Taylor York, 13, daughter of CoastHills FCU CEO Jeff York, raised $5,150 from California credit unions for the Busia Compassionate Centre.
updated 01/30/13 02:45 PM 2013-01-30 00:00:00.0
Credit unions and individuals throughout California and Nevada contributed more than $16,000, of which the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues matched $10,000, to support the construction of a new facility for Busia Compassionate Centre, an orphanage in rural western Kenya supported by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). League member credit unions that donated to the Busia campaign include CoastHills FCU, Greater Nevada CU, KeyPoint CU, Kinecta FCU, Meriwest CU, Mission FCU, North Island CU, Redwood CU, San Mateo CUUnited Health CU, and Xceed Financial CU. Instrumental to raising awareness and funds for the Busia campaign was Taylor York, 13, daughter of CoastHills FCU President and CEO Jeff York, along with USC CU and several credit union CEOs, including Jeff Napper (LBS Financial CU), Teresa Freeborn (Xceed Financial FCU), Terry Halleck (San Diego County CU), Wally Murray (Greater Nevada CU), Bill Cheney (CUNA president and CEO), and Hugh Rafferty (CoastHills FCU board chairman).


Kinecta FCU Staffing Specialist Anthony Jackson helps 16-year-old Steven Chaves purchase household goods during the Bite of Reality event held Jan. 12 and hosted by the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' Beach Cities Chapter.
updated 01/30/13 02:44 PM 2013-01-30 00:00:00.0
Nearly 30 children of employees of various L.A.-area credit unions recently participated in the Bite of Reality program offered by the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation (RMJ) and California and Nevada Youth Involvement Network (CNYIN). The simulation program is designed to teach young people the basics of finance in a fun and interactive way. The Jan. 12 event was hosted by the Leagues’ Beach Cities Chapter, Kinecta FCU, and SkyOne FCU, and featured volunteers from Kinecta and SkyOne, as well as from American Airlines FCU, Farmers Insurance Group FCU, Nikkei CU, Southern California Postal CU, Wescom CU, and a Glendale FCU member.


updated 01/30/13 02:22 PM 2013-01-30 00:00:00.0
Credit union representatives who participated in the Children's Miracle Network 5k Run and item auction during the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' 2013 Annual Meeting and Convention—in conjunction with a recent donation match by CO-OP Financial Services—raised a total of more than $21,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.


updated 01/30/13 02:21 PM 2013-01-30 00:00:00.0
Xceed Financial FCU is the first natural-person credit union to support Filene Research Institute as a Silver Benefactor by contributing $25,000 annually to the organization. Xceed is a long-time supporter of Filene, having provided innovation, marketing, and design support to Filene's original "Debt in Focus" pilot project; worked with Filene researchers on a "big data" project tracing member profitability; tested the credit card portal with Filene for best practices for online sales; and collaborated with Filene on a Pepperdine University Master of Business Administration intern program.


CEOs with their Sprint checks (L-R): Erick Orellana, Nikkei CU; Shannon Workman, Lutheran CU of America; Jon Hernandez, CalCom FCU; Jill Mahany, Santa Ana FCU; Charles Papenfus, Inland Valley FCU; Gregg Stockdale,1st Valley CU; Annice Kim, LA Healthcare FCU; Robert Einstein, UMe CU;Lucy Sloan, United Catholics FCU; Jennifer Oliver, South Bay CU; an
updated 01/22/13 10:32 AM 2013-01-22 00:00:00.0
In California and Nevada, 128 member credit unions of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues started 2013 with checks earned through their participation in the Sprint Credit Union Member Discount Program. For 2012, the participating credit unions earned more than $1.3 million in marketing incentives, and members of those credit unions saved $40 million throughout the term of the program.


updated 01/22/13 10:31 AM 2013-01-22 00:00:00.0
The Applied Research Institute and the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues commissioned a new report highlighting opportunities for credit unions in California and Nevada to grow their membership through service to local Hispanic populations. In California, Hispanics represent 38 percent of the state’s population; 1 in 6 businesses are Hispanic-owned (17 percent); 41 percent are underserved; the state is No. 1 in nation in Hispanic buying power; and Hispanics have $265 billion in disposable income. In Nevada, from 2000 to 2010, the state’s Hispanic growth rate (82 percent) outpaced California (28 percent), Texas (36 percent), and Florida (57 percent); 8 percent of businesses are Hispanic-owned, approximately 18,000; North Las Vegas and Las Vegas have the highest ratio of Hispanic-owned businesses; and more than half (more than 350,000 individuals) are underserved.


