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Notifications

Annual Meeting Date Set

Board Meeting

Start planning for this year's annual meeting. Mark your calendars, cancel all conflicting activities, and start thinking about all those wonderful gifts you are going to win. The 2019 Annual Meeting is set for Sunday, November 3, 2019. The details and reservation forms will be in our next newsletter. This year's meeting will be again held at the Embassy, 5030 Youngstown-Poland Road, Youngstown, OH. As always, the first 250 members who submit reservations will be treated to a free pasta and meatball dinner. Members who bring guests will pay $10 for each guest. After dinner all members {whether you attend the dinner) are invited to the business meeting and to participate in the election of board members. Last year most attendees walked out with two wonderful gifts since a second raffle was necessary to give away the extra gifts. As you are reading this newsletter, DOY's buyers are purchasing wonderful/exotic gifts from all over the world!

Nominations

If any member is interested in running for a position on the DOY Board of Directors, just submit your nomination in writing to the DOY offices by October 31, 2019. This will enable us to place your name on the ballot. Nominations received after this date or received from the floor at the annual meeting, will have to be placed on ballot as a write-in candidate. Elections will be held at the annual meeting on November 3, 2019.

New High

DOY has reached a new plateau in its growth. For the first time in DOY's history, the asset size has surpassed $50,000,000. This is a milestone since DOY will be compared with credit unions with asset sizes from $50 million to $100 million. Before reaching this plateau, DOY was at the top of its peer group ($10 million to $50 million). Now, DOY is the baby in the new peer group. Other than some new regulations that will be imposed because of moving into the larger peer group, members will not see any changes. Outlined below are some milestones in DOY's history that you might find interesting:

  • DOY 's Charter is approved by NCUA on July 16, 1971.
  • DOY's first financial statement shows assets of $8,576.
  • Jim Bellavia, after serving as board president, becomes DOY's Treasurer (3/1980).
  • St. Elizabeth's decides to let its employees join DOY (2/81).
  • DOY's assets reaches the $1 million mark in 11/81.
  • Local 87 merges with DOY on 9/1/1985.
  • United Engineering Credit Union merges with DOY 4/1/90.
  • DOY expands its Board to nine members (4/90).
  • DOY's assets go over $5 million in 5/90.
  • DOY starts its mortgage program (10/90).
  • DOY reverts to a seven-person board (10/91).
  • DOY expands its charter to include all students and their families who attend diocesan schools (4/96).
  • DOY introduces its Tuition Loan Program (5/96).
  • John (Jack) Thomas, DOY's founder, passes away (6/13/99).
  • DOY's assets go over $10 million (12/99).
  • DOY's assets go over $25 million (1/2008).
  • DOY builds and moves into its new home on Gypsy Lane (1/09).
  • DOY reverts to a five-person board (2/2009).
  • DOY expands its charter to include all members of Catholic Churches in the Diocese of Youngstown (5/2010).
  • DOY expands its board to seven members (1/2019).
  • DOY's assets go over $50 million (2/2019).

Dormant Account? Read This Now!

Ohio Law requires all financial institutions to monitor all dormant accounts. If an account has not had any transactions for five years, then the money must be sent to the State. Posting of dividends or interest is not considered a transaction, nor is a dormant fee considered a transaction. As of February 1, 2014, DOY instituted the following procedure to handle all dormant accounts.

Clock representing time with coin in front of it*** After three years of no transactions, DOY will send a notice to the last known address informing the member of the dormant account. The notice will inform the member that their account is dormant and will be charged a dormant fee of three dollars per month. The fee will begin the following month after the notice. If these fees cause the account to drop below ten dollars, then the account will be closed.

*** If there is money in the account after five years of no transactions, the balance in the account will be sent to Ohio Department of Unclaimed Funds.

To avoid any fees or to prevent your money from going to the State, just conduct any transaction before three years of dormancy. Remember after any transaction, the clock will start ticking again for another three years. So by just making one transaction every three years, your account will not be classified as dormant. Here are a few suggestions of simple transactions you can perform to keep your account active.

