By Kathie Bowen
Atlantic News, Thursday, March 26, 1998
[The following article is courtesy of Atlantic News.]
[Atlantic News Photo By Kathie Bowen]
HAMPTON -- Why should you consider joining Seacoast Credit Union?
Because of its history. Seacoast Credit Union at 887 Lafayette Road in Hampton was started in 1966 when the credit union's founder, Peter Brooks, had a vision to provide a co-operative means of saving and lending to the employees of the SAU 21 school district. From that point, the credit union grew steadily, becoming a full service institution and eventually moving to their own location at 728 Lafayette Road. During this time the credit union's charter was expanded to service various business groups in the Seacoast area.
The expansion in January of 1997 allowed the credit union to convert their charter from Federal to State in order to maintain the ability to add new members from their existing member groups.
Now Seacoast Credit Union offers a full range of products to its members including consumer loans, mortgages, savings accounts, children's savings accounts, Christmas clubs, CoastLINE-24 hour account access, payroll deduction -- the list goes on and on.
And if that's not enough to make you consider joining Seacoast Credit Union, do so because of the credit union difference. There are several good reasons why credit unions are the fastest growing financial institutions in America:
A credit union is a financial cooperative which offers virtually all of the services any bank offers, but with better interest rates and lower fees.
Credit unions are owned by their members and because there are no stockholders, a credit union exists solely to meet their members' needs.
Credit unions provide greater service. For the last ten years, credit unions have been rated Number One in customer satisfaction by the consumer survey published in American Banker.
Credit unions are safe. All accounts are Federally insured up to $100,000 by the NCUA, a US government agency.
Finally, once you become a member, you remain a member for life, even if you are no longer associated with the sponsor group that made you eligible.
Throughout the years, one thing has remained constant at the Seacoast Credit Union -- the vision to be, not the largest, but the best credit union it could be. And today, more than ever, Seacoast Credit Union is dedicated to providing the best financial services possible to its members.
Seacoast Credit Union's membership includes numerous groups within a 25-mile radius. Call to see if your group is already included or how you may become part of the Seacoast Credit Union family of members.
Seacoast Credit Union is located at 887 Lafayette Road, Hampton. Call them at 926-5653, FAX 929-4001.