March 2019
eXpress Shareholder Newsletter
Money Matters
As a valued member, we are thrilled to offer you a new financial education program called Money Matters. It’s a free online, self-paced series of interactive courses that cover key financial concepts such as saving, borrowing, credit scores, mortgages, and identity protection.
These short, interactive learning experiences will help prepare you with the skills to manage your finances and plan for the future! Many courses also feature Action Plans with budgeting and planning tools to reinforce positive behavior and help you take positive steps toward better financial health.

The learning experience was specifically designed for your busy lifestyle. It is mobile and tablet accessible with each module being only 2–7 minutes in length. Also, all information is available in both English and Spanish!

Get started today by visiting www.RIFCU.org/Learn
85th Annual Shareholder Meeting
Join us at the 85th Annual Shareholder Meeting at 5:00 PM on Thursday, May 23, 2019 in the lobby of the 50th Street Office. It will be a great opportunity to meet with your elected directors, provide your thoughts on the direction of the credit union, plus enter to win valuable door prizes.  

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We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Shareholder meeting in May! 
Real Members,
Real Voices

" I love to belong to a great Credit Union. I had to search online before moving to Florida to find the best, and I have. I love the extra mile that you go to help me.  "

Mary Ann B.
Member since 2016
Thank you for being a loyal member!

If you've received outstanding service, please tell us:

2019 Holiday Schedule
All of our offices will be open for regular business during the month of  March .  

MAR 3:
World Wildlife Day
MAR 6: 
Ash Wednesday
MAR 8:  
Int’l Women’s Day
MAR 10: 
Daylight Saving Begins
MAR 17: 
St. Patrick’s Day
MAR 20:  
Spring Begins
MAR 23:  
National Puppy Day

$100 Membership Referral Contest

Congratulations to our $100/ $100 Membership Referral Contest Winners:
Frank Munoz & Tina Cauley  
Branch Manager, Joe Nichols presenting Tina Cauley her $100
To be eligible for this month's drawing, simply refer a friend, family member
or co-worker by using the RIFCU $100 Membership Referral Entry Form.  
You can print one by clicking on the entry form below or
pick some up at your local RIFCU branch.

Do You Bank at Our Tampa Location?
 As a member-owner of your Credit Union, we value your input. We are looking for 8 members from our Tampa Office to participate in a Focus Group. The feedback you provide will be based on your perspective!

The Focus Group will be held at the 50th St. branch on Thursday April 11 th , 2019 at and will begin at 5:30pm, it will last approximately 1 hour. We will serve light refreshments and offer door prizes!

We will accept the first 8 registrations, so RSVP today!

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Shared Branching
Traveling far from home? Shared Branching provides credit unions with the reach of large banks by sharing their branches. You shouldn't have to worry about having access to your money. Whether by mobile or by branch, you can access your credit union whenever, wherever it's convenient for you! 

  1. Visit Our Website For Locations
  2. Call 888-748-3266
  3. Text a Zip Code to 91989 to find nearby Shared Branch Locations.
Home Equity
Line of Credit
Have you ever wondered what a HELOC or Home Equity Line of Credit is? Well we are here to help! Our HELOC products allow you to use the equity in your home to reach your financial goals. The amount of equity in your home is determined by taking the VALUE and subtracting any outstanding mortgages. HELOCs offer favorable terms and repayment options, and you can use your line of credit over and over again!

Get this – the Credit Union covers up to $500 in closing costs, which means there may be little to NO out of pocket cost to get started!

Speak with one of our loan experts at 813-621-6661 today. For more info Visit us online to calculate payments, see our current rates o r if you are ready to take a leap of faith login and apply today !  

*Subject to approval. Restrictions may apply. 
Financial Planning

Money Talk Newsletter

Tax filing season is here again. If you haven't done so already, you'll want to start pulling things together — that includes getting your hands on a copy of your 2017 tax return and gathering W-2s, 1099s, and deduction records. You'll need these records whether you're preparing your own return or paying someone else to prepare your tax return for you.
See this edition for more tax tips.

Also in this month's edition:
  • Comparing Financial Aid Packages for School
  • 9 Things a Business Owner Should Know After Tax Reform
  • How Can I Get a Tax Break for Child Care?

Newsletter
Wait, You Offer That?

Whether you’ve been a member for years, or you just recently joined – a line we hear often is “Wait, you offer that?”

So, we decided that it’s time to start highlighting some of our favorite products and services, so check out this month's edition of "Wait, you offer that?"
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Identity Protection Solutions
With the launch of Choice Plus+ Checking in 2018, we were able to give all our members access to Identity Protection. This checking account was designed to do everything possible to help protect our members from identity fraud.

