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* DEER PARK, Texas (5/21/09)--Shell FCU has launched a new green corporate website, www.shellfcu.org, to strengthen its commitment to the environment. The website displays an environmentally conscious design and features such as pocasts, videos, an event calendar, knowledge base, calculators, featured rates, news, an iLife link, home banking access and more. The design also incorporates a micro site for mobile devices. The new mobile site offers more functions such as featured rates, branch locations, credit union contact information and shared-branch and ATM interactive search features. Last June, Shell received a Greenified certification from the Green Business Alliance by implementing operating procedures to benefit the environment and employees … * BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (5/21/09)--Vince Rojas, 69, plans to retire as president/CEO of Kern Schools FCU, Bakersfield, Calif., in January. A search for his replacement was launched last week. Rojas was scheduled to retire this year, but agreed to work another year as the credit union recovers from losses (The Bakersfield Californian May 19). Kern Schools FCU lost $24 million last year due to rising unemployment and the troubled housing market. Kern Schools, which has $1.7 billion in assets, lost another $26 million during the first three months of this year. The credit union is making progress restoring its net worth, and Rojas has been credited with increasing the credit union’s assets during his tenure, the newspaper said ... * CHANDLER, Ariz. (5/21/09)-- First CU, a $474.4 million asset, Chandler, Ariz.-based credit union, made a $5,000 on-air donation
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during NBC Channel 12’s First Annual “Give for Kids” Give-A-Thon benefiting Phoenix Children's Hospital (PCH). The donation was raised at First CU branches statewide by selling candy bars and toys to members, with all proceeds going to Children's Miracle Network. PCH is a member of the network. First CU employees also volunteered their time during the give-a-thon by answering phones for incoming donations. Throughout the day, local celebrities made appearances, donated gifts and challenged callers in hopes of generating more donations. The event produced $107,539 in donations. From left are: Mark Curtis, News 12 anchor; Lori Gallegos, chief operations officer, First CU; and Desiree Hoogerhuis, community outreach coordinator, First CU. (Photo provided by First CU) …


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