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Thanksgiving Traditions

squash and pumpkins

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! This year, why not throw in one or two new activities and see how they are received by your guests? If they are enjoyed, you may have a few fun Thanksgiving traditions for years to come!

Here are some simple tradition-starting ideas that cost virtually nothing but can add a bit more meaning and a few more memories to your Thanksgiving holiday.

1. Give back before feasting – Whether it’s running a 5K Turkey Trot that sponsors food bank charities or volunteering to help prepare and serve a hot Thanksgiving meal for a local soup kitchen, giving back to your community has a way of kicking off the holiday season in its intended spirit and yields thankfulness for what you have.

2. Create a “What We Are Thankful for Tree” – Gather a few fallen branches from outside and place them in a vase so they resemble a tree. Cut out colorful pieces of paper into shapes of leaves and place them underneath the tree. Invite family and friends to write down anything they feel thankful for. Glue, tape or hang them from the tree and use it as a centerpiece for your Thanksgiving meal as a reflection on the year’s blessings.

3. Toast all the way around the table – Invite each person, young and old, to take a moment to toast to “what they are most thankful for this year.” This quickly floods Thanksgiving dinner with a strong sense of gratitude and helps the flow of conversation throughout the meal as special moments are shared, remembered and celebrated.

4. Get active after dinner – After the meal has been eaten, and possibly before dessert has been served, gather everyone in your Thanksgiving celebration to enjoy a bit of time being active outside. Grab a glass of hot cocoa, coffee or wine and take a nice, long walk around your neighborhood together. Or, host a competitive game of wiffle ball with your family and/or neighbors! It should help stimulate everyone’s metabolism and at the very least will create some great memories.

5. Celebrate “Friendsgiving” – Start a tradition with your friends to have a potluck party with all of your Thanksgiving leftovers the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Make it a competition to see who can have the best re-purposed leftover dish or turn the gathering into an annual board game tournament! This can be a fun time to reconnect with those close friends after the Thanksgiving holiday.

If you have any unique Thanksgiving holiday traditions that your family celebrates, we’d love to hear about them! Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day!

All the best,

Steve Lindquist

steveSteve Lindquist
stevelindquist@peakfns.com
Financial Consultant
9600 S McCarran Blvd
Reno, NV 89523
(775) 789-3140
http://www.gbfinancial.org/

Steve Lindquist is a registered representative offering securities and advisory services through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Cetera is under separate ownership from any other named entity. Registered address: 9600 S McCarran Blvd., Reno NV 89523.
Investments are not deposits; not NCUSIF insured; and not insured by any federal government agency. No credit union guarantee. May lose value.

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses associated with municipal fund securities before investing. This information is found in the issuer’s official statement and should be read carefully before investing.
Investors should also consider whether the investor’s or beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or other benefits available only from that state’s 529 Plan. Any state-based benefit should be one of many appropriately weighted factors in making an investment decision. The investor should consult their financial or tax advisor before investing in any state’s 529 Plan.

Guest Post: Great Basin Halloween Story

The Legend of Great Basin- Silver Choppers

Legend holds that an ancestor of Randy the Ram died in a mining cave in an old silver mine that is buried underneath the very spot where the main branch stands today.

Hiram, Randy’s  ancestor from 7 generations past, moved out west to become a miner working on the Comstock Lode.  Life for the miners was difficult at best and unforgivably harsh during the worst of times. Hiram felt blessed as he was one of only a few miners that had met a beautiful woman who was willing to stand by his side while he toiled to make a better living for themselves and their family later on.

Ewely, Hirams fiancé, was an industrious sheep. Keeping house, providing meals, and making a warm home. Hiram was deeply in love with her and was counting the days until he felt prosperous enough to ask her hoof in marriage.

One day Hiram was working in the mine and found a rich vein of silver ore. Normally such finds would be immediately reported to the Steiger and he would get men working on the new vein.  But Hiram thought that it wouldn’t hurt if he could steel away a little bit of the ore for himself so he and Ewely could be married that much sooner! He chipped away at the ore in pieces about the size of teeth and buried it in a hole away from the new vein where he could dig it up later without being noticed.

Hiram told Ewely that he had a surprise for her and that they would be able to get married vary soon! Ewely was so happy at hearing the news she grabbed Hiram and began to dance around the tiny house.

The next week after the miners had gone home for the night Hiram snuck into the mine and dug up the silver bits he had buried. He put them in his mouth just in case someone saw him coming out of the mine and wanted to check his pockets.  Just as Hiram was nearing the entrance to the mine there was huge cracking noise like a tree splitting in half and the timbers of the mine fell and the rocks caved in on Hiram burying him. Back at their little home Ewely was  getting scared as Hiram was unusually late getting home. She went to get some of the other miners to go looking for him.

When the miners came across the entrance to the mine where it had caved in they saw an arm sticking out from the rubble. Ewely and the miners rushed over and dug out Hiram but it was too late as he had been crushed under a heavy boulder. As they turned him over his mouth fell open and the teeth size silver bits spilled out onto the ground. Ewely was inconsolable with grief.

To this day Hiram’s ghost can be seen walking the halls of the credit union calling the name of his lost love, his silver teeth gleaming in the darkness.

Author: Steve Lindquist

Insurance Matters!

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Insurance helps to protect the people and things you value most in life. And much like your investments, your insurance strategy can benefit from periodic review as your income changes and circumstances evolve over time. At different periods in your life, or due to life events like marriage, divorce, births or career changes, you may need more (or less) coverage to meet your income replacement goals. You also may need different types of coverage such as life, disability, or long-term care insurance.