  • Mail in a small deposit (no cash)
  • Make a small withdrawal
  • Transfer a small amount from your account to another member's account (e.g., a parent transfers $1.00 to a child's account or vice versa). Then both accounts would be considered active for another three years.
  • Call and have a small donation ($1.00 or more) debited from your account to the Jack Thomas Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund was developed and is sponsored by DOY. If you are uncertain of how long your account has been dormant, call DOY to obtain the date of your last transaction.

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Send an Email to Morgan

Golden RetrieverMembers who have visited the DOY offices over the past two years have been greeted by Morgan. Morgan is a beautiful golden retriever who is the unofficial greeter of the DOY Federal Credit Union. Sort of like a Walmart Greeter only younger and cuter. Besides her own page on the DOY informational website (www.doyfcu.com), you can now email Morgan who recently received her own mailbox:

morgan@doyfcu.com

If you want to read more about Morgan, go to DOY's home page (www.doyfcu.com) and click on the red tab at the top of the page entitled "Morgan's Memos." Not only are there pictures of Morgan performing her duties at DOY, but she also writes about her insights on her activities at DOY. Then, if you want, you can comment on her memos, ask questions, or just say hello by sending her an email using the address, morgan@doyfcu.com. Morgan promises to answer your emails whenever possible.

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Mortgage

Do It Now Before It's Too Late

Mortgage interest rates are still extremely low. With the economy beating up, interest rates may start to increase. Before you purchase, remodel, or refinance your home, call DOY for another option concerning your financing needs. With DOY's extremely low closing costs and very competitive if not lower interest rates, you might be losing thousands of dollars by not calling DOY and comparing. If nothing else, call DOY and have its printed brochure mailed to you explaining DOY's Mortgage Program or visit DOY's website and click on the tab "Mortgage Program." Also, while you are on DOY's website, click on the "News and Notes" tab. There are excellent articles on DOY's Mortgage Program, especially an article on bow DOY calculates its mortgage interest. A few minutes of your time might save you thousands of dollars.

DOY Mortgage Loan's Impossible Math

Money BagCan you believe that refinancing a mortgage loan at DOY at a higher interest rate could actually save you money? And in some instances that savings could be substantial. Here's why. DOY calculates your mortgage interest totally different than other financial institutions, including other credit unions. This is the main reason why DOY can NOT sell their mortgages on the secondary market. If you are the type of borrower that applies extra to your principal so you can pay off your loan early, then you can save money by refinancing with DOY even at a higher interest rate. When you apply extra towards your principal at other financial institutions, it is applied at the end of the loan. Let's say you pay your loan off five years early. The only interest you save is the last five years of payments. Guess what? If you check your amortization schedule, the interest you save during the last five years is not very much. Whereas at DOY, any extra you apply toward principal causes an up-front saving on the amount of interest due. That's because DOY only charges interest on your unpaid balance for the exact number of days you carry that balance. For example, let's say you get the loan today for $100,000, and tomorrow you apply $10,000 toward your loan. At DOY, you would only be charged one day's interest on the unpaid balance ($100,000) and all the rest of the payment would be applied to principal. When you make your next payment, the interest will be calculated on an unpaid balance that is nearly $10,000 less. Elsewhere, in the same example, you would be charged a full month's interest as shown for payment ONE of your payment schedule and the extra amount of paid principal would be applied at the end of the loan. When you make your next payment, there is not any interest saving since the interest amount is predetermined according to your amortization schedule given to you when you first signed for the loan. At DOY we cannot give you an amortization schedule since the moment you make an extra principal payment or make an early payment, the schedule changes. It's the best type of mortgage loan if you plan to pay off your loan early. Still confused, call DOY and talk to our mortgage department for more details.

