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* ST. LOUIS (3/31/09)--The Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA) has canceled its 2009 Managing in the Middle Conference, which was to be held at Lake of the Ozarks April 21-23. MCUA made the announcement in its newsletter, The Missouri Difference March 27) … * RALEIGH, N.C. (3/31/09)--More than 25 North Carolina credit union professionals from the Tarheel, Northeast and Southeast chapters trekked to Raleigh last week to discuss issues facing credit unions with their state legislators. They visited 41 legislative offices and discussed the health of credit unions, safety and soundness of members' accounts, and steps credit unions are taking to secure members in their homes. The North Carolina Credit Union League said this message was well-received by all legislators and was a bright spot considering the economy. State Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand, third from left, heard the positive message from credit unions during one visit. (Photo provided by the North Carolina Credit Union League) … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (3/31/09)--Maria LaVelle, CEO of Westmoreland Community FCU, Greensburg, Pa., has been elected as board director for District 4 for the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA), announced PCUA Board Chair Diana Roberts (Life is a Highway March 30). LaVelle has been CEO of the credit union since 2001. She serves on the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation board and is vice president of the Greensburg Chapter of Credit Unions. She began her credit union career in 1996 at Allegent Community FCU. LaVelle succeeds retiring director Lanny Horn. Her term will begin in May at the conclusion of PCUA's Annual Convention … * RALEIGH, N.C. (3/31/09)--State Employees' CU (SECU) has received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve's (ESGR) State Chairman's Above and Beyond Award. The award is presented to employers who exceed legal requirements in providing support to service members in the Guard and Reserve. The credit union was nominated by lst Lt. Benjamin Liebermann, an SECU employee currently deployed with the National Guard. From left are: Mark Twisdale, SECU senior vice president of human resources; Kelly Liebermann, wife of Lt. Leibermann; Lori Waters, SECU Network Operations manager; and Jamie Applequist, SECU senior vice president in Jacksonville and master sergeant in the Air Force Reserves. (Photo provided by State Employees' CU)… * DES MOINES, Iowa (3/31/09)--Michael Rowan Knutson, 42, of Mason City, Iowa, a suspect in a July 14, 2007, robbery of the Mercy-City-Lehigh Family CU in Mason City, was sentenced to two consecutive life imprisonment terms for armed robbery at another financial institution. The robbery for which Knutson was convicted occurred May 16, 2007, at First Bank, West Des Moines. He and another suspect, James Stenger, who was convicted in a separate trial, brandished weapons in a takeover style robbery at the bank. Evidence at the trial included evidence from other robberies, including the credit union heist. The sentencing was mandatory under the federal "three strikes" law because Knutson had at least two prior crimes of violence (US Fed News March 28) … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (3/31/09)--Madeline Judge, widow of former Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) President/CEO Mike Judge, died Saturday at the age of 80. She was well-known throughout Pennsylvania and the nation because she often accompanied her husband to credit union events, said PCUA. Services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Church, Harrisburg (Life is a Highway March 30) …


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