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CUs share ICU Day celebrations
MADISON, Wis. (10/20/08)--Credit unions nationwide reported their ICU Day celebrations--ranging from prize giveaways to safety and soundness promotions. Several state governors also proclaimed ICU Day. Activities included:
* Bay Area CU, Oregon, Ohio, gave members a “Go Green Eco-Friendly” shopping bag; * Augusta (Ga.) Metro CU offered members the chance to win prizes with a “Wheel of Fortune” game; * MidWest America FCU, Fort Wayne, Ind., is concerned that members do not realize their deposits are federally insured, so the credit union made up shirts to increase the awareness about insured deposits. All staff members wore the shirts, press releases were sent out, and a local radio station and TV station interviewed Mike Woehnker, vice president of marketing; * Olean (N.Y.) Area FCU celebrated all week with prizes, treats, and a member appreciation day on Thursday; * Horizon FCU, Williamsport, Pa., served refreshments and offered shredding services. The credit union also handed out calendars with identity theft information; * Metrum Community CU, Centennial, Colo., hosted a Guitar Hero contest. Any member that played was entered in a drawing to win $240--the same amount that the average household saves by being a credit union member; * First Community FCU (FCFCU), Parchment, Mich., hung ICU Day posters in all 10 of its branches and featured new services, such as the FCFCU Member Advantage Program; * Western Corporate FCU, San Dimas, Calif., served a cake with the imprint “It Belongs to Me” and gave away ICU Day six-pack coolers with the “It Belongs to Me” logo; and * Belco Community CU, Harrisburg, Pa., celebrated with a $200 Visa card giveaway and free hot dog lunch.
Alameda County in California recognized International Credit Union Day and the 100th anniversary of the credit union movement. From left are: Alameda County Board of Supervisors President Scott Haggerty and Cooperative Center FCU CEO Gary Bell. (Photo provided by the California Credit Union League)
Counties in California and Nevada declared ICU Day Thursday and also recognized the 100th anniversary of credit unions. “Citizens and businesses are facing unprecedented financial challenges, and credit unions are vital to helping local communities in providing service to their members,” said California and Nevada Credit Union League President/CEO Bill Cheney. “We are honored that our credit unions have been recognized by local government for all the hard work and services they provide within their communities.” Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas proclaimed ICU Day Thursday, and commended Vermont credit unions for their “people helping people” philosophy of pooling personal resources and leadership abilities to help people. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty also proclaimed Thursday as ICU day. He said that credit unions work to create a brighter economic future for their members and communities, and that credit unions provide access to credit, encourage savigns habits and “develop strong alliances that transcend political and geographical boundaries.” “Minnesota credit unions take this opportunity to pay tribute to the founders of the credit union movement,” said Mark D. Cummins, Minnesota Credit Union Network president/CEO. “ICU Day provides us with an opportunity to look to the future and renew our pledge to the credit union movement, while thanking those who work hard to maintain, sustain and build modern cooperative financial institutions.”
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