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Since joining Wymar FCU in April 2016 as the new CEO, it’s been nothing short of a wild rollercoaster ride. Fast, fun and sometimes a little scary! On day one I walked right into the middle of our remodel project. Soon after that came the disastrous August floods, followed quickly by the Debit Card EMV Conversion. But thanks to a fantastic staff, we survived and thrived. Our newly remodeled facility sets us up to provide even better service to our members in a beautiful, new, professional environment. If you haven’t been by to see it, I would love for you to come and visit.
Thanks to the support of BASF and its employees, we crossed over the $100 million milestone in total assets in September. This reinforces the fact that Wymar FCU is a full-service credit union and can offer anything the larger banks can.
As you know, President Reggie Gremillion retired at the end of the year after 18 years of service to Wymar FCU. We all owe Reggie a huge debt of gratitude for bringing Wymar to where it is: a strong, well-managed credit union. I truly understand the big shoes I have to fill. I guess that’s the scary part of this rollercoaster! I look forward to working with and serving every one of our members.
Ronnie L. Stephens, CEO
A Message From the CEO
Wymar’s Flood Response
In response to the disastrous August floods, Wymar FCU stepped up to assist its members in many ways. Relief was immediately offered to the membership in the form of:
Low-rate Disaster Assistance Loans
Consumer and Mortgage Loan Extensions
Waiving down payment requirements on Travel Trailer Loans
90-day deferment of first payment on Travel Trailer and Auto Loans
Lowering Construction Loan rates by 1%
In addition, Wymar participated with BASF in their Disaster Relief Event on Saturday, August 20 by providing water and cold drinks and passing out informational flyers. Wymar again participated with BASF in their Information Day Event on August 25 by manning a table to provide information and answer members’ questions. Wymar also contributed $1,000 to the BASF Employee Relief Fund. During this trying period,
Wymar was able to assist many of its members:
Skip-a-Pays = 56 for $19,664 in skipped payments
Disaster Assistance Loans = 46 for $132,117
Auto Loans = 73 for $1,837,087
Travel Trailer Loans = 21 for $399,361
Loan Extensions = 190 for total loan balances of $2,599,627
Mortgage Extensions = 63 for total loan balances of $6,067,191
BASF United Way Golf Tournament
On October 7, 2016, Wymar FCU sponsored a Putting Contest as part of the BASF Annual United Way Golf Tournament.
Pictured are Paul Frederic, Board Member, and Ronnie Stephens, CEO. The contest was won by Jim Wilks, who received a $100 Visa® Gift Card.
Banking will never be the same for Wymar members! Wymar Federal Credit Union had its grand re-opening and open house on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, where the credit union’s newly designed and remodeled offices were revealed. The remodeled facility located in the BASF Administration building features a new ATM, coin counting machine, teller cash recyclers and a beverage station for member convenience. This facility will allow Wymar to better serve its members. At the grand re-opening, members were treated to food and refreshments and credit union tours. Members also participated in a scavenger hunt along the way. Members completing the scavenger hunt learned about the credit union’s services, earned $5 and were given a chance to win a new iPad Air® 2.
Over 125 dedicated members, as well as Board Members and volunteers, attended this celebration. The ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted by CEO Ronnie Stephens and outgoing President Reggie Gremillion. BASF Site Manager, Tom Yura, addressed the members and outlined the long road taken to get to our new facility and what a benefit Wymar is to BASF employees and their families. We want to thank our loyal members for supporting Wymar. We look forward to a long, happy and healthy financial relationship.
United Way Chili Cook-Off
The BASF United Way Chili Cook-Off was held on November 17, 2016, at the BASF Picnic Grounds. Wymar participated by providing and selling lemonade to thirsty chili eaters. Ronnie Stephens and Stephanie Frederic worked the booth and served up cold lemonade. Through this effort Wymar was able to contribute an additional $200 to BASF’s fundraising effort for the Capital Area United Way.
Daryl Waguespack was the winner of the iPad Air 2 at our grand re-opening and open house held on Wednesday, December 7 in our newly renovated space. Congratulations to Daryl!
