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Safe America CU has entered into beta testing with 3DVerify by SensibleVision. The credit union is looking for a biometric solution that was more secure than fingerprints and that would cover a wide range of applications without requiring a significant investment in hardware infrastructure.

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Christian Community CU employees held their 17th annual breast cancer awareness fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, raising a total of $891. Employees had the option to donate to Susan G. Komen's Be More Than Pink™ or Lee National Denim Day® where funds support the American Cancer Society. Employees donated five dollars or more in exchange for wearing jeans, sneakers, and/or pink T-shirts to work.

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Technology CU announced that Robert Reed has joined the company as its new Chief Retail Banking Officer and Executive Vice President. He will be responsible for delivering an incredible member experience by leading the company’s retail banking and member services functions

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Western Healthcare FCU has signed a core data processing contract with CU*NorthWest  and is scheduled for conversion in April 2018.

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Redwood CU is accepting donations to assist those impacted by the North Bay fires. The credit union’s North Bay Fire Relief Fund has been established by Redwood CU Community Fund, in partnership with Redwood CU, Senator Mike McGuire, and The Press Democrat.

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Financial Partners CU hosts its first blood drive in support of Sickle Cell disease.

Financial Partners CU hosted its first blood drive at which more than 40 employees donated, in the plight to help those with sickle cell disease. The credit union plans on making this an annual event.

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L-R:  Steve M. Tietjen, Merced County superintendent of schools; Carrie O’Bara, Teacher of the Year; and Beth Dooley, Educational Employees CU President and CEO.

Educational Employees CU honored outstanding Merced County educators.  The Merced County program is one of five annual county events sponsored by the credit union that honors outstanding educators and school staff.

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Pacific Service CU employees wearing 'Jeans for Beans'

Pacific Service CU assisted the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano in its efforts to secure food and money in support of low-income adults, children, seniors and disabled individuals. The ‘Jeans for Beans’ campaign, which runs from Oct. 2 through Dec. 29, 2017, encourages employees to wear jeans any day of their choice in exchange for a $2 donation to the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano.  For every $2 donated, the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano is able to distribute $8 of nutritious food to our neighbors in need.  

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Valley Oak CU has signed a core data processing contract with CU*NorthWest and is scheduled for conversion in February 2018.

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Marin County CU donated $9,246 to CUAid, which is assisting credit union people affected by Hurricane Harvey and other recent disasters. The funds will be used to help credit union people recover from the disaster so they can get on with their vital mission of helping their members recover.

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Valerie Diggs is promoted to supervisor for AltaOne FCU’s Lone Pine member service center.

AltaOne FCU promoted Valerie Diggs to supervisor for the Lone Pine member service center. Diggs is responsible for the overall management of the Lone Pine MSC, directly supervising staff, which includes training, monitoring performance and ensuring member service standards are upheld. Diggs previously served as member service specialist at AltaOne FCU’s Lone Pine MSC from October 2016 through September 2016. 

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Houston Metropolitan FCU shows gratitude to Los Angeles FCU for their support.

Los Angeles FCU provided support and assistance to Houston Metropolitan FCU to help those staff impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The Cornerstone Credit Union League and the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation also made contributions.

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Pacific Service CU will donate $7,500 to help victims of recent hurricanes. Pacific Service CU’s disaster recovery donations of $2,500 to the American Red Cross, $2,500 to Americares, and $2,500 to DirectRelief will help benefit hundreds of thousands who were left either homeless or suffered severe property damage from the devastating storms. 

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Redwood CU will join credit unions worldwide to celebrate International Credit Union (ICU) Day on Oct. 19, a time to pay tribute to the credit union difference and the important role credit unions play in their communities.  Here are the ways the credit union will be celebrating: each time members use their Redwood CU Visa® debit or credit card on Oct. 19, the credit union will donate 25 cents to local food banks in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Lake, San Francisco, and Mendocino counties; Oct. 16 through 20, visitors who like Redwood CU’s Facebook page will have chances to win cash prizes through daily credit union trivia contests; and on Oct. 19, Redwood CU’s 19 locations will celebrate ICU Day by providing snacks, kids’ coloring pages, special giveaways, and more.

