EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS - ALL YEAR LONG
Our seminars are very popular and fill up quickly. If you are interested in attending, please do not hesitate to register! All seminars take place at Headquarters Office at 22745 Maple Road, Lexington Park MD 20653
ONE WARM COAT - A COAT DRIVE
DECEMBER 2017 - FEBRUARY 2018
641 COATS DONATED
We recently hosted a coat drive with some help from the students at Leonardtown Middle School and Calvert High School. Together, we collected clean, gently worn, warm coats from December 2017 to February 2018. Members, students, families and area residents helped us make a difference in our local community by donating coats. And with the help from our friends at Leonardtown Middle School and Calvert High School, we were able to donate 641 coats to local missions. 232 coats went to The Mission in St. Mary's County, 220 coats went to S.M.I.L.E in Calvert County and 189 coats went to Lifestyles of Southern Maryland in Charles County.
“We are so excited about this year’s One Warm Coat drive and especially thankful to be partnering with Leonardtown Middle School in this endeavor,” said Cedar Point Federal Credit Union Marketing Manager Kristin Kauffman. “There are nearly 50 million Americans currently living in poverty and struggling to provide a warm coat for themselves or their families. One Warm Coat’s program helps us keep all of the coats we collect in this community, which will make a big impact for local residents.”
Each year, hundreds of thousands of gently worn coats are distributed across North America to children, women and men in need through One Warm Coat’s Coat Drive program. “We are so grateful for our partners like Cedar Point! It is because of incredible volunteers like them that we have been around for 25 years, helping get coats to our neighbors who need them,” commented Jennifer Stockard, President and Chief Executive Officer of One Warm Coat. “Thanks to the efforts of the employees at Cedar Point and students from local schools, many people in their community will have a much warmer winter.”
One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need and raises awareness of the vital need for warm coats. One Warm Coat supports individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country by providing the tools and resources needed to hold a successful coat drive. Coats are distributed in the communities where they were collected, to any person in need, without charge, discrimination or obligation. Over the past 25 years, One Warm Coat has worked with its volunteers to give away nearly 5 million coats.
CANNED FOOD DRIVE
Nearing the holidays each year, area residents are bursting with good will to help our community members in need of food. This year, our food drive was extremely successful.
With a whopping 232 pounds of food, we were able to donate to two local pantries. In St. Mary's County, we donated to Our Lady of the Wayside's Mary Lou Gough Food Pantry. In Calvert County, we donated to S.M.I.L.E. in Lusby.
Many thanks to the community for your generous donations!
HISTORIC ST. MARY'S CITY HAUNTED SHIP
Once a year, the historic town plays host to a unique event in Southern Maryland. The Maryland Dove, a replica of the ship which brought the first colonists from Britain, was transformed into a not-so-spooky “Haunted” Ship. Much to the delight of local families, there was plenty of candy handed out, and there were exciting games to be played while waiting for a very special tour of the Dove.
While the ship wasn’t really haunted, it was a fantastic opportunity for parents to educate their children about Maryland’s long history in the colonies. Because of event sponsors like Cedar Point, Historic St. Mary’s City was able to offer this as a free event for families, giving local residents a fun and carefree night out.
SOLOMONS DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
In August, some of our employees took to the water in the Solomons Dragon Boat Festival. As the major sponsor of the event, we wanted to make a splash! Here are a few images of the event and team “CPFCU at the Finish Line” competing for bragging rights and a trophy.
The proceeds from this event supported Southern Maryland Community Resources, an organization that provides inclusive programming for community members with developmental differences.
Twenty-four Cedar Point employees volunteered to help at the event. Eight employees handed out fun giveaways from our booth, seventeen employees paddled in the dragon boat, and we even had three family members helping paddle us across the finish line!
What a lesson in teamwork this was! Employees from all six branches participated in the festival, including our CEO and several Branch Managers. We had at least one employee from every department step up to the challenge, and we sailed on to victory by working as a team!
With a personal best time of one minute and three seconds, CPFCU crossed the line with a splash!
ANNUAL SHRED DAY
Fairy tales tell us that seven is the magic number. But Cedar Point Federal Credit Union’s Shred Day, now in its eighth year, makes a lot of heavy lifting look like magic. Each year, a truck appears early in the morning, complete with a massive built-in shredding machine. Community members drive up, drop their paper to be shredded, and leave lighter and happier, knowing their personal documents have been safely and securely disposed of. And credit union employees, along with student volunteers from the community ensure that these documents are shredded onsite.
