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  • HARRISBURG, Pa.  (3/9/12)--Keystone FCU, based in West Chester, Pa., has formed a South Chester County Advisory Group of several members of the Hispanic community to help the $80 million asset credit union support the Hispanic community and learn more about its needs, said the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) (Life is a Highway March 8).  "Many people are unaware of the benefits of being a member in a credit union, and we want to change that" in the Hispanic community in Avondale and New Garden, said Christine Woods, president/CEO. "We offer a variety of financial services to our members and want to make sure we're delivering what the community wants and needs," she told PCUA. The credit union's Avondale branch has bilingual staff to serve members there …
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio (3/9/12)--Credit Union of Ohio, based in Columbus, announced the winners of its fourth annual video scholarship competition Tuesday on the Ohio State University (OSU) campus. Eight OSU students received scholarships. The competition, themed "Think Bucks, Go Nuts,"  asked undergrads to use a video format to show how they manage their money and what they do with extra cash, as well as explain how the credit union can help.  Winning the $5,000 first place was a team of three OSU students, Avathar Brar, Ryan Carlton and Joseph Magro, who submitted the video, "Pay It Forward." Each member of the team received about $1,660.  The $1,500 second prize went to team members Sage Boggs, John Werenecke, Katie Drown, Rachel Rustemeyer and Stephen Doughten. They each received $500.  The videos can be viewed at the credit union's Facebook page … 
  • INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (3/9/12)--Eli Lilly FCU (ELFCU) has teamed up with personal finance expert and author Peter Dunn, known as Pete the Planner, to launch a contest focused on helping individuals change the direction of their lives. The contest is inspired by Dunn's principles from his book 60 Days to Change: A Daily How-To Guide with Actionable Tips for Improving Your Financial Life.  The 500 contest participants--both members and nonmembers--will receive a free copy of the book if they commit to the 60-day program and report back with a written or video essay explaining the changes they realized in their financial lives. The contest runs from April 2 to May 31 and focuses on debt reduction, wealth accumulation and daily savings.  Contestants get access to Pete the Planner and his expertise via weekly e-mails and exclusive Q&Q sessions on ELFCU's Facebook and Twitter pages.  ELFCU and Dunn will award three winners $1,000 each to support their continued journey to permanent financial change. A dual contest will be held for credit union employees …
  • MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (3/9/12)--MY CU Services LLC, Mid Atlantic Corporate  FCU's payment services credit union service organization (CUSO), has hired Howard Stein as chief operating officer. Stein most recently served as senior vice president, chief information officer and director of operations at Graystone Bank, now part of Susquehanna Bank in Lancaster, Pa. While there, he served as division leader for operations, information technology and the bank's call center. Drew Kishbaugh, MY CU Services president/CEO, noted that the CUSO is seeing volumes and activity grow as more credit unions begin using the company's payment services program. Stein's priorities will be to grow the CUSO's existing payment services and develop new products and services, Kishbaugh said …


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