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KEESLER FEDERAL'S RESPONSE TO THE HEARTBLEED INTERNET BUG

Keesler Federal is aware of the “Heartbleed” Internet bug affecting other organizations. The security vulnerability called Heartbleed only affects websites that use an OpenSSL, or open source encryption technology. Keesler Federal continuously monitors our systems for various vulnerabilities. You can be assured that your account and member information security is always a top priority at Keesler Federal. Internal and external analysis indicates Keesler Federal’s website is not vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug and continues to provide secure online services to our membership. We will continue to evaluate, analyze and monitor these systems for any new developments related to this vulnerability. We are also working with our critical business partners to ensure that their systems are secure.


While there’s no indication of a compromise, we recommend that you periodically change your Keesler Online passwords and use a unique password for all of your sites.


Protecting our members’ personal and financial information is our number one priority. If you have questions, please call the Member Services Department at 1-888-533-7537 or email us here.

 

April 14, 2014

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KEESLER FEDERAL BREAKS GROUND ON THE NEW GAUTIER BRANCH


The new Keesler Federal branch in Gautier, MS is officially under construction at 3501 Dolphin Drive. The groundbreaking Ceremony took place on March 14.


The new branch, measuring over 4,500 square feet, will contain a children’s wait area, a self-service coffee bar, free wireless access, and the latest in modern teller equipment. Other convenient features include two 24-hour access ATMs including one for drive-up access, and four drive-up teller lanes. Look for this new facility to open this fall.


March 2014

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CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD SCAM INFORMATION

If you received a suspicious phone call requesting account numbers from your financial institution, this is a scam. We are aware of this scam. It is targeting members and customers from several financial institutions on the Coast. Please do not provide private information, like account numbers or social security numbers, to anyone who calls you.


If you have disclosed confidential information to this caller, please contact our Member Services department at 228-385-5500 or 1-888-533-7537 (1-888-KEESLER). If you have provided information and have concerns about your Keesler Federal credit card history, call Member Services during normal business hours, or after business hours, call 1-800-449-7728 for credit card concerns or 1-800-682-6075 for debit card concerns.

 

March 2014

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KEESLER FEDERAL DONATES $1000 TO THE SALVATION ARMY


Keesler Federal Credit Union was proud to present a check for $1000 to the Salvation Army, matching the first 1000 entries to our 12 Days of Giveaways Contest with a $1 donation. We are grateful for all they do in our community. Pictured here is Salvation Army Major Gary Sturdivant and Keesler Federal Financial Education Manager Terri Gonzalez. 


January 2014

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TARGET CARD COMPROMISE UPDATE

We are actively monitoring the Target debit and credit card data compromise. Our primary focus is keeping your information secure.


The compromise affected purchases made at U.S. Target stores (not online) between November 27 and December 15. This includes all major debit and card(s) (Visa®, MasterCard®, Discover®, American Express®, etc.) at many financial institutions. If your Keesler Federal debit card or credit card was impacted by this compromise, we will contact you directly by mail within the next 10 days. If necessary, we will send you a replacement card.


For added convenience and peace of mind, Keesler Federal now offers immediate debit card transaction text notifications with the SMS Guardian System. Once you’re enrolled in this free service, you will be notified immediately by text when your debit card is used for certain transactions, such as international transactions, purchases over $100 and more. Sign up for SMS Guardian System here .

 

Please review your debit and credit accounts on a regular basis, either at Keesler Online or on Keesler Mobile. Report any unauthorized transactions immediately by calling Member Services at 1-888-533-7537. 


December 23, 2013

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YOUR PROVISIONAL ADVANCE WILL SOON BE REVERSED

As mentioned earlier, if you received a provisional advance of your Federal direct deposit because of the recent government shutdown, this was a temporary deposit subject to repayment. On November 4, 2013 the provisional advance you received in October will be reversed and withdrawn from your Keesler Federal account. Please ensure that you have sufficient funds to cover the reversal. 

 

If you have questions or concerns, please inquire at any KFCU branch or contact Member Services at 888-533-7537 (in the US) or 0-800-585-765 (in Europe). Thank you.


October 2013

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TEAM KFCU PARTICIPATES IN THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION'S HEART WALK

KFCU would like to thank everyone who contributed to our hugely successful Heart Walk fundraising effort. We raised over 25K, beating our original goal by 10K. Way to go Team Keesler!


This year's campaign came to a close at the American Heart Association’s Gulf Coast Heart Walk Event, held at Gulfport's Jones Park on September 28, 2013. Everyone had a great time and all the teams present showed solidarity in helping to stamp out one of the world's leading causes of death: Heart Disease. We’re looking forward to next year’s campaign!


