Intelligent credit union branding

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Details “Hi-Q is not only a competitive representation of our individual abilities, but it also represents our school.” The sentiment of Academy Park High School (Sharon Hill, Pa.) student Jordan McGowan, echoed by teammate Amel White, describes Delco Hi-Q, the nation’s oldest, continuous academic quiz competition in which 21 Delaware County, Pa. high schools compete.Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast President, John Cooke, also touts the attributes of Hi-Q. His support is such that despite his many responsibilities at the Philadelphia Archdiocesan high school, he volunteered to coach his school’s team this year.Jay DeFruscio, Cooke’s friend and counterpart at rival Cardinal O’Hara High School, is also a fan of Hi-Q. “It’s [Hi-Q] the perfect forum by which our academically gifted students can showcase their talent,” DeFruscio said.In addition to the opportunity for students and schools to exercise and promote academic prowess, the business community also finds Hi-Q attractive. After all, the program was started in 1948 by then Delaware County based Scott Paper Company. Within two decades, the company expanded Hi-Q to four other states where it had sub-headquarters. Not long after the paper company underwent an acquisition, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU) seized the opportunity to attach its brand to the academic sport and keep it running.“We [FMFCU] felt it was vital that this academic program continue,” said Rick Durante, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility.FMFCU funds and manages Delco Hi-Q and oversees the national program. Durante is Hi-Q’s national director. In 2017, Durante stepped in as quizmaster when actor Tom McCarthy retired after serving in that role for four decades.“There are many places we could have put our money,” Durante said, “but this unique academic quiz competition has a tremendous impact on so many schools and students in our community. So, for us, the choice to invest was obvious.”Intentional or not, the Credit Union carries out the beliefs of its namesake Ben Franklin, who famously said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” FMFCU has as its mantra, “leading with education.”FMFCU is not the only credit union to attach its name to Hi-Q. In Mobile, Alabama, New Horizons Credit Union is a program sponsor.Academy Park High School student Kiara Kidd said, “Programs like Hi-Q give us a platform to showcase our ability.” The experience Kidd, her teammates, and all Hi-Q participants realize is also recognized by other businesses, which have joined FMFCU in Pennsylvania, New Horizons in Alabama, and sponsors of the programs in Wisconsin and Washington State to support this commendable high school activity.Hi-Q has been described as cerebral athletics. School auditoriums are the arenas. Each competitor’s intellect is the necessary equipment, and they spend months suiting up by reading, studying, and practicing with their teammates and coaches, commonly known as advisors. The more competitive schools field a bench of future players to study alongside and practice with the current team.Each competition pits three schools against each other with the goal of amassing as many points as possible by answering questions correctly and preventing opponents from picking up bonus points. Competitions consist of a series of 16 questions of differing categories, including history, mathematics, current events, art history, and sports. Preparation involves more than simply knowing facts. Students have to prepare to answer under pressure because the questions are timed, making the quiz a challenge of brainpower, skill, and mental acuity. Each school competes in three regular season match-ups in an effort to accrue cumulative points. The teams with the most points advance to semi-final competition.To learn more, visit DelcoHiQ.org.last_img read more

India’s Modi to go into virus lockdown for Holi festival

first_imgIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Wednesday he will stay away from celebrations during one of the country’s biggest festivals as coronavirus fears gripped the country of 1.3 billion people.India has been one of the latest countries to report a surge in cases, sparking a run on masks, while the government said all air passengers entering the country would now be screened for the virus that has killed more than 3,000 around the globe.Modi said he would stay away from events for Holi, the “festival of colours”, which is normally a raucous day when paint and water are splashed in the streets of many cities. “Experts across the world have advised to reduce mass gatherings to avoid the spread of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus,” Modi said on Twitter.”Hence, this year I have decided not to participate in any Holi Milan programme.”The Hindu festival, which this year falls next Tuesday, marks the beginning of spring.Ever since he became prime minister in 2014, Modi has taken part in high-profile events for Holi and other major festivals, mingling freely with crowds. India has reported 28 cases of the new coronavirus so far, up from five on Tuesday, with 16 of them Italian tourists who have been quarantined in New Delhi.India is the world’s second-most populous country after China, where the virus first emerged last year.Worldwide, around 3,200 people have died from the virus with more than 90,000 infections.With the new cases, India has stepped up preventive measures.Health Minister Harsh Vadhan said all air passengers entering the country would now be screened for symptoms.India has already barred visitors from Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan, except diplomats and officials from international bodies.Authorities say isolation wards are being set up in 25 Delhi hospitals in expectation of a flood of cases.Topics :last_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (January 13-18)

