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* DES MOINES, Iowa (7/25/08)--The Iowa Credit Union Foundation has awarded $500 League President's Scholarship Grants to two credit union professionals. Dana Garrett of NW Iowa CU, LeMars, will use the funds to attend the CUNA Financial Management School Part I in Denver, Colo., in August. Deborah Whittie of Village CU, Des Moines, will attend the 2008 Total Immersion Program of the World Council of Credit Unions, spending a week in Mexico with a host family and working at a credit union. The grants help defray the expense of attending a national school, education activity, or certification programs, or conducting a community education project … * BUENA PARK, Calif. (7/25/08)--California Agribusiness CU celebrated its first anniversary by giving a $300 check to each of its non-management staff. "The gesture not only directly helped employees in these turbulent economic times, it also displayed the credit union's financial strength and shows that we continue to value our employees," said President/CEO Adam Debo. The checks were presented the same day that IndyMac Bank opened under management of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Denbo visited each branch and explained the difference in situations between credit unions and IndyMac. The Buena Park-based credit union was formed as a result of a merger, effective July 2, 2007, between California's First FCU, Garden Grove, and Knudsen FCU, in the City of Industry, Calif. … * SALT LAKE CITY (7/25/08)--Mountain America CU was one of seven companies named 'best place to work' in the 500+ employees category by the Utah Department of Workforce Services. Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. honored the winners at a luncheon earlier this month. This is the fourth time the credit union has been named a best place to work. Nominees were judged on workplace best practices, employee questionnaires, letters from their CEOs explaining their philosophy on workplace excellence and an onsite visit by a review committee … * ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (7/25/08)--Dana Wildman, former controller of the Credit Union Association of New Mexico (CUANM) died July 11 after a long battle with cancer (CUANM Network July). Wildman joined the league in 1987 and oversaw its transition into the Credit Union Association of New Mexico. In 2006, her illness forced her to leave CUANM. She is survived by her husband and three children …


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