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CU System briefs (11/23/2009)
* BEAVERTON, Ore. (11/24/09)--The Credit Union Association of Oregon (CUAO) announced its 2009 Credit Union Advocates of the Year. The award is divided into two categories: volunteer and professional. Mark Turnham, president/CEO of NW Priority CU, received the award in the professional category. He has served in a leadership role on his chapter board, chapter president for 15 years, and as a board member for CUAO. He currently serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee. Don Gleason, Northwest Community CU, received the award in the volunteer category. He has attended credit union advocate training, Credit Union Day at the Capitol, and the Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. CUAO announced the awards at its annual meeting and convention in Salem, Ore. (Photos provided by the Credit Union Association of Oregon) ... * NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif. (11/24/09)--SAFE CU, North Highlands, Calif., received the Beacon Award from the Richard Myles Foundation, the state foundation for credit unions in California and Nevada. The credit union received the award during the Beacon Awards Gala Reception Nov. 15 in Las Vegas. SAFE CU was honored for its in-school branch program at two local high schools. The Beacon Award recognizes promising or exemplary financial education programs or projects that provide information to the broader credit union community and general public. SAFE CU has $1.4 billion in assets ... * SPOKANE, Wash. (11/24/09)--Ed Southworth, former president of Safeway CU in Spokane, Wash., died Nov. 15 at the age of 86 (The Oregonian Nov. 22). Southworth worked for Safeway Inc. for 40 years. He also was president of the Safeway Companies Employee Association. Safeway CU, which serves employees of Safeway Inc., has $47.6 million in assets ... * GREAT FALLS, Mont. (11/24/09)--1st Liberty CU, Great Falls, Mont., is in its 10th year of Operation Happy Holiday, a project that sends holiday boxes to Montana troops stationed overseas. The project started in 1999 by former President/CEO Stephen Kubrick and has sent about 3,167 boxes and 234,000 cookies to troops (Great Falls Tribune Nov. 20). While many volunteer to bake cookies, gather supplies and pack boxes, the credit union is seeking donations for the content of the boxes. Each box costs about $40. Some of the money is covered by fundraisers. 1st Liberty CU has $125 million in assets ...


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