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* WASHINGTON (3/10/09)--Eight credit union officials from the United Kingdom (UK) attended the Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference and visited credit unions in the area, says to the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA) . They toured the FRB FCU and the Federal Reserve Board, and the Capitol after MDDCCUA's legislative reception Feb. 25. MDDCCUA signed a partnership last year with the Association of British Credit Unions Ltd. Two World Council of Credit Unions International Partnerships have formed among: MECU, Baltimore, with UK's Capital CU and Agriculture FCU, Alexandria, Va., with UK's Scotwest (FOCUS Newsletter March 9). From left, Robert Taylor, director of Copperpot CU, which serves police officers in Northamptonshire, Eng., meets Danny Gregg, president/CEO of Police FCU, at a legislative luncheon. Hosting the visitors were Agriculture FCU, District Government Employees FCU, FRB FCU, HEW FCU, MECU, and Police FCU. (Photo provided by the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association) … * COLUMBIA, Md. (3/10/09)--The board of directors of the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA) voted last week to move MDDCCUA's Fourth Annual Meeting and Convention to Baltimore's Inner Harbor from its original location in Ocean City (FOCUS Newsletter March 9). Board Chairman Wes Bone noted that "credit unions are facing extraordinary times." The board made the change because of several factors: An online survey and conversations with CEOs indicated most would be challenged by the cost of an Ocean City event, which would involve a three-night hotel stay. A more local event allows attendees the option of fewer or no hotel room costs, and mileage and other travel expenses would be less … * LANSING, Mich. (3/10/09)--The Michigan Credit Union League unveiled its redesigned website,, to showcase its "CU Difference" campaign and Invest in America auto loan program. The theme, "Love + Trust = My Credit Union," focuses on why members love their credit union and the ways credit unions have earned their trust. It also highlights the Invest in America partnership with CUcorp, MCUL's wholly owned subsidiary; General Motors; and Chrysler. The website has more than 25,000 visitors per week … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (3/10/09)--Mike Wishnow, senior vice president, communications and marketing for the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, participated on the Steve Cordasco WPHT radio show, "The Big Talker 1210," Saturday. The two-hour show airs live on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wishnow told listeners that credit unions continue to make loans to small businesses as credit dries up from other sources. He also discussed pending legislation that would increase the cap on small business loans from 12.25% (Life is a Highway March 9) … * SOMERVILLE, Mass. (3/10/09)--Cambridge Portuguese CU (CPCU), based in Somerville, Mass., is teaming up with the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) to help immigrants with their English skills ( March 7). CPCU donated $2,500 to the organization to sponsor English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes for members. Already 16 members have benefited from the free, 12-week course sponsored by the $80.7 million asset credit union. The two-hour class meets two evenings a week and is open to the community at half price because of the credit union's support … * LEXINGTON, Ky. (3/10/09)--Every year, University of Kentucky FCU
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donates $15,000 in scholarship funds--$5,000 to each of the three main entities it serves: University of Kentucky (UK), Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). The scholarships are awarded by the separate Financial Aid offices to students needing financial assistance. From left are: David Kennedy, UKFCU president/CEO; Kayla Chandler, EKU student; Claire Scholly, KCTCS North American Racing Academy student; and Greg Baker, UKFCU vice president of sales and marketing. Not pictured are Christopher VanDevender, UK student; and Ryan Pacheco, KCTCS North American Racing Academy student. (Photo provided by University of Kentucky FCU) … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (3/10/09)--The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association and Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation helped sponsor the third annual Young Men's Futures Symposium, organized by the Junior Achievement (JA) of Central Pennsylvania. It provides guidance to male high school juniors and sophomores in career choices, interviewing techniques and budgeting, and encourages one-on-one discussions between the students and community business and government representatives (Life is a Highway March 6). George Nahodil (pictured here, standing), executive vice president, marketing, Members lst FCU, led a budget session for the 125 student participants. Jesus Cruz, vice president, Belco Community CU, facilitated eight students; Paul Wagner, vice president, Hershey FCU, facilitated eight students and was mentor for two students; and foundation Executive Director Joe Wambach, was a career presenter for eight students and mentor for two. JA has completed four symposiums during the 2008-2009 period under a $10,000 foundation grant. (Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association) …


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