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Sun, Sand and Cybersecurity

June 19, 2017

School’s out and the beach and mountains are calling. It is that time of the year when so many of us pack our bags and hit the open road or head to the airport for a well-earned vacation. We may be ready to take a break from our normal lives, but we still need to be cyber secure while we are enjoying our time off! In this month’s edition, we will explore some ways to be safe and smart with our devices, Internet usage, and social media while out travelling on vacation. 


FIRST JOB HERE’S HOW TO SET YOUR FINANCES UP FOR LIFE

June 6, 2017

Landing that first job means having a regular influx of cash, but steady work alone doesn’t guarantee financial health. Here’s how to build the foundation for lifetime financial security.


2016 Annual Meeting Award Winners

May 31, 2017

GFA Federal Credit Union hosted its 78th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 26th.  During the event two students were recognized for their scholastic achievements, demonstrating strong qualities of character, and good citizenship.


Edmond Perry is GFA's Rising Star

April 17, 2017

Add ImageGardner, MA – GFA’s Vice President/Real Estate Sales Development Officer, Edmond Perry has been selected to receive the Warren Group’s Credit Union Rising Star Award.

This award is presented to individuals who are outstanding business leaders who make a notable impact on their institution or within the banking industry.

Perry started with GFA Federal Credit Union back in October 2007 as Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager.  “During his tenure, Mr. Perry doubled annual loan originations and often exceeded budget expectations at all branches he managed”, stated Tina M. Sbrega, President & CEO. In September 2015 he advanced to the position of AVP/Real Estate Sales Development Officer and shortly after was promoted to Vice President in recognition of his outstanding achievements. 

Joan Moran, Senior Vice President/Chief Lending Officer submitted Perry’s nomination to the Warren Group; “Ed has proven success in loan originations, including outbound calling and building relationships with local realtors.  In his new position, Mr. Perry accepted the responsibility of developing our Real Estate Loan Sales division.   Ed devised a sales strategy that allowed the members 24/7 access to him, the ease of doing business and a quick turn-around time.   Ed’s initiative and creativity has played an important part in his key to success.

Over the last year, Ed developed numerous programs and initiatives such as the creation of a Real Estate Sales Division, a realtor outreach program and educational training for all new loan originators.  Ed has worked closely with our branch managers in helping them enhance their sales skills by going on realtor calls, participating in open houses, and even sitting in on a mortgage application to help set them on a path to succeed.    Ed Perry’s dedication and mission to succeed contributed largely to the outstanding organic loan growth the credit union achieved in 2016.

In promoting loan growth and building brand recognition, he successfully participated in many local events including several chamber events, MVOC events, reality fairs, Bank at work programs and the Home Show at the DCU center.  He has gained positive feedback from members such as the following “My dealings with Ed and GFA were remarkable from start to finish.  Ed was kind, supportive, and human which by far was the greatest gift of my experience with him.  It was like talking to a friend, he truly cared and was easy to talk to, very communicative and responsive to emails and phone calls.  Ed and GFA come highly recommended.  He was amazing to deal with and eased what is normally a stressful time for folks.  I cannot say enough good things about Ed”.

Not only is Mr. Perry great at his role at GFA, members love his professional manner and passion for making the mortgage process as quick and painless as possible.  

 


5 Ways Love Can Hurt Your Credit Score

February 8, 2017

Money and love are a strange mix.

NerdWallet partnered with OkCupid to study how the dating site’s users answered questions designed to help them find a good match. When it came to “money/wealth” in a relationship, about 36% said it isn’t important at all. That’s a lot — but 43% said it’s at least somewhat important.

 


Financial Literacy for Kids

January 23, 2017

No matter how enthusiastic you are, trying to formally teach finance to kids is a tall order that is likely to make their eyes glaze over. Hold their attention by keeping money lessons relevant, age-appropriate and a bit playful.


