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* RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (8/6/08)--The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues were Champion level sponsors at this year's National Youth Involvement Board's annual meeting and convention
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July 28-31 in Las Vegas. Of the record 171 attendees, 27 were from the two states. California was second nationally in the number of students reached through financial education presentations (47,478) and fourth for number of classroom presentations--698. Among those attending were, from left: seated, Jennifer Grove, The Golden 1 CU, Sacramento, Calif., and Cathy Arra of the leagues; standing, Tena Lozano, RMJ Foundation; Marlene Myers, Travis CU, Vacaville, Calif.; Jenny Wagner, Silver State Schools, Las Vegas; Kate Robinson, Greater Nevada CU, Carson City, Nev.; Mike Jones, Educational Employees CU, Fresno, Calif.; Mike Lee, The Golden 1 CU; and Neal Schwartz, the leagues. (Photo provided by the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues) … * ALBANY, N.Y. (8/6/08)--The Credit Union Association of New York received three awards of excellence from the APEX Awards for Publication Excellence. Recognition was in three categories: Marketing and PR for its public service initiative, "Who Are You? Identity Thieves Really Want to Know"; Member and Customer Communications, for its "Want a Quarter Percent Off Your New Mortgage" promotion; and Magazines and Journals (print over 32 publications, for the October 2007 issue of its quarterly publication, Connection. APEX awards are based on graphic design, editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence. Nearly 4,500 entries were submitted … * SALT LAKE CITY (8/6/08)--Mountain America's mobile banking service saw a 200% increase in users over year-end 2007, the $2.7 billion asset credit union announced. MACU2GO mobile banking allows members to access their accounts from their phones rather than a regular computer. "Consumers gravitate towards products and services that are convenient and meet their needs," said Senior Vice President Tony Rasmussen. "As our world becomes more mobile, global and multi-task oriented, having financial information at their finger tips becomes increasingly important to our members." … * WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (8/6/08)--Latino Community CU opened its sixth branch Monday, in a restored Wachovia building in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Durham-based credit union's newest branch will anchor a revitalization project for the Waughtown area. Local officials and state legislators joined more than 50 people at the grand opening. Councilwoman Evelyn Terry said the credit union is the "nucleus" of the development. Latino Community CU President/Co-founder John Herrara said credit unions help reduce crime by giving people a place to store their money so they aren't carrying large sums of cash (Winston-Salem Journal and WFMY News 2 Aug. 5) … *
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READING, Pa. (8/6/08)--Pagoda FCU cooked up a hot deal for members this summer. Automobile loan applicants could pick a "burger" or a "steak" from a Weber Grill. Under the toy burgers and steaks were loan rate discounts, ranging from 0.25% to 0.75%, that the member could apply to their loan in addition to the member's Loan Incentive Program Score. Many members enjoyed low rates as a result, and two members, including Beth, shown here, took home the Weber Grills. Also, the squeaky toy burgers and steaks will go to the dogs--Pagoda CU is donating them to the Animal Rescue League. serves up hot deal on auto loans (Photo provided by Pagoda FCU) …


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