From the Desk of Cathy J. Pace, President and CEO

From the Desk of Cathy Pace

Can you believe that we are approaching the end of 2016?

I am planning ahead to get the most joy from this special season — with the least amount of holiday stress. Here are some things on my mind as we approach the last quarter of a busy and fulfilling year:

Getting ahead on holiday shopping.

By making my shopping list early, I have more opportunities to find perfect gifts at good prices. Moreover, my holiday spending is manageably spread across several months, and the fun of giving begins sooner.

Being careful not to overcommit.

The temptation to say “yes” to everything is strong, but too often I find the self-care activities that help me be my best get deprioritized. By scheduling Pilates “dates”, or reserving a quiet night at home in between commitments, I can enjoy the most meaningful celebrations more fully.

Practicing gratitude.

More than a nicety, gratitude has proven benefits to our overall wellbeing. Scientists have found that giving thanks allows us to feel more well-rested and have higher self esteem. So, it turns out that intentional appreciation is more than minding our manners — it’s good for our mental health.

I’m using this holiday season to renew my commitment to gratitude. And I am happy to start right now by sharing my appreciation for you, our Allegacy members!

Thank you for spreading the word in 2016 about Allegacy to your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. We have had an outstanding year of member growth and we know that your referrals make a real difference.

Thank you for allowing our award winning CFS Advisors* at Allegacy Investment Group help you be your best by providing you with full service financial planning services. They have served our members for almost 20 years and this year reached a milestone of $1 billion dollars of Assets Under Management.

Thank you for your patience with us as we handled an unprecedented loan volume. We are committed to continually improving your experience, and we know that any wait time is hugely important in our busy members’ lives.

I would also like to share appreciation with the broader community for recognition we received including several Readers Choice Awards from the Winston-Salem Journal and for being named as one of the 2016 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America.

Lastly, I am grateful for my amazing Allegacy colleagues. Their dedication to our members and community inspires me daily. For example, in 2016 we had 36 leaders from across the organization graduate from a comprehensive leadership development program. We have already started to see the impact of these advanced skills internally, and we hope you will also notice positive differences.

For these and many other reasons, we reflect proudly on 2016 — and look with excitement toward sharing more successes with you and all our members in 2017.

Enjoy the holiday season ahead and from all of us at Allegacy, I wish you a happy and  healthy New Year!

*Non-deposit investment products and services are offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. (“CFS”), a registered broker-dealer (Member FINRA/SIPC) and SEC Registered Investment Advisor.  Products offered through CFS: are not NCUA/NCUSIF or otherwise federally insured, are not guarantees or obligations of the credit union, and may involve investment risk including possible loss of principal. Investment Representatives are registered through CFS. Allegacy Federal Credit Union has contracted with CFS to make non-deposit investment products and services available to credit union members.