* COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (4/29/10)--Ent FCU, based in Colorado Springs, has awarded 11 regional organizations its Youth Endowment Series (YES) program grants for 2010. The program, which was introduced in 2000, directs specific support to organizations benefiting children and young people in the Pikes Peak region and Pueblo, Denver and Weld Counties. So far, the program has provided nearly $475,000 to agencies servicing education, health care, and cultural needs, among other services. Sixty organizations applied for the grants. Among the criteria: past and projected benefit to the community, potential ability to use the grant to obtain additional funds, and degree of community support ... *
FLINT, Mich. (4/29/10)--Six lawmakers and 25 representatives of credit unions attended the Flint (Mich.) Chapter's legislative breakfast at Financial Plus FCU April 19 (Michigan Monitor
April 26). Pictured is State Rep. Lee Gonzalez (D-Flint Township) addressing the group. Others attending were State Sens. Deb Cherry (D-Burton) and John Gleason (D-Flushing); Gleason's district representative Berton Brown; and State Reps. Rick Hammel (D-Flushing), Jim Slezak (D-Davison) and Woodrow Stanley(D-Flint). They discussed issues such as government restructuring, the state budget, taxes, payroll debit card legislation, foreclosure consultant scams, notary requirement legislation, road funding, texting while driving and the 2010 elections. (Photo provided by the Michigan Credit Union League) ... * LOUISVILLE, Ky. (4/29/10)--Kentucky credit unions have been busy with advocacy efforts, with three meetings with legislators, according to the Kentucky Credit Union League's newsletter By The Way
(April 27). In Frankfort, Members Choice CU CEO Pat Ferry and volunteer Johnny Abbott visited with House Banking and Insurance Committee Vice-Chair Kevin Sinnette (D-100), a credit union advocate who has pledged his support on credit union issues. In Elizabethtown, Fort Knox FCU CEO Bill Rissel and Senior Vice President of Branch Operations Ray Springsteen, and Kentucky Credit
Union League Director of Governmental Affairs Debbie Painter attended an event for U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, a supporter of credit union issues. (Pictured are, from left, Rissel, Guthrie, Painter and Springsteen.) Also, Dr. Rand Paul, a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Sen. Jim Bunning, visited Kentucky Telco FCU. Paul said he supports the credit union tax exemption and expressed support for increasing the member business lending cap. (Photo provided by the Kentucky Credit Union League) ...