* RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (3/30/10)--The Richard Myles Johnson (RMJ) Foundation, the state credit union foundation in California and Nevada, has given five community service grants totaling $26,500 to three California credit unions and two community organizations for financial literacy efforts. Recipients are: Antelope Valley FCU, $3,500 for a financial education program for junior and high school students; Mid-Cities FCU, $2,500 for its new youth financial education program; Redwood CU, $500 to continue its Financial First program; and California Counsel on Economic Education and ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions, $10,000 each, for their youth financial literacy programs ... * ST. PAUL, Minn. (3/30/10)--Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) Vice
President-Communications Kristina Wright was named to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal's
40 Under Forty list for 2010 Thursday. Wright was selected from among nearly 300 nominees evaluated on their professional and community accomplishments. Initiatives she has worked with include: overhauling MnCUN's website, establishing a networking group for young credit union professionals, creating a vendor advertising program for companies working with Minnesota credit unions, acting as staff liaison to MnCUN's international partnership with a credit union association in Paraguay, representing credit unions and MnCUN as vice president of the Minnesota Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, working with the University of Minnesota Extension to host financial education training; and being involved with Minnesota Financial Fitness Network, National Youth Involvement Board and the Minnesota Family Involvement Council ... * RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (3/30/10)--CO-OP Financial Services is encouraging general interest business publications to include coverage of credit unions when dealing with personal finance issues, the credit union-owned cooperative network services provider said in a news release. Its release provides general public media with information about credit unions' history, structure and philosophy ... * HEATH, Ohio (3/30/10)--Hopewell FCU President Alan P. Smith has retired after a 43-year credit union career, 27 of them with the Heath, Ohio-based Hopewell. Smith led the credit union in converting its charter from an occupational charter to a community credit union in 1994 (Newark Advocate
March 28). He was honored in 1999 as the Ohio Credit Union League's Credit Union Professional of the Year. Hopewell FCU's board of directors has unanimously appointed James G. Johnson, executive vice president and chief operations officer, as the $70 million asset credit union's next president ...