In today’s world, protecting every aspect of your identity has never been more critical. According to CU Times; stolen identity information is up 126%! Our Identity Theft Solutions with our Choice Plus+ Checking account takes it a step further than just necessary protection. Our products help monitor your information through various databases, helps monitor your credit for potentially fraudulent activity and even provides services if you do suffer identity theft. 

Here are a few of the highlights available:
(To take advantage of the free services below, you must have our Choice Plus+ Checking.)
·   These services are available to both the primary and joint account owner(s). 
·    Theft Expense Reimbursement Coverage 2 - you can receive up to $10,000 to help pay expenses, clear your name and repair damaged credit, should you become a victim of identity theft.
·    Comprehensive Identity Theft Resolution Services 1 – Should you suffer identity theft, your very own IDProtect fraud resolution specialist will help you every step of the way until your identity is restored.
·    Identity Monitoring – we monitor your identity through various databases
·    3-in-1 Credit Report & Credit File Monitoring 3 - IDProtect will monitor your Equifax, Experian and TransUnion files daily. You will receive an automated alert if key changes occur. 
Need more information? Give us a call today at 813-621-6661 and ask about Choice Plus+ Checking or visit us online for more information.
SEG Spotlight
What is a SEG? A Select Employee Group or “SEG” is a company partner in the community that we extend membership to their employees. We have some great relationships with our SEGs and hope our member owners support these businesses when they have a need .
This month we are excited to highlight a company we have partnered with since 1992!

South Florida Baptist Hospital has served Plant City and surrounding areas as a not-for-
profit community hospital since 1953. As part of the BayCare Health System, a family of health care providers consisting of the 15 leading not-for-profit hospitals in the Tampa Bay region, South Florida Baptist Hospital offers all of the high-tech services of an acute care hospital. Because its 28-bed Emergency Center is connected to the hospital, patients have access to a full range of diagnostic, imaging and surgical services.

The hospital continually adds and upgrades services to be able to provide the latest technological advances to the Plant City community.

In recent years, the hospital expanded several essential services:
  • Cardiac Services – In 2017, the hospital added a second state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab in the Steve and Krista Howard Heart and Vascular Center and can now treat ST elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI) and also has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
  • Critical Care – In 2016, the hospital opened the 17-bed Charles and Betty Grimes Critical Care Center that serves critically ill patients who need around-the-clock monitoring.
  • Robotic Surgery – In 2015, the addition of two new operating rooms in the Pete Beaty Surgical Center made it possible for the hospital to expand its robotic surgery program. In 2018, the hospital upgraded to the robotic da Vinci Xi Surgical System.

South Florida Baptist Hospital is focused on continuous improvement.

For further information, go to SouthFloridaBaptist.org.

Interested in your company becoming a Select Employee Group? Email us today at newsletter@rifcu.org
Community Matters
We are proud to be active in our local communities – because Community Matters! You may see us at your employer, or out in the local community, if so, stop by and say "Hi!"
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Railroad & Industrial Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 5125, Tampa, FL 33675-5125
Nationwide: (800) 769-1424
Member Services:  (813)-621-6661
Disclaimer: All content in this newsletter is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon to make any financial, accounting, tax, legal or other related decisions. Each person must consider his or her objectives, risk tolerances and level of comfort when making financial decisions and should consult a competent professional advisor prior to making any such decisions. Any opinions expressed through the content in this newsletter are the opinions of the particular author only.

1 IDProtect is a personal identity theft protection service available to personal checking
account owner(s), and their joint account owners. The service is available to non-publicly
traded businesses and their business owner(s) listed on the account (service not available
to employees or authorized signers who are not owners). Service is not available to a
“signer” on the account who is not an account owner. Service is not available to clubs,
organizations and/or churches and their members, schools and their employees/students.
For revocable grantor trusts, the service is available only when a grantor is serving as
a trustee and covers the grantor trustee(s). For all other fiduciary accounts, the service
covers the beneficiary, who must be the primary member (Fiduciary is not covered).
2 Special Program Notes: The descriptions herein are summaries only and do not include all
terms, conditions and exclusions of the Benefits described. Please refer to the actual Guide
to Benefit and/or insurance documents for complete details of coverage and exclusions.
Coverage is offered through the company named in the Guide to Benefit or on the certificate
of insurance.
3 Credit file monitoring may take several days to begin following activation .

Insurance products are not a deposit; not FDIC insured; not an obligation of bank; and not guaranteed by bank or any affiliated entity.

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