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PREMIER AMERICA CU
updated 03/03/15 10:52 AM
Premier America CU celebrated the grand opening of a new branch in Burbank with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Feb. 12. The Hollywood Way branch is managed by Burbank resident, Vickie Beckett, and is staffed by seasoned member service professionals.

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VENTURA COUNTY CU
updated 03/03/15 10:44 AM
Ventura County CU celebrated its 65 anniversary by hosting member giveaways at its six local branches, along with trivia contests, fun swag, a photo contest, cupcakes, and more. On Facebook, it held a 65th Anniversary Trivia Contest with a new question posted each weekday. Members then answered the question for chance to win a one-pound box of See’s Candies.

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CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CU
updated 03/03/15 10:21 AM
Christian Community CU’s 2015 Scholarships for Success Program is awarding $50,000 in scholarships. The scholarship program is open to members of the credit union with a checking/debit card account (newly-opened or existing).

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Meriwest CU President and CEO Julie Kirsch (left) and Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer Tony Cortez (right) present the check to Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County’s Steve Hicken, Senior Division Director, Economic Development Services, Asmir Pinjic, Program Supervisor of Asset Building Services and Jackie Copeland-Carson, Chief Program and Operating Officer.
MERIWEST CU
updated 03/03/15 10:19 AM
Meriwest CU sponsored a $25,000 grant through the Federal Home Loan Bank’s AHEAD Grant program to support Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County’s SaveNow Program. The SaveNow pilot program will help move low-income individuals toward increased economic security by endorsing savings, financial education, and credit building to at-risk youth in their Refugee Foster Care Program and others.

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San Francisco FCU hosted Bite of Reality to teach basic money management to youth in a fun and interactive way.
SAN FRANCISCO FCU
updated 03/03/15 10:15 AM
San Francisco FCU hosted Bite of Reality, a budgeting simulation for teens to help them experience real-world decision making in financial management. San Francisco FCU, along with the Burlingame Public Library, both had staff present acting as merchants, and assisting the teens with financial tasks including, writing checks, creating budgets, and managing income. In other news, 18 San Francisco FCU volunteers participated in SF Giant Sweep’s Community Clean Team and helped landscape neighborhoods and remove graffiti from areas in the city.

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During America’s Christian’s pet-adoption event Pause for Paws, 16 animals were adopted.
AMERICA’S CHRISTIAN CU
updated 03/03/15 10:08 AM
America’s Christian CU hosted its first annual pet-adoption event, Pause for Paws, on Valentine’s Day. Of the seven shelters and rescues that brought adoptable animals, 16 dogs, cats, and a rabbit found new homes. Assemblymember Roger Hernández joined the event and presented each rescue, shelter, and participating vendor, including America’s Christian CU, with Certificates of Recognition in honor of providing animals with the opportunity to find forever homes.

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Altura CU reopened its branch in Riverside on Feb.4.
ALTURA CU
updated 03/03/15 10:06 AM
Altura CU and Visterra CU announced intentions to merge their financial institutions to create a $1.1 billion credit union serving 118,000 members in the Inland Empire. The anticipated merger date is July 1, 2015 and the combined institution will be called Altura CU. The merger has been approved by the boards of directors of both credit unions, and approval is pending from state and federal regulators, as well as Visterra CU’s members. In other news, Altura CU reopened its branch in Riverside. This branch had served as an ATM-only Altura CU location since May 2011 when its operations were scaled back in response to the recession. This is the second Altura CU branch to return to full operations. On the operations side, Altura CU reported its fourth consecutive year of solid financial performance following the economic downturn that began in 2008. In fact, Altura CU has now reported 15 consecutive quarters of positive net income.

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Alaska Journal of Commerce has selected June Gardner, Alaska USA FCU Operations Systems Manager, as one of Alaska’s Top Forty Under 40.
ALASKA USA FCU
updated 03/03/15 10:04 AM
Alaska USA FCU Operations Systems Manager June Gardner has been named one of Alaska’s Top Forty Under 40 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce. The Top Forty Under 40 is a list of the best and brightest professionals in Alaska, and this year’s list received 230 nominations for nearly 160 Alaskans, 40 more than in 2014.

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MEMBERS 1ST CU
updated 03/03/15 09:59 AM
Members 1st CU has appointed Teri Vanderpol as the next CEO. Vanderpol, who has served as chief financial officer since 2001, will step into this leadership role in 2016 when CEO Mark Moore retires. Vanderpol started working with the credit union in 1993 as a bookkeeper, and has served as vice president of finance, vice president of human resources, and executive vice president before becoming president/chief financial officer in 2014.

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REDWOOD CU
updated 03/03/15 09:57 AM
Redwood CU launched Apple Pay, making it the first North Bay-based institution to offer a high-tech payment service. Members can now use Apple Pay with their Redwood CU credit and debit cards, allowing payments at participating businesses with a compatible Apple device. The service can also be used for certain online purchases. Apple Pay adds a unique layer of security by using a digital version of the member’s card, and no actual card information is transmitted during the transaction.

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First Financial CU Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee attended a special credit union event at the House of Blues in Anaheim.
FIRST FINANCIAL CU
updated 03/02/15 04:05 PM
First Financial CU is now accepting online applications for its 2015 Scholarship Program. The credit union will award up to 12 $500 scholarships that are based on academic achievements, community service, and an essay. Since the program’s inception, as well as the Teacher Grants, Field Trip Grants, and Classroom Supplies Grants, the credit union has awared nearly $200,000. In other news, First Financial CU celebrated its employees and 2014 results at a special event at the House of Blues in Anaheim on Feb. 7. Members of the credit union’s board of directors and Supervisory Committee also attended.

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Kinecta FCU’s third annual Clothing Drive collected 3,600 items to benefit local non-profit job readiness programs.
KINECTA FCU
updated 03/02/15 03:48 PM
Kinecta FCU recently held its third annual Professional Clothing Drive to benefit nonprofit job readiness programs. Credit union members and employees in Southern California and Chicago donated nearly 3,600 articles of clothing, accessories, and shoes—enough to dress more than 600 men, women, and young adults in life crisis seeking to enter the workforce. Kinecta FCU partnered with Working Wardrobes in this effort. In other news, Kinecta FCU held a ribbon-cutting event honoring its newest Member Service Center, located in the heart of downtown Hermosa Beach. A crowd of nearly 100 guests attended the celebration on Feb. 11.

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ORANGE COUNTY’S CU
updated 03/02/15 03:43 PM
Orange County’s CU announced the addition of Jason Motsick to the credit union’s Supervisory Committee. He was appointed by the board of directors for a three-year term from 2015 to 2018.

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