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Simplot Employees Credit Union participated in and sponsored a booth at the second Annual Canyon County Kidz Fair at the Idaho Center in February.

When families came by the booth they were able to sign up for a drawing from American Income Life, hear about the Child ID kit from AIL, and play a bean bag toss game. Everyone was a winner for a little prize even if they didn’t win the bean bag toss. Kids went away with glow in the dark sticks, candy, and a coloring page of the Small Fries SECU Kids Club with information about the importance of saving.

SECU team prep: Simplot Employees CU staff and helpers put together a bean bag toss game at the Canyon County Kids Fair in the Idaho Center in February.


SECU Team: From left – Lori Grasham, American Income Life; Dora Contreras SECU Member Service Rep; Nancy O’Brien, SECU Collection Officer; Amy Ellis, SECU Operations Manager; David Hiatt, SECU Loan Manager; SECU helper Dick Brooks; SECU CEO, Val Brooks at the Canyon County Kidz Fair in February

SECU CEO, Val Brooks and Lori Grasham, American Income Life   Amy Ellis and helper Roger Thomas man the bean bag toss at the Kidz Fair
After a long day manning the SECU Booth tired SECU staff and helpers along with AIL Lori Grasham were a little tired but happy to have been a part of the event.    

Meet Michael Torres.

Michael is the newest employee at SECU and is the Loan Assistant. He understands the credit union as a member/owner as he was a member before coming to work here. He graduated from BSU ; taught school; loves Idaho and many outdoor activities; and is an avid golfer. Michael is bilingual and will be ready to help all members with their loan needs once he has completed his initial training. Please be sure to welcome Michael to our Simplot Employees Credit Union family!

In February the Simplot Employees Credit Union hosted a booth at the Canyon County Kidz Expo at the O'Conner Field House.

A few thousand people stopped by the booth to pop a balloon, hear about children's Internet safety, and learn more about the credit union. Joining the credit union were Rachelle and Lori from American Income Life Co. who talked about safety and the Child ID program.

Credit union VP, Alma Callsen and Member Service Rep, Dora Contreras get ready for visitors to the credit union booth during the Canyon County Kidz Expo


Credit Union staff from left to right: Nancy O'Brien, Collections Officer; Amy Ellis Operations Manager; Dora Contreras Member Service Rep.; Alma Callsen VP; and Val Brooks, CEO ready to greet the many attendees at the Canyon County Kidz Expo

Credit union Loan Assistant, Nancy Medina and daughter helped in the credit union booth   Credit union CEO Val Brooks with Lori and Rachelle from American Income Life Insurance Co
A very popular attraction at the Canyon County Kidz Expo was Dora the Explorer. A popular Member Service Rep at Simplot Employees Credit Union is Dora Contreras.    

In January credit union Operations Manager, Amy Ellis, and credit union CEO, Val Brooks with their spouses in tow volunteered to help prepare packets for the Grow a Row Program.

This program encourages gardeners to plant a row or more in their home gardens and donate the produce to various local food pantries

Amy chats with Mike Ball at the Grow A Row event after the seeds were put in packets and packets were put together with instructions.


Val and Dick ; Amy and Roger put instruction sheets together

SECU member and friend, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, stopped by to see us at the credit union.

It was a pleasant surprise for the SECU employees to get to say hello the Governor. Pictured from left to right: Val Brooks, CEO; Mary Garcia, member; Dora Contreras, Member Service Rep; Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter; Nancy O’Brien, Collection Officer; Alma Callsen, V.P.; Jessie Parker, Member Service Rep; Amy Ellis, Operations Specialist; and Nancy Medina, Loan Assistant.

Credit union volunteers to help at Ronald McDonald House fundraiser sponsored by JR Simplot Co.

SECU Board Vice-Chairman, Randy Hickman; SECU CEO, Val Brooks; SECU Operations Specialist Denise Lucero joined other volunteers and participants at the annual Ronald McDonald House sporting clay tournament in June. While Denise and her daughter helped to serve food to shooters and volunteers; Randy, Val and her husband kept score at a couple of the shooting stations.

The credit union board and management have included it in the credit union goals to encourage credit union staff and volunteers to reach out and help in the communities we serve. A particular focus will be to support the JR Simplot Co Employee Volunteer Committee in their efforts of community service. As a credit union whose very mission is to serve the JR Simplot Co employees and family members we feel it is very important for us to support the initiatives near and dear to the heart of the JR Simplot Co. The event raised over $40,000 for the Ronald McDonald House.

SECU Board Vice-Chair, Randy Hickman ready to keep score at the sporting clay tournament for the Ronald McDonald House fundraiser.


Simplot Employees Credit Union helped out at the RMH sporting clay tournament.

From the right: Denise Lucero, Simplot Employees Credit Union Operations Specialist with daughter, Amanda. New SECU CEO/Manager, Val Brooks with husband, Dick.

Simplot Employees Credit Union Joins the Southwest Chapter of Credit Unions for a Community Shred Day and fundraiser for Stampede for the Cure

Saturday June 9, 2012 SW Chapter credit unions and Shred-It partnered for our first annual community shred day and Stampede for the Cure fundraiser. Credit union members were invited to bring in documents and other records they wanted to have shredded. The papers were loaded into a Shred-It truck and safely destroyed. Credit union employees volunteered to direct traffic, carry boxes of documents, and collect money for Stampede for the Cure. The funds collected went to Stampede for the Cure’s efforts to help find a cure for breast cancer, encourage awareness for the disease, and help with providing screening for breast cancer for women and men in our communities. Approximately $300 was collected and over 1500 pounds of documents were shredded. A big thanks to Shred-It Documents Destruction company for their participation.

Simplot Employees CU CEO, Val Brooks, and SECU Loan Assistant Nancy Medina brave the cold to collect Money for Stampede for the Cure during the community shred day.


Second and third from left: SECU Loan Assistant, Nancy Medina and her daughter joined other credit union professionals from the Nampa Caldwell area to help raise money for Stampede for the Cure.

Reception for Congressman Labrador

League CEO, Alan Cameron and wife Janet; and Simplot Employees CEO Val Brooks and husband Dick cohosted a reception for Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador at the home of Dick and Val. Over 30 credit union professionals and family members visited with Congressman Labrador and his wife Becca. The Congressman heard about the good work credit unions in Idaho are doing to help in their communities; heard about the important niche credit unions fill for small business loans members can’t obtain through banks, and how credit unions in Idaho serve over 1/3 of the citizens in this state.

Simplot Employees CU Vice-President, Alma Callsen (left), visited with US Congressman, Raul Labrador and his wife, Becca (second from left), at a reception at the home of SECU CEO Val Brooks.


SECU CEO, Val Brooks and husband Dick (left) co-hosted a reception at their home For Congressman Raul Labrador. Guests were from credit unions from all over Idaho.

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