CLINTON — More than 300 members and guests attended the 61st annual meeting of the First Gateway Credit Union in Clinton.
The Credit Union’s Board of Directors was recognized for volunteer hours, which included Jim Bengston, Jr., Dan Bolte, Ann Eisenman, Elmer Jackson, Brian Johnson, Marilyn Rasmussen, Lanny Reed, Ted Tornow, Paul Varner and Jim White.
Chief Executive Officer Pat Drennen announced that 2013 was a good year at the credit union, which included growth in deposits, loans and earnings. The past year also saw First Gateway Credit Union expand its field of membership to 15 counties, a conversion to a real-time ATM/debit card service and the kickoff to an expansion and remodeling project in the Clinton office.
Staff service awards were given to Pat Drennen, 25 years; Lisa Steines, 20 years; Phyllis Housenga, 15 years; Cindy Frederick, 10 years; and Lance Blinkinsop, five years.
Chief Operations Officer Angela Drury announced the winners of the three $600 scholarships, which First Gateway Credit Union awards to a graduating senior who are current credit union members. The winner of the Jim Rasmussen Memorial Scholarship was Heather Hansen, a senior at Fulton High School who will attend the University of Dubuque in the fall.
The winners of the First Gateway Credit Union scholarships were Mara Bilyeu, a senior at Fulton High School, who will attend Ashford University, and Morgan Peasley, a senior at Camanche High School planning on attending the University of Northern Iowa.
The credit union has offices in Camanche, Clinton, DeWitt and Fulton and membership is open to anyone living or working in Clinton, Jackson, Dubuque, Jones, Cedar, and Scott counties in Iowa and Whiteside, Carroll, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Ogle, Lee, Bureau, Henry and Rock Island counties in Illinois.