Monday, November 21, 2011

PTA Members & Students Eligible for Membership

People often associate North Alabama Educators Credit Union as a financial institution available only for teachers or school employees. While we do serve many school employees in the area, we also offer credit union eligibility to students and PTA members. Specifically, all students living within the Alabama counties of Madison, Morgan, and Limestone are eligible for membership. PTA groups (also PTO's and PTSA's) of our eligible school sponsors are also eligible. The eligible public school systems are Huntsville City Schools, Madison City Schools, Madison County Schools, Limestone County Schools, Athens City Schools, and Decatur City Schools. PTA's themselves can open an account with North Alabama Educators Credit Union. (Some PTA accounts have moved to North Alabama Educators Credit Union to avoid the fees being charged at their previous banking institution).

For PTA officers, membership eligibility in North Alabama Educators Credit Union is a great additional benefit to relay to current and potential PTA members. Consumers have become largely dissatisfied with the larger traditional banking institutions. North Alabama Educators Credit Union is truly locally owned and operated since the credit union is owned by the members who use the services of the credit union. Our members have not seen the rising fees and account restrictions that have been highlighted by the media stories on banking over the past few months.

North Alabama Educators Credit Union would love to provide credit union literature and information to the eligible PTA groups in the area. We have staff available, myself included, who can attend PTA meetings and briefly announce the additional benefit of credit union membership through North Alabama Educators Credit Union. In short, PTA members can save money with an account at North Alabama Educators Credit Union and we can demonstrate specific examples of those savings.

Any PTA officers interested in additional information can send an email to or contact our Market Coordinator at 256-534-2423.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Home Break-ins on the Rise

A weak economy breeds an increase in criminal activity. The Huntsville Police Department (HPD) and the Huntsville Community Watch Association (HCWA) are trying to get the word out about home break-ins taking place within the City of Huntsville. Similar criminal activity is no doubt taking place outside of Huntsville in the surrounding cities and counties.

Huntsville is reporting that there have been 241 home break-ins between September 30, 2011 to October 31, 2011. People are advised to watch their neighborhoods closely and look for suspicious activity. If you see a stranger backing into a driveway, popping a trunk, and/or wearing a backpack, please contact your local police non-emergency number. In Huntsville city limits, the number to call is 256-722-7100.

Criminals are approaching front doors, ringing door bells or knocking, and if NO answer they are going to the back of the house and kicking in a door to gain access to the home. Common items being stolen include flat screen TVs, laptop computers, and video game systems. These break-ins are occurring between 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

If you do see suspicious activity, contact the police and remember to note description information on the people involved (clothing, appearance, race, hair color, gender) and vehicle (color, make/model, tag) if possible.

Unfortunately the upcoming holiday season will most likely intensify criminal activity. Remember to not leave large boxes from new electronics on the street for trash pickup. An empty box from a new flat screen TV only serves as a carrot to a thief canvassing a neighborhood for likely targets.