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  • INDIANAPOLIS (12/17/12)--Dallas Bergl, CEO of the INOVA FCU, Elkhart, Ind., has received the 2012 Millie Cox Scholarship Award, announced the Indiana Credit Union Foundation. The award recognizes one individual each year for political involvement efforts that protect and further credit union interests.  Bergl has served on the Indiana Credit Union League's Governmental Affairs Committee and been a key participant in the league's Legislative Affairs Forum and the Credit Union National Association's Governmental Affairs Conference. He was a key contact for former U.S. Rep. Chris Chocola, serving on his finance committee and hosting fundraisers in this home for Chocola. Bergl also has worked with former State Rep. Jackie Walorski during two campaigns for the U.S. House seat, which made credit unions more visible. He organized a credit union fundraiser last spring. Walorski was elected in November. "It is every credit union CEO's responsibility to do all that they can to advocate for candidates that will carry the credit union torch for all of us," Bergl said. "It does not matter what side of the aisle they are on; what matters is ensuring that there is a viable financial alternative to big banks so that consumers do not get exploited," he added. The late Millie Cox was a former league vice president of governmental affairs …
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio (12/17/12)--
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    An annual "Money War" competition between University of Michigan CU and Credit Union of Ohio has benefitted two local children's hospitals. The war is a competition to see which credit union can raise the most funds for their local hospital during the week leading up to the Ohio State University and University of Michigan football game. This year's competition raised $4,400, a significant increase over the amount raised in 2011. C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor will receive about $2,800, and the Nationwide Children's in Columbus will receive about $1,600, the amounts raised by each respective credit union.  Last year, Credit Union of Ohio, whose members include students, faculty and staff of Ohio State, was the winner and received a photo of University of Michigan Credit Union's staff dressed in Ohio State's  team colors, scarlet and gray, the opposing team's colors. This year, Credit Union of Ohio staff are dressed in Michigan's colors, and the credit union will return the roving war trophy to the Michigan group  Pictured are Credit Union of Ohio staff, from left: front row Jill Gerschutz, director of marketing; Greg Moss, vice president of information technology; Tonya Keaton, vice president of lending; and Bill Mascari, chief financial officer; back row Tammy Jones, chief operations officer; Rich Capuano, CEO, and Tami Peyton, vice president of human resources.  (Photo provided by the Credit Union of Ohio) …
  • BILOXI, Miss. (12/17/12)--A Louisiana couple wanted for the Dec. 6 robbery of the Diamondhead branch of Biloxi, Miss.-based Keesler FCU, were arrested Thursday morning in Bogalusa, La. Jessie Landry, 42, and Aleisha Dyaz Landry, 33, husband and wife from Picayune, were arrested at her mother's home in Bogalusa without incident. They are charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana and receiving stolen property, and are awaiting extradition to Hancock County, Miss., where they face armed robbery charges (The Sun Herald Dec. 13) ...
  • LINCOLN, Neb. (12/17/12)--Billy Johnson, 25, of Omaha, Neb., was arrested in Phoenix and charged with robbing the Liberty First CU in Lincoln, Neb., last July (Associated Press Newswires and Lincoln Journal Star Dec. 14).  He has been returned to Lincoln to face the robbery charge. The robbery occurred on July 9 when a man entered the building and passed a note to a teller. He escaped with nearly $22,700.  Investigators found a fingerprint on the note and allegedly matched it to Johnson, said the court documents …


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