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CUs ENGAGE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES
updated 01/05/15 02:22 PM
Holiday Fundraisers, Toy Drives
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New Director of Strategic Initiatives at Xceed Financial CU Kathryn Reidel.
XCEED FINANCIAL CU
updated 12/30/14 10:08 AM
Xceed Financial CU has hired Kathryn Reidel as director of strategic initiatives. In this newly created position, she will form and develop relationships within the credit union industry, lead strategic initiatives and special projects, and execute senior-level communication projects. Xceed Financial CU is set to launch a lending-focused credit union service organization (CUSO) in early 2015 and Reidel is expected to play a key role in the new entity’s success.

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L-R: Heather Summers, SVP of Marketing at LBS Financial CU; Sally Coker, Board of Director of Young Horizons; Sarah Soriano, Executive Director of Young Horizons; Jeff Napper, President and CEO of LBS Financial CU; and Sean Hardeman, SVP of Member Services at LBS Financial CU.
LBS FINANCIAL CU
updated 12/30/14 10:07 AM
LBS Financial CU employees donated hundreds of toys, gifts, and clothing to the children of Young Horizons. In previous years, credit union employees donated toys and gifts to the United States Marines’ Toys for Tots Foundation, Miller Children’s Hospital, Comprehensive Child Development, Long Beach Day Nursery, Children Today, Project Shepherd, and the Needy Family Project in Cerritos.

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Bill Cheney, CEO of SchoolsFirst FCU and new National Credit Union Foundation board member.
SCHOOLSFIRST FCU
updated 12/30/14 10:05 AM
SchoolsFirst FCU’s President and CEO Bill Cheney has been named to the board of directors of the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). Cheney will be filling a vacant board seat, while Larry Middleman, president and CEO of CU Business Group, LLC in Portland, OR will take a seat most recently held by John Gregoire, president of The ProCon Group in Madison, WI. Patrick La Pine, president and CEO of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions and Affiliates in Tallahassee, FL will be the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL) representative.

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Steven Devan, new Catalyst Corporate FCU board member.
CATALYST CORPORATE FCU
updated 12/30/14 10:03 AM
Catalyst Corporate FCU board of directors has appointed Steven Devan, chief executive officer of Grossmont Schools FCU, to the board. Devan will fill the unexpired term of Bill Before, who stepped down from the post earlier this month as a result of his impending retirement from Spokane Teachers CU.

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Food collected and donated by First Financial CU for Feeding America.
FIRST FINANCIAL CU
updated 12/30/14 10:02 AM
First Financial CU donated more than 500 pounds of food in November to Feeding America. The credit union has donated nearly two tons of food in the last several years.

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San Francisco FCU staff at the official kick-off of the San Francisco Firefighter’s Toy Program this year.
SAN FRANCISCO FCU
updated 12/30/14 10:00 AM
San Francisco FCU hosted its annual toy and coat drive on behalf of three local organizations: Women’s Community Clinic, San Francisco Firefighter’s Toy Program, and the Central County Fire Department’s Toy Drive. The credit union has been a longtime supporter of the toy drive, and has been collecting donations on behalf of San Francisco Firefighter’s Toy Program for more than 10 years. In related news, San Francisco FCU exceeded its CommunityShare goals for 2014, raising more than $135,000 for community causes and volunteering over 906 employee hours.

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Kinecta FCU volunteers participate in annual Holiday Food Drive with Nix Neighborhood Lending.
KINECTA FCU
updated 12/30/14 09:58 AM
Kinecta FCU and Nix Neighborhood Lending participated in the annual Holiday Good Drive, providing 1,100 local families each with a $75 grocery gift certificate and a bag of traditional Thanksgiving food items. Now in its 41st year, the Holiday Food Drive is an opportunity for employees of Kinecta FCU and its subsidiary Nix Neighborhood Lending to partner with at least 40 local nonprofit organizations and churches to provide temporary relief to families in need. Through employee, partner, and member donations more than $45,000 was raised to help support the event.

