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  • LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (2/6/13)--Gwinnett FCU, based in Lawrenceville, Ga., has changed its name to Peach State FCU tobetter reflect its widening membership base and footprint in Georgia, said the 52-year-old , $231 million asset credit union. In the past 20 years, Peach State expanded from Gwinnett County and now includes seven counties: Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Jackson, Oconee and Walton.  It serves more than 41,000 members, 26,000 of whom live outside Gwinnett County, said Peach State President/CEO Marshall Boutwell. "The name Peach State not only acknowledges our entire membership base, but it also allows for future growth without geographic constraints."  Peach State's support to school systems and commitment to members won't change, he said. "Our underlying dedication to education is part of our foundation. We will continue to support education in our service areas through sponsorship of the Teacher of the Year awards, and awarding student and career advancement scholarships because we believe this tradition should be maintained." …
  • CARSON CITY, Nev. (2/6/13)--
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    Carson High School, Carson City, Nev.,  has its own "Senators" debit card for student checking accounts. Students designed the card in a contest offered by Greater Nevada CU, which has a branch at the school. More than 60 students entered the contest. The top three design winners, selected by a panel of students, teachers, and credit union representatives, were asked to combine their designs into one to meet Visa criteria and receive approval from the card company. Greater Nevada awarded gift cards to the winners. Shown with their designs are, from left: Mhervin Dagdagan, Amanda Yau and Athena Favero.  The contest was part of an ongoing program to promote awareness of the educational branch and financial literacy at the school.  "Contests like the debit card design pique students' interest in something they may not otherwise think about," said Teresa Breeden, engineering, drafting and art instructor at Carson High. "Plus, we have our very own debit card design now, which should continue creating awareness of the student checking account and other financial resources available right here on campus." (Photo provided by Greater Nevada CU) …
  • FARMERS BRANCH, Texas(2/6/13)--Arlington (Texas) FCU President/CEO Patricia Mott will retire March 31, after 36 years at the credit union, according to the Texas Credit Union League (LoneStar Leaguer Feb. 5). Jim Merrit will act as interim CEO during the search for a successor. In 1976, when Mott began her career, Arlington FCU was a share, certificate and loan credit union serving the city of Arlington employees and their families. It added checking and card services, then mortgage, home improvement and home equity loans, and granted membership eligibility to 57 select employee  groups.  In 1998 and 2001, it expanded charters to the communities of Arlington and Mansfield.  Mott served as a league director in 1990-1998 and as director to Southwest Corporate FCU in 1991-2010 …


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