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Redwood CU received the Corporate Community Service award at the 25th annual Heart of Marin awards, hosted by the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership. The Corporate Community Service award recognizes a local company that has fostered and encouraged volunteerism and philanthropy among its employees. In 2017, Redwood CU’s staff provided more than 2,000 hours of volunteer support at 115 events supporting local nonprofits and community organizations.

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Travis CU has announced the opening of its Mary Keith Duff Memorial Scholarship Fund where it will award 20 $2,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who meet certain requirements.  The scholarship program was established in 2004 and has awarded more than $313,000 in scholarships since its inception.

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Stefany Rivera, Michelle Yazawa, Elisa Herrera, and Georgina Rodriguez from Xceed Financial CU’s El Segundo headquarters celebrate collecting 826 food items (and Ugly Sweater Day) at the culmination of the credit union’s Second Annual Canned Food Drive.

Xceed Financial CU held its second Annual Canned Food Drive, donating more than 3,000 items to food banks in local communities with help from both members and associates.

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CU of Southern California was ranked as the 28th Top Workplaces in 2017, categorized in the midsize company range by the Orange County Register and Energage.

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Donna Zapata, business development officer at Redwood CU.

Redwood CU’s Business Development Officer Donna Zapata was honored with a Latino Business Leadership Award by the North Bay Business Journal at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa. Presented to 17 honorees, the award recognizes outstanding Latino leaders in the North Bay Area, and Zapata was recognized for successfully shaping a career while building an inseparable connection between economic development and community.

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America’s Christian CU President and CEO Mendell L. Thompson receives a Certificate of Recognition from the Glendora City Council.

America’s Christian CU kicked off its 60th year anniversary campaign with a special event that brought together state representatives, city officials, and ministry leaders from around the Los Angeles and Orange Counties to celebrate the Kingdom impact the credit union has inspired for 60 years. The 60th Anniversary—“60 Strong”—campaign will run throughout 2018, using each month to highlight the distinctive values of the credit union.

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Greater Nevada CU launched a new wholly owned commercial lending subsidiary called Greater Commercial Lending.  Greater Commercial Lending is an expansion of the credit union’s nationally-recognized commercial services department.  The new company will provide expert lending services to businesses not only within Nevada, but across the United States in sectors such as energy, community facilities, industrial, mining, commercial, and export lending.  Wally Murray, Greater Nevada CU, President and CEO, will also serve as President and CEO of the new company.  Jeremy Gilpin, previously Greater Nevada CU’s Vice President of Commercial Services, will serve as the Executive Vice President of Greater Commercial Lending.

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Star One CU’s Gary Rodrigues was promoted to the position of president and CEO on Jan. 2, 2018 as Rick Heldebrant, former CEO, retired. Rodrigues brings over 33 years of banking experience to his new position. 

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California State & Federal Employees CU has been granted approval by the California Department of Business Oversight to open membership to those who live, work or worship in Humboldt, Del Norte or Trinity counties. Previously, membership was only open to current or retired federal or state employees, Humboldt State University students, staff and alumni, current or retired members of the United States Armed Forces and family members. The next step is a name change to better reflect who they now serve. Additionally the credit union open a new branch in Arcata. 

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1st United CU has achieved $1 billion in assets. This announcement coincides with the celebration of the Credit Union’s 85th year in business.

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Altura CU’s “Holiday Hook Up” program granted a wish from employee John Rodriguez, standing fourth from left,  to provide shoes, socks, underwear and other basic items for students at Liberty Elementary School in Riverside, where his wife Norma is a teacher.

Altura CU's annual “Holiday Hook Up” program gave employees an opportunity to request the one special item they would like to be “hooked up with” for the holidays. One employee, John Rodriguez, took the concept a step further when he asked for a hook up for an entire elementary school. His wish was granted and $1,500 worth of shoes, socks, underwear and other basic items were donated to the students of Liberty Elementary School in Riverside in time for the holidays. This year Altura CU granted 46 of the 156 requests.

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Members 1st CU has been voted the best credit union in the North State by area residents for the second consecutive year. The Best of the North State competition by the Redding Record Searchlight gives voters an opportunity to select their favorites in categories ranging from restaurants to schools and more. Members 1st CU also earned the top credit union designation in 2016 and has been a runner-up in the bank category for six years.

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Clark County CU has hit a record $700 million in assets for the first time in its more than 65-year history. With six branches throughout the Las Vegas valley and an aggressive advertising campaign designed to increased awareness of the credit union’s unique benefits, more and more new members are joining the credit union each month. 2017’s asset growth rate is running at 10.9%, with membership growth at 9.62%, and a 11.63% loan growth rate.

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The Mission FCU team at the San Diego Center for Children.