September 2013

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KEESLER FEDERAL DONATES PROCEEDS FROM EAGLES ON THE BAY GOLF TOURNAMENT TO COMBAT WOUNDED VETERANS OF SOUTH MISSISISPPI

Keesler Federal Credit Union recently presented a donation to the Combat Wounded Veterans of South MS (CWVSM).  Over $16,000.00 were raised by teams, tee sign sponsorships and contributions during the 2013 Keesler Federal Credit Union Eagles on the Bay Golf Tournament.

 

Keesler Federal Credit Union’s President and CEO, John Goff and Board Chairman, James Hollingsworth, presented the donation to Donna Anderson, Director of CWVSM. Also in attendance for the presentation were Congressman Steven Palazzo and George Mitchell, Chief Retail Officer for Keesler Federal Credit Union.


Congressman Palazzo noted, “South Mississippi is home to thousands of veterans, retirees, and active service members. They are our neighbors, friends and family. I am proud to join Keesler Federal in support of our veterans to ensure in a small way that their service and sacrifice is honored and always remembered.”


The Combat Wounded Veterans of South Mississippi (CWVSM) is a non-profit organization established to serve as support to those that serve our country. During their time of service, many of our local servicemen and women sustained psychological and physical disabilities and are unable to continue a career in the military. Some leave without the benefit of a retirement pension. The adjustment from a military to a civilian way of life can be difficult for the wounded and their families. During this time the CWVSM serves as a bridge to improve the lines of communication and provide access to resources.


Pictured Left to Right: George Mitchell, Congressman Steven Palazzo, Donna Anderson, John Goff and James Hollingsworth.


August 2013

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KFCU AWARDS WINNERS OF THE 2013 LISA J. STUBBS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY CONTEST

Since 1987, Keesler Federal Credit Union has awarded over $95,000 in scholarships to college bound credit union members. Keesler Federal’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2013 winners of the Lisa J. Stubbs Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest. 


The following Keesler Federal Credit Union dependent members were each awarded a $1000 scholarship: Rachel Banka attends the University of Mississippi as a Junior studying English. Jonathan S. Barrientos is a Freshman attending MS Gulf Coast Community College where he plans to pursue a major in Mechanical Engineering and Mary Rebecca King is a Junior at the University of South Alabama majoring in Biomedical Science. 


The 2013 adult student $1000 scholarship recipients are Sherry Hill, a Senior at Liberty University is studying Elementary Education/Interdisciplinary and Larry Marks, a Sophomore attending MS Gulf Coast Community College is majoring in Special Education.


An additional essay contest is available to students of Keesler Federal employees’ dependents. The 2013 scholarships were awarded to Chancellor Allen Waggle and Jerson Ambion. Waggle will be a Freshman at the University of Mississippi majoring in Biology and Chinese. And Ambion is a Junior at the University of Southern Mississippi completing his major in Film.


This year’s essay topic was “Which Historical Figure Do You Best Identify With and Why?” The entries were judged on originality, clarity and meaningful content. Judges were Mindy Gambino, the Marketing & Student Success Coordinator at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. Gambino serves as the academic advisor for MBA students and is responsible for the implementation of an academic support and pre-professional development program within the College of Business.” Jessica Breazeale is an Admissions Counselor and Recruiter for the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. She serves on the Smoke-Free Harrison County Advisory Board and is a Coast Young Professional, MS Gulf Coast Chamber Champion, and a PRAM (Public Relations Association of MS—Beach Chapter) member. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, minor in Theater and her Master of Science in Public Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi. Scott Leggitt has over 35 years of credit union and banking related experience. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of New Orleans.


August 2013

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KEESLER FEDERAL CREDIT UNION IS HERE TO HELP IN TIMES OF FINANCIAL UNCERTAINTY

We realize that the federal government sequestration may impact many of our federally employed members. If this occurs, Keesler Federal is prepared to help affected members.


Early Withdrawal of Certificates

If you are impacted by sequestration budget cuts, Keesler Federal Credit Union offers the option to withdraw funds from share certificates without paying early withdrawal penalties. Many members establish certificates as a way to set aside some emergency money, and we want to give you the opportunity to access that money during this time.


Loan Assistance

We understand that sequestration and furloughs will strain your budget. So, we are prepared to work with you on your Keesler Federal loan payments.


Financial Counseling

We also provide individual financial counseling, at no charge, to assist you in your financial planning. We can help you create a new household budget, if necessary. Call Keesler Federal’s Financial Counselor, Tammy Scott, at 228-701-1423.stand that sequestration and furloughs will strain your budget. So, we are prepared to work with you on your Keesler Federal loan payments.


If you are a member anticipating financial difficulties because of sequestration, please contact us to discuss all of the options available to you. Visit any branch, call Member Services at 888-533-7537 or email us at mbrservices@kfcu.org.


We have the resources to help restore your financial peace-of-mind.

