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CU System briefs (01/25/2008)
* MADISON, Wis. (1/28/08)--A group of northwest Wisconsin credit union activists help State Rep. Gary Tauchen, in the driver's seat, (R-Bonduel), push his car out of a snowbank during the Wisconsin Credit Union League's Governmental Affairs Conference Tuesday, after he ran late for their meeting. The group hiked two blocks to help him, then rushed back to the Capitol for another legislative visit. At a reception that evening, Tauchen thanked them and shared a few laughs over the situation. "These credit union representatives did an above-and-beyond job of exemplifying credit unions' People Helping People philosophy," said Chad Helminak, league public relations specialist. In the group were Allan Jamir, Horizon Community CU; Cathy Becks, Dan Wollin, and Lesley Enz, all of P.C.M. Employees CU; James Zimmer, Pioneer CU; and Laura Schenkoski, Leland Nicholas, Lois Nicholas, and Mary Anderson, all of N.E.W. CU. (Photo provided by the Wisconsin Credit Union League … * LENEXA, Kan. (1/28/08)--Thieves tried to steal an entire ATM Thursday morning from CommunityAmerica CU, but didn't get far. Police said thieves used either a bulldozer or a heavy chain to pry ATM from its concrete foundation. The ATM was recovered near its base and it wasn't clear whether any money was taken, police said. The incident was reported at 5:30 a.m. (The Kansas City Star Jan. 24) … * TAMPA, Fla. (1/28/08)--GTE FCU has launched CU2GO, a mobile account access service, for members enrolled in its CU@Home online account access program. CU2GO was created to give members access via the credit union's secure mobile access website, https://m.gtefcu.org. Members can use the new service via their cell phone to view account balances and transaction histories, transfer funds and pay bills online. About 2,000 members beta-tested the service before its official rollout … * NEEDHAM, Mass. (1/28/08)--Direct FCU member John Bilos, shown with his new 2008 Toyota Prius Hybrid, was the grand prize winner of the $740 million asset credit union's "Go Green" sweepstakes, an online web-banking promotion. During the sweepstakes, which ran throughout September, new and current Bill Pay users automatically were entered each time they paid a bill online. Bilos, a member since 1987, was randomly selected from more than a million sweepstakes entries. (Photo provided by Direct FCU) … * GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio (1/28/08)--The Ohio Catholic FCU (OCFCU) has named Randall Trimm as CEO, effectively immediately. Trimm has been in the financial services industry since 1983. Most recently he was wealth manager at the Beachwood office of UBS (United Bank of Switzerland). He also directed consumer lending operations for Charter One Bank in Cleveland and headed retail for Huntington National Bank's east region. Trimm also served in leadership positions with Metropolitan Bank & Trust and Bank One. OCFCU is the largest faith-based credit union in Ohio, with $125 million in assets, six branches and 18,000 members …


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