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Alaska USA FCU ribbon cutting ceremony for new branch in Anchorage.
ALASKA USA FCU
updated 05/04/15 11:44 AM
Alaska USA FCU opened a new branch on the ground floor of Alaska USA’s Anchorage Financial Center in midtown Anchorage. The branch offers a full range of credit union services, plus a depository, 24-hour ATM, and a Self-Service Center.

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PATELCO CU
updated 05/04/15 11:43 AM
Patelco CU is now offering industry leading earnings of up to 3 percent annual percentage yield (APY) on the newly structured Money Market Select Account and Money Market Select IRA Account. The accounts are uniquely designed in a reverse tier structure delivering higher APY earning potential to smaller, entry-level accounts to encourage members to reignite their savings.

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New Ventura County CU Moorpark branch.
VENTURA COUNTY CU
updated 05/04/15 11:42 AM
Ventura County CU opened its first Moorpark branch, a 2,700 square-foot facility. With the opening of this branch, free membership are given to all new members who join the credit union by May 31. A public grand-opening celebration and ribbon cutting for the new Moorpark branch was held on May 5.

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SAN FRANCISCO FCU
updated 05/04/15 11:42 AM
San Francisco FCU has partnered with Mogl, a restaurant rewards smartphone app that donates meals to local food banks. The official launch was May 1, 2015 and will be available for members to sign up their credit union debit and credit cards to begin earning cash back at participating restaurants.

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SILVER STATE SCHOOLS CU
updated 05/04/15 11:41 AM
Silver State Schools CU recognized board member Len Petoske in appreciation of his 50 years of loyal and dedicated service to the credit union at its 65th annual meeting. Petoske was honored with gifts and a dedication of Silver State Schools CU’s boardroom to henceforth be recognized as the Len Petoske Boardroom. In other news, Silver State Schools CU reported a net income of $2.88 million for the quarter ending March 31, 2015. It is the credit union’s 12th consecutive positive quarter.

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Amber Chavez of CHOC and Attila Morgan of NuVision FCU the Spring Toy Drive benefiting Children’s Hospitals of Orange County and Los Angeles.
NUVISION FCU
updated 05/04/15 11:40 AM
NuVision FCU hosted its annual Spring Toy Drive benefiting Children’s Hospitals of Orange County (CHOC) and Los Angeles. The credit union collected toys at its branches, and also partnered with Chick-fil-A restaurants in Costa Mesa and Santa Ana to serve as additional collection sites, and provided a free chicken sandwich for anyone who came into the restaurants to donate a new toy for CHOC.

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SkyOne FCU receives two Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Diamond Awards for outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry.
SKYONE FCU
updated 05/04/15 11:39 AM
SkyOne FCU has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) with two Diamond Awards for outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry. SkyOne FCU won a Category’s Best Diamond Award for Internal Marketing Recognition/Incentive Campaign for their entry titled "Superhero Staff Event," a fundraising campaign benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The credit union also won a Diamond Award in the Segmented Marketing category for their entry titled "Borrow and Save Filene Pilot." SkyOne FCU is taking part in Filene Research Institute’s pilot program, which is designed to serve low- to medium-income members and those with low credit scores. The goal of the program is to help members break the cycle of payday loans while helping them build their credit. In personnel news, Geoffrey Palenik CFS financial advisor at SkyOne FCU received a prestigious CFP certification and has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the Certified Financial Planner and CFP certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements.

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Altura CU executives Jennifer Binkley, Chief Operating Officer, far left, and Tina Covington, Vice President of Business Development, far right, present a $5,000 check to the Fire & Burn Foundation.
ALTURA CU
updated 05/04/15 11:05 AM
Altura CU made a $5,000 donation to the Fire & Burn Foundation in Colton as part of #AlturaCares, a community-oriented campaign launched this year. The money for the donation was generated by Altura CU members. Every time a member made a purchase with their Altura Visa® credit or debit card during the first three months of 2015, a portion of each sale was set aside for charity. In other news, Altura CU reported net income of $2.34 million on total assets of $799.31 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, down from $3.04 million and $730.94 million, respectively, for the same quarter in 2014.

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Orange County’s CU President and CEO Shruti Miyashiro joins the board of directors for Jack Henry & Associates.
ORANGE COUNTY’S CU
updated 05/04/15 11:04 AM
Orange County’s CU President and CEO Shruti Miyashiro has been named as an independent director to the board of directors for Jack Henry & Associates, a leading provider of technology solutions and payment processing services serving the financial services industry.

