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Speaker praises Halifax credit union at annual banquet

The Rev. Vance Midgett offered some words of praise and comfort while offering a little advice at Friday’s 31st annual meeting of the Halifax County Community Federal Credit Union.

The banquet was held in the Leggett Auditorium at Halifax Regional Hospital, where Midgett spends a great deal of his time as manager of guest services for Halifax Regional Health System.

An employee of the health system and part of the community for 10 years, Midgett noted the credit union as continuing “to have a vision of offering hope to many people who have had their hopes diminished by other organizations,” and “one that empowers people to have life given to their financial dreams of owning a home, beginning a business or having an investment that begins to grow.”

Citing more than 30 years of experience listening to people as a minister, Midgett said he has come to understand that at certain key points in life, fear can be at times the largest voice heard, particularly in health-related issues.

He spoke of the importance of having a medical advance directive, “as simply an opportunity to legally document your medical wishes should you not be able to speak for yourself.

“It also offers you the opportunity to name the person you feel would be best to make your wishes known,” noted Midgett, who described a medical advance directive as being valuable, “a gift for yourself as well as your family, offering caregivers as well as your loved one’s your directions.”

There’s great value in completing a medical advance directive before going to the hospital, Midgett told the group.

Established in 1981, the Halifax County Community Federal Credit Union is a federally chartered, member owned financial institution that promotes thrift and consumer education.

In 2011, the credit union offered 274 loans totaling $934,301, according to the Rev. William J. Coleman, president and CEO of the organization.