A big THANK YOU to all of our members who visited with us and toured our new space. Everyone learned about all of our new services and enjoyed food and refreshments. We appreciate our members!
New GMFS Real Estate Loans
Wymar FCU is always seeking new and innovative mortgage products to benefit each and every one of our members' housing needs. We are very pleased to announce that we can now offer 100% financing for those who qualify.
In addition to this incredible program, Wymar FCU is also now offering our members FHA and
VA Mortgage Loans. Please contact Ashley D. Parrott at (225) 339-7403 or Anita Gautreau at
(225) 339-7202 to get the full details on these new mortgage loan products.
Debt Consolidation Loans for the New Year
Christmas bills got you down? Too much credit card debt at rates that are too high? Want to get out of debt faster?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, we may be able to help. A Wymar Debt Consolidation Loan lets you consolidate your high-rate debts into one lower-rate loan. We can now lend up to $20,000 at rates as low as 7.75% APR* for an unsecured loan.
See the example below of how much you could save:
Years to Pay Off
Interest Saved Savings
*APR=Annual Percentage Rate
The internet is one of the most convenient ways to shop as more and more retailers are available online.
Wymar’s top priority is to provide you with a safe and secure way to shop online with your Shazam Mastercard®!
Mastercard SecureCode helps prevent unauthorized use of your debit card when you shop online by giving you an extra layer of security that prevents fraudulent purchases when you check out online. You can start protecting your card today in just a few easy steps by clicking on the Register link.
Once your card is registered, you will be asked to create your own password. Every time you shop online, you will be prompted to provide your password as part of the checkout process. Purchases will only be authorized once your password has been entered into the Mastercard SecureCode screen.
You will also be required to create your own personal
message that will appear on the screen that prompts you
for your password.
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With our new SHAZAM® BOLT$™ mobile app, you’ll enjoy the convenience of mobile banking together with the flexibility of managing your account 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. Set yourself up to receive fraud alerts and check your account balance anytime, anywhere.
SHAZAM BOLT$ users can easily send money to other SHAZAM BOLT$ users. For example: You can 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. No waiting 2-3 days. And you’re sure to appreciate the SHAZAM BOLT$ ATM locator, integrated with GPS technology, because no matter where you travel you’ll be able to use your mobile device or computer to locate the nearest surcharge-free ATM along with directions. Reliable protection is always available. Use Transaction Control to literally turn your card Off and On. Turn it off when you aren’t making a transaction…Turn it on when you are! Fast and easy. Stop fraud in its tracks.
You can also automatically receive 24/7 email alerts on your smartphone, tablet or home computer whenever a debit card purchase is made and your card isn’t 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.
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 on the Apple® App Store or Google PlayTM.
A Safer, Easier and Faster Mobile Solution
Welcome to Wymar’s 3D Secure
10 Things You Might Not Know About Your Credit Union
1. Now all of your family members can join, including siblings. And once they join, all of their children can join.
2. We now have two ATMs: one inside the plant and one at the main office –– and one will soon be able to take deposits.
3. We will soon have remote deposit where you can take a picture of a check with your phone to deposit it into your account.
4. If you’ve been saving up all those coins over the years, we now have a coin counter. Best of all it is FREE to members!
5. Wymar actually has over 5,400 branches all over the U.S. through the shared branching network. The next time you are out of town and need a credit union branch, check out our website under the Membership tab to find a credit union branch you can use.
6. You can now use any ATM you want and we will automatically refund up to $20 a month in any ATM fees you incur.
7. We are one of the few credit unions that still provides up to $30,000 in loan protection insurance for free. Compare FREE to the cost of credit life at a bank or dealer.
8. We now provide VA, FHA and Rural Development Real Estate Loans, offering very low or no down payment options.
9. If you need a Visa gift card, you can get that from us.
10. We offer a free way to store all of your important documents online through our Virtual Strongbox. Log into "It'sMe247" and check it out!
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37269 Hwy. 30 Geismar, LA 70734
Monday-Friday 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
P.O. Box 457, Geismar, LA 70734
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