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* HARRISBURG, Pa. (9/24/08)--Citadel FCU, based in Thorndale, Pa., hosted an event for U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach Monday in Malvern. Gerlach, shown here speaking to the group, provided an update about the federal bailout, reflections on the current financial services marketplace, the campaign of Republican presidential candidate John McCain, and the congressional session's agenda (Life is a Highway Sept. 23). Among attendees were Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) President/CEO Jim McCormack and Christina Mihalik, PCUA associate vice president, governmental affairs; Jay Murray and Lori Gall of Mid-Atlantic Corporate FCU; Mike Kaczenski, PCUA board director and CEO, Sun East FCU; and Carol Humerick, PCUA Governmental Affairs Committee member and Citadel FCU senior vice president. (Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association) … * ST. LOUIS (9/24/08)--Blaine Luetkemeyer, Republican candidate for Missouri Congressional District 9, visited Columbia-based Missouri CU's Jefferson City branch Sept. 12 (The Missouri Difference Sept. 19). He met with Hal James, Missouri CU; Betty Clark, United CU, Mexico; Laura Royse, Tigers CU, Columbia; and Missouri Credit Union Association's (MCUA) President Rosie Holub and staffers Peggy Nalls and Amy McLard. Luetkemeyr is a former state representative whose family owns a bank. He faces Democrat Judy Baker, who supports credit union issues in the November election. MCUA also met with John Hagler, policy advisory to Democrat Jay Nixon, who is facing Republican Kenny Hulshof in the governor's race. (Photo provided by the Missouri Credit Union Asssociation) … * NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (9/24/08)--Martha Ninichuk, vice president of consulting at the Maryland/District of Columbia Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA), has been hired by the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) as its new director of membership relations (Michigan Monitor Sept. 22). Prior to joining MDDCCUA about two years ago, Ninichuk spent six years at the World Council of Credit Unions. Her assignment in Macedonia involved working with the Michigan league and its service corporation. She is a former CEO of St. Cletus CU. She will oversee MCUL's credit union relations department and will supervise its CRI International Partnership, financial education programs and the Michigan Credit Union Foundation … * SAN DIEGO, Calif. (9/24/08)--Debra Schwartz has been selected as president/CEO of Mission FCU, announced Mission Federal Board Chairman Don Shelton. Schwartz has been serving in the dual role as interim CEO and executive vice president since the April 2008 retirement of former President/CEO Ron Martin. Schwartz has more than 25 years of financial services leadership experience. Prior to joining Mission Federal, she served as chief financial officer at First Future CU and as executive vice president at San Diego County CU, both based in San Diego … * ST. LOUIS (9/24/08)--Two long-time volunteers were honored by the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA) for their commitment and contributions. Jacques Sachs and Merl Wilhelm were named to the Missouri Honor Roll on Sept. 16. Sachs has volunteered for TelComm CU, Springfield, for more than 55 years. Wilhelm has served CU Community CU, Springfield, for nearly 45 years. The presentation was made during MCUA's Convention and Exposition. The Missouri Honor Roll plaque is on permanent display at Missouri Credit Union House, Jefferson City (The Missouri Difference Sept. 19) … * BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (9/24/08)--Two Vermont CUs have announced a proposed merger, pending approval by members and state regulators. Merging would be Windham County VEA CU in Dummerston, a $1.6 million asset credit union--the second smallest in the state--and the state's sixth-largest credit union, River Valley CU, Brattleboro, with $45.2 million in assets ( Sept. 23). Windham County VEA CU approached the larger credit union about the merger proposal, saying it wanted a partnership so it could offer its members more products and services, according to River Valley President/CEO Jeffrey Morse. A public hearing is planned for Oct. 3 on the proposal. Morse told the publication it was hoped the deal could be completed by mid-October …


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