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The music of the Juke Joint Cruisers filled the Wally Post Gymnasium at Sterling High School as over 200 members tapped their feet to the beat and prepared for a Salute to the Stars at the recently held 75th Annual Membership Meeting of Sterling Federal Credit Union.

Following a roast beef supper and prior to the meeting being called to order, Director Joe McGee led the pledge of allegiance and credit union member Nicole Sidebottom gave an inspiring rendition of the National Anthem. 

Chairman of the Board Francis “Rock” Roche called the meeting to order and informed the membership that 2012 was a year of extraordinary financial and economic insecurities.  He reported on the credit unions activities in 2012 and summarized the financial statement.  The statements of financial condition and operations reflect the solid balance sheet of the credit union.

The safe and secure combination that the credit union provides to its members was further validated with a high rating received by the credit union’s regulator, the National Credit Union Administration.

Committee Chairwoman, Ms. Wendy Smithgall presented the Nominating Committee report. Due to the retirement of Board Chair Rock Roche and President John Byczkowski’s decision not to seek re-election, there were four vacancies to fill.  Presented for election to the Board of Directors were Mike Lauer, Joe McGee, Rick Hinojos and Mike Hettinger.  The gentlemen were placed in office by acclimation.  They join fellow directors:  Randy Bang, Howard Combs, and Doug Kaufmann.

Retiring Chairman Rock Roche was saluted for his contributions to the credit union that spanned over 40 years.
Also saluted for years of service were President John Byczkowski for 30 years and Melodee (Mel) Montgomery for twenty years. 

The theme of the evening was a Salute to the Stars. Credit union employees saluted the history of the credit union and all members in attendance.  The star-studded affair was attended by notable stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and John Wayne, albeit in cardboard form!

Members in attendance with a unique association to the 75th gala event were presented $75 in cash!  Twenty-five other lucky members won $25 in cash!

2012 Annual Report