CEO Corner: Remembering a Friend and Colleague
12/27/2018

It is with great sadness that I write that Board Member Jim SheredaJames Joseph (Jim) Shereda Sr., died peacefully December 11 surrounded by the love of his family. Jim joined the board of Christian Financial upon the merger of ARC Credit Union with Christian Financial in the Fall of 2013 and was currently serving as the Vice Chair of the CFCU Board.

 

Jim was a life-long credit union advocate having both managed ARC Credit Union and serving as Chairman of the Board for many years. Jim’s passion for people aligned with the foundational principle of the credit union philosophy of “people helping people”. A successful businessman, he owned and ran QMI Group, Inc. with his wife Barb. A devoted man of Christ, Jim could often be found assisting with the St. Vincent de Paul Society at his parish or singing in the church choir. Jim’s contributions to the growth and success of the credit union will be truly missed and we are blessed to have had him care and give so much to our organization for over 40 years.

CFCU is a Force for GOOD

In October 2018, Christian Financial welcomed a new initiative called B a Force for Good. This new program will help Christian Financial have a greater positive impact on our members, community and our world.

The B a Force for Good philosophy is based on the B Corporation certification, an assessment of a company’s social and environmental performance. The “B” stands for “Beneficial.” A Certified B Corporation (B Corp) is a business that does not just evaluate a product/service but it assesses the overall positive impact of the way they do business. A B Corporation believes: 

•    That we must be the change we seek in the world.
•    That all business ought to be conducted as if people and place mattered.
•    That, through their products, practices, and profits, businesses should aspire to do no harm and benefit all.
•    To do so requires that we act with the understanding that we are dependent upon another and thus responsible for each other and future generations.

Although as a not-for-profit entity, credit unions cannot obtain the B Corp certification, Christian Financial ascribes to the ideals outlined by B Labs. The B Corporation guidelines can help us navigate our path forward to be a catalyst for positive change for our employees, members, community and environment. Over time, our B a Force for Good initiative will help us make tangible changes that will add up to a world of good. I look forward to sharing some of these changes as we move into the new year.
 
For you and because of you,
 

Patty Campbell
President & CEO