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CMCCU Participates in UCM Homecoming Parade

Credit union employees often help members make the pieces of their financial lives fit together. So Central Missouri Community Credit Union (CMCCU), in Warrensburg, had no problem thinking of float ideas for the University of Central Missouri’s (UCM) homecoming parade, themed “Where The Pieces Fit.”

“We felt that our community involvement with UCM and other charities earned acknowledgment on our float,” says Tonya Lynn, a senior loan officer at CMCCU. “Our main banner showed our support for our UCM Mules while our puzzle pieces showcased some of our services we provide to our members with the charity groups we have or are working with currently.”

CMCCU’s employees and their family members helped build the float. It was a four-week process from start to finish. While it took just two hours to put the float together, crafting the individual puzzle pieces took more than 10 hours for each of the four staffers: Tonya Lynn, Linda Gaskill, Melissa Frey and Stephanie Hood. They worked outside of office hours to complete the puzzle pieces.

All of the tellers helped out when they could by taping pens and suckers to CMCCU coupons that were handed out during the parade.  

“It was stressful, but completely worth it," says Michelle Gemes, a teller at CMCCU. "When riding through the parade, we had the community cheering us on. People were proud of their credit union. People helping people—it’s who we are and I think it was clearly shown the day of the parade.” 

The credit union’s ties to the university go much deeper than parades—they have participated in many of the college’s events and offered opportunities for students to expand upon their classwork.

“I am very grateful people employed by the (now) University of Central Missouri in 1961 had the foresight to start this credit union allowing us to serve its students, faculty, employees, alumni and communities,” says Judy Jett, vice president of Business Development & Marketing. “Many of our volunteers have come from the University, classes have worked on projects for us in conjunction with their studies and we have supported and participated in many of their events. It has been a great partnership over the years, which just reinforces the credit union philosophy of ‘cooperatives.’”

The parade float was a success thanks to the hard work of credit union employees and their family members: Linda Gaskill, Melissa Frey, Anne May, Janice VanWinkle, Penny Dady, Joy Lakey, Judy Jett, Michelle Gemes, Stephanie Hood and her husband Gary, Tom White, and Tonya Lynn, her husband, Jeff and daughter, Chrystine.