Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Win TFC tickets! and more

We've got two sets of Toronto FC tickets that we are going to give way to a couple of lucky people who purchase tickets to attend the IUFT Toronto 2011 Tournament by August 20 at the following UCU branches: North York, Etobicoke, Bloor, St. Demetrius, and Mississauga.

When you buy your IUFT Toronto 2011* game ticket we'll record your name and contact info and then enter you into the draw. If you purchase a $10 dollar ticket, you'll get 1 entry into the draw. 3 entries for a $25 ticket. 5 entries for a $30 ticket.

Contest Part #1 - TFC tickets - August 13 Penalty Kick-offs
We will draw three names at the August 13 IUFT opening game between Canada and Australia. At half time each contestant will take three penalty kicks against the goalie. If there is a tie for goals after the three rounds, you will kick again until the tie is broken. The winner will receive two tickets to the August 27 TFC game vs. San Jose Earthquake.

Contest Part #2 - TFC tickets - August 20 Draw
At the August 20 IUFT Toronto 2011 Final Game during halftime, we will draw one lucky winner from among the entries who will win two tickets to the September 17 Toronto FC game vs. Colorado Rapids.

Contest Part #3 - IUFT Toronto 2011 tickets
We also have several more sets of IUFT Toronto 2011 tickets that we will be awarding. To win a set of tickets, simply visit one of our branches and fill out a ballot, or send an email to with your name and phone number with the subject line "IUFT Toronto 2011 tickets" no later than Friday August 5.

Also, be sure to visit our booth at the opening and closing games of IUFT Toronto 2011 on August 13 and August 20 for other interesting gifts and giveaways. Come early though, quantities are limited.

More about purchasing tickets here: Buying IUFT tickets at UCU.

* If you didn't fill out your ballot when you bought the tickets, just come by our booth on Saturday August 13 or Saturday August 20 before the game starts and show us your ticket. We'll give you a ballot to fill out on the spot so that you don't miss your chance to win TFC tickets.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Golfing for the Church Building Fund in Windsor

Golfers Greg Frederick, Michael Pyzniak, Michael Kryworuchko
and Mark Nazarewich
Windsors’ St. Vladimir and Olga Ukrainian Catholic Church held their very first Building Fund Golf Tournament at Fox Glen Golf course this past weekend July 16, 2011.

The Golf committee of Bob Petruk, Mike Kryworuchko, Walter Bocian, Glen Kehoe and Alan Wachna were successful with the support of the church Womens’ League in hosting a very fruitful fund raiser. The dinner took place at the new church hall with the ladies preparing an outstanding meal with Ukrainian favorites of cabbage rolls and varenyky along with beef, chicken and kapusta.

The UCU Team of Mike Kryworuchko, Mark Nazarewich, Michael Pyszniak, and Greg Frederick took second place behind the tournament winning Family Slipchuk team. The winners of the “Longest Drive”  were UCU’s Fred Petruk and Zenon Chwaluk who came to Windsor to play in the tournament all the way from Toronto. Zenon Chwaluk also turned out to be the luckiest guy at the event winning two prizes as well as the 50-50 which he proceeeded to very generously donate to the building fund. Good on you Zenon!

Zenon Chwaluk mans the registration desk as Glen Kehoe,
Chair of the Church Building Committee and a member
of the Golf Committee looks on at right.
More photos are available on our Facebook page.

Ukrainian Credit Union Limited sponsors numerous golf tournaments throughout the year. The next one coming up is the St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church (Oakville) tournament on Wednesday July 20, more info here Looking forward to seeing you there.

Other tournaments that we've sponsored include the Knights of Columbus Charity Golf Tournament, St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church (St. Catharines) Golf Tournament, UCPBA Toronto Golf Tournament, Fellowship of St. Cyril & Methodius Golf, St. Demetrius Orthodox Church Golf Tournament, and many others.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Gift basket awarded at St. Catharines branch

As you may know our branch in St. Catharines holds a monthly draw for our members. A basket filled with donations of items from business persons who are members at our branch is the typical prize. The winner of June's draw was Emilia Kachor.

