ETFCU Returns Nearly $4 Million To Members Via Checking Account Programs

first_imgEvansville Teachers Federal Credit Union paid out nearly $4 million to its members through consumer checking counts alone in 2018.The $3,797,732 returned to members through ETFCU’s premier checking accounts represent a 61 percent increase over the 2017 total. That included a return of 3% APY on balances of up to $20,000 for members who use Vertical Checking (up from a maximum of $15,000 in 2017); reward points on debit card purchases plus bonus ScoreCard reward points each month to Platinum Rewards Checking members, who can redeem for brand-name merchandise, travel, gift cards and more; and ATM-fee reimbursement anywhere worldwide up to $15 on both accounts.“Our mission is to provide the best value for our members,” ETFCU President and CEO Bill Schirmer wrote in a letter to members. “We do this through innovative products and services that provide real benefits on a monthly basis.”Members received $2,299,956 in interest on Vertical Checking, $1,099,583 in redeemable points for Platinum Rewards Checking, and $393,193 in ATM-fee reimbursements.ETFCU, which was recognized as Best in State for Banking and Credit Unions by Forbes in 2018, has grown to more than 205,000 members with assets of $1.8 billion. Schirmer was honored with the Indiana Credit Union League’s Professional Achievement Award in 2018, marking a first for an Evansville-based credit union leader.The credit union operates six offices in Evansville, along with Indiana locations in Fort Branch, Mount Vernon, Newburgh, Princeton and Vincennes, and Kentucky locations in Henderson and Owensboro (2). An office will open in Washington, Indiana, in the spring. For more information about ETFCU and its programs, go to FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

The Infamous Stringdusters Announce ‘Live From Telluride’, Reveal More 2019 Tour Dates

first_imgProgressive bluegrass outfit The Infamous Stringdusters has announced the forthcoming release of a new concert album titled, Live From Telluride. The 20-track live album was recorded during the band’s show at The Palm Theatre as part of the 2018 Telluride Bluegrass Festival back in June, and is scheduled to arrive this Friday, November 16th via Tape Time Records.According to the band’s announcement shared via press release on Tuesday, the album will include a mix of covers and original material from their 12-year career, including “No More To Leave You Behind”, “Soul Searching”, and “Run To Heaven”. One of said covers included on the album will be the band’s performance of Grateful Dead‘s rural rock anthem, “Tennessee Jed”, which can be heard in full here ahead of its release on Friday. The album will be the Stringdusters’ second live LP in as many years following 2017’s Laws of Gravity: LIVE!, which consisted of a mix of concert recordings from songs off their last studio album, Laws of Gravity.“Telluride Bluegrass has been the center of the acoustic festival universe for many years, and we have been really honored to be involved in that,” the band’s banjo player Chris Pandolfi said in a statement about their forthcoming release. “You feel [the energy] every time you step on stage there, and this show was no exception. We knew pretty much right after the show that this was a show worth putting out there. Hope you guys enjoy!”The Infamous Stringdusters also announced their next batch of North American concert dates to go with Tuesday’s live album announcement, with 23 shows set for February and March of 2019. The new dates will start a few weeks after their previously announced run of January shows, beginning on February 14th in Bozeman, Montana, and continuing until March 31st with a performance at Wilmington, North Carolina’s Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. The band will be joined at select shows throughout the winter run by Shook Twins and John Craigie.General on-sale for tickets to newly announced February/March concert dates will begin this Friday, November 16th at 10 a.m. local time. Artist pre-sale tickets for select shows are available now via the band’s website.The Infamous Stringdusters New 2019 Tour DatesFeb. 14 Rialto Bozeman · Bozeman, MTFeb. 15 Wilma · Missoula, MT*Feb. 16 Commonwealth Room · SLC, UT*Feb. 17 Community Concert Hall · Durango, COFeb. 19 Orpheum Theater · Flagstaff, AZFeb. 20 Meow Wolf Santa Fe · Santa Fe, NM*Feb. 21 Sheridan Opera House · Telluride, COFeb. 22 Belly Up, Aspen · Aspen, CO*Feb. 23-24 WinterWonderGrass · Steamboat Springs, COMarch 8 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall · Ponte Vedra Beach, FLMarch 9 Revolution Live · Ft Lauderdale, FLMarch 10 Gasparilla Music Festival · Tampa, FLMarch 12 The Englert Theatre · Iowa City, IAMarch 13 The Bourbon · Lincoln, NEMarch 14 Varsity Theater · Minneapolis, MN**March 15 Granite Peak Ski Area · Wausau, WI**March 16 The Vic Theatre · Chicago, IL**March 27 The Vogue Theatre · Indianapolis, INMarch 28 Headliners Music Hall · Louisville, KYMarch 29 Marathon Music Works · Nashville, TNMarch 30 Variety Playhouse · Atlanta, GAMarch 31 Greenfield Lake Amphitheater · Wilmington, NC* w/Shook Twins** w/John CraigieThe Infamous Stringdusters New 2019 Tour Dateslast_img read more

