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CU System briefs (03/24/2008)
* RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (3/25/08)--Several credit unions nationwide joined to help Community Trust CU, Modesto, Calif., open a branch in East Palo Alto. The credit union held its grand opening March 15. The community of 40,000 residents is mostly low-income and Latino, and is served by one small bank and payday lenders. Bellco CU, Greenwood Village, Colo.; Bethpage CU, Bethpage, N.Y.; NuUnion CU, Lansing, Mich.; University FCU, Austin, Texas and PSCU Financial Services, St. Petersburg, Fla., have contributed $100,000 each in interest-free certificates of deposit. Contributing credit unions in California include LBS FCU, Long Beach; Orange County CU, Santa Ana; KeyPoint CU, Santa Clara; Meriwest CU, San Jose; and Star One CU, Sunnyvale. At the grand opening are: Stu Fisher, vice president of business development and retail sales for Addison Avenue FCU, Palo Alto; Joe Duran, Community Trust CU CEO; John Davis, CEO of Stanford CU, Palo Alto; and Andy Hunter, CEO of Patelco FCU, San Francisco. Addison Avenue, Stanford and Patelco also assisted with plans for Community Trust CU. (Photo provided by the California Credit Union League) ... * ALBANY, N.Y. (3/25/08)--Irondequoit High School students in Rochester, N.Y., won the 2008 New York State LifeSmarts title March 20. LifeSmarts. . . the Ultimate Consumer Challenge is coordinated by the New York Credit Union Foundation. The challenge aims to teach high school students about money. From left are: Foundation Executive Director Diane LaVigna-Wixted; Jesse Leonardo; Samantha Jebbett; Steve Ross; Tyler Condello; Renee Roth, team captain; Dirck Van Deusen, senior vice president of corporate relations at Members United Corporate FCU; and Louis DiCesare, team coach. (Photo provided by the New York Credit Union Foundation) ... * THORNDALE, Pa. (3/25/08)--Citadel FCU received national recognition for its customer service, Citadel Class Service, at the 13th Annual Best Practices in Retail Financial Services Symposium March 9-11 in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Jeff March, Citadel president, presented “Strive for Fives--The Quest for World Class Service” about the creation of Citadel Class Service, its delivery, measurement and effect on the company. The symposium was attended by CEOs from financial institutions nationwide and Sheila Bair, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. chairman ... * WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (3/25/08)--360 FCU, Windsor Locks, was named as one of the best places to work in Connecticut. The third annual program was created by the Hartford Business Journal, the Connecticut Better Business Bureau and Best Companies Group. Companies were evaluated by workplace policies, practices, philosophies, systems and demographics, and an employee survey. 360 FCU has $164 million in assets ... * BALTIMORE (3/25/08)--Charles L. Benton Jr., a longtime finance adviser to Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer, died in Baltimore Saturday. Benton, 91, was a board member of Baltimore's Municipal Employees CU. One of its branches has been named in his honor, according to the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association (FOCUS Newsletter March 24). Benton oversaw Baltimore's finances for 30 years as budget director and head of the city finance department. He became state budget chief in 1987 when Schaefer was elected governor. He is survived by two sons, a daughter, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren (The Baltimore Sun March 23) … * NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (3/25/08)--Norbert "Bing" Emond, chairman of Iron Mountain Kingsford Community FCU, died March 15 in Kingsford, Mich., reported the Michigan Credit Union League (Michigan Monitor March 24). He was 79. Emond served as a volunteer at the credit union for 47 years, 43 of them as chairman. In 1981, he was named Michigan Credit Union Foundation Credit Union Person of the Year for his community service. He and his wife, Lucille, owned and operated the Twin Pines Lumber Co. from 1963 until his retirement in 1988. In addition to his wife, survivors include, a daughter, two brothers and a sister …


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