L-R: Brian Branch, President and CEO of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU); Lara Thomas, representative of the MILLA Project; and Steven Stapp, CEO of San Francisco FCU
updated 01/22/13 10:30 AM 2013-01-22 00:00:00.0
San Francisco FCU CEO Steven Stapp recently traveled across portions of Libya with representatives of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and The MILLA Project, a global humanitarian rights group, to kick off discussions with business and central bank leaders on how the country can build a stable and prosperous financial system.


updated 01/22/13 10:28 AM 2013-01-22 00:00:00.0
CU House—the credit union movement's home away from home near Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.—received contributions from the following 12 California credit unions in 2012: CoastHills CU, LBS Financial CU, Los Angeles Firemen's CU, Pacific Service CU, Patelco CU, SchoolsFirst FCU, SkyOne FCU, Southern California Postal CU, Star One CU, United Local CU, Western Healthcare FCU, Xceed Financial CU.


updated 01/22/13 10:27 AM 2013-01-22 00:00:00.0
CU Direct Corp., a provider of lending solutions to credit unions, is returning a 3 percent cash dividend to its 102 shareholders for the 2012 calendar year. It is the eighth consecutive year the credit union service organization has paid dividends to shareholders. At year's end, 1,050 credit unions, serving 34 million members, were using the credit union service organization's lending solutions.


Stephanie Danelz and her sons, Steven, Liam, and Jonas participated in Operation Best Wishes at Travis Air Force Base in Vacaville, hosted by Travis CU.
updated 01/17/13 10:33 AM 2013-01-17 00:00:00.0
Some 50 military families and friends at two California credit unions recently had the opportunity to connect with loved ones for the holiday season thanks to Operation Best Wishes, a program sponsored by the Defense Credit Union Council, and with assistance from C-Sun Studios. This year, the national tour of Operation Best Wishes covered eight states. The California leg of the tour included stops at Grossmont Schools FCU in El Cajon and Travis Air Force Base in Vacaville. Travis CU hosted the Travis AFB event.


Patelco CU CEO Ken Burns (second from left) presents a check to Children's Miracle Network.
updated 01/16/13 12:59 PM 2013-01-16 00:00:00.0
Patelco CU raised more than $30,000 for Credit Unions 4 Kids and Children’s Miracle Network, thanks to nearly 7,000 member and employee donations. The money will be donated to UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital and Research Center of Oakland to fund equipment, programs, and research. The effort raised money through the sale of $1 snowmen during the recent holiday season. Additionally, Patelco CU launched a CafeGive Facebook app to raise money for the American Red Cross' disaster relief efforts due to Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast. More than $6,500 was raised, with Patelco adding an additional $5,000.


Altura CU member Christina Zavala celebrates winning $500 in a recent credit union loan promotion contest.
updated 01/16/13 12:58 PM 2013-01-16 00:00:00.0
Altura CU member Christina Zavala won $500 as part of a special loan promotion offered at the end of 2012. Individuals who applied for an auto loan during the promotion were automatically entered into the “Find the Keys to a KiaSweepstakes" contest, and Zavala was the finalist randomly chosen among the entries. She didn’t select the key-containing envelope, but still won $500. Additionally, Altura CU members and employees donated nearly 900 non-perishable food items to 10 local charitable organizations as part of its Fifth Annual Holiday Canned Food Drive.


