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* RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (4/6/09)--For the eighth straight year, California credit union leaders and vendors are participating in the annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race. The group is seeking contributions for the Richard Myles Johnson (RMJ) Foundation--the foundation for credit unions in California and Nevada. Honda FCU CEO and foundation board member Jim Updike will be crew skipper. Teammates include Todd Lane, California Center, California; Don Gensler, CUNA Mutual Group, Wisconsin; Chris Gunnare, Matt Flynn and Brian Scott, The Members Group, Iowa; and Tim Sidley, WesCorp, California. The team will cover all racing expenses, so 100% of the funds raised will go to support the foundation's financial education efforts. So far, the group has raised more than $61,000 for various causes. Last year it raised more than $7,000 for the foundation. The 62nd annual 125-mile competition will begin April 24 … * FRISCO, Texas (4/6/09)--Texas State Sen. Florence Shapiro visited the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center in Frisco, Texas, March 27. Part of the visit included a tour and discussion session at Texans CU's CTE branch, which opened in August 2008 as part of Texans' financial literacy community initiative. Texans CU is based in Richardson, Texas. Shapiro, right, a former public school teacher, talked with, from left, Texans employees Dara Stork and BreAndrea Adevereaux about their studies and duties at the student-operated branch. (Photo provided by Texans CU) … * RALEIGH, N.C. (4/6/09)--The Western, Foothills and Piedmont Chapters of the North Carolina Credit Union League shared the positive credit union message with lawmakers in Raleigh Wednesday as part of the annual State Capital Connections program (Weekly Update April 3). "Credit unions shared how they are assisting their members throughout North Carolina during the recession," said Dan Schline, league senior vice president of association services. More than a dozen credit union representatives shared details of loan workouts for members who have lost jobs, examples of financial counseling programs and other efforts to help members through tough times. They also sent a "clear strength, safety and soundness message," said Schline. Pictured from left are: Bob Cathey and Patty Idol of Mountain CU; state Sen. Tom Apodaca; Mike Whitmire of Ecusta CU; and Chris Angel of Mountain CU. (Photo provided by the North Carolina Credit Union League) … * FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (4/6/09)--Bragg Mutual FCU President/CEO Jean Stultz received the state's Order of the Long Leaf Pine, honoring her 40 years of service to the Fayetteville, N.C.-based credit union and the Cumberland County community. The recognition was presented March 31 during the credit union's 57th Annual Meeting by Rep. Margaret Dickson and Sen. Tony Rand on behalf of Gov. Beverly Perdue. Stultz also received a congratulatory letter from the North Carolina Senate. From left are Dickson, Stultz and Rand. (Photo provided by Bragg Mutual FCU) …


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