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CU System briefs (06/04/2008)
* HARRISBURG, Pa. (6/5/08)--The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) hosted state Secretary of Banking Steve Kaplan and Paul Wentzel, Kaplan's executive assistant, Tuesday. PCUA President/CEO Jim McCormack noted the visit "gave us the opportunity to show him what the association does on behalf of Pennsylvania's credit unions. He was impressed with the facility and staff." (Life is a Highway June 4). From left are: Rick Myxter, PCUA assistant vice president, credit union development, who explained his work with World Council of Credit Unions and an upcoming trip to Kenya; McCormack; Kaplan; and Wentzel. (Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association) … * MADISON, Wis. (6/5/08)--The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) has appointed Josie Collins as resource development and donor relations director. Collins will be responsible for growing the $360 million Community Investment Fund, attracting corporate supporters and individual donors, and managing NCUF's annual public awareness event, the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards. She previously served as council liaison and awards competition coordinator at the Credit Union Executives Society (CUES). Prior to her five years at CUES, Collins analyzed the credit union marketplace at Survey Research Associates in Madison. Her office is based in Madison, where she can be reached at or 800-356-9655, ext. 4397 … * FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (6/5/08)--To show appreciation for members of the U.S. military, Mid Missouri CU purchased more than 2,000 tickets for military families to attend Armed Forces Day at Hammons Field in Springfield, home of the Springfield Cardinals (CourierNet June 4). More than 400 military personnel stationed at Fort Leonard Wood lined the field while a military band, shown here, performed the national anthem. Mid Missouri coordinated with the Missouri National Guard in Springfield to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter over the stadium afterward. Other credit unions donating tickets included Century, Community Financial, Stationery, St. Louis Community, United Labor and Vantage credit unions. (Photo provided by the Missouri Credit Union Association) … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (6/5/08)--A credit union member who signed up for a secret shopper program on a website became a victim of a secret shopper scam, according to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) (Life is a Highway June 4). The victim, a member of North East (Pa.) Welch FCU, received a packet instructing the recipient to cash a cashier's check for $3,410 and send a $2,500 money gram to someone in Texas. The check was returned as fraudulent, said PCUA … * NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (6/5/08)--Timothy W. Benecke has been appointed as president/CEO of Communications Family CU, Saginaw, Mich., according to the Michigan Credit Union League (Michigan Monitor June 2). He will succeed James C. Dahl, who retires on July 1, after 24 years with the credit union. Benecke has 25 years' experience with credit unions in the region, most recently serving as president/CEO for six years of FinancialEdge Community CU, Bay City. He also is a former operations vice president with Dow Chemical Employees CU, Midland …


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