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ALTA VISTA CU
updated 05/04/15 11:00 AM
Alta Vista CU welcomed RaAnn Wood as its new president and chief executive officer. Prior to joining Alta Vista CU, Wood was the California Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Credit Unions at the Department of Business Oversight, formerly the Department of Financial Institutions.

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SCHOOLS FINANCIAL CU
updated 05/04/15 10:58 AM
Schools Financial CU continues to participate in a popular series of teen financial education events, known as “Bite of Reality,” in Sacramento and its surrounding areas. Volunteers from the credit union, other area credit unions, and members of the community served as mentors and played the roles of business people. “Bite of Reality” events feature real-life simulations where teens are issued a fictional occupation, salary, family, student loan debt, credit card debt, and medical insurance payments. The goal is to provide students with experience in making the challenging financial decisions they will face in adulthood.

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MISSION FCU
updated 05/04/15 10:58 AM
Mission FCU celebrated the grand opening of its new Eastlake branch in Chula Vista. The event featured food, fun, and prize drawings every half hour. In addition, there was a ribbon cutting with presentations by local dignitaries.

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MERIWEST CU
updated 05/04/15 10:57 AM
Meriwest CU has signed a three-year agreement with the San Jose Earthquakes to become the Official Credit Union sponsor of the Major League soccer team. The relationship kicks off this season and will run through 2017. As part of the agreement, the credit union will receive significant signage rights throughout the exterior and interior of the new Avaya stadium, as well as team fan interactions.

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New San Mateo CU President and Chief Executive Officer Wade Painter.
SAN MATEO CU
updated 05/04/15 10:56 AM
San Mateo CU has hired Wade Painter as the new president and chief executive officer. Painter takes over leadership from Barry Jolette, who served the credit union in that capacity for 27 years. Painter is formally executive vice president and chief financial officer of Redwood CU

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AMERICA’S CHRISTIAN CU
updated 05/04/15 10:55 AM
America’s Christian CU has partnered with MinistryLINQ to offer MinistryLINQ tools and resources, including Online Giving, to churches and ministries to facilitate donors’ preferred method of payment. Other tools include EventQ, an event registration tool, and TuitionQ for tuition payments.

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Two Carl’s Jr. patrons receive breakfast vouchers from Arrowhead CU.
ARROWHEAD CU
updated 05/04/15 10:43 AM
Arrowhead CU surprised Moreno Valley commuters by picking up the tab for their breakfast order at a local Carl’s Jr. The team handed out breakfast vouchers at the drive-thru and inside the restaurant. The gesture is a part of Arrowhead CU’s internal team focus to “keep kind in mind.”

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First Financial CU celebrates historic loan production month during a dinner.
FIRST FINANCIAL CU
updated 05/04/15 10:42 AM
First Financial CU hit new plateaus in March with more than $6 million in loans in a single month—the highest in the credit union’s 83-year history. Additionally, it produced more vehicles with 142 Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) Plus and 57 Mechanical Repair Coverage (MRC) policies. First Financial CU’s in-house Auto Buying Service, PALM, also had a record-breaking month as they delivered 118 vehicles to members. In other news, First Financial CU awarded $500 scholarships to nine members who have achieved academic excellence.

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Redwood CU volunteers helped plant 900 trees to restore natural wetlands for Laguna de Santa Rosa.
REDWOOD CU
updated 05/04/15 10:39 AM
Redwood CU employees and family members, along with approximately 80 other community volunteers participated in the 6th Annual Laguna de Santa Rosa Re-Leaf Day—a local tree-planting effort to help restore the degraded habitat area along Irwin Creek near the Laguna. More than 900 trees and shrubs were planted. In other news, Ashley Curiel a CFS investment adviser at Redwood CU has earned the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation from the College for Financial Planning. The nationally recognized designation represents special expertise in retirement planning. On the operations side, RCU Insurance Services, part of Redwood CU’s wholly-owned subsidiary, has acquired SST Insurance Brokers to enhance its operations. This addition will allow RCU Insurance Services to improve its current program with local in-person consultations and other added benefits to its existing insurance offerings for individuals and businesses. Redwood CU also completed the construction of a 2,036-panel rooftop solar array at its Administrative Offices in Santa Rosa. The system produces up to 662 kilowatts of power and will provide an estimated 61 percent of the location’s annual electrical energy requirements. Redwood CU recently held their annual membership meeting and re-elected four volunteer officials for three-year terms from 2015 to 2018. Incumbents Robert Eyler, Greg McGuirk, and Jim Olmsted have been re-elected to the credit union’s board of directors and incumbent M. Christina Rivera has been re-elected to the Supervisory Committee.

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