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New editions of two boardvolunteer handbooks released

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MADISON, Wis. (8/11/10)--Updated regulations could affect credit union boards and supervisory committees, so the Credit Union National Association encourages credit unions to obtain the latest updates in two new handbooks. The Credit Union Supervisory Committee Handbook, fourth edition, gives committee members information about a typical supervisory committee profile. The edition describes supervisory committee relationships with members, directors, other committee members, management and staff, external and internal auditors, and regulatory agencies. It also discusses:
* Qualifications; * Makeup of the committee; * Duties and responsibilities; * Legal considerations; * Insurance protection; and * Conflicts of interest.
The Directors Handbook for Credit Union Regulations, third edition, contains the recent changes to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Rules and Regulations and includes a new appendix about NCUA auditing guidance. The edition has new information on:
* The increase in the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund insurance limit; * Trust account beneficiaries and share insurance coverage; * Real Estate Lending Regulations, including Real Estate Settlement Practices Act and Home Mortgage Disclosure Act; * Regulation Z changes; * Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosures Card Act; * Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act; * An updated list of activities in which credit union service organizations can engage.
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iPhone app added to SURF ATM network

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PORTLAND, Maine (8/11/10)--Maine credit union members can use a new iPhone app to find any of the 200 surcharge-free ATMs on the SURF ATM network. The free application can be downloaded at the iTunes app store. It lists all SURF ATMs, contact info and directions to ATMs. It also displays the new SURF mascot, SURF Dude. “While in the past you would have needed to plan ahead if you wanted to access a SURF location, with this application, members will have live information regarding SURF locations and won’t need to rely on accessing the first ATM terminal that they see,” said Rebekah Higgins, assistant vice president for Synergent Card Services. Surcharge-free ATMs on the SURF ATM network save credit union members about $300 annually on fees, said Synergent, a credit union service bureau owned by the Maine Credit Union League.