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CU System briefs (03/27/2008)
* ST. LOUIS (3/28/08)--Sgt. Joshua Eckhoff, a former teller at Electro Savings CU in St. Louis, was wounded recently while serving in Iraq, says the Missouri Credit Union Association (CourierNet March 26). When the credit union staff learned that Eckhoff suffered a serious head injury during combat operations and fellow soldiers saved his life, employees Dana Casey and Julie Foulks organized a collection drive for his military unit. They sent a care package of food, toiletries and entertainment items on March 21 to the group. "We are so grateful for what the other soldiers did for Josh and wanted do so something to thank them," said Casey, an accountant at the $92 million asset credit union. Eckhoff's mother keeps the staff updated and reported he is recovering … * NAPERVILLE, Ill. (3/28/08)--The Illinois Credit Union League (ICUL) has launched a new communication tool--the "Dialogue with Dan" blog. It includes regular postings from ICUL President/CEO Dan Plauda about the Illinois system and credit union issues. Credit unions and other visitors to the site can comment, ask questions and share thoughts with Plauda and other credit unions via the postings. The blog includes links to "what's new/what's hot" on the league's website, news headlines from various publications and links to other credit union entities … * SALT LAKE CITY (3/28/08)--Mountain America CU was named one of the top 125 companies for employer-sponsored training and development by Training magazine. Mountain America was one of 37 newcomers to the list this year. The credit union was recognized for its corporate university and its CU Briefings program located on the credit union's intranet. The briefings give short lesson plans that discuss specific functions, products, services or topics such as Identity Theft. Training magazine has ranked companies for seven years based on factors such as training tied to business objectives, number of trainers, employee turnover, certification and more …

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