Newsletters & Communications
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- 2021 1st Qtr Newsletter
- 2020 4th Qtr Newsletter
- 2020 3rd Qtr Newsletter
- 2020 2nd Qtr Newsletter
- 2020 1st Qtr Newsletter
June 2021- Olean Area FCU Awards Scholarships to local seniors.
Olean Area Federal Credit Union has awarded $1,500 in college scholarships to three high school seniors to help finance their college education.
The students, who are members of Olean Area FCU, were chosen based on their outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements.
“Our Scholarship Program directly supports youth within the communities we serve and gives students the opportunity to further their education.” said Richard Yeager, CEO “It strongly supports the ‘people helping people’ philosophy of the credit union movement.”
The high school seniors who received the awards were: Caroline DeRose, Nathan-Michael Gabler, and Marina Heister, all students at Olean High School.
In addition to the Olean Area FCU Scholarship, Caroline DeRose was also awarded scholarships through the Jamestown Credit Union Chapter and the New York Credit Union Association totaling an additional $2,000.
February 2021- Updates From the Board
Ron Inzana has retired as Vice President of our Board of Directors after 48 years of committed service and dedication to Olean Area FCU and our members. Rich Yeager, CEO stated, “Ron’s retirement is well deserved, but he will be missed. Ron’s top priority was always to the Credit Union members and how each decision affected them. He was a true Credit Union Ambassador.”
Michele Pancio (left) is our new Vice President of the Board. She joined the Olean Area FCU supervisory committee in 2006, and appointed to the board in 2013. Michele has been coowner for 30 years of All American Financial Service and Insurance as well as Real Estate Development. She is also part of the Progressive Insurance Agency Technology Council.
Robert Olander (right) has been elected to the Board of Directors. He joined Olean Area FCU’s supervisory committee in 2006, becoming the Supervisory Board Chair in 2017. Robert retired from Allegany Co-Op Insurance and had previously worked for Crawford and Company for over 25 years.
February 2021 – Olean Area FCU Welcomes Joe Klaiber as New Vice President of Lending.
Joe Klaiber joins Olean Area Federal Credit Union as our new Vice President of Lending. He brings 20+ years of experience working with financial institutions, and 15 years in the credit union industry.
Joe previously served as the Chief Operations Officer for a credit union in central Pennsylvania. His past positions include VP of Lending and Operations, VP of Compliance & Information Security Officer, and Director of Marketing & IT. Joe holds many industry certifications, including Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE) and NAFCU Certified Risk Manager (NCRM) designations. He is a graduate of Penn State University, holding a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing & Management.
Joe’s involvement in community-led initiatives include being the current Treasurer of the Elmira Kiwanis Club, being a past Board Trustee of the Clemens Center, as well as being a past Board Member of Glove House, Inc.
December 2020 – Credit Union Seeks Volunteers to Expand Board Committees.
As our Credit Union continues to grow, we are actively searching for volunteers to help with the challenges before us. It is an exciting time to become involved at the Credit Union. Recently we have been granted a charter expansion into Allegany County in New York and McKean & Potter Counties in Pennsylvania. We are finalizing a new branch in Portville and planning an Operation’s Center to accommodate a need for more space.
We presently have a Board of Directors, a Supervisory Committee, and a Volunteer Education Committee. The Board of Directors consist of 9 members, the Supervisory Committee consists of 4 members with a maximum of 5 members and the Volunteer Education Committee with no members at the present time. We would like to add one member to the Supervisory Committee and an undetermined number to the Volunteer Education Committee.
Becoming a Board Member
The membership elects the Board of Directors with a three-year term. Three Board Members are elected each year. The Board of Directors appoint Members of the Supervisory Committee and Volunteer Education Committee. The Board of Directors and the Supervisory Committee have established duties and responsibilities established by the National Credit Union Association (NCUA) and the Volunteer Committee was established by the Board of Directors to help fill vacancies when needed. To become a member of the Supervisory or Volunteer Education Committee, you must be a member of the Credit Union. If there are no issues with obligations to the Credit Union, an application can be completed. Interviews are then conducted with the Board. The obligation of confidentiality must be understood by all members of the Board, Supervisory or Education Committees. Confidentiality must be adhered to with absolutely no violation of trust.
