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Team Mitchell left to right: Myriam Valdez, Legislative Aide, Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), Tim Shelley, Rules Committee Consultant, John Skoglund, Legislative Aide, and Rodney Wilson, Senior Legislative Advocate, California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.
SENATOR HOLLY MITCHELL
updated 06/22/16 02:17 PM
Senator Holly Mitchell and her staff accepted this year's Credit Union SacTown Run trophy as the winning legislative office. Team Mitchell represents the victorious team of participating California state legislators and their staff who ran in support of local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) alongside credit union leaders, volunteers, and employees.

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CUs ACTIVE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES
updated 06/22/16 01:48 PM
'Members in the News' Posted

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Redwood CU employees recently raised more than $25,000 for local nonprofits at Three Human Race events in Sonoma, Marin, and Mendocino counties.
REDWOOD CU
updated 06/22/16 01:44 PM
Redwood CU employees contributed nearly $25,000 to local nonprofits by sponsoring, fundraising, and participating in Human Race events in Sonoma, Marin, and Mendocino counties. A total of 115 volunteers, including employees, family, and friends, walked or ran in the three races. Redwood CU is also participating in a unique partnership of seven local lending institutions who have pledged to invest $250,000 to create the Sonoma County Loan Fund: a micro lending pool for startup and expanding entrepreneurs who typically do not qualify for traditional financing. It is the only credit union participating. In related partnership news, the credit union received a Golden Bell Award from the Marin County Office of Education for its partnership with SchoolsRule Marin. Every time a Marin resident uses their Redwood CU Rewards Visa credit or debit card, the credit union makes a donation to SchoolsRule, a coalition of 20 school foundations that help fund literacy, technology, and arts programs for every public school student in Marin County. Since the program’s inception in 2014, it has donated nearly $47,000. On the personnel front, Redwood CU has named Sean Anderson as manager of its Windsor branch. Anderson oversees service to members, staff management, and daily branch operations at the Windsor location. In other news, the credit union relocated its Santa Rosa Mendocino Ave. branch just one block north of the previous location. The new site was previously occupied by Marie Callender’s.

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GOLDEN 1 CU
updated 06/22/16 01:42 PM
Golden 1 CU has reached $10 billion in assets, becoming the sixth credit union to reach that milestone. The credit union has almost 800,000 members. In the past three years, Golden 1 CU has experienced tremendous growth, with auto loans growing 130 percent, home loans, 51 percent and membership 22 percent.

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SILVER STATE SCHOOLS CU
updated 06/22/16 01:41 PM
Silver State Schools CU Board of Directors announced its 2016 high school senior scholarship recipients, which included seven Southern Nevada high school seniors who will each receive a $2,000 scholarship renewable for up to four years for a total of $8,000 to use towards higher education.

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Ventura County CU and California Resource Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new facility.
VENTURA COUNTY CU
updated 06/22/16 01:40 PM
Ventura County CU held a grand opening celebration to showcase its new corporate offices. California Resource Corporation (CRC), which shares the credit union’s new 73,000-square-foot facility as a tenant, co-hosted the event. To commemorate the grand opening, speeches were given by CRC’s CEO, Todd Stevens, and Ventura County CU’s president and CEO, Joe Schroeder. In other news, Ventura County CU launched the Foundation of Ventura County Credit Union, which was established as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity with a mission to provide financial assistance and education to the local community.

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PACIFIC MARINE CU
updated 06/22/16 01:40 PM
Pacific Marine CU employees and members raised $13480.70 during their 10th annual “Miracle Month of May” donation campaign, a month-long Credit Union for Kids program raising funds for Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Fundraising efforts ranged from silent auctions to donating funds in exchange for having the opportunity to wear jeans at work during each “Miracle Monday.” Over the last 10 years, the credit union has proudly donated over $100,000 to Rady Children’s Hospital.

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NUVISION FCU
updated 06/22/16 01:38 PM
NuVision FCU announced the winners of the first annual Think.Tank.Challenge., an educational essay contest with $20,000 in prize money awarded to local high school students and participating schools. The credit union presented a giant check for $5,000 to a student at Schurr High School in Montebello, who was the 1st Place winner. The student’s high school also received a check for $3,600 in prize money as part of the contest.

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Katie Stanley, Greater Nevada CU Finance and Treasury Manager.
GREATER NEVADA CU
updated 06/22/16 01:37 PM
Greater Nevada CU has named Katie Stanley as the new finance and treasury manager. Stanley will be responsible for organizing and directing the credit union’s activities and staff for finance, regulatory compliance, insurance agency management, and secondary marketing of mortgages. In other news, 20 students will each receive a $2,000 scholarship e from Greater Nevada CUfor the 2016-2017 school year. Nearly $300,000 has been awarded to students since Greater Nevada CU began its academic scholarship program 17 years ago.

