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The second quarter of 2017 brought about a lot more exciting things for Wymar FCU. We kicked it off in April with our 59th Annual Meeting that turned out to be our largest ever with over 200 in attendance. Everyone enjoyed the great jambalaya, prepared by our Board Chairman, Danny Robert. There were also lots of door prizes given away and lots of fun had by all. We are looking forward to an even bigger and better event next year as we celebrate our 60th anniversary! We anticipate this coming annual meeting to be so big we’ve already booked a hall at the Lamar Dixon Center! Stay tuned for more details.
We recently switched to a new provider for Vehicle Extended Warranties that offers more options and more coverage for prices thousands below what a dealer charges. You can even add a warranty after you’ve already closed your loan. Call us for details. Don’t forget, if you have your auto loan financed elsewhere, check with us to see if we can lower your rate. If we can, we’ll pay all the fees to transfer your loan to us.
We also just kicked off a great new member referral promotion where you can get $10 for referring eligible friends and family members to the credit union, and they get $10, too. If they also open a checking account, you both get another $10. On top of that, every referral enters you and the person you referred to BOTH win a YETI® Roadie 20 Cooler! We recently expanded our definition of family members to now include parents, grandparents and siblings. Once any one of those becomes a member, then their family members can join too!
Also, look for our new HELOC product, which should hopefully be rolling out by the time you read this newsletter! As always, we would love to hear your feedback, both good and bad, as we continue to strive to make your credit union the best it can be for its members.
Ronnie L. Stephens, CEO
A Message from the CEO
Brittany White – Assistant Head Teller/MSR
I have over 15 years of experience in the banking industry; I started right after high school. Immediately, I realized that banking is truly my passion! I enjoy being able to help members with their financial needs and seeing a smile on their faces when they leave, knowing I gave them the best service. I have been with Wymar FCU for a little over a year now. I am married to Jared White and we have four wonderful children. We enjoy cooking in jambalaya competitions, watching our children play baseball and softball, and going to LSU games. Our home away from home is at our fishing camp in Stephensville, where we enjoy boat riding, frogging, jugging and fishing. Something that you may not know about me is that I have an identical twin who is also in the banking industry.
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Golfing for a Good Cause
On April 21, Wymar sponsored a putting contest at the BASF American Heart Association Golf Tournament held at Pelican Point in Gonzales. Congratulations to winner Larry Smith! Below, CEO Ronnie Stephens and Board Member Francis Guillory present Larry with a $100 Visa® gift card.
On April 27, Wymar participated with BASF for the Annual Retirees Crawfish Boil. Wymar supplied the desserts for the event, which included cookies and a beautifully decorated and scrumptious cake.
Wymar has lost a dear friend. Aelred “Buzzy” Bourgeois passed away on June 6, 2017, at the age of 80. Buzzy was our Chairman of the Board in 1998 when I was hired. The news of his passing was very difficult for his family, friends and the entire Wymar family. His warm smile was an open invitation to his even warmer heart. He was a quiet, generous man. He always had time to visit, and those visits were both enlightening and entertaining. Buzzy joined the credit union in 1967 and became Chairman in 1997. He served on the Board for eight years from 1993 – 2001.
To me, Buzzy was more than my Chairman. He was my friend. I will miss him dearly. Our most sincere condolences to his family.
Reggie Gremillion, President (Retired)
Crawfish Boil for BASF Retirees
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Our 59th Annual Meeting
On April 26, Wymar Federal Credit Union held its 59th Annual Membership Meeting and Picnic at the BASF Picnic Grounds. Approximately 200 members and guests attended and enjoyed some great jambalaya prepared by our Board Chairman, Danny Robert.
Numerous door prizes were given away including cash, gift cards from local vendors and an overnight stay and dinner at the Clarion Inn. The grand prizes were an iPad miniTM 4 won by Frank Naul and an Apple Watch® won by Leslie Jackson.
We're Rolling Out Exciting New Mortgage Programs
To effectively allow our membership to have access to the best and most innovative mortgage options available on the market, Wymar has rolled out several new and exciting mortgage programs. Take a look at what new programs we now have to offer to our membership!
New Home Governmental Loan Purchases
(Up to 100% Financing)
First Time Homeowner Programs
All Governmental Loan Programs Available (VA, RD, FHA) (With Approved Credit)
(30 Year Fixed Rate or Adjustable Rate Options)
Max Loan Amount is $2,000,000.00
Gift Funds Allowed, 700 Minimum FICO
Up to 80% Max LTV (With Approved Credit)
(30 Year Fixed Rate, ARM Products Available)
1 Unit, 2 Unit, 3-4 Unit
85% MAX LTV* (With Approved Credit)
(Lending Now Available Outside of Louisiana)
Call and See What States We Currently Service! (Some Conditions May Apply)
For more information on how Wymar FCU can help you accomplish your dreams of becoming a new homeowner, or if you just have general mortgage financing questions, please contact Ashley D. Parrott, NMLS #111030, Mortgage Lending Manager at
(225) 673-7186 or Anita Gautreau, NMLS #1024585, Mortgage Lending Officer at (225) 673-7184.
