Congresswoman Renee Ellmers began her Memorial Day weekend with a visit to the Rockfish Volunteer Fire Department last Friday afternoon. Located near Raeford in Hoke County, the Rockfish VFD received a business loan from Local Government FCU (LGFCU) in 2009 that allowed them to perform a much-needed expansion and renovation.
“We learned they were pursuing a loan, and contacted them to see if we could help,” said Bill Carter, VP, Commercial Lending for LGFCU Financial Partners. “I’m happy we were able to provide them with a much-needed option to better serve their construction financing needs, thereby enabling them to better serve their community.”
Rockfish VFD Chief Todd Wood and former Board Chairman George Blue were on hand to discuss the work of the department, and the help that LGFCU provided when they needed financing. Wood provided Ellmers with a tour of the stationhouse, including the new training room, which is open for use by community groups.
“We talk a lot about the good work that credit unions are doing in communities across North Carolina when we meet with our members of Congress in Washington, DC,” said Dan Schline, the League’s SVP of Association Services, who also attended the meeting. “Congresswoman Ellmers’ visit to Rockfish was an opportunity for her to see firsthand how credit unions are having an impact.”
Schline noted that Ellmers is a co-sponsor of HR 1418, legislation that would increase the ability of credit unions to make business loans to members.