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CU System briefs (09/29/2009)
* LANSING, Mich. (9/30/09)--The Grand River Chapter of the Michigan Credit Union League met with U.S. Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Peter Hoekstra (R-Holland) and six state lawmakers for a legislative breakfast Sept. 21 (Michigan Monitor Sept. 28). Forty-five credit union representatives attended the event, which included a panel discussion on federal and state issues. Issues discussed included President Barack Obama's health care plan, the economy, term limits and a part-time legislature, revenue sharing, education, the state budget and the federal stimulus. In addition to Hoekstra, lawmakers present included State Reps. Roy Schmidt and Robert Dean (both D-Grand Rapids); Dave Hildenbrand (R-Lowell); Tom Pearce (R-Rockford); Kevin Green (R-Wyoming); and Dave Agema (R-Grandville). Staff was present from the office of State Sen. Mark Jansen (R-Grand Rapids) … * BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (9/30/09)--Jefferson County Employees CU, based in Birmingham, has made a $5,000 contribution to the County Employees Relief Fund and created a Member Assistance Plan (MAP) to help members through the economy. The fund is for employees affected by furloughs in paying their health insurance premiums in September. Charles Faulkner, CEO, personally contributed $2,500 to the fund, which is managed by the Jefferson County Employees Association, said Patrick Nicovich, board chairman at the $63.1 million asset credit union. MAP was created to help members having trouble making loan payments or needing tips on stretching their budgets, said Faulkner. MAP provides resources, advice and solutions to meet challenges, including loan restructuring, financial counseling, financial review and budgeting resources … * DENVER (9/30/09)--David Maus, president/CEO of Public Service CU (PSCU) in Denver, received the 2009 Ally of the Year Award from the Women's Vision Foundation Tuesday at the Colorado Convention Center. He was honored as a senior executive man recognized as a champion for the advancement and support of women within their organization and the community. Maus was recognized for providing multiple education opportunities, understanding the balance between women's professional and personal lives, and fostering women's programs and advancements. He also was praised for support of nonprofit organizations and for making it a priority at the credit union to leave a responsible corporate footprint on the environment (PR Newswire Sept. 29) …

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