GFA’s Commitment to the Monadnock Region is Strong

January 20, 2017

Gardner, MA – GFA has big plans for 2017, starting with a new branch in Peterborough, NH.  The credit union has received approvals to proceed from Peterborough’s Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, as well as the Department of Transportation.


6 Ways to Save More Money in the New Year

January 12, 2017

Even if saving has never been your thing and money is tight, the coming of a new year is an opportunity to change old financial habits. Here are some ways to become a more efficient saver.


How to Get out of Debt in the New Year

December 28, 2016

A brand new year often inspires positive life changes such as breaking free of debt. If collections calls have been interrupting your dinner or you're just stressed out from heavy-duty debt, here's how to eliminate the burden.


Gardner High School Receives Donation for New Sign

December 21, 2016

Gardner, MA – Gardner High School is in need of a new exterior sign and  GFA Federal Credit Union, as well as an anonymous donor have stepped up to provide the dollars to make that happen. 


Making the most of e-Banking

December 6, 2016

Most people are at least somewhat tech-savvy these days. But when it comes to digital banking, you might be missing out on a few time-saving tricks. Here's how the internet can help make your financial life easier.


How to Avoid the Busy Holiday Scamming Season

November 30, 2016

You're not the only one joyfully anticipating the holiday season. Cyber criminals are all aflutter, too, as they look forward to the killing they'll make ripping off innocent shoppers like you. Here are some of the most common ways these thieves operate, because awareness can help you avoid becoming yet another victim.


2016 Employee Appreciation Event

November 3, 2016

GFA not only appreciates their members, but their employees as well.  On Wednesday, October 26th GFA employees attended their annual Employee Appreciation event at Kamaloht in Templeton, MA.  


2016 GFA Student Advisory Board

October 28, 2016

This is the 5th year GFA has collaborated with Gardner High School to create the Student Advisory Board.

 

 


4 Financial Tips for Fall

October 28, 2016

Fall means dreams of pumpkin spice lattes, turkey dinners and a cozy holiday season just around the corner. Here are four ways to make sure you’re financially well-equipped for the last stretch of the year.


Using Equity Loans to Winterize Your Home

October 4, 2016

There are all sorts of ways to guard your home from the winter elements. Some are cheap and may even fall in the do-it-yourself category, like adding weather stripping and caulking. Other endeavors, such as swapping out single-pane windows for energy-efficient double panes, or replacing a furnace, are beyond the skill set of most homeowners — and often beyond the balances in many savings accounts as well. In that case, taking out a home equity loan or line of credit may be the answer. Here’s what you should know before you do.


BEST WAYS TO SAVE AT THANKSGIVING

September 20, 2016

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones for a satisfying meal and kick off the holiday season. If you pay current prices for your menu items, though, you could blow a chunk of your holiday budget before you even get to the pumpkin pie. Use these tips to keep your Thanksgiving festive and thrifty.


Fall is the number one season for homebuyers

September 6, 2016

Sometimes it’s smarter to buy certain items according to the season, like sweaters near the end of winter and swimsuits in late summer. But what’s the best season for buying a house?

The answer: the fall. As temperatures cool and trees shed their leaves, enough factors break in the buyer’s favor to make it the number one season for homebuying. Here’s why...


Back to School

August 23, 2016

It feels like summer just began, and we hate to say it, but the start of another school year is right around the corner. It’s time to purchase school books, pencils and pens, and a stash of Ramen Noodles for the semester. On the list may also be a new computer, laptop, or tablet computer. While students are getting back into the swing of doing homework, researching school projects, and focused on getting good grades, but also need to be aware of malware, phishing schemes, and safe computing practices.


Smart Ways to Cut Back-to-School Costs

August 16, 2016

The end of summer inevitably means a mailbox overflowing with back-to-school sale advertisements. But before you fill your shopping cart, ask yourself these five questions to keep more money in your pockets as you kick off the school year.


