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NCUF offers new grants for CU innovations

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WASHINGTON (4/24/08)--Credit unions and their partners are eligible to apply for new “Innovation Grants” from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). The grants align with NCUF’s signature program, REAL Solutions. While participation in REAL Solutions is not required to apply for a grant, NCUF seeks applications for innovative projects in any of REAL Solutions’ five service areas:
* Education. Grants can assist credit unions participating in national financial education programs including Biz Kid$, Junior Achievement, and the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), or support initiatives consistent with the education components of REAL Solutions: financial counseling, product awareness, and staff training. * Transaction Services. The grants can support credit unions with programs to provide check-cashing, money orders, remittances, fee-free checking, tax preparation, and other services to attract underserved consumers. * Savings. They can support programs that promote savings awareness, offer low membership fees, provide safe accounts for new immigrants, and help members with low wealth establish long-term savings. * Credit. The grants can support credit unions offering small loans--including payday-loan alternatives, used-car loans that help low-wealth members reach better jobs or higher education--and internal projects such as revising loan policies and building staff awareness to serve people of modest means better. * Homeownership. Grants can support credit unions offering Home Loan Payment Relief (HLPR) mortgages, homeownership counseling, and services that help members with lower credit scores become first-time homebuyers. Although credit unions were not the cause of the subprime mortgage crisis, Innovation Grants can support credit unions’ efforts as part of the solution. For example, grants could help fund foreclosure prevention and affordable refinancing of subprime mortgages.
Applications are due to NCUF by June 30. The amount of grant money available will depend on how much credit unions invest in the Community Investment Fund (CIF). Credit unions interested in investing can contact NCUF or their corporate credit union.

Membership growth Web survey is now online

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MADISON, Wis. (4/24/08)--The Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) Membership Growth Task Force has announced that its online survey designed for credit unions to share experiences related to their membership-growth efforts can now be accessed. The short survey is on CUNA's website at: http://advice.cuna.org/surveys/growthbestpractice.htm “The information provided by respondents will be analyzed and reported, and credit unions interested in sharing their membership-growth best practices and creative approaches may be featured in upcoming issues of News Now,” said Jon Haller, CUNA’s director of market and corporate research. The survey is one of three interactive applications on the Web designed to help credit unions share their growth successes. The other initiatives include the opening of an e-mail account established for the task force at CUNAMGTF@cuna.coop and the opportunity to join the CUNA Membership Growth Discussion Group. For more information, use the links.

Colorado associations annual meeting begins today

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (4/24/08)--The Credit Union Association of Colorado (CUAC) kicks off its 74th Annual Meeting and Convention today in Colorado Springs, with more than 500 people attending. "Chart Your Future" is the theme for the 2008 annual meeting, which ends Saturday. The kickoff event today will be the Credit Union Foundation of Colorado and Wyoming's Annual Spring Golf Tournament, with more than 140 participants. Proceeds will benefit the foundation's programs. Guest speakers at Friday's annual business meeting will include Gigi Hyland, National Credit Union Administration Board member; Don Davidson, vice president of Credit Union System Relations, CUNA Mutual Group; Thomas R. Graham, President/CEO of SunCorp; and Chris Myklebust, commissioner, Colorado Division of Financial Services. Friday's keynoter will be David Goldsmith, business forecaster and management strategist, speaking on "Creating New Opportunities by Redefining the Future." A number of breakout sessions will be conducted Friday, which ends with a reception hosted by the National Credit Union Foundation and REAL Solutions to celebrate the kickoff of a new partnership among CUAC, Credit Union Strategic Partners, the state foundation and REAL Solutions. Saturday's sessions will focus on cooperative social responsibility with a panel discussion, "Leveraging Social Responsibility for Growth," and more breakout sessions. Saturday's luncheon speaker will be Ron Galloway, producer/director of "Why Wal-Mart Works," speaking on competitive threats to the credit union industry and how credit unions can respond. At a reception hosted by the Credit Union Political Action Committee, Rep. John Soper will receive the John Sheehey Award as outstanding legislator for his support of credit unions in Colorado.

