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Arrowhead CU team members deliver groceries to Mary’s Mercy Center.
CUs GIVE HELPING HAND IN COMMUNITIES
updated 12/02/14 10:35 AM
Volunteerism, Fundraisers, and More
Scroll down to view the latest on how credit unions and industry affiliates across California and Nevada are donating time and money to help the communities they serve!

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Ventura County CU presents a $2,353 check to the Ribbons of Life Breast Cancer Foundation.
VENTURA COUNTY CU
updated 12/01/14 04:17 PM
Ventura County CU raised $2,353 for the Ribbons of Life Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of National Breast Cancer Month in October. Members provided donations through the credit union’s branches and employees who made contributions were given permission to wear jeans each Wednesday for the length of the campaign.

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MERIWEST CU
updated 12/01/14 04:16 PM
Meriwest CU raised $4,634.50 during their participation in Shop for Miracles, a one-day Credit Unions for Kids program that took place on International Credit Union Day on Oct. 16, 2014. Funds raised from this campaign support UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

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Arrowhead CU team members deliver groceries to Mary’s Mercy Center.
ARROWHEAD CU
updated 12/01/14 04:15 PM
Arrowhead CU team members kicked off the holiday season with their annual tradition of donating food to Mary’s Mercy Center in San Bernardino. An estimated 7,200 pounds of food was delivered—enough to feed more than 2,000 people.

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GOLDEN 1 CU
updated 12/01/14 04:14 PM
Golden 1 CU has hired Walter Anasovitch as the new vice president of member care. In this position, Anasovitch will be responsible for managing the strength of the credit union’s loan portfolios, lending compliance support, and origination quality assurance for all lending products.

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San Francisco FCU President and CEO Steven Stapp with the winning BBQ sauce prize.
SAN FRANCISCO FCU
updated 12/01/14 04:13 PM
San Francisco FCU received 20 bottles of BBQ sauce after winning a World Series bet with Mazuma CU in Kansas City: if the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, Mazuma CU would send San Francisco FCU some world famous Kansas City BBQ sauce. If the Kansas City Royals won, San Francisco FCU would send Mazuma CU 20 loaves of sourdough bread. On another note, San Francisco FCU has partnered with KPIX 5 and Whole Foods as the official sponsor of the Food for Bay Area Families campaign this year. San Francisco FCU President and CEO Steven Stapp will be featured in a series of television spots on CBS, informing Bay Area residents of the campaign and encouraging them to help contribute to the cause.

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Japanese delegation visits First Financial CU.
FIRST FINANCIAL CU
updated 12/01/14 04:12 PM
First Financial CU hosted a 12-person delegation from NTT Call Center College of Japan. Visitors received a comprehensive overview of the credit union, the daily operations of the Call Center, the credit union’s sales and service culture, and how First Financial CU measures service quality. In other news, First Financial CU awarded 20 members with a $500 Teacher Grant to use toward their classroom and/or school.

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L-R: Vista del Lago High School Principal Janellee Woodward, Altura CU employee Ashley Torrez, and Moreno Valley High School Principal Robert Brough.
ALTURA CU
updated 12/01/14 04:11 PM
Altura CU sponsored the inaugural Altura Bowl, a championship football game between cross-town rival schools Vista del Lago High School and Moreno Valley High School. Altura CU awarded $250 to each football team for making it to the championships. In other news, Altura CU participated in the 11th annual Day of the Dead Festival in downtown Riverside. The credit union sponsored an altar where Altura CU employees and members honored deceased loved ones. Finally, Altura CU member Sayori Baldwin became the most recent winner of Altura CU’s ‘Better Ways to Win’ debit card promotion, winning $500 simply for using her debit card.

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MISSION FCU
updated 12/01/14 04:11 PM
Mission FCU has made a $1 million donation and has become the naming sponsor in support of the ‘Junior Achievement of San Diego County’s Mission Fed JA Finance Park’ program—a program that focuses on increasing the financial literacy of San Diego high school students.

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SF POLICE CU
updated 12/01/14 04:10 PM
SF Police CU’s Platinum Visa will now feature smart chip technology. Europay, MasterCard, Visa (EMV) cards are embedded with a microprocessor chip that encrypts cardholder information making counterfeiting and fraud much more difficult.

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New Safe 1 CU board member Mike Reed.
SAFE 1 CU
updated 12/01/14 04:09 PM
Safe 1 CU has appointed Mike Reed to its board of directors. Reed previously served on the credit union’s Loan Review Committee. He has been employed with the California Highway Patrol for 25 years and currently holds the position of commercial vehicle inspector.

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Redwood CU Santa Rosa office receives solar panels.
REDWOOD CU
updated 12/01/14 04:07 PM
Redwood CU has begun installing 2,036 rooftop solar panels at its administrative offices in Santa Rosa. The system is expected to provide 60 percent of the facility’s annual power requirements when completed in early 2015.

