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VENTURA COUNTY CU
updated 07/06/15 03:47 PM
Ventura County CU has been granted Preferred Lenders Program status by Small Business Administration. This accreditation is expected to greatly advance the credit union’s ability to issue small business loans within the region.

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Kinecta FCU hosted a “Bite of Reality” fair.
KINECTA FCU
updated 07/06/15 03:45 PM
Kinecta FCU recently hosted a “Bite of Reality” money management workshop for nearly 90 eighth-grade students at Cerritos-based Tetzlaff Accelerated Learning Academy, in partnership with the Richard Myles Johnson (RMJ) Foundation. The students had the opportunity to learn how challenging it can be to manage the finances of buying a home or new car.

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SAN FRANCISCO FCU
updated 07/06/15 03:41 PM
San Francisco FCU sponsored the PAWS’ (Pets Are Wonderful Support) annual Petchitecture event on June 11. This is the 20th anniversary of Petchitecture, an event that auctions off one-of-a-kind pet habitats built and created by local community architects. PAWS provides services to pets throughout San Francisco whose owners may have financial or physical obstacles to receiving care. In other news, San Francisco FCU facilitated a $2,500 donation to the SF-Marin Food Bank on Thursday, June 4. Finally, San Francisco FCU was chosen as the primary financial institution for San Francisco’s Youth Jobs+ Program. The program focuses on assisting the underserved teens and young adults in the city by providing them with summer jobs.

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L-R: Kevin George from Vet Hunters Project; Marilyn Sparks, local Farmers Insurance agent; Mendell L. Thompson, President and CEO of America’s Christian CU.
AMERICA’S CHRISTIAN CU
updated 07/06/15 03:37 PM
America’s Christian CU President and CEO Mendell L. Thompson was selected by the National Council for Adoption into their Adoption Hall of Fame for his tireless advocacy in defending the cause of the fatherless. The National Council for Adoption will honor Thompson at the “Great Expectations—A Celebration of Adoption” gala ceremony on November 5, 2015, in Washington, D.C. In other news, America’s Christian CU and Project Glendora Yellow Ribbon donated $10 to The Vet Hunters Project for every new account opened during Patriot Week. A total of $1,200 was donated to the Vet Hunters.

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FINANCIAL PARTNERS CU
updated 07/06/15 03:35 PM
Financial Partners CU has merged with SD Medical CU to form a combined institution with $1 billion in assets and 16 locations in three counties. The combined credit union will operate as Financial Partners CU.

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L-R: Point Loma CU scholarship winners (William Hang, Carolyn Callen, and Sean Dawson each receive $2,500 scholarships.
POINT LOMA CU
updated 07/06/15 03:34 PM
Point Loma CU has awarded three local students each a $2,500 scholarship with the possibility of additional awards as they continue their studies.

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CU SOCAL
updated 07/06/15 03:33 PM
CU SoCal employees hosted family fun activities, barbequed, and raffled gift baskets during the final day of the OC Miracle League season. Each athlete received a participation trophy and the OC Miracle League was presented with a check for $3,500 from CU SoCal Helping Hands, the credit union’s employee-inspired charity. The OC Miracle League also received more than $500 from the funds raised from the donated raffle prizes.

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Arnold Ramirez, new Manager of Lending and Compliance at San Bernardino Employees FCU.
SAN BERNARDINO SCHOOL EMPLOYEES FCU
updated 07/06/15 03:32 PM
San Bernardino School Employees FCU is rebranding to Thinkwise CU as it prepares for long-term growth, effective July 27. The name is intended to better reflect its current and future members’ financial needs and goals. In other news, the credit union has appointed Arnold Ramirez as its manager of lending and compliance. Ramirez will lead the lending and compliance departments, and will be a key player in the development and implementation of the credit union’s strategic plan.

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New Xceed Financial CU Xperience Center.
XCEED FINANCIAL CU
updated 07/06/15 03:30 PM
Xceed Financial CU’s Investment Services group is now called Xceed Wealth Management Group, which was launched with an all-new brand identity and website that better reflects the comprehensive range of products and services offered, as well as the depth and many years of investment, insurance, and wealth management expertise of the group’s financial consultants. In other news, Xceed Financial CU launched the new Xperience Centers, which provides members with face-to-face video contact with an Xceed Financial CU banker— providing all the banking needs that used to require a financial center visit. On the personnel side, Xceed Financial CU’s Vice President of Human Resources Courtnay Lynch was honored with the HR Professional of the Year Award by the HRD Network, an organization of credit union human resources and training professionals in California and other western states.

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Robinson Cortez and Dana Kent of Arrowhead CU delivered snacks to the San Bernardino County Sheriffs in Big Bear.
ARROWHEAD CU
updated 07/06/15 03:29 PM
Arrowhead CU team members brought cases of Rockstar energy drinks, Clif bars, nuts, and beef jerky to the San Bernardino County Sheriffs who were fighting the Lake Fire in Big Bear last month. In related news, Arrowhead CU staffers put together special bags full of goodies as a thank you to American soldiers as they deployed from Bob Hope USO Ontario. The credit union partnered with Auto Zone Distribution Center to collect enough snacks to share with more than 200 soldiers.

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Altura CU Scholarship Foundation recipient Rupanshi Garg at her graduation from Hemet High School in Riverside County.
ALTURA CU
updated 07/06/15 03:27 PM
Altura CU has awarded $1,000 scholarships to 41 high school seniors graduating from Riverside County public and private high schools. The scholarships were awarded by the Altura Scholarship Foundation, the educational foundation the credit union, and three memorial scholarship funds. In addition, Altura CU in conjunction with the San Jacinto and the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chambers of Commerce honored six graduating seniors from Hemet and San Jacinto area high schools as “Students of the Year” for their academic achievements. Each student received a college scholarship of $1,800. In other news, Hangar 385, a volunteer-driven hospitality service at March Air Reserve Base that assists military personnel deploying to or returning from war zones, received a large donation of peanut butter and jelly and other snack items from Altura CU on behalf of its members and the public. The credit union set up collection stations at each of its 10 Riverside County branches and its headquarters building during April to assist Hangar 385 in its mission for the troops. Altura CU awarded $5,000 to Elena and Gene Keener of Riverside as winners of the credit union’s home equity loan promotion. Anyone who applied for either a Home Equity Loan or Home Equity Line of Credit from Altura CU during the promotion period was entered in the drawing for the cash prize.

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ALASKA USA FCU
updated 07/06/15 03:20 PM
Alaska USA FCU now offers its members access to Apple Pay, a new category of service that offers an easy, secure, and private way to pay. When a member adds a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted, and securely stored in the Secure Element on the device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code, instead of using the security code from the back of the card.

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COMMUNITY 1ST CU
updated 07/06/15 01:33 PM
Community 1st CU has joined PSCU—the nation’s leading CUSO—after an extensive partner evaluation process. The credit union, which currently has more than 55,000 members, $530 million in assets, and 16 locations in 14 cities, signed a five-year deal with the CUSO focusing efforts on its call center.

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CoastHills President and CEO Jeff York (left) and Board of Directors Chairman Hugh Rafferty (far right) flank the 2015 CoastHills Foundation Gold Standard Scholarship recipients at The Cliffs Resort, Shell Beach.
COASTHILLS COMMUNITY CU
updated 07/06/15 01:19 PM
CoastHills Community CU and the CoastHills Community Foundation has awarded a total of $17,000 in $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors from San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara counties. Additional $1,000 awards were awarded to a Student of the Year from each county. The Foundation also pledged a $215 donation in the name of each student to the charity of his or her choice.

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