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* FORT BRAGG, N.C. (1/4/08)--A car crashed into the rear entrance of Fort Bragg FCU Wednesday afternoon, destroying the $268.8 million asset credit union's two outer glass doors. An unidentified 52-year-old woman drove the car, said an emergency communications report, which attributed the crash to a medical condition (The Fayetteville Observer Jan. 3). The car had extensive front-end damage and was towed from the scene … * NAPERVILLE, Ill. (1/4/08)--During 2007, the Illinois Credit Union Foundation awarded nearly $220,000 in scholarships and grants. Small Credit Union Development grants, totaling $96,220, were awarded to 51 credit unions; $132,000 in community service grants went to 11 credit unions; marketing and business development grants totaling $61,780 went to 20 credit unions; and one credit union--Cornerstone CU, Freeport-- received a $10,000 Financial Independence and Revitalization Effort grant. For 2008, grant application review deadlines will be March 31, July 31, and Oct. 31, with the main scholarship application due March 31. Downloadable grant request forms are available via the Illinois Credit Union League's website … * RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (1/4/08)--Dianne Harding, retired CEO of Pomona Valley CU--now Inland Empire CU--Pomona, Calif., has received the "Unsung Hero" award from the California Credit Union League's Historical Preservation Committee. She was the credit union's CEO from 1972 until her retirement in 2004. Harding served at various levels with the league, including member of its policy making body, as director of the California League Services Corp., and member of various committees. She also was a trustee of what is now the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation. Harding was active in two credit union chapters. In 1984, she was named Mt. Baldy Chapter's Volunteer of the Year. The unsung hero award honors individuals with at least 20 years of service … * HARAHAN, La. (1/4/08)--The Louisiana Credit Union League has hired Jim Phillips as its sales/marketing consultant for credit unions in the Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Lake Charles areas, announced the league Thursday. Phillips previously was employed by the Louisiana Corporate CU. Phillips also was employed for more than 20 years by CUNA Mutual Group, the league said … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (1/4/08)--Harrisburg-based Belco Community CU teamed up with Harrisburg and Hanover Hospitals to welcome the area's first baby of the New Year, according to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (Life is a Highway Jan. 3). The $257.7 million asset credit union provided each hospital with a certificate for a $100 savings bond, a new baby account, and a bag full of baby essentials and BELCO-related goodies for the family …


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