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* HARRISBURG (11/13/09)--Representatives of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) and the $306.8 million asset, Harrisburg-based Belco Community CU attended a reception Wednesday night hosted Gov. Ed Rendell and the first lady at the governor's mansion to thank volunteers of the Get Help Now PA program (Life is a Highway Nov. 12). Twelve credit unions participated in the program from July through Sept. 11, providing free legal and financial advice to the state's consumers. Valerie Jarret, special assistant to President Barack Obama, offered thanks to participants via a conference call. During the reception, the governor publicly recognized Belco's Tricia Heisey and her husband on their 20th wedding anniversary. The governor's comments drew applause and cheers for the couple. At the reception are, from left, PCUA Senior Vice President Mike Wishnow, Heisey and Laura Huggins of Belco Community CU, and Gov. Ed Rendell. (Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association) … * BREA, Calif. (11/13/09)--A faith-based credit union has filed a $9.45 million foreclosure against the 17-acre Summit Christian School of Palm Beach County, Calif. Evangelical Christian CU, a $1.2 billion asset credit union, made the loan in January 2008. The loan has been in default since August 2009. The credit union told the Palm Beach Daily Business Review (Nov. 11) it had no foreclosures on any properties until 2007, when the economy began declining. "If it comes to foreclosure, it's because we tried to work with the borrower and weren't able to reach an agreement," said Jac La Tour. "But like we always do, we will continue to try to work with the organization even after the foreclosure is filed," he told the publication … * KENNESAW, Ga. (11/13/09)--Credit Union of Georgia signed an agreement with Kennesaw State University (KSU) as title sponsor of the university's new Owl Nation Rewards Program, an incentive program to create interest in the university's athletic program among the student body. The Woodstock, Ga.-based credit union's sponsorship includes the purchase and setup of all equipment and software necessary for program operations. Students will receive points for attending sports events and can redeem points on the Owl Nation website for prizes such as certificates for local restaurants and KSU logo gear. At the program's donation acceptance are from left: Dr. Dave Waples, KSU director of athletics; Kathy Bouyett, business development representative at Credit Union of Georgia; and Lauren Katovsky, KSU director of marketing and sponsorship. (Photo provided by the Credit Union of Georgia) … * RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (11/13/09)--Mark Chatfield has been named chief operating officer of CO-OP Member Call Center, a subsidiary of CO-OP Financial Services in Fort Worth, Texas. The center, formerly The LoanLink Center, provides member and loan services via telephone and Internet to members of nearly 350 credit unions. Chatfield, with 20 years experience in the credit union industry, will be responsible for expanding the front-line credit union member service and providing additional ways to ensure credit unions can offer services to members. Chatfield had served as vice president, sales with CUNA Mutual Group since February 2006. CO-OP acquired The Loan Link Center on Oct. 31 from CUNA Mutual. Chatfield also served several years as senior vice president, chief business officer of Credit Union Resources Inc., affiliated with Texas Credit Union League, and as owner of Professional Alternatives of Dallas, LLC, a professional services placement company ... * HARTFORD, Conn. (11/13/09)--A Hartford (Conn.) Healthcare FCU employee has won the Innovation--Individual award category of the Hartford Business Journal's Diversity and Inclusion Conference Awards. Brian Czaja, a full-time employee for 12 years who is legally blind and mentally challenged, was selected for his outstanding performance in managing file room responsibilities, said the credit union. Czaja was hired to scan 12,000 membership cards into computer files. With equipment adjustments, he not only met the challenge but exceeded expectations, prompting the credit union to keep him on staff permanently, said Carol Bayreuther, credit union president/CEO. Also, the credit union was presented the Outstanding Business Award by the West Indian Foundation of Hartford for its role in the expansion of the Healthcare CU in Trinidad and Tobago, and for its commitment to the West Indian community in greater Hartford …


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