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AMERICA’S CHRISTIAN CU
updated 12/01/14 04:07 PM
America’s Christian CU hosted its third annual adoption event, ADOPT—Adoption Day of Praying Together on Nov. 14. Local community leaders, families, agencies, and businesses came together to share their experiences and hopes for this cause. In related news, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has named America's Christian CU as one of the ‘100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in the U.S.’ for 2014. The credit union ranks third among other small businesses.

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NUVISION FCU
updated 12/01/14 04:06 PM
NuVision FCU branches are collecting new, unwrapped toys donated by its employees, members, and the general public in support of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots program.

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REACHING OUT TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES
updated 11/04/14 11:27 AM
CUs Spread Their Philosophy
Scroll down to view the latest on how credit unions and industry affiliates across California and Nevada are donating time and money to help the communities they serve, implementing new operational strategies for members, and advocating for the credit union movement!

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Chapter Forum award winners and prize winners.
CHAPTER FORUM
updated 11/03/14 03:38 PM
Reception Engages CUs
California and Nevada credit union chapter members gathered attended the 2014 Chapter Forum on Oct. 23, which offered a full day of valuable networking and educational sessions for attendees who were eager to share individual stories about the work their chapters are accomplishing. The night before, attendees applauded their peers during the Chapter Awards Reception at Lucky Strike Bowling Alley.

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The Nevada Credit Union League (left side) and California Credit Union League (right side) boards of director pose for a “REACH” photo with Leagues President and CEO Diana Dykstra (middle).
CUs COLLABORATE AT ‘REACH 2014’
updated 11/03/14 03:32 PM
Nearly 700 credit union CEOs, professionals, industry vendors, and guests attended REACH 2014, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Annual Meeting and Convention from Oct. 20-22 at the JW Marriott (L.A. LIVE) in downtown Los Angeles. The three-day event was marked by incredible speakers such as Neen James, author and CEO of Neen James Communications, and NBA legend and successful businessman Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Thought-provoking sessions, including the Innovation Panel and Succession Planning kept attendees engaged. This year’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals convention fundraiser was a “candy shop” that raised $4,000. During the California and Nevada Annual Business meetings, new League chairmen were announced: Jon Hernandez—CEO of CalCom FCU, Mattel FCU, and interim CEO of Nikkei CU—as California chairman; and Wally Murray, CEO of Greater Nevada CU, as Nevada chairman.

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L-R: Steve Langley, Travis CU; Steve Stryker, Scott CU; Shannon Carter, Point Breeze CU; Lyn Farley, URW Community FCU; Eric Black and Kristina Morgan, Nymeo FCU; Emerson Phillips and Ted Fitz, URW Community FCU; Stephanie Finck, First Community CU; Cheryl Doss and Archie Glass, URW Community FCU; Gloria Nunez, Travis CU; L.C. Moore, URW Community
TRAVIS CU
updated 11/03/14 03:31 PM
Travis CU is one of six winning credit unions at the 10th annual CUNA Operations, Sales & Service (OpSS) Council’s Excellence Awards, which recognize innovative solutions optimizing credit union performance. Travis CU won Best of Show for their Sales & Service Superheroes entry.

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Barbara Kamm, president and CEO of Technology CU, was recognized by the White House for her leadership in promoting citizenship in the workplace.
TECHNOLOGY CU
updated 11/03/14 03:30 PM
Technology CU President and CEO Barbara Kamm was honored by the White House with the Champions of Change Award, which recognizes business leaders for promoting citizenship in the workplace. Under Kamm's leadership, the credit union was one of the first Bay Area companies to partner with the National Immigration Forum's New American Workforce to provide free seminars on citizenship services to its green-card-holding employees and members.

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CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CU
updated 11/03/14 03:29 PM
Christian Community CU promoted Hope C. Smith to vice president of marketing and communications. Smith has served in the marketing department for 20 years.

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Twenty-six teams from 19 credit unions and seven affiliates participated in the annual CHOC Walk at the Park.
CUS PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL CHOC WALK
updated 11/03/14 03:27 PM
Nineteen California credit unions and seven affiliate organizations participated in the annual CHOC Walk at the Park, raising more than $175,000 for Children’s Hospital of Orange County. This collaborative team was the brainchild of Bill Birnie, CEO of Eagle Community CU.

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LBS FINANCIAL CU
updated 11/03/14 03:26 PM
LBS Financial CU celebrated Miracle Jeans Day on Sept. 10, raising $1,000 on behalf of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The credit union matched these funds dollar-for-dollar.

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Arrowhead CU’s ArrowHeart Team at the Annual Believe Walk.
ARROWHEAD CU
updated 11/03/14 03:24 PM
Arrowhead CU’s ArrowHeart Team participated in the 7th Annual Believe Walk and raised more than $10,000 during several fundraising events such as bake sales, coffee bars, lunches, and raffles. At 147 walkers, the team was one of the largest groups at the walk.

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SAN MATEO CU
updated 11/03/14 03:23 PM
San Mateo CU Financial Education Specialist Kristi Lozano is a 2014 Network Empowerment Grant winner, which will be used to improve the financial status of women in their communities. In addition to the financial award, she will receive technical support, and expertise and guidance from Global Women's Leadership Network peers worldwide.

