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CU System briefs (09/15/2009)
* HONOLULU (9/16/09)--A credit union has apologized to members after sending letters to them with their account numbers displayed on the envelope. Hawaii State FCU said no harm can be done because the account number wouldn't be enough to access an existing account or open a new one. As a test, a local television station took one member's name, address and account number, and tried to create an online account. But since it didn't have her Social Security number, it couldn't open a new account, said the station. The credit union said that members will not be liable for any unauthorized access to their accounts and advised members to monitor their accounts as a precaution ( Sept. 14) … * ALEXANDRIA, Va. (9/16/09)--More than 225 members of CommonWealth One FCU showed their support Aug. 28 for H.R. 3380, the Promoting Lending to America's Small Business Act. The bill--introduced by Reps. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.) and Ed Royce (R-Calif.)--would raise the cap on member business lending (MBL) to 25% of assets from 12.25% and raise the minimum threshold for a loan to be considered an MBL. The credit union's Legislative Awareness Day at each branch informed members about the bill. Staff used the Website to help members write their congressional representatives. The credit union will absorb the cost of mailing the letters. "It's great to see members come out and show their support for the credit union movement and exercise their roles as a member-owner," said John R. Blair, president/CEO of the $288 million asset credit union … * INDIANAPOLIS (9/16/09)--Mildred "Millie" South Cox, 69, former Indiana Credit Union League vice president of governmental affairs, died in her sleep Friday, according to the league. Cox was a league employee for 26 years, serving in the governmental affairs position from 1986 until retiring in 2003. That year she was recipient of a Sagamore of the Wabash Award from the late Gov. Frank O'Bannon; a special resolution adopted by the Indiana General Assembly honoring her dedication and efforts on behalf of credit unions; a special resolution read into the Congressional Record by her friend, U.S. Rep. Dan Burton; a resolution adopted by Indiana's credit unions at the 2003 League Annual Meeting, and a national credit union award at the Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in 2004. The Indiana Credit Union Foundation established the Millie Cox Scholarship Award, which has helped recipients attend the CUNA GAC each year. "Millie was a tireless advocate, leader, and champion of credit unions throughout her career with the league. Her work in national political circles as well as at the Indiana Statehouse had a very positive impact and will continue to benefit credit unions for years to come," said John McKenzie, league president. She is survived by one son, three sisters, and two brothers. A celebration of her life will be today at 2:30 p.m. at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center, Washington Park East, Indianapolis. Visitation will start at 1:30 p.m. * ALBANY, N.Y. (9/16/09)--Alfred J. Mariani, former manager/CEO of Syracuse University FCU and former national director of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), died Monday. He joined the credit union movement during the late 1940s, serving as treasurer of both Oneida FCU and Bendix FCU before becoming a field representative for the Syracuse chapter of the Credit Union Association of New York. Mariani served in that position for 14 years, organizing more than 100 credit unions from Binghamton to Massena and nurturing them. He also served as association volunteer; president, director and first vice president of the Syracuse chapter; and director-at-large. Mariani also was a founding member of Members United Corporate FCU and a member of CUNA Mutual's Policyowner's Board. He was the association's first two-term president/chairman and was inducted into the New York Credit Union Hall of Fame in 2008. Mariani is survived by one son, one daughter, two sisters, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren … * ALBANY, N.Y. (9/16/09)--Richard K. Moore, chairman of Reliant Community FCU, died Sunday, according to the Credit Union Association of New York. Moore joined the credit union's board in 1985 and served as board chairman from 1986 until his death. Moore was also a member of the credit union's Supervisory Committee and was active in the National Association of Credit Union Chairmen. In 1997, he received the Certified Credit Union Director designation from the Credit Union Executives Society. Moore was inducted into the 2009 New York Credit Union Hall of Fame last month. He is survived by his wife, two sons, five grandchildren and a sister …


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