Acadia FCU board of directors, presidents, managers, and employees, past and present, gathered on Saturday, Sept. 21, for an evening of celebration marking 50 years of financial service to the St. John Valley. The 50th Anniversary Gala celebrated a milestone in the credit union’s history and focused on saying thank you to the people; recognizing the early credit union pioneers, who had the vision and foresight to establish the many individual credit unions that make up what today is Acadia Federal Credit Union.
The evening was hosted by Master of Ceremonies and Chairman of the Board, Ryan Pelletier. In his address, current President and CEO, David Desjardins credited his success to the hard work and dedication of his predecessors: Bern Michaud, Mary Ann Chamberland, Eddie Plourde, Albe Dubois and Anne Beaulieu. In his closing remarks, Desjardins said, “I’d like to tell you once again how proud and honored I am to serve as a leader of this great organization. I don’t know if the founding fathers of the individual credit unions could have imagined all those years ago how their credit unions would grow and evolve in what in now Acadia Federal Credit Union.” Acadia has had 3 mergers, a name change, substantial growth in membership, a major building expansion in Fort Kent along with remodeling of other branches, a change to its core data processing system, and introduction of many new products and services. Desjardins has served as Acadia FCU’s president for the past 9yrs.
Desjardins’ speech was followed by a Commemorative Video presentation highlighting the Credit Union’s roots in the Valley, hard work and dedication of the founders and leadership, and above all, the support of its membership. The DVD will be made available to members and is currently available on Acadia’s website: www.acadiafcu.org. A Commemorative Coin Set was also distributed to all in attendance. The coin set, a penny from 1963, and a 50 cent coin, or half-dollar, from the current year of 2013, symbolizes the time span and growth of Acadia through the past 50 years. The evening program concluded with anniversary cake and a champagne toast by MC Ryan Pelletier, followed by a performance of Les Chanteurs Acadiens.
In addition to the Gala, Acadia FCU’s 50th Anniversary celebration highlights included 1st Place floats in both Madawaska’s Acadian Festival Parade and Fort Kent’s Scarecrow Festival Parade. Member Appreciation picnics, held at the Fort Kent, Madawaska, and St. Agatha branches throughout the week leading up to the Gala were very well attended. Other activities, including Kindle Fire and iPod Touch giveaways, will continue the 50th celebration through year end. An Open House and Member Appreciation Day are planned for the newly renovated St. Francis branch on Sunday, October 13th.