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The month of May aims to honor the nearly 28 million small businesses and the amazing people who run them. Local small businesses are part of our community’s landscape. They don’t just help the economy thrive, but they also keep our neighborhoods vibrant and wonderful places to live and work. The gratification from knowing you’re supporting your local economy is priceless.
Here at Sooper Credit Union, we strongly believe in supporting the community and helping local businesses flourish. Join us in our important goal by shopping local this May during Small Business Month and throughout the year.
For more reasons to shop local, check out our latest article.
Are you a small business owner? We want to help keep your company thriving! Give us a call or stop by the credit union today to ask about our business services and other products that can help your business grow.
Join us for a FREE 60-minute webinar to reduce your stress and worries, protect your assets and income, and plan wisely for your loved ones. Learn to avoid probate, wills vs. trusts, the power of attorneys to handle disability issues, and asset protection from long-term care costs.
For more information regarding the Grand Opening Promotion, please contact Selena at (720) 826-6168 or visit the branch!
Our Sooper Credit Union Aurora, Colorado, branch has moved to a new mixed-use development at the Spur at Iliff RTD Station. The new development has helped transform the area into one of the Denver Metro’s hottest and most livable locations. Sooper Credit Union is proud to add to the area’s exhilarating momentum.
“We are pleased to open this new state-of-the-art branch to better serve our existing members as well as to meet the banking needs in the Aurora community,” said Sooper Credit Union Executive Vice President, Carrie Langgard. While members can expect to receive the same exceptional level of service they’ve come to know, the new location offers an expanded lobby area, a full-service teller line, meeting rooms, and convenient parking. Access to our CO-OP enabled ATM, which provides credit union members traveling from all over the world direct access to their accounts safely and securely, will also be available at the new location.
The branch will be managed by Selena Aarness. She will continue to lead the friendly staff you’ve come to know in Aurora with a commitment to member service and the community.
Find our new location here!
Since 2007, America Saves Week, coordinated by America Saves and its partners, has been an annual celebration as well as a call to action for everyday Americans to commit to saving successfully. Through the support of thousands of participating organizations, together we encourage our local communities to do a ‘gut-check’ on their finances and saving behaviors. The America Saves pledge is a framework that allows savers to set a goal, and make a plan to achieve better financial stability.
America Saves Week runs from February 22 through February 26, 2021. During this week, Sooper CU will be sharing tips and tricks for saving during the new year. We are encouraging members to focus on automatic savings and saving for an emergency.
Take the America Saves Pledge Here!
Monday: Saving Automatically
Tuesday: Saving for the Unexpected
Wednesday: Saving for Retirement
Thursday: Reducing Debt
Friday: Saving as a Family
For more financial resources, head to our Empowered Living Section.
A strong set of values, a clear mission, and an inspiring vision are the hallmarks of successful and sustainable organizations throughout history. Many times, these principles remain unspoken. To speak about them – to name them – enables a greater sense of shared community and relationships among what might otherwise be a disparate group of individuals. Naming our principles gives shape to our “Why?” In our nearly 70-year history, Sooper Credit Union has never had a specified vision statement or a set of articulated values. Our mission in recent years was simply written as, “To improve our communities’ quality of life by enhancing our members’ financial well-being.” It has served our employees, members, and communities well, and – if our member testimonies are correct – we have embodied that historic mission. In 2019, however, we embarked on a journey of re-discovery in order to refresh our mission and to expand upon it. Our goal was to reach higher – to challenge ourselves to become more effective at doing what we have always done: make the world a better place through the credit union ethic of “People helping people.” With our new values, mission, and vision statements, we believe we set the stage for our Sooper Credit Union family to build upon our successful past and to become something truly extraordinary. Following our extensive efforts to listen to our members, employees, and the Board of Directors, our new values, mission, and vision statements can be unveiled.
To find out more, visit soopercu.org/culture-hub.
The SCU Community Foundation is here to help once again with awards that total $10,000 in scholarships for students.
Established in 2009, the SCU Community Foundation was created as a conduit to focus and direct Sooper CU’s philanthropic efforts. In addition to matching employee donations and sponsoring nonprofit organizations, the foundation also awards a total of $10,000 in scholarships to students pursuing higher education every year.
When are applications accepted? Between December 18 and March 17 of the current scholarship year. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Who determines the winners? An appointed committee will judge all qualifying candidates, and winners will be notified after May 1. In order to be considered, applicants must meet the criteria listed and complete the scholarship application by March 17.
How do I apply? Scholarship application packets can be downloaded atscufoundation.org between December 18 and March 17.
Applicants MUST be members in good standing.* The deadline for membership qualification is December 31, 2020.
Become a member today! Visit soopercu.org/open-account.
To find out more, visit scufoundation.org. Or take a moment to watch Grace Osusky’s video, a scholarship recipient in 2020, to get a better idea of what this scholarship is all about.
