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* RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (10/29/08)--CLARIFICATION: RaAnn Wood, president/CEO of California Central CU, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., was named deputy commissioner of the division of credit unions at the California Department of Financial Institutions. She will remain as CEO of California Central until Nov. 21. News Now reported Monday Wood was CEO of another credit union ... * CHANDLER, Ariz. (10/29/08)--First CU has partnered with Junior Achievement of Arizona to sponsor the financial institution at its second JA BizTown T learning experience for fifth and sixth grade students. Representatives of the $500 million asset credit union attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for its newest "branch." JA BizTown T encourages students to learn about the free enterprise system by participating in a simulated town. Student experiences vary from working in a financial institution, a television station or a retail store to managing personal finances. The partnership enables First CU to reach nearly 10,000 Arizona elementary students, said Desiree Hoogerhuis, community outreach coordinator at the credit union … * RALEIGH, N.C. (10/29/08)--State Employees' CU's (SECU) annual meeting Oct. 14 in Greensboro, N.C., attracted 900 members, says SECU. Many attending serve as volunteers on local branch Advisory Boards or on regional Loan Review Committees. SECU has more than 2,500 volunteer members serving statewide, acting as ambassadors for the credit union in the community. Board Chairman Shirley Bell noted that "SECU volunteers are crucial to the success of our member-owned financial cooperative, and we are thrilled so many were able to attend … Now is a crucial time for all financial institutions, and we are extremely proud to report our credit union is financially safe and sound, and is still seeing positive growth during difficult economic times." President/CEO Jim Blaine also focused on the safety and soundness of the credit union. (Photo provided by State Employees' CU) … * WESTERVILLE, Ohio (10/29/08)--A woman described as "dressed like a church lady" but "intimidating" robbed three financial institutions--including a credit union--in Franklin County, Ohio, last week (The Columbus Dispatch Oct. 25). Authorities have tied her with a bank robbery in the area in early 2006. The most recent robbery was Thursday at BMI FCU in Westerville and occurred near closing time. A note the woman handed to a teller said she had a gun and wanted a large amount of cash. However, the teller didn't have that much cash on hand and gave her rolls of coins. The woman also robbed a bank on Monday and another bank on Wednesday. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, female robbers are rare and one so prolific is an anomaly. Nationally, 6.4% of the 7,411 financial institution robberies last year were committed by women. In 2003, the figure was 5.4% …


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