Illinois league honors individuals CUs

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. (4/24/08)--Several awards were presented to credit unions and individuals at the Illinois Credit Union League’s 78th Annual Convention last week. State-level Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility award honorees include:
* Streator Onized CU, Streator, first place, $50 million to $100 million in asset category; * Financial Plus CU, Ottawa, first place, $100 million to $200 million in assets; * Community Trust CU, Gurnee, second place, $100 million to $200 million in assets; * Consumers Cooperative CU, Waukegan, first place, $200 million to $500 million in assets; and * GCS FCU, Granite City, second place, $200 million to $500 million in assets.
GCS FCU and Consumers Cooperative CU also received first place for the Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Award. Prairie Trail CU, Joliet, received first place for the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award program in the $35 million to $75 million asset category. NuMark CU, Joliet, earned first place in the $75 million to $250 million category. CEFCU, Peoria, earned first place in the $250 million or more category. Gail Clore, CEO, Cornerstone FCU, Freeport, was honored as Executive of the Year. Clore is a member of the Credit Union Executive Society (CUES) Illinois Council. David Walker, CEO, Decatur Earthmover CU, Decatur, was inducted into the Illinois Credit Union Hall of Fame. Illinois Credit Union Foundation recognized tribute scholarships established in the honor of:
* Barbara Jackson, president/manager, Holy Cross Hospital Employees CU, Chicago; * Patricia Fox Johnson, president/manager, Sun-Times Employees CU, Chicago; * Marjorie Lindberg, chairman, VAMCO CU, Des Plaines; and * Ida Miller, CEO, VA West Side FCU, Chicago.
A memorial scholarship also was established in the name of David L. Christensen, board member, Prairie Trail CU, Joliet.

ITheStreet.comI author CUs online banking a plus

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NEW YORK (4/24/08)--Credit unions receive attention in a personal finance guide's chapter on choosing an online bank. The excerpt from "You're So Money: Live Rich Even When You're Not" was featured Tuesday on TheStreet.com. The excerpt from the book by Farnoosh Torabi, senior correspondent for TheStreet.com, lists five things to consider in picking an Internet bank. No. 2 on the list is: "Check in with credit unions." Torabi has had saving and checking accounts with the Digital CU, a $3.9 billion asset credit union based in Marlborough, Mass., since she was 17. She notes the benefits of credit unions as not-for-profit institutions, including "they don't have to subject their banking clients to exorbitant fees, like for-profit banks do." She mentions one caveat: credit unions have fewer branches and ATMs, and since she moved to New York, it's impossible to visit a DCU branch. However, she hasn't needed to go to a branch the past 10 years because of the credit union's online presence, which she called "crucial" to her being a member. She suggested readers check out CUNA's consumer website, www.creditunion.coop, as a place to locate a credit union. For the full article, use the link.

Palmetto State CUs elect league board

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (4/24/08)--Palmetto State credit unions elected four new directors and four incumbents to the South Carolina Credit Union League (SCCUL) board. Election results were announced April 19 at the SCCUL and Affiliates 2008 Annual Meeting in Myrtle Beach, S.C. New directors are: Melynda Ciochetti, president/CEO, Santee Cooper CU, Moncks Corner; Scott Conley, CEO, May Plant CU, Lugoff; Jerry Miller, president/CEO, Carolina Trust FCU, Myrtle Beach; and Patti Seymore, vice president of administration, SC Telco FCU, Greenville. Incumbents elected include: Bill Love, president/CEO, MTC FCU, Greenville; Linda Weatherford, vice president, SPC Cooperative CU, Hartsville; Scott Woods, president/CEP, SC FCU, N. Charleston; and Ray Partain, board chairman, Anderson (S.C.) FCU. The executive committee is: Love, chairman; Weatherford, first vice chairman; Woods, second vice chairman; Faye Crocker, Greater Abbeville FCU, Abbeville, secretary; Ed Templeton, president/CEO, SRP FCU, North Augusta, treasurer. Former chairman of the board Lee C. Gardner Jr., president and CEO of Family Trust FCU, Rock Hill, is an ex officio member, as is SCCUL President/CEO Garry Parks.

