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Spirit of International Credit Union Day hits CUs
MADISON, Wis. (10/29/10)--In the spirit of International Credit Union (ICU) Day on Oct. 22, many activities were celebrated at credit unions nationwide to pay tribute to this year’s theme which was “Local. Trusted. Serving You.” Some credit union events and festivities to celebrate ICU Day included:
* Mid-Cities Financial CU in Compton, Calif., asked members to give testimony as to why they are credit union members in celebration of ICU Day. “We wanted to celebrate International Credit Union Day with more than the traditional branch balloons and cookies,” said President/CEO Melia Keller. “We wanted our members to talk about why their Credit Union is so important to their lives and well-being. To see the heart-warming messages of the numerous ways we’ve helped our members touched our board and staff.” To view the video stream testimonials, use the resource link for Mid Cities Financial CU. * The University of Louisiana FCU (ULFC) in Lafayette, La., got into
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the spirit of ICU Week, beginning by dressing in camouflage. The rest of the week, the staff was dressed in New Orleans Saints football gear, pajamas, and ULFCU dress to celebrate ULFCU’s homecoming last weekend. ULFCU also had some fun things planned for its members. Wednesday was kids day, when kids came in and received a special gift and entered the coloring contest. Thursday was member-appreciation day, in which members enjoyed hot dogs and door prizes. Friday, anyone who joined the credit union received a gift and those who referred them received a free gift. * Discovery FCU in Wyomissing, Pa., celebrated ICU day with lots of free treats, goodies, and giveaways for everyone to enjoy. The credit union held a drawing for one member to win a $50 gift certificate to Target, and members were encouraged to take an environmentally friendly tote bag and fill it with all sorts of free items such as notepads, pens, hand sanitizers and more. Discovery employees also participated in a popular community Halloween parade and distributed credit union information and treats. “International Credit Union Day would not be possible if it wasn’t for our members,” said Ed Williams, president/CEO of Discovery FCU. “This day is dedicated to them, as much as we are dedicated towards providing them premium financial products and outstanding member service.” * Pennsylvania State Employees CU (PSECU) in Harrisburg, Pa., participated in several activities, including what is now an annual tradition: allowing employees to spend the day assisting local nonprofit organizations. In the Harrisburg area, nine credit union volunteers spent the day at the American Red Cross of the Susquehanna Valley, the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, the Humane Society, and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. In State College, one employee assisted The Second Mile, an organization whose mission is to help young people. In Indiana, Pa., one volunteer lent a hand at the Indiana County Community Action Program. Also, members of the PSECU Senior Management team volunteered at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank packing Elder Share food boxes later that day. Barbara J. Bowker, vice president of Marketing for PSECU, said, “Having our employees working out in the community gives us an opportunity to not only share manpower but to also show how we put the credit union philosophy of People Helping People into action.” * Service 1st FCU in Danville, Pa., planned a full week of community
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service projects to celebrate this year’s International Credit Union Week slogan, “Local. Trusted. Serving you.” The weeklong lineup of volunteer projects dubbed “C.U. Around Town” began on Oct. 18 and continued through Oct. 22. Projects included cleaning at the Ronald McDonald House and House of Care, trail clean-up at the Montour Area Recreation Commission, landscaping and clean-up at Hope Enterprises, Inc, staffing the Danville Child Development Center’s book sale, and baking desserts for the Gate House Shelter’s ham loaf dinner. In addition to supporting the community through service projects, Service 1st has used only local businesses to cater its four Ribbon Cutting, Open House, and Grand Opening events for the week in celebration of the new Service 1st Corporate Center located in Danville. * Two North Carolina credit union chapters got an early start on ICU Day, holding their celebrations on the evening of Oct. 19. The Foothills Chapter celebrated in Hickory, while the Western Chapter converged on Mills River to hold their event. Folks in the Foothills marked the worldwide celebration of credit unions with live music at the Gateway Best Hotel in Hickory. The Adam Rose Band provided entertainment through the evening to the more than 40 people in attendance, playing hits from the 1970s and 1980s. Meanwhile out west, nearly 150 people converged on the Forge Valley Event Center in Mills River as the Western Chapter celebrated with a night of food and entertainment. The Wayne Dalton Band provided an energetic mix of music through parts of the evening, and the chapter also continued the trend that has swept the state in recent years by holding a talent show to cap the evening's excitement (North Carolina Credit Union League’s The Weekly Update Oct. 22). * Members of San Diego-based Credit Union Car Club (CUCC) presented
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a $21,500 donation to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego on ICU Day. The donation included a matching amount from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.-based CO-OP Financial Services and proceeds from CUCC’s Third Annual Car Show and its first car sale. Proceeds came from participating dealers, vendors, credit unions and credit union organizations including the California Credit Union League and the Credit Union National Association. The event was held in the parking lot of California Coast CU’s corporate headquarters in San Diego on Sept.18-19. Credit unions promoted the event and provided onsite loan approvals.
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