GFA Welcomes New Marketing Manager

July 29, 2016


GFA Federal Credit Union has recently appointed Susan Franklin as Marketing Manager.  As Marketing Manager, Susan will be responsible for the development and promotion of GFA’s brand image, products and services, and community involvement.  Given her strong background in digital marketing, Susan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in connecting with members and the community through social media and non-traditional means of communicating GFA’s offerings and promotions.


GFA Welcomes New Vice President of Member Engagement

July 19, 2016

Gardner, MA – GFA Federal Credit Union welcomes Siobhan Bohnson as Vice President of Member Engagement.


What's a Good Use for a HELOC?

July 18, 2016

When you take out a second mortgage, a name for a home equity line of credit, you're offering your house as collateral to secure another loan. The upside: You can gain access to up to 85% of your home's value, minus your current mortgage balance and adjusted based on your creditworthiness.

The downside? If you can't make your payments, you could lose where you live.

Because the stakes are high, you want to make sure you use a HELOC for the right reasons. Here are a few.


GFA HONORS TWO LOCAL STUDENTS

May 13, 2016

At the 77th annual meeting of GFA Federal Credit Union, two community were honored for their scholastic and civic achievements.


Amaro Promoted to Branch Manager in Ashburnham

May 10, 2016

Gardner, MA – GFA Federal Credit Union recently promoted Rochelle Amaro to Branch Manager of the 35 Main Street Ashburnham, Massachusetts location.

 


77TH Annual Meeting of GFA Federal Credit Union

May 5, 2016

GFA Federal Credit Union recently held its 77th Annual Meeting at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner and was well attended by GFA members.


The GFA Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend our April 27th, Annual Meeting

March 31, 2016

The GFA Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend our Annual Meeting. Join us as we celebrate continued success and community involvement.


Rachel Theriault Retires as Branch Manager after 25 Years of Service

January 8, 2016

After twenty-five years of service to the organization, Rachel Theriault has made the decision to retire from her position as Branch Manager.


Pamela Genelli Promoted to Vice President/Culture Officer

January 8, 2016

GFA Federal Credit Union announced today that Pamela Genelli has been promoted to VP/Culture Officer.


GFA Celebrates Employees for Service and Achievement

December 30, 2015

GFA Federal Credit Union hosted a joyous wedding like event and celebrated employees for their years of service and achievement during their annual employee appreciation evening.The week was filled with laughter as employees were challenged to family feud trivia, served sparkling cider and gourmet snacks as well as the evening of appreciation.


Rachel O'leary Promoted to 1st Vice President of Business-Development

December 30, 2015

GFA Federal Credit Union recently promoted Rachel O’Leary to 1st Vice President of Business Development.O’Leary brings more than two decades of business banking expertise, including over ten years of commercial lending and small business lending experience. Ms. O’Leary joined GFA over five years ago and has consistently demonstrated her commitment to the business community, the credit union’s success, and to the communities it serves.


GFA Welcomes Tracy Sasseville, Branch Manager, Parker Street

December 30, 2015

GFA Federal Credit Union has recently hired Tracy J. Sasseville for the position of Branch Manager at the Parker Street location. Sasseville brings over two decades of retail management and financial services experience to her new position


GFA is gold sponsor of Leominster Centennial Events

November 13, 2015

Gardner Federal Credit Union recently announced its support for Leominster Centennial Events through a donation of $2500.00.


GFA Supports Rutland Food Pantry

November 2, 2015

GFA Federal Credit Union is proud to show support of GVNA Health Care through their recent donation of $2500.


Hebert Promoted to Assistant Vice President/Regional Branch Manager

September 29, 2015

GFA Federal Credit Union recently announced Lynn Hebert has been promoted to Assistant Vice President/Regional Branch Manager. Her duties will include managing and overseeing both the Rindge branch at 31 Sonja Drive Rindge, NH, and the Peterborough branch at 1 Jaffrey Road Peterborough, NH


GFA Welcomes Perry as Assistant Vice President/Real Estate Sales Development Officer

September 29, 2015

GFA Federal Credit Union recently announced the hiring of Edmond Perry, to serve in a newly created position as Assistant Vice President/Real Estate Development Officer.