first_imgThe ORVC Weekly Report for January 13-18.ORVC Basketball Players of the Week.Girls:  Sydney Keene-Jac-Cen-Del and Eve Galbreath-Switzerland County.Boys:  Austin Clark-Switzerland County.ORVC Weekly Report (January 13-18)Submitted by ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

Witness Becomes Temporarily Speechless in Belgian’s Murder Trial

first_imgDrama unfolded at the murder trial of Michel Bruno, a Belgian national, at the Criminal Court ‘A’ when a prosecution witness became temporarily confused.Moses H. Kermue, prosecution’s third witness stood speechless in the box for a few minutes before denying having knowledge that the defendants shot   Bruno, then Plantation Manager of Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC).Kermue is a senior officer of LAC’s Plant Protection Division (PPD).He was the only person cross examined by defense counsel.The defendants are charged with murder for allegedly shooting and killing Bruno on November 17, 2010 at LAC’s 3.3 extension site in District #3 Grand Bassa County. They have since denied the allegation levied against them.Testifying on Tuesday, April 8, the third witness caused a stir when he consistently asserted that he did not know whether the defendants murdered Bruno, alleging he heard the information from reliable sources in the employ of LAC. His vehement denials, even under questioning by his own lawyer, raised eyebrows.Witness Kermue could not disclose the name of his reliable sources.He refused a suggestion from prosecution lawyers, who asked him to point at the defendants in the box that were arrested in connection to Bruno’s death.“As I said previously, on November 17, 2010, I was not on the scene, and I can’t identify any of the defendants in the box who were arrested in connection with the murder of Bruno.”To the question as to whether he was aware that the defendants upon their arrest were investigated at the PPD’s headquarters in LAC, Kermue answered: “I was not there when they (defendants) were investigated at the headquarters. What I can say is I only heard that information, but I have no knowledge about it.”Earlier, Kermue explained that the day before Bruno was shot and killed, the chief of PPD, Major Garfe E. Mason, drove to his house and took him to LAC’s extension site to protect the company’s workers that had gone there to survey the land.“When we got there, we saw the surveying team headed by the late Bruno along with Alexander Peterson, Price Tawo, Matthew Daigar, Saye Yeasie and two PPD officers and we all moved to the bush together,” he added, “When we got into the bush the Surveyor began to clear the road and they started to plant their pegs.”According to him, while the survey was in process, they saw a group of men under the control of one of the defendants, Arthur Crusoe.“Crusoe asked us where we were coming from and we answered that we are from LAC Plantation. Crusoe then told us that he learnt LAC was about to conduct a survey in the district. He said this was the reason, we have declared this day as a holiday in our area. LAC has been fooling us this time around, LAC is not going to fool us. In fact, I am going to let the government to know about this,” witness Kermue quoted defendant Crusoe as saying.“It was at this time,” the witness alleged “that a lady I couldn’t recognize in the group turned to one of the surveyors, the late James Myers, and said, “James, I know you very well, don’t be part of these people again.”“After that statement, we immediately left the area,” the prosecution witness further alleged. In an hour-long cross-examination, which was not different from the questions and suggestions posed to previous prosecution witnesses, Kermue’s response to most of them were negative. The prosecution declined to continue with his examination.The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more