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Gift Baskets: Family Game Night Basket, Chocolate Basket, Date Night Basket and our special 130th Basket. Four baskets will be given at both of our offices located at 60 N. Sandusky St. and 1940 St. Rt. 37 W. Gift Basket winners will be drawn on Monday, January 23rd, 2017. You must be able to pick up the basket at our office.
Join us at the Delaware County Fair on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9am - 8pm. Fidelity is proud to be the Opening Day Sponsor and will have a tent in front of the Merchant's Building. Stop by for games, giveaways and more!
Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan will hold its 4th Annual "Shred It" Day for our customers and members of the Delaware Community. This event will take place in the Kroger parking lot close to our office at 1940 St. Rt. 37 W - Westfield Center. We are asking for a limit of 6-8 boxes of paper only! You do not need to remove staples or paper clips. Get started now so you are ready to drive up and drop off that unwanted paper clutter! You don't even have to get out of your car. We will unload it for you. The "Shred It" truck will be on site and shred your documents immediately.
Are you using Internet Banking, eStatements and Mobile Banking? If not, sign up today or stop in one of our offices and we will be glad to help you get started! Once you use these services, you will wonder - WOW, how did I manage before!
130 Years ago Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan Association began its long and enduring history on North Sandusky Street, serving the residents of Delaware, Ohio and the surrounding counties. Webster defines the word FIDELITY as "careful observance of duty or discharge of obligations". In the by-laws of 1887, the company stated its object in this manner: "The object of the Association is to raise money to be loaned among its members and depositors for use in buying lots, or in building or repairing houses, in holding, improving and acquiring freehold property, or other purposes." After 130 years it may be truthfully said that Fidelity has lived up to the fullest meaning of its name and obligations.
Fidelity Federal is one of the oldest, continually operating businesses on Sandusky Street and has remained in the same block of N. Sandusky Street for its 125 year history.
January 18, 1887 the Fidelity Building and Loan Company, now known as Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan Association was organized. Historically speaking, Grover Cleveland, the 22nd President of the United States was midway thru his first term. Joseph B. Foraker was Governor of Ohio. Delaware County had a population of 27,189 and Henri E Buck way Mayor of Delaware, population 8,000. The first office was located on the second floor of the Lamb's Block Building, at the northwest corner of Winter and North Sandusky Street, above M.E. Wolff's Beehive Store, later the Boston Store. Incorporators were H.J. McCullough, H.A. Welch, W.T. Gessner, J.D. VanDeman and B.W. Brown. During these early years there were nine directors. Capital stock was set at $400,000 - 2,000 shares at $200.00 per share. Members were assessed 25 cents for their passbooks and office rent was $32.50 per quarter.
In 1911 the building at 46 North Sandusky Street was purchased for an office site. At that time it was occupied by C.D. Young Jeweler, along with several rented upstairs offices. Fidelity moved into its newly acquired property where it remained for the next 65 years. Loans were made at 6%, dividends were paid at 5% and interest on savings accounts was 4% - 5%.
After operating under rules and regulations of a state charter for 50 years, the Association was granted a federal charter in December 1935. The Association underwent a name change, becoming Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan Association in February 1936. Assets at the beginning of this first year (1936) under federal charter totaled $742,875.
The 1950s saw a decided increase in building, lending and saving activity. During most of the 1950s there were but two full time employees: Ray Hinkle, secretary-treasurer and Questa Willams, cashier. By the end of 1959 assets were listed at nearly two million dollars.
Business continued a steady growth and by 1972 additional staff was added. Edward Planisek, Preston Knight, Kathy Baker, Karen Hughes and Sandra Stevens joined Fidelity Federal. In 1975 the need for a larger main office location and a branch office were satisfied. Fidelity bought the 80 year old Delaware Hardware Store building at 60 North Sandusky Street and opened its branch office at 30 Troy Road, within the Georgetowne Center.
As Fidelity Federal continued to grow and expand its services and product offerings, the adjoining building at 58 North Sandusky Street, formerly a Sears store was purchased. Fidelity would later renovate and expand into this space that it occupies today.
In 2008, after 33 years in the Georgetown Center, Fidelity moved its branch office location to its current location at 1940 St. Rt. 37 W, Westfield Center. This allowed for full service banking at both the Main Office and the Branch Location.
Fidelity Federal continues to expand its products and services with Auto Loans, FHA Loans, Online Mortgage Applications, Internet Banking and Bill Pay just to mention a few of the services available to our customers.
Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan looks forward to the next 130 years serving Delaware and its surrounding counties.