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CU System briefs (05/29/2009)
* CHARLOTTE. N.C. (6/1/09)--Charlotte (N.C.) Metro FCU received a Telly Award--a national competition that recognizes local, regional and national creative video production--for its 2008 “coach” commercial, which aired locally during the second quarter of the Super Bowl XLII last year. The commercial featured coach Sam Vincent and forward Jared Dudley, who were then members of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Charlotte Bobcats. The two are shown on the floor of the local NBA arena, helping a member better understand the credit union’s financial services during a timeout in a basketball game. Charlotte Metro said it experienced dramatic increases in online account-opening and savings deposit activity after the ad aired … * WASHINGTON (6/1/09)--The Credit Union Challenge Cup of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run held April 5 in Washington was awarded to FRB FCU's "Cash Us If You Can" team at the credit union's annual meeting at the Federal Reserve Board May 27. The team scored 3:03:31, setting a new record since credit unions became the title sponsor of the run in 2002. From left are: Theresa Mann, CEO, FDIC FCU and Credit Union Miracle Day (CUMD) vice chair; Mary Beth Muething, FRB FCU team and the fastest credit union female runner; Elizabeth O'Beirne, CUNA Mutual Group and CUMD Marketing Committee; Juri Valdov, Ret. CEO, Northwest FCU and CUMD chair; Jan Roche, CEO, State Department FCU and CUMD treasurer: Theresa Trimble, FRB FCU chair; Luisa Isaacs de Perez (FRB FCU); and Kevin Moore, FRB FCU team runner). Fastest credit union team male winner was Alvin Yew of NASA FCU's "Mercury" team. (Photo provided by the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association) … * PITTSFIELD, Mass. (6/1/09)--Greylock FCU donated $10,000
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to a "Homes for Our Troops" (HFOT) initiative to help build a house in western Massachusetts for a military veteran injured during his tour in Iraq. The Massachusetts Credit Union League is working with HFOT in supporting a home being built for Army Sgt. Peter Rooney of Worthington, Mass. Rooney, pictured here with his wife Suzanne, was injured when a vehicle he was riding in hit a roadside bomb on April 16, 2007 in Ramadi, Iraq. Recently Massachusetts league President Dan Egan sent a letter to the state's credit unions, urging them to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the credit union movement by supporting the HFOT effort. (Photo provided by Homes For Our Troops and Greylock FCU) … * RALEIGH, N.C. (6/1/09)--State Employees' CU (SECU) has unveiled plans for a 12-story branch and office facility in the State Government Complex in downtown Raleigh. The 240,000-square-foot building will include a six-story parking deck, a credit union branch, and about 77,500 square feet of office space reserved for future growth. The $16.7 billion asset credit union plans to begin construction in the fall. The credit union said its board had been considering building the facility for several years and decided to implement the plans to bolster the state's economy and to take advantage of much lower- construction costs. It is being built with the State of North Carolina, which plans to build new offices for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and to expand the state Museum of Natural Sciences, which is next to the credit union site. The coordination will save substantial costs for both SECU and the state, said SECU in a press release. The site sits on the location of the credit union's first branch office. According to Patty Munns, SECU's senior vice president of facilities services, SECU is planning to open about 15 new branches in the next fiscal year. It will have one office in each of North Carolina's 100 counties by the end of fiscal year 2010 (Photo provided by State Employees' CU) … * PHOENIX (6/1/09)--Arizona State CU has received four Hermes Creative Awards, which honor creative professionals who concept, write and design traditional and emerging media. The Phoenix-based credit union won awards for its website, 2007 annual report, and its YourSavings Economic Stimulus newsprint and an honorable mention for a corresponding radio spot. The awards are judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals--an international organization with marketing, advertising, public relations, media and web specialists. Arizona State CU has $1.3 billion in assets ...


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