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CU System briefs (06/25/2008)
* TULSA, Okla. (6/26/08)--The BizKid$ PBS television show is inspiring its teen fans to get off the sofa, according to mail received by the nationally syndicated teen financial education program, which is sponsored by America's Credit Unions and underwritten by the National Credit Union Foundation. The e-mail said the show's fans would "like to see more shows. You have not only kid fans in our house, but Mom loves your show, too," wrote Cynthia, Michael, Joshua and Armand from Tulsa. "You have been an inspiration to us all, and we would like to thank you. Yesterday, Michael (13) and Armand (8) mowed a lawn and made $40. Please rebroadcast all your shows so we can tape them" … * DENVER, Colo. (6/26/08)--The CU Association of Colorado (CUAC) announced it has endorsed Ted Harvey a Republican candidate for Congress in the 6th Congressional District. The seat was previously held by U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, who has been a strong advocate for credit unions, said CUAC. CUAC President/CEO John Dill noted that Harvey "understands the important role that credit unions play in providing high-quality financial services to one out of three Coloradoans." Timothy Dore, CUAC senior vice president of government affairs, said Harvey has been an advocate for credit unions in the Colorado State Senate … * RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (6/26/08)--Tim Allen, community education specialist at AltaOne FCU, Ridgecrest, Calif., teaches from the National Endowment Financial Education curriculum at Bishop Union High School, Bishop, Calif. The school was one of the first to take advantage of the credit union's Substitute Teacher Program, where Allen goes into local classrooms and instructs on financial literacy in lieu of normal class material. The school received the first School of the Year Award from the California and Nevada Youth Involvement Network (CNYIN) in partnership with the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation and San Mateo CU in Redwood City, Calif.(Photo provided by the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues) … * RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (6/26/08)--The California and Nevada Youth Involvement Board (CNYIB) announced that Tim Allen, community education specialist at AltaOne FCU, Ridgecrest, Calif., has been elected to its board of directors. He joins board members Marissa Lott, CNYIB chairman and marketing specialist, Farmers Insurance Group FCU, Los Angeles; Jenny Casselman, Greater Nevada CU, Reno; Mike Jones, Educational Employees CU, Fresno; Maria Angelova, Xceed Financial CU, El Segundo; Michael Lee, The Golden 1 CU, Sacramento; Marlene Myers, Travis CU, Vacaville; Jenny Ketchepaw, Telesis Community CU, Chatsworth; and Mike Randall, Silver State Schools CU, Las Vegas … * FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (6/26/08)--Texas Banking Commissioner Randall James has announced he will retire Aug. 31 to pursue opportunities in the private sector (LoneStar Leaguer June 25). James was hired in 1991 by the Texas Department of Banking as deputy commissioner. He was commissioner for almost nine years … * GLENDALE, Calif. (6/26/08)--California CU, a $1.9 billion asset credit union based in Glendale, has been approved to participate in the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 7(a) and Express loan program (NewsRx.com June 21). SBA's program helps business owners who generally aren't able to secure loans through normal channels by guaranteeing loans made through private lenders such as California CU. Ron McDaniel, president/CEO of the credit union noted that small business helps create jobs in an economy where jobs are harder to find …


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