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* ODESSA, Texas (9/4/08)--Texas Credit Union League (TCUL) Political Action Committee (PAC) Chairman Jim Minge, left, gets a close
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haircut from TCUL President Dick Ensweiler, after Minge threw down the gauntlet and challenged the league's board of directors to join the PAC at the League Capitol Club level. Minge, of Randolph-Brooks FCU in Live Oak, promised he would shave his head at the next board meeting in Odessa Aug. 27. The board took up the challenge. Minge, shown with his new look, says the look is quite a PAC conversation starter. He is not planning to keep the new length. In the meantime, the intranet at Randolph-Brooks FCU is receiving its share of internal hits with an article called "extreme PAC makeover." There, employees can vote on who Minge most resembles--Lex Luther, Mr. Clean, Dr. Evil or Kojak. The league says that as of Wednesday morning, Dr. Evil had pulled ahead by 4%. (Photos provided by the Texas Credit Union League) … * MADISON, Wis. (9/4/08)--Credit union consultant and presenter Mark Lynch, who moved to the U.S. four years ago from Australia, has become a U.S. citizen--an experience he says will help him assist credit unions in developing immigrant outreach programs. Lynch has spoken to more than 150 credit union audiences in 47 states about the impact of taxation on Australia's credit unions and the lessons U.S. credit unions could learn from that experience, and on board governance strategies. The past two years he has been a field coach with the National Credit Union Foundation's REAL Solutions Program and spoken to audiences about serving the underserved. He said that experience helped him become a citizen. "As part of the REAL Solutions program, we help credit unions develop programs to serve new immigrants and new citizens and what better way to speak from experience than go through the process yourself," Lynch said … * SACRAMENTO, Calif. (9/4/08)--The Golden 1 CU, a $6.9 billion asset, Sacramento, Calif.-based credit union will merge with the $19 million asset, San Jose, Calif.-based 1st United CU, The Golden 1 announced Aug. 28. The date the merger would be completed was not announced in a Golden 1 press release. Golden 1 has 75 branches with more than 690,000 members. 1st United has two branches with 2,850 members ( Aug. 29) … * AUSTIN, Texas (9/4/08)--The A+ Education Foundation at A+ FCU has awarded almost $40,000 this year through its Educator Grant Program, designed to help teachers improve their students’ classroom experience. Forty-two area teachers received grants for projects such as iPod tutorials, recycling clubs and help for dyslexic students. Since its inception in 2005, the foundation has awarded more than $121,000 in grants. A+ FCU is based in Austin, Texas, and has $611 million in assets ( Aug. 29) … * TUCSON, Ariz. (9/4/08)--Tucson (Ariz.) FCU, a $249 million-asset credit union, was robbed twice last month. The most recent robbery occurred Aug. 27, with no injuries reported and no weapon displayed during the incident, according to police. After walking into the credit union and handing the teller a note, the robber left with an undisclosed amount of cash. The robber was described as a 17- to 19-year old, wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap and a black shirt. On Aug. 1, the credit union also was robbed (Arizona Daily Star Aug. 28) … * CHARLOTTE, N.C. (9/4/08)--An armed man, holding a cell phone to his ear the entire time, robbed the Hamlet (N.C.) FCU on Aug. 27, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Charlotte field office. The man entered the credit union just before lunchtime and pointed a gun at a teller. He demanded money from the drawer and forced the teller to get money from the vault (US Fed News Aug. 28) … * WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (9/4/08)--Daniel R. "Dan" Abbate of Wethersfield, Conn., died Friday. He was 81. Abbate, a former deputy fire chief, was a past president of the Hartford Firefighters FCU, Hartford. He is survived by his wife, a son, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and one brother. Funeral services were Tuesday. (The Hartford Courant Aug. 30) …


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