BANK OF CANADA NEW POLYMER NOTES, NOV 2012The new $20 polymer note is now in circulation.
JOHN MAJANLAHTI RESIGNSThe Directors of Osuuspankki announce with regret that they have accepted the resignation of John Majanlahti as Chair of the Board, effective June 21, 2012 and as director effective August 31st, 2012. Majanlahti will continue to be active with the credit union and the Board until his departure.
The Board and Osuuspankki are very appreciative of the leadership role that John has played in the success of our credit union as both a director and multi-term Chair, since he first joined the Board in 2000. His energy and advice will be missed.
WELCOME TO TIINA, JULY 2012We are happy to announce that Tiina has joined the Osuuspankki team as a Member Service Representative. She has an important role of servicing our members at the branch and also on the telephone.
WELCOME TO JOHANNA, JUNE 2012We are happy to welcome Johanna to Osuuspankki. Her position as Member Service Representative is an important one to all our members who visit our branch or call us.
NOMINATIONS FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, MAR 2012Nominations for the 2 Board of Directors positions have now been closed. If you are interested in running for a Board Position in the future, you may contact Antero Elo for details regarding the duties of a Board of Director. Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Agricola Church. Please join us.
Many of you have asked for it and now that we've started the New Year, we are able to start it off with offering you Interac eTransfers. If you are already signed up to use our Internet Banking, you are also signed up for using this new Interac eTransfer function. Send a surprise Birthday gift to a friend, send some "help money" to your child away at university or use it for any other reason you wish. To get started, all you have to do is go to the "Transfers" section of the Internet Banking and set up your own profile. Then, when you are ready to send someone an Interac eTransfer, set that persons profile up. You don't need their bank account information, you only need their email address. You'll also be asked to set up a security question, which that person will need to answer with just one word. For example, you could ask "what is your cat's name". You will need to know the answer of course and make sure the spelling is correct. Once you have set up the profiles and you go to send the Interac eTransfer, your friend will get a notification within 30 minutes that you have sent them a transfer. They can follow the secure link in the notification and within seconds, answer your security question and have the money in their own bank account! It's that easy. No need to find a postage stamp, go to a mail box and wait a few days or weeks for the cheque to clear. For more information, feel free to call us. We'll be more than happy to help.
WIRE TRANSFER INFO UPDATE, JAN 2012Please view the updated information required when sending or receiving wire transfers. By following this link, you can see what information you should provide someone if they are sending you a wire transfer in Canadian dollars, US dollars or Euros. This information has once again been updated by Central 1. It is important that instructions are provided correctly in order for your wire transfer to arrive quickly and to the correct account.
$23,000.00 GIVEN OUT IN SCHOLARSHIPS, DEC 2011Congratulations to the 2011 scholarship recipients. It was the most difficult decision yet, with over 35 applications to be reviewed by the scholarship committee. There are so many deserving students and we remind those that did not receive one this year, to try again next year.
Oskar Ahopelto, Eero's Memorial Fund
Kirsi Elo, Eero's Memorial Fund
Kristia Määttä, Eero's Memorial Fund
Daniel Niemi, Eero's Memorial Fund
Cathryn Kivi, Hanne Maria Maijala's Memorial Fund
Bianca Basi-Masalin, Osuuspankki Scholarship
Kristina Billsborough, Osuuspankki Scholarship
Jouni Jutila, Osuuspankki Scholarship
BANK OF CANADA NEW POLYMER NOTES, NOV 2011The Bank of Canada is pleased to present the new Polymer Notes. Starting November 2011, the $100 bill will be in circulation. In March 2012, the $50 bill will be in circulation and you can expect to see $20, $10 and $5 in circulation by late 2013. Here is a link to see what the new notes look like and what their security features are. Bank of Canada
FAMILY FINANCE INFORMATION BOOKLET, NOV 2011November is Financial Literacy Month. We decided to help our members and their families keep track of their financing. It is difficult when a family member becomes temporarily or permanently incapacitated. Even more difficult is when a family member passes away. There are so many things for the loved ones to take care of, that we wanted to help ease the burden for them. We've developed a booklet for our members to fill in key information about their pensions, homes, legal documents, insurance etc so that when someone has to start figuring things out, all the information is in one easy booklet. Let us know if you'd like one of the booklets. It's free if you come to pick it up at the branch. If you would like for us to mail you one, the cost is $5.00 when mailed in Canada.
