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CU System briefs (02/18/2010)
* MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (2/19/10)--The Massachusetts Credit Union League Social Responsibility Committee will conduct its 10th Annual Children's Book Drive in April, said the league (E-Weekly Feb. 17). Last year, the league and 41 credit unions participating in the month-long event collected 19,211 children's books for nonprofit agencies throughout the state. They have collected 190,300 books since the project began. Credit unions participating can choose their collection method for new and used books and the length of time they will collect ... * HERNDON, Va. (2/19/10)--The Northwest FCU Foundation has been selected as a participating organization in "Disney's Give a Day. Get a Disney Day" promotion. The promotion began Jan. 1 and will run through Dec. 15 or until the limited number of tickets are gone, whichever comes first. Hoping to inspire one million people to volunteer, the Disney Company is giving individuals who commit to participate in their community a free one-day admission to either Disneyland, or Walt Disney World Resort. Gerrianne Burks, foundation chairman and president/CEO of Northwest FCU, noted. "By participating as a community partner, we hope to also inspire people to give back and practice acts of kindness" ... * SAN DIEGO (2/19/10)--Staff from San Diego-based Point Loma CU (PLCU) will discuss its college scholarship program and answer questions from viewers during a Scholarship Bank broadcast on Spanish language Univision Channel 34. The broadcast will air 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. PLCU Business Development Managers Joyce Parra and Adriana Brunner will outline the program and explain the application process. Each year, the credit union awards $7,500 in scholarships to local high school students headed for college. Recipients can receive an additional $1,000 per year for their sophomore, junior and senior years as long as they meet certain academic requirements. The credit union was invited to participate in the broadcast because of its relationship with San Diego County Office of Education's Migrant Education Program, which helps migrants improve their lives and finances ... * HARRISBURG, Pa. (2/19/10)--Ed Cialella, longtime board president of First Choice FCU, New Castle, Pa., and former president of the Shenango Valley Chapter of Credit Unions, died Monday, according to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (Life is a Highway Feb. 18). He was 82. Cialella was a credit union volunteer more than 35 years. "He was the cornerstone of First Choice FCU," Marilyn Wehr, CEO, told the association. Funeral services were held Thursday ...


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