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CU System briefs (10/14/2009)
* MADISON, Wis. (10/15/09)--Madison, Wis.-based Summit CU offered congratulations on the Credit Union National Association's
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(CUNA's) 75th year--in the form of cookies. Jeremiah Gollon, Summit CU business development manager, delivered boxes of cookies Wednesday to CUNA's Madison staff and a bouquet style basket of cookies presented to CUNA's executive team. From left are Harley Skjervem, CUNA senior vice president of human resources and facilities; Terry Costin, CUNA senior vice president of sales and marketing; Gollon; John Franklin, CUNA executive vice president and chief operating officer; and Mark Condon, CUNA senior vice president of business and consumer publishing. Summit was formerly CUNA CU. (Photo provided by CUNA) … * ALBANY, N.Y. (10/15/09)--Niagara County's FCU, based in Lockport,
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N.Y., was presented the 2009 Ralph W. Hillman Marketing Award from Universal Sharing Network Inc. (UsNet). The award recognizes a participating UsNet credit union for best exemplifying the spirit and enthusiasm of Hillman, a former chairman of the board at UsNet and a board member since 1998. The credit union "consistently promoted the network to its members via its website, printed materials and newsletter throughout the year, emphasizing the convenience and accessibility of shared branching," said Marc Inger, UsNet chief operating officer. Pictured during the award presentation are from left: Paul Roman, chairman of the board at The $40 million asset Niagara County's FCU, and Inger. (Photo provided by Universal Sharing Network) … * MILFORD, Conn. (10/15/09)--Sikorsky Financial CU has been held up twice within the past two weeks. The latest robbery occurred Tuesday during the lunch hour when three armed men entered the credit union through the rear door. One approached tellers and demanded money while another went into an office and ordered an employee to lie on the floor. The robber took money from the employee before the three fled in a car. No one was injured, but one employee was treated at a hospital for complications from a pre-existing medical condition. On Sept. 28, a lone male held up the branch. Police have not ruled out a connection between the two incidents (Connecticut Post Oct. 13 and The New Haven Register) …. * BROCKTON, Mass. (10/15/09)--Although location, location, location is touted as a way to attract members, location also can attract robberies, says a Brockton, Mass., detective. Crescent CU's branch located on West Chestnut St., Brockton, Mass., has been robbed four times since April, and police said the location may appeal to robbers. The latest robbery occurred Tuesday morning when an unarmed man gave the teller a note, then demanded it back. The branch is located outside the center of the city and within easy access to Route 24--two factors appealing to thieves--and the area has lots of vehicless and few pedestrians, said police. The credit union was also robbed on April 15, April 28, and July 22. One man has been charged with the April holdups and another for the July heist. ( Oct. 14) … * RUSK, Texas (10/15/09)--Southern Cherokee FCU, a $30 million asset credit union in Rusk, Texas, says it will be getting a new name--Cherokee County FCU--as part of its new charter. The charter will expand the credit union's services to those who work, live or worship in the entire Cherokee County. Before the new charter, it served only those in the southern part of the county. The credit union was established 50 years ago to serve employees at Rusk State Hospital. It has 4,700 members (Cherokeean Herald Oct. 14) …

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