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CU System Briefs (02/25/2013)
  • MADISON, Wis. (2/25/13)--Filene Research Institute has hired Mollie Bell to a new position--chief engagement officer. In that role she will work to grow awareness about Filene, promote the institute's research and innovation findings, develop partnerships and deepen Filene's relationships with credit union professionals and other industry leaders. Bell previously was vice president in the Program Management Office of CUNA Mutual Group. Before joining CUNA Mutual, she held consulting positions with Accenture, a global management consulting and technology services organization. She also has experience in teaching, sales and business ownership …
  • HARRISBURG, Pa. (2/25/13)--Representatives of two Pennsylvania credit unions and the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association met Thursday with new State Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dist. 103) in the State Capitol. Topics discussed included the structure of credit unions, membership base and services. The credit unions shared what services and programs they provide to the City of Harrisburg and Kim's constituents. Kim hopes to help her home city out of its current debt crisis and focus on education and local government issues, said PCUA (Life is a Highway Feb. 22). Shown with Kim are George Nahodil, left, executive vice president, marketing/public relations of Members 1st FCU, Mechanicsburg, and Nate Muniz, public relations manager of PSECU, Harrisburg. Christina Mihalik, PCUA vice president, governmental affairs, also attended the meeting. (Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association) …
  • FRANKFORT, Ky. (2/25/13)--Board and staff of Ashland, Ky.-based Members Choice CU paid a visit with four state lawmakers in Frankfort recently, said the Kentucky Credit Union League  (By The Way Newsletter Feb. 22). Their message: "We just wanted to come by and say thank you for your service and your support of credit unions." The credit union's board and staff make the trip a priority every year. They visited with Rep. Tanya Pullin, Rep. Kevin Sinnett, Sen. Walter Blevins and Rep. Rocky Adkins. Shown in Pullin's office are, from left: Bryan Sparks, loan manager, and Rusty White, board chair of Members Choice; Debbie Painter, league executive vice president; Pullin; Members Choice Directors Gary Darnell and Ken Smith; and Members Choice Board Member Johnny Abbot. (Photo provided by the Kentucky Credit Union League) …
  • LANSING, Mich. (2/25/13)--The Michigan Credit Union League has added generosity and social responsibility initiatives to its educational events. Attendees at the league's recent Lending and Marketing Conference in Grand Rapids were encouraged to bring donations of canned goods, toiletries and pet supplies for Feeding America West Michigan through the West Michigan Food Bank. They collected items from their co-workers, members and chapters before the conference and distributed more than 71 pounds of food and cash donations, which will provide 223 meals for people in need. "We hope to make this sort of 'leave behind' initiative a regular part of our conference and event lineup," said MCUL CEO Dave Adams. (Photo provided by the Michigan Credit Union League) …
  • BISMARCK, N.D. (2/25/13)--The Credit Union Association of the Dakotas has opened a small satellite office in Pierre, S. D., just two blocks from the South Dakota Capitol. It will be used primarily by staff and lobbyists during the legislative session, said CUAD. The office has attention-getting signage clearly visible to the busy street traffic and to legislators who often drive by the location at 112 N. Euclid Ave.  "The board and staff felt that we needed a physical presence in South Dakota to aid in our lobbying efforts and continue to build our relevancy as an advocacy organization in South Dakota," said CUAD President/CEO Robbie Thompson, shown in front of the building (the Memo Feb. 21).  (Photo provided by the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas) …


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