Youth Week in full swing at CUs

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NEW YORK (4/24/08)--Community development credit unions (CDCUs) are participating in this year’s National Credit Union Youth Week, hosted by the Credit Union National Association, with a variety of activities.
Carter FCU, Springhill, La., has visited nearly 275 students at local schools to celebrate National Credit Union Youth Week. During the visits, the credit union stressed how important it is to save for the future. Pictured is one youth who visited the credit union to make a deposit this week. (Photo provided by Carter FCU)
Alternatives FCU, Ithaca, N.Y., will give out pencils made from recycled U.S. currency to youth at their headquarters. The credit union, which has five in-school branches, will hold raffles at each branch. Students who make deposits will be eligible to win a prize. Generations Community CU, Durham, N.C., will waive membership fees at nine branches for youth who open accounts this week. “We’ll be teaching our youth about the differences between credit unions and banks and how they can save for the future,” said Nathan Farrior, Generations mortgage officer. “Building on this year’s theme of ‘Got Green? Grow it at Your Credit Union,’ we’ll also be discussing why protecting the environment is an important goal and how the green ecnonomy can help our communities.”
Union Pacific of AR FCU, Little Rock, Ark., held a carnival April 19 to kick off National Credit Union Youth Week. Employees worked at carnival booths and provided materials and prizes for youth. Employees also were available to speak with parents interested in opening accounts at the credit union. Union Pacific will hold an open house today for students in first through fifth grades to deposit money or open accounts. (Photo provided by Union Pacific of AR FCU)
Mission SF FCU, San Francisco, will give $100 to one youth who makes a deposit this week. Two youth also will be given the opportunity to attend the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions’ Youth Network Annual Conference in Dallas June 11-14. Community Financial FCU, Springfield, Mo., welcomed third-grade students for a tour of the credit union. The students were divided into groups and visited each department, where they learned about the benefits of being a credit union member. Students also received small gifts from each department to help them remember what they learned. One of the students said the highlight of the tour was seeing the inside of an ATM and how it worked, the credit union said in a release. Other credit unions, such as Freedom CU, Warminster, Pa., are celebrating Youth Week throughout the entire month of April. The credit union is offering two promotions, including the Refer-A-Youth campaign, where parents and grandparents can open an account for a young member. After the account is opened, Freedom will give youth members $20 for their account. The credit union is also offering the “Go Green” quiz to offer youth a chance to win one of three $250 savings accounts. Youth can visit the credit union’s website, www.freedomcu.org, or stop by a branch to complete the quiz. The quiz ties into the “Got Green?” Youth Week theme and the environment.
(From left) Alex LeClair, Burrillville Middle School student, assumes the role of Rhode Island CU President/CEO David Suvall for the day at Exchange City. The credit union’s exchange program coincided with National Credit Union Youth Week activities. (Photo provided by Rhode Island CU)
Rhode Island CU, Providence, R.I., is celebrating Youth Week by donating $30,000 to Exchange City and sponsoring Exchange City CU. At Exchange City, middle school students operate their own “city”--from the mayor’s office to the police department. The simulation allows students to learn about different career options, personal finance and how to be consumers. Students take on roles as politicians, credit union CEOs, newspaper owners and other leaders. Rhode Island CU staff visited schools and helped teachers interview students for their Exchange City job and staff. “Sponsoring Exchange City is not just a financial commitment for us. It is a commitment to our communities, parents, students and schools,” said Rhode Island CU President/CEO David Suvall. Guardian CU, Milwaukee, teamed up with Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Bill Hall and Radio Disney to celebrate Youth Week. All branches will give gifts and balloons to youth who visit the credit union this week, and they will host a live radio event with Radio Disney Saturday. Hall will make a special appearance and will sign autographs for youth. Youth who open a new account or make a deposit will receive a Guardian CU baseball bank. Guardian CU also will give away $500 in savings bonds to kid’s coloring contest and teen’s essay contest winners. Midwest Community FCU, Defiance, Ohio, partnered with Hilltop High School to play the Finances 101 Game of Life. Students were split into teams and asked to follow a budget. As the game progressed, students had to make decisions about services they could afford, such as insurance, utilities, haircuts and groceries. Several participants had empty bank accounts by the end of the activity despite making wise financial choices. Many discovered that having children is expensive and some said waiting to start a family is a sensible financial option they never considered, the Ohio Credit Union League said (eLumination Newsletter April 22). Gateway Regional CU, St. Louis, is encouraging youth to open accounts by giving $5 to each account opened during the week. The credit union also will give a drawing contest winner $100, according to the Missouri Credit Union Association (CourierNet April 23). Sammy Rabbit and Sam Renick, author of “It’s a Habit, Sammy Rabbit,” told stories and sang with more than 500 students, as part of a National Credit Union Youth Week financial literacy event held by Andrews FCU, Suitland, Md.