The winning team of The Golden 1 CU's employee food collection contest—all staff of the credit union's member services call center (L-R): VP Loretta Masters, Member Service Representative Blanca Castillo, Member Relationship Specialist David Contreras, Call Center Supervisor Rudy Leyva, Call Center Supervisor Steven Beavers, and SVP Ric Dannelley.
updated 01/16/13 12:54 PM 2013-01-16 00:00:00.0
The Golden 1 CU collected nearly 4,250 pounds of food and household necessities from employees and members during its annual company-wide food drive in November. The supplies, as well as $52,500 in monetary donations, were distributed to 15 local and regional food banks throughout California. Also, the credit union has named Lori Allen as vice president of real estate. Allen has worked in the credit union industry for nearly 30 years, and comes to The Golden 1 CU from VyStar CU in Jacksonville, FL, where she was vice president of mortgage lending.


Kellie George, Business Development Manager for United FCU
updated 01/16/13 12:49 PM 2013-01-16 00:00:00.0
United FCU has named Kellie George business development manager. She will recruit and qualify corporate members, while also supporting community and credit union activities to ensure the achievement of corporate growth goals.


(L-R): American Red Cross Board Member Austin Martinez, Red Cross CEO Tim Miller, Redwood CU CEO Brett Martinez, and Red Cross Regional Development Officer Ashley Fehrmann
updated 01/16/13 01:23 PM 2013-01-16 00:00:00.0
Redwood CU recently provided $7,787 to assist the American Red Cross with Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts. Members and employees contributed more than $3,500 to the fund over the past several weeks, making donations at Redwood CU branches, or via an online banking option. The credit union matched the donations, bringing the total to $7,787.


updated 01/16/13 01:13 PM 2013-01-16 00:00:00.0
Alliance CU merged with Electric FCU, making Alliance CU $370 million in assets, serving more than 40,000 members.


updated 01/16/13 01:12 PM 2013-01-16 00:00:00.0
San Francisco Fire CU merged with Bay Media FCU, making San Francisco Fire CU $836 million in assets, serving 43,700 members. The newly merged credit union now has a fourth branch located in downtown San Francisco's Mint Plaza.


Kids at Washington Elementary School in Pomona, CA are surprised after walking into a room full of toys before Christmas.
updated 01/16/13 01:10 PM 2013-01-16 00:00:00.0
Volunteers of Southern California Helping Hands (SCHH), a company charity of Credit Union of Southern California, recently surprised kids at Washington Elementary School in Pomona, CA by filling one classroom at a time with new toys. SCHH delivered more than $14,000 in toys for 842 students, as well as Target gift cards to 33 teachers and Starbucks gift cards for all classified staff members at the school.


Linda Cohen, Financial Advisor for Coast Central CU
updated 01/16/13 01:05 PM 2013-01-16 00:00:00.0
Coast Central CU Financial Advisor Linda Cohen—who is registered through CUNA Brokerage Services Inc.—received the 2013 Woman of Distinction award in recognition of her superior performance, value, and overall contribution to the financial services industry. She will participate in a national mentoring program sponsored by CUNA Brokerage Service and work with female financial advisors who are new to the industry.


Jennifer Oliver, CEO of South Bay CU, and board member of CU Northwest.
updated 01/16/13 01:03 PM 2013-01-16 00:00:00.0
South Bay CU CEO Jennifer Oliver was elected to the board of directors for CU Northwest, a data processing credit union service organization based in Liberty Lake, WA. Oliver represents the first California credit union to serve on the CUSO's board. Her term runs through Sept. 30, 2015.


updated 01/16/13 01:02 PM 2013-01-16 00:00:00.0
As of early January, credit unions were outnumbering banks as participants of Bank On California, a voluntary collaborative initiative in eight communities to provide unbanked households access to mainstream financial products and services, according to the California Department of Financial Institutions. The list of participating credit unions included The Golden 1 CU, Orange County's CU, Patelco CU, Redwood CU, SAFE CU, Schools Financial CU, and Travis CU.


