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CU System briefs (08/23/2012)
  • LANSING, Mich. (8/24/12)--Maurice Phillips, former director of communications and special events at the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) died Aug. 18, the league announced on its website. He was 76. Phillips worked for the league from 1960 to 1998. Before that, he worked at The Detroit Times and The Detroit Free Press. At the league, he first managed the design department, which produced publications and promotional material for credit unions. In 1967, he moved into a newly created position to direct the launch of the nation's first statewide credit union advertising program, the forerunner of today's CU Difference campaign. In 1981, he helped create the Joint Advertising Board.  He became director of communications and special events in 1984 …
  • MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (8/24/12)--The Metro-Boston chapter of the Massachusetts Credit Union League will host a dinner on Sept. 18 in honor of U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, who will retire at the end of his current term after 32 years of service (E-Weekly Aug. 23). The league noted that over the years, Frank has helped credit unions achieve passage of key legislation to secure credit unions' future, including HR 1151, the Credit Union Membership Access Act. He played a vital role in making certain that credit unions were not harmed by legislation, either by bills aimed at credit unions by banking trade groups or by laws so broad that they would have swept credit unions in by mistake, the league added. The league said that after the financial crisis, Frank said, "If credit unions made all of the mortgage loans, then there would have been no subprime crisis and therefore no economic crisis." …
  • WORCESTER, Mass. (8/24/12)--Sean M. Driscoll, 38, of Haverhill, Mass., has been indicted in connection with a June 29 robbery at Digital FCU in Worcester. A Worcester County grand jury handed over the indictment on Aug. 27. The incident occurred when a man entered the credit union shortly before 2 p.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money. It indicated he had a gun and warned that no dye packs be used. After getting the money, he fled. Driscoll was arrested June 30 (Telegram.com Aug. 22) …
  • HARAHAN, La. (8/24/12)--The Louisiana Credit Union League announced that it has promoted three staffers (eNews Aug. 22). Lacey Hyer has been named vice president of communications and public relations. Hyer has been with the league since 2006. She has been instrumental in several statewide public awareness initiatives and award-winning marketing campaigns. In her new role, she will continue to coordinate all communications activities with an increased focus on communications planning, public relations, credit union community involvement and media relations. Jody Brooks has been named director of education. She has been a part of the credit union movement since 2008. In her new role, she will coordinate conferences, seminars and workshops for credit union professionals and volunteers. Jill Kitchens has been promoted to director of governmental affairs. A member of the league staff since 2002, Kitchens served in both the education and governmental affairs departments. In her new role, she will oversee CULAC fundraising, grassroots advocacy and other legislative activities …

  • LIVONIA, Mich. (8/24/12)--Livonia, Mich.-based Parkside CU has announced that Martin Carter will join the organization as president/CEO, according to the Michigan Credit Union League (Michigan Monitor Aug. 20). Carter brings more than 30 years of credit union industry to the position. His expertise spans branch operations, marketing and business development, human resources and training, compliance and risk management, and investment services.  Parkside CU is a more than $73 million asset credit union serving 15,000 members …


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