Catch up on what California and Nevada credit unions are accomplishing within their communities!


Parsons FCU CEO and President Ray Crouse with California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues Vice President of Credit Union Solutions and Membership Tonja Wheatley at the Parsons FCU branch grand opening. 

Parsons FCU celebrated the grand opening and relocation of its new Pasadena branch, located next to the previous branch. Guests toured the new space and were treated to an In-N-Out lunch. Parsons FCU employees, board members, and other special guests attended the event.

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First Financial CU celebrated ‘National Wear Your PJs to Work Day’.

First Financial CU celebrated National Wear Your PJs to Work Day, a day dedicated to wearing pajamas to work the first work day after taxes are due. In other news, First Financial CU has awarded $500 scholarships to six members.

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Jessica Gafeney has been promoted to Assistant Vice President of Clark County CU.

Clark County CU has promoted long-time employee Jessica Gafeney to Assistant Vice President responsible for branch sales and service. Since 2005, Gafeney has held many positions at the credit union beginning as a teller. Her knowledge of the company and ability to connect with people is invaluable as she oversees the six branches and Loan Contact Center.

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LBS Financial CU unveiled a new logo, refreshed look, and website. The new logo, which features a pathway, is embracing the commitment the credit union has made to their members for the last 82 years; being a partner in all of their needs and moving together ahead. Along with the new logo, the credit union is creating a refreshed look as well. Branches are receiving new signage and interior paint, matching the new brand colors.

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Graduates of the April 2017 DE Training stand with training staff inside the World Credit Union Center Campus in Madison, WI.

Thinkwise CU Lending and Compliance Manager Arnold Ramirez was one of 45 credit union professionals to become a Credit Union Development Educators after being guided by dedicated program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation.

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Financial Partners CU President and CEO Nader Moghaddam address students about financial education.

Financial Partners CU President and CEO Nader Moghaddam, Downey Mayor Fernando Vasquez, and Downey School District members spoke to more than 400 Downey High School students about how the proper use of checking accounts, credit cards, loans and budgets can make their lives better. The daylong event coincided with a newly-launched financial learning program provided by Financial Partners CU. Credit union representatives from the consumer lending, member services, mortgage loans, insurance, investment planning and marketing departments made this an engaging platform to test students’ financial knowledge using such games as Financial Bingo.

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Silver State Schools CU’s financial results for the quarter ending March 31, 2017, reflect sustained progress, as the credit union reported its 20th consecutive quarter of positive earnings. Silver State Schools CU reports net income of $2.80 million in the first quarter of 2017 as compared to net income of $2.74 million for the first quarter of 2016, and $4.82 million for the fourth quarter of 2016.  The first quarter 2017 earnings included a credit to the provision for loan losses of $255K, compared to $0K for the first quarter of 2016 and $2.28 million for the fourth quarter of 2016.

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Novo FCU opened its new office in Norco, CA.

Novo FCU opened its new office in Norco, CA, on Monday, April 24. With more than double the space, a layout that will allow for future growth and a more central location to its membership, the board and staff are proud and excited to show off their new home.

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SkyOne FCU announced its new executive team lineup as a result of reorganization spearheaded by President and CEO Eileen Rivera, which includes the reassignment of Jeff Smith from Chief Operating Officer  to Chief Lending Officer, Astrid Rives from Chief Marketing Officer to Chief Operating Officer, the promotion of Cassie York from Director of Marketing and Product Development to Chief Marketing Officer, and the promotion of Raymonde Czerwinski from IT Manager to Chief Technology Officer.

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Redwood CU accepted the award for Best Credit Union at the Marin Independent Journal’s inaugural Readers’ Choice Awards. L-R:  Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer Ron Felder, Novato Branch Manager Richard De Ramon, AVP of Community Programs Meg Cadiz, and San Rafael Branch Manager Sandy Barron.

