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* DES MOINES, Iowa (8/29/09)--The Iowa Credit Union League (ICUL) announced a staff promotion and new hire Wednesday. Emily Oliver was promoted to director of public affairs and marketing of ICUL. She oversees media relations, marketing, member outreach, legislative advocacy and technology, and provides support for community outreach and general communications. Oliver was previously public affairs specialist at ICUL. Olivia Maiers has been hired as marketing specialist. She will develop and implement marketing plans and materials for the league and its subsidiaries, and ensure the league's brand identity is supported in all communications and marketing vehicles. Maiers previously was employed at Chandler Chicco Agency, Santa Monica, Calif. … * MADISON, Wis. (8/29/09)--UW CU began issuing flat, instant-issue debit cards Monday, the first financial institution in Dane County, Wis., to do so, said the credit union. The flat cards function like traditional debit cards but have no embossed characters. They are ready to use immediately upon issue and eliminate the waiting period for mailing a card and PIN. UW CU installed Dynamic Card Solutions' CardWizard software application and flat card printer in three branches in Madison and Milwaukee. In addition to attracting new members, the cards can save existing members time if they lose or damage their cards, said the credit union. Paul Kundert, president/CEO of the Madison-based credit union, said, "Flat cards are the standard in Europe and Canada." … * SACRAMENTO, Calif. (8/29/08)--Michael Edward Osgood, 47, of Sacramento, Calif., pleaded guilty to three counts of bank robbery before U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence K. Karlton, announced the U.S. Department of Justice’s U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of California Tuesday. The case results from an investigation by the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force, which dubbed the robber as the “straw hat bandit” because he wore large straw hats during robberies. He admitted to seven robberies of banks and credit unions. For each of his three bank robbery convictions, Osgood could face up to 20 years in prison, a three-year term of federal supervised release, a fine of $250,000 and an order of restitution (US Fed News Aug. 26) … * RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (8/29/08)--The eighth-annual Richard Myles Johnson (RMJ) Foundation/WesCorp Golf Classic Aug. 25 raised more than $30,000 for the foundation, which is the state foundation for California and Nevada credit unions. The tournament winners were Bob Siravo, president/CEO, WesCorp; Tony Boutelle, president/CEO, CUDL; Bill Cheney, president/CEO, California and Nevada Credit Union League; and Bill Birnie, CEO Eagle Community CU. The event drew 92 players and 30 sponsors. Pictured are: Cheney (left) and Boutelle. (Photo provided by the California Credit Union League) …


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