ACU 82nd Annual Meeting and Election August 5, 2020


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 July 10, 2020 through July 30, 2020.  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 to click on reading “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 August 5, 2020 at 5:30 p.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. 



Jane Odland: Jane has been a member of Advantage for 9 years.  Jane has worked at Odland Law Firm PLLC for the past 7 years, where she is an attorney and owner.  Jane has been involved in the League of Women Voters of Jasper County, Newton YMCA, Boy Scouts, PTA, 4H, band parent and member of the Lutheran Church of Hope in Ankeny.  Jane had previously served on the board of Jasper County Federal Employees Credit Union (now First Class Community Credit Union.) She has been married to Kenneth Odland for 41 years. They have three adult children. She graduated from Osage Community High School, Iowa State University and the University Of Iowa College Of Law.  Jane currently serves on the Advantage Credit Union board of directors, making it a priority to attend the annual credit union convention. At the convention, she attends many education presentations, which are a terrific opportunity to keep current on the best practices of credit unions and how they specifically apply to Advantage Credit Union.  Jane says, “I believe the credit union is a valuable asset for our community. I’m willing to serve to provide our members with the services they need.”

Kim Clark: Kim has been a member of Advantage for 30 years.  She has been employed at Thombert, Inc., for 32 years, working in purchasing, accounting and credit/collections. Kim served on the Peck Daycare Board for 13 years as secretary for most of that time. She has volunteered at many community events through Peck Day Care, Newton Schools and Thombert, Inc. Kim has served on the Advantage Credit Union board as secretary for 12 years.  Kim and her husband Tom have lived in Newton for 29 years.  They have 2 married daughters and 3 grandchildren.  She enjoys attending the annual convention for yearly ongoing training and education to better serve our members. Kim says, “People helping people is the credit union philosophy and it is my personal philosophy with my family and friends. Lending support to others is my passion in life and how I enjoy spending my non-working hours.”

Jenni Patty: Jenni has been a member of Advantage for 28 years.  She has worked at DMACC Newton Campus as an Adjunct Instructor and Student Service Project Coordinator for 26 years. She has been involved in the community through Project Awake as the board treasurer, PTA as president and St. Luke United Methodist Church.  Jenni attended Newton High School and graduated from Central College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.  She and husband Brad have lived in Newton most of their lives. They have two adult daughters and five grandchildren who she loves to spend time with.  She also enjoys reading, bicycling and yoga. Her education and teaching experience have provided her a good background and aptitude for reading financial statements and making sound business decisions. Jenni says, “I’m proud of ACU’s long history in Newton. I would love to serve on the board for another term and help it to maintain its powerful presence in our community.”