* WESTBROOK, Maine (6/15/10)--Maine CUs' Campaign for Ending Hunger
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presented $17,000 to 33 food pantries in the state and the Good Shepherd Food Bank. The sixth annual "Share the Bread" campaign aims to bring awareness of the hunger issue in Maine and the need for food for Maine's 65,000 school children during summer vacation, when meals aren't provided by their school. From left are Jon Paradise, governmental and public affairs manager of the Maine Credit Union League; Rick Small of Good Shepherd Food Bank; and Luke Labbe, chair of the league's Social Responsibility Committee. (Photo provided by the Maine Credit Union League) ... * WASHINGTON (6/15/10)--A former teller/supervisor of Department of Interior CU , Washington, has been sentenced in a U.S. District Court for District of Columbia to three months' incarceration for taking property in the care, custody and control of a credit union. Monica Michals stole more than $25,000 in depositors' funds from 2006 to 2008, said prosecutors. She took money on 25 occasions from the accounts of at least three members, two of whom were elderly and especially vulnerable, they said. (Targeted News Service
May 21). After her jail term is over, Michals will be on home detention with electronic monitoring for 180 days as part of a three-year supervised release. She was also ordered to complete outpatient drug treatment and make full restitution to the credit union ... * OKLAHOMA CITY (6/15/10)--Tinker FCU has been named among Oklahoma's top 28 Best Places to Work by OKCBiz
Magazine. It ranked first among finalists in the "large companies" group. The competition has two categories: large companies with 250 or more employees, and small/mid-sized companies with fewer than 250 employees. Best Companies Group collects information from the competition entrants and conducts employee surveys to determine the companies with the best practices. Factors reviewed include leadership and planning, corporate culture and communications, role satisfaction, work environment and relationship with supervisor. The credit union cited three factors that keep employees happy, motivated and involved in fulfilling the credit union's mission: empowerment, community involvement and extras that make coming to work rewarding, but fun. "Our employees know they can have a say in making a difference in the lives of those we serve," said Susan Rogers, senior vice president of human resources at the $2 billion, Oklahoma City based credit union. An incentive program paid more than $1.3 million last year to employees, recognition and gift certificates for exceptional service, competition prizes and more ... * SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. (6/15/10)--Roger A. Dion, former CEO/treasurer of Southbridge (Mass.) CU died Friday at a local hospital after an illness. He was 81. Dion retired in 1993 as CEO/treasurer of the credit union where he worked for many years. He started his banking profession in the 1950s at the former Worcester County National Bank. Funeral services were Monday ( Worcester Telegram & Gazette
June 12) ...