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

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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San Diego County CU recognized exemplary law enforcement professionals by serving as the title sponsor of the 2017 San Diego County Crime Stoppers “Enough is Enough” luncheon. This was the 12th consecutive year that credit union has served as a sponsor of this annual event. More than 350 people, including law enforcement and elected officials, business and civic leaders and citizens attended the 2017 “Enough is Enough” luncheon

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Bay FCU welcomed children, teens, and their parents to learn about saving money during Youth Week, in honor of National Financial Literacy Month. Attendees entered to win cash prizes, participated in coloring contests, and picked up free financial education material designed for both kids and adults. This year’s Youth Week theme, “Give a Hoot About Saving,” was designed around wise owls, acknowledging that there are many different kinds of savers and highlighting the wisdom of saving money. In other news, Bay FCU President and CEO, Carrie Birkhofer, announced the winners of its 2017 scholarships, including a surprise scholarship award to a longtime employee, in front of a crowd of 88 at the credit union’s Annual Meeting on March 28.

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The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce recently honored Tina Covington, Altura CU vice president of Business Development, left, with the Volunteer of the Year Award, and Ofelia Valdez-Yeager, Chairman of Altura CU’s Board of Directors, with the President’s Award.

Altura CU was honored as the 2017 “Outstanding Company for Women” by Hispanic Lifestyle magazine at its annual Latina Conference. Additionally, in separate events, Board Chairman Ofelia Valdez-Yeager, and Altura Vice President Tina Covington and Security & Records Manager Tanya Price were honored for their contributions to the community. According to Hispanic Lifestyle, Altura CU was selected as the Outstanding Company for Women in part because of its participation in and sponsorship of numerous women’s organizations and causes in the local community, saying it is a visible way for Altura CU to demonstrate its accountability and authenticity for gender inclusion. In staffing news, Altura CU promoted Robert Whitton to Chief Operating Officer, and Christopher Andrus to the newly created post of Chief Culture Officer in addition to serving as president of Altura’ CUs CUSO Auto Expert. Additionally, Aaron Lynn has been promoted to vice president of Auto Expert.

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Pacific Service CU introduced a series of online financial education courses in recognition of National Financial Literacy Month, which ran through the month of April. There were a total of four interactive courses which contain several modules ranging from 2-4 minutes in length. 

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Orange County’s CU provided $15,816,865 in direct financial benefits to its members. These benefits are equivalent to an average savings of $163 per member and $309 per member household.

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Scott Long and Joan Sherry join Xceed Financial CU as Senior Mortgage Loan Officers.

Xceed Financial CU has hired Joan Sherry and Scott Long to the credit union’s mortgage lending team. Both are Senior Mortgage Loan Officers, based in Xceed Financial CU’s El Segundo Financial Center and focused on serving the important and growing Southern California home market.

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Kinecta FCU now offers members a free home maintenance web app, through Househappy, to help manage their home maintenance needs. Househappytrax provides new and existing homeowners with convenient, online access to home maintenance management.

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Safe 1 CU has elected Woody Morrison as chairman of the Board of Directors. Morrison retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has served on the Safe 1 CU board for 34 years.

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Pacific Marine CU sponsored and volunteered at Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA’s (ASYMCA) weekly Concrete Beach, a BBQ for students in the Infantry Training Battalion and Marine Combat Training Battalion. Marine students enjoy a grilled hotdog lunch provided by Pacific Marine CU and served by employee volunteers. 

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Christian Community CU, in alliance with Operation Mobilization (OM), now offers the OM Visa Card, an affinity credit card that could generate thousands of dollars in helping OM fulfill its mission of spreading Christianity. Additionally, the credit union also offers another affinity card for The Freedom Challenge (FC), an organization founded by OM. The Freedom Challenge Visa Card will help rescue women and children from trafficking and slavery.

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Star One CU received the Member Benefits Top Performance Award for the fourth consecutive year at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. on February 27. Star One ranked first among credit unions nationwide in providing its members the highest average financial benefits by charging less for loans, paying more on deposits, and charging fewer or lower fees. Total benefits delivered to all of Star One CU’s members were $69,833,298, the highest ever reported by Star One CU or any other credit union.  

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Ventura County CU was selected to receive the “Business of the Year” award at the 50th Annual Top Ten Community Awards hosted by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce. Recipients of the award were chosen for their positive impact on the business community in the past year.  The credit union is one of 12 businesses being highlighted by the Camarillo Chamber for its important contributions toward the improvement of the business community. in other news, Ventura County CU celebrating National Credit Union Youth Month under the national owl theme of “Give a Hoot About Savings” to encourage youth to embrace financial responsibility and help them open new bank accounts. 

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Cabrillo CU’s President and CEO Robin Lentz will retire on March 31, 2017.  Lentz was hired as CEO in 1979, and at that time, the credit union had $6 million in assets.  Under Lentz’s leadership, Cabrillo CU has grown to more than 22,000 members and more than $250 million in assets. 

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Altura CU recently renamed its headquarters in Riverside, Calif., after long-time CEO Mark Hawkins upon his retirement in February.

Altura CU honored CEO Mark Hawkins for his 29 years of service by renaming its headquarters the “Mark W. Hawkins Operations Center.” The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Feb. 22, Hawkins’ last day as CEO before handing the reins to new CEO, Jennifer Binkley. In other news, employees from Altura CU recently helped teams of high school students in their bid for academic recognition at the 34th Annual Riverside Academic Decathlon. For the eighth consecutive year, a team of Altura CU employees volunteered as proctors for the Super Quiz portion of the Riverside County Office of Education’s academic decathlon. Teams of nine students compete in written tests, speeches, interviews, essays and the Super Quiz. Finally, Altura CU employees visited Riverside County elementary schools to read to students as part of annual “Read Across America Day.” 

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Kinecta FCU has launched a new line of credit card products that are currently available to members. The four credit cards present a unique design and product line, and improved member benefits. Entirely different from what the credit union has offered in the past, all credit cards come with benefits that focus on Kinecta FCU’s targeted consumer needs. Members now have access to Cashback Rewards, Cell Phone Insurance, Price Protection, and Extended Warranty, to name a few key benefits. The upgrade comes as Kinecta FCU announces MasterCard as its exclusive credit card brand.

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San Diego County CU is hosting monthly Biz Kid$ Bashes at YMCA of San Diego locations throughout 2017 as part of Financial Wellness Wednesdays. The bashes are free, fun and interactive sessions that are open to parents and children. Attendees will learn about money and business skills, how to write a business plan and how to create a successful business.

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