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On Friday, Aug. 5, at 11:30 a.m., there was much to be celebrated, as Buckeye Community Federal Credit Union (BCFCU) held a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new location in Madison, at 424 West Base Street.
Established in 1956, BCFCU has its main location in Perry, Fl., but wanted to expand into Madison, as there are nearly 1,000 members in Madison who use BCFCU's services, since some of them are employed in Perry. This is the first expansion BCFCU has ever done; they celebrated their 60th anniversary in July.
Charlton Knowles, BCFCU's president, comments that there is only one credit union in Madison, but it has very limited service. Thanks to the expansion, BCFCU will be able to provide full credit union services to the Madison County community.
“This will allow us to help current members and [gain] new members,” said Knowles.
Madison County community members, BCFCU board members, Madison County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism board members and others gathered at the ribbon cutting ceremony, enjoying refreshments as they mingled at the new BCFCU location.
Sam Drawdy, Chairman of the BCFCU Board, started off the ribbon cutting ceremony with a few words. “We're excited about being here,” said Drawdy. “The staff has worked hard to get to this point.”
After the ribbon was cut, Rob Hilley, BCFCU's Marketing and Business Development Director, donated several backpacks on behalf of BCFCU to Superintendent Doug Brown. These backpacks were filled with enough school supplies to last the entire school year for grades K through second.
The fun was continued at Lanier Field, where there was a water slide, free hot dogs, snow cones and much more at the grand opening celebration from noon until 3 p.m. Joe P. Burns Funeral Home provided tents at the celebration
Judging by the turnout at the ribbon cutting and celebration, it is clear that Madison County is looking forward to BCFCU's presence in the community.