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* SAN ANTONIO (10/7/08)--President George W. Bush Sunday honored Sonya McDonald, vice president of sales operations, Randolph-Brooks FCU, Live Oak, Texas, with the President's Volunteer Service Award for her volunteer work with Fisher House and Returning Heroes Home. "What a tremendous honor for Ms. McDonald, and of course, Randolph-Brooks FCU," said Texas Credit Union League President/CEO Dick Ensweiler. He noted the "tireless commitment and energy she has devoted to this noteworthy cause is to be applauded." In 2006, while her husband was deployed to Iraq, McDonald spearheaded a fundraising effort for Fisher House, a national foundation that provides military families a home away from home to be near hospitalized loved ones. Her goal was to raise $200,000 between Memorial Day and Independence Day 2006. Soliciting help from local businesses and organizations, she raised more than $217,000. Randolph-Brooks FCU matched and exceeded that amount, and the funds went to support the Fisher Houses at Fort Sam Houston, which opened last year. McDonald is also on the board of Returning Heroes Home, which is building a 12,000 sq. ft. house at Fort Sam Houston to help military members and families learn to cope with war-related injuries. The house will open in December. President Bush honors a local volunteer when he travels throughout the U.S. He has met with more than 650 volunteers since March 2002 … * ST. LOUIS (10/7/08)--Mid Missouri CU volunteer D. Virginia Thompson, left, was inducted recently into the Defense Credit Union Council's Hall of Honor, by DCUC President Roland A. "Arty" Arteaga, right (The Missouri Difference Oct. 3). Thompson serves on Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.-based Mid Missouri CU's board of directors. According to Mid Missouri CU President Sharon Ichord, Thompson was one of the founders of the credit union, which grew from $325 in assets to more than $130 million. (Photo provided by the Missouri Credit Union Association) … * ST. LOUIS (10/7/08)--Kirkwood Municipal CU, a $3.2 million asset credit union based in Kirkwood, Mo., has merged with $109.2 million asset West Community CU, O'Fallon, according to the Missouri Credit Union Association. Gary Hinrichs, West Community president/CEO, noted that the credit union has a lot of members living in the Kirkwood area. The staff from Kirkwood Municipal will stay on to serve at the branch. West Community is working on a new branch near the current Kirkwood Municipal location. The move is slated for November. The new location with be a Shared Branch (The Missouri Difference Oct. 3) … * ROCKVILLE, Md. (10/7/08)--Rockville-based MCT FCU's 45-day summer Green Auto Loan campaign boosted its loan portfolio by $10 million-- or $3.5 million more than its goal, said the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA) (Focus Newsletter Oct. 6). On July 15, the credit union launched an auto race-themed competition to motivate staff to meet lending goals and promoted the event through its internal e-newsletter, The Buzz. The program offered members a 0.25% discount on their auto loan rate upon purchasing or refinancing a fuel-efficient vehicle. It sponsored traffic reports on three major radio stations in the DC metro area, offering $100 gift card incentives for online loan applications. It also advertised through websites such as Facebook and displayed banners outside each branch advertising new- and used-auto rates as low as 3.99% annual percentage rate. MTC FCU's Clarksburg branch employees, shown here, won the loan rally (Photo provided by the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association)


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