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CU System briefs (04/16/2008)
* BURNSVILLE, Minn. (4/17/08)--US FCU collected a total of 14,094.31 dollars/pounds for the Minnesota FoodShare program, donating nearly $10,000, plus 4,182 pounds in food, in its annual USFCU Olympic challenge. The $742 million asset credit union surpassed its goal of 8,000 dollars/pounds. Staff competed in the spirit of the upcoming 2008 Summer Olympics in department and branch teams. The Triathlon winners, accepting their gold, silver and bronze medals, are, from left, Doug Paulson, Ben Nikosch and Justin Dunn. (Photo provided by US FCU) … * SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (4/17/08)--The board of SaskCentral, the Saskatchewan provincial trade association for credit unions, has elected Don Blocka of Conexus CU, Prince Albert, as board president. Blocka has served on the SaskCentral board since 2002. At its annual meeting in Saskatoon, SaskCentral welcomed two new board members: Pieter McNair, CEO, Kelvington CU; and Ken Sherwin, board member of Cornerstone CU, Yorkton (Marketwire April 15) … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (4/17/08)--Clarion University FCU, Clarion, Pa., will merge with Harrisburg-based $2.958 billion asset Pennsylvania State Employees CU (PSECU) on July 1, said the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (Life is a Highway April 14). Members of the $6.4 million asset Clarion credit union voted in favor of merging. The merger is a natural fit for PSECU because students, faculty and alumni of Clarion University are already within its field of membership, said PSECU President Greg Smith … * UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (4/17/08)--Two community CUs in Prince George's County, Md., have merged, according to the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA). Prince George's Community FCU, with $91.7 million in assets and 12,000 members, now serves members of the former First Combined Community FCU, with $2 million in assets and 2,300 members. The merger was effective March 31 (FOCUS Newsletter April 14) … * ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (4/17/08)--The New Mexico Information Technology and Software Association honored seven women April 3 for outstanding contributions to the technology industry. Among them was Patricia Janney of New Mexico Energy FCU, Albuquerque. They were honored at the association's first annual Women in Technology Recognition Celebration, part of a new program to promote careers for women in technology ( April 15) … * RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (4/17/08)--Maria Angelova, administrative assistant, wealth management at Xceed Financial CU, El Segundo, Calif., will attend the World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) 2008 World Credit Union Conference in Hong Kong with support from the California Credit Union League and the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation. Angelova, a recipient of the league's Tomorrow's Star Award, also is the league's nominee for a WOCCU Young Credit Union Professional (WYCUP) Scholarship. WYCUP awards five young professionals attending the world conference an all-expense paid trip to attend the next conference, WOCCU's 2009 conference in Barcelona, Spain. Last year's league nominee, Elizabeth Randall, vice president of member service at Pasadena FCU, received a WYCUP scholarship to attend this year's conference July 13-16 …

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