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CU System briefs (02/23/2012)
  • TUMWATER, Wash. (2/24/12)--O Bee CU's new gold Visa credit card with a beer logo represents a return to the Tumwater, Wash.-based credit union's roots. The image is an Olympia beer logo, with horseshoe, Tumwater Falls, the expression "good luck" and classic "Olympia" lettering. The credit union was established in 1955 as Olympia Brewery Co. Employees and Families CU. The brewery closed in 2003. The credit union negotiated with Pabst Blue Ribbon to use the Olympia brand on its card. The new card logo is identical with the original with one exception: Visa would not permit it to use the slogan "It's the water."  The new card offers 1% cash back with no limits on most purchases, said the credit union (The Olympian Feb. 22) …
  • RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (2/24/12)--Live testing of the CO-OP NextGen ATM is underway at the CO-OP Financial Services headquarters lobby in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. CO-OP expects the service to be generally available by the end of second quarter. Project leaders inaugurating the process are, from left, Terry Pierce, senior product manager; Eric Porter, executive vice president, business development and marketing; and Dr. Kathy Herziger-Snider, vice president, product development. CO-OP and Diebold Inc. are partners on the development of the new application software, which will allow members of participating shared-branching credit unions to conduct nearly all branch transactions at a Diebold ATM. Diebold is a CUNA Strategic Services provider.  (Photo provided by CO-OP Financial Services) …
  • HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. (2/24/12)--New Jersey credit unions, interns and representatives from the disability community were hosted by the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions at a luncheon at the New Jersey Credit Union League's office Wednesday. The purpose was to discuss their experiences with Cycle VII of the two-year old Building Economic Strength Together (BEST) internship program, which places internships for people with disabilities. Seven credit unions are participating in the program. Accepting certificates of appreciation for their involvement in the program were, from left, Angel Santos, NJCUL; Rosanna Rever, First Jersey FCU; Jen Seder, Healthcare Employees FCU; Shirley Spruill, Renaissance Community Development CU; Michelle Fitzpatrick, North Jersey FCU; and Mike Cirillo, Affinity FCU. Mark Lynch, National Credit Union Foundation's REAL Solutions, accepted a certificate earlier for its support of the program. (Photo provided by the New Jersey Credit Union League) …
  • RALEIGH, N.C. (2/24/12)--A change made by State Employees' CU, Raleigh, N.C., in how some charities convert their donated coins has benefitted the local non-profits. SECU allows these groups to use its no-fee coin sorters, which have been in place since 2005 in each of its 240 branches. To date, SECU machines have sorted more than $1 million in coins, saving these groups roughly $75,000 in fees.  SECU's coin sorters feature a FAT CAT theme to highlight its youth program, which encourages saving at an early age.  However, sorters are popular with all ages …


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