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* ST. LOUIS, Mo. (8/24/10)--Vicki Sanville and Tom Brown from the office of U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) met with Kansas City credit
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unions Aug. 18 and touted the importance of communication. "We get about 250 pieces of correspondence every day, and if I see a letter from someone I know, I put it high on my priority list because I know you," said Sanville. "Your communication during good times and bad keeps us informed and keeps your issues at the forefront." They told attendees their effort to meet in-district helps credit union initiatives, but also suggested visiting Washington, D.C., because "it does help you get the attention of Congress," Sanville said. Credit union leaders communicated concerns about member business lending, the interchange fee provision in Congress' regulatory reform bill, and overdraft protection. "Member business lending is one of the few issues that comes without a price tag," said Rob Givens, Mazuma CU. "Our member business lending has injected $50 million into Kansas City businesses in the past five years," he said. From left are: first row: Chris McCreary, United Consumers CU; Brown; Sanville; and Dennis Pierce, CommunityAmerica CU. Second row: Sean Yokley; Lisa Ginter, CommunityAmerica; Givens; Ron Miller, Edison CU; and Pat Yokley, Dick Baumgartner, Serri Helm, Rod Gruenberg and Jean Hughes of CommunityAmerica. (Photo provided by the Missouri Credit Union Association) ... * MENTOR, Ohio (8/24/10)--Christine Blake, has been named president/CEO of Cardinal Community CU, Lake County, Ohio's, largest credit union. Blake, a certified public accountant, previously served as a business adviser and consultant specializing in financial institutions. Her experience included audit services, mortgage banking, merger and acquisition assistance, reengineering services, project management and compliance. . She previously was a senior manager with KPMG Peat Marwick LLP in Washington D.C., and Cleveland, Ohio, where she specialized in financial services. She also was an adjunct professor at Lakeland Community College for several years. Blake also is president/CEO of the Samantha Blake and Michael DeGennaro Family Foundation, which provides support to children with hydrocephalus and Wilm's tumor, and their families ... * CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (8/24/10)--Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Linn Area
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CU Executive Vice President Jenny Lorenz is a recipient of the 2010 Governor's Volunteer Award (GVA) for her involvement and leadership with the Iowa Credit Union Foundation (ICUF) board of directors. The GVA program recognizes volunteers for their commitment, service and time. It goes to volunteers demonstrating exceptional commitment to volunteerism, exemplary leadership, creativity, cooperation and hard work in service to others; and who made an outstanding contribution to state or community through volunteer service. Lorenz, shown accepting the award from Iowa Gov. Chet Culver, has served as a volunteer board member of ICUF for more than 10 years and is currently president of the board. (Photo provided by the Iowa Credit Union Foundation) ...


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