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Women Build Project 2013  by Tara


For the second year, Linn Area Credit Union helped support Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Project. This program challenges women to devote at least one day to the effort to eliminate poverty housing. Eleven of our LACU family members were a part of this day and we also provided lunch for the whole crew. Laura from our Mt. Vernon Road office was kind enough to share her experience with all of you guys! Take it away, Laura!

photo Women Build 2013It was a beautiful day to build a house. On Saturday, September 14th a group of Linn Area women gathered to participate in the Women Build Day for Habitat for Humanity.  

I was lucky enough to have the privilege to work side by side with not only these ladies but with Kyle, the soon to be homeowner, and many others from Habitat for Humanity. Kyle is a single mom with two children who has worked on multiple Habitat homes and when the time was right she decided to apply for her own Habitat for Humanity home. Once an applicant is approved for the home, the work begins right away for the new homeowner. Homeowners are required to put “sweat equity” (build time) into their house and today was one of those days.  

While Kyle has a lot of experience building, this was my first time working on a Habitat home. I was feeling a bit photo 123anervous about what I would be doing especially when I heard that our group would be siding the outside of the house and rough framing inside. When I arrived, the buzz of saws and pounding of hammers filled the air. I wasn’t sure where to start or what to do but quickly found a spot to help. My first task was to hold boards while Kelsi, one of my fellow Linn Area teammates, sawed them for the staircase. I was good with holding the boards. Quite frankly the large circular saw scared me a bit and I wasn’t feeling the need to visit an Urgent Care that day.  

photo 109After we got the boards ready my teammates Jeni and Bobbie placed them on the stringers for the staircase. As I watched them, I knew that the stairs had to be just right. The carpet would need to lay smoothly over each one. Details that I had never really thought about, but now realized the importance of because one day soon a family would make many trips up and down those stairs.  

I then made my way outside to join the large group of ladies who were starting to putphoto 124 siding up. Let me tell you, you can’t just throw that stuff up there and – boom – it’s done. There’s measuring, cutting, “where are the studs”, how do we get around the utility meter, and that’s all before we even put one piece up! One of the Habitat team members came over and asked Bonnie and I to cut a piece of siding to go under the window at the back of the house. Yes, we could do this! We measured twice and cut once, crossed our fingers and started to put it up.  

Did I mention that this was a split level house and the window we were doing this for was not on the lower level?  

Needless to say, we did a heck of a job and got it up there on the first try.  

As the day came to a close there was a sense of accomplishment, empowerment, and joy. Laughter was shared and deeper friendships were developed through this experience. This wasn’t just about building a house. It was bringing the dream of home ownership to reality for a family, and in the process a special place for the Habitat for Humanity project was built in my heart 100

Monkey Business: The play-by-play  by Tara


There are downright crudtastic things that happen in this world and it’s so easy to lose faith in humanity… but then amazing things happen. Positive things – like what has happened with a little stuffed monkey, social media and Linn Area Credit Union.

Over 150,000 people were following this story on Facebook, asking for updates and rejoicing when the reunion happened. As well-covered as the glorious moment was, we know many of you are curious exactly how the whole thing went down. Here is a play-by-play, day-by-day (enjoy!):

Monday, July 1st

LACU BalloonAfter an incredibly successful, super crowded Balloon Glow (an event we sponsor annually), the Linn Area Credit Union marketing team was running around the entrances to clean up around 10:00 pm. A couple approached us carrying a lost stuffed monkey.

As a parent of an almost two year old, my heart plummeted straight into the ground. I got almost choked up as I studied this little piece of fluff.

So obviously loved. So obviously cherished. So obviously going to crash and burn the world of some little child out there! (And, to be fair, I also thought about the nightmare some parent was going to have on his or her hands.)

We are family” is more than just a tagline at Linn Area Credit Union. As parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends, co-workers – we are an overall pushover for kids. Yep, they are our admitted kryptonite. Flash that sweet little mug around these-here parts and you’ll surely skip away with a sucker… or ten. With a crowd of over 17,000 people, we knew a reunion would be a challenge, but we were determined to do everything possible to help find this Monkey’s bestie.

