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* ARVADA, Colo. (2/12/08)--The Credit Union Associations of Colorado and Wyoming (CUAC/CUAW) is preparing to move to new headquarters later this year. In an effort to "go green," it is recycling its old electronic technology and computer equipment in partnership with Luminous Recycling. "With the limited life expectancy of today's computers and electronics, finding ways to recycle the equipment in a practical and environmentally responsible manner is critical," said Dale Rupp, director of information technology at CUAC/CUAW. John Dill, CUAC/CUAW president/CEO, said disposing of obsolete electronics is one example of the associations' commitment to supporting "green" alternatives. Here, Rupp, left, and Rob Stahl, lead technical at CUAC/CUAW, organize old computers, printers, typewriters, scanners, cell phones and keyboards for pickup. (Photo provided by the Credit Union Associations of Colorado and Wyoming) … * CHARLOTTE, N.C. (2/12/08)--Charlotte Metro CU isn't as high profile as large bank competitors, but the $146.2 million asset credit union is working to change that. It ran two new ads during the Super Bowl. Last year, the credit union launched a campaign featuring Muggsy Bogues, the diminutive former NBA star. In the ad, he acted as a proxy for the credit union, shooting and scoring over a trio of taller "big banks." This year's ads feature Bogues, Coach Sam Vincent and rookie forward Jared Dudley of the Charlotte Bobcats. The credit union has a marketing partnership with the team, and Bogues is a member of the Bobcats' radio team (Charlotte Business Journal Feb. 8) … * SAN DIEGO and EDISON, N.J. (2/12/08)--Pinnacle FCU, a $173 million asset credit union based in Edison, N.J., has joined the American Consumer Council as a sponsoring member, representing members in the national consumer organization's New Jersey service region. Pinnacle will offer ACC members financial and educational services to ACC members in the region as well as low-cost financial products and services when they open a savings or checking account. Pinnacle serves employer groups throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania … * NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (2/12/08)--Beth Troost, education partnership coordinator at Community Financial Members FCU, has been hired as financial education coordinator for the Michigan Credit Union League, effective Feb. 18. The new position will work with Michigan-based and national financial literacy initiatives such as Michigan Jump$tart Coalition, the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and the league's Financial Literacy Legislative Challenge. Troost has with the credit union since 2002, developing and conducting classroom presentations, establishing relationships with community service organizations and helping expand its student-run credit union program to 26 schools (Michigan Monitor Feb. 11) … * NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (2/12/08)--Michigan State Sen. Ray Basham (D-Taylor) and 15 credit union people braved winter weather to attend the Michigan Credit Union League's (MCUL) Downriver Chapter Legislative Breakfast Feb. 4. Discussion centered on issues related to Michigan credit unions and the Downriver community. The breakfast was a solid grassroots event feature substantive conversation and good relationship building, Patrick La Pine, MCUL executive vice president, told the Michigan Monitor (Feb. 11). Shown here with Sen. Basham are, from left, Cassandra Velasquez and Susan Rafko Bayer of Monroe Area FCU. (Photo provided by the Michigan Credit Union League) …


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