Indianas newest CU marks first anniversary

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (4/24/08)--Union Baptist Church (UBC) FCU celebrated its first anniversary April 12 with an event at the church in Fort Wayne.
Click to view larger imageUnion Baptist Church FCU celebrated its one-year anniversary April 12 at the church. From left: UBC FCU President/CEO Herb Singleton; Board Chairman Rev. Al Cotton; National Credit Union Administration Region III Director Alonzo Swann; Dave Fleming, Partners 1st FCU; U.S. Rep. Mark Souder (R-3); Rev. Dr. Sylvester Hunter; Nancy Kline, Fire Police City County FCU; Lisa Williams, Pinnacle CU; and Indiana Credit Union League President John McKenzie. (Photo provided by the Indiana Credit Union league)
The event featured presentations and remarks from special guests representing the Indiana credit union community. The guests were joined by members from Congress and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Chartered in December 2006, UBC FCU was one of eight newly chartered credit unions in the U.S. last year. It began operations April 9, 2007, and serves the membership of the Union Baptist Church. UBC FCU President/CEO Herb Singleton opened the meeting reflecting on the credit union’s first year and expressed how gratifying it has been to see the credit union embraced so well by UBC membership. “To have completed our first year in business is a milestone we are thrilled to be celebrating,” he said. U.S. Rep. Mark Souder (R-3), whose district includes Fort Wayne, congratulated everyone gathered at the event, commending UBC’s leadership on forming a credit union and on its positive influence in the community. He talked about the importance of community-based groups where people come together to assist each other. In his congratulatory remarks, NCUA Region III Director Alonzo Swann said the credit union leaders are at the beginning of a journey. Right now they are crawling and soon will be taking their first steps, he said. Swann said he looks forward to the day “when they are sprinting down the credit union road.” Swann also talked about the NCUA’s Small Credit Union Program, which provides support, and he encouraged UBC FCU leadership to continue to take advantage of this program and support available from the Indiana Credit Union League and other credit unions. League President John McKenzie congratulated everyone involved with making the formation of the credit union possible, from Rev. Dr. Sylvester Hunter--who is a credit union director and senior pastor of the church--and his vision for it, to Singleton and his efforts, to the members who have embraced it, to other Fort Wayne-area credit unions that have been so supportive. He also thanked Souder for his support of credit unions. The 21 charter members who initially formed UBC FCU each received framed certificates and a group plaque. Credit union colleagues who were instrumental in the credit union’s successful start were recognized at the event. Fort Wayne-area neighbors Fire Police City County FCU, Partners 1st FCU, Pinnacle CU, PROFED CU and Three Rivers FCU played key roles in helping establish UBC FCU. Nancy Kline, president, Fire Police City County FCU; Dave Fleming, president/ CEO, Partners 1st FCU; and Lisa Williams, president, Pinnacle CU, attended the event. Members United Corporate FCU sponsored the luncheon at the event. The meeting ended with remarks from Rev. Al Cotton, the UBC FCU board chairman, and Rev. Sylvester talking about his vision for the credit union.

Earth Day prompts CU activities

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MADISON, Wis. (4/24/08)--This year’s Earth Day, celebrated Tuesday, prompted credit unions to undergo activities to promote being environmentally friendly.
A group of Tinton Falls, N.J.-based United Teletech Financial FCU volunteers picked up litter during a beach sweep with Clean Ocean Action to celebrate Earth Day (Weekly Exchange April 21). (Photo provided by the New Jersey Credit Union League)
Belco Community CU, Harrisburg, Pa., participated in the Adopt-A-Highway initiative April 19 for the second consecutive year. Credit union employees and their families gathered 16 bags of trash along the highway. Belco has adopted a section of a nearby interstate and committed to volunteer throughout the year. Belco’s Adopt-A-Highway program is a part of the credit union’s “Promise to Give” pledge. Employees voluntarily sign an agreement committing at least five hours of non- paid volunteer time. Boulder Valley CU, Boulder, Colo., celebrated Earth Day by hosting an Eco-Expo that featured more than 30 local environmentally
WesCorp employees Christy Villa, Marv Anders and Roy Griffis each receive a canvas grocery bag and a spruce seedling from Cathy Ryan and Margaret Newberry as a part of Earth Day activities at WesCorp FCU, San Dimas, Calif. The credit union handed out 500 reusable canvas grocery bags with the organization’s logo and message “Credit unions for a Greener America.” (Photo provided by WesCorp)
friendly businesses and organizations. The credit union also offers discount financing for fuel-efficient vehicles, solar panel additions and other green home improvement products. Service 1st FCU, Danville, Pa., is offering green loans for hybrid vehicles this week. Qualifying loans will receive a 1.00% discount on the loan rate, said the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (Life is a Highway April 22). Philadelphia FCU celebrated Earth Day by gardening at Friends Hospital. Riverfront FCU, Reading, Pa., collected more than 100 computers, monitors, printers and keyboards to be recycled for new machines (Life is a Highway April 23).

