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CU System briefs (04/08/2009)
* SANTA ROSA, Calif. (4/9/09)--Redwood CU turned off all nonessential lighting during Earth Hour March 28 to join individuals and business worldwide in making a statement about global climate change. Students at Rincon Valley Middle School invited Redwood CU to participate in the event. The $1.8 billion asset credit union has won recognition for sustainable practices from several organizations and in 2008 received silver level Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification for its administrative offices … * HARBOR, Ore. (4/9/09)--American Airlines’ Sky Radio will feature a segment on Chetco FCU throughout the month of April. The interview with Jason Dias, vice president of creative services, highlights the $357 million asset credit union’s services as well as the difference between banks and credit unions (Oregon Outlook April edition). The interview will reach millions of travelers on American’s domestic and international flights … * MUSKEGON, Mich. (4/9/09)--Dorothy M. Lester announced her retirement as CEO of First General CU at the credit union’s annual meeting in March (Michigan Monitor April 7). Lester’s 48 years of credit union service included leading First General since 1979. During her tenure First General built its main office in Norton Shores, expanded it twice, and opened its first branch in downtown Muskegon. Lester also oversaw mergers with Andaconda CU and Bennett Pump CU. She continues to chair the board of trustees at Muskegon Community College. Assistant Manager Timothy Hichue was promoted to CEO on April 1 … * TAMPA, Fla. (4/9/09)--John W. Thompson Jr., senior vice president of information technology (IT) at GTE FCU, died April 3 in Tampa at age 54. Thompson was responsible for the operation and maintenance of all aspects of the credit union’s network. Thompson was innovative and forward-thinking, according to Barry Artis, vice president of IT communications at GTE FCU. "He was always looking for a way to incorporate new technology into the credit unions," Artis said. Artis has known Thompson for 25 years, according to GTE FCU. Thompson joined GTE FCU in 1991 from Space Coast CU in Melbourne, FL, where he was data processing manager. A memorial service was held in Lithia, Fla. ... * LIVONIA, Mich. (4/9/09)--H. Bernard Vance, a board member at Co-op Services Credit Union, died in March. Vance was involved in the credit union system for 32 years (Michigan Monitor April 7). He joined Co-op in 1976 as a member. He then became chairman of Co-op Services CU’s advisory board in 1980 and joined the board of directors a year later. His board service included working on the planning, delinquent loans, executive and insurance committees. Before his retirement in 1988, Vance worked for Heritage Hospital as director of human resources ...


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