ACU 80th Annual Meeting and Election April 28, 2018


Advantage Credit Union members may vote either in-person or electronically.  A member shall have one vote regardless of the number of shares held by the member.  Members shall be at least 16 years of age in order to vote. 

Electronically: Members may vote electronically by using our online banking (ItsMe247).  If you do not currently use our online banking, you may need to contact the credit union to have your password reset.  You may call or come in if you need further assistance setting up online banking.  Electronic voting will take place for a limited time from April 1, 2018 through April 22, 2018.  Go to and select “Online Banking”.  After you log in to your account in ItsMe247, you will find a banner on the left side of the screen you may click on that says “Place Your Vote!   You may vote by checking the box next to the name of the candidates that you choose.  You are allowed to vote for no more than 3 candidates.  After making your selection, click below on “Record My Vote”.  Once you vote online, the “Place Your Vote” banner will no longer display on your ItsMe247 screen and you will not be able to change your vote.  If you vote online, you will not be allowed to vote again at the annual meeting. 

In Person: If you do not vote electronically, you may still cast your vote in person at the annual meeting and election held at the American Legion, 1101 W 4th Street S, Newton, Iowa on April 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. 

Three positions on the Advantage Credit Union Board of Directors are open for election.  Each position is for a three year term.  Nominations will NOT be taken from the floor at the annual meeting. 



Darla Modlin: Darla has been a member of Advantage for over 35 years. She is employed at Thombert, Inc. as a production scheduler for the Newton and Brooklyn facilities and has been there for 28 years. Darla is active in many of the activities with the credit union such as the member appreciation party and Iowa Credit Union League annual convention, as well as many things in the community like the Farmer’s Market and Thunder Nites. Darla has been married to Craig for 35 years and they have three sons, two daughters-in-law and 4 grandchildren. Her millennial aged children allow her to see the perspective of the younger generation of members the credit union is looking to grow. She identifies with their wants and needs and is eager to continue to share those with the board. Darla says, “I would like to continue to serve on the board because I like the direction it is headed. I have learned so much about the credit union and look forward to learning all there is about what it does for our members.”

Hollie VanWyk: Hollie has been a member for 7 years. She is currently employed at Principal Financial Group for the last 10 ½ years and currently works in the financial department as an Investment Operations Specialist. She has an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and Financial Services.  Hollie has two boys ages 15 and 17. She is actively involved in the wrestling program in the PCM school district and volunteers for various activities at the high school. She has been on the board of Advantage Credit Union for 4 years.  Having a business and financial services background, Hollie uses that knowledge to understand the credit union financial statements and make quality decisions on behalf of the members. “I have enjoyed my time and have learned a lot about credit unions and understand how they support their members. I would like to continue to serve on the board and continue to help put our members first.”

Clint Gotta:  Clint is a new member to Advantage Credit Union. He is employed as a heavy equipment operator for Ames Construction for the Red Rock Hydro-Electric Power Plant Project in Pella. He has been an Operating Engineer for Local UAW #234 for 4 years. He has worked on the Pella project for the last 3 years. He is a member of Haven Vineyard Church where he teaches Sunday school. Clint is also an English as a second language (ESL) instructor for DMACC, Newton campus. He was a life coach through Christ-life ministries for Hephzibah House and Haven Vineyard. He is married with 2 grown sons and has been a member of the community for 17 years. He has a degree in psychology and has had a very diverse career background including being a teacher, federal worker, family owned business and property preservation. Clint is a solutions focused individual and has the dedication to see things through. Clint says, “I believe there is a need for people to give of themselves for the betterment of our community as well as personal growth. I truly believe credit unions are there for the working individual and would be honored to serve in the success of Advantage Credit Union’s mission to their members.”