The Volunteer Education Committee works primarily with the Supervisory Committee, and may attend monthly Board of Director meetings. Members of the Supervisory Committee and Volunteer Education Committee have no vote on matters before the Board of Directors. However, they have an opportunity to provide input to the discussion and to learn the inter-workings of the Credit Union.
An application for volunteering is available below. Please email a completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off at any of our branch locations.
November 2020 – Olean Area FCU Appoints Richard Yeager as Chief Executive Officer.
Olean Area Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Yeager as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Rich had been serving as Interim CEO since August of 2020.
Mr. Yeager is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and has held senior leadership roles at local financial institutions for over 25 years. Rich joined Olean Area Federal Credit Union in 2012 as the Vice President of Lending, overseeing all loan operations. This included consumer, mortgage and commercial lending.
When asked about his new position, Rich stated, “I am honored and humbled to have been chosen for this role. I am excited to grow with such a fantastic organization and look forward to working together with our board of directors and staff as we continue to grow and evolve.”
Patrick Kelly, Board President, added “The Olean Area FCU Board of Directors is pleased that Rich has accepted the position as CEO. We are confident that under Rich’s leadership we will successfully expand our footprint while continuing our tradition of delivering quality products and superior service to our members and supporting the communities we serve.”
August 2020 – Groundbreaking Ceremony Kicks off Construction of new Portville Branch.
Olean Area FCU broke ground to mark the start of construction for the new Portville branch located at 160 S. Main Street. The full-service branch is slated to open in early 2021. It will include two drive-thru lanes, a walk-up and drive-thru ATM and coin machine.
Pictured above (left to right) are Brady Sturm and Levi Feely of Clark Patterson Lee, Rodney Gleason of Kinley Corporation, Portville Mayor Tony Evans, Board Member Glenda Hall, Board President Pat Kelly, Interim CEO Rich Yeager, Supervisory Committee Chair Bob Olander, and Board Members Lola Stoughton and Michele Pancio.
July 2020 – Olean Area Federal Credit Union granted charter expansion.
With a community driven and member focused mission, Olean Area Federal Credit Union prides itself on service standards, community involvement and member experience. Olean Area FCU is happy to announce an expansion of its community charter approved by the National Credit Union Administration. The expansion includes all of Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties, NY as well as McKean and Potter Counties, PA. The credit union can now serve anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in these four counties, their immediate family members, as well as businesses and organizations.
The charter expansion will enable the credit union to bring community focused financial services to the four contiguous counties.
“By expanding our field of membership, our services will be more easily accessible to both our current members and those interested in becoming new members. We have had many residents and businesses in the past who were unable to join due to their location, making this expansion a clear and necessary next step,” stated Stephen Foster, CEO.
Olean Area FCU Board President, Patrick Kelly added, “As an organization, our primary goal is to maintain our values and continue providing exceptional service and a strong sense of community as we broaden our reach throughout these four counties.”
Expanded Field of Membership
While there are currently no branches in Allegany, McKean and Potter counties, the credit union recently made it possible to apply for membership online. Eligible residents can visit www.oleanareafcu.org to begin the application process. Additionally, by utilizing the convenient online, mobile and phone center service, members can make most financial transactions remotely. This is especially beneficial for those who don’t want to visit a branch in person, due to the current pandemic.
The credit union currently has three locations, 1201 Wayne Street and 206 North Clark Street in Olean, NY and 180 West Main Street in Allegany, NY. They recently announced a fourth location at 160 South Main Street in Portville, NY, slated to open in early 2021. This full-service branch will provide a more convenient location for members in Allegany, McKean and Potter counties.
Olean Area FCU is the 2nd largest credit union in Western New York, with over 19,000 members and assets of $341 million.
May 2020 – Olean Area Federal Credit Union donates to local food pantries amidst ongoing need.
Olean, NY – As local food pantries struggle with a decrease in volunteers due to physical distancing and an increase in demand for distribution, Olean Area FCU announced a $1,500.00 donation to three local food banks.
Creekside Chapel Food Pantry, Loaves and Fishes, and the Olean Food Pantry each received a monetary donation of $500.00.