Redwood CU was named “Best Credit Union” in the Marin Independent Journal’s first annual Readers’ Choice Awards celebration and featured in a special 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards issue. In related news, Redwood CU has been ranked a top performer in the country by multiple sources, including top five healthiest credit unions by Glatt Consulting, the sixth best performing credit union in the nation by S&P Global Market Intelligence, and one of the top business lenders in volume by BauerFinancial, Inc. On the staffing front, Matt Martin has joined Redwood CU as vice president of community and government relations. Martin will oversee the Credit Union’s community outreach programs; the RCU Community Fund (RCUCF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit fund which supports the credit union’s free financial literacy, education and wellness programs, as well as local disaster relief efforts; and Redwood CU’s government relations and credit union advocacy efforts. Additionally, Redwood CU employees recently contributed more than $45,000 to local nonprofits by sponsoring, fundraising, and participating in Human Race events in Sonoma, Marin, and Mendocino Counties. More than 100 volunteers, including employees, family, and friends, walked or ran in the Sonoma and Mendocino County races, while Redwood CU’s Marin and Napa county branch locations raised funds for local nonprofits through the Bay Area Human Race.  In more news, Redwood CU re-elected five volunteer officials for three-year terms from 2017-2020. Incumbents Robert Steele, Debra Watts and Robert Wieck were re-elected to the Credit Union’s board of directors, and incumbents David Gouin and Brian Elliott were re-elected to RCU’s supervisory committee

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North County CU has received approval of its community charter expansion to serve the “Persons who live, regularly work or worship, or currently attend school in San Diego County, California, and their immediate family members, domestic partners or other individuals who reside in the same household, as well as, business and other legal entities located therein.”  This field of membership expansion was approved effective April 18, 2017.

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L-R: Monument Impact Board Member Mike Chong, Monument Impact Executive Director Debra Ballinger Bernstein, Concord City Council Member Carlyn Obringer, Diablo Valley FCU CEO John Pamer, Enrique Villanueva, Diablo Valley FCU Board Member Dennis Horgan, Gaby Orozco, Diablo Valley FCU Board Member Randall King, Diablo Valley FCU Board Member Carole Kelsch, Diablo Valley FCU Board Member Bill Rodrigues, and Diablo Valley FCU Board Member Greg Erickson.

Diablo Valley FCU and Monument Impact announced the winners of the 1st Annual George Garcia Educational Award Fund: students Gaby Orozco, German Quishpe Sacancela, and Enrique Villanueva.  The scholarships are in memory of the late George Garcia who served on the credit union’s Board of Directors for more than 40 years.

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Altura CU member Robert Lopez opens the miniature suitcase to find that he was the first winner in the “Visit Your Dream Destination” giveaway.

Altura CU member Robert Lopez was the first winner in the credit union’s “Visit Your Dream Destination” giveaway. The vacation giveaway is Altura CU’s way of thanking its members as it celebrates its 60th Anniversary. In other news, Altura CU sponsored “Walk to End Homelessness” walk that attracted more than 400 people who walked a two-mile route around a Riverside park to raise $35,000. On the personnel front, Altura CU announced some recent executive staff changes including the promotion of Robert Whitton to Chief Operating Officer, and Christopher Andrus filling the newly created post of Chief Culture Officer in addition to serving as president of Altura CU’s CUSO Auto Expert. Additionally, Aaron Lynn has been promoted to Vice President of Auto Expert.

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Ventura County CU President Joseph Schroeder earns Latino Leadership award.

Ventura County CU has been ranked as the largest U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) lending credit union in Ventura County, as well as the second highest ranked credit union in Los Angeles. According to the Los Angeles District Office SBA Lender Ranking Report—in the second quarter of 2017—Ventura County CU was ranked 39 overall in SBA volume out of a total of 107 lenders. In other news, Ventura County CU’s president and CEO Joseph Schroeder was recognized by El Concilio Family Services by its 28th Annual Latino Leadership Awards on May 5, 2017. Recipients of the award were chosen for their outstanding contributions to improve the quality of life of the underserved Latino Community. Schroeder was one of eight community leaders being honored for his leadership and guidance.

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Greater Nevada CU was recognized as a 2017 Nevada Small Business Administration (SBA) Lender of the Year during an awards luncheon held this May in Las Vegas. The fourth annual Small Business Awards Luncheon recognized Nevada businesses that had an exceptionally positive impact on the small business community. Greater Nevada Credit Union, with the assistance of the SBA, lent over $10.7 million in SBA 7(a) loans and nearly $1 million in SBA 504 loans and was recognized as the first ever Nevada Community Credit Union of the Year. In other news, Greater Nevada CU was named the top employer, and the only financial institution, in the large business category.The Best Places to Work in Northern Nevada Awards is sponsored by the Northern Nevada Human Resources Association, and the program measures a wide range of research-validated workplace factors that impact employee engagement and satisfaction.

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USAF Lt. Col. Vic Bezjian receiving Patriot Award from WWII Veteran, USMC Cpl. Carl Harstine.

