Friday, October 16, 2009

Georgia Credit Unions Celebrate National 100th Anniversary With 'A Century of Good Advice'

/PRNewswire/ -- Credit unions throughout Georgia today mark the 100th anniversary of cooperative financial institutions in the U.S., and the 75th anniversary of the Georgia Credit Union League, by sharing "A Century of Good Advice." Coinciding with the celebration of International Credit Union Day on Oct. 15, this initiative includes the release of a poll on the savings and spending habits of Georgia consumers, as well as the debut of an online video featuring Georgians of both young and senior ages offering their advice, hopes and dreams for a happy, sound life. In addition, Governor Sonny Perdue yesterday signed a special proclamation honoring International Credit Union Day. The poll results and video are available at

More than 1,000 credit union members from across the state were polled on questions ranging from the most influential person in their lives financially, to the best financial advice they ever received, to their current spending and savings habits based on the recent recession. Among the poll findings:

-- 46% spend less than they did one year ago; 41% spend the same as they
did a year ago
-- 65% of those polled say that their personal spending habits will be
changed forever because of the current recession
-- 53% say that either their mother or father was the biggest influence
in their lives about money; The breakdown of those who chose father
vs. mother was almost even: 27% said father, 26% said mother

Online Video Featuring Georgians

The short online video, "A Century of Good Advice," features Georgia seniors offering their experience and advice to younger generations for financial and emotional success, balanced with young Georgians who display their dreams for the future and the financial awareness they have gained even at a young age.

"At a time when Georgians are concerned about their spending habits and financial security, it's refreshing to see the financial struggles and triumphs of previous generations and the optimism and enthusiasm of future generations," said Michael Mercer, president and CEO of Georgia Credit Union Affiliates (GCUA). "By compiling testimonials of Georgians young and old about spending and savings habits over the years, Georgia credit unions hope to provide consumers with insight and inspiration for their own financial futures."

Video participants include: Jesus Beltran, Peachtree City; Sarah Diamond, Chamblee; Jesse Dixon, Atlanta; Bob Fowler, Albany; Grady Gafford, Macon; Brian Mulherin, Augusta; Betty Phillips, Macon; and Connie Potts, Conyers.

In addition to viewing the video at, consumers also can visit to view the video and share their own advice.

It's important for consumers to know that it has never been easier to join a credit union. Many credit unions now open their membership to the broader local communities where they operate. To find a local credit union or for more information, go to

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