DOY’s Second Mortgage Program

Home with a nice lawnDOY does not have home equity loans. Instead, we have fixed second mortgage loans. The home equity loan is a very deceptive loan if you do not understand how the loan is structured. Most home equity loans have variable interest rates and are amortized over ten years. Every time you advance yourself more money, the loan restructures for another ten-year term. This means you will pay double interest on a portion of the principal since most equity loans are front loaded (most of interest is paid at the beginning of the loan term). If then at some future time you advance yourself money again, you would pay triple on part of the original principal. This is why these types of loans have such low teaser rates. The only way to beat the home equity loan is to borrow a fixed amount of money, never advance yourself any additional money, and pay off the loan as quickly as possible. This is why DOY only has fixed interest second mortgage loans for a fixed amount of money for a fixed amount of time. As with all of DOY loans, your interest for each payment is always calculated on your current unpaid balance. This means the more you apply towards the principal of the loan, the less interest you will pay. This is a great loan for home improvements or for any major purchase. Fees are low and the application is simple. For more information on DOY's Second Mortgage Program, just give us a call.

Don’t Just Compare Mortgage Rates

Most financial planners will tell you it is not worthwhile to refinance a mortgage unless you can drop your interest rate at least by a full 1.00%. This is because many financial institutions charge huge fees and points added to your loan. Refinance costs could cost you as much as $3000-$4000. This is money just thrown away and reduces the equity you have in your home. These costs are usually added to your loan principal which means you are not only paying thousands of dollars but also 15-20 years of interest on those costs. In general for every $1000 in costs, you can add approximately 0.15% to the interest rate you are quoted. For example, an interest rate of3.90% rate with $3000 in costs, would be comparable to the 4.35% with no costs. With the DOY's refinancing program, the costs are extremely low and there are NO points or broker fees. In most instances the total cost (this is everything) is $395. When refinancing your bank loan with DOY, not one penny of costs is added to your payoff balance. Call DOY for rates and details.

High Equity – Short Term Mortgage

DOY has a great short-term mortgage loan (seven years or less) at a very low rate. This is for members that have at least 40% equity in their homes. Members who have small mortgage loan balances or have their homes paid off can transfer their loan to DOY and borrow the additional money needed for major purchases. This loan would be great for doing major home fix-ups, landscaping, purchase new cars, college tuition, etc. Not only do you get cheap money in a low interest loan, but the interest is tax deductible. Here are the requirements to apply:

  1. loan duration cannot be more than seven years;
  2. equity in the property must be at least 40% after receiving the loan;
  3. DOY must be in the first mortgage position;
  4. total cost to process the loan is $250;
  5. no points or any other fees except as noted in #4;
  6. new mortgages only, existing DOY mortgages do not qualify for this promotional loan;
  7. the new loan must have a balance of $10,000 or more.

For more information call DOY and be sure you specify your interest in the High Equity-Short Term Mortgage Loan. Please have your account number available when you call.

Why Obtain a DOY First Mortgage?

Simple – Honest – No Surprises – No Prepayment Penalties – No Application Fee – No Points – No Hidden Costs – Always Talk to Real People – Loans Stay at DOY (loans not sold to other lenders) – Low Fixed Interest Rates – Very Low Refinance Fees ($395) – Very Low Closing Costs For New Home Purchase ($600 - $900)

Need we say more?

Equal Housing Lender

We do business in Accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Law

Simple Calculation Saves Thousands

DOY's mortgage refinance program is so simple and honest that you can figure out the exact savings when switching your loan to DOY. All you need to know is your exact payoff amount of your existing loan and the exact number of payments you have left. Then call DOY with those two figures along with your current payment (principal & interest only). DOY will determine the DOY payment from this information and then compare it to see if there is a worthwhile savings. Since DOY only charges a flat $395 fee, the comparison to calculate your savings is easy.

For example a member calls and indicates his payoff balance is $103,200, and has 230 payments remaining on their loan with a principal and interest payment of $726. DOY then calculates the payment for the same exact amount using the same number of remaining payments and tells you the DOY payment would be $659.00. Now the math is elementary as illustrated below.

