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Pending Legislation on Overdraft Protection Needs Your Input

Dear Member:

You are one of our best members, and we thank you for the trust you have placed in our financial institution.

When you have used our overdraft program, it has enabled us to cover your unexpected expense or help you avoid embarrassment due to an error in your recordkeeping.  This meant you were able to pay for something at the grocery store, fill up your gas tank or unexpectedly purchase a prescription for a sick family member.  These are the reasons you used this safety net – and the reasons it should remain available to you and your family.

As you know, there is a cost for not having overdraft services.

  • The returned check charge from the grocery store (averaging $38.50 in our city)
  • The damage to your credit from bouncing a check.
  • The embarrassment of having your purchase declined with your neighbors watching from the back of the line.
  • The inconvenience of having to return to the merchant to ‘pick up your bad check’ and pay a ransom for it in CASH!

Unfortunately, Washington thinks you need their help to manage your checking account.

We believe that you should know how decisions being made in Congress could affect your financial freedom .

Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) has proposed the “FAIR Overdraft Coverage Act of 2009” that will dramatically restrict overdraft services on your account.  Instead of your local branch giving you the benefit of our relationship, Senator Dodd wants us to return your checks.  All but six of them a year!  Six overdrafts a year may be fine for the Senator’s household – but what about yours?

Washington doesn’t understand how important this is to you.  They need to hear from you!

Tell them about your personal use of our overdraft program and what it will mean to you if they take away this option.  We want to help so we have prepared a simple form for you to complete.  If you will complete it, mail or drop it back to us, we will deliver it to Congress for you!

Or, if you come into the branch, we have copies there you can complete.  At that time, we would be happy to answer any questions you have, but we want your voice to be heard!

Washington is moving quickly.  The time for your action is NOW!

Dennis Schaefer President/CEO SIU Credit Union

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