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How to Save the Most on Your Disneyland Vacation

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How to Save the Most on Your Disneyland Vacation

Whether you’re planning a summer getaway or a holiday trip, it’s always good to start thinking about your next Disneyland Resort vacation. Luckily, we’ve partnered with Get Away Today to give you our top money saving tips for your next trip to The Happiest Place on Earth. So, no matter when you choose to travel, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing you got the best price with Get Away Today!  

  1. Spring Savings

If you’re already thinking about spring break, you’ll want to be sure to take advantage of Get Away Today’s spring savings. For travel now – May 23, 2019*, you can save up to $111 per ticket! Experience events like Get Your Ears On: A Mickey and Minnie Celebration, the Food & Wine Festival and more when you visit this spring.

  1. 5th Day FREE

Planning a summer vacation? Take advantage of Get Away Today’s Extra Day Free ticket special. With this deal, you can buy a 5-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Ticket for the price of a 4-Day ticket. This means you’ll get an extra day FREE to experience classic attractions, dazzling entertainment and the all-new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. With an entire new galaxy to explore, you’ll want to have enough time to experience it all!

  1. Hotel Specials

When you combine your discount Disneyland tickets with Get Away Today’s hotel specials, you can save BIG on your next vacation. As a Get Away Today guest, you’ll get access to exclusive amenities like free breakfast, free parking and even free-night hotel deals. Not only will this save you hundreds, but you’ll be able to stay and play longer at the Disneyland Resort.

  1. Layaway Plan

Don’t have the money to pay in full? No problem! For just $175 down, Get Away Today’s interest-free Layaway Plan allows you to book your Disneyland Resort vacation as soon as you dream of it. Make as many flexible payments as you want, whenever you want, just as long as everything is paid off 5 days before you travel. It’s as easy as that!

  1. Great Basin Lifestyle Loans

Before you travel, don’t forget to apply for a Lifestyle Loan. As a Great Basin Federal Credit Union member, you can take advantage of low APR rates from 7.4%, fixed payments and loan amounts up to $15,000. With our quick application and processing, you’ll be able to take your trip to The Happiest Place on Earth sooner than ever before!

So, what are you waiting for? To book, visit or call 855-GET-AWAY to speak to a travel expert directly. Make sure to mention that Great Basin Federal Credit Union sent you, for a portion of each vacation booked will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Spring in to Cleaning

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Spring in to Cleaning

When the weather starts to warm up, it’s a sign to let the fresh air in and open your windows — as well as your cleaning supplies cabinet. Cleaning typically isn’t on our top favorite things to do list (unless it is, then more power to you! You are an inspiration to us all!). Most of us tend to spend our free time wishing to do less chores and more of the things we want to do. Some of us even sit around not doing chores watching shows about doing chores (raise your hand fellow “Tidying Up” Netflix watchers! I’m guilty too!). The funny thing about chores is the more you do them the less you do, and the less you do them the more you do. It’s a double-edged sword.

There are 5 unexpected ways that tidying up can benefit your life:

1. You will know what resources you have

Is there something in your life that you always find yourself replacing even though you know you have it already? I’m a crafter and with that comes lots of things, but the one thing that I absolutely can never keep track of is hot glue guns. It seems that whenever I need one, I need to go buy one. Since my recent venture into organizing and cleaning up, I have uncovered a grotesque amount of hot glue guns. All in places that were “great ideas at the time” but never were an official home. Now that I have created genuine homes for my supplies and not just temporary locations, I know my resources. I know exactly what I have and what I need. This allows me to save money too! Secret bonus!


2. Your thoughts will also become tidied up

Maybe you are one of those miracle people. Those of you who can live and sleep alongside a mess and have it never bother you until you find the time to take care of it. I unfortunately am not that person. If I have dirty laundry coming out the tops of my hampers or excess stuff around, I think about it and the weight of it affects how I sleep. I live with a partner who, although he likes to live in a clean house, also is a master “tuck-er-away-er”. Often, his place of choice to tuck things away is the bedroom. The very place where if it piles up it affects me the most. He is my old self, the version of me before finding the joy in really being organized and clean. We are working on breaking old habits together now, because they just don’t make us happy or stress free. He didn’t even realize the avoidance of the bedroom he had or why he felt that way until I pointed it out. By tidying up our bedroom, and keeping it that way, it allows our minds to free up unnecessary energy spent thinking about the things stacking up literally around us and lets us recharge for a new day.