 

Mission FCU partnered with the San Diego Center for Children and volunteered as holiday tree-decorating “elves” at the Center’s campus and at two additional locations. The credit union’s staff outfitted the on-campus living cottages with Christmas trees and holiday décor and donated 13 Christmas trees, one for each of the Center’s cottages, and decorated each with themes that the students selected, everything from superheroes to Pokémon to Nightmare Before Christmas.  

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San Francisco FCU welcomes Ray Shams as chief lending officer. Shams has more than 25 years of financial experience and was previously the chief operating officer at Xceed Financial CU and the chief credit officer at Financial Partners CU.

 

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First Financial CU’s Lending Department in their version of an ugly Christmas sweater.

First Financial CU declared December 13 Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. Staff were encouraged to wear their version of an ugly (or not so ugly) Christmas sweater and those who participated were entered into a drawing for a gift card.

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L-R: America’s Christian CU President and CEO Mendell L. Thompson with Council for Christian Colleges & Universities President Shirley V. Hoogstra and Azusa Pacific President Jon R. Wallace.

America’s Christian CU funded a $100,000 “seed” grant in 2017 given to the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) to underwrite research on the economic impact that Christian colleges and universities have in the country. After a year of research, the study discovered the national impact of Christian higher education institutions affiliated with the CCCU, totaling $60 billion dollars annually (or $166 million a day) contributed to the U.S. economy.

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KyXy Radio Morning Show Host AJ Machado, Rady Children's Hospital Foundation Corporate and Community Development Officer Carly Rickard, KyXy Radio Morning Show Host Sara Perry, Point Loma CU President and CEO David R. Brooke, and Point Loma CU Senior Vice President Operations and COO Peter Butler.

Point Loma CU members and employees contributed more than four-thousand dollars to Rady Children’s Hospital during November. It was all part of the Annual Holiday of Miracles fundraiser.

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America’s Christian CU employees deliver gift to the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, McKinley Children’s Center Chief Development Officer, Rhonda Beltran (center).

America’s Christian CU partnered with the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, McKinley Children’s Center (MCC) and Shepherd’s Pantry this holiday season. Credit union employees donated gifts, raised money, and rallied for their causes.

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Patelco hosts Day of Giving 2017.

Patelco CU team members dropped off Secret Santa gifts for Hearts With Christmas - Sonoma County, and served dinner and passed out warm blankets and portable chargers to those in need at Sam Jones Hall in Santa Rosa, during its Day of Giving.

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Pacific Service CU has donated more than $125,000 to various non-profit organizations that serve the Bay Area and several surrounding counties in 2017. To spread holiday cheer, Pacific Service CU is finishing its 2017 charitable donations program by focusing their charitable efforts toward a few local non-profit organizations to help those in need during the holidays. Through the efforts of Pacific Service CU and their employees, they were able to donate a total of nearly $44,000 to the Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Youth Homes, Salvation Army, Monument Crisis Center, and the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano.

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Altura CU's team of tree decorators with their “60th Anniversary Dazzling Diamond” Christmas Tree, which recognizes Altura CU's 60 years serving the community.

Altura CU participated in a “Story Time with Santa” and a special Christmas craft at the Annual Festival of Trees to benefit pediatric services at Riverside University Health System-Medical Center. Altura CU staffed and sponsors Story Time with Santa, and helped 250 children reindeer bell necklaces after listening to Santa read them stories. Additionally, Altura CU volunteers also decorated a Christmas Tree with a “60th Anniversary Dazzling Diamond” theme in honor of Altura’s 60th anniversary. Diamonds are the symbol of a 60th anniversary. The more than 50 decorated trees are a key fundraising element of the festival. Each of the donated trees feature a unique theme chosen by the decorators. After the festival, the trees are purchased by individuals and businesses. 

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Jose Gonzalez of Lake Elsinore, center, is the latest Grand Prize winner of a dream vacation from Altura Credit Union.  Two grand prize finalists, Amanda Gonzalez, left, and Veronica Palomares, right, each received $500 gift cards.

Altura CU member Jose F. Gonzalez is the third winner in the credit union’s “Visit Your Dream Destination” giveaway. As part of a celebration of Altura CU’s 60th anniversary, the credit union is thanking its members by giving away four dream vacations in 2017.

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Julie Goe, Clark County CU Marketing Manager.

Clark County CU promoted Julie Goe from Marketing Coordinator to Marketing Manager, a position that works with and promotes all six of the credit union’s full-service branches. 

 

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County Schools FCU bought stock in CU*NorthWest. In addition to a positive return on stock value, shareholders have the opportunity to vote and participate on the board of directors, and are eligible for various profit sharing and investment incentives as directed by a governing board of credit union CEOs.

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