America’s Christian CU concluded its annual Patriot Week festivities with the Family Day & Awards Ceremony hosted at the credit union’s Glendora headquarters. Throughout the week, the credit union honored local veterans, U.S. military, and first-responders in partnership with Project Glendora Yellow Ribbon and American Legion Riders – Chapter 835. In other news, America’s Christian CU President and CEO Mendell L. Thompson and City of Glendora’s Mayor Pro Tem witnessed the proclamation establishing May as Foster Care Awareness month. The proclamation was presented to Pastor of Neighborhood Christian Fellowship, Dave Johnson. America's Christian CU has also announced the launch of its annual college scholarship contest. Consistent with its advocacy for higher education, the credit union has allocated funds for four $500 scholarships to be distributed to high school seniors, or college students (undergraduate and graduate students included) who are attending an accredited institution. America’s Christian CU’s scholarship program is held annually to support local and national students who exemplify the credit union’s mission, “Reach, Serve and Teach.”

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LBS Financial CU volunteers prepared the dining room at the Long Beach Rescue Mission for their lunch service.

LBS Financial CU employees volunteered at the Long Beach Rescue Mission on Wednesday, April 12th, to serve a warm lunch for those in need and assist the staff in preparing for their Easter service. In related news, 20 LBS Financial CU employees volunteered at the Patriots and Paws Open House in the city of Orange on Saturday, April 1, 2017 to setup, direct traffic, prepare food, and tear down the event.

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North Bay CU conducted two free bi-lingual Money Smart Kids workshops at branches of the Sonoma Public Library to help kids to develop good money habits.

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Mission CU corporate team in red and in support of the American Heart Association.

Mission FCU was proud to support the fight against the number one health threat to women: heart disease. During January and February the credit union raised more than $12,000, proceeds that will benefit the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association San Diego Division.

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America’s Christian CU held its 59th Annual Meeting on April 21, 2017 at its headquarters in Glendora, CA. Credit union members, staff, Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee were in attendance to commemorate the most successful year for the organization to date, and to offer a special tribute to President and CEO Mendell L. Thompson for his 40 years of service to the credit union.

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Erin Fritz is Schools Financial CU’s new Vice President of Payment Services and Jason Stiles is the new Vice President of Real Estate Lending.

Schools Financial CU named two new vice presidents. Jason Stiles has joined Schools Financial CU as Vice President of Real Estate Lending. Erin Fritz was promoted to Vice President of Payment Services. He was originally hired in 2008 as the credit union’s Network Engineering Manager, and was promoted in 2015 to become Network Engineering Director.

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L-R: Beth Dooley, Educational Employees CU president/CEO; Alfred Guerrero, Administrator of the Year; Mario Gonzalez, Teacher of the Year; Mark Burden, Employee of the Year; and Tim Bowers, Kings County superintendent of schools. 

Educational Employees CU sponsored a dinner and program recognizing outstanding Kings County educators and school employees.

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Redwood CU’s EVP/COO Cynthia Negri (pictured holding award) and members of the credit union’s leadership team accepted NBBJ’s Community Philanthropy award for the Credit Union’s community giveback efforts.

Redwood CU received a Community Philanthropy Award for their extensive support of nonprofits and community groups in the North Bay. Sponsored by the North Bay Business Journal, the award recognizes local companies who give back to the local community, not out of obligation, but out of a deep and inspiring commitment to helping others. In personnel news, Redwood CU welcomed Lara Brecher as manager of its San Francisco branch located at 1390 Market St.  Redwood CU also completed their remodeled Petaluma branch, located at 301 N. McDowell Blvd. The full-service branch features a technology bar for members to access online banking and information; three 24‐hour access ATMs; knowledgeable branch staff to assist with new accounts, loans, and financial wellness; and a children’s activity area. Finally, Redwood CU was named “Best Credit Union” in both Sonoma and Napa Counties in a readers’ poll by the North Bay Bohemian.

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Meriwest CU participated in a 2016 year-long project, commissioned by the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues in conjunction with ECONorthwest, to measure the economic impact that credit unions are making in their local communities.  Credit unions’ combined ripple effect in the broader economy can’t be ignored as their financially cooperative, not-for-profit model reinvests local dollars back into local economies. In other news, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco approved Meriwest CU’s request for grant funds to be used to help local working families earning less than the median income access to home ownership. Meriwest CU was approved for funds on two grant programs; $100K will be granted for the WISH (Workforce Initiative Subsidy for Homeownership) Program and $30K for the IDEA (Individual Development and Empowerment Account) Program.

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Clark County CU is honoring all nurses and nursing students by offering a free drawing for prizes like gift cards and travel vouchers during National Nurse’s Week on May 6-12, 2017.

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