Jenkins defends Laetare Medal decision

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins defended his decision to award the Laetare Medal to Vice President Joe Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner in an interview with the Observer on Tuesday, his first comments since the University announced this year’s recipients in a press release on March 5.Olivia Mikkelsen The decision sparked a controversy — on campus and on a national scale — and has received both criticism and support from various members of the Notre Dame community.“I don’t think controversies are necessarily a bad thing if they lead us to have serious conversations, to think deeply about issues,” Jenkins said in the interview.The Laetare Medal is awarded to an American Catholic at Notre Dame’s Commencement each year in recognition of outstanding service to the Church and society. The award honors Catholics in all different fields; recent recipients include singer Aaron Neville, biologist Kenneth Miller and poet Dana Gloria.The decision to honor two Catholic politicians was not a timely one in light of the upcoming election, Jenkins said, but instead meant to recognize Biden and Boehner’s many years of service to the country as their political careers begin to wind down.“We’re not endorsing the active politicians who are going to have a campaign,” he said. “But I thought it was an opportunity to recognize people who had risen to the very highest level of political leadership. For their dedication to public service, their willingness to work with others for the common good, we recognize them with the Laetare.”Jenkins said the decision to award the medal to two members of different political parties was to avoid any perception of the University endorsing one or the other.“I said before, and I’ll say it again, this award does not endorse the particular positions of either person,” he said. “… I think it’s significant these two men, despite being of different parties disagreeing on so much, became and remain friends.”The decision was meant to address the division and animosity present in today’s political environment, Jenkins said.“I do want, with this award, to fight against the tendency that those who disagree with us are necessarily evil or worthy only of our disdain,” he said. “We can disagree — and even disagree on significant moral issues — and still find laudable qualities in those with whom we disagree.”Each year, a committee provides recommendations to Jenkins, who is free, but not required, to select an honoree from the list of suggestions. Biden and Boehner were not on this year’s list of proposed recipients, but Jenkins chose to award the medal to the two individuals after discussing the matter with the committee, he said.In response to Jenkins’ decision, Bishop Kevin Rhoades, of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese, released a statement condemning the University’s choice due to Biden’s stances on abortion and same-sex marriage. Rhoades said he is concerned honoring Biden and Boehner will provoke “scandal,” as defined in the Catholic sense.“That is a somewhat technical word in Catholic thought that means that the action creates the impression that we’re sanctioning or encouraging immoral or unjust actions,” Jenkins said. “I have the greatest respect for the bishop and want to respond by explaining our intentions, in the hope that I can counter any misperceptions leading to scandal.”Multiple groups have written letters to the editor in the Observer’s Viewpoint section voicing their dissent. More than 2,700 individuals — many Notre Dame alumni — have signed a petition professing their agreement with the bishop, urging the University to reconsider the decision.Jenkins said he wants to articulate the meaning of the award and his reasons for choosing it, a lesson he learned when the University invited Obama to speak at Notre Dame’s 2009 Commencement.“What I’ve tried to do, and will try to do, is just explain clearly what we’re doing,” he said. “People can disagree; I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing, as long as it leaves to substantive, constructive discussion and not just acrimony.”A majority of the criticism is directed at Biden, which Jenkins said he is afraid reflects a one-sided partisan approach.“I’m certainly not saying that I support all the Vice President’s positions,” he said. “But I do find, in the record, that he took account of his Catholic faith, even while trying to make decisions on legislation — that’s often complex in a nation on issues on which the nation is deeply divided.”Ultimately, Jenkins said he thinks a public servant can exemplify what it means to be a Catholic leader, regardless of his or her political affiliation.“I think it’s important to evaluate, to take account both of that range of [Catholic] teachings and take account of the complex realities of our nation that is so deeply divided on these issues,” he said.Tags: Commencement, Fr. John Jenkins, Joe Biden, John Boehner, Laetare Medallast_img read more