CalculatorTotal payback for existing loan = $726 X 230
= $166,980

Total payback for DOY Loan = $659 X 230
= $151,570

Savings = $166,980 - $151,570
= $15,410

Total Savings = $15,410 - $395 fee
= $15,015

DOY's loan rates are fixed, there are no prepayment penalties, no closing costs, no points, no PMI insurance or any other hidden costs. Just an honest program that keeps all its loans in Youngstown. Ever since DOY started its mortgage program in 1991, it has never sold a loan in the secondary market. Shouldn’t you call today? What do you have to lose, except thousands of $.

Note: This comparison only applies to loans transferring from other financial institutions.

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Need to Know

Spread the Word

As you know, DOY does not advertise due to the unique nature of our field of membership. Since our membership is not open to the public, the best way to promote DOY is by personal contact. So that you can be aware of who can join DOY, we have listed below all the groups that are eligible for DOY membership.

  1. All employees and retirees (including family members living in the same household) who work for any agency listed in the Diocese of Youngstown Directory. This would include all the parochial schools, parishes, hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, charity agencies, cemeteries, ministries, etc.
  2. All parishioners (including family members living in the same household) who belong or who were baptized in any Catholic church listed in the Diocese of Youngstown Directory.
  3. Any student (including family members living in the same household) who attend any private Catholic or Christian school in the Diocese of Youngstown.
  4. Any physicians, staff, or technicians and their employees (including family members living in the same household) who have privileges in any Catholic hospital in the Diocese of Youngstown.
  5. Members and retirees of Local 87 United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the U.S. and Canada. Note: In 1985, DOY assumed the membership of Local 87 Credit Union due to merger.
  6. Employees and retirees of the former Cold Metal Products Company of Youngstown and Wean United (Youngstown and Canton). Note: In 1990, DOY through merger assumed the membership of this credit union that represented the employees of these companies.

So, if you know of someone who is looking to buy or refinance a house, or purchase a new car, suggest DOY as an option. And nobody does it better than DOY when it comes to paying interest on regular savings accounts. By promoting DOY, our credit union can continue to grow.

Sound Conservative Approach

With all the news in the media concerning the financial markets, it is great to know that DOY's policies and management has never put members' money at risk. All of our members' money is invested in either sound member loans or in short term (one year or less) federally insured investments. DOY has NEVER invested in any funds with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. DOY has NEVER sold any of its loans to the secondary market nor have we bought or borrowed from any mortgage stock funds or derivatives. DOY has NEVER issued or bought any subprime mortgage loans. DOY has NEVER processed any commercial loans. This means DOY is very well insulated from any potential crisis that might occur in the financial markets. Because DOY's loan under- writing policies are very conservative and loans are only given to worthy members, DOY has very few loan delinquencies or charge offs. In particular, DOY's Mortgage Loan Portfolio is extremely strong. Our mortgage loans make up the vast majority of our loan portfolio and have a loan total of over $19 million. Since 1991, when DOY started its mortgage program, the total loss from this portion of the loan portfolio was not even a half of a percentage point. In fact the exact figure is 0.138%! Even in a possible economic downturn, DOY's mortgage portfolio is strong enough to weather and crisis. And DOY maintains a well-capitalized fund in case there are any major loan losses. What does all of this mean? Simply, your savings are totally safe and are federally insured up to $250,000.

IRS Phone Scams

The IRS is currently warning consumers about a scam that has hit taxpayers, including recent immigrants, in nearly every state in the country. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly though a pre-loaded debit card, credit card, or direct deposit out of your savings or checking accounts. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation, or suspension of a business or driver's license. Typically, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

Phone with alert bubbleThe IRS DOES NOT and WILL NOT ask for credit card numbers, account numbers, or for prepaid debits cards or wire transfers over the phone. If the IRS wants to contact you about a tax issue, you will probably receive your first notice through the mail.

You should also know that scammers use fake names and generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves. Scammers could possibly recite the last four digits of your SSN and may spoof the IRS toll-free number on your caller ID to make it appear that it’s really the IRS calling. You may even hear background noise to mimic a call center. After threatening you with jail time or driver's license revocation, scammers may hang up, but then other scammers may soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV and your caller ID may support this claim.

Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to support their bogus calls. The IRS encourages you to be vigilant against phone and email scams. The IRS doses not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. If you receive an email, you should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the email to phishing@jrs.gov. For more information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS, go to the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov.

Watch Out for Skimming

Credit and debit card skimming is when potential thieves steal or "skim" you card information. They use it to create an illegal copy of your card (called "cloning") or to charge items to your card over the phone or internet. It can also be done to sell your information to others. Thieves use skimming devices that are small, easily portable, and hard to detect. Certain types are illegally installed on ATM machines and sales terminals such as those on gas pumps.

Card Skimmers: These devices fit over original card readers. As you insert your card, the account information stored on the card is "skimmed" by the device. If you suspect a card reader is fitted with a skimmer, jiggle it. If it moves or seems loose, don't insert your card.

Keypad Overlays: These overlays are placed directly on top of factory-installed keypads. The circuitry inside the overlay stores your keystrokes, such as those you make when you enter your PIN. If a keypad looks thick, seems raised, or is loose when wiggled, it could be a keypad overlay. Don't use it!

Hidden Cameras: With cameras being so small and record from many different angles, thieves may install hidden cameras to record you entering your PIN. Always cover the hand entering your PIN.

Remember: If anything looks suspicious, don't use the machine. It's better to be safe than sorry.

For Our New Members – What’s A DOY?

DOY is the acronym for Diocese Of Youngstown; however, we are not affiliated with the Diocese in any manner except to define our closed field of membership. DOY is a Federal Credit Union dictated by the rules and regulations of the National Credit Union Association (NCUA), an agency of the Federal Government. All of DOY's savings accounts are Federally insured up to $250,000. The Diocese of Youngstown does not have any input or control concerning the policies or operations of DOY. However, many agencies in the Diocese provide payroll deduction and/or direct deposit as a convenient way for our members to deposit money and/or make loan payments. In case you want to know the correct pronunciation of our name, just remember DOY rhymes with BOY.

Tips if You Become a Victim

If you become a victim of identity theft, do the following:

  • File a police report. You should not only file a report, but also get a copy of the report in case you need proof of the crime later for credit card companies.
  • Contact the fraud departments of each of the three major credit bureaus to report the identity theft and request that the bureaus place a fraud alert status in your file.
  • Visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website to report and recover from your identity theft at IdentityTheft.gov. This is an excellent site that will help you devise a recovery plan and to put your plan into action.
  • Contact all your creditors and inform them of your identity theft. Close all your accounts, change all account passwords, and obtain new credit, debit and ATM cards.

Graduates – Don’t Be Stupid!

Graduation CapDid you know that the Deferred Federal Student Loan Program converts your deferred interest charges to principal when the payments begin? That’s right, you pay double interest when this occurs. In other words, you pay interest on top of the interest you were charged while the student is in school. This could amount to a very large amount by the time the student graduates. Anyone who takes out one of these loans should make monthly interest payments throughout the life of the loan. This will insure that you will only be charged interest on the original principal amount borrowed when it is time to repay the loan.

True or False?

If you have no cash on hand and need to make a $1.50 purchase with your credit (or debit) card, it is perfectly acceptable.

TRUE. If you see one of those cash register signs that says "$5 or more for credit card charges,” that merchant is out of line. Both MasterCard and Visa have rules that require the merchants that accept their cards to process purchases in any amount, even tiny amounts. Wayward store owners can incur fines or possibly lose the right to process MasterCard or Visa purchases if the policy isn't changed.

Don’t be Fooled

There are many commercials claiming to monitor your credit bureau reports free of charge, but then you find out there is an annual fee or another gimmick. According to the law, you can get a free copy of your credit report every year from each of the three national credit reporting agencies; however, there is only one on-line source authorized to give you your report free: www.annualcreditreport.com.

Note: you may be offered additional products or services while on the authorized website, but you are not required to make any purchases. You can also call toll free at 877-322-8228.