Tuesday, July 2nd

First thing Tuesday morning, we posted a pic on on Linn Area’s Facebook page:

FB Original Post

Figuring the parents would likely contact Brucemore and Freedom Festival, we posted the above on their Facebook pages as well (and contacted them personally to see if anyone had called). We added the same to local news pages.

Instantly, Monkey’s story started spreading like wildfire!


And our very favorite:


You even started to share stories of your own:



You guys blew us away with your commitment to helping Monkey find his bestie:



No strangers to having fun, we decided to take Monkey for a spin around the CU. He bopped into each department at our Blairs Ferry office to see what kind of monkey business he could find. Monkey business – something we’re never lacking in. ;o)

Our fraud specialist teaching the Monkey all about fake bills.

Our fraud specialist teaching the Monkey all about fake bills.

Helping to run the joint while the President is on vacay. What's that you say - we all get raises?!?! HOORAY!

Helping to run the joint while the President is on vacay. What’s that you say – we all get raises?!?! HOORAY!

*sigh* Monkey finds the Xerox machine.

*sigh* Monkey finds the Xerox machine.

Now THIS is what I call monkey business!

Now THIS is what I call monkey business!


There are many others, just click here to see the full set. To our surprise, people LOVED the pics and began sharing those as well!





By the next morning, the original post had been shared 1,083 times and reached at least a whopping 54,000 people! This was all because big-hearted people like YOU shared the pic!


Thursday, July 4th

The Fourth of July arrived and, to be honest, we were shocked that Monkey hadn’t been reunited with his bestie yet. He had gotten into SO much monkeying around on Tuesday that I wasn’t sure he could be trusted in a financial institution all alone, so he got to take a road trip to my house. ;o) So many people had been asking if Bestie had been found and though we responded individually, we thought it might be time for an update. Linn Area always like to remind our members when we’ll be closed, so we thought we’d do the whole “two birds, one stone” thing:

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Saturday, July 6th

No word. The buzz was all over Facebook, but Monkey was still in Linn Area’s care. We started to get nervous. What would our next step be? Would we adopt Monkey as our social media mascot? We were growing quite attached to the the little bugger. But YOU guys – you kept sharing Monkey’s story! YOU kept the hope alive!

And then…


Sunday, July 7th… 12:20am

At 12:20am, this was posted under the original Monkey post:


I started screaming with joy! We did it! We actually did it! I was ecstatic that Monkey was finally going to be able to go home and couldn’t wait to get the full story. How was I ever going to wait until the next morning to get the rest of the story? Turned out, I wouldn’t have to!

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Wow – so that’s how we learned that Monkey is actually a “she” not a he and HER real name is Kathy! The pink shirt made a whole lot more sense now. ;o) Kathy’s bestie is a little 3 year old, Eli.

Because we knew so many people were following Kathy’s adventures with Linn Area and hoping that she would find her bestie, we knew it was time for an update – the best update EVER, in our humble opinion:


FB BFF found

The next morning, the following post popped up:


That afternoon, Vicki and I connected. She was delightful! One of those people that you like so much that you can imagine yourself hanging out with her. We finally began comparing notes on what happened… let’s start with the back story. :o)

Vicki is the mom to 5 year old Aria and 3 year old Eli. She is originally from England, which is where most of her family lives. When Aria was born, she was given a little stuffed monkey, lovingly named Charlie after Vicki’s dad in England. When Eli was born, he also received a stuffed monkey that they decided to name Kathy after – you guessed it – his grandma in England. Kathy and Charlie the Monkeys are married. *insert a collective “Aww” here* The monkeys help the little kids feel just a little bit closer to the overseas grandparents.

So, how did Kathy get lost??? Why did it take so long to find her??

Vicki had a house full of family members visiting, including many from England. You know that goes – no one is sleeping in their regular room, everything is everywhere, and you’re really just focused on enjoying each other’s company! The whole gaggle had gone to Balloon Glow (Kathy and Charlie have actually been to many of them!). Eli fell asleep, so part of the family decided to head home. It as during that hustle and bustle that Kathy must have slipped away.

