President's Message

Last month, you received a letter and ballot in the mail to vote on changing your credit union from a Federal to a State Charter. When the votes were tallied on September 17th, your voice was overwhelmingly supportive of the expanded field of membership and the opportunities it provides. Thanks for your continued confidence in Gulf Winds and your vote supporting our vision of providing Service that Soars Above to the entire Gulf Coast.

Beginning November 1, 2018, we will drop “Federal” from our name. However, all accounts will continue to be federally insured by our current federal government agency, the National Credit Union Administration’s Share Insurance Fund. This conversion will not negatively impact the quality member service you receive from your credit union every day. In addition, Gulf Winds remains a 5-Star rated credit union by Bauer Financial, an award we have received for 97 consecutive quarters. We are and will remain a strong and stable credit union.

As a Florida state-chartered credit union, county lines will no longer be as restrictive in allowing us to serve new members. Why is this expansion important for you —
our loyal, long-time members? First, many of your friends that might not have been able to join Gulf Winds in the past will soon qualify for membership. Please help us
grow our reach and let those old friends know about this new development and our commitment to serving our members.

Second, by expanding our field of membership, we are able to better compete with the big banks that aren’t restricted by county lines. Over time, that means Gulf Winds will have the ability to offer better products and services to all of our members. Our goal is to be the #1 Community Credit Union Serving the Gulf Coast — and this was one big step in that direction. In the months ahead, we will communicate updates to you via our website, email, in-branch and through our newsletter.

We know that you can bank anywhere. So, thank you for choosing Gulf Winds over and over again. Thank you for voting “YES” to expanding our field of membership. We’re looking forward to sharing a successful future with you.