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EQUIFAX DATA BREACH

Recently Equifax, one of the largest U.S. credit-reporting agencies, experienced a data breach that compromised the identity of approximately 143 million Americans.

The protection of members’ personal and private information is Alaska USA’s top priority. We will continue to monitor the Equifax situation and notify you of any suspicious activity on your accounts, 24/7.

To find out what you can do to protect yourself from fraud and identity theft, and to see how Alaska USA protects your information, visit alaskausa.org/fraud.

ALL YOUR BANKING—ONE CREDIT UNION.

It’s likely you have a lot of automatic payments and deposits spread across multiple financial institutions. Now, thanks to ClickSWITCH you can simplify your finances.

ClickSWITCH helps you move all of your direct deposits and automatic payments to your Alaska USA account by generating forms and sending them to your other financial institutions, depositors, and billers. The process of switching is seamless, and you can monitor your requests to ensure that you don’t miss a payment during the transition.

Finally there’s a service that makes everyone’s life a little easier.

Learn more at alaskausa.org/clickswitch.

MILLION POINTS MANIA!

What would you do with One million points?

Maybe take a trip to Paris followed by some day trips to the French countryside? Perhaps a cruise to the Bahamas is more your style. Or maybe you just want to get a new tablet and upgrade your morning routine with an espresso maker for your home. With a million points you don’t even have to choose—you could do it all.

Every time you use your Alaska USA Visa® Credit Card, you’re entered to win up to the grand prize of one million reward points. Reward points never expire and can be redeemed with most airlines, any time, with no blackout dates—or used for cool merchandise!

And, there’s more than one winner during Million Points Mania-first place will net you 250,000 points, second place gets you 125,000 points, and five lucky third-place winners will get 20,000 points. No sign up necessary. If you’re an Alaska USA Visa® Credit Card user, you’re already increasing your chance to win with every purchase!

Not a cardholder? Apply today and win with a low, fixed rate and no annual fee* from Alaska USA.

*With an Alaska USA checking account. Federally insured by NCUA. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. See official rules at alaskausa.org.

A SMARTER WAY TO SAVE

When you have some savings built up it feels good, but it can also feel like your money is just… sitting there, doing nothing all day.

Why not put it somewhere it can grow?

A certificate account is an excellent way to grow your savings. Certificates are a great choice if you want to invest for a longer period of time and obtain a higher rate of return, while seeking a risk-free way to invest.

Alaska USA offers some of the best certificate rates on the market. Open a certificate account today and lock in a guaranteed return.*

*Rates of return vary with amount of deposit and term of certificate, and dividend earnings may be affected by selected payment method. Certificates are subject to early withdrawal penalties.

SEASON WRAP UP WITH THE TACOMA RAINIERS

What a fun inaugural season for Alaska USA and the Tacoma Rainiers! We had a blast connecting with our Washington neighbors at the All-Star game and hosting more than 135 members and partners at our Member Appreciation days. We hope our Tacoma members enjoyed the Alaska USA Scavenger Hunt—congratulations to everyone who figured out the clues and walked away with some great Rainiers gear!

Follow Alaska USA on Facebook and Twitter to keep current on Alaska USA community events and next season’s happenings around Cheney Stadium.

We’re super excited for 2018! Go Rainiers!

2018 ELECTION INFORMATION

The 2018 election will be carried out by mail ballot and will fill 2 three-year term positions on the Board of Directors. Ballots will be mailed to members in April 2018 and the election results will be announced at the 2018 Annual Meeting scheduled for June 13, 2018.

The Nominating Committee has nominated the following candidates for the offices indicated:

Board of Directors
2 three-year term positions:

Alexander, Bobby: Retired SGM, US Army. Currently serves as Chairman of the credit union’s Board of Directors and previously served on the Supervisory Committee for ten years. He also serves as Vice Chairman of Alaska USA Trust Company, Alaska USA Mortgage Company, and also as Vice President of the Alaska USA Foundation. Prior to joining Alaska USA, Alexander served two years as the Vice Chairman of the Credit Committee with USARAL Federal Credit Union on Ft Richardson, Alaska and two years as a board member with Barksdale Federal Credit Union in Louisiana. Alexander served with the US Army for over thirty years with eleven of those years as the US Army Finance and Accounting Sergeant Major. He has over thirty-two years experience in accounting, auditing, budgeting, and management and is a 40-year member of Alaska USA.

Kent Berthiaume: Alaska USA member since 1995. Member of the Board of Directors since 2016, and previously served on the Supervisory Committee for six years. Retired Military with 23 years of Comptrollership with experience in Finance, Accounting, Cost Analysis and Budgeting. Currently employed by Air Force Civil Service as a Resource Manager. Has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University.

Other members interested in becoming candidates can qualify by the petition method. Official petition forms must be used and will be available on November 1, 2017, at any Alaska USA branch or by calling (907) 786-2751. The signatures and account numbers of at least 500 members are required in order to qualify as a candidate by the petition method. Petitions must be returned to the credit union by December 2, 2017.