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* PUEBLO, Colo., and COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (10/27/09)--Members of Pueblo, Colo.-based Pueblo City Employees FCU (PCE) voted Friday night to merge with Colorado Springs-based Aventa CU (Gazette Oct. 24). The merger will take place March 1 and result in a combined credit union with nearly $150 million in assets and 18,000 members. PCE will retain its name. It handles accounts, payroll checks and loans for city employees and community members. Aventa CU said the vote was for better financial stability, products and services. Aventa was established in 1957 as Colorado Springs Employees CU … * SARASOTA, Fla. (10/27/09)--Sarasota (Fla.) Coastal CU members were to vote last night on whether to merge with Achieva CU, based in Clearwater, Fla. Sarasota Coastal has $215 million assets while Achieva has $666.8 million in assets.(HeraldTribune.com Oct. 23). Sarasota Coastal has struggled with bad loans and to stay the course would require cuts in service levels and member offerings, while merging with a larger credit union will provide members with what they deserve. Sarasota Coastal board Chair Janet C. Cantees told the Herald Tribune. Achieva said longtime Sarasota Coast CEO Thomas J. Randle would retire and that it will select two Sarasota Coastal directors to join its board. It does not plan to close any of the Sarasota Coastal's five offices but there may be layoffs in duplicated jobs … * WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (10/27/09)--Winston-Salem (N.C.) City ECU Chief Financial Officer Don Wolford, will take to the skies Wednesday to accompany three World War II veterans--ages 87, 89 and 90 years old--to Washington, D.C., to the World War II Memorial on the Mall, which honors the sacrifices of the "Greatest Generation." Wolford was selected as part of the Triad Flight of Honor, a series of three trips. "I'll be responsible for making sure that the veterans assigned to me have a good trip and have all their needs met," he told the North Carolina Credit Union League, adding that the trio the trip "is an emotional experience for everyone, both at the memorial and then coming back to the airport." More than 1,000 people in Greensboro, N.C. welcomed home a flight earlier this month. The event is part of the Honor Flight Network, conceived by Capt. Earl Morse (USAF-Ret.) in 2005 and has received widespread publicity. Check out the video about the flight


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