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CU System briefs (08/22/2008)
* TULSA, Okla. (8/25/08)--No one was hurt when an armed man robbed a Tulsa branch of the Credit Union Service Center Inc.'s shared-branching network and fired a shot into the wall as he exited the building. The bullet went through the wall and out the building, and entered the ceiling of a Taco Bell restaurant next door (Associated Press and Tulsa World Aug. 22). The man entered the credit union at about 6:20 p.m. Thursday and demanded money. He was last seen getting into a black SUV with a license plate of 910-JAO, said police. A second man was waiting in the vehicle … * FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. (8/25/08)--U.S. Rep. Timothy Bishop, left, (D-N.Y.) was keynote speaker at a breakfast meeting attended by Long Island credit union executives last week. Robert G. Allen, right, president/CEO of Teachers FCU, thanked the congressman for his active support on credit union issues. Bishop spoke about the economy, the housing crisis, and energy, and then answered credit unions' questions. Other executives attending represented Sperry Associates FCU, People's Alliance FCU, Oceanside Christopher FCU, Nassau Financial FCU, Nassau Educators FCU, Island FCU, Bethpage FCU, and the Credit Union Association of New York. (Photo provided by the Credit Union Association of New York) … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (8/25/08)--U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.) visited three credit unions in the Wilkes-Barre area Thursday. He was accompanied by Pennsylvania Credit Union Association President/CEO Jim McCormack and Governmental Affairs Specialist Christine Seitz (Life is a Highway Aug. 22). Visits were to Choice One Community FCU, headed by CEO John Kebles; UFCW FCU, headed by CEO John Hayduk; and Cross Valley FCU, headed by CEO Len Shimko. Kanjorski met with staff, directors, and members at the first two credit unions and discussed local economic concerns and issues impacting credit unions. At the third, Board Chair Richard Shields introduced Kanjorski and announced the credit union's new community charter, covering Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming counties … * MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (8/25/08)--E1 Financial CU, a $361 million asset credit union based in Monterey Park, participated in U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis' (D-Calif.) annual Community Resource Fair Aug. 16. The credit union has a new branch in East Los Angeles and was well-positioned for the event. More than 500 guests and families attended. The event showcased information and resources, including foreclosure prevention and financial education programs available at the credit union's East Los Angeles branch. From left are E1 Financial representatives Yanni Jucaban, Liza Grajeda, Luis Cisneros and Vada Vanettes, and Holis. (Photo provided by E1 Financial CU) … * ST. LOUIS (8/25/08)--12 Missouri credit unions have achieved the "You Make the Difference" Advocacy Program rewards. The newest platinum award recipients are Electro Savings CU, St. Louis, and United CU, Mexico. They reached platinum--the highest level--by taking part in activities in five key areas: political advocacy, contributions, financial education, philosophy in action, and community involvement, says the Missouri Credit Union Association (CourierNet Aug. 20) … * SAN DIEGO (8/25/08)--To reduce its ecological footprint and conserve energy, Cabrillo CU has turned up the thermostat and temporarily changed its dress code to shorts. It changed the code from "standard business" to "very business casual," allowing staff to wear cropped pants or shorts with credit union-logo shirts during summer. "We haven't forgotten the energy crises of the past, and we want to help out," said CEO Robin Lentz. "It also raises our staff members' morale as they enjoy dressing casually for a while." From left are Cabrillo employees Darcy Keener, loan account specialist; Julie Smith, lending manager; Kristin Halvin, card service and call center manager; and Marilyn Silveira, file clerk. (Photo provided by Cabrillo CU) … * MEDFORD, Ore. (8/25/08)--Rogue FCU is the state winner of the 2008 Oregon Governor's Outstanding Employee Volunteer Program. The award is presented by the Oregon Volunteers, State Commission for Voluntary Action and Service. Rogue, which also won a regional award, participates in numerous projects throughout Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties. It encourages employees to participate in at least four hours of community service every year. Many of its employees have exceeded 100 hours of personal time volunteering each year. In 2007, staff volunteered more than 9,200 hours combined for projects such as Access Food repacking, United Way Day of Caring, and various painting projects …


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