Good News October 2014

MSUFCU Opens New Mason Branch Michigan State University Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that its new Mason Branch is now open. The branch is located at 1133 S. Cedar St. in Mason and is a full-service location with drive-up tellers and 24-hour ATMs. It also offers a range of services, including mortgages. The branch is 6,500 square feet and is staffed by 12 MSUFCU employees. To celebrate the grand opening of the branch, MSUFCU will have special offers available to members at all branch locations throughout the months of September and October. Offers include: $25 or 5,000 points toward a Visa Credit Card when members open a new card and spend $250 within the first 90 days, $100 cash back on auto loans, 0.25 percent certificate bonuses and a free travel blanket upon opening a new checking account with direct deposit. Complete details about these special offers are available at Old Town Commercial Association Welcomes New Executive Director Lansing resident Megan Barrett recently became the new executive director of the Old Town Commercial Association. Barrett succeeds Louise Gradwhol, the outgoing executive director who has served the OTCA since 2011. Gradwhol leaves the organization to pursue graduate studies in medicine. Her contributions to the organization were many, including program development and increased community awareness. With extensive experience working on cross-functional teams within a large non-profit organization structure and experience in public relations, community engagement, volunteer and staff management and event planning, the OTCA board of directors is excited about what Barrett brings to the table. Barrett will oversee all aspects of the daily functions of the OTCA office and manage the Old Town Main Street Program, paying particular attention to fund development and oversight of the four active OTCA committees. Plante Moran Announces the Election of New Partner Plante Moran recently elected Margarete Chalker, CPA to the partnership. Based in the firm’s East Lansing office, Chalker is a member of the firm’s financial services group. A regional tax leader for the group, she focuses her practice on taxation of insurance companies, including property and casualty, health and captives. Chalker joined the firm in 2008 and is one of 16 team members to be elected partner this year. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. She is also a member of the Insurance Accounting and Systems Association. Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2014, Plante Moran ( is one of the country’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting and wealth management services. CATA Board Approves Service Expansion in Delta Township CATA’s Board of Directors recently approved an agreement with Delta Township that adds new service to the Township. Delta Redi-Ride is a curb-to-curb demand-response service that will be available throughout Delta Township Monday through Saturday. The general public service enhances both access to jobs for township and urban residents working in the Township as well as mobility services for persons with disabilities. Additional action taken by the Board of Directors authorized the suspension of the Zone 2 fare structure in Delta Township effective now. Redi-Ride, Route 3 and Route 12 passengers will now pay $1.25 for a regular fare and 60 cents for the discounted fare. Spec-Tran rides will cost $2.50 each way starting next week. Delta Redi-Ride will operate Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Redi-Ride requires a reservation at least four hours in advance of a ride. Transportation needed before 10:30 a.m. must be reserved by 5 p.m. the day before. Reservations can be made at (517) 394-CATA (2282). Mid-Michigan Chapter of the Red Cross Announces New Major Gifts Officer The American Red Cross announces the appointment of Tonya Frisbey to the position of major gifts officer in the Central and Northern Michigan Region. Frisbey, whose hometown is Ithaca, Mich., is a graduate of Alma College and joins the Red Cross with extensive experience in major gifts management. Most recently she was employed in child services with abused and neglected children where she raised the entire operating budget for the organization through major gifts. Prior to that, she was a major gifts officer for Central Michigan University and Northwood University. A mom to four, Frisbey’s passions are distance running and boxing. The Red Cross is committed to ensuring that every community has the capacity and resources to deliver our mission. Frisbey’s experience and enthusiasm will help to strengthen the goals and commitments the American Red Cross has to serve the community in times of emergency.

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