Since there are three reporting services and each must give you a free report once a year, that means you can monitor your credit year-round ordering a report from one of the three bureaus every four months.

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Dividends

Board Raises Rates Again

At its June meeting, the DOY Board of Directors declared a dividend increase of five (5) basis points across all tiers. This was due to DOY's strong earnings in the second quarter. With these rates DO Y's upper tiers again far outdistance any passbook savings rates of any other financial institution. These rates even beat most short-term CD rates. Just look at these great rates!

Note: Institutional rates remain the same as last quarter.

Shr AmtTotal DivAPY Div
$10 - 199.990.00%0.000%
$200 - 999.991.25%1.257%
$1000 - 4999.991.55%1.561%
$5000 - 9999.991.65%1.663%
$10,000 - 19,999.991.85%1.866%
$20,000 - and up2.05%2.069%
checking accts1.55%1.561%
institutional accts$10 - 499.990.00%
$500 - 4,9990.090%
$5,000 - 10,0000.100%
$10,000 & up
0.120%

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Member Services

Let DOY Help Lower Your Debt

Line chart showing decrease in debtDid you use too much plastic money for the holidays? Do you need extra cash for the beginning of the new year? Are you paying outlandish finance charges for all those gifts you bought last month? If so, you can save money in lower finance charges by obtaining a signature loan at DOY. DOY has several types of loans for paying off bills. Listed below are the three types depending on your participation at DOY.

  1. If you participated (10 months or more) in DOY's most recent Christmas Club, you can apply for the DOY Christmas Club Loan at a terrific rate of 5.99%. If you just joined this year's Christmas Club, you can also apply for this loan at a great rate of 6.49%. With the Club loan, the money is issued directly to you to use as needed. A Club Loan for $3,500 loan for 24 months has a low payment of only $155.
  2. DOY Credit Card Loan, you can obtain a rate of 6.49%; however, this money is only used to pay off your existing credit card debt. DOY pays off or reduces a credit card balance for the card you select. Then as you pay down the debt, you can continue to refinance with the Credit Card Loan to keep lowering your credit card debt. Once in this program, your rate stays the same each time you refinance. No matter how high rates go up, your rate stays the same. A major stipulation for this loan is you must have a lower total credit card debt balance each time you refinance with the Credit Card Loan. With this program eventually you will be free of credit card debt! A Credit Card Loan for $5,000, for 36 months has a payment of only $153.22.
  3. Big Borrower Loan, you can obtain a rate of 5.99% for 36 months, 5.49% for 24 months and 4.49% for 12 months. For this loan you must have or have had an existing secured loan with DOY that had an initial balance of $5000 or more (e.g., mortgage loan, auto loan). Also, Big Borrowers could have their rate decreased to a rate as low as 3.50% using the DOY Reward's Program (for details click on the "Rewards" tab).

Why pay those ridiculous 21% or 24% revolving credit card interest rates? All requirements as stipulated in the DOY's Loan Policy apply, but if you qualify, what an exceptional savings. Why wait, call DOY today and see what loan you qualify for and pay off those bills!

Mailout Fee Explanation

To help defray all the costs (postage, meter lease, software updates, envelopes, etc.) to mailout share withdrawal checks, DOY charges a mailout fee of $1.00. The fee started on October 19, 2009, and has not increased (Christmas Club checks are excluded) However, there are a few simple rules to remember that will ensure the privacy and safety of our mailout program:

  1. Withdrawals must be over $100.
  2. Checks are only made to name on the account and only mailed to the address on the account. Checks cannot be made to a third party or be mailed to a different address.
  3. After the check is received, the upper voucher of the check must be signed and returned to DOY. If the voucher is not returned, mailout services are suspended until the original voucher is returned. If a new voucher needs to be mailed because the original was lost or destroyed, then a $2.00 fee is charged to the account. When checks are sent out from the · audio teller, the voucher does NOT have to be returned.
  4. If a check is lost in the mail, a stop payment must be placed on the check at the member's expense ($10.00). The money will then be reissued in 24 hours after the stop payment has been ordered. DOY is not responsible for lost checks that are beyond the fault of the DOY staff.

