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* FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (11/8/10)--A new video from the Texas Credit Union League examines the passion, commitment and vision that made the Credit Union House, located in Washington, D.C., a reality. Credit Union House has served as a gathering place for leaders in the credit union movement and a key location for grassroots efforts, said the league (LoneStar Leaguer Nov. 5). To watch the video, use the link … * LATHRUP VILLAGE, Mich. (11/8/10)--Michigan First CU has added Michigan First Mobile, a new mobile banking service to its services that will enable members to check balances, view transaction history, transfer funds and pay bills from their mobile device anytime, anywhere. Members can access the service through their mobile browser, by texting, or by downloading a free application. The applications are available for Blackberry, iPhone, Android and other devices. It also offers a mobile locator service to help members on the go locate the nearest Michigan First branch, MoneyWorks Banking Center or an ATM through the CO-OP Financial Service Network … * PEARL RIVER, N.Y. (11/8/10)--Palisades FCU celebrated its 10,000th member recently when Miguel Hernandez, a quality assurance document specialist at Pfizer, walked into a branch on the Pfizer campus to open a savings account. The $160 million asset, 69-year old credit union presented Hernandez with an Apple iPad. "This credit union rocks," he said. "I look forward to banking with them for a very long time" … * AUGUSTA, Maine (11/8/10)--Maine credit unions Thursday launched
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the Ninth Annual Maine Credit Unions' Ending Hunger Walking Tour at Maine State CU, Augusta. Brenda Davis, executive director of Cross Roads Ministries, a hunger agency based in Old Town, will walk the tour. Davis will walk 700 miles on foot and visit 79 credit unions in 72 communities to pick up their contributions to the campaign. Maine State CU was the top fundraising credit union for 2009, and Davis began her month-long journey there. The Augusta Food Bank received the first contribution of the 2010 tour. Credit unions will contribute nearly $30,000 through the tour, part of a larger credit union initiative that has collected more than $3.5 million in the past nine years. From left are: Jon Paradise of the Maine Credit Union League; Davis; a representative of the Augusta Food Bank; and Cindy Barnes of Maine State CU. (Photo provided by the Maine Credit Union League) … * TEMPE, Ariz. (11/8/10)--Bill Heier, a long-time volunteer at Tempe (Ariz.) Schools CU, died Oct. 29 in Tempe. He was 90. Heier was a member of the Black Sheep Squadron in the Royal Canadian Air Force, the squadron on which a television show starring Robert Conrad was based. He also was involved in the credit union industry in Arizona, and was instrumental in getting a federal charter for Citizens Union Bank to provide Arizona credit unions with access to electronic transfers within the U.S. banking system. A memorial service was held Saturday. He is survived by his wife, two sons, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren (The Arizona Republic Nov. 3) …
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