America's Christian CU CEO Mendell Thompson (back row, center) presents a check for $13,350 to Michael Sandler (next to Thompson), Associate Director for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
updated 01/16/13 01:00 PM 2013-01-16 00:00:00.0
America's Christian CU donated more than $13,300 to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, an amount that was matched by CO-OP Financial Services. The funds from the credit union were raised through payroll deductions, a company match, and several fundraising activities. America's Christian CU also participated in the Shoes That Fit project, an effort coordinated by Central City Community Outreach in downtown Los Angeles, where enough money was raised to purchase 55 pairs of shoes for low-income families. Additionally, America's Christian CU bought gifts for 35 needy children served by Our Neighborhood Homework House, a nonprofit providing tutoring and extracurricular activities to kids in the Azusa, CA area.


updated 01/09/13 03:46 PM 2013-01-09 00:00:00.0
January 'Member News' Posted
Credit unions in California and Nevada are reaching out to their respective communities in unique and interesting ways. To learn more, keep reading!


updated 01/08/13 12:05 PM 2013-01-08 00:00:00.0
First Financial CU awarded grants—part of the credit union's 2012 Teach Grant program—each worth $500 to 40 members to use toward their classrooms or school that they teach at. The grants were created to meet the distinctive needs of educators and teachers.


KeyPoint CU employees spread holiday cheer and donations at a local nonprofit organization.
updated 01/08/13 12:04 PM 2013-01-08 00:00:00.0
KeyPoint CU made surprise visits to several child, senior, and low-income-focused nonprofit organizations during mid-December to supply them with much-needed donations. KeyPoint employees also surprised local residents during the latest holiday season with holiday treats and solicited suggestions about other local outreach opportunities.


updated 01/08/13 12:04 PM 2013-01-08 00:00:00.0
Coast Central CU, along with Rogue FCU (Medford, OR), purchased and assumed the assets and shares of Chetco FCU in conjunction with a recent liquidation of that credit union by the National Credit Union Administration. Coast Central absorbed the Crescent City, CA branch and California memberships. Chetco had been under NCUA conservatorship since September 2011.


Arrowhead CU staff delivering toys to Children Deserve Success, a nonprofit organization.
updated 01/08/13 12:03 PM 2013-01-08 00:00:00.0
Arrowhead CU delivered gifts for 73 homeless children in San Bernardino County, an effort in partnership with Children Deserve Success, a program run by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. It took 70 Arrowhead CU employees 15 days and three cars to make the delivery possible.


South Bay CU CEO Jennifer Oliver (second from far right) with volunteers as they wrap presents for Cheer For Children, a nonprofit organization.
updated 01/08/13 12:02 PM 2013-01-08 00:00:00.0
South Bay CU was the official drop-off location during the most recent holiday season for Cheer For Children, an organization that helps children in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County. The credit union's branches collected new toys and had volunteers wrap them for kids. Additionally, the credit union raised another $1,000 to shop for more toys for the children.


Jim Updike, Board Chairman of the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation, and CEO of Honda FCU
updated 01/08/13 12:01 PM 2013-01-08 00:00:00.0
The Richard Myles Johnson Foundation, the state foundation for credit unions in California and Nevada, named Jim Updike, president and CEO of Honda FCU, board chairman. Additionally, Shelly Berryman, vice president of membership development and advocacy for SchoolsFirst FCU, and Todd Lane, CFO for California Coast CU, were named vice chairman and secretary-treasurer, respectively.


Julio Contreras, a truck driver and member of Mid Cities CU, poses in front of his new truck that he was able to purchase with a member business loan provided by the credit union.
updated 01/08/13 12:00 PM 2013-01-08 00:00:00.0
Mid Cities CU provided truck driver Julio Contreras with a California Capital Access Program (CalCAP)/Air Resources Board loan to help him purchase a new truck and become compliant with transporting materials in and out of the Port of Los Angeles. The CalCAP program guarantees the loan, ensuring that credit is being given to small businesses to assist them in growing.


updated 01/07/13 11:08 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
Evangelical Christian CU is partnering with the Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) to offer "6 Things Financially Healthy Ministries Do Right," a webinar about ministries that stayed financially healthy and on-mission during the recent recession, on Jan. 24.


