Zeal Credit Union

March Events

Puppy Day

On March 23rd the Detroit Animal Care and Control group helped us celebrate International Puppy Day! They brought some rescue dogs by our headquarters that were available for adoption. Our staff also made monetary donations, as well as fooddonations, and we were able to find new homes for four of the dogs. Zeal also made a $1,000 donation to help with the groups fundraising efforts.

Spirit Awards

We awarded the 2018 Hard Working Spirit Awards on March 22nd. When we first started the Hard Working Spirit Awards last year, we did so to give recognition to people that go above and beyond in their daily lives. However, the Spirit Awards are about more than just hard work. They represent people that display passion, character and empathy in their every day lives. As we have gathered nominations for the Spirit Awards over the past few years we have seen a lot of heart warming stories. It really is very difficult to select winners.

This year we received almost 300 nominations. After narrowing it down to the best entries, the nine people listed below were selected as our winners.

  • Skilled Trade – Wesley Kasperski of Allen Park
  • Office – Lajanis Allen of Taylor
  • Teaching – Aminah Steele of Southfield
  • Medical – Susan Beebe of Livonia
  • Unsung Hero – Ron Sheeler of Southgate
  • Community Superstar – Jennifer Wakenell of Livonia
  • Service Industry – Stephanie Booth of Garden City
  • Civil Service – David Zarek of Livonia
  • Hardest Working Member 2017 – Dawn Corey of Garden City

We awarded the 2018 Hard Working Spirit Awards on March 22nd. When we first started the Hard Working Spirit Awards last year, we did so to give recognition to people that go above and beyond in their daily lives. However, the Spirit Awards are about more than just hard work. They represent people that display passion, character and empathy in their every day lives. As we have gathered nominations for the Spirit Awards over the past few years we have seen a lot of heart warming stories. It really is very difficult to select winners.

Scholarships

We recently awarded our 2018 scholarships. Seven students were awarded scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000, and a total of $14,000 was given out. We had approximately 70 applicants and it was difficult to pick the best students. Winners were recognized at our annual meeting in March.

Zeal Credit Union’s 2018 scholarship recipients are:

  • Ava Cabble, Livonia Stevenson High School
    $4,000 Al Williams Scholarship
  • Abigail Skarbinski, Allen Park High School
    $4,000 Harlan Richardson Scholarship
  • Payton Flikins, Riverview Comm. High School
    $3,000 Dutch Farr Scholarship
  • Thomas Baert, Wixom, Walled Lake Western
    $1,000 Mark Stroebel Scholarship
  • Alexandra Filiatraut, Divine Child High School
    $1,000 Margaret Kremer-Hehman Scholarship
  • Sean Gilliken, Detroit Catholic Central High School
    $500 William Allen Scholarship
  • Samara White, Utica Academy for Intl. Studies
    $500 James Cullimore Scholarship

Beginning in November 2018, online applications and details about the 2019 scholarship awards will be available on our website.

 


April Events

Money Smart Week Storytime

Zeal is participating in the Money Smart Week Storytime at the Livonia Bennett Civic Center Library. The event is on April 28 from 11:00-11:30. Children will listen to a money-related story, decorate and take home their own bank, and get a short lesson on saving, spending, and sharing their money. Registration is required for this event. Please call 734-466-2493 to register.

 

The Game of Money

Zeal will be at the Livonia Bennett Civic Center Library on Saturday, April 28th from 1-2 for “The Game of Money”. This financial presentation is designed for kids in grades 4-8. Students will learn the ins and outs of earning, spending, saving, and sharing money, all while playing a fun and interactive game. You can register for this event by calling 734-466-2493.

 

Money Smart Girl Scouts

This unique event, sponsored by Zeal Credit Union, offers fun, hands-on money-themed activities for Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies. Age-appropriate interactive stations will cover topics like coin identification, needs and wants, making change, budgeting, and more. Girls will gain knowledge that helps them earn financial badges, and make them smarter and more confident about money in general. In addition, participants will receive fun takeaways and a special Money Smart Week patch for their vest/sash! Troop Leaders can contact Karen Smith at ksmith@livoniapubliclibrary.org or (734) 466-2454 for more information and to register.


May Events

Michigan International Women’s Show

We will be at the Michigan International Women’s Show at the Suburban Collection Showplace from May 3rd – May 6th. Shop, sample and share the fun at Novi’s favorite event for women. Discover hundreds of boutiques filled with the latest fashions, trendy jewelry, gourmet treats, health and beauty, and so much more. Enjoy fashion shows, top chefs, and celebrity guests. Bring your mom, sister, and best friend and spend the day doing everything you love! Visit our booth for a chance to win a 26” Schwinn bicycle, ask us any questions or just to say hello.

 

Document Shredding Day

We will be hosting a free document shredding event at the Westland branch on Saturday, May 12th. The event will take place from 9:00 am until 12:30 pm, or until the truck is full (whichever comes first). We will also be partnering with the USPS at the event to collect donations for their annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. We encourage anyone using the shred service to make a non perishable food donation. There will be a limit of five boxes per person for destruction, and the event is open to the public. Feel free to bring by any of your sensitive documents to have them securely disposed of.

 

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