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* BELLEVUE, Neb. (8/3/11)--Nebraska's largest credit union, SAC FCU, has been granted approval from the National Credit Union Administration to expand its market area to eight counties from four, doubling its service area. The expansion will continue to strengthen the Bellevue, Neb.-based , more than $500 million in assets credit union in the Metro area. The expansion includes Washington and Saunders Counties in Nebraska, and Mills and Harrison Counties in Iowa--areas that have an estimated 71,000 residents. It will serve people living, worshipping, working (or regularly conducting business in) or attending school in the area. Its existing service area had included Douglas, Sarpy and Cass Counties in Nebraska and Pottawattamie County in Iowa. The credit union is celebrating its 65th anniversary as a credit union … * ONTARIO, Calif. (8/3/11)--CUDL, which administers the nation's largest auto lending network for credit unions, announced the grand
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prize winner in its SMART Giveaway Contest for credit union members. Eric Franklin, a member of Oklahoma Employees CU, Lexington, Okla., won the sweepstakes grand prize, with CUDL paying off the balance of his credit union auto loan. The year-long contest gave credit union members the opportunity to win 12 monthly prizes, consisting of $500 American Express gift cards, and a chance at the sweepstakes grand prize. Members were entered into the contest by requesting an online auto quote from a CUDL dealer through the CUDL AutoSMART vehicle research and shopping website or by applying for an instant pre-approved auto loan through their credit union's SMART Approval program. From left are Ryan Kilman, indirect lending director at Oklahoma Employees CU; Josh Amaton, regional credit union manager for CUDL; Franklin: and Linda Csaba, loan officer at the credit union. (Photo provided by CUDL) … * RIEGELWOOD, N.C. (8/3/11)--Riegelwood (N.C.) FCU and Cell Phones for Soldiers have teamed up to collect unused cell phones for troops in the Cell Phones for Soldiers campaign. The $96 million asset credit union plans to work with local businesses to serve as collection points. Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to collect more than 50,000 cell phones this year to help connect troops with their families. RFCU's Elaine Williams noted "the need for support keeps growing as more soldiers are sent to the Middle East or are asked to serve extended tours of duty." The donated phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each phone--enough to provide an hour of talk time for soldiers abroad. Half the phones are reconditioned and sold to wholesale companies in 40 countries. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and the materials recycled … * RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (8/3/11)--The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues have promoted Director of Grassroots Advocacy
Jeremy Empol as their new director of federal government affairs and hired David Creager to replace Empol in the grassroots position, the leagues said. Empol, who joined the leagues in 2007, assumed his new role on June 2. He will focus on connecting California and Nevada credit unions to their congressional delegation members. Before joining the leagues, Creager managed political campaigns for Meridian Pacific Inc., a Sacramento-based political consulting firm. He will be responsible for the leagues' Web-based advocacy network, Connect for the Cause, and will spearhead new advocacy initiatives such as the 1-2 Punch Campaign, which educates and encourages credit union employees about political giving and participation in legislative action. Both Empol and Creager will be based out of the league's Sacramento offices …


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