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* LATHAM, N.Y. (4/9/08)--New York State Assembly Banks Committee Chair Darryl Towns (D-Metropolitan), second from left, praised credit unions during a speech at the 86th annual membership meeting of Melrose CU, based in Briarwood. Towns told of his whole-hearted support of credit unions and how the efforts they put forth in their communities have earned appreciation across the state. The more he learns about credit unions, the more impressed and supportive he is of their not-for-profit status, he said. Alan Kaufman, CEO/treasurer of the $900 million-plus asset credit union, said 900 members attended. Pictured with Towns are, from left: Melrose President Sydney Deitz, Towns, Marketing Director Robert Nemeroff; and Supervisory Committee Chairman Paul Cynamon. (Photo provided by the New York State Credit Union League) … * RIVERSIDE, Calif. (4/9/08)--Three members of Altura CU have won a vacation in Hawaii in the credit union's 50th Anniversary giveaway. Every member was entered to win one of three trips to Hawaii. "We decided a trip to the 50th state was a great way to mark our anniversary," said Ricki McManus, senior vice president of marketing. Pictured are, from left, President Gerry Agnes, Hawaii trip winners Maggie Marquez-Falcon and Lorena Urzual, and board member Jerry Rivera. The third winner was Edgar Marroquin-Barrietos. The winners are all from Corona. (Photo provided by Altura CU) … * NORTHVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (4/9/08)--A donation from Jackson, Mich.-based CP FCU to Spring Arbor University will help develop a trading center facility in the new Poling Center for Global Learning and Leadership, which will train students for careers in business and finance. The trading center will have some of the same technology as used by the New York Stock Exchange, according to the Michigan Credit Union League (Michigan Monitor April 7). It will be equipped with dual monitor computers, electronic ticker tape, real-time data board for security price displaces, interactive LCD presentation screen, business news LCD screen, international clocks, a Bloomberg terminal, a specialized teaching bunker and continuous financial news feeds. "Currently, we provide financial education in over 40 schools within Jackson County, and I believe this partnership is a great step in extending our reach further into financial education," said CP FCU President/CEO John Crist …

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