 


GFA Employees Work Together to Create GFA Activity Book

August 6, 2015

To compliment the financial literacy efforts of GFA in teaching valuable financial literacy skills to our young consumers, several GFA Employees collaborated to put together “The Adventures of Mr. G F Ape” Coloring and Activity Book.

This book includes coloring and other activities such as mazes, crosswords puzzles, and games that allow children to be exposed to the world of financial literacy and have fun while doing it. Readers meet Mr. G F Ape, the official mascot of the credit union, and follow him through his adventures of saving money. The goal of the book is to help children get started on the 3 S’s: Saving, Spending, and Sharing. By incorporating educational lessons on money and banking within these activities, the book is a great educational tool to help kids get a head start on money management while also showing the friendly community of the GFA Federal Credit Union.


GFA Federal Credit Union appoints a new Assistant Vice President/Residential Lending Officer

July 2, 2015

Mr. Hoover previously served as a Residential Underwriter at GFA Federal Credit Union since 2013. He has also held the position of Mortgage Underwriter and Representative at another local financial institution. As Assistant Vice President/ Residential Lending Officer, Mr. Hoover will focus on managing residential underwriting, processing, and servicing, while focusing on ensuring positive member experiences when purchasing a home. Mr. Hoover brings over than a decade of lending and real estate experience.


GFA Appoints Vice President/ Director of Human Resources

June 15, 2015

GFA Federal Credit Union has appointed Pamela Genelli to the position of Vice President/Director of Human Resources. Ms. Genelli brings three decades of human resource management and employee relations expertise to GFA Federal Credit Union. As Director of Human Resources, Ms. Genelli will oversee all aspects of human resources, including management of the Credit Union’s most valued asset, its employees. She will lead employee recruitment and retention, salary administration, benefits administration, and employee engagement and enrichment.


GFA Honors Omer Cormier for 49 Years

June 8, 2015

Mr. Cormier, a long-time GFA Official became a member in his teenage years and started his role as a Director in 1966. During his volunteer tenure at the credit union he has worked with all four executive leaders starting with founding leader Linus Allain and continuing with Bertrand LaChance, Charles Bowles and now President and Chief Executive Officer, Tina Sbrega.


Brown Appointed to GFA Supervisory Committee

June 4, 2015

The Board of Directors of GFA Federal Credit Union recently announced the appointment of Winfield Brown to its Supervisory Committee. Mr. Brown will be joining committee members: James O. Garrison, Chair, Dr. Daniel M. Asquino, JoAnne Parks and Wendy Wiiks. Brown replaces Elaine T. Fluet who was recently elected to the GFA’s Board of Directors.


GFA Hosts 76th Annual Meeting

May 20, 2015

Gfa federal credit union recently held its 76th annual meeting at Mount Wachusett community college in Gardner and was well attended by gfa members. Veterans from the Montachusett veteran’s outreach center were in attendance to present the American and Massachusetts flags and lead the group in the pledge of allegiance.


GFA Federal Credit Union Offers Down Payment / Closing Cost Grants to First-Time Homebuyers through the Equity Builder Program

May 4, 2015

GFA Federal Credit Union, in Gardner, MA, is offering down payment/closing costs grants to eligible, local first-time homebuyers through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston's Equity Builder Program (EBP). The EBP offers grants to provide assistance with down payments, closing costs, homebuyer counseling and property rehabilitation for eligible individuals purchasing their first home.


The GFA Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend our April 29th, Annual Meeting

April 17, 2015

The GFA Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend our Annual Meeting. Join us as we celebrate continued success and community involvement.