Meriwest CU invited members to have family photos with Santa taken by a professional photographer for free.
updated 01/07/13 10:36 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
Meriwest CU members and employees donated more than 500 pounds of toys, clothes, and games in December to Family Giving Tree, which provides gifts for needy children throughout the Silicon Valley area. Members also donated checks and gift cards to the program. Meriwest CU is also utilizing the latest in analytic technologies and electronic marketing to identify members with car loans, mortgages, and credit cards at other institutions, and who would most likely consider switching to Meriwest, all through a series of focused and tailored email campaigns, electronic messaging, and other awareness efforts.


Mountain America CU President and CEO Sterling Nielsen joined the WCMS board of trustees
updated 01/07/13 10:34 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
Western CUNA Management School recently welcomed Sterling Nielsen, president and CEO of Mountain America CU, as the newest member of its board of trustees. The board is comprised of nine credit union CEOs, two league presidents, the WCMS president, and the WCMS provost.


updated 01/07/13 10:32 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
San Francisco FCU recently kicked off its new Financial Fitness Challenge, which features a $5,000 award for one member. To participate, members must submit an application stating a financial goal. Participants will then complete financial tasks throughout 2013 to work toward achieving their goals and competing for the grand prize.


Jessica Dixon and Jim Phillips were appointed to Bay FCU’s board of directors.
updated 01/07/13 10:28 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
Bay FCU announced the appointment of Jessica Dixon and Jim Phillips to the credit union's board of directors. Dixon and Phillips were promoted from associate board directors to full director status after the board voted to expand the number of seated directors from seven to nine at its September 2012 Board meeting.


Altura CU’s tree decorators included, clockwise from left, Gaby Perez, Jacque Thurman, Irene Simone, Cindy Thomas, Tina Covington, and Karena Chum.
updated 01/07/13 10:27 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
Altura CU continued a holiday tradition recently by raising funds for Riverside County Medical Center’s Pediatrics Units as part of the 23rd Annual Festival of Trees. Fifty local organizations, including Altura CU, each decorated a Christmas tree that was "sold" as part of the event, with the proceeds going to the medical center. Each year, the five-day event attracts more than 30,000 people and raises about $500,000 in proceeds used to purchase much-needed equipment for the children’s units.


(L-R): Financial Partners CU Downey Branch Manager Jason Veazey, and President/CEO Nader Moghaddam; Holiday Parade Chairman Maria Larkin; and Financial Partners CU SVP Retail Operations Laurie Tyler, and employee Carlos Burma
updated 01/07/13 10:23 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
Financial Partners CU once again sponsored the City of Downey's annual Holiday Parade. The credit union enjoys a long and proud history in the Downey community. In 2012, the credit union supported many other community-based activities including Gangs Out of Downey, several high school athletic events, and an asteroid exhibit at the Columbia Memorial Space Center.


updated 01/07/13 10:17 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
Travis CU members and employees recently participated in the Solano and Contra Costa Food Banks annual food drive, The Festival of Trees, Christmas Wish 2012, and the 2012 Children's Miracle Network Holiday Stocking Campaign. Each year, the credit union helps the working poor, seniors, single parents, and the homeless in Solano County through its annual food drive. Credit union employees, members, and the general public are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to all Travis CU branches in Solano and Contra Costa counties Nov. 15 through Jan. 31. Also, Travis CU was recently announced the winner of the "Best of 2012" award for the seventh year, according to a poll of Vacaville Reporter newspaper readers.


South Bay CU members took photos with Santa at the branch.
updated 01/07/13 10:14 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
South Bay CU held a Santa Claus family event on Dec. 1 at its branch location. Both the Santa "impersonator" and professional photographer at the event were members of the credit union. Members who attended were emailed a full-resolution digital photo.


updated 01/07/13 10:12 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
Members 1st CU debuted the Members 1st Cash Mob, a localized effort to support small businesses in Shasta and Tehama counties. The Cash Mob brings community members together to storm the doors of a featured local business at a scheduled date and time each month. Nominations for the featured local business are accepted monthly on the credit union's Facebook page, after which the four most frequently nominated businesses are voted on.