Em accepts the prize
from Alicia Ritchie, MSR
at St. Catharines Branch
When Em was on holidays last month she and her husband had stopped in for a visit. We encouraged her to complete a ballot since she did some banking here , and is a member of UCU. Today we asked one of our members’ (Emilia Smal - what a coincidence, no?) to select a ballot from the box, and lo and behold the ballot she drew was “Em Kachor”! We notified Em at the call centre, and she happened to have the afternoon off today. She had plans to go to Vineland and decided to come to our branch to pick up her prize.

When you are at the St. Catharines branch next time, don't forget to fill out a ballot, who knows you might end up being the next winner! You can reach the St. Catharines branch at 905-684-5062 to ask what's in the next prize basket.

Update on Meest Newspaper article series

Over the past month our lenders and financial advisers have tackle a wide range of topics in the weekly Meest newspaper series.

Roman Mlynko, Wealth Management Consultant, wrote about the mathematics of investing, a primer oin figuring things out like how much interest your are actually earning over a period of time. A second article discusses investor psychology and how to identify some pretty typical traits that often lead to making non-optimal investments.

Marika Dmytriak, Special Accounts Officer, compared reedemable and non-redeemable GICs.

Tetyana Basmat, CFP, Financial Services Associate, wrote about building financial plans, from goal setting through to periodic reviews.

Svitlana Mazepa, who has just been announced as the new Accting Branch Manager of the Etobicoke branch, wrote about how to pay your mortgage off as quickly as possible and the benefits of doing so.

Finally, Yuriy Nesvit wrapped up his two-parter on commercial lending and how to get a commercial loan from UCU. The first part can be found here.

As of this week, we will be going into a short re-run period over the summer as people go on holidays. So if you've missed some of the earlier articles, you'll get a second chance to read them. Tomorrow, Mike Kryworuchko's article on the Best of Both Worlds explains the value of this product that is unique to Ukrainian Credit Union Limited.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Cake Boss Watch Out - Member Appreciation Day in Windsor

UCU members Dennis Galay, Treasurer of UNF
Windsor Branch and Kathy Galay, member of the
Ukrainian Women's Organization of Canada
Following up on the success of Member Appreciation Day on Bloor (read about it here), we took our show down the road to Windsor. On Thursday July 7 members who walked into our branch were pleasantly surprised to find not only the usual smiling faces of our staff and warm hand shakes from Branch Manager Mike Kryworuchko, but sweets, varennyky, coffee and some nice gifts too!

UCU member Tony Blak, of Blak's Bakery,
poses with his sister Valerie Blak-Gill
and her husband. Blak's Bakery
generously helped out with sweeets at the
Member Appreciation Day!

Blak's Bakery provided the delicious sweets, while Crossroads Cafe served up three varieties of varennyky: potato/cheese, cabbage and blueberry (yum!). Both Blak's Bakery and Crossroads Cafe are new members of UCU and serve the large Polish community in Windsor (as well as Ukrainians and other Eastern Europeans craving for some old country comfort food). You can catch a video of Tony Blak making paczki (pampushky) in a video taken by the Windsor Star here.

Crossroads Cafe, a well-known Windsor
area deli provided 3 varieties of
varennyky for Member Appreciation Day.
You can read a couple of reviews here.
The event was held to thank long time members as well as to welcome a host of new members that joined the credit union recently.

If you missed this year's member appreciation day, you can still drop by for a coffeee with Mike Kryworuchko or the staff any time. Call ahead at 519-256-2955 and they might even have a sweet or two ready for you.

More pictures of this event can be found on our Facebook page. Look for the Member Appreciation Day celebration to visit your local branch in the coming months!

The Blak's Bakery store front.
Serving the Windsor area since 1918