 

July 2013

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KFCU RECOGNIZED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ADVOCACY

Keesler Federal Credit Union has again been honored with a community service leadership award. The credit union received first place in the state in the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award, which recognizes a credit union for its community involvement in an activity that helps other people or strengthens the structure of their community. The award, which is sponsored by the Mississippi Credit Union Association and Credit Union National Association, recognized Keesler Federal’s Annual Eagle’s on the Bay Charity Golf Tournament, a community-wide event that raised $14,000 to benefit Combat Wounded Veterans of South Mississippi. Keesler Federal donated an additional $1,000.00 to the John C. Stennis Chapter of the Air Force Association.


Keesler FCU was also honored as one of seventeen credit unions in Mississippi that earned an Advocacy Award, which recognizes credit unions for extraordinary efforts to protect, strengthen and expand the credit union movement, creating additional opportunities to improve the lives of members that choose credit unions as their financial services partner. 


Both awards were presented to Keesler Federal Credit Union at the Mississippi Credit Union Association’s (MSCUA) Annual Meeting and Convention, recently held in Biloxi, Mississippi. The Mississippi Credit Union Association is the state trade association for 85 credit unions in Mississippi with more than 575,000 member-owners and combined assets in excess of $4.4 billion. Credit unions in Mississippi and across the country Unite for Good to share a vision where “Americans choose credit unions as their best financial partner.”


June 2013

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BILOXI INDIAN CREDIT UNION ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Congratulations to Nateisha Moffett and Tiphani Madden for their completion of the Biloxi Indian Credit Union Scholarship program. Each will receive a $500 scholarship.

Shown with Nateisha and Tiphani is Ms. Pamela Manners, Principal of Biloxi High School.


May 2013

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KFCU ANNOUNCES 2013-2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS & SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE

At Keesler Federal Credit Union’s 2013 Annual Membership Meeting the following were re-elected to the 2013-2014 credit union Board of Directors:

Richard Moss, Jaime Perronne and Jon Rivera.

The credit union’s dedicated Board of Directors serves as volunteers.


The 2013-2014 Board of Directors are as follows:

James Hollingsworth, Chairman (Pictured)

Jerry Caldwell, Vice Chairman

Adrien Augustine, Treasurer

Jamie Perronne, Secretary

Cynthia Payne Childers, Member

Richard Moss, Member

Jon Rivera, Member

Josie King, Associate Board Member


The Board also appointed the following members to the Supervisory Committee:

Bobby Landry, Chairman

Mike Ladner

Allan L. Micksch

Josie King

Gregory Todd


April 2013

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KEESLER FEDERAL CREDIT UNION IS HERE TO HELP MEMBERS IN TIMES OF FINANCIAL UNCERTAINTY.


We realize that the federal government sequestration may impact many of our federally employed members. If this occurs, Keesler Federal is prepared to help affected members.

Early Withdrawal of Certificates

If you are impacted by sequestration budget cuts, KFCU offers the option to withdraw funds from share certificates without paying early withdrawal penalties. Many members establish certificates as a way to set aside some emergency money, and we want to give you the opportunity to access that money during this time.

Loan Assistance

We understand that sequestration and furloughs will strain your budget. So, we are prepared to work with you on your Keesler Federal loan payments.

If you are a member anticipating financial difficulties because of sequestration, please contact us to discuss all of the options available to you. Visit any branch, call Member Services at 888-533-7537 or email us at mbrservices@kfcu.org .

We also provide individual financial counseling, at no charge, to assist you in your financial planning. Call Keesler Federal’s Financial Counselor, Tammy Scott, at 228-701-1423.

We have the resources to help retain your financial peace-of -mind.

April 2013

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KFCU NAMES NEW SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER



 Hilary A. Eisbrenner, C.P.A has joined Keesler Federal Credit Union as Senior Vice 

 President and Chief Financial Officer. Eisbrenner holds a Master’s in Finance as well as

 a  post-graduate certificate in MIS (Management Information Systems) and has been in

the credit union industry for 22 years. She also has extensive experience in the areas

of information technology, ALM, budgeting, accounting/finance and investing.


January 2013


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KEESLER FEDERAL CREDIT UNION EARNS 5 STAR RATING

Keesler Federal Credit Union has received a Superior 5-Star rating from BAUERFINANCIAL, Inc., the nation’s leading bank and credit union rating and research firm. A 5-Star rating signifies that Keesler Federal Credit Union is one of the strongest credit unions in the nation.


“Consumers have come to depend on Bauer’s 5-Star rating system as they navigate through their banking choices,” comments Karen L. Dorway, president of the rating firm. “They know to look for the 5-Star logo to ensure that the trust they have in their financial institution is well-placed. The dedicated team at Keesler Federal Credit Union has earned that trust and respect.”


November 2012

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NEW LONG BEACH BRANCH GROUNDBREAKING!

On October 18th, we broke ground on our newest branch location in Long Beach, MS. This stand-alone, full service branch will feature drive-thru tellers, convenient ATM access and all the features you have come to expect from a KFCU branch. The property is located on the northeast side of the Cleveland Avenue and Klondyke Road intersection. The Grand opening is expected for Spring 2013.

October 2012

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October 2012