While we love single employee spotlights, our small departments continue to blow us away as teams! For this reason, Augusts spotlight is on an entire department and this time it is what is known internally as the Number Crunchers of Accounting!!
MAC’s Accounting department consists of Rose Fulk, VP of Accounting; Paula Hess, Accounting Technician; and Amanda Dukes, Accounting Clerk. Accounting is both an internal and external service managing all monies coming in from member deposits, assets, and investments balanced with all debits that are required to run this organization. This team ensures that our rates are competitive to offer higher dividend yields on investments and low interest on loans, along with accurate financial reporting required by the NCUA.
Rose supervises this department while validating the financials of our company. Working tirelessly in the office and even out of town at times in order to keep our finances accurate and balanced. When asked what she likes about her job, Rose states, “My favorite part is the work we do. There is always a project to work on and we work in a positive and encouraging environment.” Rose consistently goes above and beyond to effectively validate and secure our member and corporate finances.
Paula is our bright and always smiling go-to gal for receipts, reimbursements and friendly interaction. She can always be seen hard at work doing things such as, balancing our general ledger, processing invoices, and taking the utmost care of our payroll. Paula is a real team player and you can see it through the way she interacts with not just her accounting teammates, but all co-workers within the credit union. When we asked Paula “how she would say her team thrives?” She replied, “We are a cohesive group that works extremely well together. We do a lot of cross-training to be able to cover each other’s areas when needed.”
Amanda (who we all know as Mandy) is our friendly Accounting Clerk. Mandy reconciles our general ledgers, pays corporate cards, and takes precious care of the electronic banking our members do. You can always see Mandy with a smile on her face and having the friendliest voice when on the phone with members. When asked “How would you say your team thrives?” Mandy replied, “Being cross-trained within our duties helps a lot. We can cover for each other, but most importantly we are also constantly learning new things which makes it even more fun.”
While the Accounting Department may not directly work with members, they keep this establishment running accurately, efficiently, and always balanced. They spend countless hours going over numbers and checking them twice. Hence the internal team name Number Crunchers. All to ensure that our money, YOUR money is accounted for properly, and is being used in the best way to give back to our members and our community.
The Accounting Department is recognized for all the amazing things they do day in and day out for the Credit Union. What exactly is the best thing that Accounting has to offer to the Credit Union and our members? Well, Rose says, “MAC has an amazing Accounting team that works hard to efficiently complete their duties so that they can provide an accurate reflection of the financial position of the Credit Union.” As Accounting likes to say, “Number Crunchers at your service!”
Update: This promotion ended July 31, 2019.
MAC offers amazing Golden Rates during the Golden Days seasons. Click here to see our current rates. We also want to have fun during Golden Days so we have two activities where you can strike gold!
First: We have gold painted rocks hidden in the following Geocached locations.
- 8563*N, -147.8611*W
- 8459*N, -147.7120*W
- 8390*N, -147.7740*W
- 8438*N, -147.7182*W
- 8629*N, -147.7384*W
- 8585*N, -147.8423*W
- 8425*N, -147.7214*W
- 5025*N, -147.4535*W
- 830945*N, -147.846660*W
- 8616*N, -147.7137*W
Simply find a gold rock, take a picture of your MAC “Nugget” and #MACStrikesGold on Instagram and/or Facebook, then bring the gold rock into our 10th Ave Branch to claim your prize. Prizes include Seekins Ford “Works Oil Change”, Sourdough Fuel Pizza, Joe’s Oven Cupcakes, Goldpanner baseball tickets, AK Yoga Fest tickets, Cash Prizes of $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100. The geocached rocks will be updated on our website as each prize is claimed, and will stay open until all prizes have been claimed or until July 31, 2019.
Second: You can Strike Gold with MAC by participating in our weekly Scavenger Hunt.
The first three weeks in July we are giving away 1 BIG prize. Check out our Instagram and Facebook for daily clues to lead you to your gold claim of $200 toward your first auto payment, $400 if you start a new direct deposit or $1,000 toward closing costs on a new mortgage.
Please visit our website for a full list of prizes, rules, and regulations.
Fairbanks, Alaska, April 1, 2019 – MAC FCU presented a check for $10,000 to the Financial Reality Foundation.
The Get REAL Financial Reality Fair, a program provided by the Financial Reality Foundation, is an interactive program that allows students to make budgeting decisions (and mistakes) in a fun-filled, interactive learning environment. The event is a two-hour simulation, specifically designed for high school seniors where they make real-life choices about a post-high school career and how to stay within budget while paying for necessities such as housing, food, and transportation to name a few. Along the way, needs versus wants are tested as community volunteers sell vacations, puppies, hot tubs and many more impulse spending items that can have a major impact on a budget.
The Financial Reality Foundation partners with local credit unions like MAC Federal Credit Union, providing them with a turn-key reality fair package that makes it possible for the credit union to host these fairs at local high schools. In a collaborative effort, the foundation and credit unions work with their own staff and community partners to provide the event for students in their own schools, during their school day. The concept of using community volunteers and school resources has been highly successful. It reduces costs and meets students where they are. It ensures a better turnout and their minds are receptive to learning. Budgeting is a topic most relevant to high school seniors at this stage of their life, making real-life application foreseeable. By providing the Get REAL Financial Reality Fair program to the schools annually, every student will get an opportunity to participate when they become a senior. It creates an eagerness for lowerclassman to go through this eye-opening event in their future.
“MAC Federal Credit Union wholeheartedly believes in the mission of people helping people and is excited to be a part of the Financial Reality Foundation’s Get REAL program for students in Alaska. We believe this important program expands accessibility to our youth by providing innovative and real-life financial education training that is so desperately needed in our communities. In return, students enter adulthood with a much better grasp on the challenges that lie ahead and have the necessary tools to adapt and succeed,” said CEO Angela Head of MAC FCU.
MAC Federal Credit Union has been providing the Get REAL Financial Reality Fairs to schools in the Fairbanks, North Pole, and Delta Junction areas since 2015. Nearly 700 students have graduated with the revelation of budgeting, the importance of savings, and balancing their wants vs. needs.
The Army Emergency Relief Fund has a mission to provide emergency aid to the US Army soldiers and their dependents, in the form of a direct grant, or as an interest-free loan. They also give college scholarships to children of soldiers. With a 66-year history supporting the Fort Wainwright Community, it is no surprise that MAC Federal Credit Union would jump at the opportunity to help fund 2019’s AER fundraising campaign.
MAC has an average 20% employment rate of either retired military or active military dependents. That being the case, there are many personal stories of how the Army Emergency Relief Fund has helped those here at MAC over the years.
CEO, Ms. Angela Head is a former soldier. During her time in the service, an unexpected death of a family member occurred. Without the support of the AERF she would not have been able to travel to be with her family during that difficult time.
When asked what prompted the Board of directors to help in this way, Ms. Head, MAC FCU CEO stated “The Board of Directors and I are deeply committed to serving those who serve our country. We understand that many young soldiers in our area are just starting out and may need emergency financial assistance thru this important program. Without this assistance, many become desperate and borrow the funds from less reputable places, thus creating further hardships for the soldiers and their families.”
MAC has a high commitment level to its members and the community. While MAC is open to membership within the entire Fairbanks North Star Borough, we are extremely proud of our history of serving the military. With regard to our service members and their families, MAC continues to focus on the importance of financial readiness and helping build financial wellness leading to financial success.