Stephen Foster, CEO, stated, “As an essential service provider, we remain committed to the health, safety and well-being of our community members and will support those who need it the most during these unprecedented times. Our local food banks provide such a vital service to our friends and neighbors throughout our region year-round, and especially in times of great need. The team at Olean Area FCU is happy to lend our support as we all work together to stay healthy during this pandemic.”
May 2020 – Olean Area Federal Credit Union Awards Scholarships to local seniors.
Olean, NY – Olean Area Federal Credit Union has awarded $1,500 in college scholarships to three high school seniors to help finance their college education.
The students, who are members of Olean Area FCU, were chosen based on their outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements.
“We are very pleased to award these scholarships to our hard-working young members,” said Stephen Foster, CEO “It proves that the ‘people helping people’ philosophy of the credit union movement is alive and well within our community.”
The high school seniors who received the awards were: Madelyn Hoffman of Olean, Emmy Li of Allegany, and Madison Smith of Allegany.
Emmy Li and Madison Smith also received scholarships through the Jamestown Credit Union Chapter and the New York Credit Union Association.
February 2020 – Olean Area Federal Credit Union Announces New Branch in Portville.
Olean Area Federal Credit Union is proud to announce a new future branch location in Portville, NY. It is slated to open in the 1st quarter of 2021. Olean Area FCU confirmed that the new branch will be located at 160 South Main Street. The new full-service branch will feature loan, teller and membership services, as well as a 24-hour walk-up and drive-thru ATM.
The new location will better accommodate Olean Area FCU’s growing membership base within its current service area.
Stephen Foster, CEO stated, “We are proud to debut this new branch in Portville and remain committed to providing our members with exceptional products and services to help them reach their financial goals.”
Patrick Kelly, Olean Area FCU Board President added, “We researched several communities and found the town of Portville to be a perfect fit. Their strong sense of community and commitment to education are things we value and support as a credit union in the communities we serve.”
Olean Area FCU is the 2nd largest credit union in Western New York, with assets of $304 million. The credit union currently serves over 19,000 members with three locations, 1201 Wayne Street and 206 North Clark Street in Olean, and 180 West Main Street in Allegany.
May 2019 – Olean Area Federal Credit Union Awards Scholarships to Members.
Olean Area Federal Credit Union has awarded college scholarships to three area high school seniors.
The students are members of the Credit Union, and chosen based on their outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements.
“We are very pleased to award these scholarships to our hard-working young members,” said Stephen Foster, CEO. “It proves that the ‘people helping people’ philosophy of the credit union movement is alive and well here in our community.”
The high school seniors who received the awards were: Christine Pagett from Portville Central. Christine also received the Chapter and State awards for her achievements. She plans to attend Ohio State University. Lauren Schifley and Meghan Brink from Allegany-Limestone. Lauren plans to attend Canisius College and Meghan plans to attend SUNY Albany.
Feb 2018 – Enchanted Mountains Federal Credit Union Plans Merger with Olean Area Federal Credit Union
Olean Area Federal Credit Union’s CEO, Stephen Foster announces the merger of Enchanted Mountains Federal Credit Union into Olean Area Federal Credit Union.
The merger was first approved by the National Credit Union Administration on December 28, 2017. It was then overwhelmingly approved by member vote of Enchanted Mountains Federal Credit Union membership on January 26, 2018. “We are extremely excited about the merger and feel there are advantages to members of both organizations,” says Foster.
Sheila Rees, President & CEO of Enchanted Mountains Federal Credit Union stated, “Increased costs of technology prohibit a smaller institution such as ours from the ability to offer services such as mobile deposit and ATM’s. We are pleased in the vote and that our members will become part of an organization that has the same commitment to the community as we do.”
The assigned merger date is June 11, 2018, with an informational mailing going out to members in March. Member information will be posted on the home page of both credit union websites: oleanareafcu.org and enchantedmountainsfcu.org.
Olean Area FCU is the 2nd largest credit union in Western New York, with assets of $269 million. The credit union currently serves over 17,800 members with two locations on Wayne Street and North Clark Street in Olean. Enchanted Mountains FCU with assets of $12 million has a membership of just over 1,000.