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* WATERLOO, Iowa (1/8/08)--Veridian CU has made $35,000 available for Inclusive Community Grant programs, which work to integrate and serve traditional excluded groups or cultures in the community. Here, Brittney Diercks, left, branch supervisor at Veridian, presents a $7,200 grant check to Barbara Sanders, Julie Pitzen and Chantelle Sanders, all of Family & Children's Council of Black Hawk County, for the council's healthy babies program. The credit union also awarded $7,000 to Advisory for a Better Future Fund for its ABF-Bus Shelter project, led by Waterloo East High School Students. Lesser grants went to NAMI Black Hawk County, North Star Community Services, Seeds of Hope, Young Parents Network of Cedar Rapids, Children & Families, Citizens for Community Improvement of Des Moines, and Iowa Legal Aid (Photo provided by Veridian CU) … * BURNSVILLE, Minn.(1/8/08)--US FCU volunteered its time to support local youth in the Shakopee, Minn., area through the non-partisan, grassroots organization 'Kids Voting Minnesota." On election day in November more than 60 children in grades 3-12 visited Precinct 7, where they voted for candidates and current issues. Previous to voting day, they studied the candidates and were informed how to make an educated decision when voting. In the photo, Maranda Knutson of Shakopee takes her son Reed Knutson to the voting booth to fill out his ballot. (Photo provided by US FCU) … * LATHAM, N.Y. (1/8/08)--Sen. Catherine M. Young, left, (R-Jamestown/Rochester) visited Olean Area FCU during the holidays to tour the credit union and meet with staff and CEO Dan Rourke, right. They were accompanied by senior staffers Brian Snyder, vice president/lending; Lee Ann Dineen, vice president/human resources and operations; and Mary Palumbo, vice president, finance and information technology. The credit union told Young about its history and people helping people philosophy, its services to members of modest means, and issues important to the credit union industry (Photo provided by the New York State Credit Union League) … * BALTIMORE, Md. (1/8/08)--Aaron Glaser has been appointed director of legislative affairs at the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA). Glaser has political experience with the campaigns of Gov. Martin O'Malley and the 2004 Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign. He most recently served as legislative director to Baltimore City Councilman Robert W. Curran and was instrumental in gaining passage of Baltimore's smoking ban (FOCUS Newsletter Jan. 7) … * NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (1/8/08)--Former Michigan Credit Union League regulatory specialist Cylenthia La Toye Miller has been appointed judge of the 36th Judicial District Court by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. She will preside over cases from all of the court's dockets, including real estate, traffic and ordinance, general civil claims under $25,000, criminal misdemeanor and felony examinations (Michigan Monitor Jan. 7) … * NEW YORK (1/8/08)--Marcel Bristol of Elmont, N.Y., was arrested Friday on multiple charges of grand larceny and forgery related to using stolen IDs and personal data to obtain bank loans totaling $86,000. Bristol, who was arrested Friday, allegedly opened accounts and lines of credit at Bethpage (N.Y.) FCU, Nassau Financial FCU in Garden City, and Nassau Educators FCU in Valley Stream between June 12 and Sept. 1, 2007 (Newsday Jan. 6) … * PENSACOLA, Fla. (1/8/08)--A man with a hood covering his face and wielding a crowbar Friday robbed a branch of the West Florida Medical CU, located inside West Florida Hospital (Pensacola News Journal Jan. 5). He walked behind the teller counter, stole an unidentified amount of money and ran out. Four employees were at the credit union during the robbery …


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