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  • COLUMBIA, S.C. (5/1/12)--Ernest "Dizzy" Felkel of Hartsville, S.C., was named South Carolina Palmetto Protégé April 20 by the South Carolina Credit Union League.  Felkel will serve one year as statewide spokesperson for young adults and the opportunities credit unions provide them. Felkel, marketing and member education coordinator at SPC CU, Hartsville, will use social media and appearances at credit union events including chapter meetings and the fall league Leadership Conference to tout credit unions. He also will establish and lead a Young Professional Initiative group to foster peer development and the ongoing Palmetto Protégé Competition.  Other finalists for protégé were Patty Bivens, marketing manager, CPM FCU, North Charleston; Katie Matthews, member service representative, Secured Advantage FCU, Simpsonville; and Jay Montgomery, branch manager, SAFE FCU, Sumter …
  • FAIRBORN, Ohio (5/1/12)--Fairborn, Ohio-based Wright-Patt  CU (WPCU) has received approval from the state to expand its field of membership to include Hamilton County as a community group.  This will enable the $2.3 billion asset credit union to serve individuals who live, work, worship, and/or attend school in the county. WPCU has two locations in the area. The expansion will allow the credit union to better serve greater Cincinnati  and "represents our commitment to our growing membership in the area," said WPCU President/CEO Douglas Fecher …
  • MIAMI, Fla. (5/1/12)--A former Miami policewoman and former president of the Miami Community Police Benevolent Association has pleaded guilty in a U.S. District Court in Miami to embezzling at least $210,664 from the association's funds by making withdrawals from the group's credit union accounts .  Vernell Reynolds, 46, who served as president of the association from 2005 to 2010, faces 12-18 months in prison; an order to repay the amount stolen; and surrender of her law enforcement license (The Miami Herald April 25) …

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