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* ATHENS, Ga. (5/26/10)--A woman crashed her car into the Athens, Ga. branch of the Georgia FCU Monday morning, slightly injuring herself and ont to two credit union employees, said Athens-Clarke police (Athens Banner-Herald and May 24. The unidentified driver lost control from a medical problem and was taken to a hospital for observation, police said. Emergency workers treated one or two employees for minor injuries and scratches at the scene. The front of the building was demolished ... * INDIANAPOLIS (5/26/10)--George R. Chesnut, 47, formerly of Alton, Ill., was sentenced Friday to 70 months in prison after pleading guilty to two bank and credit union robberies in southern Indiana. He also is being charged with three bank robberies in Missouri. The heists included a Dec. 5, 2008, incident at the Evansville (Ind.) CU, where he took about $5,800. The judge also ordered Chesnut to undergo five years supervised release after his prison term, pay a $500 special assessment and make restitution of $38,562 (Targeted News Service May 24) ... * MADISON, Wis. (5/26/10)--CUNA Mutual Group sales staff assemble bicycles as part of a team-building event in Madison, Wis. The team build 14 bicycles and distributed
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them to seven boys and seven girls from the area's Boys and Girls Club in a surprise ceremony. Ninety members of CUNA Mutual's "Select" sales team, who provide customer service exclusively for small credit unions, assembled the bicycles as part of a two-day event where they honed their collaberation and problem solving skills as a way to better serve their customers. The exercise required the 14 teams to earn each bicycle part before they assembled them. Neither the teams, nor the children who arrived at CUNA Mutual knew beforehand about the surprise presentation. Also, team-building employees qualified for the company's Dollars for Doers program, and a $250 donation was presented to Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County. Johnson told the group, "these kids will never forget this experience and the way you have made a difference in their lives." (Photo provided by CUNA Mutual Group) ... * VANCOUVER, Wash. (5/26/10)--Columbia CU has been named the Small Business Administration (SBA) Credit Union Lender of the Year in the Portland, Ore., district. The district covers 30 counties in Oregon and four counties in Southwest Washington. Columbia was among the top 2009 financial services institutions chosen for their demonstrated commitment to small business during times of economic difficulty and credit shortages ...


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