* RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (2/18/08)--California Agribusiness CU, Buena Park,
donated $1,000 to an urban demonstration farm in Pomona. The money will be used to install an above-ground drip irrigation system. The Tri-City Urban Demonstration Farm is a community farming project developed by Randy Bekendam of Rancho Cucamonga. The idea came about with the creation of Operation ETHAN (Everyone Together for Healing All Neighborhoods) after the shooting death of Ethan Esparza in Pomona in November 2006. From left are: Randy Bekendam’s wife, Pam, Denbo and Randy Bekendam ... * GERMANTOWN, Md. (2/18/08)--Mid-Atlantic FCU has become a Federal Housing Administration-approved lender, which allows the credit union to provide loans to more families in Montgomery County. FHA loans are insured by the government and serve borrowers who do not have good credit histories. Mid-Atlantic has more than $200 million in assets ... * NEW YORK (2/18/08)--The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions confirmed the participation of Rodney Hood, National Credit Union Administration vice chairman; Martin Eakes, CEO, Self-Help CU, Durham, N.C.; and Bob Dorsa, president, ACUMA, for a workshop at the Center for Responsible Lending March 18-19 in Durham. The workshop will address lending in the housing market, foreclosure prevention, innovative lending products, secondary markets and servicing options. The workshop is designed for credit unions, housing professionals, other community-based mortgage lenders and is a collaborative program of the Federation’s Community Development Credit Union Mortgage Center and the Community Development Credit Union Institute ... * INDIANAPOLIS (2/18/08)--FORUM CU in Indianapolis has been honored as one of the top 125 places in the nation for employer-sponsored workforce training and development by Training Magazine
for the second year in a row. Factors influencing the rankings were tied to business objectives, number of trainers, employee turnover and retention. Some of the FORUM CU training programs highlighted include the “Branch Buddy” program that helps new employees transition from training to branch jobs, the INSPURE sales and service training, and the LEAP leadership classes. FORUM has $1.0 billion in assets ... * VANCOUVER, Wash. (2/18/08)--Employees of Columbia CU, Vancouver, planted trees throughout the Vancouver Heights Neighborhood as part
of the “Neighborhood of the 150th” celebration sponsored by the credit union. The program honored Vancouver Heights for its spirit of community through the city’s Sparkles Award program. Columbia CU and the City of Vancouver partnered to honor the neighborhood with Columbia sponsoring 150 trees. About 90 volunteers planted 87 trees, served food or helped with the event. From left are: Pam Betteridge, Columbia CU assistant vice president of sales and service; Trish Garrison, Columbia CU branch manager; Ken Davis, volunteer and Columbia member; DJ Peterson, Columbia CU branch manager; Dave Robison, Columbia CU indirect lending loan officer; and Nancy Olmsted, Columbia CU vice president of marketing. In addition to the tree-planting, Columbia has committed to building Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified branches, with one underway at a retail development in Vancouver. (Photo provided by Columbia CU) ...