3. It can save you time

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

― Abraham Lincoln

Sometimes by taking the time to do things right, and right now, it allows you to save time in the long run. It sounds backwards but I swear it’s not! When you take the time to do the job right the first time you will only be maintaining that chore the next time, which should only be taking a few minutes of your time instead of hours. The longer you evade the task or evade maintaining the task the longer it will take to clean. Doing a quick 20 minute maintenance clean weekly can give you the freedom to say yes to something else you would rather be doing with your free time. Which leads into our next positive…


4. It allows you to be more social

When you aren’t spending your weekend cleaning for the whole day it allows you to say yes more often to your family and friends. Yes to going out and yes to coming over! Gone will be the days you have to say no to fun because you need to stay home and adult and do your chores. Gone will be the days you are too embarrassed of the state of your home to have a friend swing by. You will have the complete confidence to be social anyway and anywhere you feel like it!


5. Your health will improve

Now, cleaning up your house may not be the cure for diabetes or other ailments, but it is proven to help with levels of stress which in turn improves your health. In a 2010 Study in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin researchers obtained data after following 60 families. They discovered that those who perceived their home as cluttered had an increase of the stress hormone cortisol, whereas those who felt they lived clutter free had lower levels of cortisol. We live in a world where the feeling of never-ending work and obligation rule so anyway we can declutter and destress our life the better it will be for each of us.

Another theory to why tidying up can be a health benefit is that we live in a world with so much virtual reality that a dose of real physical activity, just like exercise or going outside, is a health benefit. According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine an average person weighing 150 lbs can burn up to 170 calories per hour doing light cleaning. This means you don’t even need to overexert yourself to get benefits!


There are times when the weight of our belongings weigh down on our overall well-being and by removing these things and organizing them it allows you to change things unexpectedly in your own life. Some find that tidying the home gives them clearer thoughts and allows them to let go of unwanted tension. You may find that cleaning still isn’t in your top favorite things to do in the world, but it may not seem as much of a chore when you look at all the benefits of doing the job thoroughly and just maintaining you hard work for the long haul. If not today, don’t worry, it is never too late to spring in to action. Spring Cleaning is for when you need to renew, not just when the season does!

Happy Tidying!

Meet the Great Basin Leadership Team

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Meet the Great Basin Federal Credit Union Leadership Team


Jennifer Denoo – President/CEO

Jennifer joined Great Basin Federal Credit Union as a teller in 1994. She worked in a variety of positions including loan officer, human resources and collector before becoming the collections manager in 1999. In 2004, she was named the credit union’s Vice President over lending and collections, and finally chief operations officer in 2008.  In June 2017 Jennifer took over as President and CEO following the retirement of Dennis Flannigan. Jennifer’s passion is people.  She creates an inspiring vision for the future and motivates and inspires her team to engage in that vision.    

Jennifer, a 2008 graduate of Western CUNA Management School and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California and Nevada Credit Union League and Western Payments Alliance (WesPay).

Born and raised in Northern Nevada, Jennifer has been married to husband Torrey since 1998 and they have three children, Taylor, Clayton and Ryan. 


Tony Lopez – Chief Financial Officer

Tony Lopez joined Great Basin Federal Credit Union in 1990, as a Data Systems Technician.  Over the following 4 years, he assumed the roles of interim Marketing Coordinator, IT Manager and Accounting Manager, and in 1995, was promoted to Vice President of Accounting and IT.  In 2008, he was named the credit union’s Chief Financial Officer.

Tony holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Nevada, Reno.  In addition, he earned a certificate of professional development from the University of Nevada’s Advanced Management program, and certificates of educational achievements from the CUES Executive Marketing Institute, Pain Webber Credit Union Investment School and CUNA Mutual Financial Management School.  Tony is also a graduate of Western CUNA Management School. 


Elisabeth Hadler – Chief Experience Officer

Elisabeth Hadler is the Chief Experience Officer at Great Basin Federal Credit Union. She’s been with Great Basin for nearly 20 years, more than a dozen of which were in management. Elisabeth graduated in 2005 from the University of Nevada, Reno with a BS in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing. She’s also a graduate of Western CUNA Management School.  Elisabeth oversees the branch operations and training, as well as the marketing team. Together with her squad, Elisabeth aims to create the most exceptional member experience possible. As part of the leadership team, Elisabeth plays a large role in the vision of the credit union and in the execution of the credit union’s strategic plan.

Elisabeth serves as a volunteer on the board of directors for both Pinocchio’s Moms on the Run and The Give Hope Foundation where she donates her time and expertise to planning fundraising events for these two local non-profits.

