Kiwanis hears about Firelands move

By Nathan Crock Inquirer Correspondent

July 31, 2014

On July 29 Kiwanis of Galion held its final meeting of the month. The first topic discussed was the upcoming pancake breakfast. Currently the group is considering having a chairman for the event as well as splitting the club up into teams to take on the responsibilities.

Listing in church bulletins is also something the group wants to incorporate this year. It has also been determined that tickets will cost $6 for adults and children who are 12 and under who are accompanied by a paying adult are free. The pancakes will be unlimited. More in depth planning will be taking place at the club’s business meeting on Aug. 12.

Also during the business meeting the group will be going over bylaws and policies as well as taking nominations and volunteers for board members.

Kiwanis’s own Angie Owens was the guest speaker for the day. Owens spoke about Firelands Federal Credit Union, which she is branch manager of.

The credit union will be moving to a new location at the end of September. The current branch building, located at 419 Harding Way West, was opened in January of 1990. Owens said they have outgrown that space.

The new site is located on the north edge of town on State Route 598. Ground was broken on the 1.8 acre plot of land in April and the building is still under construction.

The roof is going on the building the first week of August, followed by masonry work, drywall and interior work, and the addition of the parking lot. Owens said the bank will have five tellers, three drive-thru’s, and an inside kiosk.

When asked what the difference is between a bank and a credit union, Owens said that credit unions are non-profit, member owned and run by a volunteer Board of Directors, all of which benefits the members. Credit unions also don’t charge a lot of the fees that banks do.

In order to be a member of the credit union one must live, worship, reside or go to school in the community. There are five different Firelands Credit Union offices in the state: Galion, Bucyrus, Bellevue, Monroeville and Norwalk.

After Firelands makes its move, the Harding Way building will be transferred to the Annie Carter Foundation. It will be home to United Way of Crawford County, the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce and other non-profits yet to be determined.