This fee does not generate any additional income for DOY. In fact, even with this fee, the program is still an expense for DOY.

Remember this service is unique. Can you imagine calling a bank and asking them to send you a certified check for $100 from your saving account and have it mail to your home? Before they hang up on you, tell them you are willing to pay a dollar for this service. Good luck!

Withdrawal Fee Explanation

Occasionally a member questions our withdrawal fee. The comment is usually "it's my money, why do I have to pay a fee to get my money?" DOY has always tried to encourage its members to save especially with payroll deduction or direct deposit. DOY has always allowed one free withdrawal per month. Any withdrawal after the first free one, a fee was charged. This fee was started in July of 1983. The fee remained one dollar until 2010 when it was increased to $1.50.

Unfortunately, a small number of members have used DOY's savings accounts for repeated withdrawals for small amounts. For example, a payroll deduction of $50, is deposited each Friday and then each Monday a withdrawal was made for $50. To prevent this kind of abuse, additional fees were instituted. DOY still permits a free withdrawal each month; however, any additional withdrawals under $100 for that month will be charged a $3.00 withdrawal fee. For withdrawals over $100 (after the first free one) the fee charged is $1.50; the third one $2.50; and $3.00 for each one thereafter.

Remember you always are entitled to one free withdrawal each month from your savings account. If you are a member who is consistently withdrawing small amounts from your savings on a regular basis, you may want to either reduce or stop your payroll deposits to avoid these fees. Remember DOY Share Accounts are to promote saving so you can use this money for a specific or emergency purpose. Hopefully these fees will deter members from consistently draining their savings accounts and encourage more savings.

Checking Account Interest

With the year end bonus plus the already high dividends paid for this quarter, members with checking accounts will receive an unbelievable interest rate of 1.55%. For checking accounts this is highly unusual. However, to obtain this great rate, you must maintain an average balance of $400 in your checking account. There are no fees or costs for a DOY Checking Account as long as you maintain an average balance of $200 and keep your saving to checking transfers to a minimum of two a month. This means you can go below these minimums as long as your average works out to be the low minimums indicated. Every day's balance is added and then divided by the number of days in the month to determine your month end balance.

You Are Insured

Your deposits are federally insured by NCUA. NCUA (National Credit Union Administration) is an independent agency of the U.S. Government that insures a member institution's deposits if it should fail. Only Federal or State chartered credit unions may obtain NCUA insurance and only if they meet and adhere to NCUA's high standards. Should a credit union fail, the NCUA stands ready to reimburse members for their losses up to $250,000 for each account and $500,000 for joint accounts. Just remember, not one dollar of NCUA protected money has ever been lost by a credit union member.

National Credit Union Administration

Direct Deposit is Easy at DOY

DOY has the capability to receive money by direct deposit. Your direct deposit can be placed in any DOY account or split into different accounts (e.g., Christmas Club, Vacation Club, loan payments, kids accounts). Your Social Security checks, payroll checks, pension checks, investment checks, or even your income tax refunds, can easily be disbursed in any DOY account by direct deposit. Most institutions only require DOY's routing number (241-283-204) and your DOY account number. Be sure to include your suffix of either "00" for savings and "09" for checking (e.g. 123400 or 123409) If you have any question, or need more information, please call our office for further details.

Like Your Checking Acct – Keep It

Debit Card with CashIf you are happy with your current checking account because of auto bill pay or online banking, keep it; but you may want to have a second checking account with DOY. Why? Because you can earn money by just using DOY to pay those really big bills (property taxes, insurance, etc.). Why let someone else earn interest on YOUR money? Remember, no one cares about your money (unless they want it) except you! Let your money work for you and not someone else. Here’s how. Take all the excess money from your current checking account and/or savings account and place it in your DOY savings account. Why not start a payroll deduction or direct deposit into your DOY savings so that you can accumulate the money necessary to pay those big bills? Then, open a DOY checking account. There are no fees if you keep a low average balance of $200. To earn high 3rd tier dividends, (see first article) you must keep a $400 average balance. Since your first book of checks is free, your cost to open a DOY checking account is $0.00. When your big bills come due, your money is earning high interest in your savings account. Then call DOY or use DOY’s Audio Teller (24/7) to transfer the money to your checking. Even while the check is being processed, your money is still earning interest in your checking account until the check clears.