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GREATER NEVADA CU
updated 11/03/14 03:22 PM
Greater Nevada CU has been voted “best” in its service areas, and has been named one of the top three employers in the large business category in the Reno/Tahoe Best Places to Work Awards.

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Members of Altura CU’s executive team display the banner proclaiming Altura CU as the “Best Bank or Credit Union” in the 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards conducted by The Press-Enterprise newspaper.
ALTURA CU
updated 11/03/14 03:21 PM
Altura CU has been chosen as the “Best Bank or Credit Union” by readers of The Press-Enterprise in its Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. In other news, Altura CU member Taliah Bargas won $500 in the “Better Ways to Win” debit card promotion, which goes through the end of the year. Seven high school students from Hemet and San Jacinto were recently honored as “Students of the Month” by Altura CU. The students were the first group recognized for the 2014-2015 academic year in a program founded and supported by the credit union, as well as the San Jacinto and Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chambers of Commerce.

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GOLDEN 1 CU
updated 11/03/14 03:20 PM
Golden 1 CU is offering its members more free options to access their money. In addition to free checking, members have free unlimited use of the credit union’s online, mobile, and bill payment services, and email and text alerts.

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Christina Cook, Redwood CU’s new Senior Vice President of Accounting and Finance.
REDWOOD CU
updated 11/03/14 03:19 PM
Redwood CU has hired Christina Cook as senior vice president of accounting and finance, where she oversees the accounting and finance departments and manages the credit union’s budget process and financial statements. Jeff Hudson has joined Redwood CU as vice president of retail lending, a role which includes planning and directing all of the credit union’s retail lending operations. In other news, Redwood CU completed its 2014 United Way workplace giving campaign with total contributions of $98,175, exceeding this year’s campaign goal of $98,000. Redwood CU also recently donated a projector and automatic screen to the Arbor Youth Resource Center in Ukiah to help them with educational and recreational programs for transition-age youth.

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FIRST FINANCIAL CU
updated 11/03/14 03:18 PM
First Financial CU has announced a new Classroom Supplies Grant program and will award up to 50 $250 grants to members who are teachers.

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Dr. Kevin Mannoia opens the 4th Annual Church Financial Seminar.
AMERICA'S CHRISTIAN CU
updated 11/03/14 03:08 PM
America's Christian CU’s annual Church Financial Seminar honoring Clergy Appreciation Month attracted more than 30 local clergy members, which included guest speakers Dr. Kevin Mannoia, founder of the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium; Robert Brown of Ridenour, Hienton & Lewis, P.L.L.C.; and Vonna Laue, Partner at CapinCrouse LLP. Topics included a comprehensive review of best practices for church finances, investing and market overviews, campus preservation, and spiritual wellness. In other news, America’s Christian CU has partnered with the Glendora Community Coordinating Council for the annual Holiday Basket Program, which provides food baskets to more than 250 families in need. During the 12th Annual Celebration of Adoption, New Beginnings International Children’s and Family Services, Inc. awarded Mendell L. Thompson, president and CEO of America’s Christian CU the 2014 Adoption Service Award for going above and beyond in his commitment to the cause of adoption.

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San Francisco FCU employees pass out free money at MUNI stops and food truck meals to lucky individuals, in honor of the credit union’s 60th anniversary.
SAN FRANCISCO FCU
updated 11/03/14 03:00 PM
San Francisco FCU celebrated its 60th anniversary with 60 events throughout the week of Oct. 3-18, some of which included a budgeting simulation for youth, financial learning workshops, and a shredding event. In addition, several employees from San Francisco FCU volunteered at local food banks. In other news, San Francisco FCU donated more than $6,500 to the Light the Night walk and Susan G. Komen Race.

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NuVision FCU receives an Internet marketing award at this year’s IMPACT14 conference.
NUVISION FCU
updated 11/03/14 02:56 PM
NuVision FCU was honored with the Best Use of Social Media in Member Communications award at this year’s IMPACT14 conference in Las Vegas, sponsored by the Internet Marketing Association. In other news, NuVision FCU participated in the annual Light the Night event at Angel Stadium benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the CHOC Walk in the Park event at Disneyland Resort. Since 2010, the credit union, its members, and employees have donated more than $75,000 to support the Children’s Hospitals of Orange County and Los Angeles and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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SkyOne FCU celebrates Miracle Jeans Day.
SKYONE FCU
updated 11/03/14 02:54 PM
SkyOne FCU celebrated International Credit Union Day by participating in the Shop for Miracles program. On Oct. 16, each time members swiped their SkyOne FCU debit or credit card, the credit union donated 25 cents to CU4Kids, which added up to $2,935. In related news, SkyOne FCU participated in Miracle Jeans Day where employees, members, and partners traded in their work attire for jeans to help raise funds for kids at their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital during the month of September.

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MEMBERS 1ST CU
updated 11/03/14 02:53 PM
Members 1st CU and the Youth Violence Prevention Council hosted their first financial reality fair titled “Mad City Money” in an effort to raise financial literacy among youth. Students were taught financial basics such as writing checks, utilizing a check register, creating budgets, and making transactions.

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