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L-R: Dan McCue Alaska USA Senior Vice President Corporate Administration; Gracia O'Connell Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska board member and Alaska USA Documentation and Compliance Officer; Rachael McPhearson Development Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska; and Chris Wilder Alaska USA Vice President of Branch Administration for Alaska.
ALASKA USA FOUNDATION
updated 04/06/15 02:14 PM
The Alaska USA Foundation has donated $25,000 to organizations in California and Alaska. Big Brothers Big Sisters in Alaska received $15,000 for their Operation Bigs program, in which the program seeks to provide mentors for children of military families. The Greater Hope Foundation in Southern California received $10,000 to assist with the launch of the Parent Child Interaction Therapy Program. The program focuses on counseling support for families with children aged two to seven with extreme disruptive behaviors.

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GROSSMONT SCHOOLS FCU
updated 04/06/15 02:13 PM
Grossmont Schools FCU President and CEO Steve Devan has been selected by the San Diego County School Boards Association to receive the 2015 "Honoring Our Own" award in the category of Community Partner of the Year.

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Richard Ruiz, new Safe CU 1 chairman of the board.
SAFE 1 CU
updated 04/06/15 02:12 PM
Safe 1 CU recently elected Richard Ruiz as chairman of the Board of Directors. Ruiz has served as a Safe 1 CU volunteer for 15 years. He is a certified public accountant and is currently the director of business services for Kern High School District.

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Local students (from left) Serina Molano from Alta Loma; Kirk Perez from Azusa; Jill Rime from Huntington Beach; Andrew Chan from Las Flores; and Brandon Vu from Orange were among those awarded college scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 from NuVision FCU in 2014.
NUVISION FCU
updated 04/06/15 02:11 PM
NuVision FCU announced its annual 2015 NuVision Scholarship Program to support local students pursuing post-secondary education. Ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students attending a four-year college or university (public or private), community college, or pursuing trade certification in a vocational or technical school.

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LBS FINANCIAL CU
updated 04/06/15 02:10 PM
LBS Financial CU employees, friends, and family volunteered to clean up a portion of the Long Beach coastline as part of the city’s Adopt-a-Beach program.

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Recent inductee to the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders Eric Bruen with California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues President and CEO Diana Dykstra.
DESERT VALLEYS FCU
updated 04/06/15 02:09 PM
Desert Valleys FCU CEO Eric Bruen and Ventura County CU President Joe Schroeder were inducted into the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders during the Credit Union House meeting, prior to the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC). Both received this honor for their significant impact on the credit union movement, and are the third and fourth inductees from California since the program’s inception in 2008.

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San Francisco FCU senior leadership team and board members with Treasurer Jose Cisneros and Supervisor John Avalos at the grand opening of the Excelsior branch.
SAN FRANCISCO FCU
updated 04/06/15 02:07 PM
San Francisco FCU celebrated the grand opening of its new Excelsior branch on March 6. To commemorate the occasion, the credit union held a ribbon-cutting ceremony, refreshments, and a raffle for members, staffers, and the community. In attendance were several city officials, Treasurer Jose Cisneros, and Supervisor John Avalos, as well as representatives from Mayor Ed Lee’s office, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s office, and Assemblyman Phil Ting’s office. More than 60 San Francisco FCU employees volunteered for over two hours at the San Francisco & Marin Food Bank, packaging and sorting food for local families. In other news, San Francisco FCU will merge with SF Recreation & Parks FCU, which will take effect June 1, 2015. In honor of Financial Literacy Month in April, the San Francisco FCU has planned several initiatives, including fundraising internally through a Jeans Day campaign, collecting member donations, and hosting financial workshops. It will also promote complimentary services they offer throughout the year.

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Redwood CU Assistant Vice President Meg Cadiz; Kudos Director Kim Swenson; Point Redwood CU Arena Branch Manager Robin Ashford; and Redwood Community Coordinator Briana Gonzalez.
REDWOOD CU
updated 04/06/15 02:06 PM
Redwood CU donated $1,500 to support Arena Union Elementary School’s Kudos After School Program in Point Arena, CA. The Kudos program serves more than 90 elementary school-age children per day and also provides ongoing support to local families. In other news, Redwood CU is celebrating National Credit Union Youth Month in April with two new contests to promote good saving habits for children and teenagers.

