1st Liberty Federal Credit Union was founded by Robert Scotty Scott and the co-founders: William Dawson, Joel Taylor, Morgan Moyer, Billie Brankovich, Ehud Markel, Kenneth Platt, and M.B. Holt. In June of 1955 your Credit Union was chartered as Great Falls Air Force Base Federal Credit Union. The Credit Union started with only 54 members in August of 1955 with just 10 loans. We have continually grown and now have nearly 22,000 members.
Starting out as Great Falls Air Force Base Federal Credit Union in 1955, we quickly changed our name to Malmstrom Air Force Base Federal Credit Union (MAFBFCU) 1956. After many mergers our name was permanently changed to 1st Liberty Federal Credit Union. We felt our new name better reflects our vision for members in the Great Falls, Grand Forks and future communities. This name change represented our new vision becoming 1st in all we do.
Below is a time line highlighting important dates in the history of 1st Liberty Federal Credit Union.
*1955/August Great Falls Air Force Base Federal Credit Union charter was approved
*1956/February name changed to Malmstrom Air force Base Federal Credit Union
*1957/January name changed to Malmstrom Federal Credit union
*1964/July moved into location at 6200 3rd Avenue North, Great Falls
*1981/August assumed and merged with Grand Forks Air Force Base Federal Credit Union
*1982/October assumed and merged with Westside Federal Credit Union.
*1983/December name changed to 1st Liberty Federal Credit Union; this us enabled us to reflect new vision and members in the Great Falls, Grand Forks and potential future communities.
*1991 merged with Cut Bank Community Federal Credit Union giving us a presence in Glacier County.
*1993/August assumed Glacier County Public Employee Federal Credit Union serving the residents of the Browning Reservation and Glacier County
*2000/November Community membership approved to include all residents, workers, students, and those who attend any church located in the five counties of Cascade, Pondera, Teton, Choteau, and Glacier
*2000/December Operations Happy Holidays created to send care packages to our men and women serving overseas during the holidays.
*2002/August opened temporary location in Conrad MT
*2002/September Robert H. Scott elected to the Defense Credit Union Hall of Honor representing him as a leader, visionary and patriot, and whose untiring efforts and endless support of the defense credit union movement and the Defense Credit Union Council epitomized the Counsels value of philosophy.
*2003/March opened state of the art building in Conrad
*2005/August Steve Grooms President/CEO accepted award as the Air Force Credit Union of the Year for 2004.
*2005/August 1st Liberty FCU celebrates 50 years of service to our members and communities
*2006/May moved the Cut Bank office into a brand new building with walk-up ATM and drive up window.
*2006/May Drive up location opened on 10th Avenue South across from Bison Ford
*2007/October opened branch office on Malmstrom AFB
*2008/January opened the branch office in Riverview
*2008/June acquired and merged with the Electric City Federal Credit Union
*2008/October 10th Avenue South location expanded to a full service branch
Currently, we have 9 full-service branches to serve our membership; seven in Montana and two in North Dakota they are:
Robert H. Scott 6200 3rd Avenue N Great Falls, MT
Westside 920 Central Avenue W Great Falls, MT
10th Avenue South 505 10th Avenue S Great Falls, MT
Riverview 401 Smelter Ave NE Great Falls, MT
Malmstrom - 228 75th St N Bldg 1082 Malmstrom AFB, MT
Cut Bank/Browning 310 W Main Street Cut Bank, MT
Conrad 202 S Main Street Conrad, MT
Grand Forks AFB 589 Holzapple Street Grand Forks AFB, ND
Grand Forks Downtown 3197 South 17th Street Grand Forks, ND
We are fortunate to have a board of directors and management team that are forward thinkers and our goal is to Make a positive difference in every members life we touch. 1st Liberty FCU is proud to have a team that exemplifies that every day with every member.
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