry out for your mama.

Marion Branch

Oh come on, this is the cutest little pumpkin display! Huggable, lovable, kid-friendly pumpkin carvings! Hopefully that’s not a real street sign, otherwise some people are going to be confused when looking for “Marion Street.”

Marketing

If you need a candy bowl in a pinch and just happen to have a pumpkin and some pipe cleaners laying around, this is your project! (Tip: When transporting your pumpkin from your house to your work for, say, a contest, do not take sharp turns since the pumpkin will most likely ROLL and end up all over the back of your car with wonky ex-spider legs. Not that I have any experience with this…)

Mortgage

Simply spook-tacular. Any ideas on what the boots mean?

MSR/SW Drive Up Branch

Never out of the pop culture loop, MSR/SW Drive up Branch really brought it for this contest. Snooki looks so life-like – even her skin tone is smack on!

SE Branch (Mt. Vernon Road)

The artistry, the attention to detail, the exact replica of our logo! Who knew there was a Master Carver at LACU?!?!

How to vote!

Hopefully you are shivering in your britches after seeing all of our Halloween carvings, now it’s time to vote for the pumpkin that you think deserves bragging rights! There are 3 ways to vote (you can vote one time per social media outlet):

  1. Right here on the Bloggity Blog by leaving a comment below with the name of the department you are voting for and WHY you like their pumpkin the most.
  2. On our Facebook page by leaving a comment under the picture of the pumpkin you are voting for and telling us WHY that department’s carving is the best. (Click here!)
  3. Tweet @LinnAreaCU with the name of the department you are voting for and WHY they deserve to win. (Click here!)

If you don’t give us a reason, the vote doesn’t count! Also, we reserve the right to discount votes from duplicate IP addresses. So no cheating, k?!?!  Voting ends at 4:00 pm CST on October 30th. Muuuuuuuuuuuh ha ha ha ha!

Don’t be a Halloweenie – place your vote now!

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