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America’s Christian CU staff with donations.
AMERICA’S CHRISTIAN CU
updated 06/22/16 01:36 PM
America’s Christian CU has launched a clothing drive to benefit one of its key charitable partners, Shepherd’s Pantry of Glendora. Response from members and guests has been strong since the start of the drive. Already, bins have been filled to overflowing several times. In other news, America’s Christian CU, in partnership with Project Glendora Yellow Ribbon (PGYR) and Project Chaos, hosted the third annual Patriot Week, with the purpose to unite the community in celebrating, honoring and supporting the U.S. military, veterans, first-responders and their families. The week included an Opening Ceremony, a baked goods drive, and the Family Day Celebration.

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Seven seniors graduating from Hemet or San Jacinto Unified School District high schools recently were named “Student of the Year” and awarded $2,000 scholarships from Altura CU.
ALTURA CU
updated 06/22/16 01:35 PM
Altura CU’s management team, including CEO Mark Hawkins, helped raise funds for Habitat for Humanity veteran services by rappelling down the tallest building in Riverside, Calif. In addition to raising $3,800 through online pledges, Altura CU donated $3,000 to the “Over the Edge” challenge sponsored by Habitat for Humanity Riverside for a total of $6,800. Hawkins, in his 29th year of service to the credit union, will step-down from his position in February 2017 following the selection of his replacement by Altura CU’s Board of Directors. The recruiting process is now underway. In other news, seven seniors graduating from southern Riverside County schools were recently honored as “Students of the Year” through a program sponsored by Altura CU in conjunction with the San Jacinto and the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chambers of Commerce, as well as the Hemet Unified School District and the San Jacinto Unified School District. As part of this recognition, each student received a $2,000 college scholarship. Finally, dozens of children shadowed their parents at work as part of Altura CU’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” The day gave kids a glimpse into how their parents spend their day at work. The day began with a welcome breakfast. For two hours for the youngsters to shadow their parent, followed by an outdoor lunch, a financial literacy program (depending on the child’s age), and a kid-friendly movie.

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CoastHills CU 2016 Gold Standard Scholarship Award recipients stand with CoastHills Board of Directors Chairman Hugh Rafferty (far left) and President/CEO Jeff York (far right) at The Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach.
COASTHILLS CU
updated 06/22/16 01:34 PM
CoastHills CU awarded $45,000 of scholarships to local college students and hosted each recipient and their guests at a special luncheon held at The Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach. To honor the class of 2016, CoastHills CU also pledged to donate $216 in each recipient’s name to a charity of his or her choice to help each fulfill the credit union’s mission statement: “We make a difference in our neighbors’ lives.” It was the first year scholarships were awarded to students in all five counties of the credit union’s field of membership, which includes Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. And the awards were increased from $1,000 to $2,500.

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ORANGE COUNTY’S CU
updated 06/22/16 01:33 PM
Orange County’s CU selected their 2016 Youth Scholarship winners. Six exceptional students who achieved academic excellence and dedicated themselves to giving back to their communities have been chosen to receive a $500 scholarship. The Annual Youth Scholarship was created to help future young leaders follow their life’s desires and dreams.

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SKYONE FCU
updated 06/22/16 01:32 PM
SkyOne FCU was honored with awards by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and Marketing Association of Credit Unions (MAC). The credit union won a total of three CUNA awards including a Diamond award in the Community/PR Event category for their Miracle Jeans Day Campaign benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. With a fun-filled “Rockin’ for Kids” theme, the fundraising campaign generated strong employee participation and helped the credit union exceed its fundraising goal of $3,000! Among their four MAC awards, SkyOne FCU was awarded for their outstanding communications during their 2015 merger with British Airways Employees Federal Credit Union (BAEFCU) and in the Electronic Marketing Category for tripling their Holiday Loan goal.

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Point Loma CU Director of Human Resources Janet Mainenti, HRD Network Professional of the Year award winner.
POINT LOMA CU
updated 06/22/16 01:31 PM
Point Loma CU Director of Human Resources Janet Mainenti has earned the 2016 HRD Network Professional of the Year award for her outstanding leadership, innovative solutions to problem solving, and a commitment to ensuring the continued success of the credit union.

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FIRST ENTERTAINMENT CU
updated 05/18/16 02:32 PM
First Entertainment CU has announced the appointment of Frank Wasson as its new president and CEO. He will assume responsibilities on June 13, 2016, and will succeed Chuck Bruen, recipient of the Leo H. Shapiro Lifetime Achievement Award, who will remain as an executive consultant.

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FINANCIAL PARTNERS CU
updated 05/18/16 02:26 PM
Financial Partners CU, a long-time supporter of Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC) took full advantage of National Nurses week to acknowledge their members, the nurses of CHOC. The credit union celebrated with a raffle of a gift basket that included various health related items such as yoga goodies, healthy foods and even a Fitbit to track activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep and the much requested Money Booth. Nurses day celebrations where held at over 20 different hospitals Financial Partners CU has a presence in. In other news, Financial Partners CU sponsored the second annual “Big Science Fest,” the Los Angeles area’s largest science festival.

