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* COLUMBIA, Md. (12/1/09)--The Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA) has announced two new advocacy staff members. Rob Ulmer, vice president of advocacy, has a law degree from American University and received a bachelor’s degree from Elizabethtown College, Pa. (Focus newsletter Nov. 30). He has worked for several Washington, D.C.-area law firms. Ricardo Pineres, director of legislative affairs and grassroots, has a law degree from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University. Pineres will take the bar exam in Virginia in February. He recently worked for U.S. Rep. Glenn Nye (D-Va.) (Photos provided by the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association) ... * OKLAHOMA CITY (12/1/09)--Two Oklahoma credit unions have merged into one credit union that has more than $300 million in assets, according to local media reports ( Nov. 25). Oklahoma Employees CU, Oklahoma City, has merged with Oklahoma City Thrift FCU. Oklahoma Employees CU will retain all of its staff, branches and assets. The credit unions chose to merge to provide more services to members, the news outlet said. Oklahoma Employees CU also will open a new branch late next year ... * PALO ALTO, Calif. (12/1/09)--Addison Avenue FCU, Palo Alto, Calif., has acquired USE CU’s San Jose branch. USE CU is based in San Diego and has $804 million in assets. Addison Avenue has $2.3 billion in assets. The acquisition will add 4,000 members to Addison Avenue FCU. The USE branch has $60 million in deposits (Datamonitor Nov. 24) ... * PLYMOUTH, Mich. (12/1/09)--The Battle Creek and Flint chapters of the Michigan Credit Union League recently held legislative breakfasts, reaching eight lawmakers and staffers about state legislative and credit union issues (Michigan Monitor Nov. 23). The Battle Creek breakfast was held Nov. 9. Forty credit union representatives attended. State Sen. Mike Nofs (R), and State Reps. Rick Jones( R) and Kate Segal (D), and staff from Sen. Nofs’ office were present. They discussed financial elder exploitation legislation, education funding and economic development. The Flint Chapter met Nov. 13 with State Sen. Deb Cerry (D); State Reps. Lee Gonzales (D), Rick Hammel (D), and Woodrow Stanley (D); and Linda Kingston, legislative assistant for Rep. Jim Slezak (D), attended. They talked about Michigan’s tax structure, term limits and attracting and retaining business in Michigan. Top photo: Segal (left), Nofs and Jones discuss legislative issues at the Battle Creek breakfast. Bottom photo: Gonzales addresses members of the Flint chapter. (Photos provided by the Michigan Credit Union League) ... * HARRISBURG, Pa. (12/1/09)--Bucks First FCU, Bristol, Pa., opened a full-service, student-run branch at Palisades High School in Kintersville Nov. 19. Joe Wambach, executive director of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation, attended the grand opening. Bucks First received a financial literacy grant from the foundation for the project. The credit union will offer financial education and training for youth interested in business and finance, the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association said (Life is a Highway Nov. 24). The branch will be modeled around the credit union’s youth financial education program, Project Flipside, which uses youth to write blogs, connect with other youth through social media, and travel the county to teach financial literacy. Pictured are school officials, credit union staff and board members at the opening of Bucks First FCU’s student branch in Kintersville. (Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association) ...


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