Another important aspect of DOY’s checking account is only checking account members can conduct cash transactions. Because our checking program is designed for responsible members who want to manage their money wisely, you must apply and be approved to participate in the program. Open your checking account today and start making YOUR money work for you.

Can't Make it in Time? Use the Night Box

Stack of money with a clockIf you have a need to make a deposit, loan payment, or drop off an application after DOY's regular business hours, use the secure night deposit box. The box is located to the right of the tower framed directly into the brick of the building. Be sure your item is in an envelope and your account is clearly placed on the check or the envelope. Please do not deposit any cash. The night deposit area and parking lot are brightly lit. All items deposited after DOY closes will be processed with the first transactions the next business day.

Increased Cybersecurity

Security LockIn preparation for future projects and improvements to DOY's member services that require internet access, DOY has greatly increased its cybersecurity. DOY has added to its network a premier bundle of protection including: managed firewalls, managed IDS/IPS, intrusion detection, web content filtering, anti-virus gateway protection, plus 24/7 monitoring. With these added protections, DOY members can feel confident that whenever services require internet access that their personal and DOY information will be aggressively protected. Completion of these upgrades will be completed by the end of November and will enable DOY to provide new products to improve member services.

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Other Available Loans

Reduce Credit Card Debt

Credit Card with Downward Arrow Symbolizing Decreased DebtDOY has a great signature loan at a fantastic rate of 6.99% designed to pay off credit cards. With the Credit Card Loan, you could either qualify for $3500 for 24 months or $5000 for 36 months. The best part of the program is you can continue to refinance this loan up to the maximum allowed until all your cards are reduced or paid off. As an additional incentive to payoff all your cards, the interest rate of 6.99% is guaranteed as long as you remain in the program. Besides DOY's other loan policies, an important stipulation of the Credit Card Loan Program is your credit card debt must be less each time you refinance the loan. If at anytime you refinance and your credit card balances are greater than what it was before receiving the previous loan. then you would not be granted the new loan. Start now to lower and possibly eliminate your high interest credit card debt. All DOY loan policies apply, but if you qualify, what a great way to finally get out of high interest debt.

Borrow Without Touching Your Savings

DOY’s Share Secured Loan allows you to borrow using your saving account as collateral. Currently the interest rate is only 4.00%. The duration of the loan depends on the amount borrowed. Most Share Secured Loans are financed for 24 months. The beauty of this loan is that you continue to earn high interest on your saving while borrowing at a ridiculously low rate. So keep your nest egg safe by earning high interest while borrowing for your immediate needs with low interest. Why not pay off some credit cards, buy that big screen TV, or take a well-earned family vacation? There is no application process other than coming in to sign the promissory note and pick up the money.

Repair Your Credit with DOY

To help members who have had credit problems, DOY has a signature loan program that waives many requirements that normally would cause the loan to be rejected. These loans are termed Waiver Loans. Loan limits start at $250 and can increase to a maximum of $1,250. Once your limit is determined, increments of $250 are granted after two conditions are met:

Screwdriver & Wrench(1) you have made six payments on your loan without any delinquencies

(2) your credit check has either remained the same or has improved since the loan was granted.

Even members who have filed bankruptcy and have not caused a loss to DOY, can apply six months after the bankruptcy has been discharged. Other restrictions may apply but they are not as stringent as DOY's other loan policies. Once a member has gone through the program, they may then be eligible for other DOY loans. There are no fees or outrageous interest charges. To apply, pick up for an application at DOY or call to have one mailed at no cost