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CU System briefs (12/21/2007)
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NAPERVILLE, Ill. (12/26/07)--More than 20 credit union executives from Mexico braved winter in the Midwest to visit the Illinois Credit Union League. The group also toured and met with staff at Members United Corporate FCU, Credit Union 1, and NorthStar CU. At a league meeting, staff provided an overview of its services. Two staffers from the World Council of Credit Unions accompanied the group, shown here with league President/CEO Dan Plauda, in middle back row in front of the flag. (Photo provided by the Illinois Credit Union League) … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (12/26/07)--Mennonite Financial FCU, based in Lancaster, Pa., granted $23,000 to 15 church and charitable organizations this year. For the past 12 years, the $80.2 million asset credit union has tithed 10% of its interchange income from its Visa card program for the grants, said the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (Life is a Highway Dec. 20). Since the program began in 1995, the credit union has offered $210,000 in grants … * MACON, Ga.(12/26/07)--Two suspects in a Dec. 6 robbery of Robins FCU, Warner Robins, Ga., were arrested in Matamorors, Mexico, Dec. 19, along with a suspected accomplice in another robbery (Macon Telegraph Dec. 21). Anthony Scott Chairmont, 27, and John Welborn Smith, 56, both of Warner Robins, are suspects in the credit union robbery. Aleesha LaShae Aysh, 17, is a suspect in a bank robbery. The group are also suspects in the robberies of two Louisiana banks, committed on the way to Mexico. They are in jail in Brownsville, Texas … * BUFFALO, N.Y. (12/26/07)--A Buffalo man was sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison for the Oct. 12, 2006, armed robbery of St. John's Buffalo FCU. Adrian Applewhite, 20, pleaded guilty in August to a felony robbery charge. He was also ordered by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to make restitution of more than $14,000. During the robbery, three men burst into the credit union's office, one of them waving a handgun. The other two men are still at large (Buffalo News Dec. 20) … * BANGOR, Maine (12/26/07)--Charles E. Noddin, former chairman and vice chairman of Katahdin FCU, Millinocket, Maine, died Dec. 19 at the age of 75, while visiting relatives in Georgia. Noddin worked 36 years for Great Northern Paper Co., Millinocket, until his retirement in 1986. He was a board member of the credit union for 28 years (Bangor Daily News Dec. 21)…


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