CU System briefs (04/23/2008)

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* DUBLIN, Ohio (4/24/08)--The Ohio Credit Union League has sold its 23,000-square-foot building based in Dublin, Ohio, and will relocate staff to downtown Columbus during third quarter this year, said the league (eLumination Newsletter April 22). The move is part of the league's focus on credit union advocacy and support. It is exploring office space adjacent to Capitol Square. "The move will make the league and Ohio's credit unions more visible than ever in all realms that affect our movement's future," said league President Paul Mercer. The sales agreement permits the league to continue leasing space in its current building for up to six months … * SOMERSET, N.J. (4/24/08)--The credit union difference was the topic Saturday when New Jersey Credit Union League President/CEO Paul Gentile and Mid-State FCU President/CEO Tracy Sussman co-hosted "Ask the Expert," a radio show on WCTC 1450 A.M. (The Weekly Exchange April 21). They covered the basics of credit unions: What credit unions are, how they benefit members, the types of products they offer, and how to join. They also answered calls about the safety of money, whether credit unions offer direct deposit, and whether a member can remain a member if moving out of state … * TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (4/24/08)--Florida Bureau of Credit Unions Bureau Chief Sharon Whiddon has announced she will retire, effective June 30. Whiddon, who supervised Florida's state-chartered credit unions for 36 years, has headed the department for the past 20 years. The Bureau of Credit Unions is located in the state's Office of Financial Regulation … * DETROIT (4/24/08)--Earl Johnson, 40, of Detroit was sentenced to life in a federal prison with no parole for his role in a 2001 armored car robbery that left a guard dead. Johnson was convicted of conspiracy and murder in the incident, which occurred outside Dearborn FCU (Now DFCU Financial FCU) on Dec. 14, 2001. He was one of six men charged in the robbery and killing of 30-year-old Norman Stephens. Two other guards escaped injury by locking themselves inside the armored car. The robbers netted $204,000 (Associated Press Newswires April 23) … * ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (4/24/08)--The Credit Union Association of New Mexico (CUANM) announced it has promoted three employees. Mike Athens was promoted to vice president of association services. In the accounting department, Derek Wright was promoted to vice president of finance and operations, and Elisa Furlan-Young was promoted to staff accountant …
* TULSA, Okla. (4/24/08)--The Oklahoma Credit Union League has hired Gary Jones to its new position as liaison to credit unions. According to Debra J. "DJ" Morrow Ingram, interim president/CEO, the liaison will be credit unions' day to day link with the league. Jones retired in November after 20 years as president of WilServ CU, Tulsa. He is a former board member and officer (The Journal Record April 22) …

Kansas CUs annual meeting set for this weekend

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WICHITA, Kan. (4/24/08)--More than 300 credit union staff and volunteers are expected to attend the 73rd Kansas Credit Union Association (KCUA) Annual Meeting and Convention in Wichita. Highlights Friday and Saturday are:
* Keynoter Steven Happel, professor of economics at the Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business, will highlight key demographic trends and statistics at the national and state level; * The KCUA board of directors and membership will review the association’s 2007 activities at the annual business meeting Saturday, and will discuss the focus on its strategic initiatives moving forward, including an education plan to implement Senate Bill 535, which involves field of membership issues for credit unions; * KCUA will honor credit unions and individuals who have been actively involved in the political process and award credit unions that have been involved in their communities and promote financial education; * The association also will honor the professional of the year, Marilyn Wells, Catholic Family FCU, Wichita; volunteer of the year, Robert Reeves, Kansas State University FCU, Manhattan; and credit union Hall of Fame inductee Lovelle Frazier, Topeka, for their outstanding service to the credit union movement; and * Several members of the Kansas House of Representatives and Senate will receive honors from the association at the annual business meeting.

