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CU System Briefs (12/10/2013)
  • ST. LOUIS (12/10/13)--Tonight, St. Louis credit unions can join the first monthly #TweetUpTuesday. Kenny DeShields, social media manager for Bridgeton, Mo.-based Vantage CU, proposed the idea to help spark creativity and collaboration. "Tweetups are a great way for like-minded individuals to gather and share ideas on everything ranging from business to everyday life," said DeShields (The Missouri Difference Dec. 4). The first Tweetup, which will be held at a local restaurant, will focus on holiday-themed posts for credit union Twitter and Facebook accounts. Nora Holloway, director of public relations and online community for the Missouri Credit Union Association, also will attend ...
  • AURORA, Ill. (12/10/13)--The start of a criminal trial has been scheduled for the former president of Aurora (Ill.) Firefighters CU who is charged with misappropriating $35,000 from the credit union (The Beacon News Dec. 9). Proceedings in Kane County prosecutors' case against Anne Schaal will begin on March 10. An Aurora Firefighters CU employee from 1996 until 2011, Schaal also is charged with felony theft and unlawful credit card use. Prosecutors have not cited a possible motive, but court records from her divorce settlement indicate that Schaal struggled with a gambling addiction. Schaal, who has pleaded not guilty, will next appear in court on Feb. 14 for a status hearing. Aurora Firefighters CU has $1.9 billion in assets ...
  • MANCHESTER, N.H. (12/10/13)--A man has been charged by Manchester, N.H., police with robbing a Manchester credit union branch on Dec. 3 (The Telegraph Dec. 5). Joseph Reynolds, 31, of Goffstown, N.H., is accused of passing a Triangle CU teller a note demanding money. Manchester Police, who apprehended Reynolds at a motel without incident on Dec. 4, claim to have found Reynolds in possession of a stolen truck with a stolen rifle inside. They did not, however, accuse Reynolds of displaying a weapon during the alleged incident at the credit union branch. Reynolds has been charged with robbery, burglary and receiving stolen property. Due to prior drug and burglary convictions, Reynolds was charged with the illegal possession of a firearm. He was held on $100,000 bail. Triangle CU is based in Nashua and has $505 million in assets ...
  • ATLANTA (12/10/13)--Delta Community CU announced Monday that its charity arm will donate $70,000 to 15 organizations in the Atlanta area. The grants, which range from $500 to $10,000 will be disbursed throughout 2014, with the first allotment set to be given in January. Recipients include: the Atlanta Community Food Bank; the Brain Tumor Foundation; Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Reach Out and Read Program; the Cobb Schools Foundation; Cool Girls; Fayette Youth Protection; Georgia Health Sciences; the Georgia Center for Non-Profits; Girls, Inc.; the Joseph Sams School; North Fulton Community Charities; Rocky Mount Elementary School; Sara Harp Minter Elementary School; St. Vincent de Paul; and the YWCA of Greater Atlanta. "Out of dozens of applications, these grant winners are most closely in alignment with our goals to help families manage household finances and improve the physical and financial well-being of young people," said Jai Rogers, Delta Community CU vice president of business development. Delta Community CU is based in Atlanta and has about $3.5 billion in assets ...
  • FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (12/10/13)--Jim Free, the former president of Southern Star CU, died on Dec. 5. Also a former board member of the credit union, Free was active in Cornerstone Credit Union League through its Houston chapter--where Southern Star is located (Leaguer Dec. 9). He served as president of the chapter. Cree, an Elvis fan, was honored by Southern Star on its website with the message: "We are sad 'our Elvis' has left the building." ...


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