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Land Rover Three Day Event 2018 with the Lexington Humane Society

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This past weekend, we had a wonderful opportunity to help the Lexington Humane Society get the wordLHS Land Rover 2 500x375 out about great dogs to adopt, help with doggy daycare, and ring up some merchandise, all to benefit a great cause! It was a bright a sunny day filled with a lot of really interesting activities and even more people! A lot of us had never been to the Land Rover event, so it was a really fun treat for us all.

We got to interact with the dogs and event goers and really had a great time. You can see two of the lovely animals we had a chance to meet in our photos! The larger dog's name is Chapo and he's LHS Land Rover 1 500x614one friendly giant! He's 1 and a half years old and is great with people and dogs! Chapo is up for adoption, so if you need a giant cuddler in your life, go down to the Humane Society and see him! The little guy's name is Bean. He's actually one of the Humane Society's employee's dogs. He's just so lovable and friendly, they just had to bring him along! He was originally being fostered by the employee, until she fell head over heels for him!

We're so grateful for this opportunity and want to thank the Lexington Humane Society for letting us fill our hearts in such a special way. We're eager to help out more as we can and even are planning on volunteering at their PetSmart adoption event in Hamburg this coming Saturday. Keep an eye out for is if you're around and thank you to everyone who stopped and said hello!

Would you like to help a great cause like Lexington Humane Society? Well you can! Click on our link, visit their website, and see if you can volunteer or even donate! All help is greatly appreciated!

 Celebrating Earth Day - it's more than just one day!

Bluegrass greensource visit 500x359Earth day may have been April 22nd, but our commitment to our environment and community is all year round. To extend our celebration and bring up some important conversations on what we could all be doing to help, we had a few fun things going on this week!

One aim of ours was to get members enrolled in E-Statements and E-Notices! While they are a safe, secure, and convenient way to have your account information at your fingertips, it's also another way that you can take a step to reducing your environmental impact! Now, we have informative handouts for members to help them enroll, a staff ready to help, and a page with instructions for E-Statements and E-Notices. You can find this page here.Money Plant Facebook image 500x509

We also handed out compostable Money Plant seed stakes to our members to help them start gardening this Spring. Money Plants turn out to have beautiful, iridescent pods, about the size of quarters. These are a really, fun plant that you can even use for decor! Here's a tip from one of our stellar employees - once the pods have bloomed, take them off and lay them out flat. You can hairspray the outside of the pods to preserve them. They make wonderful vase fillers. (Thanks Linda!) And a big thank you to Imperial Flowers for helping us locate a money plant to show our members!

Last, but certainly not least, we had Bluegrass Greensource join us on Friday, April 27th to take to us and our members about how we can reduce our carbon footprint and put our best foot forward for the good of the environment. They came ready with handouts about recycling, yard waste, issues facing our city, and more! We really enjoyed the chance to speak with them and learn something about our own impact. If you're interested in learning more about Bluegrass Greensource, their mission, and more, click here!

We always have more in the works, so keep up to date with your favorite local credit union and check back often!

April 2018 Update - What's new at GTKY?

Completed project Wall SignWow! April has just flown by! We've had a lot going on here at Greater Kentucky, including a few additions to our building and our 64th Annual Meeting! We've stayed busy, but have had a lot of fun doing it.KidsCorner3 500x667

This year's Annual Meeting, in honor of our 65th year, we invited several founding members of our credit union so we could thank them for all they did to help bring us to where we are. We heard a lot of really interesting stories (did you know our credit union started off in a desk drawer!?), gave out trophies to show our appreciation, and had a lot of laughs along the way.

Everyone who came by did get to see some really cool new additions to the credit union though, like a new illuminated wall sign! You can now see the Greater Kentucky name from Red Mile road!

We also introduced a new Kids Book Nook, which is fit with a chalkboard, chairs, and books for kids to enjoy! Kids can even take a book home if they'd like, we just ask that they bring it back when they're done, or bring a different book that other kids may enjoy! If you haven't been by lately, come and see us!

Delivering to The Nest

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This past Friday, we had a chance to deliver all of the donated groceries from our Co-ops for Community event to The Nest Center for Women, Children and Families with the help of the amazing crew at Good Foods Co-op. We walked into the local co-op with a bounce in our step, elated to see what all had been donated. There was no chance any of us could have guessed how many nutritious groceries and much needed goods had been donated. The boxes piled high above the counters and were stacked from end to end, all for those in need in our area.

Thank you to everyone who donated and supported our efforts. We couldn't be happier with the results and it warms our hearts to know how dedicated our community is to helping each other in times of need. Lexington proved that the season of giving doesn't end in December, but it does begin with you.

Click here to check out our interview with WKYT as we get all of the boxes into cars and head towards The Nest.

Pictured from left to right: Mark Blanton (MSR), Brittany Lloyd (Accounting Representative), Jeffrey White (Executive Director of The Nest), Lauren Gawthrop (Marketing Manager, Good Foods Co-op), and Bill Bickford (General Manager, Good Foods Co-op)

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We have had such a wonderful time speaking to our community about our newest event with Good Foods Co-op, Co-ops for Community! We are collecting grocery donations for families of The Nest Center for Women, Children and families all January long and we will be matching the first 65 bags donated in the form of a donation directly to The Nest! Thanks to our friends at Good Foods, we were also able to get some air time to get the word out about our year of giving back and our kick off event. Check out our video, featuring LEX18's Lee Cruse!