In the following days, Eli asked where Kathy was, but with a house full of guests, many who were kids with stuffed animals of their own, they figured she would pop up sooner or later. When Vicki’s family left on that Saturday, they turned the house upside-down. No Kathy. That’s when it hit Vicki that Kathy wasn’t in the house. Kathy was lost.

Even though it was very late on Saturday night, Vicki took to Facebook to see if anyone could help out. She posted a picture of her kids with their monkeys saying, “Attention Facebook friends: Kathy my monkey has gone A-wall! Last seen at Balloon Glow!”

And this is where a tiny miracle happened.

In less than 2 minutes, she received a PHONE CALL from a good friend who had seen both Vicki’s post and Linn Area’s ongoing posts. “Are you serious?!?!! Have you not seen this yet?!?!?!  Linn Area Credit Union is trying to reunite them!”

Vicki made a beeline to our page and saw firsthand what fun we had been having with Kathy. :) She thought the whole thing was hilarious and couldn’t stop laughing! (Boy are we glad Vicki had such a great humor bout the whole thing.) Eli was very excited to get Kathy back home. We decided to set the reunion for the next morning at our Blairs Ferry branch.

Monday, July 8th

It was the day of the reunion!!! We were so beyond excited! Because so many people had been a part of sharing the story, we wanted to make sure we had plenty of pics and video of the reunion. Even KGAN (Channel 2) wanted to come and capture the moment. But first we had to say goodbye to Kathy, Linn Area-style:

While the tribute was really our way to bringing some closure to the adventure, we are certainly glad you guys got a kick out of it, too (because you all are awesome):



Gosh, we had the best week ever with Kathy, but couldn’t wait to meet her bestie, Eli.

We hid Kathy behind our reception desk, so that we could capture Eli’s priceless face when he was reunited with her. And, no worries, we captured the whole thing on video for you guys:



We took a ton of pictures, too. How could we not with the cutest family EVER in our presence?!?! (Go here to see them all.)


You’ll notice in the video and pics that this amazingly thoughtful family brought Linn Area Credit Union some gifts as a (completely unnecessary!!!) thank you. “To Kathy’s Keepers” – as they put it. A gorgeous picture of Aria, Eli, Charlie and Kathy, an Andy Warhol-style piece of framed artwork featuring Kathy, and then some stickers, Pictionary, and mustache glasses. This last part was to play to our “funny” side!


KGAN did an awesome job summarizing Kathy’s adventure. Click here to watch their fabulously done news story! Some of the most touching comments came on their Facebook page:


993293_10151459047127133_338368803_nOther news outlets quickly followed suit. The Gazette wrote up a lovely story about Kathy’s adventures with Linn Area. (Read it here.) We were even featured in the Credit Union Times! (That can be found right here!) Wow!


But nothing compares to the comments that you guys left us. Here’s one that really hit us in the ticker:


While Kathy’s visit brought us a ridiculous amount of laughter and joy, this – ALL of this – is just who we are at Linn Area Credit Union. We didn’t do it because they were members or not members (they aren’t… yet! LOL!). “We are family” is our motto – and we live by it. While this story caught fire, we do things like this all the time for our members and others in our community. They are just usually a little, um, quieter. ;o)

Thank you to everyone who followed this story, especially those of you who helped share Kathy’s search for her bestie. It was because of YOU that Eli and Kathy were reunited. Your friends at Linn Area Credit just feel lucky to have been a part of such a heart-warming story with this storybook ending.

What a tale Eli will be telling for years and years to come!



Monkey Business: A video tribute  by Tara


If you’ve been on Facebook at any point in the last week, you have probably heard about the {now famous} monkey found at Balloon Glow. Linn Area Credit Union has been determined to find this Monkey’s bestie! Thanks to the power of social media, Monkey is being reunited with his bestie TODAY! We will give you the full story after it happens, but – for now – here is Linn Area’s special tribute to this special little monkey:

Time to GLOW!  by Tara


four balloonsWe 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 13,000 people enjoyed it last year alone!

