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RMJ Foundation award winners announced
SAN FRANCISCO (11/12/08)--San Francisco-based Mission SF FCU, Travis CU in Vacaville, Calif., and Timothy Allen of AltaOne FCU in Ridgecrest, Calif., received the 2008 Beacon Awards from the Richard Myles Johnson (RMJ) Foundation. RMJ’s Beacon Awards are the foundation’s highest honor.
The Golden 1 CU Leadership Scholars Program winners are, from left (front), Lynn Athens, Spectrum FCU, San Francisco; Christine Haley, Southern California Postal CU, Long Beach; Jon Hernandez, Mattel FCU, El Segundo, Calif.; and Gregg Stockdale, 1st Valley CU, San Bernardino, Calif. (Back), Michael Stremme, Palo Alto (Calif.) Community FCU; Adam Denbo, California Agribusiness CU, Buena Park; Stephen Serfozo, McClatchy Employees CU, Sacramento; and Eric Bruen, Desert Valleys FCU, Ridgecrest, Calif. (Photos provided by the California and Nevada Credit Union leagues)
2008 Beacon Award recipients, from left, with RMJ Foundation namesake, Richard Myles Johnson (in the middle)--Mission SF FCU’s Youth Credit Union Program representatives Jessica Leal and Celina Ramos Castro with Mission SF Community Financial Center Executive Director Margaret Libby; Travis CU Financial Education Officer Marlene Myers; and AltaOne FCU Community Education Specialist Timothy Allen.
The awards were presented at the fifth annual Beacon Awards Gala Reception, held Nov. 4 in San Francisco. The RMJ Foundation is the state foundation for credit unions in California and Nevada. The program is offered to small and mid-sized league-member credit unions in the two states. “This year was special because of all the varied and worthy entries,” said Marie Alonzo, chairman of the Beacon Awards nomination committee and board chairman of Arrowhead CU, San Bernardino, Calif. “The committee judges and the foundation would like to thank all the nominees for their work in providing quality financial education to young people.” The winner of the Beacon Award for a smaller organization was Mission SF FCU. The credit union was honored for its program, which targets youth from low-income and immigrant families, as well as those who use fringe financial outlets. It provides financial education and leadership development to its 450 youth members. The Beacon Award for a larger organization went to Travis CU for its multi-level financial literacy program, which reaches youth through financial literacy workshops at Travis Air Force Base and for its program on Cal Grants and Cash for College. The 2008 Beacon Award for an individual went to AltaOne Community FCU Education Specialist Timothy Allen. He developed a Substitute Teacher Program, where he volunteers as a substitute teacher and teaches the National Endowment for Financial Education curriculum, which meets state and national guidelines. He also presented the Mad City Money seminar to local high schools. Other finalists were: Bay FCU, Capitola, Calif.; L.A. (Calif.) Financial FCU; Meriwest CU, San Jose, Calif.; Sonoma County Grange CU, Santa Rosa, Calif.; and The Golden 1 CU, Sacramento, (organizational category), and Michelle Lawrence from American First CU, La Habra, Calif. (individual). The Beacon Award recognizes promising or exemplary financial education programs or projects that provide information to the broader credit union community and the general public. The 2008 recipients of the Leadership Scholars Program--offered by The Golden 1 Credit Union, in partnership with the RMJ Foundation--also were announced. Recipients included:
* Lynn Athens, CEO, Spectrum FCU, San Francisco; * Adam Denbo, CEO, California Agribusiness CU, Buena Park, Calif.; * Christine Haley, CEO, Southern California Postal CU, Long Beach, Calif.; * Jon Hernandez, CEO, Mattel FCU, El Segundo, Calif.; * Stephen Serfozo, CEO, McClatchy Employees CU, Sacramento; * Eric Bruen, CEO, Desert Valleys FCU, Ridgecrest, Calif.; * Gregg Stockdale, CEO, 1st Valley CU, San Bernardino, Calif.; and * Michael Stremme, CEO, Palo Alto Community FCU, Palo Alto, Calif.
The goal is to award scholarships each year to credit union staff with leadership potential. Applicants provide information on their tenure within the credit union industry, educational background, and how they plan to use the development their credit unions or careers.


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