Groundbreaking Monday for Minn. injured-vet home project

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WOODBURY, Minn. (4/24/08)--A groundbreaking ceremony marking the launch of a new Minneapolis-St. Paul area home for a wounded veteran of the Iraq war will be held Monday in Woodbury, Minn. Credit unions are involved in raising funds to pay for the home. The ceremony will be on the site of a future home, which will be presented to wounded Iraq war veteran Sgt. Marcus Kuboy sometime around the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul in early September. The ceremony is part of a “Homes for Our Troops” initiative and a project of the Republican National Convention. The Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) are involved in the project. Minnesota credit unions are the driving force behind the initiative to build Sgt. Kuboy’s home. They will raise funds for this service project, MnCUN said. A parallel home project will be built in Denver, the site of the Democratic National Convention in August. Credit union involvement in both states is being coordinated by CUNA. Founded in 2004, Homes For Our Troops is a national 501(c)(3)nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to providing specially adapted homes to the most severely injured veterans, and providing those homes at no cost to the veterans they serve.

Calif. league-backed data security bill passes assembly

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (4/24/08)--The California Credit Union League and state consumers scored a legislative victory with the passage of Assembly Bill 1779 to protect data and credit card information from identity theft. The California Assembly approved the bill on a 75-0 bipartisan vote. “With unopposed passage through two committees and the Assembly floor, it’s quite obvious the California Legislature is in agreement that AB 1779 is the ticket to further protecting Californians from future data security breaches,” said Bill Cheney, league president/CEO. “We are confident the bill will be received in similar fashion by legislators in the Senate.” The bill, introduced by Sacramento Assemblyman Dave Jones, seeks to ensure that California retailers and government agencies protect consumers’ sensitive financial data and take responsibility for any unauthorized access of that information. The bill represents a framework for discussions that began in 2007 when the league and Jones joined forces to send AB 779 to the governor’s desk. AB 779 was vetoed last year by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. That bill was opposed by the California Retailers Association, the California Grocers Association, and the California Chamber of Commerce, said Keri Bailey, league director of state government affairs. “What the governor asked us to do is to work with the opponents of the bill to deal with their concerns,” Bailey said. The opposition’s concerns are mostly about how the data protection standards are developed, and about the liability issue--the reimbursement provisions of the bill, Bailey told News Now. “Most of the discussion with the opposition has been centered on the reimbursement part of the bill,” Bailey explained. “For instance, they want to know if a merchant is meeting all the protection standards, does it have the same liability as those merchants who are not even trying to meet them?” The California league is going through “one more round with the governor’s office” with input from the bill’s opposing parties, Bailey said. The legislation then moves on to the Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing, where it is slated to be considered before the fiscal deadline of Aug. 31.

CUNA HRTD Council elections held

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MADISON, Wis. (4/24/08)--The executive committee and officers for the CUNA HR/TD Council were announced during the council’s 14th annual conference, which ended yesterday in Boston. The CUNA HR/TD Council is a member-led council consisting of professionals dedicated to the promotion and advancement of human resources, training, and development professions in the credit union industry. This year’s officers are:
* Chair--Kent Streuling, vice president of human resources for America First FCU, Riverdale, Utah; * Vice Chair--Jennifer Morse, vice president of human resources, training, and development for Empower FCU, Syracuse, N.Y.; and * Secretary/Treasurer--Suzanne Oliver, vice president of educational services for Mountain America FCU, West Jordan, Utah.
During recent elections, one incumbent and two new faces were elected to the executive committee:
* Incumbent--Lee Alderman Jr., assistant vice president of employee relations and development for Redwood CU, Santa Rosa, Calif.; * New Member--Michelle Greear, manager of corporate training for Technology CU, San Jose, Calif.; and * New Member--Jeffrey Duke, leadership development consultant for BECU, Seattle.
Tammy Trudelle, vice president of human resources at Fort Worth Community CU, Bedford, Texas, and Craig R. Cobia, vice president, chief marketing officer/human resources director at Beehive FCU, Rexford, Idaho, are stepping down from the committee. Rounding out the board are:
* Jennifer Godel, assistant vice president of human resources and training for Desert Schools FCU, Phoenix; * Diana Wozniak, human resource manager for Tampa Bay FCU, Tampa, Fla.; * Michael Nicholas, vice president of human resources for United FCU, Buchanan, Mich.; and * Tracy Conner, vice president of professional development and member services for the New York State Credit Union League.