* HARRISBURG, Pa. (10/7/10)--More than 30 credit union leaders from 12 credit unions attended breakfast with U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-Pa.) in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Pennsylvania Credit Union Association President/CEO Jim McCormack introduced special guest Credit Union National Association President/CEO Bill Cheney, who shared the congressman's accomplishments for credit unions and thanked him for his support. Kanjorski commended Pennsylvania credit unions for their continuous commitment to bettering the welfare of members and communities. "Credit union members are our neighbors, friends and those who have fallen on hard times," Kanjorski said. "With an unfortunate economy, it's important now more than ever to stay focused and serve." McCormack said, "In his capacity as an outstanding senior member of the powerful U.S. House Financial Services Committee, Congressman Kanjorski has ensured that the best interest of credit unions are always heard and represented in Congress." He cited H.R. 1151, CURIA, and this session's member business legislation as examples (Life is a Highway
Oct. 6) ... * ST. PAUL, Minn. (10/7/10)--Elizabeth Hayes, Affinity Plus FCU executive vice president and chief administration officer, was
selected as one of the 2010 "Top Women in Finance." The list of 25 women, compiled by the Finance & Commerce
newspaper, recognizes women making significant contributions to the financial services industry by positively influencing their businesses and communities. During her 12 years with Affinity Plus, Hayes introduced its Solutions Model, which provides delinquent members permanent solutions to their financial struggles. She was an inaugural member of the Filene Research Institute's i3 Innovation Group in 2004. Hayes also is involved in Member Gateway, a national credit union service organization that develops innovative products and services for credit unions and the financial services industry. Hayes also chairs the Affinity Plus Foundation, which promotes financial literacy throughout Minnesota. She noted the award "highlights the credit union industry in a time when people are looking for alternatives to banks. It helps increase the reputation of the industry and distinguish credit unions as viable competitors in the financial services industry" ... * SAN ANTONIO 10/7/10)--Wendi Taber, Security Service FCU senior
risk management analyst, was honored with the Financial Literacy Award presented by the American Society of Women Accountants Educational Foundation. The award was presented at a joint national conference with the American Women's Society of CPAs in Las Vegas. Taber has taught financial literacy and life skills through the SAMMinistries the past four years. She is also president of the San Antonio CPA Society and a board member of the Texas Society of CPAs. Taber has assisted with the development of a financial literacy program for the American Society of Woman Accountants and helped implement the first financial literacy program for Seton Home, a residential facility that provides shelter and support for homeless teens who are pregnant or parenting ...