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ARVADA, Colo. (4/30/08)--The Credit Union Foundation of Colorado and Wyoming announced the addition of Bob Hoel and Jane Prancan to the foundation's board, beginning in May. They will serve a one-year term. Hoel was former executive director of the Filene Research Institute for 15 years until early 2007. He was named the Herb Wegner Memorial Award winner in 2008. Hoel now serves on the board of Public Service CU, based in Denver. Prancan ran the $26 million asset U.S. West/Quest Foundation across a 14-state region, including Colorado. She also led an $11 million fundraising and public relations department for the American Indian College Fund. Prancan is chairman of Bellco CU, Greenwood Village, Colo. Hoel and Prancan fill seats being vacated by Susan J. Brayman and Janet Meyers. Other foundation board members who were reappointed include: John Uchida, president/CEO, Space Age FCU, Aurora; Mike Williams, president/CEO, Colorado CU, Littleton; Walter Marx, president/CEO, College CU, Greeley; Marilyn James Rhoades, NEPCO branch manager, Minnequa Works CU, Pueblo; and John Dill, president/CEO, Credit Union Association of Colorado … * NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (4/30/08)--Author and consultant Alan Pariss, will be the opening keynoter at the 2008 Michigan Credit Union League Annual Convention and Exposition, to be held in Grand Rapids May 15-17 (Michigan Monitor April 28). He will speak on "Prospering through Cycles and Change." Other keynoters include: Jane Bryant Quinn, contributing editor for Newsweek and ranked by the World Almanac as one of the 25 most influential women in America, who will address "Financial Empowerment in Today's Economy," and Mary Crane of Mary Crane and Associates, speaking on "Millennials and Their Money." This year's conference theme is "Moving Michigan Forward" … * OGDEN, Utah (4/30/08)--Goldenwest CU says it will donate $50,000--raised during the credit union's eighth annual "5K for Schools"--to nine local schools. The event was held March 29. One-hundred percent of the registration fees for the race are going to the schools for needed equipment and materials. The $582.5 million asset Goldenwest kicked in an additional $5 for each entry received. The race attracted its largest crowd in its history, with 2,600 runners and walkers. Goldenwest also donated registration posters and forms, t-shirts, food, water and other items needed for the race, said its announcement on its website … * MONTREAL(4/30/08)--Desjardins Group, a Canadian cooperative financial group representing caisse populaires (credit unions), announced the results of its Desjardins Paper Challenge and the Desjardins Eco-friendly Statement Challenge on Earth Day. The campaign is committed to taking 12 initiatives in waste management, energy efficiency and responsible consumption. Desjardins aimed to reduce printer and photocopier paper by 15% between 2005 and 2008, and to increase use of recycled paper by the same percentage. Its program resulted in a 21% reduction, representing 43 million fewer paper sheets. The reduction also prevents about 227 tons of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions or 3,435 saved trees. The use of recycled paper went up 22% to 55% during the same period. More than 114,519 members joined its Eco-friendly Statement challenge. It will be planting 22,224 trees throughout Quebec and Ontario this spring (Canada Newswire April 15) …


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