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* MADISON, Wis. (4/22/10)--Anne Cochran, president/CEO of the Louisiana Credit Union League, has been elected treasurer of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). Cochran has two decades of experience in the credit union movement, serving on various Credit Union National Association and American Association of Credit Union League committees. She also has been an avid WOCCU supporter for 10 years. Some of Cochran's accomplishments include fostering a partnership with the Louisiana league, WOCCU, the Iowa Credit Union League and its subsidiary Coopera and Mexico's Caha Morelia Valladolid credit union to launch a program to teach New Orleans' credit unions to better serve the Hispanic market. "As I continue to work in Louisiana to broaden the reach of the credit union movement, lessons and fruit of the work that is ongoing in our home state can be useful to emerging credit unions in other countries," she said. "I am honored to represent CUNA and the U.S. credit union movement at the international level. I share WOCCU's focus in attracting donor funding to implement development projects where great need for credit unions services exist." Among her other contributions, Cochran has presented educational training programs in Uganda, sponsored and hosted the chairman of the Uganda League of Credit Unions for one week in New Orleans, and was inducted into WOCCU's International Executive Volunteer Corps in 2009, which recognizes individuals for their years of valuable technical assistance and international service to support WOCCU's efforts in developing countries. "Her passion has developed from perseverance, growth under pressure, an understanding of the varying needs of credit unions worldwide and bringing financial dignity to current and potential membership in credit unions throughout the world," said the Louisiana league… * HERNDON, Va. (4/22/10)--The Northwest FCU Foundation sponsored Super Saturday at Herndon High School, presented by the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Education Council with College Access Fairfax and Fairfax County Public Schools. The free event helped Fairfax County students and parents complete and submit the electronic version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). More than 90 individuals attended the event. In addition to sponsoring Super Saturday, four $100 book scholarships were awarded to students at the event ... * SACO, Maine (4/22/10)--PeoplesChoice CU, Saco, Maine, donated
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$7,606 to 11 York County food pantries. The credit union raised the money as part of the total $375,924 raised by the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger. To raise money, the credit union held a golf tournament, bake sales and casual days. All of the funds raised will stay in-state. Since 1990, Maine’s credit unions have raised more than $3.5 million to help hunger in Maine. PeoplesChoice has $120 million in assets. (Photo provided by PeoplesChoice CU) ... * LIVINGSTON, Texas (4/22/10)--William Josef Berkley, who was convicted of killing 18-year-old Sophia Martinez in 2000, is scheduled to be executed today in Huntsville, Texas (Associated Press April 21). A man climbed into Martinez’s car while she was withdrawing money from an ATM at a Government Employees CU branch. He forced her to withdraw $200 from the ATM before the two drove off. Two days later, Martinez’s body was found in the desert. She had been shot in the head five times and there was evidence that she had been raped, the newspaper said. Attorneys had tried this week to put off Berkley’s lethal injection. Government Employees CU, El Paso, Texas, has $1.6 billion in assets ...


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