Call for Nominees.

Board Nominations 

Credit Unions are Member-Owned

As a credit union, we are 100% member-owned. That means you have a voice at the table.

Credit Unions are not-for-profit cooperatives that help their members realize their financial goals and dreams. Members are considered "owners" of the credit union and as such elect other members to serve on the Board of Directors. It is the Directors responsibility to set credit union policies, objectives and long-term goals and oversee the safety and soundness as well as the strategic direction of the credit union. Once elected, Directors have the unique opportunity to share their expertise, leadership skills and management capabilities in a team effort. Our Board of Directors serve on a volunteer basis, but their time and dedication to serving is extremely important to the overall growth and operation of the credit union. 

Meet the Nominees

UFirst FCU will hold a virtual Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 30th, 2020. Terms of office for three (3) Directors will expire at that time. They are Peter Zielinski, Robert Gertsch and James Abdallah. These Directors have agreed to run for re-election and to serve three-year terms. 

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Peter Zielinski
Get to know Pete

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Robert Gertsch
Get to know Bob

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James Abdallah
Get to Know Jim

Nominations Open 

If you wish to nominate a UFirst member, you must complete the nomination form and the Nominee must sign stating that they are agreeable to nomination and will serve if elected to office. Nomination forms must be submitted to the Nominating Committee no later than Friday, July 10th, 2020.

Nomination Form

Elections will be held at the 2020 virtual Annual Meeting. The election will not be conducted by ballot and there will be no nominations from the floor when the number of nominees equals the number of positions to be filled; however, members who were not nominated and wish to have their names placed on the ballot must submit a petition, signed by 1% of the membership, which is at least 89 members, to the Nominating Committee no later than August 14th, 2020

Petition Form

Please mail completed paperwork to:

UFirst Nominating Committee

Attention: Michele Friedman

274 Rugar Street

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

What it Takes

If you are interested in becoming a candidate, the UFirst FCU Nominating Committee has established minimum requirements to be nominated for a seat on the UFirst Board of Directors. Those requirements are: 

  • Be a member in good standing at the credit union.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Never been convicted of a crime involving dishonesty or breach of trust.
  • Credit records that indicate he/she has the ability to manage his/her finances. 
  • Be honest, of high integrity, and willing to act solely for the interest and benefit of the credit union and its members.
  • Be able to devote the time necessary to attend meetings and other functions. 
  • Have a formal education and/or excellent practical life experience (including work history and community involvement)


If you have any questions about this process or the form, please email the Nominating Committee. 




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