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* HARRISBURG, Pa. (3/29/11)--The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) will match the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation's $2,000 grant for a local relief fund to aid victims of last week's tornado in Westmoreland County. The funds will go to those who suffered loss of homes and personal possessions, said PCUA Board Chairman Ray Brunner (Life is a Highway March 28) … * MADISON, Wis. (3/29/11)--Former teller Elizabeth R. Simonis, 29, of Custer, Wis., was sentenced Wednesday to one day in jail and fined $1,000 for embezzling $29,220 from Bull's Eye CU's Stevens Point, Wis., branch. Simonis embezzled the funds from two members' accounts to pay for medical bills for her ill husband. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb said during sentencing that she factored in Simonis's lack of prior convictions and the medical issues. Simonis was also placed on three years' supervised release and must pay restitution of $26,930 with a minimum of $250 a month. Bull's Eye is based in Stevens Point and has $118 million in assets … * EL PASO, Texas (3/29/11)--The Security Service FCU's (SSFCU)
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Security Service Charitable Foundation donated $10,000 to Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), a national group that builds specially adapted homes for soldiers who have been severely injured or disabled. From left, Derrick Aguilar, SSFCU assistant vice president for member services in the greater El Paso, Texas, area, presents the foundation's check to El Paso native and Army SPC Adrian Garcia on site at a "build brigade" for his future home. The credit union also provided volunteer support at the build and serves as the official financial institution for the HFOT El Paso area builds. Its four service centers in the El Paso area also have collected more than $500 deposited in an HFOT account to contribute to current and future builds in the area. (Photo provided by Security Service FCU) … * BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (3/29/11)--GHS FCU has named Daniel Leclerc as president/CEO, effective April 18, announced Patricia Clark, GHS FCU treasurer of the board and chair of the search committee (NewsChannel34.com. Leclerc has nine years of credit union experience. He most recently served as senior vice president/chief financial officer of Aventa CU, Colorado Springs, Colo. He began his credit union career in 2002 with Park Side FCU in Whitefish, Mont., where he advanced to executive vice president. He serves as vice chair on the executive committee of CUNA's CFO Council …


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