For the 15th year in a row, we are the sponsors of this FREE family evening. Do note that it’s only 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 Monday, July 1st at Brucemore (it was originally on June 25th, but we had to postpone thanks to rain). 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 foGreen Shirt cutier 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 Lonesome Road. Voted KCRG A-List, Best Music category 2011 and 2012, this country band will surely impress even the toughest music critic. Their Facebook page has a ton of videos on it, so if you’re interested in getting yourself psyched up, go here for a listen!

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 at us with them.

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

Not just a bunch of hot air!  by Tara


LACU Balloon The summer sun brings out all sorts of things: funnel cakes, sweet corn, carnies, flip flops, and (my personal fave) hot air balloons. Specifically, our Linn Area Credit Union hot air balloon!

But to call it “our” balloon isn’t entirely accurate. Maybe you’ve seen our colorful balloon soaring through the sky and thought to yourself, “Dang, those LACU employees sure are lucky to be able to ride in that gem whenever they want!” Not to take the hot air out of your balloon, but *sigh* we don’t get to ride in it. But wouldn’t that be the coolest way to arrive to work???

Here’s the real scoop:

Linn Area Credit Union basically rents space on the side of the balloon for our logo. The hot air balloon itself is actually owned and operated by Kevin Kamp of Balloon Travels, along with his father-in-law. They treat the hot air balloon as a for-profit hobby and they charge for rides. Linn Area Credit Union employees would have to pay $400 for a one hour ride just like any other passenger. Our executives have never been up in that sucker and, believe me, have no clue how to fly it.

As part of our contract with Balloon Travels, Linn Area Credit Union is allotted 5 rides a year to use at community events and give to charities. We use one of thoCSC_0182se rides each year at Balloon Glow, a Freedom Festival event we sponsor. (Go here to see pics from last year’s event!) Balloon Glow attracts between 13,000 and 14,000 community members each year for an evening of watching staked out hot air balloons, free kids activities, and a free live band on the lawn at Brucemore. (It’s actually on Tuesday, June 25th this year featuring Lonesome Road – click here for all the info!) We feel it is good advertising to have that many people aware that Linn Area Credit Union is sponsoring this wholesome family event and to have them looking at our logo for hours.

We also donate a hot air balloon glow each year during the Tanager Place “Summer Fest” fundraiser, which is a free event for kids in our community and raises money for children who are helped by Tanager Place’s services. Over the years we’ve also donated rides as a silent auction items for charities such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the American Cancer Society, and to area schools for their fundraisers. We promise that the hot air balloon being used for all good things and that our investment in it is limited to much less than the cost of running a billboard.

Whenever you see our hot air balloon in that blue sky, we want to know! Post a pic or video on our Facebook page ( or mention us (@LinnAreaCU) in your Tweet!

Tell us in the comments below: If you had the chance, would you want to ride in hot air balloon??? Have you ever riden in a hot air balloon? We want to hear your experience!

The Women Build Project  by Tara


Linn Area Credit Union was honored to help support Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Project. This program challenges women to devote at least one day to the effort to eliminate poverty housing. Women Build had one project in Cedar Rapids in 2012 for a family that is originally from Burundi Central Africa. (Go here to learn more about Women Build and the family).

One of the days during the build, Linn Area Credit Union provided lunch for the women participating. Three friendly Linn Area faces were part of the event and have each written about their experience. Here are their stories:

Bonnie, Senior Account Representative at Mt. Vernon Road:

Ever since I heard about a home being built in Iowa City five years ago, I have wanted to do a Women Build project.  My cousin was working on that particular project and I thought, “How cool would that be to be a part of!”  This year, a close friend of mine happened to be on the committee that finds people to help serve lunch to the volunteers. I told her I had always wanted to do be part of Women Build and she gave me info to volunteer.

It was such an amazing experience, we started the day off with lifting thanks to our higher power and the blessings he has given to each of us and the family that will live in the home.  The family was there helping, so we had an opportunity to visit at lunch and breaks. This made the experience so much more of a blessing for me. The day before we came to help, the walls, foundation and some stairs to the back door were completed.  Our day was spent setting the interior walls, framing out closets and the kitchen, bathroom and laundry area. We even set the roof tresses! I was actually standing in the tresses at the end of the day helping to lay the sheeting on the roof – and I have a fear of heights! No belt. Just weaving in and out of tresses and 2×4′s – amazing!