SMC students attend international SALT Summit

first_imgOver the summer, Saint Mary’s juniors Anne Maguire and Chiara Smorada traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the SALT (Summit Adventure Leadership Training) Summit, an event which sought to gather 150 student ambassadors from around the country in order to enhance their advocacy and leadership skills. The Summit, sponsored by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), focused on various social issues, including anti-human trafficking, climate change awareness, migration and refugee reform and global hunger. Smorada said in an email that CRS built the Summit around the mission statement, “I am the Cause. I am the Solution.”“Sometimes, when I hear about suffering around the world I feel powerless and frustrated — there are moments when I feel very isolated and insignificant in society,” she said.  Maguire said this mission statement is akin to a call to action. “[The statement] calls us all to hold ourselves accountable for the problems we have created as humans and, at the same time, recognizes how we need to start taking the steps to fix the problems that we’ve caused in order to live in a better world,” she said. The summit largely consisted of lectures from international Catholic Relief Services employees, as well as presentations from students, Maguire said. “Some students shared the projects that they’re involved in on their own campuses and the campaigning that they do,” she said. “[At the Summit] we can share ideas and collectively move forward in the best way that we can [in order to] find ways to address social justice issues on our own campuses.”The Summit energized Smorada’s desire to start mobilizing events at the College, she said. “To me, more than anything, the Summit was an energizer and eye-opener,” she said. “As I learned more about the work CRS does both overseas and domestically, I felt a desire to mobilize on Saint Mary’s campus. Hearing about other college and university chapters also gave me some event ideas.”Maguire said her group got the chance to come together with a few of the staff members who work under U.S. senators from Indiana Todd Young and Joe Donnelly and U.S. representative Jackie Walorski. Maguire said they even had the opportunity to meet with Donnelly for a few moments. “The highlight for me was being on Capitol Hill,” she said. “We met … Donnelly in person, but he was on the move so we only got to talk briefly. I just remember him saying to us, ‘you’re doing God’s work, keep it up.’ So he seemed very supportive and his office was very supportive. In general, all of the offices were very supportive.”Maguire said that she advises those doing advocacy work in congressional offices have “a clear and concise ask” as to efficiently direct the meeting so that they can effectively get their message across. “At our specific congressional meetings, we were talking about increasing funding for international development plans and humanitarian aid so that people — wherever they’re living — can feel safe and comfortable living there,” she said. “For the 2019 fiscal budget, there’s a certain amount of money that’s been proposed that would go to humanitarian and development programs to help communities around the world that are low-income and struggling in some way. Essentially, funding these programs would help improve their living situations now, but also work on sustainable solutions so that people can grow in their own communities and empower themselves to create sustainable livelihoods for the future.” The most surprising thing about these congressional meetings, Maguire said, was that everyone, regardless of political ideology, found some kind of common ground. “We spoke to political offices on both sides of the political spectrum — Republican and Democratic offices — and with our proposal, we were not sure before our meetings what the outcome would be,” she said. “I was really struck by the fact that, on both sides, we were able to reach some common ground on the issue of respecting the dignity of human beings and trying to uphold that through any kind of support. I was reminded that we can’t make assumptions about people who are different from us because we can still reach common ground despite their position in politics. We should be open to hearing another person’s perspective, despite our differences.” Smorada said these congressional meetings challenged her preconceived notions on reaching out to national, state  and local representatives. “Hearing both his support and encouragement from his staffers made me feel less hesitant to reach out to my representatives in the future. Now I know they want to hear from us,” she said. Maguire said students who feel passionately about social justice issues should let their heart guide them. “Start where you are, start with your own passions,” she said. “Everyone is different — everyone has different interests, everyone has different passions. If you’re starting where your heart is, you can go really far. We need people who think differently, who act differently, who see the world in different ways.”Tags: catholic relief services, CRS, SALT Summitlast_img read more

Reports – ‘Cambiasso replacement’ snubs Leicester City switch

first_imgNapoli star Gokhan Inler has rejected a move to Leicester City, according to reports in Italy.The Switzerland international’s contract is up next summer and Fiorentina are set to pounce for the 31-year-old after he revealed he wants to stay in Italy.talkSPORT told you last month that Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri had pinned his hopes on signing the experienced midfielder as a direct replacement for Esteban Cambiasso, who decided not to sign a contract extension with the club.However, Inler has made it clear he has no intention of joining the Premier League outfit.And now it has been revealed by the Corriere del Mezzogiorno that the 31-year-old will link-up with La Viola in a deal worth £2million. 1 Napoli star Gokhan Inler last_img read more

Colin has doubts about Magic Johnson just like he has doubts about

first_img Advertisement Pointing out that the potential exists for Johnson to spectacularly fail isn’t a controversial statement. There is a long list of failed player-turned-GM’s that have been total disasters. There are a lot more Isiah Thomas’ and Matt Millen’s than there are John Elway’s and Larry Bird’s.There’s no formula for front office success that doesn’t involve constant grinding and hours of reviewing the minute details that separate the elite execs people from the failures. If Lynch and Johnson are willing to grind out the long hours and surround themselves with knowledgeable, experienced staff, they have a shot to succeed.  If not, they’re toast.“I don’t think people understand. There are certain jobs out there where you don’t have a life. You get a life as a player. You could have a life as a broadcaster. You don’t get a life as a general manager.”Here’s Magic and Lakers President Jeanie Buss discussing his hiring and the future of the Lakers. Dan LeBatard came under fire for recent comments he made regarding Magic Johnson’s qualifications to run the Lakers’ basketball operations. LeBatard implied that Magic keeps getting cushy gigs because of his charm and charisma, despite failing as a coach, talk show host, and what he characterized as a lackluster tenure as an NBA TV analyst.Fellow ESPN’er Keyshawn Johnson called the comments racist, and PTI host Michael Wilbon sent a series of Tweets criticizing LeBatard for conveniently ignoring Johnson’s post-basketball business success.Today in The Herd, Colin didn’t defend LeBatard’s comments, but said it’s fair to question any GM entering a professional sports job with no prior front office experience. He was critical of John Lynch’s lack of experience when he was hired as the Niners GM. It’s fair to say the same applies to Magic. There are plenty of legitimate questions.“I think it’s actually healthy to question Magic and John Lynch. I have major doubts about both. And another reason I do, is because I’ve watched Phil Jackson in New York. He’s a smart dude. He’s been a disaster.”last_img read more