FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn.–SPIRE Credit Union here attracted some 4,340 attendees to its 85th Annual Meeting and Appreciation Day.
The meeting, which was themed “Prepare to be Amazed," filled the auditorium and additional overflow rooms at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minn. A record number of attendees also took advantage of informational sessions prior to the event, where session topics included budget basics, investing in your future, how to be a savvy home seller, and avoiding fraud, SPIRE reported.
SPIRE said it further rewarded each registered attendee $25, which was presented as the meeting was concluding.
During the business meeting portion of the event, SPIRE President/CEO Dan Stoltz shared how the credit union is growing six times faster than the national average with continued record loan and asset growth. He noted SPIRE was also recognized nationally for its lending
practices, marketing, and work in combating financial crimes. SPIRE Board Chair Tom Heinzen echoed Stoltz's remarks stating, "by nearly every measure, 2018 was the best year in SPIRE's 85-year history."
Stoltz also used the event to introduce the new SPIRE Visa & Debit Credit card program. The new vertical designs will include enhanced security features and account benefits. In addition, with every purchase made with a SPIRE Visa Credit card, SPIRE will give .25% to one of six partner charities. Members will get to select which of the six organizations will benefit from their purchases, the credit union said.
Donations to Food Bank
Attendees of the Annual Meeting & Member Appreciation Day were encouraged to bring food to benefit People Reaching Out to People (PROP) Food Shelf. SPIRE reported approximately 1,000 pounds of food and additional cash donations that will provide more than 830 meals, sustaining the food shelf for an entire day, were donated. Guests also had the opportunity to purchase candy bars as part of the SPIRE Give Back Team's year-long initiative to raise money for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. That initiative raised $750.
"As we celebrate our 85th year, I am not only proud of the service we provide our member/owners, but also the ever-increasing commitment to giving back to the communities we serve," said Stolz. "I look forward to seeing the impact we will have over the next 85 years!"