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* SUMMERFIELD, Fla. and MADISON, Wis. (4/11/08)--Susan Tiffany, director of the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) personal finance information for adults, has been elected to the board of directors of the Personal Finance Employee Education Foundation. The Summerfield, Fla.-based foundation is a non-profit scientific organization advocating best practices in workplace financial programs that increase both employee financial health and employer profits. Tiffany has worked with CUNA for 26 years, most recently in its center for personal finance … * LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. (4/11/08)--The 2008 Missouri Credit Union Charitable Foundation/Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Buddy Bass Tournament reeled in a record $18,500 for CMN--the largest amount in the tournament's 12-year history. Participants raised $9,277.50 in the fishing tournament. For the first time, CO-OP Financial Services is matching the amount, dollar for dollar. CO-OP's contribution "makes a huge difference in our ability to help sick kids and their families," said Kevin Brueseke, Missouri Credit Union Association chief operating officer/chief financial officer. Roughly 119 teams competed. Credit unions in the winner's circle were fifth-place winners Bob Bellville (pictured) of First Community CU, Chesterfield, and partner Michael Ortmann; and sixth-place winners James Sherrill and Francis Asher, a team sponsored by Leadco Community CU, Park Hills. (Photo provided by the Missouri Credit Union Association) … * CAPITOLA, Calif. (4/11/08)--Bay FCU recently presented checks for $5,000 each to two social service organizations--New Life Community Services and Kinship Support Services. New Life assists low-income families in Santa Cruz County who are homeless, chemically addicted or both. Kinship assists residents of Monterey and Salinas who are relatives raising foster children at risk of dependency or delinquency. The funds were raised at a silent auction during an employee holiday party in January. The $10,000 donated included $500 worth of printing services for each organization from Community Printers … * WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (4/11/08)--Purdue Employees FCU (PEFCU) CEO William "Bill" F. Connors announced his retirement, effective July 1, at PEFCU's annual meeting Tuesday. He will provide consulting services to PEFCU through Dec. 31. Succeeding Connors will be Bob Falk, a six-year PEFCU employee who has served as president/chief operating officer. Connors, who was CEO for 12 years, began his credit union career in 1970. He currently serves as CEO of Passageways LLC, a software provider partially owned by PEFCU subsidiary CU Channels, and as board member of Card Services for Credit Unions. Formerly he served as chairman of Midstates Corporate CU; member of the Credit Union National Association's Federal Credit Union Committee; and chairman of CO-OP Network. Falk joined PEFCU in 2002 as vice president of lending. He has 18 years' credit union experience and previously served in positions at CUNA Mutual Group and University of Colorado FCU (now Elevations CU), Boulder, Colo. … * ALBANY, N.Y. (4/11/08)--The New York State Credit Union League announced that 18 college-bound students will receive scholarships from its 2008 annual Scholarship Program. The league will award a total of $11,500--five scholarships of $1,000 each and 13 scholarships of $500 each. Roughly 102 credit unions participated this year, submitting a total of 1,237 applications. Click on the link for a list of the winners and their sponsoring credit unions …


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