The day was filled with new friendships, laughter, a huge sense of pride and a few hammered thumbs. It was a great experience and I can’t wait to be able to help again.  I want to say a BIG thank you to LACU for providing lunch for the 25 volunteers we had that day.  We all worked up an appetite but thought the sandwich was too big and we would only eat half (a girl thing), but I ate all of my lunch that day :).

Sandra, Financial Counselor at Mt. Vernon Road:

Volunteering was so much fun! I was there to help serve lunch. Meeting the women who were hard at work was awesome!  The women volunteering were from all walks of life – from a retired woman from a different state, to a college sorority, along with all different cultures and races. It was amazing thing to see everyone join together for a greater cause!  I volunteered because it makes me feel so good inside to be able to help.  I might not always be able to give money, but I can give a little bit of my time to help. I even brought my kids along so they could understand how important it is to help people, no matter where they come from.

Bobbie, Finance Department at Blairs Ferry:

This is something that I have always wanted to help with. When Bonnie asked for volunteers, I wanted to help, but had too many things going on that day. So when the opportunity came along to help serve lunches at the site, I said that I could help with that.  Hy-Vee dropped off box lunches for the crew, and all we had to do was organize by sandwich and hand them to the workers -very simple.

I learned a lot, not just about Women Build Project, but Habitat for Humanity.  There is so much that they do and so many people they help. It was really amazing. If the opportunity arises again, I think that I would actually like to be a part of the construction in some way.

WE WANT TO KNOW: Do you volunteer? Why?

We’re going Casual for Kids!  by Tara


Tomorrow (August 31st), Linn Area Credit Union employees as well as many other businesses across the Corridor are going causal – Causal For Kids, that is!

You are probably wondering what the heck “Corridor Goes Casual For Kids” is.  It’s a movement that began in 2011 in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Corridor to help raise money for various local children’s causes. Employees of participating companies are encouraged to pay just $5 a piece for the rights to wear jeans (or other casual clothes) to work on  September 1st each year (August 31st this year since it fell on a holiday) a specific date. That company then determines how the collective donations are distributed. (Click here to see a list of the businesses that participated in 2011.)

Since we already wear jeans on Friday at Linn Area Credit Union (if we donate to the Children’s Miracle Network), we will be switching it up a little bit for Casual for Kids Day. Each LACU team member who wants to wear a college shirt (Iowa, ISU, UNI – GO PANTHERS!) will donate $5 to ANY children’s cause they choose, and then Linn Area will send that money directly to the children’s organization. Pretty cool, right???

Last year, Linn Area Credit Union raised $260, which was donated to  a couple different charities last year. We are hoping to reach an even higher goal of $300 in 2012!

Skip the latte and doughnut for just one day, and make a kid’s life even better! Think your employer would be interested in joining Corridor goes Casual For Kids in 2013? Just go here for more information!

Don’t forget to stop in tomorrow and see which team your favorite Account Representative is rooting for! Which team do you support??

Mother Nature Approved  by Tara


We don’t just TALK about family trees – we SAVE them, too! In fact, we’ve already saved 46 of them. (Stay with me, friends, I promise I’m going to tie it together!)

Last year, Linn Area Credit Union vowed to become a more environmentally conscious workplace.  A team of employees joined together and created the Green Team. This team looks for ways that LACU can be kinder to good Ol’ Mother Nature. One thing the Green Team noticed was that we were throwing away A LOT of stuff that actually could be recycled. So they partnered with City Carton to help the staff truly understand what could/could not be recycled. And, boy, what a difference recycling makes!

City Carton provides an awesome service which gives a company an idea of how much GOOD they’ve done for the planet. In just 6 short months, here is what LACU has accomplished:

Tell us in the comments below, do you recycle? Why or why not?

Nom the Mom 2012: Surprising the finalists!  by Tara


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!

Nom the Mom 2012: The winner is…  by Tara


After nearly 300 votes for the finalists, I’m excited to give you the woman YOU voted as Linn Area Credit Union’s 2012 Nom the Mom. Check out the video of us surprising her:

Congratulations to our winner and to our other finalists!!! you are all amazing women! Happy Mother’s Day!

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