Rob Guilford
updated 01/07/13 10:09 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
Rob Guilford, executive vice president of finance and technology for Wescom CU, passed away on Nov. 16, 2012. During his career, Guilford also held leadership positions at Hughes Aircraft Employees (now Kinecta) FCU, University of Southern California CU, and Orange County Teachers (now SchoolsFirst) FCU.


updated 01/07/13 10:07 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
Credit Unions for Kids held the Holiday Icon Campaign, its third and final national fundraiser for 2012, throughout November and December. Participating credit unions included California Community CU, California CU, CoastHills FCU, Eagle Community CU, Financial Partners CU, Kinecta FCU and its subsidiary Nix Financial, NuVision FCU, Patelco CU, San Mateo CU, Schools FCU, SchoolsFirst FCU, Siskiyou Central CU, SkyOne FCU, South Bay CU, South Western FCU, Southern California Postal CU, State Center CU, United Catholics FCU, United Health CU, Valley Oak CU, Water and Power Community CU, and Western Healthcare FCU.


America’s Christian CU recently held its 7th Annual Snow Day in Glendora, CA.
updated 01/07/13 09:54 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
America’s Christian CU's 7th Annual Snow Day attracted more than 5,000 people. The event, which was held following the Glendora annual Christmas Parade, featured free photos with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and the credit union kids' account mascot, Buddy Bee; a petting zoo; pony rides; and 50 tons of fresh snow.


updated 01/07/13 09:51 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
CU Direct Corp. announced that seven credit unions, including San Diego County CU, have signed new partnership agreements to further advance their auto lending programs.


Twenty credit union presidents from China visited Credit Union of Southern California’s office and Whittier branch
updated 01/07/13 09:44 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
Credit Union of Southern California recently received a visit from 20 credit union presidents from the Xinjiang Bankers Group in Urumqi, China, as part of Cal Poly Pomona’s Global Education Program. The Chinese delegation, sent by their country's government to take best practices from U.S. credit unions back to China, met with President and CEO Dave Gunderson and SVP Michelle Hunter, and toured the credit union's corporate office and Whittier branch.


updated 01/07/13 09:40 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
Mission FCU has merged San Diego Japanese American Citizens League FCU. The merger was approved by the National Credit Union Administration and made official in November.


1st United Services CU staff members with holiday donations
updated 01/07/13 09:35 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
1st United Services CU's Sharing is Caring program returned this holiday season. In 2011, the program helped raise almost $9,000 and 821 pounds of food and toys for the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) and Toys for Tots. In 2012, the credit union again asked for donations for Toys for Tots and the ACCFB.


updated 01/07/13 09:33 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
The Golden 1 CU hosted a free community shred event on Nov. 3 at the Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis. The credit union assisted approximately 375 individuals in shredding their private and confidential documents, CDs, and floppy disks, thus helping protect against identity theft and related crimes.


City of Lakewood staff members Kylie and Steve Batovsky help at the Project Shepherd Warehouse with the gifts donated by LBS Financial CU.
updated 01/07/13 09:30 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
LBS Financial CU employees donated hundreds of toys, gifts, and basic care items to the children, parents, and seniors served by Project Shepherd in Lakewood, CA. The donations were collected during the credit union's annual holiday breakfast at The Grand in Long Beach on Dec. 12 and presented to Project Shepherd.


Eagle Community CU was named a "Top Workplace" by The Orange County Register.
updated 01/07/13 09:26 AM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
Eagle Community CU was named a "Top Workplace" by The Orange County Register for the second consecutive year. Eighty-five companies were named Top Orange County Workplaces for 2012 in a survey of more than 22,500 employees.


updated 01/07/13 03:46 PM 2013-01-07 00:00:00.0
January 'Member News' Posted
Credit unions in California and Nevada are reaching out to their respective communities in unique and interesting ways. To learn more, keep reading!