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CU System Briefs (03/07/2013)
  • ALBANY, N.Y. (3/7/13)--Employees of credit unions across New York state raised more than $12,000 by participating in the Credit Union Association of New York's first statewide fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. The "dress down for work" fundraiser was held on Feb. 14.  Employees of credit unions and the association donated money to dress down, with proceeds going to Children's Miracle Hospitals in New York. The money raised was matched by funds from CO-OP Financial Services' Miracle Match program. Pictured are staff from The Summit FCU, Rochester, on Valentine's Day. (Photo provided by the Credit Union Association of New York) …
  • HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. (3/7/13)--The New Jersey Credit Union League will host its 2013 CU Reality Check  [ ] April 8-10 in Atlantic City. Speakers include Paul Gentile, Credit Union National Association executive vice president of strategic communications and engagement, and former president/CEO of the league; Max Wolff, chief economist with GreenCrest Capital; Moisette I. "Tonya" Sweat, National Credit Union Administration director of consumer compliance policy and outreach; Tom Farin, president, Farin & Associates; Lisa Renner, co-founder and managing principal of Renner Group; Jonathan Bowman, CEO of Clear Picture Leadership; Ed Speed, retired CEO of Texas Dow Employees FCU, Lake Jackson, Texas; and Theran Colwell, director of strategy and business development, CUNA Mutual Group …
  • HARRISBURG, Pa. (3/7/13)--Representatives of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association and six credit unions participated in Junior Achievement of Central Pennsylvania's 11th annual Young Women's Futures symposium at Lebanon Valley College, Annville. Janice Appleby of Mid-Atlantic Corporate FCU and Toni Montgomery of AmeriChoice FCU served as co-chair and budget session presenter, respectively (Life is a Highway March 6). The event benefited 125 high school students from Dauphin, Lebanon and Schuykill Counties, and included sessions such as team building, interview, dress, resumes, social media and career exploration. The symposium is one of five events in 2013 made possible in part by a $10,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation to Junior Achievement. Pictured is Kimberly Berrier, left, of New Cumberland FCU working with two students during a session. Other participants included PCUA staffers T. Fetsko, Sheba Wallish and Vanessa Dettmore; Hershey FCU staffers Radica Persaud, Nicole Smith and Jill Sottile; Tricia Heisey of Belco Community CU and Sara Firestone, Members 1st FCU. (Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association) …
  • MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (3/7/13)--Massachusetts made a "Blanket Statement" during January with the third annual Blanket Drive to help support the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. These blankets help children and families seeking relief from bitterly cold weather. The Massachusetts Credit Union League and 20 credit unions distributed 513 blankets to the coalition and 10 other community agencies in the state (eNews March 6 .  Some credit unions collected sheets, comforters and throws to help the coalition's "A Bed for Every Child" initiative. Collecting the most blankets was Leominster (Mass.) CU, whose staff are pictured presenting two organizations with blankets. From left: Arthur Heusser, Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network; Karen Inderwish, Leominster CU branch manager; Rachel Terrell, Leominster executive assistant; and Judith Nest-Pasierb, Our Father's House Inc. (Photo provided by the Massachusetts Credit Union League) …
  • HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (3/7/13)--Charles L. Ray Jr., who was chair of the board of directors at  Huntsville, Ala.-based Redstone FCU from 1983 to 2011, died Tuesday morning (Madison County Record March 5). Ray began serving the credit union as a volunteer in 1977 as a committee member. He oversaw Redstone's growth into a credit union with $3.4 billion in assets, the largest in Alabama and in the top 25 in assets of federal credit unions. "Mr. Ray will be especially remembered for his unwavering commitment to serving the underserved," said the credit union. "He led the great expansion of Redstone's facilities as well as the development of many of the outstanding products and services that Redstone is now known for." Ray owned and operated Nelms Memorial Funeral Home and was a teacher in the Madison County Public Schools. He also held key positions with the Huntsville-Madison County Community Action Agency and the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command. He is survived by his wife, Willie Mae, and one daughter, Terri L. Ray …


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