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Byran Flores is welcomed as the 90,000th member at Orange County’s CU by Feliza Ortuno (left), Member Service Representative and Eleanor Heng (right), Anaheim Branch Manager.
ORANGE COUNTY’S CU
updated 12/30/14 09:57 AM
Orange County’s CU celebrated a milestone in November as they welcomed their 90,000th member. The credit union has seen a steady 5-percent organic membership growth in both 2013 and 2014. In other news, Orange County’s CU added three new members to its staff. Zaheed Khakoo has been hired as a branch manager, Donald Carazo as assistant vice president of collections, and Carmela Hurley as card services manager.

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SkyOne FCU team members with the IMPACT 14 Awards for winner.
SKYONE FCU
updated 12/30/14 09:54 AM
SkyOne FCU was honored with an Internet marketing award at this year’s IMPACT 14 conference in Las Vegas, sponsored by the Internet Marketing Association (IMA). The credit union won “Best Social Media Campaign” and “Best Credit Union Website.”

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Ventura County Credit Union President Joe Schroeder accepted the award on behalf of the credit union.
VENTURA COUNTY CU
updated 12/30/14 09:53 AM
Ventura County CU was awarded “Large Business of the Year” by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce during the 18th Annual Poinsettia Awards. The prestigious award is granted to one organization per year for its community-based volunteer work and philanthropic efforts.

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Gifts Arrowhead CU team members delivered to local children.
ARROWHEAD CU
updated 12/30/14 09:51 AM
Arrowhead CU team members collected more than 560 gifts for local disadvantaged children as part of the Children’s Fund Celebration of Giving Campaign. Gifts included new bikes, games, and even the basics like pajamas and socks.

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NuVision FCU adopts local military families for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, filling their pantries and fulfilling their holiday wish lists.
NUVISION FCU
updated 12/30/14 09:46 AM
NuVision FCU adopted 33 military families for the holidays, including 23 families for Thanksgiving who received bags of groceries with an assortment of food items and a Ralphs/Food 4 Less gift card. The credit union also worked with the U.S. Army National Guard Council to adopt 10 local military families for Christmas, fulfilling the holiday wish lists of everyone in the family from children to adults.

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L:R Linda Hartounian, America’s Christian CU Corporate Relations; Stephanie Hu, Representative for Congressman Ed Royce; Norm Sauvé, Chairman of the Board for America’s Christian CU; Judy Nelson Mayor of Glendora; Mike Antonovich, Los Angeles County Supervisor; Mendell Thompson, President and CEO of America’s Christian CU; Natalie DePrat, Adoption.
AMERICA’S CHRISTIAN CU
updated 12/30/14 09:45 AM
America’s Christian CU President and CEO Mendell Thompson was honored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for his work in adoption, leading the charge in helping fund more than 1,100 adoptions since 2009. Thompson was also presented with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from the office of U.S. Representative Ed Royce of the 39th District of California for his commitment to caring for orphans.

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Altura CU CEO Mark Hawkins, center, with members of the executive team, display the credit union’s recognition as a “Top Employer”.
ALTURA CU
updated 12/30/14 09:41 AM
Altura CU has been named one of the best places to work in the Inland Empire by The Press-Enterprise. The ‘Top Workplaces’ were determined based solely on employee feedback, and surveyed approximately 3,000 employees throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In holiday happenings, Altura CU teamed up with the Moreno Valley Police Department and donated $500 to Operation Holiday Cheer—an initiative that offers holiday-themed programs to children and families in Moreno Valley who are facing economic hardship. More than 550 children also enjoyed story time with Santa, sponsored and staffed by Altura CU as part the annual Festival of Trees—the primary fundraising event for Riverside County Regional Medical Center’s pediatric units. In other news, member Teri Barbeau won a 60-inch Samsung flat screen TV as part of Altura CU’s “You Score Big on This Play” loan promotion that offered auto loan rates starting at 1.99% APR. The campaign theme tied into football season, with a chance to win the big screen TV to watch those weekend games.

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MERIWEST CU
updated 12/30/14 02:45 PM
Meriwest CU launched the M-Account, a “check-less” checking account designed for anyone who prefers using their debit card for transactions, uses online and mobile banking, and enjoys the benefits of an electronic checking account. Since introducing the M- Account in mid-October, Meriwest CU has opened 200 accounts, of which 46 percent are below 34 years of age.

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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
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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
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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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