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CU System briefs (07/28/2008)
* HARRISBURG, Pa. (7/29/08)--Sayre, Pa.-based Guthrie FCU became the proud owner of "Cinnamon"--a 217-lb. pig--after 9-year-old Ryan Richardson, a member of the Grandville Squealers 4-H Club, convinced credit union CEO Erie Chase to participate in the 4-H auction at the 133rd Troy Fair July 23. To help the 4-H members, bidders ran up the price per pound to nearly eight times the market value of 55 cents per pound. Chase, with the help of Nancy DelGrippo, financial services rep at the credit union's Troy branch, had the winning bid. Since the Troy branch has a designation to serve the underserved, the credit union elected to have the meat divided to serve four needy families within its membership (Life is a Highway July 28) … * RIVERSIDE, Calif. (7/29/08)--Altura CU nearly doubled the college scholarships it granted this year to graduating high school seniors. It granted $42,000 in scholarships, with 42 recipients each receiving $1,000. "We had a record number of students, 327, apply for scholarships this year," said Ricki McManuis, senior vice president of corporate communications at the credit union and board member of the Altura CU Foundation. Since it began offering scholarships in 1993, the credit union has granted them to more than 200 students. The program is funded by credit union members--$5 from the one-time $12 membership fee goes to the scholarship fund … * MARIETTA, Ga. (7/29/08)--LGE Community CU President/CEO Edwin J. Collins will retire, effective Dec. 31, announced the credit union's board. Chris A. Leggett, LGE Community's executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), has been appointed as his replacement. Collins, who has been president/CEO since 1995, joined the credit union (formerly known as Lockheed Georgia Employees' FCU) in 1984. He was recipient of the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates' Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. From 1964 to 1984, Collins served in various positions for the National Credit Union Administration. He held many positions with national organizations, including serving on the Credit Union National Association's Governmental Affairs and Renaissance committees. Leggett, before joining the credit union last fall, was president/CEO of First Coast Community CU. He held earlier positions at PSCU Financial Services, a credit union service organization, and at First Florida CU, where he was CFO. He is on the board of Credit Union 24, an ATM network owned by credit unions … * MUSKEGO, Wis. (7/29/08)--Corporate Central CU has hired Ellen Janevicius as relatioknship development officer for Corporate Central's Illinois market, the corporate announced. She will meet with members and future members of the corporate to determine their needs and provide correspondent, investment and liquidity solutions. Janevicius worked at HealthCare Associations CU, Naperville, Ill., for 11 years as marketing manager and was a member of the Illinois Credit Union League Marketing Exchange … * PARMA, Ohio (7/29/08)--David Straight, former president of the Ohio Credit Union League, died July 19 in Parma, Ohio. He was 81. A retired high school teacher, he worked full time as treasurer/manager of the Public School Employees CU, which he founded in 1955. He retired from the credit union in 1991. He served two years as president of the Ohio league and received the Volunteer of the Year award in 1985. He was named director emeritus of the league in 2004 and of the credit union in 2003. He is survived by his wife, Shirlee; three daughters, a son, six grandchildren and one sister (The Plain Dealer July 25) …


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