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SECUs 100000th Bluebird House at governors mansion
RALEIGH, N.C. (4/21/11)--State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU), Raleigh, N.C., recently placed its 100,000th bluebird house at the home of North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue, reaching a milestone in a statewide community improvement project.
Click to view larger image Representatives of the State Employees’ CU (SECU) the Eastern Bluebird Rescue Group recently joined Gov. Beverly Perdue at the governor’s mansion to place SECU’s 100,000th bluebird house. From left: Hope Galunas, SECU member; Tommy Norwood, SECU Bluebird House delivery; Gwen Ferrone, SECU member education; Toretta Snipes, SECU, Butner branch; Perdue; Frank Newell, Eastern Bluebird Rescue Group; Kristye Steed, SECU Warrenton branch; and Anthony Steed, Eastern Bluebird Rescue Group. (Photo provided by State Employees’ CU)
In 2002, SECU partnered with Warrenton, N.C. resident Frank Newell and other volunteers from the Eastern Bluebird Rescue Group to launch a statewide community improvement project, selling birdhouses to benefit the bluebird population in North Carolina. The Bluebird Project was initiated when SECU Senior Vice President Toretta Snipes met Newell, whose passion for saving the dwindling bluebird population was infectious. Soon Snipes and SECU were on board with the goal of selling 25,000 bluebird houses. Today, 100,000 birdhouses later, SECU staffers continue to sell birdhouses for $10, the cost to construct the little homes. “Coordinating this project with Frank Newell and his volunteers at Eastern Bluebird Rescue Group has been such a privilege for me,” said Snipes. “I am inspired by their passion for the bluebirds and the environment, and I am thrilled that SECU’s membership has continued to support this effort in record numbers, allowing us to reach the 100,000 milestone.”


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