A comprehensive insurance review can help make sure: 

  1. You have the right type(s) of insurance based on your financial situation and goals.
  2. Coverage is what you expect it to be in the unfortunate event a claim must be filed. 
  3. You’re not paying more than necessary for the coverage you desire.
  4. You make informed and confident decisions to protect your family and your lifestyle. 

Don’t wait to ensure your family has adequate and affordable coverage. If it’s been a while since you’ve reviewed your insurance strategy with an experienced financial advisor, contact Steve Lindquist at 775-789-3140 today to schedule an insurance review. 

In addition, join us for a complimentary seminar “Insurance Matters” on October 26th.

Steve Lindquist 
stevelindquist@peakfns.com 
Financial Consultant
9600 S McCarran Blvd
Reno, NV 89523 
(775) 789-3140
Registered representative offering securities and advisory through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC (doing insurance business in CA as CFGAN Insurance Agency), member FINRA/SIPC.  Cetera is not affiliated with any other named entity. CA Insurance License #0G30574
Investments are not deposits; not NCUSIF insured; and not insured by any federal government agency.  No credit union guarantee.  May lose value.
 
Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses associated with municipal fund securities before investing. This information is found in the issuer’s official statement and should be read carefully before investing.
Investors should also consider whether the investor’s or beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or other benefits available only from that state’s 529 Plan. Any state-based benefit should be one of many appropriately weighted factors in making an investment decision. The investor should consult their financial or tax advisor before investing in any state’s 529 Plan.

Investments for Her

business woman

Many women are more involved with their finances today, but are they getting the most out of their investments?

To take full advantage of the markets and ensure your money matters are sound today and tomorrow, it is important to take control of your financial future. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Be involved in your money matters
  • Develop the ability to manage your own assets
  • Do your homework
  • Put your needs first
  • Step outside your comfort zone

For more information on how to take an active role in your finances throughout the different phases of your life, check out this guide from NY Life/Mainstay Investments, Savvy Investments for Her.

Also, join us for a complimentary seminar on Retirement Issues Facing Women on October 12th. 

Please contact Steve Lindquist at 775-789-3140 if you have any questions or want to talk through these considerations today.

Steve Lindquist

 
Steve Lindquist 
stevelindquist@peakfns.com 
Financial Consultant
9600 S McCarran Blvd
Reno, NV 89523 
(775) 789-3140
Registered representative offering securities and advisory through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC (doing insurance business in CA as CFGAN Insurance Agency), member FINRA/SIPC.  Cetera is not affiliated with any other named entity. CA Insurance License #0G30574
Investments are not deposits; not NCUSIF insured; and not insured by any federal government agency.  No credit union guarantee.  May lose value.
 
Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses associated with municipal fund securities before investing. This information is found in the issuer’s official statement and should be read carefully before investing.
Investors should also consider whether the investor’s or beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or other benefits available only from that state’s 529 Plan. Any state-based benefit should be one of many appropriately weighted factors in making an investment decision. The investor should consult their financial or tax advisor before investing in any state’s 529 Plan.

Welcome Associate Board Members, Darryl and Andy!

two board members

Darryl and Andy have joined the Great Basin Federal Credit Union Volunteer Board of Directors as Associate Board Members.

Darryl Van DornDarryl Van Dorn has extensive history with Credit Union products and services, with 29 years as a member of Schools First Federal Credit Union (formerly Orange County Teachers FCU). Darryl graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He has lived in Reno for 14 years and currently works for Sierra Nevada Corporation as a Program Manager for Corporate Initiatives. He has extensive history working in a compliance role for U.S. Government business activity supporting the Defense Contract Administration Agency (DCMA), Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).

He is active in his community, currently acting as Committee Chairman for a local Boy Scouts of America troop, leading the high adventure outdoor activities for the troop, and supporting local youth sports organizations. Other community service experience includes his time as a Peace Corps Volunteer for the U.S. Department of State (fun fact: he learned French and other local languages!).

He is excited for an opportunity to serve a community based organization, and benefit from the personal growth opportunity afforded by this experience. 

 

Andy EcheitaAndy Echeita is a first generation Basque, native Nevadan, born in Reno and a lifelong resident of Sparks. He attended Sparks schools, graduated from Sparks High School, and attended University of Nevada Reno. He is married (Laurie) for 34 years and has two children; Jess who is 21 and attending UNR and Truckee Meadows Community College; Michonne who is 18, just graduated from Bishop Manogue Catholic High School and preparing for college at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. He has worked for the City of Sparks for over 33 years. He is a Capital Projects Coordinator and his job involves construction coordination for capital projects and development projects. He has managed many projects in his career including the redevelopment of downtown, the water fountain, and some phases of the marina park. In his off time he enjoys the outdoors, whether it’s skiing, fishing, hunting, camping or riding desert roads on his Razor UTV.

In his tenure with the City of Sparks, he was fortunate to be involved with the Sparks City Employees FCU. He volunteered for over 20 years. He started on the Credit Committee, chaired the Credit Committee, served on the Board of Directors, and was the Chairman of the Board. He worked with Great Basin FCU in the merger with Sparks City Employees FCU as Chairman of the Board, which was very educational (yet stressful at times). Working with Great Basin FCU staff made the transition very smooth. Today the members from Sparks FCU have more exciting benefits that would not be possible with Sparks Employees FCU. He took some years off after this merger and believes now is a time he would like to get involved once again.