Congratulations to our 2020 scholarship award recipients! $10,000 in scholarships were awarded to four individuals in support of their outstanding academic performance and commitment to their communities. “The SCU Community Foundation is proud to support these talented members in achieving their educational goals,” said Mike Litzau, Secretary/Treasurer of the SCU Community Foundation. Winners received scholarships of $4,000, $3,000, $2,000, or $1,000. This year’s winners are pictured below.
To learn more about our scholarship program go to scufoundation.org. If you would like to assist the SCU Community Foundation in supporting scholarship recipients in the future, donations can be made by emailing email@example.com.
When: Tuesday, May 26 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: This meeting will be held virtually. The meeting link will be sent to you after we receive your RSVP.
Please RSVP by Friday, May 22.
As a member, you are an owner of Sooper Credit Union. At the Annual Meeting, you have a chance to learn how well the credit union is doing. When you RSVP, you have the opportunity to submit a question that may be answered at the end of the annual meeting or privately.
To review the Annual Report, please click here.
To review the minutes from last years’ annual meeting, please click here.
To RSVP, please click here.
We hope you can attend. If you have any questions, please contact Melisa at (720)826-6054 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Sooper Credit Union, our members are like family. And like you, we’ve been focused on doing all the things we need to do to keep our families safe and healthy. As your credit union, we are here for you when you need us the most.
Given growing concerns around the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we are taking this opportunity to update you on our readiness plan. The health and safety of our members, employees, and community is our top priority. We will continue to follow guidance from federal, state, and local agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health organizations. Here is an update regarding extra safety measures we have put in place, along with tips to help you access your accounts.
For Our Members
In Our Branches
For Our Team Members
Please visit our website at soopercu.org/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information on the status of our readiness plan. If you have specific questions or need assistance, we are happy to help.
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A new state of Colorado tax donation program allows those who file to use some or all of any refund to directly support the important work of the SCU Community Foundation. To designate the Foundation, use our registration number 20103006042 on the Voluntary Contributions Schedule when you file. Access the form here.
Two senior members of Sooper Credit Union’s executive leadership team, Executive Vice President, Darrell Mann, and Executive Vice President of Corporate, Mike Litzau, both from Sooper Credit Union’s Corporate office in Arvada, Colorado, are scheduled to launch into retirement following notable careers in financial services.
Mr. Mann spent much of his life in the state of Ohio working in financial services before accepting a leadership position at Sooper Credit Union in Colorado in 1999 where he remained for over 20 years.
Sooper Credit Union’s President and CEO Dan Kester offered this reflection on the occasion, “Darrell Mann will be sorely missed by our executive team. His experienced understanding of the credit union difference has always made him an invaluable asset.” Mr. Kester added, “Among Darrell’s many significant contributions are leadership positions on Centennial Lending’s Loan Underwriting Committee and the CUDC Master Committee along with a period of time where he sat as Chair of the Board for the Consumers United Association. As he concludes this chapter, we are proud to congratulate Darrell Mann as a well-loved and distinguished credit union professional.”
Mr. Kester offered this appraisal of Mr. Litzau’s contributions, “Mike’s 44 -year career includes a long list of positions held including four years as the Chairman of the Colorado Credit Union League, two years as Chairman of the NASCUS Council, almost 20 years on the CUSN Board of Managers, as well as directorships on the SunCorp FCU and the Rocky Mountain CUES Council.” Kester continued, “In addition, Mike has always maintained intensive participation in legislative and regulatory activities accompanied by steady engagement in community events.”
Litzau recently put an exclamation point on his career by winning the Distinguished Leader Award at the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation’s annual gala celebration in September.
Both Darrell and Mike conclude careers as respected authorities – each with over 45 years of service to financial institutions. They leave Sooper Credit Union in record-breaking condition with over $406 million in assets and over 34,000 members nationwide. Please join nearly 100 employees, the executive leadership team, and our Board of Directors in wholeheartedly thanking Mike Litzau and Darrell Mann for the longstanding dedication and wishing them continued success, good health, and happiness in retirement.
Welcome to our new site!
It has a clean and intuitive design and consistent site-wide navigation with improved menu functionality that directs you to the information most relevant to you. For easier navigation, it is fully responsive to all portable devices. It, also, has several new features we’re excited to introduce:
We will continue to communicate regularly through articles and notifications. We are excited to hear your feedback and trust that the new site will provide you with greater financial freedom and well-being. Please submit any questions, comments, or concerns to email@example.com.
At Sooper Credit Union, we are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience in accordance with ADA guidelines. We are working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website for all users. If you are using a screen reader or other auxiliary aid and you encounter difficulties using the website, please contact us at (303) 427-5005 or (888) SOOPER1 for additional assistance. Products and services available on this website are available at our corporate office located at 5005 West 60th Ave Arvada, CO 80003.
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