* SALT LAKE CITY (5/19/10)--Tyson James, also known as James Michael Thayne, 31, was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing TransWest CU in Salt Lake City on April 14, 2008. U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball also said James will be placed on supervised release for three years after the prison term. James pleaded guilty to brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. He pulled out a Smith & Wesson pistol, racked a bullet into the gun's chamber, and demanded money before fleeing with more than $6,300. A family member identified James as the robber after viewing the credit union's surveillance tape (The Salt Lake Tribune
May 14) ... * LANSING, Mich. (5/19/10)--Michele Myrick, former executive vice president of Port Huron, Mich.-based E&A CU, who died March 17, has
been honored posthumously with the Michigan Credit Union Foundation's 2010 Community Credit Union Volunteer Award. for exemplary volunteer service outside the credit union system. Myrick was involved in many organizations, including the Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce, Blue Water YWCA, the Sanilac Economic Alliance, and charitable causes such as the March of Dimes and United Way's "Walk for Babies." Also, the CURE Defense Fund board of trustees voted to name scholarships created from CURE Golf Outing funds the "Michele Myrick CURE Defense Fund Scholarships." The scholarships are used to send Michigan credit union leaders to grassroots lobbying events in Washington, D.C. (Michigan Monitor
May 17) ... * RALEIGH, N.C. (5/19/10)--State Employees' CU (SECU) members through the SECU Foundation granted $300,000 to Caldwell Hospice and
Palliative Care to assist with the construction of an additional hospice facility in the county. On hand were the foundation's check presentation were hospice officials, credit union representatives, and SECU Advisory Board volunteers, including Joan Vaughn of the Lenoir Board and Peggy Throneburg of the Granite Falls Board. Currently under construction, the 15,135-sq.ft., 12-bed patient care unit is located in Hudson, N.C. The facility will triple the capacity of hospice beds in the country to 18 from the current six. The patient care unit also will provide a family living and dining area, family kitchen, chapel, and children's play room. The center serves more than 120 hospice patients a day. (Photo provided by State Employees' CU) ... * GERMANTOWN, Md. (5/19/10)--Mid-Atlantic FCU (MAFCU)has been selected as a "2010 Workplace Excellence Winner" by the Alliance for Workplace Excellence (AWE) for the fourth consecutive year. For the past 11 years, the alliance has identified the Washington, D.C., area's best places to work. The award highlights businesses that promote professional fulfillment and personal wellness at work, at home and in the community. "We are continuously evaluating our benefits programs," said Theresa Elliott, vice president of human resources with MAFCU. "It is important to find creative ways to fulfill the changing needs of our employees so that they can maintain work-life balance." The award will be presented June 1 at AWE's annual awards luncheon ...