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  • AUSTIN, Texas (4/4/13)--Texas Governor Rick Perry Monday signed a proclamation declaring April as Financial Literacy Month, according to the Texas Credit Union League (LoneStar Leaguer April 3). "The issuance of this proclamation brings greater awareness to the problem of financial illiteracy in our state and in our country," said Texas Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Courtney Moran. "Furthermore, it helps promote the importance of getting involved in the financial education of our youth as well as adults," she added.  The governor's proclamation said, "Sound financial management is an important skill for all Texans.Whether saving for money for a home, college education or retirement, budgeting and successful financial planning are crucial to reaching our goals." The proclamation continued, "Through careful money management, Texans of all income brackets can add to their economic security and create a better quality of life. We can achieve financial stability and independence by establishing realistic and comprehensive plans that identify financial weaknesses and build on financial strengths." He urged all Texans to "recognize the importance of saving, investing and having clear financial goals. Through the application of sound financial planning principles, we can live well now and in the future." …
  • MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (4/4/13)--Topline FCU President/CEO Harry Carter announced he will retire at the end of 2013, said the $340 million asset, Maple Grove, Minn.-based credit union.  Tom Smith, Topline's executive vice president and chief operating officer, will succeed Carter. Smith has more than 21 years as an executive in the financial services industry. He joined the credit union in 2009 as vice president and chief lending officer. Carter has been active in the credit union industry for 22 years, including serving as chair of the Minnesota Credit Union Network Board of Directors. Prior to joining Topline in 1999, Carter held senior officer roles at a large Minneapolis advertising agency, a large Michigan bank, and another large Minnesota credit union …


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