GFA Federal Credit Union Appoints Assistant Vice President/Operations Manager

April 2, 2015

Gardner, MA – GFA Federal Credit Union has recently recruited Cherie Morgan to the position of Assistant Vice President/Operations Manager. Mrs. Morgan brings more than fifteen years of industry experience.


How to Recognize, Avoid and Report Cyber Fraud

March 6, 2015

At GFA, our core values include keeping your information protected, safe and secure. In partnership with the National Credit Union Administration, we have educational resources below to guide you through recognizing, preventing and reporting cyber fraud. Also provided below is an IRS Alert providing information about most recent scams including Tax Preparer Phishing Scam and IRS- Impersonation Telephone Scam


Data Breaches: What You Need to Know...

December 5, 2014

GFA Federal Credit Union is ready to help if your personal or financial data is ever compromised. For extra assurance, Life Lock insurance can protect you against Identity Theft. Plus, members can save 10%.


GFA and NHSBDC to Educate Business Start Ups

August 15, 2014

Start up Business Owners and those interested are invited to attend a presentation and question and answer session on Starting a Small Business that Lasts. The event will be held Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 5:30PM to 7PM at GFA Federal Credit Union on 1 Jaffrey Road, Peterborough. Refreshments, resources and business experts will be available for attendees at no charge. This event is open to the community.


GFA Federal Credit Union Welcomes Mary Boodie as Branch Manager

July 11, 2014

Gardner, MA – GFA Federal Credit Union welcomes Mary Boodie as Branch Manager of Winchendon, located at 185 Central Street, Winchendon, MA 01475.


Parks Appointed To GFA Supervisory Commitee

June 4, 2014

The Board of Directors of GFA Federal Credit Union recently announced the appointment of JoAnne Parks to its Supervisory Committee. The Supervisory Committee consists of unpaid volunteers who serve to ensure GFA employs fiscal responsibility and sound internal controls. Ms. Parks will be joining committee members: James O. Garrison, Chair, Dr. Daniel M. Asquino, Elaine T. Fluet and Wendy Wiiks.


Gardner Uptown Roots Music Festival

June 3, 2014

Featuring live performances by New England Music Award Winners which includes Adam Ezra Group, Air Traffic Controller, Hayley Jane And The Primates, Sarah Borrello, The Mallett Brother Band and many more.


GFA Held 75th Annual Meeting

May 27, 2014

GFA Federal Credit Union recently held its 75th Annual Meeting at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner and was attended by more than 120 GFA members. Veterans from the Montachusett Veteran’s Outreach Center were in attendance to present the American and Massachusetts flags and lead the group in the pledge of allegiance.


Three Elected to GFA's Board of Directors

May 5, 2014

At the recent annual meeting of GFA Federal Credit Union, three individuals were re-elected to the Board of Directors to serve three-year terms. The re-elected Directors include Charles P. Bowles, Douglas R. Delay, and Mark P. Hawke.


Sevigny Promoted to Branch Manager of GFA Ashburnham

April 10, 2014

Ashburnham, MA – GFA Federal Credit Union recently announced the promotion of Kelly Sevigny to the position of Branch Manager of the credit union’s Ashburnham full service branch. Kelly has worked at the Ashburnham location for more than six years, most recently serving as Assistant Branch Manager.


GFA's Student Advisory Board in Third Year

January 27, 2014

GFA Federal Credit Unions Student Advisory Board convened and using parliamentary procedure officer candidates were nominated and voted by the Student Advisory Board to serve for the third year.


GFA Federal Credit Union Supports CHC's The Homestretch Campaign

January 27, 2014

As part of the holiday season, GFA Federal Credit Union continued its community contributions mission by making a $5,000 donation to Community Health Connection’s Homestretch Campaign. The HomeStretch Campaign is underway to raise the remaining $3.5 million dollars to complete the construction of the new $20 million dollar Regional Health Care Center located in Fitchburg MASS.