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Rachel Langtry, new VP People at Greater Nevada CU.
GREATER NEVADA CU
updated 04/06/15 02:05 PM
Greater Nevada CU subsidiary Greater Nevada Mortgage (GNM) has named James Anderson as its new executive vice president of mortgage lending. Anderson will lead GNM’s strategic initiatives and oversee sales, servicing, operations, and secondary marketing, as well as the relationship with Greater Nevada CU. The credit union has also hired Rachel Langtry as VP People and will oversee the human resources, talent, and training and development areas.

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MISSION FCU
updated 04/06/15 02:04 PM
Mission FCU donated $1 million and became naming sponsor in support of Junior Achievement of San Diego County’s Mission Fed JA Finance Park program, an initiative focused on increasing the financial literacy of San Diego high school students. The program entails the redevelopment of Junior Achievement curriculum with the use of Tablets and Mobile Apps to prepare tech-savvy millennials for financial success.

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XCEED FINANCIAL FCU
updated 04/06/15 02:03 PM
Xceed Financial FCU has appointed Steven Barrett and David Limerick to its Investment Services group. Individually, they are responsible for helping individuals, families, and small business owners throughout the Western U.S. with investment and insurance services.

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Travis CU’s new Financial Solutions Center in Vacaville.
TRAVIS CU
updated 04/06/15 02:02 PM
Travis CU has been selected as the 2014 “Business of the Year” by the Benicia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Every year, the chamber honors a local business for their outstanding contribution to the community. In other news, Travis CU in partnership with Data-Safe held a public shredding event on March 21 to encourage local individuals and small businesses to take the first step in identity protection. Travis CU’s new Financial Solutions Center in Vacaville is a cutting edge technology-based financial center that provides the same services as a traditional bank sans the teller line. This location is staffed with six financial solution specialists who can help members with any of their financial needs or walk them through the many technology-based options for banking, such as apps and online banking.

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ORANGE COUNTY’S CU
updated 04/06/15 02:00 PM
Orange County’s CU has announced the elimination of several fees as a commitment to its promise to deliver “Simple Banking. For People, Not Profit.” In addition, it has restructured its Courtesy Pay Overdraft Program by reducing the number of fees charged as well as eliminating altogether a fee if the member conducts a transaction that overdraws the account by $5 or less.

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A team of Altura CU employees recently volunteered at the 32nd Annual Riverside County Academic Decathlon.
ALTURA CU
updated 04/06/15 02:00 PM
Altura CU team members recently assisted in the 32nd annual Riverside Academic Decathlon where nearly 200 students from 19 high schools competed for top academic recognition. The theme for this year’s academic event was “New Alternatives in Energy.” In other news, Altura CU member Francisco Varela won a brand new Audi A4 in the culmination of a year-long campaign to promote the convenience and ease of using Altura’s Visa® Debit Card to make everyday purchases. As part of the “Better Ways to Win” promotion, Altura CU members who used their debit card to make purchases were entered for a chance to win a $500 drawing each month. Those 12 lucky monthly winners then earned a chance for the brand new Audi A4. A dozen Altura CU employees brought books to life for elementary school children in honor of a national literacy program, Read Across America. They visited nine elementary schools in Riverside County, CA and read to the students.

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L-R: Current City Council Members Gene Murabito, Karen Davis, Gary Boyer, and Mendell Thompson, current America’s Christian CU CEO. (Not pictured: Judy Nelson).
AMERICA’S CHRISTIAN CU
updated 04/06/15 01:56 PM
America’s Christian CU rallied behind a Foster Care and Adoption Parent or Weekend Host Panel Discussion and Expo. More than 74 families attended the event to learn more about how they can best serve the thousands of children in the Los Angeles County foster care system by becoming a foster parent, adopting, hosting, and mentoring children. In other news, CEO Mendell Thompson secured a position as councilman for the City of Glendora. The election for the public office was held on March 3, 2015. After the semi-official ballot count, Thompson earned a seat with the second-most votes. America’s Christian CU helped sponsor Azusa Pacific University’s Neighborhood Homework House (NHH) annual Fundraising Dinner. The event’s program featured Homework House students and alumni sharing their success stories, spotlighting the positive impact that NHH has played in their lives.

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The Arrowhead CU team of volunteers, ready to read to the students.
ARROWHEAD CU
updated 04/06/15 01:55 PM
Arrowhead CU volunteers visited Windrows Elementary on Read Across America Day on March 2 to read their favorite Dr. Seuss books to more than 30 classrooms with students of all grade levels.

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