 For more information about our 65th anniversary and upcoming events, click here.

 For more information about Co-ops for Community, click here.

It's Time for Christmas Sweaters!

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It's our favorite day of the year! It's time for our staff pot luck and a bunch of adorable sweaters! We're just having an absolute blast this year getting the chance to see all of our lovely members, sharing christmas stories, and feeling that overwhelming sense of comradery!

We hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday season this year! We've got some news coming up soon, so keep checking up on your favorite local credit union.

 We're Feeling Festive at the CU!
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Red Mile 2017 Christmas Tree 211x250We've trimmed our tree and set out some lovely decorations at both of our branches! The staff is so excited for the holiday season and love having the twinkling lights to gaze at. Our members seem to love it too!

We also had our Holiday Open House this month at our Versailles branch! The crew whipped up some amazing treats and decor for the members and even had some games and gifts to give. They had a blast talking about our holiday loan specials and more with our members.

If you haven't had the chance to stop by yet, come and see us!

Health Fair Guess & Win Winners!

Osram Winner 260x184We've been busy with Health Fair Season this October and have been having a great time! We tookVA Guess and Win Abby Taylor 270x328 the opportunity to visit companies like Osram,  Webasto, and the VA Hospital to talk about financial wellness and the importance of saving. While we handed out informative materials, we also had a bit of fun! Everyone had a chance at each health fair to guess how much money was in our piggy bank for the chance to take the money home. A lot of people entered to win, but our lucky winners guessed it! Thank you to all who participated and came by to see us. We're still always looking for new opportunities to reach out to the community, so let us know if you want to see us at your next health fair!

Pictured Left: Ersel Kennedy (Credit Union Member and Winner of our Guess & Win Game) and Susan Rimer (Versailles Branch Manager.)

Pictured Right: Abby Taylor (VA Employee and Winner of our Guess & Win Game)

International Credit Union Day 2017
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October 19th is International Credit Union Day! We are just thrilled to be able to celebrate this day with all of our loyal members and staff. We appreciate those who have supported us through the decades and we are so excited to be gaining new members every day. As a thank you to all of our members, old and new, we have set out complimentary apples, coloring pages, and temporary tattoos!

Here's to many more years in the community building stronger, long lasting relationships!

Relay for Life Raffle Donation

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Greater Kentucky Credit Union is happy to donate $338 dollars to the American Cancer Society after raising money with a gift basket raffle! We were all as excited to get donations for an amazing as we were to see the lucky winner accept her gift basket. Again, thank you to every one who entered our drawing. Even if not everyone can win the basket, we're all winners for supporting a wonderful charity.

Pictured: Susan Rimer, Kayla Francisco, Kelsy Goens (Credit Union Employees), John Thompson, and Patsy Shyrock (Relay for Life Committee Representatives.)

Relay for Life Raffle Drawing

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And our winner is Barbara Pierce! We were very excited to give this basket away and it makes it all that much more rewarding to give this basket to a member who has been with this credit union for a long time. Thank you Barbara for coming by to pick up your wonderful winnings and thank you to everyone who entered! Thanks to you all, we were able to raise over $330 in ticket sales for the Woodford County Relay for Life. We'll be doing more fun events and activities like this soon, so stay tuned!

Pictured: Barbara Pierce (Raffle Winner) and Shelby Isert (Credit Union Employee)

Woodford County's Annual Twilight Festival

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We had a wonderful time this year at Woodford County's Twilight Festival! Thank you to everyone who showed up and gave us your full support. We had our Relay for Life Raffle for our Kentucky Proud Gift Basket out to enter, a Prize Drop, Temporary Piggy Bank tattoos and more! Didn't get a chance to stop by? No worries! Maybe we'll see you next year!

Pictured: Kelsy Goens (Credit Union Employee)

 Sample Saturday Good Foods - Greater Kentucky Credit UnionGood Foods Sample Saturday Event

Have you ever stopped by Good Foods on the first Saturday of the month? You may have seen us! As a not for profit, financial cooperative, we think it's important to support other cooperatives in our community! We love talking to the Good Foods' customers about earning more with Kasasa, lowering their interest rates on loans, and getting back to community banking. We'll be around for more Sample Saturdays coming up, so stay tuned!

Pictured: Shelby Isert (Credit Union Employee)

GTKY Teams Up with the Credit Union for Kids Charity!
Credit Unions for Kids - Greater Kentucky Credit Union Greater Kentucky Credit Union has donated another $1,010.00 this year to benefit the Credit Union for Kids charity. For every Line of Credit our members opened between October 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016, we donated $10.00 towards this wonderful charity to support sick and injured children in the community.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is an alliance of premier, not-for-profit children’s hospitals across North America which treats millions of ill and injured children annually. These donations have gone to support research and training, new facilities and equipment, patient services, special patient needs, health education programs, plus pay for uncompensated care, and ensure that local children and their families have access to quality healthcare and the best possible experience during their hospital stay. All funds support our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

We look forward to working with The Children’s Miracle Network in the coming years and expanding our partnerships and outreach to benefit our community and fulfill the CU philosophy of “People helping People."

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