On October 17, 2019, School Systems Federal Credit Union will join with 56,000 credit unions around the world in celebration of International Credit Union (ICU) Day®. In addition to celebrating this important tradition, we expand our celebration to the entire week to celebrate our members offering in branch specials, treats and raffles! There are 200+ million credit union members around the world—more than 100 million in the U.S. alone—and School Systems Federal Credit Union joins them in celebration of the not-forprofit cooperative spirit that all credit unions share. This cooperative spirit has led to life-changing opportunities for people all over the world who have wanted to start a small business, own a home or continue their education but were denied access to other financial institutions. In many parts of the world, people’s first taste of democracy is through their credit union, where “one member, one vote” is the governing structure. At its most basic level, a credit union is people pooling their money to provide each other affordable loans—it is literally people helping people. That’s why School Systems Federal Credit Union celebrates ICU Day and our annual Member Appreciation Week. Because credit unions empower people, wherever they are in the world or life, to take control of their financial future.