Everyone needs to take a break. Time to kick back,
relax and regroup. At Wymar FCU we want you to
have the opportunity to do just that.
From May 1 to August 31, 2017, we are offering a Vacation Loan Special.
Rates as low as 5.00% APR
Maximum loan: $3,500.00
Up to a 12-month term
Apply online at www.wymarfcu.com (signature loan application) or by calling Lorri Burns at (225) 673-7190 or Nakita St. Julien at (225) 673-7188.
Rates and loan amounts may vary, subject to Wymar FCU’s underwriting standards.
Enjoy a digital way to pay! With 60% of Americans currently using a digital payment service, we recognize the need for digital payments and are excited for you to enjoy the convenience of a digital way to pay with your Wymar FCU debit card!
Time is precious. Digital payments provide a quick and simple way to make secure purchases. Enhance your shopping experience. To enroll, just find and follow the prompts on your smartphone for the Apple Pay® Wallet, then take it for a spin! Your world is digital, and now the way you pay is as well.
Don’t forget, you can also enroll any of your Wymar FCU credit cards as well!
You Deserve a Summer Vacation!
Why not Wymar! Make referrals, get rewarded. When you refer an eligible friend or family member to open a Wymar membership, both of you will receive $10. If a new checking account is opened, another $10 will be given to you and the new member. Make sure you give your completed member referral postcard to the person you’d like to refer and ask them to stop by our office at any time.
Apple Pay Is Here!
Safely navigate the fraud jungle by understanding the various ways fraudsters try to obtain your personal and debit card information. The more you know, the more you can guard yourself against fraud. Follow these tips and guidelines for preventing fraud.
Phishing is a scam in which fraudsters pose as legitimate businesses to trick you into divulging your Social Security number, account numbers, passwords or other sensitive personal data. No legitimate business will request this type of information. Don’t give out your personal information.
Debit cards are accepted virtually everywhere you use cash and many places where checks aren’t accepted.
Use your PIN whenever possible for an extra layer of protection.
Set up fraud alerts through online banking and mobile apps.
Review financial accounts and monthly statements.
Sign your card on the signature panel.
Report lost or stolen debit cards immediately to your financial institution.
Be vigilant at ATMs. If something seems suspicious, contact your financial institution.
Cover the PIN pad with your hand while entering your PIN.
Use familiar ATMs in well-lit areas.
Watch for shoulder surfing — a camera positioned to obtain your card number. This may look like a small hole drilled above the keypad.
Look for skimmers placed over the ATM card slot.
Do not use the ATM if the card slot or keypad looks suspicious.
When shopping online, be aware of ways to avoid undue risk and keep your personal information free from fraud.
Shop with trusted brands. Look for the green padlock icon and HTTPS:// to ensure you’re on a secure website.
Never give private information, such as your Social Security number, passwords or birthdate, to anyone online.
Create strong passwords with more than eight characters, an uppercase letter and at least one number or special character.
Use and update firewall software to protect your computer's information.
Avoid free or special product offers — these are usually too good to be true.
If you suspect identity theft or fraud, call us immediately.
It's a Fraud Jungle Out There – Protect Yourself!
A safer, easier and faster mobile solution!
With the SHAZAM® BOLT$™ mobile app, you’ll enjoy the convenience of mobile access and the flexibility to manage your accounts wherever the road takes you. The app is enhanced with person-to-person (P2P) money transfers and an ATM location feature. In addition, SHAZAM BOLT$ provides fraud protection for your peace of mind; you can receive fraud alerts and check your account balance anywhere, anytime.
SHAZAM BOLT$ cardholders can easily send money to other cardholders enrolled in SHAZAM BOLT$. Transfer money to your college student, give a gift on a special occasion or purchase a treadmill during the neighborhood’s annual garage sale — it’s instantaneous, convenient and secure.
You’re sure to appreciate that the SHAZAM BOLT$ ATM locator is integrated with GPS technology, so no matter where you travel, you’ll be able to use your mobile device to locate the nearest surcharge-free ATM along with directions. Reliable protection is always available. You can automatically receive 24/7 email alerts on your smartphone, tablet or home computer whenever a debit card purchase is made where your card is not present, such as telephone or internet orders. You can also be notified when potentially fraudulent activity occurs, such as purchases for large amounts or transactions in foreign countries.
When you receive an alert, you simply check the transaction. If the purchase isn’t valid, call us right away and we’ll put a stop to the fraud. It’s like having a high-tech early warning system at your disposal every minute of every day.
With the SHAZAM BOLT$ app, you have access to balance information and you’ll always know whether you have enough money to make purchases.
Getting started is easy. Download the app, set your preferences and start keeping tabs on your account.
The instructions are on screen, and we’re always glad to help if you have any questions.
Download the SHAZAM BOLT$ mobile app today!
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