HIPPO CLUB PARTY, NOV 2011We had a great turnout at our annual Hippo Club Party. We had a total of 31 children and 28 parents and grandparents join our festivities. The children ranged from age 4 months to 10 years old. Everyone had a great time playing air hockey, foozball, basketball, hide and seek, dressing up, bouncing in the castle, climbing, sliding, chatting, eating and making new friends. If you have a special child in your life between the ages of 0 and 11, open a trust account for them and they'll automatically become members of the Osuuspankki Hippo Club, receive quarterly newsletters and the special invitation for the annual Hippo Club Party! Thank you to the ladies at the Extreme Fun Indoor Playground for providing such a clean, fun and safe place for our group to celebrate our Hippo Club Members! We have had our party at their facility for three years now and look forward to having next year's party there as well.
NEW SCHOLARSHIP AT OSUUSPANKKIEero Blomberg was born in Terijoki Finland on February 26th, 1926. He moved to Canada in 1953. Eero valued a strong education and bequeathed much of his estate to the Finnish Credit Union for a scholarship fund to be set up for the younger Finnish-
Canadian generations. Although Eero lived in various parts of Ontario, he relished his life while living on a farm where he grew different fruits and made ciders thanks to his plentiful orchard. Eero passed away on April 22nd, 2010.
Eero set out specific stipulations in his will as to how the "Eero's Memorial Fund" was to operate. This year, the Finnish Credit Union is proud to present four (4) bursaries in the amounts of $5,000 each. The application which is found online, is also available at our branch. Recipients will be announced by the end of the year. The deadline for all Scholarship Applications was September 30th, 2011.
MOBILE WEB BANKING - For Smartphones
Are you already signed up for Internet Banking? If so, you can now access Internet Banking with our "Mobile Web Banking" program. This is Internet Banking from your smartphone! If you are not signed up for Internet Banking, it's definitely a very convenient way to start paying bills, transfering funds, tracking your transactions etc.
Contact us for more details on how to get connected.
Osuuspankki Finnish-Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year AwardWe are proud to announce that on June 7th, 2011 Mr. Markus Räty was announced as the recipient of the award. The Entrepreneur Dinner was held jointly with the Canada-Finland Chamber of Commerce and Osuuspankki. Congratulations to Mr. Räty!
Dividend AnnouncementIt was announced at the Annual General Meeting that the Finnish Credit Union had a financially successful fiscal year in 2010. The Board of Directors announced their decision to pay a dividend back as follows:
THE EXCHANGE iPHONE ATM LOCATOR APP NOW AVAILABLE
The Exchange Network of ATMs which is available for our members has a free download available for iPhone users. The app is available in English and French and works to help you find an Exchange ATM all across Canada. The Exchange network is our surcharge free network of ATMs which you may access using your MemberCard. It has many different features. For example, you can search by your current location or input an address to search on. When you select "Get Directions" to the ATM location you want, directions will be provided with time of travel by transit, car or by foot. Street view directions by satellite are also displayed.
As with all Apple apps, you will need to set up an iTunes account in order to download the app.
You can get started by visiting the following link:
Alternatively, you may search key words such as ATM, ABM, The Exchange, ATM finder etc. on your iPhone in the app store.
OUR BANK Finnish Credit Union Limited 1958-2008MEIDÄN PANKKI Suomalainen Osuuspankki Torontossa 1958-2008The 50 year history of Osuuspankki written by Lauri Toiviainen is now available at our office for $20 each with shipping costs extra.