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CU System briefs (02/24/2014)
  • WASHINGTON (2/24/14)--A prominent race in April organized by USA Track & Field will be sponsored by Credit Union Miracle Day and the Credit Union National Association. The Men's and Women's 10 Mile Championships, held at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, will be branded as being sponsored by "America's Credit Unions." The 10-mile fun run, which last year featured 15,000 runners, including almost 800 Congressional staffers, snakes around recognizable memorials in downtown Washington. At the Women's Championship last year, Janet Bawcom set a national record, finishing the 10-mile course in 53 minutes and 28 seconds. Since sponsoring races in 2002, Credit Union Miracle Day has given more than $6 million to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. ...
  • ALBANY, N.Y. (2/24/14)--William "Bill" Johnson, a five-decade veteran of the credit union industry and resident of Onondaga Hill, N.Y., died Feb. 19 (The Point Feb. 21). He was 83. A former District 2 board director for the Credit Union National Association, Johnson served as CEO/president of Empire Tel-Com FCU for more than 20 years. He volunteered with it before and after the 2007 merger with Power FCU that created Empower FCU, now a $1.2 billion-asset credit union in Syracuse. He also was on the board of the Credit Union Association of New York from 1980 until 1999, serving as chairman from 1991 until 1993. "Bill Johnson was a tremendous leader in the New York credit union community, and he made a lasting impact on all who knew him," said William Mellin, association president/CEO. Johnson helped create statewide credit union mortgage, ATM and shared branching organizations. He also served as director and chairman of Empire Corporate FCU. In 2001, he was inducted into the New York Credit Union Hall of Fame. ...


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