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Letter: Alaska USA name change

I joined the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union back in the late 1970s, some 50 years ago, and spent more than 40 years of that in Alaska. I have since moved to Tennessee for personal reasons.I find it appalling that one would change the name of the credit union to Global. Those Alaskans who have accounts all over the world like to be identified as Alaskans, not some “Global” nonsense. We Alaskans are individuals and wish to be identified as such.Did the credit union even consider asking the membership what it thought about changing the name? Guess not. As financial experts, they didn’t need to know what the members thought?

I have no desire to be identified as Global anything. Just the expense of changing letterhead, building signs, etc., has to be enormous, and for what benefit? I see no benefit at all — in fact, it is a detriment all the way around.  I have financed my vehicles and used Alaska USA for the past 50-some years and continued to do so when I moved Outside to Tennessee. I maintained my accounts with Alaska USA because I wanted to identify with Alaska, where I spent some 40 years working. I could have easily transferred all my money and my monthly deposits to a local bank or credit union here, but did not do so because I wanted to maintain my Alaska connection.

I am seriously considering changing my bank accounts to a local entity, given that Global Credit Union does nothing to identify with the original formation of the credit union. This is an absurd change.

This is a terrible decision with no benefit to the members. You have no idea how frustrated I am.

— Eric and Mary Marchegiani

Culleoka, Tennessee

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