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* JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (3/20/09)--St. Louis-based Southpointe CU President Brian Eyestone visited with state lawmakers in Jefferson City March 9 to discuss bills impacting credit unions. He visited Sen. Jim Lembke (R-1), Rep. Sue Schoemehl (D-100) and Rep. Walt Bivins (R-97). Eyestone thanked Lembke for working with credit unions on a bill that would help protect a credit union's lien interest on motorized vehicles. State lawmakers are on their annual spring break and in their home districts through Monday. The Missouri Credit Union Association will have its Annual Advocacy and Business Meeting March 30-31 in Jefferson City (The Missouri difference March 18) … * DOVER, Del. (3/20/09)--Dover FCU CEO David Clendaniel and a team of 11 credit union representatives met in Washington, D.C., with Delaware's newest U.S. senator, Sen. Ted Kaufman, to discuss credit unions' viewpoint on several key bills preparing for a vote. The senator challenged Clendaniel on credit unions' tax exempt status, which gave Clendaniel the opportunity to explain the unique structure and philosophy of credit unions. He gave examples of how credit unions serve their community and invited the senator to visit Dover Federal branches to meet members and learn first-hand the credit unions difference. Also at the meeting were Philip Lynch, Dover Federal vice president of finance; a representative from the Delaware Credit Union League, and executives and volunteers from several other Delaware credit unions … * COLUMBUS, Ohio (3/20/09)--The small credit union 50% discount for the Ohio Credit Union League's ZENITH09 conference has been expanded so more leaders from small credit unions can attend. Now, credit unions with assets of $20 million or less can register an unlimited number of staff and volunteers to attend for half price, according to the league's eLumination Newsletter (March 18) … * SUITLAND, Md. (3/20/09)--Andrews FCU's overseas headquarters and Wiesbaden, Germany, branch received the 2008 Bronze Award for outstanding participation in the Combined Federal Campaign Overseas, an annual fundraising drive that allows all federal government personnel serving overseas, military and civilian, to donate to authorized charities. From left are: Gen. Carter F. Ham, commanding general, USAREUR and 7th Arm; Georgia Dismukes, Andrews Federal overseas training and development administrator; Alfred Johnson, Andrews Federal vice president of overseas operations; and Diane M. Devens, director, IMCOM-E. (Photo provided by Andrews FCU) … * WARMINSTER, Pa. (3/20/09)--Representatives from Freedom CU spoke to educators Saturday at the PFT Educational Conference: Programs for Teaching, sponsored by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Health and Welfare Fund. Kirby Wood, vice president, member services, and Shawn Murphy, new business development representative, presented the credit union's Learn & Earn program, a financial literacy program that uses the Internet to teach basic banking functions, allows students to open an online account and offers monetary incentives. They explained how the program incorporates financial literacy lessons taught in classes with the student's first banking account. Here, Murphy, second from left, discusses the program with educators from the Philadelphia School District. (Photo provided by Freedom CU) …


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