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TUCOEMAS FCU
updated 05/17/16 09:04 AM
Tucoemas FCU has hired a new Chief Executive Officer Brice Yocum who assumed the new position as of May 2, 2016. Yocum was hired after an extensive search and interview process conducted at the direction of the Board of Directors.

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GREATER NEVADA CU
updated 05/17/16 09:04 AM
Greater Nevada CU has been recognized as one the best places to work in northern Nevada. This year the credit union once again earned that honor and was named one of the top three employers, and the only financial institution, in the large business category. The Best Places to Work in Northern Nevada Awards is sponsored by the Northern Nevada Human Resources Association, and the program measures a wide range of research-validated workplace factors that impact employee engagement and satisfaction.

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ILWU CU
updated 05/17/16 09:03 AM
ILWU CU and ILWU-FSC FCU announced that a merger between the two credit unions was completed on Feb. 1, 2016. The merger was approved by The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO).

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ALTURA CU
updated 05/17/16 09:02 AM
Altura CU has launched the easy-to-use, personal payment service, Popmoney, for its members. Popmoney eliminates the hassles of checks and cash, and makes sending and receiving money as easy as emailing and texting. To access Popmoney, Altura CU members simply need to enroll in Web Bill Pay, which is free. They can use Popmoney to send funds by email, mobile device or directly to another person’s bank account for a small fee of less than $1. Popmoney also can be used to receive money, which is usually free for the person receiving money. In other news, an estimated 20,000 people celebrated local history recently at the fourth annual Riverside Tamale Festival, which this year was presented and sponsored by Altura CU. The festival featured more than 50 vendors, a beer garden, a lineup of entertainment and the signature contests for best vendor tamale, best homemade tamale and a tamale-eating round. On the operational side, Altura CU reported net income of $3.229 million on assets of $1.205 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. Income for the quarter was budgeted at $840,000 due to ongoing costs related to Altura CU’s 2015 merger with Visterra CU. That projection was exceeded by a wide margin as overall performance in the first quarter was substantially better than expected.

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MERIWEST CU
updated 05/17/16 09:02 AM
Meriwest CU’s request for grant funds to be used to help local working families earning less than the median income access to home ownership was approved by the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. A total of $150, 000 will be granted for the Workforce Initiative Subsidy for Homeownership Program (WISH) and $30,000 for the Individual Development and Empowerment Account Program (IDEA). The granted funds are utilized as down payment assistance for qualified working families in the communities Meriwest CU serves.

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SILVER STATE SCHOOLS CU
updated 05/17/16 09:01 AM
Silver State Schools CU released financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2016. The credit union showed continued progress, reporting its 16th consecutive quarter of positive earnings. Silver State Schools CU reported net income of $2.74 million in the first quarter of 2016 as compared to net income of $2.88 million for the first quarter of 2015, and $4.19 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.

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SkyOne FCU employees celebrate National Financial Literacy Month.
SKYONE FCU
updated 05/17/16 09:00 AM
SkyOne FCU celebrated National Financial Literacy Month by raising more than $1,000 to benefit the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), the Richard Myles Johnson (RMJ) Foundation, and hosting Bite of Reality financial literacy workshops. To meet its $500 fundraising goal for Financial Fitness Day on April 6, SkyOne FCU sold casual jeans days and raffle tickets to win an iPad to employees to raise funds for the NCUF and RMJ Foundation. In just two weeks, SkyOne FCU employees donated $1,024, more than doubling their goal.

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L-R: Redwood CU’s AVP/Community Programs Meg Cadiz; President and CEO Brett Martinez; EVP and COO Cynthia Negri; RCU Community Fund Inc. representative Cindy Butner; and SVP of Marketing and Communications Robin McKenzie.
REDWOOD CU
updated 05/17/16 08:59 AM
Redwood CU received a Community Philanthropy Award for their extensive Lake County fire relief efforts and commitment to supporting their North Bay communities. Sponsored by the North Bay Business Journal, the award recognizes local companies who give back to the local community, not out of obligation, but out of a deep and inspiring commitment to helping others. In other news, Redwood CU welcomes Terri Mitchell to the mortgage lending team as mortgage loan officer. With solid experience in mortgage lending and the Sonoma County real estate market, Mitchell will work closely with the local community to increase awareness of the credit union’s home loan programs and guide members towards appropriate home loan options. Additionally, Redwood CU has re-elected five volunteer officials for three year terms, 2016 to 2019. Incumbents Rod Dole, Dave Imoto and Lisa Wittke Schaffner were re-elected to the credit union’s board of directors, and incumbents Martin Grove and Steve Sharpe were re-elected to Redwood CU’s supervisory committee. Lastly, Redwood CU relocated its Santa Rosa Mendocino Ave. branch just one block north of the previous location. The new site was previously occupied by Marie Calendar’s. The new full-service location is designed to better accommodate the credit union’s growing membership, with a more open floorplan for improved interactivity between Members and staff, a technology bar with tablets for members to use for various transactions and loan applications, a children’s activity area, and improved parking access.

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