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CU System briefs (12/05/2011)
  • ST. PAUL, Minn. (12/6/11)--Mary Cunningham, former board member with the Credit Union National Association, has joined the board of directors of FoolProof, a turnkey consumer advocacy initiative for credit unions.  Cunningham was instrumental last summer in setting up meetings with movement leaders nationwide to learn about FoolProof and as a volunteer attended meetings in Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, California and Wisconsin.  According to FoolProof founder/CEO Will deHoo, the initiative's mission is to "make credit unions the 'go to' source for true consumer advocacy in America's communities." Cunningham, during her 36-year career with credit unions, also has served as chairman of the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) and the Credit Union Executives Society. Other board members include Remar Sutton, nationally recognized credit union advocate; Pat Sterner, former executive director of NCUF; Malcolm Kirschenbaum, treasurer of the Newseum, Washington, D.C.; and Roberta Baskin, who served as director of the Center for Public Integrity …
  • ST. PAUL, Minn. (12/6/11)--In anticipation of the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives, the Minnesota Credit Union Network is welcoming six Paraguayan credit union representatives for a visit through this Saturday. The week-long event will immerse the international visitors into Minnesota and credit union culture through legislative meet-and-greets; visits at Hiway FCU, St. Paul; SouthPoint FCU, Sleepy Eye; SPIRE FCU, Falcon Heights; and St. Paul (Minn.) FCU; and tourist and social activities. The international visitors will gain insight into Minnesota politics and credit union advocacy activities during a visit to the State Capitol. The group will meet with Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove) and the state Commerce Department's Deputy Commissioner of Administration Steve Carlson. The visitors also will tour the State Capitol …
  • HERMISTON, Ore. (12/6/11)--HAPO Community CU, Richland, Wash., opened its 12th branch, and its first in Oregon on Friday. Mayor Robert E. Severson and members of the city Chamber of Commerce attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Hermiston, Ore. Members have asked for a branch in Hermiston because many work in the area, said Steve Anderson, HAPO executive vice president and the chief operating officer. "We have had so many people ask us, 'When are you coming to Hermiston? When are you coming to Hermiston?' It's been really unusual," Anderson said. "I've never seen this level of excitement." The new branch is full service and open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (PT) Monday through Friday.  It will also include 24-hour drive up and walk-up ATMs. HAPO plans to open its 13th branch in Walla Walla, Wash., within the next year …


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