President’s Message Winter 2024
December 29, 2023
As we begin a new year, I am filled with gratitude and excitement reflecting on the remarkable journey that was 2023. Thank you for your continued support as your trusted financial partner. The Gulf Winds membership has, and will continue to be, the cornerstone of our success.
Looking back on the accomplishments of the year, it’s clear that our collective efforts are propelling Gulf Winds to new heights. We are dedicated to providing impactful financial education and fostering community growth, strengthening the communities we serve.
When you think about the 1,200 hours of volunteering by our team members, the free financial education workshops we host and over $245,000 donated to local and regional nonprofits, Gulf Winds is making a difference. We are also proud of the $9.1 million paid to our membership in dividend earnings and the nearly $286 million in funded loans. These figures represent real dollars in the pockets of our members that can make possibilities in 2024 achievable.
Highlights from the past year include enhancements to our banking operations and services, such as streamlined account opening, real-time access to funds through updates to our Mobile Check Deposit tool, and the introduction of features like Card Management for enhanced debit and credit card controls. Our digital banking platform simplifies the overall banking experience, aligning seamlessly with our vision and tailored to your needs.
Beyond the digital banking experience, you can trust that our team members are always prepared to guide you on your financial journey. Whether you visit a branch, email, use the chat feature or call, our teams are committed to providing exceptional member service. When you are looking to improve your credit score, open a new loan, grow your savings or anything else you are ready to navigate, we will be here excited to serve.
As we look ahead to 2024, our 70th anniversary in business, I am thrilled about the opportunities before us. Your journey is uniquely yours and we are poised to introduce even more features and services that will be tailored to your financial success.
Thank you for being part of the Gulf Winds family. Here’s to a prosperous 2024!