Elisabeth is married to her husband, Dugan, for 14 years. Together they have two children, Dugan Jr. and Eleanor. Both born and raised as northern Nevadans they make their home in Sparks. When Elisabeth is not working, she enjoys watching her kids play baseball and swim, camping and boating, and enjoying as much time as she can with family and friends.  


James Nichols – Chief Technology Officer

James Nichols is the Chief Information Officer at Great Basin Federal Credit Union. He is responsible for creating and realizing the organization’s technology strategy to help support and execute the vision of leadership. James began his career at Great Basin in 2002. He started as the IT Coordinator in what was then, a newly-formed department. In his 16 years at the credit union, James has been integral to the successful completion of a multitude of projects including an on-premises-to-cloud service migration, a virtual infrastructure deployment, regular host replacements, four branch openings, two digital banking conversions, and a $13M data merger. For the past several years, he has also been an active member of the executive team; helping to set the vision for the organization as a whole.      

James has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from the University of Nevada and is a graduate of Western CUNA Management School. He is passionate about innovation and the credit union movement. He regularly takes part in events to support the industry both creatively and politically.   

The Amazing Amanda


Meet the amazing Amanda. In February, she has worked at Great Basin Federal Credit Union for 3 years! We asked her to take a minute out of her busy day as Assistant Branch Manager to tell us all a little about herself.

Favorite movie: James and the Giant Peach

What superhero would you be and why: I just wish I could fly and teleport to anywhere at any time.

Last song that came on your iPod: I listen to a variety of genres of music but mostly use iheartRadio on my phone, my favorites are Reggae and Oldies.

Favorite book: I liked the Harry Potter books a lot, but I really liked the Portrait of Dorian Gray.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years: At Great Basin!

Favorite part about working at Great Basin: I love my co-workers, they make it fun and are always so supportive.

Funniest thing that ever happened at work: I balanced and locked the front door at 4:30 instead of 5:30, it was hilarious! Everyone was like uhhh, what are you doing? (I was new.)

When I was little, I wanted to be: A Veterinarian, but as I got older I realized my heart would break all the time for hurt animals and I wouldn’t want to do go through that. I also wanted to be a Librarian. I organized my books by author’s name and numbered and color coded them on the spines. I even made my own check in and check out tickets. I wouldn’t loan them out to anyone but just wanted a “real library” at home. My Librarian name was Mrs. Flower.

Favorite pastime: Playing board games or my new addiction – playing Pokémon or Pokémon Go.

Little known fact/fun fact about me: I love bugs and creepy crawly things.

Amanda’s boss had this to say about her!

“Amanda goes above and beyond for our members and our team. She listens no matter what the situation is and puts herself in other peoples shoes, always thinking of their feelings. Her smile brings light and joy to our lives every single day. We sure are lucky to have someone like her!” – Audrey

Aren’t we lucky to have a gal like Amanda.

Congratulations to Amanda on this huge accomplishment! Here’s to 3 more great years!

Great Basin Student Scholarships

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Apply for a Great Basin Student Scholarship

It’s not too late to remind our members that we are still accepting applications for our student scholarship program! The deadline for receiving applications is March 31, 2019. 

Each year Great Basin awards up to $5,000.00 in Education Scholarship monies to one or more lucky recipients. The number of recipients and dollar amounts are determined by a select committee. The funds are made payable to the institution where the student attends. The funds are provided to help with tuition, required registration or other fees associated with post-secondary education.

Recipients are selected based on their involvement in community service, leadership activities and academic achievement. Applicants must be current members of the credit union (minimum of six months) and be enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution, trade school or skill/training center. Applicants must hold a minimum GPA of 3.25.  If the applicant has not attended school for 5 years or more, but is interested in continuing their education, they must show exemplary performance /involvement in other leadership activities and community/volunteer services; a letter of recommendation from an employer or community member must also be included in lieu of an official school transcript. 

Current GBFCU employees, board members, supervisory committee members and relatives of such are not eligible to apply.

Eligible students must complete the application and submit the requested documentation certifying community service, school involvement, and leadership activities. They will also need to include official school transcripts, letter of recommendation (if applicable) and an essay no more than 1,000 words that should include a description of the most rewarding community service activity they have done and why it impacted them so.

Winners will be selected based on three key areas:

Community Service

Leadership Activities/Participation

Academic Achievements/Work Performance

The recipient(s) is announced in mid-May through various media outlets such as local news, various credit union magazines, each of our 3 branches, social media, at our Annual Member Meeting, etc.  All applicants will receive notification one way or another to let them know if they were chosen or not at this time.

Click here to apply.