This year, Shred Day was held on Saturday, May 20th at the headquarters branch in Lexington Park. Aaron Chase, the credit union’s Security Specialist is the brains and muscle behind this annual event. Chase emphasized the importance of having this opportunity available to community members. “Sensitive financial and personal information is shredded at this event in an effort to prevent identity theft,” he stated. Which, it turns out, is incredibly important to the members of the Southern Maryland community.
The announcement for Shred Day was shared many times on Facebook, an important platform for the credit union to reach its target audience. “When the community gets involved, that’s important to us,” says Kristin Kauffman, who handles Digital Marketing for Cedar Point. "We're always
looking to give back to the community, and this is one great service that we can provide. Anyone who lives in Calvert, Charles or St. Mary’s counties can join Cedar Point. So when an event like this is shared so much on social media, we know we’ve struck a chord with Southern Maryland residents.”
Kauffman also noted that a banner was proudly displayed during the Shred Day for another community event that Cedar Point will be supporting. The 2nd Annual Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival will be held on August 19, with Cedar Point as the presenting sponsor. “We are excited to support the Dragon Boat Festival because the proceeds will go toward providing inclusive programs for people with developmental differences,” Kauffman says. The banner was designed and colored by young people at one of these inclusive events, run by Southern Maryland Community Resources.
If you hadn’t heard about Shred Day this year, don’t sweat it. Cedar Point has one every year! Store your documents securely at home, and stop by with up to 5 boxes next year for the 9th Annual Shred Day in May, 2018.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PRESENTATION
On May 16, 2017, Cedar Point representatives Colleen Blundell, Sara Wolf and Kristin Kauffman assisted the St. Mary's County Business, Education and Community Alliance in hosting a scholarship awards ceremony.
Businesses and individuals contributed to present $215,000 to 115 seniors continuing on to colleges, universities and trade schools around the country in Fall of 2017. Pictured above are the scholarship recipients and their providers.
Congratulations to our scholarship recipients below!
The Dugan, McKissick and Longmore
Scholarship in honor of Barbara Horn
Awarded to: Hayley Mesmer
School: Great Mills High School
College: St. Francis University in Loretto, PA, Fall 2017
Major: Physical Therapy
Minor: Exercise Physiology
The Cedar Point Federal Credit Union
"Frank E Gorely Scholarship"
Awarded to: Sophia Dittmar of St. Mary’s County
School: Home Schooled
College: Grove City College in Pittsburgh PA, Fall 2017
Major: Graphic Design
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
On March 29, the CPFCU Board of Directors hosted our annual meeting for members, employees and family members. This yearly event is to inform the members of the progress we made the previous year, and what we have in store for the year to come.
President Bill Wagoner informed members of some of the progress including hiring new employees to take on new tasks and starting a social media program. He also recognized employees who retired during the year and would be retiring in the coming year.
CEO Charles Roach had the pleasure of announcing the winner of our slogan contest. Gary Waller won a monetary prize and our hearty thanks for a fantastic slogan. The new slogan is: Your Southern Maryland Community Credit Union.
ACADEMY OF FINANCE JOB SHADOW DAY
On February 2nd, the students from the Chopticon High School Academy of Finance stepped out of their daily classroom routine to spend a day in the real world. As they have for a number of years, eighteen students spent the day visiting the Headquarters Office of Cedar Point Federal Credit Union in Lexington Park, Maryland. The students completed a tour of the credit union and then met with representatives from various departments. They learned about the many different aspects of keeping a financial institution running smoothly from what training a teller receives to the importance of continuously updating the marketing strategies and technology used by a financial institution up to date.
Cindy Baden, who is The Academy of Finance teacher, accompanied the students during the tour and learning experience. “This is a great way for our students to be introduced to what it takes to make a financial institution run smoothly behind the scenes. The interactive area of the presentations allowed them to increase their knowledge of the skills needed for specific jobs and educated them on what types of jobs are available to someone who is interested in accounting and finance. Many of them have accounts at a financial institution but had no idea the many job opportunities available.”
Cedar Point staff and management, along with the teachers and students, praised the event as a way to underscore the importance of a good education as a basis for future success. Cedar Point believes strongly that the Job Shadow experience shows students the many opportunities available within the local community, and allows them to see firsthand how the lessons taught in the classroom apply to the working world. “The knowledge of this class when it comes to economic and financial matters is always enlightening. The many questions asked throughout their visit showed a clear ability to apply the learned classroom information to the presentations throughout the day,” said Charles Roach, President/CEO of Cedar Point.
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