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* NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (4/1/08)--Eight lawmakers and 70 credit union people turned out for a legislative breakfast hosted by the Mid-Michigan chapter of credit unions, according to the Michigan Credit Union League (Michigan Monitor March 31). Attending were State Sens. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw Township) and Tony Stamas (R-Midland) and state Reps. Terry Brown (D-Pigeon), Bill Caul (R-Mt. Pleasant), Ken Horn (shown here) (R-Frankenmuth), Jeff Mayes (D-Bay City), John Moolenaar (R-Midland), and Tim Moore (R-Farwell). Stamas told the group he appreciated "your activism, legislatively and in the community" and "your commitment to financial literacy, which is something we need to do more of." Rep. Caul, a long-time supporter of credit unions and regular participant in the league's Financial Literacy Legislative Challenge, noted, "My family and I have been members of Isabella Community CU for over 40 years. I know firsthand what you do--thank you for being responsible lenders and friends to your local community." (Photo provided by the Michigan Credit Union League) … * KANSAS CITY, Mo. (4/1/08)--Mazuma CU President Rob Givens met recently with U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-District 5) in Kansas City during the congressional recess, according to the Missouri Credit Union Association (Legislative Updates March 28). He also met with Cleaver's legislative staff, including his new Chief of Staff Leslie Woolley, based in Washington, D.C., at a reception and luncheon sponsored by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Givens said he emphasized the importance of the Credit Union Regulatory Improvements Act (CURIA) and encouraged Cleaver's support. Cleaver is one of two Missouri congressmen serving on the House Financial Services Committee, which recently held a hearing on credit union regulatory relief … * MINNEAPOLIS (4/1/08)--Twin City Co-ops FCU, Minnesota's fifth-largest credit union, has changed its name to Spire FCU. The name was chosen because it means the top point or summit of something. "We chose a name that speaks to where we are going, not where we have been," said President/CEO John Gisler. "We wanted a name that was strong, had meaning behind it and did not narrowly define us geographically." Spire FCU has more than $574.8 million in assets … * KOKOMO, Ind. (4/1/08)--Transmission Builders FCU has changed its name to Financial Builders FCU, effective today. The change reflects the credit union's community charter and county-wide open membership eligibility. According to Judy Drinkard, Financial Builders vice president of marketing, a new ad campaign next week will focus "on reminding members and potential members that Financial Builders wants to be a financial partner, through thick and thin, and at every stage of life." Financial Builders FCU has more than $66.8 million in assets … * VINELAND, N.J. (4/1/08)--John E. Lisi, treasurer of Bay Atlantic FCU, died recently, according to the New Jersey Credit Union League (The Weekly Exchange March 28). He was 64. Lisi began volunteering with BAFCU in March 1975 as a member of its supervisory committee. He joined the board in 1976 and served as treasurer for several terms. He was employed for 37 years at Kimble Glass Co. More recently, he was a teacher and tax preparer for H&R Block. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; three children; and four grandchildren …


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