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What is Affinity First Federal Credit Union?
Affinity First Federal Credit Union is a cooperative financial institution that is owned and operated by its members. The scope of activities of Affinity First is defined in its bylaws and is governed by the Federal Credit Union Act.
History of Affinity First Federal Credit Union
Affinity First Federal Credit Union was organized and chartered by seven Trinity Hospital employees on April 23, 1959 as Triniservice Federal Credit Union. Its purpose was to promote thrift among its members by affording them an opportunity to accumulate their savings and to create an additional benefit for Trinity employees. To become a member, you had to be in the field of membership, fill out an application and deposit $5.00 for one share in the Credit Union plus a 25-cent membership fee.
Affinity First was operated out of a small office on the fifth floor of the hospital and was run strictly by volunteers made up of a Board of Directors, Credit Committee, Supervisory Committee and a Marketing Committee. The Board of Directors and Credit Committee were elected by the membership at the annual meeting to serve three-year terms. Other commitee members are appointed by the board.
Initially the services offered were savings, life insurance for $2,000 and low cost loans. All work was done by volunteers until the early 1970's when a treasurer was paid $50.00 a month. In May of 1977 a part-time manager was hired. This person was also part-time financial aid coordinator for Trinity's School of Nursing.
Many services were added late in 1977 when Affinity First (Triniservice) had a full-time staff. Records were converted to a weekly batch data processing system in Iowa and free travelers checks were added. In January of 1978, the first budget and policy manual were adopted. In 1979, Affinity First (Triniservice) reached 1 million in assets. In 1981 the par value of shares was increased from $5.00 to $30.00 and the membership fee was dropped.
The success is attributed to its dedication to the philosophy of "People Helping People". Affinity First is a financial institution that prides itself on knowing its members and serving their needs.
The mission of Affinity First Federal Credit Union is to develop and provide quality financial services meeting the growing needs of all members.
Affinity First Federal Credit Union will be acknowledged as the “Members Choice” in our industry and region.
We provide exceptional and innovative financial services on a personal, professional, and technological level to our membership.
We will maintain trust and mutual respect among all employees, volunteers, and members.
Employees and volunteers will fully understand and support the credit union mission, and each will enthusiastically assist in its accomplishment.
Jennifer Hildre, Chairperson
Jennifer has been an active member of Affinity Federal Credit Union since 1997. She has served previously as an employee and has been active on the supervisory committee. She is currently serving on the board of directors for the past 7 years. She lives in Velva with her husband and 3 children. She is currently an Agent for American Family Insurance in Minot. She enjoys anything to do with the outdoors (riding horse, rodeoing, traveling, gardening, entertaining friends and family, snowmobiling, and snow skiing).
Leo Duchsherer, Vice-Chairperson
Leo has been a member of Affinity First for many years, where his first involvement was on the marketing committee. He enjoys working with other volunteers setting up different events and/or credit union annual meetings/outings. Leo was elected to the board of directors in 1997. Leo was born and raised in the Minot area. He worked construction right out of high school. He enjoys working with his hands, be it a remodeling project (flood victim), helping a neighbor, gardening, yard work and the smell of a fresh cut lawn. Leo has traveled and visited many states only to find himself returning to the Minot area. Leo is married to his wife Denise. He has two children, Joshua and Amanda and four grandchildren. Leo is very committed to serving our members through the Board of Directors to help guide our credit union now and into the future.
Susan Brandvold, Secretary/Treasurer
Susan has been a credit union member for 30 plus years since 1982 when she graduated from Trinity School of Nursing. Susan has been on the Board of Directors since 2000 and is currently the secretary. She is married to Pastor Joel Brandvold and lives at Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads near St. John, North Dakota. Susan has 2 children, Phillip (Bethany) who lives in St. Paul, Minnesota and Jason who will graduate in 2014 from Bottineau High School. Susan works for First District Health Unit – Bottineau County, a position she has held since April of 1997.
Darlene Abel, Director
Darlene has been a volunteer for Affinity for about 10 years and is currently serving as a Director. Darlene is a retired hairstylist and salon owner. She has been involved for many years with the Look Good Feel Better program for cancer patients on a volunteer basis. Darlene and her husband Abe are North Dakota natives where she was born and raised on a dairy farm near Sawyer ND. They have one son, Justin, who lives in Sabin, Minnesota. He and his wife Leslie have blessed them with 3 grandchildren; Aubrie, Alexus and Gavin. Darlene enjoys some hobbies in her free time. She loves to read and do some quilting. She also loves to exercise, garden and works in the spring time at one of the satellite greenhouses for Lowe's Garden Center. Darlene likes to travel and wishes she could do more. Darlene is very proud of our credit union and has enjoyed her time on the Board of Directors. Her volunteer time has helped keep her involved in our community.
Erryn Alex, Director
Erryn has been involved with the Credit Union since March of 2008, and has been on the Board of Directors since 2013. Erryn has been working for Aflac since 2011 and is currently a District Sales Coordinator. She and her husband, Josh, have been married since May 2010 and have two children, Bailee and Bentley.
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Marcell Johnson retired from Trinity Homes in 2013 where she was the gift shop manager and nursing home transporter. Her husband is Mark and their daughters are Angela (Matt) and Brooklyn. They have two grandchildren Dace & Gensie. Marcell has been a member of Affinity for over 25 years and has served on the marketing committee and also the Supervisory Committee. Her best memories are PeeWee Halloween parties and Pumpkin Patch trips to Bismarck.
Bob is the Principal Broker at National Marking Realtors (Est 1971) in Minot. He and his wife, Carol, have two children whom are enrolled in the Minot Public School System. Carol also works in the Minot Public Schools system. Prior to being a Real Estate Broker, Bob worked at Affinity First Federal Credit Union as a Teller. He loves Affinity and is proud to be able to serve the members of Affinity by being on the Supervisory Committee.
Shane Price is a Financial Counselor with Trinity Hospital and makes his home in west Minot. Shane was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated High School in 1999. Shane attended college at the Independent Catholic Theological Seminary (now closed) in New Rochelle, New York where he was awarded a Doctorate of Ministry. Shane relocated to North Dakota in early 2006 and has considered Minot his home since August 2013. Shane's hobbies consist of long walks with his dog Zoey, photography, and swimming.
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