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Greater Nevada CU announced it would donate $75,000 to the National Credit Union Foundation to support the relief efforts for credit union employees in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Funds will be come from the credit union’s community support funds and donations from Greater Nevada’s employees.

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Altura CU Senior Vice President of Business Development Tina Covington is sworn in as a honorary commander of March Air Reserve Base by Col. Matthew Berger, base commander, during the 45th Annual Military Appreciation Picnic at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, CA.

Altura CU volunteers recently joined with other local business and community partners to honor and recognize local military personnel for their extraordinary service at the 45th Annual Military Appreciation Picnic at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, CA. About 4,000 military men and women and their families participated in this year’s event, which featured the theme, “A Century of Service, ” commemorating the base’s upcoming 100th  anniversary.

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New LBS Financial CU branch managers Violet Stewart and Patti Mendiola.

LBS Financial CU has added two new branch managers to its management team. Patty Mendiola joins the Bixby Knolls branch and Violet Stewart the Lakewood branch.

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Greater Nevada CU has merged with Frontier Financial CU. This merger broadens Greater Nevada CU’s branch network to 14 locations across northern Nevada, with another branch opening across from the University of Nevada, Reno later this year. It also expands Greater Nevada Credit Union’s membership to more than 63,000 consumers and small businesses, making it northern Nevada’s largest locally owned financial institution. The majority of the Frontier Financial CU staff was welcomed to the Greater Nevada CU team. 

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Redwood CU CEO and President Brett Martinez accepts the Healthy Business Award at the Center for Well-Being’s Celebration of Dreams event.

Redwood CU received the “Healthy Business Leader” award from the Center for Well-Being at their recent  Celebration of Dreams event at the Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club. The credit union was recognized for their commitment to both the financial and personal wellness of their members, employees, and communities.

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First Financial CU's Granada Hills Manager and Member Service Rep donate school supplies from First Financial members and staff to Calahan Community Charter School in Granada Hills.

First Financial CU collected school supplies from members and staff to distribute to local schools in the communities the credit union serves.

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Several ABC Adult School students and staff pose with the LBS Financial CU marketing team during the donation presentation ceremony.

LBS Financial CU partnered with three local school districts this summer to collect school supplies for the 2017-2018 school year. The credit union worked with ABC Unified School District, Bellflower Unified School District, and Long Beach Unified School District for its seventh annual Adopt-a-School Program to select a school and identify specific needs for each school.

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L-R: Vice President, Fawn Imboden, Esther & Charles Mully, and Dean of Azusa Pacific University Seminary, Dr. Robert “Bobby” Duke.

America’s Christian CU joined Azusa Pacific Seminary and For Good Films for an exclusive screening of the documentary entitled “Mully.” This film follows the inspiring journey of successful businessman turned humanitarian, Charles Mully, as he sets out to change the world, one child at a time.

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Clark County CU’s member base rose this summer as quickly as the Las Vegas temperatures, hitting a record high of just over 40,000 members and 50,000 accounts. This is the most accounts the credit union has ever had in its 66 years of operation. Clark County CU attributes much of this growth to a robust marketing campaign that introduced many new Clark County residents to the benefits of working with the credit union and a steadily strengthening economy

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First Financial CU’s 2017 Stair Climb team: (L to R): Jim Weidner, Board Member, Andrew Gonis, Staff Education Specialist, Arling Palacios, Member Contact Sales Representative and Brian Davis, Member Service Director.

First Financial CU participated in the “YMCA Stair Climb to the Top” charity event in downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 22 for the 10th year. This year, Board and staff members each had to ascend the 75 stories of the US Bank Tower building, reported to be the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. The 75 stories consisted of 1,500 stairs.

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Santa Cruz Community CU is one of seven Juntos Avanzamos designated credit unions that will receive a grant from the 2017 Warren Morrow Hispanic Growth Fund Grant. The grant will help the credit unions continue their Hispanic outreach and community impact efforts. Named in honor of the late Warren Morrow, who dedicated his life and career to helping the underserved and empowering the Hispanic community, each grant provides up to $1,500 for initiatives focused on Hispanic membership growth.

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